Caribbean Dental Convention - Lecturers
Dr. Victor Eastmond, 2017 Chair
Dr. Victor Eastmond
2017 Chair

Dr. Victor H. Eastmond is the Chairman of Caribbean Dental Program Inc. He qualified at the Royal Dental Hospital (RDH), University of London in 1974 and subsequently did house jobs at RDH and St. Georges Hospital in Maxillo-Facial Surgery before moving to Edgeware General Hospital as Senior House Surgeon. Nine months after graduating, he left the hospital post to work in a General Dental Practice in South London. He returned to his native home, Barbados, in 1979 where he now manages a ten chair operatory at Rosedale Dental Centre of which he is the Principal with a complement of 30 persons working therein.

In 1968 he gained his certification as a diagnostic radiography from the Royal Free Hospital, U. Lon. then in1998 he gained his certification in Forensic Odontology from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

He is a past Chairman of the Barbados Dental Council, the Barbados Examination Board for Technicians and later for Dentists; a past President of the Barbados Dental Association, the Caribbean Atlantic Regional Dental Association and the Commonwealth Dental Association. He has acted as a consultant for the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) to produce guidelines for accreditation for dental education within CARICOM. His term as a member on CAAM-HP's Board expired in 2013.

He has received many awards. In November 2007 he was honoured by the Bahamas Dental Association with "The Distinguished Service Award' which was presented by the President of FDI, Dr. Burton Conrod. He has received The NLG Hope Award from the Barbados Dental Association and in November 2015 he received a National Award (The Gold Crown of Merit) for his work in the field of dentistry.

Although now semi-retired, he continues to provide lectures to schools and dental associations and was recently appointed to The Sandals Foundation Advisory Board in November 2016.

Mrs. Barbara Cosio,
Mrs. Barbara Cosio

Barbara Cosio is a Certified Dentrix Trainer and Practice Management Specialist with 24 years of experience in the dental field. Barbara has had the pleasure of working with a variety of offices and is thoroughly versed in the daily operations of running an efficient and profitable dental practice.

Her expertise include but are not limited to, dental insurance management, account management, developing and implementing practice protocols, and working with dentists who are either developing their business from inception or offices that may need additional training and restructuring. She has expert knowledge of Dentrix and has trained and implemented these programs with great success in both the United States and the Caribbean. Barbara is fluent in both English and Spanish, and currently resides in South Florida.


DENTRIX -Overview With G6 New Features & Enhancements
For more than two decades, Dentrix has been the leader in practice management software. Dentrix leads the market because they provide solutions for both sides of the dental practice i.e. the business side and the clinical side. During this presentation, delegates will become familiar with the essential Dentrix features that will help them work more efficiently. The lecture will feature the upgraded G6 with its new features. The management system has everything that a practice requires to function efficiently as we progress into the paperless era.

Continuing Care Management – Re-care
Dentrix is currently in over 35,000 practices helping them deliver the best patient experience possible, while ensuring their teams are productive and profitable. With its ever expanding open technology platform, this lecture will demonstrate how best a practitioner can improve patient care while keeping check on the financial retention and revenue. Delegates will gain an in depth understanding of how to set up and maintain an effective continuing care management system on individual patients and obtain knowledge of confidentiality.

Treatment Planning; Case Presentation; Reports and Custom Lists.
Dentrix is capable of integrating with numerous dental applications and technologies creating a single unified digital solution for a growing digital dental office.
Persons attending this lecture will learn how to create, customize, present and manage patient treatment plans in a manner that will be beneficial to functioning within the entire practice.
With over a hundred available reports in Dentrix at your fingertips learn which reports you may want to run on a daily, weekly or monthly basis to help you track and measure the productivity of your practice.


Dr. Corey Forde,
Dr. Corey Forde

Dr. Forde has been trained in clinical medicine at UWI and completed training at UWI in Internal Medicine.

He has had further subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases at University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa and the University of Toronto, Canada on a Government Developmental Scholarship and a Canadian Scholarship.

Since returning to Barbados in 2013, he is now Consultant Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease and Head of the Infection Prevention and Control Department and Director of the first formal Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in the Caribbean region

He has served as an External Consultant with Pan American Health Organization and the Caribbean Public health Agency in the evaluation of several regional hospitals in infection prevention and control practices. He has been awarded the Society of Health Care Epidemiology of America Ambassador 2016 which is a as a first-time achievement for the Caribbean.

