WDA 2021 Annual Conference

Program Details:

Thursday, August 26th:

8:30am – 9:30am

Registration, Breakfast & Vendor Show (Pavilion I and II)

9:30am – 10:00am

Lobbyist Update

Speaker: Carolyn Logue

10:00am – 12:00pm

WISHA Training

Speaker: Dan Wells, Harris Biomedical

And now, we have the GHS amendments. 48 years after it all began, WISHA has a new source of adrenaline. Its full name, “The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals”, is just the start. It gets less fun from there. WISHA was adopted in 1970, the Hazard Communication regulation in the mid-1980s, the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard in the early ‘90s and multiple additions since then. It just keeps changing.

This presentation addresses the issues, methods and means of responding to WISHA’s continuing compliance requirements how to protect against and avoid dentistry’s most common citations and penalties. It also connects the basic dots between WISHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and the CDC’s infection control recommended guidelines to ensure both patient and staff safety.

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Insurance Issues and Brainstorming

Speakers: Carol Carbone & Carolyn Logue

1:00pm – 2:00pm


2:00pm – 3:00pm

Infection Control

Speaker: Dan Wells, Harris Biomedical

Afternoon & Dinner on Own

7:30pm – 9:00pm Flatstick Pub Putt-Putt Tournament

618 W Main Ave Spokane, WA 99201

Friday, August 27th:

8:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast and Vendor Show (Pavilion I and II)

9:00am – 11:00am

Implant Overdentures: A Surgical Perspective

Speaker: Dr. Douglas Baasch – Spokane Oral Surgery

Dr. Baasch will be discussing implant overdentures specifically with regards to the timing of implant placement and how that relates to the overall prosthetic management.

11:00am – 12:00pm

General Membership Meeting & Elections

12:00pm – 1:00pm


1:00pm – 2:00pm

Sleep Apnea: Wake Up the Problem

Speaker: Dr. Erin Elliott

Did you know that dentists play a key role in treating sleep apnea? Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, stroke, heart conditions and diabetes. Did you know there are hundreds of undiagnosed patients in your practice suffering from sleep apnea? Dentists have a unique opportunity to detect and treat this debilitating condition in patients who may never have sought help. This lecture is designed as an overview on dental sleep medicine and how you can improve your patients’ overall health and quality of life.

2:00pm – 5:00pm

CPR/BLS Training

Speaker: Dan Wells, Harris Biomedical

Our “Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers” (BLS), course is a unique, hands-on, dental “team” approach to ensure an immediate, effective, life-saving response to the most common non-trauma medical emergencies that might occur in the dental office. The course will include adult and pediatric breathing. Based on the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) course for healthcare professionals, this session will focus on how to master and use basic life support skills if, and whenever, necessary.

We will also feature a review of basic First Aid concepts including discussions of Good Samaritan laws, consent, negligence and abandonment. It is important that you understand these terms and their application if you should choose to come forward as a First Aid Volunteer at or away from your workplace.

This BLS/CPR-1st Aid program satisfies the requirements of the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries; both of which demand the availability of First Aid in your workplace.

NOTE: This course uses the American Safety and Health Institute Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC), which conforms to the G2015 Guidelines based on the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

6:30pm – 7:00pm

Cocktails & Appetizers (Pavilion I and II)

7:00pm – 11:00pm

Dinner, Raffle and Entertainment (Pavilion I and II)

Saturday, August 28th:

8:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast and Vendor Show (Pavilion I and II)

9:00am – 11:00am

Digital Dentures

Speaker: Dr. Jon Dickson, Professional Denture Clinic

11:00am – 1:00pm


Speaker: Dan Wells, Harris Biomedical

Ransomware, Form Grabber, Scareware, Onion Routing, Root Kit. None of these were around when HIPAA was adopted almost 15 years ago. Now, they are everyday concerns and can bring your practice to a halt. If your system isn’t secure, you are not only vulnerable, you might well be out of compliance with the changing issues in the world of HIPAA.

Scammers and bogus security systems add to the on-going question of what’s required and what’s not, with the underlying fear of what’s safe and what’s not; what’s secure and what isn’t. At one time or another, the demands of HIPAA have led to confusion, frustration and aggravation. It’s not getting any easier.

Under HIPAA, team members are individually responsible to protect patient personal, private information, but it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that staff members understand their HIPAA responsibilities and are properly trained. If staff doesn’t receive the required training (at the time of hire and regularly thereafter), the dentist is ultimately accountable. 

COVID-19 Update: WDA is working diligently to plan for a safe experience for all conference attendees in accordance with guidelines from local health authorities. From interaction with attendees, to enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures and better utilization of meeting space for social distancing, WDA will revise our processes to support the safety of everyone attending the conference. Prior to the meeting, WDA will share hotel safety plans with attendees so everyone will know what is expected prior to arrival.