2019 AAOM Fall Meeting - Speakers

Improving Outcomes in Orofacial Pain: A Team Sport

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Arnold Caplan, PhD

Arnold I. Caplan, Professor of Biology and Director of the Skeletal Research Center at Case Western Reserve University. He received his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Caplan is a national and international scholar focusing on experimentation in the area of musculoskeletal and skin development. He has published over 400 papers and manuscripts and has long been supported by the NIH and other non-profit and for-profit agencies for his efforts in trying to understand the development, maturation and aging of cartilage, bone, skin and other mesenchymal tissues and for his pioneering research on Mesenchymal Stem Cells.

Arwa Farag, BDS, DMSc

Dr. Arwa Farag is an assistant professor at the Division of Oral Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM). She graduated from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She completed her residency training in oral medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and earned her Doctorate of Medical Science Degree (DMSc) from Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She also completed her fellowship in TMD/orofacial pain at TUSDM. Dr. Farag is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. She is also a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeon of Edinburgh.

Kentaro Ikeda, DDS, MPH

Dr. Ikeda is an assistant professor at the Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and at the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine. He received his DDS from Tokyo Dental College, his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the Kanagawa Children’s Medical Center, his Certificates in GPR and Oral Medicine from the Carolinas Medical Center, and his Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Ikeda is a diplomat of the American Board of Oral Medicine and holds Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons at Edinburgh. He maintains an Oral Medicine practice at the University of Colorado. His clinical and research interests are the management of oral mucosal diseases, orofacial pain, pediatric Oral Medicine, oral manifestations of systemic diseases, drug-induced oral complications, and oral care for oncology patients.

Jennifer Kriegler, MD

Jennifer S. Kriegler, MD, is a full-time Staff member in the Center for Headache and Pain, Department of Neurology. She is Director of the Headache Medicine Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, the Director, Basic Core 3 Neurosciences, Discipline Leader for the Basic Core 3 Neurosciences third-year medical student rotation at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) of Case Western Reserve University and a CCLCM Physician Advisor. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on migraine and chronic pain syndromes, is a nationally known headache specialist and lecturer, and is actively participating in migraine headache research. Dr. Kriegler has been recognized by her colleagues as one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 1998.

Dharti Patel, DMD, ND, FDS RCS (Ed)

Dr. Patel is a practicing Dentist and Naturopathic Physician. She completed her dental training at University of Pennsylvania and residency in OM/OFP at UMDNJ-University Hospital/NJ Dental School.  She obtained her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the ABOM and ABOP, Fellow of Dental Surgery Royal College of Surgeons (Ed) and Fellow of the International College of Oral Implantologists.  She also trained in Evidence-Based Medicine at the Forsyth Institute in Boston.  Over her 17-year career path in private practice, Dr. Patel also held academic positions as an Assistant Professor at UMDNJ and NYU where she attended to postgraduate GPR, OM, OFP programs and directed the clinical pre-doctoral program in OM, OFP and Special Needs. Currently, Dr. Patel is completing her Doctoral & Master's Degrees in Oriental Medicine. She is currently practicing Integrative OFP/OM bi-coastally in Arizona and NY.

Andres Pinto, DMD, MPH, MSCE, MBA

Dr. Pinto is Chairman and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. He is also an attending physician in the Department of Surgery, Divisions of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pediatric Dentistry at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, and a consultant in the VA system. He received his DMD, MPH, MSCE, certificate in Clinical Research, and certificate in Oral Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine, a certificate in Dental Public Health from the National Institutes of Health, and an MBA in healthcare administration from the Weatherhead School of Management.

Kenneth Rodriguez, MD

Kenneth Rodriguez is a skilled and accomplished ear, nose, and throat doctor based in Cleveland, Beachwood, and Westlake, OH. Dr. Rodriguez obtained his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He also completed his residency in otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a fellowship in sinus and skull base surgery at the University of North Carolina Health Care. Dr. Rodriguez is a part of UHMG Otolaryngology. Dr. Rodriguez is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Rodriguez is uncompromising in his dedication to the well-being of his patients. He is committed to giving the best care and establishing long-lasting relationships with them.

Judith Scheman, PhD

Judith Scheman, PhD, is a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic's Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Section of Pain Management. Dr. Scheman specializes in chronic pain rehabilitation.

Dr. Scheman graduated Cum Laude, with honors in psychology, at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. She earned an MA and PhD at Kent State University, Kent, OH.

Dr. Scheman is a member of the American Psychological Association and American Pain Society. She is the author of several articles and has presented at many national and international conferences.

Hong Shen, MD

Hong Shen, MD specializes in integrative holistic chronic pain management. She was trained in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Acupuncture. She blends her training in traditional medicine with a holistic approach to boost your body's natural self-repair process.

Dr. Shen earned her medical degree from Suzhou Medical College in Suzhou, China. She completed an internal medicine residency at Hangzhou Red Cross Hospital in Hangzhou, China, an internal medicine residency at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio, and a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at MetroHealth Medical Center through Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.


Dr. Eric Stoopler is a Professor of Oral Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) School of Dental Medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at S.U.N.Y Binghamton in 1994 and earned his DMD from Penn in 1999. Dr. Stoopler completed a General Practice Residency at the Brooklyn VA Hospital in 2000 and a Fellowship in Oral Medicine at Penn in 2002. Dr. Stoopler holds Fellowship in The American Association of Hospital Dentists, The International College of Dentists, The Royal College of Surgeons (Ed, Eng), The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasg) and is a Diplomate of The American Board of Oral Medicine and The American Board of Special Care Dentistry. Currently, he maintains an active clinical oral medicine practice at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and is a Consultant to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Ali Zakir Syed, BDS, MS

Dr. Syed is Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences and Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist at the CWRU School of Dental Medicine, and provides radiographic readings and interpretations for 2D and 3D (CBCT) imaging. In addition to providing reports to the school, his services are available for the community at large. Dr. Syed earned his dental degree from A.E.C.S Maaruthi Dental College and Research Centre, Bangalore University, India and taught general dentistry to medical students for a brief stint at C.M.S Teaching Hospital in Bharatpur, Nepal.

Denée Trosterud, PT

Denée Trosterud, PT is a native of Ashland, Ohio, and has recently returned home after calling Georgia home for five years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2011, and then pursued and completed the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Mercer University, graduating with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014. She received her certification in Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling in the Spring of 2016 and enjoys incorporating many different skills into the treatment of her patients including Dry Needling, Kinesiotaping techniques and various types of Myofascial Release.  She has experience in many Physical Therapy fields including: Acute Care, Outpatient Orthopedics, Outpatient Pediatrics, Pediatric Aquatic Therapy, and some experience at a Skilled Nursing Facility. Denée was a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia from 2011-2017, and will be joining the Ohio chapter soon.