Learning in the wine country

April 27, 2005
The Napa Dental Experience offers three seminars and a tour of wineries on May 6-7.

A tour of the Napa Valley wine country and three seminars designed to sharpen periodontal management skills are the highlights of the Napa Dental Experience scheduled for May 6-7.

The seminars are:

* Anti-infective therapy, presented by Bill Landers, the former president of the OraTec Corp., 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, May 6.

* Improving client care through understanding dental benefits, presented by Patti DiGangi, RDH, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, May 7.

* The realities of a dream practice, presented by Kathleen Johnson, a practice management consultant, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7.

A total of nine CEUs can be earned from the conference.

The guided tour of Napa Valley wineries is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday of the two-day conference. The host hotel is Embassy Suites Napa Valley in Napa, Calif.

Landers was one of OraTec's developers of the TheraSol and Via-Jet products. He has lectured throughout North America on microbiological aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases. His course will elaborate on a "new microbiological paradigm" for treating periodontal disease.

DiGangi, a practicing dental hygienist, has been lecturing to dental hygiene professionals since 1993. Her course address factors affecting patient communication, particularly when explaining dental benefits for hygiene procedures.

A member of the ADHA, Johnson will use her seminar to foster better rapport between the dental hygienist and other member of the dental team.

The cost of the conference is $195 per person. The winery tour is an additional $45. The hotel rate is $159 per night.

Additional registration information can be obtained from Lory Laughter at (707) 265-8468 or [email protected].