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IDEA - The Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy

Foster City, United States of America

The Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy – IDEA was founded by Bob Lamb in 2003. Throughout his career as a periodontist, Bob was all about dental education. He had his vision of how advanced continuing dental education ideally should be taught.

Based on intense hands-on training, world-renowned faculty, and small class size, IDEA has become recognized as a premier provider of advanced continuing dental education.

IDEA is here to guide you to achieve your goals by offering high level courses and one-on-one mentorship. You will return to your practice inspired and with new skills that can be implemented immediately.

The IDEA experience will forever change the way you practice.

1291 East Hillsdale Boulevard, Suite 123
94404 Foster City
United States of America


Prof. Dr. Fouad Khoury DMD, PhD

Germany, Olsberg

Prof. Dr. Fouad Khoury received his dental education at the Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon, and his specialization in Oral Surgery at the Universities of Freiburg and Münster, Germany. He was Assistant Professor at the University of Münster, where he completed his PhD and Scientific Habilitation degree. Since 1994, Prof. Khoury has been Full Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of the University of Münster, and Director of the Privatzahnklinik Schloss Schellenstein, Olsberg, Germany. For many years, he has been a visiting professor at several universities, the Chairperson of the Examination Committee for Oral Surgery, and a member of the editorial board of many international journals. Prof. Khoury is currently Chairperson of the Oral and Jaw Surgery Society (AGOKI) of the German Association for Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine (DGZMK), and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Oral Implantology. He has received several awards (eg, the Pioneers in Dentistry award 2016 AUB, and the William R. Laney Award of the American Academy of Osseointegration 2017) and holds many patents. Prof. Khoury is the author and editor of four bestseller textbooks that have been translated into more than 10 languages.

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PD Dr. Didier Dietschi DDS, MSD, PhD

Switzerland, Genf

Dr Didier Dietschi graduated from the University of Geneva Dental School, Switzerland, in 1984, where he completed specialty training in periodontology and restorative dentistry. He held the positions of assistant, lecturer, and senior lecturer at the same university, where he received his doctoral title in 1988 under the supervision of Prof Jacques Holz and a Privat-Docent degree in 2004. He earned his PhD in 2003 at the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam, Netherlands, under the guidance of Prof Carel Davidson. In 1990, he started a part-time practice in a private office in Geneva limited to esthetic restorative dentistry with a focus on soft tissue management and implantology. Since 2005, he has held the position of adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University (USA) and maintained his part-time senior lecturer position at the University of Geneva in the Department of Cariology and Endodontics headed by Prof Ivo Krejci. Dr Dietschi has won numerous awards for his contributions to adhesive restorative dentistry. He is an active lecturer author, journal reviewer, and industry consultant and has contributed to significant improvements in the field of composite shading with the development of the so-called “Natural Layering Concept”. He coauthored the book Adhesive Metal-Free Restorations, edited in 1997 by Quintessence and translated into seven languages. Dr Dietschi is internationally acclaimed for his theoretical and practical teaching programs focused on adhesive and esthetic restorations with the integration of scientific evidence and implementation of new technologies in the field of minimally invasive esthetic dentistry applied to the restorations of anterior and posterior teeth.


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Dr. Dr. Snjezana Pohl PhD

Croatia, Rijeka

She is both doctor of human and dental medicine. She is a specialist in oral surgery and EDA certificated specialist for periodontology and implantology.

Currently she is joint owner and head of the Department for Oral Surgeryin a private clinic (Rident). Designated as an assistant professor, she additionally is giving lectures at the Department of Oral Medicine and Periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine of the University of Rijeka.

In 2015 she became a DentalXP expert and a lecturer at worldwide dental meetings.

As an active lecturer in the fields of implantology and periodontology she underlines the importance of minimally invasive techniques especially in a comprehensive treatment methodologies based upon Preservation of tissues such
as Partial extraction therapies, autogenous tissue utilization, Osseodensification and others.

Dr. Pohl is an active lecturer in the fields of implantology and periodontology (Germany, Spain, Italy, China, Croatia) and has numerous publications in medical journals.

