Thursday Speakers

Dr. Gordon J. Christensen, D.D.S., M.S.D., PhD., ScD., is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Practical Clinical Courses (PCC), Chief Executive Officer of Clinicians Report Foundation (CR), and a Practicing Prosthodontist in Provo, Utah.

Gordon and Dr. Rella Christensen are co-founders of the non-profit CLINICIANS REPORT FOUNDATION (previously named CRA), which Rella directed for many years.  Since 1976, they have conducted research in all areas of dentistry and published the findings to the profession in the well-known CRA Newsletter now called CLINICIANS REPORT.

Gordon's degrees include: DDS, University of Southern California; MSD, University of Washington; PhD, University of Denver; and two honorary doctorates.

Early in his career, Gordon helped initiate the University of Kentucky and University of Colorado dental schools and taught at the University of Washington.

Currently, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, School of Dentistry.  Gordon has presented thousands of hours of continuing education globally, made hundreds of educational videos used throughout the world, and published widely.

Gordon and Rella's sons are both dentists.  William is a prosthodontist, and Michael is a general dentist.  Their daughter, Carlene, is a teacher.

Session:
The Christensen Bottom Line - 2017
Thursday, April 27 from 9:00 AM – 12:20 PM

Credit Hours:
3

Session Description:
This fast moving “bottom line” course includes the areas of dentistry with the most activity and change in any given year. It is easily understood and has numerous summaries that help attendees to interpret the ongoing advancements in the profession. The course encourages audience participation, and questions and answers and is presented in an enjoyable and humorous manner.

1. State of the Profession
2. Lasers
3. Occlusion
4. Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
5. Prosthodontics Fixed

Session Objectives:
  • Describe the current state of the profession.
  • List the most important and useful materials for your occlusal and fixed prosthodontic procedures.
  • Implement new procedures you have learned that are most applicable to your practice.
  • Implement new products and materials into your practice.

Mr. Gary Johnson, B.A., M.A., M.B.A., has over 20 years of senior leadership and sales experience. Gary holds two graduate degrees in business and has led multiple organizations to double digit sales growth even in difficult economies.

Gary has delivered coaching and training to over 1000 companies ranging in size from as small as 5 employees to as large as 1000.

Gary has personally led sales organizations from as small as 2 to as large as 300 sales professionals. He has been certified as a Professional Sales Skills trainer (Achieve Global) and has studied virtually all of today’s consultative sales training programs.

Gary has delivered over 500 speeches, workshops and keynote speeches in the last 5 years on the subjects of business development, goal setting and achievement, team building, customer service and leadership. His book, Wowed! was released this February to rave reviews and has been endorsed by Tom Ziglar (Zig Ziglar’s son and CEO of Ziglar, Inc.), Terry Paulson, world renowned speaker and clinical psychologist and world famous Dr. David Sarver just to name a few.

Session:
Using the Principles of WOW to Create Incredible Patient Experiences
Thursday, April 27 from 9:00 AM – 12:20 PM

Credit Hours:
3

Session Description:
Do you want to stand out from your competition? Gary Johnson with his more than twenty years of business leadership and sales consulting will show you just how to do that with impressive customer service that generates favorable word-of-mouth. Learn what to (and what not to) say to your patients to provide a memorable experience that leaves an impression. Learn the one question that your patients have that will transform your practice. Even learn the four step process to WOW after you make a mistake (we all do). The principles of WOW! will help you to become customer service "experts" that your patients will love!

Ms. Betsy Reynolds, R.D.H., M.S., armed with degrees in dental hygiene and oral biology, Betsy presents scientifically-based dental and dental hygiene continuing education programs nationally and internationally.  Avidly committed to making the dental sciences understandable and relevant, Betsy devotes time and energy to publishing articles and book chapters designed to enlighten and inspire clinicians.  Her continuing education presentations include a variety of topics involving the biologic basis for oral and systemic disease prevention, microbiological and immunological aspects of oral disease, implications of stress on oral and systemic health, oral pathological concerns, oral piercing and body modification considerations in care delivery, head and neck anatomy and scientific developments affecting oral health care delivery.  Betsy lives in her home state of Idaho where she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening and taking in the breathtaking scenery with loved ones.

Session:
Drug Store Addiction: The Abuse of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications
Thursday, April 27 from 9:00 AM – 12:20 PM

Credit Hours:
3

Session Description:
Who’s the new drug dealer for today’s abuser and addict? The answer in many cases is the pharmaceutical industry. While ‘street drugs’ such as heroin, cocaine and marijuana continue to be problematic, abuse of legal prescription and over-the-counter (‘OTC’) medications is becoming more commonplace among people of all ages. From anti-anxiety medications to sleep aids to opioid abuse, today’s drug culture is experimenting with drugs in dangerous combinations. An overview of commonly abused prescription and OTC medications will be explored. Breaking news items of regional interest will be included to ensure current relevancy. Presented in a relaxed forum encouraging audience participation, this course is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive overview of this alarming trend.

