2020 Scientific Session 

How Science and Clinical Practice Become One


 August 27-29, 2020 | Minneapolis Hilton | Minneapolis, MN

Why attend AAOSH 2020?

Earn up to 22 CE or CME Credits!

Total is 16 (1 hour per each lecture hour) plus 3 per workshop

To be eligible for CME credit, you must choose CME option at registration and include your full name, title, and mailing address as you want it to appear on your certificate. Certificates will be mailed out after the annual session. It is the responsibility of the student, to check with the licensing agency of your state, country or province on CEU/CME requirements.

Registration Pricing Schedule

Prices increase $100 for each level during each subsequent registration cycle. Register early to save!

October 19, 2019
October 24, 2019
Early Registration
October 25, 2019
February 29, 2020
Spring Registration
March 1, 2020
May 31, 2020
General Registration
June 1, 2020
August 27, 2020

Group Rates Available!

5 or more people - $50 off each

10 or more people - $100 off each

Email bobbie@aaosh.org for details.


Bring-a-Medical Professional

If you are a dentist who would like to bring a medical colleague (MD, DO, ND, DC, or NP) to our Scientific Session, they will receive a huge discount to attend.

bring 1 medical professional - 15% off MD & 35% off DDS

bring 2 medical professionals - 15% off MD & 55% off DDS

bring 3 medical professionals - 15% off MD & 75% off DDS

bring 4 medical professionals - 15% off MD & free ticket for DDS


bring 1-3 medical professionals - 15% off for MD & 15% off for RDH

bring 4 or more medical professionals - 15% off for MD & 35% off for RDH

Please contact Nicki at nicole@aaosh.org or (779) 233-7550 to register.


Hilton Minneapolis

1001 Marquette Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

(612) 376-1000

Room blocks fill up very quickly (often, MONTHS in advance)! Reserve NOW to ensure a room!

Standard Room - $189

Thursday, August 27, 2020 

Pre-Conference Workshops

Choose ONE morning and ONE afternoon workshop - signup for workshops during time of registration or click here to fill out the form. Workshops often fill up far in advance, so register early to save your spot!

Morning (8:30 - 11:30am)

Room 3

Sponsored by: ProBiora

Description: Test Treat Repopulate with the DHEmethod. We would like to share how we are collaborating with The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio to knock out oral pathogens and its effects on vascular inflammation. We know many clinicians are saliva testing and trying to reduce high risk bacteria for optimal oral and vascular health which is very difficult to do!  Testing with salivary diagnostics, treating with targeted therapies and repopulating with oral care probiotics is key in reducing oral systemic inflammation which decreases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Implement your AAOSH knowledge into practice
  2. Reduce the high risk oral pathogens
  3. Decrease the risk of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes
  4. Collaborate between medical and dental providers


  1. Eric Goulder MD
  2. Barbara McClatchie DDS 
  3. Lora Hooper RDH
  4. Julie Cox RDH

Room 1

Presented by: Uche Odiatu, DMD

Details coming soon!


Dr. Uche Odiatu is the author of The Miracle of Health, a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a practicing dentist in Toronto. This busy dad of four is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and has lectured in England, Canada, the USA, the Bahamas, Denmark, Bermuda and Norway. www.DrUche.com Twitter @FitSpeakers  Instagram @FitSpeakers

Room 2

Sponsored by: ARKRAY

Presented by: Erinne Kennedy DMD, MPH, MMSc


Sometimes treating and preventing dental caries is the missing link to achieving systemic wellness for patients. Clinicians can use salivary diagnostics to identify markers for oral wellness through non-invasive means.  We will connect four salivary measures of dental caries and patient wellness to discover the connection between tooth decay and overall health! Not only can these indicators screen for disease risk, patient health behaviors and therapies can be targeted and tracked to further motivate behavior change and refine treatment.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify 4 indicators for dental caries present in saliva.
  2. Uncover the link between dental caries and overall health.
  3. Use chairside screening to measure oral wellness and develop preventive treatment plans for dental caries.  
  4. Critically evaluate patient cases and design preventive treatment plans to address the patients unique risk factors.


