Please find the biographies of Advantage Dental's clinical advisory team.
Dr. Edward Coryell
Vice President, Clinical Affairs
Dr. Coryell joined Advantage Dental+ in March of 2019. He brings over 30 years of oral health care experience including over 17 years of private practice followed by more than 12 years leading the dental division at MAHEC (Mountain Area Health Education Center), a large multispecialty ambulatory healthcare organization. During his time at MAHEC, his leadership in the dental division encompassed both clinical and operational responsibilities, which included overseeing the dental residency training program. Additionally, he worked across disciplines to help develop organization-wide committees on peer review, credentialing, and safety. He set up quality assurance programs for the dental division and provided support in drafting policies across the organization.
Dr. Justin Gonzales
Director, Clinical Affairs
Justin Gonzales, DMD, received his Bachelors of Science degree at Oregon State University and his DMD from the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. After graduation from UNLV, he moved back to the Pacific Northwest, where he owned and operated a solo practice in Portland, OR. Before joining the Advantage Dental team in 2019, Gonzales served as the Dental Director for Clackamas County Health Centers, Federally Qualified Health Center, clinics that primarily serve a Medicaid-based patient population. At Advantage Dental, Gonzales focuses on ensuring quality of care delivery to the patients we serve through a focus on provider development and process improvement.
Dental Assistant Lead Trainer
Alicia Melendez has over 30 years of dental assistance experience. She holds an Associate Degree in Pre-Dentistry Studies and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Management. She is a nationally certified dental assistant through the Dental Assisting National Board and has worked in several dental practices. She has provided care through Medical Teams International via mobile dentistry, and worked in numerous academia programs including overseeing 17 dental assisting programs across the United States as a National Academic Dean. At Advantage Dental, Melendez develops, implements and manages the dental assistant training program as well as supports other training initiatives across Advantage Dental and affiliated practices.
Clinical Integration Trainer
Tess Draper Bruner, RDH, received her BSDH from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry. She has spent most of career providing care to underserved populations. In her current role, as Advantage Dental’s clinical integration trainer, she manages the continuing education program for clinical staff and focuses on educating, training, and inspiring clinical teams across the United States to learn and master Advantage’s unique approach to care delivery -- Preventistry®.
Director, Alternative Care Models
Sharity Ludwig began her dental career as an Expanded Practice Dental Hygienist (EPDH) and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership from the University of California, San Francisco. Since then, her dental career has been focused on developing innovative strategies and processes for community based dental care. Additionally, Ludwig aids in the development and implementation of models of care that incorporate oral health with a focus on the ever-changing needs of the healthcare industry to achieve the quadruple aim.
Advantage Dental Group, P.C.; Gary W. Allen, DMD, P.C. Owner: Gary W. Allen, DMD
DentaQuest Oral Health Center of Massachusetts, P.C. Owner: James E. Thommes, DDS
Advantage Dental Oral Health and Vision Center of Alabama, P.C. Owners: John Clasen, OD; Cory B. White, DMD; James E. Thommes, DDS
Advantage Dental Oral Health Center of Florida, PA Owner: Neil Williams, DMD