Session Objectives:
  • Recognize oral and systemic manifestations of prescription medication use
  • Differentiate between stimulant and depressant abuse
  • Understand how opiate abuse impacts the dental community
  • Integrate appropriate pain management strategies that minimize abuse potential

Dr. Ricardo J. Padilla, B.S., D.D.S., Diplomate ABOMP, was born in Guatemala, where he obtained his D.D.S. degree.  He then completed a 3-year Residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of Florida College Of Dentistry in Gainesville, FL; and subsequently moved to Texas for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in ENT, Head and Neck Surgical Pathology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

He has been a full time faculty member at the UNC School of Dentistry since 2002, where he is currently a Clinical Associate Professor. He has been the Program Director for the Advanced Dental Education in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology for over 10 years.  His practice includes Clinical Oral Pathology and participation in the UNC Dental School’s Biopsy Service.  He teaches Dental Students, Residents, and teaches multiple CE courses nationally.

He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. He is also a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and a member of the ADA and NC Dental Society.  He is also a member of OKU and, ADEA, and IADR.  He is currently serving as the President of the UU Chapter of OKU.

His research interests focus around bone tissue engineering by means of scaffolds constructed with nanocomposites and biodegradable matrixes and adult mesenchymal stem cells; and also chemical surface modification of dental implants to influence osteoblastic differentiation.  Recently he has developed research interest in HPV and oral disease.

Session:
Oral Pathology for Pregnancy, Infants, Children and Adolescents
Thursday, April 27 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Credit Hours:
1.5

Session Description:
This course is designed to give clinicians an overview of oral mucosa and jaw lesions seen infrequently during pregnancy and in the pediatric population. A review of the etiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic features, and management of each condition will be covered.

Session Objectives:
  • Become familiar with the oral mucosa and jaw lesions that frequently are seen during pregnancy and childhood.
  • Recognize the diagnostic features of each lesion and correlate with the particular presentation to develop a management plan
  • Acquire evidence-based knowledge to be able to educate the patient or their family regarding their condition.

Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez, DDS, MS, MPH, 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:
Evidence-Based Practice Of Perinatal And Infant Oral Care
Thursday, April 27 from 10:50 AM – 12:20 PM

Credit Hours:
1.5

Session Description:
Advances in Perinatal and Pediatric
Oral Health Risk Assessment, Early Detection and Early Intervention
- Following a consensus on the proper time for the establishment of a dental home for children, in more recent years, a national consensus statement was released on the best practices for oral health care during pregnancy. These guidelines and strategies should be of particular interest to all dentists.  Additionally, within the profession there is more evidence pertaining to the impact the mother’s oral health status can eventually have on the infant and the family. Early intervention and oral health literacy is not only critical for the child, we now know this is just as important for the expectant parent, the families, and the caregivers of the child.  And these individuals will typically be cared for by the general dentist. Implementing these guidelines and protocols offer the general dentist an opportunity to not only broaden the scope of their practice, but offers a true opportunity to make a tremendous positive impact of the oral health status of the communities they serve.


Session Objectives:

  • Describe why pregnancy provides a unique opportunity to provide oral health interventions for women and their infant.

  • Evidence-based practice on protocols on the standard of care for pregnant women.

  • Identify the impact of maternal oral health on oral disease status in families.

  • Identify opportunities for partnership with dentists and physicians - plan for the unique needs of physicians when making referrals and dentists who are receiving referrals.

  • Integration of Oral Health into Primary Care.



Session:
Pregnancy, Infancy And Oral Care Through The Lifespan
Thursday, April 27 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Credit Hours:
2

Session Description:

This course will cover Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Prevention and Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) and Infant Oral Care; followed by the Infant Oral Care Model and Minimally Invasive Pediatric Dentistry.


While great strides have been made over the decades in the reduction of caries in children and adults, disparities still exist. Early Childhood Caries (ECC) remains at high levels, especially in moderate to high risk patients. The first part of this session covers a caries risk assessment and management tool, for children age 0-5 years, to offer the practitioner a specific protocol for identifying risk factors for dental disease and will demonstrate best practices for maternal and infant oral health.  This tool is also available for patients age 6 and above. The team approach for this assessment will be covered, as there is a role for dental providers and all clinical and administrative staff at all levels.


