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"Collaboration Cures"

September 23-26, 2021 

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Collaboration Cures is a collaborative meeting, with AAOSH, AAPMD (American Association of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry), and other allied organizations to be announced... all in one meeting!

Experience hands on workshops, joint sessions, multiple tracks, and networking with medical, dental, and allied health fields... an experience you can't get anywhere else!

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Room to Grow from Inside Out: The Role of Interoception in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Nicole Archambault, EdS, MS, CCC-SLP, CLEC

Children’s ability to perceive their bodies, feelings, and the connections within, play an integral role in the optimal development of oral functions and nasal breathing patterns. Research across various disciplines has illuminated the emerging role of interoception in human development and function. This session will highlight the latest in research in interoception, as well as innovative ways in which to facilitate interoception within a whole mind-body framework approach to orofacial myofunctional therapy.
Review the concept of interoception and its neurobiological relationships to ‎orofacial myofunctional therapy
List three therapeutic techniques to facilitate optimal interoception within orofacial myofunctional therapy
Describe a screening tool for interoception as it relates to orofacial ‎myofunctional therapy.

Connections Between Parafunctions and HRV: A Research Proposal
Licia C. Paskay, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical practice evidence illustrates the persistency of parafunctions in children and adults. ‎This persistence is often evidenced even after implementation of extensive behavioral therapy. ‎Given this persistence of parafunctions, a case can be made that they are necessary ‎mechanisms for the body to maintain homeostasis, with some of these para functions even ‎being considered life saving (such as nighttime bruxism or tongue thrust). Since the homeostasis ‎of the body can now be measured through the heart rate variability (HRV), a research proposal ‎is outlined to invite universities to study this possible connection and provide guidelines on ‎management of parafunctions after their causes are identified.
Identify the importance of heart rate variability (HRV) in illness and ‎health.
Review the concept of parafunctions and how they serve homeostasis.
Introduce development of a pilot study to verify whether or not HRV ‎changes in response to parafunctions.

The Evolving Field of Myofunctional Therapy: Innovation and Research Updates from Brazil
Marileda Tome, PhD., CCC-SLP

This session is designed to give participants an overview of the research in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in Brazil, specifically through the exploration of relevant historical background and current studies, as well as their application to clinical practice. Through this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of the growing needs of the myofunctional therapy field and the relationship of those needs to both present and future studies.
Understand the historical background of myofunctional therapy in Brazil
Analyze the most updated studies in the field of myofunctional therapy and their application to clinical practice.
Discuss the research needs of the myofunctional therapy field.


The Breathe Institute’s Functional Evaluation and Reporting Protocols
Sanda Valcu-Pinkerton, RDHAP, COM ®
Sarah Hornsby, RDH, OMT

As the first ENT/Sleep Medicine clinic in the world to have myofunctional therapy at core of ‎our clinical protocols, we believe that the healthcare field at large could tremendously benefit ‎from learning the foundations and therapeutic interventions of this form of therapy. Although ‎‎“myo” has been practiced in various forms for generations, it is also important to note, that ‎within the US, despite the overwhelming scientific support for the benefits orofacial ‎myofunctional therapy, there remains to be no formally established guidelines, and a huge ‎need for more objective research findings. The Breathe Institute has dedicated the time to ‎work collaboratively with multiple disciplines to achieve this goal, and is honored to work ‎together with AAPMD to bring this science and clinically backed, therapy-based, educational ‎information focused on healthy growth, development and function to the wider medical ‎community.

Describe common terminology, reporting styles, and supportive research to ‎effectively communicate and collaborate within interdisciplinary teams.
Review findings from floor of mouth compensation research.
List cross-organizational consensus on therapeutic terminology for ‎incorporation in the diagnostic and report writing process.

Early Detection and Prevention of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders in the 0-4 Population
Robyn Merkel-Walsh MA, CCC-SLP/COM®
Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC, FOM
Kristi Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM

Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) occur across the life span and are the nexus of ‎function and structure. The diagnosis considers the interaction of how atypical movement ‎patterns result in structural changes and how structural anomalies impact functional ‎skills. Orofacial myofunctional therapy is a treatment modality that is generally for children ‎over the age of 4 through adulthood, however the detection of orofacial myofunctional ‎disorders in 0-4 is critical in order to prevent manifestations of the functional impact on the ‎orofacial complex.
Robyn and Lori have over 50 years combined of assessing, treating and ‎teaching on feeding disorders and orofacial myology and have put this knowledge together to ‎create a task analysis across the ages in assessing and remediating OMDs. Course participants ‎will learn evidence-based approaches to mitigating OMDs in infants, babies, and toddlers ‎through a sensory-motor approach of feeding and speech.‎

List three red flags of orofacial myofunctional disorder in 0-4 population.‎
List one way in which pre-feeding/oral motor therapy varies from ‎orofacial myofunctional therapy.
Name two diagnoses that are likely to have orofacial complications.‎

Waking up to New Concepts in Sleep Medicine to Help Build a Better Clinical Sleep Practice
Learn How to Stand Out from the Sleepy Crowd 

 

 

This 6.75 hour CE course will cover cutting edge concepts that provide attending clinicians the ability to recognize the interrelationship between airway anatomy and chronic disease. Attendees will learn how to recognize "at risk" children who may develop OSA, and how early intervention using collaborative treatment protocols has the potential to lessen disease risk and improve long term health.

 

  1. The attendee will also learn how dental appliances can treat adult OSA patients. We will also present didactic information concerning how home sleep tests (HST), and in lab polysomnography (PSG) are differentiated and the specific clinical scenarios appropriate for each type oi testing.
  2. New approaches and therapy modalities for management of OSA are covered including surgically implantable Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulators and myofunctional therapy.
  3. Combination therapy with dental appliances and PAP therapy out outlined such that the attendee can recognize when such treatment combinations should be implemented. Also, this highlights the importance of collaborative care treatment models.
  4. In addition, all attendees will become familiarized with how Telemedicine provides an opportunity to significantly enhance the medical-dental collaborative healthcare model and the role of remote patient monitoring is explained

8-9:30 -  Overview of sleep disorders from infants to the elderly, Jerald H. Simmons, MD

9:30-10:15 - Evolution of the Airway and Frequently Overlooked Maxillary and Mandibular Deficiencies. Earliest Detection of Pediatric OSA, Kevin Boyd, DDS

10:30-11:30 - Early Airway Intervention and the Future Role of the Dentists in Pediatric Airway Management,  Kevin Boyd, DDS

11:30 – 12:30 The Full Spectrum of OSA, the Role of Sleep Testing, from the Home to the Lab and Back Again, Jerald H. Simmons, MD

1:15 – 2:00 - Treatment Approaches in Adult OSA, from CPAP to HGNS (Inspire), Jerald H. Simmons, MD

2:00-3:00 - Myofunctional Therapy Working Collaboratively with Chronic Disease Specialists, Joy L. Moeller, RDH, BS

3:00 – 3:45 - TeleMedicine and the Role of Remote Patient Monitoring to Assist the Sleep Dentist in a collaborative Healthcare Model, Jerald H. Simmons, MD

Cheryl Wardlaw, PT, MMSc, CFMT
 
The Endocannabinoid System’s Role in Nervous & Immune System Response Regulation: Controlling Inflammation by Enhancing Endocannabinoid System Function
 
Course Description
Pain that does not resolve in a predictable manner, and in a tissue appropriate timeframe may indicate that a systemic dysregulation is also at play. The purpose of this presentation is to outline the components and functions of our primary homeostasis system: the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). We will emphasize it’s regulation of the Nervous and Immune Systems , and the inflammatory process. Factors that negatively impact ECS function will be presented, as well lifestyle, diet and phytocannabinoid interventions to improve ECS health. The target outcome, is the control of sustained pain. 
 
Learning Objectives
  1. The participants will gain a working knowledge of the basic components of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), including transmitter, receptor and enzyme interactions. An emphasis will be placed on the ECS’s regulation of immune functions within the Central Nervous System and body.
  2. The participants will learn targeted strategies for improving the health and function of the ECS, ‎centering on dietary and lifestyle changes. ‎
  3. The participants will be learn the pros and cons of supplementing endocannabinoids with ‎phytocannabinoids to restore ECS function. These will include: the negative medical impact of ‎marijuana/ THC, and the positive medical impact of CBD.‎

Gregg Johnson, PT, FFMT, FAAOMPT

Connecting the Ground and Airway through Arm Swing

Course Description

This presentation can provide valuable understanding for all conference participants to better understand how dysfunctional posture and movement patterns airways efficiency and the autonomic nervous system can. Evidence will be presented to correlate dysfunctional postures and motor control to narrowed airways and respiratory inhibition. Participants will personally be guided through exercises to experience how various postural expressions can affect their respiratory function. Manual Therapy demonstration of selected participants will emphasize the possible interventions.
 
Learning Objectives
  1. To understand the Saliba Postural Classification system for identify postural dysfunctions 
  2. To experience the impact of postural dysfunctions on respiratory and autonomic NS function 
  3. To learn about the importance of manual therapy to enhance posture and movement to ‎improve respiratory and autonomic NS function.‎

 

Cheryl Wardlaw, PT, MMSc, CFMT

Endocannabinoid System’s Role in Nervous & Immune System Response Regulation: Controlling Inflammation by Enhancing Endocannabinoid System Function

Pain that does not resolve in a predictable manner, and in a tissue appropriate timeframe may indicate that a systemic dysregulation is also at play. The purpose of this presentation is to outline the components and functions of our primary homeostasis system: the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). We will emphasize it’s regulation of the Nervous and Immune Systems , and the inflammatory process. Factors that negatively impact ECS function will be presented, as well lifestyle, diet and phytocannabinoid interventions to improve ECS health. The target outcome, is the control of sustained pain. 
  1. The participants will gain a working knowledge of the basic components of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), including transmitter, receptor and enzyme interactions. An emphasis will be placed on the ECS’s regulation of immune functions within the Central Nervous System and body.
  2. The participants will learn targeted strategies for improving the health and function of the ECS, ‎centering on dietary and lifestyle changes. ‎
  3. The participants will be learn the pros and cons of supplementing endocannabinoids with ‎phytocannabinoids to restore ECS function. These will include: the negative medical impact of ‎marijuana/ THC, and the positive medical impact of CBD

 

James Carroll, founder and CEO of THOR

Photobiomodulation for Oral Mucositis

Course Description: 
Photobiomodulation (PBM) is a light-based therapy for Oral Mucositis and other painful, inflammatory, ulcerative, non-healing pathologies of the oral cavity. PBM is already standard of care for OM in many institutions and is recommended to the National Health Service (NHS) by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). PBM is also recommended by the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) for the treatment of OM. The light sources are typically low-intensity lasers or light-emitting diodes (LED), and the effect is non-thermal. The light is absorbed in endogenous chromophores in mitochondria, triggering a cascade of photochemical reactions. The downstream effects of PBM reduce oxidative stress, increase ATP, reduce inflammatory cytokines via NF-κβ and activate AP-1 transcription factors involved in tissue repair. This presentation introduces the basic concepts of Photobiomodulation, the mechanisms of action, its wider application in medicine that led to its adoption for cancer therapy side-effects, and a brief overview of the 47 randomised control clinical trials for Oral Mucositis published to date.

