Spear Education Welcomes New Faculty Member Martin Mendelson, D.D.S.
We would like to warmly welcome Martin Mendelson, D.D.S., to the Spear Education family. Drawing from his diverse dental industry experiences, he will navigate the Faculty Club on a continued course of excellence. He has prepared this letter of introduction:
Hello. It is my distinct honor to be joining the Spear Education family as vice president of Faculty Club development and professional relations.
As a matter of introduction, I thought that I would share with you my background within this wonderful profession of ours. My journey has led me to wonderful places, experiences and friendships.
As a graduate of the first dental school in the world, The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland, I had the pleasure of being in practice for eight years in a suburb of Baltimore. In 2003, chronic pain issues developed in my hand and I had to leave clinical dentistry.
In 2004, I accepted a position with Americus Dental Labs as their director of education. My primary role was as the liaison between the doctor and the laboratory. My experiences over the next several years were priceless. I honed my knowledge in the areas of material selection, treatment planning and communication. I also began to lecture during this period, developed a continuum of courses for dental assistants and wrote several nationally published articles on shade selection. In addition, I wrote a series of “Tech Tips” for clients of the laboratory, published twice per month based upon the trends we saw in the cases we received.
In 2007, I joined Vident as their director of professional development. I oversaw the KOL interactions on the clinical and laboratory segments, as well as the relationships with institutions and organizations. In 2008, I was asked to oversee all of the education initiatives. During my tenure in this position, I oversaw a great deal of change in the areas of course development and organization of the department. For example, we launched an education website, which allowed customers to review course synopses and register online 24/7.
In 2010, my position changed to clinical business director. In this role I was the primary channel manager to Patterson Dental, managed a team of clinical specialists and managed the relationships with clinical key opinion leaders.
Throughout the last eight years I have given more than 100 lectures on topics including color science, material selection and dentist/technician communications. I was honored to present at the AACD last month in Boston.
I am excited to get acclimated to Spear Education, its great people and exceptional curriculum. I look forward to learning about you and your experiences with Spear Education. My primary role is to be here for you, and I look forward to your comments and suggestions.
Martin Mendelson, D.D.S.