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Annual Session : 2015 CE Speakers
(Only those who provided handouts will have links next to their CE course)
Thursday, May 14
Ms. Eva Grayzel, a nationally recognized Master Storyteller and performance artist, was diagnosed at age 33 with stage IV oral cancer and given a 15% chance of survival. After regaining her deep vibrant voice, Eva applied her stage skills to communicate the depth of her experience in a unique and powerful way. For over a decade, Eva's programs have captivated dental professionals worldwide using story as a catalyst for change. A champion for early detection, Eva founded the Six-Step Screening oral cancer awareness campaign for which she was recognized by the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Eva is the author of two children's book, "Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek" and "Mr. C the Globetrotter" in the Talk4Hope Family Book Series. 

8:00-9:00 am: "Tongue-Tied: A Story NOT Silenced by Oral Cancer". One American dies every hour of every day from oral cancer. Eva Grayzel came close to being the 'one' in this statistic. The riveting details of Eva's delayed diagnosis stimulate thinking about enhanced patient care and education. Eloquent and engaging, Eva reveals the devastating effects of treatment, driving listeners to take responsibility for early detection. Putting a face to the disease, Eva inspires audiences with her firsthand account of hardships unanticipated and overcome; courage unknown and discovered; a mother's love tested and triumphant. Eva speaks from heart to heart: audiences don't just hear her story, they experience it. Objectives: Integrate oral cancer screenings with education; Optimize screening techniques and patient care; Motivate passion to save lives via early detection. Click here for handout. 1 clinical CE.

9:30-11:30 am: "Ignite the Power in Story to Educate, Engage and Persuade". How do you build your client base and increase commitment to products and services? It's all in the story! Facts and figures alone don't engage attention or influence change. Tap the power of story to evoke a connection, build relationships and foster patient loyalty. Optimize the patient experience through education using stories that teach, not preach. In this thought-provoking program, attendees are challenged to find the story that exemplifies their values and showcases what makes them stand out among the competition. Objectives: Use story as a tool to increase success; Promote your practice's strengths using story; Communicate the value of services with story. 2 clinical CE.

