2017 Texas-Sized CE Weekend

Georgetown, Texas
Friday, October 06, 2017

Tongue-Tied: A Story NOT Silenced by Oral Cancer

Presented by: Eva Grayzel (3.0 CE hours)
Friday October 6, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ignite the Power of Story to Educate, Engage and Persuade

Friday October 6, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 pm

Course Description: Tongue-Tied: A Story NOT Silenced by Oral Cancer

One American dies every hour of every day from oral cancer. Eva came close to being one in this statistic. The details of her delayed diagnosis, intensive treatment and residual side effects bring to life a real patient story, driving home the importance of effective communication and patient education. Putting a face to the disease, Eva inspires audiences with her firsthand account of hardships unanticipated and overcome; courage unknown and discovered; a mother’s love tested and triumphant. The personal and emotional content motivates change. Audiences don’t just hear her story, they experience it. Become a more vigilant and aware clinician as you improve your oral cancer screening technique along with educating your patients about the disease’s signs and symptoms.

Course Objectives:
  • Integrate oral cancer screenings with education
  • Optimize screening techniques and patient care
  • Take responsibility for early detection
  • Understand long term effects of radiation to the oral cavity
  • Experience the patient perspective of diagnosis, surgery, radiation, and recovery

Course Description: Ignite the Power of Story to Educate, Engage and Persuade

How do you build a client base and increase commitment to products and services? IT’S ALL IN THE STORY! Facts and figures don’t engage attention or influence change. Tap the power of story to build relationships and inspire trust. Your patients will buy the emotional connection they feel through hearing your story. In her uniquely interactive format, Eva guides you to craft your story, showcasing what makes YOU stand out among the competition.

Course Objectives:

  • Improve patient compliance through story and analogy
  • Relate and Explain oral signs and symptoms through story and analogy
  • Implement a new method of persuasive communication
  • Educate patients about the value and role of hygienists
  • Communicate the value of services with story 
About the Instructor:  Eva Grayzel

Eva Grayzel, a nationally recognized Master Storyteller and performance artist, was diagnosed at age 33 with stage IV oral cancer and given a 15% chance of survival. After regaining her deep vibrant voice, Eva applied her stage skills to communicate the depth of her experience in a unique and powerful way. For over a decade, Eva has captivated dental professionals worldwide using her story as a catalyst for change. She performed ‘Tongue-Tied’ Off-Broadway in New York City to a sold-out audience. A champion of early detection, Eva founded the Six-Step Screening™ oral cancer awareness campaign, for which she was recognized by the American Academy of Oral Medicine. She is the author of ‘Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek’ and ‘Mr. C the Globetrotter’ as well as the creator of ‘My Story Legacy,’ an interactive format for documenting family stories, life values and wisdom.

Sponsored in Part by: WaterPik

Instrumentation Trends For Customized Patient Care

Presented by: Karen Siebert and the Clinical Educator Team (4 interactive CE Hours)
Friday, October 6, 2017 
8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Course description:

Are you looking for a solution to better ergonomics and patient care? Do current implant maintenance recommendations seem confusing? Sharpen free technology offers practitioners new ways to increase ergonomic relief while improving treatment delivery and comfort for the patient. This course is designed to give you a chance to actively explore new technology in hand instruments as well as review and strengthen understanding of basic and advanced instrumentation techniques and ergonomic principles. Hands-on rotations will offer a variety of instrumentation experiences during the four-hour course. In addition to unique sharpen-free instrument options, one rotation will cover current recommendations for implant maintenance. Join us to discover what this unique metallurgic advancement in hand instruments, as well as implant instruments, can do for you and your patient 

During this course attendees will:

  • Discern the difference between XP Technology and other hand scaling instrument metals.
  • Discover how sharpen-free XP Technology benefits clinicians and patients.
  • Acquire implementation strategies for new techniques. 
  • Practice the modified scaling technique used with sharpen free XP Technology on typodonts.
Sponsored by American Eagle Instruments 

