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Women in Dentistry 14th Annual Symposium

Embracing Work, Life & Balance

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Hands-On for Dentists (April 4th, 2024)


6 CE Credits

Each Hands-On $549.00
Bundle Price for Symposium and 1 Hands-On $729.00

Symposium Tickets (April 5th, 2024)


6 CE Credits

Early Bird Price

(Until February 28th):

Student $79.00
Hygienists/Auxiliaries $179.00
Dentist $299.00

Regular Price

(From March 1st):

Student $99.00
Hygienists/Auxiliaries $199.00
Dentist $349.00

Become a WID member and receive 10% off your admission

Location:


Parkview Manor, Toronto, Canada
55 Barber Greene Rd, North York, ON M3C 2A1


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Pan Pacific Toronto
900 York Mills Rd, North York, ON M3B 3H2
416-444-2511 | More Information

Day 1 - April 4th
Day 2 - April 5th

Hands-On Courses

April 4, 2024

Hands-On Workshop 1

Category 2 | 6 CE | AGD Subject Code: 250
Time Event Speakers
9:00 am-4:00 pm Essential Composites Skills - Workshop Dr. Luana Oliveira-Haas

Hands-On Workshop 2

Category 2 | 6 CE | AGD Subject code: 490
Time Event Speakers
9:00 am-4:00 pm Socket Preservation + Suturing 101 Dr. Parvaneh Bahrami

Hands-On Workshop 3

Category 2 | 6 CE | AGD Subject code: 690
Time Event Speakers
9:00 am-4:00 pm Digital Workflow for Guided Surgery and Immediate Temporization of Dental implants Dr. Kimberly Schlam

Hands-On Event Details

Workshop 1
Category 2 | 6 CE | AGD Subject Code: 250

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Essential Composites Skills - Workshop

Dr. Luana Oliveira-Haas

Description:
Ihe demand for direct composite restorations has increased tremendously in the past year. This handson course is designed for general dentists looking to increase the use of direct anterior composite restorations in everyday practice. The course focus on the latest direct anterior composite restoration protocols using simplified techniques to achieve predictable results while providing the knowledge and experience to perfect composite restorations. You will gain skills in layered composite techniques for Class IV and effective finishing and polishing techniques. In addition, you will learn the classic veneer restoration technique with a simplified protocol. Dr. Oliveira-Haas will offer over-the-shoulder mentoring and provide guidance for an intensive patient simulation experience. Step-by-step guide for simulated practices will be provided. You will refine your composite resin skills and will learn the latest techniques to immediately apply them to your patients.

Objectives:

  • Practice Class IV restorations using layering technique: simplified versus advanced techniques
  • Learn how to use layering technique to decrease chair time
  • Understand how to select the appropriate composite shade for challenging clinical situations
  • Create incisal halo and incisal effects with composite resins
  • Alternatives to free-hand anterior composites – Injectable technique and lingual matrix technique
  • Practice the classic veneer restoration for anterior tooth
  • Finishing and polishing to achieve enamel-like restorations and save chair time

Sponsored by

Dr. Luana Oliveira-Haas

Dr. Luana Oliveira-Haas is an accomplished professional with extensive expertise in Restorative Dentistry, Evidence-based Dentistry, and research. With over 25 years of experience, she is passionate about teaching and has conducted numerous lectures and hands-on workshops on restorative dentistry. Dr. Oliveira-Haas earned her DDS degree from the Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil in 1995. She furthered her education with a certificate in Advanced Studies in Esthetic Dentistry at Sao Paulo State University and completed a Specialty Program in Operative Dentistry at the Federal University of Uberlandia, both in Brazil.

Continuing her academic journey, Dr. Oliveira-Haas pursued a Master and PhD in Operative Dentistry at Sao Paulo State University in 2004. Later, she moved to the United States and served as a faculty member at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale-FL for 12 years. During this time, she also held the position of Post Graduate Operative Dentistry Program Director. In 2018, she joined the Adult Restorative Dentistry Department at UNMC, College of Dentistry, Lincoln-NE. After completing a two-year (2021-2023) AEGD residency program at the University of Florida, Dr Oliveira-Haas proudly obtained her certificate as a US-trained and licensed dentist.

