The Virginia AGD and its components are dedicated to improving patient care through lifelong learning. That dedication is supported by the programs and events that assist AGD members to achieve their professional and educational goals.

Our calendar contains a current listing of Virginia AGD programs and events. Please be sure to check it on a regular basis as it will serve as the source for the latest information. If you have questions about a listed program or event, please contact the organizer located in the event listing. If you have general questions regarding the overall use of the calendar, please feel free to contact the Virginia AGD.

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Region 5 Meeting @ Martins Crosswinds
Mar 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for the Region 5 Meeting, featuring Drs Harvey Levy and Gigi Meinecke!

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29th Annual Colonial Conference @ Four Points by Sheraton
Nov 3 @ 8:30 am – Nov 4 @ 4:00 pm

29th Annual Colonial Conference

November 3rd –4th, 2017


$149 per course for Member Doctors, $99 for Staff


Four Points by Sheraton

9901 Midlothian Turnpike,

Richmond, VA



Friday, November 3rd, “Integrating Dental Sleep Medicine into Your Practice:
Tips for the Entire Team”

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Dr. Dan Taché

7 CE Credits, Code 160



Dr. Dan Taché is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After graduating from dental school, he completed an advanced General Dentistry Residency program at the Veterans Administration Hospital (VA)/University of Texas Dental Branch (UTDB). Dr. Taché attended an 18-month training program for the diagnosis and treatment of Myofascial Pain Dysfunction (MPD). Dr. Taché established a successful practice in Houston, Texas, where he emphasized Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD), Myofascial Pain Dysfunction (MPD) and Sleep Apnea (SA). During that time, he maintained his position as an assistant clinical professor, lecturing on TMD/MPD. In 1999, Dr. Taché and his family moved back home to Appleton and became the first board-certified dentist in Dental Sleep Medicine in the state of Wisconsin.

He is married to his wife, Kathy and has four children. Dr. Taché enjoys playing classical guitar and woodcarving.


Course Description:

Sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD) including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), have become a significant health issue in the United States. It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but nearly 80% of the population at risk for OSA have not even been diagnosed.  The prevalence in a general medical or dental practice is even higher, approaching 33%.  (Westbrook, 2008)

Oral Airway Device Therapy (OAT) is a very effective treatment yet underrepresented opportunity for all dentists who are properly trained in OAT.  Effective and profitable management of the DSM patient requires that ALL members of the Dental Team are properly educated and have an identified role.

This course will provide practical suggestions from identification of patients at risk to more effective treatment of the SRBD patient.  A very important component of the course will address the management of side-effects of OAT.


SATURDAY, November 4th, “Office Design! Plan for Success”

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Dr. Michael Unthank

7 CE Credits, Code 553



Dr. Michael Unthank is a registered professional architect, as well as a dentist, and the owner of Unthank Design Group, an award-winning planning, architecture, and interior design firm providing services exclusively to the dental professions. He has designed over two thousand dental offices throughout the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. He has written articles for and been featured in numerous dental publications and is an invited lecturer for major international dental meetings.


Course Description:

A well-planned dental office will have an immediate positive impact on virtually all facets of your practice.  It can improve your productivity while decreasing your stress and allow you to create an image or identity consistent with the patients you wish to attract.  It will communicate the quality of your services, inspire your patient’s confidence and assure their comfort.  Finish your treatment day with more money in your pocket and less stress in your life with you and your team looking forward to tomorrow.  It costs more to build it wrong than to build it right!


Focus Topics

  • How to communicate the quality of your services through your practice image.
  • To identify the team necessary to achieve your goals.
  • The components of your Design Program: How You Intend to Practice.
  • Critical design criteria for selecting your practice location.
  • How to successfully develop your Reception, Business, Finance and Consultation areas.
  • To layer your office based on privacy.
  • The rationale for successful treatment room design with ergonomic consideration.
  • Planning criteria for the clinical support areas.
  • How to ideally arrange clinical support functions in relation to treatment.
  • The significance of the Americans with Disabilities Act in dental office design.
  • How to plan for the integration of technology.
  • What does the term “office plans” really mean?
30th Annual Colonial Conference @ DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond Hotel
Nov 30 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm




Earlybird: $299 per course for Member Doctors, $99 for Staff , $419 for Non-Members


DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond Hotel

1021 Koger Center Blvd,

Richmond, VA 23235




8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Dr. Gordon J. Christensen DDS MSD PhD

7 CE Credits, Code 149


The last decade has had more changes in dentistry than ever before. There are new concepts, materials, devices, and technologies coming out constantly. How do you decide what is best for your patients, your budget, your own interests, and the long-term success of your practice? The following and other topics will be included:

