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2024 Speakers
Dr. David Rice Multiple subjects East Amherst, NY

  • Private practice: restorative and implant practice 
  • Founder, Ignite DDS

Thursday Courses
Th6003 - Is Everyone Smiling But You?
Time: 8 - 10 AM
Room: Omni, International Ballroom C
Type: Lectures    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00
AGD Code: 550

Difficult patients, decreasing insurance reimbursement, team turnover and a questionable economy...Is everyone smiling but you? Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been in the dental game long-term, join us as we unveil how to captivate and keep a team everyone envies. Learn how to gain clinical, systems and financial control; develop your people, process and production; and grow 20% in the next 6 months! You'll leave with a playbook of habits to drive practice and personal success. 

Th6039 - Gloves Off: Real Talk About the Dentist-Assistant Relationship in 2024
Time: 1 - 3 PM
Room: GWCC, A303
Type: Lectures    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00
AGD Code: 550

What are the top 10 sticking points in the relationship between the dentist and the assistant? Let’s look at the conversation from both sides of the equation and have an open, honest discussion about how to bridge any gaps in the relationship. Dr. Rice shares what he has heard from the dentist side while Kevin brings the team and assistant point of view into the conversation. This will be lively, interactive, and filled with relationship learning opportunities. 

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. 

Fr5043 - Smile Design and the Seven Deadly Sins
Time: 2 - 5 PM
Room: GWCC, Exhibits 1
Type: Workshops    Handouts: Speaker bringing
Dentist Fee: $395.00  Other Fee: $395.00
AGD Code: 780

From direct to indirect restorative to clear aligners to interdisciplinary care… Designing smiles is what we do. Those who understand and implement seven core principles don’t just design smiles…they design their practice success and financial futures. Join us as we discuss these seven principles and get hands on with veneer preparation and provisionalization. Take home the smile design playbook that will transform how you assess, treat and triumph.

Saturday Courses
Sa7036 - Beating Burnout
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Room: Omni, International Ballroom D
Type: Lectures    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00
AGD Code: 550

Do you ever feel sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Are you time pressed, daily stressed, and want better? THIS is your forum to bring your challenges (with total anonymity). Join us as we discuss how to take control over your future, bring real solutions back to your practice, stop that Sunday night anxiety, and start loving life again!

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