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


Frances E. Broyles, MD

The number of agents available to improve glycemic control in patients with diabetes has increased substantially in recent years. Only 15 years ago, available therapies other than a few drugs and insulin were non-existent. Today, a myriad of single drugs using multiple new mechanisms and combination drug administration has increased the ability to individually tailor therapy for any given patient. The development of new technologies like continuous glucose monitors, pumps and closed loop systems has resulted in easier and more effective ways to control blood glucose and to better manage diabetes. This presentation will review the new therapies in diabetes treatment and act as a guide to helping dentists become more effective with more comprehensive patient care.

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

  • Understand the disease/complication modifying approach to treating diabetes and realize it is not just about controlling the blood sugar.
  • Learn about new technologies in diabetes, continuous glucose monitors, pumps and closed loop systems.

About Frances E. Broyles:

  • Medical director, diabetes/endocrinology and nutrition, Swedish
  • Winner, Seattle Met Top Doctor Award, 2019
  • Key contributor, Swedish diabetes program
  • Member, national osteoporosis board

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


Gary Oppenheim, MD, FACC

In this presentation, Dr Oppenheim will present a futuristic view of cardiology and where technologies in this area of medicine stand now. He will give an overview of presently available modalities such as mechanical heart, current diagnostic and therapeutic devices, and treatments. Dr Oppenheim will also provide an overview of what is being developed and may be available in the not too distant future, including 3D cardiac organ printing, xenotransplantation, genetics and AI. This information is designed to help clinicians better understand the state of the art in treating patients with heart disease.

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

  • Have a better awareness of what is currently available in the field of cardiology.
  • Glimpse into the likely future of cardiology diagnosis and treatment.

About Gary Oppenheim:

  • Specialist in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology, Swedish
  • Graduated medical school from University of Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania in 1981

Lecture, up to 30 minutes
Basic Sciences; AGD Subject Code 010


Dania Tamimi, BDS, DMSc

The dental patient may present with a chief complaint of "my teeth don't fit like they used to" or "there is a gap between my front teeth that wasn't there before." This talk will radiographically explore some of the etiologies for changing bites, ranging from habits, TMJ disorders, and sleep-disordered breathing. The clinician will walk away understanding how the occlusion is related to the TMJ, the airway, and the rest of the craniofacial complex, laying the groundwork for a whole patient approach to dentistry. After all, to treat our dental patients we should be able to diagnose their condition accurately and comprehensively. 

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

  • Evaluate TMJ radiographically in light of an acquired occlusal change.
  • Understand how the occlusion, TMJ and airway are linked. 

About Dania Tamimi:

  • Graduate, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Doctorate of medical science and certificate of fellowship in oral and maxillofacial radiology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 2005
  • Editorial board member, Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology (OOOO)
  • Lead author: Specialty Imaging: Dental Implants (translated to Portuguese and Russian) and Specialty Imaging: Temporomandibular Joint (translated to Spanish)
  • Co-lead author, Diagnostic Imaging, Oral and Maxillofacial (translated to Spanish)
  • Oral and maxillofacial radiology private practice in Orlando, Florida

Lecture, up to 60 minutes
Multi-Disciplinary Topics (Oral Radiology, TMJ, and Orthodontics); AGD Subject Code 149


Jeffrey L. Boone, MD

All dementias including Alzheimer’s have a substantial vascular component. We can save the brain by saving the heart and cleansing the 30,000 miles of blood vessels found in our amazing brains. Faster cognitive decline and neurodegeneration occurs in people with higher cardiovascular risk. High cardiovascular risk individuals have smaller hippocampus gray matter and lower total brain volumes.

The Boone Heart Institute (BHI) leads in a world-wide effort to protect the brain through multilayered medical and supplement strategies to control and reverse cognitive decline. PCSK9 inhibitors are the latest advancement in BHI-designed protocols to prevent symptomatic dementia. BHI defines and reverses anatomic, genetic, biochemical, and physiologic concerns associated with cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disease. BHI’s revolutionary WAVi qEEG documents objective reversal of brain speed and brain power declines.

BHI’s approach to brain health is simple: start early and stay young.

