ABGD President’s Message

As we complete our 32nd year as the board-certifying agency for comprehensive dentistry, I am excited to report that the ABGD is fully engaged in maintaining the highest professional standards. Since our incorporation in 1984, we have progressively sought to enhance the dental profession through excellence and recognition of a standard that signifies the pinnacle of achievement in comprehensive dentistry. With the merger of the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry in 2003, we further solidified our position as a unified credentialing entity and examining board for all comprehensive general dentists. I am honored to have served as President of this esteemed organization for 2016 and it has certainly been my pleasure serving our membership and working with our Directors and Executive Staff as we conducted the business of the ABGD. I would especially like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our immediate Past-President, Dr. Les Campbell, who completed two 3-year terms as a member of our Board of Directors. His focus on maintaining the highest of standards is certainly commendable and we thank him for a job well done.

Our membership reflects the profession of dentistry on a global scale. With over 670 board certified members, we are represented with comprehensive general dentists from many sectors of the profession. This membership includes clinicians and leaders in the dental profession and spans private professional practice, academic and research focused practices, and military dental practice. Interestingly, we continue to see a steady increase of international board candidates challenging this certification and recognizing the value of board certification to their careers.

Emphasizing 'Revolutionary Changes in Dentistry', the Academy of General Dentistry held its 2016 Annual Session in Boston, MA and the ABGD was well represented during this national meeting. A select few of our members delivered quality continuing education lectures to dental professionals seeking to learn about new technologies, techniques and materials that would enhance their dental practices. The ABGD also administered the written examination to thirteen candidates seeking to complete the first major step toward board certification in comprehensive dentistry. I had the privilege of congratulating thirty-six newly Board Certified members of the ABGD. In recognition of their accomplishment, their names were posted for all to see at our ABGD booth near the registration desk for the AGD annual session. Additionally, I, along with Dr. Randy Coffee, delivered the 'Getting There: Path to ABGD Board Certification' presentation to those considering the Board Certification credential.

We also held our annual ABGD Reception at the Boston Sheraton Hotel and I was pleased to host the national leadership of the Academy of General Dentistry to include the President, Dr. W. Mark Donald, and the President-elect, Dr. Maria A. Smith. Our reception is a celebration of excellence for the ABGD and I would like to acknowledge the partnership we enjoyed with our corporate sponsors for this event: KaVo Kerr Group, Dentsply Sirona and WhipMix. Coupling exceptional standards through Board Certification with revolutionary changes in dental practice supported by corporate efforts allows our patients to benefit from the highest quality dental care in the world. The ABGD and its members appreciate their support.

One of the highlights of our annual reception is the presentation of the Frank "Buddy" Boris Memorial Award for Distinguished Service. This award recognizes individuals whose service to the ABGD is truly distinguished and reflects the attributes that Buddy possessed - enthusiasm, dedication, commitment, integrity and selflessness. This year the 2016 recipient of the Buddy Boris Award was Dr. Nicholas Miniotis. Nick tirelessly served on the Board of Directors for six years, completing two consecutive terms culminating as the 2014 President of the ABGD. While serving on many subcommittees for the Board, Nick willingly offered his expertise to improve the quality of the written and oral examinations, directed initial validation of our testing methods and pursued options for recognizing comprehensive dentistry as a dental specialty. This year he graciously agreed to serve as a Deputy Examiner during the implementation of the New Format Standardized Treatment Planning oral examination, where he was a key player in the early development of this new format. His service to the Board has been exemplary and I congratulate him on receiving this award.

For the first time in the history of the ABGD, the Board recognized a second recipient of the 2016 Buddy Boris Award during the Boston meeting. Ms. Sandra Mitchell, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the ABGD, received this honor due to her seemingly endless dedication in support of the activities of the Board. Sandra has been the Executive Director of the ABGD since 2009. Her responsibilities include…well, just about everything. From managing the operations and business affairs of the ABGD to answering communications on a daily basis for our membership, for board candidates and even for patient inquiring about ABGD dentists for their care, Sandra has exceeded the bar for professionalism and surpassed the standard for excellence. Working directly with Sandra during my tenure as President and over the past five years as a member of the Board has truly been an honor for me and I congratulate her on earning this award. Regarding other significant Board activities, we have sought avenues to enhance the value of continued and sustained membership with the ABGD. Our subcommittee on developing quality CE modules or short courses continues their diligent work in making this a viable option for our members and the dental profession. Enhanced coordination with the ADA and the AGD for future high quality CE is currently being reviewed. Mentorship programs have been considered for general dentists and board candidates, and discussions continue regarding national, state and local coordination. We are also seeking options to improve our website access and usefulness through the addition of accessible CE and the introduction of professional dental product discounts.

