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AAOP 40Th Scientific Meeting

Thursday, April 14, 2016 to Sunday, April 17, 2016
Disney Contemporary Conference Center
AAOP Disney Hotels 2016
4600 N. World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL  32830

(407) 934-7639
Kenneth S Cleveland
Annual Scientific Meeting
Registration is required
Payment In Advance Or At Event
The AAOP Scientific Meeting prohibits the marketing or promotion of commerecial products and/or services in conjunction with CE activities. Commercial Products and literature are to be confined to the exhibit hall and are not permitted in the lecture hall. Due to the professional nature of this meeting children are not permitted in either the lecture hall, exhibit hall or poster viewing areas. Business casual attire is appropriate for this meeting.
Activities/Items    (Click the down-arrow to the left of the activity/item to view the details)
Main Conference Program
AAOP Leadership Development Program
Preconference I: Update on Headache Medicine
Pre-Conference II: Effective Dx & Management of TMD
Pre-Conference III: Physical Therapy for OFP
Preconference IV: Head And Neck Anatomy/Dissection
Breakfast Forum #1: Does Snoring Create Serious Medical Risks
Breakfast Forum #2: When Sleep Apnea is Not Apnea…Other Disorders
Breakfast Forum #3: Imaging Strategies For The Study of TMD and OFP
Breakfast Forum #4: Review on Sleep Bruxism/Trigger Point Discussion
Lunch & Learn #1: Psychological Assessment for Orofacial Pain Patients- Ronald J. Kulich, PhD & TBD
Lunch & Learn #2: Accupuncture And Myofascial Pain Assessment- Greg Goddard, DDS
Lunch & Learn #3: Myofascial Pain Discussion
Lunch & Learn #4: TMD Case Presentations
Dental Assistant/Auxiliary Course

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AAOP 2016

Convergence in the Trigeminal System: The Science and Clinical Application in Orofacial Pain


Pre-Conference Workshops – (Additional Registration Required)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

I.  Update on Headache Medicine-Headache Cooperative of New England - Alan M. Rapoport, MD; Brian McGeeney, MD, MPH; Herbert G. Markley, MD, FAAN, FAHS; Thomas N. Ward, MD; Morris Levin, MD

II.  Effective Diagnosis and Management of TMD - Edward Wright, DDS        

III. Physical Therapy for Chronic Orofacial Pain Management and Upper Cervical Spine Evaluation and Treatment - Kathleen A. Sluka PT, PhD, FAPTA; Michael Karegeannes PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPT 

IV. Head and Neck Anatomy:  Clinical Application with Dissection - Ronald Auvenshine, DDS, PhD; Dale Ehrlich, DDS ; Nathan Pettit, DMD, MSD


AAOP Committee Meetings

AAOP Council Meeting                                                                  



Friday, April 15, 2016

7:10– 8:10 am

Breakfast sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 1     Does Snoring Create Serious Medical Risks -  Elmer Villalon, DMD

Breakfast Session 2    When Sleep Apnea is Not Apnea…Other Disorders - Dennis Bailey, DDS


7:30-8:00 am                         

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors                                              


8:00-5:00 pm

Dental Assistants TMD Course                                                      

Catalina S. Morarasu, DDS, PhD, MS – Lead Instructor

(See below for course details)


8:10-8:15 am

Welcome Remarks

Steven Bender, DDS, AAOP President; Robert Mier, DDS, MS, 2016 Program Co-Chair, Donald “Brad” Rindal, DDS                                                                           


8:15-8:30 am

Presentation of New Fellows & Introduction of New Members – Catalina Morarasu, DDS, PhD, MS, AAOP Membership Chair                              


PLENARY SESSIONS:                  

8:30-9:15 am

Keynote presentation: Orofacial pain: Where We Started, Where We Are, Where We Are Going - Jim Fricton, DDS, MS      



What’s in the Pipeline in Headache- Alan Rapoport, MD 


10:00-10:30 Break with Exhibitors & Posters


10:30-11:15 am

Headache Update and ICHD- Morris Levin, MD


11:15 am-12:00 pm

Trigeminal Nerve Injuries –Tara Renton, BDS, PhD


12:00-12:15 pm

Panel Discussion


12:15-1:45 pm

Lunch on Your Own 


Lunch & Learn 1 - (Additional Registration Required)

Psychological Assessment for Orofacial Pain Patients- Ronald J. Kulich, PhD


Lunch & Learn 2

Accupuncture and Myofascial Pain Assessment- Greg Goddard, DDS, MS


Residents & Recent Grads Luncheon                                            


1:45 – 2:30

Interaction Between the Posterior Cervical Muscles and The Muscles Of Mastication in Health and Disease - Egilius Spierings, MD, PhD


2:30-3:15 pm

Complementary Medicine in Headache and Facial Pain – Brian McGeeney, MD, MPH                                   


3:15-3:45 pm

Break with Exhibitors & Posters                               


3:45-4:30 pm

Risk Stratification for Opioids and Drugs  in Orofacial Pain-  Ronald Kulich, PhD


4:30--4:45 pm

Panel Discussion                                            


4:45 -5:45 pm

AAOP General Membership Meeting                                   


5:45-6:00 pm

New Members and Fellow Orientation                                                                     


6:00-9:00 pm

Presidents Reception


Saturday, April 16, 2016

7:10-8:10 am

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 3 – Imaging Strategies For The Study of TMD and OFP- Ghabi Kaspo, DDS                                                                     