James Carroll 

James Carroll is founder CEO of THOR Photomedicine. THOR develops Laser and LED Photobiomodulation (PBM) devices for the treatment of Oral Mucositis and other cancer therapy side effects. James has co-authored 25 academic papers on PBM, 7 with Harvard Medical School and has co-authored 4 PBM books. James has presented PBM to the United Nations Global Health Impact Forum, US Congress on solutions to the opioid crisis and to policy advisors at the White House. James took PBM through the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance process, and consequently PBM is now recommended for preventing or treating oral mucositis in the National Health Service (NHS).

Erinne Kennedy, DMD, MPH, MMSc with ARKRAY

Coaching Your Patients to HEALTH!

With the use of chairside screening, we have a unique opportunity to use this information to help drive behavior change and create health alongside our patients. In this webinar we will learn about coaching methods that are effective in creating positive health behaviors in patients. Additionally, we will learn tips for being a coach, and what questions we can ask our patients during coaching conversations.

  • Compare and contrast advising, mentoring, and coaching patients to improve their oral health.
  • Learn how to be an oral health coach, ask “WHAT” questions in conversations with patients.
  • Practice coaching scenarios to drive patient behaviors and use innovative products can improve oral health.

Erinne Kennedy DMD, MPH, MMSc is a Part-Time Lecturer, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Assistant Professor, Director of Pre-Doctoral Education, Kansas City University College (KCU) of Dental Medicine

 

Thomas W. Nabors, DDS, FACD 
Founder of DNA Testing for the Oral / Systemic Link

Rethinking Oral Pathogens & the Role of Saliva Testing

Course Description


This course presents the latest scientific research that defines the necessity for testing for the most important Oral Pathogens that cause and contribute to systemic diseases as well as all forms of periodontal diseases. It is intended for all medical and dental practices

Learning Objectives


1. Each attendee will learn why the latest science defines (5) Oral Pathogens as the most important contributors to causation of systemic and oral inflammation.
 2. Each attendee will learn how these (5) have become necessary for the COLLOBRATION CURES goals of Predicting, Preventing, and CURING both Oral and Systemic Diseases.
-3. Each attendee will learn how to test using only saliva and receive result reports.

Biography

Dr. Nabors has followed the science of oral microbiology and general medicine relative to periodontal disease for over 40 years. His experience in the study and the testing for oral pathogens make him most unique in this new world of scientific data relevant to systemic and oral diseases.

He introduced DNA-PCR testing in his own practice by using a Germany laboratory in 2001. The first dentist to use both phase-contrast microscopy and DNA-PCR testing on every patient.

Due to the amazing patient success stories, he began a program of teaching this model and founded the first company to introduce DNA-PCR testing to other health care professionals in 2003. This company was Advanced Dental Diagnostics (ADDX).

He realized the need to have a U.S. based clinical laboratory and thus founded the first U.S. based clinical laboratory using DNA-PCR in 2008.

Dr. Nabors has >40,000 patient records from hundreds of offices that show the necessity for defining a true medical diagnosis in order to connect the oral cavity with the rest of the body. (Most likely the most of any clinician in the world). Plus, he is adamant that DNA testing is the standard of care in order to create a personalized treatment and maintenance plan for every patient with periodontal disease.

His belief today is that most forms of periodontal diseases can, in fact, be cured. But there are requirements that science dictates that are not traditionally taught.

Along with understanding how specific pathogens affect inflammation, this requires a definitive diagnosis based upon causation using DNA-PCR testing. And, it requires a personalized treatment and maintenance plan for each patient with a follow-up test to determine if the treatment strategy is congruent with the goal to cure each disease and to prevent or stop systemic inflammation. All are measurable events and can be taught to any clinician.

Today, Dr. Nabors is a frequent lecturer and contributor to literature relative to his work. And, he is excited to be a presenter at Collaboration Cures in 2021.

 

Mark Cannon, DDS

The Theology of Diet: The Gospel of Probiotics and Synbiotics

Course Description

Diet refers to the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats, while food is any ‎nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink or that plants absorb in order to maintain life ‎and growth. That we can all agree upon, and we all have heard that “food is medicine and medicine is ‎food”. But what do all the experts really say about nutrition and why do so many of them disagree? ‎Nutrition, after all, should be a science, but it is often strongly swayed by “beliefs”. More importantly, ‎what also matters are all the influencers, such as, Diet, Exercise, Environment, Stress, Family origins ‎and their effects on the Microbiome. This presentation will update the attendee on the most recent ‎information concerning the oral and gut microbiome complex, the effects of the influencers on the ‎microbiome complex and the new roles of prebiotics, probiotics, symbiotic and postbiotics. ‎
 

Learning Objectives

  1. The role of diet in human history and our current health crisis
  2. ‎What to advise patients and their families to avoid and they should strive for
  3. ‎The role of probiotics and why they work, ‎and the research that supports their implementation into your practice protocols ‎

Diane Larson RDH, Clinical Specialist, BSDH & Ron McGlennen, MD, Medical Director

 Advancing Wellness through Salivary Diagnostics: Roundtable Discussion

Course Description

Patient care in all health care professions continues to evolve. The search for the “root cause(s)” of diseases is rapidly gaining acceptance by clinicians and patients alike. The "One Size Fits All Approach" can now be altered to a personalize patient care based of objective clinical lab results. With the utilization of salivary diagnostics, we can understand the patient's disease on a molecular level for better patient care and overall outcomes, easily connecting the oral systemic dots. Clinical lab testing is the future, and the future is now, especially with the COVID 19 pandemic. Yes, we can advance patient wellness through the use of salivary diagnostics!

Bring your successful cases and puzzling cases to discuss. Listen to peers share their experiences and expertise while being guided by Dr McGlennen and Diane Larson RDH to develop necessary investigative skills and implement salivary diagnostics into your practice.

  • Interpret Bacterial Test Results and Summarize Systemic Effects of Periodontal Pathogens
  • Comprehend Test Selection in Case Studies
  • Formulate the value of salivary diagnostic testing and how to apply to patient care

Diane Larson, RDH, BSDH has over 20 years dental experience and has been a dedicated Clinical Specialist for OralDNA® Labs for over 10 years. 

She has her Dental Hygiene degree from Northcentral Technical College, Wausau, WI and received her BSDH from MN State University Mankato in 2018. 

Diane is active in ADHA/MnDHA. Her total health approach is complimented by her nutritional knowledge. 

Ronald C McGlennen MD; Founder of Access Genetics and Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Dr. McGlennen has published over 70 scientific articles and book chapters, has been the editor of five journals. and holds 9 issued and pending patents.

He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and by the American Board of Medical Genetics, with a Specialty in Clinical Molecular Genetics. Internationally recognized as an expert in Molecular Biology and Genetics.

His focus in research has been on reducing the complexity of gene-based testing, including DNA chip technology and simple analytic instrumentation to better serve the community laboratory.

Ronald has served on a series of governmental and regulatory committees focused on the growth of the field of molecular diagnostics.

Louise Kelley,  PT, DPT, PRC
 
Connecting the Ground and Airway through Arm Swing
 
Course Description
Arm swing is a movement pattern that a clinician of any discipline can observe and ‎decipher when their patient walks into the clinic. An individual’s arm swing, its ‎amplitude, direction, and left-right symmetry, reflects ground connection with ‎each step, respiratory mechanics, air flow patterns, mandibular position, and ‎airway efficacy. ‎
 
Learning Objectives
‎-‎ the interplay between heel strike and pelvic and trunk movement on lung ‎compression and decompression that provide the kinetic energy to move ‎one’s body forward‎
‎-‎ how habitual walking and breathing patterns drive, and are driven by, ‎scapula, clavicle, rib, cervical vertebrae, hyoid, and mandible position, ‎function, and freedom of movement‎
‎-‎ activities that utilize ground sense, diaphragm position, rib cage movement, ‎and arm reach with complete, deliberate breaths for effective arm swing ‎and airway performance‎
‎-‎ case studies of sub-optimal arm swing and objective findings of airway ‎position and performance‎
 
  1.  Recognize characteristics of sub-optimal arm swing‎
  2. ‎ Understand the relationship between center of mass left to right shift and ‎habitual breathing patterns while walking‎
  3. ‎Appreciate the role of physical therapy on enhancing interdisciplinary ‎treatment outcomes‎

Ken Berley, DDS, JD, DABDSM

Expanding Your Practice Safely: Understanding State and Federal Legal Rules and Guidelines 

Course Description

We will explore the legal ways a practitioner can expand his or her scope of practice. Each participant will understand the concept of Scope of Practice and how to work with physicians and other healthcare practitioners to venture into new and exciting areas of practice. Billing medical insurance for these procedures will be introduced.

Learning Objectives


1. Define Scope of Practice
2. The elements of Scope of Practice will be expanded with examples given.
3. Standing Orders and General Supervision will be introduced
4. Medical Billing will be briefly discussed.


Biography

Ken Berley, DDS, JD, DABDSM is a dentist/attorney with over 35 years of dental experience and over 22 years in the legal profession. For the past 10 years he has focused his practice on the treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing and TMD. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and with his unique credentials he stays busy lecturing and consulting in the areas of risk management and the development of a successful dental sleep medicine (DSM) practice.

Dr. Berley is the co-author of The Clinician’s Handbook for Dental Sleep Medicine (Quintessence Publishing) and has been published in numerous journals and dental sleep medicine magazines. He has written numerous consent forms that are used in general and dental sleep medicine practices as well as providing consulting services for dental practices and insurance companies. He is the President and Co-Founder of The Dental Sleep Apnea Team, a consulting firm offering education for both the clinical and practice management team on dental sleep medicine and medical billing.

Allison Berman, MA, PAT, PhD candidate

Achieve Better Patient Outcomes in Waiting ‎Room and Operatory with PuzzleArt™ Therapy ‎Visualization and Distraction Tools during ‎COVID and Beyond

Course Description

This hands-on workshop will provide an overview of the neural benefits of visualization which can help patients create and follow their own path of relaxation especially during, but not limited to Covid. Using Alli’s PuzzleArt™ Therapy program protocols, she will demonstrate how this program utilizes strategic visualization skills and physical or digital distraction tools to provide a safe one minute activity that can help reduce stress and anxiety and promotes connection to self and others across the lifespan.