Currently, Dr. Oliveira-Haas holds the position of Clinical Associate Professor and AEGD Residency Program Director at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO while also maintaining her practice in the Faculty Practice clinic. Her impressive academic background and extensive clinical experience make her a respected authority in the field of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.

Workshop 2
Category 2 | 6 CE | AGD Subject code: 490

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Socket Preservation + Suturing 101

Dr. Parvaneh Bahrami

Description:
Socket preservation procedure, in conjunction with extraction, maximizes the bone volume available for implant placement. Proper flap design and choice of the suture material play an essential role in achieving favourable clinical outcomes. This course will discuss the materials and techniques involved in socket preservation (Guided Bone Regeneration) and selection criteria for suture materials and techniques. A hands-on component follows this course.

Objectives:

  • Review biological principles of Guided Bone Regeneration
  • Review Case, Materials, and Technique selection
  • Review socket preservation technique for extraction sites and possible complications
  • Review different suture materials and needle types

Hands-On Component:

  • Flap design and suturing
  • Socket preservation

Sponsored by

Dr. Parvaneh Bahrami

Dr. Parvaneh Bahrami obtained her Master of Science in Periodontology and Implant Surgery in 2012 from the University of Toronto. Dr. Bahrami is board-certified in Canada and USA and a Diplomat of the American Academy of Periodontology. She is a clinical instructor at the Graduate Clinic at the University of Toronto and practices as a periodontist and implant surgeon at Prosthodontics Associates. Contact: pbahrami@buildyoursmile.com

Workshop 3
Category 2 | 6 CE | AGD Subject code: 690

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Digital Workflow for Guided Surgery and Immediate Temporization of Dental implants

Dr. Kimberly Schlam

Description:
This workshop will focus on the technology utilized to plan and order (“smile in a box”) CBCT-guided templates and provisional restorations for the treatment of the single and partially edentulous patient. The presentation will demonstrate the step-wise patient evaluation and planning process.

Objectives:

  • Recognize factors of significance in assessing patients for CBCT guided placement and loading of implants
  • Understand the workflow and how to communicate with the design and manufacturing team
  • Become familiar with the varying template designs for the placement of implants in single and partially edentulous situations
  • Be familiar with the instruments, surgical guides, and provisional restorations utilized for such an approach

Sponsored by

Dr. Kimberly Schlam

Dr. Kimberly Schlam is a private practice prosthodontist in Bend, Oregon. Her practice focuses on patient centric, multi-specialty, collaborative care. Her research has focused on patient reported quality of life outcomes of implant prosthetics. She focuses on using digital technology to improve techniques, communication, and enhance her patients’ experiences. Dr. Schlam received her dental training from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and her Certificate of Prosthodontics and Master’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill. She has also served as an active duty US Army prosthodontist.

Full-day Symposium Overview

April 5, 2024

Time Event
7:30-8:30 am REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Salon A

Time Event Speakers
8:30-8:45 am Opening Remarks Dr. Effie Habsha
8:50-9:30 am Emotional Intelligence for the Dental Profession Dr. Sally Safa
9:30-10:00 am Endodontic SOS: Strategies for Emergency Management Dr. Bettina Basrani
10:00-10:30 am Break / Exhibitor Networking
10:35-11:15 am The N1 Implant System: Biology, Technology
& Innovation for Treating the Partial & Fully Edentulous Patient
Dr. Reena Talwar
11:20-12:00 pm Confessions of a Working Mom; And a Fire Side Chat with Dr. Sonia Leziy Dr. Tracey Hendler
12:00-1:15 pm Lunch / Exhibitor Networking
1:25-2:10 pm Keys to Master Anterior Composites Dr. Luana Oliveira-Haas
2:15-3:00 pm The Business of Dentistry: A Panel Discussion - Moderator: Miriam Zemel, TD Professional Banking Jackie Joachim
Chief Operating Officer, ROI Corporation
Andrea Chan
CPA, CA, Regional Managing Partner, Toronto North, MNP
Jennifer L. Shilson
LLP PartnerMiller Canfield
3:00-3:15 pm Break / Exhibitor Visit
3:20-4:00 pm So many dental implants to choose from! So many treatment concepts! Some of the key points shaping these clinical decisions Dr. Sonia Leziy
4:05-4:15 pm Closing Remarks / Raffle Dr. Effie Habsha
4:30-6:00 pm Cocktail Party / Door Prizes

