Healthy Futures: Engaging the Oral Health Community in Childhood Obesity Prevention

Conference Faculty Bios

Ann Battrell, M.S.D.H.
Ann Battrell is chief executive officer of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) and represents the association to government agencies, educational institutions, other associations, foundations, and corporate partners. She is the first registered dental hygienist and the first former ADHA president to serve in this position. Ms. Battrell joined ADHA in 2000 as the manager of dental hygiene education. She has held dental hygiene faculty positions at Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago, IL, and Palm Beach College in Palm Beach, FL. While working as a dental hygiene clinician and educator, Ms. Battrell also advised a variety of dental corporations as a consultant.

Patricia A. Braun M.D., M.P.H., FAAP
Patricia Braun is professor of pediatrics and family medicine, Anschutz School of Medicine, and clinical professor of dental medicine, School of Dental Medicine, University of Colorado (CU). She is also professor of public health, Colorado School of Public Health. She is a practicing pediatrician at Denver Health and Hospital (a large federally qualified health center) and an oral health disparities researcher at the University of Colorado Center for Native Oral Health Research and the Adult and Child Consortium for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science. Dr. Braun's professional interests focus on reducing oral health disparities through innovative care-delivery models outside the traditional dental office. This work includes a National Institutes of Health–funded large cluster-randomized trial of an oral-health-promotion intervention in Head Start classrooms across Navajo Nation. The work also includes pragmatic trials that increase access to oral health services in medical offices both by engaging health professionals in the provision of these services and by integrating dental hygienists into medical care teams in primary care medical settings. Dr. Braun is currently a Santa Fe Group senior founders fellow, and she serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Oral Health executive committee.

Paul Casamassimo, D.D.S., M.S.
Paul Casamassimo is professor, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Ohio State University, and attending, Department of Dentistry, Nationwide Children's Hospital. He has taught at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and the University of Colorado School of Dentistry. He is former editor in chief of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's (AAPD's) journal Pediatric Dentistry and is also a past president of AAPD. Dr. Casamassimo has authored over 350 publications including three books, 39 text chapters, and seven monographs in the areas of pediatric dentistry, care of children with special health care needs, and oral health education. His research interests include the oral health of children with special health care needs, health services research, and oral health disparities. Dr. Casamassimo a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Donald Chi, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Donald Chi is associate professor of oral health sciences, University of Washington. His research program focuses on the behavioral determinants of access to oral health care for children with special health care needs who are Medicaid beneficiaries. He is also engaged in research on how neighborhood settings influence oral health outcomes for adolescents who are Medicaid beneficiaries. He has received numerous awards and has published over 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and abstracts. He is a consultant to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Council on Scientific Affairs and chair of the AAPD Evidence-Based Dentistry Committee. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Dentistry for Children and BioMedCentral Oral Health and is part of the AAPD Advanced Leadership Institute at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chi teaches public health to dental students and residents and devotes his extramural clinical practice to providing oral health care to Alaska Native children in the Yukon–Kuskokwim Delta. He is board certified in pediatric dentistry and dental public health.

Sharee Clough, R.D.H., M.S.Ed.
Sharee Clough is manager, preventive health activities, Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR), American Dental Association (ADA). At ADA. she manages population-based preventive oral health activities, including activities related to school-based health, tobacco-use prevention and cessation, and nutrition. She also facilitates the work of CAPIR's National Advisory Committee on Health Literacy in Dentistry and its Prevention Subcommittee and provides technical assistance and information related to preventive health to ADA members and consumers.

Mark Deutchman, M.D., FAAFP
Mark Deutchman is professor, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado (CU). He also has faculty appointments in the CU School of Dental Medicine and School of Public Health. Dr. Deutchman has been involved in rural medical practice or teaching for over 35 years. He has been at CU since 1995 teaching medical students, residents, and fellows, and during this period he developed an obstetrics fellowship and a rural fellowship. In 2005 he founded the Rural Track in the School of Medicine, a program for students planning careers in rural medical practice, which now serves as a national model for similar programs. He is associate dean for rural health at CU and director of the Colorado Area Health Education System. In addition to his interest in rural physician work force development. Dr. Deutchman is engaged in interdisciplinary training, is responsible for an oral health curriculum in the CU School of Medicine, and teaches medical topics in the School of Dental Medicine. He is a co-author of Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum and works with Colorado's Cavity Free at Three program and with the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Heath.

