Past Events

National Denturist Association, USA

Board of Directors/Committee Meeting

October 25 – 27, 2013

Poulsbo, WA

For more information please call:



8th World Symposium on Denturism 2013

Dental Technicians

October 9-12, 2013

Hilton Montreal Bonaventure
Quebec, Canada

View more info…




National Denturist Association
2013 Summer Conference

August 14-17, 2013

The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

Fun – Fellowship
State of the Art Trade Exhibits – Outstanding Continuing Education



 Board of Directors Meeting

April 17 – 20, 2013

in Redmond, Oregon

in Conjunction with the Oregon State Denturist Association




 National Denturist Association
Fall Conference

November 1-3, 2012

The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

Fun – Fellowship – Continuing Education




 Conference Classes


Class 1 | Radiograph Recognition
Class 2 | Bullet Proofing Your Denturist Practice

Evie Jesin has been a professor in the School of Dental Health of George Brown College for over 36 years and teaches denturists, dental hygienists and dental assisting students. She is a founding member of the International Denturist Education Center of George Brown College and has lectured across Canada, the United States and England. She has been the invited speaker for national denturist’s conferences both in Canada as well as the United States. She received an honorary denturist’s award from the Clinical Dental Technicians Association in the United Kingdom. She has taken an active leadership role in the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario and has served as president for three terms. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Ontario Dental Hygienists Association and the Leadership Within the Profession Award. She has been a board member of the Canadian Dental Hygienist Association and the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board.



Bullet Proofing Your  Denturist Practice

Paul needs no introduction to the denturists’ community. He is one of the most respected and wellknown influential activist for denturism promoting national as well as international recognition. He holds an advanced Diploma in Denturism with Honors from George Brown College and completed the Denturist Registry Education from the Royal College of Surgeons, London, England. Paul is the International Federation of Denturists Vice President for North American and is an Executive Board Member and Past President of the National Denturist Association, USA. He enjoys a private denturist practice in Standish, Maine. Paul is delighted to have Evie present in his ongoing class that addresses legal and ethical issues facing today’s denturists.



Elements of Effective Leadership for Dental Professionals


Dr. Kingston (Joseph) is a veteran educator and published author. He is a licensed denturist with over 20-years’ experience; he has a private denturist practice in Bangor, Maine. He is also professor of Sociology and Ethics at Eastern Maine Community College. Joseph has an earned Master’s degree in Education as well as a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. He received his diploma in denturism from George Brown College where he was graduated with honors. Joseph has had many years affiliation with the Maine Education Association, the National Education Association, the National Association of Dental Laboratories, the National Denturist Association and the International Federation of Denturists. He has recently been elected to the National Denturist Association’s Board of Directors. His goal in this capacity is to foster a unified effort to recognize the denturist’s profession throughout the United States.



Common and Not So Common Oral Conditions


Carlo is a well-known conference presenter having taught classes throughout Canada and the United States. He operates two denturists practices in Ontario, Canada, and is licensed to practice in Canada as well as in the United States. He is an active member of the Ontario and Canadian Denturist Associations as well as the National Denturist Association, USA and the International Federation of Denturists. He is a recipient of the Ontario and Canadian Denturist of the Year Awards. Carlo is also an Honorable fMember of the Brotherhood of Sterkenburgers and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Denturists. He is a prolific writer and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Spectrum
Denturism magazine.



Patient Care In – Patient Care Out


Victoria (Vickie) has been in the dental profession most of her adult life. She has served in various office administrative areas and as a Registered Dental Assistant. She presently serves as Insurance Specialist for a private practice in Washington State. Her broad experience ranging from initially greeting patients on the telephone to checking them out after treatment introduces efficient “tried and true” ways to serve the patient’s unique needs in a way that is both affordable for the patient as well as profitable to the business.This class will emphasize the importance of serving the patient’s need outside the operatory.



Patient Care In – Patient Care Out


Dean’s lectures and hands-on practice management courses are sought both in the United States as well as throughout Canada. He is an accredited educator having taught computer science, business management and entrepreneurship at both the high school and college levels. His expertise in practice management will prove invaluable to the experienced as well as newly hired denturist office personnel. Dean and Vickie will combine their expertise to demonstrate an efficient denturist’s practice that addresses the patient’s needs in a way that proves profitable to the office and generates patient confidence in their choice of provider.



Overdentures – Some New Innovations


Jim has spent the past twenty-seven years with Sterngold® as the head of the technical and educational departments as well as directing product development. He has an Associate’s Degree in Chemical Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology. He earned the title Certified Dental Technician during 20 years of at-the-bench experience in all phases of dental technology. He is the author of the Sterngold® Procedure Manuel and is contributing author to Dr. Hamid Shafie’s Manual of Implant Overdentures. He has designed several attachments and holds a patent on the ERA implant. Jim has presented to groups throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Central and South America. 



