Twelve years ago, I founded the Center City Study Club in order to promote networking, camaraderie, and a free exchange of ideas among dental professionals in Philadelphia. The CCSC has a solid core of approximately 45-55 members who each bring a unique perspective to the group.  I am excited to announce that all CCSC meetings for the 2019-2020 academic year will once again be held at Estia Greek Mediterranean Restaurant in Philadelphia. 

The basic structure for the CCSC 2019-20 academic year is as follows.

Quality lecture content relevant to your everyday clinical practice

4 Evening Meetings at Estia Greek Mediterranean Restaurant

Registration / Networking / Wine                                                    6:00-6:30pm

Seating / Dinner orders taken                                                         6:30-6:45pm

Introduction of Speaker                                                                  6:45-7:00pm

Lecture / Dinner served                                                                  7:00-8:15pm

Discussion                                                                                      8:15-8:30pm   

Annual Membership for 2019-20: $495 (includes all four sessions of 2019-2020 year, payment must be received 2 weeks prior to first session).

Single session dues are $150 per lecture.  

We encourage staff to attend for a reduced fee of $95 per staff member.

As a certified Pennsylvania AGD CE provider, I am proud to provide 2 CE credits for each session up to a total of 8.0 CE credits for attendees.

Session 1: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Jay H. Patel, DMD
Diplomate of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology, Dentist Anesthesiologist, Dental Sedation Services,


“Introduction to Office Based Anesthesia”

 Dr. Jay Patel will provide an introduction to office based anesthesia in the dental practice.  He will provide different techniques that may be used while treating patients under sedation.  While providing an overview of different sedation levels, he will cover the benefits and limitations of each.


Dr. Jay Patel began his education in New Jersey at Rutgers University, enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and was exposed to many specialties in the dental field; none drew his interest as much as anesthesiology. He continued his post-graduate education at NYU Lutheran Medical Center and trained at a Level 1 trauma center in Brooklyn, NY. During this time, Dr. Patel completed over 1500 cases involving all levels of anesthesia and treated a broad spectrum of patients; including those with complex medical histories.

Since completing his anesthesia residency, Dr. Patel has become Board-Certified by the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Patel works with some of the top dentists in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania and is concentrated on delivering top quality and safe sedation services. Patients are screened preemptively to ensure that any potential complications can be anticipated and avoided. Dr. Patel hopes to usher in a new era of dentistry where fear can be eliminated from dental visits. He works with the pediatric population, special needs population, and severe dental phobics, where his skill set has proven invaluable.

Session 2: Thursday, November 7, 2019

Joel M. Laudenbach, DMD

Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine, Associate Professor of Oral Medicine, Carolinas Center for Oral Health Atrium Health


“Oral Lesions: What is That & Should We Biopsy?”

 The oral, head & neck cancer screening examination technique will be reviewed in detail with helpful recognition and diagnostic strategies.  Common oral lesions and head/ neck pathology observed in general and specialty dental practice will be presented, as well as updated oral cancer statistics, risk factors and screening guidelines.  Oral manifestations of systemic diseases will be highlighted using an interactive format.  Attendees will learn to recognize when additional testing and/ or specialty referrals are indicated.  Adjunctive and biopsy techniques will be briefly reviewed.  Lesion management will be discussed throughout the presentation.


Dr. Joel Laudenbach received his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine in 1998.  Dr. Laudenbach completed postdoctoral residencies in general practice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles (1999) and Oral Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (2004).  He also completed a fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania (2004).

Dr. Laudenbach is appointed to Atrium Health as an Associate Professor of Oral Medicine and attending medical staff in the Department of Oral Medicine in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He practices Oral Medicine at the Carolinas Center for Oral Health and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine.


Session 3: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 – Estia Restaurant Philadelphia

Todd A. Fleischman, DMD

Private Practice, Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Dentist 2016 to 2019,, @centercityphillydentist


“You Never Walk Alone: A Team Effort for Predictable Esthetic Care”

 During this presentation attendees will learn how it takes a dental team to communicate esthetic dentistry while being guided by predictable occlusal theory.  Clinical approaches will be shared in how to develop treatment plans for motivated patients.  Several before and after clinical cases will be comprehensively reviewed.


Dr. Todd Fleischman received his undergraduate education from NYU with a degree in psychology followed by his doctoral dental degree at Temple University.  He completed a post-graduate AEGD residency program with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  Dr. Fleischman is an advocate for continuing education and has studied numerous dental curriculums including SPEAR Education in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington.  Since September of 2010 he has run a fee-for-service, general dental practice in the Rittenhouse Square area of Center City Philadelphia focusing on comprehensive and cosmetic care.  


Educational Objectives: 

  • Show the benefits of dental photography for patient education
  • Review occlusal considerations in case development
  • Discuss material choices in strength and esthetic decision making
  • Evaluate treatment limitations and barriers to case success
  • Celebrate restorative outcomes by eliminating compromise of clinical timing or technique


Session 4: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Alissa Jerud, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, The ART and Science of Emotions, LLC,

“The ART & Science of Anxiety”

Anxiety is something that all of us experience at times, though the way in which it manifests and the situations that trigger it varies greatly from person to person. Given that the dental office is a place where anxiety can often run high, this talk will consist of a discussion of the different ways in which anxiety may present in the office, including the unique fears that may lead patients to feel anxious while sitting in your chair. In addition, the lecture will cover evidenced-based strategies for working effectively with anxious patients and staff, as well as tips for managing your own anxiety when it does not seem to be serving you well. The presentation will conclude with an informal discussion of cases where anxiety has gotten in the way of a patient receiving needed treatment, followed by empirically based suggestions for navigating these types of cases in the future in order to increase patient adherence in the context of dental treatment.  


Dr. Jerud completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornell University and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from The University of Washington.  Clinically, Dr. Jerud specializes in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for PTSD, Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention for OCD, and cognitive-behavioral treatments for social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety.


Mark your calendars now for these upcoming meetings and become a member of the CCSC for the 2019-2020 year. 

As our group has grown larger, space will be limited so 48 hour advance registration is required for all meetings.  

Make checks payable to Center City Study Club, and send with completed application to:

A Special Thank You to our generous sponsors!

M&T Bank