OUR INSTRUCTORS

 

 
David D. D'Alise, DDS

David D. D'Alise, DDS

David D. D'Alise, DDS

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

Ara Nazarian, DDS, DICOI

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



Mentors

Jim Chapko, DDS 

Jim Chapko, DDS 

Jim Chapko, DDS

Dr. James R. Chapko received his undergraduate degree in the Integrated Science Program (ISP) from Northwestern University in 1981. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Northwestern University Dental School in 1985. Upon graduation, he was an instructor at Northwestern in the operative department and discovered that he had a talent and passion for teaching. Dr. Chapko has operated a private practice in Belvidere, Illinois for over 30 years, with an emphasis on surgery, implant placement, and implant related prosthesis. Dr. Chapko founded Implantwide, L.L.C. in 2009 in response to his vision for a surgicenter/teaching center that allowed the collaboration of dentists and surgeon mentors in an open and sharing environment. A member of the ICOI, AGD, and ADA, Dr. Chapko has placed over 4000 implants and mentored over 100 dentists.


Shefali Shah, DMD

Shefali Shah, DMD

Shefali Shah, DMD 

Dr. Shefali Shah received her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from Southern Illinois University. One of the very few students chosen to be a part of the Combined Baccalaureate in Biology/Doctorate in Dentistry Program, Dr. Shah accelerated her way into her dental profession. Dr. Shah has been practicing general dentistry and providing comprehensive care to her patients for four years. As a visionary, she has enhanced her expertise by expanding into multiply branches of dentistry including 6 Month Smile orthodontics and implants surgeries. Currently, Dr. Shah is focusing on immediate dental implants, CT guided full arch implant surgeries, and implant supported prosthetics. She is also pursuing Botox and dermal fillers to provide patients with comprehensive, cosmetic care..