Annual Session


October 11-12

Benton Convention Center Winston – Salem, NC




We proudly present our 2nd Annual Session! We welcome you to join us for our 2 day format where you can earn up to 12 CE’s and spend time in our extended exhibit hall, networking with your fellow dental professionals and representatives from top companies, who are showcasing new products and services. New this year, we are offering hands on CE courses in the exhibit hall, allowing you to get first-hand experience with the newest technology in dental hygiene!

 Friday, October 11, 2019

7:30a Registration Open
9:00a-11:00a Ten Things You Should Never Say to Patients: Communication Tools You Need
Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, RDH, MBA
Location: Winston 1AB
9:00a-12:00p Medical Emergencies
Jennifer Harmon, RDH, MS & Elizabeth Kornegay, CDA, RDH, MS
Location: Winston 3AB
9:00a-12:00p CPR
Crystal Adams, MA, CDA, RDH
Location: Winston 3C
11:00a-11:15a Break
11:15a-12:15p Human Papillomavirus in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Role of the Dental Professional
Christine Lynn Downey, DDS, MS
Location: Winston 1AB
12:15p-12:30p Networking Break
12:30-1:30p Lunch
Location: Salem 1
1:30p-2:30p Ergonomics
Jennifer Harmon, RDH, MS
Location: Winston 3AB
1:00p-6:00p Exhibit Hall
Fearturing Workshops/ Look & Learn
Location: Winston 2 ABC

Saturday, October 12, 2019

7:30a Registration Open
7:00a-8:00a Sunrise Yoga
Location: Knollwood A (Marriott)
0830a-1130a Pockets to Pathogens
Amber Auger, RDH
Location: Winston 3AB
09:00a-11:00a A Dog at the Dentist: Mitigating Dental Anxiety
Barbara Kucera, RDH, BS & Atkins, the dog
Location: Winston 1AB
0930a-10:15a Coffee With Wanda and Scott
Exhibitions Only
Location: Exhibit Hall
10:45a-11:30a HOD 3rd House
Location: Winston 1C
10:30-3:30p Exhibit Hall
Featuring CE and Demos
12:00p-1:15p Lunch featuring Telehealth/ Teledentistry and What That Means for RDH’s in Our State
Nigel Shaun Matthews, DDS, MS & Zachary Brian, DMD
Location: Salem 1
1:15p-1:30p Networking Break
1:30p-3:30p Student Session
Location: Winston 3C
1:30p-1:45p Lenny Barnette (Crest/OralB)
1:45p-2:15p Sommer Wisher (NCDHA)
2:15p-2:30p Debbie Flemming (Colgate)
2:30p-3:00p Andy Coding (AndyRDH)
2:00p-3:30p Progressive Products
Amber Auger, RDH
Location: Winston 3AB
1:30p-3:30p Win WIn WIn… Real World Strategies For the Dental Office
Erika Spring, RDH, MEd
Location: Winston 1AB
3:30p-3:45p Break
3:45p-5:45p All You Need to Know About Silver Diamine Fluoride: A Didactic and Hands-On Course
LaRee Johnson, DDS, MS, FAAFD
Location: Winston 3AB
2:30p-5:00p HOD 1st and 2nd House
Location: Winston 1C
5:00p-6:00p Hygiene Happy Hour Mixer
Location: Winston 1C
6:00p-9:00p Find A Vendor and Go To Dinner!
9:00p-10:00p Zumba Dance Party
Location: Knollwood A (Marriott)


NCDHA Welcomes the Following Speakers:

Amber Auger

Amber is a Registered Dental Hygienist, motivational speaker and highly sought after KOL in the dental industry. She combines clinical expertise with a passion for elevating others into a unique presentation style that leaves her audiences wanting MORE! Amber gives back to the community through her volunteer work with underserved populations locally and abroad.

Amber is a Chief of Clinical Technology for Jameson Management, a featured author for RDH Magazine and Dentistry IQ, and practices hygiene in Boston, MA.

Pockets to Pathogens

Saturday 8:30 – 11:30am
Location: Winston 3AB

Progressive Products

Saturday 2:00 – 3:30pm
Location: Winston 3AB

Dr. Laree Johnson

LaRee Johnson, DDS, MS, FAAPD practices full time in Raleigh, NC, speaks nationally and internationally, is the Vice-President for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and serves on the Board of Visitors and holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of North Carolina. After completing her DDS with honors at the University of Tennessee and her residency program at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Johnson has been in full-time private practice for over 20 years. She is the founder of Carolina Pediatric Dentistry, a multi-doctor, two-location practice. Professionally, Dr. Johnson foremost enjoys caring for children via clinical pediatric dentistry. Her effective practice management skills are simply a byproduct of continued clinical excellence while ensuring a patient-centered practice model. Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Northwestern Kellogg Leadership Institute. Being a wife and mother of two children brings Dr. Johnson her greatest joy. Her family’s hobbies include anything outside, travel, and 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). Dr. Johnson enjoys sharing clinical and practice management lessons learned and developed to assist all professionally and in finding the elusive balance in life’s personal and professional journeys

All You Need to Know About Silver Diamine Fluoride: A Didactic and Hands-On Course

Saturday 3:45-5:45pm
Location: Winston 3AB

Dr. Christine Downey

Human Papilomavirus (HPV) in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Role of the Dental Professional

Friday 11:15am-12:15p
Location: Winston 1AB

Dr. Leslie Malueg

Dr. Leslie Malueg is a native of Bardstown, Kentucky.  She received her undergraduate degree in Dental Hygiene, her DMD degree from the University of Kentucky, and completed her Endodontic Specialty training at the University of Iowa.

