John Wayland, DDS, FAGD, MaCSD
Dr. Wayland was born in Chicago, Illinois and currently lives in Wailuku, Hawaii. He is a 1981 graduate of UCSF School of Dentistry and a former faculty member at UCSF and UCLA Schools of Dentistry. He has lectured internationally on a variety of dental subjects.
Dr. Wayland is a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and a diplomate in the International Dental Implant Association. He is a California Dental Board on site IV Sedation Evaluator, California Sedation Permit #163, ACLS Certified, Master in the College of Sedation – American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and former Doctors Hospital Staff. He has removed more than 25,000 full bony impacted third molars with oral and IV sedation. Dr. Wayland is co-founder of Western Surgical and Sedation. He maintains a mobile third molar removal practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Justin Wu, DDS, MaCSD
Dr. Wu was born in Kansas City, Missouri and was raised in Wichita, Kansas. He received his DDS degree at the University of Missouri and completed an AEGD residency at Wichita State University with rotations through the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center and GraceMed Health Clinics. His extensive residency surgical training allows Dr.Wu to perform comprehensive oral surgery with IV and oral sedation. He is an adjunct faculty member at Wichita State University, and Master in the College of Sedation – American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Wu is co-founder of Western Surgical and Sedation. He maintains a private practice in New Orleans, Louisiana and a mobile sedation practice concentrating on IV sedation and in-office oral surgery for the Greater New Orleans Area.
Edward Sawicki, NREMT-P, MBA
Edward Sawicki earned his Bachelors Degree in Biology, in 1986, and obtained his Masters degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in 2001. He has been nationally registered as a Paramedic since 1988, and a Hazardous Material Specialist since 1997, and served as member of FEMA’s National Disaster Medical Assistant Team since 2001. He has responded to many disasters including the Springfield Ma. Chlorine Spill, the attack on World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina and Rita.
Mr. Sawicki has more than 26-years experience working in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He served as a lead instructor for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) at the San Francisco Paramedic Association. When he was not teaching, he was clinically supervising 30 EMTs and Paramedics as a Paramedic Rescue Captain.
Mr. Sawicki has authored a number of articles for the JEMS and EMS Insider Magazines. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for JEMS and as an expert witness, as well as a volunteer with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). He has served as instructor and Affiliate Faculty for American Heart Association’s ACLS, PALS and BCLS, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Springfield College’s Paramedic Program.
Daniel Whittaker, DDS
Dr. Daniel Whittaker is a native of the Leelanau Peninsula in Northern Michigan. He graduated from the University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry in 2007 and established his first dental office in a small rural town in Ohio. Since then he has added 5 more offices.
Dr. Whittaker attended his first exodontia course with Western Surgical and Sedation in 2012. He now has one day a week in his office reserved for third molar removal with IV sedation. He routinely removes 4 third molars in 20 minutes or less. Dr. Whittaker is a Master in the College of Sedation, American Dental Society of Anesthesia.
The overall theme of his practice and life is integrity. His warm and caring personality and ability to communicate clearly make Dr. Whittaker a popular WSS faculty member.
Dr. Thomas E. Lenhart
Dr. Thomas E. Lenhart is a Board-Certified Dentist Anesthesiologist and a licensed California General Dentist. He completed his undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of California San Diego, a Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Boston University School of Dental Medicine, and has gone beyond that training to receive significant, additional training and experience in a postdoctoral medical/dental anesthesia residency program at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Medical Center and Affiliate Hospitals.
Dr. Lenhart lectures in the US and Internationally to various organizations on topics such as Conscious Sedation, Oral Sedation, Deep Sedation, General Anesthesia, Office-based Anesthesia, Nitrous Oxide, Pharmacology, Pediatric Anatomy & Physiology, Pain Management and Medical Emergencies.
Dr. Georges Traboulsi
Dr. Traboulsi received his doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree from Saint Joseph University and completed his three-year postdoctoral periodontology residency at Boston University, Goldman School of Dental Medicine. During his residency, he obtained a master’s degree in oral biology.
Dr. Traboulsi is a gifted speaker and surgeon. His practice is focused on periodontology, the placement of dental implants, and the removal of impacted third molars with IV sedation.
Dr. Matthew Diercks
Dr. Diercks received his D.D.S. in 1998 from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Dr. Diercks completed several WSS courses where he demonstrated outstanding surgical skills. Third molar removal with IV sedation is an integral part of his daily practice. He joined the WSS faculty in 2016.
When not at work, Dr. Diercks enjoys just about anything outdoors. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and trys to spend as much time as possible on the bike when the weather is nice. He is married with a new baby boy and lives in San Jose.
