ABGD President’s Message

May 22, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as President of the American Board of General Dentistry this past year. The previous presidents have set the standard high; I can only hope that I did not lower it. I would like to thank the eight Directors for the tremendous job they have done throughout the year in putting together the written and oral exams. Tremendous heartfelt thanks go to our Executive Director, Sandra Mitchell, for maintaining the daily operations of our organization. Without her efforts, the ABGD would be not operational. I would like to also thank the deputies who served during the oral and treatment planning portions of the 2013 exam. We would never be able to accomplish the exam without their efforts. I would be remiss if I did not mention Dr. Chika Raju and Dr. Steven Marinelli. Both of these individuals have served on the Board of Directors for six years. Dr. Marinelli served as our president last year and Dr. Raju was forever a steadfast advocate for the ABGD. We will greatly miss their presence and leadership.

We have approximately 670 active members with slightly more civilian members than active duty military. Financially, we are on sound footing. We have accomplished this by being more frugal, moving our operations from Chicago, IL to Tampa, FL and a slight dues increase. Just as important is the work Sunni Corporation and Sandra Mitchell have accomplished maintaining accurate membership information and answering questions and replying to emails requests daily.

In 2012 under the leadership and initiative of Dr. Steve Marinelli the ABGD was able to institute review processes for candidates wishing to challenge the results of the written, discipline specific and treatment planning portions of the exam. We continue our partnership with Professional Testing which has helped to insure our written exam is fair, accurate and challenging. Every question on the written exam is supported by references, reviewed by all directors and given an Angoff Score. This score is the percentage of minimally competent board eligible dentists we assume would answer the question correctly. The Angoff scores from all directors are averaged and Professional Testing uses the data to determine the minimal passing score. Professional Testing reviews the test results and identifies questions that performed poorly, were too easy or too hard. For example a question that more than 95% of the candidates answered correctly is considered too easy and those questions in which less than 45% answered correctly are considered too difficult. Additionally, poor discriminating questions are identified by those candidates who performed poorly yet answered the difficult questions correctly and those who performed well but answered the difficult questions incorrectly. These questions are then targeted for replacement or re-phrasing. Approximately 25% of the questions on the written exam are replaced annually with emphasis on replacing too easy and too difficult questions, and poor discriminating questions. From serving on the Board for the past three years the questions on the written exam are performing better each year. In April 2013, 30 candidates challenged the written exam and 25 passed. This is a 83% success rate. Congratulations to those candidates who are now eligible to sit for the oral exam. With regards to the Discipline Specific Oral exam we have eliminated the subjectivity of the grading process. Each director of the specific discipline has a set of questions with weighted values and a defined passing score. Similarly, the Standardized Treatment Planning Case is reviewed by all directors. Objective criteria are established that would constitute a passing and failing grade. In May we had the largest group of candidates (48) in recent years to challenge the oral exam and treatment planning portion of the exam with a pass rate of 56.25%.

This year's Buddy Boris Award will be presented to Dr. Robert Manga at our reception during the Annual AGD Meeting. Everyone should have received an invitation via postcard. Bob had served on the board for six years culminating in being our President from 2010 – 2011. The Board of Directors is busy to improve ABGD. We have a subcommittee researching possible changes to the Standardized Treatment Planning exercise. Instead of writing non-stop for four hours we are considering replacing the process with a 30 to 45 minute oral exam called Treatment Planning and Critical Thinking. A possible scenario would have each candidate review a standard case to treatment plan, but instead of writing the candidate would be asked questions to support their diagnosis and treatment plan. Additionally, we are looking at the possibility of reducing the number of questions on the written exam. This would help alleviate exam fatigue without reducing the efficacy of the exam. We also have a committee looking at another entry level for those who completed two different one-year residencies. For example, a dentist who completed a one-year General Practice Residency then later completed a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency. The planning for these changes is still in their infancy, more information will be forthcoming.

Do you know a colleague who is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry or has completed a two-year residency, but has not considered challenging the ABGD certification? Consider being a mentor for this colleague. I am mentoring three colleagues who work with me at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. Having obtained diplomate status in your specialty is the pinnacle of one's profession and can open doors to other job opportunities especially in academia. Finally, Dr. Nick Miniotis will assume the Presidency this summer. He brings a tremendous wealth of experience and knowledge to the Presidency. I am confident ABGD will be in good hands.


