2023 Breathe & Thrive Symposium Speaker Announcement and Early Bird Special

We are pleased to announce the Breathe and Thrive 2023 Symposium lineup of over 25 renowned experts and multidisciplinary speakers. Join us to learn about surgical lasers with a focus on airway disorder treatments on February 17-19, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk. This is the American Laser Study Club’s (ALSC) 6th Annual Symposium. Hands-on laser labs will be available, at no additional cost, throughout the Symposium to practice surgical laser techniques and simulated procedures. SEATS ARE LIMITED – REGISTER EARLY before October 31st to take advantage of the early bird special. To learn more visit breatheandthrive.org

Confirmed 2023 Speakers 

  • Soroush Zaghi, MD 
  • Richard Baxter, DMD, MS 
  • Piya Gandhi, DDS 
  • Rajeev Agarwal, MD, FAAP
  • Paul Bahn, DMD
  • Scott A. Siegel, MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP, DABOMS 
  • Najmeh Hannanvash, DDS, MSD 
  • Martin Kaplan, DMD 
  • Hal Stewart, DDS 
  • Erica Zolnierczyk, DMD 
  • Joy Lantz RDH, COM®, IBCLC 
  • Michelle Zeglin, MA, CCC-SLP, COM® 
  • Jennifer A. White, DDS 
  • Milton Geivelis, DDS, MS 
  • Justin Roche, MB ChB, MRCPCH, IBCLC 
  • Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, COM® 
  • Toni-Ann Antoniato, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC
  • Janine Stiene, MA, CCC-SLP, TSSLD
  • German Ramirez-Yañez, DDS, Pedo. Cert., MDSC, PhD, FRCD 
  • Karen M. Wuertz, DDS, ABCDSM, FOM 
  • Shannon Thorsteinson, DMD 
  • Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC 
  • Maribel Santos-Cordero, DMD 
  • Manuel Castillo, DDS, Dipl ABPD 
  • Paula Fabbie, RDH, BS, COM® 
  • Eric Armakan, DDS 
  • Shelly F. Klein, MD, COM 
  • Sheila Busch, MSN, RN, OMT-C, FNP-C
  • Sarah Hornsby, RDH
  • Melissa Mugno, OMT
  • Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys 
wetlab laser education

Hands-On Laser Surgery Wet Labs 

Soft-tissue laser surgery hands-on wet labs will be available during the Symposium to attendees. This is a great opportunity for clinicians to try out soft-tissue surgical lasers firsthand and simulate the variety of soft-tissue procedures including frenectomies on tissue samples (pig jaws). This is intended for both new and advanced laser surgeons. 

Event Venue and Lodging 

The Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX, USA, is located on the famous San Antonio Riverwalk and just one block from the Alamo. The venue is surrounded by attractions, restaurants, and shops. Book your stay at the hotel venue, the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk, and receive special room rates when making your travel arrangements ahead of time. 

Earn Continuing Education Credits 

Dentistry CE credits will be provided through a partnership with ADA CERP CDE providers. 

About the ALSC 

Founded in 2017, it is the mission of the American Laser Study Club (ALSC) to promote 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, and practice staff members to excel at the 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.