Oral and Maxillofacial Fellowship
Every year, Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery accepts one oral and maxillofacial surgeon to focus on major reconstructive and orthognathic surgery, such as extensive exposure and advanced clinical training in:
- Orthognathic surgery
- Temporomandibular joint surgery
- Major bone grafting with subsequent implant reconstruction
This fellowship includes a stipend and 2 weeks’ vacation that must be approved in advance.
To be selected for this position, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon must:
- Obtain an unrestricted North Carolina dental license or North Carolina medical license
- Obtain hospital privileges
- Be available from July 1–June 30 each year
The candidate will have extensive exposure to consultations, diagnosis, interdisciplinary treatment planning, and treatment and management of patients. It is expected that the candidate will be involved with several hundred cases. The candidate will also be expected to take some calls at local hospitals and perform various other functions related to oral surgery.
Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is accredited by AAAHC. Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery has multiple locations in the Carolinas and OR suites at four locations. The surgeons are well published and several lecture nationally in several areas of the OMS specialty.
Fellowship Alumni at Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery
PETER DENNIS, DMD, MD
Dr. Dennis was born and raised in Longview, WA, in a rural setting along the Columbia River. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sports when not engaged in headlocks with his older and younger brothers. Following high school, he attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where he obtained a degree in biochemistry. Looking for a change of scenery, he moved to Boston where he attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Before graduating cum laude with his DMD, he performed and presented research on craniosynostosis syndromes. Dr. Dennis also happened to meet his future wife, Dr. Lauren Manning, in Boston while she completed her prosthodontic residency.
Following dental school, Dr. Dennis returned to the Pacific Northwest to attend oral and maxillofacial residency at Oregon Health & Science University. Under the tutelage of surgeons at OHSU, Head & Neck Surgical Associates, and previous Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery fellow Dr. Sam Bobek, his interest in orthognathic surgery continued to grow. During residency, Dr. Dennis performed research in the fields of oncology, reconstruction, and trauma, presenting at the national level. In his free time, Dr. Dennis enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and their goldendoodle puppy, Bailey.
ANDREW HENRY, DMD, MD
Dr. Andrew Henry attended the University of Dayton, where he received his BS in Exercise Physiology with minors in Biology, Chemistry, and Business Administration. He then attended dental school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was awarded the Theodore Blum Award for Excellence in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Staying in Philadelphia, he continued his training in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at the University of Pennsylvania/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he received his medical degree and completed additional anesthesia and general surgery training. During his residency training, he co-authored book chapters, journal articles, and presented research posters and lectured at several meetings across the country.
PHILIPP KUPFER, DMD, MD
Philipp Kupfer, DMD, MD, is a third-generation dentist. Dr. Kupfer was born and raised in Germany, where his father still practices General Dentistry. He met his wife, Rachel, during a high school exchange program and immigrated to the United States in 2001 to attend Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.
Upon graduation from Concordia, Dr. Kupfer continued his training at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland followed by Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. At Harvard, Dr. Kupfer developed an interest in business and leadership in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. While attending Dental school, he completed a managerial internship at Straumann USA.
His continuing focus in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery brought Dr. Kupfer back to Portland again to attend Oregon Health & Science University from 2011 to 2017. There, in conjunction with the Head and Neck Surgical Group at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, he developed a special interest in Orthognathic Surgery, Virtual Surgical Planning, and the application of Advanced Imaging.
During his Residency, Dr. Kupfer served on the MEDPRO Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Resident Advisory Board and was given the privilege to become a reviewer for the German Journal, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
In 2018, Dr. Kupfer finished a Fellowship at the Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Farrell and his partners. Dr. Kupfer participates in hundreds of complex orthognathic and reconstructive surgeries, dentoalveolar surgeries, and wisdom teeth removals. The fellowship program also focused on temporomandibular joint surgery and major bone grafting with subsequent implant reconstruction. After completing his Fellowship, Dr. Kupfer returned to Portland, OR, to join Sunset Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Kupfer has published both articles and book chapters in the fields of Orthognathic Surgery, Facial Trauma, Advanced Imaging, Cleft Care and the associated cost, as well as virtual surgical planning.
During his free time, Dr. Kupfer enjoys spending time with his loving wife and three children. They enjoy skiing/snowboarding, biking, water sports, good food and spending time with friends or family.
JIM HOWELL, DMD
Dr. Howell earned his Business degree with an emphasis in Marketing from Clemson University in 2002. In 2007, he graduated with a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. As a general dentist for 2 years, he also worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida’s College of Dental Medicine.
In 2009, he returned to MUSC for his oral and maxillofacial residency. His career took him to Anchorage, Alaska, where he held teaching appointments and headed residency programs. He still holds an oral surgeon appointment with the pediatric dental program as part of NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine’s partnership with the Alaska Native Medical Center.
A passion for his hometown brought him back to Greenville as head of Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery’s Greenville office.
