Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Suturing 2.0

Monday January 15, 2024
Tropical Acres Steakhouse, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Drs. Joel Berley, Danny Torres, Joseph Pechter, David Garazi**


Suturing is a necessary skill for pediatric dentists. This course will combine a lecture and hands-on instruction to review, practice, and learn new suturing techniques. We will discuss intra-oral and extra-oral suturing as well as review the different suture materials on the market. Participants will have one-on-one instruction to review and update their skills.


Discuss indications and contraindications for suturing
Review types of sutures and best scenario for each
Discuss suturing vermillion boarder lacerations
Review intra-oral suturing techniques
Review suture techniques
Practice suturing skills

Dr. Joel Berley
Dr. Joel Berley
     Dr Joel Berley grew up on the Jersey shore and attended Rutgers College and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He completed his specialty training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Albert Einstein School of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y. Dr Berley works in private practice in Plantation and Hollywood. 

Dr. Danny Torres
     Dr. Torres has always had a calling to help others regardless of circumstance, but it wasn’t until high school where he volunteered at the Caridad Health Clinic in Boynton Beach Florida that he discovered his true passion — caring for patients. Since then it has been his lifelong dream to be able to provide the best possible healthcare to all patients he encounters with compassion and skill.

After graduating with honors with a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Miami, Dr. Torres went on to obtain his doctorate in dental medicine from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) where he graduated in the top 5% of his class. He was also recognized with the Chancellor’s Award for his commitment to leadership, humanity, and academic excellence.

After excelling in his four-year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at NSU he spent an additional two years of studies and testing to obtain the prestigious status of diplomat on the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Throughout his career, education has never ceased as he continues to attend meetings regularly to stay at the cutting edge of the latest technologies and science trends, which allow him to provide the highest quality of care to his patients.

Dr. Torres maintains hospital privileges at several facilities within the Memorial Healthcare System, which allows him to treat even the most surgically or medically complex patients. His special Interests focus on dental implantsbone grafting, complex dental extractions, and jaw reconstructive procedures. He has presented locally, nationally, and internationally and his research has been published in the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

To this day, Dr. Torres continues to volunteer at the Caridad Health Clinic and gives back to his local community through organizations like the Kiwanis Club. He also co-founded the Florida Senior Smiles Project, which provides much-needed care to low-income senior citizens in South Florida.

When away from the office, his preferred pastime is spending time with his wife Erika and their two sons, Sebastian and Gabriel. He shares his favorite hobbies of fishing and camping with them and tries to instill values of compassion, integrity, and generosity.

Dr. Joseph Pechter
     Dr. Joseph Pechter grew up in Vero Beach, Florida and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dr. Pechter graduated magna cum laude at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed a three year residency in Periodontogy at Tufts and chose to practice in Hollywood, Florida.  Dr. Pechter earned the distinction of Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, the designation awarded to a Board Certified Periodontist.

Dr. David Garazi
     Born and raised in North Miami Beach, Florida, Dr. David Garazi received his dental degree from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2015. Upon graduation, Dr. Garazi was awarded the Quintessence Award for Clinical Achievement in Periodontics. He is also a board-certified Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology. Following his dental school education, Dr. Garazi went on to pursue specialization and advanced graduate studies in Periodontology and Implantology at Nova Southeastern University. While in specialty training, he became skilled in the latest technology and techniques, including lasers, piezo, growth factors, Versah drills, and advanced bone grafting techniques. He is proficient with dental implant placement, mucogingival surgery, sinus augmentation, and all the latest procedures being investigated around the world. Dr. Garazi is a certified Pinhole® dentist, which is a minimally invasive way to correct gum recession. He is fluent in English and Spanish and proficient in Hebrew.

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** has no relevant financial relationships to disclose
Members of the CE planning committee have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.