April 30 - May 2, 2020 - Des Moines



Thursday, April 30

Dr. Greg Psaltis  |  I Was on The Internet Last Night (3 CEUs*)
Part 1: 8:00 – 9:30 AM; Part 2: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Course Description: We all have had the experience of patients (or parents of patients) coming into our practices and questioning our treatment recommendations because of their newfound knowledge they obtained from the internet. In this course, we will explore why this is happening so frequently, what ramifications it can have on your practice, and how to deal with it. Specific issues, such as primary pulp medicaments, fluoride, and sealant materials will be discussed with the controversies surrounding them. We will also discuss the more far-reaching question of how all of us determine our own beliefs. Tools for dealing with this increasing phenomenon will help practitioners to communicate more effectively when faced with demands from patients.

CoursesGreg Psaltis, DDS, has been a pediatric dentist for 45 years. While most of his experience has been in private practice in Olympia, Washington, he served three years in the U.S. Navy and now spends much of his time on two volunteer clinics in Mexico that he developed himself. His varied career has included authoring several articles for professional journals, speaking at every major dental meeting in the U.S., as well as several international meetings that have taken him to Germany, Mexico, Australia, Russia, Canada, and Kuwait. His engaging style and sense of humor make learning both fun and interesting. Among his honors is the Gordon Christensen Speaker Recognition Award for excellence in dental education.

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Practice Transitions Seminar
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Course Description: Are you looking to buy or sell a practice?  This track is designed to provide information on areas that need to be considered before and after entering into a purchase agreement. Attend all lectures in the series or just the topics you want to learn more about.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Practice Transitions: A Primer on Buying or Selling a Dental Practice – Presented by BrownWinick  

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Preparation for a Successful Transition – Presented by Henry Schein Professional Practice Transitions  

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM – Credentialing, Billing, and Compliance in Transition – Presented by BrownWinick

11: 15 AM – 12:00 PM – Practice Valuation – Presented by TBD

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Key Taxation Issues in Business Transitions – Presented by TBD  

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM – Financing Your Dental Practice Purchase or Expansion Presented by Bankers Trust

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Finding Your Buyer – Tools for Rural Iowa Dental Practices and ADAPT Program – Presented by Iowa Area Development Group, ADA ADAPT

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Panel Discussion and Q&A

Dr. Jack Griffin  |  Doc, It Was Never A Problem Until You “Fixed” It!
(6 CEUs)
Part 1: 8:30 – 10:00 AM; Part 2: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM; Part 3: 1:00 – 2:30 PM; Part 4: 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Course Description: Doc, that tooth never hurt until you “FIXED” it. Certainly, you’ve done a restoration on an asymptomatic tooth only to create a tooth that is cold sensitive or that the patient can’t bite down on. Creating sensitive patients causes so much stress in the dental office. Was it the material, technique, or the patient? There are so many materials but so little time, and with a myriad of newer restorative materials and seemingly endless choices in adhesion, cements, and restorative materials, could this stuff be any more confusing? Today we have materials that can help us minimize sensitivity, decrease de-bonding, stop micro-leakage, and reduce problems we may have with our restorations. The key is having an arsenal that is versatile and almost universal in application and understanding how and when to use them. When do we etch, bond, cement, rinse, blow, cure......? Is there a porcelain material that is indicated in almost EVERY situation? How many layers do we need in a posterior composite and how do we get tight contacts and great contours every time?

Let’s stop the madness. The goal of this course is to simplify indirect and direct restorations with the latest materials and techniques to provide great success. Time will be spent learning BIOACTIVE and CAD/CAM that can provide the most biofriendly, long lasting restorations ever. We will eliminate problems you have with posterior composites, such as weak contacts, sensitivity, and slow placement with predictable matrix systems, bulk fill materials, and great bonding techniques. Then we will discuss preparation and placement of newer indirect materials such as lithium dislicate and zirconia. We will learn how to prep fast for success, do great build-ups, and simplify esthetic post placement with new universal bonding materials that decrease sensitivity and increase longevity. We will then apply these techniques to anterior and reconstruction cases. We will learn how to do it right the first time and to make the practice more enjoyable and efficient.

