Calendar of Courses


The Complete Clinician: Comprehensive Treatment Planning & Surgical Placement for Implants via Computer Guided Technology

Didactic Session: September 20-23, 2018

Clinical Session: November 3-4, 2018 (Please Note: October Clinical Session is FULL)

This course will run over two sessions for a total of 6 full days of education and training. The didactic session will run twice giving participants the option to choose May 24-27, 2018 or September 20-23, 2018. You will also have the option to choose between two clinical session dates: October 20-21 or November 2-4, 2018. This is an intense hands-on surgical course that will train you one-on-one to diagnose and perform implant surgery on your patient. The course is perfectly tailored to the novice implant dentist and to the surgeons who wish to incorporate computer guided technology into their implant practice! Learn to place implants in a friendly and stress free teaching environment. Our mentors are certified specialists in prosthodontics, periodontics and oral surgery.

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with Drs. Tassos Irinakis, Ali Sadeghi and Kevin Aminzadeh of the West Coast Institute

Local Anaesthesia for Dental Hygienists

September 22 & 23 and October 12 & 13, 2018

Local Anaesthesia for Dental Hygienists is a three and one half day course, designed to teach and evaluate participants on basic and current concepts of local anaesthesia, and administration of local anaesthetic agents. To participate in this course, registrants must hold a conditional license with the College of Dental Hygienists of BC. This course is held over two weekends in September/October. For further details and to register.

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A Comprehensive Review of Local Anaesthesia for Dental Hygienists

September 22 & 23, 2018

Concurrent to the Full Local Anaesthesia program, we also offer the A Comprehensive Review of Local Anaesthesia for Dental Hygienists. This is a non evaluation review program held over one weekend in September. This course is specifically for registered dental hygienists who have taken a local anaesthesia program, but would like a review course, or who are required by the College of Dental Hygienists of BC to take a review program. For further details and to register.

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Smile Design Excellence 2018, Live Patient Program (Porcelain Veneers)

September 28 & 29 and October 19 & 20, 2018

Only 1 Spot Left! Register Before September 4.

How do you design smiles with beauty and functionality in mind? How do you integrate your team into a smile design process to maximize patient comfort & satisfaction?
What are the core principles you need to know before you plan your case? How can you test your designs to guarantee success? Answer these critical questions and more in VDEC’s life-changing 4-day, hands-on smile design course for experienced and aspiring dentists alike! Specially designed to transform your whole team into smile design experts, each registration fee includes one dentist and three dental team members.

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with Dr. Wilson J. Kwong, VDEC

The Three Endodontic Skills You Need to Know to Grow Your Practice

Saturday, September 29, 2018

A General Practitioner Course Specifically Designed to Learn the New Skills, the New Tools, and the New Techniques of How to DO Endo.

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John West, DDS, MSD is the founder and director of the Center for Endodontics and continues to be recognized as one of the world’s premier educators in clinical and interdisciplinary endodontics. John West received his DDS from the University of Washington in 1971 where he is an Affiliate Associate Professor. He received his MSD in endodontics at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 1975 where he is a clinical instructor and has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. West has presented unrivaled endodontic continuing education across the world while maintaining a private practice in Tacoma, Washington. He co-authored Obturation of the Radicular Space with Dr. John Ingle in Ingle’s 1994 and 2002 editions of Endodontics and was senior author of Cleaning and Shaping the Root Canal System in Cohen and Burns 1994 and 1998 Pathways of the Pulp. He has authored Endodontic Predictability in Dr. Michael Cohen’s 2008 Quintessence text Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning: Principles, Design, Implementation, and Michael Cohen’s 2010 Quintessence text Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning Volume II: Comprehensive Case Studies and is lead author of Esthetic Management of Endodontically Treated Teeth in Ronald Goldstein’s 2016 third edition of Esthetics in Dentistry. He is a Thought Leader for Carestream Digital Dental Systems and serves on the editorial advisory boards for: The Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, Practical Procedures and Aesthetic Dentistry, The Journal of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry, Dentistry Today, and is associate editor for Endodontic Practice/US.


