Calendar of Courses


January 31 - February 4, 2022 | FAIRMONT KEA LANI RESORT

Lumps & Bumps: Mastering the Fundamentals, Dr. Samson Ng
Bridging the Urgent Care for TMD: Entry-to-Practice to Mastering Like a Pro, Dr. Samson Ng
Good Things Come in Small Packages: Practical Ways to Increase Your Satisfaction and Success in Treating Children, Dr. Phoebe Tsang
Parenting 101 and FAQs - How to Navigate the Information-Rich but Knowledge-Poor Era, Dr. Phoebe Tsang

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SAMSON NG, BSC (Pharm), MSC, FRCD(C), FRSRCSEd, Dip, ABOM, Dip. ABOMP is a Canadian and American Board certified oral medicine specialist and oral & maxillofacial pathologist. He is currently appointed as clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia, and staff at the Department of Dentistry, and research clinician at the Department of Otolaryngology of the Vancouver General Hospital. Dr. Ng also operates a private practice which provides comprehensive oral medicine and pathology consultations, with a special interest in oral mucosal and temporomandibular joint diseases

TSANG, PHOEBE, DMD,PHD is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in Pediatric Dentistry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry in BC. She has specific interests in microbiology which led to her pursuit of PhD in oral biology at UCLA. She has been appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC Faculty of Dentistry. She is a member of the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists. Besides practicing dentistry at her private practice in Abbotsford, she also teaches pediatric dentistry graduate program at BC Children’s Hospital and serves as consultant at the Forsyth Institute.


February 24 - 26, 2022 | FOUR SEASONS RESORT

Improving the In-Office Patient Experience for Older Adults with Cognitive Decline, Dr. Nicholas Tong
Sleep and Oral Appliances: Benefits & Complications, Dr. Fernanda Almeida
The Future of Personalized Treatment for Sleep Apnea, Dr. Fernanda Almeida

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NICHOLAS TONG, BHSc, DDS, MSc is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at The University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry in the Division of Prosthodontics and Dental Geriatrics. He is the Program Director for the hospital based UBC General Practice Residency. Dr. Tong graduated with BHSc degree from McMaster University in 2010, a DDS degree from the University of Toronto in 2014, a GPR certificate from the University of Alberta
Hospital in 2015, and a MSc (Craniofacial Science) degree from UBC in 2019. He has been a staff dentist with the UBC Geriatric Dentistry Program since 2015, treating frail and functionally dependent patients in Long-Term Care. Dr. Tong is a member of the Geriatric Dentistry Committee with the British Columbia Dental Association and a Fellow with the Special Care Dentistry
Association Council of Geriatric Dentistry

FERNANDA ALMEIDA, DDS, MSc, PhD is a dentist who received her
Doctorate (PhD) at The University of British Columbia, Canada (UBC). Dr. Almeida is currently an Associate Professor at UBC. She also sees patients in a private practice restricted to the treatment of sleep disordered breathing. She has been awarded the WW Wood Teaching Award for her outstanding contributions to the educational progress of the undergraduate dental students at UBC as well as 7 full time faculty award for teaching excellence. In the field of Dental sleep medicine, she was the recipient of the Pierre Robin Award from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (2011) and the Meier-Ewert Award from the German Dental Sleep Society (2012) for significant, original and sustained contributions evidenced by publications, and academic appointments and other efforts. Her current research is focused on the use of tongue retaining devices as an alternative to mandibular advancement devices, the effectiveness of CPAP and highly
focuses on the effectiveness of mandibular advancement splints and the identification of the elements of integrated care that are central to providing patient-centered medicine.



Monday, May 16, 2022 |  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific) |  LIVE WEBINAR

In the past years there has been an influx of bioactive dental materials in the market aiming to improve biocompatibility and the response of the dentin-pulp complex when pulp protection therapies are indicated. These materials have different features in composition, indications, and handling technique. Not all these materials have science to support effectiveness clinically. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the materials clinicians have available for pulp protection, their mechanism of action, and overall success rates of pulp capping therapies in adults.

ANA BEDRAN-RUSSO, DDS, MS, PHD is chair and professor at the Marquette University School of Dentistry Department of General Dental Sciences. Dr. Bedran-Russo has published over 125 peer-reviewed papers, 4 book chapters and over 170 abstracts. She received a DDS degree from the University of Sao Paulo, and a Master and PhD degrees from the University of Campinas. She completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. As a clinician-scientist she utilizes her experience as a dentist and biomaterials researcher to understand functional aspects of teeth towards the goal of developing bioinspired dental biomaterials and therapies to increase the lifespan of the natural dentition, including development of bonding systems. Her research has been supported by the NIH since 2006 as well as industry and association contracts. Dr. Bedran-Russo is actively involved in the leadership of professional associations, including chairing the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs, Councilor of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, past-president DMG group of the International Association for Dental Research, and past board member Academy of Dental Materials.