CoursesJack D. Griffin, Jr., DMD, AAACD, MAGD, ABAD, runs a practice in St. Louis County where he and his staff have maintained a 50-55 percent overhead since 1988. His Smile Center emphasizes cosmetics while doing all phases of general dentistry. Dr. Griffin is one of a handful of dentists awarded by his peers Diplomat status with the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry (ABAD), accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Dr. Griffin’s unique educational philosophy focuses on improving clinical and financial outcomes while making practice more fun and rewarding. His course topics include office efficiency, digital photography, current bonding and cementation techniques, great everyday esthetics, and CAD/CAM dentistry. Dr. Griffin has been the MasterTrack/CE chair for the Missouri AGD, a member and clinical evaluator for Catapult Education—the dental industry’s premier speakers bureau—and is a clinical director for the Pacific Aesthetic Continuum (PAC). He has also been a clinical evaluator for Reality Esthetics and served on the Council for Scientific Affairs for the Greater St. Louis Dental Society.

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Dr. Greg Psaltis  |  Getting Past “Uh-oh,” “No,” and “Helicopters”
(3 CEUs*)
Part 1: 1:00 – 2:30 PM; Part 2: 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Course Description: Pediatric dentistry is unique in that each appointment requires that the dentist must successfully communicate with both children and parents plus manage their behaviors, as well as one’s own. In this program, principles of behavior management are discussed and demonstrated in video footage showing actual patients in treatment and how to best handle them. While dentistry often focuses on the technical aspects of our work, in this specialty, it is only through effective handling of patients that our technical work can be at its best. And the parents? They are the entertainment and promotional program, not the “problem” that most people believe.

CoursesGreg Psaltis, DDS, has been a pediatric dentist for 45 years. While most of his experience has been in private practice in Olympia, Washington, he served three years in the U.S. Navy and now spends much of his time on two volunteer clinics in Mexico that he developed himself. His varied career has included authoring several articles for professional journals, speaking at every major dental meeting in the U.S., as well as several international meetings that have taken him to Germany, Mexico, Australia, Russia, Canada, and Kuwait. His engaging style and sense of humor make learning both fun and interesting. Among his honors is the Gordon Christensen Speaker Recognition Award for excellence in dental education.

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Mr. Aaron Thomas  |  Keynote Address:  Overcoming Adversity
During the 5:30 – 7:00 PM General Session & IDA Awards Presentation

Description: Holding true to what you believe is important in life, and it will be tested in the most difficult situations. How will you react when life surprises you with adversity? Life presents you with opportunities in both good and bad situations, but how an individual responds to those opportunities is crucial. Aaron will challenge you to look at your life, your family, and your job to see if you are maximizing the circumstances you are presented with.

Aaron_ThomasAaron Thomas was raised in Parkersburg, Iowa and attended Aplington-Parkersburg High School. After graduating from high school, Aaron attended Drake University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and later earned his master’s degree in educational administration.

Aaron has a passion for impacting lives, and public speaking is one avenue he utilizes. Aaron Thomas’ father Ed was a beloved high school football coach who not only trained generations of players on the importance of hard work, dedication, excellence, and commitment but personally put these values into action when he was the community leader who inspired his town to rebuild in the wake of a deadly EF5 tornado. Not long after the community withstood the disaster of the storm, the small town of Parkersburg, Iowa, endured a far worse tragedy: the fatal shooting of Ed Thomas by a former player with some mental health issues.

Following his father’s murder, Aaron was approached to return home to take over his father’s responsibilities as athletic director and to continue the legacy his father had built in being not only a school leader but an example for the town to follow. Aaron currently is the principal and the head basketball coach at Aplington-Parkersburg High School. Aaron, his wife Ellie, and their three boys are also active members in the Congregational Church.

In this incredible story of ordinary people thrust into an extraordinary situation, Aaron Thomas shares his family’s journey of showing uncommon strength during the darkest of times. He will challenge you to look at your life, your family, and your job to see if you are being a difference maker.

Friday, May 1

Dr. John Hellstein  |  HPV Oropharyngeal Carcinoma/Head Neck Cancer and Immune Related Disorders with Medical Considerations (3 CEUs)
Part 1: 7:30 – 9:00 AM; Part 2: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Course Description: This course will cover aspects of HPV in the head neck region. Current research, vaccination, and diagnosis will be discussed. We will also discuss other premalignant and malignant squamous cell carcinoma derivatives of the head neck. Many immune related disorders such as pemphigoid, pemphigus, lupus, and lichen planus require a team approach. During this course, how this medical-dental cooperation was coordinated during actual cases will be shown and discussed.

