The MidWinter Convention & Expo is SDDS’ biggest event of the year! It’s a two-day convention and expo held at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center (1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814). Following CDPH guidelines- we will be checking vaccination status OR proof of pre-entry negative test results. Masks will be required to be worn at all times. Please see below for new CDPH Guidelines for the 2022 MidWinter Convention & Expo, effective January 15, 2022.

We’ll see you live and in-person for 2022! Make sure to mark your calendars for February 10-11, 2022 for two great days of CE! Stay tuned for more information!

The MidWinter Convention & Expo brings dentists & dental professionals together to:

  • Tons of CE classes available!
  • Enjoy world-renowned speakers on current dental topics and trends
  • Attend the Expo to meet vendor representatives on the latest products and services
  • Build a bond with office team members

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Check out our 2022 MidWinter Lineup!

Payam C. Ataii, DMD
Dr. Ataii a graduate of Tufts Dental School, is an award-winning clinical instructor and recognized dental speaker worldwide, who has been in private practice for more than 25 years in Laguna Hills, California. Having treated thousands of clear aligner cases he continually shares the results of his treatment, research, and innovative practice growth techniques thru his clinical education to doctors and their team members, nationally and internationally.
As an author, and a member of the National Academy of Dental Professionals, (NADP), Dr. Ataii holds both national and international peer-reviewed awards in dental journal publications, as well as mainstream press and television. He develops solutions to improve and simplify how comprehensive dentistry is delivered to patients. As a patent holder of an FDA-cleared oral device, he continues to innovate and invent dental health solutions that help dental practices reap the rewards of modern technology for their patients. He also serves on multiple dental and medical device company boards and is a recognized key opinion leader.

Sara Baker, CEO/Parter; SD Reliance (SDDS Vendor Member)
Ms. Baker was born and raised in West Sacramento, CA. She is the owner and CEO of SD Reliance Management, which is the Premier Dental Billing and IT Support company in Sacramento. She has dedicated the last 15 years of her career to managing and training offices to maximize their collections and perfect their in-office money processes.

Sara loves eating, traveling, and zombies (in that order). Her favorite city in the world is Sacramento, but it’s followed in a VERY close second by New Orleans, LA. She drinks too much coffee, is subscribed to far more podcasts than is reasonable, and would really like to help make your dental practice more profitable

Jennifer Berry, MS, LMFT
Ms. Berry was born in Philadelphia. She has focused on working with at risk children and their families. She spends her free time volunteering with Hands for Hope and coaching Youth Soccer and Water Polo, She lives in Shingle Springs, CA with her husband Mike, her twin daughters and her son Parker.

Jennifer de St. Georges
Ms. de St. Georges has gained and maintains her loyal global following as a speaker who delivers practical, proven and logical solutions for today’s dental practice management issues. Her strong communication skills, delivered with her unique sense of humor, and supported by detailed workbooks, ensure learning is both effective and fun! The first non-dentist to be appointed to Dentistry Today’s Contributing Editors Board, she has delivered over 1,000 programs and published 300+ articles.

Nancy Dewhirst, RDH, BS
Ms. Dewhirst graduated from the University of Southern California, practiced dental hygiene for 20 years, is adjunct dental hygiene faculty at West Coast University and a member of Sigma Phi Alpha. Ms. Dewhirst is consistently listed as one of the nation’s “Leaders in CE”, presents over 80 seminars a year, is featured at major U.S. and Canadian Dental Conferences, and is a member of the California Dental Association Speakers Bureau. She has had many articles published in dental peer-reviewed journals and has contributed to dental textbooks and guidance documents.

Kelly Giannatti, DMD
Dr. Giannetti received her DMD degree as well as a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University. After Harvard, she completed her orthodontic residency at UCSF where she served as an Assistant Clinical Professor from 2000-2007. Dr. Giannetti is a Past-President of SDDS and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. She practices with Dr. Thais Booms and has offices in Sacramento and West Sacramento.

Mitchell Goodis, DDS
Dr. Goodis was raised in York, PA. He retired from the US Air Force and practices in Diamond Springs, CA. Dr. Goodis and his wife, Audrey Speicher Goodis, live in Placerville where he volunteers as a Cub Scout Den Leader and as a Boy Scout Assistant Scoutmaster. They have 3 daughters: Jamie, Jenny and Tiffany.

