What’s New in 2019? Game Changers & Profit Drivers

Trade Secrets 2018: Mastering New Challenges in Dentistry

Friday, January 25, 2019 

Every year new technology, products, and communications systems emerge in the dental world that improve the way we care for patients and enhance practice profitability. While some innovations produce moderate change, others challenge us to think BIGGER—bigger profits, smarter practice, better dentistry.

It’s time to take your definition of the year-over-year success and raise the bar. Five dynamic speakers will kick off the new year with insights that are designed to save you angst, time, and money.

Dental innovator, entrepreneur and practicing dentist, Dr. Bryan Laskin will keynote the morning with a showcase of product advancements and bigger, bolder ideas in communications systems. As an international presenter, Dr. Laskin has helped dental professionals rethink their workflow, change the way they engage patients and integrate technology effectively into practice. Following the morning keynote, four idea makers in dentistry will provide practical updates and 2019 essentials in dentistry. 

Learn How To

  • Identify the hottest clinical and dental front office trends in 2019
  • Assess your readiness for technological change and support your team’s ongoing question for technological growth
  • Determine ROI in the use of new processes, technology, tools and workflow
  • Test drive technologies before significant investments
  • Consider the current medicolegal aspects of imaging
  • Assess 2019 opioid prescribing guidelines and pain management recommendations
  • Create a stronger business plan, thinking through the mathematics of implants
  • Rethink your daily schedule and workflow, ensuring implants are in the right time slots for smarter planning and better profits
  • Evaluate the advantages and drawbacks of “faster” orthodontics
  • Provide orthodontics options that fit patients’ budgets, while ensuring practice profitability

Training Methods

Illustrated lectures, case studies and discussion

Meet our Experts 

Laurence Gaalaas, DDS, MS, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Gaalaas received his dental degree from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and completed specialty training and a Master of Science degree in oral and maxillofacial radiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. As a researcher and inventor, his experience includes advanced graphical analysis of images derived from dental imaging modalities, caries detection and diagnosis, contrast performance evaluation of clinical x-ray imaging systems and development of novel imaging techniques specific to dentistry such as low dose 3D intraoral radiography and dental MRI.

Bryan Laskin, DDS, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He leads a care team at Lake Minnetonka Dental. Dr. Laskin is the founder of Operability, a cloud-based communications company focused on the healthcare industry. He is also the Co-Founder of Talentship—a firm focusing on human capital, skills inventories, team management and company evolution. Dr. Laskin is an active member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, Minneapolis District Dental Society and several continuing education organizations. He is the host of The Operatory Podcast with Bryan Laskin.

Richard D. Nadeau, DDS, MPH, Director, Division of Comprehensive Care; Clinical Professor, Department of Primary Dental Care; Director, Clinical Treatment Planning, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Nadeau also served as the Director of the Emergency Clinic at the School of Dentistry from 1994 to 2001. He was in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota until joining the School of Dentistry faculty in 1993.  

Donna Stenberg, DDS, attended the University of Minnesota Dental School where she completed her dental degree. She is a highly educated orthodontist with both a certificate in orthodontics and a master’s degree. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, an elected Fellow of the American College of Dentists and an active consultant with St. Paul Children’s Hospital cleft palate team. Dr. Stenberg provides care at Minnesota Orthodontics. She is an avid learner and teacher, and has collaborated with the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure. 

Melissa Zettler, DDS, graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental School and completed her residency at the Minneapolis Veteran’s Affairs Health Care System. She practices at Cherrywood Dental Care in Savage, Minnesota. Dr. Zettler is an avid learner and widely sought-after presenter. She has fellowships with the Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Dentists, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.


  • 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.

Course details

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one week (five working days) before the program. If you cancel less than one week prior to the program, a $50 processing fee will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Continuing Education & Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108-6092 

The Continuing Education & Conference Center is located on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, just east of the intersection of Gortner and Buford.

Get direction to the Continuing Education & Conference Center


Reserved parking has been secured in Lot 104 (overflow parking in Lot 108), adjacent to the Continuing Education and Conference Center, between the hours of 7 AM and 10 AM. As you pull up to the gate, let the attendant know the name of the continuing dental education program you are attending. Attendees who arrive after 10 AM will have to pay for parking ($6) upon entering the lot. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Please note that if you park anywhere besides Lot 104 or Lot 108, you will be responsible for the parking fees.


List of hotels near campus.


$315 dentist

$185 senior citizen dentist, dental therapist, dental hygienist, dental assistant, office team member

$165 second and each additional dental therapist, hygienist, assistant or office team member


6 hours

Minnesota Credits
3 fundamental
.75 core (Management of Medical Emergencies)
2.25 core (Diagnosis & Treatment Planning)


8:30 AM to 3:45 PM


Continuing Education & Conference Center
Room 135
St. Paul Campus

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