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Dr. Bethany Valachi Dental Ergonomics Cornelius, OR

  • Clinical Instructor of Ergonomics, Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry
  • Author, Practice Dentistry Pain-Free Ergonomics
  • Editor, Dental Products Report

Thursday Courses
Th6021 - Optimize & Ergonomize Your Front Office
Time: 9 - 11 AM
Room: GWCC, A408
Type: Lectures    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00
AGD Code: 150

Oftentimes, the musculoskeletal pain in the front office rivals that experienced by the team in the operatories!  If ignored, this pain can progress to become an injury or career-ending disability. Among front-office workers, the ‘hot spots’ for pain tend to be the neck, shoulder, hand and wrist pain. Discover how to identify and correct poor working postures and office layouts with easy ergonomic modifications. Learn the most common pain syndromes among front office and implement effective evidence based interventions.



Th6035 - Hygiene Shouldn't be a Pain in the Neck
Time: 12 - 3 PM
Room: Omni, International Ballroom AB
Type: Lectures    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00
AGD Code: 150

A staggering 80% of hygienists who retire early are forced to due to work-related pain. This research-based seminar for dental hygienists fills a void in the dental education — bridging the gap between dental ergonomics and work-related pain. Discover how equipment selection, adjustment, movement and positioning are affecting your physical health. Implement effective prevention and self-treatment strategies. Hygienists will walk away with techniques they can apply immediately in the operatory to reduce pain, prevent injury and increase career longevity. 

Friday Courses
Fr6050 - Hygiene All-Day Track
Time: 8 AM - 3:30 PM
Room: Omni, Grand Ballroom A-D1
Type: Lectures    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $180.00  Other Fee: $110.00
AGD Code: 490

Dr. David Rice
Creating the Ultimate Doctor & RDH Exam
8 – 9 am 

Tired of hearing "let's wait" from patients? How about hearing "yes" and then no follow through? Overworked, overstressed and unproductive is the story we hear time and again. If you're ready for better, join us and take home THE playbook that drives patient yes.



Dr. Bethany Valachi
9 – 10 am

A staggering 80% of hygienists who retire early are forced to, due to work-related pain.  This research-based seminar bridges the gap between dental ergonomics and work-related pain to help you prevent injury and increase career longevity.  Discover how equipment selection, adjustment and positioning are affecting your health.



Ms. Lora Hooper
Biological Testing
10 – 11 am

Don't miss this opportunity to revolutionize your dental hygiene department and gain insights into achieving better patient outcomes through the power of testing. By harnessing salivary diagnostics, you'll gain the tools to unlock personalized treatment pathways and elevate the standard of care you provide.



Lunch is on your own from 11 am – 12:30 pm.

Dr. John Svirsky
Mother Said that There Would Be Days Like This
12:30-1:30 pm

This is the 2024 course that will review some interesting conditions emphasizing diseases from aphthous stomatitis to the HPV association with oropharyngeal cancer and oral cancer. Get ready to laugh, learn and make a difference in the life of your patients.  


Ms. Amanda Hill
Disinfection Dash: Mastering Operatory Turnover
1:30-2:30 pm

Welcome to Disinfection Dash, where we transform operatory clean-up into an adrenaline-pumping challenge! In this fast-paced and witty course, we'll uncover the sneaky spots commonly missed during treatment room disinfection and equip you with effective techniques to ensure every patient and clinician enjoys a safe and hygienic experience. 


Dr. Maria Geisinger 
The Myths and Mysteries of Oral Hygiene: Evidence-Based Recommendations in the Age of Dr. Google and Pinterest
2:30-3:30 pm 
From charcoal toothpaste to oil pulling to purple color-correcting toothpaste, our patients are bombarded with oral hygiene advice with dubious scientific basis. This course will examine the evidence behind oral hygiene recommendations for patients with various dental needs. 

Fr6070 - 5 Steps to Practicing Dentistry Pain-Free: Evidence-based Ergonomic Strategies for Career Longevity
Time: 12 - 2 PM
Room: GWCC, A313
Type: Lectures    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00
AGD Code: 150

Due to the multi-factorial nature of work-related pain in dentistry, rarely does a single intervention (i.e. new loupes, strength training) permanently resolve chronic pain issues. Research reveals five key areas that are essential to resolve effectively work-related pain in dentistry. The sequence in which these are implemented is also integral to successfully resolving pain. This dynamic, interactive lecture introduces ground-breaking education that can help rejuvenate your love of doing dentistry and transform your life.



Saturday Courses
Sa7029 - Neck, Back & Beyond: Preventing Pain with Evidence-based Dental Ergonomics
Time: 8 - 11 AM
Room: Omni, International Ballroom F
Type: Lectures    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00
AGD Code: 150

This research-based seminar for dentists, specialists, hygienists, and assistants bridges the gap between dental ergonomics and work-related pain so you can work more comfortably and productively. Delivered with high energy and humor, attendees will discover how equipment selection and adjustment, patient positioning, lighting, movement and operatory layout are affecting their health. Discover evidence-based criteria for selecting truly ergonomic loupes and stools. Engaging demonstrations help attendees learn how to implement powerful evidence-based strategies to prevent work-related pain and improve quality of life.


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