Following this course, the participant will be able to better understand the link between HPV and when the prognosis of squamous cell carcinomas of the oral pharynx changes in relationship to HPV. We will also discuss vaccination issues and review other premalignant and malignant squamous cell carcinomas which are not HPV related. In addition, the need for medical-dental cooperation on systemic diseases with dental manifestations or head neck disease with medical significance will be better understood, and participants will recognize when and how to make referrals, as well as cooperate with the medical side of the healthcare system.

CoursesDr John W. Hellstein, DDS, MS, graduated from the School of Dentistry at University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1982. He received an MS in Stomatology and a Certificate in Oral Pathology from the University of Iowa in 1991. Since 2002, he has been appointed within the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Medicine and Radiology, and is currently Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of Iowa.

Current interest has centered on osteochemonecrosis of the jaws, and he was part of past ADA “expert panels” on the subject. Recent book chapters have centered on vesiculo-ulcerative diseases of the oral cavity as well as odontogenic cysts and tumors.

During a 20-year military career he served with the U.S. Army Dental Corps in many capacities, and he retired as a Colonel in 2002. His past and present professional positions include: Chair and Vice Chair ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, President AAOMP, Director American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and Director of Education AAOMP. He is also on the Medical Advisory Board for the Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevus Syndrome Organization.

His current professional memberships include: Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, member of the American Dental Association, and member of the American Dental Educators Association.

Dr. Scott MacLean  |  Hot Topics in Implant Dentistry (6 CEUs)
Part 1: 8:00 – 10:00 AM; Part 2: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM; Part 3: 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Course Description: This lecture will help keep you up to date on some of the newest innovations in implantology! Dr. MacLean lives in the digital workflow on a daily basis. He will share some key secrets with you to make your practice grow. He has tried various scanners and 3D printers. One of his key interests is how to limit redos.  You will learn a bundle! He will discuss...

  1. Understand why the intraoral scanner will be in 90 percent of the dental offices in 5 years.
  2. Digital workflow including understanding why you might buy a printer.
  3. New treatment options that you can discuss with your patients for the lower arch. When should you offer one over the other?
  4. Screw-retained vs cement-retained issues and how to limit redos and food traps.
  5. Dynamic guided implants? Using a machine to guide implants like a GPS in your car.
  6. The discussion of implant depth and angulation for the single implant, the implant bridge, and the full arch restoration.

CoursesDr. Scott MacLean, DDS, maintains a private practice with a large component focused on implant and esthetics dentistry. He is the founder and president on the AIM4 Excellence implant mentorship study club. He has published articles internationally on implant dentistry and has produced a YouTube channel on dentistry reaching more than 3.3 million views. Dr. MacLean has trained many dentists in the “Hands On” Training courses. He has also trained many dentists to use DSD (digital smile design) to plan advanced esthetic cases. Lastly, Dr. MacLean has taught in Dental Implants in a university setting for more than 15 years.

Dr. Scott MacLean is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, The Canadian Academy of Restorative Prosthodontics, and a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International FADI, The Pierre Fauchard Academy FPFA, the American College of Dentists FACD, and the Fellow of the International College of Dentists FICD. Lastly, Dr. MacLean is an Associate Fellow of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics.

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Ms. Karen Baker  |  The Prescription Opioid Crisis: Impact on Dental Pain Management (3 CEUs)
Part 1: 12:30 - 2:00 PM; Part 2: 2:30 - 4:00 PM

This course satisfies the one hour minimum opioids continuing education requirement for dentists who prescribe opioids. 

Course Description: Over promotion and over prescribing of opioids has contributed to the current public health emergency we face in the U.S. Dentists write six percent of acute use opioid prescriptions but generally prescribe very few tablets per prescription. To what extent are we contributing to the development of opioid Substance Use Disorders and how can we modify our prescribing behaviors to minimize patient risk? We will outline specific strategies designed to identify the safety of prescribing opioids based on individual patient characteristics. Patient education on safe pain relief will also be reviewed. Extensive and very current handouts will be provided to maximize the chairside value of this vitally important information.

CoursesProfessor Karen Baker has been on the Dental College faculty at the University of Iowa for 37 years and occupies a unique role in dental practice and education. She is a clinical pharmacist with a master’s degree in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and is focused on patient-specific dental drug therapy. She has given well over 1,000 invited programs nationally and internationally and holds memberships in many dental and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics organizations. Her dental education-based pharmacy and drug therapy consultation center is the only one in the United States. She has authored more than 50 articles and abstracts and lectures extensively in pre-doctoral and graduate courses at the University of Iowa.