Salon B

Time Event Speakers
10:35-11:30 am Unlock The Secrets to Success Dr. Karen Tindall
Dr. Laura Schwindt
12:00-1:15 pm Lunch / Exhibitor Networking
1:25-2:10 pm The Business of Dentistry: A Team-Centric Approach
to Practice Growth & Patient Satisfaction
Jennifer Turner, RDH
2:15-3:00 pm Caries Disease Management - A Proactive Approach Kerry Lepicek, RDH
3:00-3:15 pm Break / Exhibitor Visit
3:20-4:00 pm Energy Management for the Dental Team Kathleen Bokrossy, RDH
4:30-6:00 pm Cocktail Party / Door Prizes

Full Symposium Event Details

Salon A

8:50-9:30 am

Emotional Intelligence for the Dental Professional

Dr. Sally Safa

Description:
In this lecture, we will unpack the science behind stress and the effects of chronic stress on the brain. We will work through the difference between a Stress Response versus a Stress Reaction. The science behind practical mindfulness tools as taught in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) will be reviewed including techniques that can be easily applied to in our personal and professional lives.

Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of emotional intelligence as it is applied to yourself, the dental team and patients
  • Recognize the difference between reaction versus response to stress
  • Learn practical mindfulness tools that can manage stress personally and professionally

Dr. Sally Safa

Dr. Sally Safa is a Periodontist and an alumna of the University of Toronto, where she maintains a position as lecturer. She works in private practice in Toronto. Dr. Safa is a passionate advocate of wellness for the dental community. Dr. Safa’s Master’s research was in the field of Psychoneuroimmunology, understanding the effects of stress on the body. This background combined with her education in the field of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction allows her to share the science behind stress and mindfulness and tools in how to cope with stress in our day to day lives.

9:30-10:00 am

Endodontic SOS: Strategies for Emergency Management

Prof. Dr. Bettina Basrani

Description:
This lecture prepares general dentists with the essential knowledge and strategies to proficiently handle endodontic emergencies. From identifying critical scenarios to implementing effective pain management techniques, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of navigating endodontic challenges.

Objectives:

  • Recognize common endodontic emergencies and their underlying causes
  • Develop a systematic approach to assess and diagnose urgent endodontic cases
  • Explore advanced pain management techniques tailored for endodontic emergencies
  • Enhance skills in communicating with patients during times of dental distress
  • Acquire practical insights for timely and effective intervention from the beginning to resolution

Prof. Dr. Bettina Basrani

Dr. Bettina Basrani is Tenured Associate Professor and Director, MSc Program in Endodontics at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr Basrani received her DDS degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1989 and a Specialty Diploma in Endodontics and PhD from Maimonides University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A long-time educator and researcher, she began her teaching career at the University of Buenos Aires. In 2000, she moved to Canada to serve as Chair of the Endodontic Program at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 2004, she moved to Toronto, where she has continued her academic and clinical work. Internationally recognized as a leading authority in endodontics and as an excellent lecturer, effectively combining clinical and scientific information, Dr Basrani has received many teacher awards throughout her career and has international courses and lectures, over 35 peer-reviewed scientific publications, two textbooks and several textbook chapters, and abstracts to her credit. She serves as reviewer for several endodontic journals. Dr Basrani is a member of many endodontics societies around the world.

10:35-11:15 am

The N1 Implant System: Biology, Technology & Innovation for Treating the Partial & Fully Edentulous Patient

Dr. Reena Talwar

Description:
One of the most challenging and equally satisfying treatments which we can provide to our partial and fully edentulous patients, is the ability to function. Traditional implant treatment has been a reliable method of achieving this goal for many patients. However, it doesn't come without risk and sometimes with delays, all of which directly affect patient satisfaction and quality of life. The N1 Implant System has proven to be a game changer. In a simplified 3-step technique in the majority of cases, with the added predictability of earlier osseointegration that allows patients to transition to their final prosthetic sooner. What could be better than that?

In this presentation, participants will be introduced to the newest most innovative technology for providing implant-based treatment for their patients. A complete review of the biology, technology and innovation of the N1 implant system will be presented along with case presentations for the partial and fully edentulous patient.