As we continue to investigate the prospects of aligning with the American Board of Dental Specialties (ABDS; website at: www.dentalspecialties.org), there have been many interesting developments regarding their desire to be the organization that recognizes dental specialties. This model organizes dental specialty recognition similarly to the medical profession in many regards. Our considerations for entering into this model are many. First, our membership may recognize the value of being designated Dental Specialists in Comprehensive Dentistry or Comprehensive General Dentistry Specialists. Second, there is a significant cost to us both in terms of application fees and maintenance of membership. Third, the viability of this organization is not certain, although it's becoming more relevant due to recent successes with legal challenges in several states. There probably will be many more legal battles ahead that could further validate their existence or cause them to close. Finally, our Entry III option to becoming Board Eligible does not require formal educational training, which could present a problem in defining Comprehensive Dentistry as a true dental specialty. We continue to discuss the possibilities, but it's a cautious process.

It's certainly exciting to see improvements occur within our organization. This last spring session brings into reality the efforts of many over the past five years with the introduction of the New Format Standardized Treatment Planning oral examination. We now have, for the first time, implemented a two-part Case Review/Standardized Treatment Planning Oral Discipline format. Candidates are presented with a challenging multidisciplinary dental case, given time to review this case and develop their thoughts regarding treatment options, and complete an oral examination similar to the other oral discipline sections of our examination. This new format has proven to be a more focused assessment of a candidate's ability to critically evaluate a complex case and defend their treatment plan with rational justifications to their treatment decisions.

Our Board of Directors will be undergoing a few changes as we prepare for the 2017 academic year. First, we are seeing the departure of two of our esteemed colleagues from the Board. Dr. Terry Imbery completed six years with the Board and is a Past-President of the ABGD, 2013. Terry has been a valuable member to the Board and I certainly have enjoyed working with him. Dr. Jack Leverett, Jr. completed four years serving the Board and has faithfully held the position of Treasurer for two years. Jack's insight and perspective has added to the quality of our Board and will be greatly missed. I want to applaud them both for their dedicated service to the ABGD. Second, the Board is welcoming Drs. Dennis Flanagan and Andrew Stewart as new members to the Board of Directors. I'm looking forward to working with them both during my last year as a Director and I'm sure their enthusiasm and expertise will meet the high standards demanded by the Board. Finally, I will be stepping down as President of the ABGD on 31 August and passing the baton to Dr. Randy Coffey as he becomes our next President. Having served on the Board for five years, Randy possesses a unique enthusiasm to lead the ABGD and I'm confident he will maintain our standards of excellence.

To the Board of Directors, our mission is to elevate the standards and advance the sciences and arts of General Dentistry by encouraging its study and improving its practice. I appreciate your efforts in making this past year a very humbling and rewarding experience for me while serving as your President & I look forward to seeing this organization continue to uphold the standards of Board Certification in Comprehensive Dentistry. Thank you all for your dedication and for your willingness to devote your time to represent the very best of our profession.


Dr. Jon M. Dossett, D.M.D., FICD, MAGD, ABGD

President, ABGD 2015-2016


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


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: SandraM@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, 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.
Vice President, 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.
Treasurer, Dennis Flanagan, DDS, MAGD, ABGD, MSc  
Dr. Dennis Flanagan is the managing partner of a two location private general dental group practice. He is a diplomat of the American Board of General Dentistry, International Congress of Oral Implantologists and American Board of Implantology/Implant Dentistry. He has published over 100 articles in dentistry and holds six US patents on medical and dental devices. He has made many presentations at national and international dental conferences. Dr. Flanagan is an Honored Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Fellow of the Academy of Osseointegration and American Board of Forensic Dentistry. He is a Georgetown University School of Dentistry (DDS) graduate, and has studied oral implantology at Harvard University Dental School (certificate) and at the Geothe Medical University, Frankfurt Germany (MSc).
Secretary, Geneviève Bussière, DMD, ABGD 
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.
Anthony S. Carroccia, DDS, MAGD, DDOCS, MCSD, ABGD  
Dr. Anthony Carroccia graduated from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in 1999. He completed a one year AEGD residency in the US Army at Ft. Campbell, KY. He is a Diplomat of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. He is also a Master of the College of Sedation in Dentistry from the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He lectures nationally and teaches certification courses to assistants and hygienists in his state. He became a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry in 2008. In 2013, he was certified by the American Board of General Dentistry. He began serving as a Director in 2017 while continuing to serve in organized dentistry back in Tennessee where he has his private practice.
Stephen H. Chartier, DDS, MS, ABGD
Dr. Stephen H. Chartier graduated from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Dentistry in 1996. He earned a Certificate of Residency for completing his Comprehensive Dentistry 2-year AEGD residency at The National Naval Medical Center-Naval Postgraduate Dental School in 2008 and also earned a Master of Science in Health Sciences Degree from George Washington University with a concentration in Oral Biology in 2008. Dr. Chartier has been board certified by the American Board of General Dentistry since 2009. Dr. Chartier is a Colonel in United States Air Force and currently is an Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) Post-Graduate Dental College. Dr. Chartier is currently the Director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD-1) Residency Program at the Mike O'Callaghan Federal Health Center-Nellis Air Force Base, NV.
Eric Danko, DMD, MBA, MAGD, FICD, ABGD  
Dr. Eric Danko is a native of Pennsylvania and is currently the Dental Commander at Fort Huachuca, AZ. He graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Colgate University in 2000 and his D.M.D. from the University of Kentucky in 2004. He entered Active Duty to the Army in 2004, deployed to Iraq on two separate occasions for 19 months total and upon return, completed his Advanced Education Program in General Dentistry – 2 year, at Fort Bragg, NC in 2011. He obtained his board certification in 2012 and his Master of the AGD in 2014. Dr. Danko served as a deputy in 2013, 2016 and as a grader in 2017. He is the immediate past president of the Army Constituent of the Academy of General Dentistry.
Bernard Hennessy, DDS, MAGD, ABGD  
Dr. Bernard J. Hennessy graduated from the University of Illinois -College of Dentistry in 1986. He completed a 2 year AEGD program at Fort Hood, Texas in 1998. He has served as program director for AEGD programs at Fort Hood Texas, Fort Meade Maryland, and Fort Sill Oklahoma. He achieved ABGD board certification in 2000 and currently serves as a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Science, Texas A&M University College of Dentistry.
Andrew T. Stewart DDS, MAGD, ABGD  
Dr. Stewart graduated from the Pensylvania State University in 1989 with a degree in biology. After graduating from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1993, he spent one year as the Resident at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic. He earned his AGD Mastership in 2006. In 2009 he became a Diplomate of the American Board og General Dentistry. He belongs to several scientific dental organizations including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the American Society of Forensic Ondontology, The Pennsylvania Dental Identification Team, and the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. He currently is President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry.
American Board of General Dentistry
490 Indian Rocks Rd N., Suite A
Belleair Bluffs, FL  33770-2085
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 2018 Testing Information