 NDA Spring Conference 2012

March 29-31, 2012

Wyndham Orlando Resort




Wyndham Orlando Resort 8001 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819


Implant Denture from a Denturist Perspective

Presenter: Joseph Della Marina DD, LD


Bio: Joseph Della Marina DD, LD, is a graduate of the George Brown Denturist program in Toronto, Canada. He is currently working with three dentists and one periodontist. The majority of his practise consists of implant prosthetics and working with those who place dental implants. Joseph has been an instructor of the denturist program at George Brown College for ten years. He has also lectured as an IDEC instructor in England and the United States on various topics such as full and partial denture construction as well as implants and practise management.


Course Description: Implants from a denturist perspective, is a variety of implant how to’s and a few blunders, that will help those who want to start doing implant work have greater odds of success. The course will go over some biological aspects of implant placement, the sequence of appointments between DDS and denturist and some case presentations that will help you execute the prosthetic demands of your patients.


Big Business Techinques That Work For Denturists

Presenter: Dean Fenwick B.Ed MCP


Bio: Dean Fenwick is a sought after speaker and educator on practice management for denturists throughout Canada and the USA. He has taught a 4th year required course for use of computers in the denturist practice for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) 2004-2009. He and has been instrumental in getting insurance companies on board to electronically submit claims for denturists and he continues to lobby and help insurance companies understand denturism. Before his work with denturists, Dean taught computer science for high school and business management and entrepreneurship at the college level. He managed several small businesses before founding Specialized Office Systems Inc. in 1999. Since then Dean has been focused on exclusively providing specialized practice management solutions for denturists culminating in the recent release of the DOMx revolutionary software for denturists.


Course Description: Denturists will walk away from this course inspired to improve their business and their work flow. Specific techniques will be presented to increase office efficiency from the waiting room through the front desk; laboratory; back office; and remote locations. This lively course will include specific strategic planning and implementations that work for denturists. Topics will include how the denturist can: 1) improve work flow; 2) achieve rock solid patient charting; 3) increase patient treatment acceptance; 4) utilize “Value Forward” marketing techniques to attract more business. View Course Outline PDF


Implant Retained Removable Prosthetics

Presenter: Chris Bormes


Bio: Chris Bormes graduated from Gonzaga University prior to attending the Dental Laboratory Technology program at City College of San Francisco.  Chris has earned both International Congress of Oral Implantology Fellowship and Mastership in Dental Implant Technology ; graduated from both Ticonium’s and Bego’s Partial Denture Programs; is a candidate for CDT in Complete Dentures; and wrote the PREAT Corporation Attachments and Implants Technical Manual.  Chris joined PREAT Corporation in 1997 and was named President in 2010.  Chris’ extensive experience involving various implant prosthetics will enhance the participant’s knowledge and confidence when providing patients with implant prosthetic appliances.


Course Description: This course will begin with a general didactic overview of treatment planning for implant overdentures, what information is necessary for case design, and why and when to use an Overdenture Bar or Overdenture Stud attachment. This course will provide an overview of the major bar and stud precision attachment systems, disadvantages and advantages of each, and how to select the best attachment for individual patients. Step by step fabrication and processing procedures, along with technical tips and pitfalls to avoid, will be discussed. Solutions for servicing worn attachments will also be included.


Ethics and Legal Issues Facing Denturist

Presenter: Paul Levasseur, LD, DD, HMCDP


Bio: Paul Levasseur needs no introduction when it comes to the denturist profession. He is one of the most respected and well-known influential activist for denturism promoting national as well as international recognition. He is a licensed Denturist as well as a licensed Dental Radiographer for the state of Maine.  His activities and appointments are too numerous for this introduction; however, the list includes  serving on the Governor’s Task Force on Access to Dental Care for the state of Maine and Vice-President then President of the Maine Society of Denturists. He presently sits on the executive boards of the National Denturist Association, U.S.A., as well as the International Federation of Denturist serving as the Past President and Vice-President (North America) respectively.  His memberships include the Wyoming Denturist Association, the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), the Clinical Dental Technicians Association (UK), and the College of Dental Prosthesis (UK). He holds an advanced Diploma in Denturism with Honors from George Brown College, Toronto, Canada, and completed the Denturist Registry Education from the Royal College of Surgeons, London, England. Paul has a private denturist practice in Standish, Maine.


Course Description: This course will address current legal and professional issues confronting today’s denturist. Discussion will address denturists’ legal and ethical responsibilities, both to the patients as well as the profession in general. This open-forum class will allow the participants to share and ask questions about current happenings concerning denturist activities both in regulated and unregulated states. The participants should leave this class encouraged knowing that  as the only professional educated exclusively to provide removable oral prosthetics to patients, they have the privilege to serve with pride fulfilling this responsibility with the highest professional and ethical standards.


Presenting the Professional Office

Presenter: Gary Morgan


Bio: Gary Morgan is the Senior Consultant and Vice President with SafeLink Consulting, Inc. Gary began lecturing on health and safety in 1989 and is an Authorized Trainer under OSHA’s Outreach Program. Gary is also a certified DAMAS consultant and auditor. Gary is a Certified Dental Technician who, along with his wife Claudia, owned Morgan Dental Laboratory in Austin, Texas from 1975 until 2007.  Active in the Dental Laboratory Association of Texas, Gary served on the Board of Directors for eight years and as President for both 1994 and 1995. As Legislative and Legal Affairs Chairman for DLAT 1987 – 2008, Gary represented members before governmental agencies, the State Board of Dental Examiners, and the Texas Legislature. Gary was appointed by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to serve on the Dental Laboratory Certification Council from 2007-2013 and was elected Chairman in 2008. In 2008, NADL presented Gary with a Merit Award in Recognition of Contributions and Outstanding Service to the Dental Laboratory Profession and in 2009 he was honored with the DLAT Hall of Fame Award.


Course Description: In this presentation Gary Morgan, CDT and Vice President of Safelink Consulting, Inc., will provide updated information on Federal OSHA and state specific compliance issues including infection control, emergency planning and the new hazard communication rules.   Gary will inform denturists, as healthcare providers, why compliance is an effort worth making for the safety and well being of the denturist’s employees, his/her patients and the denturist’s professional office in general.




Hotel Accommodations:

Enjoy our delightful accommodations at a tropical escape in the heart of Orlando, Fl. Charming two-story Key West style Villas encompassed by 42 acres of tropical landscapes and gardens create a laid back atmosphere unlike any other Orlando hotel accommodations. You’ll enjoy being close to all of Orlandos excitement, while staying in your own quiet and peaceful tropical retreat. We offer a choice of spacious guest rooms and suite accommodations, with family fun suites that include a king bed or two double beds and two bunk beds for the kids with an activity table and their own private television.


 NDA Fall Conference 2011

October 27 – 29, 2011

The Orleans Hotel and Casino







At the 2011 Fall Conference we had 7 outstanding classes listed below.

Breakthrough Technologies to Manage Your Denturist Practice

Presenter: Dean Fenwick, B.Ed MCP
Canadian practice management expert for denturists, Dean Fenwick,  BEd, MCP, is a sought after speaker and educator on practice management for denturists throughout North America.  As the founder of Specialized Office Systems, Inc., he has focused exclusively on providing specialized practice management software for the denturist office.   As a practice management expert for denturists, Dean will present Revolutions in Technology to manage your Business.   This state of the art technology will advise denturists how the paperless office is now practical; why networks are no longer an issue.  He will be introducing to the class participants information on tablets, visual charting and managerial techniques that work for the largest denturists clinics in Canada.

Challenges Drugs and Medications Present for Denture Patients

Presenter: Dr. Monica Berninghaus, D.D.S., MS, FAGD

Dr. Berninghaus is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she earned a B.S. degree in pharmacy and a D.D.S. degree.  She served in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps for 21 years.  While in the Navy she completed a General Practice Residency at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital, as well as a two-year Comprehensive Residency program at the National Naval Dental Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and received a Master’s Degree in Dental Science at George Washington University.   During her 21 years as a Naval Dental Officer she served as Staff Dentist, Dental Department Head, Clinic Director, Division Officer, and General Dentistry Director and served from Alaska to Mississippi to Maryland to Washington to California, and afloat the USS Bridge and USS John C. Stennis.  Since retired from the Navy, Dr. Berninghaus now serves patients in a private practice in Washington State.   This class is one that is most important to the denturist in that it describes the undesirable side effects resulting from medications the patient may be taking.  It behooves the denturist to be aware that very often the medications the patient is taking may affect the success of their treatment plan.  Dr. Berninghaus will discuss the various medications and the possible negative ramifications to the denture wearer.  She will emphasize the importance that denturists must be aware, as healthcare providers, that they are part of the “whole person” team in assuring their patients enjoy not only quality oral health but overall well-being.

Tips & Tricks in the Laboratory

Presenter: Bruce Anderson, BS, D.P.D.

