Meet Our Educators

Global leaders in digital dentistry - our team of talented dentists, specialists and technicians from around the world will help you launch your digital dentistry journey and kick-start your learning.

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Dr Hamid Al-Hassiny


New zealand

Dr Hamid is an early adopter of CAD/CAM and has been using this technology for over 10 years. He is the Founder of iDD and is highly experienced in digital dentistry. Dr Hamid runs a multiple practices in Wellington, New Zealand, including a state of the art 12-chair dental practice. Across all his practices the philosophy is simple; utilising the most advanced dental technology, to provide the best patient experience.

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Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny

BDS (hons)

New zealand

Dr Ahmad is a global leader in digital dentistry and intraoral scanners, carrying out lectures as a KOL for many companies and industry. He is one of the few in the world who has advanced clinical experience with all mainstream scanners and CAD/CAM systems . As the Founding Director of iDD and a full time dentist in private practice he has real-life clinical experience in digital dentistry, its applications and countless benefits.

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Olga Kadlecová


CZech Republic

Olga is a dental technician with a passion for CAD/CAM. She has advanced experience with a long list of different CAD/CAM software and milling machines including 3Shape Lab Software, Implant Sudio, exocad, Straumann, and Nobel Biocare CAD. Olga has been working in digital labs for the past 8 years and helps train both dentists and other technicians on how to adopt digital dentistry. She provides key insights from a dental technician point of view.

Eric D. Kukucka DD



Eric graduated from George Brown College of Applied Arts & Technology with Dean’s List Honours in 2010. He received his Diploma of Denturism. Dedicated to creating high-quality removable, fixed, and fixed-detachable implant prosthetic restorations. He is President and Owner of The Denture Center, a quickly growing network of denture clinics that currently comprises three facilities throughout Ontario. His main practice is in Windsor, Ontario.

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Dr Michael Scherer


United States of America

Dr. Michael Scherer is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University, a Clinical Instructor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and maintains a practice limited to prosthodontics and implant dentistry. He is a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, has published articles, books, and in-person and online courses related to implant dentistry, clinical prosthodontics, and digital technology with a special emphasis on full-arch reconstruction. 

Dr Paul Zhivago



Dr. Paul Zhivago received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University College of Dentistry where he also completed his education as a Prosthodontist. He lectures nationally and internationally on the topic of Digital Dentistry. Currently, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at NYU College of Dentistry and teaches the digital dentistry course for the Post Graduate Prosthodontic Department. 

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Dr John Hagiliassis

BDSc, Grad Dip Aesth Orth


Dr John is a experienced clinician in clear aligner therapy and has treated over 4000 aligner cases to date. He is the founder of Aesthetic Orthodontic and Restorative Training Academy (AORTA) and runs the Australasian Clear Aligner Society. He is also a KOL for multiple aligner companies and is one of the most experienced Invisalign clinicians in Australasia. He offers a wealth of knowledge in the field of orthodontics.

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Dr Nitish Surathu

BDS, MDS Perio

New zealand

Dr Nitish is a former Associate Professor of Periodontics and is currently a general practitioner in Gisborne, New Zealand. Nitish has lectured on several platforms around the world, having presented in North America, Europe, Australasia and Africa. He is by examination, a credentialed Fellow and Diplomate of the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists) and an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Anton Martin
Anton Martin

DTech, CEREC Specialist

New Zealand

Anton is a dental technician with two decades of experienced in digital dentistry. His previous roles include working for Ivoclar Vivadent as a Technical Specialist for 2 years and DentSply Sirona as the NZ CEREC Specialist for 7 years. When it comes to the CEREC system, there are few people who know it as well as he does, having trained hundreds of dentists to utilize the system and workflow. He helps train our members on utilizing CEREC.

Dr Amr Ekram



Dr. Amr Ekram is an EDS consultant of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Egypt and a certified DHA Implantologist in Dubai, UAE. He is one of the pioneers of digital dentistry in the Middle East. His private practice include offices all around Egypt that focus on digital dentistry and implantology. Dr. Amr is involved in many courses about digital dentistry and he has participated as a speaker in many international conferences.

Mike Kharkrang

Dip Dent Tech, BSC Physiology

New Zealand

Mike Kharkrang has been partnering with the dental community for over 20 years, 15 of those established with Precision Dental Lab. As a New Zealand trained and registered Dental Technician Mike has a significant practical background in CAD/CAM dentistry. His special interests include evolving technologies, 3Shape software, applied materials, and team development.

Houssam Sahwil

DTech, DDS Lab

United States of America

Houssam is the Technical Director of Implant and Digital Technology for the DDS Lab. He has worked with the largest DSOs across the United States and some of the most experienced dentists in the country. He helps train dental professionals about implantology, how to correctly take a digital impression and all-on-x restorations. Houssam is highly experienced in complex implant cases and CAD/CAM full arch restorations.

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Richard Schumacher

DTECH, 3Shape


Richard is a dental technician with extensive experience in crown, bridge and implant prosthetics. During his 30 years career, he has worked with a number of CAD/CAM systems including CEREC, Procera and 3Shape software. For the previous 5 years he has worked in dental implant and biomaterial sales. In 2017, Richard joined 3Shape as the training and application specialist for 3Shape TRIOS, TRIOS Design Studio and 3Shape Implant Studio.

Dr 'Tiv' Thivagar Nirmalann



Dr Tiv is a renowned dentist with 17 years of experience and is the director of a successful 6 chair dental clinic. A respected voice across dental forums, he has been a dental correspondent for the ADA and ADC, chair of the ADA Group R on the Mornington Peninsula and a speaker at many conferences to date. Coaching dentists is one of his true passions, and he is very experienced with dental photography and how this can be utilized in the dental practice. 

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Dr Abdullah Barazanchi

BDS, DClinDent (Prostho)

New zealand

Dr Abdullah Barazanchi is a lecturer and course coordinator at the University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry, New Zealand. Additionally, he is a practicing specialist prosthodontist in private practice. His main research interests and thesis topic is regarding 3D printing of CoCr were he has published a number of articles in international scientific journals as well as lecturing on the subject in national and international conferences.

We are always looking to collaborate with global thought leaders in the digital space and provide our members with the best digital dentistry courses in the world.

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