Pacific Northwest Dental Study Club

The Pacific Northwest Dental Study Club is always reaching higher to provide our referring offices with the most up to date information regarding dentistry, marketing, and team building. We strive to make our study club a community event where teams from all over the northwest can get together relax, enjoy a complimentary dinner, and stay in touch with their colleagues.

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The Pacific Northwest Periodontics Dental Study Club is located at The Golf Club at Newcastle. 
The Golf Club at Newcastle
15500 Six Penny Lane Newcastle, Washington 98059
Please check back regularly for information regarding upcoming events.

Event Archives:

Thursday May 3rd, 2012

The Management of Traumatic Dental Injuries

Presented by Dr. Steven C. Kwan, D.D.S., M.S.D.
The management of dental trauma is a significant clinical challenge that dentists must be prepared to address.  Patients can present various types of injuries; each requiring unique management and follow up strategies.  This lecture reviews the classification and management of traumatic injuries to the dentition.  Appropriate and timely treatment can help save the tooth and earn great appreciation from a thankful patient.

Dr. Steven C. Kwan, D.D.S., M.S.D.

Dr. Steven KwanDr. Steven C. Kwan received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington in 2009.  Due to his strong interest in endodontics, he decided to pursue additional postdoctoral training in the field.  In 2011 he graduated from the University of Washington with a Master of Science in Dentistry and a Certificate in Endodontics.  He attended high school at Lakeside School in north Seattle and college at Stanford University in California where he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Biological Sciences.  Dr. Kwan currently practices in Tukwila.
Dr. Kwan is a member of the Burien Dental Study Club and the Premier Study Club.  He is also a member of the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, Seattle King County Dental Association, American Association of Endodontists and Washington State Association of Endodontists.  Dr. Kwan volunteers his time teaching dental students at the 45th Street Dental Clinic, a homeless youth clinic. Dr. Kwan lectures to local dental study clubs and has presented research at local and national meetings.  His research interests include pain mechanisms and dental trauma.


Thursday February 9th, 2012

What’s Happening in Dentistry? A brief review of selective topics for the entire dental team

Presented by Dr. Tim Hess, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.
This interactive lecture discusses current topics for dentists and their team members. Topics will range from restorative materials and techniques to a review of dental literature.  It will also include reports from SKCDS and WSDA following the January 27th Dental Action Day in Olympia.

Dr. Tim Hess, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Dr. Tim Hess

Dr. Hess is a general dentist that graduated from the University of Washington in 1994 and practices in Auburn, WA. He is an Affiliate Instructor in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Washington and currently lectures on implant failures due to restorative techniques and materials.
In 2010 Dr. Hess was published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and has lectured at the American Dental Association Annual Meeting, the Academy of General Dentistry Annual Meeting and the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference. He is a Member of the Seattle Study Club of Vancouver, BC, Academy of Richard V Tucker Study Clubs, Academy of Operative Dentistry, International Team of Implantology, SKCDS Forensic Team, WSDA, ADA, AGD, DOCS Sedation, American Academy of Facial Esthetics, Spear Faculty Club and is a Member to the Washington State Dental Association House of Delegates. Dr. Hess is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and will receive his Masters in the Academy of General Dentistry in Philadelphia in 2012.



November 10th, 2011
Immediate Dentures – The Myth Busters Episode

Presented by Dr. William F. Schmidt DMD, MSD, PS
What are your perceptions about dentures?  What do your patients think about them?  Dr. Schmidt will discuss the pros and cons of temporary immediate dentures and definitive immediate dentures. Participates will learn about the process of creating both conventional and implant supported dentures that are beautiful, functional and comfortable.  Is this a myth or is it truly possible?

Dr. William F. Schmidt DMD, MSD, PS

Dr. SchmidtDr. Schmidt received his D.M.D degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.  After completing a General Practice Residency with the US Public Health Service he continued his education at the University of Washington where he received his M.S.D. degree in Prosthodontics.  Dr. Schmidt has lectured nationally and internationally on various prosthodontic and restorative subjects.  He is a past president of the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics and of the Washington State Society of Prosthodontists.  As a mentor and advisor in several study clubs and dental organizations, he continues to work toward enhancing the level of dental excellence in the community.  Dr. Schmidt enjoys his private practice in Burien specializing in fixed and removable prosthodontics and implant restorations.




