American Laser Study Club 2020 Symposium – Speaker Line Up Announcement

2020 Symposium BrochureDon’t miss this opportunity to attend the 2020 American Laser Study Club (ALSC) 3rd Annual Symposium held February 28, 29 and March 1, 2020, at the Opal Grand near Fort Lauderdale, FL. “Breathe and Thrive” is the theme of the 2020 Symposium and it is focused on airway disorders. Join us for more than 40 exhilarating presentations in three sessions by physicians, dentists, veterinarians, and other specialists.* CE credits will be provided and hands-on laser training will be available. To learn more click here.

The symposium will offer one joint session, three break-out sessions, and hands-on wet labs:

  1. Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Laser Frenectomies Session – Sleep, Airway, Myofunctional Therapy, and More
  2. Pediatric Laser Frenectomies and Beyond Session – Pediatric Tongue-Ties, Breastfeeding, and More
  3. Veterinary Laser Medicine Session – Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) and More
  4. Hands-On Wetlabs – 6 dental labs and 4 veterinary labs, limited to 8 attendees per lab.

Keynote Speakers / Joint Session

  • Rajeev Agarwal, MD, FAAP – “Helping Babies to Thrive. The Agave Pediatrics Story. “
  • Richard Baxter, DMD, MS – “Helping Pediatric Patients Thrive: Improved Feeding, Speaking, and Breathing After Tongue-Tie Release”
  • Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC – “Interdisciplinary Teams Helping Families Breathe and Thrive”
  • Leyli Norouz-Knutsen – “Building the Multi-Disciplinary Teams to Help Patients Breathe and Thrive. The Breathe Institute Story”
  • C. Kumar N. Patel, PhD, MS – “Kumar Patel Prize in Laser Surgery 2020 Award Ceremony”
  • German Ramirez-Yañez, DDS, Pedo. Cert., MDSC, PhD – “Helping Orthodontic Patients to Breathe and Thrive”
  • William Schultz, DVM – “BOAS, Airways Disorders, and Laser Surgeries to Help Companion Animals Breathe & Thrive”
  • Scott A. Siegel, MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP, DABOMS, DABLS – “Effects of Lingual Frenectomy on Infant Sleep and Tongue Mobility. Ongoing Research”
  • Robert A. Strauss, DDS, MD, FACS – “Laser physics for poets: how the good practitioner uses basic principles for the best clinical laser results”
  • James Thomas, DDS, MS – “The health:latch story – how we broke through impossibility to create real and lasting change in others”
  • Soroush Zaghi, MD – “The Airways Disorder Diagnostics and Treatments Outlook for 2020 and beyond”

Below are just SOME of the presenters and presentations scheduled for the break-out sessions*:

Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Laser Frenectomies Session

  • Diana Batoon, DMD – “Airway, Breathing & Sleep: A collaborative Approach with Laser Dentistry”
  • James M. Bronson, DDS, FIAO – “Cranial-Mandibular-Cervical-Respiratory Complex”
  • Sheila Busch, MSN, RN, OMT-C, FNP-C – “Sleep Dysfunction and Tethered Oral Tissues – Beginning the Conversation”
  • Stacy V. Cole, DDS – “Acupuncture, Structure, Women’s Health, Airway, Dentistry, and Lasers”
  • Paula Fabbie, RDH, BS, COM® and Leonard Kundel, DMD – “Something Old, Something New – How to implement effective dental procedures to improve airway health and oral function”
  • Ken Hooks, RRT, RPSGT – “Mid-Face Deficiency; The Successful Treatment of a Pharmacological Cover Up”
  • Craig Lustman, DDS – “Using Your Profession as a Vehicle For Your Passion”
  • Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, COM® and Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC – “Considering the Functional Impact of TOTs and the Importance of Pre – and Post-Op Care for Frenectomy Patients”
  • Dawn Moore, ClinScD., CCC-SLP, COM® – “The Tongue Matters: Orofacial Myology and Speech-Language Pathology”
  • Melissa Mugno, OMT – “Myofunctional Orthodontics Connection”
  • Matthew J. Rowe, DDS, MSD – “Streamlining the TOTS Three-Ring Circus:  A multi-specialty approach to functional frenectomies”
  • Heidi F. Widoff, RDH, COM® – “The Clinical Oral Facial Massage – More than just a Myofascial Release” 