Kimon Divaris, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Kimon Divaris is associate professor and research director, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, and adjunct associate professor, Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a board-certified pediatric dentist. His research interests include proximal and distal determinants of oral health and disease, ranging from genomics of oral health traits and behavioral sciences to health disparities and dental education. Dr. Divaris has made many scholarly contributions, has served as editor for numerous publications, and has been the recipient of national and international awards. He is actively involved in teaching, research funded by the National Institutes of Health, and clinical practice.

Diane Dooley, M.D., M.H.S.
Diane Dooley is associate clinical professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, and medical director, Pediatric Obesity Disease Management Program (Go!Club), Contra Costa Health Plan, a Medicaid managed care plan with 180,000 enrollees from families with low incomes. She is a board- certified pediatrician who works as the pediatric quality physician for Contra Costa Health Plan. Her interests include pediatric obesity, quality of care for children, breastfeeding promotion, and preventing early childhood caries. For the past 30 years, Dr. Dooley has dedicated her career to providing care to children from families with low incomes in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is co-founder of and an active participant in Contra Costa's Healthy & Active Before 5, a collaborative initiative to reduce early childhood obesity. She also led and published a 4-year quality initiative that resulted in the application of fluoride varnish to 95 percent of young children seen for well child exams at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.

Burton Edelstein, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Burton Edelstein is professor of dentistry and health policy and chair, Department of Population Oral Health, College of Dental Medicine, Columbia University. At Columbia University, he conducts research on early childhood caries management and federal oral health policy and directs four federally funded dental training grants. He is founding president emeritus and senior fellow in public policy of the Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP), a nonprofit policy organization that advances the oral health interests of children and their families. A board-certified pediatric dentist, he practiced in Connecticut. Dr. Edelstein taught at the University of Connecticut and Harvard University before relocating to Washington, DC, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy fellow, coordinator of a federal interagency oral health initiative, and chair of the Surgeon General's Workshop on Children and Oral Health. Through CDHP, he has worked to secure dental coverage under the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Affordable Care Act, and he has served on the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission that was established to review Medicaid and CHIP access and payment policies and to advise Congress on issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP.

Mary E. Foley, R.D.H., M.P.H.
Mary E. Foley is a licensed dental hygienist in Massachusetts and executive director, Medicaid | Medicare | CHIP Services Dental Association (MSDA). Since joining MSDA, Ms. Foley has been instrumental in broadening national and state-level stakeholder collaboration, raising awareness about the importance of oral health, annually convening a national Medicaid-CHIP oral health symposium, and advancing state program policy and protocols to improve health and health care and reduce costs for Medicaid programs and their beneficiaries. Previously, she served as dean of the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University. She also served as program director for Improving Perinatal and Infant Oral Health, a national provider grant funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and as director of the Office of Oral Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Jane L. Forrest, B.S.D.H., M.S., Ed.D.
Jane Forrest is professor of clinical dentistry and director, National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California. She has received several federal training grants, one that funded development of the center and another that funded research on how to integrate evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) into curricula. Dr. Forrest is an internationally recognized author and presenter on EBDM. Her projects have included preparing the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) paper on EBDM in dental hygiene, serving as the pre-conference workshop chair for the International Conference on Evidence-Based Dentistry, and serving on the conference-planning committee and participating in the American Dental Association's Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference. Her publications include book chapters on EBDM for Clinical Periodontology, and for Dental Hygiene: Theory and Practice. She is the co-author of two textbooks, the most recent being Evidence-Based Decision Making: Developing Competence in EB Practice. She has served on editorial boards of dental hygiene and evidence-based journals. She also has served as a reviewer and task force liaison member for the Cochrane Oral Health Group and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was one of the first recipients of the ADHA Warner Lambert Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene and a recipient of the Colgate Oral Health Research Award presented by the Oral Health Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research.

