Veterinary DENTAL Advisory COMMITTEE (VDAC)
Fort Collins, CO
San Carlos, CA
Santa Fe, NM
Las Vegas, NV
VDAC COmmittee members
Barron Hall, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. He received his Degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, and completed a two-year residency in dentistry and oral surgery in Dallas, TX. He is the owner of Animal Dental Clinic in Vienna, VA, a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network, and the veterinary dentist for the National Zoo in Washington, DC
Steven Holmstrom, DVM, DAVDC currently practices at the Animal Dental Clinic in San Carlos, California, having been certified by the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) 1989. Dr. Holmstrom earned his DVM degree from the University of Missouri in 1972. He is the past president of the AVDC, Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, American Veterinary Dental Society and two times president for the Peninsula Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Holmstrom has consulted for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center, University of California at Berkeley’s Office of Lab Animal Care and numerous pharmaceutical and dental companies. He has held several professional offices in committees and colleges and has received several awards including the AAHA Far West Practitioner of the Year and the University of Missouri Alumnus of the Year. He has written numerous articles and publications, including a textbook on veterinary dental techniques, now in its third edition, and published in Japanese, Spanish and Italian. Dr. Holmstrom has also written a textbook for veterinary technicians and is the Guest Editor for two editions of Veterinary Clinics of North America. He speaks frequently on veterinary dentistry at major national and international meetings.
For recreation Dr. Holmstrom is an underwater SCUBA Instructor, Ham radio operator, motor home enthusiast, and avid sailor. He is a past Commodore of the Sequoia Yacht Club in Redwood City.
Edward Eisner, DVM, DAVDC received his AB and DVM degrees in 1964, and is a Diplomate and Past President of the American Veterinary Dental College and Past President of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. Currently, Dr. Eisner is President of the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine and is Director of Services of Denver Veterinary Dental Service, a referral practice which has been serving the Rocky Mountain Region since 1983.
Dr. Eisner’s practice is located in the TenderCare Veterinary Medical Center in Greenwood Village, Colorado. He is coauthor of the textbook, Veterinary Dental Techniques, which has been published in English, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Dr. Eisner has published more than 70 professional articles and book chapters, and has served as a speaker at numerous national and international meetings since 1980.
Dr. Eisner is on the Advisory Boards of the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry and Veterinary Forum, as well as on those for numerous commercial concerns. Dr. Eisner leads one section of the extramural program in the Colorado University Department of Dental Hygiene. Dr. Eisner is the 2001 recipient of the American Veterinary Dental Society Education and Research Award and the 2004 American Veterinary Dental College Service Award.
Clarence Sitzman, DVM, DAVDC received his BS in Animal Science in 1972, and DVM in 1975 from Colorado State University. He is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College, which he earned in 2007. He is the past president of the American Veterinary Dental Society, and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry. He is director of services for Front Range Veterinary Clinic, and has been in private practice since 1976. His practice expanded to referral dental work in 1995, and he has been receiving referral cases since that time.
He is author and co-author of several peer-reviewed articles, and has given numerous presentations to non-professional and professional organizations. He has given numerous in-clinic seminars, dealing with radiology and digital radiography, to other private veterinary clinics. In practice, he has been involved with several research facilities in conducting FDA approved safety and efficacy studies.
Kristin M. Bannon, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC received her veterinary medical degree from Texas A&M University in 1998. She worked in a small animal hospital in Santa Fe, NM for ten years before starting the first veterinary practice in New Mexico dedicated to the oral health needs of our companion animals. She was elected to serve a five-year term on the Board of Directors for the American Veterinary Dental Society in 2006.
In 2008, she was the first veterinarian in the state of New Mexico to become a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry (FAVD). She became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (DAVDC) in 2010. Dr. Bannon enjoys teaching other veterinarians about quality dental care, and lectures frequently within New Mexico and nationwide.
When not performing dental procedures in her small animal practice, teaching others about dentistry, or volunteering her time doing dentistry on wildlife and rescue animals, she enjoys reading, spending time with her four-legged family, and running. She is currently training for her first marathon.
Charles E. Dyer, IV DDS MS PC is a native of Beaumont, Texas, where his father practices Pediatric dentistry. After graduating with honors from Texas A&M University, he received his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. During his tenure at the dental branch, he served as President of his class, Vice President of Psi Omega Dental Fraternity, Secretary of the American Student Dental Association, Treasurer of the Texas A&M University Club and was an active member of Christian Dental Fellowship, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a dental honor society. He then attended the University of Kentucky for training in periodontal surgery an implantology where he served as chief resident. His education spanned from traditional periodontal therapies, to cutting edge surgical techniques. He graduated with a Master of Science in Dentistry and certification in the specialty of Periodontics.
Dr. Dyer is an active participant and member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology, the Academy of Osseointegration, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Greater Houston Society of Periodontists, Greater Houston Dental Society, and the Texas A&M Association of Former Students. Dr. Dyer is a contributing author to several publications, including the International Journal of Dental Research, International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implantology, and the Greater Houston Dental Society Journal. He has had the opportunity to speak in Hawaii, Maryland, and Houston concerning implantology, and continues to speak on several periodontal related topics throughout the year. He was featured on ABC’s television series “American Health Front,” addressing the role of implants in dentistry. He stays abreast of current therapies through continuing education, literature review, peer review, study clubs, and self study.
His passion for animal husbandry, friendship with Dr. Mark Peckham DVM, and dental acumen led to his first veterinary dental experience at the Houston downtown aquarium, working on Nero, a white tiger. Left wanting more, Dr. Dyer began mission work with PEIVDF and has attended every teaching mission since his first application. He continues to be in awe of the people within the foundation, and the tireless work they provide to animals in need.
Tina Brandon Abbatangelo, DDS was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a general dentist and Clinical Director at UNLV School of Dental Medicine, on the Main Campus of UNLV. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She graduated with a bachelor degree in biology from UNLV. She is also a member of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership with the American Dental Association. She is a newly published children’s author of Animal Dentistry Adventures with Dr. Tabby, Animal Dentist Extraordinaire, a book written to create awareness for PEIVDF as well as animal dentistry. Her 20 years of clinical experience have included private practice, group and corporate dental practices and now academia.
Organized dentistry has been an essential part of her professional career. She has been an active member of the Southern Nevada Dental Society, and is now past president. She was the first Hispanic Female to be elected to the dental society. She is a Disciplinary Screening Officer for the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners. Dr. Brandon was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” in high school and hasn’t stopped since.
She is very passionate about the PEIVDF. She has volunteered for close to 10 years now. She teaches hands on restorative techniques at Veterinary Dental Forums and has recently started lecturing on primate dentistry. As Ms. Nevada America 2016, her platform for the pageant was to create awareness for PEIVDF. She will continue this voyage as Ms. Nevada March 2018.
Dr. Brandon Abbatangelo is a dedicated wife, step mother to 4 great kids and a mother to 2 doggies. She is a true believer in the power of yoga. Wherever there’s a hot yoga over 105 degrees, she is there.