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AAOP 44th Scientific Meeting

Thursday, May 7, 2020 to Sunday, May 10, 2020
Reservations for AAOP Attendees
4401 Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL  32830

(407) 824-3000
Kenneth Cleveland
609-504-1311 (p)
Annual Scientific Meeting
Registration is required
Payment In Advance Or At Event
The AAOP Scientific Meeting prohibits the marketing or promotion of commercial products and/or services in conjunction with CE activities. Commercial Products and literature are to be confined to the exhibit hall and are not permitted in the lecture hall. Due to the professional nature of this meeting children are not permitted in either the lecture hall, exhibit hall or poster viewing areas. Business casual attire is appropriate for this meeting.
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Activities/Items    (Click the down-arrow to the left of the activity/item to view the details)
Main Conference Program
Preconference I: Nutrition and Health – Paul Durham, PhD
Pre-Conference II: How Strong is The Evidence You Use in Clinical Practice?
Pre-Conference III: Maxillofacial Radiology – Dan Miles, DMD, MD
Breakfast Forum #1: Arthrocentesis– Andrew Read-Fuller, DMD, MD
Breakfast Forum #2: Medical Billing: Pearls and Pitfalls - Rose Nierman
Breakfast Forum #3: Ultrasound Guided Injections – Stan Farrell, DDS
Breakfast Forum #4: Complimentary Medicine in Headache and Facial Pain – Rebecca Wells, MD
Lunch & Learn #1: Prolotherapy - Larry Lockerman, DDS
Lunch & Learn #2: Identifying Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients Responsive to Oral Appliances
Lunch & Learn #3: Lunch & Learn 3 - TMD Cases: Expert Panel Discussion
Lunch & Learn #4: Clinical Case Discussion - Expert Panel consisting of 2 Dentists and 2 PTs
Dental Assistant/Auxiliary Course



May 7-10, 2020

AAOP 2020: Update on Health, TMD and Sleep from a Global Perspective


Disney's Grand Floridan Resort & Spa, Orlando, Florida





Pre-Conference Workshops – (Additional Registration Required)

Thursday, May 7, 2020

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

I.   Nutrition and Health– Paul Durham, PhD

II.  Physical Therapy: How Strong is The Evidence You Use in Clinical Practice?

Corine Visscher, PT, MSc, PhD, CCTT: Speaker and Moderator for the day – 

Lecture 1: Critical Appraisal of Literature

Hedwig Van der Meer, PT, MSc, PhD(c) 

Lecture 2: Evidence Based PT Strategies for Headache and TMD

Garrett Naze, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, PhD(c) 

Lecture 3: Measuring Physical and Emotional Health: The Missing Pieces for Comprehensive Pain Management

III. Maxillofacial Radiology– Dale Miles, DMD, MD

AAOP Committee Meetings 

AAOP Council Meeting                                                                           


Friday, May 8, 2020

7:00– 8:00 am 

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 1Arthrocentesis– Andrew Read-Fuller, DMD, MD

Breakfast Session 2 Medical Billing: Pearls and Pitfalls– Rose Nierman

7:30-8:00 am                             

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors                                          

8:00-5:00 pm

Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course                                                   

8:00-8:30 am Welcome Remarks and Meeting Opening
Presentation of New Fellows & Introduction of New Members                    


8:30-9:15 am – Plenary 1

Orofacial Pain Standard of Care–James Fricton, DDS


9:15 am-10:00 am – Plenary 2 

The Evolution of  A Specialty: The Facts and The Fantasies From a Historic and Personal Perspective–Jeffrey Okeson, DDS, MS

10:00-10:30 am Break with Exhibitors & Posters

10:30 – 11:15am– Plenary 3

Part 1: What’s New in Bruxism? - Daniele Manfredini, DDS, MSc

11:15-12:00 pm – Plenary 4

Epigenetics & Wellness – Paul Durham, PhD

12:00-12:15 pm

Panel Discussion

12:15-1:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own  


Lunch & Learns (Additional Registration Required)                                             

Lunch & Learn 1Prolotherapy- Regenerative Therapy - Larry Lockerman, DDS 

Lunch & Learn 2 - Identifying Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients Responsive to Oral Appliances– Ali Azarbarzin, MD