Introduction to Dental Microscopy and Advanced Endodontics: A Two-Day Hands-On Workshop

October 13-14, 2018

A stimulating two-day course combining the most current technological methods for endodontics and the fundamentals of clinical microscopy for dentistry. Participants will focus on clinically relevant information that is needed to provide successful advanced procedures for restorative and endodontic procedures, and use that information as they perform their dentistry with the aid of the dental operating microscope (DOM).

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JEFFREY M. COIL, DMD., M.S.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.D.(C), F.A.D.I., received his undergraduate, dental and doctorate degrees from the University of British Columbia. He practiced general dentistry for eight years and was a Clinical Instructor in Endodontics and Periodontics, before obtaining his certificate in Endodontics at the University of Washington in 1993. Dr. Coil is a Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics. He serves as an editorial consultant for the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association and on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Journal of Endodontics. He is a past President of the Canadian Academy of Endodontics, and is a member of the British Columbia Society of Endodontists and the American Association of Endodonitists. Dr. Coil is the mentor of the Northwest Endodontic Study Club and Seminar, and is currently the Director of the Graduate Endodontics Program, Department of Oral Biological and Medical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Mastering Adult Minimal Sedation: Inhalation and Oral Sedation in Dentistry

October 26-28, 2018

This hands-on course offers instruction in all aspects of adult minimal sedation to include nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation and oral sedation, as well as effective methods in dealing with anxiety control in general practice. Participants will learn various techniques and will have the opportunity to try several types of machines. Participants have the option to register for the full three days to certify for combined oral and inhalation adult minimal sedation, for two days (Saturday & Sunday) to complete the mastering nitrous oxide/oxygen permitting course, or for one day (Friday) to complete a mastering adult minimal sedation permit renewal course.

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with Dr. Jason Goodchild, Dr. Mark Donaldson and Dr. Scott Dickinson


Mini-Implants: Good Things Come in Small Packages

November 3, 2018

Confused by conflicting statements about mini-implants? Come and get the skinny on mini's with a presentation that is long on answers. Topics surrounding mini-implants will be covered, touching on history, background, armamentarium, and technique.

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DAN KINKELA, DDS, graduated from the University of Washington, School of Dentistry in 1979 and passed the NDEB of Canada in 1979. He has been in private practice in Smithers, BC since 1998. Dr. Kinkela has placed over 1400 mini-implants over the span of his career. He is a member of the IAO, AAFO, AGPO, IAMDI. Dr. Kinkela has presented on mini implants at the Pacific Dental Conference and Upper Island District Dental Society Conference.

Application of Autologous Growth Factors (PRF and CGF) in Implant Dentistry

November 17, 2018

This comprehensive one day hands-on course will cover both the science and clinical application of PRF (platelet rich fibrin) and the latest protocol, CGF (concentrated growth factors) in clinical practice.

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Paul Jang, DMD, FCDS(BC), FRCD(C) is a clinical assistant professor in the graduate periodontics program at UBC and maintains a private practice focusing on periodontal regeneration and implant surgery. He completed his post-graduate periodontal specialty training at the University of Illinois at Chicago and he is board-certified in Canada and USA. He is the past president of the BC society of periodontists and is the founder and director of the Northwest Dental Implant Study Club. Dr. Jang lectures nationally and internationally on the subject of periodontal plastic surgery, application of growth factors in bone and soft tissue regeneration, and full arch implant rehabilitation.

Contemporary Dental Materials: How to incorporate new dental materials into your practice

November 17, 2018

The morning session of this course will teach you how to select and handle different types of ceramic materials that are currently used in dentistry that will be much less confusing than typical marketing rhetoric. The afternoon session we will cover advances in restorative materials.

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NATHANIEL LAWSON, DMD, PHD, is the Director of the Division of Biomaterials at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. He graduated from UAB School of Dentistry in 2011 and obtained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2012. He has served as an investigator on 47 research grants, published 46 peer reviewed articles, 3 book chapters, 18 articles in trade journals, and 76 research abstracts. He is on the editorial board of Compendium and Dental Product Report. His research interests are the mechanical, optical, and biologic properties of dental materials and clinical evaluation of new dental materials. He was the 2016 recipient of the Stanford New Investigator Award and the 2017 3M Innovative Research Fellowship both from the American Dental Association. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the subject of dental materials. He also works as a general dentist in the UAB Faculty Practice.

