Building the right team to help kids grow and thrive

When you team up with other professionals, your pediatric patients will flourish. Assemble a team that gets the best results. Join us May 30-June 1.

Successful team of practicioners

An ADA Children’s Airway Event: Putting the Team Together

May 30 – June 1
Thursday, 1–5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

The Westin O’Hare
6100 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018

CE credits: 14

Course Description

There is no part of health care that has all the answers to provide children with their best opportunity to grow and thrive. This event will showcase the many professionals who work together to address each child’s individual needs, giving them the best chance at lifelong healthy breathing. You will return to practice with better skills to identify and draw in the team you need for each family you treat. An entire team from Chicago, headed by Dr. Kevin Boyd, will talk about the joy they get from working together. Come meet experts in each area, connect with others who share your passion and learn from the best!

Learning Objectives
  • Identify how to build a team of health professionals to fill in the gaps in care for children’s airway needs
  • Define how to put together a successful, synergistic team of dedicated professionals
  • Articulate to patients that the dental office can confidently provide resources and answers to questions regarding their children
  • Expand their network of fellow dentists with a passion for truly making a difference in their communities

Recommended for dentists and their teams.

Learn More about the Speakers

Kevin Boyd, DDS, MSc

Dr. Boyd is a board-certified pediatric dentist in Chicago. He teaches in the pediatric dentistry residency training program at Lurie Children’s Hospital and also serves as a dental consultant to the Lurie Sleep Medicine service.

Chad Capps, DDS, MS
Dr. Capps is a board-certified orthodontist. He has a Master's degree in oral biology with award winning research on the effects of expansion treatment. He has a private practice in Rockwall and Greenville, Texas with a focus on optimizing craniofacial growth for an ideal airway, function and esthetics.
Steve Carstensen, DDS

Dr Carstensen has treated sleep apnea and snoring in Bellevue, WA since 1998. He’s the Consultant to the ADA for sleep related breathing disorders and heads the ADA’s Children’s Airway Initiative. He trained at UCLA’s Mini-Residency in Dental Sleep Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He lectures internationally and directs sleep education at Airway Technologies and the Pankey Institute, in addition to advising several other sleep-related manufacturers. In 2014 he helped found Dental Sleep Practice Magazine and currently serves as Chief Dental Editor. He has written chapters for several related textbooks. In 2019, A Clinician’s Handbook for Dental Sleep Medicine, written with a co-author, was released. The second edition is soon to be published by Quintessence. The AADSM awarded him the 2023 Distinguished Service Award.

Karen Parker Davidson, DHA, MSA, M.Ed., MSN, RN

Dr. Davidson, founder of FACT Healthcare Consulting Group and creator of the DAFNE Scoring System©, is a speaker on the topic of nasal function, resistance, how nasal airflow is objectively measured and the necessary collaborative care approach between medical and dental professionals. She is a coauthor of The Power of the Tongue In the Beginning, We Were All Tongue Tie and Sleep Apnea and Pregnancy: The Female Response to Sleep Breathing Disorders.

Milton Geivelis, DDS, MS

Dr. Geivelis is a board-certified specialist, whose practice is limited to periodontics, lip and tongue tie release and dental implants.

Darius Loghmanee, MD
Dr. Loghmanee is the director of the Advocate Children’s Sleep Network at Advocate Children’s Hospital.
Loria Nahatis, DDS
Dr. Nahatis is a board-certified pediatric dentist and is co-founder of Beyond Pediatric Dentistry in Dallas, and her focus in pediatric dentistry is optimal craniofacial health, growth and development.
Boyd Simkins, DDS
Dr. Simkins serves as chapter oral health advocate for Utah's Academy of Pediatrics and public policy advocate for Utah’s Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He continues to practice in his private office in Salt Lake City and Ogden.
Jodi Walker, MA, CCC-SLP, COM, CYT
Jodi is a neurodivergent speech-language pathologist and certified orofacial myologist with 29 years of experience working with children and adults. She is a certified yoga instructor.
David Walner, MD, MBA, MS
Dr. Walner has practiced pediatric otolaryngology for over 25 years. He serves as the director of pediatric otolaryngology and the director of surgical quality for the Advocate Children’s Hospital.
Samantha Weaver, MS, CCC-SLP, AOMT-C
Samantha is a therapist and the director of the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT), whose curriculum leads the area of myofunctional therapy.

Course Pricing

Member Dentist $1,395
Non-Member Dentist $1,795
Staff/Team Price $995
Student $495

CERP Statement
This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP).