AACD Welcomes 2019 Credentialing Class to Ranks of Elite Practitioners

Posted on February 15, 2019

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recently recognized 12 dental professionals who have demonstrated their dedication to continuing education and responsible patient care by becoming credentialed by the AACD. This year, the AACD will honor eight newly Accredited Members and four newly Accredited Fellows during the 35th Annual AACD Scientific Session in San Diego.

AACD Accreditation is an honor and can only be achieved by completing a rigorous credentialing process including a written examination, the submission of clinical cases for peer-reviewed evaluation, and an oral examination. The Accreditation process, which was developed by the AACD and is the world’s most recognized advanced credentialing program, encourages further education, interaction with like-minded colleagues, and the opportunity for professional growth. Accreditation requires dedication to continuing education and responsible patient care.

The newly Accredited Members include: Vinay N. Chirnalli, DMD, AAACD; Ramon A. Duran, DMD, AAACD; Sandra M. Finch, DMD, AAACD; Ingrida Ivance, DDS, AAACD; Courtney L. Lavigne, DMD, AAACD; Roberto Palmieri, DMD, AAACD; Robert L. Rioseco, DMD, AAACD and Keerti S. Sahasrabudhe, DDS, AAACD.

“The time, commitment and dedication that's required to complete the Accreditation process is unrivaled. The sense of achievement that comes with it is indeed life changing. These newly Accredited members have completed this task and have so much to be proud of, as they have reached a level of dentistry that is desired by many and achieved by few,” notes AACD Accreditation Chair, Adamo Notarantonio, DDS, FAACD.

The AACD is also welcoming four new Accredited Fellows. The purpose of Fellowship is to provide the highest level of achievement for members in accordance with the AACD's mission of education and excellence.

AACD’s new Accredited Fellows include:

Adamo E. Notarantonio, DDS, FAACD, has been a member of the AACD since 2007 and achieved Accredited Member status in 2011. He is a 2002 graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, where he received honors in both removable and fixed prosthodontics. He completed his residency in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at Stony Brook in 2003 and was chosen by faculty to complete a second year as Chief Resident. He currently serves as Accreditation Chairman, is on the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry and volunteers for the AACD Charitable Foundation’s Give Back a Smile program.

Tara N. Hardin, DDS, FAACD, has been a member of the AACD since 2002 and achieved Accredited Member status in 2014. She graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1996, then attended The Ohio State University where she received her DDS in 2000. Dr. Hardin is a Fellow of The Academy of General Dentistry, a member of the American Dental Association, along with several sleep organizations. She devotes countless hours of continuing education on facial esthetics, cosmetic dentistry, smile design, TMJ therapy, and sleep apnea.

Kathy S. Sanders, DMD, FAACD, has been a member of the AACD since 1998 and achieved Accredited Member status in 2006. She received her DMD from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta and credits a presentation by AACD co-founder Dr. Jeff Morley as the beginning of her quest for cosmetic dental excellence. Since that time, she has participated in rigorous continuing education pursuits and advanced practicum experience taught by some of the world’s most talented cosmetic dentists. Dr. Sanders is a Give Back a Smile volunteer and was also recognized in 2015 with the Milligan College Leaders in Christian Service Award. She maintains a private practice in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Sandra Hulac, DDS, FAACD, was born in Munich, Germany into a family of dentists. She graduated top of her class from University of Witten/Herdecke dental school in 1993. After practicing for some time in London, Dr. Hulac relocated with her family to Hong Kong in 2001. In 2007, she co-founded Tam, Hulac & Partners, one of the few interdisciplinary dental practices in Hong Kong. In addition to achieving Accredited Fellow status in the AACD, Dr. Hulac has also published several articles in industry publications worldwide.

“These dental professionals’ commitment to responsible esthetics and cosmetic dentistry is undeniable with their most recent achievement as AACD Accredited Fellows,” said AACD Fellowship Chair Bradley J. Olson, DDS, FAACD. “Our Accredited Fellow members must complete one of the most rigorous, yet life-changing journeys of their career—and of their lives.”

These newly credentialed dental professionals will be recognized and receive their awards during special ceremonies at the 35th Annual AACD Scientific Session held April 24 – 27, in San Diego.

For more information about AACD’s credentialing programs, visit www.aacd.com/accreditationfellowship.

About the AACD

The AACD is the world’s largest non-profit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care, combining art and science to optimally improve dental health, esthetics, and function. Comprised of more than 5,000 cosmetic dental professionals in 70 countries worldwide, the AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities, promoting and supporting a respected Accreditation credential, serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas, and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession.


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