Thursday, September 22, 2011

Periodontal Medicine: The Mouth Body Connection

Presented by Dr. James K. Burnham, DDS, MS
Until recently bacteria was alleged as the link between periodontal disease and other infections in the body. New research challenges this theory by presenting a connection between a patient’s oral health and chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Dr. Burnham will discuss this research and introduce possibilities for treating periodontal diseases through the co-management of a patient’s oral and systemic conditions.
About our Speaker:
Dr. James K. Burnham, DDS, MS
Dr. James K. Burnham completed his BA in Biology at the University of Mississippi in 1992 and earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Tennessee in 1999. He obtained a Master’s of Science in Oral Biology at George Washington University and proudly served in the United States Naval Dental Corps for 10 years. In 2007, Dr. Burnham completed his Periodontics and implant residency program at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School.
Dr. Burnham is a Board Certified Periodontist and Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. In addition, he is an active member in many dental organizations and has been published several times. He joined Pacific Northwest Periodontics in 2010 and shares our enthusiasm for providing the highest level periodontal and implant care.

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Current Endodontic Therapy and Your Patients

Presented by Dr. Scott Martin DDS, FAGD
For the last 10 years Dr. Martin and his practice have focused on advancements in Endodontic Therapy. He will discuss current Endodontic Therapy techniques and how they relate to treating patients. 

Content will cover:

•The proper definitive diagnosis of lesions and an explanation of their differences
•Generative and regenerative techniques that relate to Calcium Hydroxide and MTA
•Keeping digital records and their relation to surgical operating microscopes
•New ways of thinking about posts in endodontically treated teeth?

About our Speaker:

Dr. Scott A. Martin DDS, FAGD
Dr. Scott A. Martin has been in dentistry for over 30 years. After completing a degree in Zoology and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Washington, Dr. Martin practiced as a general dentist for 20 years.  In the last 10 years he began focusing on Endodontics and completing advanced training on endodontic diagnosis; microscope assisted dentistry and treatments coordinated with TDO software.
Dr. Martin founded the Innovative Endodontic Solutions Study Club and regularly lectures on a variety of Endodontic topics. He frequently supervises hands-on Endodontic education and has been published in the Journal of Endodontics. Dr. Martin currently practices at his office in Duvall WA and sees patients on a referral only basis.

Friday, February 11th 2011, 8am-4pm

A 360 Slam Dunk Guide for Successful Teams – Practice Enhancement

ALL DAY Seminar and team building centered on increasing case acceptance.

“Change is inevitable – growth is optional.”  In this fast paced, ever changing world, dental teams must commit to taking a serious look at every aspect of the practice.  With a comprehensive feedback process you gain insight into your performance, which allows you to identify opportunities for growth. Enjoy this fast paced, fun filled, dynamic seminar that will super charge your practice today!
1. Understand the urgency to lead and re-align your practice today
2. Rank the doctor and the team in the 35 key leadership issues for peak performing teams
3. Consider key communication barriers, and how to overcome them
4. Learn how to blend high tech and high touch relationship-based care

Mark HymanMark Hyman, DDS, a native of Greensboro, received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his dental degree from the UNC School of Dentistry.  Following a four month internship in Israel, he completed the two-year oral medicine/General Practice Residency at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.  Dr. Hyman is on the surgical staff of Moses Cone Health System.  He was elected President of the Guilford County Dental Society in 1991.  He teaches at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida, is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the UNC School of Dentistry, and has lectured at many national and international dental meetings.  He was voted one of the top 100 leaders in Dental Continuing Education by Dentistry Today magazine.  He was honored by the North Carolina Dental Society as Young Dentist of the Year in 1995.  He has received the Mastership Award of the Academy of General Dentistry.  He and his wife, Anita, have three children.


Pacific Northwest Periodontics Accreditations and Memberships

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