Objectives:

  • Review of Clinical and Radiographic Anatomy of the Maxillo-mandibular Complex
  • Digital treatment planning for the partial and fully edentulous arch
  • Introduction to the N1 Implant System: Innovative implant design and placement protocol

Sponsored by

Dr. Reena Talwar

Dr. Reena Talwar is a certified specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and has a PhD in Biomedical Science. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto in 1990 and her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1994. After graduating from Dental School, Dr. Talwar completed a General Practice Residency program in Chicago at Loyola University Medical Center from 1994 to 1996. She then went on to complete a research fellowship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas Texas in trauma and graduated in 2004 from a combined Oral and Maxillofacial - PhD training program from the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Talwar has been involved in didactic and clinical education for undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Dentistry and Discipline of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Kentucky (2004-2005), University of Toronto (2005-2010) and most recently as an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta for over 10 years.

She is the first licensed female Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon in Alberta, Canada and the only female to build a Non-hospital Surgical Facility, Contours Oral Surgery, in the province. The vision for this facility was founded on both a state-of-the-art surgical center and a mentorship-based teaching facility, which is what Contours has become over the past five years. Dr. Talwar is active in her role as a teacher, mentor, surgeon and peer, hosting the Edmonton Oral Surgery Study Club and Women in Dentistry group. She recently established a scholarship in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Alberta with a preference for female dental students pursuing surgical specialty training.

11:20-12:00 pm

Confessions of a Working Mom; And a Fire Side Chat with Dr. Sonia Leziy

Dr. Tracey Hendler

Description:
Early in her career, Dr. Tracey Hendler faced the all-too-common struggle among women in the Orthodontic specialty: choosing a path that would meet her personal and financial goals while managing student debt and a desire to start a family- all while growing and advancing in her career. Join us to hear Tracey’s unique perspective and lessons learned over the past decade of her career, sharing why she chose the path she did, alternatives available for young doctors, and advice she wishes she’d received 10 years ago! Dr. Hendler will also sit down with the accomplished Dr. Sonia Leziy for a personal and honest discussion about balancing her personal life during her acclaimed career. This discussion will be sure to be enlightening, honest, and valuable for career women of all ages!

Sponsored by

Dr. Tracey Hendler

Dr. Tracey Hendler was born in Toronto and practices at the orthodontic practice (Forest Hill Orthodontics) where she received treatment at the age of 12. Tracey completed her DDS degree at the University of Toronto and then fulfilled her dream of living in New York City while completing her orthodontics degree at Rutgers University. Tracey completed her Masters of Science in Dentistry while obtaining her specialty certificate in orthodontics, and is dual board certified in both Canada and the US as an orthodontist.

Dr. Hendler has lectured both locally and internationally on a variety of topics, mostly pertaining to esthetic orthodontic treatment. When not in private practice, Dr. Hendler teaches at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry and spends time with her husband and two young daughters.

Dr. Sonia Leziy, DDS, Dipl Perio, FCDS(BC), FRCD(C)

Dr. Sonia Leziy, periodontist, maintains a full-time practice in Nanaimo/BC. She has been awarded several teaching awards, including the Lucy Hobbs Award for mentorship (2013), the Saul Schluger Award for excellence in teaching and education (2014); the recipient of the 2022 American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Distinguished Lecturer Award, and the 2022 Greater NY Academy of Prosthodontics Distinguished Lecturer Award, and she is recognized by Dentistry Today as a leader in continuing education.

She is a member of numerous editorial boards, and is published in the areas of implant esthetics, digital workflows and soft tissue therapies, including the Dermal ARC protocol. She is a member of the Canadian Academy of Perio, American Academy of Perio, the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and the ICOI. She is editor of the implant section of Inside Dentistry/Aegis Publications. She is a fellow of the ITI and a member of the ITI Board of studies. She lectures internationally, and provides education programs through Elatus Dental Bio-Architecture (www.elatus.ca) and Vancouver Island Dental Specialists (www.videntalspecialists.com).

1:25-2:10 pm

Keys to Master Anterior Composites

Dr. Luana Oliveira-Haas

Description:
Enhancing or restoring a smile with direct composite resins can be challenging. This lecture has been specially designed to present the most up-to-date protocols for direct anterior composite restorations employing simplified techniques to ensure consistent and predictable outcomes. You will gain insight into injectable composite, layered composite techniques for composite veneers and Class IV, the use of diagnostic mock-ups, and effective finishing and polishing techniques. You will understand how to incorporate long-lasting and tooth-like direct composite to your daily practice as a reliable alternative to ceramic while practicing minimally invasive dentistry.

