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Bryan P. Kalish, DDS, MS

Dr. Kalish

Bryan P. Kalish, DDS, MS

Since joining our practice in 2008, Dr. Kalish's lifelong mission has been to inspire every patient to desire, achieve, and maintain optimum oral and systemic health.  In addition to being a visionary in providing outstanding patient experiences and clinical outcomes, he served for 20 years on active duty in the US Army and retired as a highly decorated full-bird colonel.  He is a #1 best-selling author on Amazon thanks to his book for patients - A Reason to Smile:  Fixing Broken Confidence with Cosmetic Dentistry - which was shared across the country on CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX and many other news outlets including the El Paso Times.  Dr Kalish specializes in the placement of dental implants to replace missing teeth, bone and soft tissue grafting, laser and cosmetic periodontal surgery, injectable dermal fillers, therapeutic Botox to treat myofacial pain.

As a former instructor in both periodontal & implant surgery, Dr Kalish brings a wealth of knowledge and clinical expertise to the El Paso dental community.  In an ongoing effort to seek out the latest advancements available, he attends dental continuing education courses annually.  While he enjoys demonstrating and teaching the most cutting-edge surgical techniques at numerous educational seminars around the world, he is most passionate about working with other dentists in the Southwestern United States so our patients continue to receive only the highest quality of dental care available anywhere in the world.

Dr. Kalish attended the Six-Year Combined BA/DDS program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC).  He finished both college and dental school in only six years as compared to the normal eight years while training alongside some of the brightest students from around the world.  While serving in the Army, he practiced general dentistry for four years before deciding that dental implants and periodontal surgery would become his life-long pursuit.  Outside the United States, he has practiced dentistry in:  Thailand, Korea, Mongolia, Germany, Italy, and Iraq in addition to travelling to almost 40 countries.  

Professional and Continuing Education:        

  • Certificate, Pinhole Surgical Technique - 2016
  • Certificate, Lip Augmentation and Platelet Rich Plasma - 2015
  • Certificate, Advanced Botox and Dermal Fillers - 2013
  • Certificate, Botox and Dermal Fillers - 2012
  • Certificate, Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure® (LANAP) Evolution 5 Proficiency - 2012 
  • Master of Strategic Studies, from the US Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania - 2011
  • Certificate, Advanced Implant Therapy from Global Institute for Dental Education at the University of California - Los Angeles - 2006
  • Master of Science in Oral Biology, from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia - 2003
  • Certificate, Periodontics from US Army at Fort Gordon, Georgia - 2003
  • Certificate, Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program from US Army at Fort Lewis, Washington - 1997
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (Honors) from UMKC - 1996 
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology from UMKC - 1996

Professional Honors:

  • US Army Dental Corps Chief’s Exceptional Service and Leadership Award - 2015
  • US Army Surgeon General's System for Health Gold Award on behalf of the Directorate of Heath Care Operations of the US Army Dental Command - 2015
  • Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) Facility Based Healthcare (Hospitals & Clinics) Award on behalf of the US Army Dental Command - 2014  
  • US Army Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator - recognized as the highest level of professional achievement in the US Army Medical Department - 2013
  • Fellow, Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry - 2012
  • Fellow, International College of Dentists - 2011
  • Member of the Order of Military Medical Merit - 2008
  • Master in the College of Sedation in Dentistry - 2007
  • Past-President of the European Association of Military Periodontists - 2005
  • Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology - 2003 
  • Southern Academy of Periodontology's Annual Billy M. Pennal Research Competition in Basic Science Research Award - 2003

Professional Memberships & Credentials:

  • American Board of Periodontology
  • American Academy of Periodontology 
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • American Dental Association 
  • Texas Dental Association
  • El Paso District Dental Society 
  • International College of Dentists
  • Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry  
  • International Academy of Facial Aesthetics 
  • College of Sedation in Dentistry
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • Texas State Dental Board of Examiners Level 1 Sedation Permit Certification
  • Texas State Dental Board of Examiners License to Practice Dentistry
  • New Mexico State Dental Board License to Practice Dentistry

Professional presentations, lectures, and teaching experiences:

  • Veterans Affiars (VA) Medical Center - El Paso, Texas - July 2017
  • Southern Nevada Premier Study Club - Las Vegas, NV - November 2016
  • Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center - El Paso, Texas - August 2016
  • The Surgeon General of the US Army's Specialty Consultant Leaderships and Training Symposium - Defense Health Headquarters - Falls Church, Virginia - April 2015
  • The Surgeon General of the US Army's Specialty Consultant Conference - Defense Health Headquarters - Falls Church, Virginia - June 2014
  • US Army Dental Command's Strategic Training Conference for Senior Leaders in Army Dentistry - San Antonio, Texas - May 2014
  • Implant & Laser Periodontal Surgery Center Introduction to Las Cruces dental community, New Mexico - October 2013
  • US Army Dentistry Anticipatory Customer Service and Process Improvement - San Antonio, Texas - September 2013
  • Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center - El Paso, Texas - August 2013
  • US Army Dentistry Professional Postgraduate Short Course Program, San Antonio, Texas - June 2013
  • Army Dentistry Virtual Symposium from San Antonio, Texas - presented online to 130 dental clinics - April 2013
  • 25th Annual Federal Dental Hygiene Symposium, San Antonio, Texas - October 2012
  • American Academy of Periodontology Annual Meeting - Honolulu, Hawaii - October 2010
  • Thunderbird Seattle Study Club - El Paso, Texas - 2008 to present
  • European Association of Registered Dental Hygienists Annual Meeting, Garmisch, Germany - May 2004
  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program (1-Year) in Vogelweh, Germany - instructor 2003-2006
  • American Academy of Periodontology Annual Meeting - New Orleans, Louisiana - October 2002
  • Medical College of Georgia Dental Hygiene Program - instructor 2002-2003 