Dr. Erinne Kennedy is an Ohio State University graduate and comes from Middleport, Ohio. She graduated from the Nova Southeastern University’s College of Dental Medicine in 2015. Dr. Kennedy loved everything about dental school, especially being involved in organized dentistry. While in dental school she was involved with ASDA (American Student Dental Association) as a local vice president and national contributing editor. After dental school Erinne attend a one-year general practice residency at the VA Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Erinne has a passion for community health, and is a board certified in public health dentistry after completing a residency at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in 2018. In May 2019, she graduated as the pioneer student at HSDM with a Master of Medical Science in dental education.  She currently practices at the Alliance Dental Center, a dental office focused on wellness, in Quincy, MA.

She is a contributing editor for Dental Economics, and on the Junior Editorial board for Dental Entrepreneur Women (DeW). Dr. Kennedy‘s professional affiliations include: The American Dental Association, The American Association of Public Health Dentistry, The Massachusetts’s Dental Association, and The Academy of General Dentistry.

Afternoon (1:30 - 4:30pm)

Room 2

Presented by: Dr Dawn Ewing PhD

ICIM- International College of Integrated Medicine

Come learn about how small amounts of energy can urge the body to heal itself. Very common in Europe, your patients may actually know more than you do. I will try to make it a simple as possible.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain frequency medicines- student should be able to understand the theory and name at least 2 forms of frequency medicines
  2. The student should be able to name at least 2 homeopathic remedies commonly found at conventional pharmacies.
  3. The student will learn about Avagadro’s number and should be able to name it.

Room 3

Presented by: Dr. John Peldyak, Shirley Gutkowski, and Gustavo Ferrer, MD FCCP

Details coming soon!



Room 1

Presented by: Barbara Tritz RDH, BS, MSB

Sponsored by: Bio-Botanical Research

Details coming soon!


Barb-headshotBarbara K. Tritz RDH, BS, MSB is a registered dental hygienist with over 40 years of clinical experience. She practices in the office of Green City Dental in Edmonds, WA. She is also owner of Washington Oral Wellness in Kirkland, WA and is a practicing orofacial myofunctional therapist. Barbara received her AS degree in dental hygiene from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY, a Bachelor of Science in dental auxiliary teacher education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master of Science in Business from Husson University in Bangor Maine. She continued her training in myofunctional therapy from the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in Los Angeles. Barbara's passion for all things dental spilled over to creating a blog, Queen of Dental Hygiene.net. She won the 2019 Hufriedy-ADHA Master Clinician Award this past June at the annual ADHA Conference in Louisville, Ky. Barbara can be contacted at barbaratritz@gmail.com.

Friday, August 28, 2020

General Session

Track 1: AAOSH

Presented by: Dr. Kjersti Aargard

Details coming soon!


Presented by: Dr. Momo Vuyisich, Dr. Guru Banavar, Dr. Sri Venkatesh Ganeshan

Panel discussion- led by Dr. Mark Cannon, researchers will discuss the diagnostic tests and Dr. Cannon will explain clinical uses.

Details coming soon!


Dr. Momo Vuyisich

Momo Vuyisich is a founder and Chief Science Officer of Viome. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Tech. Besides providing scientific leadership at Viome, Momo focuses on product development, clinical accreditation, and clinical research.

Besides providing scientific leadership, I focus on product development, conversion of RUO assays into CLIA LDTs, and clinical research. I am also an Adjunct Professor at University of New Mexico (UNM) and New Mexico Tech (NMT).

Before founding Viome, I worked for 12 years as a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where I was the leader of the Applied Genomics team. My team's research focused on developing and applying modern genomics to the areas of gut microbiomes, host-pathogen interactions, microbial inter-species interactions, pathogen detection, cancer biology, toxicology, infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance, forensics, etc. I also helped set up several turn-key genome centers in Africa and Asia, and provided complete staff training in laboratory methods and bioinformatic analyses.

