2023 Residents’ Presentations


UT Health San Antonio


University of Houston

Texas A&M University


Kaitlin Gillham – Oral airway volumes in Pediatric cleft patients

Sajan Amin – Perceived time requirements for treatment of ASA I/II Pediatric dental patients in an operating room setting

Tamarra Kalamchi – Comprehensive orthodontic care for children that are born with orofacial clefts

Lucely Santillan – Post-pandemic wait times for GA dental treatment for SHCN children

Coleman Choate – Accessibility to accurate educational pediatric dental information using online platforms

Shayna Abie – Dental abnormalities in children with X-linked hypophosphatemia

Matt Keckeisen – Comparing CODA and state board requirements for Moderate Enteral Sedation

Venkata Nalla – Practice experience versus incoming AAPD exam scores

Emily Strunk – Correlation between attrition and obstructive sleep apnea screening in children

Jennifer Maguire – Frenectomies and Health Outcomes: A clinical practice retrospective review

TAPD Spring 2022 CE Course

Neil Warshawsky, DDS, MS


Early Ortho Intervention: the 5 questions to ask Who? When? Why? Where? How?


Saturday, April 30, 2022
9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Central Time)
Lunch 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM with intermittent breaks



Dr. Neil Warshawsky is a five-time graduate of the University of Illinois. Today he is an associate professor of surgery for the UIC Craniofacial Center where he oversees all of the cases in the  orthodontic clinic. In addition, he owns and operates Get It Straight Orthodontics. Spread over four locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs, he provides care to both the north and south shore communities in Illinois. He is a key opinion leader for several companies. Recently he helped 3M Oral Healthcare to design the Clarity Aligner System. He has authored more than 30 articles, written 3 chapters on various orthodontic topics, is a member of several study clubs, and is a sought out lecturer both nationally and internationally. He has spoken at some of the largest meetings in the country including but not limited to the Greater New York, Chicago Mid Winter, Florida National, Hinman, California Dental Association, Vancouver/Pacific Dental Association, Canadian Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontics. His ability to relate with anyone makes him popular both nationally and internationally for his fun but effective presentations.


The Timing of Pediatric Treatment

Timing is the key to orchestrating kid’s care. Learn to identify the top reasons for referring your kids for orthodontic intervention.

Learning Objectives:

  • We will discuss today’s technology and how to leverage it to make the patient experience easier and
  • better.
  • When to refer your patients for their first orthodontic examination.
  • What age is the right age to see an orthodontist for the first time.
  • Why is the timing of the first exam so important?
  • What to look for when we are screening a child for the first time.
  • What to ask your patient as you screen them.
  • What is the difference between orthodontics and orthopedics?
  • Why do we do Phase I Interceptive work?
  • What happens if we do not screen the patient at the proper age?
  • When do you automatically plan for 2 staged therapy?


Winter CE

Winter CE Course Sign-Up 2022

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TSBDE Emergency Meeting

Today, the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners met to review 22 Tex. Admin. Code§ 108.7 – Minimum Standard of Care, General, the emergency rule adopted which allows dental health care professionals to practice under COVID-19 safety protocols.  With the approval of the Governor, the rule will be extended for 120 days with the removed language notated in red and the modified language notated in yellow.  Please note that a dentist can set safety protocols for his/her office, so if a dentist would like to continue limiting the number of companions allowed in an office, he/she is allowed to do so.   

The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners will notify you by email when this rule change will go into effect. 

(16)conduct his/her practice according to the minimum standards for safe practice during the COVID-19 disaster pursuant to the Centers for Disease Control Guidelines and the following guidelines:

    (A)Before dental treatment begins:

      (i)each dental office shall create COVID-19 procedures and provide dental health care personnel (DHCP) training regarding the COVID-19 office procedures. These procedures must include the pre-schedule screening protocol, in office screening protocol for patients and DHCP, office’s transmission-based infection control precautions, as well as protocol to be implemented if DHCP suspects an exposure to COVID-19;

      (ii)DHCP experiencing influenza-like-illness (ILI) (fever with either cough or sore throat, muscle aches) should not report to work;

      (iii)DHCP who are of older age, have a pre-existing, medically compromised condition, pregnant, etc., are perceived to be at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 from contact with known or suspected COVID-19 patients. Providers who do not fall into these categories (older age; presence of chronic medical conditions, including immunocompromising conditions; pregnancy) may be prioritized to provide care;

