2024 Annual Session - April 12th



The first 250 NDA dentists that register for the meeting will receive a special swag bag at the meeting! 

Register early to grab one! 

Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha La Vista Hotel & Conference Center
12520 Westport Parkway La Vista, Nebraska 68128 USA 

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Ashley ClarkDr. Ashley Clark
Comprehensive Overview of Oral Pathology

Session 1 -  Potentially malignant conditions
Handout - Potentially Malignant Disorders

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 5 - Oral Cancer
Handout - 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 8 - Common Oral Lesions
Handout - Common Oral Pathology

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 12 - Ulcerative lesions of the oral cavity
Handout - Ulcerative Conditions

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
, Dr. Ashley Clark is a board-certified oral pathologist currently serving as the Vice President of CAMP Laboratory in Indianapolis, Indiana after a nearly decade-long career serving as an oral pathologist in academia. She is on the Professional Board for Oral Cancer Cause and Digital Dental Notes and the Advisory Board for General Dentistry.  Dr. Clark has won several teaching awards, has provided over 150 continuing education courses, and has authored more than 50 publications and book chapters. She is a member of the American and International College of Dentists. For a free biopsy kit, please email aclark@camplaboratory.com.

Ankur_GuptaDr. Ankur A Gupta

Sessions sponsored by - Dentatus, Kettenbach, PerioProtect, Pearl, Reach and Ultradent.

Session 2: 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 4: “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 9: “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 11: “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.

Molly McNeelyDr Molly McNeely, FAGD, MAGD

Session 3 - “Mindful Leadership at Office 101” 
You do not stumble upon your life; you are creating it.  

If you are not enjoying your practice, why not make some changes?  What is keeping you from living life on your terms? Dr. McNeely invites you to begin by focusing on your internal game. Redefine leadership & success to find your peace. Learn creative ways to create a healthy culture in your practice, build & empower your team, and sell treatment by being more authentic. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Redefine leadership & success;
  • Empower attendees to live their passion;
  • Create a healthy office culture;
  • Sell treatment with integrity;
  • Team building & communication;
  • Question your internal game

Session 10 - “Mindful Leadership for the Individual Professional 102” 
Join Dr McNeely as she delves into the art of resilience in dentistry—navigating mistakes, patient departures, and overcoming bad reviews through a personalized mindset shift. Discover the power of rewriting your story, mastering stress, and turning perfectionism into a strength. Elevate your dental career (and life!) by focusing on the unshakable power of you. Your choice to attend isn't just an hour; it's a pivotal step toward lasting transformation. 

Learning Objectives:

  • How to handle mistakes, patients who leave, & bad reviews;
  • Rewiring your mindset;
  • Learning to practice in peace;
  • Using perfectionism as a strength;
  • Mindfully handling your stress & overwhelm

Dr. Molly McNeely has been a seasoned dental practice owner for more than 20 years.  Her mission is to empower other dental professionals to redefine success. Having personally navigated the spectrum from chaos to contentment, Dr. Molly understands the transformative power of shifting internal dialogues to influence external circumstances. Beyond dentistry, she is an avid yoga practitioner, hiker, and emotional and mental health champion. Committed to community upliftment, she volunteers locally and extends her impact through coaching and mentoring. Join her and embark on a journey of self-creation to harness the power within you.

Whitney Crist Whitney Crist, RDH, CEAS, CPT, CNC, FADHA

Session 7: Unlocking Efficiency and Vitality in Dentistry through Ergonomics
It is well established that dentistry takes a toll on the body with many professionals struggling with musculoskeletal disorders – often shortening clinician’s careers and impacting their overall life. This interactive course will explore solutions to dentistry’s pain problem. By delving into proper ergonomics, strategies for achieving a neutral posture, and a hands-on demonstration with an operatory chair, clinicians will begin their path toward career longevity.


  • Acknowledge the significance of ergonomics in dentistry and gain a foundational understanding of neutral posture.
  • Identify the relationship between poor posture, muscle imbalances, and chronic musculoskeletal pain.
  • Discuss practical strategies, tools, and products that can assist in improving ergonomics

Sponsored by Lumadent

Over her 12 years practicing as a dental hygienist, Whitney has become a noteworthy leader within the dental hygiene community. As a speaker, clinician, and adjunct faculty educator, Whitney enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for dentistry. She channels her dedication to aiding dental professionals in achieving pain-free work through her business endeavor, Dentistry Rebalanced. Holding certifications as a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, Essentrics Instructor, and Certified Nutritional Coach, Whitney brings a comprehensive approach to her mission.

Kelsey Pruss, Wellness Services Manager, Nebraska Safety Council

KelseySession 6 - Emotional Wellbeing in the Workplace-Program Description

Mandatory overtime, unprecedented staffing shortages, financial instability — it’s no wonder employee morale is at an all-time low. Workers are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and depression, which impacts more than 16 million Americans and costs the U.S. economy more than $210 billion per year in absenteeism, reduced productivity, and medical costs.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, and it affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. With the growing numbers of mental health-related incidents in the workplace, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves about mental health well-being and learn the proper tools to manage it effectively and create a safe working environment.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  1. Recognize mental health as a national and local public health crisis.
  2. Identify personal stressors and their response to acute and chronic stress.
  3. Define the Fight Flight response and its physical and psychological impact on overall health and well-being.

Kelsey has been working in a variety of health and wellness ventures for the last 14 years. Her experiences span from group fitness and personal training, to teaching nutrition at the college level, and multiple stints in a corporate wellness setting! Ms. Pruss specializes in education, public speaking, health coaching, and program development.