September 24



Dental Program for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs

8:30-9:00 am: Welcome

Remarks from Dean Huja and Dr. Michelle Ziegler

9:00-10:00 am: Keynote:

Positive Exposure by Rick Guidotti

10:00-11:00 am: Orthodontic

Treatment Through the Lens of the Parent of your Patient with Intellectual Disabilities by Dr. Marc Ackerman

11:00-11:30 am: Poster:

Identifying Barriers to Access of Dental Care for Special Needs Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic by Rachael Elvis and Alexa Cox

11:30-12:00 pm: Break

12:00-1:00 pm: Welcoming Patients with Special Heath Care Needs into your Practice by Dr. Michelle Ziegler

1:00-2:00 pm: Prevention,

Caries Management and Silver Diamine Fluoride by Dr. Allen Wong

2:00-2:15 pm: Closing Remarks with Dr. Michelle Ziegler

Speaker Biographies

Rick Guidotti Rick Guidotti, an award-winning photographer, has spent the past twenty five

years collaborating internationally with nonprofit organizations, hospitals, medical schools,

educational institutions, museums, galleries, advocacy groups and communities to effect a

change in societal attitudes towards individuals living with genetic, physical, behavioral or

intellectual difference. Rick is the founder and director of POSITIVE EXPOSURE, which has

significantly impacted the field of human rights, mental health, medicine, and education by

providing new opportunities to see each individual as a human being and valued member of our society.

Dr. Ackerman specializes in the orthodontic treatment of children with dentofacial anomalies,

intellectual and physical disabilities and sleep disordered breathing. He received his DMD

from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in and his certificate in

Orthodontics from the University of Rochester-Eastman Dental Center. Dr. Ackerman later

completed his MBA in Executive Leader[1]ship at Jacksonville University Davis College of

Business as well as a Fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School in 2014. Dr. Ackerman

is the Director of Orthodontics at Boston Children’s Hospital and teaches medical students at Harvard

Medical School and dental students/residents from Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Ziegler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation, Director of the

Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program and clinical faculty of the newly

opened Special Care Dentistry Clinic at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

at the Medical University of South Carolina. She graduated from the New York University

College of Dentistry, as well as receiving her BS from Columbia University and an AS in Dental

Hygiene from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine. Dr. Ziegler’s

postgraduate training includes a two year General Practice Residency at Lutheran Medical

Center in Brooklyn, NY where she was Chief Resident. She was the Director of the General Residency

Program at Lutheran Medical Center and Director of the General Practice Residency Program at Monmouth

Medical Center in New Jersey. Over the last 20 years Dr. Ziegler’s passion has been treating patient with

special needs.

Dr. Allen Wong has taught postdoctoral general dentistry for over 35 years. He currently

teaches at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry as a Professor

in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences as well as maintains a private practice in San

Francisco. He has lectured nationally and internationally in the areas of special care dentistry,

and minimally invasive dentistry. Dr. Wong is the immediate past president of The American

Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry, a non-profit, membership organization of

interdisciplinary health professionals — including primary physicians, medical specialists, dentists, optometrists,

Please join us from 11:00-11:30a for the poster presentation by our 4th Year

Dental Students, Rachel Elvis (L) and Alexa Cox (R).

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