Policy Center Advisory Board

Policy Center Staff


Policy Center Advisory Board


Dr. Scott W. Cashion


Cashion is currently at at-large trustee on the AAPD board of trustees, and is a member of the Council on Government Affairs Pediatric Dental Medicaid and CHIP Advisory Committee. He has a private practice in Greensboro, N.C., and also holds a position as adjunct assistant professor at the University of North Carolina. Cashion is a 2006 graduate of the AAPD Leadership Institute. He has served on the Council on Government Affairs, and chaired the Council on Membership and Membership Services. He has been president of the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Guilford County Dental Society. A diplomate of the ABPD, he received his dental degree and pediatric dental training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Dr. James J. Crall

Crall received his dental degree, master's degree and certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Iowa, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (Board Certified). He was selected to serve as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Dental Health Services Research Scholar at Harvard from 1984-86, and subsequently obtained master's and doctoral degrees in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. In 1997, Crall was appointed as the first dental scholar-in-residence at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR), which is now the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He has served on several national panels including the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health?care Organizations (JCAHO) Quality Improvement Task Force; the Pew Health Professions Commission Dental Advisory Panel; the Milbank-Reforming States Group (RSG) Pediatric Oral Health Work Group; the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) Pediatric Oral Health Expert Panel (chair); the National Governors Association Oral Health Policy Academy Programs, and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Advisory Committee for Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. Crall was a member of the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine from 1986-2000, and held appointments as head of the department of pediatric dentistry, Associate Dean for Program Evaluation and Planning, and director of the department of dentistry at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. From 2000-2003 he served as director of Columbia University's Oral Health Disparities and Policy Center and di?rector of the HRSA/MCHB National Oral Health Policy Center. In 2004, Crall joined the UCLA School of Dentistry as chairman of the department of pediatric dentistry, while continuing to direct the National Oral Health Policy Center. He has been the AAPD Child Advocate since 1995, served as chair of the AAPD's Council on Government Affairs from 1999-2003, and continues to serves as an ex-officio member of this council. Crall served as project director for the AAPD HS Dental Home Initiative from 2007-2010. Crall was honored as "Pediatric Dentist of the Year" by the AAPD in 2005.

Dr. Sara L. Filstrup

Filstrup_BioPgOptFilstrup practices pediatric dentistry full-time in a private group practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is currently the chair for the AAPD Council on Clinical Affairs and also serves as a member of the task force on strengthening the science in the AAPD’s guidelines and journals and a member of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Grants and Programs Committee. Filstrup earned her DDS from the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry in 1999, where she also completed her undergraduate studies and received her Bachelor of Science in biology in 1995. Filstrup earned her Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan in 2001 after completing a graduate specialty program from the University of Michigan and C. S. Mott Children’s Health Center where she was a fellow in Pediatric Dentistry. In 2003, she received the award for Excellence in Pediatric Dentistry from the Kenneth A. Easlick Society. She lives in Boston with her husband, David J. Fiorillo, who is a general dentist.

Dr. Jane Gillette

gilletteMontana oral health disparities researcher and clinician, Jane Gillette, DDS is a nationally recognized leader in dental disease prevention, evidence-based dentistry, and value-based healthcare. She has a unique and diverse background, which includes leadership and work experience in a variety of practice settings including the Federal Dental Service, Community Health Center’s, American Indian health, private practice and the academic/research setting. She serves in a leadership capacity with many health organizations including the American Dental Association (ADA), the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) funded practice-based research networks. Gillette is the newly elected vice-chair of the ADA CAPIR Council and additionally serves as a trustee of the AAPD and an expert consultant to the AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center.


As one of the nation’s leading advocates for improving oral health outcomes via value-based healthcare, Gillette developed for Montana the nation’s only risk-based age-dependent dental Medicaid reimbursement system and attended Harvard Business School’s, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, where she studied value-based healthcare and quality measurement under internationally renowned health economist Michael Porter. Gillette works closely with the ADA’s Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry and for the past five years has served on the ADA’s Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference coordinating committee and lectured and taught course work at this conference as well. She is a member of the steering committee for the ADA’s update of the "Evidence-Based Clinical Recommendations for the Use of Pit-and-Fissure Sealants", a reviewer of scientific evidence for the ADA’s evidence-based dentistry website (EBD.ADA.org), an editor for The Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice and lectures nationally on topics related to evidence-based dentistry and research translation.