Dr. Jason Knable
Dr. Knable lives and practices general dentistry in Great Falls, Montana. He received his DDS degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2006.
Dr. Knable has an affinity for education and humanitarian services. He has given numerous dental lectures and completed mission trips to Mexico and Kiribati, Micronesia. Dr. Knable is well acquainted with WSS surgical protocol. Course attendees appreciate his passion for education and helping others.
Dr. Knable is married with two daughters. The highlight of his day is when he can walk through his front door and see his family.
Dr. Kevin Johnson
Dr. Johnson is a native of Yakima, WA who now lives and practices in Sandpoint, ID. Dr. Johnson received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1997, graduating near the top of his class. While at UW, Dr. Johnson participated in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clerkship at Harborview Hospital performing surgical and complex exodontia under the supervision of OMFS faculty and residents. Also at UW, he completed elective coursework in IV sedation, performing IV sedation on medically compromised hospital patients alongside GPR faculty and residents. Dr. Johnson has completed IV Sedation courses at WSS and incorporates intravenous sedation as part of his daily routine in general practice.
Dr. Johnson has successfully performed thousands of cases of surgical/impacted exodontia in more than 20 years of oral surgery/sedation focused general practice and thoroughly enjoys giving back through continuing education at WSS. Dr. Johnson is ACLS and IV Sedation certified.
In addition to a busy clinic schedule, Dr. Johnson is currently completing his MBA in Healthcare Management at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Johnson and his wife, Carla, have 3 children and actively enjoy boating, traveling, and snow skiing.
Dr. Stanley Sun
Dr. Sun received his DDS degree from New York University. This was followed by a general practice residency, two years of advanced training in oral and maxillofacial surgery, and a periodontics residency. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and certified in IV sedation.
Very few practitioners have the broad scope of surgical training acquired by Dr. Sun. His extensive surgical training is a great asset to WSS attendees.
Dr. Sun is an avid sports fan, enjoying basketball and football, and all USC Trojans sports. He also loves outdoor activities such as swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. He has recently picked up surfing, paddle boarding, and golf.
Dr. Vincent Vella
Dr. Vella is a native of Charleroi, Belgium. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Buffalo Dental School in 1985. Dr. Vella was an associate professor at the University of Rochester from 1986 – 2004.
Dr. Vella is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology. Dr. Vella is certified in oral and IV sedation. He received his certificate of achievement in advanced IV sedation and airway management from the Dental Board of California in 2011.
Dr. Vella’s surgical knowledge and “down to earth” teaching style make him a very popular WSS faculty member. Western Surgical and Sedation is honored to have him as part of our team.
Dr. Joshua Smith
A Utah native, Dr. Josh Smith was raised in Sandy, Utah. His life was dramatically impacted at a young age by a great leader who shared his profession to help Dr. Smith, then the young scout, earn his Dentistry merit badge.
After graduating from the University of Utah with his undergraduate degree in Medical Biology, he attended the University of Louisville for Dental School.
He reports that one of his favorite days practicing dentistry was when a patient came in that smiled without her hands over her mouth. The day Dr. Smith cemented in her new crowns she began to cry and said, “Now I can try and get a job!”
Dr. Smith has a passion for wisdom teeth removal. He continues to educate himself on the most advanced and safe procedures for removing wisdom teeth through continuing education.
He has a love of service which he developed as a scout and later as a missionary for his church in Brazil. Once a year he travels to Peru and other Latin American countries on dental mission trips to provide dental care for underprivileged in those countries.
Dr. Smith is married and loves spending time with his four children. They love bowling, going to the movies, watching soccer games, dance recitals, and school performances.
Betty Yee was born in Hong Kong and raised in San Francisco. She currently resides in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Information and Computing Systems.
Ms Yee worked in management in the technology and software industry for 20 years. During this time, she held many management positions including, project manager, development manager, and IT / MIS manager. She has worked with many Fortune 100 companies to develop software. While at Advent Software, in San Francisco, she maintained an extemely low turnover rate of 5% while managing 12 senior level software engineers in developing financial software.
Ms Yee moved to Maui, Hawaii in 2007, and joined Western Surgical and Sedation from its inception as Course Coordinator. Her organizational and communication skills are outstanding. She continues to play a key part in the growth and success of Western Surgical and Sedation.
Wayne Opp is our Marketing Director. He coordinates all the online precence for Western Surgical. He also uses video extensively for surgeries and interviews which are part of our marketing.
Wayne Opp is CEO and founder of Media Pro Inc., a boutique web marketing firm that markets seminars and online courses. He has also produced broadcast commercials for clients.