Terence A. Imbery, D.D.S
President, American Board of General Dentistry


New ABGD Contact Information

Please note the address and phone numbers of the ABGD below.  You are required to send any updates on your personal information directly to the ABGD at these contacts.

American Board of General Dentistry
PO Box 7613
Seminole, FL 33775-7613

Phone: (561) 809-5491
Fax: (727) 586-3331


ABGD Directors  

ABGD Directors serve three (3) year terms, with a maximum of two (2) terms.  The Director’s terms are staggered to provide stability and continuity to the Board.  As Director positions become available, candidate applications submitted to the ABGD are reviewed with qualified candidates being elected by the Board.  Previous service to the Board is a significant factor in the Board’s decision in the election of new directors.  Service to the Board also provides interested candidates with access to Board Directors and Board functions.  It is the intent of the Board to provide opportunities for interested Board Certified general dentists to assist in Board activities and to become a Director candidate.

ABGD Volunteer Opportunities

Service to the American Board  

There are several areas of service activities available to those who are interested in serving the American Board of General Dentistry.   

1) Volunteers for the ABGD Information Booth at the AGD Annual Meeting provide information to prospective Board candidates.

2) Deputy examiners serve to assist the ABGD Directors during the Oral Exam.  The deputy examiners are selected from a pool of interested Board Certified dentists.  

3) Serve as an ABGD Mentor-If you would like to serve as a mentor to candidates who are in the examination process please call or email to add your name to the ABGD Mentor Program.

For all service activities, the Board will attempt to rotate individuals to provide a broad experience in Board activities, and to provide the maximum number of Board Certified members the opportunity to assist in Board activities.

If you would like to volunteer for the ABGD, please send an e-mail to: Admin@ABGD.org.

Also include your CV and letter stating why you would like to volunteer for the ABGD.

NOTE: Annual Dues and CE hours must be current.  CV's must be received by August 31st in order to be considered for the subsequent year.


President, Nicholas J. Miniotis, DDS, MAGD, ABGD  
Dr. Nicholas Miniotis is a graduate of Penn State University and The Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University. He completed a GPR at Chanute AFB and a 2-year AEGD at the Naval Dental School in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Miniotis is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and has been board certified by the American Board of General Dentistry since 1993. He completed a 30-year military career in the United States Air Force, serving as a general dentist, residency director and commander. Currently Dr. Miniotis is a Clinical Assistant Professor at LSU School of Dentistry. He has served as an ABGD board director since 2009 and served as Treasurer in 2012, and VP 2013.
Vice President, Jon M. Dossett, DMD, ABGD  
Dr. Jon M. Dossett is the Director, Dental Biomaterials Evaluation and Vice-Commander at the USAF Dental Evaluation and Consultation Service. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1983 and a DMD degree from the College of Dentistry in 1987. He completed a two-year General Dentistry Residency in 1994 at Keesler AFB, MS and has served as Director, AEGD-1, USAF Academy, CO and as Training Officer, AEGD-2, Lackland AFB, TX. He is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and a Diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry. Dr. Dossett has served as an ABGD board director since 2011. He served as Treasurer 2012-2013.
Treasurer, Nathan C. Parrish, DDS, ABGD
Nathan C. Parrish is currently serving in the U.S. Army as a Dental Officer at Fort Sill, OK. He is the deputy director for the Comanche Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program and has a full scope practice with an emphasis toward the disciplines of dentoalveolar and periodontal surgery. Dr. Parrish is married to Kim and has two children, Abby and Ethan. Dr. Parrish has served as an ABGD board director since 2011.
Secretary, Nancy Motyka, DMD, MAGD, ABGD  
Dr Nancy Motyka is a Board Certified Dentist who is currently serving as the Dental Squadron Commander at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Dr Motyka graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University Dental School in 1983 and served as an associate for several years before opening her own practice in 1988. She ran a general practice in Middlesex, New Jersey for 15 years before joining the Air Force in 2003. Dr Motyka completed the 2-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB in 2006. She achieved ABGD board certification in 2007 and has served as Secretary 2011-2014.
Les Campbell, DDS, ABGD  
Dr. Campbell spent 20 years in the Canadian Armed Forces where he lived across North America. He also served in Haiti and In Afghanistan. In 2004, Dr. Campbell graduated from the Advanced General Dentistry - 2yr program at Ft. Hood, Texas. He was awarded the Joseph L. Bernier Research Award for his work there. He became board certified with the ABGD in 2005. He has an interest in forensic dentistry and endodontics, with a research focus in nickel titanium rotary files and their failure behavior patterns. Dr. Campbell has served as an ABGD board director since 2009.
Randolph A. Coffey, DMD, MS, MAGD, FICD, ABGD  
Dr. Randolph A. Coffey graduated from the University of Florida, College of Dentistry in 1988. He completed his residency at The Naval Postgraduate Dental School in 2004 and also earned a Masters of Science from the George Washington University in Oral Biology in 2004. Dr Coffey is the Senior Dental Executive, Senior Health Services Officer: US Coast Guard District 7: Airstation Clearwater /Sector St. Petersburg. Dr. Coffey has served as an ABGD board director since 2011.
Terence Imbery, DDS, FAGD, FICD, ABGD  
Dr. Terence Imbery earned his dental degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1983.  He completed a General Practice Residency in 1984 and a two–year General Dentistry residency in 1991.  He currently is an Assistant Professor and Vice Chairman of the General Practice Department at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.  Dr. Imbery is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, International College of Dentist and American College of Dentists.  He achieved ABGD board certification in 2003.  Dr. Imbery is the lead author of a textbook chapter and more than 35 scientific articles and abstracts in international peer reviewed journals.  Dr. Imbery served as Vice-President from 2011-2012 and President from 2012-2013.
Daniel P. Lavin, DMD, MAGD, ABGD
Dr. Daniel P. Lavin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1984. He completed his residency in 1985 at Fort Jackson, SC. Dr. Lavin has served as Director of a Comprehensive Dentistry Program at Fort Hood, TX and Hawaii. In addition he has served as a consultant for the Council on Dental Accreditation with the American Dental Association and as a consultant to the Army Surgeon General for General and Comprehensive Dentistry. He achieved ABGD board certification in 2003 and has served as an ABGD board director since 2013. ;
Jack Leverett, Jr. DMD, MAGD, ABGD  
Dr. Jack Leverett, Jr. completed his undergraduate education in Chemical Engineering in 1986 from The Georgia Institute of Technology and his DMD degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in 1992. He earned his Masters in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2006. Dr. Leverett, Jr. attained Diplomate status in the American Board of General Dentistry in 2008. He maintains a General Practice in Bainbridge, Georgia. Dr. Leverett has served as an ABGD board director since 2012.
American Board of General Dentistry
PO Box 7613
Seminole, FL 33775
Website: ABGD.org
Executive Director ~
Sandra Mitchell