Publications:

  • Kalish BP et al.  A Reason to Smile:  Fixing Broken Confidence With Cosmetic Dentistry, 2017
  • Kalish BP et al. Influence of Matrix-Suspended Demineralized Bone on Osseous Repair Using A Critcal-Sized Defect in the Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) Calvarium. J of Oral Implant. 2008, Vol 34, No. Two: 83-89

 


 

MILITARY BACKGROUND

Coming from a family with strong military ties, he is a third-generation US Army war veteran after his father (Vietnam) and both grandfathers (WWII).  His great uncle - Lawrence "Uncle Lawr" F. O'Neill  - became a WWII American Fighter Ace after shooting down five enemy aircraft (four the same day) over the Pacific and was awarded the Distinguish Service Cross.  His maternal grandfather, Thomas Sheerin, was awarded three bronze stars in WWII.  Two of Dr. Kalish's younger brothers also earned US Army officer commissions.

Dr. Kalish is a Distinguished Military Graduate from the US Army's Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) at UMKC.  After graduating from dental school, he went on to serve with the elite US Army Special Forces - deploying five humanitarian missions to Asia as the only dentist assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne).  Later in his career, he deployed to Camp Taji just north of Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the United States Forces - Iraq Theater Periodontist for over 100,000 Service Members from all branches in Southwest Asia from 2009-2010.  

At the age of 39, he became one of the youngest Army officers promoted to the rank of full-bird colonel in the last sixty years after being promoted early to major and colonel.  He last assignment was serving as the Chief of Dental Policy of the US Army Dental Directorate.  During his final four years in the Army, he oversaw policy and clinical operations of one of the largest group dental practices on the planet with more than 130 dental treatment facilities across the world responsible for treating over 500,000 Active Duty Soldiers and another 500,000 National Guard and Reserve Soldiers when activated.  

Dr. Kalish's legacy was the creation of the Army's Go First Class (GFC) program.  This enduring program significantly improved the dental health and readiness of Active Duty Soldiers to all-time highs by combining multiple dental procedures into a single visit while also refocusing dental appointments on teaching prevention and early intervention.   In addition to improving many patient outcomes, GFC was directly responsible for a two-thirds reduction in the number of Soldier cavities and overall treatment needs.  

Military Awards and Decorations:

  • Legion of Merit
  • Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
  • Expert Field Medical Badge
  • Parachutist Badge
  • German Armed Forces Badge in Gold
  • Thailand Army Jump Wings
  • Japan, Slovakia, and Poland Jump Wings (with the International Airborne Society)
  • 1st Medical Brigade Combat Service Identification Badge and Shoulder Sleeve Insignia-Former Wartime Service 
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (502nd Dental Company Area Support in Iraq)

Military Assignments:

  • Chief of Dental Policy - US Army Dental Directorate, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  • Director of Health Care Operations - US Army Dental Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  • Director of Health Care Delivery – US Army Dental Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  • Assistant Chief of Staff for Readiness, Plans, & Operations – US Army Dental Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  • Director of Operations – Western Regional Dental Command, Fort Bliss, Texas
  • United States Forces – Iraq Theater Periodontist
  • Officer-in-Charge, Camp Taji Dental Clinic near Baghdad, Iraq
  • Officer-in-Charge, William Beaumont Army Medical Center Hospital Dental Clinic, Fort Bliss, Texas
  • Chief of Periodontics, Fort Bliss Dental Activity in Texas
  • Officer-in-Charge, Kleber Dental Clinic in Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Chief of Periodontics, Landstuhl Dental Activity in Germany
  • Mentor of Periodontics, Landstuhl Dental Activity Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program (1-Year) at Pulaski Barracks in Vogelweh, Germany
  • Resident, US Army Periodontic Residency, Fort Gordon, Georgia
  • 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Dental Officer, Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Chief of Restorative Dentistry - Dental Clinic #2, Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Resident, US Army Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program, Fort Lewis, Washington 

Military Education:

  • US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania - 2011
  • Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas - 2002
  • Combined Armed Services Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas - 2000
  • Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Officer Advance Course, Fort Sam Houston, Texas - 1999
  • Honor Graduate, AMEDD Officer Basic Course, Fort Sam Houston, Texas - 1996
  • Distinguished Military Graduate, Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program, UMKC - 1994


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