Top speakers to lead CDA Presents lectures

Dental professionals can always count on learning from the biggest names in dentistry at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, and the speaker lineup for the Anaheim convention in May is no exception. The CDA Presents planning committee has selected speakers who will not only help dentists build and hone their skills using the latest technology, but inspire them to succeed in every aspect of their practices.

A hands-on cadaver workshop taught by Homayon Asadi, DDS, and David C. Hatcher, DDS, on Thursday, the convention’s opening day, will teach dentists how to use cone beam CT to preview and identify head and neck anatomy prior to and during dissection. Cadaver workshops are also scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Information about all three workshops is available on the CDA app and at cdapresents.com.

In the area of consumer trends, five panelists will share insights on emerging dental trends in a “PechaKucha”-style presentation (20 slides in 20 seconds each) moderated by Jeff Brucia, DDS. Attendees will have opportunities to ask the panelists questions. (Read more about this fast-format presentation.)

Michael Pruett, DMD, will headline a restorative workshop and lecture, “Introduction to Implant Dentistry — Hands-on Placement with Models” and “Immediate Placement and Restorations for Long-Term Esthetic Success.”

And dentists and their dental team members will have opportunities to hear and learn from experts in other areas, including dental materials, dental team/office, esthetic dentistry, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, and technology.

Here is a preview of what’s ahead in Anaheim for CDA Presents attendees:

Cadaver Workshops

Homayon Asadi, DDS
Asadi is an associate professor and course director of Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy at the University of Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He maintains a private practice in San Jose. Asadi will co-lead the workshop “Cone Beam CT and Navigation-Guided Dissection of the Head and Neck: Clinical Application and Interpretation.”

David C. Hatcher, DDS
Hatcher received his dental degree from the University of Washington and was granted a specialty degree in oral and maxillofacial radiology and a Master of Science from the University of Toronto. He will co-lead the workshop “Cone Beam CT and Navigation-Guided Dissection of the Head and Neck: Clinical Application and Interpretation.”

Samuel B. Low, DDS, MS, Med
Low is professor emeritus at the University of Florida and is associate faculty of the Pankey Institute. He is a past president of the American Academy of Periodontology. Low will lead the workshop “Utilizing Laser Technology in a Periodontal Environment.”

Anders Nattestad, DDS, PhD
Nattestad is a professor and director of the undergraduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program at the University of Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He will lead “Hands-on Cadaver Workshop: Implant Surgery.”

Consumer Trends Panel

Gary Pickard
Pickard has 17 years’ experience with a national DSO and experience with numerous business lines. He earned a bachelor’s degree from APU and has a background in insurance and banking. He is a featured panelist in “Future-casting Dentistry: Trends Shaping How We Practice,” speaking on DSOs and delivery models.

Dave Preble, DDS, JD, CAE
Preble is the vice president of the American Dental Association’s Practice Institute. He practiced general dentistry in both private practice and public health settings for more than 20 years. He will speak about consumer trends in “Future-casting Dentistry: Trends Shaping How We Practice.”

Leo E. Rouse, DDS
Rouse serves as senior scholar-in-residence of the American Dental Education Association, chair of the ADEA Gies Foundation Board of Trustees and liaison to the ADEA Council of Deans. He is dean and professor emeritus of the Howard University College of Dentistry. Rouse will talk about student demographics and debt loads in “Future-casting Dentistry: Trends Shaping How We Practice.”

Charles D. Stewart, DMD
Stewart is currently the west region dental director for Aetna Dental and is a member of the ADA CDT Committee. He conducts the California Association of Dental Plans quality assurance consultant courses. Stewart is one of five panelists in “Future-casting Dentistry: Trends Shaping How We Practice.” He will discuss insurance plans.

Jason Tyson
Tyson manages the West Coast’s health care division for Bank of America Practice Solutions. He has more than 14 years’ experience in finance. He will speak about practice financing and transition in “Future-casting Dentistry: Trends Shaping How We Practice.”

Dental Materials

Jeff J. Brucia, DDS
Brucia is practicing esthetic and restorative dentistry in San Francisco and is the co-director of the FACE institute where he chairs the Department of Esthetics and Adhesive Material Science. He will present the lecture “Predictable Adhesive and Restorative Materials and Techniques.”

Dental Team/Office

Lois J. Banta
Banta is CEO, president and founder of Banta Consulting Inc., a company specializing in all aspects of dental practice management. She has more than 40 years of experience. Banta will present “Top 10 Management Tools for Practice Success,” “Total Team Concept for Effective Scheduling,” “Collections and Accounts Receivable Strategies That Work” and “Anatomy of a Winning Team — A Recipe for Success.”

Rosemary Bray
Bray spent 30 years employed in dentistry in general, periodontics and orthodontics. She’s now lectured on every continent except Antarctica. Bray’s lectures include “Extraordinary First and Last Impressions,” “Extraordinary Service – A Dental Necessity” and “Teamwork! It Makes Your Dental Dream Work.”
Mitchell J. Gardiner, DMD
Gardiner practices general dentistry in New Jersey. He serves as an expert in dental malpractice lawsuits, often testifying in court. He teaches restorative dentistry at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Gardiner will co-present “A Simulated Malpractice Trial — Misdiagnosis and Failure to Refer Oral Cancer” and will present “Can Your Dental Team Help to Defend You in a Malpractice Lawsuit,” “The Complete Medical History and Informed Consent — The Two Discussions That Are Essential in Patient Care” and “When Bad Things Happen to Patients: Is it Malpractice?”

Esthetic Dentistry

Robert C. Margeas, DDS
Margeas earned his dental degree from the University of Iowa. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry and maintains a full-time private practice in Des Moines, Iowa. He will present “Diagnosis and Treatment of the Worn Dentition,” “Maximizing Esthetics in Restorative Dentistry Utilizing Implants and Composite Resin,” “Creating Masterpieces with Composite Resin” and “Treating the Worn Dentition with Composite Resin.”

Oral Surgery

Ronald Morris, DDS, MS
Morris has maintained a private practice in oral and maxillofacial surgery since 1985 and has been a professor of human anatomy at the University of Detroit Mercy for more than 38 years. He lectures on anatomy, anesthesia and oral surgery. He will lead the two-day workshop “Everything You Wanted to Know About Oral Surgery but Were Afraid to Ask.”

Pediatric Dentistry

Jane A. Soxman, RN, DDS
Soxman maintains a private practice specializing in pediatric dentistry in Allison Park, Pa., and is an instructor in three general practice residencies. She will present the lectures “Clinical Techniques in Pediatrics” and “Know When to Hold ‘Em and Know When to Fold ‘Em” and the workshop “Simplified Clinical Techniques for Primary Molars: Vital Pulp Therapy, Stainless Steel and Esthetic Crowns.”

Restorative Dentistry

Michael Pruett, DMD
Pruett is the assistant professor of Oral Rehabilitation and director of the General Practice Residency Program at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. He will lead the workshop “Introduction to Implant Dentistry – Hands-on Placement with Models” and the lecture “Immediate Placement and Restorations for Long-Term Esthetic Success.”


Paul H. Feuerstein, DMD
Feuerstein is the technology editor of Dentistry Today, speaker and consultant and maintains a general practice in Massachusetts. He will lead the workshops “New Technologies for the General Practice,” “Digital Impression CAD/CAM Overview” and “Digital Diagnosis and Treatment Using 3-D Technology with Hands-on Demonstrations.”

Jonathan A. Ng, BMedSc, DDS, MSc
Ng is a certified specialist in prosthodontics and focuses on esthetic and functional reconstruction. He will present the lecture “The Digital Dental Workflow — How Digital Dentistry is Used in Modern Medicine” and “Digital Dentistry — What You Need to Know About Digital Impressions.”

CDA Presents in Anaheim offers 175 C.E. courses and workshops plus innovative products and services from more than 550 exhibitors and countless opportunities to network with peers, mentors and dental teams.

To register for or learn more about any of these events, visit cdapresents.com or view the CDA Presents Program via the CDA app, downloadable at cda.org/apps.

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