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

  • Provide an overview of the brain-heart connection.
  • Define practical therapeutic strategies (including PCSK9 inhibitors) to prevent dementia.

About Jeffrey Boone:

  • Selected one of the 160 Top Doctors in America by Men’s Health Magazine, 2007
  • Listed as one of the 17 Top Cardiovascular Doctors in America for Men, 2007
  • President, CEO and medical director, Boone Heart Institute
  • National co-director, NFL Player Care Foundation Cardiovascular Program
  • Private practice with a focus on cardiovascular health, preventive cardiology, and stress medicine, Denver, Colorado

Lecture, up to 60 minutes
Health Medicine; AGD Subject Code 150


Karen Baker, MS

Antibiotic stewardship has taken on new importance with the emergence of superbugs and the decline in effective and available oral antibiotics. Karen will share updates about recent developments in dental antibiotic prescribing and outline strategies for prescribing to ensure therapeutic success with minimum risk. Difficult questions about antibiotic prophylaxis will be examined and all relevant guidelines and decision tools will be included. Extensive handouts will be provided to maximize the chairside value of this timely, fast-paced, and entertaining course.

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

  • Select regimens for odontogenic infections based on allergies, intolerances, effectiveness, Black Box Warnings, and guidelines.
  • Prescribe antibiotic premedication for certain patients with a variety of implants including cardiac and orthopedic devices.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of prophylactic antibiotics for implant placement, tooth extractions, and other surgical procedures.

About Karen Baker:

  • Master’s degree, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics
  • Faculty, dental college, University of Iowa

Lecture, up to 45 minutes
Anesthesia and Pain Management; AGD Subject Code 340

Saturday, January 30


Brian Bradley, BKin

High Performance comes at a cost, and you wouldn’t be at this event if you weren’t already thinking like a next level athlete! Join me for a compelling look into your future. A future where you choose to live pain free and play your favorite sport, the sport of dentistry, for years to come. Let’s GO! 

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

  • Improve your posture and head straight into 2021
  • Immediately apply tips learned to your everyday life and choose to live pain free.

About Brian Bradley

  • Vice president, brand development and special programs, The Egoscue Method
  • Posture-Pain-Performance coach and motivational speaker
  • More than 25 years in true biomechanics and human anatomy using The Egoscue Method 
  • Clients include the Tony Robbins Companies, Bulletproof Radio, YPO, Seattle Study Club, and the NFL

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

*Team Pass add-on 


Katrina Sanders, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, RF

Despite abundant evidence of the life-altering and potentially life-threatening risks associated with oral disease, the dental prophylaxis is still the most common CDT code used across the United States, 91 percent of Americans have tooth decay, and 75 percent of dental patients report NEVER receiving an oral cancer screening during their routine dental visit. Dental caries remain the number one chronic childhood disease, periodontal disease has become increasingly common in nearly 1 in 2 adults, and tragically every hour one American loses their life to the ramifications of oral cancer. Is it possible, then, that the oral-systemic link is, in fact, a myth?

Periodontal hygienist Katrina Sanderspresents this compelling and thought provoking course confronting the missing opportunities for the dental profession to elevate their standards. Learn why the medical profession is ready to invite dentistry to take a seat at the table in discussing comprehensive patient care and understand the role the dental profession can play in rising to excellence. The oral-systemic link: fact or myth? The choice is OURS.

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

  • Evaluate aspects of the medical model as they relate to integrative patient care.
  • Identify the challenges regarding management of the oral-systemic link by dental providers.
  • Discuss implementation strategies of oral disease as they relate to the oral-systemic link.
  • Understand co-therapeutic strategies in comprehensive patient care.

About Katrina Sanders:

  • Founder, CEO and keynote speaker for Sanders Board Preparatory, a comprehensive program designed to supplement student learning and enhance understanding of concepts, terminology and procedures commonly discussed in preparation for the National Board Dental Hygiene examination
  • Clinical liaison, hygiene excellence and innovation, AZPerio - the country’s largest periodontal practice
  • Published author, Dentaltown, Today’s RDH
  • Advisory board member, Modern Hygienist

Lecture, up to 45 minutes
Health Medicine; AGD Subject Code 150

*Team Pass add-on 


Karen Daw, MBA, CECM

Is it really annual safety training time? Again?

