The SPDDS Midwinter Meeting was on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus. 


2017 Presenters and Seminars


Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, DPT, MS, CEAS is author of the book, “Practice Dentistry Pain-Free” and clinical instructor of ergonomics at OHSU School of Dentistry in Portland, Oregon, USA.  Recognized internationally as an expert in dental ergonomics, she has helped thousands of dental professionals prevent pain and extend their careers with her current, evidence-based dental ergonomic education. Dr. Valachi has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed dental journals and offers dental ergonomic educational materials on her website at

Dr. Valachi will present:

Practice Dentistry Pain-Free: Evidence-based Strategies for a Long & Healthy Career  1.5 Elective CE’s

Fitness 101 for Dental Professionals: What Does the Research Say? 1.5 Elective CE’s



Dr. Bryan Laskin graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and formed Lake Minnetonka Dental in Wayzata, Minnesota. The practice has a keen focus on efficient, esthetic long-term restorative dentistry. Dr. Laskin is the founder of Prehensile Software, developer of OperaDDS, which allows dentists to communicate simply and securely with staff, patients and colleagues. Dr. Laskin is a basic, advanced and in-office Patterson-certified CEREC trainer. Additionally, Dr. Laskin serves as a consultant for a variety of dental manufacturers and dental laboratories in product innovation. Dedicating hundreds of hours annually to continuing education as both a student and educator, Dr. Laskin pursues the most advanced dental techniques and materials

Dr. Laskin will present:

HIPAA, HITECH, ePHI: OMG, What a PIA  1.5 Fundamental CE’s

My Staff are Trying to Kill Me (And I Couldn’t Be Happier!)  1.5 Core-Patient Communication CE’s


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

Dr. Nadeau will present:

Minnesota Record Keeping Essentials 1.5 Core-Record Keeping CE’s

Opioid Prescribing Protocols  1.5 Core-Diagnosis and Treatment Planning CE’s



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 – CE Session I

10:00-10:30 a.m. – Break/Exhibit Hall Open

10:30-12:00 p.m. – CE Session II

12:00-12:30 p.m. – Social with cash bar

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Lunch/Program

Seminars will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a lunch program at 12:30 p.m.


Dentist with Lunch $75
Staff with Lunch $50
Past President Breakfast
(invite only)


$10 discount for excluding lunch



Pay parking is available in the Anderson Parking Ramp located on the corner of Cretin Ave and Grand Ave. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided between the ramp and the Anderson Student Center.