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Date(s) - April 20, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


SDDS Classroom
2035 Hurley Way, Suite 200

Event Details

Forensic Odontology for the Dental Professional: It’s Not Always a “Grave” Situation
(In-person course)

2 CEU, Core • Member Price: $69 early / $89 regular

Do you ever see the headlines of some disaster and wonder how or why some of the victims are identified by dental records? Dr. Porco will discuss the various disciplines in the forensic sciences, with emphasis on Forensic Odontology. This will include a brief history lesson, case presentations, “testing” of your forensic skills, and then followed by how this applies to your dental office and every member of your dental team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the history of Dental Odontology
  • Learn how IDs are done
  • Discover how to apply this to your office

Mark D. Porco, DDS:

Dr. Porco received his DDS degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1988. Following graduation, he and his wife lived and worked in Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies for two years. Until recently he maintained a solo practice in general dentistry for 29 years in Lincoln, California. Dr. Porco has been a member of the Sacramento District Dental Society’s Mass Disaster/Forensics Committee since 2000, and chairman of the committee since 2011. He has been fascinated with forensics since taking an elective course his senior year in dental school. While attending many seminars on forensics over the years, he has been actively pursuing his forensic education since attending the Southwest Symposium in 2012. He joined the American Society of Forensic Odontology in 2012 and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in 2013. He has been a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team IX since 2014. Currently, Dr. Porco serves as the Forensic Odontologist for Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties.

Barbara Anderson; Retired Forensic Artist and Crime Scene Investigator:

Ms. Anderson is a retired Forensic Artist and Crime Scene Investigator and she specializes in reconstructing faces from the skull and sketching composites for law enforcement agencies and coroner’s offices. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice which is how she got started in the field of Forensics. She worked in the Forensic Investigation Unit of the Sacramento Police Department and became the Police Department’s first Forensic Artist. She initially received her training from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, in their Facial Imaging Program. Over the years she completed additional courses on facial reconstruction, composite drawing, and anthropology, and attended the University of Manchester in England to learn the European approach to reconstructing faces. Website: artandforensics.com

She joined the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team as a Medical Investigator on the DMORT Region-9 team with the Federal Government, under the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). She part of a team of forensic specialists who deploy out to disaster scenes and assist in the identification of victims of mass fatalities, or support any event as needed under the NDMS


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