2021 Speakers

Below is a list of some of the confirmed speakers for the 2021 NESO Annual Meeting. Scheduled and on-demand sessions will be eligible for more than 20 CE through March 2022. Learn more about earning CE for the 2021 NESO Experience here. Stay tuned to this page for more information on speakers in the coming weeks!

Dr. Luis Carriere . Dr. Declan Hennessey . Dr. Neal Kravitz . Dr. Glenn Krieger . Dr. Matthew Larson . Dr. Bryan Lockhart . Ms. LeeAnne Peniche . Dr. Sonia Palleck . Dr. Michele Shimmin . Dr. Dan Stuart . Dr. Kenneth Webb


Dr. Bryan Lockhart

Dr. Bryan Lockhart

Dr. Lockhart is a Board Certified orthodontist with two orthodontic offices in Charlotte, NC where he practices with his wife and fellow orthodontist, Dr. Lauren Rennick Lockhart. Originally from Decatur, GA, Dr. Lockhart attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for dental school. He attended a 1 year General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center before obtaining his Certificate in Orthodontics from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville FL. Dr. Lockhart furthered his learning by attending Jacobi Medical Center in New York for an Orthodontic/ Orthognathic Surgical Fellowship. Dr. Lockhart is well versed in fixed appliances as well clear aligners. He has developed his own clear aligner brand, Dualine, using in house aligners which he lectures on. Dr. Lockhart has an issued patent on LockOn, a device used to facilitate orthognathic surgery on patients undergoing clear aligner therapy. His professional memberships include AAO, SAO and NCAO, the latter of which he is a member of the executive board.


Dr Declan Hennessey

Dr. Declan Hennessey

Dr Hennessey is a newly graduated board certified orthodontist, currently working as an associate in 3 busy orthodontic practises in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Originally from Ireland, Dr Hennessey obtained his Doctor of Dental Science degree from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He then worked as a general dentist for 4 years in private practise. During this time, he successfully completed his membership exams for the Faculty of Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland.

In 2017 he emigrated to Canada to obtained his Masters of Science in Orthodontics at the University of Manitoba. Dr Hennessey is passionate about continual education, seeking out the latest technologies to striving to provide the best possible patient experience and clinical result. His professional memberships include the AAO and CAO.


Jeff Blasius

Dr. Jeff Blasius

Dr. Jeff earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut where he graduated from the Honors Program with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. Moving across the state, he attended dental school and completed his orthodontic training at the University of Connecticut Health Center–both nationally ranked premier programs. While at dental school, Dr. Jeff completed his coursework in the Masters of Public Health Program, finishing his thesis during the three year orthodontic residency training.

Upon completion of dental school, he was admitted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honor Society and Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. Dr. Jeff earned his Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master’s degree in Dental Science.

Dr. Jeff returned to Vermont in 2001 to join Associates in Orthodontics. He has published three papers in peer reviewed orthodontic journals based on his Master’s degree research in sleep apnea and workforce issues. He is a Diplomate and board-certified orthodontist by the American Board of Orthodontics.

Dr. Jeff is a proud member of the Vermont Association of Orthodontists, the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists, the Champlain Valley Dental Society, Vermont State Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the World Federation of Orthodontists.  He has been heavily involved in the leadership of the Northeastern Society of Orthodontics.

When he is not straightening teeth, Dr. Jeff can be found playing a variety of sports with his two boys, “working” in the yard on his tractor, or getting into some handyman/woodworking project.


Jonny Feldman

Dr. Jonny Feldman

Jonny Feldman, raised in Cheshire, Connecticut, graduated from Colgate University Magna Cum Laude in 1990 with B.A. degree in Biology. He then enrolled at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine where he graduated in 1994. From 1994 to 1997, Jonny completed a residency in Orthodontics and a Masters in Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon completion of his residency, he moved back to Connecticut and joined his father, Barry Feldman, in private practice in Cheshire, Connecticut. In April 1997, Jonny joined the Department of Orthodontics at UCONN as a part-time clinical professor. He has been teaching there every Thursday since 1997. His brother, David Feldman (Colgate ‘89, UCONN Dental ’95, Stony Brook Orthodontics ’98) joined Jonny and his father in 1998, where they all practiced together in Cheshire and Wallingford, Connecticut. In 2007, Dr. Kelly Morrison (UCONN Dental ‘02, UCONN Orthodontics ’06) and in 2017, Dr. Preeti K. Chandhoke (UCONN DMD and PhD, 2008) joined them in private practice in Cheshire, Wallingford and North Haven, CT.