 Dr. Malueg has taught clinical endodontics at the University of Iowa and has served as a clinical associate professor in the department of Endodontontics at the University of Louisville.  She has served as president of the Kentucky Association of Endodontists and is working toward a diplomate status with the American Board of Endodontics.

 Dr. Malueg is married to John and they have 2 sons and a daughter.

An Inside Look at Root Canal Treatment

Friday 1:30-2:30pm
Location: Winston 3AB

Erika Spring

Erika Spring is the Founder and Owner of Spring Innovative. Her mission is to help hygienists and their practices develop a hygiene department that delivers cutting edge and lifesaving care to patients. She believes if practice members individually and collectively commit to continual improvement, then clinical excellence will be the natural outcome. As a practicing hygienist, Erika learned how communication and systems go hand-in-hand to increase case acceptance. She translates this into her teaching, whether as a professor or from the podium to help others know how to deliver clinical excellence in the real world. Her true joy is hearing people she has coached say they are more productive and find their work more fulfilling and fun! On a personal note, her free time is spent on the beaches of the Crystal Coast of NC, most often on horseback.

Win Win Win…Real World Strategies For the Dental Office

Saturday 1:30-3:30pm
Location: Winston 1AB

Jennifer Harmon 

Jennifer is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Dental Hygiene at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  As a triple Tar Heel, she has received her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, and Master’s of Science in Dental Hygiene Education, all from UNC Chapel Hill. In her current role, she teaches both dental hygiene and dental students and serves as course director for first-year dental hygiene clinic, periodontology, dental anatomy, and practice of dental medicine. She exudes a passion for teaching and fosters a positive atmosphere that encourages students to exceed beyond their educational goals.

Professor Harmon serves on the advisory board for the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice and served as the President of the North Carolina Dental Hygienists’ Association.  In addition to these leadership roles, she is a strong advocate and enjoys speaking about oral health, overall wellness, and communication on a national level.


Friday 1:30p – 2:30p
Location: Winston 1AB

Medical Emergencies

Friday 9:00am-12:00p
Location: Winston 3AB

Elizabeth Kornegay

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and Master of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene Education from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is presently pursuing her PhD in Adult, Workforce, and Continuing Professional Education at North Carolina State University.  Elizabeth has experience working as a clinician in private practice and research settings. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Dental Hygiene Programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is the second year undergraduate dental hygiene clinic director, directs the Clinical Teaching and Clinical Administration graduate courses, and serves on undergraduate and graduate thesis committees. At the Adams School of Dentistry, she is the committee chair of the Dental Hygiene Curriculum Committee and is a member of the Curriculum Innovation Steering Committee. Elizabeth is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, North Carolina Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Education Association, and Sigma Phi Alpha – Xi Chapter. She is the current treasurer of NCDHA and serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Dental Hygiene.

Medical Emergencies

Friday 9:00am-12:00p
Location: Winston 3AB

Barbara Kucera & Atkins

Barbara is a 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University. As a clinical hygienist and a published author, she draws from her experience, passion and knowledge as she shares her mission to help every patient love coming to the dentist! Barbara and her husband of 33 years, Michael, live in Charlotte, NC, have 2 grown children and one precious grandson.

ATKINS is a 3 year old yellow Labrador Retriever that was raised and trained by the paws4people® Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Wilmington, N.C. ATKINS began her training when she was only a few weeks old. She knows over 100 commands and was specifically trained for her job working at the dentist. In May of 2018, she was assigned to Barbara and they completed 50 more hours of training together in order to be certified and work together full time.

A Dog at the Dentist: Mitigating Dental Anxiety

Saturday: 9:00 – 11:00am
Location: Winston 1AB

Dianne Watterson

Dianne is unique among speakers and consultants is her depth of knowledge and her passion to help dental professionals excel. Her long career in dentistry – both clinical and professional – spans more than three decades. In addition to being an RDH, Dianne also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Service Management and Masters of Business Administration. Her business, Watterson Speaking/Consulting LLC is based in Lexington, North Carolina.

Dianne has had more than three  hundred articles published in Dental Economics, Dental Practice Report, Dentistry Today, Dental Graduate, Dental Equipment and Materials, Insurance Solutions, Woman Dentist Journal, and RDH, as well as several chapters for a national dental hygiene periodontal textbook entitled Foundations of Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist.

