Indiana Dental Hygienists' Association 

continuing Education

About Our Speakers/Courses
(in order of appearance at Conference)


Oral Pathology for the Dental Professional (3 Hours Awarded)
Friday, November 2, 2018   8:00am-11:00am

The course will cover the seven diagnostic methods that contribute to a final diagnosis. They include the following features clinical, radiographic, historical, laboratory, surgical, therapeutic, and differential. Several lesions and conditions in each category will be discussed from etiology to prognosis. The strength of the diagnosis for each lesion will come from one, two or more diagnostic methods. This methodical approach has been found to be very helpful in the diagnostic process. Lesions will include those associated with the inflammatory process, immunity, infectious disease, developmental disorders, genetics, neoplasia, and oral manifestations of systemic disease. Documentation procedures, biopsy techniques and referral options will also be covered. One patient dies every hour of every day from oral cancer. Hopefully, this course will help you change this statistic. You will return to clinical practice with an enlightened approach to managing oral lesions and conditions.

Olga A. C. Ibsen, RDH, MS, FAADH is an Adjunct Professor at New York University College of Dentistry, in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She has made significant contributions to the Dental Hygiene Profession as an educator, clinician, author and editor. She has been a part of the clinical practice of Dental Hygiene for over 35 years. She has co-authored the text Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist, published by Elsevier, now in its 7th Edition. She is a contributing author to all eight editions of Mosby’s Comprehensive Review of Dental Hygiene and to Mosby’s Review Questions for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. Ms. Ibsen presents CE courses on Oral Pathology at dental and dental hygiene meetings, nationally and internationally. She is a Consultant Member to the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments where she prepares and evaluates test questions. Additionally, she serves on the editorial advisory boards for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene and The Journal of Dental Hygiene. In June 2016, she received The Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene, from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. In June 2017, she received the Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award from Dimensions.

CDT Code Game Changers:
End D4346 Confusion and Teledentistry Road Map (3 Hours Awarded)
Friday, November 2, 2018   2:00pm-5:00pm

CDT 2017 changed the world of hygiene with D4346 code which finally assists to clearly identifying and treating gingivitis after decades of merely dumping gingival inflammation into the same category as health. CDT 2018 marks the first time teledentistry codes have been added to the CDT code set. With the click of a button, information can be sent at high speeds over many miles, increasing both efficiency of, and access to care AND new profit center for the practice. Many practices miss the opportunities accurate coding can provide. This interactive workshop explores how coding changes the role dental professionals play beyond a patient's oral care to improve overall systemic health AND increases the practice bottom line.

Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS has assisted thousands of professionals to code more accurately and efficiently. In fact, the ADA recognized her expertise by inviting her to write a chapter in their CDT 2017 and 2018 Companion books. Patti holds publishing and speaking licenses with the ADA for Current Dental Terminology, 2017 as well as SNODENT, 2017 diagnostic coding. She is the author of DentalCodeology, which is a series of easy-to-read, bite-sized books. Her latest brand extension, The Dental Codeologist Community is taking a member’s only approach to providing dental professionals with the latest news, tips, continuing education credits and more. Patti can be reached at:

Ethics: Borders and Boundaries (2 Hours Awarded)
Saturday, November 3, 2018   8:00am-10:00am

This course will cover ethics and what is meant to be ethical as a dental professional. This includes professional responsibility, ethical dilemmas, and Indiana statutes and administrative rules governing the licensure and practice of dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.

Kathy L. Nahrwold, RDH, graduated from the Indiana University/Purdue University of Fort Wayne Dental Hygiene Program in 1980. She has worked in private practice in the Fort Wayne area for the past 38 years.

In 2010, Kathy acquired the business with which she was associated for over 10 years and changed the name to Absolute OSHA Consulting, LLC. She provides both group and private office OSHA seminars, CPR training and Ethics courses throughout Indiana and is approved by the Indiana State Board of Dentistry for continuing education credit. She has been a certified CPR instructor for over 17 years.

Kathy is an active member of ADHA (American Dental Hygienists’ Association) and IDHA (Indiana Dental Hygienists’ Association), where she served two terms as president as well as serving on the legislative council. She has been a member of OSAP (Organization for Asepsis Procedures) for over seventeen years, is also a member of the ABWA (The American Business Women’s Association), and is involved in other numerous community projects within the northeast Indiana area.

Direct Access and the Access Practice Agreements (3 Hours Awarded)
Saturday, November 4, 2018   1:30pm-4:30pm

During this course, we will define direct access and discuss why this concept needed to come to Indiana. We will explore the legislative process that brought Access Practice Agreements (APAs) to Indiana and how the process impacts more than just access to dental hygiene and dental care. We will look at the workforce models that were immediately impacted by the APAs from July 1 to now and what we are anticipating for APAs over the next 12 months. We will review the benefits of the APA on more than access to care. Finally, we will look at the process of bringing APAs to additional settings in Indiana.

Amanda Apple, LDH, BGS, is a 2006 graduate from IUSB's Dental Hygiene (DH) program and a 2007 graduate from IUPUI with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies. Since graduating from the DH program, she has worked in a general practice setting and has been the primary training hygienist for northern Indiana with Aspen Dental. Ms. Apple has been on the faculty at Ivy Tech and has served many roles in IDHA, including President, and is currently the Legislative Chair. She is currently a Regional Manager with Aspen Dental in north central Indiana.

Heather L. Taylor, MPH, LDH, has been an Indiana licensed dental hygienist for twelve years. She has worked in a variety of settings, including private-practice, public health, and education. Ms. Taylor was a full-time faculty member at Indiana University School of Dentistry for three years working with SEAL Indiana and teaching Dental Radiology courses. Currently, she is a PhD student at the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health, a NLM Public and Population Health Informatics Fellow, and President of the Indiana Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Information on 2018 Speakers and Courses can also be found in the IDHA 2018 Annual Conference Registration Brochure.


To improve the public’s health, the mission of the Indiana Dental Hygienists’ Association is to advance
the art and science of dental hygiene by ensuring access to quality oral health care, increasing awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention, promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education,
licensure, practice and research, and representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists.

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