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Program Overview

Live-Patient Surgical Training Program is a three to four days of intense program that focuses on simple to the most advanced techniques in dental implant surgery. Organized by Global Dental Implant Academy (GDIA) and World Academy of Ultrasonic Piezoelectric Surgery (WAUPS), the course is open to clinicians with or without previous exposure to implant dentistry.

  • The training program is designed for dental clinicians to be able to place dental implants and perform advanced implant surgery under close supervision. Each patient cases are custom tailored with individualized instructor care where instructors will fulfill your needs under expert supervision.
  • The Course is held in Tijuana, Baja California, at private practice of Dr. Marco Tulio Alzaga Vega, who is the International Course Director of GDIA Mexico. Facility with 5 dental operatories, attached dental laboratory with digital milling capability, and a seminar room with 3D CBCT, the state-of-art facility will provide participants to receive the most out of the event. Patients are recruited by the local humanitarian charity organization, and we perform pro-bono surgery for all patients.
2828 to 38 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) from the California Dental Board and AGD PACE at the time of completion.

Program 1 (3 Days)

“Building Confidence in Implant Surgery” for clinicians at early stage of learning curve

Program 2 (4 Days)

“Mastering Complex Surgical Technique” for clinicians seeking out cutting edge surgical skills

Program 3 (4 Days)

“Fast Track to Fellowship Credentials” for clinicals seeking out cutting edge surgical skills & to be recognized with credentials



Program Instructors

Jin Y. Kim
Tony Daher
Dong-Seok Sohn
Charles C. Park
Eric Park
Cameron Torabi
Marco Tulio Alzaga Vega
Stephen Kallaos
Cary D. Brown
Jason Kim
Arash Hakhamian
Brian Kim

Course Dates

  • Program 1 : “Building Confidence in Implant Dentistry”
    • July 29 – 31, 2017
  • Program 2 : “Mastering Complex Surgical Techniques”
    • March 18 – 21, 2017
  • Program 3 : “Fast Track to Fellowship Credentials”
    • November 11 – 14, 2017


  • Course Registration form (also available online)
  • Passport or two identity verification form(birth certificate and driver’s license)*
    *Non-US citizens may require VISA to travel to Mexico (http://www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page/Paises_No_Visa)
  • Loupes, headlights and any other personal instruments and devices used to enhance implant surgery
  • Traveler’s Insurance Application Form
  • Copy of current dental license, valid passport, dental malpractice insurance policy

How to Register

Submit Course
Registration Form
(online, e-mail, or fax)
Fax or e-mail copy of dental
license, passport, malpractice
insurance policy
Make payment
according to
the Program tuition
The full payment must be
completed 7 days prior to
the first day of the event

Program Tuition

  • Tuition fee
    • Program1 : USD $7,500
    • Program2 : USD $13,500
    • Program3 : USD $16,500
  • Method of Payment
    • Check: Make the payment payable to Global Dental Implant Academy or GDIA
    • Credit Card: cards

Contact information

Tel : + 1 (323) 617-4141Fax : + 1 (323) 617-4145E-mail : info@gdia.com

Finance payment also available, contact for more detail:

Refunds are granted only if a written cancellation notification is received at least 31 days before the course. 50% of the tuition minus processing fee will be refunded if cancellation occurs within 21 days before this course. No refund is granted afterwards. A $75 fee is withheld for processing. Cancellation must be notified in writing by E-mailing to info@gdia.com. For additional registrations, Xerox and send.

Building Confidence in Implant Surgery for clinicians at early stage of learning curve
3-Day Lecture & Hands-On & Live Surgery
  • Treatment planning concepts
  • Fundamentals of implant surgery
  • 3D CBCT scan and panoramic x-ray review
  • Immediate implant placement
  • Implant positioning and angulation
  • Incision and Suturing techniques
  • Simple Guided Bone Grafting (GBR) techniques
  • Management of extraction socket defect
  • Hands-on approach to implant surgery with individualized instructors

Mastering Complex Surgical Techniques for clinicians seeking out cutting edge surgical skills
4-Day Lecture & Hands-On & Live Surgery
  • Contemporary GBR & ridge augmentation, including ridge splitting
  • Sinus augmentation techniques: classic lateral window, crestal, HPISE, LISA
  • Contemporary biological enhancers including CGF, PRF, ASAP, “sticky bone”
  • Schneiderian membrane perforation management
  • Osteoplasty, Sinus using piezoelectric bone surgery
  • Advanced soft tissue management including incision, suturing, and releasing technique
  • Advanced Guided Bone Grafting (GBR) Techniques
  • Management of complications
  • Hands-on approach to implant surgery with individualized instructors

