- Dr. Randy Kluender
- Chairman & President, Board of Trustees
Dr. Randy Kluender serves as Chairman of the Georgia School of Orthodontics Board of Trustees. Dr. Kluender attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and Masters of Science degree in Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Kluender’s professional career has been that of a clinician, educator, and administrator. Dr. Kluender previously was the Associate Dean for Admissions, Student Affairs, and Advanced Dental Education along with being the Director for Continuing Dental Education and Information Technology at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. His career in dentistry did not start in dental education but a solo pediatric dental practice in 1979. He started his dental education career as a part-time clinical instructor in 1985 while maintaining his private practice.
During his tenure as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Colorado, he secured over $2.5 million in grant funding with the majority of those funds starting new programs to help people in need. For three years he was the Regional Consultant for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentist’s Dental Home Initiative that linked Headstart children with dental homes.
Dr. Kluender participated in the American Dental Education Association’s Leadership Institute and was selected for ADEA’s Harry Bruce Legislative Fellowship in Washington, D.C He actively worked on legislative issues impacting oral health, informing legislators about the relationship of oral health and general health, diversity in the healthcare workforce, student indebtedness and financial aid, and funding for dental schools in the United States. These issues also included advocating for additional funding for oral health care for the underserved, the continuation of Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding for dental schools, loan repayment strategies for students, dentists, and new dental faculty. Additionally, he advocated for increasing the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) funding that provides significant financial support for research grants to health science centers and dental schools in the U.S.
He has held many leadership roles in organized dentistry including the American College of Dentists and Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Kluender initiated the White Coat Ceremony for dental students at Colorado that emphasizes ethics and professionalism in dentistry.
Dr. Ricky E. Harrell is a 1979 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. After serving as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service in the Navajo Area Indian Health Service for three years, he returned to the University of Alabama and completed his residency in orthodontics in 1984. He was in the private practice of orthodontics in Westminster, CO from 1984-2006. Upon leaving private practice in 2006, he became a commissioned officer in the US Army Reserves, 919th Medical CO (DS) in Aurora, CO and joined the faculty at the University of Colorado. He earned an MA in education from the University of the Pacific in 2014.Dr. Harrell most recently served as program director and professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the Medical University of South Carolina. His clinical teaching interests include temporary anchorage devices, diode laser treatment, the role of extractions in orthodontic treatment, and surgical orthodontics. Dr. Harrell de-commissioned from the US Army Reserves as a Lt. Colonel in the medical corps in August 2016 after 10 years of service in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras and two deployments to Camp Bucca, Iraq, and Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan.
Dr. Harrell is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (1984) and the Southern Association of Orthodontists (2015). He is also a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (2010).
When out of the office, he enjoys music, fishing, skiing, hiking, yard work, reading, and spending time with his wife, Melanie, and their family.
Dr. Sergio Real brings over 28 years of private practice experience to GSO. Dr. Real graduated from the dental program at the Colegio Odontologico Colombiano in his native country of Colombia in 1991. He then went on to attend the Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Residency Program at the Pontificie Universidad Catolica Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires, where he graduated in 1995 with a strong background in orthopedic early treatment and the use of functional appliances. Shortly after graduation, Dr. Real moved to San Diego, CA to receive additional instruction in the MBT system of orthodontic training. He received his Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and Masters in Orthodontics at Nova Southeastern University in 2013.
In addition to his years in private practice, Dr. Real has served in the positions of Clinical Instructor, Associate Professor, and Clinical Director at NOVA Southeastern University’s Postdoctoral Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. He has lectured extensively and is a Member of the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Sergio Real is fluent in both English and Spanish.
In his spare time, Dr. Real enjoys working out, playing basketball, and spending time with his growing family.
Dr. Janakiraman obtained his dental degree from Government Dental College Bangalore University, India in 1998, and a master’s degree in orthodontics from Government Dental College NTR University of Health, India in 2002. He moved to the United States of America in 2010 after getting accepted to the Fellowship Program in Orthodontics at the University of Connecticut. In the next three years he obtained his master’s degree (M.Dent.Sc) and a certificate in orthodontics. He served as full-time faculty member at University of Connecticut from July 2014 – May 2016. Later he joined the faculty of the University of Louisville as Assistant Professor and Research Director.Dr. Janakiraman is a Diplomate of American Board of Orthodontics and member of AAO and SAO.
