David D. D’Alise, DDS – CEO

Dr. David D. D’Alise graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry, Chicago, Illinois in 1965 with graduate work in Dental Education and Hospital Dentistry.  Dr. D’Alise currently has an active practice specializing in dental implants and has been placing dental implants for over 40 years.  He is also the Chairman and Founder of OCO Biomedical, Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Dr. D’Alise has designed and patented dental attachment systems and the next generation Dual Stabilization® Dental Implant System designed with immediate loading capabilities. OCO Biomedical’s dental implant and attachment systems are distributed and sold in multiple markets throughout the world. He is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Charter Member and past President of the New Mexico Academy of General Dentistry. He presently holds fellowships in the International Congress of Implantology, the Academy of Implants and Transplants, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is an Honored Fellow in the AAID.

Ara Nazarian, DDS, DICOI, Chief Clinical Officer – Ascend Dental Academy

Ara Nazarian, DDS, DICOI – Chief Clinical Officer

As founder and Chief Clinical Officer of the Ascend Dental Academy, Dr. Nazarian maintains a private practice in Troy, Michigan with an emphasis on comprehensive and restorative care. After achieving his DDS degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Dentistry, Dr. Nazarian did an AEGD residency with the United States Navy. He is a member of the American Academy of General Dentistry and a Diplomate in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). His interests are in computer guided dentistry, full mouth reconstruction and immediate load dental implants. His articles have been published in many of today’s popular dental publications. He has conducted lectures and hands-on workshops on aesthetic materials and dental implants throughout the United States, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. He can be reached at (248) 457-0500 or at www.aranazariandds.com

Hal Wilson, DDS, FICOI – Faculty

Dr. Wilson was born and raised in a suburb of metro Atlanta.  He graduated from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia with a degree in biology.  Returning to Atlanta he attended dental school at Emory University, receiving his DDS in 1988.   Immediately following graduation and loyal to his Georgia roots, Dr. Wilson opened his private practice just miles from his hometown.  For the last 30 years he has maintained his private practice with an emphasis on comprehensive patient care under one roof. Dr. Wilson is a member of the American Dental Association, The Georgia Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologist (ICOI).  He has extensive training in aesthetic reconstruction from LVI and has trained with leaders in TMD therapy and guided implant dentistry.

Grant Pitt, DDS, FICOI- Faculty

Dr. Pitt currently maintains a private dental practice in Edmond, Oklahoma.  He spent the first 10 years of his professional life as a Pharmacist, achieving his Doctor of Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University-College of Pharmacy.  After years of patient and professional interaction, Dr. Pitt elected to change careers to dentistry.  Dr. Pitt obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry then entered their Periodontal Program.  He did not finish his periodontal training due to health concerns and withdrew to practice general dentistry.  Dr. Pitt’s interest are in comprehensive and restorative dentistry.  He is a member of the ODA, ADA, AGD and is a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (FICOI).  Dr. Pitt has lectured to colleagues, students, and patients on dental implant placement and restoration throughout the  United States.  He can be reach at (405) 641-3747 or at his email gpitt@customdentalusa.com.

Kaveh Ghaboussi, DMD- Faculty

Dr. Ghaboussi is one of the few dentists in the country who has been awarded with a Mastership in the American Dental Implant Association and a Diplomate from the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation for his excellence and clinical abilities in sedation and implant dentistry. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, Dental Organization For Conscious Sedation, Reconstructive Dentistry Institute, as well as the American Dental Implant Association. Not only does Dr. Ghaboussi enjoy learning from others, he has helped dentists from across the United States and internationally in implementing new procedures in their offices, such as: CAD/CAM, cosmetic dentistry, photography, and dental implants. He has been a featured speaker for many public groups and events on topics such as growth and development, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and oral health; he regularly attends and teaches seminars for colleagues. Dr. Ghaboussi has been featured on “The Doctors” panel some of the country’s largest health expositions and has also been interviewed for area newspapers, TV news programs, and magazines on numerous topics.

Richard Rutecki, DDS – Regional Mentor

Being passionate about dentistry, Dr. Rutecki has been helping patients rediscover their smiles for over 12 years now. Richard Rutecki, D.D.S. graduated from the UIC Dental School in Chicago, IL in 2001. Dr. Rutecki is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a member of the SCDA, ADA, AACD. He fell in love with dentistry after serving in the US Air Force as a dental assistant in 1989. After getting out of active duty he worked in Florence, SC for a brief period before opening his own office in Goose Creek, SC in April 2007.