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Aurum Study Club

Aurum Group’s Study Club in Calgary, AB is excited to launch it’s 2023 Program on Thursday, January 26.

Membership Includes:

  • Access to 9 evening sessions
  • Up to 27 CE Credits from January – November 2023
  • Opportunity to Collaborate, Network and Improve your Clincal Success

Session #1: OSA/ SBD – The Role of Dentistry in the Puzzle

Thursday, January 26
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Drs. Duncan Brown and Michael Major will present the most current, “research based” approach to diagnosis, and therapeutic intervention of OSA, and SDB in both children and adults.  This session will simplify the concept involved in diagnosis and treatment, and the role of expanded health care providers that are most likely to produce predictable results.

  1. What cases to refer and which to keep
  2. Realistic expectations for treatment
Dr. Duncan Brown
Dr. Michael Major

Session #2: How Photographs help in Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Liability

Thursday, February 23
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Dentists may or may not take photographs of their patients on a regular basis. Some dentists have dedicated photograph stations or areas for capturing the desired photographs. Orthodontists are a great example of this.

But many dentists do not take photos of all the potential problems a patient may have. Problems that can seriously torpedo treatment and when undiagnosed place the Dentist and their practice in peril.

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Dr. Curtis Westersund

Photographs not only help set the dentist apart from the competition; it shows the patient care of the health of their teeth as well as their entire health. Simple photograph protocol can raise the feeling of professionalism in the patient’s eyes. An impressed patient is more loyal, more apt to refer friends and family, and more likely to accept treatment recommendations. In addition to helping your standing and patient relationship, photographs can show the dentist and the patient potential health problems, many which will affect successful dental treatment options.

If you want to do aesthetic veneers for a patient, would it be valuable to know ahead of time the issues that may cause those veneers to fail? If you were to restore teeth with crowns or implants, would you not want to know the obstacles that patient is having with such treatment? And one final thing. Have any dentists had a patient that comes in without a body? Have you ever had Mrs. Jones send her head into you in a hat box? Silly right? But Mrs. Jones may have issues with her body that will not only affect her own health but dictate the problems you have in treating her.

A photographic protocol and an explanation of what you want to be looking for can provide many benefits to the dentist about to start their day. As well, a proper set of photographs can be built into a full and complete informed consent that is required by our profession with proof of issues that were present prior to any treatment. This can be a great resource in any case of liability.

Learning Objectives

  1. How good photos can be great photos
  2. The simple camera we all have in our pockets
  3. A photographic protocol that goes beyond just the teeth
  4. Diagnosing from a set of photographs
  5. How a proper diagnosis will affect your treatments
  6. Protect yourself from professional or legal liability and give a complete informed consent.

Join us, learn how all dentist can “up their game” and make their day less problematic and more profitable, all while doing providing dental care

Session #3: TBA

Course details coming soon. 


Session #4: Prescriptions – Accountability and Mitigating Risks

Thursday, April 27
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Jodi combines the most current legal, administrative, and statutory evidence-based research for shifting the paradigm of impact and response to prescription drugs in your practice.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss responsibility with prescriptions
  2. Understand how to mitigate risks
  3. Learn more about the opioid’s crisis 
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Jodi Switalski, JD

Jodi Switalski has been successful from every angle of the law – as a felony prosecutor, as a sitting judge, and now as a winning family and criminal defense attorney and advocate.

In addition to her law degree, she has a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Human Development, Family Studies, Mediation and Public Policy.

Jodi understands the impact of trauma (PTSD, TBI, traumatic events) and substance abuse (illicit drug use, legal prescriptions resulting in addiction, and steroids) on the brain, decision making, and relationships. By revealing the pivotal moments in her clients’ lives and telling their complete stories of mental health, domestic violence, addiction, and other traumatic issues, Jodi has successfully influenced the criminal justice system, winning cases and decreasing consequences where any other defense attorney would have merely settled.

Session #5: Techniques for Leveling up Aesthetic Dentistry in your Dental Practice

Thursday, May 25
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Afraid of patient expectations?  Lack confidence in your abilities to provide consistent quality aesthetic dentistry?  Don’t know how to create demand for your aesthetic services?  Uncertain of how to use predictable aesthetic workflows?  Unable to showcase your work to drive patient acceptance?  These are all common barriers to building a reputation for aesthetic dentistry in your dental practice.  Learn how I use focused photography techniques, anterior restorative workflows, and novel marketing strategies to build my niche aesthetic dental practice.

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Dr. Gordon Chee

These tools will help you provide more life changing dentistry for your patients and relieve the stress of carrying out comprehensive aesthetic cases. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the proper camera settings and use of retractors for intraoral photography and patient portraiture.
  2. Learn workflows for proper digital design for smile makeovers.
  3. Utilize consistent shade matching techniques to improve your lab communication and predictability.
  4. See how we follow a consistent workflow for anterior smile cases.
  5. Learn how to shine a light on the beautiful dentistry that you do and create a reputation for providing quality aesthetic dentistry in your market.

Session #6: Comprehensive Dentistry Using the T-Scan™ A Major Advance for Doctors and Patients

Thursday, June 22
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Occlusion is a complex neurologic science that involves the interplay between the teeth, the muscles, and the temporomandibular joints. Occlusion, however, is taught biomechanically, absent of true interocclusal functional measurements of the occlusal force and timing of the contacts that affects patient’s neurologic health and comfort every time they use their teeth. The T-Scan™ system makes it possible to precisely control the occlusal forces and timing with natural teeth, dental implants, and prosthodontic restorations. 

