2024 VDHA Spring Scientific Session

  • Friday, March 22, 2024
  • Saturday, March 23, 2024
  • Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa/ Short Pump


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Can't join us for the conference? Just come for Friday night to see the exhibitors and attend our anniversary party.

    Only select this ticket if this is the ONLY thing you are joining us for. If you are registering for any CE classes, you will be able to select the reception as an add-on.
  • price for any booth reps over 3

71st Annual Spring Scientific Session

MARCH 20, 2024   Zoom Event

MARCH 22-23, 2024   Live Events

Location: Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa/ Short Pump

12042 West Broad St, Henrico, VA 23233


Registration requires a two step fee:

Basic registration fees are:

Student                                Early Bird, $25; Registration between 2/23 and 3/15 $50
(in order to qualify for the student rate, you must be enrolled full time in a DH program, or provide a student ADHA member #)

Member                               Early Bird, $25; Registration between 2/23 and 3/15 $75
Non-Member/ Guest        Early Bird $50; Registration between 2/23 and 3/15 $100

Once you have selected your basic registration, you can choose either a la carte events/ courses, or a full package to include all CE sessions (including the virtual session), meals, and the exhibits. (Please note: there is NO breakfast served on Friday, March 22).  Check-in table opens at 9:00am.


·         Full Package: $100


·         Full Package: $250


·         Full Package: $350

A LA CARTE SESSIONS (If you don’t select the Full Package)

·         Exhibits Only: $30 Friday 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Can't join us for the conference? Select this option to join us for the exhibits    and the VDHA Foundation Reception (cash bar)

Individual sessions vary from $60-$150 based on what is included. 

Wednesday PM CE: March 20, 2024 7-9 PM via ZOOM

Speaker: Provost Pamela Zarkowskibs, BS, RDH, MPH, JD

Title: Beware and Be Aware: A Primer for Practitioners


Awareness of legal concepts protects the provider and patient. This course introduces the participants to legal principles essential in delivering oral health and providing employee protection. Patient care-focused concepts include ethical principles, contracts, intentional and unintentional torts (negligence), informed consent and refusal, and patient abandonment. Critical concepts in employment law will be reviewed including recruitment, hiring, and legal protections for employees.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  •  Identify five ethical principles that apply to delivering oral health care services.
  • Identify the contractual responsibilities of the patient and provider.
  • Describe intentional and unintentional torts, including negligence, informed consent, informed refusal, and patient abandonment.
  • Describe legal concepts that protect employers and employees.

Friday AM CE: March 22, 2024 10 AM - 1 PM, In Person

Speaker: Kyle Isaacs, RDHAP

Title: Trauma-Informed Care in the Dental Office


Dental offices can be a source of stress for our patients making it difficult to provide care to a large population of people. This can be from early dental treatment that resulted in negative experiences, and it can be from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), abuse and other non-dental traumas that our patients may have experienced. Unfortunately, abuse is a global issue and in 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that one billion children between the ages of two and 17 had experienced some type of abuse, including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Long-term effects from such traumas can and often do result in chronic diseases and lack of regular heath care, including dental care. As healthcare providers, dental professionals need to understand the health implications of a history of trauma and techniques to help our patients.

Friday PM CE: March 22, 2024 2 PM - 5 PM, In Person

Speaker: Christopher Richardson, DMD, MS

Title: Tooth Autotransplantation and Soft Tissue Grafting


Tooth Autotransplantation: This course will provide the attendee with detailed information on the utilization of Tooth Autotransplantation as a viable option for tooth replacement utilizing an unerupted permanent tooth in cases of traumatic dental injury in the pre-teen population. It is interesting to note that it is estimated that 70-90% of all dental trauma occurs before 19 years of age. Tooth Autotransplantation should be considered as a replacement option to maintain alveolar bone volume in cases where a permanent tooth may be lost. This course will discuss options for tooth replacement, timing considerations, risks/ benefits and successful long-term outcomes. 

Soft Tissue Grafting: This course will provide the attendee detailed knowledge regarding the indications, limitations, and long-term objectives in repairing gingival recession and a lack of keratinized tissue. Options for mucogingival grafting will be discussed including autogenous and allograft options.  The attendee will gain knowledge in understanding when to determine appropriate timing for repair and the benefits of correcting mucogingival defects. Understating the importance of keratinized tissue with regards to implant care, restorative care and orthodontic success are critical elements to making sure your patients are periodontally healthy.

Saturday AM CE: March 23, 2024 9 AM - 12 PM, In Person

Speaker: Sarah Glass, DDS

Title: Collecting the Pathology Puzzle Pieces


The dental hygienist is a detective in the realm of oral pathology. This presentation will sharpen your head and neck exam skills and investigative questioning, important components of the diagnostic puzzle. It will also review emerging topics in oral pathology. Participant will be able to perform a comprehensive head and neck exam and collect crucial findings to assist in creating a differential diagnosis, and will be able to discuss up to date literature on a variety of oral pathology topics.

Saturday PM CE: March 23, 2024 2 PM - 5 PM, In Person

Speaker: Cheryl Hancock, DPT

Title: The Working "Athlete"


I have a Doctorate, Masters, Bachelors and Associate degree in Physical Therapy. Throughout my 30 plus year career, I have dedicated myself to providing exceptional care to patients. Clinically, I provide individualized, hands-on treatment for both new injuries and recurring pain for patients of all ages and ability. My approach is a comprehensive, manual treatment that assesses and rehabs the body as one complete unit. I continue to strengthen my skills and expertise in manual therapy techniques, involving hands-on interventions to assess, diagnose, and treat various musculoskeletal conditions. In addition to my clinical practice, I have had the privilege of traveling around the U.S. for 20 years, teaching and mentoring through continuing education classes, with the focus on manual techniques to evaluate and treat spinal dysfunction. As a comprehensive physical therapist, I approach each patient considering not only their physical symptoms but also their emotional well-being and overall quality of life. I believe in encouraging them to take an active role in their recovery, continuing to move forward and preventing further injury as they function throughout normal daily life. The course will include how to extend your career, research driven, work related imbalances, common problems and dysfunctions in the work environment, MSDs and how they affect performance, Ergonomics: Altering your environment, prevention, treatment and exercises for prevention.

The Virginia Dental Hygienists' Association  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

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