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Bill 148: Employment Standards Act-Changes You Should Know

Presented by Patrizia Piccolo|Duration: 0.75 hours


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Piccolo – Course Description

On November 22, 2017 the Ontario government passed Bill 148, which includes amendments to the Employment Standards Act (ESA), the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The ESA now provides greater benefits and entitlements to employees. Some of the changes are effective in 2018 while others do not come into effect until 2019 or 2020.

This update, presented by Patrizia Piccolo, partner at Piccolo Heath LLP, will discuss changes to the ESA that may impact you at your workplace.  Some of the changes highlighted include vacation and public holidays, leaves of absence and vulnerable workers.

Patrizia will also discuss the practical impact of the changes in the legislation for employers and employees.

Biography – Patrizia Piccolo B.A., LL.B., Partner

Patrizia provides strategic advice to both large and small employers and their human resources and management teams. Patrizia also advises employers on employment-related regulatory issues, including compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000, Human Rights Code, Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.

Patrizia is dedicated to providing her clients with excellent legal counsel and client service. With 20 years of experience, Patrizia’s primary focus is providing her clients with a “buffet table of options” and then guiding them to find the best solution to their specific issues. Patrizia is able to take the complex and convert it to something that is accessible. Patrizia prides herself on instilling confidence and empowerment in her clients, while also earning their friendship and trust.

Whether advising employers or employees, Patrizia’s practice covers all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring, performance management, workplace restructuring, termination and post-employment contractual breaches.
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The Challenge: Dental Anxiety – Sponsored by Philips

Presented by Anna Louise Tolan|Duration: 1.5 hours


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The Challenge: Dental Anxiety

Statistics Canada says 40% of Canadians have some level of dental fear.

Dental anxiety is a significant deterrent for clients to seek much needed dental treatment.  It is often described as a vicious cycle of avoidance behaviour.  This session focuses on key areas designed to break the cycle.  Increase your understanding of dental anxiety, fear and phobia.  Create dental anxiety management strategies with your client to assist in achieving improved oral health.

Learning objectives:

  • Increase your ability to assess and identify patients experiencing dental anxiety, fear and phobia
  • Increased awareness of creating an environment that is trusting and comfortable for our clients to receive oral care
  • Understand the need for reward and recognition
  • Recognize the importance of thorough documentation

A clinician, educator and lecturer, Anna Louise has three decades of dental hygiene practice, specializing in advanced non-surgical periodontal therapy, dental implant therapy and the medically compromised client.  She received her Fellowship from the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries and serves on several industry advisory committees as a key opinion leader.  Her passion and expertise in using evidence-based protocols in the process of care make her a popular master clinician and lecturer.

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Opioids: The good, the bad and the ugly

Presented by Dr. A. Jose Lanca, MD, PhD|Duration: 1 hour


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Pain management plays an important role in health care, and opioids are potent analgesics with specific therapeutic indications.  Repeated administration of opioids (OP), however, is associated with serious risks including tolerance, dependence and abuse. In North America, OP abuse has become an issue of epidemic proportions. The World Health Organization’s “Pain Management Ladder” is a useful tool to choosing the most appropriate analgesic.

In this webinar Dr. Lanca will discuss:

  • the mechanism of action of OP
  • benefit-risk assessment of OP use
  • OP antagonists – Naloxone for reversal of OP overdose and Naltrexone for chronic opioid or alcohol dependence
  • pharmacological and non-pharmacological options of pain management
  • difference in prescription patterns of OP medications amongst different countries and
  • relevance to OP dependence and abuse.

Dr. A. Jose Lanca, MD, PhD

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Dr. Jose Lança, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is a member of several scientific organizations, including the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and American Society for Neuroscience.

Dr. Lança has been the Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, UofT. He has contributed extensively to curriculum development and teaching of pharmacology. He is the director of several undergraduate as well as graduate courses in Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the Faculty of Dentistry of the UofT, in. He has developed and taught courses and seminars in Continuing Medical and Dental Education.