Objectives:

  • Understand the indication of the various types of direct composite techniques for anterior teeth.
  • Compare the advantages and challenges of layering, injectable, freehand, and cutback techniques.
  • Learn an effective and simplified step-by-step finishing and polishing technique for anterior composites

Sponsored by

Dr. Luana Oliveira-Haas

Dr. Luana Oliveira-Haas is an accomplished professional with extensive expertise in Restorative Dentistry, Evidence-based Dentistry, and research. With over 25 years of experience, she is passionate about teaching and has conducted numerous lectures and hands-on workshops on restorative dentistry. Dr. Oliveira-Haas earned her DDS degree from the Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil in 1995. She furthered her education with a certificate in Advanced Studies in Esthetic Dentistry at Sao Paulo State University and completed a Specialty Program in Operative Dentistry at the Federal University of Uberlandia, both in Brazil.

Continuing her academic journey, Dr. Oliveira-Haas pursued a Master and PhD in Operative Dentistry at Sao Paulo State University in 2004. Later, she moved to the United States and served as a faculty member at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale-FL for 12 years. During this time, she also held the position of Post Graduate Operative Dentistry Program Director. In 2018, she joined the Adult Restorative Dentistry Department at UNMC, College of Dentistry, Lincoln-NE. After completing a two-year (2021-2023) AEGD residency program at the University of Florida, Dr Oliveira-Haas proudly obtained her certificate as a US-trained and licensed dentist.

Currently, Dr. Oliveira-Haas holds the position of Clinical Associate Professor and AEGD Residency Program Director at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO while also maintaining her practice in the Faculty Practice clinic. Her impressive academic background and extensive clinical experience make her a respected authority in the field of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.

2:15-3:00 pm

The Business of Dentistry: A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Miriam Zemel, TD Professional Banking

Jackie Joachim, Andrea Chan, Jennifer L. Shilson

Description:
The business of dentistry can be daunting. Join our panel as we discuss the current market for dental offices. This moderated panel will walk-through situations pertaining to buying and selling an office and examine various practice models. They will explain the roles that each would take and share their insights based on years of experience. Some of the topics that will be addressed include:

  • Ownership vs. associateship-what makes most sense.
  • Potential pitfall issues
  • Valuation
  • Due diligence
  • Deal structures
  • Sources of financing
  • Building a team of professionals to help you through the process

Objectives:

  • Understanding the current market and the factors that affect practice values.
  • Ownership vs. associateship: making an informed choice.
  • Learn about the structure of a transaction when it comes to buying and selling (assets vs shares).
  • Acquire knowledge to help identify ways to improve the value of your office.

Sponsored by

Panelists

Jackie Joachim
Chief Operating Officer, ROI Corporation
Andrea Chan
CPA, CA, Regional Managing Partner, Toronto North, MNP
Jennifer L. Shilson
LLP Partner Miller Canfield

Moderator

Miriam Zemel
TD Professional Banking

3:20-4:00 pm

So many dental implants to choose from! So many treatment concepts! Some of the key points shaping these clinical decisions

Dr. Sonia Leziy

Description:
Literature documents high long term success rates of implant therapy, with clinical effectiveness of implant-supported prostheses equaling or surpassing the performance of conventional fixed or removable therapies. However, there is continued development of different implant designs, materials, surface technologies, along with evolving surgical techniques that have the common goal of improving outcomes. As a result, clinicians have a broad range of implant manufacturers and implant systems to choose from, and most of these systems include implants of more than one design. Therefore, selecting an implant system to manage the broad range of today’s clinical applications requires careful consideration. Key points include surgical and prosthetic ease of use and versatility, predictably maintained bone/soft tissue interfaces to reduce disease risk, quality assurance and enduring product support.

This presentation will highlight the Straumann system, using a digital workflow for planning and treatment execution in conventional and immediate protocols, along with surgical concepts which improve esthetics, and hard and soft tissue stability.

Sponsored by

Dr. Sonia Leziy

Dr. Sonia Leziy, periodontist, maintains a full-time practice in Nanaimo/BC. She has received numerous lecturing/education awards, is published in the areas of implant esthetics, digital workflow, and soft tissue procedures. She is the editor of the implant section of Inside Dentistry/Aegis Publications. She maintains several specialty memberships, is an ITI fellow, and a member of the ITI Board of Studies. She lectures internationally and provides education programs through Elatus Dental Bio-Architecture (www.elatus.ca) and Vancouver Island Dental Specialists (www.videntalspecialists.com).

Salon B

10:35-12:00 pm

Unlock the Secrets to Success
Find Harmony, Overcome Burnout, and Lead with Confidence & Well-Being. Now is the moment to put yourself first.

Dr. Karen Tindall, Dr. Laura Schwindt

Description:
As women dental professionals, you hold the key to providing exceptional care in the face of challenging and fast-paced clinical settings. But there’s more to you than meets the eye – juggling multiple roles can leave you feeling overwhelmed, drained, and burnt out. How can you guide your patients and loved ones to success while still looking after yourself? This is often the picture you portray to the world, a highly accomplished dental professional, radiating confidence and wisdom, all while sporting a warm smile that hides any obstacles you may encounter. But here’s the catch: Why should you ignore your own needs and emotions when leading as a dental professional? In our upcoming workshop, we’ll delve into the raw reality of burnout and why prioritizing your well-being and personal success is crucial for effective professional and personal leadership. Together, we’ll empower you to embrace true leadership within the field of dentistry. Discover the formula you crave and unlock the scientifically proven tools to flourish professionally and personally. Yes, it’s entirely possible to excel in your profession while making your well-being a top priority. Get ready to take action and experience the transformative difference of putting yourself first! Walk away feeling hopeful, refreshed, and with a renewed sense of enthusiasm. (It will be as close as you can get to going to a spa at a dental meeting!) Join us and unlock your full potential as a woman in dentistry

Objectives:

  • Purpose
    • Discover the #1 reason why dental professionals flourish at work that 98% of owners and managers DON’T know.
    • Learn the truth behind a common belief that has plagued women dental professionals for decades.
    • Expose the secret that is the real driver of success.
  • Unburden
    • Stop drowning in the need to do everything for everyone with this hands-on strategy.
    • Shed resentment, move beyond blame, and reconnect to your power to create the life you deserve with an easy-to-do activity.
    • Recognize the impact of living through days of constant low-level anxiety and address it with deceptively simple techniques.
  • Activate
    • Discover how detrimental this common break (you’re probably taking every day) is to your success, and adopt this game-changing tip.
    • Learn how to recover fast from a high-stress moment that shakes you up.
    • Gain insights into creating big wins with less effort.
  • Flourish
    • Find out the common misconception high achievers have about working hard to achieve their goals.
    • Find out why working hard without this ONE thing is doing you more harm than good.
    • Uncover a revolutionary approach to organizing your schedule so you can leave work with the energy to feel joyful and vitalized to give your best to your life beyond work.

Dr. Karen Tindall & Dr. Laura Schwindt

Dr. Karen Tindall and Dr. Laura Schwindt are professional life coaches, co-founders of The Mint Door, and long-time dentists. The Mint Door aims to help dental practices achieve both doctor and team wellness and success. Their comprehensive well-being solutions are tailored to each client’s needs while providing individualized coaching, mentorship, and tools designed to support dental teams in creating an energizing practice environment. With the Mint Method Practice Wellness Program, dentists can create a cohesive team that functions at their best collectively and individually daily, leading to patient loyalty, referrals, and ultimate success (with less stress for everyone involved!) Their mission is to revolutionize the dental industry through innovative solutions that empower teams to take great care of patients - ultimately resulting in flourishing practices. Their vision is for all dentists to access quality coaching programs, helping them nurture their teams while reaching their highest potential.

1:25-2:10 pm

The Business of Dentistry: A Team Centric Approach to Practice Growth & Patient Satisfaction.

Jennifer Turner

Description:
This dynamic team based course was designed to empower, elevate the knowledge and skills needed to enhance patient care, drive practice growth, and foster patient satisfaction through a collaborative team.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the significance of teamwork and its direct influence on enhancing patient care and satisfaction.
  • Measure what matters, then utilize data-driven decision making to drive ongoing improvement.
  • Develop strategies to retain existing patients and encourage referrals.