Bruce Anderson’s heart and soul is dedicated to his profession.  He began as a teenager working in his father’s dental laboratory and eventually owning his own business.    Wanting to work independently he enrolled in the American Denturist Academy and was one of the first graduates; he was also instrumental in starting the Indian Tribal Denturitry Association, and is a graduate of the George Brown College Denturist program.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Covenant College, Chattanooga, TN.   He has been a practicing denturist for over 40 years and has a thriving private practice in Washington State.   He has welcomed student interns and they report his skills and training were invaluable.   Tips & Tricks in the laboratory will be a class that welcomes input.  Bruce will share many of the skills he has learned and used over the years that have made his service to his patients successful.  Participants are encouraged to come prepared to share Tips & Tricks they have developed and found useful in their experience.  Some Tips & Tricks cannot be found in text books, but only from trial and error and several years’ experience in the laboratory.  This class should be fun and give the participants ideas they will find useful.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Presenter: Carlo Zanon, LD, DD, MCP, FCAD

As baby boomers age, the incidence of Snoring and Sleep Apnea continues to increase.  Six out of ten males over the age of 50 snore and two of those six suffer from Sleep Apnea.  This course presented by Carlo Zanon will examine the increased incidence of these conditions and their effects on patients whose lives become compromised because of their lack of sleep.  This introductory course is designed for those who are interested in learning more about oral appliances and how to implement them into their practices.   Carlo Zanon is a well know conference presenter having taught classes throughout Canada and the U.S. He operates two practices in Ontario, Canada, and is licensed to practice in Canada and in the U.S. state of Maine. He is an active member of the Ontario and Canadian Denturist Associations as well as the International Federation of Denturists and the National Denturist Association, USA,   He is a recipient of the Ontario and Canadian Denturist of the Year Awards and an Honourable Member of the Brotherhood of Sterkenburgres and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Denturists.  He is a prolific writer and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Spectrum Denturism magazine.

Proper Charting

Presenter: Shawn Murray, CDT, LD

Shawn Murray will be presenting the class on proper charting.  It is vitally important to have a complete health history of patients in order to serve their individual prosthetic needs.   It is also important to note that the patient and the practitioner understand and agree on the necessary treatment and record that the patient was professionally served.  Accurate and thorough charting will protect the patient as well as the practitioner.   Shawn Murray has been a practicing denturist for 21 years.  Originally from Washington State Shawn now calls Oregon home.   Shawn began her dental career as a dental laboratory technician which made her transition into her ultimate profession, denturism logical.  She has two successful offices in Florence, Oregon and Eugene, Oregon.  She was graduated from the Oregon Denturist College and the denturist program at George Brown College.   She has been an active member of the National Denturist Association and The Oregon State Denturist Association; she sits on the executive board of each of these groups.  She is chair of the Board of Denture Technology, the licensing board at the Oregon Health Licensing Agency.  She is a member of the International Federation of Denturists.  Shawn has been active legislatively and was instrumental in helping to expand the scope of practice for Oregon denturists.  Shawn’s experience in her clinics, her dedicated participation in her professional associations, and in her legislative efforts dealing with laws pertaining to the profession will certainly bring credibility to her presentation.


Communication: Tips on Getting the Most Out of Your Practice

Presenter: Kevin Dillon
This class by Kevin Dillon will prove to be valuable to any professional.  Communication is a marketing tool as effective as any other.  Most people think of marketing as websites, advertisements, direct mail, web blasts, brochures, commercials, etc.  These are effective tools, but can be expensive, time consuming, and take time before seeing results.  Effective communication within the denturist practice can be as, or more effective than all the other tools.  The art of communication is a taught skill, just like learning any other technical skill and unlike other marketing avenues, communication skills are consistent and affects the whole individual professionally as well as personally. Kevin Dillon is an effective conference presenter.  As an educator his lectures on communication are well-known and requested across the U.S.  He and his sponsor company the American Dental Supply, Inc. have been  faithful supporters of denturists and the National Denturist Association.  As a participant in his class you will learn useful skills and techniques to market your denturist practice directly to your patients, to third party referrals, and to your communities; skills which will ultimately grow your practice.


Innovative Routine for Creating More Personalized Dentures

Presenter: Joseph Manti
Joe Manti’s class will deliver instructions on using familiar tools in an innovative systematic routine to create more personalized successful dentures.  Methods presented may provide increased predictability and efficiency for your complete denture fabrication and assure patients’ satisfaction.   Joseph Manti is certified as an Ivoclar director of training and education in complete denture technology.  He has 21 years of experience in the field of dental technology.  He spent the majority of his laboratory career in Western New York utilizing many of Ivoclar techniques.  He relocated to San Diego and joined Ivoclar Vivadent as a Prosthetic Specialist in 2002.  He now stays busy as Ivoclar’s Key Account Manager for their Technical Products as well as being a frequent presenter and instructor at professional conferences.


 NDA Spring Conference 2011

At Breathtaking, Woodlawns Inn & Resort in Wilkes-Barre PA!

May 12-14th 2011

©2013 National Denturist Association