2017-2018 Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location: St. Naum of Ohrid Church
1150 Stone Church Road (East of Upper Ottawa St.), Hamilton, Ontario
Registration: 7:00 pm     Meeting: 7:30 pm     Click here for Map and Directions

Thursday September 21st, 2017

Womb to Grow - Modern Health for Prenatal and Preschool Patients
Speaker: Joanne Woodley

Your dental practice may not routinely treat prenatal or pediatric patients, but everyone has a role wherever possible in providing mothers and children the healthiest start possible.

Research suggests that pregnancy can be one of the most motivating times for parents to change habits. Therefore, it is an ideal time to begin counseling the parent about the benefits of oral health. Statistics show that if parents learn to make oral health a priority for themselves, their children are more likely to inherit this awareness.

This evidence-based seminar nurtures your knowledge of prenatal and pediatric oral health, reviewing the needs of a pregnant patient, emphasizing the establishment of a dental home. It also provides resources on how to integrate a formalized risk assessment model and new strategies to implement that assessment.

Embrace prenatal and pediatric patients in your practice. Be a part of the solution in ending one of the most serious health concerns in this country.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the need for prenatal intervention and prevention
  • Implement initial and continuing age-appropriate risk assessment
  • Understand the risk factors for early childhood caries
  • Explore the impact of creating parents and physicians as partners in treating children
  • Utilize oral health treatment strategies such as fluoride and xylitol

Susan Woodley RDH graduated from Fanshawe College in London Ontario Canada and has realized a successful career expanding three decades. She's enjoyed many aspects of her role as a dental hygienist involving clinical research, general practice, teaching, writing and professional education, though the better part of her career has been practicing in orthodontics.

She was a faculty member at the local college, both didactic and clinical for many years. Susan developed and presents workshops in Orthodontics as well as presenting an Oral Pathology course.

Susan completed a five year term as President of her local Dental Hygienists' Society and has enjoyed an active role with the executive for many years. She participates in two study clubs and continues to practice clinically part-time.

Susan is Manager of Professional Education for Ontario and Western Canada with Philips North America. She resides in London, Ontario with her husband Bob. They are the proud parents of two married children, living in Kelowna and Australia respectively. Bob and Susan travel as often as they can to see their family living far and away which includes their adorable Granddaughter in Kelowna and their precious Grandson in Australia.

"This course is sponsored through an educational grant provided by Philips Sonicare"


Tuesday October 24th, 2017

Preparing your office to handle medical emergencies
Speaker: David Goodman

  • How do medical emergency statistics apply to dental practices?
  • Preparing your office to handle a medical emergency
  • The "Big Six" most common medical emergencies
  • The "Low Fat" approach for treatment of medical emergencies
  • Provincial legislation and liabilities for the dental hygienist.
  • Emergency First Aid Inc.)

David Goodman completed his BSc. from the University of Western Ontario and vigorously continued his educational journey with a Diploma in Paramedicine from Centennial College in Toronto. David excelled as a paramedic in Ontario and was also selected to be an educator as a clinical instructor and programme co-ordinator at the Paramedicine College in Ontario.

He was chosen to be the lead instructor at comprehensive training programs for many dental societies and groups including the Toronto Academy of Dentistry, the Ontario Dental Association (ASM), the University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry, the Toronto Central Dental Society and many more. David was very proud to be invited as a guest lecturer at the Toronto Academy of Dentistry's Winter Clinic in both 2012 and 2013. In addition, David has also been a guest lecturer for the Toronto Central Dental Hygienists Society and other Specialist's Study Clubs. Of course, the majority of his teaching time is spent directly in dental offices with the entire office team on customized presentations.

David is a published author and respected authority in this area of Medical

Emergencies/First Aid and has had articles published in both the Ontario

Dentist and Aorta (Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity). David has also made a DVD series for continuing education Dental Medical Emergencies published videos (DVD Quarterly) for Dental Hygienists (Part 1 and 2, 2009).

His unique style is engaging, enjoyable, exceptionally comprehensive and consistently has tremendous impact on all his participants.


Tuesday November 28th, 2017

Speaker: Helen Symons RDH BSc MAdEd

Evidence-informed decision making is an integral mandate of the health care professional. But what does it actually mean, and how can the conscientious clinician incorporate it into their practice? This presentation is designed for dental hygienists who wish to enhance their understanding of evidence-informed decision making, and how it can be easily applied to ensure quality dental hygiene care for all their clients.

Helen graduated from Seneca College with a diploma in dental hygiene over 3 decades ago. Her career has included a variety of clinical experiences such as general practice, orthodontics, and pediatric dentistry. As a lifelong learner, she has continued her own education and has been a dental hygiene educator for over 18 years at Fanshawe College. Throughout her career as a clinician, educator, and student, an evidence-based approach to decision making has been required. She has presented on a variety of topics, but the topic of evidence-informed practice has become one of her favorites.