TURNING PATIENT QUESTIONS INTO OPPORTUNITIES: Effective, Evidence-Based Communication for a Covid World 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 |  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Pacific) |  LIVE WEBINAR

Communication is the art and science of making yourself heard. Patients have always had questions, but the Covid era has heightened their search for information. It is vital that the dentist and their team be able to provide not only accurate, evidence-based information but the proper perspective to digest the facts and choose a course of action. A conversation with a patient is not an intellectual exercise. It is an opportunity to deliver specific messages to an interested audience. This course will examine the science of communication and the art of understanding.

MATTHEW MESSINA, DDS graduated first in his class from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1987. After graduation, he completed a general practice residency at the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. A practicing general dentist for 30 years, he has also served as a visiting faculty member at the Pankey Institute for advanced dental education in Key Biscayne, Florida. Dr. Messina is the Clinic Director of Ohio State Upper Arlington Dentistry and is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry. He had served as the Interim Director of the Dental Oncology Clinic of the James Cancer Center at OSU since 2018.Dr. Messina is recognized nationally for his presentations on communications, as well as his lectures on leadership skills that allow dentists to provide optimal care for their patients. He is currently a consumer advisor for the American Dental Association, serving as a national spokesperson since 1995. Throughout his career, he has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America program and NBC’s Today Show. He has been interviewed on CNN and National Public Radio. He has also provided comments on dental health and related subjects for USA TODAY, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Web MD, and Prevention Magazine, to name just a few.



Wednesday June 1, 2022 |  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Pacific) |  LIVE WEBINAR

This seminar will review how to acquire a comprehensive history from the patient and methodically and systematically conduct clinical and radiographic tests in order to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. The physiology of pulpal and periradicular pathosis will be detailed, which will aid in interpreting the chief complaint of the patient and the results of the various objective clinical tests. Lastly, we will review pathologies mimicking endodontic pathosis and odontogenic infection and discuss the applications of CBCT imaging in differential and definite diagnosis and its limitations

GEORGIA NIKOLOUDAKI, DDS, MSC, FRCD(C), is a full-time assistant professor and Chair of the division of Endodontics at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. Dr. Nikoloudaki obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery and Master’s Degrees in Dentistry with a specialization in Endodontics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. She then pursued her PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry at Western University where her research focused on wound healing mechanisms in the mouth. She is a boardcertified Endodontist in Canada and Fellow of The Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and maintains part-time private practice limited to Endodontics at a dental specialty clinic in London, ON.Dr. Nikoloudaki has been heavily involved in teaching dental students at Schulich Dentistry since 2015. She strives to contribute to high-quality research in the field of dentistry and to continue building on the current didactic and clinical Endodontics for future dentists.


Friday June 3, 2022 |  8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Pacific) |  LIVE WEBINAR

The go-to material of choice for posterior Class II restorations is resin composite. Despite our best efforts, complications with the direct placement of composite happen—sensitivity, marginal overhangs, chipping, and de-bonding just to name a few. Dr. Brock combines over twenty years of clinical experience in private practice with original research by his team at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry to provide practical solutions to these far too common complications

DAVID BROCK, DMD, MS, Assistant Professor, Graduate Program in Prostondontics, University of Louisville School of Dentistry, graduated from Harvard University with his DMD and received his certification and Master’s degree in Prosthodontics from Loma Linda University. He is a member of the American College of Prosthodontics (ACP) and prior to joining the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, he had his own private practice in Monterey CA.


Thursday, June 9, 2022 |  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Pacific) |  LIVE WEBINAR

Biofilm management is a principal goal of preventive and nonsurgical periodontal therapy. As part of maintaining optimal oral health, biofilm management requires daily patient self-care in combination with routine professional care for biofilm removal. Traditional methods of subgingival biofilm management included hand and ultrasonic instrumentation, and supragingival biofilm removal focused on various polishing techniques. More recent innovations have focused on subgingival air polishing for the removal of biofilm from root surfaces with a glycine-based powder. As oral health care professionals we must also stay up to date with biofilm removal products that best meet each patient’s needs.

JENNIFER B. HARMON, RDH, MS, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Comprehensive Oral Health at the Adams School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she has taught for six years. As a triple Tar Heel, she has received her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, and Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education. She teaches both dental hygiene and dental students, and currently serves as clinic director for first-year dental hygiene students and directs several courses including dental anatomy and clinical theory. Harmon serves on the advisory board for the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice and served as the President of the North Carolina Dental Hygienists’ Association. She is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Education Association, and Sigma Phi Alpha.


Tuesday, June 14, 2022 |  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Pacific) |  LIVE WEBINAR

This course aims at presenting a review of periodontal disease progression concepts and the rationale behind some of the markers and biological fluids used in periodontal diagnostic tests. Additionally, basic principles of the biotechnological tools used to detect and quantify these markers are to be presented, along with their relative advantages, limitations, and potential pitfalls.

ERALDO L. BATISTA JR. DDS, MSC (PERIO), DSC (ORAL BIOLOGY), FRCD (C), received his D.D.S. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (PUCRS) in 1988 followed by a master’s degree in Periodontology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Soon after he started teaching Periodontics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), also working with Periodontics and Implantology in private practice. In 2000 enrolled in the DSc. Program in Oral Biology at Boston University, graduating in 2005. Back in Brazil, he taught at the Dental School also collaborating with the Medical School and the Graduate Program in Cellular & Molecular Biology at PUCRS. Moved to Canada in 2013, assuming the position of Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in 2018. Joined the Department of Clinical Dental Sciences-Division of Periodontics at Dalhousie University as Associate Professor in 2020, focusing on teaching and research. Fellow and Speaker of the International Team for Implantology (ITI), Section Canada.


Thursday, June 23, 2022 |  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific) |  LIVE WEBINAR

This course will focus on the principles and rationale of using the surgical microscope for periodontal and guided bone regeneration, supplemented by case demonstrations.

HSUN-LIANG (ALBERT) CHAN DDS, MS, Clinical Associate Professor of Dentistry Assistant Program Director, Periodontics Graduate Program, finished periodontal specialty training with a prestigious award, Sigurd P. Ramfjord Award for Excellence in Graduate Periodontics, at the University of Michigan in 2011. Since graduation, he has been teaching as a full-time clinical faculty at the University of Michigan. He teaches topics related to periodontal disease and implant therapy to predoctoral students and graduate periodontal residents in the clinics and in the classroom. He also conducts clinical research focusing on minimally invasive periodontal and implant surgeries using advanced imaging, e.g. 3D dental ultrasound, CBCT scans, and digital treatment planning. He received several other awards from the nation’s authority in periodontics, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), including Fellowship to the Institute for Teaching & Learning (2011), Abram and Sylvia Chasens Teaching and Research Fellowship (2011), Nevins Teaching and Clinical Research Fellowship, the AAP foundation (2013), Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics (2015) and AAP Sunstar Innovation Award (2018). He is also listed as a finalist of the Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship In Advanced Implant Surgery (2011). He serves as a committee member in different capacities in major periodontal and dental implant organizations, e.g. AAP, Academy of Osseointegration, Midwest Society of Periodontology and Michigan Periodontal Association, etc. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and conference abstracts/presentations related to periodontics and implant therapy. Dr. Chan is also the Director of the “Periodontal and Implant Microsurgery Academy (PiMA)” which offers three levels of courses with various time commitments and depth of training for interested individuals with all ranges of
experience with microsurgery.

Study Clubs


ON-GOING (October 2021 - June 2022) | LIVE WEBINAR

New members are always welcome! Dr. Shuler's study club started in October and meets once a month. If you would like to join the group, please email UBC CDE.

This study club will guide dental professionals to develop an approach to recognize and manage oral soft tissue changes that can be incorporated into their daily clinical practice. The group will examine case studies of oral soft and hard tissue lesions that have been seen in dental clinical settings. Each case will be reviewed with respect to the process of recognizing the tissue change and establishing the process for moving to a final diagnosis. Participants in the course will be encouraged to bring examples from their own private practices and all cases reviewed will have been initially identified in a general dental practice.

