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Teledentistry Symposium: 'Where Are We Now And Where Are We Going?'

Friday, March 6, 2020
Registration:  7:30am - 8:30am

Program:  8:30am - 5:00pm

Registration Deadline:  3/3/2020 5:00 PM
The registration period has closed for this event.


Registration open through 3/3/2020 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

CE Credit: 6.75 hours

Registration Fee: $60




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Course Description
This one day symposium is designed to appeal to anyone interested in learning about Teledentistry. It will provide an update on the fundamental principles of teledentistry, its current status in North Carolina and the behind the scenes initiatives involved in framing a vision for the future. The information will be delivered by a combination of keynote lectures, interactive panel discussions and examples of simulation cases. The course will cater to those of lesser and greater knowledge on the subject of teledentistry, and will cover the important subjects of state practice act regulations, reimbursement policies, the education of the wider health community, and the benefits and challenges to its implementation in North Carolina.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Develop a shared understanding of Teledentistry and the impact that it can have on North Carolina's most vulnerable patients
  2. Identify use cases for Teledentistry using both the synchronous and asynchronous models
  3. Understand how UNC Adams School of Dentistry and ECU School of Dental Medicine can contribute to educating the next generation of dentists, hygienists and assistants on the principles of Teledentistry
  4. Outline the reimbursement policies related to Telehealth and how these might apply to dentistry
  5. Describe how other professionals are using Telehealth and how the lessons learned can be applied to dentistry.


Featured Students and Speakers

Valerie Acquesta is a DDS Candidate for the Class of 2020 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Adams School of Dentistry. She graduated from James Madison University, with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders in 2014. Currently she serves as the Co-President for the Teledentistry Student Group at UNC - ASoD, and is an active member of the American Student Dental Association and Student National Dental Association.

Isaac Boota is a DMD Candidate for the Class of 2021 at the University of East Carolina in Greenville, North Carolina. Isaac is the president of the American Student Teledentistry Association and Dental Networking Association. He is the national student representative for the Christian Medical and Dental Associations and serves as secretary of the Academy of General Dentistry. Isaac is the class representative for the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association and serves as treasurer of the American Student Dental Association.

Zachary Brian, DMD has spent both his clinical and administrative career in public health, and is particularly interested in issues surrounding health equity, access, integration, and collaboration partnership development. Currently, Dr. Brian is leading the North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative, a program of the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation. Through this non-profit, Dr. Brian oversees programmatic expansion and strategy, policy development and execution, and partnership engagement, working to advance oral health in North Carolina.

Dr. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Murray State University and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville. He is currently a candidate in the Master of Health Administration program at Central Michigan University.

Mark Casey, DDS, MPH is the Dental Officer for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Benefits (DHB). He is a member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society and the Raleigh-Wake County Dental Society. He is a former officer and member of the Medicaid-CHIP-Medicare State Dental Association (MSDA). From 2008 to 2019, Dr. Casey was a member of the Oral Health Technical Advisory Group (OTAG) which was formed to assist the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in oral health policy matters. From January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2019, Dr. Casey served on the Dental Quality Alliance's Measure Development and Maintenance Committee. Dr. Casey received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry.

Dr. Casey is a 1983 graduate of Duke University, a 1987 graduate of the UNC School of Dentistry and a 1993 graduate of the UNC School of Public Health. He holds a Master's in Public Health in Health Policy and Administration. Dr. Casey completed a General Practice Residency in 1988 at the University of Florida College of Dentistry/Shands Hospital and the Gainesville, Florida Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He worked for 18 years as a clinical dentist in various public health settings on the county, state and federal level before taking a job at DMA.

Greg Chadwick, DDS, MS has served as Dean at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine since 2012. Formerly he served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Oral Health at ECU where he led the effort to establish the dental school.

