ABGD President’s Message

Reflecting on the past year as your President at ABGD, I realize I have had some rather big shoes to fill.  Most recently, Dr. Nick Miniotis, your immediate past-president handed over an organization to myself that he had handled with the upmost professionalism, and how fast this year has passed. I realized at the beginning of the year I had the trust of the board with a heavy responsibility to try to maintain the excellent work of my predecessors. 
         The emphasis of my tenure was for the members to see value in your membership.  This was accomplished in a variety of ways, not the least of which is the pursuance of the specialty being recognized. As mentioned in a previous newsletter, the issue is a hot topic button that the ABGD is closely following.  In an indirect manner bringing value for your membership means constantly improving the examination process to preserve the meaning of being an ABGD board-certified member. The skill set you have as an ABGD board certified dentist is truly unique within our profession, and it is our duty to maintain that standard.  For example, psychometric evaluation of the examination process to maintain the exam’s validity or when the time comes, to modify very substantially the format of the examination.   A most recent example of this was the infamous and much beloved “write for life” has been eliminated. This year’s exam was the last time this type of examination was given.  Next year this portion of the exam will involve the same comprehensive treatment planning skills required of you in the previous format, however the emphasis will be an oral delivery. The board has worked very hard to implement and improve this portion of the exam. This has been due to the hard work of the directors, very notably but not solely attributed to your incoming president, Dr. Jon Dossett.
         In a more direct manner to create value for the membership we always looking to promote our members.  For example, our administrative office headed by Sandra Mitchell and Sunni Management field 25 calls each day from patients who are requesting an ABGD board-certified dentist. It is quite possible you have had patients come to your office as a referral from our ABGD admin team.
         As is for all directors one day, two members will be leaving this year, Dr. Nick Miniotis and myself.  Welcome to our new members Dr. John Safar and Dr. Genevieve Bussiere.  The challenge lies before our newest members to positively impact the board during their tenure.  It has been a fast 6 years as a director on the board.  It has been my pleasure to serve, and I can say with the utmost confidence that due to the hard work of the various directors over that 6 years, the organization has grown, become stronger and is in a better place than it has ever been.  The future of the ABGD is bright and I am proud to be a member.


Les Campbell, DDS, ABGD

President, ABGD 2014-2015


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, Jon M. Dossett, DMD, MAGD, FICD, 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.
Vice President, Randolph A. Coffey, DMD, MS, MAGD, FICD, ABGD  
Dr. Randolph A. Coffey graduated from the University of Florida, College of Dentistry in 1988. He earned Certificates of Residency for completing his GPR at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital in 1989 and his Comprehensive Dentistry 2-year AEGD residency at The Naval Postgraduate Dental School in 2004 and also earned Master of Science in Health Sciences from the George Washington University with concentration in Oral Biology in 2004. Dr. Coffey is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and has been board certified by the American Board of General Dentistry since 2005. Dr. Coffey is also a Fellow of the International College of Dentists since 2011. 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.
Treasurer, 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.
Secretary, 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. ;
Thomas J. Boyle, DMD, MAGD, ABGD  
Dr. Thomas J. Boyle graduated from St. Peter's College in 1972 and completed his dental training at New Jersey Dental School in 1975. He was in private practice from 1975 to 2007. Since then, and currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in the AEGD Department of Adult Dentistry. He is a past President of the New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry and received his Master of Academy of General Dentistry in 2003. He became Board Certified with the American Board of General Dentistry in 2006. He has served as an ABGD Director since 2014.
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.
William Schlesinger DDS, AFAAID, MAGD, ABGD  
Dr. William Schlesinger graduated from Brooklyn College in 1984. He received his doctoral degree from The State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 1988. From 1988 - 1990 Dr. Schlesinger was a resident and then chief resident in Dentistry at Long Island Jewish Hospital. From 1990 - 2001, Dr. Schlesinger was an Assistant Attending at Queens General Hospital. Dr. Schlesinger received his Mastership in 2006. In 2009 Dr. Schlesinger became Board Certified by the American Board of General Dentistry. In June of 2014 he became an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has had and maintains a private practice in New York City since 1998.
LCol Geneviève Bussière  
LCol Geneviève Bussière graduated from Université de Montréal (U of M) in 1997 and subsequently completed a 1-year Residency at Université Laval (Québec). Before her enrolment in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1999, LCol Bussière worked in private practice in the Montreal area and was also employed as a clinician in the fixed prosthodontics clinic of U of M. Since joining the military, she has been employed on many CAF Bases in various clinical and leadership positions. She completed a 2-Year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program at Fort Hood, Texas and successfully challenged the American Board of General Dentistry (ABGD) in 2009. She is currently assigned to Ottawa (Ontario) as Dental Detachment Commander for one of 1 Dental Unit's Regional Specialty Care Centers; in that capacity, she also remains actively involved with clinical care delivery and subordinates' professional and clinical development. She is currently the Canadian Armed Forces Forensic Odontology Senior Practice Leader and the Canadian Forces Forensic Odontology Response Team Lead.
John A. Safar, DDS, MAGD, ABGD  
Dr. John A. Safar is currently the Commander of the 21st Dental Squadron, Peterson, AFB, Colorado. He leads a squadron of 16 dentists and 41 support staff. Dr. Safar graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a B.S. degree in biology in 1987 and received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1991. He earned his certificate of residency for completing the two-year Comprehensive General Dentistry Residency at Keesler AFB, MS in 1998. Dr. Safar has served as a Program Director, AEGD-1, at Scott AFB, IL and at Nellis AFB, NV for a total of 12 years. He has been board certified by the American Board of General Dentistry since 1999 and is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry.
American Board of General Dentistry
PO Box 7613
Seminole, FL 33775
Telephone: 561-809-5491
Website: ABGD.org
Executive Director
Sandra Mitchell

