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How to Implement The New Model of Integrative Care Without Feeling Like You Have to Go to Medical School


Presented by: DeWitt Wilkerson, DDS; Gina Pritchard MSN, RN, CNS, ACNP, DNPc; Lora Hooper, BSDH, RDH, EFDA; and Patti DeMatteis ASDH, RDH

Original Publication Date: September 30, 2020

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Course Description:

The four of us are actively practicing clinicians and educators with many years of experience. We understand the challenges and frustrations personally. Over the past six months, we have met together weekly to analyze practical ways to implement an expanded model of Dentistry. The model involves integrating Dentistry with Medicine to dramatically elevate both the level of patient care and lines of business. We have discovered three key lessons that have guided our unfolding model. Join us as we reveal the three secrets to implementing profitable integrative care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the convergence of medical and dental care, highlight the interconnectedness of oral and systemic health, and prioritize a patient-centered, holistic healthcare approach.
  • Evaluate the significance of acknowledging and proactively addressing the interplay between oral and systemic well-being to enhance overall health and health-related outcomes.
Speaker Bios:

DeWitt “Witt” Wilkerson joined Dr. Peter Dawson’s private practice in 1982, where he is a partner. This has provided invaluable clinical experience in a renowned clinical culture. Dr. Wilkerson lectures on the subjects of restorative dentistry, dental occlusion, temporomandibular disorders, airway/dental sleep medicine, and integrative dental medicine. He is a Senior Faculty/Lecturer and Director of Dental Medicine at the Dawson Academy. Dr. Wilkerson is a Past-President of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), Past-President of the American Equilibration Society (AES), Director of Dental Medicine at the Dawson Academy, Adjunct Professor of Graduate Studies, the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and former Associate Faculty and Special Lecturer, the L.D. Pankey Institute. He also authored the book The Shift, The Dramatic Movement Toward Health-Centered Dentistry.

Gina Pritchard, DNP, is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specializing in cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment. She owns The PREVENT Clinic with offices in New York and Texas and is the Clinical Program Director for the BaleDoneen Method. She is one of the nation’s leading specialists in the prevention of heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and vascular-related dementia. Practicing the BaleDoneen Method allows Gina to offer a money-back guarantee to her patients in clinical practice. The published science surrounding the BaleDoneen Method has demonstrated regression and stabilization of arterial disease. Dr. Pritchard’s Doctoral work focused on increasing the global use of thorough, high-quality assessment of the arterial wall, specifically the arterial intimal media, to ensure arterial wellness. The knowledge, techniques, and treatments are now available to live a life free from the #1 killers – heart attack and stroke. Dr. Pritchard’s life work is focused on bringing this life-saving education and tools to millions so each individual can live life uninterrupted by cardiovascular disease.

Lora Hooper is co-owner of DHEmethod. Lora received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from The Ohio State University in 1995. She continues to work in private practice as a periodontal therapist while running her business as a dental consultant. Lora is a member of the ADHA, ODHA, and CDHA. She has served as Continuing Education Chair for the CDHA and as a liaison for the ODHA to the OSDB. She is a founding member of AAOSH and a Bale/Doneen preceptor. Her passion lies in improving the quality of life for every patient by implementing oral-systemic care into practice through the DHEmethod.

Patti DeMatteis is the founder of DHEmethod. Patti received her Dental Hygiene Degree from Western Kentucky University in 1972. After practicing for twenty-five years as a periodontal therapist, she founded Dental Hygiene Excellence in 1997 while living in Scottsdale, Arizona. Patti is a founding member of The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and a Preceptor for the Bale/Doneen Method for heart attack and stroke prevention. Her passion for dentistry focuses on comprehensive patient care and helping dental colleagues enjoy their profession in the fast-paced oral-systemic movement toward prevention and wellness.