Breakout Sessions

39779579535_2c8d42bc92_zThe primary goal of Annual Session is to afford ASDA’s House of Delegates a chance to meet and discuss policy issues for the coming year. That’s why House meetings take up a significant place on the agenda. But attendees will also have the opportunity to attend educational and networking sessions between meetings of the House. 

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Friday, March 1
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Spotlight sessions

Dr. David Rice, founder, IgniteDDS

As a dental student and ASDA leader, your entire career rests on your ability to walk into a room, or an interview, or a networking event and make a great first impression. With that, as they say, you and I only get ONE SHOT to make that happen. Join us and learn why that is and what three skills you must know how to deliver. 

Learning objectives:
  1. Understand the neuroscience behind every impression.
  2. Identify and work on the top three influencers of how they are perceived.
  3. Learn priming skills that guarantee first impression time goes well.

Sponsored by MedPro Group

Launch Your Career!
Heartland Dental-supported Dr. Jacob Berger

Career development and exploration start while you’re a student. Join us for this session to hear our top 5 tips for what you can start doing NOW to help you explore career paths and be career-ready at graduation.

Learning objectives:
  1. Learn easy-to-implement steps to set yourself up for success in your future career.

Sponsored by Heartland Dental

Avoiding the Top Five Mistakes as a New Dentist
Dr. Robert Seymour, Pacific Dental Services

Embarking on your career as a new dentist should be an exciting challenge, not a stressful one. Learn the five most common mistakes new-graduate dentists tend to make, along with some simple tips to overcome them. By knowing what obstacles to prepare for, you’ll be able to take intentional approach to set yourself up for success as a new dentist. 

Learning objectives:
  1. Describe the top five mistakes made by new-graduate dentists.
  2. Discuss the best ways to overcome the most common obstacles.
  3. Describe the key steps to prepare for the first year as a practicing dentist.

Sponsored by Pacific Dental Services

Open Up: Dentists Share Personal Experiences
Dr. Rico Short, American Dental Association
Dr. Darwin Hayes, American Dental Association
Dr. Nipa Thakkar, Temple ’12, 2011-12 district 3 trustee

What is life really like as a dentist today? In this interactive session, a panel of ADA member dentists will share their experiences in transitioning from dental student to practicing dentist and how they evolved to where they are today. They will offer different perspectives on career paths, practice ownership, dental benefits, leadership of the dental team, student loan debt and more! Bring your questions – you don’t want to miss the chance to ask these dentists about anything that’s on your mind.

Learning objectives:
  1. Understand what to expect as a practicing dentist in various career stages.
  2. Understand the first few steps you can take after graduation.
  3. Learn how the ADA and organized dentistry can help with your transition.

Sponsored by the American Dental Association

Better Borrowing Skills for Dental Students
Pete Wylie, vice president, in-school lending, CommonBond

Dental school is expensive and your funding choices matter – today and tomorrow. This informative workshop will provide you with the tools needed to make the best financial choices. Understand the difference between interest rate and APR and why choosing the best loan today will impact your financial security in the future, including your ability to finance your practice loan. We know dental students have funding choices that are often confusing. This session will provide skills that will help you choose the best loans for your situation, while you are in school and after.

Learning objectives:
  1. Understand how student loan debt impacts your borrowing capacity as you enter your dental career.
  2. Gain the basic skills necessary to evaluate loan products for school and after school.

Sponsored by CommonBond

Botox® and Dermal Fillers – Are They Part of Your Future Practice?
Dr. Gigi Meinecke, FAGD, Academy of General Dentistry

Facial injectables are becoming more common in dental practice. But how do you know if they’re a good fit for you? In this program, you’ll discover what injectables (Botox® and dermal fillers) do and understand their role in the dental practice. We’ll discuss overhead costs, training essentials and whether cosmetic facial injectables interest you as a practitioner.

Learning objectives:
  1. Explain the differences between Botox® and dermal fillers and their applications.
  2. Identify the overhead costs associated with running an injectable practice.
  3. Identify the unique aspects and demands of an injectable practice

Sponsored by the Academy of General Dentistry

Financial Strategies for Personal Life & Private Practice
Shawn Johnson ChFC®, CLU®, CLTC, vice president sales, Treloar & Heisel
Joshua Miller, AIF®, wealth adviser, Treloar & Heisel

Learn about the important steps in the financial planning process. This interactive program will provide an overview of vital personal and professional insurance coverage, student debt repayment strategies, wealth-building strategies and historical stock market returns.

Learning objectives:
  1. Identify components of a financial plan.
  2. Understand important risk management tools for personal and professional protection.
  3. Recognize student loan repayment options.
  4. Discuss historical stock market returns and investor behavior.