He has published twenty articles in peer reviewed orthodontic journals and contributed to two chapters in orthodontic textbooks. Additionally he has presented his work in scientific meetings both nationally and internationally. His research interests have primarily focused on reducing treatment time and improving the evidence and biomechanical knowledge of various orthodontic techniques and appliances. His publication have covered numerous topics including investigating new orthodontic techniques and appliances, re-evaluating routinely used orthodontic systems in order to throw greater light on them, and more recently, integrating the current 3D technologies into clinical orthodontics. One of his primary objectives as a researcher and clinician is to translate his research findings to more efficient and effective outcomes for patients.
Dr. Stockstill attended the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and received a Bachelor of Science (’73) in Pre-Dentistry. After completing his Doctorate in Dental Surgery (’75) from Louisiana State University Health Science Center School of Dentistry he served for two years in the U.S. Public Health Service/U.S. Coast Guard as a staff dentist (rank of Lieutenant) and received an honorable discharge in 1977.Dr. Stockstill attended the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine as a Neuromuscular Research in Clinical Dentistry Fellow and completed his M.S. in Oral Sciences and Certificate in Temporomandibular Disorders/Orofacial Pain in 1987. He served as Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and was promoted to Associate professor in 1994. He entered the Orthodontic Residency at the UNMC College of Dentistry and received his Certificate in Orthodontics in 1996. Later he joined the faculty at Creighton University School of Dentistry where he served as an Associate professor until 2001 when he joined the Medical College of Georgia College of Dental Medicine as Director of Orthodontic Research and Director of the undergraduate orthodontic curriculum.
In 2012 he joined the faculty of the ECU School of Dental Medicine as Division Director of Orthodontics and as Director of Curricula in Orthodontics as well as TMD/Orofacial Pain. After successfully developing the orthodontic and TMD/Orofacial Pain curricula at ECU, Dr. Stockstill was recruited by Seton Hill University to serve as Professor of Orthodontics within the Center for Orthodontics residency program.
Dr. Stockstill also serves as the Associate Editor of the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics. He is a past Chairman of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Special Interest Group for Temporomandibular Disorders/Orofacial Pain and is a founding member of the Association of University Temporomandibular Disorder/Orofacial Pain Programs American Dental Education Association.
Dr. Stockstill has edited, authored and co-authored numerous scientific journals and textbooks, holds patents for orthodontic instruments and has presented orthodontic lectures at the local, regional, and international levels. He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon (Alpha-Alpha chapter), and is a Diplomate (Board certified) in the American Board of Orthodontics.
Dr. Asercion attended the University of New Orleans and received a Bachelor of Science (’73) and a Masters of Science (’77) in Biology. Completing his Doctorate in Dental Surgery (’79) from LSU School of Dentistry, he chose to enter LSU’s residency program and was awarded a certificate in orthodontics in 1981. During his professional career, Dr. Asercion practiced the specialty of orthodontics in Louisiana, Arizona, and Colorado for more than 30 years. He retired from private practice in January 2016 to participate in the development of the GSO orthodontic program. Dr. Asercion was a member of the LSUSD Curriculum Committee and the Director of Clinical Operations at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Orthodontics.
Notable academic awards include Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society, C Edmund Kells Dental Honor Society, Mosby Scholarship Award, and the American Association of Orthodontics Oral Facial Development Scholarship Award. He has presented different research papers to the International Association of Dental Research, the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontics. He was Director of Clinical Advancement for Orthodontic Centers of America.
Dr. Asercion was a member of the New Orleans and Louisiana Dental Associations, the Metropolitan Denver and Colorado Dental Associations, the Rocky Mountain Association. He was awarded Life Active Membership of the American Association of Orthodontists.
His orthodontic philosophy is founded upon evidence-based outcomes and result-directed clinical efficiency.
Dr. Blankenship is a private-practice orthodontist located in Palm Coast, Florida. He is dedicated to his patients and office team ensuring a high-quality office with high-quality results. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and The Georgia School of Orthodontics with his Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. His education and learning have earned his Fellowship at the Academy of General Dentistry and he has lectured across the country. He currently holds licenses in Florida and Georgia.