LeeAnn Peniche

LeeAnn Peniche

Through innovative, proven and proprietary Systems, LeeAnn Peniche has consistently brought smiles to orthodontists for more than 30 years. As the founder and President of Peniche & Associates, she has earned a reputation as one of the country’s premier orthodontic consultants who specialize in case acceptance, scripting, marketing and practice systemization. Over 3,000 practices have experienced first-hand her creative outlook, years of expertise and proven track record of success. LeeAnn’s life has been committed to providing Orthodontists and their practices with the tools and Systems for their continued success through lectures, in office training as well as her trademarked Treatment Coordinator IntensiveTM Workshop, Office Management AcademyTM, YES AcademyTM and Millennial Marketing AcademyTM.


Neal Kravitz

Dr. Neal Kravitz

Dr. Kravitz is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics, member of the Edward Angle Honor Society, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. Dr. Kravitz is a graduate of Columbia University and received his D.M.D. and the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a prolific writer for numerous journals. Dr. Kravitz lectures throughout the country and internationally on treatment planning, biomechanics, practice management, and ethics.


Sandra Tai

Dr. Sandra Tai

Dr Sandra Khong Tai received her graduate training in Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota, USA. She is a practicing Specialist in Orthodontics in Vancouver, Canada and Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthodontics at the University of British Columbia. She is also Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. Dr Sandra Tai has been an Invisalign certified orthodontist since 2000 and is currently an Invisalign Diamond Plus Provider who has treated over 3,000 cases with Invisalign clear aligners. Dr Tai is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Aligner Orthodontics and the author of the textbook “Clear Aligner Technique”. (Quintessence Publishing 2018) which has been translated into 11 languages – English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portugese, Russian, Korean, Chinese, Turkish and Japanese. She has authored a chapter on Clear Aligner Treatment in the 7th edition of Graber’s Orthodontics (Elsevier 2021), and she is also a reviewer for the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

Dr Tai is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics, a Fellow of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists, Canada. Professional affiliations include memberships in the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists and Edward H Angle Society of Orthodontists. Dr Tai has lectured extensively on clear aligner technique all over the world. She is one of the pioneer testing doctors on Invisalign with Mandibular Advancement and Invisalign First appliance and is involved in several research projects on clear aligners.


Regina Blevins

Dr. Regina Blevins

Dr. Blevins started her career in dentistry in 1980 as a Dental hygiene graduate of C.S. Mott Community college. She attended the University of Michigan where she received her degree in Dentistry in 1987. Her appreciation and love for the fine art of the cosmetic side of dentistry led her to pursue her orthodontic graduate training at the University of Minnesota, where she received her certificate in orthodontics and Master of Science Degree in 1991. Dr. Blevins enjoys staying up to date on the latest developments in orthodontics by maintaining a rigorous continuing education schedule. Her professional memberships, awards, and associations include:


  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Dakota County Study Club
  • St. Paul District Dental Society
  • Minnesota Association of Orthodontists (2013-2014 vice president)
  • Minnesota Association of Orthodontists (2014-2015 president)
  • #1 Invisalign Provider in Minnesota and #1 provider of Teen treatment worldwide
  • Invisalign Provider – Diamond Plus Status 9000+ historical cases
  • Align Tech Faculty member and was awarded Master Faculty status in 2018
  • International Lecturer on clear aligner techniques

When she is out of the office Dr. Blevins enjoys living an active lifestyle and spending time with her husband Tom and their four children, Noah, Rachel, Lucy, and Will. As a family, they enjoy doing yoga, Taekwondo (Dr. Blevins is a black belt!), and spending time in their backyard cooking, gardening and relaxing.


…more to come!