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

Friday, January 29

Williams

Todd Williams

It’s often thought that 20/20 vision is perfect vision. However, according to the American Optometric Association, 20/20 vision only indicates sharpness or clarity of vision at a distance. The year 2020 has allowed us to see the needs of 2021, 2022 and beyond with clarity.

Care is both a noun and a verb, and with clarity we now see that while the noun side of care is changing by the day (a new normal), the verb side of care is being refreshed (our normal is being renewed via growth and challenge)

Why is it critical to understand the difference? In every provider/patient interaction, there are two diagnoses happening. As we diagnose the patient with healthcare, they are diagnosing the health of our care. We extend a new normal as they look to us to see if our normal has been renewed. 

The problem is, as we work tirelessly to meet the ever-changing needs and requirements of this new normal, we often neglect the renewal of our why, our purpose, and our passion for serving. But to those we serve, that renewal is everything. 

This session will teach us how to distinguish between the changes we’ve made to the noun side of our care, as well as the renewal of our verb. And most of all, how to communicate both with conviction and purpose to our teams and the community we serve. 

Clarifying and communicating our new normal (what we have to do) and our normal renewed (what we get to do) will allow us to serve, differentiate and succeed like never before. 


Upon completion of this session you should be able to:

  • Identify and articulate the changes you’ve made to your practice to meet the safety needs of this new normal in a way that reassures your team, your patients and those you serve.
  • Articulate both the why behind your work, and how the challenges of this unprecedented time have grown, strengthened and renewed the purpose behind you and your team’s efforts.
  • Measure the unmeasureable by identifying the areas of patient and team feedback that show you’re making progress.

About Todd Williams:

  • Speaker and consultant with more than three decades of culture development experience
  • More than 20 years developing and implementing the service delivery training programs for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Past vice president, culture development, Centura Health

Lecture, up to 40 minutes
Practice Management and Human Relations; AGD Subject Code 550

Saturday, January 30

Fang

Leslie S.T. Fang, MD, PhD

During this session, Dr Fang will address the different vaccines under development, including discussion of their efficacy, adverse effects, why the need for two shots, and how quickly we can return to work after receiving the vaccine. Availability is the big question, so Dr Fang will also talk about the lottery system and expected availability for dental professionals and the general public.

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

  • Understand the science behind the different vaccines that are likely to come down the pike.
  • Understand the benefit and the limitations of the vaccines.

About Leslie S.T. Fang:

  • John R. Gallagher III and Katherine A. Gallagher Endowed Chair in Clinical Excellence, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • PhD, physiology and biophysics, University of Illinois
  • Doctorate of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Board certified in both nephrology and internal medicine and has been repeatedly honored as one of America’s Top Doctors and The Best Doctors of Boston
  • International practice in internal medicine and nephrology, Boston
  • Educator, Harvard Medical School

Lecture, up to 40 minutes
Basic Science; AGD Subject Code 010

Li

William W. Li, MD

Recent discoveries show the human body possesses hardwired health defense systems that enable us to resist a wide range of diseases. These systems (angiogenesis, stem cells, microbiome, DNA protection, immunity) can be influenced by our environment and lifestyle, including diet. Specific plant-based and seafood-based factors activate these defenses, with clinical evidence supporting their benefits for a wide range of chronic diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated the need for dietary interventions that intercept viruses and boost immunity. This presentation will showcase the latest human data on what to eat to improve the quality and quantity of our lifespan.

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

  • Describe the body’s health defense systems and their response to dietary factors.
  • Describe the evidence for how diet can improve immune function. 

About William W. Li:

  • New York Times bestselling author of EAT TO BEAT DISEASE: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself
  • CEO and President of the global nonprofit the Angiogenesis Foundation, where he has impacted more than 50 million people worldwide and has led to the effective prevention, novel treatment, and even reversal of diseases spanning cancer, chronic wounds, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and vision loss
  • Director and advisor to innovative public and private companies
  • Former faculty member, Harvard and Dartmouth medical schools
  • His TED Talk Can We Eat to Starve Cancer has been viewed more than 11 million times

Lecture, up to 55 minutes
Health Medicine and Nutrition; AGD Subject Code 150

Sunday, January 31

Best

Chief Carmen Best (Retired, Seattle Police Department)

There's no question we are living in unprecedented times—the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental tragedies, the stressed economic environment with thousands of people out of work, wearing facemasks is the norm, and virtual reality is the new reality in our daily lives. And all of this is happening in a time of polarizing politics with a race and social justice reckoning sweeping across the nation.

We all are affected by the many serious and complex issues facing us. How do we center ourselves and ensure we maintain resiliency during unparalleled times? Hear Chief Carmen Best (Retired) discuss her experiences and insights developed over her 28 year rise to prominence in the profession of policing. Chief Best will show how each of us can rely on the same strategies to get through tumultuous times. 

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

  • Learn proven strategies for effective, values-based leadership.
  • Understand the importance of fostering an engaging environment built on community, collaboration, trust and diverse perspectives.

About Carmen Best:

  • U.S. Army veteran
  • Graduate, Western Illinois University and Northeastern University
  • First African-American woman to hold the top policing job in Seattle, Washington
  • Recipient, Vision from the Mountaintop award, Urban Impact
  • Created the Collaborative Police Bureau, which encourages community partnerships
  • Recipient, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, dedicated to recognizing individuals who selflessly contribute to society and uphold the ideals of America
  • Leadership council chair, United Negro College Fund, Seattle
  • Member, St. Jude Advisory Council, Seattle
  • Vice-Chair, Exploring for the Learning for Life National Executive Board

Lecture, up to 40 minutes
Self-Improvement; AGD Subject Code 770

Low

Assemblymember Evan Low

Many in our profession are aware of the proposed legislation AB 1998 in California this past winter which attempted to restrict the use of tele-health, without in-person dentist visits, prior to the institution of treatment. Ultimately, the bill was defeated in the state senate. This begs the question, “Why does a practicing dentist need to involve themselves in politics?” When legislators consider whether to support policies that could harm our patients, it is essential that the our profession has a voice. When profit-motivated corporations can influence legislation by making major campaign donations or having A-list celebrities make calls to elected officials, why should they listen to us? This presentation is intended to demonstrate why—and how—to be an active participant in our democracy.

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

  • Demystify the political process and make government feel more accessible.
  • Reinforce the importance of engaging public officials to amplify urgent messaging on behalf of the profession.

About Evan Low:

  • Degrees from De Anza Community College and San Jose State University
  • Graduate, senior executives in state and local government program, Harvard University
  • Elected, California State Assembly, November 2014 (District 28)
  • At the age of 31, youngest Asian American legislator to have been elected to the Assembly in state history
  • Chairs the business and professions committee and the California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • In 2018, 16 of Evan Low’s bills were signed into law by Governor Brown, the most of any Assemblymember
Danenberg

Alvin Danenberg, DDS

I was diagnosed with incurable bone marrow cancer in 2018. I rejected chemotherapy. In 2019, I suffered severe bone fractures that put me into a hospice hospital to die. Then, I miraculously rallied to thrive using my Unconventional Cancer Protocols. On May 8, 2020, my PET Scan showed no active cancer cells throughout my entire body.

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

  • Understand that diagnosis of a terminal cancer is not always a death sentence.
  • Identify the need to create a robust immune system.

About Alvin Danenberg:

  • Periodontist
  • Certified functional medicine practitioner
  • Certified primal health coach
  • ADAPT trained health professional, Kresser Institute
  • Author, CRAZY-GOOD LIVING!
  • Faculty, College of Integrative Medicine
  • Chair, periodontal committee, International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board for Immunity, Daivam Wellness Center, India

Lecture, up to 30 minutes
Health Medicine and Nutrition; AGD Subject Code 150

Koka

Sreenivas Koka, DDS, MS, PhD, MBA, FACD, FAP

Doc, don't hold back on telling me my choices because I plan on living to 100! is a phrase uttered more frequently by patients in their 60s and 70s. The US Census data indicates that there may be 1 million centenarians by 2050 in the US and there is a great deal of nuance that accompanies the physiological consequences of aging and changes in the oral cavity, often further modulated by systemic conditions and medications. The variable landscapes of patient presentation represent a worthy challenge to ensure that aging patients have a superb quality of life much later in life even as they begin to struggle with frailty and dependence on others for daily activities. A keen understanding of the mental as well as the dental is even more necessary when caring for aging patients as one is often also treating patients' families, healthcare powers of attorney, and caregivers who bring their own motivations to discussions regarding what is best for any individual patient. This presentation will review pertinent physiological and psychological factors in the context of providing careful and kind care to aging patients so their journey to becoming a centenarian is predictable, safe and makes for a life worth living.

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

  • Describe the changing challenges, opportunities, needs and expectations of aging patients.
  • Discuss how treatment planning and treatment provision should be modified to ensure maximum quality of life for aging patients.

About Sreenivas Koka: 

  • DDS and MS, prosthodontics, University of Michigan
  • PhD, oral biology, University of Nebraska, 1999
  • Post-doctoral research fellowship, signal transduction, Eppley Cancer Institute
  • MBA, MIT's Sloan School of Management, 2013
  • President, International College of Prosthodontists
  • Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
  • Clinical professor, advanced prosthodontics, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry 
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists
  • Founder, Premium Dental Editing
  • Founder, Career Design in Dentistry
  • Private practice focused on implant and removable prosthodontics, San Diego,California

Lecture, up to 30 minutes
Special Patient Care; AGD Subject Code 750

Williams

Todd Williams

After a year of unprecedented adversity, challenge, difficulty and struggle, we’ve gathered to share, heal, grow and learn. As we leave Symposium, we’re fortified with new ideas, goals, plans and techniques. Having come together in community, we’re renewed and ready for the road ahead.

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

  • Learn how to keep this motivation thriving, how to implement the learning, infuse your team with inspiration, and convey renewal to the community you serve. 
  • Apply simple habits that ensure the learning of Symposium is implemented in a significant and rewarding manner.

About Todd Williams:

  • Speaker and consultant with more than three decades of culture development experience
  • More than 20 years developing and implementing the service delivery training programs for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Past vice president of culture development at Centura Health

Lecture, up to 20 minutes
Self-Improvement; AGD Subject Code 770