Intermediate

CBCT Imaging: The Complete View

Come learn how to interpret advanced imaging with an on-site CBCT for a systematic approach to hard tissue pathology and an interactive wet-lab on the foundations of Thoracic radiology.

Endodontics 1

Get hands-on experience in this fast growing discipline. Successfully perform vital pulpectomies, surgical root canals, learn prep & obturation techniques using latest restorative materials.

Advanced Oral Surgery 3

Take your oral surgery skills to the next level with advanced topics including caudal maxillectomies-mandibulectomies, palatal and tongue surgery for oncologic pathology, and advanced stabilization techniques in fracture repair.

Oral Surgery 1+2, Radiology

Tips & tricks in performing difficult surgical extractions, vascular transpositions, commissurotomies. Tenets of oncologic surgery and orthopedic stabilization in fracture repair.

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Dr. Meg Sislak

DVM, Diplomate ACVR

Meg Sislak, DVM, Diplomate, ACVR, is a Board-certified Veterinary Radiologist. Dr. Meg Sislak obtained a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Michigan. She earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western University of Health Sciences. After veterinary school, Dr. Sislak completed an internship in lameness, sports medicine, and diagnostic imaging at Virginia Equine Imaging followed by a small animal rotating internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists. She next completed her residency at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Sislak enjoys being part of a diagnostic team helping clients enjoy more quality time with their pets.

When not reading radiographs, you’ll find her hiking in either the Cleveland Metroparks or Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Dr. Meg Sislak

Dr. Mahdi Haghighat

DVM, Associate dentistry & Oral Surgery

Dr. Mahdi Haghighat earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in Iran in 2009. Following his immigration to Canada he qualified as a member of the Canadian and American Veterinary Medicine Associations in 2016 and has been involved with general small animal practice in Ontario, Canada. His interest in specialty medicine was sparked after completing a rotating internship in 2020 through the VCA 404 Emergency and Referral Veterinary Hospital in Newmarket Ontario, with concentrations in surgical and internal medicine. Dr. Mahdi joined the Animal Dental Center in April 2023 to begin his formal residency in dentistry and oral surgery. He currently lives near Towson, and when not studying for his board exams, enjoys watching soccer and hiking in the woods with his fiancé and their very large-personality Chihuahua.
Dr. Mahdi Haghighat

Dr. Ashley Capen-Kerns

DVM, Associate dentistry & Oral Surgery

Dr. Capen-Kerns was raised in Iowa, earned a Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2019. She has practiced small animal general medicine in Phoenix, AZ prior to starting her specialty residency with the Animal Dental Center (ADC) in February 2023. Dr. Capen-Kerns loves doing outdoor activities including hiking, paddleboarding, and kayaking. She and her wife, who is also a veterinarian, have two mixed breed dogs (which she lovingly calls “the monsters”) and one cat that runs the household. Dr. Capen-Kerns and her wife are hoping to welcome a new two-legged child to their family later this year!

Dr. Alexander Reiter

Dipl. Tzt., Dr. med. vet., Dipl. AVDC, EVDC, FF-AVDC-OMFS

Dr. Alexander Reiter graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria in 1996. He completed a dentistry and oral surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) in Philadelphia in 2000 and became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) and European Veterinary Dental College (EVDC) in 2001. Dr. Reiter is Professor and Chief of Dentistry and Oral Surgery at Penn Vet’s small animal hospital. He also is a Founding Fellow, AVDC Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS). His clinical and research interests include dental, periodontal, oral and maxillofacial disease epidemiology, advanced periodontal surgery, bone grafting procedures, oral and maxillofacial surgery (trauma and oncology), palate surgery and palatal prosthetics, maxillofacial reconstruction, microsurgery (free microvascular tissue transfer), oral manifestation of systemic disease, and systemic manifestation of oral disease.

Dr. Alexander Reiter

Dr. Sandra Manfra Maretta

DVM, DACVS, DAVDC, Founding Fellow AVDC Oral & MaxilloFacial Surgery

Dr. Sandra Manfra Marretta received her DVM degree from Cornell University in 1977. She completed an internship, surgical residency and clinical dentistry training at The Animal Medical Center. She obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1985. She became a Charter Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 1988. She served as the Charter Secretary of the American Veterinary Dental College from 1988-1995 and the President of the American Veterinary Dental College from 2012-2014.

Dr. Sandra Manfra

She is a Founding Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Fellow of the American Veterinary Dental College and the American College of Veterinary Surgery. She recently became a Professor Emerita in Small Animal Surgery and Dentistry at the University of Illinois after 23 years of service. She is the author of over 250 publications including journal articles, chapters, abstracts and proceedings. She is the winner of numerous awards including the 2002 AAHA Veterinarian of the Year, The Animal Medical Center Alumna of the Year Award, The University of Illinois’ Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching, and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s All-Round Excellence Award.

Dr. Maria Evola

DVM, MPH, Diplomate ACVR

As an undergraduate, Dr. Evola attended Hendrix College in Arkansas, studying Spanish and biology. She returned home to the Midwest for veterinary school and received her DVM and MPH from the University of Missouri. She completed a small animal rotating internship in New Jersey, a diagnostic imaging specialty internship in Los Angeles, and a diagnostic imaging residency at North Carolina State University. Dr. Evola became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2016. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her partner, their two improvisational parrots, and their dog Marlin. On sunny days, she enjoys urban hiking with Marlin, who is the Platonic ideal of what a dog should be.
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Dr. Steven Ringold

DVM, Diplomate ACVR

Dr. Ringold attended the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison, WI where he earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He then completed an internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and critical care at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Fort Collins, CO. He practiced emergency medicine and shelter medicine in San Diego, CA for 10 years while teaching at a community college and volunteering at the wildlife rehabilitation center for endangered species of small cats. Following his time in San Diego, he completed a Diagnostic Imaging Residency at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia, MO and became a board certified radiologist in 2009.
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Dr. Ringold now lives in Montgomery County, MD with his two sons, two daughters, and their cat, Superfly. In his imagined free time, he would enjoy snowboarding, trail running, mountain biking, rock climbing, pottery and lying in a hammock with a book and a beer.

