Specialize Your General Practice

Registration & Fees

Dentist Before July 30: $575
Dentist After July 30: $ 625
Auxiliaries/Lab Tech/Other Before July 30: $225
Auxiliaries/Lab Tech/Other After July 30: $225
Recent Grads (2018-2019) Before July 30: $275
Recent Grads (2018-2019) After July 30: $325

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The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance for credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Concerns or complaints may be directed to the provider or to the ADA CERP at www. ada.org/cerp The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University designates this activity for 12.25 ADA CERP continuing education credits. 1/01/18-12/31/21.

The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship /Mastership credit. The current term of acceptance extends from 01/01/2018-12/31/2021.


This continuing education experience is designed to offer the general practitioner insight into a number of diverse topics.


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

  • discuss cost effectiveness and treatment planning for the CADCAM
  • review digital technology techniques and troubleshooting
  • perform a hands-on demonstration of a CADCAM digital system
  • develop strategies for managing patients related to their drug therapy
  • outline proper prescribing practices for common drugs in the dental practice
  • review how to bill for BOTOX
  • treat dental and facial esthetics for gummy smile, lifting the corners of the mouth, correcting black triangles
  • develop treatment for bruxism to relieve TMD and headaches among other treatment modalities
  • utilize critical thinking skills to aid in the General Dentist’s Private Practice
  • identify which cases you are comfortable treating
  • select proper biologics for different clinical presentations
  • review proper use and handling of PRF
  • discuss occlusion and how it relates to treatment success, TMJ pathology, and overall treatment planning
  • recognize when, why and how complete occlusal adjustments are done
  • examine his or her knowledge and philosophy of occlusion
  • apply the use of an occlusal splint and the part it plays in the process of managing occlusal disease
  • Course Schedule

    Friday, August 30, 2019

    7:15am Registration & Continental Breakfast
    7:45am Welcome and Introduction to Course - Drs. Callan and Cooper
    8am Digital Dentistry in 2019: Is it for your practice? - John Coleman, DMD
    This lecture will discuss CADCAM/Digital dentistry as it is currently used in private practice settings. It will include a historic background on digital dentistry, digital vs. analog workflows, systems review and costs, interfacing CADCAM with CBCT in treatment planning, as well as current and future potential uses of digital technology. There will be a section on “digital troubleshooting”, as well as a discussion on potential cost savings in a practice primarily using digital impressions. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for a hands-on demonstration of a CADCAM digital system.
    10am Pharmacology Update for Todays Dental Practice - Michael Pruett, DMD
    We will review drugs, old and new, that impact your daily practice.
    Noon Adjourn

    Saturday, August 31, 2019
    7:30am Continental Breakfast
    8am Botox in Private Practice - Jancy Parkerson- McGovern, DMD & Brooke Usry, DMD
    This lecture will discuss the uses of botulinum neurotoxin (Botox) and dermal fillers for dental esthetic and therapeutic uses in the oral and maxillofacial areas. We will also discuss how to implement and bill for these services in your private practice.
    10am Pearls Related to Your Daily General Practice - Michael Pruett, DMD and Jeril Cooper, DMD
    We will review a variety of procedures used daily to aid in the resolution of common headaches encountered in your practice.
    Noon Adjourn

    Sunday, September 1, 2019
    8am -10am Preservation of Bone for Future Implant Sites - Jesse Belyeu, DMD
    This course will cover extraction and the use of biologics to aid in future implant sites. Highlights include use of CBCT in planning, choice of proper biologics, emphasis on Platelet Rich Fibrin(PRF), and possible issues with insurance companies.
    10am-12pm The Daily Grind - Gregory Griffin, DMD
    Develop your day-in and day-out strategies on complete and limited occlusal adjustments

     Course Faculty

    Guest Faculty

    Jesse Belyeu, DMD, is a native of Camilla, GA. He attended under grad at Mercer University. In 2015 he then obtained his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University (formerly Medical College of Georgia) in 2015. After graduation he continued his dental education with a two-year General Practice Residency also at The Dental College of Georgia. During his residency, Dr. Belyeu received extensive training in dental implants, IV Sedation and treatment of the medically complex patient. Dr. Belyeu now lives and practices in Newnan, GA as a general dentist. His focus is on IV sedation and surgery.

