Courses are listed in order by category, day and appearance. Simply click on the title of each presentation to learn more about that session.

Friday, January 29


Robin Bethell, DDS

When treating our restorative patients with Aligners, understanding risk and predictability is paramount.  With the end in mind and the correct diagnosis, we can predict accurately where the teeth will end up.  Additionally, we can impress our patients with ortho success in the shortest amount of time and be retainable through the restorative process.  This can be achieved with some key principles and paradigms that you will learn here.  

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Learn how to logically approach orthodontic-restorative cases and manage risks.
  • Motivate patients to invest the time in orthodontic alignment and exceed their expectations with predictable outcomes. 

About Robin Bethell:

  • Founder and partner of five dental offices (Forest Family Dentistry and Blue Door Dental Designed) in Austin, Texas.
  • Graduated from University of the Pacific in San Francisco, 2007.
  • Invisalign faculty and a Top 1% Invisalign provider in Texas.
  • Completed training in Kois Education and Digital Smile Design.

The Future is Now Series


Céline Higton, BDS Hons (KCL)

‘Rubberdamology’ is an exact science. Imagine trying to solve 6x2 + 11x – 15 = 20 without having been taught quadratics in school? Impossible. When the shift between mechanical and chemical retention in dentistry became more common place, dental schools around the world were only too keen to teach the new methodology. However, the ‘sideshow’ techniques that would facilitate this new way of providing dentistry were somewhat left by the wayside—the use of rubber dam being one of them. This square sheet of rubber strikes fear into the hearts of many dentists as ‘it just never works’, but it really is as simple as 1, 2, 3. The aim of this talk is to cover the foundation of all rubber dam techniques and to demystify the sorcery known as ‘Rubberdamology.’

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of correct clamp selection.
  • Understand the difference between the primary stabilising clamp and the accessory retracting clamp or ligature.

About Céline Higton:

  • Leading associate dentist at Prodenta, London
  • Studied dentistry at King’s College London, graduating with honours and multiple accolades and awards
  • Completed three years of architecture
  • Leading expert in ‘rubberdamology’

The Future is Now Series

Saturday, January 30


Brian Baliwas, DDS

Dental manufacturers are required to produce and provide “Instructions for Use,” or “IFU,” documents with their products. IFUs detail critical information regarding the storage, handling, preparation, and proper use of specific dental materials, but how often are clinicians reading or reviewing this information?

We operate in a world of micro metrics; seconds, millimeters, and microns matter. To achieve predictable and reproducible “success”, we depend on our materials to properly react/interact on a molecular level. How well do we understand the chemistry behind our products? And if we’re depending on the manufacturer’s understanding of the chemistry, how well are we following their instructions?

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Determine how well you understand the chemistry behind the products you use.
  • Recognize the importance of accurately following IFUs for products you use clinically.

About Brian Baliwas:

  • Private practice in San Francisco, California, with two fee-for-service locations near Downtown Union Square.
  • DDS, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, 2014.
  • Graduated with high honors and was elected to join both Omicron Kappa Upsilon and Tau Kappa Omega dental honor societies.

The Future is Now Series


Ashleigh Briody, DDS, MS

This course offers an up-close view into the most common entities in clinical oral pathology, as well as the more serious. After a review of how to perform a thorough head and neck exam, we will discuss how to identify precancerous and cancerous lesions, how to differentiate from reactive processes, when to refer and to whom, and the important steps after diagnosis. 

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Confidently perform a thorough head and neck exam.
  • Review common oral lesions.
  • Recognize the difference between benign, premalignant and malignant entities.

About Ashleigh Briody:

  • DDS, LSU School of Dentistry, New Orleans
  • Residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology, Ohio State University
  • Certificate and master’s degree, Ohio State University
  • Fellow, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Private oral pathology practice, Westerville, OH

The Future is Now Series
Lecture, up to 60 minutes
Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology; AGD Subject Code 730


Tracey Nguyen, DDS

The restorative dentist’s role in early detection, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders is becoming increasingly important. Dr. Nguyen will emphasize the importance of the team approach and highlight the leading role that the restorative dentist plays to achieve the best patient outcome. 

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Review of the anatomical considerations and sites of obstruction associated with sleep disordered breathing.
  • Understand the goals behind various dental intervention strategies. 

About Tracey Nguyen:

  • Maintains a private practice 30 minutes outside of Washington, DC in Northern Virginia. Accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 2015.  
  • Top 25 Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Magazine, 2016.
  • Completed graduate training at Kois Center in Seattle, Washington, 2016
  • Key opinion leader in the Wellness Dentistry Network.
  • In 2016, she developed the Sleep and Airway Group, a local interdisciplinary group of doctors of various specialties.
  • Co-founded ASAP, Airway, Sleep and Pediatric Pathway, 2020.  ASAP is an online mini-residency for pediatric dental sleep medicine.

The Future is Now Series

Sunday, January 31


Goth Siu, BHSc, DMD, MSc, Cert Prostho, FRCD(C), FACP

Full mouth rehabilitation supported by dental implants has become a predictable treatment modality for edentulous patients and patients with terminal dentition. Several restorative materials have been used with varying degrees of success. It has been reported in the literature that the fracture rate of some materials can be as high as 40 percent. Dr. Siu will present ways to minimize the prosthetic complications, and strategies to efficiently address fractures. 

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the most common prosthetic complication that is encountered in full arch restorations.
  • Present different material applications, design, and repair techniques.

About Goth Siu:

  • Bachelor’s degree, health sciences, McMaster University
  • Inductee: Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honor Society and Matthew Cryer Honor Society, the highest academic honor awarded to the top ten students in each class
  • Specialty program: surgical and prosthetic aspects of implant treatment, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, University of Illinois, Chicago 
  • DMD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Board certified, prosthodontics, in both Canada and the U.S.
  • Private practice in prosthodontics and aesthetic dentistry, Toronto 

The Future is Now Series