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TAPD Spring CE Course

Only What You Need to Know: Distilling the Essentials of Seeing Children in Private Practice” by Dr. E. LaRee Johnson

Friday, May 7, 2021 VIRTUAL ALL DAY COURSE

8:30AM-11:30AM – morning session
Break for Lunch
12:30PM-3:30PM – afternoon session

Please register through the TDA here.

Course Codes: VTAPD1 and VTAPD2

At the time and day of the course, you will go to TDA’s registration page where you report your CE hours. The TAPD course you signed up for will appear and you will click that button to watch the course. This is a live stream, so be sure to join at 8:30 am sharp on May 7th and remain for the duration of the course in order to receive your CE credits.

About Dr. E. LaRee Johnson

Dr. E. LaRee Johnson graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry before completing a 3-year pediatric dentistry residency and Master of Science degree at the University of North Carolina.  Dr. Johnsons was part of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Kellogg Leadership Institute Cohort V and serves as adjunct faculty at the University of North Carolina.  She has been inducted into the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. Since opening a practice from the ground up and completing board certification, Dr. Johnson has mentored many colleagues to achieve board certification and open and/or tune-up their practices. Dr. Johnson is the current President of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Johnson has been in full-time private practice for over 20 years. She is the founder of Carolina Pediatric Dentistry, a now multi-doctor, two-location practice in Raleigh, North Carolina and speaks nationally and internationally. Professionally, Dr. Johnson foremost enjoys clinical pediatric dentistry.  Her effective practice management skills are simply a byproduct of ensuring a patient-centered practice model. 

Being a wife and mother of two teenagers brings Dr. Johnson her greatest joy.  Her family’s hobbies include anything outside, travel, CrossFit and endurance sports.  Dr. Johnson and her husband have completed multiple Ironman triathlons, the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run, and together have the goal to complete a marathon in each of the 50 states before age 50 (including qualifying for the Boston Marathon).

Course Overview

Caring for children in our dental offices should be enjoyable and rewarding. This course is divided into half practice management and half clinical pediatric dentistry to offer a knowledge foundation to promote a fluid practice flow that is predictable and accountable while reinforcing positive clinical outcomes.

We will crack the lid on the art of hiring, firing, training, and retaining. A Team Member practice model will be presented that reinforces cross training while systematically developing systems that guarantee the most efficient flow and thereby reduce overhead. Next comes spring cleaning, a system of patient management will be introduced to ensure that your patients are seeing you or they are dismissed to offer a clean accounting picture and facilitate improvements. Finally, strategies on missed and hidden opportunities will be discussed to ensure that you are optimizing your practice potential.

The afternoon will be spent learning or finessing clinical techniques. Struggling with zirconia or chairside space maintainers? Not after this course! The integration or extended care of those with special health care needs is not only rewarding but can be a tremendous practice promoter. Learn how you can integrate these children into your practice and tips to promote their oral health. A review of possible appliances in pediatric dentistry will ensure you know what, how and when to utilize them. The day will close with the little things that make a big difference in your clinical life and the oral health of the little ones that you serve.

Learning Objectives

Practice Management

  1. Cultivate an eye for hiring the best employees, a strategy to make them better, and a heart to keep them.
  2. Develop, your practice playbook and put your employees in the best position to utilize their strengths.
  3. Generate a patient flow algorithm to account for every patient in your system.
  4. Learn scheduling sequence to promote getting appointments in the books.
  5. Uncover practice landmines and bring lost opportunities to light.


  1. Acquire techniques to place zirconia crowns efficiently and predictably.
  2. Understand how to make chairside space maintainers clinically equal to lab fabricated.
  3. Integrate or extend your practice’s special health care needs population with these tips for success.
  4. See how minor bilateral space maintainer appliance revisions can make a tremendous difference.
  5. Understand how the little things can make or break you to ensure you and your practice’s sustainability.