The Spear Faculty: Outstanding clinicians, trusted colleagues and exceptional educators representing the most respected minds in dentistry today.
The Spear Faculty has influenced practitioners throughout the world, enabling them to provide better patient care and enjoy greater success in their practices.
Focused on patient-centric dental healthcare, advanced clinical techniques and enhanced business acumen, each Spear Education instructor provides a unique perspective to dental treatment plans, diagnosis and lab work.
Dr. Benting has developed content for Spear Digest and for several Spear Study Club modules. He developed, and continues to present, the 'Restoring the Edentulous Arch' workshop with fellow Resident Faculty member Dr. Darin Dichter.
Dr. Berman, a Maryland-based endodontist of 35 years, serves as an instructor in Spear’s 'Mastering the Exceptional Specialist Practice – Endodontists' workshop. He also develops Spear Study Club modules and other endodontist-focused content for the Spear learning ecosystem.
Dr. Bockow is a board-certified orthodontist and periodontist who lectures internationally on topics ranging from interdisciplinary treatment planning to airway and sleep disorders, skeletal growth and development, and corticotomy-facilitated orthodontic therapy. She is an instructor in Spear’s 'Interdisciplinary Treatment of Esthetic Dilemmas' seminar and maintains a Seattle-area private practice limited to orthodontics and periodontics.
With more than three decades of dental experience, Dr. Bonk is devoted to sharing his knowledge and skills of advanced restorative dentistry. He joined Spear in 2009 as a member of the Anterior Live Patient Faculty and now serves as an instructor in the 'Restorative Design' workshop. He lectures nationally about advanced restorative dentistry.
Dr. DeWood brings more than 35 years of dental wisdom to Spear and the 'Facially Generated Treatment Planning' workshop through her unique experience as both a general practitioner and practicing orthodontist. In addition to her teaching duties at Spear, she practices orthodontics in Glendale, Arizona, and Bellevue, Washington.
Dr. DeWood is Executive Vice President of Spear Education. As one of the founding members of Spear, he directed Curriculum and Clinical Education for nearly a decade prior to joining in the launch of Spear Practice Solutions. Today, he splits time between teaching and consulting and serves as an instructor in multiple Spear Workshops, including "Facially Generated Treatment Planning."
Dr. Dichter brings nearly 20 years of clinical, research and teaching experience — as a general practitioner and prosthodontist — to his position with Spear. He serves as an instructor in the 'Treating the Terminal Dentition and Fully Edentulous Patient' seminar, in addition to Spear Workshops, and has also taught at his alma mater, Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry.
As Vice President of Practice Growth for Spear Practice Solutions, Dr. Ellingson helps dentists and their teams create productive and fulfilling work environments. His primary responsibility is to ensure that Practice Solutions clients successfully leverage all elements of the Spear learning ecosystem, from clinical resources to business solutions.
After helping to develop Spear Masters Program at its inception, Ms. Fletcher innovated its expansion as product manager and now serves as faculty. She has also served as a Spear Study Club advisor and marketing manager, giving her a deep understanding of Spear’s educational principles. Ms. Fletcher is skilled at developing corporate trainings and has taught continuing education courses in customer service and finance.
An instructor in Spear’s 'Interdisciplinary Treatment of Esthetic Dilemmas' seminar, Dr. Gunson examines and treats thousands of patients with esthetic, functional and sleep conditions. The oral and maxillofacial surgeon’s world-renowned practice in Santa Barbara, California, is limited to facial esthetics and reconstruction, providing orthognathic and esthetic surgical treatments that help patients achieve optimal oral health.
Jim Janakievski received his D.D.S. from the University of Toronto, which was followed by a general practice residency. After several years in general practice, he completed his post-graduate training at the University of Washington, where he received a certificate in Periodontology with a M.S.D. degree and a fellowship in Prosthodontics.