JOHN WESSEL, DMD, MD
Dr. John Wessel is a fellowship-trained Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, completing his training in Charlotte, North Carolina, under the mentorship of Drs. Brian Farrell and Myron Tucker.
After obtaining his doctoral degrees from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and New Jersey Medical School, he devoted 1 year focusing on advanced orthognathic and TMJ surgery. Dr. Wessel is able to comprehensively evaluate the facial skeleton to correct dentofacial deformities. He is passionate about the powerful changes corrective jaw surgery can provide—changes in opening the airway, providing optimal occlusion, and improving facial esthetics.
Dr. Wessel brings wide ranging experience to Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery, with surgical interests including the treatment of impacted wisdom teeth, replacing missing or broken teeth with dental implants, jaw misalignment, obstructive sleep apnea, TMJ dysfunction, and facial trauma. Dr. Wessel enjoys operating with cutting edge technology to achieve the best results possible through the use of virtual surgical planning and medical modeling to perform the planned surgery on a computer prior to the actual operation. Dr. Wessel will be lecturing on a national platform for his technique for genioglossus advancement—a technique used to open the airway for Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients.
PETER FRANCO, DMD
Hailing from the Empire State, Dr. Peter Franco is a third generation doctor in his family. Dr. Franco earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, where he received The Rev. Robert D. Cloney, S.J. Memorial Award which is given annually to one outstanding graduating Chemistry major. He went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Franco finished TUSDM at the top of his class after receiving numerous awards and scholarships and taking honored courses including Dean’s List for academic achievement on the National Boards and the Thomas B. Hunt Endowed Scholarship for continued outstanding academic performance.
After graduation, Dr. Franco returned to New York City for his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the prestigious New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center program. During his residency he was trained in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery including dentoalveolar surgery (wisdom teeth extractions and comprehensive dental implant placement), head and neck pathology and reconstruction, bone grafting and orthognathic surgery. After his residency, Dr. Franco completed a fellowship at Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery under Drs. Brian Farrell and Myron Tucker participating in hundreds of complex orthognathic and reconstructive surgeries. It was during his fellowship year that he and his wife fell in love with the Carolinas.
MEGAN ROBL, DDS, MD
Dr. Megan Robl completed both her undergraduate degree and dental education through a six-year combined BA/DDS Program at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Subsequently, she went on to a General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, where her interests in pursuing an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency continued to evolve.
She was then accepted into the six-year Oral and Maxillofacial Residency Program at Detroit Receiving Hospital. It was in Detroit, at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, that she received her Medical Degree. Nearing the end of her residency in Detroit, she sought the opportunity to further her education and gain additional training in Orthognathic Surgery, one of her primary interests throughout her residency program. The fellowship at Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery allowed her this chance and was a very valuable educational opportunity and experience. Currently, Megan resides and practices in San Antonio, Texas.
TRAVIS KERN, DDS, MD
Dr. Kern attended the University of Texas for his MD and DDS between 2000 and 2007, graduating magna cum laude for his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He went on to work as a fellow in 2010 for Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery, specializing in orthognathic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Kern currently practices at Austin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Austin, TX.
CHRISTOPHER CHOI, DDS, MD, FACS
Dr. Christopher Choi is a board-certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. A native New Yorker, he graduated from Columbia School of Dental Medicine and completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. He also completed medical school at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and general surgery at North Shore University Hospital.
Dr. Choi currently practices at Inland Empire Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in southern California. He holds a faculty position at Loma Linda Dept of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, where he teaches and works with residents in training.
CRAIG NORBUTT, DDS, MD
Dr. Norbutt attended John Carroll University for undergraduate studies. He attended both dental & medical school at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. His residency was completed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Norbutt is presently at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign, IL.
SAMUEL BOBEK, DMD, MD
Dr. Bobek is a board certified oral and maxillofacial Surgeon at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He received his dental and medical degrees from Oregon Health & Science University. He also completed his General Surgery Internship and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at Oregon Health & Science University.
After completing a fellowship in orthognathic and temporomandibular joint surgery at the Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery, Dr. Bobek practiced broad scope oral and maxillofacial surgery in Portland Oregon. In 2014, Dr. Bobek opened a new clinic at Swedish First Hill, where his hospital-based practice focuses on orthognathic surgery, TMJ surgery, surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea, management of head and neck benign pathology, and trigeminal nerve repair.
Dr. Bobek has authored multiple publications in peer-reviewed literature, book chapters, and lectured nationally and internationally. His wife Lesley is a telemedicine hospitalist in the Providence Health System, and they have three sons.
ERIK REITTER, DDS
Dr. Erik Reitter is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is a graduate of Marquette University’s School of Dentistry, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery. His surgery internship took place at Jackson Memorial Hospital and residency at the University of Florida at Shands Jacksonville.
At Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery, Dr. Reitter completed an extensive fellowship training focusing on TMJ/facial pain treatments.