He has authored research and continuing education in peer-reviewed publications, and is the author of six chapters in pharmacology textbooks. Dr. Lança has conducted research in various areas including neuropharmacology, pharmacology of alcoholism and drug addiction and herbal medications.
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Are You All That You Want to Be? Take Charge of your Career and Future

Presented by Larissa Voytek, RDH, HBSc, BA, MSc(Ed)|Duration: 1.75


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During this 90-minute webcast the primary focus is on professionalism, the role of dental hygienists as educators and communicators, how to build and share knowledge, and how to gain and keep client trust. Being able to quantify your abilities and value is critical to your success. The true mark of a professional is one who self-assesses and is constantly looking at ways to improve.

Learning objectives:

  • Key characteristics of professionalism and how to demonstrate them.
  • Making expertise your specialty.
  • Being able to articulate what you do and why to clients and coworkers.
  • How to eliminate certain terms in your workplace, for instance, replacing the “girl who cleans teeth” with more appropriate, professional terminology.
  • Advice for balancing ethics with productivity.
  • How to stay motivated and passionate about the profession.
  • Showing your value and negotiating that well deserved raise!

Speaker Biography

Larissa Voytek RDH

Larissa is an accomplished lecturer, clinician and educator currently working in private practice. Previously, she was dental hygiene program director for an accredited private college.  She is also very active in the profession sitting on various boards and participates in many hours of volunteering and professional development. Her education in dental hygiene, life science, psychology and education leave her well positioned to coach and mentor dental hygienists to reach their full potential.  She holds memberships in a number of organizations and a BA in psychology, an H.B.Sc. in life sciences and a M.Sc. in education.
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Eating Disorders

Presented by Dr. David Clark|Duration: 0.5 hours


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Eating disorders represent a serious, life threatening illness affecting a disproportionate number of females, often arising during early adolescence. Adolescence is a time for a search for individuality, purpose and independence, when identification with peer groups becomes increasingly important. Constant media bombardment with images of ultimate thinness has pushed dieting into the realm of socially acceptable behaviour. The etiology of eating disorders is however, more complex, involving an intricate interplay among biological, psychological and social issues (biopsychosocial model) and possible genetic predispositions.

While food appears to be the central issue, it is really the characterization of food-related problems that become an outlet for the expression of a variety of more serious underlying issues. The result becomes a problematic coping strategy. Dieting quickly becomes a measure of self-esteem giving the individual a sense of personal control resulting in an ongoing obsession with weight loss, food and exercise. This change in focus perpetuates the illness with potentially severe consequences. The mind develops a distorted or even delusional thought process around body image, perceiving oneself as continually being too fat. Psychopathology quickly translates into a physiopathology defining a particular subtype of eating disorder.

Dental practices will include patients dealing with an eating disorder. Patients may appear healthy, despite struggling internally with this illness often becoming very secretive in their contacts with any health care professional because of the self-denial, shame and guilt associated with the illness.  Oral manifestations of eating disorders  impair oral function, cause pain and lead to a deterioration of esthetics and quality of life.

It is important for dental professionals to become familiar in recognizing the oral signs and symptoms of eating disorders and show empathy and support for these patients. Dentistry can play a significant collaborative role in the early diagnosis, support, and long-term management of this disease.

Speaker Biography

David B. Clark Bsc.,DDS,MSc(Oral Pathology), FAAOP, FRCDC

Dr. Clark was Clinic Director, Dental Services at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario from 1988-2017 and is an Associate in Clinical Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto.

He obtained his DDS at the University of Toronto in 1976 and his MSc. in Oral Pathology at the University of Western Ontario in 1986 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Academy of Dentistry International. He received the Award of Distinction for his dedication and contributions to the field of Continuing Dental Education in 2015, awarded by the Academy of Dentistry International.

