Conferences and Continuing Education

The 2020 National Denturist
 Association Conference
Moving to a Virtual Conference

The NDA Virtual Conference will remain on a portion of the original dates (Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2020). It will include NDA’s annual membership meeting and programming from presenters from around the world.

OSDA Member Fee: $149

Non-Member Fee: $249

Student Fee: $49

More information regarding the NDA Virtual Conference will be available soon! Visit the NDA Events page for more info…

2020 OSDA Conference Update

Due to Covid-19, the OSDA 2020 Conference has been canceled for this year. More details coming soon! Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Obtaining Continuing Education During COVID-19 State of Emergency

Link to Info

The Health Licensing Office has filed a temporary Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) that impacts the Office’s license, certification, or registration holders regarding continuing education requirements as a condition for renewal during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Continuing Education Self-Study Verification Form – Optional form for you to use to track your self-study hours.

The OAR language is as follows:


Continuing Education Hours Obtained March 18, 2020 – September 13, 2020

On March 8, 2020, the Oregon Governor declared an emergency under ORS 401.165 et seq. due to the public health threat posed by the novel infectious coronavirus (COVID-19). Beginning March 18, 2020, and through September 13,  2020, all authorization holders may obtain all required continuing education hours through online courses, remote access, webinars, or self-study. The subject matter of the continuing education hours must meet the requirements set forth in each individual profession’s continuing education rules. For professions with a cultural competency continuing education subject matter requirement pursuant to ORS 676.850, this rule does not apply to the methods by which an authorization holder may obtain the cultural competency continuing education hours.





2019 OSDA Spring Conference Schedule

Friday, April 12, 2019

7:00-8:00am: Breakfast

8:30-10-30am: Sleep Apnea Treatments from the Denturist Perspective with Dr Richard Moore

11:00am-12:00pm: The Staub Technique (Part 1 Lecture) with Robert Cain L.D.

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch Break

1:15-2:15pm: The Staub Technique (Part 2 Hands On) with Robert Cain L.D.

2:45-4:45pm: The SEMCD System (Suction Dentures) Advanced Techniques Part II with Esther Schwenning

6:00-9:00pm: 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner –  $90 – includes meals and entertainment – Drinks will be a cash bar
Gala Dinner Flyer

Saturday, April 13, 2019

7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast

8:00-10:00am: Denturist Panel Discussion with Dave Dahl, Todd Young, Terri Eplett, Ken Holden, Dale Moore and more…

10:00am-12:00pm: Implant Systems with Darwin Bagley and Implants Direct

12:30-1:30pm: Membership Meeting

2019 OSDA Conference Speakers

Staub Technique by Robert Cain

The Staub Cranial System is a method of placing denture teeth in the original physiological position. By locating certain bone reference points on stone models, we can determine mathematically the individual ideal tooth position. A computer software program calculates the tooth position and prints a template which can be attached to a set up plate to be used as a guide to set the denture teeth. This allows for esthetic try in and bite record on the second visit. There will be a “hands on” segment where we will be breaking into smaller groups.

Implant Overdentures – Chairside and Laboratory Procedures

This presentation will focus primarily on techniques for removable overdentures with stud type attachments. Step-by-step approach will be presented with chairside and laboratory procedures. Bar-type overdentures and fixed-detachable hybrid dentures will also be detailed as alternative restorations.

Sleep Apnea and the Denturist – By Dr. Richard Moore

In this class, we will have a discussion about the Denturists’ role in the identification, laboratory or at-home testing, attainment of a proper diagnosis and the provision of therapy and long-term management of the Sleep Apnea patient.

Denturist Panel Discussion

Ever had a big question about practicing Denturism that you’ve wanted to get a good range of opinions on from some of the top experts in your field? Now is your chance. We will have an open panel discussion with some of the most experienced and knowledgeable Denturists in the profession. So, come ready with your questions and be ready to learn from the best!

Advanced SEMCD – Esther Schwenning L.D.

This class will be a continuation of the Mandibular Suction-Effective Complete Denture course that Esther taught a few years ago at our Oregon Spring Conference. Esther is one of the foremost experts in the SEMCD techniques and was recently awarded Canadian Denturist of the Year.  In this course, she will be teaching some more advanced techniques, how to deal with more difficult mandibular cases and she will even get into applying these skills into a digital workflow.


(Printable Flyer)


The Oregon State Denturist Association Invites You to the 40th Anniversary Celebration!

Friday, April 12, 2019

6:00 – 9:00pm

Activities for the evening include:

a Gala Dinner
Entertainment by Musician Ellen Whyte
and Presentations by Distinguished Denturists

Please see the full itinerary below for more details:

6:00-7:00 pm:
40th Anniversary Gala Dinner/Awards: Includes meal and entertainment

  • Cost: $90.00
  • Drinks will be a cash bar
  • Background music provided by Ellen Whyte

40th Anniversary Banquet with distinguished speakers: Ken Holden, Dave Dahl, John Stout, John Cooper and Todd Young

Closing performance by Ellen Whyte


Location and Hotel Reservations:

Skamania Lodge
1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way
Stevenson, WA 98648


Total of 15 CE Credits Available
*2 CE hours available for CE Table Talk (upon completion of vendor table talk sign off sheet) ‐Maximum 2 CE hours.

