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APRIL 2023

"Nitric Oxide and the Oral Microbiome"

Presented by Dr. Thomas Nabors, Dr. Nathan Bryan, Lora Hooper BSDH, RDH, EFDA, and Julie Cox BSDH, RDH, EFDA

April 7, 2023

Exclusive to Direct Diagnostics' clinics, this series offers guidance, support, and education from the oral systemic and salivary diagnostics fields. 

Dr. Tom Nabors

For thirty-seven years, Dr. Tom Nabors has served as a leader in advancing oral microbiology, immunology, and the emerging field of Oral Systemic Health. Following a career in Dentistry, he launched Oral DNA in 2008, the first diagnostic laboratory to focus on the indemnification and diagnostic relevance of oral pathogens. The company was acquired by Quest Diagnostics in 2009 where Tom remained the Chief Dental Officer until 2012. 

He has remained active in the industry working to advance the science as well as its implementation and impact on practice management. Tom received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Tennessee Health-Sciences and has served in senior roles across numerous professional organizations including the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and as Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center: Bioscience Research Department.

Dr. Nathan Bryan

Dr. Bryan earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and his doctoral degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research.  He pursued his post-doctoral training as a Kirschstein Fellow at Boston University School of Medicine in the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute.  After a two year post-doctoral fellowship, in 2006 Dr. Bryan was recruited to join faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston by Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., 1998 Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology.  During his tenure as faculty and independent investigator at UT, his research focused on drug discovery through screening natural product libraries for active compounds.  His nine years at UT led to several discoveries which have resulted in over a dozen issued US and international patents and many more pending worldwide.

Julie Cox, BSDH

Julie Cox, BSDH, RDH, EFDA

Julie earned her Bachelor’s degree of science as well as her EFDA certification at The Ohio State University. She has provided compassionate and comprehensive dental care for 15 years. She has extensive experience in individualized treatment of periodontal disease. She believes deeply that identifying the root causes of periodontal infections is the key to successful treatment. 


She also has over ten years of experience in dental consulting. Julie is very passionate about coaching and empowering clinical providers on the topic of the oral systemic connection.


Julie’s role with Direct Diagnostics is to coach clinicians on the importance of detecting high risk oral pathogens to aid not only in the treatment of periodontal diseases, but also to lower the risk for other systemic events.

Lora Hooper, BSDH

Lora Hooper, BSDH, RDH, EFDA

Lora received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the Ohio State University in 1995. Lora is a founding member of The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and a Preceptor for the BaleDoneen Method. Lora is a member of the ADHA, ODHA, and CDHA. She has served as Continuing Education Chair for the CDHA and as a liaison for the ODHA to the OSDB.

At the Prevent Clinic, Lora is one of our care coordinators. In this position, she is able to integrate her expertise in dental knowledge, managing patient care, and incorporating her passion for improving patients’ lives with implementing oral systemic care into practice. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her children and reading oral systemic health research. One fun fact about Lora is that she was a figure skater for The Ohio State University. She is also co-owner of a business, DHE Method, that provides coaching and resources to implement oral systemic care into practice. She also co-hosts the Ask Why Podcast.

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