Dental industry lectures to stir your curiosity.  Mark your calendars!

We are proud to be an AGD approved program provider.  Our quarterly lectures will offer two (2) CE credits.


February 3, 2021  | “Having it all: Making Your Practice Work for You.”  |  Lecture by Christy Ratcliff, CPA, CVA

Lecture Topics:

Join us for a female focused discussion on how to make your dental practice work for your life. We will discuss why, as a woman, it’s important to really understand what your goals are – both professionally and personally – and how you can fine tune, grow and/or transition your dental practice to ensure your biggest professional asset is working for you (not against you) to help you achieve those goals. Christy will cover how good tax planning and having an understanding your practice metrics can play a critical role in meeting your personal goals. She will also walk through how your practice is valued and how to create a flexible practice through transition – whether a practice merger, bringing in an associate or considering a DSO. Don’t miss this presentation on making the most of your dental practice ownership (and if you don’t own, why ownership is key)!

Speaker Bio:

Partner and Head of Transition Consulting & Valuations, NDP

National Dental Placements (NDP), an affiliate of Cain Watters & Associates (CWA), was founded in 2005 with the mission of helping young dentists find established practices and assisting in their transition to ownership. While this is still an integral part of our mission, we have realized the importance of the dental transition to both the young and established dentist and have expanded the scope of our services to ensure our clients are prepared, confident and that their transitions meet their personal and professional goals.

Christy graduated with her BBA and MS in Accounting from Texas A&M University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Christy joined NDP in 2014 to oversee the overall operations and to assist in the development and oversight of NDP’s valuation and consulting services. She utilizes her unique background of accounting, consulting, valuation, and relationship building to assist NDP clients as they reach their transition goals.

Christy is passionate about education and believes the greatest asset when facing an unknown experience is data. Her goal is to empower clients with information they need to feel confident that they are making the right decision.

Dr. Timothy Ricks


April 28, 2021  |Covid-19 and Oral Health.”  | Lecture by Dr. Timothy Ricks


This one-hour webinar will begin with an overview of the U.S. Public Health Service, one of eight Uniformed Services in the U.S.  We’ll then look at access to dental care in the U.S. and discuss disparities in oral health and barriers to access to affordable dental care.  The presentation will then focus on COVID-19 and how oral health professionals have been affected and how oral health professionals have responded to this global pandemic.  Finally, we’ll discuss the new Healthy People 2030 oral health objectives and the forthcoming Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health which will delve into many of the contemporary issues affecting oral health in America such as the aging population, integration of medical and dental care, healthcare expenditures, and more.

Learning Objectives:

  • List two disparities in oral health based on race, ethnicity, income, or location (rural vs. metropolitan);
  • List and explain at least four factors that affect access to dental care;
  • Describe in detail how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected dental care, including utilization, in the U.S;
  • List the components of the second-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health; and
  • List and describe at least five of the Healthy People 2030 oral health objectives.

Speaker Bio:

Timothy L. Ricks, D.M.D., M.P.H., F.I.C.D., currently serves as the 20th Chief Dental Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service as well as Assistant Surgeon General. He serves as the Surgeon General’s spokesperson on oral health and interacts with chief dental officers from other countries, with military chief dental officers, with leaders in organized dentistry, with state oral health programs, and much more.  He is currently overseeing the development of the second-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health.  Rear Adm. Ricks has served in the U.S. Public Health Service for over 21 years.  Prior to this service, he was an associate dentist, independent contractor, and sole proprietor, and he also served as a military police officer in the Army National Guard.

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“Oral Health and Dental Management for the Pregnant Patient.” Lecture by Dr. Barbara J. Steinberg

“Is it Time to Eat Yet?  The Powerful New Science of Living in Natural Circadian Rhythm.” Lecture by Pamela Peeke MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM

“An Update on Breast Disease Benign, Malignant and In-between: For Self-Care and Professional Development.” Lecture by Dr. Rebecca Evangelista

“The Tongue Tells the Story.” Lecture by Cheryl Shafer, RDH BS COM

“The science, or lack thereof, of medical marijuana and any dental implications.”
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“Introduction to Laser Dentistry.” Lecture by Dr. Pohlhaus

“Updates in Head and Neck cancer staging, treatment, radiotherapy design, and multidisciplinary engagement: Radiation Oncologists Partnering with Dentists.” Lecture by Dr. Brandi Page, M.D.

