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Hot Topics in Oral Systemic Health

Chicago, IL | February 20, 2020 | 8am - 4pm
At the Historic Chicago Venue - 19 East

19 E. 21st Street

Chicago, IL 60616

Get the Latest in Oral Systemics at this FREE Event!

Whether you're new to oral-systemics or a long-time AAOSH member, you'll enjoy the Hot Topics in Oral Systemics seminar. This free event features high interest buzz-worthy information on the latest research, advancements, and takeaways—given in short, easy-to-digest segments.


7 CE Credits Available!

Make sure to register individually to be eligible for CE.

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The Hot Topics Full details and schedule coming soon!

Coffee and water will be provided in the morning - compliments of AAOSH.

A boxed lunch may be purchased at time of registration.

Don’t You Dare Bill That to Dental Insurance - Bill it to Medical Insurance First!

Presented by: Denise G. Leonard and Sheila A Pozdol


Let’s be real. Much of the dental care that people receive is actually medical care! Right? If you believe in oral systemics, then you need to get your mind focused on billing medical insurance first…..always! Dental care for the medical health of the body is medical care that absolutely and always must be billed first to the patient’s medical insurance. Stop wasting your time and your patients’ limited dental benefits trying to get payments from their dental insurance with their $1000 annual limits and their corrected /adjusted fees. Bill medical insurance first, where there are often no limits and fewer adjustments. This is the only way to practice!

Do you think it’s impossible to get benefits for a saliva pathogen test? Well guess again!!!

Learning Objectives

  1. Comparison of dental insurance v’s medical insurance. Dental Insurance should be considered as supplemental policy.
  2. Patient assessment and screening process. How this translates to medical billing.
  3. Conditions medical insurance companies will consider. It is not all about drill and fill!

Sheila A Pozdol

Shelia - AAOSH Hot Topics SpeakerSheila is the co-founder of DDS Medical Billing and the Insurance Billing Specialist at University Dental Professionals and Hyde Park Dental Specialists where she has spent the last decade of her 30+ year career in dentistry. Early on in her profession as a clinical assistant she gained a strong clinical background that has enabled her to successfully navigate and maximize medical and dental insurance reimbursement. With her expertise and knowledge Sheila boasts an outstanding 100%+ collections ratio. She has a passion for continued education and all things insurance.

Sheila was born and raised in Chicago where she currently resides with her fiancé John and their dog Anna Bell, where she cheers on all her favorite Chicago sports teams, The Chicago Cubs, The Chicago Blackhawks and the Kansas City Chiefs!

Denise G. Leonard

Denise G. LeonardDenise Leonard the office manager at University Dental Professional and co-founder of DDS Med Billing with over 24+ years of progressively responsible experience managing a wide range of front office operations for multi-providers dental offices. She is well-versed in all aspects of practice management with a focus on maximizing productivity through improved processes and teamwork, and she has a strong commitment to patient satisfaction and practice profitability. Denise has two kids, two grandkids, two dogs and two boyfriends. A member of the AAOSH, Certified AAPC Medical Dental cross coding.

The Shocking War of Endocrine Disruptors on Our Health- Now Hear the Chemical Truth!

Presented by: Katy Cameron, RDH


Hidden chemicals in our environment are wreaking havoc on our hormones. Learn what's at stake! Katy Cameron will present in a unique "Storytelling in Rhythm" style that powerfully shares her informative content in a very entertaining way that audiences have found to be extremely effective!

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify common and hidden endocrine disruptors
  2. Explain how they disrupt the endocrine system and inform about the negative health outcomes.

Katy Cameron, RDH

How Much Bleeding is Acceptable in Your Practice?

Presented by: Tanya Dunlap, PhD


47% of American adults have chronic periodontitis. It’s one of the most underdiagnosed diseases in the US and we clearly need more effective treatment. Homecare is also an obvious concern. Toothbrushes, rinses and floss fall short in pockets >3mm. Adjunctive antibiotic therapies have a temporary effect and the biofilm repopulates. Treatment can feel like a carousel, but you can get off the ride and chart a path to better health with Rx tray therapy of peroxide.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the health risks of gingival infections and bleeding for periodontal disease management.
  2. Identify the benefits and limitations of antimicrobial and mechanical therapies for biofilm control.
  3. Summarize how and why antimicrobials with oxidative and oxygenating reactions more effectively manage biofilms.                           


Tanya DunlapTanya Dunlap, PhD is the Managing Director at Perio Protect, where she has worked since 2005. For several years she served as the research liaison for the company, working with researchers and investigators who were testing Perio Tray® therapy in controlled clinical trials and microbiological studies. Her expertise on this adjunctive periodontal therapy is grounded in the data, explaining how the prescription trays work and which patient candidates can benefit from them.

Do You Know Who I Am? - Dentistry's roll in prevention of cognitive decline

Presented by: Liz Lundry RDH

  • Early Detection
  • Testing for Pathogens
  • Identifying Pathogen
  • Dental Treatment /Nutrition/Daily Oral Care 

Full Details Coming Soon!


AAOSH Speaker - Liz Lundry

Don’t Let the Health of Your Mouth Break Your Heart

Presented by: Machell Hudson, RDH and Kerry Hyland-Lepicek, RDH


Heart Attack is the number one killer in our country and stroke in the number one most debilitating and guess what…oral health plays an enormous role in either keeping our heart healthy or making our heart very sick. Learn how to be on the front line in detecting, educating and treating patients at risk for heart attack and stroke. Understand the role oral disease plays in the causation of heart attack and stroke and how we as dental professionals can save our patients lives.