Breakfast Session 4 – Review on Sleep Bruxism/ - Gary Klasser, DMD                                   


7:30-8:00 am                                                                         

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors & Posters


8:00-8:30 am

Welcome Remarks and Awards                                                                 


8:30-9:15 am

TMD and Combination Headaches - Saravanan Ram, DDS, MS


9:15-10:00 am

The Misdiagnosis of Migraine Sinusitis and Its Consequences - Frederick Godley, MD, FACS


10:00 -10:30 am

Break with Exhibitors & Posters                                           


10:30-11:15 am

Trigeminal Physiology- Paul Durham, PhD


11:15 am-12:00 pm

Clinical Implications of the OPPERA Study - Richard Ohrbach. DDS, PhD



Panel Discussion                                                                                


12:15-1:45 pm

Lunch on Your Own



Lunch & Learn 3 - (Additional Registration Required)

Examining the Evidence for Myofascial Trigger Points- Bernadette Jaeger, DDS; Gary Klasser, DMD; Moderator Steven Scrivani, DDS, DMedSc


Lunch & Learn 4

TMD Case Presentations and Panel Discussion - Moderator: Anne Harrison MSPT, PhD

Panelists: Charles McNeill DDS; Steve Kraus PT, OCS, MTC, CCTT, CODN; Corine Visscher PT, PhD


1:45-2:30 pm

Pain and Exercise – Kathleen Sluka, PT, PhD


2:30-3:15 pm

TMD Case Studies - Rich Hirschinger, DDS, MBA                                   


3:15-3:45 pm

Break with Exhibitors & Posters                                           


3:45-4:30 pm

Clinical Utility of Current TMJ Imaging Techniques- Eric Schiffman, DDS, MS


4:30-5:00 pm

Panel Discussion



Update on Academic Programs


Sunday, April 17, 2016


Continental Breakfast                                                                        


Plenary Sessions:

8:30-9:00 am

AAOP Research Grant Award Recipient                                                           


9:00-10:00 am

OFP and Sleep Disorders – Fraternal Twins- Dennis Bailey, DDS


10:00-11:00 am

Role of The Dentist in Sleep Medicine (including HST for Followup) – Richard Berry, MD


11:00 am-11:45 pm

Ultrasound Use in Orofacial Pain - Stan Farrell, DDS


11:45 pm

Closing Remarks


The American Academy of Orofacial Pain is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry, or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from1/1/2015 – 12/31/2018.  


Total credit educational hours being offered at this conference are 27 (including core conference, preconference workshops, breakfast forums & lunch sessions). The core conference offers 16 CE hours. Each preconference offers an additional 6 CE hours, each breakfast forum provides 1 CE hour and each Lunch and Learn provides 1.5 CE hours. Each attendee should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the education. Workshops, breakfast & lunch sessions all require additional registration.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the concepts surrounding convergence in the trigeminal nerve system.

  2. Become informed about the most recent advances in headache medicine.

  3. Understand concepts in TMD Diagnosis and Management.

  4. Become more familiar with the trigeminal system through a dissection course.

  5. Understand diagnosis and management of trigeminal nerve injuries.

  6. Appreciate Orofacial pain/Headache from an ENT perspective.

  7. Become informed about risk stratification for opioids and other medications used in orofacial pain.

  8. Learn about the clinical applicability of the OPERRA study.

  9. Understand the relationship between pain and exercise through current research in physical therapy.

  10. Explore the role of the dentist in sleep medicine and the interaction between sleep and orofacial pain.

  11. Explore the use of ultrasound in orofacial pain.

  12. Gain a better understanding of the utility of imaging in orofacial pain

Dental Assistant and Auxiliary Program Schedule

Friday, April 16, 2016

7:30 – 8:00 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 am – Clinical Examination in TMD and Orofacial Pain Conditions. William Butcher, DDS, MS

9:00 – 10:00 am – Anatomy and Imaging for TMJ, OFP and Headaches. Ghabi Kaspo, DDS

10:00 – 10:30 am – Break with the Exhibitors

10:30 – 11:30 am – Differential Diagnosis of Non-Odontogenic Pain. Aurelio Alonso, DDS, MS, PhD

11:30 am - 1:00 pm – Lunch on your own

1:00 – 2:00 pm – Temporomandibular Disorders and Headaches. Subha Giri, DDS, MS, PhD

2:00 – 3:00 pm - Basic Principles in the Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain . Vanessa Benavent, DDS, MS

3:00 – 3:30 pm - Break with the Exhibitors

3:30 – 4:30 pm – An overview of Dental Sleep Medicine and oral appliance therapy. Mayoor Patel, DDS, MS

4:30 - 5:30 pm – Screening Patients (TMD and Dental Sleep Medicine) – the Dental Assistants Role. Mayoor Patel, DDS, MS


Saturday, April 16th, 2016

7:30 – 8:00 am – Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 am – Pharmacological Management in the Treatment of TMD and Orofacial Pain. Ivonne Hernandez, DDS, MS

9:00 – 10:00 am – Self-care Principles in the Orofacial Pain Management. Edward Wright, DDS, MS

10:00 – 10:30 am – Break with the Exhibitors

10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Medical Billing for Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine. Rose Nierman - Nierman Practice Management

12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch on your own

1:30 – 3:00 pm – Oral appliances in TMD treatment: Use or Abuse? Antonio Romero, DDS, PhD

3:00 – 3:30 pm - Break with the Exhibitors

3:30 – 4:30 pm – Case Presentations - TMD and Orofacial Pain. Catalina Morarasu, DDS, PhD, MS

4:30 - 5:00  pm - Adjourn. Certificates Presentations