Dental Hygiene Update

Morning Topic: Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy: Why Now?
Afternoon Topic: Neck, Back & Beyond: Preventing Pain for Peak Productivity

Joy Moeller, BS, RDH and Bethany Valachi, PT, MS, CEAS
This course is co-sponsored by the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Shoreline Conference Center
Shoreline Room
18560 1st Ave. NE
Shoreline, Washington 98155
(206) 368-4122

This course is designed for dentists, hygienists and dental assistants.

Registration for this course will be completed through the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association – www.wsdha.com

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until November 20 (after, $10 more)
$210/Dental Hygienist
$185/Office Staff/Dental Assistant

*There are no discounts for this course.

CREDITS: 7 hours

Morning Topic: Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy: Why Now?

Orofacial myofunctional therapy has been known in the research since the 1900’s. Now with current research linking treatment protocols to success as an adjunctive treatment to parafunctional habit control, early interceptive orthodontic treatment, post-orthodontic retention, OSA, TMD and recognition and treatment of restricted frenums, dentists and hygienists may want to incorporate a systematic program into their practice. This program will enable the dentist and hygienist to assess the importance of including orofacial myofunctional therapy as a vital aspect of total treatment.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Define Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy.
  • Recognize oral facial muscle abnormalities and habits.
  • Determine proactive interventions for TMD, OSA and Orthodontic relapse modalities that an orofacial myologist can perform.
  • Educate the patient as to the value of early treatment and prevention.
  • Learn how and why to incorporate myofunctional therapy into your practice.


I.      Introduction
II.      History
III.      Etiology
IV.      Diagnosis
V.      Treatment
VI.      The Future

Afternoon Topic: Neck, Back & Beyond: Preventing Pain for Peak Productivity

This research-based seminar bridges the gap between dental ergonomics and work-related pain so you can work more comfortably and productively.  Delivered with high energy and humor, you will discover how equipment selection and adjustment, patient positioning, lighting, movement and operatory layout are affecting your health.  Engaging demonstrations help you learn how to implement powerful evidence-based strategies to prevent work-related pain and improve quality of life.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify and implement appropriate ergonomic interventions for chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.
  • Identify the three essential ergonomic criteria for selecting loupes that will improve your health – not make it worse!
  • Properly select and adjust delivery systems, stools and chairs depending on operator size, job-type and operatory size.
  • Make ergonomic modifications in the operatory with minimal expense.
  • Properly position your patients, headrests and lights to treat various arches and quadrants.


JOY MOELLERJOY MOELLER has worked in private practice as a myofunctional therapist since 1980.

She has worked in a variety of settings including Children’s Hospital, San Diego, California; Temporal Mandibular Joint Therapy Clinic; along with Orthodontist and Pediatric Dental Offices and more.

Her training is extensive. She graduated from the Myofunctional Therapy Institute in Coral Gables, Florida, in 1980 and had an extensive Internship in Orofacial Myology.

Joy’s background of Dental Hygiene led the way for further studies, and she has taught and continues to teach principles of Myofunctional Therapy to graduate and post-graduate students and numerous universities as a guest speaker.

She currently teaches at UCLA in the Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency Program.

Bethany VelachiBETHANY VALACHI has helped thousands of dental professionals prevent work-related pain, prolong their careers, increase productivity and work more comfortably with her groundbreaking, research-based dental ergonomic health and wellness education since 1997.

Bethany is recognized as a leading dental ergonomic expert. She is a member of the National Speaker’s Association and lectures at dental conferences internationally. Bethany has provided in-office dental ergonomic consultations for numerous practicing clinicians and schools. She is published in numerous industry journals, including JADA, author of the ADAA Ergonomic Study Course and contributing author to Periodontal Instrumentation, a dental hygiene textbook.

Posturedontics, the company for which she is president and founder, provides research-based dental ergonomic education and product evaluations. Her popular Chairside Stretching & Trigger Point Therapy and Smart Moves Exercise programs were developed specifically for dental professionals to alleviate and prevent chronic occupational pain.

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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.

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