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2017 Continuing Education Courses
All programs, with the exception of the June OSHA course, are 8:30 AM-4:30 PM at the Stoney Creek Inn in Independence, MO.  The OSHA course has the same location, but is only 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon.

2017 Pricing: $235.00 per course for ADA Members, $320.00 per course for non-ADA Members, $65.00 per staff member/guest. The Season Underwriter subscription is $595.00 for the entire year.  RSVP or inquire for more details at or 816.737.5353.

January 6, 2017      ______________Health/Nutrition Lecture   ________Pam Smith, RD, LPN

 Ms. Smith is an internationally-known nutritionist and energy coach, radio host, culinary consultant, best-selling author, and the creator of The S.M.A.R.T. Weigh® Strategy through which thousands of people have won back their health and energy. She provides wellness and menu coaching to professional, corporate and life athletes -- from the NBA's Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando Magic and LA Clippers, the PGA’s Larry Nelson and Brad Faxon, to the executives and culinary development teams at Darden Restaurants, Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Lines, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, McDonald’s, Cracker Barrel and Aramark Business Dining. Pam creates menus and recipes with a focus on delicious wellness for some of America’s best restaurants and was co-creator of Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52. She has inspired hundreds of thousands through her books, practice, seminars, workshops, radio and website ( She is the author of 15 published books and many articles and columns for magazines, newspapers and websites. She is a frequent speaker for top corporations and associations, including the American Dental Association, American Society for Association Executives, American Diabetes Association, Club Managers Association of America and the National Restaurant Association.

Pam received her BS in Nutrition from Florida State University, and completed her American Dietetic Association Internship and initial culinary training at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She furthered her culinary training at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, and advanced professional culinary courses at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

  Morning Session - Building a Healthier You: An Insider’s Guide to Living Better Longer

Discover the secret to great health: The function of food and spices beyond nutritive
value alone, but for distinct pharmacological properties shown to alleviate and
prevent disease and promote both oral health and whole body wellness. Ms. Smith
targets the top maladies afflicting Americans, the connection to dental disease --
and the bloodwork profiles that reflect them. Taking a holistic view, she connects all
body systems (the heart, mind, immune and hormonal systems), the way they interact
to keep the body functioning its best and the specific therapeutic lifestyle strategies
to treat oneself well. Smith explains the inflammatory process, and taking a holistic
view, targets all body systems and how to compensate for damage done to the body
and oral health by living the American “Weigh.” Learn how to be energized for life,
achieve overall wellness and prevent specific illnesses associated with inflammation
and premature aging -- and enjoy delicious wellness: great food that is great for you!

Upon completion of this course, attendees will learn to:
• Discover the top five “Diseases of Affluence” and underlying causes
• Understand blood work profiles and biometrics and what they reveal
• Identify the chemistry behind the body’s hormonal and immunity systems –
and how to stabilize and protect
• Learn the role of stress hormones and neurochemical imbalance on weight,
energy levels, inflammation and sleep
• Understand the therapeutic role of option nutrition, exercise and sleep on the
inflammatory response and specific anti-aging lifestyle strategies for lifelong wellness

Afternoon Session - What is your Gut Saying about your Health?

One of the fastest growing new frontiers in oral and whole body health is the
microbiome – the microbes living in and on your body and the complex system in
which they function. The latest research shows your gut microbiome has a profound
connection to a number of diseases and issues facing humans today: diabetes,
obesity, asthma, allergies and other autoimmune diseases – AND oral health. While
science has long believed these bugs played a role in our overall health, it’s becoming
increasingly clear that the gut may be the body’s epicenter for health and wellness.
Smith will break down the data for what is known about the bugs living in us – how to
feed them and provide the optimal environment for living well, today and tomorrow!
Learn about the healthiest diets in the world with fresh, close to the source food
systems, MUFAs, omega 3’s, – and the wellness impact on the body through the life

Upon completion of this course, attendees will learn to:
• Discover the current science around the vital role of the microbiome
• Identify the hormonal and neurochemical factors linking the brain to the gut
• Develop deeper understanding of the role genetics and the microbiome play in
oral health, whole body wellness and propensity for disease
• Identify the factors involved in the Westernized Microbiome
• Learn the role of probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics and nutraceuticals —
and how to nourish the gut for lifelong wellness  

*Partial sponsorship(s) still pending.

February 10, 2017         ___   Geriatrics Lecture ____________________ Randy Huffines, DDS 

Dr. Huffines is recognized as one of the country’s leading experts on aging and oral health. He is a frequent speaker at meetings such as the Hinman, Chicago Midwinter, Academy of General Dentistry, Pacific Dental, Yankee Dental, California Dental, Texas Dental, and many Annual Sessions of the American Dental Association. He is known for his ability to take complex oral health issues and translate them into easy-to-understand concepts and practical techniques the entire dental team can use immediately with their patients. Dr. Huffines is one of only a handful of practicing clinicians in the United States who has completed a two year postdoctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry. For the past 25 years, he has treated older and medically complex adults in a traditional private practice, in hospitals, and in nursing homes.

He is a Past President and a Fellow of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, Diplomate of the American Board Special Care Dentistry, and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Huffines spends most of his workweek as a “wet-fingered” dentist providing comprehensive dental care to older and medically complex patients. This extensive practical experience is evident throughout his courses as he illustrates concepts with the patients he has personally treated.

Clinical Pearls for Treating Older Patients

According to ADA statistics, 30% of the income in the typical general practice today
comes from treating patients over 60. This percentage will increase rapidly as the
number of these patients double to over 79 million during the practice life of current
dental graduates. These aging boomers have a very different attitude towards
dentistry than did their predecessors. They no longer consider tooth loss an inevitable
consequence of aging and are willing to “put their money where their mouth is” if the
dental team is trained to meet their unique needs. Providing quality dental care for
these patients can be very rewarding, but also very challenging due to an array of
complex dental and medical conditions that become more common as we age. For
example, root caries is now a common and often frustrating clinical problem requiring
unique preventive and restorative techniques. Older patients were excluded in the
classic periodontal treatment studies which have led to many myths about periodontal
health and aging. Medication use is more common as we age causing a variety of
problems such as xerostomia, poor hemostasis, gingival overgrowth, and adverse
drug interactions. Visual and/or hearing impairments can lead to misunderstandings
between the patient and the dental team. Medical conditions such as stroke,
cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s, to name a few, require alteration in “normal”
dental treatment to assure a successful outcome. Although most seniors are no longer
edentulous, there is still a tremendous need for esthetic and functional conventional
and implant supported prostheses. In this entertaining and informative presentation,
solutions to common everyday problems that arise with older patients are clearly
explained to give you increased confidence when treating seniors. Techniques are
elucidated by extensive use of clinical images and video clips so they can immediately
be put into practice. In addition to handouts, course participants will be given free
access to online resources they can use in their practices. Catch the Age Wave and
prepare your practice for a successful present and future!

Upon completion of this course, attendees will learn how to:
• Adapt the principles of the heterogeneity of aging and life span to treatment planning
• Dispel common aging myths
• Understand the biologic aging of tooth structure to restorative and preventive dentistry
• Select restorative materials for root caries based on specific patient characteristics
• Recognize and treat various forms of oral fungal infections
• Evaluate how to make your office more senior-friendly  

*Partial sponsorship(s) still pending.

March 10, 2017 ______        Indirect Restorations Lecture  _____             Edmond Hewlett, DDS

Dr. Hewlett is a native of Los Angeles, California. He attended UCLA from 1972 to 1976 as an undergraduate majoring in Biology, and in 1980 received his D.D.S. degree from the UCLA School of Dentistry. He then completed a 1-year general practice residency program at the University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago. Returning to Los Angeles, Dr. Hewlett joined the UCLA School of Dentistry faculty in 1982 as a lecturer (part-time). In 1987, Dr. Hewlett was appointed to the full-time academic faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Section of Operative Dentistry, and promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1994. Dr. Hewlett is a past Division Chair of Restorative Dentistry at UCLA, and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Division. In June, 2003, Dr. Hewlett completed postgraduate training in Prosthodontics at UCLA and was awarded a certificate in this dental specialty.

“Make it STICK! Predictable and Durable Adhesive Dentistry”: Morning Session

We need restorative materials that stay put, don’t leak, and don’t cause sensitivity. Not too much to ask, right? Given the bewildering array of available materials and techniques, however, the pathway to restorative predictability is often anything but clear. This presentation summarizes the most current evidence regarding what works and what doesn’t in adhesive dentistry and translates this knowledge into practical clinical tips that attendees can put to use immediately.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will:

--Understand the strengths and limitations of currently-available bonding systems
--Understand how to take advantage of the dynamic properties of glass ionomer restoratives
--Receive useful clinical tips that can be immediately incorporated into the practice

“Healing and Sealing Dental Caries: The Paradigm Has Shifted”: Afternoon Session

Scientific breakthroughs enable dental practitioners to treat and cure diseases more effectively than ever. Better understanding of pathogenic and risk factors for dental caries have produced highly effective evidence-based protocols for risk assessment and management (including many non-invasive measures) of this infectious disease. As a result, the caries management paradigm has shifted away from a reparative model to one focused on detection, risk assessment, and healing of early lesions. Furthermore, when a restoration is needed, robust evidence indicates that partial removal of carious dentin (vs. traditional complete removal) will improve outcomes in many instances. This update will provide dentists and hygienists with information and procedures for incorporating these important treatment concepts into everyday practice.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will:

--Understand the of caries management by the risk assessment model
--Learn minimally-invasive techniques for antibacterial therapy and remineralization
--Learn the rationale, indications, and procedures for partial caries removal when placing final restorations.

*DentsplySirona Restoratives is partially sponsoring this program.


June 2, 2017_________________OSHA Training Lecture_____Frances Wilmes, CDA, EFDA

Ms. Wilmes is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University’s dental assisting program and has over 35 years of experience as a certified dental assistant and expanded function dental assistant for the past 13 years. She holds a certificate in OSHA 360 Training in General Industry Safety and Health as an outreach OSHA trainer. She is a member of the Dental Assisting National Board, American Dental Assisting Association, and Organization for Aseptic Procedures. For the past 5 1/2 years she has operated a consulting business, ComplianShield, L.L.C., in regards to OSHA compliance, development of exposure control plans, safety and organization.

OSHA Compliance Training for the Dental Professional 

The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard requires that employers provide training for their employees who have occupational exposure. Training must take place within 365 days of previous training. This program meets OSHA-required annual bloodborne pathogen training requirements while discussing the required 14 elements.

Training will also include a review of OSHA’s update to the Hazard Communication Standard. Employees are required to be trained on the new label elements and safety data sheet format of the Globally Harmonized System of Identification and Classification of Chemicals. Attendees will receive appropriate handouts in conjunction with adequate training recognized and approved by the Missouri Dental Board.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will:

--Gain the essentials needed to comply with OSHA regulations
--Learn how to initiate preventive measures that keeps everyone safe
--Receive encouragement to boost your facility’s training program along with tips on how to develop your exposure control plan
--Learn how to comply with the required post-exposure protocol (PPE), needle stick safety and prevention, ergonomics, workplace violence, and recordkeeping guidelines

*The fee for ADA non-Season Underwriter dentists: $85; for non-ADA dentists: $105; staff: $40.  Registration: 8:00 a.m. Program: 8:30 a.m. to (approximately) noon.  There is no lunch included for this seminar.

*Partial sponsorship(s) still pending.

Special Convention of Exhibits Meeting

_September 8, 2017   ____            Practice Management Lecture    ______      Amy Kirsch, RDH

Ms. Kirsch  is a nationally-known dental practice management speaker and consultant who provides the spark dental teams need to make positive changes that build teamwork, improve patient satisfaction, and increase revenue. 

After spending years as a dental assistant, office manager, and dental hygienist, Amy realized dentists are trained to be dentists.  They often need assistance with the business and leadership skills necessary to run a successful practice. 

Amy is a member of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants.  She has been a Senior Dental Consultant with the Pride Institute, an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, a Visiting Faculty Member of the L. D. Pankey Institute and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

Ms. Kirsch owns Amy Kirsch & Associates, a dental management coaching and training firm and Dental Jobs Colorado, Inc., a premier dental placement service located in Denver, Colorado. 

The Top Five Must-Have Systems to Ensure Practice Success

Successful and results-oriented dental teams focus on being “brilliant on the
basics” to meet their practice goals. With a concentration on the “Top 5 Must
have Systems,” you and your team can take the practice to the next level in
practice success. Take your practice to the next level with strong, solid takeaways
for implementation the next week!

Upon completion of this course, attendees will learn:
• Direction: Tracking and understanding the key trends in your practice
• Marketing: Strong internal marketing skills to increase quality new patients
• Website: The importance of your website and social media
• Culture: Creating an environment of quality, skill and compassion
• Profitability: How to offset the PPO’s with a “membership” plan

*Partial sponsorship(s) still pending.

October 13, 2017           Implants/Direct Restorations Lecture_____     Marc Geissberger, DDS 

Dr. Geissberger is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences at University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry. He runs Pacific’s prestigious complex and esthetic rehabilitation program. He is a fellow of the American Dental Education Association’s leadership institute, researcher, as well as a published author in the areas of dental materials, contemporary fixed prosthodontics, and esthetic dentistry. He has lectured nationally and internationally in the areas of adhesive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, photography, ceramic, fixed prosthodontics and treatment planning. Dr. Geissberger serves as a consultant for many dental materials companies and helps guide product development. During his 25 years in academia he has maintained a private practice geared toward restorative dentistry with his brother and fellow Pacific alum, Dr. Jeffrey Geissberger. He believes his continual involvement in providing patient care as well as a role in academia has given him a unique balance that allows him to blend the best of both worlds.

