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Dr. Dennis ShanelecDennis A. Shanelec, DDS has practiced periodontics for thirty years in Santa Barbara and Solvang, California. He has pioneered periodontal and implant microsurgery, founding the Microsurgery Training Institute in Santa Barbara, California to provide clinical training in microsurgery. Internationally, he is recognized as an authority on magnification in dentistry and regarded as the founder of the field of periodontal microsurgery. He has served on the board of directors of both the Western Society of Periodontology and the California Society of Periodontists, serving as president of the California Society of Periodontists in 1988. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Dentistry and completed his periodontal training at the University of Southern California. He and his wife Suzanne live in Santa Barbara.

Dr. Adriana McGregorAdriana McGregor, DDS holds dual degrees in Periodontology, the most recent one from the University of Southern California where she served on the faculty as a Clinical Instructor from 1990 to 1994. She is Past-President of AMED, the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry. She is Co-Director of the Microsurgery Training Institute in Santa Barbara, She is a member of the International Editorial Board of MICRO, The International Journal of Microdentistry as well as review editing advisor for the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. She is a coauthor of the two microsurgery chapters in Carranza's Clinical Periodontology book. She lectures internationally on esthetic periodontal and implant microsurgery, and maintains a private practice in Westlake Village, California devoted exclusively to esthetic periodontal and implant microsurgery.

Dr. J. David CrossJ. David Cross, DDS obtained both his dental degree and his postgraduate training in Periodontics from Loyola University Chicago, completing his specialty training in 1990. After training under Dr. Shanelec at the Microsurgery Training Institute, for several years he has concentrated the focus of his private practice and teachings to periodontal microsurgery. He has been a co-instructor for AMED hands-on courses in microsuturing, connective tissue grafting and microsurgical soft-tissue management for endodontic surgery. He is feature speaker at The USC Periodontal and Implant Symposium 2008 and The University of Illinois.

Microsurgery Training Institute


Microsurgery Training Institute
1515 State Street, Suite 22
Santa Barbara, California 93101

Phone (805) 965-0039
Fax (805) 965-3318
Email mti@microdentistry.com