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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MasterTrack Weekend, October 2-4, 2015
Oct 2 @ 8:00 am – Oct 4 @ 5:00 pm


October 2nd – October 3rd 2015

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day

Drs. Wooddell and Passaro

16 Participation Credits, Code 670 (Removeable Prostho)

NOTE: Course credits are doubled after case presentations are made following session

“Removable Prosthodontics:  A dying art… or is it?”

oct 2-4

Biography:  James B. Wooddell, D.D.S. & Joseph C. Passaro, D.D.S.

James B. Wooddell, D.D.S. and Joseph C. Passaro, D.D.S. graduated from the University of Maryland Dental School, Class of 1981.  They have practiced together for over thirty years and maintain a practice of Comprehensive Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry in Davidsonville, Maryland.

Drs. Wooddell and Passaro have assimilated their extensive knowledge and experience into a singular program proven to effectively diagnose, develop an appropriate treatment plan and implement the optimum solution for any restorative or esthetic case.  This framework for decision making that provides and easily understood communication tool for the patient and the entire interdisciplinary team is call the “Systematic Treatment Evaluation Protocol” or STEP™.

In 2010, Drs. Wooddell and Passaro launched the Chesapeake Dental Education Center (CDEC), an institute for developing and enhancing restorative and esthetic dentistry skills for general practitioners and specialists.  The doctors are also frequently invited to teach courses sponsored by dental organizations, labs and product manufacturers/distributors.

Course Description:

The development and advancement of implant technology and computer-based diagnostic and treatment tools provide an increasingly wide array of treatment options for our edentulous patients. There seems to be less and less emphasis on removable prosthodontics; however, the dental implant fixtures and their placement have no value in helping the practitioner determine definitive tooth position for function and maximum esthetics.  The understanding of the principles of removable prosthodontics gives the practitioner the skills to achieve accurate fit, predictable esthetics and functional longevity for implant-supported, implant-assisted or tissue borne dental prostheses.  The presenters will detail their technique for fabricating complete dentures and discuss how “reverse engineering” situations where dental implant are anticipated gives the most predictable outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • A technique for making preliminary impressions
  • Determining tooth size for dentures
  • Making a facebow transfer and understanding the importance of using it
  • Positioning of the maxillary anterior teeth for maximum esthetics and function
  • Positioning of the mandibular anterior teeth
  • How to determine the vertical dimension of occlusion
  • The photographs necessary for evaluating a denture patient
  • Evaluating phonetics
  • How to acquire an accurate bite record
  • Making a functional impression
  • How to fabricate a duplicate denture
  • How precision processing reduces problems with denture fit
  • 3 keys to prosthetic success with implant prosthetics
  • A systematic treatment evaluation protocol
  • The esthetic parameters used to evaluate dental esthetics
  • The photographs used for a brief consultation or second opinion.
  • How to develop a two-dimensional esthetic plan applying esthetic parameters to photographs using PowerPoint.
  • Communication skills to help increase patient acceptance for treatment.
  • The prosthetic work-up necessary to fabricate a predictably accurate full-arch computer generated surgical guide.
  • How to establish and interpret a customized three-dimensional grid for a specific dental arch
  • The restorative work-up necessary to execute full-arch, non-guided immediate-load cases
  • Basic virtual implant placement on interactive software
  • Lab fabrication of provisional prostheses for immediate-load, full-arch cases; both guided and non-guided protocols

October 4th, 2015

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Francisco Carlos, DMD, MSD

8 Participation Credits, Code 490, PERIODONTICS

NOTE: Course credits are doubled and become PARTICIPATION after case presentations are made the following session

“Contemporary Soft Tissue Grafting for the General Dentist”



Dr. Carlos earned his dental degree from the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine in 2007 and completed his periodontal and implant training at Virginia Commonwealth University at Richmond in 2010.  He served in the United States Air Force from 2010-2013, separating from the service in 2013.  He then joined a private practice in Falls Church that specializes in Dental Implants, Minimally Invasive Periodontics, and Laser Periodontal Therapy.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry.

Course Description:

Are you interested in offering soft tissue grafts as a service to your patients or to learn how proper soft tissue management can enhance your restorative treatment?  In this workshop, participants will experience an in-depth look at the concepts and practical applications for several different methods of minimally invasive soft tissue surgery, including the Free Gingival Graft & Connective Tissue Grafts. This full day course offers the opportunity to practice several procedures on fresh pig jaws.  The course includes hands-on exercises and many case illustrations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning of cases where soft tissue augmentation is necessary.
  • Biological and clinical aspects of advanced soft tissue surgical techniques including the key elements for esthetic success.
  • To perform minimally invasive soft tissue grafting procedures using autografts and allografts.
  • Step-by-step flap design, flap management, harvesting, and suturing methods.
  • Step-by-step use of specialized instruments.
  • To identify and manage complications and compromised attempts.


MasterTrack Spring 2016 – APRIL 8TH-9TH @ Protech Dental Studio
Apr 8 @ 8:30 am – Apr 9 @ 5:00 pm

Room Block/Shuttle reserved at the Sheraton Reston:(703) 620-9000

April 8th – 9th 2016
8:30 Am to 5:00 PM
John Nosti, DMD
Operative Dentistry, Code 250
16 Participation Credits

NOTE: Course credits are doubled after case presentations are made following session



April 8th, “Mastering Posterior Dentistry”


Course Description:


Many of today’s Continuing Education seminars discuss treatment planning and execution of complex, multidisciplinary cases involving multi-unit treatment plans ranging in the thousands to tens of thousands of dollars price range.  This courses isn’t that!!  Learn how to become more predictable, more profitable, and more successful in posterior indirect restorations!


Highly skilled professionals, like musicians and athletes, spend the majority of their life practicing.  While dentists are most certainly highly skilled professionals, most of what we call “practice” is actually performance.  When was the last time you picked up a Typodont and a handpiece and practiced?  Practice doesn’t just improve efficiency, it also improves effectiveness.  The preps you learned in dental school may not be letting you get the best from today’s materials.  This hands-on workshop will give you the opportunity to see and do several preparations on bi-layered teeth that realistically mimic natural teeth.  Posterior preps will be discussed and then completed by every participant.  Additional hands-on exercises in cementation and temporary matrices fabrication will be performed.


This course is designed to increase your proficiency in both partial and full coverage indirect restorations.  Likewise, topics on insurance coverage, and changing the patient appointment from “just a filling” to an indirect restoration will be covered in detail!   Produce more Monday morning!

Educational Objectives:

  • Posterior partial coverage preparations for all porcelain
  • Posterior full coverage preparations
  • Reduction matrices for precise preps
  • Preparing teeth for CAD/CAM dentistry
  • Treatment planning
  • Case acceptance/Discussion prior to and during existing visits
  • Handling insurance
  • Materials review
  • Cementation protocols for multiple restorative options


April 9th, “Staging Comprehensive Treatment”


Course Description:


Due to today’s economy many patients are requesting to complete comprehensive, cosmetic rehabilitations in stages over a period of time. Are you turning patients away because you are unable to sequence predictable full mouth rehabilitation, requiring a vertical dimension increase, in stages according to the patients’ required financial and time goals?

Join Dr. Nosti as he reviews the goals for “Staging Comprehensive Treatment”. He will discuss sequence, materials to use depending on length of treatment, as well as how to determine the fees for treatment using two fee models. Dr. Nosti will then demonstrate staging treatment examples utilizing several different full mouth rehabilitation cases completed in his office.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:


  • Understand the goals necessary to achieve when staging comprehensive treatment.
  • Formulate patient treatment cost based upon two different fee models.
  • Choose the optimum staging material based upon patient financial and time constraints.
  • Understand a predictable staging process for long term case success.
  • Understand a simplified process to complete a 10-20 unit direct composite rehabilitation.
  • Understand the importance of satisfying aesthetic and occlusal plane corrections for long term staging success.
  • Understand how to record a centric relation registration at a desired increased vertical dimension.
  • Understand sequencing from mock up, preparation and provisionalization of a 20 unit full mouth rehabilitation.


Biography:  John Nosti, DMD

Dr. John Nosti practices full-time in Mays Landing and Somers Point, NJ, as well as Manhattan, NY with an emphasis on functional cosmetics, full mouth rehabilitations, and TMJ Dysfunction. Dr. Nosti’s down to earth approach and ability to demystify occlusion and all ceramic dentistry has earned him distinction among his peers. He is the Clinical Director of the Clinical Mastery Series and has authored or co-authored the Ultimate Occlusion Series, Treatment Planning Seminar, and Over The Shoulder Full Mouth Rehabilitation program. He has lectured nationally on occlusion, rehabilitations, and technology. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. Dr. Nosti also holds fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and he completed a General Practice Residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA.

Course sponsored generously by


MasterTrack Spring 2016 – APRIL 10TH @ Protech Dental Studio
Apr 10 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Room Block/Shuttle reserved at the Sheraton Reston:(703) 620-9000

April 10th, 2016
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Reza Farshey, DMD
Endo, Code 480, Oral Med Code 730
4 Participation Credits/Course

NOTE: Course credits are doubled after case presentations are made the following session


April 10th; “Efficient and Effective Endodontics; Enhance Your Practice and Skills Through Endodontics”


Course Description:

This comprehensive hands-on course will take you through all the aspects needed to take your practice to the next level by utilizing the latest and most efficient endodontic techniques. In just one day, you will gain practical skills that can be immediately incorporated into your day to day work flow. With these fresh techniques, you will build confidence in your endodontic outcomes and trust that they will be consistently successful.

Educational Objectives:

  • Learn key indicators for endodontic diagnosis and case selection
  • Gain a greater appreciation for access and canal preparation
  • Work with the latest tools for efficient endodontic shaping
  • Explore the available options for effective irrigation
  • Experience state of the art methods for delivering warm, flowable gutta-percha


Biography:  Reza Farshey, DMD

Dr. Reza Farshey received his Bachelors degree in Physics in 1994 from McGill University. He then moved to Boston to study dentistry, and received his dental degree from Tufts University in 1998. After completing a one-year general practice residency at Berkshire Medical Center, he went on to maintain a successful restorative practice for the next seven years.

He completed his endodontic specialty training at Boston University in 2007, and has been practicing in the Washington metropolitan area since. Dr Farshey has a strong interest in endodontic education.  He actively lectures for numerous local and regional study clubs, as well as for Tulsa Dental Specialties.  Most recently, Dr. Farshey co-authored an article for the European journal Premium Practice Dentistry, entitled “Endodontic Diagnosis: The Third Dimension”.

Course sponsored generously by


MasterTrack Fall 2016 @ Protech Dental Studio
Sep 30 @ 8:00 am – Oct 2 @ 5:00 pm

MasterTrack Fall 2016 – $1395


September 30th, 2016

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Dr. Garrett Gouldin, DDS, MS, PC
8 Participation Credits, Code 490
NOTE: Course credits are doubled after case presentations are made following session

“Live Patient Experience: Immediate Dental Implant”



Dr. A. Garrett Gouldin has been practicing periodontics in Falls Church, VA, for over 20 years.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University which he earned in 1988.  He obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond in 1992, and subsequently completed his periodontal certification and Masters degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1995 with the highest honors.  In November 2000, Dr. Gouldin became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.  The doctor lectures regularly on topics that relate to periodontics and implant dentistry – he has lectured locally, nationally and internationally.

Course Description:

Dr. Gouldin’s presentation will include both a lecture portion and live surgery focusing on all aspects of immediate dental implant placement in the maxillary anterior and immediate nonocclusally loaded provisionalization. A workflow utilizing the 3Shape Trios Digital Impression System for quick and accurate fabrication of screw retained provisionals will be demonstrated.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review of the techniques, current literature and success data of immediate implant placement with INOL provisionalization.
  • Understand the guidelines for immediate placement/provisionalization, and review alternative treatment paths for instances when immediate placement in the maxillary anterior is contraindicated.

October 1st – October 2nd 2016

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Per Day
David Hornbrook, DDS, FAACD, FACE and John Munro, DDS
8 Lecture Credits, 8 Participation Credits, Code 780 Esthetics
NOTE: Course credits are doubled and become PARTICIPATION after case presentations are made the following session


John Munro, DDS
John Munro, DDS
David Hornbrook, DDS, FAACD, FACE
David Hornbrook, DDS, FAACD, FACE


David Hornbrook, DDS, FAACD, a gifted clinician and product researcher turned mentor, guides meeting participants to the realization that they, too, possess the ability to practice aesthetic dentistry at the very highest level. He is one of dentistry’s most famous faces and one of the pioneers of live-patient, hands-on clinical education, as the founder and past director of Pac-live and the Hornbrook Group. He has been a guest faculty member of the post-graduate programs in Cosmetic Dentistry at Baylor, Tufts, SUNY at Buffalo, UMKC, and the UCLA Center of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Hornbrook lectures internationally on all facets of aesthetic and restorative dentistry and has published articles in all of the leading dental journals. A prolific researcher and materials enthusiast, he consults with numerous manufacturers on product development and refinement. Dr. Hornbrook’s warm and engaging style earns him the highest possible marks from participants and meeting sponsors.

Dr. John Munro is a 1978 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Munro has been in private practice for the past 34 years with an emphasis on reconstructive and reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry. He is the principal developer and patent holder for the passive tooth whitening systems commonly used in dental practices the world over. Dr. Munro has been actively involved in organized dentistry including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, ADA, TDA and Crown Council. He has also served as treasurer of the Tennessee Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry for the past nine years. He currently lives with his wife Melinda and son Keaton in Brentwood, Tennessee, and is in practice at Belle Forest Dental.

Saturday AM:Optimizing Creativity and Aesthetics with the New Ceramic Systems with Dr. Hornbrook”

Today’s ceramic systems are no longer limited by strength, marginal integrity, or necessary destruction of tooth structure.  The creative, artistic and astute clinician now has the opportunity to master restorative dentistry like at no other time in the history of our profession.  Join Dr. Hornbrook as he discusses the new ceramic systems available and why the elimination of metal in our practices is a more viable option than ever before, and one that should be adamantly pursued by every practicing clinician.  Dr. Hornbrook will explore the advantages and indications of all the systems including Zirconium dioxide, the new translucent ZrO2, lithium disilicate, and leucite reinforced ceramics. The new metal-free systems are more durable, more aesthetic, more bondable, and more conservative and have better wear compatibility than metal-based restorations of the past.  Dentistry has always been in search of a replacement for metal-supported dentistry and the time is now to start exploring the options.  This presentation will cover what’s available, when to use what, creative treatment planning, and recommendations of the cementation systems that will optimize results.

Learning Objectives:

  • What’s available and indications and contraindications of each system
  • When does aesthetics trump strength and vice-versa
  • Creative use of implant and implant abutments and long term provisionals to provide predictability
  • Creative uses of the new ceramic systems
  • How to communicate with your laboratory to optimize long term success

Saturday PM:  “Simplifying Cementation and Adhesion with Dr. David Hornbrook”

Predictable, functional, and technique insensitive cementation techniques is the goal of all astute clinicians. Join Dr. Hornbrook as he discusses the current adhesive and cementation systems for ceramic restorations. Included will be a thorough review of the adhesive systems available, as well as the different systems that optimize aesthetics and long term retention and resistance to premature failure. Step-by-step cementation of Porcelain veneers and all ceramic posterior restorations will be described in detail to end the confusion that exists with so many cementation systems available for dental manufacturers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Which cementation system to use with the different ceramic system to optimize results
  • Adhesive “Bonding” vs. “Cementation” and the techniques to optimize efficiency
  • Step-by-Step veneer cementation using the “Tack & Wave” technique
  • Review of the different adhesive systems, including the new “Select Etch” Universal adhesive agents
  • How to prepare the internal of the different ceramic systems to maximize retention and reduce micro-leakage

Saturday: PM: “Conservative Aesthetics: Minimal/No-Prep Veneer Success with Dr. Munro”

This course will provide an overview of current principals of minimal/no prep veneers, including diagnosing case types, prototype design and laboratory communication.  Today we have at our disposal, materials and methods to conservatively create beautiful and long-lasting smiles with minimal to no tooth reduction.  Dr. Munro will present cases that provide an introduction to the possibilities of minimal preparation and the benefits of these procedures for our patients along with material choices and bonding procedures.

Learning objectives:

  • Each participant will be able to identify prepless and minimally prepped cases
  • Learn how to design prototypes and communicate with laboratory partners for maximum success
  • How to evaluate and place the final restorations.

Sunday AM:  “Simplicity and Predictability with Posterior Composites: Sonicfill Hands-On Workshop with Dr. David Hornbrook”

Dr. Hornbrook will talk about posterior composites (SonicFIll) during the lecture and review adhesives and discuss matrix systems for the perfect contact. Also include in that discussion the importance of curing lights especially for bulk fill.  Near the end of the lecture, he will use a visualizer to demonstrate SonicFill in use. In the Hands-On Workshop, Dr. Hornbrook will show a fast, easy and practical placement technique for placing Class II composite resin restorations using SonicFill™ (Kerr), a new advanced composite material and placement technology.  Participants will have the opportunity to place and finish a Class II composite restoration. Dentists will discover that this system not only delivers an efficient, true bulk fill aesthetic restoration, but one with superior density and adaptation.

Learning Objectives:

  • To review current adhesives and matricing techniques for placing Class II composite restorations
  • To understand the science and technology of SonicFill™.
  • To appreciate the value and time savings of placing posterior restorations using bulk fill technology

Sunday PM:  “Optimizing Anterior Direct Resin Restorations: a Hands-on Workshop with Dr. John Munro”

This course will teach the art of performing aesthetic and functional direct anterior composite restorations.