A gifted academician and clinician, Dr. Kinzer's interdisciplinary approach to dentistry is founded in empirical research and clinical experience. His unique ability to impart complex clinical processes in a logical, systematic and understandable way differentiates him from other dental educators of our time. He maintains a private practice in Seattle limited to comprehensive restorative and esthetic dentistry.
Mr. Manji is the co-founder and chairman of Spear, providing the strategic vision and corporate leadership behind the industry's premier destination education center and digital learning platform, which he uses — along with his numerous speaking engagements, published articles and popular blog — to reach thousands of dentists every year.
As a practice management consultant, periodontal clinical educator and university faculty member, Ms. Marks has developed curriculum, authored journal articles and conducted seminars at dental schools, dental hygiene programs, major dental meetings, study clubs and faculty in-service programs. As a clinician, her experience is with both general and periodontal practices.
Dr. McKee has maintained a private practice in Downers Grove, Illinois, since 1984 and has experience treating a wide variety of cases with a focus on predictable restorative dentistry. He is a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and former president of the American Equilibration Society. He has lectured extensively for more than 25 years.
Dr. Mendelson is Spear’s Executive Vice President of Client Success. He is responsible for coaching Spear Masters Program members and study club leaders, directing Spear Faculty Club and hosting Spear Summit. As a Certified Professional Coach, he is passionate about personal development. He has contributed to leading industry publications and lectured extensively on color science, dentist/technician communications and the behavioral sciences.
Dr. Mitrani has authored many scientific articles and chapters in textbooks on implant prosthodontics and esthetic dentistry. He has given more than 500 lectures in 30 countries, maintains a private practice in Mexico City limited to prosthodontics and implants, serves as an instructor in Spear Seminars, frequently contributes to Spear Digest, and develops numerous lessons for Spear Online.
Ms. Morgan joined Spear in 2018 as Vice President of Consulting Strategy. For more than 25 years as a consultant and trainer, and as former CEO of Pride Institute — a nationally acclaimed, practice management consulting company — she and her teams have revitalized thousands of dental practices using management systems proven to help dentists become more secure, efficient and profitable.
Dr. Pettyjohn is an instructor in Spear’s 'Implant Restorative Dentistry' workshop. She maintains a private practice in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, that focuses on sleep disordered breathing, implants, and complex fixed and removable restorations. She has been involved with Spear since 2005, served as Visiting Faculty and developed content for Spear Study Club.
Dr. Ratcliff is Spear's Executive Vice President of Business Development, a role in which he helps specialists and their restorative colleagues embrace the gifts and challenges of interdisciplinary care. His primary responsibilities are working with business partners to widen the reach of the Spear learning community and creating content for study club modules and Spear Online.
Dr. Rouse is recognized as a pioneer in the field of airway prosthodontics — the impact that a compromised airway has on the stomatognathic system. Along with fellow Spear Resident Faculty member Dr. Greggory Kinzer, he developed the "Seattle Protocol" to recognize, control and direct resolution of airway distress in a restorative dental practice.
Jason Smithson is an internationally renowned cosmetic and reconstructive dentist formerly of London’s Harley Street Medical District, he is now based in St Agnes, Cornwall where he offers dentistry, dental-education and medico-legal expert witness services
As co-founder and director of Spear Education, Dr. Spear continues to be recognized as one of the premier educators in esthetic and restorative dentistry in the world. His accolades include numerous awards, including Distinguished Alumnus recognition at his alma maters and the first-ever Charles Pincus-Ronald Goldstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Esthetic Dentistry from the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry in 2018.
As one of the world's most recognized prosthodontists and ceramists, Dr. Winter teaches dentists in Spear Workshops to understand the interdependence between laboratory procedures, treatment planning, restorative techniques, materials and laboratory procedures. He also produces Spear Study Club modules, creates clinical content for the Spear learning ecosystem, and has taught more than 900 didactic, clinical and technical courses in more than 40 countries.