2015 Midwinter Speakers

Thursday Evening - January 15th

Dianne Testa RDA, RDH, BS
Infection Control - 2CE

Dianne Testa is a Registered Dental Assistant, Registered Dental Hygienist and received her BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Minnesota. 

Dianne’s background includes: clinical practice, director of a dental hygiene program, a clinical instructor, educator, a public speaker, and a consultant.

She currently speaks through out the country on many topics from OSHA and infection control, radiation safety, local anesthesia, Ethics and Jurisprudence and radiographic techniques.  Dianne’s lectures and customized trainings range in the areas of ultrasonic scaling and periodontal debridement, the use and placement of periodontal adjuncts, How to get your patients to health, treatment planning and case presentation and many more.  Dianne  works for GC America as their District Sales manager for Minnesota and North Dakota.

Dianne has been published in the Illinois Dental News on her work in Infection Control, RDH magazine, Dental IQ, and Practical Dental Hygiene on her work with enzyme suppressing drugs used in periodontal therapy.

Dianne has received awards for Minnesota’s Outstanding Hygienist 2000, and the faculty Innovation Award 2001.  She is listed in Who’s Who Among American’s Teachers.

Her 30+ years in dentistry shows in the excitement she brings to each and every one of her lectures and training seminars.  Each and every participant leaves with valuable knowledge and the understanding of her love for dental hygiene.  Her enthusiasm is contagious and keeps the audience interested and entertained.

Friday, January 16th

"What’s New in Dental Radiography Including What You Forgot"

Speakers: Prof. Gail F. Williamson and Dr. Edwin T. Parks

The morning session of this program will review the principles of radiation safety and protection and provide an overview of the revised selection criteria guidelines. In addition, technical and processing errors will be discussed as a means of improving the diagnostic quality of intraoral and extraoral filmā€based imaging. The afternoon session will focus on digital intraoral and extraoral radiography systems and enhancements. In addition, advanced imaging for orofacial structures including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) will be discussed.

  1. Discuss methods to minimize patient and operator radiation exposure.
  2. Apply selection criteria principles when prescribing radiographs.
  3. Apply proper technique principles for intraoral and panoramic radiography.
  4. Identify, describe and correct common errors that occur on intraoral and panoramic radiographs.
  5. Describe basic principles and techniques involved in digital radiography.
  6. Evaluate claims, enhancements and diagnostic tools in digital radiography.
  7. Better understand advanced imaging modalities and their role in dentistry.
  8. Apply advanced imaging for diagnostic tasks in dentistry.
        Biographical Information:

Gail F. Williamson is a Professor of Dental Diagnostic Sciences in the Department of Oral Pathology,
Medicine and Radiology, as well as Director of Faculty Enhancement, in the Office of Faculty Affairs at
Indiana University School of Dentistry. She received an AS in Dental Hygiene, a BS in Allied Health
and a MS in Education from Indiana University. She has served as Director of Allied Dental Radiology
and Course Director for Dental Assisting courses, and she continues to serve as Course Director for
Dental Hygiene Radiology courses. Prof. Williamson is the Executive Director of the American
Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, serves as a Radiology expert on the National Board
Dental Hygiene Test Construction Committee, and is active in the American Dental Education

Edwin T. Parks is a Professor of Dental Diagnostic Sciences in the Department of Oral Pathology, Medicine and Radiology at Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his DMD from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, and his MS in Dental Diagnostic Sciences from Indiana University School of Dentistry. He serves as Director of Dental Radiology and Module Director for Predoctoral Radiology Courses. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. He has recently been elected Councilor for Public Policy and Scientific Affairs of the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology. He is also active in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Dental Education Association.