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Course Description

Alumni Day 2012

ALUMNI DAY 2012 - Celebrating Our Legacy
40 Years. 5,088 Graduates. 1972 - 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012  -  Course #31-12     DETAILS
with Dr. Janice Townsend, Dr. Van Himel, Dr. Tyler Lasseigne, Dr. Sabiha Bunek,
Ms. Jennifer Ireland, Dr. Cole Johnson, and Dr. Ryan May
6 hrs clinical CDE (lecture)
Fees: Dentist - $195  Hygienist - $145   Lab Tech - $145   Assistant, other staff - $95      

Join us on Alumni Day, September 21! 
To celebrate our history, LSUHSC School of Dentistry (LSUSD) faculty members Drs. Van Himel, Janice Townsend and Tyler Lasseigne will share the latest clinical information in endodontics, pediatric dentistry and esthetics. Two of our recent graduates - our 40th class - and an upcoming graduate will present their grand rounds case studies. In addition, visiting faculty members from The Dental Advisor will share information on new products, as well as tips and techniques for improving patient care.

Complementing the relevant and up-to-date Continuing Education (CE) courses, the all-day event will include a continental breakfast, a hot lunch, a student-sponsored post-event celebration and a live auction. 

Special thanks to our lead sponsor, 1983 alumnus
Dr. Michael Zweifler, president and founder of Accupal.
A warm thanks also to our co-sponsors Campus Federal Credit Union, Delta Dental Insurance Company, Ivoclar-Vivadent, KoolSmiles, and P&G Crest Oral-B.
Because of their support, Alumni Day is possible.

Grand Rounds Case Studies  -  2012 DDS Graduates
"Grand Rounds" has been an important teaching tool in medicine for many years and more recently, has been introduced into dental education. LSU School of Dentistry Grand Rounds, initiated in 2009, aims to strengthen critical thinking among students while integrating clinical and basic science understanding in relation to patient care.

Every Thursday morning six students present one patient case each to a group of faculty and students. The patient's chief complaint as well as dental, medical, family and social histories are all set forth and considered when recommending treatment plans. Clinical photographs and mounted casts are used when discussing the extra oral and intraoral findings. The student's proposed treatment plan, along with alternate plans, are presented. Challenges in providing the treatment are considered, such as the patient's medical or dental condition and the current medications they take. Each presenter will include references to strengthen his or her position.
Two 30-minute presentations will be given by 2012 graduates, Dr. Cole Johnson and Dr. Ryan May, and a third by an upcoming graduate..

Special thanks to Dick DuBois, DDS, GPR '77, clinical assistant professor in the LSUSD Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and Biomaterials, for his efforts to organize the grand rounds presentations.

Pediatric Dentistry Update  -  Janice Townsend, DDS, MS
Stay abreast of the latest techniques in dentistry for children. In this presentation, Dr. Janice Townsend will help the dentist brush up on fundamentals such as fluoride, behavior management and stainless-steel crowns. This course will also review changing concepts in pulp therapy, trauma management and esthetic restorations. Enjoy this fast-paced review of current practices in pediatric dentistry!

Janice Townsend, DDS, MS
Dr. Townsend, assistant professor and interim chair of the LSUSD Department of Pediatric Dentistry, received her DDS from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2005. Two years later, she completed her Master of Science studies with a certificate in pediatric dentistry at Columbus Children's Hospital and Ohio State University. In 2009 she received the Arthur Nowak Award from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry for top performance on the oral board exam. In 2010, she was selected as a "Golden Apple" teacher by her students for excellence in teaching. She is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon honorary dental society and the LSUSD C. Edmund Kells Honor Society.

Irrigation of Root Canal Systems: A New Direction  -  Van Himel, DDS
Irrigation has been an often misunderstood and under-appreciated step in cleaning root canal systems. Evidence to support its effectiveness has been available since the beginning of the specialty and was brought to the forefront in 1981 when Bystrom and Sundqvist found that attempts to eliminate infection solely through instrumentation without the use of antimicrobial agents had proven to be unsuccessful. Despite published evidence of new solutions and delivery systems, adaptation of new techniques into clinics has been slow. This presentation will review the rationale for irrigation, recommended solutions and techniques available to deliver these solutions. Needle, ultrasonic, sonic, negative apical pressure and laser techniques will be reviewed.

