Joshua Austin, DDS, FAGD, FACD, is a native San Antonian. After attending San Antonio's Health Careers High School and the University of Texas, San Antonio as an undergrad student, Dr. Austin graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School. UTHSCSA Dental School has been one of the top ranked dental schools in the nation since 1993. Dr. Austin excelled in dental school and was voted president of his graduating class. He capped off a successful senior year by being awarded the Texas Dental Association Outstanding Senior Dental Student award.
Dr. Austin is a member of the prestigious Seattle Study Club, which is a network of professional dental study groups dedicated to ideal comprehensive dental care. Dr. Austin's other professional memberships include the Academy of General Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the Rotary Club of San Antonio.
Dr. Austin is a published author and lectures nationally on restorative dentistry and reputation management. He has a monthly column and weekly e-Newsletter in Dental Economics, the most read dental magazine in the world. In the past, Dr. Austin has served as a faculty member in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at UTHSCSA Dental School. Dr. Austin has received several awards during his dental career. In 2009, the Texas Dental Association honored Dr. Austin by naming him Young Dentist of the Year. In 2010, the Texas Academy of General Dentistry named him New Dentist of the Year, the most prestigious award it gives for dentists who have graduated in the previous 7 years. Dr. Austin has earned a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry by passing an exhaustive written examination and completing over 500 hours of continuing education. In 2014, Dr. Austin was awarded a Fellowship in the American College of Dentists for his outstanding commitment to ethics in patient care.
If you check the December 2014 issue of Texas Monthly, you will see that his peers named Dr. Austin a Texas Super Dentist.
Continuing education and political involvement in dentistry are among Dr. Austin's passions.
Passion for dentistry was instilled in Elijah from an early age, as dental professionals have been some of the most influential people in his life. It’s easy to see that Elijah is at home in a dental setting. When it was time for Elijah to begin college, two years early at 16, it was only natural for him to major in the only thing he’d ever wanted to do: dental hygiene. In 2009 after graduating from The Ohio State University with his degree in dental hygiene Elijah moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to start his career as a dental hygienist. However, his career as a full-time dental hygienist was short-lived. After realizing the shortage of full-time dental hygienists in Hawaii, Elijah started Hawaii Smiles Dental Temp Agency LLC, his first business. Its success and growth necessitated him giving the business his full attention. By the time he sold Hawaii Smiles four years later, it operated on many of Hawaii’s main islands, including Oahu, Maui, The Big Island, and Kauai; and the agency had gone from working with just three hygienists to over 80 at any given time. One of the benefits of running his own staffing agency was being able to temp himself out to various offices on a part-time basis.
Elijah Desmond began his career at age 15 as a motivational speaker to kids. He went on to graduate from The Ohio State University as a "Guygienist" and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where he started his first of eleven dental businesses. Elijah now resides in South Florida with his wife and 3-year-old daughter. He learned a great deal from his experience of practicing with and coaching over 400 dental teams nationwide. Elijah speaks all over the world in 3-4 cities per month and has lectured over 700 hours since he graduated in 2009. He is known for having fun-filled, engaging lectures and integrating motivational speaking into all of his events. He provides his audience with tools they can take back to the office and implement right away. He is adamant that a fun atmosphere is essential to learning. You may best know him from his Facebook group Trapped in an OP which now has over 13,000 dental professionals, or for his business Smiles at Sea, international dental conferences on cruise ships. His cruises focus on two things: FUN and Education. Join him and travel the world 1 CE at a time!
Dr. Bradley Bale is one of the nation’s leading specialists in preventing heart attacks, stroke and diabetes. Since 2002, he’s given more than 600 speeches and presentations to medical groups in the US and abroad, including the American Heart Association, Berkeley HeartLab, and European Atherosclerosis Society. His media interviews include The Huckabee Show, Fox TV, ABC TV, The Wall Street Journal and ESPN, which recently reported on how Dr. Bale screened coaches, scouts and former players from Seattle Seahawks football team for cardiovascular disease (CVD), using a state-of-the-art ultrasound test. He has also served as a medical expert on the Larry King Cardiac Foundation’s program on sudden cardiac death, honoring the late Tim Russert.
Dr. Bale is the medical director of the Heart Health Program at Grace Clinic in Lubbock, Texas and co-founder of the BaleDoneen Method international preceptorship program, an accredited continuing medical education (CME) course teaching health care providers advanced techniques to detect—and reverse—CVD before the patient suffers a heart attack or stroke. Hundreds of MDs have completed the training, some of whom subsequently opened their own prevention clinics, hailing the course “an incredible resource…the future of medicine,” “the best, by far, educational program I have ever attended,” and “the education of a lifetime…the only totally comprehensive program in the world for the prevention of this disease.”
For more than 30 years, Dr. Bale maintained one of the largest primary care practices in Spokane, Washington, where he co-founded the Heart Attack Prevention Clinic with Amy Doneen, MSN, ARNP in 2003—one of the first such facilities in the US. (It’s now called the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center). Convinced that standard methods of cardiac care weren’t doing enough to identify early stages of CVD and avert recurrences in heart attack and stroke survivors, he co-founded the BaleDoneen Method of personalized risk assessment and disease management in 2001. Of the 3,500 patients he’s treated with the method—including many physicians with CVD—only one had a heart attack, from which the patient made a full recovery. None of them suffered strokes.
A sought-after speaker and educator, Dr. Bale is co-chair of Berkeley Heartlab’s national five-hour CVD prevention course, which he will present in 18 cities from coast to coast this year. He made a similar tour last year, and in 2008, he lectured in 20 cities as co-chair of a national CME program on lipids and CVD. Dr. Bale has presented study abstracts at the 2009 American Heart Association meeting, the 2009 International Atherosclerosis Society meeting, the 2007 European Atherosclerosis Society Meeting, the 2005 American Heart Association conference on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, and many others.
Dr. Bale is a clinical assistant professor, School of Medicine, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and an adjunct professor at Texas Tech’s School of Nursing. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kentucky and his Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Lawrence University. He was board-certified in family medicine in 1978 and is a member of American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, American Diabetes Association, American Lipid Association, Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Society of Atherosclerosis Imaging and Prevention and other medical societies. He has participated in numerous Grand Round and CME presentations and spoken at many major medical conferences.
As a dentist who practices within the largest lab in the U.S., Dr. DiTolla has access to tens of thousands of doctor’s preps and impressions on a monthly basis. As a result, he has an intimate knowledge of the common habits of the dentists getting the best restorative results. As a self-proclaimed “average dentist”, he has developed techniques that provide exceptional restorative results with a very average set of hands. His mission is to share these techniques with dentists to help them improve their preps, impressions, and restorations. When dentists perform better restorative dentistry, they are happier, more profitable, and most importantly, the patient receives excellent restorative dentistry.