Email: SandraM@Tampabay.rr.com

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 2016 Testing Information

Exam Type
Exam Date
Application Deadline
Written Exam
Tampa, FL
April 8
February 8
Written Exam
April 8
February 8
Oral Exam
Tampa, FL
May 19-22
February 1
Written Exam
AGD Meeting:
Boston, MA
July 15
May 16
Written Exam
July 15
May 16


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 2015:

Ruba Abunijem, BDS
Soha H. Albeirouti, BDS
Weam A. Alfouzan, DDS
Laila M. Al-Rasheed, BDM
Nour Alshawaf, BDM
Haneen J. Alyaseen, BDM
Hugo R. Asurza, DDS
Dalia M. Bafarat, BDS
Matthew W. Banks, DMD
Christopher G. Bowen, DMD
Richard S. Carlile, DDS
Andrew W. Comerci, DDS
Jennifer O. Connor, DDS
Paul J. Crites, DDS
Kevin D. Dalling, DDS
Nickoli Dubyk, DMD
Farid Hamidzadeh, DMD
Zahra F Idriss, BDS
Hussein Irhama, DDS
John D. King, DMD
Brian J. Kirkwood, DDS
Joanna S. McPherson, DDS
Benjamin R. Methvin, DMD
Phillip W. Neal, DMD
Jonathan B. Negron, DMD
Matthew J. Nielsen, DDS
Ross K. Oates, DMD
Travis L. Ochsner, DDS
Niels Oestervemb, DDS
Benjamin D. Owen, DMD
James J. Renda, DMD
Anita M. Shade, DDS
Casey M. Slack, DDS
Karen M. Stokes, DDS
Faiza Talybova,  DDS
Melissa F. Tucker, DDS
Jon P. Vandewalker, DDS
Bryan M. Wilson, DDS
Harold S. Zald, DDS

New Board Eligible and Conditionally Board Eligible Dentists

The Board congratulates the following dentists who attained Board Eligible status in 2015:

Ibraheem Abourezq, BDS
Maryam M. Alassaf, BDS
Hanadi M Alenezi, BDM
Mohammad Al-Hajji, DDS
Yousif F. Ali, DDS
Awdah A. Althunayyan, BDS
Yousuf Y. Alturkait, DDS
Michael M. Armstrong DMD
Daniel T. Barcomb, DDS
Luis M. Bermudez-Rodriguez, DDS
Katherine L. Cheng, DDS
Cynthia V. Feleppa, DDS
Benjamin J. Gantt, DMD
Martin F. Giacobbi, DDS
Don A. Goldsmith, DDS, MAGD
Sewhan Kim, DDS
William R. Kisker, DMD
Meshael Mairza, DDS
Thao N. Nguyen, DDS
Jorge E. Valdes, DDS
Jaylon L. Waite, 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 2015 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