There will be a focus on the use of targeted PuzzleArt™ tools to generate connection to inner self, connection to close others, and connection to society at large to manage anxiety. Participants will have the opportunity to practice a selection of hands-on activities and explore how the programs can be applied to use with clients both during in-person sessions as well as on televisits. Learn a new technique, broaden your knowledge, and help your patients in an innovative, colorful and fun way. Participants will leave with tools and activities they can use the very next day

Allison Berman, MA, PAT, PhD candidate 

Brain Fitness expert, Artist, Author, Educator, workshop leader for 40+ years. Educational advisor to the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine and founder of Anti-Aging Art and Brain Fitness Art. Half a million people have benefited from her arts, professional development, therapy, creativity and educational programs. Her art is in museums, galleries and corporate + private collections worldwide. BA/Edu + BA/Art Stony Brook Univ, MS/ABT Pratt Institute. MA/Edu w/Neuroscience Approach Gateway University. PhD Candidate Edu w/Neuroscience Approach Gateway University.

AAOSH 101: Intro to Oral Systemic Health

THIS COURSE IS FOR EVERYONE NEW TO ORAL SYSTEMIC HEALTH - but everyone is welcome!! 

Course Description: 
AAOSH is passionate in its vision to educate medical and dental professionals about the mouth-body connections and to help bridge the gaps within the medical disciplines and professions using current and emerging science and modern information technology which will support the rapid and accurate exchange of available knowledge.
Emerging science confirms that chronic low-grade infections in the mouth elevates systemic inflammation and has an impact on all body systems. The mouth is further linked with the rest of the body when considering the impact of oral airway and sleep apnea, TMD and headaches, dental caries infections, and oral cancer. The significance of these numerous mouth-body and oral-systemic connections highlight the importance of preventing and treating oral disease which has mounting and profound medical impacts on “whole body” health.
“Oral Health” must therefore have a new definition and be supported by an organization inclusive of all medical professionals and practitioners that are committed to working and learning together in a spirit of collaborative cooperation.
This course is for all those new to oral systemic health and new to annual sessions.

Learning Objectives:

1. To increase awareness of what oral systemic is and how to incorporate into your practices
2. What tools and testing do you need to identify problems?
3. How do you communicate to the patient about their systemic issues in relation to their oral health?

Chris Kammer, DDS

Dr Chris Kammer is the founding father of AAOSH, our first president, and 6 year board member, and has attained AAOSH Fellowship. He has also been a chief dental consultant for Reader’s Digest, and has been quoted in many publications including USA Today, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. He was featured on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer as their Person of the Week. He has also appeared widely on national television and radio programs including The Today show, Fox and Friends, CBS MarketWatch, CNN, NPR, Montel Williams, Late Night with David Letterman and even American Idol where his original oral systemic song “Get Out the Brush” reached a viewing audience of 25 million people.

Dr. Chris Kammer
Victorious Dental
8313 Greenway Blvd, Ste. 200
Middleton, WI 53562
608.867.6060
https://www.thedrillisgone.com
drchriskammer@yahoo.com

Kelli Jaecks, MA, RDH

Martinis, Millennials, Motherhood & Menopause: Considerations in Women’s Health

With over 50% of dentists graduating female and over 90% of dental hygienists being female, our industry needs a clear focus on women’s health. Women have health considerations unique to their gender and hormonal make-up. According to the US Census, there are over 126 million women in the U.S. today. As our population ages, women will outnumber men two-to-one. How do we best care for ourselves and our patients in this growing reality?


Let’s be real: throughout our lives as women, our bodies change, and our hormones groan. Whether we are dealing with our Periods and PMS, Pregnancy, or Perimenopause- many women find themselves feeling alone and confused by the changes in their bodies. As our hormones fluctuate, they affect our emotional and physical selves.


The good news? Women can be proactive in making lifestyle choices to get healthier and live longer. As healthcare providers, we can educate and empower our patients in positive habits for longevity.


This course is for both men and women. After all, women are our mothers, sisters, daughters’ employees, employers, and co-workers. We will examine multiple systems within the female body that are affected as we age and explore practical strategies, relevant to all genders, needed to reduce disease risk, while living healthy and well-balanced lives.

Course Objectives
• Discover how hormones impact multiple bodily systems, including oral health
• Identify risk factors and prevention strategies for oral, heart, and bone health
• Explore simple strategies in mental and physical wellness to beat the hormone groan at any age
• Address the role of the health care professional in understanding, supporting and educating patients

Kelli Swanson Jaecks, MA, RDH is a self-care strategist, a nationally published author, professional speaker, and blogger. Kelli works with organizations who want achievable strategies to slay burn-out and optimize their team’s total health. She also coaches others to put their own self care first, so they can fully live their lives, and better serve the world.
Kelli is the author of the Amazon best seller: Martinis & Menopause — Strategies, Science and Sips that Empower Women to Beat the Hormone Groan. She is a past president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, and current president of the NSA (National Speakers Association), Oregon Chapter.
Kelli holds master’s degree from Oregon State University in Communication and Adult Education. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1996.
When not working or constrained by Covid, Kelli enjoys traveling to cool venues for scuba-diving and performing in live theater productions.

You can connect with Kelli here.

Website: https://www.kellijaecks.com

Jeri LaVigne, EdD, PhD 
 
Frequency of Healing 
Course Description
We all know frequencies of energy can be healing. Take music for example. Classical music is known to ‎be soothing, and who doesn’t immediately cheer up whenever you hear your favorite pop anthem? ‎Y’all know you perk up whenever you hear “Watermelon Sugar.” ‎
But what about healing frequencies? Sound and light frequency healing modalities have been around ‎for centuries to promote wellness for the mind and body. Healing frequencies are a type of wave ‎therapy to induce a state of ease and harmony in the body. In this discussion, we will focus on light ‎therapies and how different frequencies of light can have different effects on human brain and body ‎activity. It’s clinically proven that once a new frequency is introduced to the brain or body to reminding ‎the system of homeostasis, a person is initiated into a healing state.‎
Cold laser introduces light frequencies to achieve brain balance, reduce stress, and to heal organs, ‎muscles, or ligaments. The Irlen Method filters light to balance brain function by improving visual ‎processing and auditory processing, reducing stress, relieving migraines, and improving depth ‎perception. Light frequencies can be an important part of the healing process.‎ 
 
Learning Objectives
  1. Understanding how light frequencies can affect the brain and body.‎ ‎
  2. Understanding how cold laser therapy uses photons to promote healing.‎ ‎
  3. Understanding how the Irlen Method filters light frequencies to help children and adults better ‎process information.‎

 

Jeri LaVigne, Ed.D., Ph.D. is an educational psychologist who is most interested in the health of your brain. She also holds a Diplomate in Functional Neurology She has been working in the Atlanta area for more than 30 years helping children and adults reach their goals and dreams by teaching them how to better process information and create optimal brain performance. Dr. LaVigne is an Irlen Director, certified in the Irlen Method and is a Neurofeedback practitioner. Because every brain is different, she offers several therapies that aid in brain balancing including cold laser, kinesiology, and sound and light therapies. She is an International workshop facilitator and conference speaker, most recently addressing the 2019 Louisiana School Nurse’s Conference, The Women’s Professional Development Network, and the 2019 Irlen International Conference in Manchester, England. She is also a graduate of Edwene Gaines’ Masters School and is a prosperity teacher specializing in goal setting, forgiveness, and meditation. She is also a certified Fire Walk Instructor. She has assisted in creating several non-profit organizations, such as Anatta World Health and Education and the Roosevelt Ashley Foundation, providing medical and educational programs and supplies to children in need around the world.

 

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

OPEN MIC NIGHT. 

Hosted by Chris Kammer, Sponsored by AAOSH and AAPMD. 

Join us after the Reception in Exhibit Hall for drinks, comedy, talent, and more. Kick back and enjoy time with colleagues Thursday night before a busy weekend of learning.

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FRIDAY septEMBER 24 

Registration

 

Morning Meditation 
Mark Abramson, DDS

Mark Abramson, DDS 

 

  • Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford University, School of Medicine
  • Diplomat, American Board of Orofacial Pain
  • Diplomat, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programs:,Center for Integrated Medicine, Health Improvement Program

Chris A. Knobbe, MD
Physician, Ophthalmologist, Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus
Nutrition Researcher, Author, and Speaker
Founder & President, Cure AMD Foundation™
Boulder, Colorado, USA

Heart Disease, Cancer, Overweight, Metabolic Disease, Dental Caries, & Malocclusion: Are They All Caused by Westernized Diet? 

Chris A. Knobbe, MD, is a physician, ophthalmologist, and Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus, formerly of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Knobbe, a Weston A. Price acolyte since 2013, is known primarily for his research, writings, and presentations connecting Westernized diets to numerous so-called ‘Westernized diseases,’ including coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancers, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and autoimmune diseases. Within the ophthalmologic profession, Dr. Knobbe is known primarily for his revolutionary hypothesis and supportive research regarding the potentially blinding eye disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease which currently affects 196 million people worldwide. Dr. Knobbe’s research has also become deeply invested in the devastating effects of seed oils (‘vegetable oils’) and their unequaled contributions to Westernized disease, including heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancers, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and other chronic diseases. Dr. Knobbe and colleagues have a published scientific paper regarding his revolutionary hypothesis and supportive research regarding AMD, in the journal Medical Hypotheses. Knobbe is author of the book, Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration, available via online book retailers everywhere. Knobbe is a frequent speaker and lecturer, to both medical and lay audiences all across the U.S. and is now reaching international audiences both online and in conferences.

Dr. Knobbe is currently leading a team of researchers, which includes six general ophthalmologists, four retina specialists, a PhD vision scientist, a nutrition researcher, and two mathematicians/statisticians in ongoing research regarding man-made, processed foods and the increasing prevalence of age-related macular degeneration.

Dr. Knobbe has been a frequent presenter for the Ancestral Health Symposium, the Weston A. Price Foundation, and the Macular Degeneration Association, and he has presented to colleague physicians, researchers, ophthalmologists, optometrists, and vision scientists at these conferences as well as at the Christian Ophthalmology Society, ALLDocs Annual Convention, Low Carb Denver, and the Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado, and the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), all for CME. Dr. Knobbe has been certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1997. He has been the featured guest on numerous podcasts and articles including reviews and podcasts by Dr. Joe Mercola and Dr. Eric Berg. In the Winter of 2020, Dr. Knobbe was appointed the prestigious position of Honorary Board of Directors member for the Ocular Wellness & Nutrition Society (OWNS) where he also delivered the “keynote address” at their annual convention. Knobbe is Founder and President of the non-profit organization, Cure AMD Foundation, where he can be reached via the official website, CureAMD.org. Dr. Knobbe accepts no book royalties, compensation for his research, or compensation for his role in directing Cure AMD Foundation.

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Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L

The Nutrition Transition from Fetus to Toddler

Learning Objectives:

  1. To evaluate the nutrition transition of children’s food over the last 40 years, and its relation to the rise of malocclusion, metabolic syndrome, and obstructive sleep apnea
  2. To explain the primary role of fructose added to infant and toddler food and mechanisms of these processes
  3. To explain the secondary role of lack of fiber in infant and toddler food and mechanisms of these processes

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist, with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition. He is one of the leaders of the current “anti-sugar” movement that is changing the food industry. Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He also received his Masters of Studies in Law (MSL) degree at University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2013. He is the author of the popular books Fat Chance (2012), The Hacking of the American Mind (2017), and the just released book Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine,. He is the Chief Science Officer of the non-profit Eat REAL, he is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Humane Technology, Simplex Health, and Levels Health, and he is the Chief Medical Officer of BioLumen Technologies, Foogal, Perfact, and Kalin Health.

James Thomas, DDS, MS

MedTalk 1 Beginning With The End In Mind: What Babies Tell Us About Our Future Selves

Course Description

Normal and abnormal sucking and swallowing mechanics develop during gestation. So many ‎lessons can be extrapolated from in utero development. We will describe the foundational ‎building blocks that are required during gestation to form coordinated suck, swallow and even ‎breathing patterns the first days of life and beyond. When a dysfunctional pattern is identified ‎early in an infant’s life, compensatory strategies can be haulted before they form. Finally, our aim ‎is to describe a need to evaluate and establish the prognostic value of an abnormal sucking and ‎swallowing in newborn infants.‎
 

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify three developmental milestones that are impacted by prenatal suck behavior
  2. Interpret the relationship between early sucking patterns and future developmental outcomes in both premature and full term infants
  3. Conclude that it is imperative to normalize a proactive approach to infant feeding in our medical system in order to shift the trajectory and pursuit of optimal health

Bio
James Thomas, DDS MS 

When it was discovered that there was a connection between oral dysfunction, oral restrictive tissues, and airway disorders we wanted to get it out in a story-based educational platform. We wanted to build a community for professionals, parents, and patients seeking this healthcare need. So leveraging the success we had with the health:latch brand, that is exactly what we did. We believe that the growth of this online educational community will deliver a message to slow the progression of negative health outcomes that may include but are not limited to: difficulty breastfeeding, infant failure to thrive, mastitis, difficulty with suck/swallow, dysfunctional feeding patterns, heightened sympathetic pathways, difficulty with speech/language articulation and pronunciation, open mouth breathing posture, cavities, opportunistic oral diseases, crowded teeth, malocclusions, TMJ, TMD, inflamed tonsils, difficulty nasal breathing, sinusitis, migraines, posture, head/neck tension, behavioral issues in children due to poor sleep, early sleep-disordered breathing and severe sleep apnea as an adult.If a loved one, friend, or partner is struggling with one or more and you want to know more (and you should want to know more), please consider joining this movement. www.healthlatchcircle.com.

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L

The Hateful (or Grateful) Eight – the Subcellular Pathologies that Drive Disease

Learning Objectives:

  1. To demonstrate that chronic diseases therapy only treats symptoms, not the actual disease process
  2. To delineate the eight subcellular pathologies that belie all chronic disease, and how they contribute to morbidity and mortality
  3. To show that these subcellular pathologies are foodable but not druggable

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist, with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition. He is one of the leaders of the current “anti-sugar” movement that is changing the food industry. Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He also received his Masters of Studies in Law (MSL) degree at University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2013. He is the author of the popular books Fat Chance (2012), The Hacking of the American Mind (2017), and the just released book Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine,. He is the Chief Science Officer of the non-profit Eat REAL, he is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Humane Technology, Simplex Health, and Levels Health, and he is the Chief Medical Officer of BioLumen Technologies, Foogal, Perfact, and Kalin Health.

Katherine C Schacherl, DDS 

Incorporating Sleep Assessment into Your Practice: An Essential Evaluative Tool

• Understand that sleep quality assessment is an essential component of a comprehensive patient treatment plan
• Learn the benefits of collaborating with SleepImage® to assess patient sleep quality
• Explain how sleep quality assessment drives patient case management within the clinical setting (objective evidence)


Kate Schacherl, DDS practices general dentistry at Main Street Dentists in Verona, WI.
Dr. Schacherl is a member of the faculty at the Marquette University School of Dentistry Department of Surgical Services. Her work at the department focuses on the relationship between periodontal disease and overall systemic health. She is a teaching faculty at the Pinhole Academy, where she holds an Advanced Certification in the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®, the minimally invasive scalpel and suture-free procedure for treating gum recession. She has lectured extensively on this topic and taught the procedure to doctors around the globe. Dr. Schacherl is a Key Opinion Leader (KOL) for KavoKerr and works with OrthoMatrix as dental contractor.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Edgewood College, and a doctor of dental surgery degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry. Dr. Schacherl has completed more than 1500 hours of continuing dental education, including post-graduate work in airway dentistry, orthodontics, periodontal disease, oral surgery, implants and restorative dentistry.

Lunch with Exhibitors

Katherine C Schacherl, DDS 

“Learning to Read the SleepImageÒ Clinical Report: An Interactive Session”

  • Identify the essential components of the SleepImageÒ Clinical Report
  • Summarize the relevance of each essential component of the SleepImageÒ Clinical Report
  • Understand when referral to a healthcare professional for diagnosis of OSA or other medical condition is required

Kate Schacherl, DDS practices general dentistry at Main Street Dentists in Verona, WI.
Dr. Schacherl is a member of the faculty at the Marquette University School of Dentistry Department of Surgical Services. Her work at the department focuses on the relationship between periodontal disease and overall systemic health. She is a teaching faculty at the Pinhole Academy, where she holds an Advanced Certification in the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®, the minimally invasive scalpel and suture-free procedure for treating gum recession. She has lectured extensively on this topic and taught the procedure to doctors around the globe. Dr. Schacherl is a Key Opinion Leader (KOL) for KavoKerr and works with OrthoMatrix as dental contractor.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Edgewood College, and a doctor of dental surgery degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry. Dr. Schacherl has completed more than 1500 hours of continuing dental education, including post-graduate work in airway dentistry, orthodontics, periodontal disease, oral surgery, implants and restorative dentistry.

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L

Tooth Decay and Liver Decay the Nexus of Doctors and Dentists

Learning Objectives:

1. To explain how sugar leads to oral and systemic disease
2. To show that current modalities to control oral and systemic disease are only adjuncts, not primary therapies
3. To argue that doctors and dentists must band together to combat chronic disease

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist, with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition. He is one of the leaders of the current “anti-sugar” movement that is changing the food industry. Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He also received his Masters of Studies in Law (MSL) degree at University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2013. He is the author of the popular books Fat Chance (2012), The Hacking of the American Mind (2017), and the just released book Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine,. He is the Chief Science Officer of the non-profit Eat REAL, he is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Humane Technology, Simplex Health, and Levels Health, and he is the Chief Medical Officer of BioLumen Technologies, Foogal, Perfact, and Kalin Health.

Alicia Williams, DO, FACC, FACOI

CIMT (Carotid Intimal Media Thickness) for Vascular Screening

Course Objectives

  • Brief overview of CIMT for assessment of vascular health; science/research
  • Clinical application of CIMT to identify, risk stratify and follow-up on vascular health status case studies
  • Medical/Dental collaboration to promote vascular health; strategies to identify risk, triage, treat and
    motivate.

Alicia Williams, DO, FACC, FACOI has a BS in Nutrition/Biochemistry, Doctor of Osteopathy, has a Noninvasive Cardiology Fellowship from Botsford Hosptial/University of Michigan, & American College of Cardiology

  • Integrative Cardiologist at the Center for Optimal Health, East Lansing, Michigan (2017-present)
  • Noninvasive Cardiologist Ascension Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan (1993-present)
  • CardioRisk certified for CIMT (carotid intimal media thickness).

Christine Moleski, DMD 

Scan for Accuracy – Digital Tools to Improve Crozat Therapy 

Course Description

How technology can be used to enhance the fit of Crozat appliances and other digital work flows.We will present a step-by-step digital work flow you can use to produce accurate models without guessing where to remove gingival tissue. This means your appliance cribs / retention will be better adapted to the tooth structure saving you valuable chairside time. In addition, we will present other digital and 3D printing ideas for your office.

Bio

Christine Moleski, DMD, graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University - School of Dentistry in 2001. She resides and has a private practice in the small town of Juneau, Alaska. She was the first winner of the William Howard Prosthodontic Prize competition in dental school which lead to her involvement with the AGD and ADA governance at all tiers. Continuing education in orthodontics lead her to the AAGO where she is a member of the Board. She is committed to airway centric treatment in all aspects of dental care.

Mark Cannon, DDS

The Theology of Diet Part 2:The Gospel of Prebiotics and Postbiotics

Course Description

Taking probiotics for gut health without considering the dietary influences may be without any benefit. Indeed, taking probiotic capsules and then consuming a candy bar is akin to throwing down bluegrass seed onto desert soil. Fortunately, we have prebiotics to the rescue! Prebiotics come in a number of forms, such as the fructo-oligosaccharides and the galacto-oligosaccharides but equally important we have our old polyol friends, xylitol and erythritol. Not only does that dynamic duo inhibits all the pathogens, clearing space for our commensal bacteria, but they have unique anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetes properties. Xylitol also inhibits obesity plus, we can’t forget, prevents dental caries and periodontal disease. Xylitol given IV can prevent sepsis, and sadly was never used during the pandemic to prevent SARS. Even more fascinating, xylitol may be a regulator of the production of Reactive Oxidative Species and “cools down” over-active mitochondria. Recent research into the cancer inhibition properties of xylitol will be presented, including new research being conducted at the Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern University.

Postbiotics have recently been a subject of great interest as the metabolic products of bacteria have many host effects and exert epigenetic changes. Epigenetic changes are seen in many autoimmune diseases, psychological disorders and cancer.

The participant will be provided an overview into what each and every patient should be informed of in regard to achieving total health with prebiotics.

Learning Objectives

  1. The role of diet in human history and our current health crisis
  2. ‎What to advise patients and their families to avoid and they should strive for
  3. ‎The role of probiotics and why they work, ‎and the research that supports their implementation into your practice protocols ‎

Steve Lamberg, DDS, DABDSM 

The Interpretation Key for the Lamberg Questionnaire: How to Assesses the
Risk of SRBDs by Reviewing the Patient's Standard Medical History

The Lamberg Questionnaire is a simple screening tool that assess the risk
of having an SRBD based on their medical history. Every system in the
body can be affected by hypoxia and or fragmented sleep. The
pathophysiology of how breathing disorders impact the body and cause
many common medical conditions will be reviewed system by system.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the importance of using a medical history review as a
    screening tool.
  • Learn how SRBDs cause or contribute to many common medical
    conditions.
  • Appreciate why finding the root cause of a medical condition and
    treating it can prevent disease in other systems in the body.

