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Scientific Advisors

Scientific Advisors have been invited by Dr. John Kois to provide a summary review of evidence based research within their respective area of expertise. Research analysis provided by Scientific Advisors is incorporated into the Kois Center Curriculum as applicable.

Dr. Jim Howard

TMJ Disorders

Jim Howard received his DDS from the University of Washington in 1976 where he then completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship in the management of orofacial pain and TMJ disorders. During his 30 years of private practice he has treated over 13,000 patients on referral from dentists and physicians. Jim has published in numerous dental and medical journals and has contributed textbook chapters. Dr. Howard is the Director of the Temporomandibular Joint Disorders Clinic in the Department of Dental Medicine at Children’s Regional Medical Center in Seattle and has been involved in the management of thousands of children with idiopathic juvenile arthritis, craniofacial defects, sleep disorders and other special needs. While living in Seattle he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Jim and his family moved to Spokane, Washington in 1996. He has continued part-time as the Chief of the TMJ disorders Clinic at Children’s Medical Center and as a Clinical Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry.

Dr. Roy Kaldestad


Dr. Roy Kaldestad graduated from the University of Washington in 1988 and completed the one year Advanced Educational Program in General Dentistry in Jacksonville Florida. He then returned to Washington State and practiced General Dentistry until 1996 when he returned to school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas and received a Certificate in Endodontics. While in his Endodontic Residency, he was involved in some of the early development of Nickel Titanium rotary file design and obtained a patent for his innovative ideas.

Dr. Kaldestad currently maintains a full-time private practice limited to Endodontics in Tacoma, Washington. Through his private practice he has had the honor of treating many of Dr. John Kois’ patients and this has allowed him to see that the philosophies that Dr. Kois teaches work wonderfully in the Real World.

Dr. Dean Kois


Dr. Dean Kois received his D.M.D. from Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine & Certificate in Prosthodontics with a M.S.D. degree from the University of Washington, School of Dentistry. His membership to professional organizations includes the American College of Prosthodontists & King County Dental Associations. He maintains a private practice limited to prosthodontics & implant dentistry in Seattle and Tacoma. In addition, he continues to work with restorative dentists at the Kois Center, a didactic and clinical teaching program.


Dr. Bob Margeas

Adhesives and Composites

Dr. Margeas graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1986 and completed his AEGD residency the following year. He is currently an adjunct professor in the department of Operative Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Operative Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and International Team of Oral implantologists (ITI). He has written numerous articles on esthetic and implant dentistry, and lectures and presents hands-on courses nationally and internationally on those subjects. He serves on the Editorial Advisory board of Inside Dentistry, Compendium, and is a contributing editor to Dentistry Today and Oral Health in Canada. Dr. Margeas maintains a full-time private practice focusing on comprehensive restorative and implant dentistry in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dr. Michael A. Pikos


Dr. Michael A. Pikos is originally from Campbell, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He also graduated with honors from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Pikos completed an internship at Miami Valley Hospital and residency training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, Montefiore Hospital.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, and Diplomate of The International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Pikos is the recipient of the 2006 Aaron Gershkoff Memorial Award from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the following institutions: The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, and Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine. He is also a Courtesy Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology, and Department of Prosthodontics, at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry. Dr. Pikos is on the Editorial Board of the following journals: Implant Dentistry, Case Reports in Dentistry, and the Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry. He is also a member of the Scientific Board of ImplantNews Magazine.

Dr. Pikos has extensive experience in implant surgery and hard and soft tissue grafting procedures. He also emphasizes interactive CT technology along with foundational principles of prosthetics and biomechanics that dictate the ultimate success of comprehensive implant rehabilitation.

He is a well published author who has lectured extensively on dental implants in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Dr. Pikos is an active member and frequent lecturer for the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Periodontics, the Academy of Osseointegration, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Implantology.

Dr. Pikos is founder and CEO of the Pikos Implant Institute. Since 1990, he has been teaching advanced bone and soft tissue grafting courses with alumni that now number more than 2600 from all 50 states and 32 countries. Dr. Pikos maintains a private practice which is limited exclusively to implant surgery in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Dr Gayle Reardon

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

Gayle Tieszen graduated from the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry in 1978. She received an additional year of prosthetic training in a non-degree “Adult Prosthetics” program instituted by the University of Minnesota in 1978. Dr. Reardon joined the dental practice of her father, Dr. Reuben Tieszen, in May 1979. For the next thirty years she enjoyed full time private practice. During that time, Dr. Reardon served as Visiting Faculty of the Pankey Institute, having been appointed in 1998. During this period, Dr. Reardon began her journey in dental implantology completing the Misch Institute and becoming one of its Fellows in 2001. She also achieved her Diplomat status in the International College of Oral Implantology in 2001.

After thirty years of full time clinical dental practice, Dr. Reardon made the decision to pursue specialty training in the area of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. The genesis of this decision was her passionate interest in dental implantology and her strong desire to do comprehensive treatment planning at the highest level. After researching several programs, Dr. Reardon began the journey as a non-traditional professional student in 2008 and completed her program with a Masters in Science degree in Oral Diagnosis (Stomatology) in 2010. Her specialty program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology was completed in 2011. She received her Board Certification from the ABOMR in December 2011. Her specialty training is of great application in the area of Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostics and as well as Implant Treatment Planning and Dental Implantology Surgical Guide Planning and Fabrication.

Focused on the highest quality of patient care and her patients’ optimal health, Dr. Reardon and her staff work with each client on their individualized plan for treatment that will achieve the client’s desired results. Dr. Reardon has a great curiosity and passion for learning. She is committed to her role as a life-long student and enjoys providing her clients the benefits from the knowledge of the ‘best and brightest’ minds in dentistry.

Dr. Ward Smalley


Ward M Smalley is a prosthodontist and board certified orthodontist who maintains a private practice limited to orthodontics in Seattle, Washington and teaches part-time at the University of Washington Dental School in the Department of Orthodontics and the Department of Restorative Dentistry. He received his D.D.S. from the University of Washington in 1977. He earned a Certificate in Fixed Prosthodontics and an M.S.D. at the University of Washington in 1984. In 1986 at the University of Washington he received a Certificate in Orthodontics and a second M.S.D. Faculty position is currently Affiliate Professor.