She is well-known for her monthly column in RDH, entitled “Staff Rx,” which addresses practice management problems faced by hygienists across the country. In addition, she authors a bimonthly column called “Practice Wisdom” for Dental Economics magazine that is devoted to practice management. Dianne is the author of Manage Your Practice Well, a comprehensive practice management text for dentists and office administrators and The Consummate Dental Hygienist, which is devoted to solving workplace issues for dental hygienists.

In 2005, Dianne was honored as a “Distinguished Dental Professional” by Dentsply. She has been named  by Dentistry Today magazine as one of the “Top Clinicians in CE and Consulting” every year since 2006.  In 2009 and 2010, Dianne was chosen to serve on the Colgate Oral Health Advisory Board as a “Key Opinion Leader.”

Ten Things You Should Never Say to Patients: Communication Tools You Need

Friday 9:00 – 11:00am
Location: Winston 1AB

Ten Things You Should Never Say to Patients: Communication Tools You Need

Friday 9:00 – 11:00am
Location: Winston 1AB

crystal Adams, MA, CDA, RDH 

Crystal Adams is a dental hygiene educator at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory.  Her career in dentistry began in 1997 upon graduating from the Dental Assisting Program at Wilkes Community College. After working as a Certified Dental Assisting for 4 years, she returned to Central Piedmont Community College to obtain her Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 2001. While she worked full-time as a dental hygienist, she returned to college to complete her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and her master’s degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Community College and University Leadership.

Crystal serves on the North Carolina Dental Society Prevention and Oral Health Committee and is Immediate Past-President of North Carolina Dental Hygienists’ Association. She has a passion for oral health and enjoys mentoring students and professionals as they excel in their dental hygiene careers.

CPR-Re-Certify: Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR and AED Training for Healthcare Professionals

Friday: 9:00am – 12:00
Location: Winston 3C

Lunch Featuring Doctor’s:

Dr. Nigel Shaun Matthews

Dr. Nigel Shaun Matthews is the Director of Telehealth and Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of North Carolina, Adams School of Dentistry, having been recruited from King’s College Hospital, London in December 2014, where he practised as a Consultant Surgeon for 11 years.

He completed his specialist training at Canniesburn Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland and developed a specific interest in both TMJ and facial deformity surgery.

In 2009, Dr. Matthews established the first true TMJ Multidisciplinary Team Clinic in the United Kingdom, a model that is now being adopted internationally. He held the position of Project Lead for the Hospital’s Telehealth Clinic Initiative after securing a $60,000 grant to develop the concept.

In addition to editing the text book entitled “Dislocation of the Temporomandibular Joint :

A Guide to Diagnosis and Management”, Dr. Matthews has written several book chapters and over 30 peer reviewed articles on TMJ-related subjects. His lectureship commitments have included delivering international webinars, presentations and courses throughout Europe, North America, Australia, India, Brazil and the Caribbean.

He is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh, as well as a member of the American, European and British Society of TMJ Surgeons. His work on jaw joint replacement surgery has been extensively cited in several international journals and newspapers, as well as the BBC News.

In October 2016, Dr. Matthews was honoured by the Barbados government with the Barbados Golden Jubilee Award in recognition of his service to the people of Barbados through his work in the United Kingdom in medicine and surgery.

Telehealth/Dentistry and What That Means for RDHs in Our State

Friday: 12:00p – 1:15p
Location: Salem 1

Dr. Zachary Brian 

Dr. Zachary Brian is Director of the North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative. A passionate advocate for oral health equity and access, Dr. Brian recently served as a Dental Director leading initiatives for a Federally Qualified Health Center in New Haven, Connecticut in partnership with Yale University. Prior to this role, Dr. Brian served in Indian Health Service as Site Director for a tribal dental clinic in Michigan.

Dr. Brian has spent both his clinical and administrative career in public health, and is particularly interested in issues surrounding health equity, access, integration, collaboration, and care delivery. Committed to community outreach and partnerships, Dr. Brian is a sought-after speaker on dental-medical integration, oral health equity and systems change, teledentistry, as well as the oral-systemic connection. Leveraging community-based partnerships, Dr. Brian oversaw the expansion of school-based oral health programs, implemented integrative protocols, and secured funding to increase access to diagnostic technologies for underserved population groups.

Originally from rural Kentucky, Dr. Brian knows firsthand the challenges to oral health access in the southern United States. As part of his work leading the NCOHC, Dr. Brian is actively pursuing changes to more effectively utilize North Carolina’s dental workforce, increase reimbursement for teledentistry, and expand dental coverage under Medicaid.

Dr. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Murray State University, and earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville. He is currently a candidate in the Master of Health Administration program at Central Michigan University.


Telehealth/Dentistry and What That Means for RDHs in Our State

Friday: 12:00p – 1:15p
Location: Salem 1