Sponsored by Treloar & Heisel

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.    “Linking Together” Chapter Idea Exchanges
Leadership and Organization
Dr. Tanya Sue Maestas, Texas-Houston ’18, immediate past president

With chapters having 100% member turnover every four years, it is paramount to have an efficient and lasting system to train officers and create an environment for successful transition. Lack of organization, transfer of information, and proper leadership training can leave many chapters starting from scratch every year. Learn how other chapters organize and train their leaders, and share tips on successful transitions of leadership teams. Bring your chapter’s best practices to share and see what allows some ASDA chapters to maintain their strength and presence year after year.

Learning objectives:
  1. Hear from other chapter leaders, and exchange ideas and tips on how they train and transition their leadership teams.
  2. Learn how to engage future leaders to keep your chapter strong and continue its growth.
  3. Learn how other chapters organize their teams, including what they found to be successful and what they needed to change.     

Kathleen Gonzales, Buffalo ’19, 2018-19 Council on Membership chair

Planning exciting activities at your chapter will ensure your members are involved and engaged. Fundraising is a key component of running a successful and sustainable chapter. Attend this idea-sharing session, and share your tips for fundraising and planning events and maximizing revenue. Bring your chapter’s best practices to share and learn about how other chapters are successful.

Learning objectives:
  1. Gain new fundraising ideas for your chapter.
  2. Learn how to work with your school administration to hold fundraising events.
  3. Discover best practices for working with vendors.
  4. Learn how to make fundraising events appealing to your chapter membership.

Activities and Wellness
Austin Tyler, Colorado ’20, 2018-19 district 9 trustee

Reaching out to membership through activities and wellness helps chapters elevate the dental school experience, improve student wellness and prepare members for their roles as dental professionals. How do we create value in our activities and make events shine? This session will allow students to share activity ideas, explore ways to expand programming and learn from other chapters’ challenges.

Learning objectives:
  1. Gain ideas for new activities to hold at your chapter.
  2. Explore best practices and lessons from past events to assist you in troubleshooting future events.
  3. Understand how to incorporate wellness-focused activities into your chapter programming.
  4. Learn how to improve marketing for and attendance at events.

Membership Communications
Karina Valentin, WesternU '20, 2018-19 district 11 trustee

Digital communication on the chapter, district, and national levels is what keeps our membership together and engaged. This chapter exchange session will allow all members to share ideas on how best to communicate.

Learning objectives:
  1. Gain new ideas for successful communication initiatives, social media practices and methods to engage membership.
  2. Understand the impact communications can have on articulating member value to your chapter and administration.
  3. Network with other chapter and district leaders to stay connected throughout the year.
  4. Learn how to create welcoming and inclusive communications that showcase the variety of events your ASDA chapter holds for members and administration.

Advocacy and Organized Dentistry
Lauren Yap, Temple ’19, 2018-19 Council on Advocacy chair

As dental students, several key issues take the spotlight, such as licensure, student debt and midlevel providers. This session will give members who are passionate about advocacy an opportunity to learn from other chapter, state and national advocacy efforts and discuss the legislative concerns facing dental students.

Learning objectives:
  1. Explore ideas for successful advocacy initiatives undertaken by chapters.
  2. Network and get contacts from other chapters and districts to stay connected throughout the year.
  3. Learn what resources are available at a national level to assist chapters advocate for the interests and welfare of dental students.
  4. Learn what ASDA is advocating for nationally and how each chapter can help.
Saturday , March 2
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Spotlight sessions

Owning Your Practice: The Key to Your Financial Freedom
Charles Loretto, partner, Cain Watters & Associates

The session will explore why owning a practice becomes an emotional decision, rather than a business decision, for so many, and how massive school debt often obscures the big picture. The course provides a realistic view of ownership versus being an employee. We will weigh the risks, consider debt and evaluate options associated with opening a practice, entering a partnership, buying an existing practice or working as a partner in a corporate dentistry environment. This workshop illuminates the path that a new dentist should take to obtain long-term personal and financial success.

Learning objectives:
  1. Understand how much an owner profits from having an associate.
  2. Gain realistic expectations for ownership through case studies.
  3. Learn how associates are leaving millions on the table when not owning a practice.
  4. Know the key elements before purchasing a practice: location, type of practice, type of transition, price, age of equipment, etc.
  5. Hear a proven plan to efficiently create opportunities to find the right practice for you.

Sponsored by Cain Watters & Associates

Dental Posture, Seating and Angles of Access
Daniel Sarjeant, territory manager, A-dec

Are you a FIRST-YEAR student struggling with indirect vision?
Are you a SECOND-YEAR student just starting in live clinic?
Are you a THIRD-YEAR student working through some posture pain?
Are you a FOURTH-YEAR student wondering how dental equipment can affect your future?