Contemporary Oral Surgery for the General Dentist: A Simple and Predictable Approach to
Minimally Invasive Oral Surgery

November 24, 2018

This course is designed for the novice and advanced clinician. All concepts and techniques can be applied the next day in your office.

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ALAN JEROFF, DMD graduated from the University of Manitoba Dental School in 1977 and practises in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He completed a mini-residency in Oral Surgery at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California and was a clinical tutor at the University of Otago School of Dentistry in Dunedin, New Zealand. Dr. Jeroff lectures widely on Oral Surgery at national and international levels. He is an examiner to undergraduate dental students and interviews candidates for admission into the DMD program at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. He is presently an assistant clinical professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry and performs all the Oral Surgery procedures including wisdom teeth removal and implant placements at the Burrard Implant Centre Dental Clinic. He is an active participant in study clubs, an aviation enthusiast and an IFR commercial pilot with more than 2500 flight hours in different types of aircraft including gliders and T34 training jets. He currently is a medivac/air ambulance pilot for an organization called Angel Flight, which flies patients for cancer treatments at various cancer centers in British Columbia.

NDEB Clinic Examination Candidate Orientation

November 28 or 29, 2018

The Faculty of Dentistry offers a three hour orientation session during which NDEB candidates can familiarize themselves with our dental clinic setting. NO GUIDANCE OR ADVICE will be given regarding the assessment.

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Soft Tissue Grafting for the General Practitioner

December 7 & 8, 2018

This course introduces the participants to various aspects of soft tissue grafting and periodontal plastic surgery. Topics covered will include autogenous connective tissue grafts (CTGs), autogenous free gingival grafts (FGGs), utilizing allograft materials from the market, pedicle flaps, etc.

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DR. TASSOS IRINAKIS, DDS, MSC, DIP.PERIO, FRCD(C), received his Specialty diploma and Master's degree at The University of British Columbia. Dr. Irinakis is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC. He served as the Director of the Graduate Periodontics & Implant Surgery program for nearly a decade. Dr. Irinakis is a reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology and Oral Surgery journals and serves as a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Implant & Advanced Clinical Dentistry and the Journal of Clinical and Practical Implantology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a member of numerous professional organizations. He has conducted clinical research on Implants & Sinus Bone Grafting and has authored several scientific articles on these topics. He lectures nationally and internationally with focus on Advanced Bone Grafting and Aesthetic Periodontal & Implant Dentistry. He holds private practices in Vancouver and Courtenay, BC.

FARZAN GHANNAD, DDS, MSC, DIP.PERIO, FRCD(C), is a certified specialist in Periodontics and received his Specialty Diploma and Masters degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He completed his dental degree in Heidelberg, Germany and has conducted research and published in the field of Implant Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and member of numerous professional organizations. Dr. Ghannad is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC and lectures nationally on all aspects of periodontal therapy, including soft tissue grafting, regeneration and implant dentistry. He practices in Vancouver, North Vancouver, BC as well as Saskatoon, SK.

2019 Courses


Adventure & Learn Maui, Hawaii 2019

February 4 - 8, 2019

Maui, Hawaii, Fairmont Kea Lani
Join us for this exciting, unique learning opportunity... not to be missed!

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Medical Emergencies in Dentistry: Prevention, Preparation & Management

Dr. Daniel Haas

Daniel Haas, DDS, PhD, FRCD(C), is professor and Dean at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. He currently holds the Zwingenberger Decanal Chair and has a cross-appointment with the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine. In addition to numerous teaching awards, Dean Haas’ scholarship has been recognized internationally with the receipt of: the International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award for Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology research (2004); the Heidbrink Award from the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (2007); and the Leonard Monheim Distinguished Service Award of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists (2010). He is the first Canadian to receive each of these three awards. He is also the recipient of the Canadian Dental Association’s Honorary Membership (2016) and the Pierre Fauchard Academy’s Distinguished Dentist Citation (2017).

Genetics in Dental Practice: Are you ready?