Dr. Blankenship maintains the highest levels of education and is involved in ongoing learning. He mentors several dentists and fellow practitioners. His dental career began in the US Navy as a general dentist where he served and traveled to several countries around the world. He retired from the Navy in the Reserves as a Commander while practicing full-time in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Later, he went to The Georgia School of Orthodontics and continued his career in Palm Coast, Florida where he currently practices.
Dr. Blankenship and his family enjoy traveling and spending time together. They give a good deal of time to their community and local sports teams. Dr. Blankenship and his family are Buckeyes at heart but are proud Floridians!
Dr. Brooks is dedicated to our community, volunteering at Buckhead Church and participating in a pre-dental mentorship program. She is also involved in the restaurant scene and runs an Atlanta-based food blog to prove it! Dr. Brooks and her husband are avid Atlanta United soccer fans, and when they’re not cheering on their team, they enjoy spending time with family and friends.
• Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics – Georgia School of Orthodontics – Atlanta, GA
• Certificate in General Dentistry – Mountain Area Health Education Center – Asheville, NC
• Doctor of Dental Medicine – East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine – Greenville, NC
• Bachelor of Arts – Spelman College – Atlanta, GA
• American Dental Association
• American Association of Orthodontists
• Southern Association of Orthodontists
• National Dental Association
• Dr. Gasper Lazzara Scholarship for Diversity in the Field of Orthodontics
• Dr. Melvin S. Polk Professional Integrity and Academic Achievement Scholarship
• Dr. Nathaniel Glover Leadership and Professionalism Scholarship
Doctor Doris received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta, Georgia in 1967. He continued his education at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry where he earned a Certificate in Orthodontics in 1977. After operating a private practice in general dentistry in Marietta, Georgia for six years, he returned to the University of Louisville, where he became an instructor for Pre-Doctoral/Orthodontic Dentistry, and a Resident Member of Cleft Palate and Craniofacial team in the Department of Surgery/Orthodontics. From 1978 to 2010, he operated a private orthodontic practice in Marietta, Georgia. Dr. Doris also held the position of Assistant Clinical Professor in the Orthodontic Department at Emory University School of Dentistry from 1985 to 1990. In addition to his role as a faculty member at the Georgia School of Orthodontics, he is also an Associate Professor and Director of Orthodontic Laboratory in the Orthodontic program at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, and a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Frouchard Academy.
Dr. Frank Egan completed his education in dentistry and orthodontics at the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University in New York and became a Diplomate of The American Board of Orthodontics in 2000. He went on to teach in the same postgraduate orthodontic program for over 10 years. While there, he created and taught the Clear Aligner Orthodontic Treatment course.
Dr. Egan has published original research in The American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and has over 1500 hours of continuing dental education. Dr. Egan practiced in New York for over 25 years. He and his wife Christine raised three children there before moving to Serenbe where he started a new practice, Serenbe Smiles. Dr. Egan has been recognized as a top provider of Invisalign, Dental Monitoring, and Spark aligners. Besides making smiles, Dr. Egan enjoys running, hiking and snowboarding. You can often find him running the trails of Serenbe.
Dr. Gonzales was recently selected to serve as the Executive Director of the American College of Dentists. In 2013, she retired from the United States Army Dental Corps after a long and distinguished career in active federal service to this Nation. Prior to her retirement, she was a nominative selection as the Director of Strategic Communications for the Army Surgeon General. She has commanded formations in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Theresa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Chemistry and received her D.M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina. Colonel Gonzales began her military career at Fort Jackson, South Carolina as a resident in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program. She then completed a residency training program in oral and maxillofacial pathology in 1992 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. In 2006, she completed a two-year fellowship in Orofacial Pain at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School and completed a Master of Science in Health Care from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Dr. Gonzales has earned Fellowship status with the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, the American Academy of Oral Medicine, and the Academy of General Dentistry. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and the American Board of Orofacial Pain. She holds Diplomate status as well as with the American Board of Forensic Examiners and the American Board of Forensic Medicine. She is a Fellow of both the American College and International College of Dentists. Dr. Gonzales’s diverse professional background includes tours as staff assigned to Oral Surgery, Hanau, Germany, Force Dental Surgeon, Multinational Peace Keeping Force in El Gorah, Egypt as well as Chief, of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and William Beaumont Army Medical Center.
