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Rocky Mountain Dental Hygiene Study Club

Since 2007 the Rocky Mountain Dental Hygiene Study Club has brought quality continuing education right to your doorstep in Northern Colorado.  RMDHSC is an affiliate of the Mountain West Dental Forum, a chapter of the worldwide phenomenon the Seattle Study Club.  We look forward to seeing you as a part of the study club this year!

A Unique Opportunity For Quality Dental Hygiene Continuing Education.

Through peer-based, ongoing learning, camaraderie, and sharing of experiences, we build enthusiasm and passion in dentistry.

The mission of RMDHSC is to offer clinicians experiences that exceed their highest expectations of excellence, on the path to achieving their full professional potential in being a “complete clinician”.

Rocky Mountain Dental Hygiene Study Club 2019 – 2020 Academic Session Information and Registration:

1.) 2 topic day -Diabetes and Vaping

Friday, October 25, 2019 from 8:00am to Noon; Breakfast Included

Presenter: Jamie Collins, RDH

at The Hilton Garden Inn, 2821 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins, CO  80528

Event Summary: Diabetes and vaping

Diabetes by the Numbers
Thirty -three million Americans are afflicted by Diabetes Mellitus, with 7.2 million cases undiagnosed. With the increasing diabetes epidemic, it is estimated that by the year 2050 one in three Americans will be diabetic in their lifetime. Diabetic patients are 2-3 times more likely to develop periodontal disease than non-diabetics. With 80% of diabetics residing in the middle and lower class American society dental clinicians have the ability to make a difference in the life of these individuals. In 2018 there have been new CDT codes implemented to aid dental care workers to identify and help manage the oral systemic link of diabetes. This course will help identify the types, causes and treatments to provide the best care possible.
Vaping: A Viable Alternative or Danger in the Air?
The popularity of vaping among all ages is on the rise, often with unregulated products. The market is catering to the younger generation, marketing appealing and concealing devices and flavors. Few studies and long-term effects are widely unknown, education and screening patients is a key element in any dental practice. Attendees will learn the dangers, and impacts on the oral and systemic health conditions, leaving with the knowledge to discuss vaping with patients.
4 hours of CE credit.

2.) Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office ..Are you Prepared?

Thursday, November 21st, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm; Dinner Included

Presenter: Dr. Nick Shumaker, Dr. Jessica Allen

at The Hilton Garden Inn, 2821 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins, CO 80528

Event Summary: Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

It’s not a question of if you will experience a medical emergency in your dental office, it’s a question of when. This update will help you be better prepared to deal with emergencies when they occur, identify the severity and urgency of events, and help prepare office systems to avoid panic in these situations.


  1. Be able to identify and treat the most common medical emergencies that occur in the dental office.
  2. Be able to identify and prevent potential medical emergencies in the dental office health history screening.
  3. Gain tools to develop office systems to know what every team member’s role is in an emergency.

  3 hours of CE credit

3.) An Evening of Local Anesthetic Review and Update on New Commercially available Adjuncts to Anesthesia

Thursday, February 27th , 2020 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Dinner included

Presenter: Dr. Nicholas Shumaker, Dr. Jessica Allen, MWDF Advisory board members

at The Hilton Garden Inn, 2821 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins, CO 80528

Event Summary: An Evening of Local Anesthetic Review and Update on New Commercially available Adjuncts to Anesthesia

Quality local anesthesia is the cornerstone of delivering effective and comfortable periodontal therapy. This program will provide an update on local anesthetic pharmacology and delivery, as well as review different injection technques. We will also touch on new or less commonly used commercially available adjuncts such as buffering devices, delivery devices, and alternative products such as Exparel, Kovanaze, Oraverse, and others.


  1. Provide a review of local anesthetic injection techniques and relevant anatomy
  2. Update attenees knowledge of pharmacology of local anesthetic agents, risks and benefits
  3. Give a look at current innovations in local anesthetic products and devices

3 hours of CE credit

4.) Finding Your Cape – Rediscovering Your Inner Superhero

Friday, April 24th, 2020 from 8:00am to Noon; Breakfast included

Presenter: Catrice Opitchka, RDH

at The Hilton Garden Inn, 2821 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins, CO 80528

Whether you are a new hygienist who is just heading out to save the world, or a seasoned hygienist looking for new inspiration, it is imperative that we “find our cape” so we can be the superhero in our practice. In this course, we will dive into areas such as influence and persuasion, fear and anxiety, cultural and generational differences, and leadership, uncovering ways to rise up and be the superhero in our practice.

Course Topics:
“Help Me, Help You” – Influence and Persuasion Techniques for Patient Compliance
As a dental hygienist, we use influence and persuasion in many aspects of our patient communication. Whether we are encouraging our patients incorporate better home care techniques, or empowering them to quit smoking, we practice these important techniques. We will explore influence and persuasion techniques and learn to use them to help patients make the best choices possible in their oral health.

Catrice Opitchka (Continued)
Our patient’s emotions can affect everything from their ability to process information to our ability to achieve successful pain management. We will address ways to manage emotions that become roadblocks to patient care. “It’s the Way of my People” – Understanding Cultural and Generational Differences for Improved Patient Care The twenty-first century has brought a new generation of patients, with unique personalities and motivations. We are also living in a diverse world where cultural differences impact the relevance of dental healthcare. We will explore cultural differences that include gender, generational, societal, and socioeconomic nuances that affect our ability to provide patient care.
“Who Died and Made You Boss?” – Developing Leadership Skills for Maximum Team Collaboration
The dental practice is a unique culture where leaders and followers can change by the minute. We often rely on the dentist or office manager to provide leadership for the dental practice; however, the dental hygienist can be in the ultimate position to provide leadership. We will discuss the opportunities for the dental hygienist to provide practice leadership, to maximize team collaboration.
At the conclusion of this course, attendees should be able to:

  • Recognize how to use influence and persuasion to improve patient education.
  • Understand how patient emotions affect processing information and pain control, and how to minimize emotional patient responses.
  • Identify how cultural and generational differences drive our interaction and communication with patients.
  • Learn how to become an effective leader in your dental practice.

4 hours of CE credit

5.) Team Appreciation
“ MASTER-ing Your Sixth Sense: Understanding the Art of Persuasion, Body Language, and Human Decision Making for improved treatment acceptance”

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 from 8:00pm to 1:00pm; Breakfast  included

Presenter: Dr. Chris Ramsey

at The Marriott, 350 E Horsetooth Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80525

During this session Dr.Ramsey will cover the elements of his M.A.S.T.E.R. program. This trademarked concept will highlight specific elements of both verbal and non-verbal communication. The M.A.S.T.E.R. program encompasses the concepts of Human Decision Making, Body Language, and the Art of Persuasion. With the understanding of these elements, the doctor and team members will begin to see what many others do not in everyday communication. This approach ultimately leads to increased case acceptance and improved interpersonal relationships.


  1. Provide the participants with the tools necessary to “see” what others do not in everyday communication-“The Sixth Sense”
  2. Provide participants the simple understanding of “Body Language” cues which allow for better communication.
  3. Provide insight into both conscious and sub-conscious decision making and how that effects treatment acceptance.
  4. Provide an understanding of the Art of Persuasion and its effect on decision making.
  5. Provide insight into hospitality and “Disney” style customer service elements that lead to dynamic changes.

  5 hours of CE credit

**Your 2019-2020 Registration Form is attached**

**Attendance RSVPs will be collected ahead each event this year**

Registration is accepted at any time until August 31st, 2019

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(970) 207-4061

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Greeley, CO 80634

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