Saturday Speakers

Amah Riley has been in the dental field for 20 years.  She is currently a South Carolina Provider Engagement Representative for DentaQuest.  She has her degree in Dental Hygiene but her passion for public health and helping the underserved has lead her out from the clinical side of dentistry and into the administrative side of dentistry.  Prior to her role with DentaQuest, Amah became involved with coordinating a mobile dental program owned by a non-profit community healthcare center.  She soon became the Director of Mobile Health Services and deployed a team of dentists, a nurse practitioner and support staff to local public schools to help ensure all children had access to care.  Amah is also a certified dental software trainer and has served as the lead data analyst for a dental consulting firm.

Tycie Sellers has over 20years of working in the dental field. She currently serves as SC Executive Director for DentaQuest. Prior to becoming the Executive Director she worked as DentaQuest SC Provider Engagement Representative for the last5 years. In 1998 she started her dental career as a chairside assistant and hygiene assistant in a pediatric dental office. Throughout her 8 years of working in a pediatric dental office she learned many valuable skills that would take her further in her dental career. The skills that were learned include front office, financial agreements, and comprehending insurance laws along with developing people skills. After completing 8 years in pediatric dental office Tycie explored the dental world a little further by working in General and Cosmetic dentistry for over 5years. Here she would develop a personality as a chameleon- being able to adapt to various surroundings and with various personalities.

Channell Webster is a Provider Engagement Representative III at DentaQuest, the dental program administrators for Healthy Connections Medicaid, the South Carolina Medicaid program.

With a strong background in outreach and health education, she serves as a liaison between the organization and dental providers enrolled in Medicaid. As such, Channell acts as the primary on-site point person for providers to improve their understanding of our benefit program, policies and procedures. In addition, she is responsible for provider networks with regard to office education and training, technology promotion, network recruitment and general on boarding of newly contracted providers.

Prior to coming to DentaQuest, Channell was a Sr. Provider Outreach Representative with BlueChoice HealthPlan Medicaid for two years and a Public Information Coordinator with South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) for eight years. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education & Health and a minor in Psychology. She also has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Strayer University and an Associate Public Manager Certification.

Session:
SC Healthy Connections Medicaid Update
Saturday, May 5 from 8:00 - 9:30 am

Credit Hours:
1.5

Session Description:
This course is design to provide an overview of South Carolina Healthy Connections Medicaid Dental Benefits. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the program benefits, code changes and an overview of network operations.

Session Objectives:
  • Understand the state of the Medicaid Dental Program through a review of operations and policy
  • Learn of policy changes and other pertinent information regarding the Medicaid Dental Program
  • Have opportunity to interact with DentaQuest and other providers in discussing program

Renee Russell completed the Dental Assistance Course in 1988 and earned an associate degree in dental hygiene from Florence Darlington Technical College in 1992. She graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2006. Renee is an active member of the South Carolina Dental Hygiene Association, the American Dental Hygiene Association, and The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures. Renee has been selected as a Hu-Friedy Key Opinion Leader.

Session:
OSHA & Infection Control-How Safe is your Practice?
Saturday, May 5th 8:00am - 12:00pm

Credit Hours:
4

Session Description:
Attend this fast paced, lively session on how to position your practice to be in compliance with applicable state and federal regulations, as well as the 2003 CDC dental infection control guidelines. This session will meet the requirements of the Dental Practice Act (SC Code of Regulations 39-5 and 39-10).
This training will address measures to reduce the likelihood of a bloodborne exposure, the post exposure process, and a review of the Hazard Communication Standard and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling (GHS), and t 4 critical steps in instrument processing.

Upon completion of this presentation, the learner will be able to discuss basic infection control principles, including proper disinfection process for environmental surfaces, patient equipment and prevention of spread of respiratory illness.
Come join this session and learn how to keep your employees and your patient’s safe in the work environment.