Ms. Nancy Dewhirst
graduated from, and was a clinical instructor in Dental Hygiene at University of Southern California and teaches Oral Pathology, Preventive Dentistry and Infection Control at West Coast University Department of Dental Hygiene. She is a nationally recognized speaker, author and consultant, focusing on infectious diseases, clinical safety, instrument sharpening, ergonomics and preventive dentistry. Ms Dewhirst is a "top 100 U.S. Speaker", and is on the California Dental Association, ADA and OSAP Speaker's/Consultant's Bureaus. Ms Dewhirst is an experienced author of journal articles, has contributed to textbook chapters and guidelines such as the 2009 ADA Infection Control Wall Poster, CE courses, newsletters, product literature and website content.
9:30 am-12:00 pm: "Annual OSHA Update and Training: Keeping It Real". Based on science, but grounded in clinical reality, this course reviews and updates OSHA-required training topics for ordinary and extraordinary situations, including general safety issues such as physical and chemical risks, and infectious disease transmission and control. Patient screening for aerosol transmitted diseases (ATD's), transmission-based precautions for infectious individuals, and Standard Precautions are presented. A lively mix of activities, demonstrations, stories, prizes and products keep this class engaging and "real". 2.5 clinical/university CE.
1:30-4:00 pm: "Emerging Diseases & Infection Control". This seminar explores personal health issues such as new and altered diseases of importance to dental professionals such as biofilm diseases, and very infectious respiratory, skin, droplet or airborne diseases, as well as co-morbidities such as chronic conditions and allergies. These issues are discussed relative to occupational risk, illness prevention, and post exposure responses. Standard and transmission-based precautions along with work restrictions for dental workers are presented, with demonstrations and activities. 2.5 clinical/university CE.
Dr. Hamid Shafie received his certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Prosthodontics from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. He is the director of postdoctoral implant training at Washington Hospital Center Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Shafie currently is the President of the American Institute of Implant Dentistry, a not-for-profit teaching institution, in Washington DC. In addition, Dr. Shafie is the author of the best selling text book on Implant Supported Overdentures published by Wiley-Blackwell. He lectures nationally and internationally about innovative aspects of implant dentistry and is renowned for his unique way of making implant dentistry fun to learn for both specialists and general dentists.
9:30 am-12:00 pm: "Principles of Attachment Selection for Implant Supported Overdenture". Traditionally, surgeons place multiple implants for fully edentulous patients and then dentists would fabricate the overdenture according to the existing implants. Attachment assemblies perform optimally and last longer if implants are placed within specific distances and locations. The main objective of this course is giving a comprehensive guideline for treatment planning and design of an implant supported overdenture based on two stage treatment protocol. This course is geared toward dentists only. 3.5 clinical/university CE.
1:00 pm -3:30 pm: "Review of Implant Placement and Loading for Fully Edentolous Patients: Selection Criteria for Immediate vs. Traditional Loading". Traditional, two-stage implant therapy combined with delayed load concepts has become less popular among patients and clinicians because of multiple surgeries, prolonged course of treatment and high expenses. New generation of implants offer totally different geometries at the Macro, Micro and Nano level compared to the older machined titanium screws of 30 years ago. This generation has opened a new horizon in implant therapy. During this course current trends and various immediate load modalities for the edentulous will be shared with participants. 2.5 clinical/university CE.
Dr. Paul Glassman is Professor of Dental Practice, Director of Community Oral Health, and Director of the Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. He is also Director of the California Statewide Task Force on Oral Health for People with Disabilities and Aging Californians. Dr. Glassman has been prominent in advocacy efforts on a state and national level for health system reform to improve oral health systems for a wide variety of underserved groups.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: "Treating People With Developmental and Other Disabilities" Are you unsure about how to treat people with developmental and other disabilities? Find out how. Understand the implications of these conditions for dental treatment. Learn about treatment planning, prevention, clinical tips and tracks, and social and legal considerations. Learn about delivery systems to connect dental care with locations and organizations that serve people with special needs. Learn how you can have a more rewarding life as an oral health professional by incorporating people with special needs into your practice.
Friday, May 15
Ms. Nancy Dewhirst (see bio above)
8:00 am -11:30am: "Lesions & Lifestyles: Oral Pathology Review and Update for Auxiliaries". This participation seminar is a review of oral pathology for dental auxiliaries, using case studies and patient histories to "tell the stories" of conditions that present as "abnormal", or "suspicious". The conditions are presented according to how they appear clinically. Interactive processes are used to arrive at a differential diagnosis for each case, and assessment/diagnostic strategies and technology are discussed. Attendees practice using oral diagnostic/assessment technologies to enhance visualization of suspected lesions. Based on overviews given in the seminar and case presentations, groups may collaborate to "solve" cases. 3.5 clinical/university CE.
1:30 pm-4:00 pm: "Ergonomics: The Art of Balanced Forces". Dental ergonomic concerns and strategies are discussed. Repetitive motion, awkward positions, and forceful traumatic movements may add up to lost careers. Underlying anatomy, causes and prevention of various cumulative trauma disorders are linked with helpful hints and alternatives, including active participation in stretching and strengthening exercises that can be performed at work. Magnification, illumination and positioning are discussed, as well as health issues that impact susceptibility to ergonomic stresses. 2.5 clinical/university CE.
Dr. Corky Willhite has achieved Fellowship in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Society. He has served on the AACD Board of Governors and as an Examiner for Accreditation. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at LSU School of Dentistry. With a private practice limited to cosmetic dentistry, he has enjoyed having the opportunity to share his knowledge on cosmetic dentistry with colleagues through published articles and lectures around the world. His experience is based on a dedication to the belief that "excellence" and "esthetics" are not only compatible, but can take dentistry to a new level of satisfaction and success.
8:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:30 pm-3:30 pm: "Composite Bonding: The Ultimate Esthetics Course". Freehand composite restorations provide the most versatile technique available for making minor or major changes in dental appearance. With proper technique, their function and longevity rivals porcelain while providing benefits other materials can't match. So why are so few dentists maximizing this potential? A dentist's success with basic operative restorations doesn't always translate into success with more complex freehand restorations and full resin veneers. A trial-and-error learning curve isn't cost-effective for busy offices to master this technique. This comprehensive seminar will benefit each attendee by sharing an organized step-by-step approach that includes operative technique as well as vital diagnostic and marketing skills to achieve "Ultimate Esthetics" with composite bonding. 6.5 clinical/university CE.
Saturday, May 16
Dr. Mark Jurkovich is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He received his Master in Business Administration from the Carlson School at the U of MN and more recently completed his Masters in Health Informatics at the University's Institute for Health Informatics. Along with providing direct patient care throughout his career, Dr. Jurkovich has managed and consulted with third parties and practice management software vendors. 
8:00 am-11:30am: "Electronic Dental Records: How Do I Get There and Why Should I Go?". Electronic health records are helping clinicians provide better care for their patients, improving outcomes, and improving patient communication, all while enhancing efficiency of the clinic. Learn how Electronic Dental Records can allow you to individualize your patient care, more effectively keep in touch with patients, and truly keep you ahead of the dramatic changes taking place in our health care environment. This half day presentation uses stories, examples, and identifies tools available today and coming soon that can help you better help your patients, regardless of how close to "paperless" your clinic might be. 3.5 practice management CE.
Dr. John Graeber is the most experienced Diode laser trainer in North America, having presented for more than 18 years on Diode Lasers. He is a certified Laser Educator and President-elect of the Academy of Laser Dentistry.
8:00 am-11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: "Clinical Applications of Diode Lasers". This program will focus on the myriad of clinical applications of Diode dental lasers. Diode lasers are the laser of choice of general dentists for soft tissue alteration in all areas of dentistry. From replacement of packing cord in impression procedures to removing lesions in the oral cavity, diodes made these procedures easier for both doctor and patient. This course will cover Laser science basics, safe use protocols, case presentation and technique micro-videos of real patient applications. 6.5 clinical/university CE.