Fast Track to Fellowship Credentials
for clinicians seeking out cutting edge surgical skills & to be recognized with credentials
4-Day Lecture & Hands-On & Live Surgery
  • Contemporary GBR & ridge augmentation, including ridge splitting
  • Sinus augmentation techniques: classic lateral window, crestal, HPISE, LISA
  • Contemporary biological enhancers including CGF, PRF, ASAP, “sticky bone”
  • Schneiderian membrane perforation management
  • Osteoplasty, Sinus Augmentation using piezoelectric bone surgery
  • Management of complications
  • Hands-on approach to implant surgery with individualized instructors
  • Individualized approach to ICOI & WAUPS Fellowship requirements

Jin Y. Kim, DDS, MPH, MS

Dr. Jin Y. Kim was born in Korea. He grew up in Sydney Australia, where he attended the University of Sydney Faculty of Dentistry from 1982-1986. He furthered his education with an advanced degree in pathology, which was obtained from the Medical School of University of Sydney, graduating with honors in 1988. From 1989-1991, he served as a Christian missionary in his native Korea, having been deployed by the Uniting Church of Australia. Dr. Kim then settled in California, where he completed master's degrees in public health and oral biology, and a three-year specialty residency training program in periodontics and implant surgery at UCLA School of Dentistry. In 1999 he became board-certified by the American Board of Periodontology (ABP), and in 2001, became Fellow, and in 2012, a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). Fellowship in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry was earned in 2007, and Dr. Kim also became board-certified by the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID), in 2006, making him a unique and rare dual board-certified specialist in the nation. In 2012, he was inducted as a Fellow by the prestigious American College of Dentists (ACD).

Tony Daher, DDS, MSEd, FACP, FICD

Dr. Tony Daher began practicing dentistry in California in 1982 and his love for teaching promoted him to earn in 1984 a Master’s of Science degree in Medical Education from the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Daher received a postgraduate certificate in Prosthodontics in 1988 from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He was the clinic director for the international student program at U.S.C. in 1991; and director of the Graduate Prosthodontic Program in Loma Linda University. Dr. Daher is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Prosthodontics in the Center for Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry at Loma Linda University (LLU) and a Lecturer for the UCLA Advanced Prosthodontic Program. He has written many scientific and clinical articles, and has lectured nationally and internationally on the subject of Prosthodontics. Dr. Daher maintains a private practice limited to Prosthodontics in LaVerne, California. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a Fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists, and an active member in numerous organizations including the Academy of Osseointegration, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the Tri-County Dental society.

Dong-Seok Sohn, DDS, PhD

Dr. Dong-Seok Sohn received his DDS from 1989, DDS : School of Dentistry, Kyungbook National University in 1989. He completed training of oral and maxillofacial Surgery at Catholic University Hospital of Daegu. He is currently Professor (full time faculty) and Chair at Dept. of Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Catholic University Medical Center of Daegu 3056-6, Daemyung 4-Dong, Nam-Gu, Daegu, Republic of Korea. www.cathim.co.kr , www.icoikorea.org He is founding president of World Academy of Ultrasonic Piezoelectric Bone Surgerywww.waups.org He was Past President of ICOI Asia-Pacific Section and Founding President of ICOI Korea (Korean Society of Oral Implantologists). He has introduced various piezoelectric bone surgery devices in Asia and Pacific area since 2002 and inventor of Hydrodynamic piezoelectric internal sinus elevation (HPISE, 2008). He has been invited for lectures on implantology and piezoelectric bone surgery nationally and internationally for many years. He published many articles on implantology and piezoelectric bone surgery in national and international journals. He is author of 3 books including Clinical applications of piezoelectric bone surgery (Gun-Ja Publishing, 2008). He was Recipient of Charles English Award by Implant Dentistry which flagship journal of ICOI. He is editorial advisory board of the Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry & International Journal of Oral Implantology and Clinical Research and Society Editor of Implant Dentistry. He was a congress chair of 9th Congress of ICOI Asia Pacific Section and Co congress chair of 28th ICOI World Congress (Sep. 6-9, 2011).

