23rd Annual Ski & Learn: Aspen Snowmass

Ski and Learn

Thursday-Saturday, February 8-10, 2018

Develop new practice skills and update your professional network while soaking in the glorious winter sunshine at Aspen Snowmass! This laid-back, ski-in/ski-out destination offers winter sport enthusiasts the chance to enjoy world-class, picture perfect snow conditions daily.

Two dynamic faculty will present their perspectives and share insights on pediatrics and sedation, and clinical strategies to address TMD and pain.

Learn How To

  • Analyze pediatric cases
  • Differentiate between the common “abnormal” issues we see
  • Investigate restorative treatment in the pediatric patient
  • Review benefits of space maintainers
  • Analyze and compare behavior management techniques for pediatric patients
  • Compare obese and underweight children
  • Review current issues in ADD, ADHD and undiagnosed sleep apnea  
  • Analyze trauma in primary teeth and young permanent teeth
  • Describe habits in children
  • Define orofacial pain
  • Develop clinical evaluation of TMD patients
  • Investigate the diagnosis and epidemiology of TMD
  • Discuss and apply treatment options for TMD

Training Methods

Presentation, discussion

Meet Our Experts

Claudia Isabel Contreras, DDS, completed her dental education at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City in 1998. In 2004, she earned her pediatric dentistry certificate from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences campus. Following her pediatric training she completed a one-year fellowship in pediatric dentistry focused on pediatric sedation at The Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado. In August 2005, she joined University of Texas Health, San Antonio as a clinical assistant professor, where she conducts research. Dr. Contreras serves as the pediatric dental director at CommuniCare Frank Bryant Health Center in San Antonio.

Donald Nixdorf, DDS, MS, Associate Professor and Director, Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Nixdorf’s clinical and teaching interests include diagnosis and management of chronic TMD pain, headaches and neuropathic pain. His research is focused on the topic of persistent non-odontogenic “tooth” pain, looking at issues related to classification, diagnosis, epidemiology, exploration of mechanisms, and treatment options.

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and the UT Health Science Dental School, San Antonio.

Resort reservations

Reserve Now! This program is scheduled during peak tourist season. Accommodations may be made directly with the Westin Snowmass Resort. The room reservation cut-off date is January 8, 2018; reservation requests after January 8, 2018, will be accepted on a space- and rate-available basis. Room options and prices vary.

In order to receive the group rate, reference the University of Texas/University of Minnesota Ski & Learn program when making your reservation.

The Westin offers an opportunity for you to extend your stay at the discounted group rate during the February 3-14, 2018, room block. Contact The Westin Snowmass Resort by calling 970.923.8200 or make your reservations online.


$655 dentist or dental team member

$595 second and each additional dental team member


12 hours 

Minnesota Credits

7 fundamental   
4 core (Diagnosis & Treatment Planning)
1 core (Patient Communication)


7:30 to 9:45 AM & 4:30 to 6:45 PM
(Thursday & Friday)

7:30 to 11:45 AM


Westin Snowmass Resort
Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

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