The second part of this session covers what constitutes the dental standard of care for infant and toddlers in the USA.  In addition to caries risk assessments, the importance of anticipatory guidance, self-management tools for parents and caregivers, and periodicity scales for the patient based on age and oral health status are covered.  This foundation in care subsequently provides multiple care paths for preventive strategies and techniques; and minimally invasive techniques the provider can employ for the best patient outcome.  Finally, a combination therapy approach for remineralization of white spot lesions in children are covered, along with some actual cases and a discussion on quality improvement metrics.


ECC Prevention- CAMBRA, Risk Assessment and Infant Oral Care

Session Objectives:

  • Describe the disparities in early childhood caries prevalence (ECC) in underserved communities.

  • Identify risk factors for dental disease in the infant to 5 year old age group.

  • Discuss and review Caries Management by Risk Assessment – CAMBRA 0-5.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in delivering infant and maternal oral health in different provider's practices.

  • Describe the Team Approach and roles for dental providers at all levels.


Infant Oral Care Model and Minimally Invasive Pediatric Dentistry

Session Objectives

  • Evidence-based practice protocols for the standard of care for infants and toddlers in the USA.

  • Document and appropriately use of anticipatory guidance for dental health services for young children. The use of self-management goals for parents and caregivers.

  • Periodicity scale related to risk assessment, clinical status, salivary markers and behavioral home strategies and interventions on the prevention of Early Childhood Caries (ECC)

  • Describe the different care-paths or minimally invasive techniques for a disease prevention management model

  • Describe based on age and risk a combination therapy approach of remineralization for white spot lesions in infants to 5 year old age group.

  • Cases and discussion on quality improvement metrics



Ms. Grace Rizza, B.A., approaches every speaking engagement as an opportunity to educate, empower, and entertain her audience. She teaches dentists how to achieve practice growth in the most ethical and efficient ways. She inspires her audience to embrace change in order to grow. She directly challenges dentists to come to their own conclusions about which marketing solutions are right for their business. Whether connecting with an audience of 20 or 200, Grace’s information can transform a surviving practice into a thriving practice.

Grace’s dental marketing expertise paired with her passion for providing ethical solutions make her hundreds of dentists’ top choice for their marketing and consulting needs. She was recently featured as an expert on the ADA 2016 Dental Marketing Expert Panel and has authored articles in professional journals, most recently penning Dental Marketing articles for Practice Booster’s Insurance Solutions and the Nevada Dental Association Journal. In her 5+ years of speaking experience, she’s seen her innovative marketing solutions grab the attention of industry leaders and struggling practitioners alike.

Session:
The Powerful Psychology for Marketing Today’s Dental Practice
Thursday, April 27 from 2:00 PM – 4:00PM

Credit Hours:
2

Session Description:
Grace Rizza illustrates the patient's decision-making process and explains the strategies that will get your patients wanting the dentistry that they need. Learn how to brand your practice to stand out and attract the most ideal new patients. Learn how to leverage visual consistency both in your practice and online to increase memorability and enhance the effectiveness of your marketing efforts.

Session Objectives:
  • Gain increased understanding of patient decision-making process
  • Discover how to brand your practice to attract more ideal patients
  • Become more memorable, respected and influential

Ms. Karen Gregory, has over 20 years of experience working in the outpatient environment, both at the front line delivering patient care and in the management arena. Being passionate about both employee and patient safety, she takes every possible opportunity to improve the quality of healthcare for all involved.

She joined Total Medical Compliance in 2006 as Director of Compliance and Education, where she is responsible for the development and supervision of compliance programs within the organization.

Ms. Gregory is a requested speaker at local, state, regional and national medical and dental meetings, including the Hinman Dental Meeting, the Organization for Asepsis and Prevention’s (OSAP’s) Annual Symposia and Infection Control Bootcamp, and the American Dental Assistants Association’s annual meeting. She will be a presenter at the 2017 Chicago Midwinter.  Karen is on the Editorial Review Board for OSAP’s Infection Control in Practice publication, and is a frequent author of infection control articles published in local and state organizations’ newsletters and journals. Ms. Gregory currently serves on the OSAP Board of Directors and is a Hu-Friedy Key Opinion Leader.

Session:
Five Must Haves to Make HIPAA Compliance Easy
Thursday, April 27 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Credit Hours:
2

Session Description:
Complying with the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules may seem a daunting task but with a clearly outlined plan, your practice can successfully protect patient information. In light of the beginning of the second round of HIPAA audits by Health and Human Services, this review of the basic tenets of protection of health information is a must.

This session will provide a baseline review of the HIPAA Privacy and Safety as well as a complete review of breach detection, reporting and prevention strategies. The role of business associates and risk analysis will be discussed in order to position your facility to provide the highest level of protection for patient information.