Learning objectives:

  • Each participant will learn basic composite layering techniques for life-like restorations, including proper contours and effects
  • Basic principles of adhesion
  • Efficient and effective finishing and polishing

Thank you to our MasterTrack Sponsors in 2016:

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Spring MasterTrack, 2017 @ Protech Dental Studio
Apr 28 @ 8:30 am – Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm

MasterTrack Spring 2017

Protech Dental Studio

1890 Preston White Drive

Reston, VA 20191

Room Block reserved at the Sheraton Reston: (703) 620-9000 

April 28th, “Clinical Realities and Considerations for Aesthetic Zone Implant Therapy”

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Aldo Leopardi, BDS, DDS, MS

Fixed Prosthodontics, Code 610

8 Participation Credits

NOTE: Course credits are doubled after case presentations are made following session

April 29th, “Equipoise: Removable Restorative Solutions for Today’s Dentistry”

8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Michael Goodman, DDS

Removable Prostho, Code 670

4 Participation Credits

NOTE: Course credits are doubled after case presentations are made the following session

April 29th – 30th, “Marketing and Anesthesia Pain Management”

Sat: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sun: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Kevin Croft, DDS

Anesthesia and Pain Management, Code 340, 12 Participation Credits

Electives, Code 130, 4 Lecture Credits


April 28th, “Clinical Realities and Considerations for Aesthetic Zone Implant Therapy”

Course Description:

In the partially edentulous patient, achieving functionally acceptable treatment outcomes is often realized.  However, when tooth replacement is required in the aesthetic zone, the additional challenge of meeting both patient and clinician aesthetic expectations may prove to be an exponential one.  The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the literature and clinical realities of dental implant therapy and complications and how we can apply what we learn toward improved aesthetic zone treatment planning and clinical procedures.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Have an improved understanding of dental implant treatment planning in the aesthetic zone.
  2. Understand common complications and pitfalls, including abutment selection and cementation challenges.
  3. Discuss provisionalization and immediate provisionalization alternatives.
  4. Discuss current workflow utilizing guided surgery to help achieve improved outcomes.

Biography:  Aldo Leopardi, BDS, DDS, MS

Dr. Leopardi received his undergraduate dental degree from the University of Adelaide,

South Australia, in 1984. He enjoyed private practice as a general dentist in Adelaide,

Australia, for several years prior to receiving his specialist training and Masters Degree

in combined fixed, removable and implant Prosthodontics, at the University of North

Carolina, at Chapel Hill, in 1993.


At Chapel Hill, he also taught Fixed Prosthodontics as a Clinical Assistant Professor.

Upon return to Australia, he began a successful Prosthodontic private practice in the

Gold Coast region of Queensland, Australia.


In 1996, he joined the Prosthodontic faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM),

Michigan, where he also obtained his American DDS degree.

In 1999, after 15 years of combined academic and dental practice, Dr. Leopardi resumed private practice limited to implant, fixed and removable Prosthodontics in

Denver, Colorado. Today he lectures nationally on subjects involving fixed, removable and implant dentistry, and is involved in clinical research.

April 29 th , 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM; “Equipoise: Removable Restorative Solutions for Today’s Dentistry”

Course Description:

A thorough and comprehensive examination of biomechanics in removable restorative design. The Equipoise System and philosophy insures the dentists and patients, a predictable successful prosthesis by directing forces along the long axis of the tooth designed to strengthen the periodontal structures while protecting and preserving the abutment teeth. You will observe how versatile the Equipoise system is with existing dentition, conventional and precision designs and as an excellent solution with implant supported Equipoise C&L attachments.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Filling an important area in your practice with a proven complete design system.
  2. EQ Implant tooth borne solutions consistent with physiological movements.
  3. Single crowns for free-end saddle design.
  4. How Equipoise is a minimally invasive technique.
  5. How crucial stability is for success with RPDs.
  6. The importance of guide planes on existing dentition cases.
  7. Bite raising solutions that are practical and affordable.


DIDACTIC (short version): Comprehensive Examination of Biomechanics in RPD Design


This segment will show you numerous case studies on the many usages and versatility of the Equipoise system. You will see how to take on the most difficult case scenarios including perio- cases, difficult tooth configurations, Equipoise with implants, single abutments for free-end saddles and much more! If time permits, there will be a hands on group design participation

Conclusion: Attendees will learn how to effectively incorporate a time-tested, clinically proven design system to fill an important niche in their dental practice. The Equipoise System enables the dentist to replace missing teeth in virtually all design scenarios. You will learn how to take on challenging cases with confidence incorporating a philosophy of design which is simple, predictable, profitable and rewarding for you and your patients.

April 29th, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, April 30th;

“Marketing and Anesthesia Pain management

Block 1: Saturday PM

“Avocados, Sand Crabs and Toilet Paper: Modern Innovations for the Modern Dental Office”

Intended Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Office Managers and Assistants

Dentists will ALWAYS be most productive by doing dentistry. No gimmicks, services, tertiary products or other efforts will ever change that. But dentists and their teams MUST be aware that they will plateau, both in production and professional satisfaction, unless they utilize some kinds of adjunctive approaches. Traditional options to dentists have included expanding skill sets, bringing on associates and pursuing real estate.

