Dental Hygiene Symposium

Registration & Fees

General Session: $264 for 3 days or
General Session: $130 per day
Workshops: $30 each / $20 for one hour presentation*

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The registration fee, less a $100 administrative charge, is refundable if notice of cancellation is received by July 5, 2019.

Due to new credit card processing guidelines our policies and procedures have changed. We can no longer accept mailed or faxed registrations with credit card information. If you wish to register via check please download/print the registration form and mail it along with your check to the address listed on the form.


The College of Allied Health Sciences at Augusta University designates this activity for a maximum of 16.0 ADA CERP Hours.

12.0 hours = Total hours for general session

The optional additional hands-on workshop credits are below.

2.0 hours - Au Naturale - Lancette VanGuilder & Lil Caperila
1.0 hour - “Is the doctor in? Providing Patient Care Under General Supervision” - Cynthia Hughes
2.0 hours - Can Bottled Water be Harmful? - Suzanne Mathis
2.0 hours - Why is everything hurting? The Chiropractic Approach to Releave your Pain - Renee Kale de Peña, DC and Gonzalo Peña, DC

Provider Number assigned to the Augusta University by the State of Florida is 50-2898.


The symposium will provide evidence-based, innovative and practical presentations and interactive workshops. The information will help dental professionals manage dental patient populations with diverse health needs.


At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Determine appropriate physical examination and laboratory evaluation
  • Identify and appropriately treat patients with medical conditions
  • Discuss special considerations for treatment and management of dental patients with cancer
  • Explore the physiological and psychological causes of pain
  • Discuss the opioid crisis
  • Identify pain management strategies

Course Schedule

Thursday, July 18, 2019
4-5 pm Early Bird Registration
4-6pm Exhibitors Set-up Time

Friday, 19, 2019
7-8 am Registration and Continental Breakfast - Meet and Greet Exhibitors
7:45 am Welcome and Introduction to Course - Ana Thompson, RDH, MHE
8:00 am The Forgotten Patient: Those with Cancer - Carl Driscoll, DMD
10:00 am Break and Visit with Exhibitors
10:30 am Implant Complications - Carl Driscoll, DMD
12:30 pm Adjourn

Afternoon Concurrent Workshops
2-4:00pm Au Naturale - Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS and Lillian Caperila, RDH
2-3:00pm Is the Doctor In? Providing Patient Care Under General Supervision - Cynthia Hughes, MEd, RDH

Saturday, July 20, 2019
8:00 am The Pain Epidemic of the 21st Century 2CE - Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS
10:00 am Break and Visit with Exhibitors
10:30 am Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office: A Focus on Preparation and Prevention and Pharmacology Update for Today’s Dental Practice - Michael Pruett, DMD
12:30 pm Adjourn

Afternoon Concurrent Workshops
2-4:00pm What’s in your Water? The Effects of Bottled Water on Your Teeth -
Suzanne Mathis, RDH, MS and Kathleen Cantey, RDH, BS
2-4:00pm Why is Everything Hurting? The Chiropractic Approach to Relieve Your Pain - Renee Kale de Peña, DC and Gonzalo Peña, DC

Sunday, July 21, 2019
8:00 am Oral Health for Women of Childbearing Age and the Health of the Infant Michelle Boyce, RDH, BSDH, MPH, DHSc and Carol Smith, RDH, MHSA
10:00 am Break and Check-out Time
10:30 am Code Red: Implementing Code 4346 in Your Practice & To Scale or Not to Scale: Re-care maintenance for Your Implant Patients - Trina Hutto, RDH, MS
12:30 pm Adjourn

 Course Faculty

Guest Faculty

Michelle Boyce, RDH, BSDH, MPH, DHSc, Dean of Health Sciences and Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Georgia. She is an active member of the Georgia Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Chair for the Georgia Oral Health Coalition. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist and practiced full-time dental hygiene for 12 years in both a general and periodontal practice before changing careers to education. Lifelong learning is her passion. She graduated in 1999 from West Georgia Technical College with an Associate of Applied Technology in Dental Hygiene and a BS in Dental Hygiene from Clayton State University in 2010. She then completed a graduate certificate in Public Health at the University of Florida in 2011. She obtained both and a DHSc from Nova Southeastern University in 2013 through the dual MHSc/DHSc program. Most recently she earned a Master of Public Health from Augusta University in 2017. Her education interests include interprofessional education and collaboration, health promotion and health informatics, and clinical teaching. She has also traveled abroad on numerous occasions for dental mission trips. She has a passion for community health promotion and disease prevention and has volunteered her time to help organize and attend many health fairs and screening events She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and professional magazines.

