Central Mass Symposium 2024 and General Assembly

7 CEUs

Member: $119 Non-Member: $149

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Join MDHA as we welcome two dynamic and nationally/internationally recognized speakers to our Central MA Symposium. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, as well as the MDHA General Assembly (which is optional to attend). Read about the course descriptions and General Assembly below and click the link to register on CEZoom. The Symposium and General Assembly will be held at the Devens Commons Center in Devens, MA.

For this IN-PERSON event: Click HERE to register online with CEZoom.


Central MA Symposium Schedule:

  • 7:30 – 8:00 – Registration and Breakfast
  • 7:45 – 8:00 – Welcome Address by MDHA President Amanda Berthiaume
  • 8:00 – 9:30 – The 411 on D4346: An Interactive Program on Oral Inflammation – Katrina Sanders
  • 9:30 – 9:40 – Break
  • 9:40 – 10:45 – The 411 on D4346 Continued
  • 10:45 – 11:00 – Coffee Break
  • 11:00 – 12:50 – Don’t Assume! Making Space for Enhancing Cultural Humility for LGBTQ+ Patients – Ryan Rutar
  • 12:50 – 1:30 – LUNCH (included with symposium)
  • 1:30 – 3:15 – Getting Them to A.S.K. for Treatment: A Periodontal Case Acceptance Program – Katrina Sanders
  • 3:15 – 3:30 – Coffee and snack – End of Central MA Symposium

General Assembly (optional to attend):

  • 3:30 – 5:00 – MDHA General Assembly  


Course ONE – The 411 on D4346: An Interactive Program on Oral Inflammation
Speaker: Katrina Sanders RDH, M.Ed
Description: Despite our best efforts, highly prevalent gingivitis cases continue to increase, unpacking key research linking gingival inflammation to increased risk in both chronic and acute local and systemic disease.

With every layer of research comes a renewed validation in the importance of inflammatory mitigation and thus calls upon the dental community to rise in meeting the increased demands for stringent gingivitis management protocols.

However, as gingivitis cases dramatically increase across the United States, so do the percentages of preventive D1110 procedural codes. As a result, the ‘old normal’ continues to thrive in the face of patients questioning treatment beyond the ‘free cleaning’, and dentistry has quickly learned that insurance denials were resiliently ‘virus-proof’ as third-party payor requests for delivering substandard levels of care continue to ‘plague’ dental practices across the United States.

Join periodontal hygienist Katrina Sanders as she delivers an interactive program discussing the 4-1-1 on current trends around addressing active gingivitis via the D4346 procedural code, as well as optimal ways to move away from excessive use of the D1110 in an effort to improve patient understanding, acceptance and ultimately inflammation-free health.

  • Explore the prevalence and scope of oral inflammation in the 21st Century
  • Identify key indicators of reversible gingivitis and irreversible periodontitis
  • Curate transitional procedures and verbiage to move patients into advanced treatment modalities
  • Rehearse key verbiage in discussing inflammation, infection and the oral-systemic link
  • Discuss critical procedural components necessary for integrating the D4346 code successfully


Course TWO – Don’t Assume…Making Space for Enhancing Cultural Humility for LGBTQ+ Patients
Ryan D Rutar RDH, MAM, BS, BA
Description: The dental office is no stranger to feelings of vulnerability and anxiousness, but what if you were to add on unconscious bias and stigma to the place where you need to seek treatment? There is a higher chance that you wouldn’t seek treatment! This is what we hope to learn about with treating the LGBTQ community and why they are considered a vulnerable population. With our current culture of division, it’s more important than ever for dental professionals to use their platform filled with opportunities to foster relationships and build trust with their patients so they get the best care possible.