Saturday, May 2

Dr. Anthony E. Chillura  |  Control, Protocol, and Risk Management (4 CEUs)
Part 1: 7:30 – 9:30 AM; Part 2: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Course Description: This comprehensive seminar will focus on the dental practice and circumstances which can reduce and sometimes prevent increased risks that often lead to malpractice claims. Dentists and staff will be provided with practical suggestions and approaches that can successfully reduce unexpected events which often increase the likelihood of malpractice claims against the dental practitioner. The course is also designed to explore how professional liability policies work and how to improve patient care with the proper risk management protocols. Course topics include management of patient communications, basic principles of accepted chart and record documentation, responsibilities of protecting patient health information, as well as legal concepts, including informed consent, vicarious liability, and negligence.

Additionally, dentists insured with the Professional Protector Plan (PPP) for Dentists will receive a 10% professional liability premium discount for three successive years, and dentists who are not insured with the PPP may be eligible for credit by purchasing PPP coverage within one year of attending the seminar upon completion of both sessions of the seminar.

CoursesAs the Director of Dental Risk Management, Anthony E. Chillura, DMD, FICD, is responsible for the overall risk control assessment, evaluation, consulting, and technical support of risk exposures for insurance products for the dental profession. His dental and risk management experience allows him to manage the unique risk exposures related to the delivery of dental services and partner with insured dentists in their mission to improve patient safety and minimize risk.

Dr. Chillura received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Biology, as well as his DMD from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was awarded a Certificate in Conscious Sedation from Montefiore Medical Center and opened his private practice on Wall Street, New York City in 1976.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Fraternity of International College of Dentistry. Dr. Chillura was a member of the New York Forensic Dental Society and served as a forensic odontologist with the NYC office of Chief Medical Examiner identifying victims from the September 11th terrorist attack.

Dr. Chillura participated in the REACH OUT America Healthcare for veterans of foreign wars, the Ethics and Mentoring Program at NYU School of Dentistry, and has served on the National Advisory Board for the Professional Protector Plan for Dentists since 2008. He also received a certificate of merit from both New York and Connecticut for donating dental services during their Mission of Mercy events which provide free dental services for the underserved. Dr. Chillura was recognized with the Distinguished and Meritorious Service Award for the 9/11 dental forensic identification.

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Ms. Jill Stuecker  |  Iowa Dental Board Jurisprudence Course (1.5 CEUs)
8:00 – 9:30 AM

This course satisfies the one hour minimum Iowa jurisprudence continuing education requirement for dentists, hygienists, and assistants. 

CoursesCourse Description: Join Iowa Dental Board's Executive Director Jill Stuecker as she provides a regulatory update on Iowa Administrative Code 650, the laws that govern the practice of dentistry in Iowa.  Attendees will have ample time to ask questions.    

Ms. Jill Stuecker has been the executive director of the Iowa Dental Board since 2015 and is the current President of the American Association of Dental Administrators. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Luther College and a dual master’s degree in public administration and diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University.

Dr. Carrie McKnight  |  OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard: What You Need to Know (1 CEU)
9:45 – 10:45 AM

This course satisfies the one hour infection control continuing education requirement for dentists, hygienists, and assistants.

Course Description: The objectives of this course are to explain the CDC’s IA, IB, and IC guidelines and recommendations and discuss how dental practices in Iowa can maintain compliance with the law to provide a safe environment for patients and employees. Guidelines for infection control in dental health care settings were published in December 2003 by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The recommendations and guidelines are categorized on the basis of existing scientific data, theoretical rationale, and applicability. The recommendations in categories IA, IB, and IC are required by law in the state of Iowa.

CoursesCarrie McKnight, DDS, graduated from the University of Iowa in 1998 and completed a GPR at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 1999. She then served as a staff dentist at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, from 1999-2001. She also was in private practice in Johnston, Iowa, from 2000-2001. From 2001-2005, she was clinical assistant professor and general practice residency director in the Hospital Dentistry division of UI Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. McKnight is currently a clinical assistant professor in the College of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine, and teaches in the Oral Diagnosis Clinic. Dr. McKnight was awarded Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2015 and is currently in the AGD’s Mastertrack. She sees private patients two days per week in the college’s faculty general practice.

