School of Dentistry

Continuing Dental Education

Providing timely and practical continuing education for dental professionals

49th Annual Dental Assistants' Seminar

49th Annual Dental Assistants' Seminar

Friday-Saturday, August 8-9, 2014

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 designed exclusively for dental assistants?

This popular continuing dental education course gives you the opportunity to meet your professional development requirements and obtain useful information to take back to your practice. You will enjoy learning from a diverse group of knowledgeable speakers and will benefit from receiving practical updates on: 1) oral cancer, 2) oral surgery assisting, 3) pediatric dentistry, 4) communicating across cultures, 5) treatment for cleft lip and palate, 6) treating patients with autism spectrum disorders, 7) prosthodontic treatment planning, and 8) infectious diseases and infection control.


You will leave Friday’s program prepared to:

  • recognize current methods used to detect oral cancer.
  • prepare a patient for oral surgical procedures.
  • make a child’s first dental visit a positive experience.
  • communicate effectively with people of different cultures.

You will leave Saturday’s program prepared to:

  • identify the surgical and orthodontic timeline in treatment for cleft lip and palate.
  • describe ways to support the oral health of patients with autism spectrum disorders.
  • recognize the stages involved in finalizing a treatment plan for patients requiring prosthodontic services.
  • prevent the transmission of infectious diseases in dental practice.
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.


Cheryl K. Anderson-Cermin, D.D.S., Orthodontist on the Craniofacial/Cleft Palate Team at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Minneapolis, Minnesota; private practice, Falls Orthodontics, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

Richard J. Baylon, D.D.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Baylon maintains a four-clinic private practice limited to pediatric dentistry, with three partners. He is a member of St. Paul Children’s Hospital Staff, and also serves as a consulting pediatric dentist for 3M ESPE dental products.

Vicki Erdmann, M.S., R.D., L.D., registered dietitian, licensed in the state of Minnesota. Ms. Erdmann has taught dietetics and nutrition at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota for 36 years. Her interest in cultural sensitivity came about as a result of interactions with students of many cultures at Normandale.

Donna M. Hecker, D.D.S., M.S., private practice limited to prosthodontics in Chanhassen and Burnsville, Minnesota.

Kevin N. Nakagaki, D.D.S., full-time practitioner with HealthPartners in St. Paul, Minnesota, which includes managing patients in the hospital/ambulatory surgery setting.

Nelson L. Rhodus, D.M.D., M.P.H., Distinguished Professor and Director, Division of Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

R. Bruce Templeton, D.M.D., Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, VA Medical Center, Minneapolis; Clinical Professor, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Jody Van Ness, M.Ed., CEO of Eye Box Tools, providing a product line, professional training, coaching/consulting and resourcing to address the needs of individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorders.


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

“I love that it is for dental assistants.” (Tyler Winter, Moorhead, MN)

“Lots of useful information.” (Maggie Jacobs, Minneapolis, MN)

“This is the best CE class I ever attended.” (Jessica Barnwell, Minneapolis, MN)

“The information was clear and informative; something I can use in my office.” (Nicole Jones, St. Paul, MN)

“Educational, learned lots and kept my attention the whole time – fun!

“You can get 12 credits in two days plus the core topics are included.”

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