Advanced Instrumentation: Strategies for Complete Care

Presented by: Karen Siebert and the Clinical Educator Team (2 Hands-on CE Hours)
Friday, October 6, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Course description:

Periodontal disease is an ongoing societal concern, with the CDC estimating 50% of the adult population having some form of periodontitis. Biofilm, calculus, immune deficiencies, and general health all play a role in the high rate of oral disease. Assessment, customized treatment planning, and treatment modalities are crucial to reducing this high percentage and achieving positive clinical outcomes. Assessment and creating a customized plan is often shorted during preventive maintenance appointments, yet critical to providing first-rate treatment. Advancements in hand instrumentation technology and design are important considerations when treatment planning for optimal results, and the latest options will be studied during this course. 


  • Define assessment and what it has to do with treatment outcome
  • Examine treatment planning customization
  • Consider optimal treatment modalities and the role each plays in patient healing response and final result
  • Discover the latest hand instrumentation options for challenging pocket access and optimal calculus removal
Sponsored by American Eagle Instruments 

The Nuts and Bolts of Implant Care 

Presented by: DeeAnne Ashcroft, BSDH, MPH (3 CE Hours)
Saturday, October 7, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Course description: 

Dental Implants are increasingly becoming the preferred restorative choice for loss of teeth. As the use of implants increases, hygienists will play a pivotal role in evaluating the health and stability of implants. It is critical for dental hygienists to recognize the early signs of peri-implant disease, and proactively implement appropriate clinical treatment along with assisting patients in developing effective home care techniques.

This course will touch on implant development, with a focus on clinical implant maintenance, recognition of peri-implant disease, emerging clinical treatment modalities, and innovative home care considerations.

Course Objective: 
  • Review history of implant development and design characteristics
  • Recognize potential contraindications for implant placement and how systemic disease and medications can impact implant success
  • Differentiate between peri-implant mucositis and Peri-implantitis
  • Identify the dental hygienist's role in implant maintenance therapy
  • Evaluate supportive home care devices for implant care
About the Instructor: 

DeeAnne graduated from Loma Linda University in 1974 with a BSDH, and completed a Master's in Public Health from her Alma Mater 10 years later.  With 44 years in the field, DeeAnne has had the opportunity to develop expert clinical skills in a broad range of clinical practice settings, including General Practice, Prosthodontics and six 

From 2008-2015, DeeAnne achieved one of her lifetime career goals when she became Dental Hygiene Program Director for Carrington College-Portland. In additional to administrative duties, DeeAnne enjoyed teaching the didactic courses of General & Oral Pathology, Community Dental Health, Dental Specialties, Scientific Methods, Radiology and Pre-Clinic.  DeeAnne now provides temp coverage for clinical dental hygiene and has enthusiastically embraced her most recent role with American Eagle Instruments, as a Clinical Educator. 

Over the years DeeAnne has been active in various leaderships positions, at the state and component level of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, along with membership in and currently serves as President of the Marion County Dental Hygiene Study Club.  

Sponsored by American Eagle Instruments 

Ergonomics for the Dental Hygienist – How to Lengthen and Strengthen Your Career without Chronic Pain

Presented by: Rachel Esther Dunn Throop, PT, DPT (1.5 CE)
Saturday, October 7, 9:00 - 10:30 am

Course Objectives:

  • Define ergonomics and implications in the dental field.
  • Discuss common musculoskeletal disorders that afflict dental hygienists and associated risk factors.
  • Review early treatment and interventions to prevent ergonomic work-related injuries
  • Introduce applicable job-related stretching techniques to use in the dental clinic. 

The End of Dieting: Nutrition that Works for Your Life

Presented by: Melanie Sanders, RD, LD
Saturday, October 7, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Course Objectives: 
  • Identify the different food groups and explain why our body needs carbohydrates, fat and protein.
  • Review current diet trends and examine the research that shows dieting does not produce long-term health improvements.
  • Outline key components of setting action-oriented goals for building a healthy relationship with food and your body.
  •  Discuss specific strategies for developing habits that support your body kindness goals.