    Jancy A. Parkerson-McGovern, DMD, FICOI, is a native of Eastman, Georgia. She attended Mercer University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Chemistry in 2009. She then obtained her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University (formerly Medical College of Georgia) in 2013. After graduation, Dr. Parkerson continued her dental education with a two-year General Practice Residency also at The Dental College of Georgia. During residency, she became proficient in various surgical aspects of dentistry such as dental implants, IV conscious sedation, and medically complex patients.

    After residency, Dr. Parkerson entered into private practice as an independent contractor at various offices in the Augusta metro area where she practiced for four years. During that time, she also served as a part-time clinical instructor in the Department of Restorative Science and General Practice Residency at DCG. As of July, she and her husband, Dr. Daniel McGovern, relocated and now practice together at their office in Chattanooga, TN. In her private practice, she focuses on comprehensive care with an emphasis on surgical, sedation, and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Parkerson also incorporates Botox and dermal fillers in order to treat comprehensive facial aesthetics.

    Dr. Parkerson is an active member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Hinman Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, and a fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

    Brooke Usry, DMD has been practicing general dentistry in the CSRA for several years. She graduated from USC Aiken with her undergraduate degree and from Augusta University with her doctorate in Dentistry. Dr. Usry is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the South Carolina Dental Association and the Aiken Dental Society.

    Dr. Usry provides cosmetic restorative dentistry as well as surgical and implant dentistry. When she graduated, she chose to complete the rigorous General Practice Residency program where she received training in medically compromised patients, implant surgery and restoration, bone grafting, IV sedation and complex prosthodontics. Dr. Usry has a passion for providing the best care possible to her patients and is able to use her unique experience in restorative and surgical procedures to help her patients however she can.

    Augusta University Faculty

    Richard Callan, DMD, EdD, Professor and the Chair of the Department of General Dentistry in the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Callan supervises the Comprehensive Care Clinic. He received his Doctorate in Curriculum Innovation from Augusta University in 2018 and conducts both educational research and research on practical applications of modern techniques and materials. He is a member of the American Dental Education Association, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, OKU Dental Honor Society, GRU Academy of Educators, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the Hinman Dental Society.

    John Coleman, DMD, currently serves as Assistant Director of the General Practice Residency and the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency, Department of Oral Rehabilitation at The Dental College of Georgia, Augusta University. A native of Lake City, SC, John received his BS degree from Clemson University in 1976, and his DMD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine in 1979. He completed a two year General Practice Residency at MUSC, and subsequently maintained a private, general dental practice in Lake City for 27 years prior to coming to MCG in 2006. He served as faculty member in the Department of General Dentistry (Senior Comprehensive Care) prior to beginning his current position in July of 2012. In addition to his residency duties, he enjoys a vibrant faculty practice. He has been very involved in implant placement and CAD/CAM restorative dentistry with both senior students and residents, as well as in his faculty practice. He is actively involved in the integration of digitally designed restorations with CBCT images in planning and placement of dental implants. John is a certified Plan Cad E4D trainer. He is a member of the ADA, GDA, ADEA, the Thomas P. Hinman Society, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is a Fellow in the ICOI.

    Jeril Cooper, DMD, Professor at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, earned his dental degree from MCG. He maintained a full-time general dentistry practice for 30 years before joining Augusta University, where he has an active faculty practice in addition to providing clinical supervision in the Department of General Dentistry and is a member of the Augusta University Esthetic team. He is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, Hinman Society, a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and received GRU’s 2008 Judson C. Hickey Award.

    Greg Griffin, DMD, Assistant Professor at the Dental College of Georgia. He joined the faculty in the summer of 2018 after a 20 year career as the lone dentist in the little town of Lincolnton, GA. He and his wife Julie have two sons, one in college at UGA and one that just graduated from GCSU. They also have a 6 year daughter that keeps them forever young.

    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. Upon completion, he became the Director of Dentistry at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. While in Hartford he also served as the 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 was also the recipient of the Prestigious Hinman Medallion in 2018.

     Location- Jekyll Island

    Jekyll Island has a legacy of entertaining its guests. With ten miles of sun-drenched beaches (all of them different), four award-winning golf courses, and Georgia’s only rehabilitation center for endangered sea turtles, there’s something for every kind of explorer.

    GOLF: The history, the challenges, the serenity and the courses – these are the things that go into making golf “the greatest game there is.” Jekyll Island has a tradition of inspiring some of golf’s greatest stories and living up to expectations. Each course is a masterpiece. Imagine playing through some of Jekyll Island’s most pristine lakes, marshes and forests. There are very few man-made obstructions here. But you will have to navigate the island’s alligators, osprey and deer. Sixty-three holes. Four breathtaking courses. Georgia’s largest public golf resort – known for true Southern hospitality and legendary landscapes.