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Dr. Ben Sutter

The T-Scan offers patients predictably improved outcomes, while minimizing the common fallout of a dentist’s lack of occlusal measurement; and the repeated post-prosthetic insertion occlusal adjustments that don’t resolve the patient’s comfort issues, despite the dentist’s best efforts. This course will illustrate how employing occlusal measurement technology, and an evidence-based digital approach to occlusion, helps dentists provide lasting, comfortable, and successful treatments for patients in everyday clinical practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How T-Scan, by measuring occlusal contact forces and timing, has revolutionized day-to-day occlusal dentistry, offering both dentists and patients occlusal outcome predictability. 
  2. Discover the real limitations of using articulating papers, and why intraoral scanner occlusion does not replace using T-Scan at prosthetic insertions. 
  3. How to record good T-Scan data and how to use that data to make targeted occlusal corrections. 
  4. A review of important scientific studies and evidence to support the routine use of digital occlusion technology, and what the research means to your patients. 

Common complications in restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentistry – a review of many clinical cases and how to digitally diagnose and treat common occlusal problems.

Tampa Bay, FL
February 9, 2023
9am – 3pm ET

Dallas, TX
February 10, 2023
9am – 3pm ET 

Boston, MA
March 17, 2023
9am – 3pm ET 

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Dr. Pamela Marzban

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Dr Duncan Brown graduated from the Universty of Toronto in 1975 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery, and became a Specialist in Orthodontics in 1978. Dr Brown is an associate clinical professor at the University of Alberta, and served as a guest lecturer at University of Manitoba, University of British Columbia and University of Western Ontario.  Dr Brown is co-author of “The Protocol”, a broadly circulated publication on the subject of passive self-ligation.

Dr Michael Major is the director of the Inter-disciplinarily Airway Research Clinic, a 10-year collaboration between the Stollery Children’s Hospital and the University of Alberta School of Dentistry. Dr Major holds an academic appointment with the University of Alberta as an active researcher in pediatric sleep, serves as co-president of Alberta Dental Sleep Medicine study club, and was a contributing member of the CDSA’s committee for developing guidelines for dental management of sleep disordered breathing.

Dr Major is a certified specialist in Orthodontics and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (FRCD-c). After graduating dentistry training from Boston University (DMD 2009),  he completed a post-doctoral residency in dental management of medically complex patients at the University of British Columbia (GPR 2010), and a graduate residency specializing in Orthodontics at University of Alberta (MSc 2013).

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Dr. Curtis Westersund earned his DDS from University of Alberta in Edmonton. He has practiced as a general dentist in the city of Calgary in the province of Alberta Canada for 41 years.  

Dr. Westersund’s practice is limited to the treatment of Temporo Mandibular Disorders (TMD)with aPhysiologic approach. He holds a Mastership with the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics.  

Dr.Westersund has published clinical studies in 2 books about use of neuromuscular protocols in the treatment of TMD and has helped teach dentists throughout the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, India and Canada about the treatment and communication of TMD using physiologic and neuromuscular principles.

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(Former Judge) Jodi was appointed by the Governor of the State of Michigan to the bench after serving as a Metro-Detroit felony prosecutor with a perfect trial record. 

She now practices law focusing on, among other things, criminal, family, civil and business liabilities pertaining to substance use, abuse and prescribing.  A former partner with The Stutman Switalski Group, she performs over 100 presentations to varying demographics annually.  Jodi consults through her own business, Switalski Law LLC, with medical, dental, community and business entities to review and draft policies to protect practices, corporations and businesses while informing practices of the dangers of controlled substance use and abuse. In communities, she works to established cooperative systems of care coordination and education/prevention programs. Jodi has been qualified as a courtroom expert on business and medical systems for prescribing controlled substances, substance abuse, mental health and violence.

Jodi has received numerous awards and appointments and has been named outstanding speaker or presented as keynote/plenary speaker at such notable engagements as the International Conference on Opioids at Harvard Medical School, MD Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston, Texas, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the United States Probation Departments, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and more.

She is published nationally, a frequent guest on local, state and national television and radio.  Jodi has been featured in several documentaries including the PBS short, “Invisible Wounds” (on PTSD in veterans) and the upcoming HBO special, “Needles in the Hay.”  Her current publications include “Where My JD meets Your MD” and “Your Name is on the Bottle.”      

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Dr. Gordon Chee is a general dentist and owner of a boutique aesthetic dental practice in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, that focuses on aesthetic restorative dentistry.  He is an international lecturer and a member of the advisory board of the Alberta Chapter of the Seattle Study Club.  He teaches his own dental photography mentorship programs through Kre8 Photography, aesthetic dentistry mentorship programs through Kre8 Aesthetics and speaks and trains on the topics of dental photography, marketing, business strategies and anterior restorative dentistry for Elevate Dentistry, the Aurum Group, Ivoclar, and the Seattle Study Club.  He is a key opinion leader for Ivoclar and Curion (formerly Bisco Canada).

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Ben A. Sutter, DMD has been studying and treating TMJ dysfunction since graduating dental school in 2005. In that time, he has sought advanced education and training in treating neuromuscular issues. His studies have taken him to the Las Vegas Institute, the Piper Education and Research Center, Perfect Bite Doctor (precursor to TruDenta), and Equilibration Seminars.  

He is the author of several articles and abstracts, and has clinical, research, and teaching experience. He has been awarded Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry, Las Vegas Institute, and the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics as well as the Center for Neural Occlusion. He mainly lectures on objective digital occlusal measurement and Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR).

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