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SAID 56th Annual Session.

Virtually November 3rd - 5th 2021. 

Wednesday - 4:00p to 7:00p EST

Thursday - 8:15a to 5:30p EST

Friday - 8:30a to 5:00p EST


Wednesday, Nov 3rd, EST

4:00p - 7:00p 

SAID Strategic Planning Meeting

Including Networking Opportunities by Meeting with the Members of SAID

Thursday, Nov 4th, EST

8:15a - 8:30a 

Welcome and Virtual Coffee

8:30a - 9:30a 

Provider of the Year Award     1 CE

Betsy White, RDH, BSDH, FSCDH

9:30a - 11:30a 

Oral and Dental Considerations for Medically Compromised Patients     2 CE

Warren Torchinsky, DDS

11:30a - 11:45a 


11:45a - 1:00p 

Your Triple Threat to Dental Aerosols     1.25 CE

Gaylene Baker, RDH, BSDH, MBS

1:00p - 2:00p 


2:00p - 3:30p 

Literature Review     1.5 CE

Mannie Levi, DDS and Douglas Veazey, DDS

3:30p - 4:45p 

Pearls of Wisdom: Sharing New Ways to Make Life Easier     1.25 CE

David Itzkoff, DDS

4:45p - 5:30p 

Networking Opportunities: Get to Know Fellow SAID Members

Friday, Nov 5th, EST

8:30a - 8:45a 

Welcome and Virtual Coffee

8:45a - 9:45a 

The Start of Something Special    1 CE

Ashland Doomes, DMD and Carolyn Fetter, MBA

9:45a - 10:00a 


10:00a - 12:00p 

Opiod Prescribing: The World We Live In Today!     2 CE

Mitchell Gardiner, DDS

12:00p - 12:15p 

Break and Grab some Lunch to bring to the Business Meeting

12:15p - 1:30p 

Lunch Break and Business Meeting

1:30p - 2:30p 

Recognizing and Addressing Abuse/Neglect     1 CE

Sarah Shanahan, MFA and Debra Altschiller, BA

2:30p - 4:30p 

Contemporary Dental Ceramics and Cements     2 CE

Aous Abdulmajeed, BDS, PhD

4:30p - 5:00p

Networking Opportunities: Get to Know Fellow SAID Members

The Speakers

Maria Lubak


received her DMD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduation, she worked in private practice in the Pittsburgh area. In 1998, Dr. Lubak took a job at the Hamburg Center. During her 23 year career, she has treated patients with both Developmental Disabilities and Mental health in Pennsylvania for the office of DHS. Dr. Lubak was on the following committees while at the Hamburg Center: Dysphagia, Infection Control and Wellness. Dr. Lubak continues to practice within DHS at the White Haven Center. Dr. Lubak lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Bruce with whom they have 2 sons, Kyle and Austin, a daughter Caitlyn and Dunkyn, the Lab. 

SAID 2021 President


Betsy White


completed her Dental Hygiene Degree at Guilford Technical Community College, her B.S. studies at the Univ. of NC School of Dentistry and maintains her Fellowship in Dental Hygiene from Special Care Dentistry. She has spent her entire career in Special Care Dentistry and is currently a hygienist and Chief Operating Officer for Access Dental Care. She has served on boards and task forces from local to national levels to support dental providers serving patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as those with mental health disorders 

Provider of the Year Award

Warren Torchinsky


has been in the active practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for forty-five years. He is presently Section Chief of Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, in the Department of Surgery, at Virtua Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. His practice is centered on medically compromised patients and facial trauma. Dr. Torchinsky has been a speaker on the subject of Covid-19, as well as topics related to the interaction of Medical and Dental care to audiences of Residents, Dentists and Physicians.

Oral and Dental Considerations for Medically Compromised Patients

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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.

Your Triple Threat to Dental Aerosols

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 Materials

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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.


Mitchell Gardiner


is a 1977 graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. After serving for 3 years in the Navy, Dr. Gardiner entered private dental practice. He is a full time general dentist in a multi-specialty practice in New Jersey. For over 25 years Dr. Gardiner has reviewed dental malpractice lawsuits, often testifying in court as an expert witness. Dr. Gardiner is on the faculty of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine teaching fixed prosthodontics. He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Restorative Dentistry. 




Sarah Shanahan

is an Education & Training Director for HAVEN, an educator and life-long learner who has worked with public and private schools and community organizations for over 25 years. As a violence prevention educator she has delivered programs to over 100,000 students and parents, and has also trained hundreds of NH educators through Governor Hassan’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. Additionally, Sarah sits on the board of Lighthouse Kids, and serves on the Prevention Task Force for the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. She lives in NH with her daughter Molly, (a mechanical engineer and travel enthusiast), her partner Donny (a chef and musician), and their pets Monty and Finn.

Recognizing and Addressing Suspected Abuse/Neglect

Debra Altschiller

Debra Altschiller is the Community Liaison for HAVEN, NH's largest domestic & sexual violence crisis response center & violence prevention education program. She has been with HAVEN since 2012 as a confidential advocate, media coordinator and trainer. In addition to working with HAVEN, Debra serves on the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Collaborative task force with NH law enforcement & faith communities developing best practices for assisting people who have been sexually exploited. She was appointed by the Governor of NH and has served on the Oversight Commission for Children’s Services since 2018. She is a member of the Child and Family Law Committee as a member of the NH House of Representatives crafting and vetting legislation that impacts vulnerable children and families.


Recognizing and Addressing Suspected Abuse/Neglect

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Douglas Veazey


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

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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Ashland Doomes



is a general dentist and completed a general practice residency with an emphasis on treating persons with special needs. She serves the mentor for Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) dental trainees as well as serving on LENDs the Interdisciplinary Management Committee. In other interprofessional education Dr. Doomes acts on the university’s health science common book planning committee. Her primary focus is on clinical teaching in care of persons with disabilities. She also participates in didactic teaching of care of diverse patient populations, including race and people with developmental. Dr. Doomes is the faculty advisor for student organizations American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry as well as the Student National Dental Association.

The Start of Something Special


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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