She is a member of the AAP (American Academy of Periodontology), EDA (European Dental Association), Croatian Periodontal Association, Croatian Dental Chamber, Croatian Medical Association, Bayerische Zahnärztekammer.

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Prof. Dr. Dennis P. Tarnow DDS

United States of America, New York

Dennis P. Tarnow, DDS, is clinical professor of periodontology and director of implant education at Columbia School of Dental Medicine. He is a recipient of the Master Clinician Award from the American Academy of Periodontology, Teacher of the Year Award from New York University, and Distinguished Lecturer Award from the American College of Prosthodontists. He has published over 200 articles on perio-prosthodontics and implant dentistry and has coauthored four textbooks, including The Single-Tooth Implant (Quintessence Publishing, 2020) with Dr Stephen J. Chu. Dr Tarnow maintains a private practice in New York City and has lectured in over 45 countries.

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Dr. Pierpaolo Cortellini MD, DDS

Italy, Florence

Dr. Pierpaolo Cortellini received his MD from the University of Florence (Italy) in 1980, and his DDS in 1984 from the University of Siena (Italy). Dr Cortellini is the Secretery of the Accademia Toscana di Ricerca Odontostomatologica, Firenze Italy, and Board Member of the European Research Group in Periodontology, Berne (CH). He is active Member and Past President of the Italian Society of Periodontology and Past President of the European Federation of Periodontology. Promoter of “Project Periodontal Diagnosis” and Coordinator of the 5 “National Educational Projects” from SIdP, he was Scientific Chairman of Europerio 6. He runs a private practice in Florence (Italy), with services limited to periodontics. Dr. Cortellini is involved in clinical research in periodontology since 1982, with special emphasis to periodontal regeneration, aesthetics, and diagnosis. Dr. Cortellini lectures extensively on a national and international level; he is referee of scientific journals in the field of periodontology, and is the author of more than 100 original publications in scientific journals.

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Dr. Otto Zuhr

Germany, München

Otto Zuhr studied dentistry at the University of Aachen from 1986 to 1992. He is board-certified specialist in Periodontology of the German Society of Periodontology (DGParo) and runs a private office together with Marc Hürzeler in Munich, Germany dedicated to periodontology and implant dentistry. With more than 25 years of clinical experience and teaching practice, Dr. Zuhr has become a proven expert in his field well beyond the European borders. From 2007 to 2014 he was board member of the German Society of Periodontology (DGParo) and he`s presently holding an associate professorship position at the Department of Periodontology of the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany (Director: Prof. Peter Eickholz). Otto Zuhr has written several refereed scientific articles in the field of periodontology and implant dentistry. His book "Plastic Esthetic Periodontal and Implant Surgery" was published by Quintessence Publishing in 2012. His research activities are focused on oral soft tissue wound healing and oral soft tissue reconstruction.

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Prof. Dr. Sadao Sato DDS, PhD

Japan, Yokusuka

Prof. Dr. Sadao Sato is an internationally most recognized specialist in the area of orthodontics.

In 1971 Prof. Sato graduated from Kanagawa Dental College, Japan.

After having received his degree DDSc in 1979 he became Assistant Professor in Kanagawa Dental University. In 1989 he was appointed Associate Professor and since 1996 until present he has been Professor in Kanagawa Dental University (Orthodontics).

Between 1991 and 2001 Prof. Sato was President of Japan MEAW technique and research foundation.
From 1992 onwards until today he has been Member of the Angle Society of Orthodontics.
In 2009 Prof. Sadao Sato was appointed as Dean of Kanagawa Dental University.
2014 – Present, he is head of research institute of Occlusion Medicine in Kanagawa Dental University.

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Dr. Charles Khoury DMD, MS, DU

Lebanon, Beirut

Born in Saida, Lebanon

1988: D.M.D., St. Joseph University, Beirut.

Since 1989: Assistant and Master Assistant Professor at the Department of Prosthodontic, St. Joseph University, Beirut.

Since 1999: Director of the German Centre of Implant Dentistry, Beirut.

1996: High studies Diploma in Endodontic (D.E.S. Endodontie) St. Joseph University, Beirut.

1999: High studies Certificate in Prosthodontics (C.E.S Prothèse Fixée), St. Joseph University, Beirut.