Email: SandraM@ABGD.org
Telephone: 561-809-5491
Fax: 727-586-3331

Annual Dues

The first notice of the Annual Dues will be sent to all members September 1st. The 2nd notice is sent as a courtesy in December. Please be sure to have your correct contact information, including current address, e-mail and telephone number(s) on file with ABGD. The ABGD kindly requests your assistance in keeping your contact information current. Please note; Change of contact information with other dental organizations such as, ADA or AGD does not update your contact information in the ABGD database. You must notify ABGD in order to update your records accordingly.

The ABGD Board Certified Annual Dues are $125 if paid prior to December 31st, or $175 from January 1 through August 31st.

The ABGD Board Eligible and Conditionally Board Eligible Annual Dues are $50 if paid prior to December 31st or $65 from January 1st through August 31st.

Failure to pay the Annual Dues and/or failure to recertify each five (5) year period for Board Certified members will result in a loss of one's certification. ABGD values all members. Please do your part to remain in good standing.

Do You Have a Conditional Board Eligible Status?

The American Board assesses a conditional status to candidates who have yet to complete the requirements of their entry point. Examples of incomplete Entry Point requirements include: failure to submit documentation of the completion of your residency, for Entry Point I, less than the 600 CE hours submitted for Entry Point II, or failure to submit a copy of Mastership Certificate for Entry Point III. Candidates who have a conditional Board Eligible status must complete all entry point requirements before a candidate will be allowed to apply for or sit for the Oral Examination. If you are unsure of your current status, please contact the ABGD office for more information.

