Register Now for the SPDDS 2019 Midwinter Meeting!


Friday, January 18, 2019 // University of St. Thomas Anderson Student Center

We are excited to announce this year’s Plenary Presenter – Dr. Uche Odiatu. Dr. Odiatu will address the importance of patient lifestyle habits and how to best work with them.


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Friday, January 18, 2019

7:00-7:30 a.m.             Avoiding Malpractice Claims: A Team Approach to Risk Management in Dentistry (must pre-register), Ted & Nels Dyste, Dyste Williams

7:15-8:30 a.m.             Past Presidents’ Breakfast (invite only)

7:30-8:30 a.m.             Registration/Exhibit Hall Opens with Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00 a.m.           FIVE Patient Lifestyle Habits that Sabotage Healing Part 1, Uche Odiatu, DMD, CPT

10:00-10:30 a.m.         Break in Exhibit Hall

10:30 – 12:00 p.m.       FIVE Patient Lifestyle Habits that Sabotage Healing Part 2, Uche Odiatu, DMD, CPT

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.         Lunch and Awards Program (Awards Program ticket is not included in main meeting registration)



3.0 Fundamental CE from Plenary Session with Dr. Odiatu

0.5 additional Fundamental CE for those that register for the Morning Session with Dyste Williams (space is limited in this session to the first 80 registrants)

Why attend the SPDDS Midwinter Meeting?

  1. Network. SPDDS members come from all over the region to attend the Midwinter Meeting, enjoy time to connect and build relationships with attendees and vendors.
  2. Learn. Attend one (or both) of the educational sessions and hear from industry leaders to learn about the latest trends.
  3. Grow. Grow your practice by visiting the exhibit hall and connecting with the presenters and other attendees.


ADA Member Dentist / $70

Non-ADA Member Dentist / $90

Dental Office Staff or Non-Dental Guest / $45

Past President’s Breakfast (by invite only) / $15

Student / $10

Lunch / $15

Plenary Session Speaker: Uche Odiatu, DMD, CPT

Topic: FIVE Patient Lifestyle Habits that Sabotage Healing

CE: 3.0 Fundamental

Your patients don’t leave their stressful jobs, their insomnia, their marriages, their physical fitness (or lack) or their dietary patterns in the car before they sit in your chair.  There’s irrefutable scientific evidence that each of these habits has the ability to ramp up inflammation or dial it down. In this fast-paced program be prepared to have your hair blown back:

  1. Discover how eating habits have the ability to dial down or ramp inflammation and how it affects your treatment outcomes
  2. Learn why it’s important to identify the sleep deprived (not just apnea) patient in your practice
  3. Understand why your sedentary patients don’t heal as well as your active living patients. ALERT 85% of your patients lead sedentary lives.
  4. Enjoy a more inclusive new patient exam by adding to your knowledge of critical lifestyle factors

About Dr. Odiatu:

Dr. Odiatu has a DMD Doctor of Dental Medicine. He is a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NCSA) and the Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals (CanFitPro). He is the co-author of Fit for the LOVE of it (c) 2002 and the Miracle of Health (c) 2009 John Wiley (hardcover) & (c) 2015 Harper Collins & has lectured in Canada, the USA, the Caribbean, the UK and Europe.

He’s been the invited guest on over 400 TV and radio shows from ABC 20/20, Canada CTV AM, Breakfast TV to Magic Sunday Drum FM in Texas.

This high energy healthcare professional & dad of four, has done educational sessions for:

  • Professional Convention Managers Association Convening Leaders Annual
  • American Dental Association
  • American Dental Hygienist Association
  • Canadian Revenue Agency
  • Great-West Life Assurance
  • Yankee Dental Congress
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals
  • Dentistry LIVE United Kingdom

Morning Session Speakers: Ted & Nels Dyste

Topic: Avoiding Malpractice Claims: A Team Approach to Risk Management in Dentistry (must pre-register)

CE: 0.5 Fundamental

Space is limited to the first 80 registrants

Experiencing a malpractice claim will be one of the most stressful things in a dental professional will go through in their career.  While nothing you do as dental professionals can totally prevent a patient from filing a claim, suit or board action, we believe every employee plays a critical role in patient risk management.  This presentation we will walk through the anatomy of the claim process from the moment a dental incident occurs to preparing for trial and review the strategies all dental practice staff can use to help avoid, reduce and mitigate the effect of claims.

About Ted Dyste:

Ted Dyste began his career in the insurance industry in 1980, upon graduating from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He has been active in many industry organizations throughout his career and currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers Association. Ted has also served on advisory panels for national insurance companies, including Fireman’s Fund, Fortress Insurance Company, MetLife Auto & Home and Travelers. He has been recognized for individual contributions and performance, receiving Agent of the Year and other accolades from industry groups.

Ted is truly passionate about his work in the insurance industry. He enjoys the close client relationships he and his agency have formed throughout the community and relishes tackling complex situations with creative solutions through insurance. He excels at helping insurance companies understand the unique needs of individual clients.

Dyste Williams is proud of its long standing relationships with the nation’s premier insurance carriers. Travelers, whom they have represented for 80 years, named Ted Dyste Personal Lines Agent of the Year for 2012.

About Nels Dyste:

Nels made Dyste Williams a fourth generation agency when he joined the company in January 2014. Nels graduated from Saint Olaf College in 2008, where he studied Political Science and competed on the Division III Nordic Ski team.  After graduating, Nels worked with a number of non-profit organizations including the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Wilderness Inquiry and the National Sports Center for the Disabled. Most recently, Nels spent 4 years as a Program Coordinator in the Sports and Recreation Department at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute (Courage Center), where he organized and led year-round inclusive recreation programs, trained and recruited volunteers and participated in fundraising and marketing opportunities for people with disabilities to be active in their community. He brings a passion and talent for creative problem-solving and working with a variety of clients.

Nels is a graduate of the Travelers New Producer Training Program, has a Small Business Coverage Specialist designation from the Hartford School of Insurance.

Nels lives in South Minneapolis with his wife and their daughter and enjoys biking and fly fishing along the shores of Lake Superior. He is an avid skier and an amateur home-brewer.  In 2018, Nels was the Chief of Competition for the Masters World Cup in Minneapolis and routinely volunteers with many different organizations in the Twin Cities.

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