Jim Whitehead
Chairman of the Board




Xavier Gutierrez, DDS, FASD
President
Fresno Dental Professionals

What got me into sports dentistry: I started working with Fresno State in 2004 and was looking for more education in fitting dentistry into the sports medicine field. I ran into Matt Campbell (a charter member) and he connected me with ASD and have enjoyed it ever since.
Favorite thing about attending the Annual Symposium? I really enjoy connecting with my colleagues from around the world while learning about the latest techniques and materials.


        
Hans M. Stasiuk, DMD, FASD
President Elect
Brite Smile Dental Clinic

What got me into sports dentistry: When I was in Dental School at the University of Manitoba in the early 90’s I wrote two term papers related to Sports Dentistry and Custom Mouthguards. To my surprise while I was doing my research I discovered that there was actually a dental organization called the Academy for Sports Dentistry.
Favorite thing about attending the Annual Symposium? The people are the best part of the ASD Symposium. Everyone is so friendly and very willing to share their ideas and knowledge. I have and continue to make great new friends  every year at the Symposium. The Networking possibilities are endless!



David Dowsett, DMD
Secretary
Complete Health Dentistry of Portland

What got me into sports dentistry:   I wanted to combine my love of sport and passion for oral health.  Early on in practice, I had the chance to join the sports medicine team of the Portland Trail Blazers and thought that I had better learn from some experts—attended my first symposium and was hooked.
Favorite thing about attending the Annual Symposium? Without a doubt--being with colleagues from around the world sharing knowledge, ideas, stories, laughs and love of what we do. 


        
Howard Edelman
Treasurer
What got me into sports dentistry:  
I was always interested in sports and played 2 varsity sports in high school... soccer and swimming. I was lucky to combine my love of sports with my profession when I became involved with the Philadelphia Arena Soccer Team., The Philadelphia Kixx. 

Favorite thing about attending the Annual Symposium? I look forward to the symposium to finally see ,in person ,the numerous friends I have made through the ASD. I think this is the best part of our organization. 


Eric Jackson, DDS, FASD
Past President
Jackson Family Dentistry

What got me into sports dentistry:  I served as the team dentist for the Chicago Bandits, a professional women’s fastpitch softball team, for 8 years until the league closed its doors.
Favorite thing about attending the Annual Symposium? The Camaraderie and the fun! 


Scott Stein, DDS
Board Member

What got me into sports dentistry:  I served as the team dentist for the Chicago Bandits, a professional women’s fastpitch softball team, for 8 years until the league closed its doors.
Favorite thing about attending the Annual Symposium? Without a doubt--being with colleagues from around the world sharing knowledge, ideas, stories, laughs and love of what we do.  


Byron Blasco, DMD
Board Member
Byron M. Blasco, DMD, Ltd. dba Blasco Dental & Aesthetics of Las Vegas

What got me into sports dentistry:  Life long hockey player incorporating the passion for sports and the science & art of dentistry. Providing protection, optimal occlusion and esthetics for athletes, families and friends.
Favorite thing about attending the Annual Symposium? Great camaraderie, sharing of thoughts and techniques while striving for a common goal.


Michael Salyzyn, DDS
Board Member
Summit Dentistry

What got me into sports dentistry: I was fortunate to be one of the dentists who looked after the Vancouver 2020 Olympic games. I saw that our athletes were in need of basic dental care and protection in many sports and carried that home to help as many sports participants as possible.
Favorite thing about attending the Annual Symposium? The sharing of knowledge and support of like minded individuals makes our conference so successful.



Dan Brett
Board Member
Sportsguard Laboratories, Inc. 
What got me into sports dentistry:  An opportunity to grow my practice as a new dentist right out of school.

Favorite thing about attending the Annual Symposium?  Being a newer board member it was great to meet my fellow members face to face for the first time.



Jan Chithalen, DDS
Board Member 
EJC Dentistry, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
What got me into sports dentistry:   I grew up playing sports and have tried many. I was a very competitive athlete & after dental school wanted to continue to be involved in sports by combining my passion for both dentistry & sport. 
Favorite thing about attending the Annual Symposium? I learn as much, if not more outside of the lectures, from my colleagues as the I learn from the excellent content of the symposium itself!

        
Daryn Nishikawa, DDS
Board Member
Daryn T. Nishikawa, DDS, Inc.
What got me into sports dentistry:  Truthfully, for me, it is knowing the right people and having great mentors that know how to inspire. got me started with Sports Dentistry. The enjoyment and satisfaction of knowing that my services and advice can really help improve the safety and well being of others (athletes at all levels) is enough of a reward for me to want to do and help more.
Favorite thing about attending the Annual Symposium? The camaraderie that is gained with colleagues who share similar interests in this unique field of dentistry, and as a younger member, being able to learn from the "best of the best" is a definite plus!  


Lesley Kupiec, RDH
Website/Social Media Director
The Breathe Institute

What got me into sports dentistry:  I was a sports management major before entering the dental field and married an Athletic Trainer. In grad school I learned I could combine my love of sports and my career in the dental field.
Favorite thing about attending the Annual Symposium? I discovered ASD in 2013 and have loved attending the symposium to network, learn, and most of all have fun with a great group of like minded individuals. 


Kristopher Rappold, DDS
Newsletter Editor



Jackson Winters, DDS, FASD
Historian Emeritus
What got me into sports dentistry:  
Favorite thing about attending the Annual Symposium? 
 

                
Ms. Kate Cole
Executive Secretary



Ms. Sarah Kragness
Event Planner