Max Mowitz  |  LGBTQ 101
9:45 – 10:45 AM

Course Description: One Iowa's LGBTQ 101 training provides information about the basics of the LGBTQ community, from common identities and definitions to the legal landscape in Iowa and the U.S. The LGBTQ 101 training provides actionable steps that you can take to be more LGBTQ inclusive today.

CoursesMax Mowitz has been out and active in the LGBTQIA community since 2010. They earned a degree in Ethnomusicology and African American Studies at The University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana, specializing their research in Queer Hip Hop in the U.S. and Turkish Hip Hop in Berlin, Germany. Max spent much of their undergraduate career in leadership roles at their alma mater, leading several campus-wide LGBTQIA groups and working in Residential Life as a Resident Advisor and Project Coordinator, focusing their work on intersectional inclusivity for Residential Life residents and staff. Max developed their passion for community education and outreach in these roles, which they continued to pursue post-graduation.

Max is a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate with Polk County Crisis and Advocacy and is passionate about individualized, LGBTQIA inclusive, Trauma Informed healthcare for all Iowans. They specialize in topics including Trauma Informed Care, Sexual Violence and Assault, mental health, the prison industrial complex, intersecting oppressions related to race, gender identity, and sexual orientation, LGBTQIA-inclusive birthwork, and the transgender and nonbinary communities. Max is a graduate of the One Iowa LGBTQ Leadership Institute and a volunteer at Transformative Healing. Max is currently pursuing Doula certification and hopes to be a LGBTQIA-specific birth worker and transition Doula.

Dr. Trishul Allareddy  |  Current Radiation Protection Guidelines in Dentistry (2 CEUs)
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

This course satisfies the two hour dental radiology continuing education requirement for assistants with added qualification in dental radiography.

Course Description: This course covers guidelines used for different modalities of dentistry. It also covers radiation protection requirements both for personnel and patients during these procedures and in the office in general.

Trishul Allareddy, DDS, MSTrishul Allareddy, DDS, MS, is a professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at The University of Iowa, College of Dentistry, and is a forensic odontology and health policy and outcomes research expert and is currently involved in conducting research in multiple areas of dentistry. His primary research focus is in oral and maxillofacial radiology with emphasis on radiation protection in dentistry and has been funded on multiple projects by the industry and various national foundations. He is one of the authors of the upcoming NCRP report in dentistry. Dr. Allareddy has authored more than 30 manuscripts or technical reports in dentistry, 50 abstracts, has been a reviewer for several peer reviewed journals, and has presented extensively nationally and internationally. He is currently working on a technology that will significantly reduce the dose in oral and maxillofacial imaging in the future, in addition to bringing down the cost of the equipment. He is currently the American Dental Association and American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology representative to DICOM. He is the co-chair for Working Group 22 (Dentistry) of the Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) Standards committee, where he also serves on the Leadership, Outreach, and Educations Committee and is the co-chair of the Standards and Codes Committee for the AAOMR. He is also the Councilor of Educational Affairs for the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

Dr. Sara Stuefen  |  Hot Topics: Dental Benefits and Practice Management
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Course Description: In this course, Dr. Stuefen will cover the most common issues and questions providers have regarding dental benefits. Trends in dental benefits, as well as common contract clauses and policies, will also be discussed. Dr. Stuefen will mix this with her experiences, not only in dental benefits, but also in the adventure of practice ownership. This course will cover several topics in practice management. From modernizing, marketing, or building an outstanding team, she will take you through her perspectives on what has worked (or hasn’t) for her along the way.

CoursesDr. Sara Stuefen is a 2010 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and is the owner of a solo dental practice in Vinton, Iowa. Through her work in organized dentistry, Dr. Stuefen has developed a passion for helping dental students and new dentists navigate practice ownership and the profession, as well as helping all dentists understand dental benefits. Dr. Stuefen has lectured nationally, including as a current member of the ADA Success speaker corps. She represents District 10 as a member of the ADA New Dentist Committee, is a member of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs, and an associate clinical adjunct professor at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Previous roles include serving as Liaison to the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws, and Judicial Affairs, past president of the University District Dental Society, previous chair of the IDA New Dentist Committee, and past local chair of IMOM. Dr. Stuefen has received numerous honors including being named Iowa’s “New Dentist of the Year” by the IDA in 2015 and being inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists in 2017.

*CEUs pending Iowa Dental Board approval.