Dr. Gonzales has authored over seventy-five scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and was the recipient of the International College of Dentists Award for Excellence in Research. She has received the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Surgeon General’s A designator for clinical excellence. She graduated with distinction from the United States Army War College in 2008. Theresa is also a Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina- James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Gabriela Herrera joins GSO with an extensive international background in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. Dr. Herrera began her dental education in Venezuela, where she graduated Universidad Santa Maria (USM) in 2004. She then completed her fellowship in endodontics through USM in 2005 and became a specialist in dentofacial functional orthopedics through the Venezuelan Society of Functional Orthopedics in 2006.
In 2008, Dr. Herrera continued her specialist education in orthodontics in the United States, where she attended New York University to become a specialist in orthodontics. She completed cleft lip and palate advanced training at New York University Medical Center in 2008.
After obtaining her masters in orthodontics with a three-year post-graduate program at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, she went on to open a private practice in orthodontics and craniofacial orthopedics in Caracas, Venezuela in 2011. Dr. Herrera also served as a faculty member at USM from 2011-2014 for their pre-doctoral pediatric/orthodontic dentistry program.
Dr. Herrera is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) and the Sociedad Colombiana de Ortodoncia (SCO).
Dr. Jobran practiced dentistry for 8 years in his family practice alongside his siblings. He went on to complete an internship on dental treatment for children with special needs. Soon after he decided to advance his education and pursue a career in orthodontics. He completed a combined program in advanced graduate studies (CAGS) in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics with MSD at Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics. Dr. Jobran is a member of the American Dental Association and American Association of Orthodontics and Diplomate of the ABO. He seeks to combine his love of teaching and orthodontics by pursuing his career with Georgia School of Orthodontics. In his free time, Dr. Jobran enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.
Dr. Lazzara is a Florida native and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Emory University in 1966. He received his Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from the American Association of Orthodontists Supervised Preceptorship Program in 1969. Dr. Lazzara joins GSO with more than 40 years of experience in the field of orthodontics. His experience includes maintaining private orthodontic practices for 25 years and serving as Founder/CEO/Director/Chairman of the world’s largest orthodontic management company, Orthodontic Centers of America (OCA) from 1985-2001. Additionally, Dr. Lazzara has lectured on a variety of orthodontic and business-related topics at numerous professional conferences.
Dr. Lazzara retired as a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics and a member of both the American Association of Orthodontists and the Southern Society of Orthodontists.
When out of the office, he enjoys traveling, golfing, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. John Lazzara is a graduate of the LSU School of Dentistry and the Center for Advanced Dental Education at St. Louis University, where he earned his Masters in Orthodontics in January, 1999. He also earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. After graduation, Dr. Lazzara operated two offices in New Orleans prior to relocating to Jacksonville, Florida in 2005.
After relocating, Dr. Lazzara established a successful orthodontic practice in the Jacksonville metro area, which operates two large offices. Lazzara Orthodontics is a highly digital practice, and has been impression free for over five years. Dr. Lazzara’s areas of interest in emphasis include digital workflows, clear liner therapy, and application of business principles to enhance efficiency and outcomes in orthodontic practice.
Dr. Adrienne L. Perry was born in Mutlangen, Germany and spent most of her childhood in suburban Georgia. Dr. Perry developed a desire to alleviate health disparities early in life due to multiple travel experiences and community service. She attended the Howard University College of Dentistry as part of the class of 2014. Immediately afterwards she relocated to New York City to complete a General Practice Residency with the BronxCare Health System. She then moved to Watertown, NY to practice independently as a general dentist. She moved to Elmira, NY about a year later and practiced there until she was accepted into the Howard University Orthodontics Residency in 2017. Prior to joining the clinical team at GSO, Dr. Perry spent roughly two years providing orthodontic care for youth in the underserved communities of Washington DC. She currently serves as a Captain in the District of Columbia Army National Guard. Dr. Perry has held leadership roles in the American Dental Education Association and the National Dental Association. She has served as an ambassador for the Summer Health Professions Education Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Perry has enthusiastically mentored countless high school and dental students who have approached her for advice, recommendations, and shadowing experiences. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, exercising, golf, reading, and culinary arts. Adrienne’s top priorities include mindfulness, mentorship, and social responsibility.