Charles C. Park, DDS

Dr. Park was born and grew up in Seoul, Korea until finishing his high school. He immigrated to U.S. in 1998 and continued to study at several colleges in Los Angeles and transferred to U.C.L.A. to majored Physiological Science while working full-time to support himself financially. He joined Dental Research Institute in U.C.L.A. as an assistant researcher after his B.S. degree and researched oral cancer for a year. Then, he got in the School of Dentistry, U.C.L.A. and finished D.D.S. degree in 2002. After short period of associate dentist, he started his own practice in Diamond Bar, CA in 2003. He kept continued educational journey to achieve his academic and clinical excellence include implant, orthodontics, sedation dentistry, and so on. From 2007, he joined multiple implant and dental academies as a lecturer/ guest speaker to shared his knowledge and experience. He is currently running 2 practices in Southern California and has served as a president of Contemporary Dental Institute from 2010 and a board member of Korean American Dental Association from 2012.

W. Eric Park, DDS

Dr. Eric Park is a Fellow International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Academy of Osseointegration(AO), and American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He graduated from University Of Iowa, College of Dentistry where he had degree Doctor of Dental Surgery and researched in College of Medicine and the Dows institute for dental research. The surgical aspects of medicine became a life vocation, he found his passion for Implantology in dentistry. Dr. Park had postgraduate training at St.Joseph Hospital, Shanghai No.9 People’s Hospital, Hallym Medical University for Oral & Maxillofacial Implantology and Misch International Implant institute, Dental Implant Institute of Las Vegas, Dawson Center, NYU, Medical college of Georgia, UCLA, USC,University of Berne and many other implant-related courses to improve and focus his knowledge and skills. He also emphasizes foundational principle of biology, prosthetics and biomechanics that dictate the ultimate success of implant reconstruction. Dr. Park is currently clinical faculty member of UCLA, also BU & Harvard University, Periodontology department in Universidad Colombia as visiting faculty and US Director of Boston Association of Osseointegration(BAO). He also facilitates lectures in the United States, Korea and Taiwan, China, Japan, Colombia and is licensed to practice in California, Colorado, Nevada, and Washington State. Dr. Park is also involved in lots of sports activities. Such as, He was an assistant coach in Colorado Hockey Club for his son’s team. He is a single handicapper in Golf to compete with his another son who has been nationally competed in Jr. golf tournament.

Cameron Torabi, DDS, FICOI

Since his graduation from USC School of Dentistry in 1995, Dr. Cameron Torabi has built several successful general dentistry practices throughout Southern and Central California. He has trained dozens of GP dentists in restorative dentistry, oral implantology and orthodontics, with a focus on producing more cross-competency and more comprehensive treatment planning skills. Dr. Torabi's central philosophy is that the success of a general practitioner relies as much on balance and breadth of expertise as it does on depth of knowledge in any one practice area. Dr. Torabi's curriculum applies this mindset, focusing on seamlessly integrating implant dentistry into an existing practice, while reducing complications and improving patient satisfaction using interdisciplinary tools and skills. Dr. Torabi's portion of the curriculum is geared for immediate application by general practitioners, with greater emphasis on practice than the theoretical underpinnings. Dr. Torabi has been called upon to provide testimony in numerous litigated cases, and he is recognized as an expert in multiple areas of practice. His curriculum reflects planning and protocols designed to avoid unnecessary risks of liability. Most importantly, Dr. Torabi is the proud father of two incredible boys, and he has (barely) survived both sleep training and one round of the 'terrible twos.’

Marco Tulio Alzaga Vega, DDS

Marco Tulio Alzaga Vega, DDS – Tijuana, Mexico Dr. Alzaga is 2000 graduate of dental school at the University of Baja California. Upon graduation he was involved in oral implantology which later became his passion. He was educated extensively in a number of continuing education courses, and ultimately was awarded diplomate in oral implantology. In 2009 he has completed a residency program for a master defree in oral Implantology. He is a member of the Asociacion Mexicana de Implantologia Bucal (AMIB), and president of Colegio de Implantologia Bucal de Baja California (CIBBC). Dr. Alzaga us also president of a local non-profit organization, Centro Comunitario de Odontologia Especializada Asociacion Civil, were their mission is to treat underprivileged people who otherwise have no access to receive dental care, and to get their deserved smiles back. He started his own practice at Centro de Odontologia Especializada, in practice together interdisciplinary care with focus in oral implantology

Stephen Kallaos, DDS

Stephen Kallaos DDS earned both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. After a 3 year residency, he earned a Specialty Certificate in Periodontics from the University of California, San Francisco and is a Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Kallaos hold a conscious sedation permit from the State of California and enjoys practicing in Southern California. He has extensive clinical experience, has lectured on implant placement and bone grafting, and is committed to continuing education.


Dr. Alex Parsi is a native of Los Angeles. He received a B.A. and D.D.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles before earning his Hospital Dentistry and General Practice Residency certification from the prestigious and world-renowned Cedar Sinai Medical Center. He then attended the highly exclusive Albert Einstein Medical Center (AEMC) for further specialization and certification in endodontics. It was at AEMC that Dr. Parsi received his expertise and training in the subspecialty of microsurgery. He is a board eligible member of the American Association of Endodontist and maintains membership with the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the Los Angeles Dental Society. Dr. Parsi has lectured to a multitude of dental clinicians and is active in developing new and innovative techniques and instruments for the dental field. He has served on many committees for the advancement of dentistry. Dr. Parsi has been given several honors by many institutions throughout his prolific career. He speaks several languages among which are Spanish and Farsi.

Cary D. Brown, DDS

Dr. Brown is a current member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologist, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Tri-County Dental Society, International Academy of Comprehensive Aesthetics, International Association for Orthodontics, Honorary Dental Society Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Brown is a native of Southern California. He has three great kids. They enjoy sports and outdoor activities. He is an avid motorsports fan and be found most weekends riding and competing in off-road motorcycle events. After a mid-career lull, Dr Brown re-sparked his interest in dentistry by implementing new technology and new procedures. This enthusiasm was fostered by the addition of Dental Implantology. Complementing the addition of dental implants he acquired a complete in office 3D CAD/CAM system. This includes a chair side 3D scanning system with the ability to design and fabricate inlays/onlays, crowns, bridges, custom implant abutments and implant surgical guides. These tools have allowed him to see patients interested in dental implants and complete a guided surgery on the same day. What follows is a typical treatment path we complete on a routine basis. This all happens within our office: CBCT scan, Digital implant treatment planning, Digital surgical guide planning, CAD/CAM surgical guide fabrication, Guided implant placement, Chairside digital scanning, Custom abutment design and fabrication, and Crown or Bridge fabrication. This powerful technology has helped to become established as one of the high tech offices in our area. Dr Brown is passionate about implant dentistry and shares his methods and techniques with colleges and study clubs.

Jason Kim, DDS

Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University College of Dentistry, Dept. of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, Implantology Program- Surgical Director; Diplomate, American Board of Oral Implantology; Fellow, American Academy of Implant Dentistry; Diplomate, International Congress of Oral Implantology; Member, Academy of Osseointegration; Faculty for NYU-Zimmer Institute. Past President, Northeast District, American Academy of Implant Dentistry; Co-Founder and Co-Director of Long Island Implant Center; Founder and Director of AAID Long Island Implant Study Club. Private Practices in Flushing, New York and Long Island, New York. Dr. Kim lectures nationally and internationally.

Arash Hakhamian, DDS

Dr. Arash Hakhamian, known as “Dr. Arash”, is an internationally recognized and accomplished doctor of dental surgery following a long line of family dentists and medical doctors. The longstanding tradition of public service and philanthropy exemplified by previous generations in his family motivated Dr. Arash to continue his heritage helping better the lives of others through the practice of medicine within the field of dental surgery. Dr. Arash’s passion for dentistry began as a child where he spent much of his childhood hanging out and helping out in his father’s dental office. His passion for public service was influenced by his mother’s affiliations with a multitude of charities and service programs. Both of his brothers are also doctors, one of which is a surgeon in the field of veterinary medicine.

Brian Kim, DDS

Dr. Brian Kim has been providing excellent care to his patients, and expertise is in all phases of general dentistry including implant surgery and full mouth reconstructions. Not only is he an amiable professional, he is truly passionate about dentistry. Dr. Kim participates in an ongoing program of professional development and continuing education to remain the latest developments in dentistry, to research new services and to provide the best treatment for his dental patients. Dr. Kim also loves to help other people. He helps by treating underprivileged patients free of charge in Mexico and Brazil. He is a member of the Thousand Smile Foundation. Dr. Brian Kim attended Laguna Hills High School and University of California, San Diego (Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry). He obtained a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine in 2002 and he was a Dental Surgery Resident Doctor at VA Hospital, Loma Linda. Dr. Kim is a member of American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Orange County Dental Association, the West Coast Implant Dental Institute, the Invisalign Preferred Provider since 2004, and fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. His team of dental professionals follows the same approach to dentistry and is always looking for ways to provide you with the best treatment.

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