Course Speakers

Dr. Gerard J. Chiche

Dr. Chiche Dr. Chiche is the Thomas P. Hinman Endowed Chair in Restorative Dentistry, and the Director of the Center for Esthetic & Implant Dentistry at Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine in Augusta, GA. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and is also, respectively with Alain Pinault and Hitoshi Aoshima the author of the textbooks: Esthetics of Anterior Fixed Restorations, and Smile Design – A guide for Clinician, Ceramist and Patient both published by Quintessence Pub. Co. He is the recipient of the 2003 LSU Alumni Award, the 2003 Educational Community Achievement Award of the Seattle Study Club for best dental educator of the year and the 2007 Distinguished Lecturer Award of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics. He became in 2009 the first recipient of the Endowed Chair sponsored by the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society.

Markus B. Blatz, DMD, PhD

Dr. Markus B. Blatz is Professor of Restorative Dentistry, Chairman of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, and Assistant Dean for Digital Innovation and Professional Development at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also founded the Penn Dental Medicine CAD/CAM Ceramic Center. Dr. Blatz graduated from Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, and was awarded additional Doctorate Degrees, a Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics, and a Professorship from the same University. Dr. Blatz is co-founder and immediate past President of the International Academy for Adhesive Dentistry (IAAD). He is a Board-certified Diplomat in the German Society for Prosthodontics and Biomaterials (DGPro) and a member of multiple other professional organizations, including the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the International College of Prosthodontists, the American College of Prosthodontists (honorary member), Academy of Osseointegration, and O.K.U. Honor Dental Society. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous recognized scientific dental journals and is Associate Editor of Quintessence International. He is coauthor of the international bestseller “evolution – contemporary protocols for anterior single-tooth implants”. Dr. Blatz is the recipient of multiple teaching and research awards and has published and lectured extensively on dental esthetics, restorative materials, and implant dentistry.

Ariel J. Raigrodski, DMD, MS, FACP

raidgroski-large Dr. Raigrodski is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. He is a Professor at the Department of Restorative Dentistry and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on all-ceramics, implants, and CAD/CAM technology. He lectures both nationally and internationally, and maintains a private practice limited to restorative and implant dentistry in Kenmore, WA,

Aki Yoshida, RDT

Aki Yoshida Aki Yoshida graduated from the Dental Technician School of Nihon University in Japan. Mr. Yoshida serves as technical instructor at Tufts University, Dept. of Post-Graduate Prosthodontics in Boston. He was appointed as Lecturer for Harvard School of Dental Medicine and instructor for Kuraray Noritake Dental Supply. He is fellow member of the AAED (American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry) and executive board member of SCAD (Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry).

Michael Bergler, MDT

Michael Bergler

Michael Bergler, MDT, is internationally recognized in the area of esthetic ceramic restorations and CAD/CAM technology, and he is a cofounder of the CAD/CAM Ceramic Center at University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. He has published and lectured extensively on restorative materials and dental technology. In 2013m he received a faculty position in the Department of Restorative and Preventive Sciences at UPenn.

CUSP Master Technicians

Noriyuki Kajita, CDT, RDT

kajitaNoriyuki Kajita, CDT, RDT has been named the recipient of the John T. Griffin Technician of the Year Award given to a dental technician for exceptional work in the field at the Yankee Dental Congress 2013. A graduate of Shin-Osaka College of Dental Technology in 1990, Kajita completed his advanced study at the International Dental Academy Lab-Tech School in Tokyo, Japan. In 1998, he relocated to the United States to further advance his career, earning his CDT in 1999. He now serves as a production manager for quality assurance at Cusp Dental Laboratory, acting as the lead of the CAD/CAM department.