Inaugural UTSD Pediatric Dentistry 2020 Forum


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As a courtesy, please register for all courses at least two weeks in advance. For your convenience however, you may register up to 72 hour prior to the day of the course with no additional charge.

Note: a non-refundable/non-transferable $35 per person, per course fee will be assessed to any registrations received 72 hours or less prior to the start of the course, including any walk-in registrations.

Tuition | Course Fee

$210 Dentist or Allied Dental Personnel
$175 UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston Alumni


Course fee is due at time of registration.

We aim to accommodate walk-in registrations for all programs; although lecture room and hands-on training space is limited. Pre-registration is suggested to guarantee your space.


History's Hand in Pediatric Dentistry Today

This course emphasizes a current focus of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), how it effects its members, academia, and government affairs.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Discuss AAPD legislative activities and academic support
  • Identify AAPD priorities and service commitments to the profession.

Because WE Care

In the current dental landscape, requests to audit patient records are possible from the state licensing board, commercial insurance companies, state and federal government programs, and even from patients themselves. You and your staff need to be aware of these requests and be prepared for audit requests, in order to comply and successfully come through the audit. This presentation will discuss known challenges associated with the documentation found in patient records that have resulted in recoupments and referrals to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the pitfalls of using templates in electronic health record software
  • Explore the challenges of correctly coding with billing for services rendered
  • Revisit the importance of your patient record as a medical/legal document.


Legislative Loupes for Pediatric Dental Practitioners

During this course, we will discuss how public policy is created through the role and processes of the legislative and executive branches of Texas government. It will include a recap of the 86th legislative session and the legislation affecting dentistry that was introduced and passed. We will also discuss pediatric sedation rules and regulations for dentists and office protocols. The course will also focus on the role that citizen engagement plays in shaping public policy and providing attendees with the skills necessary to be effective advocates for pediatric dentistry. In closing, the course will discuss organized dentistry's role in the legislative process and what Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is doing for its members.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe the different ways in which health policies are made through the legislative and executive branches of state government, as well as the role that advocates/stakeholder groups have in shaping health policy
  • Discuss pediatric sedation protocols to incorporate into your office
  • Develop the skills necessary to operate in the legislative arena
  • Provide ideas for possible legislative action in 2021
  • Summarize the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's role in the legislative process.

Pediatric Dentist Unite!
An open forum panel presented by Drs. Linda Altenhoff, Kevin Donly, Tres Gonzalez and Texas Legislative lobbyist, Ms. Amber Hausenfluck.

We will discuss the themes:

  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - What role does organized pediatric dentistry play?
  • Practice Boosts - How can your perspective and voice impact pediatric dentistry?
  • The Map - How did we get here as dental professionals? Where are we going next?

About Our Speakers


Linda Altenhoff, DDS, is the vice president of Program Integrity for MCNA Dental, where she has also served as the assistant dental director for Texas. Prior to working at MCNA, Dr. Altenhoff was a 17+ year Texas state employee, serving as the chief dental officer for the Health and Human Services Commission Office of Inspector General, the State Dental Director for Public Health at the Department of State Health Services, and other leadership roles within the Texas state government.




Kevin Donly DDS, is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, past-president of the American Society of Dentistry for Children, and has served as the Pediatric Dentistry Commissioner for the Commission on Dental Accreditation. He published over 350 chapters, manuscripts, and abstracts associated with pediatric dentistry, dental restorative materials research, and clinical utilization..




Refugio Gonzalez, DDS, known as "Dr. Tres," is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. While a dental student, he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon fraternity, which is one of the highest academic honors that a dental student can receive. He also received his certificate in pediatric dentistry at Texas A&M College of Dentistry, formerly name the Baylor College of Dentistry. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2004. During his residency, Dr. Tres helped children at Children's Medical Center in Dallas and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Dr. Tres is involved in American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Texas Dental Association. He also serves as the President of the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.




Amber Hausenfluck, JD, received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. She serves as a senior vice president of state government relations for McGuireWoods Consulting. She currently assists clients with traditional advocacy, lobbying and government relations services in matters before the Texas Legislature and regulatory agencies. She also acts as the lobbyist for the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Amber spent numerous sessions as a legislative director for a Texas Senator.



For their continued support and participation in our sponsored programs, UTHealth School of Dentistry gratefully acknowledges:



Credit Hours

340 Anesthesia, Pain Mgmt, Sedation, Pharmacology - Lecture: Hours - 0.5
430 Pediatric Dentistry - Lecture: Hours - 3.5
565 Documentation and Risk Management - Lecture: Hours - 1





Registration & Group Assignments | 8:30 AM

Introduction & Agenda Overview | 9:00 AM

Presentation | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch


UTHealth School of Dentistry - Garza Classroom
7500 Cambridge Street
4th Floor Room 4340
Houston, TX 77054
(University doors open at 7:30 AM)

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Contact Us
UTHealth School of Dentistry
PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education
7500 Cambridge St., Suite 6152
Houston, TX 77054
Ph: 713-486-4028
Fax: 713-486-4037



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