Claude Earl Fox, M.D., M.P.H.
Claude Earl Fox is president of Med Plus Disability Evaluations, Inc., which performs examinations for social security and state disability. He also serves as professor emeritus, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, and teaches in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Fox served on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Oral Health Initiative, which wrote Advancing Oral Health in America, and as chair of the Florida Oral Health Coalition. He worked in state and local public health for over 30 years, first as state health officer of the Alabama Department of Public Health for 6 years. In 1992, he transitioned to the U.S. Public Health Service as regional health administrator in Philadelphia, PA. He later assumed the position of deputy assistant secretary of health of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 1997, he was appointed administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, where he made oral health one of his top priorities. Following his federal career, Dr. Fox was appointed professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health and was the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute. From 2006 to 2012, he served as research professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine and as founding director of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation.

Julie Frantsve-Hawley, R.D.H., Ph.D.
Julie Frantsve-Hawley is executive director, American Association of Public Health Dentistry. She is also editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Evidence-Based Practice for Dental Hygienists and an editor of the textbook Evidence-Based Dentistry for the Dental Hygienist. She was senior director of the American Dental Association's Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry for 10 years and has been a research investigator on several grants from the Agency for Health Research & Quality, the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the National Library of Medicine. She is involved in dissemination and implementation research projects aimed at helping clinicians implement science into practice and is a member of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. She is also an executive scholar of the Nonprofit Management Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Raul Garcia, D.M.D., M.Med.Sc.
Raul Garcia is professor and chair, Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University (BU). He is also director of the Northeast Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities at BU. Dr. Garcia is a past chair and a current member of the Massachusetts Oral Health Advocacy Task Force, Inc. In 2010, he was elected president of Health Care for All, a Massachusetts statewide consumer-based advocacy organization, where he was a member of the Board of Directors of Health Care since 2006. He is the immediate past president of the Santa Fe Group. He is also past president of the Hispanic Dental Association, the national organization whose primary mission is to improve the oral health of Latinos in the United States. Dr. Garcia has investigated the role that oral conditions may play as risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other systemic health outcomes and how oral conditions may affect quality of life.

Barbara L. Greenberg, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Barbara L. Greenberg is professor of epidemiology and chair, Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College. She has more than 25 years of research experience working in applied epidemiology with an early focus in the areas of infectious disease, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS and a more recent focus on chronic disease and the oral-systemic disease relationship. Since 2007 her research interest and commitment has expanded to focus on engaging oral health professionals in efforts to control chronic diseases of public health significance that may also impact oral health care. Dr. Greenberg and colleagues from the oral health research community have been working on an expanded role for oral health professionals in early disease risk screening for medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and HIV. She has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in this area. She has been a principal investigator and co-principal investigator on several funded research grants to address a variety of important public and global health concerns.

Jane Grover, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Jane Grover is director, Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations, Division of Government/Public Affairs, American Dental Association (ADA). Previously, she served as dental director for the Center for Family Health, a federally qualified health center in Jackson, MI. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and Lutheran Medical Center of New York. Dr. Grover has been active in organized dentistry, first as a trustee of the Michigan Dental Association and also on the ADA Strategic Planning Committee in the 1990s. She completed 5 years on the ADA Political Action Committee, serving as chair from 2003 to 2005. In addition, Dr. Grover was vice president of ADA from October 2006 to October 2008.

Katina Holt, M.P.H., M.S., R.D., FAND
Katrina Holt is professor of practice, Georgetown University (GU). She is the director of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). She is also the lead for oral health activities for the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, funded by the Administration of Children and Families' Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care and the Health Resources and Services Administration's MCHB. In these roles, she assists federal agencies to enhance the quality of oral health services for pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents, especially those from families with low incomes. Before joining GU, Katrina worked in a variety of settings, including health clinics, prenatal clinics, school-based clinics, refugee clinics, hospitals, city/county health departments, and community programs such as Head Start and WIC.