MATTHEW E. DUDZIAK, DDS, MD
Dr. Matthew Dudziak attended University of California at Riverside and following graduation he attended New York University College of Dentistry. After earning his DDS degree, Dr. Dudziak completed his medical school, an entire year of General Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at the Louisiana State University in New Orleans.
Following the completion of his residency in 2006, he completed his fellowship in Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at the prestigious University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2007. Prior to entering private practice in 2008, Dr. Dudziak was the inaugural fellow for the Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery.
Dr. Dudziak is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Residency and both fellowships provided extensive training and exposure to all facets of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
WENDALL MASCARENHAS, DDS
Dr. Mascarenhas completed his dental training at the University of Western Ontario after attending York University for undergraduate studies in his hometown of Toronto, Canada. During his time at Western, he received 12 academic awards, including the Gold Medal for graduating first in his class. He then completed a 1-year General Practice Residency at Western and set his sights on a career in OMFS.
Dr. Mascarenhas attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he completed a combined OMFS-MD 6-year program. Under the guidance of a diverse range of staff, he encountered and operated on cases involving facial trauma, orthognathic surgery, head and neck oncology, alveolar cleft bone grafting, and temporomandibular joint disorders. It was during his residency that his interest in facial trauma and orthognathic surgery piqued, resulting in his desire to pursue a fellowship at Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery.
Dr. Mascarenhas is well known for his educational research projects CTRead and MRRead, which were inspired by his passion for teaching and something he hopes to continue through a career in education after the fellowship. In his free time, Dr. Mascarenhas enjoys playing sports (soccer, hockey, and any other sport that involves competition), exploring new dining experiences, and spending time with his wife and family.
ADAM FAGIN, DMD
Dr. Adam Fagin was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. At the age of 10, he used his burgeoning business acumen to negotiate a lucrative opportunity cleaning operatories in his father’s oral and maxillofacial surgery practice for two dollars an hour. While he would later renegotiate his wages, he held this summer position until 2010 when he graduated summa cum laude from Carleton College. He then moved to Boston to attend the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, determined to pursue a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery. At Harvard, he would cultivate a passion for research under the tutelage of Dr. Thomas Dodson. In 2014, he graduated cum laude from Harvard and was awarded for his research accomplishments during his time as a dental student.
He then returned to the West Coast for residency at Oregon Health and Science University. While in residency, he continued his exploration into academic surgery and published in oral and maxillofacial oncology, reconstruction, trauma, and education. His true passion lay in educational research, where his novel studies earned several awards at national meetings. In Oregon he met his future wife, who managed to complete both dental school and an orthodontic residency while he toiled tirelessly as a surgical resident. They hoped to be married by the time he started fellowship, but their ceremony was delayed due to the global pandemic. By the end of residency, he recognized that being a leader in the field meant pursuing a fellowship and counted himself lucky to follow in the footsteps of former OHSU graduates: Sam Bobek, Phillip Kupfer, and Peter Dennis as the 14th fellow at Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery. After fellowship, Dr. Fagin is determined to combine his passion for research, education, and patient care in his future practice.
MICHELLE ZOCCOLILLO, DDS, MD
Dr. Zoccolillo was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. Here, she attended Le Moyne College and graduated cum laude with Thesis Honors in Biology. She stayed in Upstate New York to complete her dental training at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine where she completed another Thesis Honors project in Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy and graduated magna cum laude in 2015. Throughout these years, she presented at multiple conferences and received many awards for her research.
Her interest in oral surgery began while shadowing her oral surgeon prior to dental school but continued to grow exponentially throughout her time at UB. She matched at her first choice for oral and maxillofacial residency, Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Here, she completed the 6 year residency program where she received her MD from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. This diverse and busy program allowed her to cultivate her passion for orthognathic and temporomandibular joint surgery. This passion led to her decision to pursue the fellowship at CCOFS.
In her free time, she likes to dance, travel, explore the outdoors, and discover new music.
MICHAEL COURTNEY, DMD, MD
Dr. Courtney is a Massachusetts native, raised in a family of dentists and periodontists, including those in his immediate and extended family. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Boston University and thereafter attended Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine, where he received his DMD. While in dental school, Dr. Courtney participated in numerous research opportunities, including contributions to substantive publications focused on the success and viability of dental implants in medically compromised patients and studies concerning salivary gland pathology.
Thereafter, from 2012 to 2018, Dr. Courtney completed a 6-year integrated oral and maxillofacial surgery program with the Thomas Jefferson University Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, where he received his MD and completed substantial surgical training.
During residency, Dr. Courtney engaged in significant research programs, including participation at the SLEEP conference where he promoted studies concerning management of obstructive sleep apnea. He also conducted interdepartmental lectures within the university hospital. Dr. Courtney continues to lecture within the dental community on sleep apnea to update current dental and medical professionals on management and treatment options. He endeavors to continue his career in an academic setting with a focus on orthognathic surgery, trauma, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and obstructive sleep apnea, which has sparked his desire for a fellowship with Carolinas Center for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery.