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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What Every Dentist Needs to Know About Asset Protection, Tax Reduction and Estate Planning @ TD Bank Regional Commercial Office, TD University Seminar Room
Feb 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

“What Every Dentist Needs to Know About Asset Protection, Tax Reduction and Estate Planning”


February 28, 2019
Light Appetizers and Refreshments: 5:30 – 6:30
CE Course: 6:30 – 8:30


TD Bank Regional Commercial Office
TD University Seminar Room
1919 Gallows Road (surface parking is off Boone Blvd)
2nd Floor
Vienna, VA  22182



AGD Dentists: FREE
Non-AGD Dentists: $25


Larry Oxenham, Author, Senior Advisor is one of America’s top asset protection experts, having helped thousands of doctors achieve financial peace of mind by teaching them how to properly structure their assets for lawsuit protection and tax reduction. He has authored and co-authored several articles and books on the subject including The Asset Protection Bible and How to Achieve Financial Peace of Mind through Asset Protection. His career has been credited with helping thousands of people save millions of dollars. Larry Oxenham is a nationally recognized speaker who has trained thousands of professionals at hundreds of conventions, conferences and seminars across the country.

2 CE Credits, Code 552

This course teaches proven and effective strategies to prevent and protect against lawsuits, allowing dentists the peace of mind necessary to focus on improved patient care. Tax reduction and estate planning strategies adapted to dentists are also taught. Specific topics covered in this course include:

Lawsuit Protection:

⦁ Sources of lawsuits dentists are exposed to and how to prevent them.
⦁ How dentists can protect 100% of their professional and personal assets from lawsuits.
⦁ How dentists can protect their practice, property, and personal assets in the event of a judgment in excess of liability insurance or an exclusion in a policy.
⦁ How to avoid the most common asset protection mistakes made by dentists and their advisors.
⦁ How dentists can minimize vicarious liability for the acts of other professionals and staff.

Tax Reduction and Estate Planning:

⦁ Five strategies dentists can use to reduce income taxes each year.
⦁ How dentists can eliminate the capital gains tax on the sale of a business, real estate, stocks or other assets.
⦁ Tools dentists can use to pass assets to heirs tax free.
⦁ Techniques dentists can use to avoid probate and eliminate all estate taxes
⦁ How dentists can effectively use corporations, trusts, wills, and family limited partnerships.

1. Maintaining focus on improved patient care rather than lawsuit defense.
2. Structure practice for lawsuit protection and prevention.
3. Reduce liability insurance costs.
4. Minimize taxes.

Sponsored by

Demystifying Dental Sleep Medicine
Mar 15 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

“Demystifying Dental Sleep Medicine”


March 15, 2019
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM


Four Points by Sheraton
9901 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235


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

Ben Waldman
Director of Sales and Senior Lecturer on Sleep and Airways for Imaging Sciences Corporation (i-CAT)


7 CE Credits, Code 160

Ben Waldman is a former White House advisor on health care reform and currently serves as Director of Sales and Senior Lecturer on Sleep and Airways for Imaging Sciences Corporation (i-CAT). He has addressed thousands of dentists worldwide on subjects touching both clinical and commercial areas in dentistry but is a specialist in Sleep & Airways, how it’s diagnosed, treated and reimbursed in the dental arena.
Ben has been in dental imaging for over 20 years, teaching dentists about both 2-dimesional imaging and 3-dimensional cone beam technology.

Prior to his career in dentistry, Mr. Waldman had a career in Public Policy, serving in the Reagan White House as Associate Director of Presidential Personnel and as the Associate Director of Office of Public Liaison. He was also a candidate for U.S. Congress in 1992 and 1994.
He and his wife Rebecca have been married for 35 years, have four grown children and live in Northern Virginia.

Course Description:
Mr. Waldman presents a series of lectures on the growing field of Dental Sleep Medicine that helps dentists understand the morphology and etiology of Sleep Disordered Breathing. The course covers an overview of the disease in America, methods for screening and diagnosis and specific methods of treatment by dentists. The course concludes with a concrete next-steps that clinicians can take to establish a Sleep Medicine practice alongside or within their existing dental practice.

Attendees of the course will understand:

  • how to differentiate between the wide spectrum of sleep-related breathing abnormalities know as Sleep Disordered Breathing
  • the prevalence Sleep Disordered Breathing is in the United States
  • how to screen their existing patient-base for the disease
  • how to assist their at-risk patients in obtaining a sleep test and medical diagnosis of OSA
  • how dentists can treat patients with OSA effectively
  • how to obtain reimbursement from medical insurance for treating their patients for OSA

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disordered Breathing
    1. Prevalence of Sleep Problems in the US
    2. Etiology of the Disease
    3. Comorbidities of Sleep/Airways
    4. Demographic Distribution of Sleep and Airways Problems
  2. CBCT as a Diagnostic Tool for Sleep
    1. Airways
    2. Orthodontic
    3. Orthognathic
  3. Treatment of Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disordered Breathing
    1. Surgery
    2. CPAP
    3. Oral Appliance
  4. Medical Billing Options
    1. Medicare
    2. Private Insurance
  5. The Business Process for Treating Sleep Disorders
    1. Staff Training
    2. Patient Screening
    3. Sleep Testing
    4. Treatment Regimen

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

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:
Motor: Click here for details with regards to motor type
Loupes with Light Source

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


ACLS Re-Certification and Sedation Update
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

ACLS Re-Certification and Sedation Update

Two courses conveniently scheduled in one morning.
Registration fees are separate per course.


ACLS Re-Certification:

Friday, October 18th, 2019

8:00 AM to 10:30 AM

$375 Members, $450 Non-Members


Sedation Update:

Friday, October 18th, 2019

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Q&A with former Virginia Board of Dentistry Member, Dr. John Alexander

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Sedation Update Course

$525 Members, $600 Non-Members


2 CE Lecture Credits, Code 142 (Medical Emergency Training) PER COURSE



Four Points by Sheraton

9901 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond VA 23235



Who Needs a Sedation Update?

The Dental Sedation Update Program is designed for individuals that are currently certified and practicing dental sedation and require the update every 2 years.  Dental Assistants are invited to attend the program so that they are aware of the sedation process and how to assist the dentist with the management of the patient.  Dental Assistants may register for $99 to attend with a doctor.  

The program content will cover, but not limited to; Virginia guidelines addressing dental sedation, indication for the use of sedation medication, side effects, reversal agents, etc., Pt and A/W assessment, and several scenarios concerning the complicated case and potential challenges associated with  the practice of sedation.


ACLS ONLY: What You Will Need to Purchase Before the Course

Please plan to arrive on time because it will be difficult for late students to catch up once we start. Students are expected to attend and participate in the entire course.

What You Will Need to Purchase Before the Course

You will need to purchase an ACLS Provider Manual (Order Number 15-1005) from one of the following vendors.


How to Get Ready

The ACLS Provider Course is designed to teach you the lifesaving skills required to be both a team member and a team leader in either an in-hospital or an out-of-hospital setting. Because the ACLS Provider Course covers extensive material in a short time, you will need to prepare for the course beforehand.


Precourse Requirements

You should prepare for the course by doing the following:

  1. Complete the precourse preparation checklist that comes with your ACLS Provider Manual. Bring the checklist with you to the course.
  2. Review the course agenda.
  3. Review and understand the information in your ACLS Provider Manual. Pay particular attention to the 10 cases in Part 5.
  4. The resuscitation scenarios require that your BLS skills and knowledge are current. You will be tested on 1-rescuer adult CPR and AED skills at the beginning of the ACLS Provider Course. You must know this in advance, since you will not be taught how to do CPR or how to use an AED.
  5. ****Review, understand, and complete the ECG and Pharmacology Pre-course Self-Assessment on the Student Website (www.heart.org/eccstudent) the password is “ACLS15”.  You will not be taught how to read or interpret ECGs in the course, nor will you be taught details about ACLS pharmacology.
  6. Print your scores for the Precourse Self-Assessment and bring them with you to class.


What This Course Does Not Cover

The ACLS Provider Course does not teach algorithms, ECG rhythm recognition, or pharmacology. If you do not learn and understand the ECG and pharmacology information in the Precourse Self-Assessment, it is unlikely that you can successfully complete the ACLS Provider Course.


What to Bring and What to Wear

Bring your ACLS Provider Manual to each class. You will need it during each lesson in the course. You may wish to purchase the AHA’s 2010 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers (optional), which you may bring to the course to use as a reference guide during some of the stations in the course.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing to class. You will be practicing skills that require you to work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.

We look forward to welcoming you on the date of class.  If you have any questions about the course, please call Weet Baldwin at (804) 569-7007.

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
Inaugural Virginia AGD Awards Dinner @ Clyde's Willow Creek Farm
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


The Virginia Academy of General Dentistry is pleased to announce the recipients of the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Fellowship Award, Mastership Award or Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award.

To celebrate the accomplishments of the 19 Virginia dentists who have received these prestigious awards, the VAGD, in partnership with the Popovich Financial Group at Baird, is delighted to host an Inaugural Awards Dinner on November 14, 2019 at Clyde’s of Willow Creek in Ashburn, Virginia. Award recipients will be honored by an esteemed keynote speaker, Sunil Budhrani, MD, MPH, MBA, the CEO and CMO of Innovation Health, and celebrated in the presence of current VAGD Fellows, Masters and AGD leaders.

AGD Fellows and Masters are invited to attend. To reserve tickets for this complimentary event, please visit here:


Seats are limited. RSVP by October 31, 2019.






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