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Conference Tracks

Breakout sessions are divided between the five conference tracks listed below. Attendees do not need to attend the same track. Choose the sessions that are most appealing based on your interests. 

Career Planning 

The work world may seem like a long way off, but it is never too early to plan for your goals. What can you do today to make sure you're ready for tomorrow? The sessions in this track will address post-grad options, how to prepare yourself for interviews and other areas to get you ready to enter the dental profession.

Debt Management (Friday, Nov. 16, 10 - 10:50 a.m.)
Jason DiLorenzo, founder, Doctors Without Quarters

How to Get Into the Residency of Your Dreams (Friday, Nov. 16, 11:10 a.m. - noon)
Dr. Richard Bauer, Pittsburgh ‘07, 2006-07 vice president
Dr. Tiffany Hsu, San Francisco ’15, 2014-15 Council on Communications chair
 
Post-grad Options: GPRs, Specialty Residencies, Private Practice (Friday, Nov. 16, 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.)
Dr. Paula Cohen, Florida ’17, 2015-16 speaker of the house
Dr. Shaun O’Neill, Iowa ‘17, 2016-17 district 8 trustee 
Dr. Lauren Vitkus, Buffalo ’14, 2013-14 district 2 trustee

Practice Purchase Fundamentals (Friday, Nov. 16, 3:45 – 4:35 p.m.)
Charles Loretto, partner, Cain Watters & Associates 
 
A ‘Hands On’ Lesson in CV Writing (Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:40 – 10:30 a.m.)
Dr. Colleen Greene, Harvard ’13, 2012-13 president
  
Women in Dentistry: How to Manage the Challenges of Career and Family (Sunday, Nov. 18, 8:10 – 9 a.m.)
Dr. Ehlie Bruno, Buffalo ’12, 2010-11 eastern regional legislative coordinator
Dr. Chrissy Hammer, Midwestern-Arizona ’13, 2011-12 district 10 trustee
Dr. Adrien Theriot, Texas-Houston ‘16, 2015-16 vice president 
 
Non-traditional Pathways in Dentistry: Academia, Public Health, Military (Sunday, Nov. 18, 9:10 – 10 a.m.)
Dr. David Dean, graduate program director & assistant professor, Department of Oral Medicine, UW School of Dentistry
Dr. Brittany Seymour, assistant professor, Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Global and Community Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine 
Dr. Adam Bennett, PGY-1 resident, AEGD, Fort Bragg, N.C., U.S. Army Dental Corps
 

Leadership Fundamentals

Leadership isn't defined by the job title. It's about developing the perspective, skills and personal style to get results that matter. Sessions will focus on leading teams, public speaking, leveraging individual strengths, conflict resolution and other areas to develop your leadership skills. 

The Art of Networking (Friday, Nov. 16, 10 - 10:50 a.m.)
Dr. Christian Piers, Colorado ’16, 2015-16 president
 
What Would You Do? Ethics in Dental School and Your Professional Life (Friday, Nov. 16, 11:10 a.m. – noon)
Dr. Mike Meru, Southern California ’09, 2008-09 president
 
Sleuth: Crucial Tips in Solving Team Dysfunction (Friday, Nov. 16, 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.)
Dr. Brad Guyton, MBA, MPH, dean of the PDSU™ – Institute of Dentistry; vice president of clinician development, Pacific Dental Services 

Don’t Just Survive, Thrive: Tips on Preparing for Private Practice Leadership (Friday, Nov. 16, 3:45 – 4:35 p.m.)
Dr. Rich Carlile, Virginia ’11, 2010-11 district 4 trustee
 
What Would You Do? Ethics in Dental School and Your Professional Life (Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:40 – 10:30 a.m.)
Dr. Mike Meru, Southern California ’09, 2008-09 president
 
How to Not Fail Miserably in Private Practice (Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 – 11:50 a.m.)
Dr. Chris Salierno, Stony Brook ’05, 2004-05 president

Tips From the Podium:  How to Be a Great Speaker (Saturday, Nov. 17, 2:10 – 3 p.m.) 
Dr. Chris Salierno, Stony Brook ’05, 2004-05 president
 
Chapter Idea Exchange: Leadership and Organization (Saturday, Nov. 17, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.) 
Roopali Kulkarni, Pennsylvania ’19, 2018-19 president
 
Creating Your Own Culture: Lessons in Building the Most Productive Work Environment (Sunday, Nov. 18, 8:10 – 9 a.m.) 
Dr. Alex Otto, Virginia ’13, 2012-13 vice president
 
How to Not Fail Miserably in Private Practice (Sunday, Nov. 18, 9:10 – 10 a.m.)
Dr. Chris Salierno, Stony Brook ’05, 2004-05 president

Personal Development and Wellness

Personal development and wellness are critical to living a balanced and successful life. Sessions in this track will cover activities that develop talents and potential, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. Managing emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual and environmental health will be addressed. 

