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DE0929: Wee Smile: MID Style Learning Session [PORTLAND AREA ONLY]

Date: 2/21/2024 - 2/21/2024
Course Status: Available
Facility: Northwest Tribal Dental Support Center
Location: Portland, OR
Level: Review
Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants, DHA, Support Staff
Quota: 1 - 75 students
Tuition: $0.00
Hours: 7.00 (Total CDE); 7.00 (DANB Non-Clinical); 7.00 (AGD - 550)
Joint Sponsorship: No
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This Wee Smile: Minimally Invasive Dentistry Style learning session offers an evidence-based approach for IHS, tribal, and urban Indian dental programs to improve the oral health of their communities, with an emphasis on 0-5 year olds. Wee Smile participants learn and apply a full range of prevention and community outreach strategies, as well minimally-invasive dentistry [MID], which employs the most up-to-date materials and research - resulting in easier, faster, appointments, positive patient experiences, and healthier mouths. Wee Smile focuses on clinic policies, processes, as well as culturally appropriate clinical care to provide a sustainable, continuous improvement-based environment for optimal oral health outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1.   Build community.
2.   Develop and plant to implement referral policies and protocols to ensure 0 – 5 year olds receive all of the culturally appropriate care they need, when and where they need it, and that their tribal clinic is their dental home.
3.   Identify and plan to test strategies/best practices for increasing/maintaining access, including: keeping patient appointments; engaging in community outreach; Interdepartmental collaboration.
4.   Understand how to use patient satisfaction tools to measure patient trust, and measure progress over time.

Speaker / Presenter:

Sean Kelly — Retired from the Commissioned Corps [USPHS - IHS] 8/1/2017. Maintained my position as the Dental Director for the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority until September 2021. Serving as the Clinical Consultant for the Northwest Tribal Dental Support Center since 2020. For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Alia Katabi — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Jeremy Horst Keeper — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Marty Lieberman — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Miranda Davis — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

The speakers have no conflicts of interest to report. Ticey Mason is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and the director of the NW Tribal Dental Support Center [NTDSC], at the NW Portland Area Indian Health Board. She has worked for the Dental Support Center for 19 years. She has a master’s degree in organizational leadership studies and a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Prior to working for the Dental Support Center, she worked for her tribe in both social services and workforce development. Ticey has over 28 years of professional work experience in Indian Country. For inquiries about this course, please contact Ms. Mason at Alia Katabi has worked in program evaluation for more than a decade and serves as Arcora Foundation’s Evaluation and Data Analyst since 2013. Alia provides the Foundation with a wide variety of quantitative analysis expertise in the areas of outcome evaluation, cost/benefit analysis, tracking oral health status, and population oral health measurements to assess the Foundation’s progress in achieving its’ mission of bending the arc of oral health towards equity. Alia is dedicated to ensuring the Foundation makes data-informed decisions to achieve collective impact on improving oral health in Washington. Prior to joining Arcora Foundation, Alia worked for a social services organization holding multiple positions in program evaluation and research development. She was the Evaluation Manager for Chicanos por la Causa [CPLC], a prominent social change and community development organization in the State of Arizona. Prior to her experience in evaluation, Alia held several roles in nationally recognized public opinion and marketing research firms. Alia received a Master’s degree in Communications & Quantitative Research Methods from Arizona State University. She also has a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Westminster in London and a postgraduate certificate in program evaluation from the Evaluator’s Institute at Claremont Graduate University. Martin Lieberman DDS, MA, is the Vice President of Graduate Dental Education at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, Division of Dental Medicine, where he provides leadership for the institution’s five postdoctoral dental residency training programs with over 400 residents enrolled across the United States. Previously, he worked with Neighborcare Health in Seattle, Washington as the Chief Dental Officer from 2002-2013. Dr. Lieberman led a culture change in the way Neighborcare Health’s dental program implemented quality and process improvement. Prior to his community health center work, he was in private practice in Chicago for 18 years. Dr. Lieberman earned his DDS at the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry, where he also completed an Advanced General Dentistry Residency. He is currently enrolled in the MA in Dental Education Program at the University of the Pacific. He served as faculty member for the HRSA Oral Health Pilot Collaborative, and has also been a faculty member for IHI, HRSA, NNOHA, Washington Dental Service Foundation, and DentaQuest quality improvement projects. Dr. Lieberman served on the Board of Directors for NNOHA and chaired the Practice Management Committee. Dr. Sean R. Kelly served as a Commissioned Corps Officer within the Indian Health Service of the United States Public Health Service from 2003 to 2017. He retired as a Captain on August 1, 2017, with 26 years of combined active-duty service with the U.S. Navy. Starting as a Staff Dentist for the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority Dental Clinic, Dr. Kelly became the Dental Director in 2008. As Director he supervised a team of 30 personnel in a large clinic of 19 chairs, providing treatment for American Indians/Alaska Natives living in Pierce County, WA. Dr. Kelly resigned from his dental director position in September 2021. Dr. Kelly graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry with Cum Laude honors in 1990. In 1991 he completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the University Of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill. Prior to the USPHS, Dr. Kelly served over 11 years in the United States Navy Dental Corps. During this time, he received two years of training in Comprehensive Dentistry at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School and earned a Master of Science in Health Science [Oral Biology] degree from George Washington University. Shortly afterwards he became board certified through the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry. Dr. Kelly has lectured on a number of dental topics including Temporal Mandibular Disorders, Radiology Interpretation, Dental Materials, Caries Risk Assessment, Digital Radiography and Oral Health of the Diabetic Patient. Dr. Kelly has worked with numerous tribes throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho with the “Baby Teeth Matter Collaborative” directed by the Northwest Tribal Dental Support Center and the Arcora Foundation. The group has actively pursued and successfully found ways to improve access to dental care and reduce general anesthesia treatment referrals for children 0-5 years of age through implementing minimally invasive dentistry and case management models of care. In 2020 Dr. Kelly joined the Northwest Tribal Dental Support Center as Clinical Consultant. Jeremy Horst Keeper DDS, PhD is a pediatric dentist, biochemist, and educator. Jeremy is known for introducing non-invasive therapies for dental caries throughout the US. He led the protocols, established the set, and performed some of the primary mechanistic, safety, and efficacy research. Jeremy's advocacy led to guidelines and formal support by the Indian Health Service, the American Dental Association, and the World Health Organization for this emergent field of oral health care. In support of this work, Jeremy holds affiliations with the University of Washington and the d?xwx?ay?bus Dental Therapy program. Jeremy continues to drive the development and availability of better treatments, preventives, and diagnostics through investment, consulting, and integration into medical and dental reimbursement to improve access to person-centered care, integrate oral health into overall health, and stop dental caries. Dr. Miranda Davis has worked at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board [NPAIHB] since 2019. where she serves as the Prevention Consultant for the Northwest Tribal Dental Support Center [NTDSC]. She also directs the NPAIHB Dental Health Aide Program. Dr. Davis earned a DDS from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, and an MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Dr. Davis has worked in Tribal clinics in Washington and Oregon for over seventeen years, in private practice for five years, and she has worked as a volunteer in several countries.

Disclosure Policy:

It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.

None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an accredited sponsor of continuing education under the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP). 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 IHS at IHS CDE Coordinator or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at


Portland Area only

Tuition Payment Information:

Please Make Checks Payable to: Indian Health Service.

Tuition Policy:

Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.