Ms. Tija Hunter Empowerment & Communication East Alton, IL

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  • Editorial Director, Dental Assisting Digest
  • Director, Dental Careers Institute 
  • Editorial Board Member, Organization of Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP)

Thursday Courses
Th304 - Rock-Star Dental Assistant
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 AM
Room: GWCC,
Type: General    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

Dental assistants spend more time with the patients than any other team member, so let's educate that assistant to be the best they can be to help your practice excel! 

Learning Objectives:


  • Marketing: We'll talk about ways to maximize relationships with your patients and team mates. 
  • Teamwork: Accelerate your role within the practice. 
  • Communication: Discover key ways to make your practice a success. 
  • Organization: Establish systems and methods for cutting cost and staying on top.
Th112 - Implant Pieces and Parts
Time: 12 - 3 PM
Room: Omni,
Type: Participation    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $125.00  Other Fee: $125.00

This course is designed for the new dental assistant, hygienist or anyone who is new to implants. This is a hands on course where we will discuss the parts of a dental implant, care and storage. Learn all of the parts and what role they play. Explore ways to communicate with patients the benefits of dental implants. Discuss the procedure itself, tray set up and proper infection control.

Friday Courses
Fr330 - Dental Unit Waterline Contamination: What's in Your Water?
Time: 9 - 11 AM
Room: GWCC,
Type: General    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

Waterline contamination is a topic we hear about but truthfully, many of us are confused about what it is, what to do about  it and what can go wrong. Join me for this eye opening presentation on what lives in our lines and how to easily fix it! Discover the scary world of DUWL and how it happens. Explore the diseases associated with DUWL and how to keep you and your patients safe. Learn ways to treat, shock and test your lines.

Fr228 - Assisting Essentials
Time: 9 AM - 4 PM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Registered    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $180.00  Other Fee: $110.00

Mr. Kevin Henry

Five Ways Dental Assistants Can C.R.U.S.H. Their Careers

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Are you enjoying your career as a dental assistant or are you just getting through the day? In this fun, fast-paced, interactive course, we will talk about five key points following the C.R.U.S.H. acronym that will help you not only enjoy what you do more, but also see the fruits of a more fulfilling career. It’s time that dental assistants learned once again the valuable role they play in the lives of their patients and the bottom line of the dental practice. Join us and re-ignite your passion for your career!

• Identify on-the-job challenges that could affect performance and happiness
• Understand the steps that can be taken to minimize the effects of those challenges
• Explore how to have a more productive and fulfilling career as a dental assistant
• Learn the benefits of a peer network and how it can benefit your career
• Identify steps to embracing one’s own potential and leadership mindset


Dr. Tanya Brown

Dental Assisting Made Easy: Go from Overwhelmed to Overjoyed! 

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Have you ever had a day that makes you question why you chose Dentistry as a career? Everyone longs to be a part of something special and to know that their contributions make a difference. Uncover the most common mistakes that when corrected will fill your day with joy! Set yourself apart as a true ROCK-STAR Dental Assistant. Attend this course to discover the secrets of what the most successful Dental Assistants are doing to keep their patients comfortable, their schedules full, and their case acceptance up!


Lunch is on your own from 12 - 1 p.m.


Ms. Tija Hunter

Enhancing Your Career Through Ergonomics: Preventative Medicine for Your Life!

1 - 2:30 p.m.

Women suffer higher rates of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Because our jobs are so physically demanding in dentistry, we are seeing a higher rate in back, neck and shoulder issues. This course talks about the common problems we face ergonomically, and changes we can make to correct these issues. As women, we tend to take care of everyone but ourselves, let’s discuss ways we can fix that!


Identify the common problems physically we face daily
Discuss ways to take better care of ourselves and why

Learn better techniques for posture and positioning


Dr. Mark Hyman

Inspiring Excellence in Dental Assisting

2:30 - 4 p.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 one’s 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’s and team’s perspectives
Debate the fact “communication is a wonderful thing – you should try it sometime”
Employ systems to lower stress and prevent burnout