Monthly Meetings and Continuing Education 

Continuing dental education courses certified by the Academy of General Dentistry are offered throughout the year for dentists and dental professionals.

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Dr. Bethany Valachi


  • Fri, Mar 03, 2023 | 8:30 AM - Fri, Mar 03, 2023 | 4:30 PM

TOPIC: Neck, Back & Beyond: Preventing Physical & Financial Loss with Evidence-Based Ergonomics

SPEAKER: Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, DPT, MS, CEAS

AUDIENCE: Dentists, Specialists, Hygienists, Assistants

LOCATION: Four Points by Sheraton, Bellingham
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


One-third of dentists who retire early are forced to, due to a musculoskeletal disorder. Have you tried dental loupes, exercise, personal trainers or chiropractors, but your pain persists? Pain is not a necessary by-product of delivering dental care! Work-related pain in dentistry can be effectively prevented and minimized by addressing the correct risk factors with evidence-based interventions.

In this engaging and interactive seminar, Dr. Valachi introduces a special system of ergonomic and self-treatment therapies to help you take control of your own health and extend your career. You will discover powerfully effective strategies you can easily apply in the operatory and at home, including: equipment selection and adjustment, patient positioning, body mechanics, exercise, myofascial self-treatment, and much more!


At the conclusion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Implement appropriate ergonomic interventions for chronic back, neck, & shoulder pain.
  • Identify 3 ergonomic criteria to select dental loupes that will improve their health…not make it worse!
  • Position patients, headrest & overhead light correctly depending upon arch and tooth surface being treated.
  • Identify unique pain patterns in specialists (endo, pedo, perio, ortho and oral surgeons) and implement specific interventions.
  • Make ergonomic modifications in the operatory with minimal expense.
  • Identify ergonomic features and adjustment of operator stools, patient chairs & delivery systems.
  • Incorporate special ergonomic strategies for dental assistants and front office staff.
  • Why dental professionals require specific exercise guidelines.
  • Implement a customized exercise program specifically for dental professionals.
  • Incorporate chairside stretching into your workday.
  • Self-treat painful, ischemic muscles and trigger points.
  • Down-regulate your sympathetic nervous system to prevent pain.

Join Dr. Bethany for this interactive session to transform your life, and help ensure your career longevity!

About Dr. Valachi

Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, DPT, MS, CEAS is author of the book, “Practice Dentistry Pain-Free”, clinical instructor of ergonomics at OHSU School of Dentistry in Portland, OR and is recognized internationally as an expert in dental ergonomics.  For over 20 years, Dr. Valachi has helped thousands of dental professionals prevent pain and extend their careers with her relevant, evidence-based dental ergonomic education.  She has published more than 80 articles in dental journals and offers dental ergonomic CE video training and webinars on her website at  


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