Dr. Chadwick, a native of North Carolina, received a B.S. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating from the UNC School of Dentistry he practiced general dentistry in Community Health Centers in Prospect Hill and Moncure, North Carolina before entering a residency in endodontics. He earned an M.S. in endodontics from the UNC School of Dentistry and subsequently practiced endodontics in his hometown of Charlotte for almost thirty years.

He is a former president of numerous dental organizations including the North Carolina Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

Scott De Rossi, DMD, MBA is dean and professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry. He received his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1995 and completed his post-doctoral training in oral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in 1997. Prior to joining UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. De Rossi was a professor of oral medicine, director of the Clinical Center for Oral Medicine, and chair of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences at the Augusta University Dental College of Georgia (DCG). Dr. De Rossi is the 2011 recipient of the International Association of Dental Research Innovation in Oral Care Award, a 2012-13 fellow in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute, a 2014 recipient of the Judson C. Hickey Excellence in Teaching Award at the DCG, a 2018 recipient of the American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM) Organization of Teachers of Oral Diagnosis Award. In 1999, he achieved diplomate status from the American Board of Oral Medicine. Dr. De Rossi has served on the board of trustees and executive committee as treasurer for the AAOM. He maintains memberships in the American Dental Association, ADEA, AAOM and the American Association of Dental Research.

Andres Flores, DDS, MS, FAAOMP, joined ECU School of Dental Medicine on 2018. He is currently the Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Division, which currently offers Teledentistry synchronous and synchronous clinical oral pathology consultations to all the ECU Community Service Learning Centers. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Scott Howell, DMD, MPH, FSCD is an Assistant Professor and Director of Teledentistry, A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health.

Dr. Scott Howell is an assistant professor and Director of Teledentistry at A. T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry &Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH). Prior to dental school, Dr. Howell worked as a dental assistant for a portable dental company in Michigan. He worked with dental teams within long term care facilities, detention centers, and inner-city schools. He attended ATSU-ASDOH due to its public health focus. He graduated from the dual degree, DMD/MPH program at ATSU-ASDOH in 2014. After dental school, he spent one year at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle treating patients with complex medical conditions and patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. After residency, he went back to ATSU-ASDOH to develop a teledentistry program and help expand the school's interprofessional education curriculum. Interested in learning more about tackling barriers to care for underserved populations, he completed a dental public health residency at UT Health San Antonio in 2019.

Dr. Howell is a firm believer in the power of organized dentistry. He works with the American Dental Association's Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, has written a white paper on teledentistry with the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, and has advocated for changes in Arizona health laws, including laws on teledentistry, as a member of the Arizona Dental Association's council of government affairs.

Curtis Ladig, CPA, was named president and CEO of Delta Dental of North Carolina in January 2011. Headquartered in Raleigh since 1970, Delta Dental of North Carolina is a not-for-profit dental insurance company, whose mission is to improve the oral health of the communities it serves. Under Mr. Ladig's leadership, the company has grown its customer base by 500 percent and is one of the fastest growing Delta Dental organizations in the United States.

One of the achievements of which he is most proud is the “Smiles for Kids” program he initiated with the Delta Dental Foundation. The program provides grants in communities across the state to help at-risk children receive direct oral care services or oral health education they otherwise would not have received. The program has now contributed $300,000 that has helped 215,000 children and their families from the mountains to the sea in North Carolina.

Mr. Ladig received a Bachelor of Science in business administration and accounting from Indiana University Bloomington.

He currently serves on the boards of Leadership North Carolina (Vice Chair; immediate past Treasurer), the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education as Treasurer, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, WakeEd Partnership, the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, and the NC Chamber.

Curt also serves on the Board of Advisors for the UNC Adams School of Dentistry.

Sharity Ludwig, EPDH, MS, is the Director of Clinical Innovations for Advantage Dental from DentaQuest in Redmond, Oregon and is a licensed Expanded Practice Dental Hygienist. In her current role, she provides oversight for community based care, in addition to models of care that focus on integration of care among physical, behavioral, and oral health systems.