His other interest in Infectious Diseases includes Antimicrobial Stewardship/Antimicrobial Resistance and Remerging and emerging diseases.

His general goals are the career pursuance of good medical practice by combining compassion, scientific knowledge and clinical judgment, as well as mentorship and education of the public and peers in Infectious Diseases.

Lecture 1 - Commonly Transmitted Diseases in Dentistry

This lecture will provide valuable information on reasons why persons within a dental practice must be extremely cautious. During the provision of dental treatment, both patients and dental health care personnel (DHCP) can be exposed to pathogens through contact with blood, oral and respiratory secretions, and contaminated equipment.

Bloodborne viruses such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are of concern to dental health care personnel (DHCP). These viruses:

  • Can be transmitted to patients and health care personnel (HCP) in health care settings.
  • Can produce chronic infection.
  • Are often carried by persons unaware of their infection.

Other Infectious Diseases in Dentistry

Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (CJD) is a rare, fatal disease of the central nervous system characterized by rapid, progressive dementia and other sensory and motor disturbances. This is a known uncommon but possible Transmitted disease in Dentistry.

Overall, the risk for transmission of TB in most dental settings is quite low. There has been only one case report of transmission of tuberculosis bacteria from an infected dentist to patients, reportedly transmitted by direct inoculation of extraction sites through the dentist's fingers (Smith WH, Davies D, Mason KD, Onions JP: Intraoral and pulmonary tuberculosis following dental treatment. Lancet 1982;1:842-4).

Lecture 2 - Infection Control and Prevention of Common Infectious Diseases in Dentistry: A Practical Approach

Recommended infection control procedures can prevent transmission of infectious organisms among patients and dental health care personnel.

Dental patients and DHCP may be exposed to a variety of disease-causing microorganisms that are present in the mouth and respiratory tract. These organisms may be transmitted in dental settings through several routes.

Pre and Post Exposure Management in Prevention of Infectious Diseases

Despite our best efforts, blood exposures will likely continue to occur. Post-exposure management remains an important component of a complete program to prevent infection following exposure to blood. Elements of an effective post-exposure management program include:

  • Policies and procedures that clearly state how to manage exposures.
  • Education of dental health care personnel in prevention strategies (including evaluation of safety devices), principles of post-exposure management, the importance of prompt reporting, and PEP efficacy and toxicity.

Resources for rapid access to clinical care, post-exposure prophylaxis, as well as testing of both source patients and exposed health care personnel (preferably with There are three categories of patient-care items depending on their intended use and the potential risk of disease transmission.

Sterilization and Disinfection in Prevention of Infectious Diseases

Critical items penetrate soft tissue or contact bone, the bloodstream, or other normally sterile tissues of the mouth. They have the highest risk of transmitting infection and should be heat-sterilized between patient uses. Alternatively, use sterile, single-use disposable devices.

  • Examples include surgical instruments, periodontal scalers, scalpel blades, and surgical dental burns and a rapid HIV test).

Environmental Cleaning in Prevention of Infectious Diseases

There are two categories of environmental surfaces.Clinical contact surfaces have a high potential for direct contamination from patient materials either by direct spray or spatter generated during dental procedures or by contact with DHCP’s gloved hand. These surfaces can later contaminate other instruments, devices, hands, or gloves.


Dr. Dharmendra Rohit, DDS,
Dr. Dharmendra Rohit, DDS

Dr. Dharmendra Rohit was one of the inaugural graduates from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mount Hope Complex in Trinidad which opened in 1989. He graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS UWI) in 1994 before completing a one-year Internship. In 1996, he was licensed to practice in Trinidad and successfully completed The American National Board Examination. He commenced working in South Trinidad where he enjoyed a successful busy associate-ship for (10) ten years. In 2006, he opened and worked in his own Private Practice until present where he developed a keen interest in occlusion and equilibration and was subsequently successfully certified between years 1999 and 2002 at the prestigious Pankey Institute in Florida, USA.

He got involved in teaching undergraduate students at the Dental Polyclinic from 2005 – 2011 when he became the School of Dentistry Polyclinic's Coordinator. He is the chairperson for Infection Control, OSH, Clinical Services and Facilities management committee at the UWI School of Dentistry in Trinidad. His responsibilities and duties involves running five clinics simultaneously which led to him undertaking Postgraduate studies in Health Administration at University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) which he successfully completed in 2015.
He is the Vice Chairman of the Dental Council of Trinidad and Tobago.

