NOTE: The LDA House of Delegates will NOT be held the same weekend as the NODC/LDAAS
The HOD is March 20, 2021 at the Baton Rouge Embassy Suites; NODC/LDAAS is May 6-8, 2021 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.
LDA House of Delegates 

NOTE: There will be a quarterly LDA Board Meeting at the LDA Office AFTER the LDA House of Delegates adjourns. We anticipate that meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. While the LDA office will be open at that time, and we anticipate the board meeting will start about then, the board meeting cannot start any earlier than 45-60 minutes after the HOD adjourns.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Baton Rouge, LA
Reservations by attendees must be received on or before March 5, 2021, by calling 1800-EMBASSY and use the code LD2.

Make sure to ask for the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) room block. The run of house standard room is $124 per night and includes guestroom Internet. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 15.95%) in effect at the time of check-out.

C.E. and Golf hosted by LDA & CDEBR
Friday, March 19
Carter Plantation
23475 Carter Trace, Springfield LA, 70462

Register online

NOTE: This link will be directing you to the ADA website for your registration. Therefore, you will need to use your ADA username and password to access your information. If you do not have your ADA information, contact the ADA Member Service Center at 1.800.621.8099 (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST Monday through Friday) or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.

Gonzales XO 003

Theresa S. Gonzales, DMD, MS, MSS


Physical Examination of the Head and Neck for Dental Health Care Providers

Course Description:

The word “diagnosis” is derived from Greek and it is literally translated “through knowledge.”  This half-day presentation is designed to reacquaint the oral health care provider with an organized approach to the physical examination of the head and neck.  Diagnosis is the key to patient care, and no therapeutic skill can compensate for an inability to adequately assess and evaluate a patient.  A system, therefore, must be developed in both the history taking and clinical examination to minimize the possibility of missing the underlying pathologic condition.  Clinicopathologic correlations will be used to supplement principles of physical diagnosis. 

Course Objectives:

After completing this course you will learn:

  • a systematic approach for taking a history
  • tips for a thorough clinical examination
  •  to improve documentation of your findings
Speaker Bio:

Dr. Gonzales was recently selected to serve as the Executive Director of the American College of Dentists. In 2013, she retired from the United States Army Dental Corps after a long and distinguished career in active federal service to this Nation. Prior to her retirement, she was a nominative selection as the Director of Strategic Communications for the Army Surgeon General. She has commanded formations in Europe, the Middle East and the United States.  Theresa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Chemistry and received her D.M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina. Colonel Gonzales began her military career at Fort Jackson, South Carolina as a resident in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program. She then completed a residency training program in oral and maxillofacial pathology in 1992 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. In 2006, she completed a two-year fellowship in Orofacial Pain at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School and completed a Master of Science in Health Care from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Gonzales has earned Fellowship status with the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, the American Academy of Oral Medicine, and the Academy of General Dentistry.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and the American Board of Orofacial Pain. She holds Diplomate status as well as with the American Board of Forensic Examiners and the American Board of Forensic Medicine.  She is a Fellow of both the American College and International College of Dentists. Dr. Gonzales’s diverse professional background includes tours as staff assigned to Oral Surgery, Hanau, Germany, Force Dental Surgeon, Multinational Peace Keeping Force in El Gorah, Egypt as well as Chief, of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

Dr. Gonzales has authored over sixty scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and was the recipient of the International College of Dentists Award for Excellence in Research. She has received the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Surgeon General’s A designator for clinical excellence. She graduated with distinction from the United States Army War College in 2008. Theresa is also a Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina- James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.

Schedule for 2021:

8:00 a.m. - Registration and Coffee

8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - C.E.

11:30 a.m. - lunch (included in registration)

1:00 p.m. - golf (must register for this by April 1, Soft Spikes Only!)


2021 Fees: 

LDA House of Delegates Members: $30, register through LDA (on the link below or by calling (225) 926-1986)

Non-CDEBR or non-HOD Members: $60 (can register through CDEBR or through the LDA)

CDEBR Members: $30, register through Continuing Dental Education of Baton Rouge (CDEBR)

Golf Fee: $65 (per person for all attendees, must register by Monday, March 16, can register through CDEBR or through the LDA) 

First 40 golfers will be guaranteed tee times.

Must register for C.E. to play golf.

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5637 Bankers Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(225) 926-1986  |  (800) 388-6642
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5637 Bankers Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(225) 926-1986  |  (800) 388-6642
 Fax (225) 926-1886