His hospital-based practice was devoted primarily to the general dental care of individuals undergoing primary care for various forms of psychiatric illness often co-existing with other medically compromising conditions.

He participates in the teaching of the undergraduate dental curriculum relating to the topics of Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnosis at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He is also a part-time clinical instructor (Dental Hygiene, Year 2) at Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario and George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario.

He has lectured internationally since 2005 on the subjects of psychiatric illness and its impact on the individual and dental management considerations; oral care and the geriatric patient; and a review of clinical oral pathology.
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The Practice is Sold! Employment Contracts, Rights and the Impact on You.

Presented by ODHA|Duration: 1 Hour


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David will discuss the implications of the purchase and sale of dental practices highlighting the following areas:

  • Your rights and obligations leading up to and post-sale;
  • The difference between a share and asset sale of a practice;
  • What to do when asked to sign a new employment agreement(contract) and whether it is required to continue employment;
  • Employer obligations when changing your terms of employment; and
  • Potential alternatives to agreeing to a change of employment.

Speaker Biography

David Witkowski B.B.A., J.D.,Associate

At Rubin Thomlinson, David supports both employee and employer clients with legal counsel in all areas of employment law, including employment contracts, wrongful dismissals, workplace policies, employment standards, workplace investigations and human rights in the workplace.

Prior to joining Rubin Thomlinson, David worked at a reputable Toronto full service law firm and at an international tax firm. During law school, he volunteered with Osgoode’s Community and Legal Aid Services Programme, the Student Mentorship program and was a member of the Tax Law Association.
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Bipolar Disorder: “A Roller Coaster of Mood” – Implications for Dental Care

Presented by Dr. David Clark|Duration: 0.75 hours


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Mood disorders are characterized by disturbances of one’s mood, thought and behaviour resulting in severe distress and loss of control.

Bipolar disorder is one type of mood disorder characterized as being episodic and recurrent in nature and often manifested by two diametrically opposed moods: mania and depression. While listed in the top ten of the most debilitating of all non-communicable diseases worldwide, misdiagnosis remains common particularly in the early stages of the disease when an individual presents only with depressive symptoms having no established history of mania or hypomania.

Both manic and depressive episodes result in significant impairment in social and occupational functioning resulting in an inability to work and subsequent loss of employment, alienation from family and marital instability. Poor insight and judgement often result in substance abuse.

Oral manifestations of depression can include: xerostomia, poor oral hygiene, rampant caries, missing teeth, poorly fitting dental prostheses, advanced periodontal disease, orofacial pain and candidiasis. Lifestyle changes including poor diet, substance abuse and overall neglect will exacerbate these oral findings.

Patients with mood disorders often have difficulty with attention, concentration and motivation. Patients exhibiting hypomanic or manic behaviour can be easily distracted and often forget what they have been told with respect to their dental needs. Depressed patients generally remain apathetic and withdrawn with a reduced capacity to listen to and comply with instructions.

Any dental regimen must be as brief and flexible as necessary during each stage of the illness. By understanding and recognizing the signs and symptoms that would constitute hypomanic, manic and/or depressive behaviour, any discussion of treatment options and ultimately informed consent may take place in as rational a context as possible.

The dental professional can contribute to increased feelings of self-worth and self-esteem for these patients and it can be a truly rewarding experience.

Speaker Biography

David B. Clark Bsc.,DDS,MSc(Oral Pathology), FAAOP, FRCDC

Dr. Clark was Clinic Director, Dental Services at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario from 1988-2017 and is an Associate in Clinical Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto.

He obtained his DDS at the University of Toronto in 1976 and his MSc. in Oral Pathology at the University of Western Ontario in 1986 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Academy of Dentistry International. He received the Award of Distinction for his dedication and contributions to the field of Continuing Dental Education in 2015, awarded by the Academy of Dentistry International.