Dr. Mary MacDougall

Mary MacDougall, BA, PhD, is the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. She earned her Ph.D. in Craniofacial Biology at the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry and her B.A. in Biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego, Revelle College. She has held faculty appointments at three dental schools: University of Southern California, the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She served as Associate Dean for Research at both UTHSCSA and UAB where she held the Presidents Council Chair in Dental Research and the James R. Rosen Chair in Dental Research, respectively. She is the founding director of UAB’s Global Center for Craniofacial Oral and Dental Disorders (GC-CODED) and the NIDCR supported training programs DART (UAB) and CO-STAR (UTHSCSA). She served as President of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR, 2005-2006) and International Association for Dental Research (IADR, 2013) and has received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards in Pulp Biology Research (2001), Mineralized Tissue Research (2005), as well asthe AADR National Student Research Group Mentor of the Year Award (2003), the AADR Distinguished Mentorship Award (2011), the Burton C. Borgelt/SCADA Faculty Advisor Award from the Student Clinician of the American Dental Association (2012), and the IADR Distinguished Women Faculty Mentor (2017). She is an AADR and American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. Dr. MacDougall’s research centers on the molecular mechanisms associated with tooth formation, dental tissue-specific cytodifferentiation, extracellular matrix formation and dental genetic dental diseases. She has published18 book chapters and over 150 peer-reviewed articles. Her research has funded by the NIH/NIDCR since 1985; with total career federal funding in excess of 22.5 million dollars.

Conservative Esthetic, Restorative and Preventive Dentistry: Proven Solutions for Clinical Success!

Dr. Harald O. Heymann

Harald O. Heymann, DDS, MEd, is past Chair and Graduate Program Director of the Department of Operative Dentistry and has been the inaugural Thomas P. Hinman Distinguished Professor of Operative Dentistry at the UNC School of Dentistry. Dr. Heymann has been particularly active in the clinical research of esthetic restorative materials and is the author of over 200 scientific publications. He is a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the International Association of Dental Research, and is Past-President and a Fellow of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. He is also a Fellow in the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and the Academy of Dental Materials. He also has served for many years as a consultant to the ADA. Dr. Heymann also is Co-Senior Editor of The Art and Science of Operative Dentistry, historically, the #1 selling dental textbook in the world. Dr. Heymann is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Heymann has given over 1,500 lectures on various aspects of esthetic dentistry worldwide and has received the Gordon J. Christensen Award for excellence as a CE speaker.

Al Heaps & Associates Inc. Palm Springs Dental Practice Transition Seminar & Golf Weekend

February 22 - 24, 2019

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA

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Take A Look, Save A Life

Dr. Denise Laronde

Denise Laronde, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Biological and Medical Sciences at UBC, an Affiliated Scientist/Investigator with the BC Cancer Agency, the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and the Fraser Health Authority, and the Acting Director of the Frontier Clinical Research Centre. The goal of Dr Laronde’s research is to reduce the barriers to screening and early detection of oral cancer and precancer. As the Acting Director of the BC Oral Cancer Prevention Program, Dr Laronde’s work encompasses a variety of areas including oral cancer screening, early detection and risk assessment, and head and neck cancer survivorship. Dr Laronde oversees the Next Gen clinics; the purpose of the clinics is to follow patients with oral dysplasia over time to assess risk of progression to cancer, as well as provide follow-up for patients with high-risk disease from underserved communities. She earned her BA (Psychology) and MSc (Dental Science) from UBC, her Dip DH from VCC and her PhD (Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology) from SFU.

How Will My Patient's Oral Care Benefit?

Ms. Karen A. Ergus

Karen A. Ergus, J.D., ADR CERT, RDH, has been involved in dentistry since 1982. She started her career as a Dental Assistant, then as a Registered Dental Hygienist before diversifying her knowledge and moving into the area of practice management coaching. Karen is a Registered Dental Hygienist with more than 30 years of dental industry experience.

Technology Integration

Mr. Bert Rietel

Bert Rietel, is a Technology Integration Specialist and has been with Sinclair Dental for 9 years. He has over 17 years of experience working in the field of technology, handling client relations, sales, project management and implementations across Western Canada.

