Past Events 2011

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 12th-14th, 2011