Ms. Shannon Brinker Dental Assisting Virginia Beach, VA

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  • Owner of Academy of Chairside Assisting, The Whitening Shop, and Teeth Obsessed Store
  • Recipient of the AACD Rising Star Award

Thursday Courses
Th201 - Assisting Essentials
Time: 8 AM - 3 PM
Room: Omni, International Ballroom F
Type: Registered    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $180.00  Other Fee: $110.00
AGD Code: 550

Dr. Mark Hyman 

Assisting Essentials

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Listen, learn, and laugh your way through a fast-paced, humorous review of "The High Impact Private Practice Dental Assistant." Learn how to capitalize on other skills to improve the productivity of your practice and the quality of the service your team produces. Learn systems you can implement today to lower stress, prevent burn out, and increase your enjoyment of dentistry. Review clinical cases from the doctor and team perspectives. Debate the fact -communication is a wonderful thing; you should try it sometime. Employ systems to lower stress and prevent burnout.


Ms. Shannon Pace Brinker

From Our Side Of The Chair: Materials and Techniques for the Dental Assistant

9:30 - 11 a.m.

This fast-paced lecture discusses everyday products, equipment, and materials that assistants use and should be familiar with. Learn about the latest dental materials and how they can impact your practice. There may even be a few giveaways!


Lunch is on your own 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Ms. Stephanie Botts

Protecting your Most Valuable Instrument: Your Body!

12 - 1:30 p.m.

The dental profession is at high risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), with up to 96% of practitioners reporting pain due to clinical work habits. This is due to repetitive movements, bending, twisting, reaching, incorrect operator and patient positioning, and performing repetitive movements in a static posture.

Ergonomics is the science of fitting the working environment to the practitioner, instead of forcing one's body to acclimate to the environment. Practicing proper ergonomics can increase productivity, decrease pain, and lengthen one's career. Allowing the individual to practice pain-free, ergonomics can increase the quality of one's life and work satisfaction.

At the conclusion of this course, participants will learn ergonomic techniques, stretches and equipment choices to allow them to practice pain-free.


Ms. Lisa Mallonee     

Life Saving PPE Essentials: Diet, Exercise, Self Care

1:30 - 3 p.m.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. As dental professionals, we are in a unique position to provide our patients with the highest degree of preventive healthcare. There has been a dramatic shift in lifestyle habits over the last year. Masks, face shields, gloves, glasses and expensive air filtration systems in our dental offices help guard and protect us at work BUT what we do OUTSIDE of our dental operatories to maintain our bodies and health should be a KEY priority in each of our lives.

Following the presentation, attendees should be able to:
1. Discuss how lifestyle habits contribute to the aging process, sleep quality and weight.
2. Integrate emerging science on diet, exercise and self-care into a personal plan of action.
3. Redefine exercise as a method of health maintenance rather than weight loss.
4. Identify healthy eating patterns and lifestyle modifications to promote optimal health.


Friday Courses
Fr123 - Digital Workflow For The Dental Assistant
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Room: GWCC, Exhibits 3
Type: Participation    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $215.00  Other Fee: $215.00
AGD Code: 730

Shannon Brinker and her team of experts in dental assisting teach the assistant techniques that create success from their side of the chair. Attendees will learn together to build unity and collaboration that results in predictable success. In addition, the course will allow dental assistants to become familiar with various digital equipment to create the perfect digital workflow from Digital Scanning, Design and Milling, Digital Photography, Digital Printing, Voice Activation, and much more.


Note: Attendees are asked to bring loupes if needed.

Fr276 - Dental Assistant Products Showcase
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 PM
Room: GWCC, Exhibits 3
Type: Interactive    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $195.00  Other Fee: $195.00
AGD Code: 550

Any assistant who desires the most current, up-to-date information on the latest dental products and their application should plan to attend this course.  Shannon will guide you through the most current information available on today’s popular esthetic materials.

Share ideas with other Assistants!  Evaluate new products and techniques that will benefit your practice. The world's best manufacturers provide their products and materials to showcase and best of all you leave with each product demonstrated a value over $1000. 


  You will learn:


·      Alginate vs. Polyvinal

·      Bite Registrations

·      Polishing Pastes

·      Dentin Desensitizers

·      Direct & Indirect Composite Materials

·      Flowables and Bonding Adhesives

·      Finishing and polishing Instrumentations

·      Laboratory Burs and Instruments

·      Provisional Cements (Ionomers & Resins)

·      Bleaching Systems

·      Topical Fluorides

·      And much, much more!


Saturday Courses
Sa146 - Provisionals Made Easy
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Room: GWCC, Exhibits 3
Type: Participation    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $215.00  Other Fee: $215.00
AGD Code: 250

Provisional restorations provide an optimal situation for patients and clinicians in developing permanent restorations. They serve as a vital diagnostic and assessment tool to evaluate function, color, shape, contour, occlusion, and overall esthetics.  This course is designed to teach current materials, techniques, and concepts in fabricating and maintaining functional provisionals.

Learning Objectives:

·      Understand how provisional restorations have become a vital diagnostic and assessment tool to evaluate function, color, shape, contour, occlusion, periodontal response, implant healing, and overall esthetics.

·      Learn how to fabricate direct and indirect Provisionals to provide accurate fit and margination that is essential to ensuring and maintaining pulpal health.


·      Choose cementation techniques for partial and full coverage provisionals

·      Create a better alternative to a “flipper” using a clear retainer and composite technique