Diagnosis, Preventive, and Restorative Treatment for Patients with Special Health Care Needs (recorded webinar)

Course Description

This session will provide dental providers, and their support personnel with a skill set in diagnosing and delivering preventive and restorative dental treatment in traditional dental settings for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs across their lifespan. 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn from a self-advocate’s experience accessing specialized dental care.
  • Understand barriers to delivering required dental services to CYSHCN across their lifespan in traditional dental settings and approaches to addressing them.
  • Learn how to accommodate special needs while delivering preventive and restorative dental services in a traditional dental office.
  • Learn ways to promote a happy clinical environment and prevent physical restraints for CYSHCN.


Kathleen Moralez

Kathleen Moralez was born and raised in Montana. She completed her dental assistant training in Arkansas, where she became DANB certified in 1992. In addition to life experience, her dental assisting training includes sedation dentistry, emergency medical response, and advanced life support. She is also proficient in American Sign Language. Prior to working in Arizona for the last 28 years, she worked in Montana, Texas, and Oregon. Her current primary role is Senior Dental Assistant in the Dr. Rick Workman Advanced Care Clinic at The Center for Advanced Oral Health at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. Mrs. Moralez has received her National Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification. For the last thirteen years, her passion has been helping patients with special needs. Kathy is the mother of two sons with autism, ages 13 and 31. Her personal and professional experiences have helped her discover her professional calling: working with patients who have special needs and complex medical conditions. She hopes to inspire and guide others in better understanding and working with this underserved population.

Dr. Mai-Ly Duong

Mai-Ly (My-Lee) received her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and Masters in Public Health (MPH) from A.T. Still University. She completed a Masters in Education (MAEd) with a dental emphasis from the University of the Pacific. She serves as a full-time Associate Professor and Director of Special Care Dentistry at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health The Center for Advanced Oral Health. She works to support students, residents, and faculty treating individuals with special needs and complex medical conditions. She also works as a part-time associate dentist at Sundance Dental Care.

She completed a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from New York University Langone Medical Center. This program evolved her clinical skills to include CADCAM (Computer Aided Design Computer Aided Manufacturing), sedation dentistry, and advanced periodontal and oral surgery.

Dr. Maureen Perry

Dr. Maureen Perry is a Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Oral Health at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH). She completed a 3-year hospital training program focused on treating patients with medically complex conditions, behavioral health issues, and developmental disabilities Dr. Perry is a fellow of the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and is a diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. She is a past president of the Special Care Dental Association and has served as a U.S. council member for the International Association for Disability & Oral Health.

Dr. Perry has had a 25-year career both practicing and teaching special care dentistry with a particular interest in working with patients with developmental disabilities. She has conducted research on oral health-related quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and education in special care dentistry, as well as lectured and published at the national and international levels. Her professional service includes the editorial boards of both the Special Care in Dentistry Journal and the Journal of Disability and Oral Health. In addition, she has served as a subject matter expert in special care dentistry for the US Navy (USNS Comfort Hospital Ship), the Hamad HealthCare Corporation of Qatar, and the Republic of Ireland.

**Please fill out the evaluation after you have completed the course in order to receive CDE credits.

Limiting Architectural Barriers in Dental Office Design for Patients with SHCN (recorded webinar)

Course Description

This session will provide dental providers and their support personnel with a comprehensive demonstration of designing and implementing dental offices using an oral health equity lens with an example of the Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities at New York University and Canada. It will also help the learners understand how to design and implement a patient-friendly dental practice for people with physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities from a San Francisco Dentist’s perspective.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn from a parent-advocate’s experience accessing specialized dental care for her kid.
  • Learn about a multi-disciplinary approach to the design process including the architect and equipment designers. As well as the design of a multisensory room utilizing other schools within the university.
  • Learn how to design a dental practice that caters to patients with physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities who often run into obstacles when trying to access dental care.
  • Understand barriers to designing dental offices using an oral health equity lens effectively.
  • Learn ways to implement a patient-friendly atmosphere in dental clinics effectively.

**Please fill out the evaluation after you have completed the course in order to receive CDE credits.

Doreen Bestolarides

Doreen is a parent and professional advocate with over three decades of hospital nursing experience, with a focus in critical care. She has dedicated the direction of her nursing career, by developing a nursing role, to better serve hospitalized patients with Developmental Disabilities. She has continued that advocacy in her personal life to not only be a resource and educator in her own community, but to pursue her vision on the national stage through organizations such as DDNA- Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association, on the Practice Committee, defining Nursing practice standards; AADMD – American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry Board member and also serving as a Board member for ADHC- Alliance for Disability in Healthcare Education. She is the 2021/2022 recipient of the AADMD Family Advocacy Award. She retired from the hospital in 2020.

Dr. Alison Sigal

Dr. Alison Sigal graduated from McMaster University with an Honours degree in Kinesiology before attending the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery and Masters of Science Degree with Specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry. Between programs, she completed a hospital-based residency at Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto).

She is currently practicing in Milton, ON at Little Bird Pediatric Dentistry, which she opened in 2017 to provide comprehensive airway centric oral care to all children from birth onwards and persons with special needs of all ages. Dr. Sigal designed and built Little Bird with sensory integration at the forefront and the goal of bringing the natural rejuvenating outdoors, inside. It is a clinic that feels more like home as opposed to a traditional medical environment. In addition to the provision of patient care, Little Bird is focused on multidisciplinary collaboration, research, educating and training.

She continues to serve as a dental consultant to Special Olympics Ontario – “Healthy Smiles” initiative, and as a clinical director overseeing volunteers provide dental screenings of athletes at Special Olympics events. 

Dr. David Rothman

Dr. David Rothman is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist in private practice in San Francisco and Associate Clinical Professor at Case Western Reserve University and Medical College of Virginia.  He completed residencies in General Practice at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Anesthesia at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Pediatric Dentistry at Children’s Hospital Oakland and UCSF. He is past Chair of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of the Pacific and has been President of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. He is President of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.  He is a member of OKU, Pierre Fauchard, ICD and ACD as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  He recently was guest editor of 2 issues of the Journal of the California Dental Association on Safety in the Dental Office and chaired the CDA CoVid 19 Clinical Care Workgroup subcommittee on Protocols, Guidance and Training. He lectures and publishes nationally and internationally on pediatric dentistry, safety, anesthesia and sedation.

Laura Sussman

Laura Sussman is a New York based architect with 10 years of experience in design for higher education institutions and healthcare facilities. She a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where she received a BFA in interior architecture, and of the University of Pennsylvania where she received a masters in Architecture. As an Associate Principle of Education, Science, and Advanced Technology at HDR, she is passionate about helping institutions create spaces that foster learning, patient comfort, and design equality. Her work has been featured in various publications, most recently winning the gold award in Healthcare Design Magazine for the Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities project with NYU College of Dentistry.

Dr. Ronald Kosinski

Dr. Ron comes to us from Long Island where he was the Chief and Program Director a the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY. Dr. Kosinski left the Children’s Medical Center in 2014 and moved to NYU College of Dentistry where he assumed the title of Director of sedation and Anesthesia .. In 2018 Dr. Kosinski was named Clinical Director of the Oral Health Center for People w Disabilities. Dr Kosinski was instrumental in its design and implementation.

Dr. Kosinski has maintained a private practice for over twenty-five years. Dr. Kosinski is both a pediatric dentist as well as an anesthesiologist. Dr. Kosinski loves what he does and is excited to have a presence in Manhattan.