Two Classes- Morning: Neck, Back & Beyond: Evidence-based Ergonomics to Prevent Pain & Extend Your Career Afternoon: Fitness 101 for Dental Professionals: Secrets for Comfort and Career Longevity

Saturday, April 27, 2019
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Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Continuing Education

Lecture: Hours - 7


Registration open through 4/24/2019 9:00 AM EST


Course Description:
Morning Topic: Neck, Back & Beyond

Did you know that one-third of dentists who retire early are forced to, due to a musculoskeletal disorder? The financial impact of poor ergonomics can be devastating to dental professionals, and resultant injuries can impair quality of life for you and your staff.

Pain is not a necessary by-product of delivering dental care! Effectively preventing work-related pain in dentistry requires addressing numerous risk factors, both inside and outside your operatory. In this lecture, Dr. Valachi combines 20 years of dental ergonomic experience with her doctorate research to teach truly effective strategies in the operatory to prevent pain and ensure career longevity. Through engaging demonstrations, you will discover powerful evidence-based strategies they can easily apply in the operatory: equipment selection & adjustment, patient positioning, body mechanics, lighting and other factors.

Course Objectives - At the conclusion of the program, you will be able to:

Implement appropriate ergonomic interventions for chronic back, neck and shoulder.

Identify 3 ergonomic criteria to select dental loupes that will improve their health…not make it worse!

Make ergonomic modifications in the operatory with minimal expense.

Position patients, headrest & overhead light correctly depending upon arch and tooth surface being treated.

Position assistants correctly chairside.

Identify unique pain patterns in specialists (endo, pedo, perio, ortho and oral surgeons) and implement specific interventions.

Identify ergonomic features and adjustment of operator stools, patient chairs & delivery systems.

Learn how pain develops in the operatory to wisely select effective interventions.

Join Dr. Bethany for this interactive session to transform your life, and help ensure your career longevity.

Afternoon Topic: Fitness 101 for Dental Professionals

Have you tried exercise regimens, personal trainers, chiropractors, acupuncture, massage therapists, but your pain persists? This course is for YOU!

In this interactive seminar, Dr. Valachi introduces a special system of evidence-based exercise, pain therapy, self-treatment and stress management interventions to help dental professionals take control of their own health and extend their careers. Attendees will actively participate in this dynamic seminar and discover muscle imbalances to which they are uniquely prone in the profession and how to select corrective therapeutic exercise. Generic exercise routines that aren't a problem for the general public (Pilates, yoga, P90X and Crossfit) can throw dental team members into the viscious pain cycle and must be modified. Discover how to release painful accumulated tension in muscles with easy self-treatment strategies.

Course Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • Why dental professionals require specific exercise guidelines.
  • How to develop a customized exercise program specifically for dental professionals.
  • How to identify generic exercises that can actually create & worsen pain syndromes.
  • How to incorporate chairside stretching into their workday.
  • Self-treatment techniques for painful, ischemic muscles and trigger points.
  • Which pain therapies/treatments are most effective, based on the current research.
  • How to combat the detrimental physical effects of stress.

Bethany Valachi is a clinical instructor of ergonomics at OHSU School of Dentistry in Portland, Oregon and Ergonomics Editor for DPR magazine.

Dr. Valachi is a doctor of physical therapy who has worked exclusively with dental professionals for over 20 years. She is recognized internationally as an expert in dental ergonomics and has provided over 700 dental lectures worldwide, which have provided pain relief to thousands of dental professionals. Dr. Valachi is also a prolific author who has published more than 70 articles in peer-reviewed dental journals, and produced a series of dental ergonomic & exercise Online CE Video Courses. Dr. Bethany Valachi is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist and consults with universities and practicing dental professionals to improve ergonomics.





Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, DPT, MS, CEAS is author of the book, “Practice Dentistry Pain-Free”, clinical instructor of ergonomics at OHSU School of Dentistry in Portland, OR and is recognized internationally as an expert in dental ergonomics.  For over 20 years, Dr. Valachi has helped thousands of dental professionals prevent pain and extend their careers with her relevant, evidence-based dental ergonomic education.  She has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed dental journals and offers AGD PACE approved dental ergonomic educational materials on her website at  

  • Speaker has no relevant financial relationships to disclose

    · The staff of the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University Offices of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Oregon Health & Science University is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

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Target Audience

Target Audience:


This course is designed for specialists, dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.


Tuition – price includes lunch:
Friday - Until April 24 (after, $25 more)

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