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About Dr.Shankland

WESLEY E. SHANKLAND, II, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D
 

"Beloved, I pray that you prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers" (3 John 2)

 
Dr. Wesley Shankland graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in biochemistry and zoology. He continued his education and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1978. He joined the faculty of the College of Dentistry of The Ohio State University in 1979 (1979-1984) and taught both clinical endodontics and a course on temporomandibular disorders. In 1993, he earned a Master's of Science Degree in anatomy, also from Ohio State, and in December of 1997, he earned his Ph.D. in anatomy.* He is the Director of the TMJ & Facial Pain Center in Westerville (Columbus), Ohio.

The author of over 100 national and international scientific publications, a manual of head and neck anatomy, and chapters in two textbooks, Dr. Shankland's book, TMJ: Its Many Faces, 2nd ed (Anadem Publishers), was released in February of 1996. The second edition of this best-selling book was released in October 1998. US News & World Report magazine listed this as THE TMJ book to purchase.  His second pain book, Face the Pain (Aomega Publishers), was released July of 2000. His most recent book is Bioterrorism: You Can Survive.
 
   
Dr. Shankland is a member of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines. He's a Diplomate and Board Certified by the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgery (one of only eight non-physicians in the world). He is also the dental director of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines. In addition, he given over 300 lectures and/or courses throughout the United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Germany, Australia, Norway, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia and England concerning head and neck anatomy, craniofacial pain, the differential diagnosis of headache pain, and temporomandibular disorders. Dr. Shankland is a Past President of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (1998-2000) and Board Member of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain from 1991 through 2002. Further, Dr. Shankland is Board Certified by the American Board of Craniofacial Pain.  In addition, Dr. Shankland is a member editorial boards for fifteen (15) scientific journals.
 
 
Dr. Shankland, using a palm strike, explodes through 6" of cement bricks as he visualizes  managed care!
 
Among his many research projects, Dr. Shankland has discovered a muscle (zygomandibularis), a bursa of the tensor veli palatini muscle, and a branch of the third division of the trigeminal nerve, none of which had previously been reported or described in the scientific literature.
 
Holding the rank of brown belt, Dr. Shankland is a martial artist, studying Shorin-Ryu (Okinawan) karate, Toy-Gar Kung Fu, and T'ai Chi Chuan.  His former sensei was Sensei Robert Callahan (5th Degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate as well as ranked in Chito-Ryu Karate, Hung-Gar Kung Fu, Toy-Gar Kung-Fu and T'ai Chi Chuan).
 

Being a member of thirteen scientific editorial boards, Dr. Shankland is a former associate editor of the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice and is currently on the editorial board of this journal. Dr. Shankland is available for interviews and guest lectures, covering such topics as headaches, temporomandibular disorders, facial pain, head and neck anatomy, and the concept of pain.

 

Dr. Shankland is originally from Lima, Ohio and except for his time while serving as a combat medic in the army, has lived in the Columbus area since 1971.  He and his wife attend Life Church at Easton in Columbus.  They have six grown and married children and 12 grandchildren.

*Non-accredited program although course work and a written dissertation were required.