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‘40 Under 40’ pays tribute to America’s best young dentists for 10th year

By Dental Tribune USA
August 05, 2020

PITTSTON, Pa., USA: For a 10th consecutive year, Incisal Edge dental magazine is recognizing brilliant achievers, aged 40 and under, with its signature award. Among this year’s Incisal Edge “40 Under 40” honorees, announced today (Aug. 5, 2020), are 40 women and 42 men from 27 states.

The magazine, published by Benco Dental since 1997, will celebrate them through a series of informative profiles in its fall “40 Under 40” editorial coverage.

Fewer than 500 of America’s best young dentists have earned this prestigious designation, including the 2020 inductees, listed below and at

Honorees in the general dentist category are:

  • Dr. Christine Altrock Fabb, San Diego, California
  • Dr. Marina Ambridge, Peoria, Arizona
  • Dr. Alex Barrera, Houston, Texas
  • Dr. Jonny Brennan, Chandler, Arizona
  • Dr. Shanthi Cariappa, Stonington, Connecticut and East Greenwich, Rhode Island
  • Dr. Joshua Coussa, Coral Springs, Florida
  • Dr. Anna Cowdin, Dallas, Texas
  • Dr. Dimple Desai, Newport Beach, California
  • Dr. Sodabeh Etminan, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dr. Liany Farinas-Han, Midland Park, New Jersey
  • Dr. Michelle Farnoush, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Dr. Shalom Fialkoff, Paradise Valley, Arizona
  • Dr. Tiffanie Garrison-Jeter, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Dr. Lee Gary and Dr. Wendy Lewis, Flowood, Mississippi
  • Dr. Hadi Ghazzouli, Lansdale, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. India Gibson, Sugar Land, Texas
  • Dr. Steven Hippeli, Kingston, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Hillary Homburg, Charleston, West Virginia
  • Dr. Paul Hung, Dallas, Texas
  • Dr. Jaclyn Johnson, Kingwood, West Virginia
  • Dr. Alan Jurim, Woodbury, New York
  • Dr. Joyce Kahng, Costa Mesa, California
  • Dr. Jay Kansal, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dr. Parsia Koleini, Bradford, Massachusetts
  • Dr. Andrew Lyons, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dr. Joya Lyons, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dr. Andrew Martin, Gainesville, Florida
  • Dr. Charmaine Ng, Oakland, California
  • Dr. Jeffrey Ng, Garden City, New York
  • Dr. Gabriela Nwobu, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Dr. Simon Oh, Langhorne, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Sunny Patel, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Dr. Heidi Reuter, Wadena and Perham, Minnesota
  • Dr. Stacey Rogers, North Kingstown, Rhode Island
  • Dr. Kianor Shah, Palm Desert, California
  • Dr. Matthew Sheldon, Melbourne, Florida
  • Dr. Diana Tadros, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Dr. Katie To, Katy, Texas
  • Dr. Amy Tongsiri, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Dr. Matthew Wimmer, Centennial, Colorado
  • Dr. Abdulla Zoobi, Astoria, New York.

Honorees in the dental specialist category are:

  • Dr. Rose Amable, Ardsley, New York
  • Dr. Femme Ambrosio, San Diego, California
  • Dr. Eva Anadioti, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Milad Azadi, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Brooke Berson, Mullica Hill, New Jersey
  • Dr. Anita Bhavnani, Yorba Linda, California
  • Dr. Daniel Bienstock, Oceanside, New York
  • Dr. Aaron Bloom, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
  • Dr. Rachel Bresler, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Tracey Heiken Bresler, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Christian Cabello, Laredo, Texas
  • Dr. Matthew Dahar, Simpsonville, South Carolina
  • Dr. Lou Forrester, Marlton and Northfield, New Jersey
  • Dr. Julee Gil, Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Cameron Howard, Cumming, Georgia
  • Dr. Andi Igowsky, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • Dr. Erin Issac, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Jarod Johnson, Muscatine, Iowa
  • Dr. Mary Kang, New York, New York
  • Dr. Jeremy Kay, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Joo Kim, Syosset, New York
  • Dr. Roberto Loar, Austin, Texas
  • Dr. Erick Lund, South Jordan and Providence, Utah
  • Dr. Casey Lynn, Apollo Beach, Florida
  • Dr. Shawn Lynn, Livingston, New Jersey
  • Dr. Valerie Martins, Beverly, Massachusetts
  • Dr. Ngozi Okoh, East Norriton, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Shreena Patel, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
  • Dr. Robert Peterman, Somerville, New Jersey
  • Dr. Noel Rodriguez, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Dr. Aaron Scheps, Lakeland, Florida
  • Dr. Amit Shah, Huntington Beach, California
  • Dr. Raj Shenoy, Austin, Texas
  • Dr. Leanna Shetler, Simpsonville, South Carolina
  • Dr. Robert Slauch, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Nidhi Taneja, Stockton, California
  • Dr. Matt Tillman, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
  • Dr. Shamik Vakil, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dr. Blake Warner, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Dr. Meggan Wehmeyer, Claremont, New Hampshire.

“Growing ‘40 Under 40’ into the pre-eminent recognition for dentistry’s highest young achievers and up-and-coming game-changers has been one of our proudest accomplishments in the history of Incisal Edge,” said Terry J. Barrett, chief marketing officer for the magazine’s publisher, Benco Dental. “It inspires all of us to watch these highly driven innovators, entrepreneurs and boundary-pushing clinicians lead dentistry’s ongoing transformation through cutting-edge technology and new business models. Judging by the remarkable achievements of past honorees, we”re equally excited to see what their futures hold.”

Incisal Edge focuses on helping readers get an edge — and keep it — in the fast-changing worlds of healthcare and business, according to Benco Dental. The magazine, which also publishes “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry,” includes columns and features packed with advice, expert success tips on everything from marketing to operations, and the latest clinical advances and essential tools for practicing and living smarter.

The final “40 Under 40” list includes innovative and passionate young professionals in dentistry across the United States, according to Benco Dental. Hundreds of individuals are nominated by industry experts from around the country and vetted by an independent panel to select the final 80. Whether renowned for their medical innovations, volunteer work and philanthropy, or simply a commitment to outstanding patient care, these 80 honorees represent the best of dentistry today, and the promise of even better dentistry tomorrow, the company said.

In 2019, the volume of nominations resulted in an expansion of the awards to two categories, general dentists and dental specialists.

(Source: Benco Dental)

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