Van Himel, DDS
Dr. Van Himel is professor and head of the LSUSD Department of Endodontics, joining the faculty in 2010. From 1989 to 2009, he was a faculty member at the University of Tennessee (UT) Health Science Center, College of Dentistry in Memphis. He served in multiple roles at UT: director of the Division of Endodontics; chair, Department of Biologic and Diagnostic Sciences; interim associate dean of clinical affairs; and chair, Department of Endodontics and Operative Dentistry. From 1984-1989, he served as director of postgraduate endodontics at LSUSD. Dr. Himel received his DDS in 1973 and his certificate in endodontics in 1982, both from LSUSD. He served as captain in the U.S. Air Force, George AFB, California, from 1973-75. He has published 37 articles and 30 abstracts, and authored two textbook chapters. Dr. Himel also serves as a manuscript reviewer on two prestigious dental journals and has lectured or presented papers at numerous meetings across the country.

Achieving Optimal Esthetic Results in Daily Practice: Options, Limitations and Solutions - Tyler Lasseigne, DDS, CDT
Dr. Lasseigne will present a comprehensive esthetic course that offers practical solutions for the dental professional. Participants will learn how to:

  • distinguish a functional patient from an esthetic patient
  • manage occlusion for complex esthetic rehabilitations
  • select ceramic systems to suit patient expectations
  • select high-strength ceramics for maximum predictability
  • manage adjacent implant restorations in the anterior dentition
  • implement a systematic occlusal strategy for protection of aesthetic restorations.

The course is high-energy and packed with valuable content. Dr. Lasseigne's educational and professional background positions him as an authority in the fields of prosthodontics and dental laboratory technology.

Tyler P. Lasseigne, DDS, CDT
Dr. Lasseigne, assistant clinical professor in the LSUSD Department of Prosthodontics, received his postgraduate education in prosthodontics at LSUSD while obtaining a certification in dental lab technology. He maintains a private practice limited to comprehensive restorative dentistry in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Lasseigne currently serves as visiting faculty at Georgia Health Sciences University and The Pankey Institute and is a member of numerous professional academies. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. He lectures nationally and internationally in the areas of esthetics and comprehensive dentistry.

Staying on Top -- Tools, Tips and Techniques for Team Success  -  Sabiha S. Bunek, DDS, and Jennifer N. Ireland, BS, CDA, RDA
Exceptional time management, multi-tasking and patient care capabilities are essential for productivity. Often team members do not know where to look for new products, tips or techniques that will provide solutions to everyday clinical problems. This lecture is designed to update the entire dental team on the latest product advancements and developments, helping them to improve their efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. In addition to acquiring multiple tips, tools and techniques that will contribute to improved patient care, participants will receive a bag of goodies for attending the course.

Sabiha S. Bunek, DDS
Dr. Bunek, a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, is dedicated to remaining at the forefront of her profession by applying her creativity and esthetic principles to leading-edge cosmetic and restorative dentistry. She is a practicing dentist at Enspire Dental in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and serves as editor-in-chief of The Dental Advisor, a resource for unbiased evaluation of products and equipment. In addition to overseeing a group of editors who contribute content, she is also a regular contributor to the publication. Her vision is to always ensure that the The Dental Advisor,  is clinically relevant and serves as a valuable resource for dental professionals. She lectures on digital technologies, as well as clinical procedures, using the latest products and techniques. Dr. Bunek is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry.

Jennifer N. Ireland, BS, CDA, RDA
Ms. Ireland works full-time in training and education at The Dental Advisor, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She graduated from Siena Heights University in 2004 with a BS degree in biology and is a 2006 graduate of the Washtenaw Community College Dental Assisting program. She has 14 years of dental assisting experience and is an active member of the ADAA, MDAA and Washtenaw District Dental Assistants Society. In 2009 Jennifer successfully completed the"Speak Like a Leader" program, developed by Dr. Paul Homoly of the Homoly Institute, and continues to share her diverse experience and knowledge with her peers through lectures, table clinics and trainings. Jennifer developed and moderates the Assistant Advisor, a corner of The Dental Advisor, website which promotes continuous education and advancement for dental assistants. She approaches life with passion and continually strives to grow both personally and professionally.

Bring the entire team for the CE, fellowship and fun! This is a program for everyone -- dentists, hygienists, laboratory technologists, and dental assistants.

To view a detailed agenda for the day, click here.




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