Conferences and Continuing Education

NDA 2018 Conference

OSDA 2018 conference

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Dates: Friday & Saturday, April 28 - 29, 2017

Embassy Suites Portland Airport
7900 NE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97220

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Conference Schedule:
Board Meeting:
 April 27th, 2017 - 6PM
Membership Meeting: April 29th, 2017 - 11:45am
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Conference Presenters and Course Outlines:
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Arian Deutsch is a certified dental technician who has studied at the University level in the United States and Canada since the early 90’s. He and his wife Muriel started Deutsch Dental Arts in Arizona in 2007 where they continue to learn and grow their lab today. Arian has studied under many great technicians and won competitions and awards for his work worldwide. He has also served as adjunct faculty at ASDOH Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health and is a member of the Arizona Dental Association and the American College of Prosthodontist’s Dental Technician’s Alliance.

Course: “Restoring the Implant Patient”

Chris Bormes is the President of Preat Corporation.

Course: Restorative Implant Options: A didactic overview and theory of case design to help the attendee decide when to recommend a Fixed Detachable, Fixed Removable, or Removable Prosthesis with a Bar or Stud attachment.

F-Tx The Denturist Fixed Attachment: An introduction to the new Locator F-Tx Fixed attachment. Ideal for Denturists, as there are no screws, no cement--and no problems! Provide your patients with a fixed restoration with simple proven techniques. If you can restore a Locator overdenture, you can do an F-Tx fixed prosthesis!

Esther Schwenning is a Denturist and owner of Northern Lights Denture Clinic in Prince George, British Colombia, Canada. After working in both Denturist Clinics and Dental labs for a number of years, Esther decided this was her future and completed her training in 2007 at VCC. She brings a wealth of enthusiasm to her industry. Between volunteering with the DABC for the past 6 years, she dedicates her free time to expanding her knowledge to her profession. Esther opened her own clinic in 2011, where her and her team practice what they preach. In 2015 and 2016 she traveled to Japan to study under Dr. Jiro Abe and became a trainer for SEMCD.

Course: Do you find that lower dentures are the nemesis in your office? Do you struggle to have an alternative to offer patients that are not candidates for lower implants? Join Esther Schwenning R.D., SEMCD in this informative introductory discourse giving you the insight into the Dr. Abe Suction Impression Technique. This is a new clinical impression system that offers both stability and suction on lower dentures. Define who would be a candidate, and what the contraindications for this procedure would be. We will discuss the restorative techniques that will give optimum results for your patient. This includes proper record taking, and appropriate tooth selection and set up. Also will be discussed is how to maintain proper recall for your patients to provide them with optimal care.

Eugene Royzengurt DTG is the Owner of Apple Dental Laboratory LLC, Sandy, UT, specializing in removable prosthodontics. He has an AS degree and certificates in dental assistance and dental radiology and has been working in the dental industry since 1996.

Course: In the world where the implant retained removable prosthetics are no longer a novelty item, we cannot afford to present to our patients a prosthesis that has a typical denture look. The need for the balance between function and aesthetics can now be addressed with the use of composite veneering of the denture base and also by choosing a treatment plan that will not only retain a prosthesis but will offer superior hygiene and longevity of the implant regions. During the lecture Mr. Royzengurt will cover the protocols for the fabrication of the double structure implant retained removable prosthetics with the use of plunger locks. The lecture will not only include all the proper steps for the fabrication of such prosthesis, but will also cover some of the common mistakes made and how to correct them.


Date: April 15-16, 2016

Embassy Suites Portland Airport
7900 NE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97220

Conference Schedule


8-hour Hands-on Continuing Education

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015

Location: Chemeketa Community College

Fall Workshop Schedule

Fall Workshop Guest Speakers

We had a successful Fall workshop. Thanks to all of you who attended!


Dates: April 24 - 25, 2015

Riverhouse Resort
3075 North Highway 97
Bend, OR  97701

Conference Agenda:

Jim Collis - Shofu

(8:00-12:00 Friday, 4 CE) We can all agree that no patient is the same. Every treatment plan is specific to each patient. So lets start at the basics and work our way to the most advanced and complete outcomes. In this four-hour discussion we will see how the different appliances like simple flippers, to implant-retained full dentitions fabricated with new materials can for fill your patients aesthetic and functional needs. Also see how   the utilization of strategic planning and protocol will stream line your workflow and produce a predictable out come. Lets put all of the stars in alignment.

Nicole Anderson - Specialized Office Systems

(1:00-3:00 Friday, 2 CE) Denturists will walk away from this course inspired to improve their business and their work flow. Specific techniques will be presented to increase office efficiency from the waiting room through the front desk; laboratory; back office; and remote locations. This lively course will include specific strategic planning and implementations that work for denturists. Topics will include how the denturist can: 1) improve work flow; 2) achieve rock solid patient charting; 3) increase patient treatment acceptance; 4) utilize “Value Forward” marketing techniques to attract more business.

Dan Beck - Kettenbach

(3:30-4:30 Friday, 1 CE) Dan will present on impression taking materials and techniques. He will also be going through a troubleshooting guide on the most common mistakes made while taking impressions.

Sherilan Sullivan and Suzee Parson - Sullivan Practice Solutions

(8:30-11:30 Saturday, 3 CE) Dealing with insurance companies these days can be a confusing maze. It is a changing landscape with plan limitations, billing complications, and patient confusion. Sherilan and Suzee will tackle this broad topic from a few different angles and clear the waters on what can be a struggle for all oral health care professionals and their offices. This will include an informal question and answer opportunity as well.


Date: November 22nd, 2014

Natural Dentures
3545 NE Lancaster Dr.
Salem OR 97305

The OSDA had a Hands-On Workshop on November 22nd, 2014 at Natural Dentures in Salem, OR. This workshop was a hands on class for people wanting more continuing education and was taught by Ron Ferris .

Course Description:  Hands on unilateral partials from start to finish -Hands on Acetal Resin structure with acrylic resin hybrid processing.


Dates: May 30th & 31st, 2014

Salem Convention Center

Spring Conference 2014 Agenda

Speaker Agenda

Record attendance at 35 Year Oregon Anniversary Celebration
Oregon State Denturist Association’s (OSDA) spring conference was a great success.  A  banquet was held to honor pioneer denturists, founding board members, dedicated 35 year members and past presidents with honorary coins and awards given. Several pioneer members spoke at the banquet, including Dave Dahl, Ken Holden, and Phil Dahl who helped lead the fight to legalize Denturism in Oregon. OSDA honored all who attended, whether as past or current board member, executive director, a new member or a student (future denturist). Thank you to all who attended. Heidi van Giffen, OSDA President, greeted the group. “I could not have fulfilled my term as an efficient President for the Association without the wonderful hard working Officers and Board of Directors who served with me. Thank you for investing much of your time and energy supporting the Association. Also, thank you to every association member, your support is greatly needed and appreciated. It was an honor serving as President of such an amazing association!” (Heidi will now serve as Secretary/Treasurer; Congratulations to Nels Hvass and Chris Chapman, President and President elect respectively) Look for more information about this successful conference in the OSDA newsletter arriving with the fall issue of The National Denturist, USA.