Dr. McGuire, DDS, FICD, FACD is the author of over eighty-five peer reviewed and published scientific manuscripts, an unparalleled achievement for someone in full time private practice. He is the founder and chairman of the McGuire Institute, a not for profit practice-based clinical research network.
His research has received the American Academy of Periodontology’s highest recognition for excellence, four times earning the Robinson Regeneration Award and twice the Clinical Research Award. He is also the recipient of the Academy’s prestigious Master Clinician Award and the Academy’s highest honor, the Gold Medal Award. In 2015 he received the William J. Gies Periodontology Award for his distinguished achievement in periodontology.
Dr. McGuire is past Chairman of the American Board of Periodontology. He has served as president of numerous dental organizations, including the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. He is a voting member of the FDA Dental Products Devices Panel.
E. Todd Scheyer, DDS, MS received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with Honors from Arizona State University and attended dental school at The Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude earning clinical and research awards. Dr. Scheyer received his Certificate in Periodontics, Conscious Sedation and a Master’s Degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and School of Biomedical Science, clinically focusing on Perio-Prosthetic Reconstruction and periodontal regeneration.
Dr. Scheyer was awarded the John F. Prichard Award for graduate research in February 2001. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Scheyer has and currently serves as an officer and committee member for many outstanding dental organizations. He is a past District 5 Trustee for the American Academy of Periodontology and is a past President of the Southwest Society of Periodontists and President of the Texas Society of Periodontists. He is in private practice limited to Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in Houston, Texas. Dr. Scheyer is a Clinical Assistant Instructor at the University of Texas Dental Branch-Houston and Guest Lecturer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He continues to be involved with clinical research and publications from the private practice setting.
Drs. McGuire and Scheyer have developed one of the most proficient clinical research centers in periodontics and have been involved with clinical research networks since 1989. Dr. Scheyer shares his research and vast perspectives through national and international lecturing and is a nationally recognized leader in his specialty field. Clinical research interests are: tissue engineering for periodontal regeneration, dental implant based reconstruction with 3D treatment planning and clinical research networks.
Jeanne Ambruster is a scientist turned marketing professional who has spent most of her career building science-based startups as an entrepreneur. In order to support this passion, she founded The Avenues Company over 20 years ago, where she works directly with clients to successfully launch and grow market share for innovative products. Avenues is a product, market and business development company with expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and biotechnology. The company’s areas of therapeutic focus include tissue regeneration, precision medicine, osseointegration, wound healing and inflammation in several clinical indications. Avenues has extensive experience partnering with healthcare professionals and industry to build demand for new products in these categories.
Jeanne earned her BA degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Pitzer College (Claremont Colleges in CA) in 1979. After attending UCSF graduate school in neurosciences, she began her career at W.L. Gore's Medical Division in 1981 where she helped develop the medical division and built a global regenerative technologies business in the dental industry. After almost 20 years at Gore, she left to be a senior vice president at Interleukin Genetics with a focus on the role of cytokines in chronic inflammatory diseases, such as periodontitis. From there, she founded The Avenues Company and joined as CEO in 2001.
Jeanne has chaired the boards of both for-profit (Pathogene) and not-for profit (Westminster College in SLC) organizations. Presently she is a founding board member of The McGuire Institute (iMc), which is advancing the practice of dentistry through generating “Real World” evidence in practice-based settings and on the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). Jeanne serves on the Operating Committee for Michigan-Pittsburgh-Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center (MPWRM RC) in partnership with NIH/NIDCR focused on dental, oral and craniofacial (DOC) tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. She is also an “Expert in Residence” at the Harvard Innovation Lab.
Donald S. Clem III, DDS received his DDS at Loyola University of Chicago. He then completed a General Practice Residency at the North Chicago VA Medical Center and Great Lakes Naval Regional Medical Center. Dr. Clem completed his periodontal specialty training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1984. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He has served the profession in many compacities including President of the California Society of Periodontists, President of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, President of the American Academy of Periodontology.
He is the recipient of numerous awards including Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Periodontics by the California Society of Periodontists, 4 Special Citations from the American Academy of Periodontlogy, The Clinical Research Award from the AAP. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fuchard Academy.
Dr. Clem has lectured extensively throughout the world and has published over 20 articles or textbook chapters.
Todd Scantlebury graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and then worked with W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc. for 18-yrs - first with their cardiovascular division, then by co-leading the Regenerative Technologies division, a new dental products division, and finally by also helping lead the Biologics division. He holds several U.S. and foreign biomaterial patents. His primary interest is new product development and market introduction. Todd has been an associate with The Avenues Company since 2002 working to help dental, general surgery and orthopedic companies in the U.S and Europe.
Rick Heard,DDS, MS, a native of Victoria, received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He continued training there for three more years to receive his Certificate and Masters of Science in Periodontics and Implantology. Following his residency, he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology meaning he has fulfilled the highest standards of his profession.
Dr. Heard is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, Southwest Society of Periodontists, Texas Dental Association, Texas Society of Periodontists, and Guadalupe Valley Dental Society. He is the co-founder of the Victoria Area Interdisciplinary Dental Study Club and the Victoria Area Dental Hygiene Study Club. He holds numerous positions in some of these societies as a means of service to his professional community. Prior to returning to Victoria, Dr. Heard was the course director and clinical professor of periodontics and implantology at the UTHSCSA Dental School in the General Practice and Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residencies. Dr. Heard also enjoys lecturing on his specialty to local societies and within the community of Victoria.
He values providing for his patients the following therapies: treatment of periodontal disease, dental implants, periodontal plastic surgery, oral medicine, and esthetic procedures coordinated with restorative dentistry. It is his goal to provide exemplary care for his patients, and raise the level of awareness in our region for oral health care needs. This can only be accomplished through his ongoing efforts at continuing education thereby staying abreast of state of the art treatment modalities, educating each person as to their individual oral healthcare needs, and being given the privilege to treat each individual in an ideal manner.