Meet the Speakers for Our Tenth Annual Meeting


Dr. Hugh Habas

Dr. Habas received his D.D.S. degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1971, and attended post graduate studies in periodontics at Case in 1972.  He was in private practice in Cleveland and New York prior to establishing his private practice in central New Jersey, where he practiced from 1977-2016.

He is highly respected in the dental community having held various positions in the New Jersey Dental Association and local dental society and study clubs. He was appointed and has served as an expert for both the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry (from 1995 until his retirement in 2016) and for the Princeton Insurance Company helping to resolve complaints and malpractice issues.

His financial expertise has developed through continuing study and experientially over his entire career.  As part of the Dental Studies Institute, Hugh gives financial and practice management courses in the State of New Jersey. Economic freedom and retirement is one of Hugh’s favorite topics as he is living proof of how a dentist can create, manage, and wisely use retirement money.



Dr. Marc Ackerman

Dr. Ackerman is the Executive Director of the American Teledentistry Association. Clinically, he specializes in the orthodontic treatment of patients with dentofacial deformity, intellectual and physical disabilities and sleep disordered breathing. Dr. Ackerman is the Director of Orthodontics at Boston Children’s Hospital where he practices orthodontics full time. He also teaches residents in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Ackerman has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in orthodontics and professional ethics, and his 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.


Dr. Maria Kunstadter

            Dr. Kunstadter graduated from U.M.K.C Dental School. While there, she co-founded the U.M.K.C Dental Outreach Program.  The program has taken students, facility and alumni to third world countries to provide dental care for 25 years. She has lead and participated in over 24 medical mission trips worldwide since 1982.

Dr. Kunstadter has been in private practice 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 1% of Invisalign providers in the world.

In 2013, Dr. Kunstadter was appointed the Dental Director of The PAINS Alliance of Kansas City, an organization developed to address chronic pain nationwide in the wake of the opioid crisis.

She is the co-founder of The TeleDentists, the first Teledental platform to provide dental consultation services to the healthcare industry.  The TeleDentists has been tested, piloted and is currently available in walk-in clinics.  The company is also the dental specialists for telehealth companies with nationwide expansion July 1, 2018.


Dr. Jeffrey Sulitzer

            Jeffrey Sulitzer, DMD, is the Chief Clinical Officer at SmileDirectClub. From the start of his career, Dr. Sulitzer aimed to impact oral health on a large scale. After graduating from the Temple University School of Dentistry in 1985, Dr. Sulitzer spent more than a decade serving as Vice President of US Healthcare’s dental division and worked for several BlueCross BlueShield dental companies in roles from Chief Dental Officer to CEO through 2016.

            Meanwhile, he continued to see his own patients in his private practice. Though his private practice afforded him the luxury of meeting patients in person, it was impossible for him to see more than 15 patients daily, and Dr. Sulitzer was driven to provide dental access to more people utilizing different resources. SmileDirectClub and the other companies he has worked for in the past has allowed him the unique opportunity to extend his services to thousands of people through the revolutionary teledentistry platform.

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