Learning Objectives

  1. Periodontal disease and heart health
  2. Endodontic lesions and heart health
  3. Pathogen testing- know your patients risks
  4. Inflammatory testing
  5. Collaboration is key

Machelle Hudson RDHMachell Hudson, RDH, is on faculty & consults with clients through Productive Dentist Academy. She is a full-time clinical hygienist with Dr. Bruce Baird at Granbury Dental Center, and holds advanced certification in laser therapy, expert on oral-systemic connection and protocol implementation and graduate of the BaleDoneen method preceptorship which is advanced training in heart attack, stroke and diabetes prevention. Machell is also the cohost of Reflection Health which is produced by a Tale of Two Hygienists Michelle Strange and Andrew Johnston and cohost of AAOSH’s Facebook live show with founder Dr. Chris Kammer.

Kerry Lepicek, RDHKerry Lepicek, RDH is a highly focused and engaging presenter from Canada with over a decade of experience using an interceptive and preventive approach to treating periodontal disease, peri-implantitis, and halitosis.  She is a trustworthy expert on oral biofilm, halitosis and the oral-systemic link research.  Her focus is on educating her clients and the dental profession on health and wellness.  She is a published author and has lectured locally and internationally.  Kerry is a new cast member of The RDH VIEW, has been featured in several Dental Hygiene Quarterly webinars and many podcasts. Her practical advice will transform your practice and clients health.


Minimally Invasive Regenerative Care and Biomimetics

Presented by: Tracy Butler CRDH, MFT

Full Details Coming Soon!

Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit

Presented by: Craig Young DDS

Full Details Coming Soon!

Tongue Ties from Hell

Presented by: Shirley Gutkowski RDH

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What You Need to Know About Ozone Now!

Presented by: Eric Zaremski DDS

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Teledentistry is Here

Presented by: Angie Stone RDH

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The Purest Path from the Oral to the Systemic

Presented by: Chris Kammer DDS

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Journaling for Self-care, Health and Well-Being

Presented by: Logan Edwards PhD

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Our Friends the Mitochondria

Presented by: Lee Ostler DDS

Full Details Coming Soon!

Lunch Options Available for purchase at time of registration - $27 (incl tax)

Already registered but would like to order lunch? Please call us at (779) 233-7550.

Apple & Queso Fresco Salad Vegetarian and Gluten Free

Green Leaf Lettuce, Apples, Crumbled Queso Fresco, Toasted Marcona Almonds, Champagne Vinaigrette

The Chopped Salad Vegetarian and Gluten Free

Romaine, Tomatoes, Green Onions, Haricot Vert, Sweet Corn, Petite Green Peas, Bleu Cheese, Red Wine Dijon Vinaigrette

The Greek Salad Vegetarian

Romaine & Leaf Lettuce, Cucumber, Shaved Red Onion, Crumbled Feta, Vine Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Pepperoncini, Toasted Pita, Red Wine & Oregano Vinaigrette

The House Salad Vegan

Romaine, Iceberg & Watercress Greens, Vine Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Carrot, Herb Sourdough Croutons, Olive Oil & Herb Vinaigrette

Grilled Tree Fruit & Pistachios Salad Vegetarian and Gluten Free

Boston Bibb Lettuce, Radicchio, Endive, Shaved Pecorino, Toasted Pistachio & Herb Vinaigrette 

19 East A Historic Chicago Venue

19 East 21st Street, Chicago, IL 60616

Constructed in the late 1800's, it was later occupied by Al Capone and his cronies, who used the upstairs floor as a shooting range for target practice and hosted secret underground tunnels used to transport alcohol during Prohibition.

Mae was Capone's wife as well as his muse. She and their son, Albert Francis "Sonny" Capone, often stayed at the nearby Lexington Hotel while Al operated out of our building. Known for the loyalty and compassion that were paramount to her character, it is Mae's legacy that continues to inspire what we know today as Mae District. Mae District is a time traveler. Imprinted in the steel beams and brick walls is a storied past echoing tales of Chicago.

Historic Venue - 19 East


  • Dr Chris Kammer DDS

    Chris Kammer, DDS

    Dr. Chris Kammer is a past president and founder of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. Dr. Kammer’s work has been presented at numerous dental conferences, conventions, and seminars, and has been published in leading dental journals. He is also on the technology team for Dental Products Report. In recent years he has been a passionate educator in the media and in professional forums about the importance of the oral systemic approach.

  • Machelle Hudson RDH

    Machell Hudson, RDH

    Machell Hudson, RDH, is on faculty and consults with clients through Productive Dentist Academy. She is a full-time clinical hygienist with Dr. Bruce Baird at Granbury Dental Center, and holds advanced certification in laser therapy, arterial wellness, and oral-systemic connection through the BaleDoneen method preceptorship. She is an active member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) and sits on the marketing board. 

Join us after for the winter Reception!

Join us after Hot Topics for the AAOSH Winter Reception! FREE drinks, food, and networking!

Only 4 blocks from 19 East and close to McCormick Place

5:30 - 8:30pm | Marriott Marquis - Level 33

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