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The Downey Dental Academy was established in 1952.

We are a group of Dentists dedicated to the advancement of our Profession.  

We meet monthly at the Rio Hondo Country Club on the Fourth Thursday of the month.  

We also serve the community of Downey by doing Dental Checks for all first third and fifth grade students in the Downey Unified School District.  For more information contact Downey Dentist

On June 26 we have the honor of having Anthony Bordas DDS speaking on "Controversies in Implant Dentistry"

On May 22 we have the honor of having Ralph Nicassio DDS speaking on "Functional Shifts of the Mandible and How to Correct Them"

On April 24 we have the honor of having David Orr with Alliance Consulting speak on "Creating Systems in the Dental Practice That Create Real Accountability" 

On March 27 we have our Program Director John McAllister DDS speaking on "Implants Failures and Solutions"  More about Dr Mcallister visit http://www.johndds.com/about

 On February 27 2014 we have the honor of having Nassim Bayat from American Sleep Centers speaking on "Sleep Apnea"

American Sleep Centers has been performing sleep diagnostics testing since
2004 and has the highest accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep for both home and in lab testing. They work with doctors and dentists in the education of Sleep Apnea and various therapies to reduce Sleep Apnea in patients. Over the recent years, Oral Appliance Therapy has become an acceptable therapy for Sleep Apnea. Nassim Bayat, an owner of American Sleep Centers, spends his time sharing his knowledge of Sleep Apnea and Oral Appliance Therapy with dentists throughout southern California. His discussion will be regarding applicable aspects of Sleep Apnea, diagnosing sleep apnea by the dentist and the dental staff, and will be focused specifically on the successful implementation of Oral Appliance Therapy in a dentist's practice

On September 26 we have the honor of having Patricia Ryan Martin DDS speaking on Dental Materials.

Patricia Ryan-Martin, DDS

Dr. Ryan-Martin was previously Course Director of several restorative and operative Preclinical Courses and a full-time Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry at the University of Southern California. She received her Doctorate in Dentistry from USC and is currently a part-time volunteer and maintains a private practice in Fullerton, California.

On June 27, 2013 we have the honor of having Amir Esfandiari, DDS speaking on "Supragingival Dentistry"

Dr. Esfandiari received his DDS degree from the University of Southern California and continued his education at the Dawson Center, Continuum on Esthetic at USC. Currently, he is a Faculty-clinical associate professor at USC School of Dentistry. He is the president of OC Center for Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry, the Chair of Emergency care panel for OC Dental Society and on the peer review committee for California Dental Association. Dr. Esfandiari lectures throughout the world and has published numerous articles.  He currently practices in Irvine, CA.

On April 25, 2013 we have the honor of having Sonia Molina DMD Mph our local Downey Endodontist speaking on "Endodontic Re-Treatment" at 6:30 pm.  

Postdoctoral Degree:
 Endodontics, UCLA School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA
General Practice Residency: Veterans Administration Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
Master’s Degree: Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
DMD: Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA
BA: Biomedical Sciences, California State University, Long Beach, CA
Member: California Dental Board, Los Angeles Dental Society, Latin American Dental Association, Harvard Alumni Association, Women’s Dental Society
Commissioner: Los Angeles Health Authority Commission; Children, Youth and Family Commission
House Delegate and Legislative Representative: California Dental Association
Past President: Downey Dental Academy, Los Angeles Dental Society

On March 28, 2013 we have the honor of having Todd Snyder speak on "The Newest dental materials".


The Hottest New Materials, Technology and Techniques in dentistry will be discussed in this program.  These new products and devices are Now available and they will be changing the way we all practice dentistry.  New technologies will be presented that have the potential to find disorders in the tissues and teeth earlier than ever before.  The ability to have earlier diagnostic capabilities to assist in less invasive techniques matched with products that can assist in strengthening and restoring damaged tooth structure will be shown.  The implementation of various interactive devices and software to assist with patient treatment understanding and acceptance will be very advantageous to running a successful business.  Advances in teeth whitening delivery methods will be discussed as to allow for better compliance and a competitive edge on over the counter whitening systems.  Various new restorative materials will be presented that can actually enhance the longevity of restorations as well as cut down or eliminate sensitivity.  Tools and treatments available to our patients to help eliminate and or reduce the potential for decay and gum disease will be shown as well.  These types of products and more are going to be a must have for practitioners to make dentistry easier and enhance their patients’ health, RIGHT NOW!!


  • Cavity Detection Systems
  • Intraoral Cameras
  • Oral Pathology Detection Tools
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Adhesion
  • Direct Composite Techniques
  • Advanced Restorative Materials
  • Amazing Internet & Social Media Tools to create new patients, reviews, blogs and more, that you won’t want to miss


This Month we have the honor of having Stephen Ferraro DDS speak on "What's to blame for the pain? Endo, Perio, or Endo-Perio" Periodontal and Endodontic Infections.  We meet at 6:30 pm on January 24, 2013

“What’s to Blame for the Pain? Endo, Perio, or Endo-Perio?”

Stephen N. Ferraro, D.D.S.

Practice Limited to Endodontics

Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics

Dr. Ferraro’s presentation will begin with a review of three major classes of localized dental infections that share many similarities and, oftentimes, only subtle differences: the localized endodontic abscess; the localized periodontal abscess, and the combined endodontic-periodontal abscess. After describing each of the three localized infections, Dr. Ferraro will discuss the critical importance of being able to understand and identify their key differences in clinical settings, so that accurate diagnoses may be made and appropriate treatment interventions may be rendered. Incorporating true clinical cases in his discussion, Dr. Ferraro will present clinical tips and methods for accurately detecting and diagnosing an acute, localized abscess by class and underlying cause.

About the Doctor:

Dr. Stephen Ferraro grew up in Downey, California. He attended Rio Hondo Elementary, Griffiths Middle, and Warren High Schools. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999, and he obtained his Dental Degree from the University of Southern California in 2003. Stephen went on to complete a two-year residency in Endodontics at the University of Illinois-at Chicago, receiving his specialty certificate in June 2005. Since entering private practice in 2005, Dr. Ferraro has practiced Endodontics in Downey, Sherman Oaks, Montebello, and Santa Monica. In December 2012, Dr. Ferraro successfully completed a multistep, six-year process to attain Board Certification in the specialty of Endodontics, and he is now recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. Dr. Ferraro currently maintains a full-time practice limited to Endodontics in Downey, California. In his spare time, Steve enjoys outdoor activities such as running, biking, and playing beach volleyball.