KOL Access: The Dental Industry’s Hottest Topics,
Presented by the Most Respected Thought Leaders!
OraVital’s KOL Access Webinar Series – now with CE On Demand.
If you’re looking for invaluable dental industry insider perspectives on how to elevate your level of patient care and how to build a profitable, oral medicine-focused practice, look no further than these key opinion leaders. You won’t want to miss any of these free, thought-provoking webinars with live KOL Access Q&A. (But if you did, all past KOL webinars are now available as CE On Demand!)
Who better to kick off this oral medicine-focused webinar series than America’s leading medical advocate for bridging the oral-systemic gap?Webinar Description: Enlightened dental professionals who recognize the impact that oral disease has on systemic disease must be invited to the integrated model of medicine. They must collaborate with their fellow health professionals including physicians in order to truly elevate our society’s standard of healthcare.
Unfortunately, the efforts of dental professionals to engage with physicians on behalf of their common patients are often met with respectful inaction and resistance. How can this be changed?
This webinar will provide members with the entire dental team with a practicing physician’s insight into the medical mind set and valuable tips on how to successfully break down the walls between medicine and dentistry. The end result: The co-management of patients to prevent disease, improve existing medical conditions achieve a higher level of overall health and enjoy longer “health spans”.
Dr. Charles Whitney is a practicing family physician who understands the critical need for collaborative healthcare, and has discerned the vast cultural differences between medicine and dentistry. In order to break through into the physician world, dental professionals must speak their language, and show them the personal value of collaboration. In other words, what’s in it for the physician?
He has written and lectured extensively on this topic and is nationally recognized as one of the strongest medical advocates for bridging the oral-systemic gap. Dr. Whitney has developed an effective approach that will open the door to communication and mutual referrals that will transform your dental practice and ultimately, the health of your community. Dr. Whitney has formalized this concept and offers in-depth communications tools and training under his dental-medical collaboration platform, 3rd Era Dentistry.
“The Oral Cancer Continuum: Prevention, Detection & Oral Care for the Cancer Patient”
Debbie Zafiropoulis, RDH
“Debbie Z” is on a mission to educate the masses on the prevention, screening and early detection of oral cancer in order to reduce mortality rates.Webinar Description: During this accelerated session, Debbie will review the need for comprehensive oral screenings for all patients, and how the definition of patients “at risk” for oral cancer has changed in recent years.
Debbie will also help the entire dental team overcome the fear of discussing oral abnormalities with their patients using for proven principles and will review the benefits of integrating a variety of adjunctive technologies for screening every patient for oral abnormalities preventively vs. finding late stage oral cancer.
In the case of patients who have been diagnosed with oral cancer and undergone surgery, Debbie will share her systems of integrating oral care protocols and products that can promote healing, prevent infection and improve quality of life.
Debra Zafiropoulis, RDH is a cause-driven educator, passionate speaker and pioneer health crusader with a wealth of cutting edge information used to ignite total health and wellness and ‘what can be’ to the world.
Debra’s programs “HPV, NOT the Hanky-Panky Virus the Media Portrays it to Be”, “Oral Cancer for the Health Professional and the Community We Serve”, and “What’s In Your Pocket: Oral Biofilm as it Relates to Systemic Illness”, have garnered traction on the lecture circuit.
Debra is also a highly-regarded author and has been published in many dental industry publications. She recently founded the National Cancer Network, a non-profit with the mission of raising awareness to prevent late stage diagnosis of all cancers through multiple platforms of prevention, protection, screening and referrals.
“Teach Your Patients Well: The Patient and Oral Health Professional Partnership”
John C. Comisi, DDS, MAGD & Karen L. Comisi, CDA, RDA, FADAA
Presented by one of dentistry’s leading power couples who work side by side in their aptly named practice, “Dental Care With a Difference.”Webinar Description: Are your patients frustrated? Frustrated because they are told they are not “brushing and flossing” well enough. Is that perhaps because they are being “told” to do it rather than shown how to do it?
The concept of oral management varies from individual to individual and is dependent upon what we are taught or perceive during our lifetime. For some the process is very easy and comes naturally, while for others it is a constant struggle because picturing the end result may not be so clear.
Our job as dental professionals is to provide the needed tools and directions to our patients so that they can succeed in the removal of the biofilm that creates oral disease. Without knowledge, there will not be healing.
This webinar will discuss the various discoveries in helping patients manage their oral health, and include the “trials and tribulations” experienced over the years of care for numerous patients.
Karen L. Comisi, CDA, RDA, FADAA
Over the past 30 years, Karen has held almost every staff position in the dental office, with the exception of dentist and dental hygienist. She has been an orthodontic dental assistant, oral surgeon dental assistant, general dentist assistant, front desk and insurance coordinator and is currently the Practice Administrator and CFO for “Dental Care with a Difference®”, PC.
She is one of the first licensed, registered restorative function dental assistants in New York State and is a founding member of the Southern Tier Dental Assistants Society. Karen has been appointed to and serves on the NY State Board for Dentistry and also serves as a board member on the Dental Assistants National Board (DANB).
Karen is also a member of the American Dental Assistants Association, the American Association of Dental Office Managers, the Organization for Safety & Asepsis Procedure (OSAP), the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) and is an affiliate member of the Academy of General Dentistry.
John C. Comisi, DDS, MAGD
Dr. Comisi has been in private practice in Ithaca, NY since 1983, and is President and CEO of Dental Care with a Difference®, PC, where “Knowledge Brings Health®”. He is also a Clinical Instructor in Dentistry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. A graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, Dr. Comisi received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Fordham University.
He is a respected key opinion leader, author, speaker and consultant who contributes regularly to such journals as General Dentistry, Compendium of Continuing Dental Education, Dental Product Shopper, Mentor Magazine, Dental Products Report, Dental Economics, Dentistry Today, CE Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Health Journal and Inside Dentistry. He is an editorial advisory board member for Dental Product Shopper and Dental Products Report and is on continuing education advisory board of Dental Learning.
Dr. Comisi is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, and is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry. He is also a member of American Dental Association, the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, the National Dental Practice Based Research Network (NDPBRN) and the American and International Associations for Dental Research. He also holds fellowships in the Academy of Dentistry International, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the International College of Dentists.
“Dying From Dirty Teeth: The Need for Geriatric Oral Care”
Angie Stone, RDH, BSc
Angie is the author of the Amazon Best Seller “Dying From Dirty Teeth” and the founder of HyLife, LLC, a compassionate network of dental hygienists who provide oral care to dependent elders.Webinar Description: As our population continues to age and more and more people become dependent on nursing home care, the problem of poor oral health is growing quickly. And it turns out that teaching care providers to brush and floss their clients’ teeth is not really the best answer.
Something needs to be done to stop this epidemic and the needless suffering of our elders. This webinar addresses oral care issues facing dependent adults, with a focus on nursing home residents and their primary care givers, namely nursing assistants and nurses.
This course will get attendees energized about caring for this population. Come hear about opportunities to help this population and feel the excitement! Especially appropriate for dentists, hygienists and dental assistants.
Angie Stone, RDH, BSc has been a dental professional for 30 years. Her professional journey has been anything but ordinary. While working in dental offices she has held the positions of dental assistant, receptionist, and clinical dental hygienist. Outside the dental office she has had articles published in an array of publications, both dental and medical.
Angie has presented to dental professionals in 35 states and four countries, including Greece, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico. She has been a dental hygiene and dental assistant educator at the technical college level, hygiene consultant, and editor-in-chief for a dental hygiene publication, and a manager of training and education for two companies.
- Approved PACE Program Provider. FAGD/MAGD Credit Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018. Provider ID# 370528.