The first lecture “Treating Cross Infection In The Dental Office” will provide all attending delegates with up to date protocols which are acceptable for persons who work within the dental office. Although this lecture is an imperative for the Dental Surgery Assistants (DSA’s) who are more likely to be responsible for the sterilisation control in the prevention of Cross Infection Contamination, practice managers; dentists; hygienists; dental technicians; cleaners and reception staff aught to be aware of the likelihood of being exposed to illnesswhich can prevail within the workplace.

The second session "Interactive Session on Cross Infection in The Dental Office" will show some videos which will allow delegates to interact and provide alternative protocols which they currently use within their dental environment. These can be discussed as a stimulus for additional solutions which will also be acceptable within the Caribbean where cost may be somewhat prohibitive. This promises to be a very interesting session with exchange of ideas

Gregg Tousignant, CDT,
Gregg Tousignant, CDT

Gregg graduated Dental Technology from George Brown College in 1992, and has been certified by the National Board for Certification since 1994.

He currently provides lectures and hands-on courses for both the General/Cosmetic dentist as well as dental and hygiene schools across Canada. Topics include Tooth Whitening, Impressioning, Temporization, Adhesives, Direct Anteriior & Posterior Composites, Post/Core, and Direct Veneer Colour Change.

He has had articles that have been published in Oral Health, the Journal of the Toronto Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Inside Dentistry, and Chairside Dental.

Gregg is currently serving as Technical Support Manager for Clinical Research Dental where he provides continuing education programs consistent with the Company’ philosophy, Teaching Better Dentistry.



The goal......preservation!
It’s not a Hail Mary, a shot in the dark or even an act of heroism. It is simply preservation of what nature has provided. This action packed lecture / hands on presentation will take you through the entire process of saving a natural tooth. We will discuss advanced fibre post technology and techniques including the use of accessory posts and the customization of posts in order to fit the overly flared canal. How we can cement a post and build a core in one easy step, followed by a brief discussion on adhesive compatibility and retreatment. After we trim our freshly made core we will discuss fabrication of a provisional with a fast, efficient and predictable technique designed to reduce chair time, increase accuracy, provide outstanding esthetics and create a polish never before seen in a direct provisional. Lastly we will look at dual arch impression techniques and materials to ensure a precise and accurately fitting final restoration.

HANDS-ON EXERCISES ON TYPODONTS: Restoration of Severely Compromised Dentition
• Matrix fabrication for a provisional restoration
• Preparation and placement of a fibre post with an accessory post including core build up
• Preparation and customization of a fibre post for an overly flared canal
• Fabrication of a provisional on a freshly trimmed core
• Dual arch impression
• Fibre post removal

Dentists who are interested in the preservation of natural dentition.


Dr. Jena Al-Bazi, BDS(Lon.) , MJDF(RCS Eng),
Dr. Jena Al-Bazi, BDS(Lon.) , MJDF(RCS Eng)

Jena qualified in 2008 from King's Dental Institute GKT, University of London, United Kingdom. She completed her Vocational Training in London and since then has been a General Dental Practitioner working in two dental practices based in Richmond and Hounslow. She is interested in all aspects of general dentistry and believes in a preventative ethical approach to achieve healthy mouths. She keeps up to date with the latest developments in dentistry through regular Continued Professional Development above and beyond that required by the General Dental Council. In 2010, she passed her exams to become a Member of the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons and thereafter she has trained within FGDP where she gained her Diploma in Implant Dentistry.

Besides placing dental implants, Jena has special interest in aesthetic dentistry and aim to achieve beautiful younger looking smiles in a holistic and minimally invasive way. She also has a keen interest in providing Invisalign Clear orthodontic system to improve smile and occlusion.

Additionally, Jena has the experience of working as a Specialty dentist in the Restorative Department at Croydon University Hospital where she has treated extensively complex full-mouth rehabilitation cases. She has worked in a variety of vocational roles, including writing for Dental Practice Magazine.

Outside of her dental career, Jena is a keen photographer, a skill that she has continued to develop through her travel experiences. Her photographs have been published in National Trust leaflets and travelling websites. She is also an avid boxer and baker.

Mrs. Lauren Furbert, CDA, AA, Bermudian Certified Dental Assistant
Mrs. Lauren Furbert, CDA, AA
Bermudian Certified Dental Assistant

Lauren Furbert is a Bermudian Certified Dental Assistant who qualified in 1985 at The Nassau School of Medical and Dental Assistants, Hempstead, New York. For the past 31 years, she has first provided private and then public service to the dental community of Bermuda with her longest being in the public sector where she is currently employed as an Oral Health Educator within the Department of Health.

