Person with Disabilities Series


The Center for Persons with Disabilities Presentation Series, a series of professional development programs, is aimed at building awareness of the barriers to equitable oral health for individuals with disabilities, and developing competency to provide oral health care to this vulnerable population.

The series is open to dentists and their support personnel at no charge. Dentists completing 18 or more of the courses within a three-year period will receive a certificate of completion from Penn Dental Medicine as a Disabilities Dentistry Clinician Expert.

This series is made possible through the support of Delta Dental.

Upcoming Lectures:

May 22 Teresa A. Marshall, PhD, RDN/LDN
Professor of Preventive and Community Dentistry, University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics
More info coming soon
June 26 Samuel Zwetchkenbaum, DDS, MPH
State Dental Director, Rhode Island Department of Health
More info coming soon
July 18 Urshla (Oosh) Devalia
Consultant Paediatric Dentist, RNTNE & Eastman Dental Hospital(UCLH) & CDC CiC,East of England,  National Lead for Mini Mouth Care Matters,Regional Paediatric Dentistry MCN Lead, East of England
More info coming soon
August 28 Lydia Smeltz
MD Candidate, Penn State College of Medicine, PA Revs All Starz (Adaptive) Field Hockey Founder and Director
More info coming soon
September 18 Shane Janick
Executive Director, The Arc of Philadelphia
More info coming soon
October 9 Wendy Elliot-Vandivier, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Artist and Disability Advocate
More info coming soon


Go to archive Webinars


Library of Archived Webinars (On-Demand)

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD, FSCDH
Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, A.T. Still University (ATSU)
Preventive Health Considerations for Individuals with Special Needs

Alicia Risner-Bauman, DDS, FAPD, DABSCD
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Medical Immobilization and Protective Stabilization: Techniques for Providing Safe and Effective Care in Professional and Home Settings

Dental Management of Common Disabilities

David Fray, DDS, MBA
School of Dentistry University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Integrated Health Promotion and Prevention: A Journey to Wellness

Marc Ackerman, DMD, MBA, FACD
Boston Children’s Hospital
Straighter: Orthodontics and the Patient with Special Health Care Needs

Steven Perlman, DDS, MScD, DHL (hon)
Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Advocacy, Policy and Treatment of Children and Adults with Disabilities

Lyubov Slashcheva, DDS, MS, FABSCD and Christine Foulkes, DDS
Apple Tree Dental
Therapeutic Oral Care Considerations for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Miriam Robbins, DDS, MS
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Defining Disabilities: Disabilities Across a Lifetime

Lynne M. Taiclet, DMD
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Curriculum Development in Special Care Dentistry for Pre-Doctoral Students: Problems & Pearls

John D. Kemp, Esq.
The Viscardi Center
Is the Dental Profession Prepared to Serve People with Disabilities?

Allen Wong, DDS, EdD, DABSCD
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
The Joy of Treating patients with Special Healthcare Needs (IDD)

Janet A. Yellowitz, DMD, MPH, FASGD, DABSCD
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Caring for Older Adults with Cognitive Impairments – Making it work!

Temitope Omolehinwa, BDS, DScD
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Considerations for Dental Treatment of Patients with Infectious Diseases

Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PhD
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Persons with Intellectual, Physical and Developmental Disabilities: The Role of Dental Education in Policy, Education and Actions

Dental Care for Those with Disabilities: A Rewarding Practice

What is Disability, How it Affects Oral Disease Risk and How Does Disability Affect Dental Care and Treatment Planning?

Dental Materials and Techniques to Manage Caries for Persons with Disabilities

Holli Seabury, EdD
Delta Dental Foundation
How the Payer System Can Be Strengthened to Improve Care to Patients With Disabilities

Brooke Fukuoka, DMD, FSCD
Owner Dentist Your Special Smiles PLLC

Guided Oral and Assisted Oral Hygiene: Methods to play an active role in home hygiene

Alicia Risner-Bauman, DDS, FAPD, DABSCD
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Dental Management of Common Disabilities

James P. Murphy, DMD
University of Pennsylvania Attending Dentist, St Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Doylestown Hospital
Special Needs Dentistry for the Pediatric and Adult Patient Population

Gabby Ciancimino
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Learning the Ability in Disability: A Discussion about Cerebral Palsy

Helen Hawkey, RDH, PHDHP
Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health
Oral Healthcare Access for People with Disabilities: What are we doing for Pennsylvanians?

Matthew Whipple, RDN, LDN
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Preventive Nutritional Interventions for Individuals with Special Needs

Priya Chandan, MD, PhD, MPH
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Health Equity: Moving from Theory to Practice

Marc Ackerman, DMD, MBA, FACD
Director of Orthodontics Boston Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor Developmental Biology Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Letting the Air Out of Orthodontic Treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing in Patients with Down Syndrome

Scott Howell, DMD, MPH
Associate Professor and Director of Public Health Dentistry & Teledentistry, A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
The Role of Teledentistry When Caring for People With Disabilities

Andrew Fraser, DMD
Clinical Director of Orthodontics
Bubble Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics
Managing Pediatric Special Needs Care in Private Practice

Elliot V. Hersh DMD, MS, PhD
Professor Oral Surgery and Pharmacology
Three Adverse Drug Interactions Every Dentist Should Know About

Kim Strauch, PhD, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner and Instructor, Care Center for Persons with Disabilities, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Enhancing Dental Care through Interdisciplinary Communication and Collaboration

Juan Carlos Mora, DMD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine, Department of Oral Medicine, Penn Dental Medicine
Everyday General Practice – Laser Assisted Dental Care

Keith Dunoff, DMD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry, Division of Restorative Dentistry, Penn Dental Medicine
Mobile Dentistry

Mai-Ly Duong, DMD, MPH, MAEd
Associate Professor, Director of Special Care Dentistry, A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
The Alpha Omega of Teaching & Learning Special Care Dentistry

Robert Frare, DMD, FACD
Assistant Professor, Academic Clinician, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine
Dental Management Strategies for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy

Ronald Ettinger, BDS, MDS, DDSc, DDSc (hc), DABSCD
Professor Emeritus
Oral Health Care of Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias


For general information, contact:
Office of Continuing Dental Education
Penn Dental Medicine