The AACD was thrilled to honor some of its most accomplished and dedicated professionals with Evy awards during the Celebration of Excellence on April 27, 2019, at the 35th Annual AACD Scientific Session in San Diego.
The AACD Celebration of Excellence Award statuette has been dubbed “The Evy,” in honor of the late Dr. Jeffrey Golub-Evans, who was the creative force behind the award’s design.
Evy recipients are first nominated for the award by their colleagues and then are selected by the Awards and Recognition Committee. Evy award winners represent the most exemplary and talented individuals within the AACD and the industry who are dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry and to the highest standards of ethical patient care.
The 2019 Evy recipients are as follows:
Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry Education Award
Joyce Bassett, DDS, FAACD
The Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry Education Award is given to a cosmetic dentistry professional that, through his or her efforts as an educator, has advanced the art and science of cosmetic dentistry.
Joyce Bassett, DDS, FAACD, earned her DDS degree in 1983 from Ohio State University, earned her AACD Accreditation in 2001 and went on to achieve Fellowship status in 2013. She’s respected as a prolific speaker, publisher, and marketer of Aesthetic Dentistry, as well as a member of the editorial board of several peer-reviewed publications. She has been an AACD member since 1993 and currently maintains a private practice located in Scottsdale, AZ.
Duane H. Beers, DMD, FAGD, AAACD
The Humanitarian Award is given to an AACD Member who has made outstanding philanthropic contributions inside and outside of dentistry.
Duane H. Beers, DMD, FAGD, AAACD, graduated from UC-Davis in 1971 with a B.S. in biochemistry. He attended Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and received his Doctor of Dental Medicine diploma with honors in March 1975. During his career, he has been involved in over 35 humanitarian efforts in 23 countries. He has become known for his ability to rebuild a tooth, restore a smile, change a life for those who previously had no hope. He has seen patients in war-torn countries where every single patient had a heart-wrenching story of escape from ISIS, including the brutal death of family members, and the loss of their homes. He has performed cosmetic bonding in countries with no electricity or running water, sometimes in a building, sometimes under a tent, and sometimes with no cover at all. He brings his own dental unit, dental chair, and supplies to perform the necessary procedures. Dr. Beers has been an AACD member since 2000, earned his AACD Accreditation in 2008, and currently maintains a private practice located in Socorro, New Mexico.
Outstanding Service Award
Marilyn Calvo, DDS, AAACD
The Outstanding Service Award is given to a member who has gone above and beyond in their service to the Academy.
Marilyn Calvo, DDS, AAACD, earned her DDS degree at UCLA School of Dentistry in 1979 and earned her AACD Accreditation in 2007. She has been relentless in encouraging MIP's to continue moving forward with their AACD Accreditation journey. With calls after a long day at her practice or making time at the Scientific Sessions to answer any question or point the MIP in a direction to get the help they are after. At Scientific Sessions, she is regarded as the poster child for an Academy ambassador. She always makes everyone feel welcomed and included, and she goes above and beyond to ensure the Sessions are a success. She has assumed many leadership roles in committees and on boards, usually taking on multiple responsibilities at the same time. All the while, she has never allowed life’s challenges to diminish her promotion of the academy. She has been an AACD member since 1998, and currently partners at Smile Studio LA in Encino, CA.
Hall of Fame Award
Bill Dorfman, DDS, FAACD
The Hall of Fame Award is given to an AACD member, living or deceased, whose contributions to the field of cosmetic dentistry and services to the Academy have been significant, substantial, and long-standing.
Bill Dorfman, DDS, FAACD, earned his DDS degree in1983 from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, his AACD Accreditation in 1992 and attained Fellowship status in 1997. He was a pioneer of many of the esthetic dentistry practices we now consider standardized. He is a well-respected lecturer who has held hundreds of lectures across the globe, to congresses, universities, scientific symposiums, and to other lecturers and trainers. He is admired for his ability to go beyond teaching “how” and helping his audiences understand the “why”. Dr. Dorfman has been an AACD member since 1989, and currently maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, CA.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Ganley, Chief Executive Officer of Ivoclar Vivadent
Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated significant achievement in the cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry fields both personally and professionally.
Robert Ganley became an AACD member in 2003. He earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a graduate degree in business administration. In 1980, he joined Ivoclar Vivadent as a Vice President and was named President of Ivoclar Vivadent North America in 1990. For the past 15 years, he has served as the CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent. This role involves overseeing an organization with more than 3500 global employees, as well as traveling back and forth to Europe every other week. Mr. Ganley has been instrumental in ushering in a new revolution in cosmetic dentistry – The Digital Age. Under his direction, Ivoclar Vivadent has a clear and promising path that includes a wide range of restorative solutions and digital processes for dentistry, from CAD CAM mills to ergonomic equipment to new age esthetic dental materials. His loyalty and dedication to serving all dental professionals are unmatched.
Dennis Hartlieb, DDS, AAACD
The jCD Award is given to the leading author of an original jCD article published within the established year that is determined the best of that year. This is an industry-wide award.
Dennis Hartlieb, DDS, AAACD, earned his DDS at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and earned his AACD Accreditation in 2017. The article of his being recognized is titled “CPR for the Worn Detention”: From Concept to Prototype to Restoration”. It is considered a well-written, usable article and a great resource for cosmetic dentists. Dr. Hartlieb has been an AACD member since 1999 and currently maintains a private practice in Glenview IL.
Rising Star Award
Clement Kairouz, Student
The Rising Star Award is given to an AACD member who shows the greatest leadership potential for the AACD or the cosmetic dentistry industry, regardless of their age or length of time within the profession.
Clement Kairouz only became an AACD member April of 2018 and is currently a dental student at NYU. He joined the AACD to further his education in dentistry and will be the first student member in history to be honored with an Evy Award. From day one, he took on an active leadership role at NYU College of Dentistry, including roles on class council, the Esthetics Club and Honors program. He also participated in global outreaches and has been on Leadership Retreats through the school. Whether it is a full mouth rehabilitation or a simple anterior composite restoration, his attention to detail and gift for cosmetic dentistry shine through.
These AACD members were honored for this achievement at AACD 2019 in San Diego during the Celebration of Excellence.