Prior to joining Advantage Dental, she practiced as a clinical dental hygienist in an FQHC as well as private practice. In addition, worked in at a public health department where her responsibilities included coordinating dental services between public health, private and public health dentistry, dental care organizations, the local dental hygiene program and patients receiving services. She has also served as project director for a Phase 3 randomized clinical trial of silver diamine fluoride. She has published research on preventative dental care, with a focus on at-risk pregnant women and children. Sharity is passionate about dental prevention and disease management.

Sharity holds a Master of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership from the University of California, San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene with an emphasis in education from Oregon Institute of Technology.

Nigel Shaun Matthews, BDS, FDS, MBBS, FRCS, FRCS (OMFS) is currently

the Director of Telehealth and Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of North Carolina, Adams School of Dentistry. He was recruited from King's College Hospital, London in December 2014, where he practiced as a Consultant Surgeon for 11 years. He completed his specialist training at Canniesburn Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland and developed a specific interest in both temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and facial deformity surgery.

In 2009, Dr. Matthews established the first true TMJ Multidisciplinary Clinic in the United Kingdom, a model that is now being adopted internationally. Upon arrival at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Matthews established an innovative virtual and real-time inter-disciplinary clinic with pediatric rheumatologists at the University of North Carolina and Duke University Hospital, specifically for the management of TMJ disease in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).

Caroline McLeod, BS graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2018. She works part time as a Registered Dental Hygienist while pursuing her Master's Degree in Dental Hygiene Education at UNC Chapel Hill. Her current research interests are teledentistry and access to dental care. Currently, she serves as a Co-Chair for the Durham-Orange Dental Hygiene Component of the North Carolina Dental Hygienists' Association and is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and American Dental Education Association. McLeod was also recently recognized as a 2019 Ann and G. Randolph Babcock Fellow and Hinman Dental Scholar in 2018.

Michelle McQuistan, DDS, MS is Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Professor, Department of Foundational Sciences at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. McQuistan joined the ECU School of Dental Medicine in July 2019 where she is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and immediate past-president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. She received her DDS and MS in Dental Public Health from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry where she taught for 15 years.

Alec Parker, DMD CAE is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Dental Society. He received a doctor of dental medicine degree from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and spent twenty-eight years in private practice in Asheville, North Carolina. Dr. Parker retired from clinical dentistry in 2007 to become executive director of the NC Dental Society. He achieved recognition as a Certified Association Executive from The American Society of Association Executives in 2013 and has retained that status since.

Last July, Dr. Parker was the recipient of the James J. Lowry Outstanding CEO Award from the Association Executives of North Carolina. This award represents AENC's highest honor for a Chief Executive Officer and recognizes outstanding leadership and achievement in association management.

Sy Saeed, MD, MS, FACPsych, Dr. Saeed has been serving as the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University since 2004. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Telepsychiatry at ECU. He is the Founding Director of the North Carolina Statewide Telepsychiatry Program (NC-STeP), a state funded program covering over 65 hospitals and community-based sites in North Carolina.

He has lectured and presented nationwide and internationally, including being an invited speaker at a White House Convening on Telehealth in 2016. He was the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Gov. Oliver Max Gardner Award, the highest UNC award, selected by the UNC Board of Governors, to recognize UNC system faculty who have “made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.”

Allison Tempel, MPH Candidate. Allison graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida Southern College and is currently enrolled in a Master of Public Health program at Liberty University. She is currently working at the Brody School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine at East Carolina University as a Research Assistant working on the Healthier Lives at School and Beyond telehealth project.


Rob Tempel, Jr., DDS is currently serving as Associate Dean for Extramural Clinical Practices at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. Prior to joining ECU, Dr. Tempel served twenty-seven years in the United States Army reaching the rank of Major General. He served as Chief, US Army Dental Corps and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Regional Health Command- Central. His interest in Teledentistry began in 1993 during his service as an Army Special Forces Group Dental Surgeon and continued throughout his career.