Session Objectives:
  • Discuss basic tenets of the Privacy and Security rules.
  • Define breach and post event risk analysis guidance.
  • List measures to protect patient identification
  • Discuss Phase 2 HHS audits

Dr. Donald A. Tyndall, D.D.S., M.S.P.H., PhD., Diplomate ABOMR, F.I.C.D., is Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and General Dentistry at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry (UNC). He received his D.D.S. in 1980 from the UNC School of Dentistry, his M.S.P.H. in Radiological Hygiene from the UNC School of Public Health in 1984, and his Ph.D. in Health Physics and Radiation Biology from UNC in 1988. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in 1990. In 2009 Professor Tyndall was elected a fellow of the International College of Dentists. He has taught at UNC for 35 years and maintains a private practice within the School of Dentistry.

His research interests include: 3-D digital imaging, caries detection, applications of cone beam computed tomography in dentistry and cone beam CT interpretation. His has over 100 scientific publications and was awarded the Weurhmann Prize for best oral radiology research publication in 2001.

He has won several awards for teaching excellence at UNC. Professor Tyndall has been the Director of Radiology for the UNC School of Dentistry from 1988 to the present and serves as the course director for two pre-doctoral radiology courses. Professor Tyndall has also served as a commissioner on the North Carolina Radiation Protection Commission from 1988 to 2005 and was founder and program director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Graduate Program at the School of Dentistry from 1993 to 2006. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and was a director and past president of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Professor Tyndall has served two terms as the Councillor for Scientific Affairs and Public Policy.  Dr. Tyndall has been lead author or co-author in over 110 journal articles.

Session:
The Vision for Change: 2D, 3D, and 4D Imaging in Dentistry
Thursday, April 27 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Credit Hours:
2

Session Description:
The focus of this course will be on multidimensional imaging emphasizing cone beam CT (CBCT) and its role in digital dentistry in both three and four dimensions. The presentation will begin with a brief overview of current advances in 2D imaging and will continue with CBCT principles including radiation risks. Current applications of CBCT in dentistry will be discussed followed by examining the role of CBCT as a foundation for digital dentistry. Here the definition of digital dentistry means creating the “virtual patient” where the dentist can diagnose, treatment plan, design therapeutic devices, and even print or mill out those devices in the dental office or in distant laboratories. The topic of four dimensional imaging and its applications will be woven into the discussion. In the context of this presentation four dimensional imaging means quantifying differences over time by overlaying volumes from different volumes of the same patient and assessing the differences. The presentation will conclude with a short overview on intraoral tomosynthetic imaging, or what some term 2.5 D imaging, and its potential applications in dentistry. This is a relatively new technology made possible through carbon nanotube technology and is free of CBCT metal artifacts. Tomosynthesis holds promise for increased detection for caries as well as root fractures in obturated teeth. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Session Objectives:
  • Be familiar with updates in 2D radiographic imaging technology
  • Understand cone beam CT technology, radiation risks, and legal responsibilities
  • Acquire knowledge of the various clinical applications of cone beam CT in dentistry
  • Be familiar with how cone beam CT serves as a foundation for digital dentistry, including 4D imaging
  • Understand the principles and future applications of intraoral digital tomosynthesis

Dr. Joe Vuthiganon, D.M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).  He graduated from MUSC in 2009 and completed an AEGD residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 2010.  Following that, he came back to MUSC and discovered his passion for teaching.  He is the course director for several courses including Dental Materials and Independent Projects (“Table Clinics”).  He is also involved with the Evidence Based Dentistry and Cultural Competency Curriculum.  During his time as faculty, Joe was awarded the ADEA Junior Faculty Award in 2013, a national award which recognizes junior faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, and service.  He was also elected for faculty membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon in 2014.

Session:
Dental Materials at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
Thursday, April 27 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Credit Hours:
2

Session Description:
Aligning with the conference’s theme of teaching, this presentation will give attendees a glimpse into how dental materials is taught at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine (JBECDM). Attendees will get a general overview of dental materials with a focus on the materials currently being used in the predoctoral program at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. The evidence for certain materials will also be discussed. Attendees will also learn about “The Oral Rehabilitation Clinic Handbook” or TORCH for short. This guide has been an invaluable resource to help educate our students on various dental materials and the proper way to use them and will be made available to attendees.

Session Objectives:
  • Participants will get a general overview of dental materials
  • Participants will learn about materials currently being used in the JBECDM predoctoral program
  • Participants will learn about the evidence supporting certain materials
  • Participants will be introduced to The Oral Rehabilitation Clinic Handbook (TORCH)

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.