Dental Practice Transition Options

Panel Speakers: Henry Doyle, Calvin Carpenter, Howard Kutner, Michael Kutner, Pat Madaisky, Matthew O'Brien

Annual Ski Seminar at Whistler 2019

February 28 - March 2, 2019

Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, BC

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Oh the Pus! Oh the Pain! Appropriate Analgesic and Antibiotic Prescribing

Dr. Mark Donaldson

MARK DONALDSON BSP, RPH, PHARMD, FASHP, FACHE received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia and his Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Washington. He completed a residency at Vancouver General Hospital, and has practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist, clinical coordinator and director of pharmacy services at many healthcare organizations in both Canada and the United States. He is currently the Senior Executive Director, Pharmacy Advisory Solutions for Vizient, in Whitefish, Montana. Dr. Donaldson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula, Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon and Adjunct Professor, in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. He has spent the last 18 years focusing on dental pharmacology and dental therapeutics, and is a leader in the field.

Treating Older Adults in your Dental Office

Dr. Chris Wyatt

CHRIS WYATT, BSC, DMD, MSC, DIP PROS, FRCD(C) is Professor and Chair of the Division of Prosthodontics & Dental Geriatrics in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Wyatt graduated with a DMD degree from the University of British Columbia in 1986, a diploma in Prosthodontics in 1995, and an MSc in Dentistry in 1996 from the University of Toronto. He is a founding member of the ELDERS group (Elder’s Link with Dental Education, Research, and Service), and the director of the UBC Geriatric Dentistry Program. In 2010, Dr. Wyatt was appointed as head of the new Graduate Prosthodontics Program at UBC. He is past President of the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada and the British Columbia Society of Prosthodontists and has chaired the Geriatric Dentistry Committee of the British Columbia Dental Association.


UBC Annual Spring Break Symposium

March 25 - 29, 2019

An interdisciplinary program brought to you by UBC's division of Orthodontics and Continuing Dental Education
Fairmont Orchid Resort, Big Island, Hawaii

An amazing opportunity open to general dentists, specialists and the entire dental team to learn and explore on the spectacular 'Big Island' of Hawaii.

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Temporomandibular Disorders Beyond the Teeth and Occlusion

A Refresher on Oral Mucosal Disease and Facial Dermatology

Dr. Eli Whitney

ELI WHITNEY, BSc, DDS, CERT ORAL MEDICINE, CERT ORAL PATHOLOGY, FRCD(C) received his BSc and DDS degrees from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Dentistry. He practiced general dentistry for three years in Edmonton and then joined his alma mater as a full-time Teaching Fellow in Oral Diagnosis. While there the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry merged and he became involved in curriculum renewal in the combined curriculum, eventually leading him to become a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor. In 2000, he became the first resident in the then new UBC Dentistry Oral Medicine Oral Pathology specialty training residency. He completed his specialty training in 2004 and started as an Assistant Professor at UBC Dentistry immediately afterward. He was awarded Fellowship in the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology in 2005.
Dr. Whitney was promoted to the rank of Senior Instructor and tenured on July 1, 2011. He teaches in the fields of Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology. In addition to dentistry undergraduate and graduate students, he has also taught oral medicine and facial pain to medical students, Family Medicine residents, and Rheumatology Fellows. Dr. Whitney was previously the Director for the UBC Faculty of Dentistry Oral Medicine and Pathology Postgraduate Specialty Residency training program. He has published manuscripts in the Journal of Dental Education and he was the lead author of the American Competencies for beginning Oral Medicine practitioners.
Dr. Whitney was appointed to the Vancouver General Hospital Medical Staff in 2004 and since then he has been treating patients with oral mucosal disorders, facial pain, and temporomandibular disorders in the VGH Department of Dentistry. From 2011 to 2015 he was the director of the VGH Dentistry Orofacial Pain Program. He has also been providing Oral Medicine and Pathology care to patients at the VGH Mary Pack Arthritis Centre since 2011.
Dr. Whitney is a past president of both the British Columbia Society of Oral Medicine and Pathology (BCSOMP) and the Canadian Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Oral Medicine (CAOMPOM). He served three consecutive two-year terms as the UBC Representative to the British Columbia College of Dental Surgeons (CDSBC) Board of Directors. He has also served on the British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) MSP negotiations committee as the Oral Medicine Oral Pathology representative. He is an examiner in Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: An Approach to Optimize Treatment Outcomes for the Complex Orthodontic Patient

Treatment Planning to Optimize Outcomes for the Interdisciplinary Patient: An Orthodontic Perspective

Dr. Vincent O. Kokich Jr.