  • Identify familiar terms used by the LGBTQ+ community
  • Recognize your unconscious bias and increase your emotional intelligence
  • Identify affects in the mouth for queer people
  • Modify strategies to enhance cultural humility with in your office


Course THREE – Getting Them to A.S.K. for Treatment: A Periodontal Case Acceptance Program
Speaker: Katrina Sanders RDH, M.Ed
Description: We see patients in a perceived state of health. Despite the unending research around the prevalence of oral disease, dental providers are met with a myriad of challenges when it comes to optimized case acceptance for advanced dental treatment.
These challenges are often barriers to upholding fundamental educational principles, connecting patients to their value system and dental IQ, to name a few. The complication: these challenges are getting in the way of patients receiving the optimal treatment and level of care they need, it is affecting the metrics of the dental practice, and most concerning: oral disease prevalence continues to soar.
Using the “Assessment – Strategy – Knowledge” technique, learn how you can achieve high level treatment case acceptance simply by changing the dialogue around dentistry and ultimately: getting them to ask you for their needed treatment! Learn about how the ASSESSMENT phase provides critical insights to develop a STRATEGY to support patients in empowering themselves to approach dental communication from a space of KNOWLEDGE aimed to optimize their complex care.
Join periodontal hygienist Katrina M Sanders in this engaging and interactive program built to optimize periodontal treatment plan case acceptance.
  • Identify the ways in which the ASSESSMENT phase within the dental hygiene process of care is the greatest educational tool for dental patients
  • Develop a customized STRATEGY to create unique, patient-centered and value-added conversation to drive patient involvement
  • Learn how to thread KNOWLEDGE into all facets of the dental hygiene process of care, providing the patient with a comprehensive awareness of their oral and systemic health


MDHA General Assembly
Come together with fellow Massachusetts hygienists and MDHA Members to participate in key decisions and help shape the future of our association. YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

The Speakers

Katrina Sanders RDH, M.Ed

A clinical dental hygienist, author and international speaker, Katrina is a vibrant, passionate and charismatic award-winning educator with a unique approach to delivering continuing dental education. A distinguished speaker with many dental hygiene study clubs, Katrina’s lectures incorporate a caring, comedic and supportive style. She is passionate about educating, empowering and instilling compassion within the dental hygiene industry.  Katrina’s zest for dental hygiene is infused throughout her content as she lectures on provocative topics while leaving participants with a call to action and an abundantly renewed sense of pride for their industry.

Katrina is the founder, CEO and keynote speaker for Sanders Board Preparatory, a comprehensive program designed to supplement student learning and enhance understanding of concepts, terminology and procedures commonly discussed in preparation for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.  

Katrina is the Clinical Liaison, Hygiene Excellence and Innovation for AZPerio, the country’s largest periodontal practice. She works alongside Diplomates to the American Board of Periodontology to instruct on collaborative professionalism and standard of care protocols while delivering education through hygiene boot camps and study clubs. Katrina is the co-host of Tooth or Dare Podcast and is a published author with RDH Magazine, Inside Dental Hygiene, Oral Health Group, DentalTown and Today’s RDH, a columnist and advisory board member for Modern Hygienist, editorial advisory member for the Dental Academy of Continuing Education and brand ambassador for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Her philanthropic efforts include dental humanitarian work in developing countries, supporting abused and homeless animals and spreading awareness about the benefits of organ and tissue donation. Visit: www.katrinasanders.com. Handle: @thedentalWINEgenist.

Ryan D. Rutar RDH, MAM, BS, BA

Ryan is the President and Co-Founder of Pearly White Prevention, LLC. He consults in dental offices to help empower the dentist/hygiene relationship and coaches hygienists that want to change the way they deliver care.

He has a dual roll at Morning Glory Dental private practice. He works as a clinical hygienist and streamlines hygiene as the Dental Hygiene Manager. In 2022, He was the honored recipient of the “Change Maker in Dentistry,” by OnDiem. He also developed the first “Rutar Toothbrush Meditation Technique” to combine health of mind and mouth. He also served on the Editorial Advisory Board for RDH Magazine and chaired the diversity committee for ADHA.

Ryan empowers dental professionals to create change and how they can contribute to their practice. He is focused on mental health and the LGBTQ+ community. If you would like to learn more, he may be contacted through his website – www.pearlywhiteprevention.com.