Lisa Greer, Dental Benefits Analyst; CDA Practice Support Center
Ms. Greer specializes in several aspects of dentistry, including working with dental benefit plans, dental billing, accounts receivable, community marketing, human resources, practice management and regulatory compliance. ​

Jagdev Heir, MD, DMD, FACS
Dr. Heir is a practicing Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon as well as a practicing Cosmetic Surgeon in the greater Sacramento region since 2006. Dr. Heir graduated with a Biochemistry degree from Rutgers University and went on to NJ Dental School and NJ Medical School at University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ). He went on to do a Fellowship in Anesthesia at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center and then completed his Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at UMDNJ. After residency, he completed a Facial & Body Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship in Oklahoma City. He is triple Board Certified in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Facial Cosmetic Surgery, and General Body Cosmetic Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). In addition to maintaining a private practice he has served on various committees in the local dental society as well as an anesthesia evaluator and a Subject Matter Expert for the Dental Board of California. During his free time Dr. Heir enjoys spending time with his two boys, family and friends. ​

Rich Hirschinger, DDS, MBA
Dr. Hirschinger is a Board-certified orofacial pain specialist at his private practice in Beverly Hills. He graduated from the USC School of Dentistry in 1985, the USC Marshall School of Business in 2001, and he completed a 2-year full time residency in Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine at the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2012. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and a Clinic Supervisor every Wednesday at UCLA in the Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine residency. He holds two patents as the inventor of the gentle jaw, which became commercially available in March 2020. ​

Kelly Jāecks, MA, RDH
Ms. Jaecks is a self-care strategist, a nationally published author, professional speaker, and coach. Kelli works with organizations who want achievable strategies to slay burn-out and optimize their team’s total health. She also coaches others to put their own self care first, so they can fully live their lives, and better serve the world.
Kelli is the author of the Amazon best seller: Martinis & Menopause — Strategies, Science and Sips that Empower Women to Beat the Hormone Groan. She is a past president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, and the NSA (National Speakers Association), Oregon Chapter.
Kelli holds master’s degree from Oregon State University in Communication and Adult Education. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1996.
Kelli enjoys traveling to cool venues for scuba-diving and performing in live theater productions. ​

JoAnne Jones, RDH
Ms. Jones brings life, energy and inspiration to all her presentations. The veteran dental hygienist turned educator has a no-nonsense approach and dynamic speaking style that has made her one of North America’s most sought-after lecturers in the dental community. Jo-Anne has been selected as one of DPR’s Top 25 Women in Dentistry and joins the 2022 Dentistry Today CE Leaders for the 12th consecutive year. Jo-Anne’s gift for motivating and inspiring has catapulted her into motivational speaking for Fortune 500 companies and professional women’s groups.​

Lory Laughter, RDH, MS
Ms. Laughter graduated from Idaho State University with her BS in 1994 and from the University of California San Francisco with an MS in Dental Hygiene in 2015. Today she has a variety of career roles including Dental Hygiene Program Director and Assistant Professor at University of the Pacific in San Francisco, speaking, writing and research.

Lory wrote a monthly column in RDH Magazine from 2005 – 2018. She also has several peer-review published articles. She is a co-author of Newman and Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology for the Dental Hygienist, 1st Edition, Published by Elsevier.

She received the 2011 Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences Professional Achievement Award, the 2015 Sunstar America Award of Distinction and a 2018 Outstanding Teaching Award at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

Lory is a Past President of the California Dental Hygienists’ Association and enjoys advocating for Dental Hygienists in California and the nation.

In her personal time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her 9 grown children and 15 grandchildren.

Shelli Macaluso, Risk Management Analyst; TDIC (SDDS Vendor Member)
Ms. Macaluso joined TDIC in 2018 as an RM Analyst. She speaks nationally representing the company during presentations for dental conventions, dental schools, specialty groups and participating dental societies. She advises dentist in the areas of professional liability, employment, property, and Cyber liability risk management. Prior to joining TDIC, she worked as an RDA, Specialty coordinator and promoted to Senior Business Manager of a large dental practice. Shelli is dedicated to making an instrumental and strategic impact on the dental community through providing RM guidance and resources to dental professionals.

Jeannette MacLean, DDS
Dr. MacLean is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, owner of Affiliated Children’s Dental Specialists in Glendale, Arizona, and mother of two. She received her dental degree, with honors, from the University of Southern California in 2003 and completed her specialty training in pediatric dentistry in 2005 at Sunrise Children’s Hospital through the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. MacLean has become an internationally recognized advocate and expert on minimally invasive dentistry, appearing in newspapers, magazines, television, and continuing education lectures on this hot topic. Most notably, she was featured in the July 2016 New York Times article “A Cavity Fighting Liquid Helps Kids Avoid Dentists’ Drills,” which brought national attention to the option of treating cavities non-invasively with silver diamine fluoride.

Terry McDonald, Director of Compliance Solutions; PCIHIPAA (SDDS Vendor Member)
Raised in a “hard-working yet limited means family” in Las Vegas, Nevada, Terry learned at a very young age the value of saving and making smart investment decisions. Terry has carried this knowledge and passion for helping others into a successful investment and healthcare compliance career. He has positioned himself as an educator who takes pride in providing clients with the knowledge they need to make informed and wise decisions regarding their compliance.

Mike Miyasaki, DDS
Dr. Miyasaki has a fee-for-service general dentistry practice in Sacramento, CA, where insurance reigns. He has been in practice for 34 years, in education for 31 years and involved in corporate endeavors for over 25. Currently he is a manufacturing COO/CDO, is the Director of Education for the Pacific Aesthetic Continuum, and he is the Chief Education Executive for the Academy of Minimally Invasive Implantology. He lectures internationally on many topics which are reflected in his practice. Accepting that dentists today have different challenges than 30 years ago, he is devoted to helping the profession not spiral to the bottom but climb to new heights. He is a strong believer that curiosity and education are what make the practice of dentistry exciting, and continued growth brings satisfaction in one’s work. He is also grateful for the opportunities to share and discuss ideas. Working with his colleagues to create their remarkable life and enjoying their profession delivering the best treatment outcomes for their patients is now his passion.