Jane Weintraub, DDS, MPH, is the first recipient of the Rozier Douglass Distinguished Professorship in Dental Public Health, former Dean at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry, and adjunct professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Jane is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and past president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. Widely known for her expertise in oral epidemiology, dental public health and clinical research, she is a leader in research to understand and prevent oral health disparities. She has been elected to serve as the next Vice-President of the American Association for Dental Research.

Bobby White currently serves as the CEO and Legal Counsel to the NC State Board of Dental Examiners. Past President of the American Association of Dental Administrators and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Dental Boards. Member of the NC State Bar, the US Supreme Court Bar, and serves as Chair of the Occupational Licensing Board committee of the Administrative Law Section of the NC Bar Association.

Sommer Wisher, BS is a proud Tarheel, graduating with her BS in Dental Hygiene from UNC Adams School of Dentistry. Prior to being in the dental profession, Sommer worked for 12 years in the nonprofit sector both locally and globally. Her career in private practice and now as Executive Director of Wake Smiles, a few non-profit dental clinic, is a perfect combination to keep her passion for dentistry and access to care alive. Sommer is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor at UNC Adams School of Dentistry in the Dental Hygiene Department, a member of the UNC Dental Hygiene Community Advisory Committee and UNC Dental Hygiene Strategic Planning Advisory Board and just completed her term as President of the NC Dental Hygienists' Association.

Larry Wu, MD, is a medical director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC and provides consultative services for employee health solutions, use of telehealth, prevention, chronic disease, care management, BCBSNC health articles on social media, medical expense and utilization management. He is a family physician with over 20 years in clinical practice, has served as clinic director in the Indian Health Service, Kaiser Permanente and Duke Family Medicine. Dr Wu also serves on NC Advisory Committees on Cancer Care and Coordination, Diabetes, and Minority Health and Disparities, and on the Board of Directors of Urban Ministries of Wake Co, and on the steering committee of the NC Colorectal Screening Roundtable. He maintains a part-time clinical practice at Urban Ministries of Wake Co, NC and Duke Family Medicine, where is also an Associate Clinical Consulting Professor.

Special dietary requirements will be honored whenever possible. Please be sure to notify our office in writing of your special need no later than Friday, February 28, 2020.

Registration and Fees
The registration fee is $60 for all dental professionals. The registration fee includes course materials and all meals listed in the agenda. All registrations must be received by Friday, February 28, 2020.

UNC CDE recommends that you do not make air travel arrangements prior to receiving a receipt of payment or confirmation. UNC CDE is not responsible for any travel-related costs.

Cancellations and Refunds
A registration refund, less a $25 fee, will be issued for cancellations received by Friday, February 28, 2020. Cancellations must be received in writing either by fax 919-445-2110 or email to The cancellation request must include: the name of the course, name of the person registered, name of the person requesting the cancellation, and the reason for the cancellation. No refunds will be issued after Friday, February 28, 2020. The UNC School of Dentistry Continuing Dental Education Program cannot be responsible for the refund of any part of the registration fee as a result of emergencies, unforeseen circumstances, or events beyond its control after the cancellation date.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, the University will fully refund registration fees but is not responsible for any related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, rental car or travel agencies.



This continuing education program is presented by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry and Pediatric Dentistry. The UNC Continuing Dental Education program is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. UNC CDE's term of recognition is May 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023. 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. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at


The UNC Adams School of Dentistry designates this course for up to 6.75 hours of Continuing Education credits.


UNC Adams School of Dentistry is a nationally accredited provider. Regulations may differ from state to state based on current legislation and/or various certifying organizations. Individuals are responsible for verifying acceptance of credit hours by their state boards or other licensing agencies. Individuals should check with their licensing boards/agencies for specific questions.



Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V, everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational course will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the course.

As a continuing education provider, UNC Adams School of Dentistry is responsible for ensuring the content, quality and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. The School is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.


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