Forensic Odontology: Is it CSI Dentistry?

Sunday, May 19 at 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
155 Fifth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

If you are curious how forensic dentists work within the criminal justice system, how your dental practice might someday be involved in a dental identification or human abuse report or how some of California’s high-profile criminal cases have used forensic dentistry, then join us for this informative program.

Co-sponsored by the California Society of Forensic Dentistry             

The presenters include diplomates of the American Board of Forensic Odontology, fellows of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and consultants to the California Department of Justice, Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit. They will discuss their experiences with dental identifications in mass disasters such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina; bite mark evidence in assaults, abuse and homicide cases; animal cases such as the SF Zoo tiger case in 2007; dental aspects of specific California cases including the Xiana Fairchild kidnapping and homicide and the Castro Valley teen Jane Doe case; and identification efforts with the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the 1991 East Bay firestorm and the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.

You Will Learn

  • Dental identification techniques in mass disasters, accidents and homicides
  • How bite mark evidence is used in cases involving assaults, abuse and homicides
  • How the Department of Justice uses dental evidence in cases with missing and unidentified people
  • The importance of dental records for dental identification in forensic cases

Who Should Attend

All dentists and allied dental professionals are encouraged to attend this informative course.

Tuition: $295 Dentists; $195 Allied Dental Professionals (includes lunch and coffee/tea service in the morning)  
Program: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 
Check-in: 8:30 am
Location: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 155 Fifth Street, SF Credits:  This activity is designated for 6 units of continuing education credit.


Duane Spencer, DDS, is a forensic dental consultant to Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Solano counties, and to the California Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training.  A diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology, he has lectured internationally and has published works with an emphasis on child abuse recognition. A 1965 graduate of the USC School of Dentistry, Dr. Spencer retired in 2015 from his private pediatric dental practice in Walnut Creek, CA.

Gregory Mar, DDS, MA, is a forensic dental consultant to the San Francisco Medical Examiner and a captain with the San Francisco Police Department in charge of the Forensic Science Unit. A 1988 graduate of Pacific, Dr. Mar has a private practice in San Mateo and is a part-time assistant professor in the Department of Dental Practice at Dugoni.  A diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology,  he also received a master’s degree in educational psychology from University of the Pacific in 1993.

John Berk, DDS, is a forensic dental consultant to Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Solano counties. A fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a member of the Federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team Region IX, Dr. Berk lectures frequently on forensic odontology. He is a 1970 graduate of UCSF School of Dentistry and currently teaches at Dugoni’s Union City Dental Care Clinic.

Megan Eschleman, BS, MS is a Program Manager with the Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit (MUPS) at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento. She is a 1998 graduate of Penn State University and received her Master’s Degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven in 1999. She is a frequent  presenter to both law enforcement and dental audiences, and is a member of the California Child Abduction Task Force.

Roland G. Chew, DDS, is a forensic dental consultant for Alameda, San Mateo, and Contra Costa County.  He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  Dr. Chew is a 1993 graduate of Pacific, and he maintains a private practice in General Dentistry in Fremont, CA.

Event Type

Special Event, Speaker, Lecture/Presentation

Sponsoring Department

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Continuing Dental Education


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