Matthew Nelson, Practice Analyst; CDA Practice Support Center
With over seven years of experience as an office manager, dental consultant and CDA analyst, he specializes in all areas of practice management, including leadership, practice systems, dental billing, human resources and practice transitions.

Marcella Oster, RDA
Ms. Oster has 27+ years of experience in the dental industry including working as a dental assistant and RDA for 13 years. In 1993, Ms. Oster co-founded and was President of EcoSolutions, the first company to provide comprehensive hazardous chemical waste management services to dental offices (including processing of the chemicals). In 1999, EcoSolutions merged with the industry’s largest medical waste management company.

Jessica Saetern, Risk Management Analyst; TDIC (SDDS Vendor Member)
Ms. Saetern joined TDIC as a Risk Management Analyst in 2019. She supports dental professionals through national speaking engagements at major industry events, virtual presentations, dental conventions, dental schools, and state dental societies. She brings over 10 years of dental experience in the areas of insurance billing, claims management, provider appeals and as a business consultant. She holds a degree in Business-General and a certificate in Business Management. She also contributes to the Risk Management publications of RM Matters and Liability Lifeline. She is committed to making a positive impact through the advice and resources she provides in the areas of professional, employment, business, and cyber liability including property and operations risk management.

Christine Sison, CEO; Swiss Monkey (SDDS Vendor Member)
Ms. Sison is the CEO of Swiss Monkey, a staffing and virtual front office services company. She has built and has managed a dental practice for over 10 years and has her Bachelors in Neurobiology from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Health Policy and Management form the Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to her work in dentistry, she conducted brain tumor research at UCSF, assisted in the integration of IT into clinics and hospitals, and later led the development of community-wide healthcare systems, including telemedicine efforts.

Theresa Worsham, DMD
Dr. Theresa Worsham was born and raised in Missouri, she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and her Doctorate from ATSU Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health. She completed her periodontal residency training at Baylor/Texas A&M College of Dentistry. She was selected to serve as Chief Resident during her last year of residency. During her residency, she taught dental students and residents in addition to practicing at Texas A&M Dental School and Children’s Hospital Dallas. While in residency, she completed a Masters of Science in Oral Biology and did research with amelogenin peptides.

Dr. Worsham is honored to serve the Sacramento and Folsom community. She enjoys all aspects of periodontics from oral health education, infectious disease, hard and soft tissue grafting and implantology.

Dr. Worsham enjoys spending time with friends and family. She met her husband Austen before dental school and they have one son, Oliver. She enjoys comedy movies and dance classes.


Thursday, February 10, 2022


7:30am–9:30am • 2 CEU, Core
California Dental Practice Act: Where’s the Line?
Nancy Dewhirst, RDH, BS (Sponsored by PCIHIPAA – SDDS Vendor Member)

This course covers topics and regulations that are required by the California Dental Practice Act (DPA) for re-licensure, illustrated by stories and violations of the law. Examine scope of practice, licensure & qualifications, unprofessional conduct, drug offenses, consent, and mandated reporting. Learn how those regulations define dental practice limits, how to find answers to legal questions addressed by the DPA, enforcement and where to locate resources.
Course objectives:

  • Understand how the DPA scope of regulations defines dental practice limits
  • Understand how the California Dental Board enforces the DPA
  • Learn how to locate information and resources related to the DPA

7:30am–9:30am • 2 CEU, Core
Botched or a Complication?
Jagdev Heir, MD, DMD, FACS (Sponsored by Zest Dental Solutions – SDDS Vendor Member)

Ever wonder what goes through an oral surgeon’s mind when they see a botched case or a complication? Come and find out along with how to handle simple and complex complications. See what surgical assistants and RDAs can do to help the doctor.
Course objectives:

  • Learn how to handle complications, for both the doctor and the RDA
  • Understand the various issues related to dentoalveolar, implants, cosmetic complications
  • Learn about procedures gone wrong
  • Learn about complications occurring from complications

7:45am–9:45am • 2 CEU, Core
Stage it, Grade it – Now What? Treating the Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease
Theresa Worsham, DMD (Sponsored by Straumann – SDDS Vendor Member)

This course discusses the broad range of infectious periodontal disease, including the etiology of the different infectious diseases. Focus will be on recognizing the different signs of periodontal disease and proper treatment course. Cases will be discussed throughout the course to develop a solid foundation.
Course objectives:

  • Recognize the signs of the different types of periodontitis in this new grading system
  • Understand proper treatment planning for even the most challenging cases
  • Recognize case presentations of the typical, abnormal and the weird

8:00am–9:30am • 1.5 CEU, Core
Are You Trying to Treat TMJ Using Dental Procedures?
Rich Hirschinger, DDS, MBA (Sponsored by gentle jaw)