Exam Type
Exam Date
Application Deadline
Written Exam
Tampa, FL
March 16
January 10
Written Exam
March 16
January 10
Oral Exam
Tampa, FL
April 26-29
February 1
Written Exam
AGD Meeting:
New Orleans,LA
June 8
May 14
Written Exam
June 8
May 14


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 2017:

Al Saud, Hadeel, DDS
Almesbah, Latifa A., BDS
Almutairi, Jasi, BDS
Church, Todd D., DMD
Dahl, Catherine M., DMD
Einhorn, Michael L., DDS
Garner, Jason, DMD
Hayes, Aaron J., DDS
Helmus, Stephanie L., DDS
Hernandez-Feldpausch, Marina A., DDS
Hong, Hae J., DDS
Hoopes, Wyeth L., DDS
Jones, Brandon H., DDS
Karlson, Wesley K., DMD
Kim, Sewhan, DDS
Krance, Aaron T., DMD
Lund, Christopher T., DDS
Mairza, Meshael, DDS
Martin, Curt G., DDS
Martinsen, Bradley D., DMD
Meadows, Raegan L., DDS
Moberg, Matthew T., DDS
Mooney, Michael A., DMD
Nguyen, Duke, DMD
Price, Stephanie M., DDS
Richards, Cory D., DDS
Stuart, Blake C., DDS
Swank, Helena M., DDS
Talbot, Brent A., DDS
Wake III, Robert E., DMD

New Board Eligible and Conditionally Board Eligible Dentists

The Board congratulates the following dentists who attained Board Eligible status in 2017:
Cori M. McClatchey, DMD

Conditionally Eligible in 2017
Asma MSS Aldousari, BDM
Taleb H. Alnahwi, BDS
Bader Al Salem, BDS
Ahmed M. Alshareef, BDS
Stephen C. Arnason, DDS
Tonya N. Barry, DDS
William J. Belknap, DDS
Carl P. Bhend, DDS
Heather M. Brooks, DDS
Andrew J. Callahan, DMD
Mindy M. Daugherty, DDS
Matthew W. Dekow, DMD
Evan J. Endsley, DDS
Dalal AHSA Hasan, BDM
John C. Hastings, DMD
Cameron R. Johnson, DDS
Sung S. Kim, DDS
Andrew J. Klish, DDS
Jimmy H. Ku, DDS
Doris K. Lam, DMD
James H. Leale, DDS
Haifa M. Maktabi, BDS
John R. Mallya, DMD
Steven K. Mark, DMD
Robert E. Masterson, DDS
Erin M. McNamara, DDS
Matthew S. Miller, DMD
Larry L. Munk, DDS
Kristie L. Partin-Agarwal, DMD
Marlowe Anthony S. Rillera, DMD
Evan E. Roberts, DDS
Robert M. Spriggel, DDS
Benjamin L. Thompson, DMD
Alexandre H. Vo, DMD
Wesley D. Weibel, DDS
Nicholas D. Wilson, DDS
Anna Yoo, DMD


  • 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 Written Exam 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 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 assistantABGD@tampabay.rr.com.

Recertification - Rules and Procedures