VINCENT O. KOKICH JR., DMD MSD received his dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1996 and completed a general practice residency at the University of Washington Medical Center in 1997. He remained at the University of Washington for his orthodontic training where he obtained his Masters in Orthodontics in 1999. Since then he has remained on faculty in the Department of Orthodontics as an Affiliate Assistant Professor while maintaining a private practice in Tacoma, Washington. He has received the Charles L. Pincus Research Award for Clinical Research from the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and his current research and publications are primarily involved with esthetic, interdisciplinary dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontists and a member of both the Angle Society and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. He has written or co-written four book chapters as well as numerous scientific and review articles. Dr. Kokich Jr. has given over 200 lectures nationally and internationally on interdisciplinary dentistry and dental esthetics emphasizing comprehensive treatment planning and the importance of properly sequencing orthodontic, periodontal, and restorative treatment.

A portion of this program is being generously sponsored by an unrestricted education grant from:



Porcelain Veneers: A step by step approach

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The focus of this hands-on program is to provide general dentists with key factors in achieving predictable esthetic outcomes with porcelain veneers. In the didactic section of this full day course, a comprehensive review of prosthodontic treatment planning as well as indications and contraindications for porcelain veneers will be provided. A systematic approach to tooth preparation, impression, temporization and cementation will be discussed. The hands-on component will be focused on reparation, impression and temporization of typodonts on the maxillary anterior teeth.

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NARIMAN AMIRI, DMD, MHI, Certificate in Prosthodontics, FRCD(C), is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in dentistry and is a board certified specialist in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa. Dr. Amiri is in full time private practice in his state of the art clinic in Vancouver, dedicated to Prosthodontics and Implant dentistry and as part time clinical professor for graduate and undergraduate clinics in the Department of Prosthodontics at UBC. Dr. Amiri is the organizer and principal mentor for two study clubs (Boundary Prosthetic and Treatment Options in Prosthodontics) and lectures extensively in meetings and societies including UBC Continuing Education.

Bone Grafting: Ridge Augmentation & Socket Preservation with Bone Grafting for Future Implant Placement

Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 2019

This 2-day course is designed to teach dentists the procedure of lateral ridge augmentation via guided bone regeneration. Bone healing patterns, grafting materials & membranes, indications & management of complications will be addressed in detail. Atraumatic Extraction and Socket Preservation with bone grafting will also be addressed in detail.Participants will learn about the role soft tissue grafting has in assisting bone grafting and improving the esthetics of implant cases. Treatment planning of participants’ cases will be discussed if such cases are brought to the mentors by the dentists. Suturing techniques will also be demonstrated.There will be one or two LIVE demo surgeries performed on patients by the course mentor(s). All dentists will perform hands-on surgeries in simulation on animal mandibles.

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TASSOS IRINAKIS, DDS, MSC, DIP. PERIO, FRCD (C) is a Certified Specialist in Periodontics and one of the current leaders in comprehensive implant patient care and implant education for dental professionals. He served as the Director of the Graduate Periodontics & Implant Surgery program at the University of British Columbia for nearly a decade. Dr. Irinakis is an Associate Clinical Professor in the faculty of dentistry and has published several articles on implants and bone grafting in peer reviewed journals. He has lectured nationally and internationally and holds two private practices in Vancouver and Courtenay, BC.

ALI SADEGHI, DMD, MD, FRCD (C) is a board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He obtained his Doctorate of Medicine degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City as part of his 6-year oral and maxillofacial residency training in the same hospital. He is currently the Department Head of Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Lions Gate hospital in North Vancouver and Assistant Clinical Professor at UBC Dentistry. Dr. Sadeghi lectures nationally
and internationally on all aspects of Implant Surgery and has private
practices in Vancouver and Port Coquitlam, BC.

