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Continuing Dental Education

Dental Ergonomics: Your Health, the Pandemic and Heavy PPE and Dentistry Shouldn’t be a Pain in the Neck – live webinar

Bethany Valachi, PT, DPT, MS, CEAS

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This course has been cancelled.

Course Description

First hour – Your Health, the Pandemic and Heavy PPE: Boost Immunity while Conquering Stress, Fatigue and Headaches

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Now more than ever, dental professionals are experiencing an exacerbation of work-related pain in dentistry due to heavy PPE, COVID, stress and scheduling challenges. Join Dr. Valachi for this NEW evidence-based education to optimize your health!

Course Objectives – At the conclusion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Discover which types of exercise boost your immune system & which types suppress it!
  • Learn why heavy PPE can lead to headaches, fatigue & dehydration and easy interventions.
  • Learn the 6 food supplements shown in recent research to target & fight COVID-19.
  • Learn the 5 essential home exercises every dental professional should perform.
  • How dental professionals should modify Yoga & Pilates routines.
  • The secret(s) to developing and keeping habits!

Second hour – Dentistry Shouldn’t be a Pain in the Neck

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To effectively prevent neck pain in dentistry, your ergonomic education MUST be specific to dentistry, evidence-based and unbiased. Dr. Valachi’s doctorate research focused on neck pain in dentistry, and her course offers a plethora of effective interventions.

Pain is NOT a necessary by-product of delivering dental care! In this dynamic webinar, Dr. Valachi shares relevant, research-based interventions to prevent neck and shoulder pain and extend your career. Bring your loupes to this interactive webinar for the loupes self-assessment exercise. Wear comfortable clothes for a myriad of activities!

Course Objectives:

  • State the risk factors for developing neck & shoulder pain in dentistry
  • Identify the 3 criteria for selecting ergonomic loupes that prevent neck pain….not make it worse!
  • Learn how to make ergonomic modifications to your existing TTL loupes
  • Implement ergonomic strategies in the operatory to prevent & resolve neck and shoulder pain
  • The single best exercise shown in research to prevent neck pain!
  • Learn how to correct muscle imbalances that lead to neck pain syndromes in dental professionals
  • Discover the best pillows to prevent neck pain.


Bethany Valachi is a clinical instructor of ergonomics at OHSU School of Dentistry in Portland, Oregon and Ergonomics Editor for DPR magazine.

Dr. Valachi is a doctor of physical therapy who has worked exclusively with dental professionals for over 20 years. She is recognized internationally as an expert in dental ergonomics and has provided over 700 dental lectures worldwide, which have provided pain relief to thousands of dental professionals. Dr. Valachi is also a prolific author who has published more than 70 articles in peer-reviewed dental journals, and produced a series of dental ergonomic & exercise Online CE Video Courses. Dr. Bethany Valachi is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist and consults with universities and practicing dental professionals to improve ergonomics.


  • Dr. Valachi has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Online – Live webinar

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

Course: 9:00am – 11:00am Pacific Time

TUITION – price includes lunch:

2 hours


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The University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University are ADA CERP Recognized Providers.
This continuing education activity hs been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University.

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 2 continuing education credits.