Charles C. Whitney, MD
Charles Whitney, M.D. is the founder and President of 3rd Era Health. He is double board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his family practice residency at David Grant USAF Medical Center.
Dr. Whitney served as a physician in the United States Air Force before joining the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where he established his Direct Primary Care practice, Revolutionary Health Services, in 2003.
He served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Private Physicians, the national trade organization of Direct Primary Care practices from 2007-2013, and was Vice-president from May 2012 to May 2013.
He was recently named a “Top Doc” in Concierge Medicine by Concierge Medicine Today, for the second consecutive year and is the only physician in Pennsylvania to earn that distinction in 2013 and 2014.
In 2014, Dr. Whitney was appointed to the steering committee of the Direct Primary Care Coalition, an association devoted to the pursuit of a healthier, stronger America and the availability of quality, affordable, and immediate primary health care.
A highly-visible, national advocate of bridging the “oral-systemic gap” between dentistry and medicine, Dr. Whitney has been published in leading print and online dental trade journals, including Dentistry Today, Dentaltown, DentistryIQ.com, Dentalcompare.com, Dental Products Report, First Impressions Magazine and the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry.
He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of PennWell Publishing, a leading provider of peer-reviewed continuing education credits for dental professionals.
Dr. Whitney is also very active as a keynote speaker, lecturer, panelist and webinar presenter and was the keynote speaker during the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health’s Annual Session in 2013. Since then, he has been a featured speaker at Windy City Seminars, The Richardson Group and the Eastern Washington Medical Dental Summit.
He was recently nominated as one of the dental industry’s “Top 100 CE Speakers” by Dentistry Today Magazine.
Lisa C. Wadsworth, RDH, BS
Lisa Wadsworth, RDH, BS, is the clinical hygiene advisor for 3rd Era Dentistry and was instrumental in the development of the hygiene-related components of the "Oral-Systemic Dental Team Empowerment Program". With over three decades of experience in the implant, periodontal and oral health arenas, Lisa began her career as a dental assistant, progressed to certification in implant surgical assisting and finally, a degree in dental hygiene.
She is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and has attained fellowship status with the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries.
Lisa lectures nationally on topics specific to periodontal protocols, implant dentistry, ergonomics, oral-systemic links and communication. In fact, Lisa has been recognized by Hu-Friedy as a “Thought Leader” and by Sonicare as a “Key Opinion Leader”.
She has also been named by Dentistry Today as one of the Top 100 CE Speakers for the last eight consecutive years.
Lisa is a prolific writer and was an original contributing editor for Modern Hygienist Magazine from 2005-2007. She now writes for several dental and hygiene publications such as RDH Magazine, Dental Assisting Digest, The Profitable Dentist, and Dentistry Today in the “Hygiene Today” quarterly publication.
Lisa is currently the Director of Hygiene for Blackford Dental Management and also owns her own successful company, Lisa C. Wadsworth Inc., a business focused on coaching and education for the entire dental team on periodontal protocol, implant dentistry, and ergonomics.
Lisa is a recent graduate of the Bale-Doneen Preceptorship for Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention and is applying this knowledge to assist Dr. Whitney with his mission of bridging the oral-systemic gap and providing an optimal level of patient care.
3rd Era Dentistry Steering Committee
I. Stephen Brown, DDS, FACD, FICD
With his unique combination of experience, innovation, academic achievement and community involvement, I. Stephen Brown, DDS, is one of America's most distinguished practitioners in the fields of periodontics and dental implants.
A graduate of Temple University School of Dentistry, Dr. Brown earned certificates of proficiency in periodontics and adult orthodontics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, making him the first in the country to acquire this rare double specialty.
Dr. Brown is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a Fellow of both the American and International Colleges of Dentists, and the Academy of Osseointegration. A Fellow and Diplomate of the International College of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Brown has earned the respect of both his peers and his patients. Dr. Brown was elected to Fellowship in The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Founded in 1787, The College of Physicians is the oldest professional medical organization in the country. It is an extraordinary accomplishment for a dentist to be honored by election to Fellowship in this prestigious society. His colleagues recently honored Dr. Brown, when he was selected to be an Examiner for the American Board of Periodontology, which evaluates periodontist candidates for certification by the Board.
