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SAID 58th Annual Session

October 18th - 20th 2023

Hoffman Estates, Illinois

The Speakers

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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 


Joy V. Poskozim


a general dentist and national speaker, teaches dental and medical audiences what dental emergencies are, dental terms, and how to treat those with dementia. Dr. Joy's true passion is being an advocate for the geriatric population. She is the dental director for several nursing care facilities as well as a house-call dentist. She has been in private practice for over 20 years, practicing integrative health general dentistry at her office on the northwest side of Chicago, and has been performing dental procedures on the home-bound for 15 years. Dr. Joy completed the American Dental Association's (ADA) Dentistry in Long-Term Care: Creating Pathways to Success from the University of the Pacific Dental School in 2017. She earned her Fellowship with the Special Care Dental Association Geriatric Council in 2018. She then earned her certification as a Dementia Practitioner (CDP) in 2020.


Dementia + Chief Medications: What, Where and How They Work


Robert E. Rada 


is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. He also maintains a private practice in LaGrange Illinois focusing on patients with special needs. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages are cared for in his practice. Dr. Rada has facilitated many live patient courses to assist dentists and dental students in their learning to care for dental patients with special needs. He teaches in the Group Practice Clinics and currently has dental students rotate through his private practice and directs the Special Care Dentistry Track at UIC.

Treating the Behavior Challenged and Complex Medical History Patient in Private Dental Practice.

2022 Speakers

Student Sponsorships

Do you have an interest in special care dentistry? Would you like to attend a SAID meeting? We have limited student scholarships available for this years annual session. 

Learn how to apply below:

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