About The Presenters

Erica Krohn Jany Migliorati graduated from the University of Sao Paulo (USP)-Dental School, Brazil in 1973. She received a Post-Graduate Degree in Periodontology from USP. She held teaching positions at the University of Sao Paulo, University of California San Francisco, University of Florida Gainesville, University of Zurich Switzerland and NOVA Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Dr. Erica Migliorati has worked in Periodontology for the last 30 years in all capacities including: teaching, research and patient care. Dr. E. Migliorati was one of the pioneers in the dental field in HIV infection and AIDS when working in San Francisco, California in the early 80s. Working as a member of different oncology teams she has also been involved in the periodontal treatment of patients with cancer, patients in need of bone marrow transplant and those affected by oral complications of cancer therapy.

As an associate in a dental laser clinic, Dr Erica Migliorati had the opportunity of developing skills in the field of lasers. Her clinical area of concentration is mainly the use of lasers as adjuncts to periodontal treatment but she is also trained in the use of laser light in other areas of dentistry, like implant treatment and restorative dentistry. Her research work included the use of the laser light as an adjunct to procedures performed in the oral cavity, HIV infection and immunosuppression.

As a speaker and lecturer Dr. Erica Migliorati has traveled this country as well as abroad to present her work in laser dentistry. She has spoken in countries like Japan, Greece, and Brazil among others. Currently she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontology responsible for the course of Laser Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center School of Dentistry, and a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology and the American Academy of Laser Dentistry.

Les H. Binkley

Dr. Les H. Binkley, Jr. graduated from the University Of Tennessee College Of Dentistry in 1974. He continued in research and clinical instructor in the Department of Periodontics for the next year. After he graduated from The Ohio State University with a Master of Science degree and residency in Periodontology in 1978, he returned to Memphis in 1978 to start his practice and associate professorship in the Department of Periodontlogy at UT. In 1982, along with Drs. Jim Ross and P.D. Miller, he founded Periodontal Associates of Memphis. In 2007, he founded Periodontal and Implant Clinic of Memphis. He has published articles in the Journal of Periodontalogy, Journal of American Dental Association, and the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry.

During his years in dentistry, he has taught courses to both undergraduate and graduate periodontics students at UT. He has also taught International courses in four countries and been a visiting professor in three foreign dental schools. He has received teaching awards from the UT College Of Dentistry and the American Academy of Periodontology.

Since his interest in laser periodontics began, Dr. Binkley has used the diode, Nd:YAG, and ErCr:YSGG in his practice and the CO2 with the UT graduate periodontal residents. He is now completing two years of research comparing the results of laser surgery to conventional periodontal surgery which will be presented at the course. Dr Binkley will also present techniques in periodontal therapy to be used by both the dentist and the dental hygienist.

Bryan T. Schmidt

Bryan T. Schmidt, DDS, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Periodontology, joined the faculty at the UTHSC College of Dentistry in December of 1995. Dr. Schmidt is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and has been serving the greater downtown area since 1995. Dr. Schmidt not only operates his dental practice on Front Street, but also volunteers his services in the countries of Vietnam and Jordan several times a year.

In Vietnam, Dr. Schmidt volunteers with a non-profit government organization to help provide training to local dentists. His knowledge and skills are put to use helping train the dental community to provide better oral care. Their goal is to help "provide cultural change" by teaching preventive care. In the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Dr. Schmidt works in conjunction with the Jordanian government to provide dental care to nomadic Bedouins who don't have access to care.

Dr. Schmidt is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and has clinical experience in military clinics, private practice and university clinics around the world. He has noticed the ergonomic and functional differences between the different approaches to dental care and has applied technology in a unique and practical way to his practice of dentistry. Dr. Schmidt believes that dentist must change, adapt and apply a shift in the armamentarium in their practice, to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Lasers in Dentistry: Didactic & Hands-On

  • April 8, 2011
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm - Includes continental breakfast and lunch
  • Location: Memphis
  • 8 credit hours
  • Course Presenters: Dr. Erica Migliorati, Dr. Les Binkley, Bryan T. Schmidt
  • All tuition and fees are due in full at the time of registration. Class space is limited; course registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration less than 10 business days prior to the course is subject to available space and a $25 late registration fee.
    Course Registration Form

Cost and Location Specifics

Early Bird Special - $299 per dentist and $175 per auxiliary. After March 25 - $319 per dentist and $195 per auxiliary . Registration at the door is an additional $25. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Humphrey's General Education Building located at 8 Dunlap on the corner of Dunlap and Madison. Parking is available for $5 in the parking garage located next to the building at 869 Madison.

Course Objectives

Would you like to offer your patients the hottest technology trend in dentistry today? Learn how to successfully incorporate laser-assisted periodontal therapy and restorative dentistry into your practice. This one-day, intensive hands-on mentoring course provides in depth overview of laser integration in periodontal and restorative therapy.

The overall intent of this course is to give clinicians the knowledge and skills to practice periodontics, dental hygiene as well as restorative dentistry incorporating lasers.

During the course you will:

  • Learn how to use lasers as adjuncts to your current dental treatment
  • Learn scientific and clinical principles, and indications for lasers
  • Gain hands-on experience with wavelengths as: CO2 lasers, Diode and Er;Cr:YSGG (Waterlase)
  • Get an overview of laser physics and general information about the technology (high intensity and low intensity lasers)
  • Learn related fees and insurance codes applicable for periodontal therapy
  • Raise patient awareness and treatment acceptance
  • Understand how lasers can increase production and profitability in your practice



  • Physics of High Intensity Lasers and Laser Tissue Interactions
  • Physics and applications of Low Intensity Lasers

Presenter: Dr. Erica Migliorati


  • Applications of the Waterlase (BIOLASE) and Nd:YAG (Millennium) in the periodontal treatment

Presenter: Dr. Les Binkley

10:30-10:45AM - BREAK


  • Soft Tissue Applications and Hygiene Protocol

Presenter: Dr. Erica Migliorati


  • Laser Application in Restorative Dentistry

Presenter: Dr. Bryan Schmidt

12:45-1:00PM Questions & Answers

1:00-2:00PM: LUNCH



  • Simulation


  • Review of different laser apparatus and applications


  • Concluding Remarks

The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The University of Tennessee designates this activity for 8 hours continuing education credits.