Dr. Mohamad Abou El Nasr earned his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Beirut Arab University in Lebanon in 2010 graduating at the top of his class. He was then accepted into the Orthodontics residency at BAU as one of five residents. He completed his residency in 2014. Immediately after completing his residency, he was accepted into the Fellowship Program in Orthodontics at the University of Connecticut.
During the Fellowship Dr. Mohamad worked with legends and Pioneers in the Orthodontics field such as Dr. Ravindra Nanda in his faculty practice and he had the opportunity to attend the biomechanics class of Dr. Charles Burstone.
Dr. Mohamad continued his dental path in the U.S. by joining Tufts University and graduating in the top 5 percent of his class. In 2022 Dr. Mohamad joined the Georgia School of Orthodontics as an Assistant Professor after passing the American Board of Orthodontics written Examination.
Dr. Mohamad is also involved in creating many platforms for orthodontists around the world to share their work and experience. He is the Co-founder of the Facebook page “The Orthodontics Online”. A platform that is created to share knowledge, presentations, and experience among professionals to help advance the quality of care. He has also a lot of presentations on Slideshare for various topics in Orthodontics.
Dr. Mohamad is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists.
Dr. Yi-Ping Liu was born in Taiwan and grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She studied at McGill University. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from State University of New York at Buffalo. In 2009, Dr. Liu completed her specialty training and her Master’s degree in orthodontics at Saint Louis University. Dr. Liu practiced in North Carolina and Massachusetts prior to moving to Georgia. She has been certified as an Invisalign provider since 2009, and she has the designation of an Invisalign Preferred Provider. She enjoys helping patients improve their smiles with individual customized treatment. In her spare time, she loves traveling, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family. Dr. Liu is excited to join the GSO family, and to provide orthodontic care to the local community.
Doctor Ouellette serves as Clinic Director of the Georgia School of Orthodontics. He received his dental degree from Loyola School of Dentistry, Chicago, Illinois in 1970. He completed his orthodontic residency and Master’s Degree in Oral Biology in 1972 after which he joined the orthodontic faculty at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, as an assistant professor of orthodontics until 1975. Dr. Ouellette practiced Orthodontics in Brevard County Florida for over 40 years before joining Jacksonville University College of Health Sciences Orthodontic Department. The advent of 3D Imaging in dentistry opened new areas of interest for Dr Ouellette in Adjunctive Orthodontics and Implant Dentistry. In October 2013, Dr. Ouellette credentialed in Implant Dentistry receiving the Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AFAAID).
Dr. Perry is a licensed speech-language pathologist and speech scientist. She is a Professor at East Carolina University where she conducts research using magnetic resonance imaging and 3D computer technology to study the anatomy, speech, and surgical approaches used to treat cleft palate. Her research is funded through the National Institute of Health. Her current collaborative work aims to examine how the variations in presurgical anatomy affect postsurgical speech outcomes in children born with cleft palate. Dr. Perry is the Editor in Chief for the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal.
She serves on the cleft palate craniofacial team at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. She is the director of the Speech Imaging and Visualization Laboratory at East Carolina University. Dr. Perry serves as the coordinator for the resonance disorders clinic where she provides speech evaluations and therapy to individuals with errors related to cleft palate and resonance disorders. Dr. Perry also provides support and training through surgical mission trips to third-world countries.
Doctor Robert Pickron is a board-certified Orthodontist who earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Emory University and his Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Alabama. He became board certified from the American Board of Orthodontics in 1972.
Dr. Pickron has over 45 years of orthodontic clinical experience in the private practice sector and has served as an adjunct professor at NOVA Southeastern School of Dental Medicine since 2012. His publications have been featured in Orthodontic Products, and he has presented at the World Congress on Facial Sculpting in Cosmetic Surgery, Jacksonville University, University of Southern Nevada, University of Tennessee, and Nova Southeastern.
He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Georgia Association of Orthodontists, and the World Federation of Orthodontists.
Dr. Potter graduated from Northwestern University School of Dentistry in 1979. After private practice in general dentistry in Colorado for ten years, he returned to The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he earned a Certificate and an M.S. in Dental Diagnostic Sciences. In 1991, he joined the faculty of the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. There, Dr. Potter served in many roles including Interim Dean of the School of Dentistry from 2001 to 2003, and Vice Dean from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Potter returned to Colorado and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver School of Dental Medicine for ten years.
His current appointment is Professor and Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in the Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, and a fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.