Dr. Guru Banavar

With IBM, I led the team that developed Watson, an artificial intelligence system that continues to transform the whole AI discipline. I’m proud to have represented my team’s work on the world’s most prestigious stages including the Nobel Prize and the Turing Lecture.

Over the last two decades, I’ve realized that to improve any industry, whether it be education, health care, cities, transportation, energy, housing, or food, the most effective change can be made through a deep understanding of what is going on within the system -- and data is the tell all that brings any system to life!

Dr. Sri Venkatesh Ganeshan

Dr. Sri Venkatesh Ganeshan MD serves as Chief Medical Officer to Iliad. A graduate of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, Dr. Ganeshan’s expertise resides in the therapeutic areas of Oncology, Urology, Transplant, Immunology, Dermatology, Hepatology, Virology and Neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr. Geneshan has vast experience in delivering organizational goals through project leadership, extensive clinical and administrative experience, and thorough knowledge of multiple therapeutic areas. As a former executive at Astellas Pharma US, Dr. Ganeshan launched two first in class compounds with great success. Successful in recognition of opportunities and facilitation of efforts to improve process, product knowledge and clinical outcome, Sri has proven ability in building productive associations with clinicians, researchers and administrators in pursuit of expanded understanding of disease and treatment options. Dr. Ganeshan brings extensive Clinical trial study management and regulatory affairs experience to Iliad, including clinical trial design, study medical monitoring, pharmacovigilance, and vendor management. Dr. Geneshan is discussing mitochondrial health determination by buccal cheek swabs.

Presented by Richard J Johnson MD

Learning Objectives

  1. To have a better understanding of the evidence that sugar (and especially fructose) might have in the epidemics of obesity and diabetes
  2. To understand the biological mechanism by which fructose predisposes to obesity and why this nutrient is relatively unique in its ability to induces obesity and diabetes
  3. To understand the evolutionary importance of fructose in the survival of species


Richard-Johnson-sqMost of my research has focused on the pathogenesis of kidney diseases, but during the last 12 years our studies have also included studies of the pathogenesis of primary hypertension, insulin resistance and diabetes, diabetic nephropathy, and obesity. One of my major areas of research is on the pathogenesis of obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, including the pathogenesis of fatty liver (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease) and chronic kidney disease. Much of this work has focused on the role of sugar (and particularly fructose) and its metabolite, uric acid. Our work on fructose led to the discovery that the preference for alcohol and sugar are linked, and this has led to a recent UO1 focusing on the role of fructokinase in alcohol use disorder. 

2000-8/2003: Chief of Nephrology, Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Section of Nephrology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX

9/2003-9/2008: Chief of Nephrology, Hypertension and Transplantation and J. Robert Cade Professor of Medicine, Professor of Physiology and Functional Genomics, Univ of Florida, Gainesville FL

10/2008-9/2017: Tomas Berl Professor and Chief, Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension, Prof Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics, U of CO

03/2012-present: Professor of Medicine (4/8th FTE), Division of Nephrology, Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Department of Veteran Affairs, Denver, CO 80220

9/2017 to present: Tomas Berl Professor of Medicine, Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension, U of CO

Dr. Johnson has researched, written & published numerous articles on Nephropathy, Renal injury, Uric Acid & Fructose in Metabolic Syndrom & kidney disease

Presented by Timothy Donley DDS MSD

Details coming soon!


Timothy Donley DDS MSD is currently involved in cardiovascular research.   He is in the private practice of Periodontics and Implantology in Bowling Green, KY.  Dr. Donley is a sought-after international speaker whose courses are always highly rated.  His forte lies in taking the latest research and packaging it in a way that makes sense.  He lectures and publishes frequently on topics of interest to clinical dentists and hygienists.  His current emphasis is on developing effective protocols to co-educate medical and dental providers to improve cardiovascular management.