Pediatric Laser Frenectomies and Beyond Session

  • Renuka Rao Bijoor, DDS, MPH, MDS, FDSRCS, FFDRCSI – “How It All Ties In!”
  • Ann Bynum, DDS and Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC – “Plot the TOT: A Collaborative Map to Optimal Outcomes”
  • Milton Geivelis, DDS, MS – “TOTs in Infants, Children and Adults”
  • Martin A. Kaplan, DMD – “Health Impact of Frenum Surgery through the Ages”
  • Shelly Klein, MD, DABLS, CSOM – “The effect of tethered oral tissue on intra-oral pressure in infants and changes noted with release”
  • Kirk Kollmann, DMD – “Tips and Tricks I’ve Learned Through the Years”
  • Lisa Lahey, RN, IBCLC, OMT, CSOM – “Babies and Breathing; the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
  • Brynn L. Leroux, DDS – “Pediatric TOTS Case Presentations from Birth through Adulthood”
  • Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC, DABLS – “Reattachment, Reassessment, Re-release: Considerations, feedback, and concerns after the initial release”
  • Justin Roche, MB ChB, MRCPCH, IBCLC – “Can’t eat or won’t eat? A case study on a nasogastric fed infant”
  • Maribel Santos-Cordero, DMD – “Developing compensations may allow you to survive but not necessarily thrive”
  • Shervin Yazdi, DDS, DABLS – “Top 20 Post-Frenectomy Concerns: post-surgical issues of infant frenectomy”

Veterinary Laser Medicine Session

  • Pedro Azevedo, DVM, MSc, Pst-Grd – “Advantages of the CO2 laser use in total mastectomy surgery outcome in bitches”
  • Noel A. Berger, DVM, MS, Dip. ABLS – “Its’ neck and neck… and the CO2 laser wins!”
  • Miguel Carreira, PhD, MSc, DTO, Pst-Grd, DMD, DVM, CMVAA – “CO2 laser surgery in the management of nasal mucosa infiltrative carcinoma in dogs – Three clinical cases” and “Comparing the blade scalpel and CO2 laser surgery in the management of nasopharyngeal masses in dogs”
  • John C. Godbold, Jr., DVM – “Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome in Veterinary Patients & The CO2 Laser Paradigm Shift” and “Veterinary Photobiomodulation Therapy Contraindications, Special Considerations, and Precautions – 2020 Update”
  • Jakub Kaczmarek, DVM, ECVS Resident – “Brachycephalic Syndrome: The Inconvenient Truths” and “The urogenital surgery: smooth, quick and without bleeding. Is it possible?”
  • Ziemowit Kudła, DVM – “Breathing – with BOAS Syndrome”
  • Christopher J. Winkler DVM, VMLSO, Dip. ABLS – “Palates, Polyps, and Pinnae (Oh My!): Improving the Quality of Life of Pets with Lasers”
  • Chih-Ming “Jimmy” Yu, DVM – “How surgical laser help a veterinary practice grow”

Hands-On Laser Surgery Wet Labs

Soft-tissue laser surgery hands-on wet labs will be available during the Symposium at no additional cost to attendees. This is a great opportunity for clinicians to try out soft-tissue surgical lasers first hand and simulate the variety of soft tissue procedures on tissue samples (pig jaws). This is intended for both new and advanced laser surgeons. There will be 2 different lab types one focusing on dental surgery and one focusing on veterinary surgery. Continuing education credits will be provided during these wet labs.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

  • Dentistry CE credits will be provided through a partnership with ADA CERP CDE providers.
  • Veterinary CE credits will be provided through the AAVSB’s Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) program.

About the ALSC

The American Laser Study Club promotes science-based laser surgery, dentistry, and safety education. The ALSC fills the void in current laser surgery and laser dentistry education (i.e., the physics of laser-tissue interaction, such as absorption, scattering, ablation, coagulation and hemostasis, soft and hard tissue ablation, laser safety, etc.) and helps physicians, dentists, veterinarians and practice staff members to excel at efficient and safe application of laser energy in everyday practice.

*Information, terms, conditions, program, schedule and list of speakers in this communication are subject to change without prior notice. This is not the final list of presenters or presentations; this is only a preview.