Dushanka V. Kleinman, D.D.S., M.Sc.D.
Dushanka V. Kleinman is associate dean for research and professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park. Before joining the department, Dr. Kleinman completed 28 years of government service where she most recently served as deputy director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, and assistant surgeon general, U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. In 2006 she also completed a 5-year term as the 15th chief dental officer, USPHS. Dr. Kleinman is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and has served as president of the board, the American Association of Women Dentists, and the American Association of Dental Public Health. She is currently vice president of the Santa Fe Group.

David Krol, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP
David Krol is senior program officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), where he is focused on developing health care leaders who will build and sustain a culture of health. Before joining RWJF in 2009, Dr. Krol was associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, where he also served as chair. He is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program and a former Bush Fellow in child development and social policy at Yale University. A recognized leader in children's oral health advocacy, Dr. Krol has provided pediatric primary care to the underserved in Connecticut, New York, Ohio, and New Jersey; testified before federal, state, and local legislative bodies on behalf of children; and published in scientific journals such as Pediatrics, Advances in Pediatrics, and Pediatrics in Review on topics as diverse as children's oral health, health work force policy, medical errors, and labor-pain management.

Lisa Mallonee, M.P.H., R.D.H., R.D., L.D.
Lisa Mallonee is professor and graduate program director, Caruth School of Dental Hygiene Program, Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M University. She teaches at both the undergraduate and the graduate level and supervises graduate thesis research. Additionally, she serves as preceptor for Baylor University Medical Center, providing a supervised rotation in dental hygiene clinic for dietetic interns. Ms. Mallonee is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker. She has served as a content reviewer for the National Diabetes Education Program, the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' oral health and nutrition position paper and as co-author for the academy's oral health and nutrition practice paper. Ms. Mallonee has published in dental hygiene textbooks and peer reviewed journals on multiple topics pertaining to diet, nutrition, and oral health, and on practical application to whole-body health for dietetics professionals and oral health professionals.

Nicholas G. Mosca, D.D.S., Dr.P.H.
Nicholas Mosca is director, STD/HIV Office for the Mississippi State Department of Health and affiliate faculty, University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). He has been state dental director for Mississippi and has directed a hospital-based dental program for the University Hospitals and Clinics at UMMC. In 1996, Dr. Mosca was the Harry W. Bruce, Jr., Legislative Fellow for the American Dental Education Association. He was also a U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow in 2005 and the Meskin Fellow for Santa Fe Group in 2012. Dr. Mosca is past president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and serves as editor for the Santa Fe Group.

Ankit Sanghavi, B.D.S., M.P.H.
Ankit Sanghavi is a public health research analyst at the Texas Health Institute (THI). Dr. Sanghavi received degrees in dentistry and health policy and management. He is involved in a range of research and evaluation programs at THI aimed at improving oral health through research, policy, advocacy, and program development. His past projects include a unique program evaluation based on a time-motion study that he designed and conducted for the St. David Foundation's flagship mobile dental program. He serves on several statewide public health and oral health coalitions and committees. Recently, he was nominated for and is serving as the Texas state representative on the regional oral health connections team of the DentaQuest Foundation's national Oral Health 2020 program.

Jonathan Shenkin, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Jonathan Shenkin is a pediatric dentist in private practice in Augusta, Maine, and clinical associate professor, Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research and Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Boston University. In 2013, Dr. Shenkin was elected to a 2-year term as vice president of the American Dental Association (ADA). He has been actively involved in improving nutrition in U.S. public schools since 2001. He was a member of the Maine legislature's Commission to Study Public Health, and he chaired the section on children, nutrition, and schools. Maine subsequently became one of the first states in the nation to ban the sale of soda in public schools based on legislation that Dr. Shenkin's subcommittee drafted. Dr. Shenkin was invited to present his experience to the Institute of Medicine, which was working on the report Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the Way for Healthier Youth. While a member of the ADA board of trustees, Dr. Shenkin chaired the board's workgroup on creating an ADA policy on sugar; the policy passed the ADA House of Delegates in 2015.