This lecture focuses on two intriguing, modern adjuncts which only recently have become available:

  1. For-Profit, Philanthropic Dentistry? Really?

This new millennium has ushered in a “by dentists, for dentists” patient-care option. It entails providing philanthropic dentistry in ways that (1) adds patients, (2) generates more revenue per patient, and (3) lowers overhead all at the same time. Dentists can now provide full-fee dentistry in profit-generating yet entirely philanthropic areas in their own practices to their own patients made possible by non-profit dental organizations and loosely-affiliated, independent dentists nationwide.

  1. Growing and Sustaining a Dental Practice in the “Post-2016 Era.”

In the 1980’s computers changed the world. In the 1990’s the internet changed computers. Around the year 2000 Google changed the internet. Then, in 2016 Google changed the internet…again…

Most dentists avoid fighting for that top spot online because it was so expensive, cumbersome, and required tremendous and ongoing attention and TLC. Further, it was not always effective as a practice builder. Now, fighting (and paying) for the top internet search spot has become somewhat obsolete.

With the onset of the local search algorithms and a number of other products and features, a dentist can leverage the internet like never before, with less investment than ever before, and with less “hands-on” effort than ever before. These changes available in the “post-2016 era” are most certainly in the favor of dentistry, and dentists who are aware and utilize them have significant advantages. 

Block 2: Sunday AM

“Conscious Sedation and other 4-Letter Words”

Intended Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Office Managers and Assistants

Pain and anxiety management has been a component of dentistry longer than any other profession. It was dentists who invented general anesthesia and sedation. We were using these modalities for 40 years before local anesthesia was even being tested on frogs eyes in research labs, let along for clinical care on humans. Even G.V. Black gave lectures on sedation more than a hundred years ago.

Yet dentistry continues to have a love-hate relationship with sedation. The first demonstration of nitrous oxide was called a “humbug” and Wells was initially dismissed in disgrace. The media tends to jump on dentists with more ferocity than any other professional group when a negative clinical outcome occurs. Some ill-informed groups consider dentists to be second-tier sedation providers. Yet all along the way we have innovated, been leaders in patient care, expanded the limits of conventional thinking and made the practice of sedation and anesthesiology better, safer, and more affordable.

The last 10 years has seen an explosion in these efforts. They have produced not only a great expansion access to higher levels of care and better education, but they have also created tremendous changes in the actual administrative techniques and modailties of managing pain and anxiety in dentistry. A short list of such developments include the establishment of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology, National CODA-Accreditation of Dental Anesthesiology Residencies, Publication of multiple ADA advocacy statements on sedation in dentistry, the ADA’s passing of resolution 37, and the creation of the American Dental Specialties Board. Some have hailed these developments as ground breaking and positive. Others have called them “ill-conceived” and “lacking scientific basis.”

This lecture focuses on how these changes affect the clinical dentist’s approach to sedation and pain/anxiety management. It also outlines current trends and gives a forecast as to what to look for in coming months and years.


Biography:  Kevin Croft, DDS

Kevin Croft, DDS is an “outside-of-the-box-thinking-dentist” who strongly advocates for dentists and dental patients across the board. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah in 2006 and received his DDS from SUNY-Stony Brook in 2010 where he ranked in the top 10 in his graduating class, facilitated the creation of a senior selective in dental anesthesiology and was awarded the Kilimitzoglou/Schein Pioneer in Dentistry Award.

He subsequently completed a hospital-based, CODA-Accredited residency in Dental Anesthesiology, started a private practice managing pain and anxiety, became a diplomate of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology, was hired as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah Dental School, founded Dentinomics: A Dental Continuing Education Company and continues to serve on various committees and in various volunteer capacities.

Most recently Dr. Croft founded Caring International Non-Profit: an organization focused on paying dentists their full-fees to treat low-income, special needs, underserved and others in need. Dr. Croft resides in Utah with his wife and their four children. He enjoys distance mountain running and anything outdoors with his family. 

Summer MasterTrack @ Mid-Atlantic Center for Advanced Dental Study
Jun 15 @ 8:30 am – Jun 16 @ 12:30 pm

Summer MasterTrack

June 15 – 16, 2018

June 15, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

June 16, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

Mid-Atlantic Center for Advanced Dental Study

1207 Volvo Pkwy

Chesapeake, VA 23320


$700 Members

$900 Non-Members

Pediatric Dentistry for the GP

Carla Cohn, DMD

12 Participation Credits, Code 430

*Course credits may be doubled following case presentations at the next session

This course will give you practical points on how to treat your little patients well.