    BEACHES: The beaches on Jekyll Island are unlike those of any other coastal destination. With 10 miles of grand, unspoiled shoreline and a variety of amenities, you’ll find the perfect place to relax and refresh the senses. Best known for their natural bounty, each of Jekyll Island’s beaches is completely different than the other. From bird watching on St. Andrews to photo ops on Driftwood Beach, these sun-drenched sanctuaries offer a truly invigorating experience.

    TENNIS: Nestled under live oaks draped with moss and surrounded by manicured hedges and wild palmettos, the Jekyll Island Tennis Center is a public tennis facility featuring 13 Har-tru clay courts. The Tennis Center also includes a pro shop with tennis racket stringing, racket rental, ball machine rental, and tennis equipment and apparel. The Tennis Center offers private instructional lessons and hosts many USTA tournaments for adults and juniors.

    FISHING, KAYAKING & MORE: Whether deep at sea, at a dock, or on the shore, Jekyll has plenty of fishing opportunities for all types of anglers. There’s no better way to explore the waters around Jekyll Island than from a boat, kayak or paddle board.

    KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITES: Amid the peace and serenity of Jekyll Island is an exciting family destination featuring activities for both families and kids including: Summer Waves Water Park, Miniature Golf, Island Playgrounds and more. BIKING: Bicycling has long been a favorite activity on Jekyll Island. With more than 20 miles of picturesque paths and trails, biking offers a scenic way to see all of the island’s hallmark points of interest. Paths wind around sand dunes, beaches, and historic sites, while our ancient oaks offer ample shade. SHOPPING: Browse unique gifts or hand-made artisan collections at Pier Road Shops in the Historic District. From linen sundresses to sunglasses to gourmet groceries, the shops at Beach Village have everything you need. Whether you’re looking for fine art or coastal apparel and accessories, it’s all here. And it’s one more part of Jekyll Island you don’t want to miss.


    From the moment you arrive, you’ll be whisked away into the rich history of Jekyll Island and The Club that bears its name. This is a story for the ages, a great history preserved, and we approach each new day in our history with a sense of wonder. The Club officially opened its doors in January 1888, quickly becoming a retreat for families that represented one-sixth of the world’s wealth. Owned in part by J.P. Morgan, this six-unit building is recognized as one of the first condomini-ums in the United States. The floors, leaded art glass, stairway and skylight are all original still today.

    The Club thrived through the early 20th century; its members came from many of the world’s wealthiest families, most notably the Morgans, Rockefellers, and Vanderbilts. The Club closed at the end of the 1942 season due to complications from World War II. In 1947, after five years of funding a staff to keep up the lawn and cottages, the island was purchased from the club’s remaining members for during condemnation proceedings by the state of Georgia. The State tried operating the Club as a resort, but this was not financially successful and the entire complex was closed by 1971. The complex was designated a historic landmark in 1978. It was restored and reopened as a luxury resort hotel in 1985. Today, Jekyll Island Club Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    At Jekyll Island Club Resort, we’ve created a true getaway—a chance to reconnect, nourish your spirit, and experience each new day with fresh eyes. From the Ocean Club to the Island Club, you’ll enjoy a mix of modern amenities and daily island adventures perfect for guests of all ages.

    Please indicate choice of accommodations preferred when contacting resort.
    All rooms have Victorian furnishings and rates are single or double. Traditional rooms are larger and are located in adjacent buildings. ($25 per extra person over two people)
    Island Queen $206
    Traditional King - Double/Double $242
    Queen Riverside $224
    King Parlor $296
    Double Queen Suite $341
    DLX King Suite $359

    An advanced deposit of one night’s room/suite rate plux tax and $20 per day resort fee is required for all reservations. Advanced notice of 72 hours is required to cancel individual reservations for full refund of deposit. Credit card, personal check, company check or cashiers check accepted. Two-night minimum required on weekend (Friday and Saturday nights). Check-in time is 4 p.m. and check out time is at noon. 

    Target Audience

    This course is designed for general dentists, auxiliaries, lab technicians and any other dental speciality.


    We’ve gone electronic to help serve you better! A HANDOUT link we be emailed to all registered participants the Tuesday before the first day of the course.  Please watch for an email from lbthigpen@augusta.edu.

    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.

    Program Photography

    If you wish to opt out of any photographic images during the CE course, please notify the course director at the time of the program!



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