6:30 pm – OSDA Board Meeting

8:00 – 9:30 am Registration/Breakfast/Vendor Show – CE Table Talk*
9:30 – 10:30 am General Membership Meeting
10:30-10:45 am Board Meeting
10:45 – 11:00 am Break/Hotel will remove wall dividers after meeting
11:00 – 1:00 pm Eric Kukucka DD – “Ivoclar Digital”. Workflow for digital denture excellence, analog, digital, or both. Sponsored by Ivoclar – 2 CE Hours
-­Lunch and Dinner on your own

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast/Vendor Show CE Table Talk*
9:00 – 1:00 pm Dr. Joseph Massad Full Day Lecture Complete and Implant Retained Overdentures – Sponsored by Nobilium – 4 CE hours available
9:00 – 1:00 pm Office Support Staff Speakers

John Marshall – Results Driven – Business Training Program
Shawn Murray LD – The Front Office –Care for All Your Office Files

1:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch/Vendor Show CE Table Talk
2:00 – 5:00 pm Dr. Joseph Massad Continued – 3 CE Hours Available
6:30 – 7:00 pm Cocktails
7:00 – 11:00 pm Dinner Banquet – Surprise Dinner Show – Comedy Hypnotist Justin James – Click here for more info…

You are invited to a Hat Party!! Prizes given for the Best Hats!! Raffle!! 

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast/Vendor Show CE Table Talk*
9:00 – 11:00 am Ania Mazewska, MDT Implant-­‐Supported Overdentures – Conus Implants – Sponsored by Dentsply
11:00 – 1:00 pm Jae Hong DDS Anatomy of All on X Sponsored by Hiossen, Inc. – 2 CE Hours Available


This presentation will cover the most important aspects of complete removable dentures reloaded to include implant retained over-dentures and why unsuccessful cases are generally a result of an inadequate assessment and poor esthetic analysis thereby leading to a weak treatment plan. Helpful tips to eliminate this situation will be detailed. Making the most desirable impressions both internal and external for edentulous, dentate for immediate and implant overdentures will bring the audience up to current methods. See how predictable fit and esthetics are obtained in the immediate denture arena even when implants are placed the day of extractions. The number two problem plaguing removables is an inaccurate jaw registration. A precise jaw recording will be described in detail, for complete, partial, immediate and overdenture procedures. To sum it all up Dr. Massad will describe in detail several implant overdenture cases utilizing all of the above methods.

I have been a Licensed Denturist for 26 years and a Certified Dental Laboratory Technician for 36 years, my specialty is complete dentures. I have diplomas from Bates Vocational College, the Oregon Denturist College and George Brown College. I have been the president of the Oregon Denturist Association, and National Denturist Association. I have also held the office of Treasurer of both Associations and still a board member of OSDA. I have served the on the Board of Oregon Health Agency for a total of 16 years and chaired that Board for 16 years. I strive to improve my knowledge of the dental profession by many hours of continuing education in the dental and education fields. I am guest lecturing at several State Denturist Associations. I am an instructor at the American Denturist College.

Dr. Jae Hong is a long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest. He completed dental school and received his D.D.S. Degree at the University of Washington in 1997. After one year externship at Emory University in Atlanta, he returned to Seattle to complete his residency and certification in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Washington where he graduated first in his class.

Dr. Hong is a board-certified diplomate in the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and president of the Snohomish County Dental Society. He was voted as Top Dentist by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine for the past eight years. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and Washington State Dental Association. His main interest is in providing life-changing reconstructive treatments to patients using the latest technological advancements in dental implantology.

Ms. Ania Mazewska, BA, MDT, graduated from Medical University of Gdansk in Gdansk, Poland in 2006 with her degree in Dental Technology. Ms. Mazewska began her career as a laboratory technician in 2006 and worked in all departments of a full-service laboratory. She joined the company in 2011 as the District Manager, Clinical channel for the Seattle North territory, and became the Technical Advisor in 2015.

In this role, she lectures throughout the United States and is responsible for employee training, product development, problem-solving, and case design. She also actively assists clinicians and laboratories with difficult cases and surgeons with guided surgery, case planning, procedures, and techniques for best surgical and restorative outcome for their patients.

Results Driven was created because we believe that your business is capable of ‘more’. More revenue. More profits. More growth. Maybe – more free time. But you struggle to get there and stay there. For over a decade, John Marshall’s company has trained clients in over 30 industries to get results. Period. You could say, their structured and proven business training program is, in every sense of the word, Results Driven.
John started his career with Procter & Gamble in sales and marketing. He left P&G, to pursue his bucket list goal of traveling internationally. He talked with entrepreneurs about their struggles and these conversations planted the seed to start his company.

This lecture covers key components for the fabrication of a premium denture utilizing Ivoclar’s Digital Denture and Digital Denture Professional processes. It includes a comprehensive look at both the clinical and laboratory innovative workflows as well as unique diagnostic instrumentation, equipment, and materials.

Eric D. Kukucka, DD is President of The Denture Center, a quickly growing network of denture clinics in Ontario Canada with locations in Windsor, Leamington, Waterloo, Fergus, and Oakville Ontario. Eric is a 2010 graduate of George Brown College of Applied Arts & Technology with Dean’s List Honours and recognized as Valedictorian of the Centre for Health Sciences. Today, Eric is a successful practicing denturist and emergent entrepreneur as well as a respected key opinion leader and consultant for Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. and Nobel Biocare. As a prominent sales strategist and advocate for marketing best practices, Eric lectures extensively in North America as he strives to build great relationships within the dental community.

American Denturist College
Sebrite Agency
National Denturist Association
Special Tooth Supply Ltd.
Fricke Dental International
Hiossen Implant
Dr. B Dental Solutions
American Tooth Industries
Ivoclar Vivadent
GC America
Results Driven
Preat Corporation
Special Tooth Supply Ltd.
Tepe Oral Health Care, Inc.
Surgically Clean Air


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

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

Conference Schedule:
Board Meeting:
 April 27th, 2017 – 6PM
Membership Meeting: April 29th, 2017 – 11:45am
Full Conference Schedule

Conference Presenters and Course Outlines:
Printable Conference Presenters

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.


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.