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The Speakers

Elie Ferneini

Dr. Ferneini is a practicing Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon in Cheshire Connecticut.  He is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University (B.S.), Quinnipiac University (M.H.S., M.B.A.), University of Connecticut (M.D., D.M.D.). Dr. Ferneini completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency and is currently an associate clinical professor at the University of Connecticut.  He has a long history of conducting research resulting in over 100 scientific publications and book chapters. He has lectured nationally and internationally.   Dr. Ferneini’s professional interests span both hospital-based and office-based maxillofacial surgical procedures including reconstructive facial surgery and cosmetic facial surgery.  He is on the editorial board of multiple scientific journals and a member of numerous professional organizations. He is currently the Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery.  Dr. Ferneini is a co-editor of 5 textbooks. Dr. Ferneini lives in Hamden Connecticut with his wife Moniek and 3 children, Michael, Isabella, and Anthony.

Dr. Melissa Ing

Dr. Ing is a native Canadian.  She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology degree from University of Western Ontario, and her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University.  While having her own dental practice in Rocky Hill, Connecticut she also worked at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut.  She taught restorative dentistry, was Team Leader, and then became Director of their Predoctoral Clinics.  Dr. Ing is currently teaching Operative Dentistry at Tufts as an associate professor.  She conducts research in the areas of infection control, educational research, public health, dental materials, and celiac disease, and is principal investigator of over 18 projects.

Dr. Ing’s text book chapter, ”Office Environment, Infection Control Safety, Eye Safety, and Ergonomics” in  Evidence-Based Oral Surgery: A Clinical Guide for the General Dental Practitioner (editors Goupil and Ferneini) was released in February 2019. Dr. Ing is the author of numerous abstracts, manuscripts, online manuscripts, international webinar, and podcasts.  Dr. Ing is a passionate advocate of STEM education and enjoys working on her signature program with middle school children, “Mini Medical School”.

Dr. Ing has been interviewed by OASIS/Canadian Dental Association for her celiac disease work and for STEM education initiatives and also by STAT Boddities.

Dr. Ing is the recipient of the 2015 national Colgate-Palmolive ADEA Excellence in Teaching Award and is the recipient of several Kaiser-Permanente teaching awards from UConn.  She was nominated for the Tufts Teaching with Technology Award, Tufts Distinction Awards and inducted into the Robert Andrews Society for the promotion of research.  She was recently nominated for the 2020 National Science Board’s Public Service Award and for the 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mentoring for Science and Engineering for her STEM work with children.  She is a member of the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments, the American Association of University Women, and the Organization for Safety and Asepsis and Procedures.