His hospital-based practice was devoted primarily to the general dental care of individuals undergoing primary care for various forms of psychiatric illness often co-existing with other medically compromising conditions.

He participates in the teaching of the undergraduate dental curriculum relating to the topics of Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnosis at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He is also a part-time clinical instructor (Dental Hygiene, Year 2) at Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario and George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario.

He has lectured internationally since 2005 on the subjects of psychiatric illness and its impact on the individual and dental management considerations; oral care and the geriatric patient; and a review of clinical oral pathology.
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Psychiatric Illness Introduction

Presented by Dr. David Clark|Duration: 0.5 hours


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Psychiatric illness and its medical management carry significant risks for oral disease. Although mental illness is common, in many cases it is misunderstood, remains unrecognized, or is undertreated. Mental illness and the resulting disabilities create difficulties not only for the patient but also for one’s family and friends, not the least of which remains the highly-stigmatized nature of the disease itself. Understanding the type, severity, stage of mental illness, along with a patient’s own mood, motivation and personal perceptions of oral disease and lifestyle can enhance the knowledge of dental professionals concerning this critical aspect of a patient’s medical history and further illustrates how closely mental health and oral health are intertwined. Mental illness must be viewed from a similar perspective as are other major diseases. Dental professionals should be aware of factors such as the reduced rates of compliance with dental treatment, reduced ability to access oral health care, the effects of various psychotropic medications on oral health including xerostomia, caries and periodontal disease and the potential interactions with drugs used in dental practice. Patients with psychiatric illness often bring unique needs and differing priorities to a dental practice, and the dental health practitioner must in turn demonstrate patience, flexibility, empathy, and a non-stigmatizing attitude in caring for these individuals. Enhancing self-esteem and feelings of self-worth for those coping with a psychiatric illness can be a very fulfilling experience that can only serve to continue to break down the stigma surrounding this group of diseases.

Speaker Biography

David B. Clark Bsc.,DDS,MSc(Oral Pathology), FAAOP, FRCDC

Dr. Clark was Clinic Director, Dental Services at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario from 1988-2017 and is an Associate in Clinical Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto.

He obtained his DDS at the University of Toronto in 1976 and his MSc. in Oral Pathology at the University of Western Ontario in 1986 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Academy of Dentistry International. He received the Award of Distinction for his dedication and contributions to the field of Continuing Dental Education in 2015, awarded by the Academy of Dentistry International.

His hospital-based practice was devoted primarily to the general dental care of individuals undergoing primary care for various forms of psychiatric illness often co-existing with other medically compromising conditions.

He participates in the teaching of the undergraduate dental curriculum relating to the topics of Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnosis at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He is also a part-time clinical instructor (Dental Hygiene, Year 2) at Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario and George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario.

He has lectured internationally since 2005 on the subjects of psychiatric illness and its impact on the individual and dental management considerations; oral care and the geriatric patient; and a review of clinical oral pathology.
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An Inside Look at Oral Pathology – Sponsored by Philips

Presented by JoAnn Gurenlian,RDH, PhD|Duration: 2 hour


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One of the major responsibilities of a dental hygienist in treating a client is to examine the structures of the head and neck and oral cavity for possible pathologic conditions. This course is designed to offer the dental hygienist an opportunity to refresh one’s memory of the etiology, clinical features, differential diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of a variety of oral pathoses. The management of these lesions will be discussed in terms of proper client handling, referral sources and post-treatment care.

JoAnn Gurenlian,RDH, PhD is a clinician, educator, researcher and Consultant and has been active in dental hygiene for more than 35 years. She is professor and Graduate Dental Hygiene program director at Idaho State University and maintains adjunct faculty status with the Department of Dental Hygiene at two U.S. colleges. She chaired the Advisory Committee on the Future of Dental Hygiene and co-authored the report Dental Hygiene: Focus on Advancing the Profession. Dr. Gurenlian has published over 160 papers, and conducted over 450 presentations.  She is an internationally recognized speaker who addresses topics related to the dental hygiene process of care, oral pathology, oral medicine, diabetes, women’s health, women’s cancers and leadership and professional development.

