3rd Annual PDTA Conference Preview

Pediatric dental assistants learning on the job

The only conference in the U.S. dedicated to pediatric dental assistants is back next month!

Hosted at the Renaissance Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, the Annual Pediatric Dental Assistants Association Conference will feature industry leaders and specialists in pediatric dentistry. Workshops, seminars, and activities packed in this two-day conference will be a boon to any dental assistant looking to improve their knowledge and skillset.

This year’s event runs from Friday, October 6th through Saturday, October 7th, with continuous opportunities to learn from the industry’s best. While there, you’ll have the chance to meet pediatric dental assistants and other professionals from across the country, and even pick up 16 CE credits approved by the ADA CERP! Now that’s a win!

Meet Your Primary Speakers

Rhea Haugseth, DMDDr. Rhea Haugseth

Yours truly!

I’ve been practicing dentistry since 1977, but I’ve also kept myself busy improving pediatric dentistry and working heavily to promote the growth of pediatric dental assistants. Aside from private practice and working at the top of numerous dental organizations, I founded the Pediatric Dental Assistant School in Marietta, GA and our very own Pediatric Dental Assistants Association.


Shelly of the PDTAShelly Von Short, RDH, MS, PhD

Shelly is one of the top dental consultants ever. Period.

After three decades of experience and extensive education, there are very few people in the industry who understand dentistry like she does. From business management, to hiring, or team management, Dr. Short is the Gordon Ramsay of dentistry (albeit much more polite), and she knows what it takes to make any dental practice successful.


Grace Hyun

Grace Hyun is a highly-specialized pediatric dental assistant that is experienced with special needs children. She has a background in child education, as well as with orthodontics and sleep apnea. Grace is the perfect peer to work with to sharpen your skills with young patients and special needs children.


Carmina Rose Fernandez

Carmina received her dental assistant training from the U.S. Army, where she used her specialized dental knowledge to help our troops. Her background provided her with unique challenges and taught her how to work efficiently and build confidence in patients.

Following her work in the military, Carmina is now the head dental assistant at Dentistry for Children and Families in Chicago, IL.


There’s no better time than now

After a weekend of learning and networking, you’ll be able to return to your practice having learned new techniques that will better yourself, your practice, and your patients. If you still haven’t registered, it’s not too late! You can register here. Don’t be the one that misses out this year…

And don’t forget, membership with the PDTA includes one FREE pass to the annual conference! Enroll with the PDTA here.


Friday October 6, 2017

  • 8:00 – 8:30  AM   Rhea Haugseth – Welcome
  • 8:30 – 10:00 AM    Shelly Short – 5 Tips for Sustainable Pediatric   Dental Practice Success
  • 10:00 – 10:15 AM  Break
  • 10:15 – 12:00 PM Shelly Short (cont.)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM    Lunch
  • 1:00 –  2:30 PM   Rhea Haugseth – Behavior Guidance for All Ages: Patients and Parents
  • 2:30 – 2:45 PM      Break
  • 2:45 – 5:00 PM    Rhea Haugseth – (cont.)
  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM      Dinner on your own
  • 7:00 – 9:00 PM      Workshop with Fun, Games, and Prizes

Saturday  October 7, 2017

  • 8:00 – 10:00 AM Rhea Haugseth – Behavior Guidance for All Ages: Patients and Parents
  • 10:00 –10:15 AM   Break
  • 10:15 –12:00 PM    Rhea Haugseth – (cont.)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM   Lunch
  • 1:00 –  2:15 PM     Carmina Fernandez – Special Needs: Special Care
  • 2:15 –  2:30 PM     Break
  • 2:30 –  3:45 PM     Carmina Fernandez – (cont.)
  • 3:45 –  4:00 PM  Rhea Haugseth – Wrap Up, Door Prizes


If you’d like to enjoy all the benefits of being part of the PDTA, I’d invite you to join the only organization dedicated to pediatric dental assistants. It’s chock-full of benefits you’ll find only with the PDTA.

From all of us at the PDTA, we look forward to seeing you in Atlanta next month! And don’t miss out on our upcoming annual conference – our Find the Viking contest is the perfect chance, as monthly winners receive a FREE ticket to our upcoming conference…that’s a $497 value!!!


~ Dr. Rhea Haugseth