“Best Practices for Managing HR in your Dental Practices.” Lecture by Donna Miracle-Canuel, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant and Lindsay Moore, Senior HR Consultant

“2017 ADA Humanitarian Award.” Lecture by Dr. Usa Bunnag, D.D.S.

“Aesthetic Analysis & Approach to Facial Rejuvenation and the Utilization of Botulinum toxin A in the Practice of Dentistry.” Lecture by Dr. Cheryl Burgess

“Anatomy 101, an Introduction to You.” Lecture by Dr. Joseph Pollack

“Brain Hygiene: How to Build a Beautiful Brain in Three Months.”
Lecture by Dr. Majid Fotuhiu, MD PhD

“Food and Mood: Surprising New Science.” Lecture by Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP

“Getting the Most Out of Internal Marketing.” Lecture by Sue Demske

“Evaluation & Treatment of the Temporomandibular Joint.” Lecture by Jodi Maron Barth, PT, CCI and Gincy Lockhart Stezar, PTA, CCI

“Attaining Financial Health throughout your Career.” Lecture by Kris Kornemann, CFP® and Allison McCarty, CFP®, CLTC

“Developing Women Leaders in Dentistry.” Lecture by: Distinguished Guest from the ADA, Kathleen O’Loughlin, D.M.D., M.P.H.

“Growing a Thriving & Resilient Dental Practice.” Lecture by Susan Commander Samakow, PCC, CPCC

“Advances in Current Geriatric Dentistry – Learning How To Care For Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease.” Lecture by Dr. Yellowitz, DMD, MPH, FASGD, DABSCD

“Botox & Dermal Fillers: Facial Injectables in the World of Dentistry.” Lecture by Gigi Meinecke, DMD, FAGD

“Eating Disorders & Your Patients.” Lecture by Laura K. Ratner, LICSW, LCSW-C, BCD

“Skin Cancers in Dental Patients.” Lecture by Dr. Cheryl Burgess

“Hearing and the Professional Ear.” Lecture by S. Jane Kirksey, Au.D., FAAA, ADA, Doctor of Audiology and  Suzanne Noonan, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA, Doctor of Audiology

“Slip into Your Skinny Genes: How to Make Groundbreaking New Science Power You to Your Best Mind & Body.” Lecture by Dr. Pam Peeke

“From Waiting Room to Courtroom – How to Avoid Getting Sued.” Lecture by Dr. Robert Fleisher, DDS

“Current Topics in Nutrition and Exercise.” Lecture by Tristram Kruger, DDS

“Addressing the Six Key Areas of Capital Accumulation and Protection.” Lecture by Ellen D. Tillman, CLU, ChFC, MBA

“The ABC’s of HPV all the way to Z.” Lecture by Dr. Andre Farquharson

“Nutritional Style: A Seasonal Approach to Vibrant Health.” Lecture by Holli Thompson, CNHP, CHHC

“The Oral Systemic Link.” Lecture by Virginia Barnes DDS, MS“How To Stay Out Of Legal Trouble.” Lecture by Dr. Scott Gritz, D.D.S.

“The Digestive System: From Gingivitis to the Leaky Gut.” Lecture by Dr. Amri

“Women’s Health Research.” Lecture by Janine Clayton, MD, and Christine Carter, PhD, MPH

“Legal Issues for Women Health Professionals.Women Dentists & Women Divorce Attorneys. Both are associated with pain. How do we keep the client’s coming back?” Lecture by Heather Hostetter Esq.

“Sex & Health Update for Women.” Lecture by Barbara Steinberg, DDS

“Social Savvy: Understanding and Benefiting From Social Media in Your Personal and Professional Life.” Lecture by David Norton

“Pelvic Health Essentials.” Lecture by Miriam Graham MSPT, MBA

“Communicating for Success & Leadership in your Practice.” Lecture by Sally J. Cram, D.D.S., MS

“Your Pelvic Floor, Keeping it Healthy.” Lecture by Miriam Graham MSPT, MBA

“Update on The NIH Women’s Health Initiative (WHI).” Lecture by Phyllis Greenberger

“Facebook, Twitter & MySpace All Grown Up: Why Business Professionals Need Social Media to Succeed and Enhance Their Business.” Lecture by David Norton

“Identity Theft Protection. Is Someone Pretending to be You?” Lecture by Dr. Will Marling

“What’s New in Plastic Surgery with Dental Applications.” Lecture by Dr. Mitch Krieger

“Women’s Health Update in Cardiology.” Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Ross

“A Story NOT Silenced by Stage IV Oral Cancer.” Lecture by Eva Grayzel