Dr. Steve Lamberg DDS, DABDSM has been practicing all phases of general dentistry in Northport, New York, for 40 years with a focus on comprehensive restorative dentistry. Always passionate about sleep and wellness, he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine in 2011 and has served on their board review faculty. He is the inventor of the Lamberg SleepWell Appliance, which is an FDA-cleared appliance for the treatment of OSA and holds several related patents. He regularly contributes articles to peer-reviewed journals to help dentists integrate dental sleep medicine into their general dental practices. Dr. Lamberg also launched, and serves as the director of, the Pediatric and Adult Airway Network of New York (PAANNY), to provide a local platform where dentists, physicians, orofacial myologists, and other related professionals learn and collaborate on treatment patients of all ages. Additionally, Dr. Lamberg serves as a Scientific Advisor at the Kois Center in Seattle. His recently published book for the general public, "Treat the Cause…Treat the Airway”, correlates many common medical conditions to airway and sleep and is available on Amazon.



John Walker, DDS & Peter Catalono, MD

Determinants of Sleep Apnea Disparities: Implications for Advancing Sleep Health

Course Description: 

This course will provide the attendee with a combination of existing and compelling new outcomes research that supports our contention that improving the nasal airway is critically important to the correction of SDB in adults and children. Armed with this data, the dental community can more effectively approach their local ENT surgeon and orthodontist to form a collaborative team to treat these patients successfully. Obstacles to developing the "team" will be discussed, along with strategies to overcome them.
 
Learning Objectives
  1. Understand the signs and symptoms of SDB in adults vs children 
  2. Learn the key radiologic features of nasal obstruction as seen on a sinus or Cone beam CT scan 
  3. Understand the treatment paradigms for adults vs children 
  4. Know the limits of what is currently possible.  

Ron Hruska, MPA, PT

PT TRACK: Malposition of Airway Axial Alignment and Stomatognathic Common Compensatory Conflict

Course Description

The stomatognathic, or stomognathic system, is an anatomical system compromising the teeth, jaws, and associated soft tissues. Proper function of the velum, tongue, muscles of speech, chewing and deglutition, and larynx and hyoid anatomy requires alignment of head and neck. Proper head extension on the cervical spine is an important skill learned in anesthetic practice. Its also an important consideration for anyone who is addressing posture and resonance of the airway. This presentation will explore the common compensatory conflict patterns of humans who do not have aligned horizontal oral, pharyngeal and laryngeal axes, or correct “sniffing position”, as reflected by malalignment of vertical mandible, maxilla and cervical axes orientation. Suggestions on how to improve the orientation of the midline of the laryngeal inlet through Postural Restoration® of head and neck resonance will be presented. Learning Objectives ~ Describe the relationship between the three-axes alignment theory (TAAT) and cervical axial rotation test (CART ~ ‎Outline the patterned compensatory conflict often seen between the genioglossus, ‎hyoglossus, and lateral pterygoid muscle when laryngeal inlet lumen is compromised because ‎of omohyoid and occipital-atlas imbalance‎ ‎~ Recognize appropriate applied integration considerations and treatment approaches for ‎airway position and balance‎

Ron Hruska, MPA, PT, has a strong interest in myokinematic and biomechanical influences on postural and peripheral adaptation patterns. His 40 years of clinical experience assists him with direct patient interventions based on specific examination and evaluation data that best reflects neuromechanical stability, trunk symmetry and respiratory balance. He lectures extensively and consults regularly with physicians, physical therapists, optometrists, dentists, and other health care providers across the United States and internationally on patterned postural position and pathology and his approach of restoring symmetrical balance using PRI principles. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Division of Physical Therapy. He currently is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Ron is the founder of the Postural Restoration Institute®, where he continues to teach around 20 courses each year across the country and internationally. He currently consults at the Hruska Clinic, Restorative Physical Therapy Services and Hohl Orthodontics in Lincoln, Nebraska, and IPA Manhattan in New York City. In addition, Ron serves as a Biomechanical Consultant to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln through the Division of Athletic Medicine.

Eric Balcavage DC, CNS, CFMP, BCIM

Course Title

Thyroid Allostasis and the Cell Danger Response

Course Description:Hypothyroidism is one of the most common endocrine disorders. Cellular hypothyroidism can have a significant impact on oral health. Unfortunately, how hypothyroidism is diagnosed and treated needs to be reassessed. In this presentation, I discuss the challenges with the current allopathic model of hypothyroid diagnosis and treatment and a new model for evaluating and addressing hypothyroidism.

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn the shortcomings of the current allopathic model of hypothyroid diagnosis and treatment.
  2. Participants will learn the difference between cellular and glandular hypothyroidism. 
  3. Participants will learn how to assess thyroid physiology through the lens of the cell danger response.
  4. Participants will learn strategies for reducing chronic cell stress and improving the health of their clients

Dr Eric Balcavage is the owner and founder of Rejuvagen, a functional medicine clinic in Chadds Ford, PA. He is nationally recognized speaker and educator on various health related topics including thyroid physiology, bile physiology, detoxification, oxidative stress, methylation and chronic illness.
Dr. Balcavage is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.), a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, along with being a licensed Chiropractor in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Balcavage is the co-host of Thyroid Answers Podcast. The podcast focuses on answering the pressing questions those suffering with chronic hypothyroid symptoms can’t get answered elsewhere. You can find his educational Thyroid Thursday videos on Vimeo and Youtube.
Dr Balcavage has made it his mission to change the way medicine looks at hypothyroidism. He is the co-author of the soon to be released book, Thyroid Debacle, The book co-written by Kelly Halderman MD, addresses the problems with current allopathic and functional medicine approaches to hypothyroidism as well as the solutions to restoring thyroid physiology.

Office:
Rejuvagen
17 Regency Plaza Glen Mills, PA 19342
Phone: 610-558-8920
www.rejuvagencenter.com
Youtube: Rejuvagen
Vimeo: Rejuvagen
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rejuvagencenter
Instagram: @drericbalcavage
Skype: Dr Eric Balcavage
www.thyroiddebacle.com

Oscar Sierra, L.Ac. (Ga #235), Dipl. Ac., C.H.‎


Determinants of Sleep Apnea Disparities: Implications for Advancing Sleep Health

Course Description:

We'll look at each other's tongues as well as slides of textbook tongues to ID signs of common TCM patterns then look at simple herbal & dietary interventions to address correcting systemic imbalances. 

Oscar Sierra, L.Ac. (Ga #235), Dipl. Ac., C.H.‎ 

Oscar Sierra brings more than a decade of clinical experience to Mederi Center, blending Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern Functional Medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science from the University of Georgia and is board-certified in Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, and Biomedicine through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Oscar is licensed to practice Acupuncture in the state of Georgia. As a Mederi Center clinician, Oscar offers the following modalities in his work with clients: Chinese Medicine, Lifestyle and Dietary Medicine, as well as Chinese, Western, and Ayurvedic Herbalism. Oscar has been a Mederi Medicine practitioner since completing Mederi’s advanced level clinical training course in the Eclectic Triphasic Medical System (ETMS/Mederi Care) with Donnie Yance in 2012. His practice focus involves working with cancer patients, as well as other difficult to treat chronic autoimmune and gastro-intestinal conditions. Oscar works collaboratively with other members of our Care Team – Mederi’s founder Donnie Yance and Naturopathic Physician Dr. Susan Saccomanno. Oscar’s approach to healing is wholistic and client-centered, keeping the focus on the client rather than the disease by carefully examining their condition, constitution, outlook, and environment. This individualized approach employs treatment strategies that are tailored to the client and incorporate both ancient evidence-based Eastern approaches, as well as aspects of progressive Functional Western Medicine. These strategies typically include diet, lifestyle, and herbs as the main therapeutic modalities as well as supplements, and an occasional healthy dose of laughter - a personal favorite healing modality for Oscar

Susan Maples, DDS, Doug Thompson, DDS, Alicia Williams, DO, FACC, FACOI

Growing Co-Referral Relationships With Medical Professionals 

Course Description

Can you imagine having your wellness docs on speed-dial when you need to collaborate about ‎complicated patients? Or getting a continual flow of new-patient referrals from your medical ‎community? Or learning from each other, for the optimal health of your collective patients? If ‎you just said “Yes!” three times, you won’t want to miss this course. Drs, Thompson, Maples ‎and Williams have done this successfully in their own communities, but not without ‎considerable effort. You’ll hear all three present their collective wisdom and shortcuts for ‎success. ‎

Dr. Thompson began his dental career at age eighteen, working as an in-house laboratory technician. He graduated from University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1996 and then completed a one-year hospital-based V. A. Residency In 1997. He then bought an established private practice in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and continues to practice there today under the practice name, Integrative Oral Medicine.
Dr. Thompson has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education at the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington, directed by Dr. John Kois. In 2015 he was offered and accepted a faculty position teaching about Personalized Periodontal Medicine. In 2016, he added the Wellness Dentistry topic to his teaching role.
In addition to his dental training, Dr. Thompson completed a Fellowship in AntiAging and Regenerative Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine. He has published professionally, and in 2015 Dr. Thompson founded the Wellness Dentistry Network, a community of dentists with a keen awareness of how oral conditions affect whole body health.
 In 2020, he founded Home Dental Exam .com, an online service providing in home salivary diagnostic testing options with virtual consultations to assist people with oral health care through an online platform.
 
