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About TIA

Toronto Implant Academy (TIA)

For the past twenty-four years, the Aesthetic Design & Implant Academy, now the Toronto Implant Academy (TIA), has created first class educational opportunities for dental professionals in the Greater Toronto Area, and it is now the largest private implant study club in Canada.

The Toronto Implant Academy (TIA) was originally founded by Mr. David Kochberg, R.D.T. and Dr. Murray Arlin, D.D.S., dip. Perio., F.R.C.D.(C), under the name of the Toronto Implant Study Club (TISC).  In 2009 the study club expanded to become the Toronto Implant & Aesthetic Study Club (TIASC) as a new partnership was solidified between Mr. David Kochberg, RDT and Ettore Palmeri, MBA, AGDM, B. Ed, BA, owner of Palmeri Publishing, the largest dental journal publisher in North America. This year, the expanded Aesthetic Design & Implant Academy will continue to offer its members a variety of top quality speakers, seminars and workshops throughout the year.


I would like to remind you that as TIA members you can obtain discounts on additional CE courses offered by companies such as Nobel, Straumann, BioHorizons, Vident, Dentsply and Ivoclar Vivadent.

Advisory Board

Dr. Allen Aptekar, B.Sc., DMD, studied at the University of Toronto, earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree with distinction at the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry. Dr. Aptekar then completed a one year hospital residency at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and the University of Toronto. He has authored and co-authored several articles in refereed professional dental journals, and is a lecturer in dental implant procedures for dentists and denturists. He practices in the greater Toronto area, with a special interest and focus on dental implantology.

Murray Arlin, DDS, dip Perio, FRCD(C) received his DDS from McGill University in 1977. After a 1 year Residency in General Dentistry at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, he began his Post-Graduate Program in Periodontics at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1980. Dr. Arlin received his Membership and Fellowship in the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in 1981 and 1983 respectively. He has taught at the Undergraduate and Periodontal Post-Graduate departments at the University of Toronto. Dr. Arlin received his training in Implant Dentistry initially in 1985 and since then has been actively involved in Continuing Education. He has placed and documented over 10,000 implants to date. He has lectured internationally and has authored many articles on Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Edy Braun, Hon. B.Sc., DDS, Cert. Perio, FRCD(C), is a periodontist who earned his B.Sc. and DDS from the University of Toronto (2001). After general practice residencies and a periodontal program in the USA, Dr. Braun became board certifi ed by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in 2007. He currently practices at his periodontics specialty offi ce in Vaughan.

Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD, FADI, is an oral surgeon who maintains a private practice in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. He has published a surgical text book and a surgical DVD titled: “Oral Surgery for the General Dentist” and “Oral Surgical Videos for the G.P.” Both are available through Palmeri Publishing.

Rony Dagher, B.Sc., DDS, M.Sc (Endo), FRCD(C), is an Endodontist and a fellow with royal college of Dentist of Canada who maintains a private practice in Mississauga Ontario Canada. He is a graduate from university of Toronto with a bachelor of science degree. He attended case western reserve university where he graduated with a DDS. He attended Toronto General Hospital’s surgical residency program and then practiced general dentistry for 7 years prior to enrolling and completing a specialty master’s degree in endodontics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Dagher has served as an instructor at both the undergraduate and graduate endodontic departments at U of T. He is currently on the board of endodontic examiners for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Dr. Dagher holds a special interest in Dental Traumatology and regenerative endodontics. He currently lectures on many endodontic topics including rotaries, trauma, disinfection and regeneration. He is currently a member of numerous endodontic and dental associations and societies.