AS Education

Morning Session: Friday, June 12, 8:45 a.m.-noon

Mastermind Mega Topics
What keeps you up at night?  It’s time to get more sleep!

Facilitator: Kim McGuire, Fortune Management

No practice is perfect.  Even with a dream team, there’s always something we strive to make a little (or a lot) better.  Reading articles, searching online and attending courses is one way to improve, but what if you could solve your less than ideal dental practice aspects in a facilitated, constructive setting?

This is a day you won’t want to miss.  In fact, we can guarantee you will take away at least a half dozen ideas to improve your practice just by attending.  In addition, the course will facilitate small work group discussions led by some of Colorado’s top practice management and transition specialists. The groups will work through topics such as:
• Human resources
• Marketing
• Staying on track to achieve an end goal
• Keeping a practice viable despite changes to the profession
• Personal finance and financial worries

Following the small group discussions will be a “speed round” where attendees can fire questions to a panel of practice management and transition gurus.  All questions will be answered by each of the experts, allowing dentists to benefit from a wide array of personalities and insight.

Learning Objectives:
• Understand how to stay on track to reach a practice’s “big picture” goal while not letting everyday “fires” hinder progress.
• Identify ways to achieve work-life balance and preserve personal core values within a 24-hour day.
• Understand how to work within the profession’s changing landscape to cultivate a successful dental practice.

Afternoon Session: Friday, June 12, 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Providing Optimal Care in a Changing Dental Environment

Speaker: Mark T. Murphy, D.D.S
Sponsored by: Patterson Dental

Using occlusion, dental sleep medicine and practice marketing as examples, Dr. Mark Murphy will apply a decision matrix about how dental practice aspects like these can be affected by different reimbursement and business delivery models. Current trends in dental healthcare delivery have been moving toward a more comprehensive and systemic understanding of successful outcome measurement.  Changes in third party reimbursements, patient perceptions and our own paradigms about balancing optimal care and the business of dentistry often conflict.  This lecture will use the clinical and business topics listed to first illustrate those challenges and then look at innovative ways to overcome them.

Learning Objectives:
•Identify how dental practice challenges (voiced in the morning session) affect clinical practice decisions.
•Understand how reimbursement changes affect patient care.
•Evaluate specific strategies and tactics for overcoming dental practice challenges.
•Apply a practice marketing matrix within this framework.

Mark T. Murphy, D.D.S., is the principal of Funktional Dental and lead faculty for clinical education at Microdental.  He also serves on the adjunct faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy and the Pankey Institute, where he served on the board of directors.  He practices general dentistry on a limited basis in Rochester, MI, and lectures internationally on leadership, practice management, communication, case acceptance, planning, occlusion and TMD.

5 total CE credits available. Lunch provided on the Fountain Patio.

Continuing Education Credit
The CDA and the Council of Membership make every effort to present high-caliber speakers.  The presentations of these speakers in no way imply endorsement of any product, technique or service presented in these classes.  The CDA specifically disclaims responsibility for any material presented.

Dentists Certification
The CDA requires members to complete 15 hours of CE each year (eight of which must be clinical) to maintain “membership in good standing.”  The CDA grants one credit for each hour of attendance at a dental-related education program.  To qualify, all CE must be ADA CERP, AGD PACE or AMA Category 1 certified.

Dental Team Certification
Dental hygienists, assistants and other staff members should refer to their respective associations for CE requirements.

The Colorado Dental Association 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.

Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the ADA CERP at

Contact the provider, the CDA, at 8301 E. Prentice Ave., Suite 400, Greenwood Village, CO 80111; 303-740-6900; or 800-343-3010.

Annual Session Registration Cancellation Policy: Should you need to cancel your reservation, notice to cancel must be received in writing by May 20 to the CDA ( or fax 303-740-7978). A $25 administrative fee will be automatically deducted from all refunds. All requests for cancellations after May 20 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for hardships.