Lillian Caperila, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed., Manager of Professional Education Premier Dental Products Company- Ms. Caperila is a licensed dental hygienist and her professional career has included the roles of an expanded function dental assistant, clinical dental hygienist, dental hygiene educator, professional speaker and manager of continuing education and university sales. Ms. Caperila is a 1980 graduate of Montgomery County Community College with her A.S. in applied science and certificate in dental hygiene. In 1989, she completed her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene education at Thomas Jefferson University and in 2004, completed her master’s degree in education from Penn State University. Of most recent achievements, Lil was honored as a new inductee to the Alumni Hall of Fame at Montgomery County Community College and a 2010 recipient of the ADHA Irene Newman Dental Hygiene Professional Leadership Award.

Carl F. Driscoll, DMD currently serves as a Professor at the University of Maryland Dental School and was the Director of the Prosthodontic Residency for 21 years. He also served in the same capacity at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for three years prior to being at Maryland. Dr. Driscoll retired from the U.S. Army after twenty years of service. He is especially proud of being one of very few dental officers selected for Below the Zone promotion to the rank of Colonel. Dr. Driscoll is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) and the Academy of Prosthodontics. Dr. Driscoll has served as President of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, President of the American Board of Prosthodontics, and as President of the ACP. He has been awarded both the Garver-Staffanou and Moulton Awards from the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics and was recently named the ACP’s Educator of the Year. Dr. Driscoll has given over 350 presentations nationally and internationally to study clubs, dental schools, residencies and at major prosthodontic meetings. His lectures are praised by attendees for the quality of the information and for the humor that he injects. He has authored over 75 publications and under his guidance, his residents have won many research awards. In addition, he is in private practice in Bethesda, MD.

Renee Kale de Peña, DC, and Gonzalo Peña, DC, have been married for 30 years and have worked together since they graduated from Life Chiropractic University in 1989 and 1990 respectively. Together they have practiced for almost 30 years. Renee served for 6 years as director of the Kale Chiropractic Clinic and Research Center in Spartanburg, SC. while Gonzalo served as director of The Kale Chiropractic Clinic of Greenville S.C. In 1994 they opened a Chiropractic Clinic in Mexico City. Together they have given numerous presentations and seminars to doctors and students of Chiropractic disseminating the Upper Cervical Specific Technique which is the focus of their research. They have also presented to other Chiropractors and to the general public across the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, and Russia.

Carol Smith, RDH, MSHA, is a licensed RDH. She graduated from SUNY University, in New York and later from Georgia State University with a BBA, and MSHA. In 1995, she was offered the chance to develop the first fully accredited dental hygiene program in the technical college system in Georgia. For 9 years she served as a consultant for The Commission on Dental Accreditation for dental hygiene program site visits, and served as Director of Dental Hygiene for thirteen years. For the past 9 years, Carol has served as Director of the Oral Health Program at the Georgia Department of Public Health. She was hired as the first RDH in Georgia to serve as Director of the DPH Oral Health Program. During her career, Carol has written and been awarded many CDC grants and she has given numerous evidenced based public health presentations for staff and licensed dental professionals. Last year she presented at the National Oral Health Conference for CDC on Collaborative activities with Chronic Disease. She has also been honored with various awards like the Georgia Public Health Association’s Healthcare Merit award-2018.

Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS, graduated with her dental hygiene degree from the University of South Dakota in 1995 and has been actively involved in dental hygiene education, leadership and advocacy on the local, state and national level over the last 23 years. She works as a clinician in both the private and public health sectors. She enjoys being a professional educator in the corporate world, and is also an internationally recognized continuing education speaker.

Lancette is a past recipient of the Nevada Dental Hygienists of the year award, past president of the Nevada Dental Hygienists Association and served on the board of directors for the American Dental Hygienists Association as the District 12 Trustee, representing 6 states on the west/pacific coast. In Nevada, she was recently awarded the Innovative Career Vision award for her work in all 7 professional roles of the dental hygienist. On the national level, she just received the Irene Newman Professional Achievement Award from the American Dental Hygienists Association- recognizing her for her contributions to the advancement of the art and science of the dental hygiene profession over the last 15 years.