2002 : University Diploma in implant dentistry (D.U. de Chirurgie et Prothèses Implantaire),
Claude Bernard University Lyon, Lyon – France.

Since 2006: Experimental Research on Implants surfaces at the University of Muenster, Germany

2008: Master of Oral Medicine & Implantology of the University of Muenster, Germany

Several publications and international lectures and courses on Implantology, Prosthodontics, Endodontics, ….

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Dr. Heike Kraemer MSc

United States of America, Foster City

Her treatment approach is based on comprehensive, preventive, minimal invasive, functional dentistry within an interdisciplinary concept. Periodontics and Orthodontics are the fundamental cornerstones of her Functional / Esthetic Oral Rehabilitations. In 2006, Dr. Kraemer worked full time together with Prof. Rudolf Slavicek as his prosthodontist and as a researcher in the Center for Cranio-Mandibular-Disorders in Vienna and as a teaching assistant at the Danube University in Krems. Since 2007, Dr. Kraemer is on the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy – IDEA in Foster City, California teaching courses on: Oral Rehabilitation of Patients with and without Functional Disorders. She is also a member of the Interdisciplinary Team at the IDEA Faculty Clinic. In 2014, Dr. Kraemer founded together with Prof. Sadao Sato and Dr. Robert Lamb the Center for Craniofacial and Occlusal Medicine in San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA. Since 2006, she has lectured in Europe, Asia, and North America on Function, Occlusion and the Joint Related Treatment Approach.

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Dr. John West DDS, MSD

United States of America, Tacoma

Dr. West is a clinical visionary, inventor, author, teacher, and an advocate for any dentist that wants to experience the successful possibilities of endodontics in his or her practice. As the founder and director of the Center for Endodontics, British-born Dr. John West is recognized as one of world’s premier educators in clinical and interdisciplinary endodontics. Dr. John West received his DDS from the University of Washington in 1971 where he is an Affiliate Associate Professor. He then earned his MSD in endodontics at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 1975 where he is a clinical instructor and has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. West has presented unrivaled endodontic continuing education in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia while maintaining a private practice in Tacoma, Washington.

Dr. West co-authored Obturation of the Radicular Space with Dr. John Ingle in Ingle’s 1994 and 2002 editions of Endodontics and was senior author of Cleaning and Shaping the Root Canal System in Cohen and Burns 1994 and 1998 Pathways of the Pulp. He has authored Endodontic Predictability in Dr. Michael Cohen’s 2008 Quintessence text Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning: Principles, Design, Implementation, and Michael Cohen’s 2010 Quintessence text, Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning Volume II: Comprehensive Case Studies and is lead author of Esthetic Management of Endodontically Treated Teeth in Dr. Ronald Goldstein’s 2015 third edition of Esthetics in Dentistry. Dr. West’s memberships include: 2009 president and fellow of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and2010 president of the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry, the Northwest Network for Dental Excellence, and the International College of Dentists. He is a 2010 consultant for the ADA’s prestigious ADA Board of Trustees and is a consultant to the ADA Council on Dental Practice. Dr. West further serves on the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine’s Boston University Alumni Board. He is a Thought Leader for Carestream Digital Dental Systems and serves on the editorial advisory boards for: The Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, Practical Procedures and Aesthetic Dentistry, The Journal of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry and he is an associate editor for Endodontic Practice/US.  

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Dr. Jordan West DDS, MSD

United States of America, Tacoma

Dr. Jordan West earned his bachelor’s degree in 2005 at Santa Clara University. After college, he chose to pursue dentistry and attended the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, California, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2008. From there, he attended a two-year General Practice Residency at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. West completed his Master of Science in Dentistry in Endodontics at the University of Washington, under the guidance of endodontic chair and director, Dr. James D. Johnson, DDS, MS, FICD.

Dr. West earned one of the top awards at the 2012 AAE Annual Session for his research on apex location using a novel obturation technique. In August of 2012, he joined his father, Dr. John West, and his brother, Dr. Jason West, at the Center for Endodontics in Tacoma, Washington.