Gillette is the Director of Sprout Oral Health, a non-profit organization that provides technical assistance, health policy and research consulting to organizations committed to the oral healthcare of vulnerable populations. Projects lead by Gillette include a research study evaluating "The Implementation and Impact of the Community Dental Health Coordinator model in an American Indian Head Start Population" and an "Evaluation of Emergency Room Utilization for Preventable Dental Procedures in Montana Hospitals" utilizing a similar methodology as the AHRQ HCUP Statistical Brief on Emergency Department Visits for Dental Conditions.

Dr. Martha Ann Keels

KeelsMugDr. Martha Ann Keels received her dental degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1984. In 1990, she received a certificate of Pediatric Dentistry from the University of North Carolina, where she also completed her Ph.D. in Epidemiology in 1991. Concordantly, Keels was appointed as a clinical associate in July 1986 at Duke Children’s Hospital of Duke University Medical Center. In 1990, she established the pediatric dental program at Duke. She currently is the Division Chief of Pediatric Dentistry at Duke Children’s Hospital. She is also board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) and serves on the examining committee for the ABPD.

Keels holds fellowships in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and is a member of several national and international associations and societies. In 1984, she was elected to membership in OKU (dental honor society). She has served as president of the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; on the editorial board of Pediatric Dentistry; and on the Council for Clinical Affairs and the Research Committee for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She served as the chair of the Section of Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Health within the American Academy of Pediatrics from 2004-2010. She is currently the chair of the AAPD Council on Scientific Affairs.

She was the recipient of the NIH Dentist-Scientist Award, which funded specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry and PhD training in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina. Keels has received recognitions for her research efforts as a Pfeiffer Foundation Research Fellow and has been awarded the Quintessence Award for Research Achievement and the Dr. Derek Turner Postdoctoral Research Award in Clinical Sciences. She received NIH funding for an epidemiological study of water fluoridation from 1997-2001; currently, she continues her research in risk factor analysis with ECC and dental acid erosion in pediatric patients.

Dr. Shari Kohn

KohnKohn is a private practitioner in Hunt Valley, Md, (a suburb of Baltimore), and has been an AAPD member for over 20 years. She completed both dental school and her Pediatric Dentistry Certificate at the University of Maryland - Baltimore College of Dental Surgery where she now serves as a part-time clinical instructor. Kohn has served the AAPD in many capacities and is presently the District II trustee where she is the liaison to several committees. In 2008 she was the chairman of the Post Graduate Poster Clinic Competition at the AAPD Annual Conference in Washington, DC. She is currently the treasurer of the AAPD Political Action Committee and a grant reviewer for the AAPD Foundation Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children. Kohn has also been very active in the Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both on their board and serving as president. She is currently working with the Maryland State board of Dental Examiners where she is an expert witness in the field of pediatric dentistry and an examiner for licensure for sedation permits for pediatric dentists in Maryland. Kohn is a Fellow of the AAPD, a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a fellow of the American College of Dentists. Kohn has consistently been voted as one of Baltimore’s Top Pediatric Dentists by her peers in Baltimore Magazine. In 2010, she was honored as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Maryland Daily Record. Kohn lives in Lutherville, Md., with her husband, Tom, her teenage children, Rachel and A.J., and their golden retriever, Penny.

Dr. Beverly A. Largent

Largent has had full-time pediatric dentistry in Paducah, Ky., for 27 years. She has been an active member of the Purchase Dental Society and the Kentucky Dental Association, serving both as president. Largent has served as an alternate delegate to the ADA since 2004. She has serve on ADA reference committees, and is a past member of the AAPD Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs. Largent has served as member and chair of the Council on Bylaws, and is chair of the AAPD Council on Government Affairs. She served as president of the AAPD from 2008 to 2009. Largent is a board member of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, the Foundation of the AAPD, and is serving as that organization's Program and Grant Committee Chair. She completed the AAPD Foundation Leadership Institute Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2004-2005. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, and received a certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Kentucky, where she serves on the Dean's Advisory Council. She and her husband Tom have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Dr. Jessica Y. Lee