Dr. Thompson can be reached at Doug@WellnessDentistryNetwork.com, DrDoug@IoralMed.com, or DrDoug@HomeDentalExam.com
 
Susan Maples, DDS, MSBA 

Dr. Susan Maples is a passionate health educator and leads a successful, Total Health, insurance-‎independent dental practice in Holt, Michigan. She brings preventive and restorative dental expertise, ‎a passion for mouth-body total health, a master’s degree in business/marketing, and 30+ years of ‎experience in private practice. She is the creator and founder of Total Health Academy, a complete ‎online solution for dental teams to integrate all aspects of Total Health Dentistry, author of ‎BlabberMouth! 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You To Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life, ‎developer of the Hands-On Learning Lab™ and SelfScreen.net. Susan currently serves as President ‎elect of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH). ‎

Alicia Williams, DO, FACC, FACOI 

Integrative Cardiologist at the Center for Optimal Health, East Lansing, Michigan (2017-present) ‎
Noninvasive Cardiologist Ascension Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan (1993-present) ‎
CardioRisk certified for CIMT (carotid intimal media thickness).‎

Mark Abramson, DDS

info coming soon

Michael Gelb, DDS, MS

TAO Dentistry - The Journey

Dr. Michael Gelb, DDS, MS is a world-renowned TMJ and Sleep Specialist with ‎practices in both New York City and White Plains. He received his D.D.S. degree ‎from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and his M.S. from SUNY at ‎Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gelb is the co-author of GASP: Airway ‎Health- The Hidden Path to Wellness, and the co-founder of both The Foundation ‎for Airway Health and The American Academy of Physiological Medicine and ‎Dentistry.‎ The Gelb Center was founded over 30 years ago by Dr. Michael Gelb’s father, Dr. ‎Harold Gelb. Since then, Dr. Michael has taken his father’s findings to the next ‎level through his Airway Centric® integrated therapy. He invented the ACG™ ‎Airway Centric® System with the help of ProSomnus Sleep Technologies. The ACG ‎System is the first day and night dental appliance solution that offers an integrated ‎approach to addressing airway issues.‎ Dr. Michael Gelb is dedicated to improving his patients’ health by reducing pain, ‎restoring refreshing sleep and transforming lives.‎

 

Allison Berman, MA, PAT, PhD candidate

Visual Skills Deficits and ADLs - How They Can Affect Your Career and Life at Any Age

Course Description: coming soon

Dr. Dayna A. Johnson, PhD, MPH, MSW, MS is a sleep epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University in Atlanta GA. She received her doctorate degree in Epidemiologic Science from the University of Michigan and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Harvard Medical School. Her research is aimed at understanding the determinants and health consequences of sleep deprivation by 1) addressing the social and environmental determinants of sleep disorders and insufficient sleep; and 2) investigating the influence of modifiable factors such as sleep disorders and disturbances on health disparities. More specifically, Dr. Johnson’s research quantifies the contribution of social, household-level and neighborhood-level factors with objective and well-validated subjective measures of insufficient sleep using data from different epidemiologic cohort studies. She is also exploring how stress reduction programs and improvements in the home environment can improve sleep and reduce subsequent risk of poor health outcomes. Dr. Johnson’s research group specializes in sleep measurement, utilizing well-validated questionnaires, actigraphy and polysomnography.

Abbie Mullins, BSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC, LCCE

Milk as Medicine: Optimizing Population Health Through Support of the Breastfeeding Dyad

Course Description

Despite AAP, AAFP, ACOG, CDC, WHO and UNICEF recommendations of 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding, only 58.3% of infants in the US are breastfeed at 6 months, and only 25.6% exclusively so. Furthermore, 60% of mothers do not meet their breastfeeding goals. Infant, maternal, and population health is enhanced through breastfeeding, and the interdisciplinary care team is perfectly poised to impact maternal self-efficacy and success. Recognizing the specific health benefits of human milk and at-breast feeding as well as the common reasons for breastfeeding cessation prior to the recommended duration or initial parent intent provides a point of focus for provider intervention, collaboration, and support of the dyad.

Learning Objectives

Objective 1

Define the WHO and UNICEF recommendations on breastfeeding and Healthy People 2030 breastfeeding goals contrasted with current US breastfeeding rates

Objective 2

Describe the dyadic nature breastfeeding support including a working knowledge of lactation physiology, at-breast vs bottle feeding dynamics, and human milk/ breastfeeding’s impact on infant and maternal health.

Objective 3

List 3 common maternal and infant barriers to exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months and earlier than desired cessation of breastfeeding

Objective 4

Identify the health care provider’s role in facilitating improved breastfeeding outcomes and optimal infant nutrition including education and support of the lactating parent utilizing available professional and community resources.

Abbie Mullins, BSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC, LCCE is a Maternal Newborn Certified Registered Nurse with over 15 years of experience in the maternal child arena. She has worked in both in-patient and ambulatory care settings, including level III and level II NICU, Mother-Baby, and OB/GYN in Colorado, Illinois, and Michigan.

Currently, she works in private practice as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. She strives to empower and educate expectant parents to make informed healthcare decisions and improve birth outcomes and parental satisfaction. She also supports infants and families in their feeding journeys and offers lactation support both in clinic visits and home visits.

Throughout her career, she has recognized the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration to improve outcomes for childbearing families and has built wonderful working relationships in her various communities with OB/GYNs, pediatricians, family practice physicians, speech language pathologists, dentists, OMM, and social workers to layer the support provided to families and to reach optimal outcomes. She was pleased to present at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine Pediatrics Update this last spring on optimizing infant nutrition through the support of the breastfeeding dyad and is honored to be a part of Collaboration Cures 2021.

Break with Exhibitors

Dayne Johnson, PhD

Keynote - Health Care Disparities: Issues and Answers to Provide Collaborative Care for All People and Communities

Course Description: coming soon

Dr. Dayna A. Johnson, PhD, MPH, MSW, MS is a sleep epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University in Atlanta GA. She received her doctorate degree in Epidemiologic Science from the University of Michigan and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Harvard Medical School. Her research is aimed at understanding the determinants and health consequences of sleep deprivation by 1) addressing the social and environmental determinants of sleep disorders and insufficient sleep; and 2) investigating the influence of modifiable factors such as sleep disorders and disturbances on health disparities. More specifically, Dr. Johnson’s research quantifies the contribution of social, household-level and neighborhood-level factors with objective and well-validated subjective measures of insufficient sleep using data from different epidemiologic cohort studies. She is also exploring how stress reduction programs and improvements in the home environment can improve sleep and reduce subsequent risk of poor health outcomes. Dr. Johnson’s research group specializes in sleep measurement, utilizing well-validated questionnaires, actigraphy and polysomnography.

SATURDAY September 25

Morning Meditation with 

Mark Abramson, DDS

Dominic P. D’Agostino PhD, Associate Professor; USF, Morsani College of Medicine

Biomarkers for Metabolic Health 

Course Description

The presentation will focus on past and present research on nutritional ketosis, and how we can harness this physiological state to improve brain health and systemic biomarkers of metabolic health. The presentation will emphasize how nutritional interventions alter metabolic physiology and how ketones beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate influence cellular bioenergetics and confer protection through specific signaling pathways associated with neuroprotective function, suppression of inflammation and epigenetic regulation. Implementation strategies being used in pre-clinical animal studies and human clinical trials will be discussed.
 
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how nutritional ketosis changes metabolic physiology, metabolic biomarkers and systemic health ‎
  2. Review of published studies implementing nutritional ketosis in pre-clinical animal model ‎systems and an overview of current human clinical trials and applications ‎
  3. Description of implementation approaches for nutritional ketosis, including the most ‎important biomarkers to measure and track over time‎ 

Biography
Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D., is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine and a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). Dr. D’Agostino received his B.S. in Nutritional Science and Biological Sciences in 1998 at Rutgers University before receiving a Predoctoral Fellowship in neuroscience at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1999. In 2004 Dr. D’Agostino entered into a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Ohio before moving his research program to USF Tampa in 2006. Funding through the Department of Defense (DoD) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) lead him to develop and patent unique technologies for a wide range of applications related to enhancing resilience in undersea environments, treating neurological disorders and in treatment and prevention of metabolic-based diseases. Dr. D’Agostino continues to work closely with federal organizations, private industry, 501c3 foundations and media outlets.


Break with Exhibitors 

Mary Osborne 

Keynote - How to Help Patients Move from Denial to Action

Course Description

If you are tired of being seen by your patients as the person with the bad news, this presentation will help you learn to connect with patients where they are and help them move forward, without nagging, or shaming, or scaring them into taking action. 
 

Learning Objectives

  1. How to build long term relationships to help patients make healthy choices, instead of nagging them into compliance.
  2. Skills to become a better listener in your personal as well as your professional life
  3. How to close the gap between what your patients think they want from you, and what you know you can do for them.

Mary Osborne has worked in dentistry for over forty ‎years as a clinical hygienist, patient facilitator, ‎consultant, and coach in Patient Care and ‎Communication. She brings to her work enthusiasm, ‎intelligence, and a unique ability to help others ‎communicate effectively. ‎ Mary is known internationally as a writer and popular ‎speaker at major dental meetings who inspires ‎participants to deliver the best of what health care ‎has to offer.

Steven Bock, MD 

Medtalk - Concepts in Functional Medicine and Lyme Disease in Dentistry

Functional medicine is 21 Century medicine. The concept of One disease- One medicine is not taking care of our patients. They are left taking multiple medications to suppress symptoms which cause more and more adverse effects. Concepts which encompass the root causes of illness, inflammation, detoxification and their relationship to optimal health and well- being will be discussed. Lyme disease is the Great Pretender. It can masquerade as other illness. It can be the source of nerve pain, teeth and jaw pain, and chronic inflammation. The intersection of Dentistry and Lyme disease will be presented. A primer on Lyme disease and Tick Borne Disease will be given, which will help your patients and your families.

Mark Abramson, DDS 

more info coming soon!

  • Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford University, School of Medicine
  • Diplomat, American Board of Orofacial Pain
  • Diplomat, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programs:,Center for Integrated Medicine, Health Improvement Program

Michael J McDevitt, DDS 

MedTalk and Breakout session information: 


The Association of Periodontitis with Airway Compromises 

Course description

Periodontitis is highly prevalent in the adult population globally as well as in the USA (approximately 42%). Obstructive sleep apnea has been reported to occur in younger adults in the ranges of 6% to 17% while the experience of older adults has been found to be as high as 49% with age, gender and body mass contributing to greater susceptibility. Both diseases are inflammatory diseases and they both influence oral and systemic health so revelations of their research-based and suspected associations will be presented.

Learning objectives are purposed to expose periodontitis to a wider variety of health care professions and help them

1. to understand periodontitis as an inflammatory bone disease with systemic implications
2. to suspect periodontitis could be influencing or is being influenced by sleep disordered breathing
3. to recognize clinical observations that may be indicators of this possible association

The Evolution from Procedure Based Periodontics to Person Driven Periodontal Therapy

Course Description

Classical periodontal treatment relied on procedures provided by dental professionals and by limited patient participation, while being based on an outdated disease model. Current periodontal therapy seems most effective and sustainable if the patient is regarded as a competent person, capable of becoming the primary therapist to address an inflammatory bone disease with the support and collaborative effort of very knowledgeable dental teams. As a polymicrobial biofilm infection, periodontitis may be amplified by significant systemic and genetic factors and is capable of affecting a variety of systemic conditions.


Learning objectives: 

1. Periodontitis is a polymicrobial biofilm infection that initiates and sustains a destructive dysfunctional inflammatory host response with potential systemic influences and complications.
2. Periodontitis is an inflammatory bone disease, similar to rheumatoid arthritis, not “gum problems or gum disease.”
3. Loss of alveolar bone allows “pockets” to form and gingiva to recede, essentially the bone “recedes” and the gum does or does not adapt or follow, depending upon numerous anatomic factors
4. The professional team equips the periodontal person/patient to become the primary therapist and collaborates with the periodontal patient (and with other professional teams) in support of each patient’s therapies multiple times daily.

