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SAID 55th Annual Session.

Virtually November 4th - 6th 2020. 

Wednesday - 3:00p to 7:00p EST

Thursday - 7:30a to 6:30p EST

Friday - 7:30a to 5:30p EST

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Wednesday, Nov 4th, EST

3:00p - 5:00p 

Strategic Meeting

5:30p - 7:00p 

Virtual President's Reception and BYO Cocktails

Thursday, Nov 5th, EST

7:30a - 8:00a 

Welcome and BYO Coffee

8:00a - 8:45a 

When You Look At Me, What Do You See?     1 CE

Matthew Schwab, Keynote Speaker

8:45a - 10:00a 

Dental Aerosols and Disease Transmission     1.5 CE

Gaylene Baker, RDH, BSDH, MBS

10:00a - 10:15a 


10:15a - 11:30a 

Pearls of Wisdom - Learn from Each Other     1 CE

David Itzkoff, DDS  Moderator

11:30a - 12:40p 

Coping Strategies for Dental Professionals Regarding Stresses of Covid-19    1 CE

James Casadia, LCSW, LCADC

12:40p - 1:25p 

Lunch and Exhibitor Showcase - Breakout Rooms

1:25p - 3:00p 

Dental Material Considerations for the Patient with Special Needs     1.5 CE

Aous Abdulmajeed, B.D.S, Ph.D

3:00p - 4:00p 

Results from Study on Oral Care Aides in Skilled Nursing Facilities     1.5 CE

Kimberly Ward, MPH

4:00p - 4:45p 

Breakout Rooms

5:00p - 6:00p 

Social Hour and Hangout Time

Friday, Nov 6th, EST

7:30a - 8:00a 

Welcome and BYO Coffee

8:00a - 9:10a 

Regenerative Dentistry - The Future of Dentistry?     1.5 CE

Zhao Lin, BDS, MS, MMSc, PhD

9:10a - 9:25a 


9:25a - 10:20a 
Exploring Medicare Dental Coverage for Vulnerable Patients

Shirley Spater, DMD

10:20a - 10:35a 


10:35a - 12:15p 

Literature Review     1.5 CE

Douglas Veazey, DDS and Mannie Levi, DDS

12:15p - 12:30p 

Break and Grab some Lunch to bring to the Business Meeting

12:30p - 1:45p 

Lunch Break and Business Meeting

1:45p - 2:40p 

How I Use a Weighted Blanket in the Dental Operatory     1.5 CE

Kristin Compton, DMD

2:45p - 3:45p

Breakout Rooms

3:45p - 5:00p

Closing and Social Hour

The Speakers

Matthew Schwab

Keynote Speaker

is a 23-year-old NC native, who has Down syndrome. He graduated from Holly Springs High School in June 2017 with an Occupational Course of Study diploma, and in May 2019 completed an internship-based educational program, at Wake Technical Community. Matthew enjoys speaking to groups, large and small, about a variety of topics. His favorite speaking engagement to date has been his Tedx Talk. 

When You Look At Me,

What Do You See?

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Gaylene Baker


received her BSDH from the University of Iowa and MBA from Aurora University. She holds a PHDH certificate for Illinois, has completed multiple OSAP Bootcamps, has received the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention Certification, and is a member of ADHA and a Past President of the IDHA. After 27 years of clinical practice, Gaylene left the operatory to help dental facilities with infection control and prevention needs. 

Dental Aerosols & Disease Transmission

David Itzkoff


has been the Supervising Dentist at Shapiro Center, a 500-bed residential facility for adults with IDD operated by the State of Illinois in Kankakee for over 30 years.  He is a graduate of NYU School of Dentistry.  He is a senior fellow of National Academies of Practice where he serves as Chair of the Dental Academy and is a Diplomate and immediate past president of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry.  He has been a proud member of SAID for 30 years and hasn’t missed a meeting yet.

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Pearls of Wisdom - Learn from Each Other

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James Casadia


is a Mental Health Therapist at James A. Casadia Counseling, LLC in Philadelphia. He received his Masters of Social Work at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He's worked as a COD Therapist at the Solstice Wellness Center and a Primary Therapist at the Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford.