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To Serve, Preserve, and Protect: Treatment planning for life

Presented by Anna Louise Tolan, RDH, FADIA|Duration: 1 hour


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The reality is our clients are living longer.  Statistics Canada says by 2024, 20 per cent of the population will be over 65 years of age.  This means, as preventive health-care specialists, we need to focus on educating our clients on their oral condition and together create a long-term vision designed to preserve and protect their dentition — and oral health.

Using cutting-edge techniques, this course will help participants assess the oral condition, identify risk factors and make sure clients know the implications of their condition.  The session places importance on having dialogue with clients and asking the right questions to determine why the oral condition is deteriorating and ensure their commitment to continuity of care.  The goal is to enhance your skills to identify the signs and symptoms of declining healthy dentition and through effective communication and ongoing education become a trusted advisor to your clients.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify risk factors leading to deterioration of tooth structure
  • Discuss the effects of xerostomia, systemic diseases, chronic medical conditions, medication, diet and erosion on tooth structure
  • Implement strategies to address and prevent the loss of enamel, dentin and cementum
  • Become proficient and committed to preventing, preserving and reconditioning enamel, cementum and dentin

Presenter: Anna Louise, RDH, FADIA

A clinician, educator and lecturer, Anna Louise has three decades of dental hygiene practice, specializing in advanced non-surgical periodontal therapy, dental implant therapy and the medically compromised client.   She received her Fellowship from the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries and serves on advisory committees as a key opinion leader.  Her passion and expertise in using evidence-based protocols in the process of care make her a popular instructor and guest speaker at dental hygiene societies, study clubs and dental groups including the ODHA Re-energize Conference.
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Effective Tobacco Interventions: You Can Make It Happen

Presented by Monica Bennett|Duration: 1.5 hours


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Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada, and the majority of tobacco users want to quit. Tobacco cessation interventions are proven to be effective in helping tobacco users make an attempt to quit. Dental hygienists have an important role to play in supporting clients to stop using tobacco. In fewer than three minutes, they can make a difference in the health of their clients. Participants will learn about cessation tools and resources, including the Smokers’ Helpline Fax Referral Program, to help clients quit tobacco use.

Topics include:

– Tobacco and health issues in Ontario and Canada
– The reasons people smoke
– Understanding nicotine dependence and nicotine withdrawal
– The fundamentals of tobacco interventions and the role of dental hygienists
– Special populations
– Minimal contact intervention
– Using the 5As protocol (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist and Arrange)
– Pharmacotherapy

Speaker Biography

Monica Bennett, Senior Coordinator, Smokers’ Helpline
Canadian Cancer Society, Central West Region

Monica Bennett has over 25 years of rich experience in the not-for-profit and health sectors creating successful partnerships; developing resources; and assisting in the development of policies and practices that improve both personal and organizational health.  Her focus for the last seven years has been on smoking cessation and tobacco control.
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Radiographic Interpretation

Presented by Dr. Ross Barlow|Duration: Approximately 15-20 hours


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The Radiographic Interpretation course is designed to review the discipline of oral radiographic interpretation. It is not intended as a comprehensive course in this discipline and it is assumed that course participants have a previous competency in radiography. In the following presentations, the material covered will deal with radiographic images that one may expect to see in practice.

Speaker Biography

Ross Barlow DDS

Ross Barlow is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Biological and Diagnostic Services, Division of Oral Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, at the University of Toronto.  He is presently Co-Head of Undergraduate Radiology.  Ross provides radiography lectures to dental hygiene students and dental hygienists.  Ross is also a consultant for the Department of Forensic Pathology at both Hamilton General Hospital and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.  He is a member of PODIT (Province of Ontario Dental Identification Team) and DVI (Disaster Victim Identification Team).
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