American Board of General Dentistry 2014 Testing Information

Exam Type
Exam Date
Application Deadline
Written Exam
Tampa, FL
March 14
February 5
Written Exam
March 14
February 5
Oral Exam
Tampa, FL
May 1-4
February 1
Written Exam
AGD Meeting:
Detroit, MI
June 27
April 27
Written Exam
June 27
April 27

Oral Exam Review Course

A five-day Oral Exam review course is offered at Lackland Air Force Base each February. This course has been designed to specifically prepare ABGD candidates to challenge the final portion of their board, the oral and treatment planning examination. The course offers a fast-paced, comprehensive review of all dental specialties, as well as a review of each specialty’s integration into comprehensive general dentistry. The treatment planning portion of the course offers candidates the opportunity to develop a treatment plan for a complex case under ABGD exam conditions. Attendance is open to Federal Service Dentists, and non-military dentists pending space availability (course fee - to be announced). Preference is given to ABGD candidates who have passed the written examination and are registered to take the oral exam in the current year.   If you are interested in attending the review course, contact either of the individuals below and request a registration form:


Primary:    Lt Col Jeffrey Casey via email: jeffrey.casey@us.af.mil     phone: 210-671-9779


The ABGD has an official logo readily available for use on stationery, business cards and your business Web sites. Use of the ABGD logo is currently restricted to Board Certified members only who are in good standing with the ABGD. In order to obtain the logo files, all interested BC dentists must sign the logo guideline documentation that outlines the framework in which the ABGD logo may be used. All logo files are sent by electronic means via e-mail. If you are interested in obtaining the official ABGD logo, please send a written request to the ABGD office.

ABGD Logo Guidelines

New Board Certified Dentists

The Board congratulates the following dentists who attained Board Certification in 2013:

Gayda G. Abulshamat, DDS
Yaquob Y. Alabwah, DDS
Fawaz M. Alzoubi, DMD
Aaron J. Brooks, DMD
Anthony S. Carroccia, DDS
Hui-Feng Chiu, DDS
So B. Choi, DDS
Peggy L. Dickson, DDS
William J. Dickson, DDS
Joel J. Doucette, DDS
Kenneth R. Dubois, DDS
Nicholas B. DuVall, DDS
Tuanh C. Halquist, DDS
Joanna B. Jaminska, DMD
Suzanne L. Jones, DDS
Khon H. Lien, DDS
Thu N. Luu, DMD
Ashley T. Mark, DMD
Michael T. McClure, DMD
Benjamin J. McGovern, DDS
Masoud Milani, DMD
Inaam A. Pedalino, DDS
Samuel J. Petrie, DDS
Tanya M. Robinson, DMD
Blake M. Rosacker, DMD
Mohammed Y. Sabti, DDS
Steven J. Todd, DMD

New Conditionally Board Eligible/Board Eligible Dentists

The Board congratulates the following dentists who attained Board Eligible status in 2013:

Aqdar A. Akbar, DDS
Soha H. Alberouti, BDS
Hanadi M. Alenezi, BDM
Mohammed Al-Hajii, DDS
Michael M. Armstrong, DMD
Jason M. Bullock, DMD
Nathanial B. Caldon, DMD
Katherine L. Cheng, DDS
Ronnie M. Citro, DDS
Brain M. Clement, DDS
Nickoli Dubyk, DMD
Brandon M. Gage, DDS
Gregory M. Gittleman, DMD
Braken R. Godfrey, DDS
Jeremy D. Hamal, DDS
Emily T. Ibarra, DMD
Hussein Irhama, DDS
Michael L. Johnson, DDS
Christopher R. Jordan, DMD
Brian J. Kirkwood, DDS
Mir M. Khan, DDS
Yosrelden S. Koheil, DMD
Megan E. Lichtwardt, DMD
Troy K. Lundrell, DMD
David G. MacPherson, DDS
Deidra E. McLean, DDS
Benjamin R.Methvin,DMD
Patrick B. Parsons, DDS
Anita M. Shade, DDS
Ryan D. Swiss, DDS
Faiza, Talybova, DDS
Bryan M. Wilson, DDS


  • To change to Retired Status, submit a letter to the Board verifying you no longer earn income from the profession of dentistry.

  • Candidates with the status of “Educationally Qualified” have five years and three attempts in which to pass the Written Examination.  

  • Once a candidate attains a Board Eligible status, that candidate then has five years in which to complete the Board Certification process.  

  • Candidates who are granted a Conditional Board Eligible will not be allowed to sit for the Oral Examination until they have achieved the status of Board Eligible.  Conditionally Board Eligible Candidates must complete all of the requirements of their Entry Point before they are granted the status of Board Eligible.  Conditionally Board Eligible candidates have five years to achieve Board Eligible status and pass the Oral Examination.  

  • Oral Exam applications must be submitted to the Board by February 1st of the year in which one wishes to sit for the exam.  Candidates must indicate which track they wish to pursue when they submit their Oral Examination application.