      (iv)all DHCP should self-monitor by remaining alert to any respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) and check their temperature twice a day, regardless of the presence of other symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 infection;

      (v)contact your local health department immediately if you suspect a patient has COVID-19, to prevent transmission to DHCP or other patients;

      (vi)remove magazines, reading materials, toys and other objects that may be touched by others and which are not easily disinfected;

      (vii)place signage in the dental office for instructing staff and patients on standard recommendations for respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette and social distancing;

      (viii)develop and utilize an office protocol to screen all patients by phone before scheduling and during patient confirmation prior to appointment;

      (ix)schedule appointments apart enough to minimize possible contact with other patients in the waiting room;

      (x)notify patients that they may not bring a companion to their appointment, unless the patient requires assistance (e.g., pediatric patients, special needs patients, elderly patients, etc.). Patient companions should also be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID- 19 during patient check-in.

    (B)During dental care:

      (i)perform in office screening protocol which must include a temperature check, upon patient arrival;

      (ii)DHCP shall adhere to standard precautions, which include but are not limited to: hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory hygiene/etiquette, sharps safety, safe injection practices, sterile instruments and devices, clean and disinfected environmental surfaces;

      (iii)DHCP shall implement Transmission-Based Precautions, including N-95 respirator masks, KN-95 masks, or their substantial equivalent for all DHCP who will be within six (6) feet of any and all procedures likely to involve aerosols;

      (iv)DHCP shall adhere to the standard sequence of donning and doffing of PPE;

    (C)Clinical technique:

      (i)Patients should perform a pre-procedure rinse, if medically safe;

      (ii)Reduce aerosol production as much as possible, as the transmission of COVID-19 seems to occur via droplets or aerosols, DHCP may prioritize the use of hand instrumentation;

      (iii)DHCP should use dental isolation if an aerosol-producing procedure is being performed to help minimize aerosol or spatter.

    (D)After dental care is provided:

      (i)instruct patients to contact the office if they experience COVID-19 symptoms within 14 7 days after the dental appointment;

      (ii)DHCPs should remove PPE before returning home.

Winter CE Registration Form

Saturday, February 27, 2021 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Virtual Meeting – 6 Credit Hours

Registration Fee: $200 for TAPD Members * $300 for Non Members

To protect the health and safety of our participants and presenter, the Continuing Education Committee and Executive Board have decided to make the Winter CE Course virtual. Please note that this will be a live course and you must be logged in for the duration of the course to receive credit. The email address you list below will be used to distribute your certification. Be sure all of your information is correct.

Winter CE Course Sign-Up

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TAPD Officer Spotlight—Benjamin Morgan

Name: Benjamin Morgan

Position: President

Number of years in practice: Eight

Where you went to dental school and completed residency: Baylor and Baylor

Number of years as a TAPD member: Ten total, two as a student member.

What made you decide to get involved as a TAPD officer: Dr. McWhorter, our chair and program director at Baylor, required us to go to meetings in residency and we really enjoyed every meeting. I had a lot of admiration for the people at these meetings and I wanted to have a professional life like theirs.

What is your goal for the year: Support Steven’s big agenda and be a “glue guy” and fill in the voids were I am needed. I am specifically tasked with the Bylaws and Membership committees. We will write and ratify bylaw amendments and likely initiate the TAPD policy manual to help align with AAPD. Membership committee will focus on educating new residents on organized dentistry, making sure our practicing members are heard and their wishes are met, reaching out to dentists who are new to Texas and—most importantly—making sure the membership knows they are welcome at any board meeting. Come join us in person or online!

What have you learned in your time as a TAPD member: If you are not at the table you are on the menu. In the past, we have not been consulted prior to major changes, like slashing our clinical practice purview or our reimbursements. We better be ready to step up and speak up.

What surprised you the most about the legislative process: It is not as adversarial as it appears on the news—there are many on different “sides of the aisle,” but there is a respect for the craft and the call to serve. Also, the young staffers run a lot more of the Capitol than we realize—they work very hard for all of us.

What are you most proud of about TAPD: The ridiculous amount of work these people get done for the practicing community—it is unreal for a volunteer organization. Sealants, coronal polishing, stopping tons of rate cuts, keeping sedation in our offices, and the list goes on and on…

2021 Residents’ Presentations

Thank you to all our Texas Residents who gave presentations this year!

To view each presentation, follow this link and enter the Resident’s last name.

University of Texas – Houston

Texas A&M College of Dentistry

UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry