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115th Annual Alumni Meeting: Schedule of Courses and Activities

Friday, March 7

Birte Melsen, DDS
Can Aesthetics and Biomechanics Be Combined?
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
1 1/2 hour lunch break: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm       
6 units
In its 28th year, the Annual Frederick T. West Lectureship is open to orthodontists and general practitioners. Non-member colleagues wishing to take this particular course may join our Association as Associate Members by contacting us. Orthodontics is a mixture between art and science. The treatment goal can be considered art while the goal is science. Lately, outsourcing has been in the focus of orthodontics. Where are we going? What is the future of the orthodontic specialty?

Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Life is the Best Medicine
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Repeated: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm      
3 units
Today chronic illness afflicts more than 50% of Americans, despite pharmaceutical medications and medical technology.  Much of this illness has more to do with our lifestyles than anything else. Learn how the road to vitality and health is within our own power.

Peter L. Jacobsen, PhD, DDS
Carly Hill, RD
Do You (Insert Name Here) Take this Food or Drug,
in Sickness and in Health?
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Repeated: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm     
3 units
We live until the day we die. How can we best postpone that date? This presentation will focus on foods, concepts and compounds that support health, including some of the newer cutting-edge longevity drugs and lifestyles.

Robert G. Miller, MD
Nourishing Your Aging Brain and Preventing
Stroke and Alzheimer's Disease
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3 units
There is an emerging body of evidence about optimizing brain function, improving memory and enhancing brain health. New data about preventing stroke and heart attacks will be reviewed, as well as new evidence about staving off Alzheimer's disease. A question and answer period will be part of the scheduled three-hour lecture; bring questions concerning your patients, family or friends for discussion.

Bernadette Alvear Fa, DDS
Marc J. Geissberger, DDS, MA
Wellness — Better Health, Better Care: Promoting Physical Health
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Repeated: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm       
3 units
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence. Establishing a wellness program for yourself and your practice can have lasting, profound results. Particular emphasis will be placed on a step-by-step approach to set, modify, monitor and achieve reasonable changes to one's current level of overall wellness and physical activity.

Michael Carroll, Practice Broker
Linda Frank, Planned Giving Officer
Gary Mitchell, Insurance Agent
Mark Phillips, Financial Planner
Michael Shih, Business Banker
Steven Tiret, Accountant
Daryl Weinroth, Attorney at Law
Talk to the Experts: Starting, Growing or Selling Your Practice
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
(12:00 pm - 1:30 pm break for lunch)
The 2014 panel of experts, including Pacific Dugoni Foundation members and other professional friends of Pacific, will be available to answer your questions regarding the financing and/or tax consequences of purchasing a practice, how much insurance you need, how to secure a loan, the pros and cons of purchasing vs. starting your own practice, and estate planning and legal issues you need to know about. Participants will be able to speak one-on-one with the experts in areas separated for privacy.

Saturday, March 8

Robert L. Frazer, Jr. DDS
Exploring the Science of Emotional Intelligence — Its Dramatic Affect on Wellness and Practice Success
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Repeated 11:00 am - 1:00 pm      
2 units
Research from Harvard University shows 75% of exceptional leaders' success is the result of Emotional Intelligence, while only 25% comes from the necessary technical competency. As dentists, we are called upon to solve problems often overlaid with our patients' emotions and, with difficult people, our emotions. In this entertaining and content-rich presentation, you will learn how to elevate your EI to access a new level of wellness and fulfillment.

Noelle M. Santucci, DDS, MA
The Role of Omega-3 in Oral and Systemic Health
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Repeated 11:00 am - 1:00 pm      
2 units
Consuming Omega-3 fatty acids gives us a plethora of health benefits, including improvements in periodontal health  and an important role in the anti-inflammatory cascade. This lecture will answer many questions such as: What exactly is polyunsaturated fatty acid and what are its benefits in oral and systemic health?

Eve Cuny, MS
Dental Board of California Infection Control Requirements
9:00 am - 11:00 am  
2 units
This course meets the requirement for 2 units of CE in infection control for all licensed dental professionals in California. The program focuses on practical ways for the dental team to meet the minimum standards for infection control.

Bruce N. Peltier, PhD, MBA
The Dental Practice Act and Essentials of California Law
11:00 am - 1:00 pm      
2 units
This course is a review of the California Dental Practice Act, along with a general review of basic legal and ethical expectations of practicing dentists, hygienists, and assistants.  As required by law, this course meets the board's renewal requirement for a two unit course in dental law. 

Maximum C.E. units available during this meeting through the Alumni Association: 12

University of the Pacific, Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP recognized provider. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dugoni School of Dentistry designates these activities for a specified number of continuing education credits. One unit of credit is awarded for each hour of instruction.