Sponsored by

Jennifer Turner

Jennifer Turner’s journey in the dental hygiene field is nothing short of remarkable. Jennifer’s accomplishments have garnered recognition on both national and global stages. In 2023, she proudly received the prestigious “Educator of the Year” (Speaker) category award from Dr. BiCuspid. Her influence extends globally with Jennifer being named one of the “10 Most Influential Healthcare Leaders to Watch in 2022”. Jennifer is currently serving as the Vice President of Dental Hygiene Operations at 123Dentist. Her extensive roles also include Past President and Chief Governance Officer at the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, Director of Dental Hygiene Practice with the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, Director of Dental Hygiene Programs at dentalcorp and a Key Opinion Leader for many leading dental companies. Jennifer is often described as inspirational, knowledgeable, and a dynamic speaker and she is excited to be here with you today.

2:15-3:00 pm

Caries Disease Management - A Proactive Approach

Kerry Lepicek, RDH

Description:
How often have you wondered, how you can enhance your practice and your clients’ oral health? As dental professionals, we have the power to motivate, enhance and elevate our client care. Kerry will discuss what should be included in our assessment, the types of high-risk clients we treat, and tools we can use to help you improve their oral health. Communication is an essential piece of the puzzle for getting your client to agree to the treatment you are recommending. The key to helping our clients succeed is to make sure they understand their role in the process. Kerry will review how we can use the oral-systemic connection to motivate and inspire your clients. Elevating our client care will positively impact your practice.

Objectives:

  • Learn how to identify high-risk clients
  • Explore how to implement a proacitve caris risk management program
  • Gain insight into different homecare tools and treatment options to elevate patient care

Sponsored by

Kerry Lepicek, RDH

Kerry Lepicek, RDH is a registered dental hygienist with more than20 years of clinical experience. She has worked in various practicesettings and currently works part-time in general practice. As aninternational speaker, she has delivered lectures throughout Canada,the United States, and Bermuda. Kerry is knowledgeable on thetopics of oral biofilm, halitosis, the oral-systemic connection, and thedental hygiene process of care. Her primary focus is on educatingher patients as well as the dental profession on periodontal healthand wellness. Kerry is a Thought Leader for Crest + Oral B,OraVital, Voco, and rdhu.In addition to being a section editor forThe Hygiene Corner with Women In Dentistry, she serves on theAdvisory Board of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Healthand is a cast member of The RDH View. She will provide you withpractical advice that will transform your practice and the health ofyour patients

3:20-4:00 pm

Energy Management for the Dental Team

Kathleen Bokrossy, RDH

Description:
Energy is defined as available power, the capacity for vigorous activity. As dental professionals, we are in constant vigorous activity all day long as we multi-task and juggle all aspects of life. Some activities and people are either energy drainers or energy boosters. Do you have any energy left at the end of the day? Creating and maintaining a work life balance is imperative in today’s world to help reduce stress and prevent burnout so that we can be present for the people who rely on us. Since most of us spend a large portion of our time at work, we need to create as energizing an environment as possible to maintain happiness, peace, and purpose. Do you believe you can have work life balance? Maintaining our energy is directly connected to the health of our patients. Imagine a world where a large percentage of your patients show up healthy. Imagine a world where you have the tools you need to provide optimal care and service. Imagine a world where, as a team, you are working cohesively. This is a world that is possible and a world that will help us get off our daily hamster wheel and into a world that is fulfilling and engaging. Are you ready to implement positive change in your practice?

Objectives:

  • Discover your energy drainers and strategies to deal with them.
  • Learn ways to work together as a team to get the things you need and want in your practice that will help make positive change for you, your practice and your patients.
  • Identify the ‘why’ it is important for the front team to understand and communicate with the back clinical staff and strategies on how to accomplish this.

Sponsored by

Kathleen Bokrossy, RDH

Kathleen Bokrossy, RDH has been bringing engaging energy to the dental profession for over 30 years. Kathleen is the founder and president of rdhu, a KOL for Curion (formerly Bisco Canada), LM Dental Instruments, Crest & Oral B and Ivoclar Vivadent. An interactive and popular presenter, Kathleen is passionate about making change happen and ensures that every program she presents will ignite a spark in the dental hygienist to implement change in their practice right away! Her vision and passion are to help ‘Transform the Dental Hygiene Experience’ for the clinician, the practice, and their patients.

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