TMJ, or what most patients think is TMJ, is not usually related to occlusion or the temporomandibular joint; it is usually related to the musculature that closes the jaw from “excessive occlusion.” These muscles can cause a lot of pain, even suicidal pain, and the pain can be treated using medical procedures provided by a dentist.
Course objectives:

  • Identify the muscle referral patterns of the head and neck
  • Understand the rationale behind trigger point injections and Botox for therapeutic use
  • Learn why most TMJ pain is not related to the joint or occlusion

8:00am–9:30am • 1.5 CEU, 20%
Kondo Your Clinic… NOW!
Kelly Giannetti, DMD

Spark joy in your 9–5. Do you wonder what patients feel when they enter your office? Does your office reflect your work ethic and personality? Get passionate about creating an environment that reflects the quality of work you provide!
Course objectives:

  • Understand strategies for removing clutter and looking at your office from the patient’s perspective
  • Learn how to address your digital workflow and a truly paperless office
  • Learn about clinical options for a big impact on waste production

8:00am–9:30am • 1.5 CEU, Core
Vaping: Just the Facts!
Jo-Anne Jones, RDH

There is hardly a day that goes by without ‘vaping’ making headline news. We are just beginning to learn about the potential long-term risks of vaping. Vaping-related pulmonary illness, alteration of adolescent brain development, nicotine addiction, accidental injuries and several reported deaths are a few of the risks that are coming to light with the use of vaping products. What is our messaging to our dental patients and how may we best educate them on the potential risks of this growing trend?
Course objectives:

  • Learn how to identify vaping incidence and prevalence in the U.S.
  • Understand the science behind vaping – and what has led to its growing popularity and addictive properties
  • Learn how to recognize the impact of vaping on oral and systemic health

10:00am–11:30am • 1.5 CEU, 20%
Collect with Confidence
Lisa Greer, Dental Benefits Analyst, and Matthew Nelson, Practice Analyst; CDA Practice Support Center

The front office sets the stage for managing patient collections and strong billing practices. When a practice has clear, defined, and implemented patient collection and billing systems, the day runs efficiently, and patients understand the payment expectations. But, managing collections takes confidence, and confidence comes with knowledge. This course will help you administer your practice’s billing and collections system with confidence.
Course objectives:

  • Learn how to become a confident collections and billing expert
  • Learn to navigate through the most difficult patient billing and collections scenarios
  • Understand the billing tools that will make your job easier
  • Learn how to strengthen your current coding knowledge
  • Learn the consequences for not billing correctly

10:00am–12:00pm • 2 CEU, 20%
Patient First. What About Me?
Kelli Jaecks, MA, RDH (Sponsored by Leyton)

Dental professionals who care for the health and well-being of others are especially susceptible to burnout. Everyone else’s needs come before our own, both at work and at home. The adage of “patient first” has unintentionally created an environment in health care that places the practitioner last. What if we spin this practice on its head? Practitioner first. My own physical and mental well-being first. Why? Because Self-Care is Healthcare. When we focus on strengthening the practitioner, we are better equipped to serve the patient.
Course Objectives:

  • Discover why self-care needs to be a non-negotiable in a healthy practitioner
  • Understand the principles of Patient First
  • Learn how to investigate simple, positive changes to address burnout and increase personal wellness and have fun doing it!

10:00am–12:00pm • 2 CEU, Core
Comprehensive Care Utilizing Advanced Digital and Direct Restoration Material
Payam Ataii, DMD (Sponsored by Shofu Dental)

Dr. Ataii will share current “GIOMER” and bioactive restorative techniques and product choices for the clinician and dental team seeking to advance their skills while completing procedures in a minimal amount of time. Learn how to enhance your team’s skill set, improve, and simplify your everyday dentistry, plus gain more patient acceptance by communicating with your restorative patients by utilizing digital imaging.
Course objectives:

  • Learn how to diagnose and plan treatment of failed restorations
  • Learn material options for long-term restorative success
  • Learn case presentations for patient acceptance using digital photography
  • Learn about finishing, polishing, and consistent delivery for ideal margins

10:00am–12:00pm • 2 CEU, Core
HIPAA Training: Complete Your 2022 Requirement!
Terry McDonald, Director of Compliance Solutions; PCIHIPAA (Sponsored by PCIHIPAA – SDDS Vendor Member)

2020 and 2021 were unprecedented years for dental providers. Forced to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, practices across the nation scrambled to put together a response plan to ensure compliance with new HIPAA guidance. What do you need to do now to protect your practice? Drawing on his experience as a leader in cyber-security and compliance, Mr. Broudy will address the lessons learned and implications for the future of healthcare compliance.
Course objectives:

  • Learn about evolving COVID-19 cyber threats, including ransomware attacks
  • Learn tips to keep your patients, employees and practice safe and secure
  • Learn about enforcement trends for HIPAA violations
  • This course will complete your 2022 HIPAA Risk Assessment requirement!

