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Summer Education Conference

Date: June 12-15, 2024
Meeting Location and Accommodations:
Hilton Pensacola Beach
12 Via de Luna Drive
Pensacola Beach, FL 32561

The LDA Summer Education Conference is a family-friendly and tax deductible trip*. Each day there is a four hour morning lecture so that you can enjoy some fun in the sun for the remainder of the day. It is also a great staff incentive trip.

*Please contact your tax professional for more information on how to make these trips tax deductible.

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Rooms Single/Double Rates
Standard Room $290.00
Gulf Front Room $320.00
1 Bedroom Suite $370.00
2 Bedroom Suite $470.00
3 Bedroom Suite $560.00

Visit: ****Room types are limited.

• Enter check-in & check-out dates on screen and click “Go” button.

• “Dates” These dates must be within the time period the rooms are blocked for your group. Dates for your group are: Arrival June 11, 2023 and departure June 16, 2023. If you try to book dates outside of this range, you will most likely get a message that there are insufficient rooms available. In that case, make your reservation directly with the hotel by calling 850-916-2999.

• Choose “Room Type Preferences.”

• “Special Accounts” Enter your Group/Convention code, which is: LDA.

• “Continue” This should pull up the rate that has been set up for your group.

• A credit card is required to complete your reservation.

Registration Information


Early Registration

(Available until 5/29/2024)

Late Registration

(Available 5/29- 6/11)

On-Site Registration
(Available 6/12-6/15)

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Friday, June 14, 12:30 p.m. Poolside Lunch Reception

Cookout Buffet Lunch Menu Includes: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chicken, multiple salad options, corn, roasted potatoes, baked beans, desserts, margaritas, beer, soft drinks, water.

Registration Pricing

Category Early Registration (Available until 5/29) Late Registration (Available from 5/29-6/14)
CE Registrants Free $30.95
Adult Guest $30.95 $37.95
Child (12 and under) $15.95 $17.95
Child (3 and under) Free $10.95

Speaker & Course Information

Wednesday, June 12, 8:00 a.m. - noon (4 Clinical Hours)

Speaker: Dr. Priya Tirumalasetty, DDS, MAGD, AAACD
Course Title: Restoring Endodontically Treated Teeth
4 Clinical C.E. Hours

Course Description: Clinicians are often faced with deciding how to restore teeth that have been structurally compromised by decay or fracture resulting in endodontic therapy. This course offers a systematic approach to restore endodontically treated teeth. The importance of assessing what is remaining and deciding how to restore an endodontically treated tooth determines the long-term prognosis. Minimally invasive concepts are reviewed, including preserving the bio-rim and determining when the use of a post is beneficial.

Course Objectives: 
Understand how to evaluate what is remaining before and after endodontic treatment
Learn how to prevent coronal micro-leakage
Learn about options for post and cores
Assessing marginal ridge fractures
Explore minimally invasive concepts for restoring endodontically treated teeth

Bio: Dr. Priya Tirumalasetty (or Dr. Setty) is a 1997 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. Setty completed a General Practice Residency after graduating from dental school at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, which included hospital rotations and experience in patient clinics supervised by dental specialists.

Following residency in 1998, Dr. Setty moved to Chicago to begin private practice. In 2000, she established her own dental practice in the Chicago loop. In 2005, Dr. Setty became a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. This required 500 hours of continuing dental education, after which a written exam is administered to test knowledge in all aspects of dentistry.

In 2014, Dr. Setty published an article about composite bonding in the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, the scientific journal published by the AACD. In 2018, Dr. Setty became an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). The AACD has established a rigorous accreditation protocol to recognize dentists who strive to achieve excellence and practice ‘responsible esthetics’ in cosmetic dentistry procedures. She also served on the Board of Directors of the AACD for 2 years from 2020-2022, and recently became a graduate of the prestigious Kois Center. Dr. Tirumalasetty was awarded Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in July 2023.

Thursday, June 13, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (4 clinical hours)

Speaker: Linda D'Amico

Course Title:   The Dental Professionals Role in Managing Patients with Diabetes 

4 Clinical C.E. Hours

Course Description: As the prevalence of diabetes continues to increase in the United States so too will the number of Dental patients affected by the disease. This program addresses the relationship between oral health complications and diabetes. It is designed to provide the practitioner with management considerations for the patient with diabetes. An overview of diabetes will be discussed as well as its oral manifestations, consequences, and treatment recommendations.

Course Objectives:

  • Define diabetes and differentiate between each type.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.
  • Identify risk factors and systemic complications of diabetes.
  • Discuss the oral complication and management considerations for the dental patient with diabetes. 

Linda D’Amico, RDH, BS, is a Professional Education Manager for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She is a Phoenix College graduate and Arizona native. She worked in a retirement community and periodontal offices during her clinical career. She is a long time member of ADHA and CADHA in Phoenix. She has served as a Vice President and Treasurer for CADHA. A regular volunteer with the Bright Smile Bright Futures organization. She has worked both in sales and Academics as a corporate speaker. Linda has 5 kids with her husband Todd, with only the youngest teenager at home full-time presently. She and her son volunteer weekly at a racehorse rescue ranch in Cave Creek, AZ. She loves her two dogs, they are her hobby. 

Friday, June 14, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (4 clinical hours)

Speaker: Dr. John Barksdale
Course Title:  Immediate or Delayed Dental Implant Placement- When - Why - How

4 Clinical C.E. Hours

Course Description:
Presentation of information necessary to diagnose and perform immediate implant placement predictably, including surgical and prosthetic protocols, along with protocols for delayed implant placement. 

Course Objectives:
1. Provide evidence-based data supporting extraction with immediate implant placement
2. Provide information to enable doctors to determine when to do immediate placement or when to delay implant placement 
3. Demonstrate immediate and flapless procedures for reconstruction of bone and soft tissues around immediate placed implants along with immediate prosthetic rehabilitation- in a single appointment 
4. Demonstrate surgical and prosthetic protocols for delayed implant replacement to achieve optimum results

Saturday, June 15, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (4 non-clinical hours)

Speaker: Dr. Michael Ragan with Fortress Insurance
Course Title: Reducing Dental Practice Risk
4 Non-Clinical C.E. Hours

Premium Credit: Fortress Policyholders will earn a 10% premium credit for the next three policy periods.
Course Description:
Through an analysis of closed Fortress malpractice claims, this course will provide strategies and resources to enhance patient safety and to reduce risk in the dental practice. Closed claim topics include esthetic restorations, wisdom tooth extractions, oral cancer, endodontic treatment, and implants. Risk management topics include documentation, communication, informed consent, technology, patient selection, referrals, prescription practices, patient noncompliance, and ethics. There are no prerequisites.
Course Objectives: 
1. Identify common dental malpractice risks
2. Understand how to adapt office policies and procedures to mitigate exposure to identified risks in the dental practice
3. Implement strategies with professional teams and referral networks to encourage patient safety and reduce risk
4. Understand the litigation process, board investigations and the role of the insured provider in each

Bio: Dr. Ragan is a defense trial attorney in a Miami, Florida law firm with 25 years of experience. Dr. Ragan received a B.A. from Syracuse University, a D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and an L.L.M. in Health Law from Loyola University College of Law. Dr. Ragan is presently Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Ragan practiced clinical dentistry for fifteen years and supervised healthcare professional liability claims for seven years within the insurance industry. Dr. Ragan was on the Board of Directors of Fortress Insurance Company as well as the Chairman of their Claims Committee and currently serves as Medico-legal Consultant for Fortress. Dr. Ragan is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the American College of Legal Medicine. Dr. Ragan has nothing to disclose.

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