Lauren started her career with the Health Department in 1995 as a clinical assistant. In 1999 after battling with several health issues she resigned her post to give full attention to extensive cancer treatment. Upon returning home in the latter part of 2000, she was promptly reemployed by the Health Department as a clinical assistant.

In 2002 Lauren was promoted to the position of Oral Health Educator which required her to teach Oral Health Education to children ages 3.5 to 11years of age within the school setting. Her unique ability to tailor her lessons as a teaching tool for her students was quickly recognized and as a result, she was recruited to teach dental assisting at the Bermuda College. This course prepared Dental Surgery Assistants (DSA's) who were already employed as well as those that were trained in-office and others who were new to the field. They were all desirous of meeting the requirements for employment under the new dental act which requires all assistants to be certified by a recognized certifying body. Under her instruction several young women have gained the DANB Certification. DANB is the American Certifying Board for Dental Assistants.

She is the proud mother of two daughters, both of whom are soon to be called to the Bar in Bermuda and she herself continues to set the example for them as she continues her education for certifications in expanded duties.

Her presentation is geared for dental surgery assistants (DSA's) who will have the opportunity to appreciate :-

  • Commitment to lifelong learning,
  • Increased pride,
  • Greater earning power, and
  • Career advancement

The lecture therefore provides delegates with some of the benefits of becoming a board certified assistant which will entail studies in the proper manner in which DSA's should perform their duties and ensure they practice efficient and safe dentistry. Delegates are encouraged to join Mrs Furbert on Saturday afternoon as she explores the process and avenues of becoming board certified and the benefits derived. She will endeavor to answer any questions which delegates have and in her own word "If you are an interested DSA, please come and participated in our discussion".

Dr. Maria Hardman, BDS (Birm.); DUI (Lille); MJDF RCS (Eng.); MFDS RCS (Edin.)
Dr. Maria Hardman
BDS (Birm.); DUI (Lille); MJDF RCS (Eng.); MFDS RCS (Edin.)

Dr. Maria Hardman BDS (Birm.); DUI (Lille); MJDF RCS (Eng.); MFDS RCS (Edin.). is an experienced clinician who has been been a general dental practitioner for 31 years and is successfully running her own Private Practice and training centre, in Oxford, UK

After graduating from Birmingham University in 1985, she worked as an associate and within locum positions. As well as running her own practice since 1990, Maria’s real interest is dental implants which started in 1996 when she attended courses throughout the world, culminating in a Master’s degree in Implantology at Lille University Medical School where she received her diploma in 2004. In 2006 Maria received a Certificate and Diploma of Honour for Clinical Radiological Anatomy of the head and neck.

Maria was the founder and former president of the Oxford Society of Oral Implantology, which was inaugurated in 2004. Because of this, she became heavily involved in mentoring postgraduate dentists in implantology. Maria held a post as clinical tutor on the Implant Masters programme at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and is presently an honorary Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick in addition to mentoring colleagues within her own training centre.

In 2006, she decided to realise her dream of designing and creating her ‘perfect ‘practice,’ incorporating purpose built clinical and training facilities. It was with these thoughts in mind that the blueprint for Clinic 95 was first conceived and the rules put in place for a truly state-of-the-art facility, which opened in 2010.

Maria is a Member of British Dental Association, Association of Dental Implantology, Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Faculty of Dental Surgeons Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Lecture 1: Introduction To Cone Beam Computerised Tomography (CBCT)
The advent of CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) is a real breakthrough within the dental field offering many advantages: ease of access to facilities, low radiation dose to patients, high definition images with very small voxels, combined with the possibility to see the tooth and the surrounding structures in three different planes, overcoming any anatomical overlapping.
This lecture will provide an overview of the CBCT with its indications, applications, orientation, anatomical planes and anatomy reviews. Once the protocols and mechanisms are understood, it becomes easy to interpret the essentials and analyse the scans.

Lecture 2: Do You Have All The Pieces Of The Puzzle?
In the constantly evolving world of dentistry, with rapid advances in technology, advancing ages of patients, and increased patient awareness and demands we are required to treatment plan more complex cases.

This entails the collection and consideration of multiple factors, which could be likened to pieces of a puzzle.