Join A-dec for an interactive lesson on ergonomics and the dental equipment discussion. Plus get a first look at a new application to help with seating, positioning and vision.

Learning objectives:
  1. Identify problematic postures and behaviors that can negatively affect your body.
  2. Learn how positioning and dental equipment manipulation can improve your health and make you a healthier, happier professional.

Sponsored by A-dec — A One-stop Resource for Students and Dental Professionals
Scott Hobart, senior manager, Dental & Hygiene Education, Procter & Gamble North America is an online resource serving more than 150,000 dental professionals and students every month.  Participants in this workshop will learn how Crest + Oral-B’s provides free continuing education, patient education, research, practice management and product resources to help dental professionals succeed with their patients.  

Learning objectives:
  1. Access and get registered.  
  2. Identify the various resources available in
  3. Order personal use product samples at student discounted prices.

Sponsored by Crest + Oral-B  

Associateships: Finding the Best Fit for You
Dr. Alex Mitchell, Temple '18, 2017-18 vice president
Dr. Niveditha Rajagopalan, Midwestern '16, 2015-16 vice president

Hear from former ASDA Vice Presidents Dr. Niveditha Rajagopalan and Dr. Alex Mitchell, both lead dentists with Aspen Dental, for tips on how to identify the best career path for you. Learn from your peers as they reflect on their journey and talk about their experiences with mentorship, working with a community of dentists, CE, growth opportunities, a great income and work-life balance. Topics include:

  • Reviewing real patient cases
  • Interviewing tips
  • Shadowing pointers
  • Understanding compensation
  • What to expect in your first year

Sponsored by Aspen Dental

10 – 10:50 a.m.    “Laying Your Foundation” Breakout Sessions
Lasers in Dentistry
David Casteel, Missouri-Kansas City '18, 2017-18 district 8 trustee

This session includes a comprehensive overview of lasers in dentistry. Attendees will be introduced to the history of lasers, how and why they are being used and what they might expect to see in the future in regards to lasers in dentistry.

Learning objectives:
  1. Learn the fundamentals of laser technology, including an overview of how lasers work and the history of lasers in dentistry.
  2. Gain a basic understanding of the various types of lasers (hard tissue/soft tissue), when and why they should use each type, and the different patients (pediatric dentistry) lasers can be used on.
  3. Understand the benefits of using lasers, including healing time and sterilization.
  4. Increase your knowledge about future developments in laser technology. 
3-D Printing in the Dental Profession
John Ference, associate professor, prosthodontics, University of Pittsburgh

Digital dentistry is rapidly transforming the dental industry, and 3-D printing technologies are paving the way. Learn more about how 3-D printing can expand your scope of practice, from what it’s being used for, how to best utilize it and how it will be used in the future of dentistry.

Learning objectives:
  1. Gain exposure to 3-D printing, its benefits and capabilities.
  2. Understand when and why 3-D printing is being used in dentistry.
Tips for Dental Care for Patients With Special Health Care Needs (This session is withdrawn.)
Lynne Taiclet, director, Center for Patients with Special Needs, University of Pittsburgh

Patients with special health care needs are a part of every dental practice. These patients may present unique challenges in care. Learn techniques to address these challenges.
Learning objectives:
  1. Gain exposure to alternate techniques to providing dental care for patients with special health care needs.
  2. Learn how to creatively address patients’ challenges to oral home care with various adaptations to traditional methods.
  3. Participate in a related hands-on activity.
Dynamic Guided Endodontics
Stephen Buchanan, president, Dental Education Laboratories, LLC

Cutting ideal access preparations is one of the most critical and challenging aspects of root canal therapy. A high-quality access preparation sets the stage for root canal procedures and is complicated by a number of factors. This session will focus on the advantages of utilizing Dynamic CT-Guided Endodontic Access Procedures for the management of difficult cases.
Learning objectives:
  1. Understand why Dynamic CT-Guided Endodontics is being used with patients.
  2. Learn the potential uses of Dynamic CT-Guided Endodontics in the future.
Intraoral Scanners
David Gratton, associate professor and director, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Division of Maxillofacial Prosthodontics

Intraoral scanners are a crucial component of modern dental practices, allowing for more accurate restorations and more efficient relationships with labs. Digital impressions also improve the patient experience by reducing chair-time and the overall number of visits. Intraoral scanners excite patients by bringing digital dental impression and treatment to life. Learn how to give a great treatment experience with the intraoral scanner.

Learning objectives:
  1. Learn about the types of intraoral scanners.
  2. Understand how to use intraoral scanners.