Augusta University Faculty

Cynthia Hughes, MEd, RDH, Associate Professor in the Dental Hygiene Program at Augusta University where she directs courses in both the baccalaureate and degree completion programs. In addition to dental hygiene practice and education, Cynthia has served as a Corporate Hygiene Administrator for a large dental service organization and as a clinical educator for a salivary diagnostics laboratory. She is a Past President of the Georgia Dental Hygienists’ Association and former Chair of ADHA’s Council on Regulation and Practice.

Trina Hutto, RDH, MS, is currently an EdD student at Northcentral University. She holds an instructor position in the Department of Undergraduate Health Professions Dental Hygiene Program at Augusta University. After serving ten years as a certified dental assistant, she received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the Medical College of Georgia in 2008 and a Master of Science in Higher Education from Kaplan University in 2013. She currently serves as course director of Periodontology and Radiology courses and co-director of Research Design.

M. Suzanne Mathis, RDH, MS, is an instructor for the dental hygiene program at Augusta University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the Medical College of Georgia in 2003 and her Master of Science in Biology at Clemson in 2014. She worked as a dental hygienist in private practice for seven years before becoming an educator. She currently serves as course director for Dental Microbiology, Specialty Clinic I, Dental Anatomy, and Survey of Dental Sciences, an online course for the degree completion program. She is also participating faculty in Patient Care I and II, and the CAHS ambasador for the American Heart Association.

Michael Pruett, DMD, Assistant Professor in the department of Restorative Sciences, and Director of the General Practice Residency Program at The Dental College of Georgia. He received his DMD from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, and then completed a two-year General Practice Residency at the University of Virginia. He was Director of Dentistry at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut and Assistant Program Director of the General Practice Residency at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Pruett has placed and restored dental implants for the last 26 years and maintains an active hospital dentistry practice within the Dental College of Georgia. He is the co-director of the AU/AAID Maxi-Course and several other hands-on continuing dental education courses at Augusta University; which include implant placement, sinus augmentation, and I.V. Sedation. Dr. Pruett lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of topics. He is a Fellow in the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and a Diplomate in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is also active in many dental organizations including ADA, Georgia Dental Association, Hinman Dental Society, American Society of Dental Anesthesiology, Academy of Osseointegration and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Pruett was the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award for The Dental College of Georgia and the recipient of the Prestigious Hinman Medallion in 2018.


The Marriott Riverfront Hotel, Savannah, Georgia, the symposium host hotel, is located on historic River Street where warehouses have been converted to specialty shops and restaurants.

Savannah offers abundant opportunities for sightseeing via horse-drawn carriage rides, riverboat cruises and historical tours. Savannah’s Tybee Island Beach is only 30 minutes away.

Rooms have been reserved at the Marriott at the special rate of $176.00 per night, single or double occupancy.

$176 per night

Single: One (1) person, one (1) bed

$176 per night

Double: Two (2) persons, one (1) bed

$176 per night

Double Two (2) persons, two (2) beds

Each additional person is $20, maximum of four per room. Suite rates are available upon request.

To reserve your lodging accommodations, contact:

Savannah Marriott Riverfront 100 General McIntosh Blvd.
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-233-7722 or 800-285-0398
Fax: 912-233-4885

Book Your Room Online

Please make your reservations early– the block of rooms will be released on June 17, 2019. The parking fee at the Savannah Marriott will be Complimentary to all participants during the course weekend. Parking passes can be picked up at the course registration booth or at the hotel front desk.

Reservations must be accompanied by a guarantee for first night’s lodging via check or credit card. All accommodations are subject to availability at check-in. Rates are subject to occupancy fee and currently 13% plus $5.00 state fee and $1 city occupancy fee per night. You will be charged for the first night’s lodging unless reservations are canceled 48 hours prior to arrival.


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Comfort Zone

Although every effort is made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting room, we realize everyone’s comfort zone is different. Please bring a jacket or light wrap in case the room is too cool for your comfort.

Special Needs

The Augusta University Division of Professional and Community Education complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special services, facilites or dietary considerations (vegetarian or otherwise) to support your participation in this continuing education program, contact the conference coordinator at 800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967.

Cancellation Policy

Augusta University is not responsible for any circumstance making it impossible to attend their continuing education courses due to acts of God, war, government regulations, disaster, strikes, civil disorder or curtailment of transportation facilities. If Augusta University cancels a continuing education activity you will be refunded your registration fee. Augusta University is not liable for any associated lodging, transportation or additional expenses.

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