Digital imaging, is often limited to radiographs, exhibiting information in 2 dimensions. CBCT offers a real advantage with accurate images at a much lower radiation dose to the patient, the clinician can more readily justify the radiation.
Can we or should we plan and execute our treatments without the added insight that can be provided by utilising the latest in 3D CBCT imaging?

This lecture provides a comparative analysis of the two dimensional (2-D) versus the three dimensional (3D) images, with cases revealing the additional information available using 3D CBCT.

Lecture 3: Clinical Case Planning
The presence of a CBCT machine within a general practice offers many advantages for both the practitioner and the patient. Aside from the ease of acquiring images and many advantages during the case planning, it is especially useful in communicating the proposed treatments, and greatly increase patients acceptance.

This lecture will focus on simple and complex implantology cases, demonstrating case planning commencing with the desired prosthetic outcome, ie top down, to the surgical procedure.

This will include predictably planned partially guided surgery and how referencing the clearly demarcated anatomical landmarks in the oral cavity, during the surgical procedure can be of assistance to the surgeon.

It will give a real overview to how interactive and intuitive software can facilitate “virtual case planning.”

This lecture focuses on simple and complex implantology with the inclusion of anatomical anomalies, pathologies. Many lovely cases will be demonstrated which you will find be interesting. In some cases patient request to have teeth in a day as well as full case which will be shown from start to finish. Simple implant cases will also be covered.

Lecture 4: Beyond CBCT
The lecture will continue with clinical cases, whose management is generally beyond the sphere of the dental clinician, but to demonstrate pathology, on occasions discovered during CBCT acquisition for implant planning or when something on the 2D image just does not show the full picture.

The lecture will continue looking at the digital workflow, which is expanding to include CAD/CAM processes in the laboratory and also the dental office.

CBCT cases and STL files from models can be combined to provide surgical guides for immediate implant placement and immediate loading. This lecture will act as a taster of what is possible with these technological advances


Dr. Michael Melkers,
Dr. Michael Melkers

Dr. Melkers is a 1994 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry & currently serves as the Editor for American Equilibration Society and as an Ad Hoc reviewer for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. In the past he has been Director of Occlusion & Aesthetic Dentistry at the Pacific Northwest AEGD Residency Program, a Mentor for The Pankey Institute and Visiting Faculty at The Spear Institute. Dr. Melkers is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry & maintains a private clinical practice in Hanover, NH with a focus on comprehensive adult restorative care.

A Customized Lecture program based on
Communication, Treatment Planning & Occlusion For the Everyday Practice

Lecture 1: Communication
As comprehensive practitioners, we strive to deliver the very best that we can for our patients. Too many times, it seems that our best training fails to follow through to the patient who has committed to treatment. In this interactive lecture, we will explore this triad (Communication, Treatment Planning & Occlusion For the Everyday Practice) of progressing with our patients to treatment success.

Lecture 2 & 3: Occlusion And Treatment Planning
This seems to get relegated and put on hold for those "special" cases and perfect patients once they ..... and we are ready. In this program we will explore and discuss the application of these skills in everyday dentistry and beyond

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn purpose vs process treatment planning
  • Appreciate the benefits and limitations of simple & complex occlusal instrumentation
  • Learn when, why and how phasing treatment can be done safely

We will explore foundational knowledge as well as actual case application as we blend the concepts of communication, treatment planning and occlusion into restorative success.

Learning Objectives:

Lecture 1 Communication... beginning with listening for case focus & acceptance.
Lecture 2 Treatment Planning... Based on our patients' treatment goals that they communicate to us
Lecture 3 Occlusion ... bringing the pieces together for treatment success and longevity

Mike Harrison,
Mike Harrison

Mike graduated from the University of Wales Dental School in 1988, and undertook residence posts in maxillofacial units before undertaking specialist training in paediatric dentistry at Guy’s Dental Hospital, London. His first dissertation concerned patterns of facial injuries in cyclists and the protection conferred by cycle safety helmets. Participation in a specialist hypodontia clinic led him to undertake molecular genetic studies of dental anomalies at the Institute of Child Health, following which he has developed a particular interest in dental developmental disorders.

Mike has held Consultant and Senior Academic posts at the Eastman Dental Institute, King’s College London, and is currently a senior Consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London, and the Evelina Children’s Hospital.

He chaired the UK national clinical guidelines committee for paediatric dentistry, and was the lead author for guidelines for dental management of children under general anaesthesia. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and runs postgraduate workshops on problem-solving in paediatric dentistry.

