Christensen, Farran, Levin to headline ODA Annual Session; course registration now available

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The 2018 ODA Annual Session will feature a variety of CE courses, including several hands-on workshops. For full details and to register, visit

Dr. Gordon Christensen, Dr. Howard Farran and Dr. Roger Levin will headline the 2018 ODA Annual Session. This year’s Annual Session – more engagement = more achievement – will be Sept. 13-16 in Columbus.

“We take pride in presenting a great platform of nationally known speakers each year, but this year we are extremely proud to bring three of the top presenters on the circuit to our meeting,” said 2018 ODA Annual Session Committee Chairman Dr. Betsy Mueller. “Drs. Levin, Farran and Christensen are headliners at any meeting they attend, but to have them all in the same year at the ODA Annual Session is truly special. We realize that CE opportunities exist online, but these specific speakers create excellent team-building opportunities that can only be best experienced in person.”

Levin will present “New Game. New Rules. New Playbook. Winning Strategies for Increasing Production” on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This practice management course is aimed at dentists and staff, and topics will include over 100 pearls that can be implemented ASAP; internal and online marketing for increasing the number of new patients; how to effectively manage the practice’s online reputation; and strategies for collecting 99 percent of all fees and reducing no-shows to under one percent. Register with course code T10.

Farran will present “One-Day Dental MBA” on Friday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This course will provide attendees with the tools needed to help build a rewarding, meaningful and profitable dental office. Attendees of this course will learn business fundamentals, be able to implement a staffing formula for a highly-motivated team and understand profitable practice marketing. Register for this course with code F32.

In addition to his course, Farran will be recording segments for his Podcast, “Dentistry Uncensored,” on the evening of Sept. 13 in the Exhibit Hall. Save the date for this exciting opportunity to be part of the audience.

Christensen will present “The Christensen Bottom Line 2018” on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendees of this course will be able to understand the most important and useful new techniques, recognize the most important and useful materials and list the most important and useful new concepts. Register for this course with course code S63.

In addition to these big name speakers, Annual Session will feature courses for the entire dental team. From technical hands-on workshops, to office management and team building, Annual Session will offer something for everyone.

With more than 75 CE courses available, topics will include sedation, QuickBooks, silver diamine fluoride, endodontics, sleep apnea, pathology, medical emergencies, radiography, risk management, issues facing new dentists, CPR, OSHA, lasers and restorative dentistry, among others. A full listing of courses can be found online at

“We have taken great steps to ensure quality CE for all team members,” said Dr. Mark Bronson, ODA Annual Session Committee CE Chairman. “From your hygiene department to your front desk, all the information and tools that your team needs to succeed can be found conveniently and economically at the ODA Annual Session.”

New this year, Fireside Chats offer informal group discussions on specific topics. The free sessions will be held in the Fireside Chat Pavilion within the Exhibit Hall and attendees will earn 1 CE credit for each Fireside Chat they attend. Led by expert speakers and thought leaders on each topic, space is limited and attendees must register separately for each session.

The Fireside Chat pavilion will feature:

  • Dr. Dan Ward: “Cosmetic Dentistry” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sept. 13, course code T19
  • Dr. Jarod Johnson: “How to Exam a 1-Year Old!” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 13, course code T31
  • Dr. Edwin “Mac” McDonald: “Digital Photography” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 14, course code F47
  • Dr. Mark Murphy: “The Pankey Institute: A Low Volume, Fee for Service, Relationship-Based Model for Comprehensive Care” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sept. 14, course code F51
  • Judy Bendit, RDH: “Silver Diamine Fluoride Demo” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 14, course code F62
  • Dr. John Mayo: “HPV: Dialogue for Patients & Family” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 15, course code S71
  • Dr. Tom Paumier: “Affordable Solutions to Operative Problems” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sept. 15, course code S73

“The Exhibit Hall is always a great stop for learning about dental products, but this year we’ve added something special with the Fireside Chat Pavilion. The interactive format allows open discussion on current topics not only with nationally known speakers, but with our dental colleagues as well,” said Senior Exhibit Hall Chairman Dr. Tara Haid.

Annual Session features an expansive Exhibit Hall with more than 200 booths as well as many social opportunities for dentists and their staffs.

To register for Annual Session and for a full schedule of events, click here or watch your mailbox for an Annual Session program.

Register now!