  • “All-on-four” implant supported restorations
  • Cone beam radiology
  • Frequently changing cements
  • Scanning impressions
  • The various types of new crowns
  • New perio surgery techniques
  • Multisonic endodontic procedures
  • In-office milling
  • Sleep medicine
  • Botox and dermal fillers

On completing this presentation each participant should be able to:

  • Compare and discuss the currently present new concepts, materials, devices and technologies
  • Decide which of these major changes will be best for their practice
  • Incorporate the information into their practices


31st Annual Virginia AGD Dental Conference @ Richmond Marriott Short Pump
Nov 22 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm



“Functional Cosmetic Dentistry,
From Occlusion to Case Execution”


8:30 AM – 4:00 PM


Immediately followed by complimentary AGD Annual Social


Richmond Marriott Short Pump

4240 Dominion Boulevard,

Glen Allen, VA 23060



AGD Dentists: $199
AGD New* Dentists: $149
Staff: $99


John Nosti, D.M.D., F.A.G.D., F.A.C.E., F.I.C.O.I.


7 CE Credits, Code 780

Dr. John Nosti graduated from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and went on to pursue an extensive post graduate education in cosmetic dentistry, occlusion, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and full mouth rehabilitation.
He practices with an emphasis on functional cosmetic dentistry in the southern state of New Jersey, where he has consistently been named a top dentist by his peers. Dr. Nosti holds Fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Outside of his private practices, he has been a regular contributor to both Dentaltown’s online learning platform and Dentaltown magazine. He has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Economics, Dentistry Today, Inside Dentistry and ADA state component journals.

He has been named a top educator by Dentistry Today and has been a featured speaker at the American Dental Association Annual Session, Yankee Dental Meeting, Rocky Mountain Dental Meeting, Townie Meeting, Bioresearch Annual Conference, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry annual session, AGD annual session, Florida Prosthodontic Society Annual Session, MidWestern Dental Association Annual Session, AZDA Annual Session, Buffalo Annual Dental Meeting, numerous Seattle Study Club meetings and private study clubs.John shares a passion for nutrition and physical fitness with his wife Jen, and has numerous certifications in personal training and weight management through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Along with his wife Jen, he is the proud father of his daughter, Isabella, and his son, Anthony (AJ).


Course Description:

Do you want to perform more cosmetic dentistry in your office without having to market?  Are you unsure which patients are great candidates, what ceramic materials work best or what cement will be your best option? Patients today are as cosmetically motivated as they have ever been.  Join Dr. John Nosti as he discusses how to cultivate more functionally driven cosmetic dentistry out of your existing patient population.  He will discuss case selection, smile design principles, how to order your Waxup RX, preparation designs, temporization technique, cementation, materials, and all the records necessary from your first visit to delivery day, in addition to patient communication and case finishing! Attendees will leave the course with many pearls for immediate implementation. Bring the entire team along to get the whole staff on board!

*AGD New Dentists are 3 Years or Less from Graduation Date


31st Annual Virginia AGD Dental Conference @ Richmond Marriott Short Pump
Nov 23 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm


A Complimentary Course for AGD Member Dentists…


“Understanding Legal Tools: Keys to Lawsuit Prevention,

License Protection and Tax Reduction


8:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Richmond Marriott Short Pump

4240 Dominion Boulevard,

Glen Allen, VA 23060



AGD Dentists: Free, registration required

Non-Member Dentists: $30


Dr. Benjamin Dyches


4 CE Credits, Code 555

Benjamin T. Dyches is among a very small group qualified to both practice healthcare as a licensed provider and provide counsel for healthcare professionals and corporations. Read more here.

Course Description:

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Benjamin Dyches, uses his unique expertise in dentistry and law to educate dentists on ways to prevent threats from lawsuits. Dr. Dyches will explore a range of topics including techniques to protect personal and business assets from potential lawsuits, tax planning strategies and methods to structure professional licenses. Dr. Hamada Makarita will share with the attendees what he has learned through personal experience, give a glimpse from the other side, and advise what not to do.


  1. Learn the various causes of lawsuits from a direct, indirect source. These causes will not be limited to malpractice cases and will include causes from business and personal dealings with others.
  2. Study various ways to stop the motivation for lawsuits through the structuring of both personal and business assets.
  3. Explore the state laws that affect the outcome of lawsuits and how use of these state laws can work in your favor even if you do not reside in that state.
  4. Learn the difference in a revocable trust and a irrevocable trust and how this can affect both your estate planning and asset protection.
  5. Learn how the IRS views legal entities and how the use of said entities can have a dramatic effect on the amount you pay in income taxes.
  6. Learn how the negative consequences of the NPDB can be eliminated or reduced