15th Annual Robert J. Feigal Symposium: Out-of-the-box Thinking in Pediatric Dentistry

The advancement of pediatric dentistry is our collective responsibility. Together, we encourage innovation, support up and coming pediatric professionals, and achieve high standards of ethical care—all while maintaining a happy and healthy dental team. To move the needle forward, we need to think outside of the box. Spend a day with insiders focused on new strategies in space loss and regaining, pediatric caries management, providing care to children with mental illness and special health care needs, communicating with youth and young adults regarding their sexual preference and gender identity.

Register for Upcoming Sessions

September 17, 2021


Live Session or Zoom Webinar

MacMillian Auditorium
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, Minnesota 55318

Course Number: CF2871


Learn How To

Lost in Space? Update Your Strategies in Space Loss and Space Regaining
  • Assess the impact of premature space loss
  • Analyze the benefits and pitfalls of new and tried-and-true space maintainers
  • Consider case studies featuring effective space loss and regaining strategies 
To Save or Not to Save? Molar Substitution in MIH Cases
  • Differentiate hypoplasia from hypomineralization
  • Compare treatment options for hypomineralized teeth
  • Identify appropriate cases for molar substitution
Partnering with Moms and Dads of Children with Mental Illness and Special Health Care Needs
  • Understand how the daily lives of children with mental illness and special healthcare needs impact oral health care at home
  • Develop meaningful relationships with the parents of children with mental illness and special health care needs to create effective first and ongoing appointments
  • Analyze how can modify your dental office—in slight and meaningful ways— to create a more calming environment
Creating an Affirming, Welcoming Dental Environment for LGBTQ+ Youth and Young Adults
  • Integrate correct terminology related to gender identity, sex assigned at birth, and sexual orientation into patient conversations and records
  • Communicate more effectively and appropriately with LGBTQ+ youth and young adults
  • Consider the importance of identity formation, coming out, and transitioning
  • Create an affirming LGBTQ+ patient-centered practice with staff training, forms, and environmental changes, including symbols & signage

Training Methods

Illustrated lectures, panel discussions, case studies

Credits and Fees


$315 dentist

$185 senior citizen dentist, dental therapist, dental hygienist, dental assistant

Please note that admission to the Arboretum is included in your tuition fee, if you attend the onsite session.


6 hours

Minnesota Credits

6 Fundamental Credit Hours

Includes CORE Subject Areas:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Ethics
  • Patient Communication



8:30 AM to 3:45 PM

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Tricia Brisbine, MA, is the Program Coordinator for Family Voices of Minnesota's Connected Peer Support Program for eight years. Tricia also works at the systems level with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She is passionate about improving the quality of life for families of children and youth with special health care needs across Minnesota. Tricia completed the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs Family Leadership Scholar Program in 2013. She has studied Psychology at the University of South Dakota and the graduate level at the University of Kansas and graduated in June 2011 with a Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School.

Lauren Feldman, DMD, works in private practice and as a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry, serving as the Director for the Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry. She completed her undergraduate work in psychology at Barnard College, doctoral training at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, post-doctoral training in pediatric dentistry at Boston Children’s Hospital, and is pursuing her master's in public health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is the recipient of a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) K02 grant for public health studies and research of and coordination of interprofessional education and practice at NYU. Dr. Feldman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and serves as a consultant and grants reviewer for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She has lectured for the Greater New York Dental Meeting, the Northeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She has been a Guest Host on SiriusXM Radio’s Doctor Radio: The Dental Health Show.

Clarice Law, DMD, MS, is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics in the Division of Growth and Development at the UCLA School of Dentistry. She is currently serving as the Acting Co-Chair of the Section of Orthodontics.  She completed her undergraduate degree at UC Irvine and her dental degree at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, with an additional year spent in developmental molecular biology research at the Forsyth Institute. The focus on early development led her to pursue dual-specialization in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics at UCLA's unique combined residency program while concurrently conducting research leading toward an MS in Oral Biology. Dr. Law practiced both specialties in the private setting for two years before returning to the UCLA School of Dentistry to begin a full-time academic career. Dr. Law is active in both specialty communities, serving on committees with both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. She is also proud to be a part of the team of reviewers for Practical Reviews in Pediatric Dentistry.

Mitchell (Mitch) R. Lunn, MD, MAS, FACP, FASN, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University, his Doctor of Medicine degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, and his Masters in Advanced Studies degree in Clinical Research from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He completed an internal medicine internship and residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a nephrology fellowship at UCSF. Dr. Lunn is the co-director of PRIDEnet, a participant-powered research network of sexual and gender minorities (SGM) that engages SGM communities at all stages of the biomedical research process: research question generation and prioritization, study design, recruitment, participation, data analysis, and results dissemination. He is also the co-director of The PRIDE Study, a national, online, prospective, longitudinal general health cohort study of over 13,200 SGM people. 

Already Registered

If you are joining us via Zoom:
  • If you do not have a Zoom account, please create one prior to the webinar.
  • Not familiar with Zoom? Please watch this helpful video.
  • Having difficulty during the webinar? Email jopete@umn.edu
  • Our goal is to send you a personalized Certificate of Completion within 48 hours of the completion of the program.
If you’re joining us for the Live Session:
  • Final registration will begin at 8:00 AM.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration.
  • The program will run from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM.
  • There will be 15-minute refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is included. If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Directions, Map & Parking

MacMillian Auditorium
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, Minnesota 55318

Please inform the gate attendant that you are attending a Continuing Dental Education conference. You will be directed to the nearest parking area. Admission to the Arboretum is included in your course tuition.


We suggest the following accommodations if you wish to stay close to the Arboretum:

Country Inn & Suites, Chanhassen

AmericInn Hotel & Suites, Chanhassen

Refund Policy

Directions & Parking

Additional Details

About Dr. Robert J. Feigal

Dr. Feigal was a Professor, the Director of the Graduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry and Chair of the Department of Preventive Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He received his DDS degree, a PhD in oral biology, and a certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Minnesota. After 15 years on the dental school faculty, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan, where he was awarded the Samuel D. Harris Professorship in Dentistry in 2000, and also served as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Facilities & Planning.

During his distinguished career, Dr. Feigal trained more than 120 specialists in pediatric dentistry. These graduate students were the pride of his professional life. His research interests focused on caries management, sealants, and behavior guidance techniques in pediatric dentistry. A Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, he lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia; and published more than 70 articles and book chapters.

The University of Minnesota established the annual Robert J. Feigal Symposium honoring Bob's ongoing contributions to the field of pediatric dentistry. Fortunately, he was able to attend the first two symposia before his death. Bob was not only a dynamic teacher but an ever-willing co-learner of life.

Committee & Supporters

Thank you to the Feigal Lectureship Directors Group for their leadership and incredible kindness. Members include:

Soraya Beiraghi, DDS, MS, MSD
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Adena Borodkin, DDS, MS
Golden Valley Kids
Dr. Borodkin serves as the Chair of the committee.

Richard Baylon, DDS
Baylon & Beinlich Pediatric Dentistry

Archana Mani, DDS
Metro Dentalcare Children’s Dentistry

Daniel Raether, DDS, MS
Camp Smile

Gayathri Sambasivan, DDS
Dentistry for Children and Adolescents

We appreciate the generosity of the donors to the Robert J. Feigal Lectureship Endowment for their support of the 2021 Symposium and new continuing education offerings in support of pediatric dental innovation.

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