Immunity Gone Wrong: Autoimmune Diseases in Dental Hygiene Practice 

Presented by: Karen Siebert, BSDH, MA (3 CE Hours)
Saturday, October 7, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Course Description: 

Autoimmune diseases can be stealth, but a careful assessment of patient health history, along with thorough extraoral and intraoral exams can reveal previously unconnected indicators. Dental clinicians are on the frontline of systemic disease detection, and autoimmune diseases are no exception. By recognizing multifactorial indicators we can help our patients achieve whole health and shorten the frustrating process of diagnosis. Patients with established diagnosis need special considerations during planning and preventive treatment, as well as oral self-care tips.  

The course will review known and newly recognized autoimmune diseases with oral manifestations and treatment protocol in accordance with the dental hygiene process of care.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Appreciate the concept of self-tolerance versus non-self-tolerance. 
  • Recognize systemic and oral indicators of autoimmune diseases.
  • Identify various autoimmune diseases and their effects on patient whole health. 
  • Implement treatment protocol in accordance with the dental hygiene process of care. 
  • Discuss home oral health management for the patient with an autoimmune or multiple autoimmune diseases.

About the instructor:

Karen Siebert is a part-time clinical instructor and adjunct faculty, teaching courses in oral pathology and the dental hygiene process of care for patients presenting with medical concerns/special needs. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa, BSDH, and the University of Illinois Springfield with a MA in Educational Leadership. Prior to finding her passion in dental hygiene education, Karen practiced clinically, implementing non-surgical periodontal programs and managing dental hygiene departments in two practices.

Karen’s career endeavors have expanded to include writing/presenting curriculum for continuing education presentations and webinars, as well as articles focusing on both clinical applications and current technology that help us serve patients with the highest quality of care and achieve career longevity for ourselves. She is a member of Careerfusion, ADHA, OSAP, and ADEA. Volunteer positions include state membership chair for IDHA, Component Trustee, and screening co-chair for the Northern Illinois Oral Cancer Foundation.

Preventive Prehabilitation of the Oncology Patient 

Presented by: Kris Potts, RDH, BS, FAADH (3 CE Hours)
Saturday, October 7, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Course Description: 
It’s more than screening for oral abnormalities and providing dental care to patients diagnosed with Oral Cancer. Cancer of any type affects most of us, if not personally then a friend, family member or patient that visits your office. This course covers oral concerns of oncology patients and their caregivers, products to aid in treatment of those oral concerns and how the cancer diagnosis affects treatment considerations in your chair. 

Course Objectives: After completion of this course attendees will be able to:
  • Assist in developing an anticipatory treatment/oral hygiene management plan for the cancer patient’s oral care needs
  • Evaluate the variety of products available and understand when they are indicated.
  • Utilize and relate the role of dentistry to the Interdisciplinary Care of a cancer patient.
  • Formulate appropriate patient recommendations and referrals.
About the instructor:
Kris Potts, RDH, BS, FAADH a clinical hygienist for 32 years, is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, a Fellow and accredited Provider with the American Academy of Dental Hygiene. She is a Past President of the Texas Dental Hygienists' Association and a member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. Her passion for lifelong learning has directed her to additional certifications in Caries Management and Oncology Care and acting as a Key Opinion Leader in the dental industry. Kris is a published author contributing articles to RDH Magazine, Dentistry IQ, Developing Healthy Habits Magazine and a chapter to Volume 5 of Dare to Be a Difference Maker. She has interviewed on Crosslink Radio, The Doctor Bob Show and Forever Young Radio for her expertise. She is Owner/CEO of Oral Health Promotion Strategies, providing speakers, resources, product information, education and coaching services for health professionals, medical and dental, consumers, advocacy, support and special interest groups.

Sponsored by: Sunstar, Xlear, VOCO, Forward Science, TePe, Crown Seating


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