Details coming soon!
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Presented by: Steve Carstensen, DDS

Details coming soon!


Steve Carstensen DDS started treating sleep problems in 1998 and practices at Premier Sleep in Bellevue, WA.

He’s completed UCLA’s Mini-Residency in Sleep and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Carstensen lectures internationally, directs sleep education at the Pankey Institute and is a guest lecturer at Spear Education, University of the Pacific, and Louisiana State University Dental Schools.

Since 2014 he has been Editor-in-Chief of Dental Sleep Practice Magazine. In 2019, Quintessence will publish A Clinician’s Handbook of Dental Sleep Medicine, written with a co-author.

Presented by: Michael Gelb, DDS, MS

Details coming soon!


Dr. Michael Gelb is an innovator in airway, breathing, sleep, and painful TMJ disorders pioneering Airway Centric.™  Dr. Gelb has studied early intervention for sleep disordered breathing (SDB) specializing in how it relates to fatigue, focus, pain, and the effects all of these can have on family health.

Dr. Gelb received his D.D.S. degree from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery and his M.S. degree from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.  He is the former Director of the TMJ and Orofacial Pain Program at the NYU College of Dentistry and is currently Clinical Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Pathology at the NYU College of Dentistry.  He has pioneered a new paradigm in preventive public healthcare named Airway Centric™.  He was awarded Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain in 1995.

Dr. Gelb is a co-inventor of the NORAD, or Nocturnal Oral Airway Dilator appliance that reduces snoring by positioning the patient’s tongue and jaw so that airways stay open.  He has invented a new line of Airway, Performance and Pain over-the-counter products also called Airway Centric™.  Dr. Gelb recently co-founded the American Academy of Physiologic Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD) and a non-profit to prevent the proliferation of chronic disease in the U.S. based on airway, sleep and breathing awareness, research and education.

Presented by: Licia Coceani Paskay, MS, CCC-SLP

Details coming soon!


Myofunctional therapist, founding president of the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences

Presented by: Shannon Sullivan, MD

Details coming soon!


Pediatric Pulmonologist and Sleep Specialist, Palo Alto, California

Details coming soon!

Saturday, August 29, 2020

General Session

Presented by: Dr. Vidam Backman

Details coming soon!


Dr. Vidam Backman, Walter Dill Scott Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. He is also a professor of medicine in oncology and biochemistry and molecular genetics at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Backman is program leader in cancer and physical sciences at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and a member of the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute.

Ph.D. Medical Engineering and Medical Physics, Harvard University - MIT, Cambridge, MA

M.S. Physics, MIT, Cambridge, MA

M.S. Physics, St. Petersburg Polytechnic Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia

B.S. Physics (Hons), St. Petersburg Polytechnic Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia

Presented by: Juan Yepes, DDS, MD, MPH, MS, DrPH

Details coming soon!


Juan F. Yepes DDS, MD, MPH, MS, DrPH is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana. Juan F is also an academic scholar at the Department of Pediatric and Community Dentistry, University at Buffalo. Juan F. is a dentist (DDS) and a physician (MD) from Javeriana University at Bogota, Colombia. In 1999, Juan F. moved to the USA and attended the University of Iowa and the University of Pennsylvania where he completed a fellowship and residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Oral Medicine respectively in 2002 and 2004. In 2006, Juan F. completed a Master in Public Health (MPH), and in 2011 a Doctoral Degree in Public Health (DrPH) both with emphasis in Epidemiology at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. In 2008, Juan F. completed a residency program in Dental Public Health at University of Texas, Baylor College of Dentistry. Finally, Juan F. completed the residency program and Masters of Science degree in pediatric dentistry at the University of Kentucky in 2012.