Lunch with Exhibitors 

Stasha Gominak, MD

Now that Vitamin D is Front Page News: How to Use Hormone D Safely and Effectively in your Practice

Course Description

Our patients are asking for recommendations for "vitamin" D dosing but the ''expert ‎recommendations" are contradictory and confusing. Who should we believe and why? The scientific ‎literature is filled with misinformation and dogma related to ''vitamins''. Come find out what you need ‎to know to use this hormone safely in your practice. Learn to read the literature critically to ‎understand why there is such a mismatch between the effectiveness of the basic science reports and ‎the largely ineffective, clinical trials. ‎
 

Learning Objectives 

  1. ‎Recognize the correct type of vitamin D blood level to order and why.
  2. Understand that the term ''bio-identical hormone" is in common use today because of our past mistakes using other hormones as pharmaceuticals. Acknowledge that this same idea "bio-identical" concept must be applied to Hormone D as well.
  3. Acknowledge the severe limitations of fixed-dose, prospective Hormone D clinical trials and how to read the literature critically to get the best outcomes for our patients.

Dr. Gominak grew up and attended college in California, moved to Houston for medical school at ‎Baylor College of Medicine, where she received an MD degree in 1983. Her Neurology residency was ‎done at the Harvard affiliated, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She practiced Neurology in ‎the San Francisco Bay area from 1991-2004 then moved with her husband to Tyler, Texas. ‎Starting in 2004 she began to dedicate more of her practice to the treatment of sleep and sleep ‎disorders. In 2012 and 2016 she published two pivotal articles about the global struggle with ‎worsening sleep, the possible causes and solutions, related to vitamin D deficiency and the intestinal ‎microbiome. ‎In 2016 she retired from her office practice to have more time to teach. She currently divides her time ‎between RightSleep® coaching sessions for private individuals and teaching other clinicians the ‎RightSleep® method of sleep repair. ‎

Steven Bock, MD 

Medtalk - Concepts in Functional Medicine and Lyme Disease in Dentistry

Course Description

Explore the many aspects of the Gut microbiome, oral and ‎gut, and the connection to CNS inflammation and systemic ‎disorders
 
Learning Objectives 
  1. ‎Understand the use and evaluation of Functional lab ‎testing, including Organic acids, GI testing, Oral microbiome ‎testing, Heavy Metal testing, Oxidative Stress, and Food ‎allergy testing ‎
  2. Discover how using Functional Endocrine testing, adrenal ‎and thyroid, can improve patient’s health 

Dominic P. D’Agostino PhD, Associate Professor; USF, Morsani College of Medicine

Workshop on Ketogenic Implementation and Monitoring

Course Description
This workshop will focus on best practices for ketogenic diet (KD) implementation, time restricted feeding (TRF), ketone monitoring, glucose monitoring, cardiometabolic biomarker monitoring, supplement considerations and potential side effects. Emphasis will be on strategies that can improve systemic health and immune health through metabolic optimization. The information provided will cover how to adjust macronutrient ratios and/or meal timing (TRF) to shift metabolic physiology into a therapeutic state. The ketogenic diet defined by the absence or presence of ketones measured in urine, blood or breath. The Pros and Cons of ketone monitoring technologies will be discussed. In addition, questions will be addressed on the topic of side effects, beneficial supplements, and how to best adapt this approach as a lifestyle for health and longevity.

Learning Objectives

1. What it the best approach for starting a ketogenic diet, including macronutrient tracking?
2. How to best track hormones during induction and sustaining of nutritional ketosis?
3. What is the best method of ketone monitoring and why chose one method over the next?
4. What supplements should be considered for preventing nutritional deficiency and easing transition into nutritional ketosis?
5. What is the optimal range of ketones for lifestyle vs disease management?
6. Most important cardiometabolic biomarkers to measure and track when implementing a ketogenic diet.
7. Potential side effects of the ketogenic diet.
8. Emerging applications of the ketogenic diet, including a discussion of the most relevant human clinical trials.

Biography
Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D., is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine and a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). Dr. D’Agostino received his B.S. in Nutritional Science and Biological Sciences in 1998 at Rutgers University before receiving a Predoctoral Fellowship in neuroscience at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1999. In 2004 Dr. D’Agostino entered into a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Ohio before moving his research program to USF Tampa in 2006. Funding through the Department of Defense (DoD) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) lead him to develop and patent unique technologies for a wide range of applications related to enhancing resilience in undersea environments, treating neurological disorders and in treatment and prevention of metabolic-based diseases. Dr. D’Agostino continues to work closely with federal organizations, private industry, 501c3 foundations and media outlets.

James Thomas, DDS Founder, Health:Latch Circle

Why Babies Sucks? 

Although James Thomas, DDS roots are in pediatric dentistry, he is well-versed in the clinical aspects of the connection between oral health and general health. As the founder and changemaker of health:latch, we pivoted from the traditional practice of pediatric dentistry in 2017 and he opened a niche healthcare model to correct oral dysfunction and enhance breastfeeding in newborns 0 - 3 months old. We understand the importance of how an authentic vision/mission/values paired with operational excellence and uber
patient experience can change the health outcomes and lives for everyone that comes
in contact with our brands. We are truly RADICALLY KIND, FIERCELY PATIENT,
DISRUPTIVELY BRAVE, and DEFIANTLY JOYFUL and it works. There is not a day that
passes where we are not thinking of innovative ways our healthcare brand can impact, evolve and reach more people. Why? Because more people seeking true health and wellbeing need to know what we believe is possible.

 

Todd C. Davis, DDS 

Restorative Considerations in Management of Airway and TMD

This lecture will highlight the considerations involved in management of Airway and TMD issues. Participants will learn different options for appropriate therapy based on accurate diagnoses. These principles will be applied in case examples.

  • What to evaluate in managing different TMD/Airway issuews
  • What to consider from a restorative perspective in TMD/Airway Cases
  • Learn appropriate therapy based on accurate diagnoses

Dr. Todd Davis earned his DDS degree from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1989 after which he completed a two-year general practice residency. He maintains a comprehensive restorative practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to practicing Dr. Davis enjoys teaching. He is on the visiting faculties of the L.D. Pankey Institute and Spear Education. He has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics. He also facilitates small group learning in his office and throughout the country as well as doing one-on-one consulting in offices.

Dr. Todd Davis helps dentists with clinical, behavioral, philosophical, and business principles.

Mary Osborne 

The Power of the Question

Course Description

Those of us in health care are in a unique position to make a positive difference in peoples lives, but we must earn the right to influence them. The most significant communication tool you can learn is listening. You can go beyond intimidation or fear, and learn to use the power of the question to help you communicate with compassion and ease.

Learning Objectives:  
  1. Questions to help you learn about your patients as they learn about ‎themselves
  2. Powerful language ‎to help you respond to the needs of each person, without ‎compromising  your ethical standards
  3. Strategies and tools to help your patients work through their barriers to ideal ‎health.

Mary Osborne has worked in dentistry for over forty ‎years as a clinical hygienist, patient facilitator, ‎consultant, and coach in Patient Care and ‎Communication. She brings to her work enthusiasm, ‎intelligence, and a unique ability to help others ‎communicate effectively. ‎ Mary is known internationally as a writer and popular ‎speaker at major dental meetings who inspires ‎participants to deliver the best of what health care ‎has to offer.

Randy Schulman

 PT Track - Concepts in Behavioral/Neural Optometry

info coming soon

 

Endeavour - Savvy's Story - The Consequences of Missed Opportunities

Course Description

There is one growth period during life – childhood. During these critical years, every health ‎care professional has the chance to help the child set up their lifelong health trajectory by ‎recognizing as early in life as possible when things are getting off track. Today’s talk will use a ‎tragic story of missed opportunity to frame the challenges, responsibilities, and rewards of ‎improving awareness of pitfalls and potentials for families of young children. The fact that ‎there is no one provider who can solve all problems requires collaboration to achieve optimum ‎health for every child in every health care setting.‎ At the end of this breakout session, learners will be able to:‎ ‎1.‎ Identify children early in life who are showing signs of airway and other growth ‎problems.‎ ‎2.‎ Discuss with families the collaborative nature of helping small kids and the other ‎professionals needed on the team.‎ ‎3.‎ Consider the consequences of not seeing the problems, so they can take this message ‎back to their healthcare community and build collaborative networks

 

Darin Ward, DDS, MSD 

Crozat Arch Development in the Growing Patient

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the Indications for arch development
2. Explain the Benefits of the Crozat appliance for interceptive arch development
3. Know the rate of arch development in the transverse and A/P dimensions utilizing the Crozat appliance
4. Explain the role of oral posture and nasal breathing relative to Crozat arch development
5. Explain the application of fixed appliances (braces) during Crozat arch development
6. Explain the retention phase of Crozat arch development treatment+

Darin Ward, DDS, MSD, graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1998. He went into private practice as a general dentist for 9 years in Eugene, OR and then entered the University of Colorado School of Dentistry Orthodontic Residency program where he received his orthodontic certificate in 2009. Dr.Ward’s orthodontic practice focuses on interceptive arch development, facial growth guidance, non-extraction/non-retractive orthodontics. He has been a member of the AAGO since 2001 and on the board since 2003. Dr. Ward currently practices in the town of Houghton in the Upper peninsula of Michigan. In his free time Dr. Ward enjoys time with his wife, 4 sons, and two dogs as well as functional fitness, rowing, telemark skiing, cycling, playing guitar/harmonica, roasting coffee beans

Glennine Varga

Home Sleep Apnea Test Integration

Learning Objectives

  1. Discover possibilities and restrictions when it comes to adding objective testing to your everyday practice
  2. Learn a simply way to integrate HSATs in your practice
  3. Determine your HSAT culture and opportunities

Glennine Varga is a clinical sales specialist for Itamar-Medical, Inc. She has been employed in dental education for over 23 years. She has been a TMD/Sleep Apnea trainer and speaker for 20, an expanded functions dental assistant for 13 years and a visiting faculty member of The Pankey Institute for 6 years.

Dania Tamimi, DMSc

The role of radiology in the diagnosis of the craniofacial complex for sleep-disordered breathing.

Dr. Dania Tamimi graduated with a dental degree from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She trained at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and earned a doctorate of medical science (DMSc) and certificate of fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in 2005. She is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR).

She is a reviewer and an Editorial Board member for Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology (OOOO), as well as a reviewer for DMFR, Oral Radiology, Head and Neck, Angle Orthodontist and AJO-DO. She is the lead author on two textbooks: “Specialty Imaging: Dental Implants” (which has been translated to Portuguese and Russian) and “Specialty Imaging: Temporomandibular Joint” (translated to Spanish) and a co-lead author on “Diagnostic Imaging, Oral and Maxillofacial” (translated to Spanish). She lectures nationally and internationally.

She currently runs her oral and maxillofacial radiology private practice in Orlando, Florida.

Mary Charles Haigler, DMD, MS

The Pain, Sleep, and Anxiety/Depression Relationship

Learning Objectives

1) What are symptoms to look for in Pain, Sleep disorder, Mood Disorder?
2) What are common imbalances shared by these?
3) Explain how management of one of the three (pain, sleep disorder, mood disorder) may necessitate management of the other two.