Dr. Geissberger’s goal is to provide an education experience for your group in a non-intimidating format that focuses on providing the clinician with the latest techniques and information that can be immediately incorporated into everyday practice. Presentations tend to be rich in information and Dr. Geissberger pledges to both entertain and educate simultaneously.

Adhesive Dentistry – Maximizing the Placement of Anterior and Posterior Composites: Morning Session 

The use of composite resin material as a direct restorative for anterior and posterior restorations has dramatically increased in the market place. With self-etching technology emerging as a viable alternative to traditional techniques and the development of new technology to assist clinicians with bulk-fill techniques, it is easy to get confused and fall behind. What materials will you advocate for use in your practice? What has the literature been revealing on materials in current use? Should practitioners change their current techniques? What preparation design will you utilize?

This program will attempt to make sense of all of the products and techniques available in today’s market place and will focus on materials and their applications as well as a brief review of some of the literature. Emphasis will be placed on new developments in the composite area as well as outline what developments to watch for in the coming years. 

Upon completion of this course, attendees will learn:

--Self-etching principles and how they are applied to composite resins
--How to reproduce natural tooth characteristics using composite resin
--How to improve the appearance and longevity of composite restorations
--What is required of materials to be utilized for bulk-fill and how to place them correctly
--Proper placement techniques that maximize clinical outcomes and esthetics
--How to control post-op sensitivity

Incorporating Implant Dentistry Into Your General Practice: Afternoon Session

This course is designed to assist practitioners in creating and maintaining a successful implant program within their general dental practice. A discussion of the choices between conventional dentistry and implant dentistry to replace missing teeth will be explored. Particular attention will be given to learning how to build treatment plans based on patient evaluation, bone quality, prosthetic and material options and economics. This course will cover esthetic considerations in the anterior zone with single-tooth and multiple implant restorations. Additionally, options for short span fixed prostheses and removable prostheses will be discussed. Both cement and screw retained options will be discussed. 

Upon completion of this course, attendees will learn:

--Which cases are better suited for conventional or implant dentistry
--The sequence for treatment planning and delivering predictable implant results
--How to maximize the working relationship with periodontics, oral surgeons and orthodontists
--Abutment design and selection
--Prosthetic design and material selection

 *Partial sponsorship(s) still pending. 

November 10, 2017     _________ Endodontics Lecture____________ Diwakar Kinra, DDS, MS 

Dr. Kinra began his solo private practice limited to endodontics in Flint, Michigan in 2004.

He is also an Adjunct Professor of Graduate Endodontics and Graduate Periodontics at the University of Detroit-Mercy, School of Dentistry and an Adjunct Professor of Graduate Endodontics at the University of Southern California.  Dr. Kinra received his dental degree from the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry, in 1999. At that time he proceeded into private practice for the next three years. In 2002, he returned to obtain his master’s degree in endodontics at the University of Detroit-Mercy, School of Dentistry. He is a member of the AAE, MAE, ADA, MDA and GDDS dental societies. He also serves as the committee chair for the ADA: Committee on the New Dentist.  Dr. Kinra has spoken at over 20 universities domestically and internationally on clinical endodontics, case selection/case presentation and practice management since 2005. 

Endodontic Outcomes Based on Scientific Evidence

This course is designed for the dental clinician who desires to stay at the forefront of the latest scientific advancements, endodontic techniques and schools of thought. Discussion will include NiTi metallurgy and irrigation technologies that are cutting edge and changing endodontic therapy.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will learn:

--The science and physics of instrumentation: Advances in metallurgy and file engineering that address cyclic fatigue and file separation
--Efficiency with fewer files: Design enhancements that deliver consistent canal shapes in less time and with fewer instruments
--Energized irrigation protocols: New technologies and techniques for removing bacteria and the smear layer
--Obturation: State of the art, centrally condensed gutta-percha technologies vs. single-cone techniques. 

* Dentsply Sirona Endodontics and ​Bank of the West will be partially sponsoring this program. 


The Greater Kansas City Dental Society is an ADA CERP recognized provider approved by the Missouri Dental Association.  ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education.  ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.  The Greater Kansas City Dental Society designates each activity for seven continuing education credits (with exception to the OSHA program, which is 3.5 education credits).  Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at

The Greater KC Dental Society is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 09/01/2013 to 08/31/2017.