Jay Gerber, Founder and Educational Director of The CENTER for Occlusal Studies in Parkersburg, WV

For over twenty-five years, Dr. Jay Gerber has introduced the concepts of functional jaw orthopedics and neuromuscular occlusal treatment to thousands of dentists. Through his teaching and published works he has earned a reputation as one of the world's leaders in modern occlusal concepts. His clinical efforts and innovative teaching techniques have benefited thousands of dentists and patients through stable occlusal finishing.


Richard T. Beistle, D.D.S.

Dr. Beistle a University of Michigan Dental School graduate is a long time orthodontic educator. In 1974 he met and became a disciple of the late Dr. Hy Pleasant of California.  Subsequently, he incorporated many of the ideas of Dr. John Witzig and Dr. Merle Bean into his developing functional orthodontic philosophy.  Dr. Beistle is one of the original innovators of Sassouni Plus Cephalometric Diagnostic system. He is credited with numerous publications on cephalometrics and has been teaching seminars since 1983. A passionate teacher, Dr. Beistle has been instructing classes on diagnosis for over 25 years with Orthodontic Studies and has presented at many conferences and symposiums. Dr. Bristle is the 2004 recipient of the Dr. C.R. Gerber, Jr.  Excellence in Dentistry Award.



Mariano Rocabado, DPT

Dr. Rocabado is a world renowned lecturer, author and innovator on Craniocervical and Craniomandibular Pathophysiology Approach to Treatment. In addition he has produced numerous videos on instruction for these techniques, written and co-authored numerous scientific articles on Physical Therapy and TMD treatment. Prof. Rocabado is the Director of the doctorate program in Physical Therapy at the University Andres Bellow in Santiago, Chile. He earned his doctorate in physical therapy, specializing in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, from the University San Augustin, FL.  He is the Past-President of the Academy of Craneomandibulares Disorders of Chile, Prof. Rocabado is an honorary member of the Society of Ortodoncia of Chile and the Brazilian Academy of Fisiopatologia Orocervical. He was presented with an Honorary Diplomate by the AACP.



Dr. Jim Szarko

       Dr. Jim Szarko

Dr. James F. Szarko graduated with a degree in Oral Dentistry in 1976. After graduation, he worked for the West Virginia State Dental Health Program in three dental clinics, one for children, an industrial home for girls ages 7-18, and an industrial home for boys ages 7-18. In 1980, Dr. Szarko opened his own private practice in Parkersburg. Every other month, he offers dental services to local emergency rooms.

Associations & Committees: 
• President of Blennerhassett Dental Society
• Executive Council of State of West Virginia Dental Associations
• Served On Committee — Blennerhassett ADA Poster Page
• West Virginia President Elect (2009)
• Vice President, West Virginia State Dental Association (2010)
• President, West Virginia Dental Association (2011)
• ADA Alternate State Delegate (2011)ADDSM DIPLOMATE

• West Virginia Dentist Association
• American Dental Association (ADA)
• Member of Academy of General Dentistry
• International College of Dentistry (Inducted November 2015)
• American College of Dentistry


Jane Johnson

  Jane Johnson

Jane has been conducting orthodontic assistant training seminars,

lecturing, consulting and organizing dental offices for nearly 35

years. She worked in a dental/ortho practice for eight years - four years

as a chair-side assistant and four years as front desk coordinator. She

assisted the doctor with his lectures and she also conducted assistant

seminars. Jane had been in sales with a leading orthodontic company

for over 30 years where she worked closely with leading clinicians. She

has expanded her knowledge with CE classes through SMU in Dallas,

ORU in Tulsa and at Oklahoma University.