Get Ready for the 2018 PDTA Conference

2018 PDTA conference

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn, network, and interact with your pediatric dental assistant peers at the only industry conference dedicated to you.

The 4th Annual PDTA Conference will be held this year at the Atlanta Airport Marriott, October 26-27, 2018. This two-day event features specialists in pediatric dentistry, and it’s crammed full of great opportunities for any dental assistants ready to take their craft to the next level.

Take a hike, doctors!

This event is only for PDA’s or related staff. Meet other dental assistants and professionals from across the country while you earn 16 CE credits (approved by the ADA CERP).

The 2018 PDTA Conference Primary Instructors

Rhea Haugseth, DMD

Dr. Rhea Haugseth
Dr. Haugseth is the Founder and Director of the Pediatric Dental Assistant School in Atlanta Georgia, as well as the Founder and Director of the Pediatric Dental Assistants Association.

Teaching Objectives:

  • How to present treatment plans to improve case acceptance
  • Communicating the diagnosis and treatment choices
  • How to help parents decide on the best treatment option
  • How to gain the confidence and trust of parents in your practice


Julie Varney, CDA,RDA FAADOM

Julie Varney works directly with dental assistant teams providing coaching and instruction to bring out the best in all. In 2016, Julie was named as one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Report Magazine.

Teaching Objectives:

  • Developing leadership skills
  • Learn new advances and techniques in dental assisting
  • Finding your calling in your dental assistant career


Shelly Von Short, RDH, MS, PhD – Zumwohl Practice Consulting

PDTA presenter Shelly Short
Shelly Von Short is a dentistry legend and owner of Zum! Group,  a dental practice consulting firm. She has worked in nearly every specialty, and brings expertise in practice management, business, health promotion.

Teaching Objectives:

  • Dental practice economics and how to reduce overhead
  • Practice productivity and profitability within the dental team
  • Organizing systems to work more efficiently
  • Improving team communication


Matt Paladini – Paladini Financial

PDTA speaker Matt Paladini

Matt is the founder of Paladini Financial Management (PFM), which provides fee-only financial planning services. Matt specializes in helping dental professionals with custom plans for business and tax management, investing, estate planning, and more.

Teaching Objectives:

  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Investing for long term/retirement
  • How to save and invest your way to your first million dollars


Friday Night Fun & Games!

Friday night is game night! We’ll be playing the PDTA version of The Price is Right, which will focus on product expenses, supplies, and costs of particular dental procedures. Attendees will learn more about the finances of the dental practice and how to improve their own financial position. And yes, we’ve got some great prizes for our winners, too!

Getting the Most Out of the 2018 PDTA Conference

1. Register early and tell your team.
By registering ahead of time, the team will have advanced notice to accommodate schedules and planning. PDTA members save hundreds of dollars when registering their team.

2. Plan ahead and set goals.
You’ll want to take advantage of everything the 2018 PDTA conference has to offer, so review the schedule during planning. Set educational goals with your team and know what information and training you’d like to improve upon beforehand. Think about what you’d like to accomplish and plan your schedule around meeting those goals.

3. Pack smart.
Packing light means being organized; you want to have everything you’ll need, and nothing you don’t. You might even be able to avoid checking a bag and risk losing luggage on the flight. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes, chargers/battery packs, writing materials, and business cards.

4. Ask questions and take notes.
If you’ve come all this way to learn and improve, make sure you ask questions! If you’re thinking it, it’s a guarantee that many others are, too. Furthermore, a few notes about key concepts and ideas will help you retain the most important takeaways before they fade from your memory.

Register for the 2018 PDTA Conference

2018 pdaa conference

If you’re not yet a member of the PDTA, but want to take full advantage of all of our benefits for your practice and your team, join us, today! Register your dental practice with our practice enrollment form.


~ Dr. Rhea Haugseth



The International Association for Dental Research is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at