Dr. Patrick Vezeau received his DDS degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. He earned his Master of Science degree while undertaking residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He then practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery in the Quad Cities, IA for 11 years, during which time he served as an adjunct professor in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Dr. Vezeau joined Oral Surgery Associates in Dakota Dunes, SD in 2003.
Dr. Jeffrey Dean is a graduate of Creighton University School of Dentistry and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed an oral maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Dean was in private practice in Southeastern Idaho for thirteen years and prior to joining Oral Surgery Associates in Dakota Dunes, SD he was an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Loma Linda University in Southern CA.
8:00 am - 5:00 pm: "Sedation & Anesthesia Monitoring in the Dental Practice". This 8-hour seminar covers the general principles of patient care during mild, moderate, and deep sedation. The content is designed for auxiliary healthcare providers (HCP) and includes preoperative assessment, pharmacology, management of pediatric patients, geriatric patients, and management of complications. There is an additional charge of $500 to attend this session.

Annual Session : 2014 CE Speakers
(Only those who provided handouts will have links next to their CE course)

Thursday, May 15

Mr. Phil Olsen
is President of Know Your Strengths (KYS), a full-service firm specializing in assessing human capabilities and matching talents with tasks. He is a Certified DynaMetrics Professional (CDMP) with Professional DynaMetric Programs. CDMP is PDP's highest attainable credential dealing with the recognition of human potential and its applications in human performance.
8-9 am: "Integrity Begins With Me". Today our world is desperate for leaders and role models, but we want to be influenced by people we can trust. Each of us should strive to be men and women of good character who possess and demonstrate desirable qualities such as honesty, integrity, loyalty and self-control. The decisions and choices we make every day bear real consequences. As our character is being formed in us, our actions truly do speak louder than our words. In fact, LA Rams Coach Chuck Knox used to tell Phil and his teammates, "What you do speaks so well that others won't have to hear what you say." Phil spent nine years as a defensive lineman in the National Football League. During his keynote presentation, he will be sharing stories and insights about the value of character and personal integrity as well as the importance of making good choices and wise decisions.
9:30-11:30 am: "Understanding Personal Strengths". This session will focus on helping people to discover and understand the uniqueness of their personal strengths while also helping them to learn how to recognize, appreciate and respect the strengths of others. The goal of this session will be to help attendees understand the importance of "matching talent with tasks" so that employees within a dental practice can be placed in positions where they will be both productive and successful.
Ms. Kim Laudenslager was an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine from 1982-2012 and practices dental hygiene part-time. She received her hygiene degree from Forsyth in Boston and her Bachelor and Master of Public Administration Health Care Management degrees from the University of Colorado. Kim is an active member of the Organization for Safety & Asepsis Procedures Research Foundation (OSAP), has served as chairperson for the CDHA Quality Assurance Committee since 1984 and served on the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners from 1995-2002.
9:30 am-noon: "Bloodborne Pathogens Update and Managing Exposures in the Dental Office". This course will review updated information on bloodborne pathogens to include Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. The course will also review the risks of occupational exposures in the dental setting and proper postexposure protocols. Learn about the most recent CDC Guidelines for Managing Occupational Exposure Incidents, as well as proper documentation and reporting requirements. When an exposure happens, timely management is critical. This course will review current research and guidelines to help make sure you are prepared to manage exposures in your dental practice. Click here for handout 1. Click here for handout 2. Click here for handout 3.
Dr. Thomas Pitts received his B.A. at the University of Nevada, Reno and in 1965 earned his D.D.S. from the University of Pacific. In 1970 Dr. Pitts earned his M.S.D. & Certificate of Orthodontics from the University of Washington. Currently, Dr. Pitts is an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthodontics University of Pacific, plus practices orthodontics at his clinic in Killeen, TX. He is also a Clinical & Practice Management Consultant with Pitts & Company and lectures globally with emphasis on orthodontic finishing and smile arc protection.
1-4 pm: "Esthetics & Function as it Relates to Multidisciplinary/Rehabilitative Dentistry". The objectives of the session include: Defining facial and smile esthetic standards; Looking at function from a pragmatic point of view; Look at cases whereby the disciplines of dentistry team up to obtain beautiful results; TMD involvement; and, Working together as a team.
Ms. Holly Arends is the Clinical IT Manager for HealthPOINT. She comes to HealthPOINT with more than 15 years in the health information field with special emphasis on people and processes. Holly is certified as a Registered Health Information Technician by the American Health Information Management Association.
1-3 pm: "Protecting Patient Information in an Electronic Environment". Is your office in compliance with the new HIPAA requirements? All health care providers--including dentists--must comply with the requirements put in place by the Affordable Care Act. Learn what is required of you, including new business associate agreements and methods for preventing a patient information breach. The results of a breach, accidently or maliciously, could cost you both thousands of dollars and your professional reputation. Click here for handout.
Friday, May 16
Dr. Michael Rohrer received his undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of Michigan as well as the Master of Science in Oral Pathology following service in the Army and several years in general practice. Currently, Dr. Rohrer is a professor at the University of Minnesota, where he received the Century Club Professor of the Year Award in 2009. He has four patents in the field of sterilization by microwaves, has published over 120 research articles and has received 55 research grants and contracts.
8-9:30 am: "Cold Sores, Canker Sores and Other Sores". How can I nail the diagnosis or oral ulcerations? Do I need to biopsy all these lesions? How can I make my patients with ulcers friends for life? These questions will be answered. Click here for handouts.
10-11:30 am: "Radiolucent/Radiopaque Lesions". How can I come up with a differential diagnosis for radiolucent and radiopaque lesions? Which should I worry about more, radiolucent or radiopaque lesions? Is pulp testing worthwhile? Why aren't all periapical lesions cysts? These questions will be answered. Click here for handouts.