  • A PowerPoint presentation on the Standardized Treatment Planning and Rationale portion of the Oral Exam, as well as guidelines and sample cases can be found on this website under the Board Exams header, at the "Study Aids" dropdown.

  • Interested in giving a presentation to a residency program about the American Board of General Dentistry and the benefits of becoming Board Certified? Contact the ABGD office.

  • The ABGD Board offers an Outcomes Assessment Examination to assist AEGD/GPR program directors in assessing their residents’ progress and programs, as well as to fulfill the accreditation requirements for post-graduate programs, as revised by CODA in January 2000.  If you are a Program Director and would like more information on the Outcomes Assessment Examination program, please contact the ABGD office at (561) 809-5491.  

  • ABGD Lapel Pins are available.  Purchase an official American Board of General Dentistry Lapel pin.  To order your official ABGD lapel pin, send a check for $25 or contact the ABGD office directly with your credit card information.  Expect 10-14 business days for delivery.  

  • The ABGD 2012-2014 Study Guide is now available.  For assistance to those preparing for the ABGD Written Examination a Study
    Guide is available that contains 100 sample study questions, reflecting the content make-up of the Written Examination.  To order your official ABGD Study Guide, send a check for $45 or contact the ABGD office directly with your credit card information.  Expect 10-14 business days for delivery.

  • The ABGD 2013 Oral Examination Treatment Planning Study Guide is now available. For assistance to those preparing for the ABGD Oral Examination a Study Guide is available. To order your official ABGD Oral Examination Treatment Planning Study Guide, send a check for $45 or contact the ABGD office directly with your credit card information. Expect 10-14 business days for delivery.

Recertification – Questions & Answers

1) What is the Recertification requirement?

Board Certified (BC) dentists must recertify their credential every five years in order to maintain their status once they have been granted a Board Certified status by the American Board of General Dentistry (ABGD). Deadline for submission of CE hours is August 31st of the year due.

2) What is required to Recertify?

Board Certified dentists must submit 125 continuing education hours in clinical, basic science or regulatory matters related to dentistry within their five-year period.

3) Is there a fee for Recertifying?

Yes, Board Certified dentists must submit a $75 recertification fee with their continuing education hours.  The recertification fee is in addition to the annual registration fee.

4) Will I be notified of my pending recertification?

Board Certified dentists will receive notification one-year prior to their pending recertification.

5) Is there a penalty for not Recertifying?

Failure to meet recertification requirements will result in a loss of Board Certified status and the revocation of one’s certificate.

6) How can I find out when I need to Recertify?

Contact the ABGD office at 561.809.5491 or e-mail us at support@abgd.org.

Recertification - Rules and Procedures

ABGD Thank You to the AGD (originally printed in the AGD Impact)

The American Board of General Dentistry would like to thank the Academy of General Dentistry for the AGD’s vital support of ABGD over the years. Visionary leaders in AGD saw the need for a certifying board for General Dentistry. The Academy of General Dentistry financially supported the organization of the Certifying Board of General Dentistry in 1984. The name later changed to American Board of General Dentistry. Nine diligent founding directors of the CBGD were chosen, all are General Dentists:

Dr. George Atkins
Dr. William Brokaw
Dr. Howard Bruggers
Dr. J Frank Collins
Dr. Ernest M. Edington
Dr. Dan Loving
Dr. Robert Mayhew
Dr. Clifford Miller
Dr. Anthony Tjan

AGD supported the founding director’s efforts and the efforts of subsequent boards. AGD has supplied qualified staffing and guidance to ABGD. AGD judiciously maintained oversight over the selection of ABGD directors, but never asserted its authority. AGD has always taken a position of confidence in ABGD to determine its own path.  Now ABGD has repaid the financial debt to AGD, and AGD has relinquished the oversight of ABGD director selection. This is the ultimate expression of confidence in ABGD. ABGD of course feels the confidence is earned. AGD has given ABGD roots and now has given ABGD wings. It is now realized that the certification process is a major benefit to some general dentists. What was once a vision of our AGD leaders is now a fully matured functioning independent body fulfilling a need in General Dentistry. In founding and supporting a certifying body AGD has made an impact to the benefit of General Dentistry. The financial debt is repaid to AGD, but it is obvious ABGD will always be indebted to AGD for its inception and nurturing. This type of indebtedness can only be repaid with gratitude to AGD that will never fade.

W.C.”Chuck” Janson, DMD, MAGD, ABGD
Former President, American Board of General Dentistry