Dr. West enjoys being connected with the education of Endodontics, as he serves as a clinical instructor of Endodontics at the University of Washington dental school. He lectured and taught hands-on courses on clinical Endodontics at the 2013 Annual Session for the American Dental Association in New Orleans.

Along with his passionate and caring nature, Dr. West brings a sense of calm and confidence to those he serves. He is committed to providing his patients with both exceptional technical skill as well as a sincere desire for their overall health and wellbeing.

As a proud uncle of six amazing and unique nieces and nephews Dr. Jordan West spends his leisure time with his incredible wife and the extended family. Depending on the season he can most likely be found skiing on the water in front of Fox Island or rushing the slopes of White Pass in the Cascades.

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Dr. Ken Hovden DDS

United States of America, Daly City

As the son of two successful dentists, Dr. Ken Hovden has dentistry in his blood. He was born and raised as a third-generation San Franciscan, and he attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory. Dr. Hovden completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University—graduating with honors and a dual degree in biology and social/political science.

Dr. Hovden went on to earn his doctorate from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry (UOP), where he received the prestigious Gene Dixon Student Leadership Award, along with being inducted into the top honor dental society OKU. After graduating in 1981, Kenneth Hovden, DDS, joined his father in private practice. He remained in practice with his dad until his father’s retirement in 1997.


A vested member of the dental community, Daly City cosmetic dentist Dr. Ken Hovden’s reputation for excellence and dedication to quality work are unsurpassed! To continually hone his skills, Dr. Hovden has trained with the country’s top academic leaders in preventive and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Hovden has been the recipient of many accolades and awards in recognition of his talent and skill—including multiple gold medals from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also a highly sought-after author, lecturer, and teacher.

As an accomplished author, Dr. Hovden has published several articles in highly respected dental journals and his work has been featured in numerous national publications.

Dr. Hovden has served as a member of the endodontic faculty at UOP Dental School for over 32 years, as well as on the executive board of the university’s Alumni Association for over 12 years. As a faculty member of the Hornbrook Group, he taught advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry to dental professionals across the nation.

Currently, Dr. Hovden is a Spear Institute faculty member, mentoring dentists from around the United States at their prestigious teaching facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, Dr. Hovden teaches at two other dental institutes. He has also founded Bay Area Aesthetic Master, a local study club dedicated to raising the knowledge of its 30+ members.

Dr. Hovden belongs to several professional organizations and affiliations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). In 2018, cosmetic dentist Dr. Hovden was awarded Fellowship Status in the AACD (a designation enjoyed by only two members in Northern California, Nevada, and Oregon). He is also a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the San Mateo Dental Society, and is among a handful of general dentists invited to join the American Association of Endodontists.

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Dr. DDS, MSD Robert Lamb †

United States of America, Foster City

Dr. Robert E. Lamb received his D.D.S. in 1967 from the University of California in San Francisco and his M.S.D. and certificate in Periodontics in 1972 from the University of Washington.

His honors include O.K.U. Honorary Dental Fraternity, Orban Award from the American Academy of Periodontology, Saul Schluger Endowed Visiting Professorship at the University of Washington, membership in the Studiengruppe für Restaurative Zahnheilkunde, honorary membership in the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetische Zahnheilkunde, and honorary memberships in the Indian Academy of Osseointegration and the International Academy of Advanced Interdisciplinary Dentistry.

He has taught in the Department of Periodontics at the University of the Pacific since 1972 and is a Visiting Professor in Graduate Periodontics at the University of Washington.

Dr. Lamb was an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the Academy of Osseointegration, the California Society of Periodontics, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the San Mateo County Dental Society, the Studiengruppe für Restaurative Zahnheilkunde, the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Parodontologie, the European Federation of Periodontology, the International Academy of Periodontology, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetische Zahnheilkunde, the European Association for Osseointegration, the European Dental Association, the Indian Academy of Osseointegration, and the International Academy of Advanced Interdisciplinary Dentistry.

Dr. Lamb has published in periodontal textbooks and various dental journals and lectures extensively both nationally and internationally while maintaining a private practice limited to periodontics and implantology in Foster City, California. Dr. Lamb is also the founder and owner of the Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy (IDEA) in Foster City, California.

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