Linda H. Southward, Ph.D.
Linda Southward is research fellow and research professor, Social Science Research Center (SSRC), Mississippi State University (MSU), where she coordinates the Family and Children Research Unit. Since 2007, she has served as director of Mississippi KIDS COUNT, which is funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She also serves as co-principal investigator (PI) on the Mississippi Data Project, which is funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and recently was PI on a pilot study to analyze developmental screenings among Mississippi's pre-kindergarten collaborative programs. She has led research projects that encompassed working with Medicaid beneficiaries in Mississippi and conducted research on childhood obesity and the oral health needs of children in the Mississippi Delta. In addition, she has led numerous research studies with funding from state, national, public, and private entities. Before joining SSRC, Dr. Southward was director of MSU's social work program, where she was instrumental in leading the program to accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education, Before that, she worked in two different public health districts in Mississippi, where she built public health social work programs in various counties throughout north and east central Mississippi. She has served on numerous boards and in leadership positions in Mississippi.

Norman Tinanoff, D.D.S., M.S.
Norman Tinanoff is professor of pediatric dentistry, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Maryland Dental School. After completing his dental education and training, Dr. Tinanoff spent 2 years in military service at the Army Institute of Dental Research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. For 23 years, he was at the University of Connecticut Health Center, where he was director of the Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program for 16 years. In 1999, he became chairman of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Maryland. Dr. Tinanoff has authored or co-authored over 160 publications, primarily on fluoride mechanisms, antimicrobials, caries risk factors, early childhood caries, and prevention. His recent book chapters include “The Oral Cavity” in Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics and “Use of Fluorides” in Early Childhood Oral Health.

Clemencia M. Vargas, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Clemencia M. Vargas is associate professor, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Maryland. Her research focuses on socioeconomic inequalities in children's oral health, an area in which she has published numerous scientific articles. She has a strong interest in improving oral health at the community level. She is faculty advisor for several dental student groups that emphasize community service. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine committee that wrote the report Advancing Oral Health in America.

Bradley Whistler, D.M.D.
Bradley Whistler is dental officer for the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services and manager of the Oral Health Program within the department. He is a past chair of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors' (ASTDD's) Data and Surveillance Committee, a member of ASTDD's fluorides committee, a member of the executive board of the Medicaid | Medicare | CHIP Services Dental Association, and the region X representative to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Oral Health Technical Advisory Group.

Margo G. Wootan, D.Sc.
Margo Wootan is director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which provides advice and advocacy toward a healthier food system. Dr. Wootan has coordinated and led efforts to require calorie labeling at fast-food and other chain restaurants, require trans-fat labeling on packaged foods, improve the nutritional quality of school foods, reduce junk-food marketing aimed at children, and expand nutrition and physical activity programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She co-founded and has led both the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity and the Food Marketing Workgroup. Dr. Wootan is a powerful voice shaping the national nutrition debate. In 2014 she was named one of the Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink by Fortune magazine, and she has been recognized by the Harvard School of Public Health for her leadership in public policy. She is quoted regularly in the nation's major media and appeared in the movies Super Size Me and Fed Up.

Robin Wright, Ph.D., M.A.
Robin Wright is assistant director of the Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Previously, Dr. Wright served as president of Wright Communications and presented over 500 seminars to oral health audiences, including the Yankee, the Hinman, and annual sessions of AAPD, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Dental Association. She has also provided educational needs assessments and seminars to professional associations on communications, practice management, and public policy issues. Dr. Wright has taught communications courses at five universities and two dental schools and has served as a media consultant to more than 40 health care organizations. She is the author of over 70 publications, including the book Tough Questions, Great Answers: Responding to Patient Concerns About Today's Dentistry.