Residents & Recent Grads Luncheon


1:30-3:00 pm – Plenary 5/6

Wellness/ Preventing Arterial Disease and Heart Attacks– Bradley Bale, MD


3:00-3:30 pm

Break with Exhibitors & Posters                          

3:30-4:15 Plenary 7

What’s New in Sleep Medicine? - Ali Azarbarzin, MD

4:15-5:00 Plenary 8

Dental Sleep Medicine – What’s New in 2020– Steven Bender, DMD, MS

5:00—5:15 pm

Panel Discussion                         

5:15 -6:15 pm

AAOP General Membership Meeting                              

6:15-6:30 pm

New Members Orientation                                                                      

6:30-9:30 pm

Presidents Reception

Saturday, May 9, 2020

7:00-8:00 am

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 3Ultrasound Guided Injections – Stan Farrell, DDS  

Breakfast Session 4 Complimentary Medicine in Headache and Facial Pain – Rebecca Wells, MD


7:30-8:00 am                                                                             

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors & Posters

8:00-5:00 pm

Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course

8:00-8:15 am 

Welcome Remarks and Awards 

00am – Plenary 9

Psychosocial Assessment In Dental Practice– Corine Visscher, PT, MSc, PhD, CCTT

9:00-9:45 am – Plenary 10

Does Botulinum Toxin Change the Quality of the Bone near the Injection Site? Histological Changes Associated with Botulinum Toxin Injections – Susan Herring, DDS, PhD

9:45-10:00 am

Break with Exhibitors & Posters


10:00-10:45am – Plenary 11

Dental Occlusion: When Does it Matter? What does the Evidence Tell Us? -Michael Racich, DDS

45am-11:30am – Plenary 12

Pragmatic Approach to Pain Pharmacology–Michelle, Mathews, MD

11:30-12:15pm – Plenary 13

Orofacial Pain and Myofascial Pain Mechanisms: Identification, Assessment and What Do WE Do For Our Patients – Michelle Finnegan, PT, DPT, FAAOP



Lunch on Your Own 


Lunch and Learns(Additional Registration Required)

Lunch & Learn 3 – Bruxism Workshop – Daniele Manfredini, DDS, MSc.

Lunch & Learn 4 – TMD Cases: Expert Panel Discussion– Michael Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPT, Charles Carlson, PhD, ABPP, Jeffrey Crandall, DDS, Shaun O’Connor, PT, DPT, CCTT

1:30-2:15pm – Plenary 14

Placebo is a Hell of a Drug! –  Kisaalita NkakuPhD 

2:15-3:00 pm – Plenary 15

It's All in Your Head? Or Face? Somatization Disorders in Facial Pain – Ronald Kulich, PhD


3:00-3:30 pm

Break with Exhibitors & Posters                                      

3:30-4:15 pm – Plenary 16

CGRP Antibodies and Other Research Updates  –Rebecca Wells, MD

4:15-5:00 pm – Plenary 17

Bruxism and Pain  –Daniele Manfredini, DDS, MSc.

5:30pm – Panel

Expert Discussions on Treatment Modalities: What to Do and What Not to Do? -Kisaalita Nkaku PhD, Ronald Kulich, PhD, Rebecca Wells, Corine Visscher

Sunday, May 10, 2020


Continental Breakfast                                                                                                                              

8:30-9:00 am

AAOP Sponsored Research Presenter 1

AAOP Sponsored Research Presenter 2                                    

9:00-9:45 am
– Plenary 18

Research Update: Vagus Nerve Stimulation – Paul Durham, PhD

9:45-10:30 am
– Plenary 19 

A Piece of Mind for Piece of Mind - Risk Management Strategies- Kevin Huff, DDS , MAGD

10:30-11:15 am
– Plenary 20 

Update on Pharmacotherapy for TMD from the SOPPRANO Trial- Inna Tchivileva. MD, MS

11:15-12:00 pm
– Plenary 21

Artificial Intellegence and Augmented Reality for Orofacial Pain – A (Human) Brainstorm on How They are Revolutionizing Pain Research, Education and Treatment– Alex DaSilva, DDS, DMedSc

12:00 pm

Closing Remarks and Preview of 2021Program


The American Academy of Orofacial Pain is a Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.  Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. Current Term 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2021.  Provider AGD ID # 218197


Total credit educational hours being offered at this conference are 27.5 (including core conference, preconference workshops, breakfast forums & lunch sessions). The core conference offers 17 CE hours. Each preconference offers an additional 6 CE hours, each breakfast forum provides 1 CE hour and each Lunch and Learn provides 1.5 CE hours. Each attendee should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the education. Workshops, breakfast & lunch sessions all require additional registration.