Jeri LaVigne, EdD, PhD

The Irlen Method

Course Description

The Irlen Method is non-invasive technology that uses colored overlays and filters to improve the ‎brain’s ability to process visual information. It is the only method scientifically proven to successfully ‎correct the processing problems associated with Irlen Syndrome.‎
The cornerstone of the Irlen Method is its precision-tinted colored overlays and filters. We use ‎advanced color spectrometer technology to ensure that our overlays and colored glasses meet strict ‎standards of color balancing designed to produce the most effective color-correction tool.‎
This technology can improve reading fluency, comfort, comprehension, attention, and concentration ‎while reducing light sensitivity. This is not a method of reading instruction. It is a color-based ‎technology that filters out offensive light waves, so the brain can accurately process visual ‎information.‎
 
Learning Objectives
  1. Understanding what Irlen Syndrome is and light sensitivity negatively affects the brain ‎
  2. Understanding the symptoms of Irlen Syndrome ‎
  3. Understanding the different populations that can be helped by Irlen Spectral Filters

Jeri LaVigne, Ed.D., Ph.D. is an educational psychologist who is most interested in the health of your brain. She also holds a Diplomate in Functional Neurology She has been working in the Atlanta area for more than 30 years helping children and adults reach their goals and dreams by teaching them how to better process information and create optimal brain performance. Dr. LaVigne is an Irlen Director, certified in the Irlen Method and is a Neurofeedback practitioner. Because every brain is different, she offers several therapies that aid in brain balancing including cold laser, kinesiology, and sound and light therapies. She is an International workshop facilitator and conference speaker, most recently addressing the 2019 Louisiana School Nurse’s Conference, The Women’s Professional Development Network, and the 2019 Irlen International Conference in Manchester, England. She is also a graduate of Edwene Gaines’ Masters School and is a prosperity teacher specializing in goal setting, forgiveness, and meditation. She is also a certified Fire Walk Instructor. She has assisted in creating several non-profit organizations, such as Anatta World Health and Education and the Roosevelt Ashley Foundation, providing medical and educational programs and supplies to children in need around the world.

Ron Hruska, MPA, PT

PT Track: Peripheral Visual Cortical Influence on Central Ventilation

Course Description

Cortical visual satisfaction of balanced peripheral optic flow enhances physiologic related trust of ‎appendage influence on chest wall and respiratory neuro-mechanics. The human body, as a pump, ‎decompresses and compresses air and fluid pressure, through binocular balance. Allocation of spatial ‎attention by the cortical hemispheres can be impacted by visual perception, homeostatic location, ‎forward locomotor movement and hemispheric pulmonary function. Addressing what one references ‎‎(visual processing), and where one simultaneously moves (spatial processing), often requires a sense ‎of upright stability that can only be provided by an optometrist and health care movement specialist ‎working together. Lateralized over representation of ambient space, ground for extraocular muscle ‎related stabilization and visual acuity sensitiveness all can, and often do, influence biased breathing ‎behavior patterns. Learning Objectives: ‎~ Describe how internal and external flow of body and breathing function (up and down, side to ‎side, and forward and backward movement) relates to hemi-visual peripheral propulsion, ‎divergence, and expansion, or lack of‎ ‎~ Relate functional cortical dominance to strategic visual-vestibular-ventilatory pattern ‎development and correlations‎ ‎~ Outline upright refraction procedural recommendations for the optometrist, using functional ‎cortical dominant indicators that reflect typical compensatory visual-vestibular-ventilatory ‎strategies‎

Ron Hruska, MPA, PT, has a strong interest in myokinematic and biomechanical influences on postural and peripheral adaptation patterns. His 40 years of clinical experience assists him with direct patient interventions based on specific examination and evaluation data that best reflects neuromechanical stability, trunk symmetry and respiratory balance. He lectures extensively and consults regularly with physicians, physical therapists, optometrists, dentists, and other health care providers across the United States and internationally on patterned postural position and pathology and his approach of restoring symmetrical balance using PRI principles. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Division of Physical Therapy. He currently is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Ron is the founder of the Postural Restoration Institute®, where he continues to teach around 20 courses each year across the country and internationally. He currently consults at the Hruska Clinic, Restorative Physical Therapy Services and Hohl Orthodontics in Lincoln, Nebraska, and IPA Manhattan in New York City. In addition, Ron serves as a Biomechanical Consultant to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln through the Division of Athletic Medicine.

Ken Berley, DDS, JD, DABDSM

Expanding Your Practice Safely: Understanding State and Federal Legal Rules and Guidelines 

Course Description

We will explore the legal ways a practitioner can expand his or her scope of practice. Each participant will understand the concept of Scope of Practice and how to work with physicians and other healthcare practitioners to venture into new and exciting areas of practice. Billing medical insurance for these procedures will be introduced.

Learning Objectives


1. Define Scope of Practice
2. The elements of Scope of Practice will be expanded with examples given.
3. Standing Orders and General Supervision will be introduced
4. Medical Billing will be briefly discussed.


Biography

Ken Berley, DDS, JD, DABDSM is a dentist/attorney with over 35 years of dental experience and over 22 years in the legal profession. For the past 10 years he has focused his practice on the treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing and TMD. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and with his unique credentials he stays busy lecturing and consulting in the areas of risk management and the development of a successful dental sleep medicine (DSM) practice.

Dr. Berley is the co-author of The Clinician’s Handbook for Dental Sleep Medicine (Quintessence Publishing) and has been published in numerous journals and dental sleep medicine magazines. He has written numerous consent forms that are used in general and dental sleep medicine practices as well as providing consulting services for dental practices and insurance companies. He is the President and Co-Founder of The Dental Sleep Apnea Team, a consulting firm offering education for both the clinical and practice management team on dental sleep medicine and medical billing.

Michael J McDevitt, DDS 

MedTalk and Breakout session information: 

The Association of Periodontitis with Airway Compromises 

Course description

Periodontitis is highly prevalent in the adult population globally as well as in the USA (approximately 42%). Obstructive sleep apnea has been reported to occur in younger adults in the ranges of 6% to 17% while the experience of older adults has been found to be as high as 49% with age, gender and body mass contributing to greater susceptibility. Both diseases are inflammatory diseases and they both influence oral and systemic health so revelations of their research-based and suspected associations will be presented.

Learning objectives are purposed to expose periodontitis to a wider variety of health care professions and help them

1. to understand periodontitis as an inflammatory bone disease with systemic implications
2. to suspect periodontitis could be influencing or is being influenced by sleep disordered breathing
3. to recognize clinical observations that may be indicators of this possible association

The Evolution from Procedure Based Periodontics to Person Driven Periodontal Therapy

Course Description

Classical periodontal treatment relied on procedures provided by dental professionals and by limited patient participation, while being based on an outdated disease model. Current periodontal therapy seems most effective and sustainable if the patient is regarded as a competent person, capable of becoming the primary therapist to address an inflammatory bone disease with the support and collaborative effort of very knowledgeable dental teams. As a polymicrobial biofilm infection, periodontitis may be amplified by significant systemic and genetic factors and is capable of affecting a variety of systemic conditions.


Learning objectives: 

1. Periodontitis is a polymicrobial biofilm infection that initiates and sustains a destructive dysfunctional inflammatory host response with potential systemic influences and complications.
2. Periodontitis is an inflammatory bone disease, similar to rheumatoid arthritis, not “gum problems or gum disease.”
3. Loss of alveolar bone allows “pockets” to form and gingiva to recede, essentially the bone “recedes” and the gum does or does not adapt or follow, depending upon numerous anatomic factors
4. The professional team equips the periodontal person/patient to become the primary therapist and collaborates with the periodontal patient (and with other professional teams) in support of each patient’s therapies multiple times daily.

Peter Beckwith

How to Turn "Losing it All" Into Your Biggest Win

Course Description

The pandemic has caused most of us to suffer physical, financial, emotional & spiritual consequences far beyond what we ever imagined 18 months ago.  But, there’s good news.  Severe adversity, when it is met with honesty, authenticity and humility can heal your inner life and improve your outer circumstances.   Moving beyond loss, fear and diminished expectations to reach greater heights than you ever thought possible is a simple discipline that can be learned, practiced and perfected.  
 
Learning Objectives
  1. Re-learning some basic truths about yourself from time to time is a good idea 
  2. You have been through more adversity than you think you have 
  3. You are better and more powerful than you think you are 

Peter Beckwith 

Peter Beckwith is the President of Mad Rose Media, a member of the Foundation for Airway Health’s Board of Directors and the on air host of AAPMD’s annual Breathe A Thon. Ten years ago, after succumbing to alcoholism and drug addiction, Peter hit a life bottom and lost everything of value to him. After making a decision to put his health first, Peter rebuilt a life of purpose, meaning and contribution. He has learned to use adversity as a springboard to greater and greater levels of success. Although Peter will draw from his own experiences as a way to connect with you, the audience, and inspire hope, this is not a self help lecture or an expose’ of his life journey. The mission of this lecture correlates with the mission of the AAPMD: to challenge and inspire you to see yourselves, not just as healthcare professionals who are doing the right thing, but as agents of change who are motivated to improve global airway health.

Break with Exhibitors

Patrick McKeown, MA

Keynote: Breathing and Phenotypes of Sleep Apnea

Learning Objectives

~ Perform breathing exercises to relieve symptoms such as nasal congestion & snoring ~ Teach strategies to stop mouth breathing ~ Deliver breathing retraining recommendations to help restore physiologically normal breathing ~ Understand the relationship between breathing patterns and phenotypes of sleep apnea as discussed in review article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7865730/

Patrick McKeown, MA 

Patrick McKeown was educated at Trinity College Dublin, completing his clinical training in Russia. In 2002, he was accredited as a breathing coach by physician Dr. Konstantin Buteyko. Patrick's newest book, The Breathing Cure (2021) contains comprehensive research into breathing science. It offers practical applications for breathing exercises in a variety of health conditions. To read Patrick’s review article- Breathing and the phenotypes of sleep apnea: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7865730/

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Using 3D scanning and digital fabrication to create reusable, custom-fitted respirators for every man, woman, and child

HRPO

PT Safety 

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Lamberg Questionaire

A1C

 

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Group Rates Available!

 

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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. Pricing and discount options to come. 

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

CE and CME Credits Available!

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.

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ATlanta, georgia

September 23-26, 2021

Hyatt Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street, NE 
Atlanta, GA 30303

Room block information below 
Call direct: (404) 460-6530

**Hotel Policy: Please note rooms can only be booked in groups of two**

Parking and Transportation Information 

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Including other allied organizations to be announced... all in one meeting!

Hands on workshops
Joint Sessions
Multiple Tracks
and networking with medical, dental, and allied health fields... something you can't get anywhere else!

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