School of Dentistry

Continuing Dental Education

Providing timely and practical continuing education for dental professionals

50th Annual Dental Assistants' Seminar

50th Annual Dental Assistants’ Seminar

Friday-Saturday, August 14-15, 2015 

Are you looking for a convenient way to obtain 12 credits and meet your Minnesota core competency requirement in just two days? Would you like to attend a conference that is designed exclusively for dental assistants?

Come celebrate 50 years of helping dental assistants meet their professional development needs. This popular continuing dental education course enables you to complete your annual continuing education requirements and obtain useful information that you can apply in practice. You will enjoy learning from a diverse group of knowledgeable speakers and will benefit from receiving practical updates on: 1) informed consent, 2) panoramic radiography 3) orthodontics, 4) shade selection, 5) common oral lesions, 6) advances in dental laboratory technology, 7) myofunctional disorders, and 8) infection control guidelines and OSHA standards.


You will leave Friday’s program better prepared to:

  • recognize and address areas of risk related to informed consent within your practice.
  • identify and correct errors in panoramic radiography.
  • respond to your patients’ questions about orthodontic treatment.
  • select the most appropriate tooth shade for esthetic procedures.

You will leave Saturday’s program better prepared to:

  • describe lesions commonly seen in the oral cavity.
  • enhance communication with your dental laboratory.
  • explain the dental impact of myofunctional disorders.
  • recognize work place hazards and apply effective infection control practices in your dental office.
Who Should Attend

Dental assistants who want to fulfill their relicensure requirements and receive helpful information that can be applied immediately in practice.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures and discussion.


Mansur Ahmad, B.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Division of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Jennifer Connelly, M.S., C.C.C.-S.L.P., licensed speech-language pathologist with a post-graduate specialization in orofacial myology. Ms. Connelly maintains a private practice, Verbal Design Services Incorporated, with offices in Bloomington, Eagan and Plymouth, Minnesota.

Lisa A. James, D.D.S., Prosthodontist, Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Prosthodontics, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Dugan Flinn, Customer Experience Manager for Twin Cities Dental Laboratories. Mr. Flinn has been in the dental laboratory industry for 15 years.

Thorsten Grünheid, D.D.S., Dr. med. dent., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Orthodontics, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

David J. Satin, M.D., Assistant Professor and Risk Management Leader and Compliance Officer, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Medical School.

Adina M. Sjoselius, CDA, LDA, Dental Clinic Supervisor, Faculty Practice Limited to Orthodontics, Division of Orthodontics, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Dianne Testa, LDA, R.D.H., B.S., GC America District Sales Manager for Minnesota and North Dakota. Ms. Testa has been involved in dentistry for 30 plus years. She is a member of the Organization for Safety and Aseptic Procedure (OSAP) and has lectured on OSHA and infection control for 15 years.

Stephanie Wetzel, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.


Here’s what some of last year’s participants liked about the program:

“Topics were very interesting with a lot of great information to bring back to our office to help our patients better.” Sharon Elven, St. Paul, MN

“You get all of your credits in one weekend; love the variety of speakers.” Kristina, Ballard, Houlton, WI

“I like that it is for dental assistants only!” Amy Kramer, Fargo, ND

“Interesting topics, good speakers.”

“Speakers made it fun to learn.”

“Good information and tips.”

“All speakers were very entertaining and kept me interested. A lot of information given will be very helpful.”

“Good variety of speakers, convenient location, tasty food and snacks.”

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