Doctors Ponzio, Barsoum and Rosenblatt are great friends who share a common thread of teaching their peers about the merits of digital dentistry.  Their friendship began because of their journey of utilizing digital dentistry in their practice.  Dr. Rosenblatt and Dr. Ponzio now teach the basic training program for Patterson Dental and Dr. Barsoum runs the local education for Henry Schein.  The 3 were integral in helping to grow the Northern Illinois CEREC study club to a group of over 500 local dentists.  They are visiting faculty and faculty at cerecdoctors.com  Their passion for dentistry and technology has kept their practices on the cutting edge of the ever changing digital landscape of the dental industry.  They felt that it was important to create a study club that would incorporate the latest trends in dentistry.  The vision was to get the best speakers in the dental market to come locally and share their expertise to a group of clinicians that were as devoted to learning as we were.  They look forward to creating one of the most progressive groups in dentistry and strengthening the local dental community to share knowledge and raise the overall bar of the quality of work performed on our patients.

Rich Rosenblatt, DMD

Dr. Rosenblatt has been practicing in the Chicagoland area since 1999 and presently owns Forest North Dental in Lake Forest IL which focuses on CAD/CAM and digital dentistry.    He founded the Northern Illinois CEREC Study Club in 2005 which is one largest of its kind world wide.  He is faculty for cerecdoctors.com and Spear education in their CAD/CAM division.  He is a basic trainer for Patterson dental has been a software Alpha and Beta tester for Sirona Dental Systems.  He moderates the CEREC forum on Dentaltown.com and has lectured internationally regarding CAD/CAM and digital dentistry.


Dr. Rosenblatt grew up in Ocean Twp. NJ.  He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1991 and went on to obtain his DMD degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ.  He completed a GPR at St Josephs Medical Center in Reading Pa.  He is married with 3 children and enjoys skiing and playing golf when he gets some free time.

Meena Barsoum, DMD

Dr. Meena Barsoum practices general and implant dentistry in Chicago, IL, and serves as Visiting Faculty at Spear Education in Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. Barsoum has been a CAD/CAM and 3D CBCT user for several years, and currently trains doctors all over the world on CEREC and guided implant surgery. Dr. Barsoum is a regular speaker at the annual DSWorld event hosted by DentsplySirona.  Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, he completed his undergraduate degree at Kent State University and earned his dental degree at Case Western Reserve University. He then moved to Chicago, IL and completed a general practice residency at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. A firm believer in continuing education and embracing technology, Dr. Barsoum opened his practice, Impressive Smiles, in 2010, and currently maintains a thriving practice centered around CAD/CAM, implants and digital dentistry. 

Anthony Ponzio, DDS

Dr. Anthony Ponzio is a 2004 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. He currently maintains a private practice in Oak Park, Illinois with a special focus on technology in dentistry. Dr. Ponzio currently is a CEREC Basic Trainer in the Midwest, and also has presented courses on utilizing CEREC CAD/CAM  Technology to restore implants and fabricate fixed bridges. He serves as Visiting Faculty at Spear Education in Scottsdale, AZ, as well as on the Clinical Faculty at Midwestern University's College of Dental Medicine, where he has helped integrate CEREC CAD/CAM Technology into the curriculum. Dr. Ponzio has trained hundreds of dentists and their team members, successfully coaching them on how to effectively integrate CEREC CAD/CAM technology into their offices and make for a vastly improved patient experience and a more productive dental practice.

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