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CHARLES SHULER, , BSc, DMD, PhD, Professor, UBC was the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of British Columbia for ten years, finishing his second five-year term June 30, 2017. He is now a professor of oral pathology in the Department of Oral Biological and Medical Sciences at UBC Dentistry and teaching oral pathology/medicine. Prior to being appointed at UBC he was a faculty member at the University of Southern California for 18 years. At USC he served as the Director of the University of Southern California Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology holding an endowed chair position as the George and Mary Lou Boone Chair Professor of Craniofacial Molecular Biology. He also served as the Director of the Graduate Program in Craniofacial Biology and the Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs at the USC School of Dentistry. Dr. Shuler received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, his D.M.D. from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, his Ph.D. in Pathology from the University of Chicago and his Oral Pathology education at the University of Minnesota and the Royal Dental College Copenhagen Denmark. He has been active in assessing and managing clinical oral pathology patients with soft and hard tissue lesions. He has had an active research program funded by national granting agencies that focused on evaluating the molecular regulation of the soft and hard tissues of the secondary palate to better understand the etiology of craniofacial birth defects and pathologic changes of the tissues



September 24 & 25 and October 14 & 15, 2022

Local Anaesthesia for Dental Hygienists is a three and one half day course, designed to teach basic and current concepts of local anaesthesia, and administration of local anaesthetic agents. The course is comprised of two session with lectures, clinical instruction, and application of clinical techniques on September 24 & 25 (full days) and the written and clinical evaluations on October 14 (evening) and October 15 (full day). To participate in this course, registrants must hold a conditional license with the College of Dental Hygienists of BC.

NOTE: Dental hygienists who are authorized and certified to administer local anaesthesia (LA) in BC have the inidcation of "C" next to their license class. Successful completion of UBC's Local Anaesthesia for Dental Hygienists course meets the College of Dental Hygienists of BC criteria to obtain a "C" certification. For further details, please check the College of Dental Hygienists of BC website.

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September 24 & 25, 2022

Looking to take a local anaesthesia review program? UBC Continuing Dental Education invites registered dental hygienists who are authorized and certified to administer local anaesthesia in BC “(C)” to partake in our annual Local Anaesthesia review program. This Comprehensive Review of Local Anaesthesia program runs in tandem with UBC’s full Local Anaesthesia program. The course is a two-day course designed to teach and revisit basic and current concepts of local anaesthesia and administration of local anaesthetic agents.

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THE COMPLETE CLINICIAN: Comprehensive Treatment Planning & Surgical Placement of Implants via Computer Guided Technology

October 20 -23, 2022 & November 19 OR November 20, 2022 |

The Complete Clinician course caters to novice implant dentists eager to embark on the rewarding journey of implants; implant placers with limited experience who wish to progress to the next level, and to surgeons who would benefit from incorporating computer guided technology into their implant practice. With two unique offerings; three full days of didactic and live surgery demos or five full days of didactic, live surgery demos, patient screening and clinicial hands-on patient treatment, this course provides exceptional training to learn how to diagnose and perform implant surgery.

TASSO 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 inpeer reviewed journals. He has lectured nationally and internationally and holds private practice in Courtenay, Nanaimo and Vancouver, 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, North Vancouver and Port Coquitlam, BC.

KEVIN AMINZADEH, BSC (Pharmacy), DDS, MS, FRCD(C), Specialist in Prosthodontics is a board certified Prosthodontist. He had a long dentistry career prior to attending the University of Michigan for his Dental Specialty degree. He is a key opinion leader in the field of implant and microscope enhanced dentistry and an international speaker on Implant and Esthetic Prosthodontics. He is the founder and direct of Implant Genius, an implant treatment planning service utilizing computer guided technology. He is the owner of Key Dental Labs, servicing a niche for esthetic implant and natural tooth restorations. He serves the dental community as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, UBC. His state-of-the-art practice is situated in Vancouver, BC.


LIVE ONLINE LEARNING October 28 -30, 2022 November 25 - 27, 2022 & January 20 - 22, 2023

As in all successful organizations, the efficient management of systems, costs and revenues is critical to success. For dental professionals, understanding how to manage these factors and improve customer retention through quality of care, especially during and after the pandemic, are key to developing a sustainable, patient-centric practice. Designed and delivered live, online by Sauder professors and successful dental practitioners, and based on industry best practices and key measurements, the concepts and skills presented in this certificate program will help you work more effectively with your staff, streamline your systems and make smart decisions for the future.

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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, dental hygienist or dental assistant. 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. By the end of the program, basic occlusal therapy will become a routine part of the participant’s treatment genre, providing patients with an incredible service that is cost effective, efficacious, and exciting to do.

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 has lectured 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).

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Continuing Dental Education at The University of British Columbia reserves the right to cancel courses if deemed necessary by low enrolment, instructor cancellation or other unforeseen issues. In case of course cancellation a full refund will be issued.