Juan F. is Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine, American Board of Dental Public Health, and American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Juan F. was the section head of oral and maxillofacial radiology at the University of Kentucky for 6 years (2004 to 2009). Juan F. is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Oral Medicine, American Medical Association, Hispanic Dental Association, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, International Association of Dental Research, International Association of Dentomaxillo-Facial Radiology, and American Dental Association. Juan F. is a fellow in dental surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons at Edinburgh, Scotland. Juan F. is in the editorial board of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Pediatric Dentistry. Finally, Juan F. research and teaching interest are in the area of oral medicine, oral radiology and oral pathology in children.

Presented by: Dr. Julie Wei

Details coming soon!


Dr. Julie Wei is an internationally recognized award-winning Pediatric Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist for children), speaker, author of A Healthier Wei and co-author of Acid Reflux in Children, researcher and mother.

She believes that many children suffering from runny noses, allergy symptoms and sore throats are being misdiagnosed and overmedicated. Using wisdom from both Eastern and Western medicine, Dr. Julie Wei has helped thousands of children reclaim a healthy lifestyle by curing what she has termed the “Milk and Cookie Disease” (MCD). Her goal is to empower people across the globe to make simple dietary and lifestyle changes, and revolutionize how we define and provide for children's health and well-being.

"What I’ve observed is that many of my patients are not actually sick. Yes, they do have symptoms and feel miserable, and they may even be chronically unwell — but they aren’t sick in a medical sense. What’s wrong is something medicines won’t cure. They’ve got what I call the 'Milk & Cookie Disease.'" – Dr Julie Wei

Presented by: Dr. Bradley F. Bale & Dr. Amy L. Doneen


This course will elucidate essential elements for establishing and maintaining cardiovascular wellness. The dental profession is positioned to play a profound role in this regard. Oral health care providers will learn concurrent health issues and physical traits their patients may have which heighten CV risk. Attendees will be informed about the wisdom of utilizing technology to detect asymptomatic CV disease (CVD). This course will provide education regarding inflammation as the cause of CVD. A special focus will be directed toward oral health as a cause of arterial disease and potential trigger of CV events. The Bale/Doneen Method bridges the gap between medicine and dentistry to promote arterial wellness. Students of this course will be in position to enhance their own CV health as well as their patients.

Learning Objectives

1. Recognize the impact of arterial disease throughout the world and in your practice!

2. Appreciate the numerous health issues identifiable in a dental practice that are associated with increased CV risk.

3. Create a care plan within your practice that highlights the arterial disease/inflammatory platform of the BaleDoneen Method.

4. Learn how you can assist your patients to allow their health span to match their life span.

5. Appraise the many root causes of arterial inflammation that involve the dental office.

6. Synthesize a clinical plan that promotes YOUR expertise within your community as a leader in promoting heart, brain and systemic arterial health.


Bale DoneenDr. Bradley Bale and Dr. Amy Doneen are international leaders in the prevention of heart attacks, strokes and type 2 diabetes. They have worked together since 1999, cofounding the BaleDoneen Method, which has been shown in two recent peer-reviewed studies to effectively identify, stabilize and reverse cardiovascular disease. Drs. Bale and Doneen have been called “disease detectives” because their method uses leading-edge laboratory and imaging tests to check for hidden signs of arterial disease--and if it’s found, to solve the mystery of why plaque is present, by tracking down and treating the root causes.

Dr. Bale and Dr. Doneen hold professorships at the Washington State University College of Medicine, the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and the Texas Tech Health Science School of Nursing. They’ve taught their evidence-based approach to prevention to hundreds of medical and dental providers in their American Academy of Family Physicians-accredited Preceptorship Program for the prevention of heart attack, stroke and diabetes, offered twice a year in major cities around the US as a two-day CME/CE course.

They’ve given nearly 1,000 lectures at leading medical conferences globally and have published their scientific research in many peer-reviewed journals. One of their recent publications has been hailed as “landmark” because it was the first to identify periodontal pathogens as a contributing cause of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Doneen is Medical Director of the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Bale has a private clinical practice in Gallatin, TN. They are coauthors of the bestselling book, Beat the Heart Attack Gene: The Revolutionary Plan to Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes.