Course Faculty

Our instructors have a wide range of orthodontic experience, both in the academic and clinical realms.

Between them, they have decades of experience both teaching orthodontics and operating highly profitable orthodontic practices in multiple states in which they have successfully treated tens of thousands of patients.

Due to this experience, they have developed highly efficient clinical and business systems to ensure you have all the practical tools you need to implement ortho into your practice, both efficiently and profitably.

Mark M. Alarbi, DDS, CECSMO, CAGS, ABO

Dr. Alarbi obtained his DDS degree from the University of Tishreen, Syria in 1996 where he also served as a part-time Assistant Professor. In 1997 Dr. Alarbi moved to Marseille, France to join a residency-based 4-year specialty program in Orthodontics and, in 2002, he received a Specialty Certification in Orthodontics and Dento-Facial Orthopedics (CECSMO) from the University of Aix-Marseille II.

In 2003 Dr. Alarbi was engaged in private practice in Marseille when he relocated to Jacksonville, Florida to join the Faculty team at Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics as Assistant Professor of Orthodontics and later Associate Professor of Orthodontics. He then obtained a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Orthodontics (CAGS) from JU in 2009 and later that year was appointed Clinical Director at the School of Orthodontics. In 2011, Dr. Alarbi obtained full certification from the American Board of Orthodontics and was appointed Associate Dean and Program Director of the Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics where he continued to serve till 2017. During his 14 years of tenure at Jacksonville University Dr. Alarbi was a recipient of multiple awards including: Academic Professor of the Year, Clinical Professor of the Year, Professor of the Year, Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in University Service Awards.

In 2018 Dr. Alarbi moved to San Antonio, Texas to join Celebrate Dental and Brace where he currently practices clinical orthodontics at 3 locations.

Dr. Alarbi is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Board of Orthodontics. He is a former member of the French Society of Dento-Facial Orthopedists and the French Society of Bioprogressive Orthodontics.

David Ferguson DDS, CAGS

Dr. Dave Ferguson D.D.S., C.A.G.S. studied psychology at Brigham Young University and later graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University College of dentistry. He practiced as a general dentist in a variety of settings with a particular interest in public health settings. He later enrolled in and graduated from Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics in 2009.

Dr. Ferguson started, grew, and managed multiple orthodontic practices in Kansas City, Dallas, and northern Colorado for a large dental group. He was an owner/operator in dental franchises in Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, and Colorado.

In 2011, Dr. Ferguson moved to San Antonio, Texas where he co-founded Celebrate Dental & Braces. He currently serves as Celebrate Dental & Braces President and CEO. Celebrate Dental & Braces is a 17-location multi-specialty, partner-owned DSO, with practices in San Antonio, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Albuquerque, and Austin.

Dr. Ferguson lectures and consults with large group practices and DSO's on how to successfully implement and maximize the profitability of specialty services. With a passion for teaching, Dr. Ferguson founded the Celebrate Learning Institute, a 50-seat conference center dedicated to high-quality CE courses with the aim of fostering collaboration on best clinical and business practices in dentistry and medicine.

Dr. Ferguson and his wife, April, are the proud parents of seven children. He is a below-average arborist, recreational runner, cryptocurrency, and sports card enthusiast.

David Clayden DDS, MSD

Dr. David Clayden DDS, MSD attended Arizona State University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Finance. He went on to study Dentistry at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in Denver, where he graduated as the top student in his class.

Following dental school he spent another 27 months in a specialty residency at the University of Colorado studying orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, and has practiced orthodontics since 2010. He is a founding partner of Celebrate Dental & Braces in New Mexico, where he operates the largest and most profitable orthodontic practice in the 17-practice group. He has also been instrumental in developing and implementing efficient practice and training systems across the group.

He and his wife Mandi are the parents of two boys and two girls. When he’s not busy creating beautiful smiles at Celebrate Dental & Braces, he enjoys music, mountain biking, photography, art, traveling, language learning, and most of all, spending time with his wife and children.