Thursday December 7th 2017

Location to be Announced


January 20th, 2018



Thursday February 8th, 2018


This program will review the various products used for infection control in dental offices and assess the efficacy and safety to those using them, and to those exposed to them. Participants will find out all about some of the active ingredients in those products and what risks they pose, whether or not they actually work as they claim, and what options are available.

Neli Gontier is an articulate and dynamic facilitator with many years of experience in the health care, academic, and corporate sectors. She has worked as an educator, clinician, practice management consultant, keynote speaker, and corporate manager. Her specialties include infection prevention and control, microbiology, oral diseases, PHIPA and privacy, AODA & cultural competence, communication and customer service, among others. She has written several online continuing education courses for the health care industry and hopes to motivate health care professionals to improve their practice standard


Thursday March 8th 2018


This session responds to why 75 per cent of clients continue to have periodontal disease even when they see their dental hygienist twice a year. Change is needed. Learn how a paradigm shift in your approach to diagnosing and treating gum disease can improve the health of 90 per cent of your clients in just a few short weeks. This presentation will explore some of the reasons behind the growing threat to oral and systemic health and will describe solutions. Involving the client in the diagnostic process leads them to acceptance of treatment and compliance. Eliminate "bloody prophies" and guide clients toward oral and systemic health.

The presentation will cover:

  • Assessment tools including microbial analysis that help locate and measure periodontal disease
  • A system of communicating with clients that increases acceptance of treatment
  • New techniques for non-invasive, non-surgical periodontal therapy (NSPT) using an antibiotic rinse system


Dr. Jim Hyland B.Sc., DDS graduated from the University of Toronto in 1976 and has always been one of the first to implement the latest techniques, research and philosophies in oral care. In addition to private practice, Dr. Hyland's experience includes teaching at U of T Faculty of Dentistry, Seneca College and George Brown College as well as serving as the dental staff member of the North York Hospital. He regularly lectures and writes on a variety of topics related to diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease as an oral infection, interceptive preventive care, decreasing the oral systemic risk and breath odour. In 2014 he launched GumGuardians.com to educate the public about the connection between the health of their gums and systemic wellness, and to provide the latest information about how to prevent and to treat gum disease and breath odour.

Kerry Lepicek, RDH is a highly focused and engaging presenter with over a decade of experience using an interceptive and preventive approach to treating periodontal disease and breath odour. She will leave you with many things you can take away and start to use in your practice the next day. Kerry is currently the OraVital® Wellness Coaching Manager for North America and has been active in helping to shape the future of the company. Kerry has been clinically implementing the OraVital® System since 2007. In 2010 Kerry published an article in Oral Health discussing several cases that were treated using the OraVital® System, and in 2015 was asked to speak at the Bermuda Dental Conference.




Tuesday April 17th, 2018

WORKSHOP FORMAT - "What's in Your Toolkit to Aid in the Earlier Discovery of Oral Cancer?"
Speaker: Jo-anne Jones

An interactive hands-on workshop designed to equip today's dental clinician with the skill set to recognize and identify the earliest warning signs of HPV and non-HPV oral and oropharyngeal cancer. Breakout sessions will involve hands-on use of adjunctive screening devices, AirPlay mirroring of a live examination and the review of techniques both extraoral and intraorally to provide your practice with the best possible opportunity for earlier discovery of oral cancer.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand the current statistics related to the sexually transmitted Human papillomavirus and its connection with oropharyngeal cancer
  • To perform a systematic extraoral and intraoral examination with attention to high risk anatomical areas related both to HPV and non-HPV oral and oropharyngeal cancer
  • To recognize the subtle, life-saving signs and symptoms that may accompany HPV oropharyngeal cancer
  • To be introduced to clinical resources that will aid in assessment, documentation and management pathways of an abnormal finding
  • To be equipped with clinical resources and patient education materials related to this new profile

As a successful entrepreneur and international, award winning speaker, Jo-Anne brings life, energy and inspiration to all her presentations. The veteran dental hygienist turned educator has a no-nonsense approach and dynamic speaking style that has made her one of North America's most sought-after lecturers in the dental community. Jo-Anne has been selected as one of DPR's Top 25 Women in Dentistry and joins the 2017 Dentistry Today CE Leaders for the 7th consecutive year.

Jo-Anne has been described as a very dynamic, knowledgeable and entertaining speaker with an ability to powerfully communicate her knowledge. Her strong and powerful message complemented by the provision of clinical and educational resources has earned many loyal followers. Jo-Anne's gift for motivating and inspiring has catapulted her into motivational speaking for Fortune 500 companies and professional women's groups.

Jo-Anne is a Key Opinion Leader for a number of leading corporations within the dental community including Philips Oral Healthcare, LED Imaging Inc., Orascoptic, Dentsply, Oral Science, DenMat and 3M ESPE.

A frank and open lecture style, a focus on audience engagement complemented by the provision of educational and clinical resources has earned Jo-Anne many loyal followers both nationally and internationally.