Speakers

Discover who will be speaking at our upcoming 6th annual PDAA conference, right here!

With a variety of speakers and topics being covered, you can rest assured your team is in good hands. And if you’re ready to register your team for our next conference, simply complete our online registration form.


Dr. Matthew Allen, DDS

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Matthew Allen, D.D.S. is the president of M David MI Inc. Dr. Allen is the only US-based dentist member of MINT, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He has helped champion and teach motivational interviewing, shared decision making, and person-centered care in wide-ranging settings, from national oral health collaboratives to academic institutions to private practice offices. Previously, Dr. Allen was the clinic dental director at Clinica Family Health, a nationally recognized federally qualified community health center serving the Denver metropolitan area, where he remains active in clinical practice. He also serves as part time volunteer faculty at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.

Workshop Description:

“Why Patient Education Is Not Enough: Applying Motivational Interviewing to Help Patients Towards Oral Health”

“Brush twice and floss daily.” We’ve all dispensed this advice, believing that information and education would keep our patients healthy. But many continue to be surprised when our patients return with cavities, gum disease, and a general lack of oral health. What gives? And what can we do? In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about patient-centered communication styles and strategies, including motivational interviewing and shared decision making. Participants will explore evidence-based ways of helping patients find their motivation for making behavior changes and treatment decisions that lead, not only to improved oral health, but also to an improved relationship between the patient and the dental team.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Recognize patient-centered communication as a means of supporting patient engagement, activation and self-management
  2. Identify strategies for engaging patients in supportive oral health behaviors
  3. Reimagine existing individual and clinic workflows to allow for testing of patient- centered styles and strategies in varied care settings

Rhea M. Haugseth, DMD

Rhea M. Haugseth, DMD has maintained a private practice in Marietta, GA since 1982. She attended the University of Louisville Dental School and completed her pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital / Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is proud to be a Fellow the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Academy of Dentistry International – National Honorary Organizations for Dentists that only less than 5% of dentists belong.

Dr. Haugseth is a Past President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentists, and the Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Haugseth has been a National Spokesperson for the AAPD since 1989 and has been frequently interviewed for radio, print, and national television. Dr. Haugseth has been a member of numerous councils and committees in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Haugseth served on the American Society of Forensic Odontology Board of Directors 2001-2004. She is a Fellow and member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and an active member of the National DMORT Mass Disaster Team serving Region IV as a forensic dentist (odontologist).

Dr. Haugseth is also a member of the ADA, GDA, Northwestern District Dental Society, the Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and is an associate member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Haugseth is the Founder and Director of the Pediatric Dental Assistant School in Atlanta Georgia. She is also the Founder and Director of the Pediatric Dental Assistants Association. She is committed to the pediatric dental assistants and continues to develop ways to enhance their knowledge and skills both in and out of the dental office.

Presentation Description:

“Parents-Are Yours Backseat Drivers?” – Guiding Parental Behavior in the Pediatric Dental Office

Parenting has seen some major changes in the last decade. Parental behaviors influence their child’s behavior especially in the dental office. This course discusses methods of working with the parents of today in ways to garner the best outcomes for their children in the pediatric dental office.

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Understand the difference between behavior guidance and behavior management
  2. Understand the strategies and goals of behavior guidance
  3. Identify different parenting styles and how to work with them
  4. Learn ways to assist patients and their parents in achieving a positive dental experience