The Shift

The Dramatic Movement Toward Health Centered Dentistry

Dr. DeWitt C. Wilkerson and Dr. E. Shanley Lestini

The Western world faces a health crisis that is reaching epidemic proportions. We see a steady increase in ill health and chronic diseases. Medical costs are skyrocketing, and physicians work in a system where their role is primarily intervention for sick people — sick care. There is a better way. We must take personal responsibility for our own health — as a community. This will require a significant paradigm shift from sick care to proactive wellness care. Who will lead this paradigm shift? Why not the dental team? The Shift: The Dramatic Movement Toward Health Centered Dentistry provides a step-by-step guide to implementing complete health through dentistry. Together, we must successfully win this battle, exchanging sickness for vitality, energy and health.

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About the Author

Dr. DeWitt C. Wilkerson and Dr. E. Shanley Lestini

Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson, DMD, is the Director of Dental Medicine at the Dawson Academy. President of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, former Associate Faculty at the L.D. Pankey Insitute, and Past-President of the American Equilibration Society. He is in private practice focusing on restorative Dentistry and Integrative Dental Medicine in St. Petersburg, FL.

E. Shanley Lestini, DDS, received her B.A. from Duke University in 2009 and her DDS from the University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry in 2013. She has completed post-graduate training at the Dawson Academy and the L.D. Pankey Institue. She serves as a Teaching Assistant at the Dawson Academy and as a member of the Pankey Institue’s Advisory Board. Dr. Lestini Lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and is in private practice in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.