Overcoming Obstacles to Leadership (Friday, Nov. 16, 10 - 10:50 a.m.) 
Dr. David Maloley, The Relentless Dentist  
 
Identifying and Overcoming Addictive Behaviors in Yourself and Others (Friday, Nov. 16, 11:10 a.m. – noon)
Dr. Brett Kessler, past president, Colorado Dental Association 
 
The Pursuit of Process (Friday, Nov. 16, 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.) 
Dr. Kris Mendoza, Los Angeles ’15, 2014-15 president
 
Perfectionism/Overcoming Self-comparison (Friday, Nov. 16, 3:45 – 4:35 p.m.) 
Dr. Michele Montero, clinical psychologist and sport psychology consultant, Alchemy Performance Consulting  
 
Ergonomics — Set Yourself Up For a Lifetime of Healthy Practice (Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 – 11:50 a.m.) 
Dr. Desirée Walker, owner, Lumber River Dental 
 
The Art of Dental Mentorship (Saturday, Nov. 17, 2:10 – 3 p.m.) 
Dr. Daryn Lu, Oklahoma ’15, 2014-15 vice president
 
Chapter Idea Exchange: Communications (Saturday, Nov. 17, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.) 
Stephanie Zbin, Marquette ’19, 2018-19 Council on Communications chair 
 
Managing and Dealing With Dental Guilt (Sunday, Nov. 18, 8:10 – 9 a.m.) 
Dr. Nipa Thakkar, Temple ’12, 2011-12 district 3 trustee
 
Building Your Brand (Sunday, Nov. 18, 9:10 – 10 a.m.) 
Dr. Ryan Dulde, Marquette ’11, 2010-11 speaker of the house
 

ASDA Chapter Management

Understanding ASDA and how to manage your chapter will result in increased member satisfaction. Sessions will focus on chapter leadership resources, member involvement and recruitment ideas, and how to run an “Ideal” Chapter. 

How to Spread ASDA Fever to Your Administration (Friday, Nov. 16, 10 - 10:50 a.m.)
Kristen Yant, Harvard ’20 
Alexandra Howell, Georgia ’19, 2018-19 vice president  
 
Managing Chapter Finances (Friday, Nov. 16, 11:10 a.m. – noon)
Ellen Ryan, ASDA director of finance and administration
Kathleen Gonzales, Buffalo ’19, 2018-19 Council on Membership chair
 
Town Hall for Chapter Leaders (Friday, Nov. 16, 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.)
Roopali Kulkarni, Pennsylvania ’19, 2018-19 president
Jeffrey Kerst, Louisiana ’19, 2018-19 vice president  
Alexandra Howell, Georgia ’19, 2018-19 vice president  

How to Become an IDEAL Chapter (Friday, Nov. 16, 3:45 – 4:35 p.m.)
Tyler Robers, Marquette ’19, 2018-19 district 7 trustee
Dr. Tanya Sue Maestas, Texas-Houston ’18, immediate past president
 
Top 10 Tips for Recruiting and Engaging Members (Saturday, Nov 17, 9:40 – 10:30 a.m.)
Dr. Kyle Larsen, Colorado ’17, 2015-16 district 9 trustee   

Bringing a National Leadership Conference to Your School (Saturday, Nov 17, 11 – 11:50 a.m.)
Lissette Ruiz-Ibarra, Colorado ‘19
Lynn Doan, Colorado ’20, chapter legislative liaison, chapter vice president

Break the Mold – How to Bring Innovation to the Chapter (Saturday, Nov 17, 2:10 – 3 p.m.)
Alexandra Howell, Georgia ’19, 2018-19 vice president  
 
Chapter Idea Exchange: Membership (Saturday, Nov 17, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.)
Kathleen Gonzales, Buffalo ’19, 2018-19 Council on Membership chair
 
Increasing the Value of an ASDA Membership: Our Pretzel Year (Sunday, Nov. 18, 8:10 – 9 a.m.)  
Michael Andes, Ohio ’20 
Stephanie Sforza, Ohio ’20, chapter treasurer 
 
Thirty-Two Problems, But a Tooth Ain’t One: How to Develop a National Community Service Event (Sunday, Nov. 18, 9:10 – 10 a.m.) 
Jordan Pierre, Meharry ’20, chapter social media chair
Mirna Azer, Meharry ’19, chapter secretary
Advocacy
Being an advocate is part of being a dentist. You need to understand how to advocate for your patient and your community in an ever-changing political environment. Sessions in this track will review ASDA’s legislative priorities, provide tips on how to build strategic relationships and give you the tools needed to become a life-long advocate once you leave the conference.   

Licensure 101 (Friday, Nov. 16, 10 - 10:50 a.m.)
Austin Tyler, Colorado ‘20, 2018-19 district 9 trustee

How to Advocate at the Grassroots Level (Friday, Nov. 16, 11:10 a.m. - noon)
Dr. Shaun O’Neill, Iowa ‘17, 2016-17 district 8 trustee

How to Be Bipartisan in a Partisan World: The Importance of Being a Politically Savvy Dental Student in 2018 (Friday, Nov. 16, 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.)
Dr. Lydia Lancaster, Ohio State ’16, 2015-16 district 6 trustee

Trends in Medicaid and Medicare (Friday, Nov. 16, 3:45 – 4:35 p.m.)
Cassie Yarbrough, lead public policy analyst, American Dental Association Health Policy Institute 

The Opioid Epidemic (Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:40 – 10:30 a.m.)
Dr. Omar Abubaker, professor and chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry

Your Role in Organized Dentistry (Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 – 11:50 a.m.)
Dr. Ben Youel, Illinois ’13, 2011-12 district 7 trustee 

Hot Topics: Advocacy Issues and Initiatives (Saturday, Nov. 17, 2:10 – 3 p.m.)
Mike Graham, senior vice president of government and public affairs, American Dental Association

Chapter Idea Exchange: Advocacy (Saturday, Nov. 17, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.)
Lauren Yap, Temple ’19, 2018-19 Council on Advocacy chair

Developing Strong Relationships With Your State Dental Association (Sunday, Nov. 18, 8:10 – 9 a.m.)
Anisha Pandya, Boston ’20, 2018-19 legislative coordinator, districts 1-3
Kate McPherson, North Carolina ’20, chapter legislative liaison  

How to Make the Right Connections (Sunday, Nov. 18, 9:10 – 10 a.m.)
Mike Brzica, vice president, Federal Affairs for the Association for Accessible Medicines
Sponsored Breakouts
Dental Dreamer, Think Big! What Will Your Brand Be? (Friday, Nov. 16, 2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Dr. Mona Patel, owner, Bayshore Dental
Sponsored by Henry Schein

Everything You Will Never Learn in Dental School (Friday, Nov. 16, 2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Dr. David R. Rice, founder, igniteDDS
Dr. Jason Watts, Nova ‘15, 2014-15 vice president 
Sponsored by MedPro

Leadership Skills for Practice Success (Friday, Nov. 16, 2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Dr. Brad Guyton, MBA, MPH, dean of the PDSU™ – Institute of Dentistry; vice president of clinician development, Pacific Dental Services
Sponsored by Pacific Dental Services

Occlusion 911 – Please State the Nature of Your Emergency (Friday, Nov. 16, 2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) 
Dr. Michael J. Melkers, MAGD, visiting faculty at Riga Stradins University and The Pankey Institute
Sponsored by Academy of General Dentistry

Open Up: Dentists Share Personal Experiences (Friday, Nov. 16, 2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Dr. Donovan Caves 
Dr. Josephine Pallotto
Dr. Nipa Thakkar, Temple ’12, 2011-12 district 3 trustee
Sponsored by the American Dental Association

A DIY Guide to Effective Community Outreach (Saturday, Nov. 17, 1:10 – 2 p.m.) 
Becky Horst, RDH, BA, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals 
Debbie Fleming, RDH, MS, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals
Sponsored by Colgate

Discover More About Life at Aspen Dental (Saturday, Nov. 17, 1:10 p.m. – 2 p.m.)
Dr. Niveditha Rajagopalan, Midwestern '16, 2015-16 vice president
Dr. Alex Mitchell, Temple '18, 2017-18 vice president
Dr. Kayla Roe, Virginia '18, 2016-17 district 4 trustee
Sponsored by Aspen Dental

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Explore the Scope and How to Enter OMS (Saturday, Nov. 17, 1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Dr. Stephanie Zastrow
Dr. Artem Krutyansky
Sponsored by AAOMS

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: The Value of Emotional Intelligence in Your Leadership Style (Saturday, Nov. 17, 1:10 – 2 p.m.)
Dr. Brad Guyton, MBA, MPH, dean of the PDSU™ – Institute of Dentistry; vice president of clinician development, Pacific Dental Services
Sponsored by Pacific Dental Services

Why Choose a DSO (Saturday, Nov 17, 1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Dr. Alse Klemma
Sponsored by Association of Dental Support Organizations
While NLC does not include a dedicated predental track in 2018, several sessions have been created uniquely for predental attendees.  
Predental Sessions
Hands-on Tooth Impressions and Chalk-Carving Workshop (Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:40 – 10:30 a.m.) 
Kai Huang, Alabama ’20, 2018-19 district 5 trustee

What to Expect in Your First Year of Dental School (Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 – 11:50 a.m.)
David Danesh, Harvard ’20, 2018-19 editor-in-chief
Craig McKenzie, Pennsylvania ’21, 2018-19 district 3 trustee
Austin Tyler, Colorado ’20, 2018-19 district 9 trustee

Interviewing: Tips, Tricks and Standing Out From the Competition (Saturday, Nov. 17, 2:10 – 3 p.m.)
Dr. Colleen Greene, Harvard ’13, 2012-13 president 
Craig McKenzie, Pennsylvania ’21, 2018-19 district 3 trustee
 
Sprint Towards Dental School: The Last Six Months (Saturday, Nov. 17, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.)
Dr. Helen Yang, Harvard ’16, 2014-15 district 1 trustee