Lee is an associate professor and currently on the faculty of both the Departments of Pediatric Dentistry in the School of Dentistry and Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also serves as the director of the School of Dentistry's Health Services Research Program. She is currently the chair for the AAPD Council on Scientific Affairs and also serves as a consultant to numerous other AAPD councils including, the Council on Governmental Affairs, Council on Dental Benefit Programs, and the Council on Postdoctoral Education. Lee received her M.P.H. and D.D.S. degrees from Columbia University and her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was also a NIDCR National Research Service Award recipient and post-doc fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist and an active member of the medical staff at UNC Hospitals and practices in the Dental Faculty Practice in the School of Dentistry. She has over a 100 peer-reviewed manuscript and abstracts and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Public Health Dentistry and Dental Traumatology. She is involved in teaching, clinical practice and research and maintains several research grants from HRSA, NIH and AHRQ.Lee is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards including the 2008 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Jerome Miller "For the Kids" Award. In 2010, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers from President Barack Obama.

Dr. Joseph McManus

McManusMcManus received his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to his clinical training he has earned master degrees in Management, Health Administration, Business Administration and Higher Education.
He has enjoyed an eclectic career. He practiced pediatric dentistry for over 25 years. He served on the faculty of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine where he held positions as associate professor, associate dean and as the executive director of the faculty practices. Most recently he was the senior vice-president of the Division of Dental Practice/Professional Affairs at the American Dental Association. He has lectured at dental schools and national dental meetings on dental practice management issues. McManus now serves as an associate clinical professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University and as a consultant for Henry Schein Professional Practice Transitions.

Policy Center Staff

Dr. Paul S. Casamassimo


Casamassimo received his dental degree from Georgetown University in 1974 and a Master of Science and Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Iowa in 1976. He has taught at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry (1976-78) and the University of Colorado School of Dentistry (1978-88). He is former editor-in-chief of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and its journal, Pediatric Dentistry, and also past president of AAPD. Casamassimo is past president of the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped and past editor of Journal of Dentistry for the Handicapped and Journal of Dentistry for Children.

He has authored over 300 publications including three books, 31 text chapters and seven monographs in the areas of pediatric dentistry, care of children with special health care needs, and dental education. His research interests include oral health of children with special health care needs, health services research, and oral health disparity. He has obtained grants and contracts from private and public sources totaling over $2 million dollars for research, prevention and care projects.

He is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the American Dental Education Association and is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor fraternity, a fellow in AAPD, and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He currently is a delegate to the Ohio Dental Association from the Columbus Dental Society where he served as President in 2008. He is currently Secretary of the Ohio Dental Association. Casamassimo is currently chair of the Review Committee for Pediatric Dentistry of the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Casamassimo has directed studies addressing early childhood caries and its management and represents the AAPD on projects related to infant oral health, maternal oral health, school health, and dental education. Casamassimo has received numerous professional, humanitarian and teaching awards in his career. He is board-certified in pediatric dentistry and practices at Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, where he is a past-president of the medical staff.

Janice Silverman, M.S., M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Silverman obtained master's degrees in Labor and Industrial Relations and in Social Work as well as a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois. Her background includes over 10 years of experience in early childhood mental health, including nine years supervising and developing programs to promote positive parent-child relationships, prevent child abuse and enhance school readiness in at-risk families with young children. Prior to coming to the AAPD, she has served in a leadership capacity on various state-wide early childhood committees, including the Healthy Families Illinois Executive Committee and the Early Childhood Mental Health Subcommittee of the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership. She has presented at state-wide and national conferences on topics related to enhancing the parent-child relationship, including field presentations for the Zero to Three National Training Institute on father involvement and on working with pregnant and parenting mothers who have experienced sexual abuse. Silverman was co-author on journal article published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois. Since that time she has published various articles on early childhood and parenting issues, including a zero to three article on the integration of Infant Mental Health principals in home visiting programs. Silverman was employed by AAPD from September 2007 to December 2010 as the project manager for the AAPD Head Start Dental Home Initiative.

For additional information contact the Center's Assistant Director Jan Silverman at POHRPC@aapd.org.