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Nation's capital to welcome new dentists

Annual conference set for June

January 16, 2012

By Karen Fox, ADA News staff

Washington—For new dentists seeking clinical, practice management and professional issue courses tailored specifically to their needs all in one place, there is nothing like the ADA New Dentist Conference.

The ADA 26th New Dentist Conference: A Monumental Experience takes place at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., June 22-24. Registration is open at


The conference offers up to 13 hours of continuing education, networking, social events and leadership programming. The CE includes top-notch speakers offering courses of interest specifically to new dentists—those less than 10 years out of dental school—and students in the transitional periods between school, associateships and building their own practices, all while learning the ropes of practice ownership. All programming is selected by the ADA New Dentist Committee.

"We monitor trends in dentistry and use feedback from previous attendees to pick the most up-to-date courses on the needs of new dentists when choosing educational speakers," said Dr. Danielle Ruskin, New Dentist Committee chair.

This year's clinical and practice management courses include:

  • Dr. Samuel Low: Emerging Technologies and the Perio Patient;
  • Teri Yanovitch: Unleashing Excellence Through the Patient Experience;
  • Dr. Donald Lewis: Employee Embezzlement and Fraud—Detection, Protection and Prosecution;
  • Dr. David Hornbrook: Hot Topics in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry;
  • Dr. Roger Levin: Set Your Practice on Fire—New Strategies for Increasing Production and Creating a Superior Practice.

Some fresh faces exploring new topics are on the docket, too. In 2011, the New Dentist Committee launched a search for up and coming professional lecturers.

"We wanted to give emerging speakers an opportunity to present on a national level, and the New Dentist Conference is the perfect venue for that," said Dr. Ruskin. "Some of the speakers are new dentists, and this is a platform for them to share their expertise."

Emerging speakers selected for 2012 include:

  • Dr. Tanya Brown: Connecting the Dots—Create Powerful Patient Experiences;
  • Dr. Gautam Govitrikar: Risk Management for the New Dentist;
  • Dr. Ann Bynum: The Perfect Storm—Ride the Waves or Surrender to the Undertow;
  • Dr. Robert Delie: The Single Tooth Implant—Start to Finish.

The conference continues to be a singular event when it comes to sharing ideas on encouraging involvement in organized dentistry and what ADA membership has to offer new dentists through events like the Hot Topics Session with ADA Leaders and New Dentist Network Idea Exchange.

Leadership programming has expanded as well. This is one way the NDC seeks to build future leaders for dentistry or those who wish to become leaders in their communities. Programs and speakers supporting young leaders this year include keynote speaker Bill Graham presenting Challenge Yourself as a Leader in the Office and Community, and programs on grassroots training, great first impressions, parliamentary procedure and more.

With the conference scheduled for June, Dr. Ruskin urges dental students to attend.

"This is a wonderful way for new dentists and students to enjoy some camaraderie and discover how you can be a better dentist, a stronger leader and more effective communicator," she said. "Washington, D.C., will give us a great opportunity to learn more about the ADA's legislative advocacy, and you will make friends and network with people who will support you throughout your career."

Register at The early bird registration deadline is April 27. Register now for a chance to win registration for the conference; lodging at the Capital Hilton; registration for Annual Session; or lodging at the Hilton San Francisco.

If you have questions, call Ext. 2779 or email

The conference is provided by the ADA New Dentist Committee with the support of ADA Insurance Plans from Great-West Life; American Dental Political Action Committee; Wells Fargo Practice Finance; AXA Equitable, Quintessence Publishing Co.; Yodle Dental Marketing; Maryland State Dental Association and ADA Business Resources.