Restorative treatment options and their clinical indications will be presented.

Indications and applications of a variety of dental materials and procedures in anterior

and posterior teeth will be demonstrated, including resin infiltration, pulpotomy

procedures and full coverage aesthetic options. Behavior management, local

anesthetic choice, special needs, anomalies, and pathologies will be addressed and so

much more. You’ve heard it before – treat your kids well and your practice will soar.

Course Objectives:

  1. Use a variety of restorative materials
  2. Learn efficient restorative techniques
  3. Treat anterior and posterior decay aesthetically in the primary dentition
  4. Learn to care for all different children and their parents empathetically, effectively and efficiently
  5. Manage behavioral challenges, special needs patients and their parents
  6. Recognize anomalies and pathologies

Pediatric Dentistry for the GP is a very practical clinical course. You will be shown the very best that children’s dentistry has to offer. In this hands-on workshop we will learn about and experience:

  • Restorative and bioactive materials.
  • Appropriate treatment and material choices for special needs children
  • Aesthetic prefabricated pediatric zirconia full coverage restorations, proper diagnosis, preparation and placement and cementation recommendations.
  • Pulpal therapy diagnosis and treatment.
  • Minimally invasive resin infiltration – no anesthesia or drilling required.



Spring MasterTrack
Apr 26 @ 8:30 am – Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm

Spring MasterTrack

“Concepts in Endodontics:

A Root Canal Treatment Journey from Start to Finish”’


April 26 – 27, 2019

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

16 CE Credits, Code 070 (Endo)


Protech Dental Studio

1890 Preston White Drive

Reston, VA 20191



AGD Dentists: $900
Non-Member Dentists: $1199

Please bring with you on both days:
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Fernando J. Meza, DDS

Dr. Fernando J. Meza is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he received his B.A. in Psychology in 1997. In 2002, he received his D.M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine where he was recognized with The Neurosciences Award. After graduating from dental School, Dr. Meza went on to receive his specialty training from Temple University School of Dentistry, where he obtained his Certificate in Endodontics. During his residency program, Dr. Meza conducted research using the Biolase Er,Cr,YSGG laser to investigate its effectiveness in disinfecting root canals. The promising results of his research led to a publication in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA July 2007, Volume 138 – Research). After his graduate education, he returned to Northern Virginia where he has practiced Endodontics since 2004. Dr. Meza remains active in academics as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Department of Endodontics where he has taught dental students and endodontic residents since 2005. Dr. Meza also remains active in the Northern Virginia Dental Society. He has held several officer positions in the past including former Past President and currently resides on its Board of Directors. One of Dr. Meza’s passions is helping the local community. He has participated and organized the Endodontic sections in previous Mission of Mercy Projects every year since 2008 in Northern Virginia and has also attended the project in Wise, VA. His outreach efforts were recognized as a past recipient of the Virginia Dental Association New Dentist Award for leadership through service in dentistry. He enjoys spending time with his family, and also has interests in cooking and music.


Course Description:

This two-day course will start at the beginning of root canal treatment with lectures discussing local anesthesia in endodontics including management of difficult to numb teeth. Models will be used to teach endodontic access and instrumentation.

  • Understand concepts and trends in endodontic access and instrumentation
  • Compare different metals available for hand and rotary files and their advantages and disadvantages
  • Review cracked teeth and accurate pulpal and apical diagnosis
  • Understand the importance of magnification and light source to better locate cracks in teeth and accessory canals
  • Review pulp chamber and root canal anatomy
  • Utilize CBCT use in diagnosis and as a tool in management of root canal anatomy and instrumentation
  • Review the advantages and disadvantages of root canal obturation techniques and sealers
  • Discuss the temporary and permanent restoration of endodontically treated teeth including rationale for post placement


Sponsored by:

Summer MasterTrack
Jul 26 @ 8:30 am – Jul 27 @ 12:30 pm

Summer MasterTrack


“Healthier, Faster and More Predictable Direct Rehabilitation Using Supra-Gingival Techniques”


July 26, 2019: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Followed by MasterTrack Community Social

July 27, 2019: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM


12 CE Credits, Code 250 (Operative) or 780 (Esthetics)


Mid-Atlantic Center for Advanced Dental Study

1207 Volvo Parkway

Chesapeake, VA


Room Block Reserved at The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center,

located 20 minutes from the beach and 20 minutes from the course



AGD Dentists: $700

*Register for the Spring, Summer and Fall Courses for $2,000*

Non-Member Dentists: $900


Luis Ruiz, DDS


Dr. Ruiz is the Director of the Los Angeles Institute of Clinical Dentistry and Course Director of numerous CE Courses at University of Southern California (USC). He is an Honorary Clinical Professor at Warwick University in England and a member of the editorial board for Dentistry Today.  He is also an Associate Instructor at Dr. Gordon         Christensen PCC in Utah and independent evaluator of dental products for CR (CRA). Dr. Ruiz has been named as one of the “Leaders in CE 2206-2019” by Dentistry Today.