How can we possibly remember all the rules and regulations, and what do we actually need to be doing anyway?

I know, I know…OSHA…CDC…IC…PPE…wake me when it’s over.

Even if you think you’ve heard it all before, you’ve never heard it the way Karen Daw, the OSHA Lady, delivers safety training for dental professionals. With a fresh, fun and efficient approach, Karen keeps things moving, always grounded in real-world examples of what can go wrong (sometimes in a matter of seconds) if we let our guard down. Complacency is the enemy in infection control and safety; Karen’s in-depth, informative workshops put principle into practice by taking an unexpected, engaging approach to compliance training. So, leave the OSHA binders on their shelves for a little while, and let Karen guide your team through an entertaining, interactive and potentially life-saving refresher course exclusively tailored for those working in dentistry. 

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

  • Review OSHA’s exposure control plan.
  • List resources available to enhance the safety program.
  • Fulfill OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens mandatory annual requirement.

About Karen Daw:

  • BA, Ohio State University
  • MBA, with concentrations in Healthcare Administration and Business Management, Ohio State University
  • Assistant director of sterilization monitoring and health and safety director, OSU College of Dentistry

Lecture, up to 40 minutes
Infection Control and Safety; AGD Subject Code 148

*Team Pass add-on 


Brian Helfand, MD, PhD

Prostate cancer (PC) screening with serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectal examination remains a debated topic. Specifically, while these screening practices have been associated with a significant decrease in tumor metastasis and mortality; it has come at the expense of an increase in over-diagnosis and over-treatment of many seemingly indolent prostate tumors. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed their stance in 2018 advising men to make an informed choice and discuss with their doctor whether PSA screening is right for them, while recommending against screening for men over 70 years of age. It is unclear whether these recommendations will improve PC screening outcomes. This has opened the door for many new tests including new serum and urine biomarkers, germline genetic testing, genomic tests and MRI imaging techniques to enter into this space as a way to personalize PC screening. This talk will serve to review the current state of affairs related to PC screening and introduce novel screening tools. 

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

  • Discuss the controversies over prostate cancer screening.
  • Understand the value of newer biomarker tests and genetic testing to identify men who are at risk of developing prostate cancer and high-grade prostate cancer.

About Brian Helfand:

  • Division of urology director, Prostate Cancer Program NorthShore University
  • HealthSystem clinical associate professor University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Initiated in 2013, first to routinely implement genomic and genetic based information to help guide prostate cancer screening and treatment decisions

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


Thomas Flaig, MD

Dr Flaig brings years of research and clinical experience to the table to address the latest thinking on immunotherapies in the fight against cancer. He will make high level observations of what has changed in cancer therapy related to personalized medicine and targeted therapy. He will then focus on immunotherapy. Dr Flaig will also complement Dr Helfand’s presentation by adding information on immunotherapies in the treatment of prostate cancer. 

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

  • Describe recent advances in the medical treatment of cancer.
  • Understand the modern use of immunotherapy in oncology.

About Thomas Flaig:

  • Vice chancellor of research, CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Inaugural chief clinical research officer, UCHealth, 2016
  • Associate dean, clinical research, CU School of Medicine, 2016
  • Previous medical director, clinical trials office, and associate director of clinical research, CU Cancer Center
  • Member, National Cancer Institute’s Investigational Drug Steering Committee and the bladder cancer task force
  • Chairperson, bladder cancer committee, National Comprehensive Care Network

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


Thomas Viola, RPh, CCP

Dental professionals must frequently draw upon their knowledge of pharmacology for optimal care of today’s medically complex dental patients. However, armed with relatively brief exposure to such a vast subject during formal education, and faced with ever-changing medication therapy guidelines, many dental professionals simply cannot keep up with the latest trends in disease state management.

This program will provide an overview of the dental implications of the prescription medications, nonprescription medications, herbal products, nutritional supplements and substances of abuse most frequently used by patients. Special emphasis will be given to delivering this essential information in a format which makes it practical and useful for all members of the dental team.

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

  • Identify the prescription medications most frequently encountered on a patient’s medical history and discuss their indications for use, adverse reactions, and impact on dental therapy.
  • Discuss the non-prescription medications most often used by dental patients and explain theirimpact on dental therapy, including situations which preclude their use.
  • Identify the most popular herbal products and nutritional supplements and discuss their purported uses and dental considerations.
  • Identify the most common substances of abuse and describe their oral manifestations and dental treatment considerations.

About Thomas Viola:

  • Board certified pharmacist
  • Clinical educator, professional speaker and published author serving the profession of dentistry
  • Member of the faculty of ten dental professional degree programs

Lecture, up to 40 minutes
Anesthesia and Pain Management; AGD Subject Code 340


Uche Odiatu, DMD

Can living a fit lifestyle increase your personal productivity by 25 percent? It’s true! Want to break through to next level energy and vitality? It’s all here. The latest exercise science reports regular physical activity increases reaction time, improves memory, boosts fine motor skills, facilitates digestion, strengthens your immune system and slows down the aging process.

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

  • Receive insider strategies to get lean and stay lean with less effort than you ever thought possible.
  • Uncover powerful reasons to revamp your health and fitness goals starting TODAY with the latest research on active living – peppered with a little humor.

About Uche Odiatu:

  • Professional member, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Author, The Miracle of Health
  • NSCA certified personal trainer
  • CanFitPro certified boot camp instructor
  • YOGA Fit certified yoga instructor

Lecture, up to 30 minutes
Self-Improvement; AGD Subject Code 770

Sunday, January 31


Amy L. Doneen, DNP, ARNP

Inflammation in the arterial system leads to diseases of ageing that claim our ability to be independent and active throughout our lives. Microvascular disease affects the entire body – including dementia, stroke, heart failure, heart attack, kidney disease, vision loss and peripheral arterial disease. With a collaborative approach between medicine and dentistry, using laboratory diagnostics through the lens of inflammation, we can allow our patients to have their health span match their lifespan.

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

  • Understand that microvascular disease leads to diseases of ageing such as dementia, vision loss, kidney failure and microvascular disease.
  • Realize that vascular disease is an inflammatory and genetically driven pathology.
  • Appreciate the collaboration between medicine and dentistry that is REQUIRED to provide our patients with an optimal life of health.
  • Synthesize the importance of speaking the same language – clinical laboratory testing, patient education, genetics and cross-referrals in dentistry and medicine.

About Amy L. Doneen:

  • Bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, nursing practice, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
  • Medical Director, Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Washington State University College of Medicine, Spokane, Washington
  • Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Adjunct Professor, Texas Tech Health Science School of Nursing, Lubbock, Texas
  • Co-founder and a principal instructor, BaleDoneen Method, practiced by more than 1,000 healthcare providers around the world
  • Co-author, Beat the Heart Attack Gene: The Revolutionary Plan to Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes
  • Member, American Heart Association
  • Founding member, American Academy of Oral Systemic Health

Lecture, up to 45 minutes
Multi-Disciplinary Topics; AGD Subject Code 149


Elizabeth M. Board, MD, DABA, IFMCP, ABIHM

The wise learn from the lessons of the past. Successful human adaptation over the last 300,000 years reveals to us key behaviors we still require today. Technological progress can become our poison unless we use the lessons from human anthropology to avoid hidden dangers and instead promote the persistence of flexible adaptations. Cultural evolution is a rapid and powerful force that can either improve human health or contribute to human dysevolution.

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

  • Understand the definition of dysevolution and recognize examples in everyday life.
  • Identify environmental and behavioral changes as beneficial forces to prevent mis-match diseases.

About Elizabeth M. Board:

  • Certified, Institute for Functional Medicine (the second medical doctor in Georgia to become certified)
  • Founder, Atlanta Functional Medicine, Alpharetta, Georgia.  
  • Trained in functional medicine, pain management, medical acupuncture, anesthesiology, and neuro-endo-immune certification

Lecture, up to 45 minutes
Health Medicine; AGD Subject Code 150