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Explorer Dinner Series

$35 per session - includes dinner | 2 CEUs each

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

September 5, 2019 : Old Drugs, New Threats - Melissa Moore, BS

The landscape of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse is changing with new threats popping up each week! Hiding in plain sight are clues that someone may be using alcohol or other drug abuse. It is important that hygienists are aware of the latest trends, devices and the drug culture that surrounds substance use and abuse. This session will dive in to the different types of abused drugs that are currently in use in Central Wisconsin and their impacts on oral health as well as emotional and social wellbeing. Participants will be invited to check out items that have been purchased right here in central Wisconsin and are readily available to the young people in your life - an opportunity which was made possible through the Marathon County AOD Partnership & RA RAA 5K (Raising Awareness, Racing Against Addiction).

November 7, 2019: Dental Hygiene Practice Act, Jurisprudence and Ethics - LeeAnn Podruch, DDS, JD

“An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure--avoiding problems with the Wisconsin Dental Examining Board” 

  • Updates to the Dental Hygiene Practice Act will be addressed. 
  • Components of the Jurisprudence Exam will be reviewed in order to be up-to-date with the Rules and Regulations of Wisconsin for dental hygienists. 

“The Dental Hygienist’s Ethical Mind--being happy in the practice of dental hygiene”

  • Situational ethics cases will be presented with the audience participating in discussion of the cases.


February 6, 2020: Healthy Workplaces in Healthcare: Engage in Positive Behaviors - Marlene Roberts, RN, MSN

Healthcare workers share common goals of patient safety and professional communication, often missing the critical link between the two. Effective communication between roles and disciplines directly impacts the ability to resolve conflict, make decisions in practice, and collaborate as a productive healthcare team. Various leadership styles can engage staff as change agents, and encourage the cooperation necessary for management of a positive and safe workplace, while minimizing incidents of incivility.  

Seats now available for livestreaming at our Antigo, Phillips and Spencer campuses!

Explorer Conference

April 3, 2020  7:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.

7 CEUs

$135 - Dental Hygienists  |   $100 - NTC Faculty/Adjunct  |  $35 - Students

Session Topics

The Inner Child: How Trauma Affects Susceptibility to Disease

A Kaiser Permanente Study collected data from over 17,000 members demonstrating a correlation between trauma and adult risk behavior or disease. Trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACE) affect many of the patient populations we serve daily. What should healthcare providers know prior to initiating treatment? This course provides a comprehensive overview of trauma from an interprofessional view and effective strategies that can aid in improving patient health outcomes.

Beyond the Elementary Concepts of HIV/AIDS

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 1.2 million individuals are living with HIV and 1 out of 8 are not aware of their status. Although the rate of HIV infection has decreased by 19%, there are still subsets of the population disproportionately affected. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has existed in the United States since the mid to late 1970s. There is no effective cure for this disease but with proper care HIV can be controlled. This interactive discussion will review the fundamentals of HIV/AIDS and current research regarding management of the disease.

The Future of Diversity in Dentistry

Dental professionals value the role that diversity contributes to society. Diversity has evolved and includes more than race and ethnicity. Many diverse populations are underserved or overlooked. There are a number of populations that have growing evidence of health disparities. Dental professionals must prepare themselves for the future of diversity and develop strategies to provide the best patient-centered care.

About the Speaker: Jasmin Haley, RDH, MSDH, CDA


Jasmin is the founder of Beyond the Prophy® and Co-founder of MOMgienists®. She is the executive producer and creator of the MOMgienists podcast and the highly successful Beyond the Prophy podcast. She serves as an educational consultant for the JACQUES Initiative and is part of the Preparing the Future Faculty Champions at the University of Maryland, School 
of Medicine. Jasmin’s proudest career highlight is being in the unique position as a dental hygienist in educating future physicians, dentist, dental hygienists, lawyers, social workers, pharmacists, and nurses interprofessionally in fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Jasmin helps dental professionals get out of burn out and push past their comfort zone while conquering their passion. She inspires and empowers professionals through her supportive Career Advancement Academy membership community, 1:1 Coaching, and Annual Think Beyond the Prophy Conference. Jasmin was recently nationally recognized for her work as a 2018 Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction recipient.

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Location Information

Northcentral Technical College

Center for Health Science – Conference Room 1004

1000 W Campus Dr, Wausau WI 54401


Credits are sponsored by the WI-ADHA




Cancellation Policy

If for any reason you are unable to attend your scheduled course, please contact us prior to the start date of the course. This will ensure that we can provide a full refund of your course fees. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevented you from attending a course, please contact our office as soon as possible. If we do not receive any correspondence from you, you will be responsible for full payment of course fees

Leslie Williams

Leslie Williams

Continuing Education & Events Assistant

Leslie develops and manages all aspects of the conference and event planning process.