Clinical Hypnosis in Dental Hygiene: Practical Rapid Induction Techniques for Registered Dental Hygienists

Saturday, April 13, 2019

This course will involve hands-on opportunities for all participants. Hypnosis theory will be interspersed with formal inductions and opportunities for each participant to experience both performing and receiving trance inductions. During the afternoon, rapid induction techniques will be demonstrated and experienced in the UBC dental clinic, along with more traditional hypnotic inductions, directed specifically toward reduction of gag reflex, adjusting comfort level with needle insertions, etc.

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This course will be lead by Dr. Lance Rucker. As required and depending on the number of registrants, Dr. Rucker may be joined by his colleagues Dr. Leora Kuttner, Dr. Davidicus Wong and Dr. Bianca Rucker.

LANCE RUCKER, DDS, FACD, is the current President of the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BC). A Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Rucker had been a member of the Faculty of Dentistry for 34 years, where he taught clinical ergonomics, operative dentistry, and clinical hypnosis in both graduate and undergraduate dentistry and dental hygiene programs. He has published articles in JADA, JDE, and the CDA Journal and has taught physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, and other health care professionals in North America, Europe, and Asia how to use hypnosis with patients of all ages.

DR. LEORA KUTTNER, PH.D. is a registered psychologist in private practice. She is a Clinical Professor at B.C. Children’s Hospital and has been teaching clinical hypnosis as part of the UBC Pediatric Graduate Dental program for seven years. In addition to a long list of articles published in scientific journals, Dr. Kuttner has published the book: “A Child in Pain: What Health Professionals Can Do to Help.” She also has written and produced several films featuring clinical hypnosis in pediatric care both in the hospital and on an outpatient basis, including the award-winning documentary film “No Fears, No Tears,” which includes actual footage of the use of clinical hypnosis for children with cancer as they undergo extensive and otherwise painful tests and treatments.

DR. DAVIDICUS WONG is a graduate of the UBC Medical School where he has an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor. He has taught rapid-induction clinical hypnotic techniques for dentists and physicians with the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis since 2014. He integrates clinical hypnosis, mindfulness, and CBT in his full service family practice with obstetrics.

DR. BIANCA RUCKER, R.N., PH.D. is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, and for the past 30 years has headed up a group of clinicians focusing on sexual and relationship issues. She has taught clinical hypnosis at the U.B.C. Faculty of Dentistry.

The Basic Rules of Occlusion: A Didactic/Clinical Program

April 12 - 13 and April 26 - 28, 2019 (5 day or 2 day program)

The Basic Rules of Occlusion outlines an evidenced-based practical approach to the understanding and implementation of occlusal therapy in everyday practice. Whether a dental generalist, dental specialist (prosthodontist, orthodontist, periodontist, endodontist, oral surgeon, orofacial pain practitioner), denturist or dental technician, The Basic Rules of Occlusion sooner or later will apply clinically as dental practitioners facilitate stomatognathic stability. An understanding of these Basic Rules will enhance all aspects of dental practitioner practice for the benefit of all the stakeholders.Participants have the option to register for the full five day program, April 13 & 14 and April 26 – 28, 2019 which includes didactic lectures, demonstrations and hands-on, live patient clinical session, or, the two day program, April 13 & 14 only which offers lectures and demonstration. Participants registered for the 5 day program will treat their own patient during the second session. By the end of the Program, basic occlusal therapy will become a routine part of the participant’s treatment genre, providing their patients an incredible service that is cost effective, efficacious, and exciting to do.

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MICHAEL J. RACICH, DMD, a graduate from University of British Columbia, has a general dental practice emphasizing comprehensive restorative dentistry, prosthodontics and TMD/ orofacial pain. Dr. Racich is a member of many professional organizations and haslectured nationally and internationally on subjects relating to patient comfort, function and appearance. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Dentists as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Racich has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry and has authored the books: The Basic Rules of Oral Rehabilitation (2010), The Basic Rules of Occlusion (2012), The Basic Rules of Facially Generated Treatment Planning (2013), and The Basic Rules of Being a Dental Patient (2016). Currently he mentors the didactic/clinical FOCUS Dental Education Continuum (study clubs, proprietary programs, coaching, 2nd opinions only).

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