Dr. Hannah Boothe

DVM, Associate dentistry & Oral Surgery

Dr. Hannah Boothe was raised in North Carolina, earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech, and graduated from Auburn University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She practiced small animal general medicine in Georgia, Florida, and Maryland for six years prior to starting her specialty residency with the Animal Dental Center (ADC) in August 2021. She is excited to pursue her passion of Veterinary Dentistry! In her free time she enjoys reading, yoga, running, and canine agility. She has completed numerous half marathons and two full marathons. She is married to another veterinarian and is kept busy with their one year old son and four animals (Bichon Frise, Australian Shepherd, Tuxedo cat, and a Siamese Mix).

Dr. Melinda Spaar

DVM, Associate dentistry & Oral Surgery

Dr. Spaar graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2003 and graduated from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She has practiced general small animal medicine for 13 years in Maryland and 1 year in Virginia prior to starting her specialty residency with the Animal Dental Center (ADC) in August 2022.

Dr. Melinda Spaar

Dr. Brittany Sembler

DVM, Associate dentistry & Oral Surgery

Dr. Sembler was born and raised in Bucks County, PA and decided at the tender age of 4 that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She earned a BA degree in Chemistry at Franklin & Marshall College before pursuing her DVM degree with focus on pharmaceutical research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After working in general practice for 4 years she joined the Animal Dental Center in 2022 to begin her formal residency in dentistry and oral surgery. She currently lives in PA with her husband (also a veterinarian) and her 2 cats. Outside of her professional interests, Dr. Sembler enjoys painting, lyra, and reading romance & fantasy novels.

Dr. Inshil Kim

DVM, MBA, Diplomate AVDC

Dr. Inshil Kim was born and raised in Korea, arriving in the US in 2003 to prepare for veterinary school. She attended St. Matthews University on Grand Cayman earning both a veterinary degree and an MBA. Dr. Kim has lived in Indiana, Oklahoma, New York and Guam, and California before joining the team at the Animal Dental Center. She is a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and an associate instructor at the Animal Dental Training Center in Towson Maryland. A true believer in the role of veterinarian as a pet’s advocate, Dr. Kim is thrilled to help pet patients at the Animal Dental Center for their dentistry and oral surgery needs. When not caring for pet’s mouth, Dr. Kim loves to go hiking with her family.

Dr. Jason Hutt

DVM, Diplomate AVDC

Dr. Jason Hutt graduated as a member of the charter class of St. George’s University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 1997. Dr. Hutt joined the Animal Dental Center as resident in dentistry and oral surgery in July of 2016 completing his training in 2019. He is a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and an associate instructor at the Animal Dental Training Center in Towson Maryland. Prior to joining ADC Dr. Hutt spent thirteen years in small animal general practice as an associate veterinarian in Liverpool, NY a suburb of Syracuse. His professional interests include dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery and three dimensional imaging. In his spare time Dr. Hutt is an avid woodworker, downhill skier and certified divemaster. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Loren and son Jake. They share their home with an orthodontically challenged Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Hank.

Dr. Mary Volker

DVM, Diplomate AVDC

Dr. Mary Volker is a board-certified veterinary dentist & oral surgeon. Dr. Volker is a partner at the Animal Dental Center and is co-director of its residency training program. Since joining the Animal Dental Center in 2011, Dr. Volker strives to provide exceptional oral care to its patients. Dr. Volker teaches monthly at the Animal Dental Training Center in Baltimore, MD, where veterinarians and veterinary technicians from around the world learn about veterinary dentistry. Dr. Volker’s professional interests are varied and include endodontics and restorative dentistry. She has authored numerous publications and continues to work on research and articles with her colleagues at the Animal Dental Center. Dr. Volker also currently serves as president of the Anne Arundel County Veterinary Medical Association in Maryland.
Dr. Volker is a graduate of Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Her rotating internship was completed at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She is an alumnus of Bucknell University where she was a Division I swimmer. Outside of clinical practice Dr. Volker enjoys swimming on the Maryland Masters Swim Team; running with her husband (who is also a veterinarian) and their dog, Ruby; and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Ira Luskin

Dr. med Vet, Diplomate AVDC, Diplomate EVDC, FAVD

Since 1979, Dr. Luskin has been actively involved with Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery. A graduate of the Veterinary University of Vienna, Austria, he did his postgraduate doctoral in dentistry with renown Austrian Veterinary Dentist and Oral Surgeon, Dr. Karl Zetner. He presently serves as hospital director of the Animal Dental Centers in Baltimore, Columbia, and Annapolis, Maryland and York, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Luskin is a well-known national and international speaker on small animal dentistry and oral-facial surgery and has published numerous articles in scientific journals as well as in breed club newsletters. He is often involved in research of new products to determine whether they may improve or enhance defenses against oral disease and assist the healing capacity of the mouth cavity. In January 2000, he established the Animal Dental Training Center (ADTC) of Baltimore as the first private post-graduate training center for veterinary dentistry and oral surgery in the United States. The ADTC is a state of the art teaching facility, dedicated to training veterinarians and technicians in dentistry and oral surgery. Since its inception, the center has hosted over 400 classes across a broad range of topics with veterinarians from all over the world who have come to learn dentistry. It has also hosted numerous dental wet labs for the national surgeon’s meetings and CVC veterinary conferences.