Coping Strategies for Dental Professionals regarding increased stresses of COVID-19

Aous A. Abdulmajeed

B.D.S, Ph.D

is the Director of Biomaterials and Assistant Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), School of Dentistry. He received his BDS degree with Honor from the University of Mosul, Iraq in 2007. Dr. Abdulmajeed then went on to earn his PhD (2013) in Prosthetic Dentistry and Biomaterials Science, his post-doctoral fellowship (2015) and AEGD residency (2020). He is a member of the Finnish Dental Association and International Association of Dental Research (IADR). He has over 60 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in prosthodontics, implant dentistry,
and dental biomaterials.

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Dental Material Considerations for the Patient with Special Needs

Dr. Kimberly Ward

B.D.S, Ph.D

is a Social Clinical Research Assistant at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina. The Cecil G. Sheps Center seeks to improve the health of individuals, families & populations by understanding the problems, issues & alternatives in the design & delivery of health care services. Dr. Ward is the Associate Director of Collaborative Studies of Long Term Care and Project Coordinator for Program on Aging, Disability & Long Term Care.

Results from Study on Oral Care Aides in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Zhao Lin

B.D.S., M.S., M.M.Sc., Ph.D 

is an Assoc. Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2001, he earned his B.D.S. from Peking University where he also achieved an M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He received a Ph.D. in Oral Health Sciences from the University of Michigan; and an M.M.Sc and Certificate in Periodontology from Harvard University. In his research work, Dr. Lin is focused on novel strategies for periodontal and peri-implant tissue engineering. He and his team explore the potential of extracellular vesicle therapy in the regeneration of soft and hard tissues  around teeth and dental implants; as well as other tissue engineering approaches. Dr. Lin has numerous publications on related research topics.

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Regenerative Dentistry - The Future of Dentistry?

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Shirley Spater


received her DMD degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University College of Dental Medicine & her Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina. For almost 20 years, Dr. Spater was the Director of the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center, Division of Dentistry & Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Rhode Island Hospital.  While there, she treated & managed the treatment of many patients with special needs. Dr. Spater is currently the Clinical Director of Benefits Management at Skygen USA, & has the knowledge & expertise to provide insights into the changing features of health insurance with the objective of improving the care available to special needs patients.

Exploring Medicare Dental Coverage

for Vulnerable Patients

Mannie Levi


received both his DDS degree and his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Columbia University in NYC. In his career, he has worked in the fields of both Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health. In his private pediatric dental practice, he saw many patients with special needs. Dr. Levi currently teaches in the Pediatric Dental Residency at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, and teaches General and Oral Pathology and Local Anesthesia to Dental Hygiene students.

Literature Review

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Douglas Veasey


is a dentist at the Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center in North Carolina. Dr. Veazey was the Dental Director at Broughton Hospital, Morganton for 31 years. He has served over 20+ years at Good Samaritan Dental Clinic, a non-profit that serves indigent patients in Burke County. He and Dr. Levi have been kind enough to take on reviewing published literature that references dental patients with special needs, and to provide to attendees a summary of relevant articles.

Literature Review

Kristin Compton


is a 2003 graduate of Alice Lloyd College & a 2007 graduate of the Univ. of Louisville School of Dentistry. Following dental school, she completed a Fellowship in Developmental Dentistry, a program exclusively focused on treating adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities. Throughout her career, Dr. Compton has held Dir. level positions at the prestigious Orange Grove Center in Chattanooga, TN & is currently the Dental Director at the Lee Speciality Clinic. Dr. Compton's passion for persons with IDD has inspired her to obtain both clinical & didactic teaching positions with the Univ. of Louisville School of Dentistry as well as being the Clinical Director for the KY AEGD program through NYU Langone Center. Additionally, she is pursuing a Masters in Healthcare Administration to promote health equity and eliminate access to care issues for those with IDD.

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How I Use a Weighted Blanket in the Dental Operatory


Registration Fees


Note: Conference registration includes membership in SAID.


Note: Conference registration includes membership in SAID.





Dentist Membership Fee


Only pay membership dues if you are not attending this year's meeting. Paid members may attend non-CE sessions. 

Non Dentist Membership Fee


Only pay membership dues if you are not attending this year's meeting. Paid members may attend non-CE sessions. 

Virtual Team Meeting

The Virtual Venue


In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, we'll be conducting the 55th SAID Annual Session over Zoom. You can use Zoom on a phone or tablet, but for the best experience, use a computer. 

We'll provide more information on how to access each course closer to the conference date.


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