About the ATDA

Marc Ackerman, DMD, MBA, FACD


Dr. Ackerman has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in dentistry, orthodontics, and professional ethics. Dr. Ackerman’s monograph, Enhancement Orthodontics: Theory and Practice, was released in 2007 by Blackwell-Wiley. He is a co-recipient of the 2004 B.F. and Helen E. Dewel Award from the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, which is given annually to the highest-rated clinical research article published in the previous year. Dr. Ackerman was the Editor-in-Chief of Special Care in Dentistry Journal from 2013-2016 and concentrated on increasing access to care for vulnerable populations. He co-authored a second book Straighter: The Rules of Orthodontics in 2017. Outside of the ATDA, Dr. Ackerman serves as Director of Orthodontics at Boston Children’s Hospital and is an assistant professor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is also a medical ethicist.



Our Mission

To increase access to dental care through advocacy for and the implementation of innovative teledentistry guidelines and solutions.

Our Values

  • Transparency

    We communicate openly with doctors and patients, working to identify and provide solutions for increasing access to care

  • Accessibility

    We are patient-focused, striving to increase access to care conveniently and affordably

  • Collaboration

    We work with individuals and organizations across the public and private sectors

  • Innovation

    We adapt and evolve to fulfill the needs of patients, clinicians and all stakeholders

  • Advocacy

    We champion the needs of all patients, fighting for access to fair and affordable teledentistry options

  • Accountability

    We hold ourselves responsible for creating and adhering to guidelines and best practices

Advisory Board

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    Steven Perlman, DDS, MScD, DHL (hon)

    Global Clinical Director and Founder, Special Olympics Special Smiles
    In 1993, Dr. Perlman founded Special Olympics Special Smiles, an Oral Health Initiative for the athletes of Special Olympics International. It now has more than 215 events around the world annually. He is also a co-founder of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) and in 2005 – 2006 served as an advisor to the President’s Committee for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.

  • Keith B. Dressler, DDS, MSD

    Chief Executive Officer, Rhinogram

    In October 2015, Dr. Keith Dressler, an innovative orthodontic thought leader, launched a new teledentistry communication platform, Rhinogram. Dr. Dressler’s third entrepreneurial venture was born out of the demand from his own patients to text with his office. Rhinogram combines true two-way texting, secure messaging, and Facebook Messenger into a seamless, HIPAA-compliant, patient-centered, communication timeline. In addition, staff can use Rhinogram to chat with other office teammates. Dr. Dressler designed Rhinogram from the ground up to meet the evolving communication needs of the growing teledentistry community.

  • Maria Kunstadter, DDS

    CEO, The Teledentists

    Dr. Kunstadter has been in private practice of dentistry for over 30 years. In 2001, she co-founded The Smile Salon, the Midwest’s first dental spa. In 2004, she was designated an “Innovator” by the Invisalign Corporation. In 2008, she achieved the designation of Elite Preferred Provider with Invisalign, which is awarded to only one percent of Invisalign providers in the world. Dr. Kunstadter was the first woman dentist to be awarded this honor. She is the co-founder of The TeleDentists, the first teledental platform to provide dental consultation services to the healthcare industry

  • Steve Baird

    CEO, S-Ray, Inc.

    Steve Baird is an experienced executive with successes in startups, restarts and “challenged” companies. His career started with college study in psychology and finance but shifted into high technology with early stage involvement in Apple Computer. His success with Apple drew the attention of large companies, IBM, Xerox and Sprint.  While he appreciated the experience offered, he found his leadership, strategic execution and drive for high growth was better suited for smaller ventures. The past 30 years of work was usually in the Chief Executive Officer role.  He has consistently produced investor profits by driving revenue up while decreasing expenses.  He has worked in the high technology, manufacturing, construction, finance and medical sectors.

    His most recent venture was S-Ray Incorporated, the first company to utilize ultrasound as an alternative to x-ray for dentistry.  In his 10 years as CEO, Steve raised $19 million from about 300 individual investors to create a company with a market capitalization of $400 million providing a 21x return for investors. Steve is now helping S-Ray increase value as Chairman of the Board of Directors and expanding the venture into an At-Home solution to support the growth of teledentistry.


  • Mike Davis

    President, Dominion National

    Mike Davis is a founder of Dominion National and has overall responsibility for the company. Davis has nearly 30 years of experience in dental benefits and had served in various executive positions with MIDA Dental Plans, a successful DHMO in the Mid-Atlantic region, prior to establishing Dominion.

    Davis has been instrumental in driving the innovation of Dominion’s systems, services and plans since its inception in 1996. Most recently he has led the company’s pursuit into teledentistry to improve outcomes, member satisfaction and experience.

    Under Davis’ leadership, Dominion has grown to serve over 900,000 members, offer access to over 300,000 national dentist listings and employ a staff of over 200. Dominion’s expansion offering benefits to commercial groups, individuals and health plans resulted in the company’s 2016 re-brand to Dominion National.

    Davis helped Dominion become one of the first dental benefits providers in its region to introduce interactive, online benefit administration and other groundbreaking models and technologies to improve the client experience. Over the past decade, Dominion also became known for its innovative online dental programs for individuals and associations.

  • Jennifer Holland

    CEO, Holland Healthcare, Inc.

    Jennifer Holland is a successful inventor and entrepreneur who has transformed two traditional medical devices for Intraoral and Intra-aural examination into one simple digital health system. Worldwide Jennifer holds 16 patents, 18 trademarks and 6 design patents.

    “We believe in turning complex into simple and building affordable medtech solutions to streamline the examination, communication and online diagnostic process” Jennifer Holland

    Jennifer has built a successful multi-million-dollar TS Brand and MedTech company, Holland Healthcare Inc. Jennifer was the visionary behind introducing free oral health screening clinics into Australian pharmacies alongside the Australian Dental Association in 2018 and 2019. Jennifer volunteers her time to work with leading Oral Cancer organisations in America and Australia, educating and training the public on the early signs of oral cancer. Jennifer’s innovative prowess and determination to succeed in the Medical Industry have been recognised across the world with Awards from New York to Sydney.

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