1-1:45 pm: "Lumps and Bumps". What's hiding under the surface? Which common bumps should I worry about the most? Which is more dangerous, a bump on the upper lip or lower lip? These questions will be answered. Click here for handouts.
2-2:45 pm: "Pigmented Lesions". Which pigmented lesions should I worry about? Can you get freckles or melanomas in the mouth? How can I tell the difference? Do melanomas in the mouth have a better or worse prognosis than skin melanomas? These questions will be answered.
3-4:30 pm: "Oral Cancer". Will this red or white spot become cancer? What "danger signs" should I be aware of? Are the new instruments claiming to help discover oral cancer worthwhile? Is HPV causing all the oral cancer? These questions will be answered. Click here for handouts.
Dr. Donald Lewis is currently in private practice in Cleveland, plus is a Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry. He earned the designation of "Certified Fraud Examiner" from the Board of Regents of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and is a highly sought after and respected lecturer on the subject of white-collar crime.
8-11 am and repeated at 1-4 pm: "Employee Embezzlement & Fraud: Protection, Detection & Prosecution". This seminar gives the attendee take-home, proven internal control systems to safeguard their assets. Topics include: Computer Fraud, Payroll Schemes, Check Tampering, Bogus Invoice Schemes, and False Refunds and Voids. The topic of Computer Fraud is approached in a manner to make Computer Fraud easily discovered. This course is for dentists and spouses only.
Dr. Tieraona Low Dog's extensive career in studying natural medicine began more than 30 years ago. Prior to receiving her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, she studied massage therapy, midwifery, herbal medicine and martial arts. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and the Fellowship Director for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
8-11 am: "The Nutrition Prescription". Informative discussion on the current state of American nutrition, at-risk populations regarding macro and micronutrients, and the role of nutrition in the prevention and management of many chronic disorders. Several dietary approaches will be discussed. Click here for handouts.
1-4 pm: "Life in the Balance: Strategies for Optimal Health". Health is much more than the absence of sickness. It is more than being physically fit. Optimal health is achieved when a woman learns how to maximize her emotional, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual well-being. In this inspirational and informative session, Dr. Low Dog will explore these five pillars of health using the best of modern scientific research and wisdom handed down through the ages. Learn how food affects your mood and which diet can help you maintain weight and reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Discover how mindfulness and self-awareness can increase your resiliency during times of stress and which dietary supplements can help enhance your health. You will leave feeling empowered and ready to take the next step along your path to well-being and health. Click here for handouts.
Saturday, May 17
Ms. Karen Pesce received her bachelors degree in nursing from Florida State University, plus received her graduate level certificate in Non-Profit Management in 2011. Karen is the executive director of MORE HEALTH, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is to educate children, teens and adults regarding health and injury prevention.
8-11 am: "Are You Mouthwise?". During this seminar participants will learn how a nonprofit organization, MORE HEALTH, has worked to improve oral health literacy for all ages, recognizing the link between a health mouth and a health body. MORE HEALTH has also developed an oral health education toolkit for use by dental office staff, public health departments, school nurses, and other non-dental professionals who work with children, teens, and the elderly. Participants will have an opportunity to examine the dental toolkit, learn proven teaching techniques and strategies, and learn how to establish and foster an oral health coalition among communities of interest.
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Dr. Robert Faiella received his pre-doctoral education from Villanova University, earning two Bachelor of Science degrees, and his D.M.D degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University School of Dental Medicine. He received his graduate training in Periodontology as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, as well as a Masters of Medical Science degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Faiella is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American Academy of Dental Science, and the International Team for Implantology.
8-11 am: "Advanced Periodontal Therapy in the Restorative Practice". This course will review the role of the restorative practice in the recognition of advanced periodontal problems, and provide clinical examples of a variety of conditions with the rationale for potential solutions, including the identification and management of possible complications. In addition, coordinating periodontal and restorative care, as well as communication techniques between restorative and periodontal offices, will be outlined.
1:30-4:30 pm: Information to follow.
Dr. Patrick Vezeau received his DDS degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Undertaking residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Dr. Vezeau earned his Master of Science degree in 1991. He then practiced in the Quad Cities, IA for 11 years, during which time he served as an adjunct professor in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Dr. Vezeau then joined Oral Surgery Associates, PC in 2003. He is certified by the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Jeffrey Dean is a graduate of Creighton University School of Dentistry and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed an oral maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Dean was in private practice in Southeastern Idaho for 13 years prior to joining Oral Surgery Associates. He is an Associate Professional Program Director for the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Loma Linda University in Southern CA.
8 am - 5 pm: "Sedation & Anesthesia in the Dental Practice". This 8-hour seminar covers the general principles of patient care during mild, moderate, and deep sedation. The content is designed for auxiliary healthcare providers (HCP) and includes preoperative assessment, pharmacology, management of pediatric patients, geriatric patients, and management of complications.


District Meetings Scheduled

Southern District - Saturday, March 28, 10:00 a.m.

Mitchell – Queen of Peace Hospital


Southeastern District - Monday, April 13, 5:30

Sioux Falls - Westward Ho Country Club


Northern District – Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.

Webster – Galley Restaurant


Black Hills District – Thursday, April 23, 6:00 p.m.

Rapid City – Arrowhead Country Club

District meetings provide an opportunity for members to discuss proposed resolutions and other issues affecting dentistry in South Dakota.  The SDDA House of Delegates will meet on Thursday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 16th at 3:30 p.m. Both meetings will be at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The first draft of resolution and other House agenda items are available here: http://www.sddental.org/house_of_delegates.htm

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