2024 Annual Session - April 12th

Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha La Vista Hotel & Conference Center

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12520 Westport Parkway La Vista, Nebraska 68128 USA

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All CE Sessions shall be 1 1/2 hours

Dr. Ashley Clark

Dr. Ashley Clark
Comprehensive Overview of Oral Pathology

Session 1 - Potentially malignant conditions

Description: This course is designed to provide an overview of premalignant lesions found in the oral cavity. Participants will learn about how these lesions frequently present and understand how to formulate a proper treatment plan for their patients. Leukoplakia and erythroplakia will be among the findings discussed in detail.


  1. Discuss common presentations of potentially malignant disorders
  2. Compare leukoplakia with other white lesions of the oral cavity
  3. Discuss how to appropriately manage patients with potentially malignant disorders

Session 2 - Oral Cancer

Description: This course will provide the dental team with review of oral cancer, including discussion of HPV-related lesions. When and where to refer these patients will be discussed.


  1. Determine where oral cancer is most likely to occur
  2. Discuss differences between human papillomavirus-driven oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCCa) and conventional SCCa
  3. Determine when and where to refer patients

Session 3 - Common Oral Lesions

Description: This course is designed to inform the participant about various oral pathologic lesions of the oral cavity. The oral health care professional should be able to identify common lesions and understand how to manage patients with such conditions.


  1. Identify common lesions of the oral cavity during routine examination
  2. Determine how to properly manage patients presenting with various oral pathologic lesions
  3. Discuss the treatment plan and prognosis of various oral pathologic lesions with patients

Session 4 - Ulcerative lesions of the oral cavity

Description: This course is designed to inform the participant about ulcerative conditions lesions of the oral cavity ranging from common entities to more rare dermatologic conditions with oral manifestations. Treatment and management of patients with these ulcerative conditions will be reviewed for each entity.


  1. Recognize ulcerative conditions of the oral cavity
  2. Determine a differential diagnosis for ulcerative lesions
  3. Discuss appropriate treatment and follow-up measures for patients with oral ulcerations

Ashley Clark, DDS
, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Oral Pathology at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. She earned a DDS from Indiana University and a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology from The University of Florida. Dr. Clark previously served as the Oral Pathology Laboratory Director at West Virginia University (WVU) where she was nominated for the Early Career Innovator Award. She was also on faculty at the University of Texas at Houston School of Dentistry (UTSD) where she earned the John H. Freeman Award for Faculty Teaching and the Dean’s Excellence Award in the Scholarship of Teaching.

Dr. Ankur A Gupta

Dr. Ankur A Gupta

Session 1: Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary

Summary: Every office is made up of individuals who all possess a multitude of flaws. In even the most dynamic, successful, consistently happy organizations, there still exists flawed individuals, far from perfect. How did a group of ordinary people create something extraordinary? Vision, systems, personal reflection, honesty about our own unique drawbacks, along with many more pragmatic and attainable frameworks that all dental offices can create. Dr. Gupta will not only introduce steps to take in order to optimize the practice structure, but will also challenge each participant to reflect upon their own personal daily habits and routines, and how small changes can lead to a much improved practice and personal life.


  • Gain strategies and tools for inspiring a culture of self-directed leaders in the practice;
  • Explore a culture of autonomy in which team members feel ownership with practice improvement and implementation;
  • Identify internally designed accountability systems;
  • Completely re-think the norms of the patient experience.

Session 2: “I Want my Back Back: Identifying and Mitigating the Factors That Make Even the Most Successful Dentists Miserable.”

Summary: Despite the myriad of benefits that dentists get to enjoy, including a high income, a less-than 5-day workweek, and the opportunity to be a business owner, many are miserable. This can be sourced to 4 main factors: body pain, isolation, un-needed stress, and debt. In this half-day presentation, Dr. Gupta shares the stories of many dentists, and how they intentionally changed the trajectory of their lives.


  • Discover the #1 happiness and relationship killer that also affects your ability to perform more comprehensive dentistry;
  • Illuminate the long-term impact of poor posture and a sedentary lifestyle to the dental team;
  • Gain a daily core strength routine that can affect your overall quality of life;
  • Examine the culture, habits and health of those living in Blue Zones and learn why they live disproportionately longer lives;
  • Recognize the barriers, benefits and steps for integrating a mindful approach everyday;
  • Explore the long term physical/psychological implications of a “constantly plugged in” life
  • Identify steps to prevent and treat burnout.

Session 3: “Implant Retained Removables: The Least-Stressful Replacement Option”

Summary: When faced with either partial or full edentulism, the options that are available to most patients are often limited to either conventional dentures, which are poorly retained, or implant-retained fixed prostheses, which are very expensive, complicated, and stressful for the providing dentist. Implant retained removable dentures are a wonderful “middle-ground” option. The problem is that they require knowledge and comfort with all the tiny parts and pieces needed for successful execution. In this entertaining and highly practical presentation, Dr. Gupta simplifies this process, providing a simple, step-by-step guide from the new patient consult all the way to final seating.


  • Gain a general overview of all long-span replacement options, understanding the benefits and limitations of each;
  • Discover the long-term benefits that implant retained removable options uniquely create;
  • Attain clear understanding of the details, steps, and supplies needed from start to finish;
  • Understanding several internal and external marketing strategies to individuals in your community who are frustrated with their ill-fitting dentures.

Session 4: “Mitigating Miserabl-odontics: The Tools and Techniques That HELP Make the Most Difficult Procedures in Dentistry Easier, Predictable, Less painful, and MORE SUCCESSFUL.”

Summary: Despite the myriad of benefits that dentists get to enjoy, including a high income, a less-than 5 day workweek, and the opportunity to be a business owner, many are miserable. This can be sourced to several factors. In this highly entertaining and realistic lecture, Dr. Gupta shares the techniques and strategies, both within and outside of the op, that have made life as a dentist better.


  • Discover the products that HELP make dentistry more ergonomic and friendly FOR our backs, necks, and hands;
  • Discover the advances in technology that minimize the most stressful clinical situations;
  • Learn about updates in clinical dentistry that aid in isolation and hemostasis.

Ankur A Gupta, DDS, after completing a one-year GPR in Cleveland, started a practice from scratch in 2005. Armed with what he considered adequate dental knowledge, hand skills, and a personable demeanor, he watched as his practice floundered, finances became un-predictable, and his lower back and spirit toward his profession became worrisome. Rather than continue the trend, he made a guinea pig out of his office, family, and self, attempting all personal and professional “experiments” in self-improvement.

More than a decade later, he enjoys an excellent practice, a solution oriented dental team; and most importantly, a meaningful and positive identity. He happily shares the failures and successes with dental and community groups throughout the country, always ending his presentations with practical, implementable, step-by-step ways to be better.

Dr. Gupta graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2004. In 2005, after completing a one-year General Practice Residency in Cleveland, Ohio, he, and his partner Dr. Nisha Gupta, started North Ridgeville Family Dentistry. In addition to founding North Ridgeville Family Dentistry, Dr. Gupta is a member of the American Dental Association, Greater Cleveland Dental Society, Ohio Dental Association, ADA Success Speaker Corp and an active board member and a speaker for Catapult Education’s Speaker Bureau.

Dr. Gupta is an AGD/PACE certified provider.