Mike has been to Barbados before and his one wish is to spend more time snorkelling.

Lecture 1: When Things Go Wrong – Clinical Problem Solving In Paediatric Dentistry
Providing excellent clinical dental care for the child patient can be challenging in many ways that differ from adult care. Identifying different types of failure, seeing common mistakes and uncommon problems can help us spot trouble before it happens. Diagnostic errors, wrong choice of material, over-optimistic treatment planning, unexpected events and unusual pathology – these will all be explored by a series of clinical cases.

Lecture 2: When Even More Things Go Wrong
This is a continuation of lecture 1 with some Paediatric Oral Pathology

Lecture 3: Dental Dysmorphology - A Voyage Around The Human Genome In The Dental Chair
The art and science of facial dysmorphology are important tools for the clinical geneticist. Recognising patterns of dental dysmorphology can be of great clinical value in management of children with underlying genetic conditions, and in some circumstances allow dentists to make a diagnosis and direct a child towards further investigation and treatment. Understanding the fundamentals of the genetics of dental developmental defects is possible and desirable for all general dental practitioners, and not just the preserve of specialist and academic centres.

Lecture 4: Interactive Workshops In Paediatric Dentistry
The delegates will spend the afternoon session exploring a variety of topics in paediatric dentistry, including molar enamel hypomineralisation defects, management of the non-vital immature incisor, delivering dental care for children with autistic spectrum disorders, diagnosis of common paediatric oral pathology, and planning for treatment of children under general anaesthesia.
The session will be a mixture of case-based discussion, evidence-based clinical guidelines and the latest science. An international perspective will be brought to these topics, with areas of consensus and controversy explored.

Dr. William Smith,
Dr. William Smith

Dr. Smith is a 1994 graduate of The University of the West Indies, School of Dentistry. He pursued his Masters in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute, University of London and graduated with distinction in 1999. He also has a Masters in Business Administration from The University of the West Indies, Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of the Pacific, Gladys L Bernerd School of Education. He has been with The University of the West Indies, School of Dentistry since 1999 and is currently Acting Director and Senior Lecturer in Conservative Dentistry. He has lectured regionally and internationally and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Lecture 1: Treatment Planning in Crown & Bridge Prosthodontics.

This lecture will highlight some important factors to be considered in the pre-operative assessment of teeth to determine whether they are suitable for endodontic treatment and fixed prostheses.

Lecture 2: Case Studies

This interactive session is a discussion of cases that clinicians may be faced with in their practices. The session is audience driven in a problem-based style.

Dr. Tashfeen Kholasi, BDS(Lon); BSc(Hons); MJDF. (RCS Eng.); LLM; DipDSed (KCL)
Dr. Tashfeen Kholasi
BDS(Lon); BSc(Hons); MJDF. (RCS Eng.); LLM; DipDSed (KCL)

Caribbean Dental Program welcomes Dr. Kholasi who is the first Clinical Fellow to make presentations at our CE conference. She is a Clinical Fellow in Leadership with Health Education England and Health Education KSS in Dental Public Health and is currently involved in a number of oral health projects in the UK. These projects include oral health of the elderly; developing clinical leadership in dentistry; digital dentistry and the dental & pharmacy collaboration. She is now developing her skills in the delivery and commissioning of high quality care for whole patient populations.

She qualified in 2008 from Kings College Dental School and has worked in several areas of dentistry including oral surgery, paediatrics; maxillo-facial; special care dentistry (providing sedation services in hospital and general practice) as well as being a general dental practitioner. She has completed her conscious sedation diploma and has recently had an article on consent and sedation published in the SAAD journal. She also holds a master’ degree in the Legal aspects of medical practice from Cardiff University. She was a volunteer at various sports events including the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic games.

Session 1 : Clinical Leadership in Dentistry
This session will cover what clinical leadership is and why it is needed for the future improvement of quality health care services. It will discuss how clinicians can develop leadership and organisational skills, and how to implement effective commissioning of healthcare provision.

Session 2: Professional Collaboration
This session will discuss the importance of professional collaboration within health and social care to include oral health as part of providing quality health care. It will address initiatives implemented on how knowledge sharing can improve the health and well-being of patients in settings such as hospital and residential care homes, as well as sign posting patients to healthcare professionals who can provide interim management of non-emergency acute dental problems such as community pharmacists.