Dr. Ruiz has published several research papers as well as many clinical articles on adhesive dentistry, occlusion and esthetic dentistry. He regularly lectures at all major dental meetings, nationally and internationally.


Course Description:

In this dynamic lecture, which includes powerful visuals & videos, Dr. Ruiz, a researcher and real practicing clinician, demonstrates breakthrough techniques which will make adhesive restorative dentistry easier, faster and more predictable than ever before.

Targeted to the practicing clinician who is interested in providing his or her patients with the healthiest, high-quality, evidence-based adhesive dentistry techniques specially designed to keep restorative margins above the gum: Supra-gingival dentistry. The techniques taught in this lecture can be applied to anterior, posterior, direct and indirect restorative and esthetic dentistry.


 Learning Objectives: 

  • Analyze a 15-minute Class II direct composite technique
  • Discuss reasons why patients want supra-gingival dentistry, and how it will grow a practice
  • Examine direct composite full mouth rehabilitation technique
  • Thoroughly discuss adhesive systems and describe how to be successful with them.
  • Demonstrate the breakthrough supra-gingival enamel preservation technique
  • Demonstrate a 10-minute veneer preparation technique


Fall MasterTrack
Oct 25 @ 8:30 am – Oct 26 @ 4:45 pm

Fall MasterTrack



“Office Profitability, Implant Integration Treatment Planning and Acceptance”


October 25, 2019

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM


Protech Dental Studio

1890 Preston White Drive Ste 300

Reston, VA



AGD Dentists: $950

*Register for the Spring, Summer and Fall Courses for $2,000*

Non-Member Dentists: $1199


Amr Alian, CPA

8 Lecture Credits, Code 550


Amr Alian is the managing partner and co-founder of Synergy Consultants and CPAs. He has been advising dentists for 14 years. Amr consults over 700 dental offices in all specialties in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area. He assists his clients in financial planning, practice management, transition planning and practice valuation.

Fall MasterTrack
Oct 26 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Fall MasterTrack


“Immediate Implant Placement & Guided Bone Regeneration”


October 26, 2019

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM


Ahmad Hawasli, DDS

8 Participation Credits, Code 010 or 490


Dr. Ahmad Hawasli is a Diplomate of American Board of Periodontology and Implantology. He obtained his Master and Certificates degrees in Periodontology from University of Maryland in 2015. During his residency, Dr. Hawasli was one of the speakers at the Northeast Post-Graduate Implant Symposium (New York/2014), and had one publication “A systematic review of the effects and predictability of root surface biomodification after periodontal surgery”.

Dr. Hawasli is currently the owner of Woodbridge Periodontal & Implant Center where his practice is limited to Periodontics and dental implants. He constantly strives to be at the top of his field by continuing education and attending educational meetings. His main interests are in dental implants, sinus lift and tissue regeneration.

Dr. Hawasli was born in Germany and grew up in Damascus, Syria. He finished his dental school in 2004 and became a specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2010. He practiced as an oral surgeon in Syria for two years before coming to the United States.


Course Description:

Immediate implant placement can be an effective and convenient treatment for our patients by providing shorter treatment time than delayed implant placement and by preserving also the adjacent soft tissue architecture and alveolar bone.

In the anterior esthetic zone, great care and planning must precede immediate implant placement.

With minimally-invasive surgical techniques, implant placement and minor ridge augmentation will help our patients return to full masticatory and esthetic function quickly. This course will utilize didactic and hands-on workshop to engage and provide different treatments approaches in immediate implant placement and soft tissue management. Attendees will learn:

  • Guidelines for immediate implant placement with showing new different techniques such as Socket Shield and Osseodensification
  • Guided bone regeneration of single implant sites, and its protocol
  • Soft tissue management and the importance of the gingival biotype in dental implant
  • Review relevant clinical cases
  • Hands on workshop involving Stage II soft tissue management


At the end of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Utilize appropriate protocol for identifying when immediate implant placement can be done
  • Determine when guided bone regeneration is needed with immediate implant placement
  • Determine when soft tissue augmentation is needed around the implant
  • Uncover dental implants in stage II surgery and develop adequate attached gingiva around the implant, which will help promote long term health and stability of the implant