10:00am–12:30pm • 2.5 CEU, Core
Hindsight is 20/20: Missing the Oral/Oropharyngeal Cancer Diagnosis
Jo-Anne Jones, RDH (Sponsored by VELscope and Orascoptic)

The ability to save a life through earlier diagnosis is a gratification that may not be compared to anything we do in dentistry. Conversely, when we ‘miss’ a diagnosis, the sorrow that ensues is challenging to overcome. Through a guided visual journey of inspiring and moving oral cancer stories of survivors and those who have lost their lives, learn the subtle life-saving symptoms and critical screening techniques that will increase our opportunity to save a life! This is a presentation you will never forget.
Course objectives:

  • Recognize the incidence and five-year survival rates of current oral and oropharyngeal cancer
  • Learn and explore the critical components and palpation techniques of today’s oral cancer screening exam
  • Understand the role adjunctive screening devices, play in enhancing our assessment capabilities

10:30am–12:00pm • 1.5 CEU, Core
Splints Gone Wrong
Kelly Giannetti, DMD (Sponsored by Align Technology)

All of us prescribe various forms of night guards to help our patients. But…they are NOT without risks. This lecture will discuss iatrogenic tooth movement and how to predict it.
Course objectives:

  • Learn about commonly used splints and their side effects
  • Learn about the common side effects and predictable treatment
  • Learn how to correct unwanted movement with aligners

1:30pm–4:00pm • 2.5 CEU, 20%
Scheduling Frustrations Solved—20 Step Plan to Take Control of Your Day!
Jennifer de St. Georges (Sponsored by CareCredit)

Scheduling Situations Solved…enjoy reduced stress, increased production and happy patients. Today’s busy patients are rarely tolerant of a dental practice consistently ‘running late’ and they have no problem discussing their frustrations on the internet! This program delivers the tools and communication skills needed to solve eight of the top time management problems.
Course objectives:

  • Learn to run on time, reduce team stress, protect productivity and increase patient/practice communication and customer service
  • Learn the rules to manage emergencies, scheduling bottlenecks, and late arrivals
  • Learn the tips and tricks to solve a Hit List of issues and frustrations

1:30pm–4:00pm • 2.5 CEU, Core
Recession: To Treat or Not to Treat, THAT is the Question
Theresa Worsham, DMD (Sponsored by Geistlich Biomaterials)

This course dives in to the different types of recession defects. We will discuss the etiology of the different recession defects and focus on the proper treatment of these defects. Cases will be discussed throughout the course to develop a solid foundation.
Course objectives:

  • Learn to recognize the different types of recession
  • Learn the proper treatment planning for even the most challenging cases
  • Learn case presentations of different recession defects

1:30pm–4:00pm • 2.5 CEU, 20%
Martinis, Millennials, Motherhood & Menopause: Considerations in Women’s Health for You,
Your Dental Team and Your Patients
Kelli Jaecks, MA, RDH (Sponsored by Leyton)

With over 50% of graduating dentists and over 90% of dental hygienists being female, our industry needs a clear focus on women’s health. According to the US Census, there are over 126 million women in the U.S. today. As our population ages, women will outnumber men two-to-one. How do we best care for ourselves and our patients in this growing reality? Whether we are dealing with periods and PMS, pregnancy, or perimenopause, hormones impact multiple bodily systems, including oral health. This presentation will examine multiple systems within the female body that are affected as we age. Women can be proactive in making lifestyle choices to get healthier and live longer. As healthcare providers, we can educate and empower our patients in positive habits for disease prevention and longevity.
Course Objectives

  • Understand how hormones impact multiple bodily systems, including oral health
  • Learn to identify risk factors and prevention strategies for oral, breast, and bone health
  • Understand and explore simple strategies in mental and physical wellness to beat the hormone groan at any age
  • Understand the role of the health care professional in understanding, supporting and educating patients

1:30pm–4:30pm • 3 CEU, Core
Annual OSHA Training and Infection Control – Are We Safe “Enough?”
Nancy Dewhirst, RDH, BS (Sponsored by PCIHIPAA – SDDS Vendor Member)

This course reviews the science of disease transmission and many dental safety recommendations considering COVID-19 and beyond. Standard and Transmission-based Precautions will be explained in the context of CDC and ADA Guidelines and OSHA & Dental Board regulations (meets Infection Control and OSHA CE requirements). Safety strategies and actions are ranked by effectiveness and include new technology, how to optimize indoor air safety, PPE, and other prevention controls.
Course objectives:

  • Learn to recognize and manage bloodborne, contact, droplet and airborne diseases
  • Understand and identify best practices for providing dental care while considering COVID-19
  • Learn how to make sense of evolving recommendations as applied to changing infection risk

1:45pm–4:15pm • 2.5 CEU, Core
New Era in Patient Care with Clear Aligners
Payam Ataii, DMD (Sponsored by SmileDirectClub)

This lecture will review the clinical efficacy of the hybrid aligner model and discuss clinical cases for doctors and dental team members. Key area of focus include patient case selection, office integration, and practice growth. Clinical cases with a key objective of understanding the types of cases that are ideal for the hybrid model and others that fit the traditional aligner workflow will be reviewed.
Course objectives:

  • Understand the influences of aligner treatment options on practice management and revenue
  • Learn clinical guidelines to identify patients that are ideal for the hybrid aligner model
  • Learn how to create a superior dental experience for every patient within the practice

2:00pm–4:00pm • 2 CEU, Core
What’s in Your Oral Cancer Screening Toolkit? Workshop Format
Jo-Anne Jones, RDH (Sponsored by VELscope and Orascoptic)

An interactive workshop designed to equip today’s dental clinician with the skill set to recognize and identify the earliest warning signs of HPV and non-HPV oral and oropharyngeal cancer. A demonstration of a live examination using an adjunctive screening device will be provided as well as the review of techniques both extraoral and intraorally. The integration of Teledentistry will also be demonstrated highlighting the ability to assess, capture, annotate and manage findings providing your practice and dental patients with the best possible opportunity for earlier discovery of oral cancer.
Course objectives:

  • Learn how to perform a systematic extraoral and intraoral examination with attention to high-risk anatomical areas related both to HPV and non-HPV oral and oropharyngeal cancer
  • Learn and recognize the subtle, life-saving signs and symptoms that may accompany HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer
  • Integrate clinical resources that will aid in assessment, documentation and management pathways of an abnormal finding


Friday, February 11, 2022

7:30am–9:00am • 1.5 CEU, 20%
Ergonomics: It’s a Balancing Act
Nancy Dewhirst, RDH, BS

Wear comfortable clothes for stretching! Enjoy a long dental career and improve clinical precision while avoiding injury and pain! Pathogenesis, causes and prevention of various cumulative trauma disorders are discussed, focusing on upper extremity, spinal and joint pathologies. Evaluate preventive strategies, including equipment design, body positioning and conditioning. Practice stretching and strengthening exercises to reduce pain, preserve range of motion and optimize personal career excellence and longevity.
Course objectives:

  • Learn how to evaluate physical signs and symptoms of cumulative trauma disorders commonly found in dental workers
  • Understand the physiology of representative cumulative trauma disorders
  • Understand how to practice and evaluate stretching and strengthening exercises and compare ergonomic features of dental equipment that benefit workers and patients

7:30am–9:30am • 2 CEU, Core
Be SMART: Silver Modified Atraumatic Restorative Treatment
Jeannette MacLean, DDS (Sponsored by Elevate Oral Care and GC America)

Learn how to treat and restore cavities in an efficient, effective, and painless way using Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) and Glass Ionomer Cement (GIC), known as Silver Modified Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (SMART). SDF can arrest caries and desensitize dentin with little more than a microbrush, while expanding access to care and improving outcomes. Review how bioactive materials like GIC can not only restore, but also further arrest and remineralize carious lesions while conserving tooth structure. Find out how offering minimally-invasive options like SMART, can attract new patients, improve patient satisfaction, and increase internal marketing and word of mouth referrals to your practice.
Course objectives:

  • Learn the principles of case selection, informed consent, treatment planning, and a clinical protocol for SDF
  • Learn and review the evidence for atraumatic restorative treatment to manage dental caries
  • Describe the case selection, materials, and clinical protocol for SMART

8:00am–9:30am • 1.5 CEU, 20%
Communication Skills to Instill Patient Confidence and Trust: The Foundation of the Referral Practice
Jennifer de St. Georges (Sponsored by CareCredit)

“Inform before you perform, no surprises” is the key to building confidence and trust between practice and patient. A strong interactive Doctor/Team communication allows everyone to speak with one voice; never underestimate the power of a unified approach with patients. Enjoy increased patient acceptance when patients know “what’s in it for them!”
Course objectives:

  • Learn the guidelines, tools and techniques to elevate communication skills
  • Learn how to enhance patient customer service and outcomes
  • Understand and create a master plan to make implementation stress-free, fun and productive

8:00am–10:00am • 2 CEU, Core
Inflammatory Diseases: It’s Not Just Perio Anymore
Lory Laughter, RDH, MS (Sponsored by FADE)

This program presents information on the oral effects of inflammatory diseases, chronic pain, and related medications; what to look for in the health history; how to gently care for sufferers; and when to consider a medical referral. It also recommends resources and educational materials as well as methods clinicians can use to treat people with these issues.
Course objectives:

  • Learn to recognize oral manifestations associated with inflammatory diseases
  • Understand how the brain and body respond to chronic pain
  • Learn how to identify strategies to provide comfortable dental treatment for patients with chronic pain

8:00am–11:00am • 3 CEU, Core
Let’s Destroy the Misconceptions of Minimally Invasive Implants: Travel a Personal Journey of Understanding So You Can Use Them Too
Michael Miyasaki, DDS (Sponsored by IBS Implant and Academy of Minimally Invasive Implantology – SDDS Vendor Member)

Patients are seeking out dental implants more now than in the past 30 years! This course will help clinicians determine if implants are a service they want to add to their practice or, for those placing implants already, if a minimally invasive approach can be incorporated into what they do already. With a system designed with minimally invasive implant placement in mind, there is less morbidity; it can save you and your patient’s time and money and, most importantly, can increase your implant’s longevity. Treatment alternatives that offer us predictability and conserve the maximum amount of bone and tissue will be discussed. Join me on my personal journey through challenges, such as failure to integrate and peri-implantitis, what I have come to learn, and so much more.
Course objectives:

  • Learn why dental implants should be offered to patients, how to talk to patients, and how the team can support their integration
  • Understand the core principles of minimally invasive implantology
  • Understand protocols for minimally invasive implantology will be illustrated and explained
  • Understand how to grow your practice by offering implant services

9:30am–11:30am • 2 CEU, Core
Gotta Love Infection Control
Marcella Oster, RDA

Get back to loving your infection control by updating techniques, risks and standard operating procedures that can help you be in compliance. Since COVID, there is SO much more to review…and so much more to “embrace!” This course meets the two-hour infection control for license renewal.
Course objectives:

  • Learn how to outline standard operating procedures for all areas of the dental office
  • Learn how to analyze risks for potential modes of transmission/pathogens
  • Understand the measures for effective and implemented environmental control
  • Learn to identify steps to protect and educate staff/patients from Covid-19

10:00am–12:00pm • 2 CEU, Core
Less is More: Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Treatment Options for Enamel Defects
Jeannette MacLean, DDS (Sponsored by Elevate Oral Care, GC America and DMG America)

Unsightly congenital enamel defects and acquired white spot lesions can be troublesome for many patients. Historically, these blemishes have been treated with invasive and costly resin bondings and veneers. Dealing with enamel defects can prove particularly troublesome for young patients, which when left untreated, often become a source of embarrassment for the patient. Or worse, some lesions may progress to cavitations, particularly post-orthodontic white spot lesions. This course will review three simple and painless options to manage enamel defects. MI Paste, ICON Resin Infiltration, and Etch/Bleach/Seal can improve or even completely reverse the appearance of congenital enamel defects and white spot lesions while preserving tooth structure and repairing the patient’s natural enamel.
Course objectives:

  • Learn how to recognize evidence for using MI Paste, ICON Resin Infiltration, and Etch/Bleach/Seal
  • Understand case selection, materials, and clinical protocol for each procedure
  • Understand the pros and cons for each technique

10:00am–12:00pm • 2 CEU, 20%
Financial Patient Communication-7-Point Plan to Eliminate Financial Surprises
Jennifer de St. Georges (Sponsored by CareCredit)

It is harder to collect money from patients with dental insurance than patients without coverage! This program delivers tools, techniques and communication skills to educate patients on their financial responsibilities…learn to LOVE talking money and payments with patients!
Course objectives:

  • Learn how to increase cash flow, lower AR, reduce patients confusion re 3rd party involvement
  • Understand positive patient consultation tips for successful collections, including phone “shoppers”
  • Learn clear financial policies and proactive and informative communication tools

10:30am–12:30pm • 2 CEU, Core
The Science of Products and Technology: Old, New, Tried and True
Lory Laughter, RDH, MS (Sponsored by GC America)

This course reviews commercial and professional products; some new and exciting, and some established favorites. Participants will also learn research tips and receive hands on evaluation of select products. The content will help practitioners develop customized prevention programs that go far beyond teaching people how to brush and floss while building strong disease prevention programs.
Course objectives:

  • Learn about research on commercial and professional products that can make practice more effective and easier for patients and practitioners
  • Learn how to develop a prevention program using tests, technologies, and products that fit a practice philosophy and style
  • Understand and identify resources with additional information and demonstrations

11:30am–12:30pm • 1 CEU, 20%
The Great Resignation and Rehiring: Dentistry’s Changing Workforce Composition
and the Age of Digital Transformation
Christine Sison, CEO; Swiss Monkey (SDDS Vendor Member)

With the recent pandemic, pre and post, dentists have learned that the “old ways” of practice management may have other options, that may be better options. The past two years have challenged dentists to find alternate work modes and solutions for what used to be “the normal and standard” ways. Attend this presentation to learn what is new and innovative and what may work for your practice.
Course objectives:

  • Learn about the rise of the remote workers, the changing workforce composition in dentistry and the use of hybrid models (in-office and off-site)
  • Learn the new recruiting mindset for employers
  • Understand the impact of new technology and business intelligence tools and what that means for practice operations, the patient experience and staffing

1:30pm–3:30pm • 2 CEU, Core
Is My Patient Crazy or Do They Actually Have Pain? Solving the Puzzle of Treating Invisible Pain
Rich Hirschinger, DDS, MBA (Sponsored by gentle jaw)

In the past, if a doctor could not account for the source of a patient’s pain, treatment was provided including root canals and/or extractions. If the pain did not resolve even after an extraction, it was assumed the patient was crazy or the pain was not related to the scope of dentistry, and the patient was referred to a physician or they just continued to live with their pain. During Dr. Hirschinger’s presentation, you will see videos of patients that had invisible pain that was not accounted for clinically or radiographically. You will hear about patients that had dental treatment that did not to relieve their pain since the pain was not odontogenic.
Course objectives:

  • Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and nervus intermedius neuralgia
  • Understand how to localize pain and be more certain of a diagnosis before irreversible dental treatment is rendered
  • Learn how to recognize various headaches according to the International Headache Society criteria

1:30pm–3:30pm • 2 CEU, Core
An Endless Love for California Dental Practice Act
Marcella Oster, RDA

Face it, we all have a love/hate relationship with ever-changing laws, managing employees and being in compliance. This two-hour course meets license renewal requirements for CDPA.
Course objectives:

  • Understand and review the scope of practice, standards, and law/ethics
  • Understand mandated reporting, identifying victims of violence or neglect, outlining responses and procedures
  • Learn the laws governing prescription drugs
  • Understand the definition of Law and Ethics in dentistry
  • Understand the On the Job Training (OTJT) responsibilities and fines

1:30pm–3:30pm • 2 CEU, 20%
Love and Processing: 10 Steps to Keeping your Patients Happy and your AR Low
Sara Baker, CEO; SD Reliance (SDDS Vendor Member)

What’s love got to do with it? (“It” being claims processing, of course!) The answer is…everything! Maintaining a loving relationship with your insurance AR is key to your entire collections process. Your insurance claims submission and aging process can be efficient, cost-effective, and – amazingly – easy! Ms. Baker will walk through the claims process designed to keep claims processing painless and healthy.
Course objectives:

  • Understand how to set the stage for effective claims processing
  • Learn how to create a successful insurance AR system
  • Understand what defines “lack of dental necessity” – common claim issues and how to avoid them

1:30pm–3:30pm • 2 CEU, 20%
Reducing Your Practice Risk: Effective Risk Management Strategies, Tips, and Resources
Jessica Saetern and Shelli Macaluso, Risk Management Analysts; TDIC (SDDS Vendor Member)

Dentistry is a career that can be immensely rewarding if well protected. Part of that protection includes steps you can take to avoid common risks faced by dentists. Through case presentation, this course reveals how you can identify and minimize potential risks through implementation of proven risk management techniques and incorporation of trusted resources. Topics that will be covered include informed consent, patient dismissal, refunds, and employment issues.
Course objectives:

  • Learn how to launch a comprehensive informed consent protocol
  • Learn when and how to refund or dismiss a patient
  • Learn how to implement protocols to protect your practice

1:45pm–3:45pm • 2 CEU, Core
Ice Age: Pathology, Physiology, and Destructive Aftermath of Methamphetamine Abuse
Mitchell Goodis, DDS and Jennifer Berry, MS, LMFT

Young victims of Methamphetamine addiction suffer Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Understand how meth affects both mind and body, why it is so addictive, how it is cooked and distributed, and what happens when CPS is called. Dentists and their staff are mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. Meet a former meth addict who lost her children to foster care due to drug use, and a Child Protective Services therapist who makes tough decisions to remove children from bad situations.
Course objectives:

  • Understand how Methamphetamine is manufactured, shipped, and distributed to addict the American consumer
  • Understand clearly the allure of Methamphetamine, how it affects the brain, and why recidivism is common
  • Learn the “behind the scenes” events that occur when a dental office calls CPS to report child abuse



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Below is information for exhibitors attending our convention, if you have any additional questions contact

Booth Set Up:

  • Thursday, February 10th from 9-11am
  • Vendor Member and Sponsors: email to inquire about early set up for Vendor Members and Sponsors.

Expo Hall Open:

  • Thursday, February 10th from 11am-5:30pm
  • Friday, February 11th from 7:30am-1:30pm

Booth Tear Down:

  • Friday, February 11th from 1:30-3pm

Booth Set Up Needs:

  • Please be sure to place your booth orders through AES as soon as possible. If you did not receive an email from AES in early December, please contact You may set up your own exhibit display if one person can accomplish the task in less than one-half (1/2) hour without the use of tools. If your exhibit preparation, installation, or dismantling requires more than one-half (1/2) hour, you must use union personnel supplied by American Exposition Services (AES).

As we are expecting more than 500 attendees at our upcoming MidWinter Convention & Expo, the CDPH now classifies our event as a Mega Event (crowds greater than 500 attendees indoors), effective January 15, 2022.

Please review the following NEW requirements for MidWinter:

  • Attendees over the age of 18 must provide proof of fully vaccinated status* OR proof of a pre-entry negative test** result.
  • Acceptable identification is any document that includes the name of the person and photograph.
  • Attendees must follow CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings.
  • Wear a mask at all times.

If I am not fully vaccinated, what can be used as proof of a negative pre-entry test?
CDPH recommends a point of care test (antigen or molecular) within 24 hours of entry for asymptomatic individuals. If point of care testing is not available, molecular testing of asymptomatic individuals within 72 hours of the event with results available before entry is recommended. In settings where testing is required by a State Public Health Order, either an antigen or molecular test is acceptable.

The following are acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result:

  • A printed document from the test provider or laboratory, OR
  • A photo and date stamp of a negative home test

Please visit the CDPH website for more information, and as always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions.

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Check Out Our Previous MidWinter »
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