About the ATDA

Marc Ackerman, DMD, MBA, FACD



Dr. Ackerman is the Director of Orthodontics at Boston Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of developmental biology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He 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 with Dr. Benjamin Burris, Straighter: The Rules of Orthodontics in 2017.

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

  • rick workman atda heartland dental
    Rick Workman, DMD

    Founder and Executive Chairman, Heartland Dental
    Dr. Workman set out to create a world-class dental support organization to relieve the management burden for supported dentists. Today, Heartland Dental is a leading dental support organization, providing non-clinical support services to over 700 dental offices in 31 states. He has been awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award — Masters Category, and Heartland Dental has been continually recognized in Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 fastest growing companies.

  • Salim Afshar, DMD, MD, FACS

    Founder & Chief Medical Advisor, Clinicalbox™
    Dr. Afshar knows care coordination intimately. He worked as a care coordinator after college. He then received his MD and DMD at Harvard and completed his residency within the Partners Healthcare System, Chief Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, having experience at 17 healthcare facilities to date. Dr. Afshar receives regular inspiration as a practicing surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital.

  • lisa bard levine atda maven project
    Lisa Bard Levine, MD, MBA

    Chief Executive Officer, The MAVEN Project
    Lisa Bard Levine has devoted her career to the advancement of provider alignment and engagement within U.S. payer and provider organizations. She’s helped physician leaders and professional managers partner to measurably improve clinical, service, and business performance for organizations facing the local challenges of healthcare reform. Dr. Levine’s recent efforts have focused on the implementation of innovative care systems for organizations committed to serving vulnerable populations.

  • steven perlman atda special olympics smiles
    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.

  • Nigel Shaun Matthews BDS, FDS, MBBS, FRCS, FRCS

    Director of Telehealth, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC USA

    Dr. Matthews divides his time at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry between clinical practice, teaching, research and scholarly activities of the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery.  His clinical interests are in TMJ treatment, trauma, orthognathic surgery and oral surgery. Dr. Matthews has developed a robust telehealth program at UNC-Chapel Hill and has increased access to care for many North Carolinians




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