But Dr. Brown takes particular pride in the roles of teacher and mentor.His academic appointments include faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Temple University School of Dentistry and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He has been a guest lecturer at the National Naval Dental Center and Walter Reed Army Hospital, as well as dental schools across the country. He currently serves as Professor of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and Professor of Periodontology and Dental Implantology at Temple University School of Dentistry.
Dr. Brown is an attending faculty in periodontics at Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he is co-founder of the Dental Implant Team and Director of the Dental Implant Center. He is the Director of the Department of Periodontics at Graduate Hospital, and former Director of Periodontics at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brown served as a lieutenant in the U. S. Naval Dental Corps and has been a special consultant to the Army Dental Corps and the U. S. Public Health Service.
Equally active in professional and scientific circles, Dr. Brown has served as Chairman of the Committee on Public and Professional Relations of the American Academy of Periodontology, and he is a Past President of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Societies of Periodontology, as well as the Delaware Valley Academy of Osseointegration.
He was elected and served as a member of the board of directors, the governing body of the American Academy of Periodontology, representing every periodontist from Northeastern Pennsylvania to Northern Virginia. In addition, he is widely published in professional journals, has contributed to important texts in his field, and is a frequent guest speaker before dental societies in the United States and abroad.
Widely acknowledged as an innovator and a leader in dental technology, Dr. Brown is a pioneer in the use of the laser in as a surgical alternative in the treatment of periodontal disease. He was the first dentist in Philadelphia to offer LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), an FDA approved, minimally invasive treatment, specifically developed to treat periodontal disease.
Dr. Brown maintains a busy private practice specializing in periodontics and dental Implants in Center City Philadelphia. In addition, during the 70’s he founded The Perio Group, an unprecedented network that provided in-house periodontal services to general dental practices in the Delaware Valley. He is acknowledged as an innovator in dental practice management and has published on the subject.
Dr. Brown founded and is the director of The Cosmetic Consortium, a unique study club for restorative dentists and specialists in the Philadelphia and the tri-state area. His vision in creating it was to provide a forum for shared learning of the latest advances in the art and science of dentistry.
Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS, PC
Dr. Richard Nagelberg has been practicing general dentistry in suburban Philadelphia for 32 years. He has international practice experience, having provided dental services in Thailand, Cambodia, and Canada.
Richard is Editorial Director of Dental Education for PennWell Publishing. He is co-founder of PerioFrogz.com, an information services company, and an advisory board member, speaker, key opinion leader and clinical consultant for several dental companies and organizations.
Richard has a monthly column in Dental Economics Magazine, “GP Perio-The Oral-Systemic Connection”. He is a recipient of Dentistry Today’s Top Clinicians in CE, 2009-2014. A respected member of the dental community, Richard lectures internationally on a variety of topics centered on understanding the impact dental professionals have beyond the oral cavity.
Michael Ventriello has more than 30 years of integrated public relations and marketing experience and has been successful in marketing to and for healthcare-focused organizations. His functional specialty is launching innovative companies and products quickly and effectively.
The founder of Ventriello Communications LLC, Mr. Ventriello also has more than 10 years of concentrated experience in dental industry public relations and marketing communications. During this time he developed highly-successful PR and marcom campaigns for some of the dental industry’s most innovative products and technologies, many of which have strong oral-systemic relevance:
LED Medical’s VELscope® oral cancer screening device
Sirona’s CEREC® 3D and later, CEREC® AC Powered by BlueCam
Hu-Friedy’s DownPak™ endodontic obturation device
Sunstar’s GUM® PerioShield™ oral health rinse
The American Academy of Periodontology’s general practice dentist outreach program
Heureaus-Kulzer’s InnoEndo™ Resilon® obturation system
OralDNA® Labs salivary diagnostic tests
Provia Labs Store-a-Tooth™ dental stem cell storage system
PeriRx, LLC’s Salimark™ OSCC salivary test for oral squamous cell carcinoma
In addition to possessing award-winning writing skills, Mr. Ventriello has strong contacts with the editors of all the major dental publications, as well as most of the top key opinion leaders. He leverages these relationships to gain his clients increased and valuable industry exposure by “influencing the influencers”.
Mr. Ventriello has been working with Dr. Whitney since 2012, in a variety of capacities including personal publicist, social media strategist, practice marketing and publicity, radio show producer and most recently; marketing strategist and tactician for the launch of 3rd Era Dentistry and its "Oral-Systemic Dental Team Empowerment Program".