Grady Dix, CDT, is a second-generation owner of Sunwalt Dental Works, Inc. (Certified Dental Lab) CDL. Located in Randleman, NC, he is employed as the Chief Operations Officer and was instrumental in the implementation of the in-house Cad/Cam milling center. He is a 2004 graduate of Durham Technical Community College with a degree in Dental Laboratory Technology. Grady has served on the NCDLA Board of Directors and helped to grow participation of young laboratory owners across his state. Grady joined GC America, August of 2014 as a Key Opinion Leader. In his free time, he enjoys water sports, photography, and building his BMW track car.

Session:
Hands-On: Gradia and Optiglaze Color
Saturday, May 5 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Credit Hours:
4

Session Description:
Attendees will need to bring portable hand pieces and a few composite instruments. We will supply a working model to apply the gradia and optiglaze.

Lee Young was born and raised in the low country of South Carolina. He attended the public school system in Hampton, and graduated from the University of South Carolina, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He received his DMD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, and also received a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) (Anesthesiology) from Emory University.  Dr. Young completed his residency in Periodontics at the Medical University of South Carolina, and also received a Masters in Health Science at that time. He was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontology at the Medical University of South Carolina from 1982 – 2016. Dr. Young is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, Southern Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, as well as many local and state organizations.  Dr. Young is a diplomat of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and a fellow of the International College of Dentists. For over 20 years, Dr. Young has maintained an international lecture series for periodontists, concentrating on Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Young maintains a full-time private practice, limited to periodontology and dental implants, serving the residents of the coastal empire of Georgia, as well as the low country of South Carolina.

Session:
Moderate Sedation & Emergency Management
Saturday, May 5th 8:30am - 11:30am

Credit Hours:
3

Session Objectives:
  • Current guidelines for moderate sedation, deep sedation
  • Focused physical examination
  • Medications recommended for minimal/moderate sedation
  • Recommended emergency medications
  • Emergency protocols

Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez, is a professor in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and he serves as the Executive Director for the UCLA Center for Children’s Oral Health at the School of Dentistry. Dr. Ramos-Gomez after being on faculty at UCSF for 17 years, he joined the UCLA school of Dentistry as a faculty member in 2008.  He has been a pediatric dentist for more than twenty five years with specific focus and research in the areas of early childhood caries (ECC) prevention, oral disease risk assessment, and community health with an emphasis on underserved populations.  In addition to clinically based interventions, Dr. Ramos-Gomez conceptualized and co-founded the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health to identify the cultural, environmental, workforce, behavioral, and biologic factors associated with health disparities among ethnic/racial groups in order to enhance health professionals’ ability to target children likely to be at risk for dental caries.  As a proponent of global health, Dr. Ramos-Gomez has supported the UC California-Mexico Health Initiative, established in 1999 to further the advancement of the UC bi-national health activities, and chaired the Oral Health Task Force, which fosters collaboration between UC and Mexican scientists in the areas of dentistry, pediatrics and oral health policy.  Early in his career, Dr. Ramos-Gomez received the Kellogg Fellowship for International Development and testified at the U.S. Congressional Legislative Hearing on Hispanics. He has received numerous accolades over the years and in 2011, Dr. Ramos-Gomez received the National Dental Association Foundation/Colgate-Palmolive Faculty Recognition Award for Research.

Session:
Perinatal and Infant Health Care- Pregnant Women's Oral Health Issues
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Credit Hours:
1.5

Session Objectives:
  • To train your dental team to better address the oral health needs of your pregnant patient and their young children
  • Incorporate the pregnant woman oral health guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and learn to implement a standard CAMURA caries risk disease management protocol and periodontal disease management protocol for pregnant women and implementation plan in their practices.
  • In addition, we will present the California Dental Association Perinatal Oral Care Guidelines for discussion and standard of care.

The South Carolina Dental Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the South Carolina Dental Association, South Carolina Dental Assistants Association and South Carolina Dental Lab Technicians Associations. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp.