Dental Hygiene Symposium

Register for the Symposium

August 1-2, 2019 | Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan School of Dentistry, 1011 N University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Dental hygienists are the main line of defense in managing and treating inflammatory periodontal diseases. With the rapidly increasing number of patients with implants, it is critical that dental hygienists be knowledgeable in the prevention, detection, treatment and management of peri-implant diseases. Practices must be able to provide the most effective, individualized treatment for their patients. This symposium brings together experts in cutting-edge, evidence-based treatment for non-surgical advanced periodontal and implant diseases by dental hygienists, including the use of endoscopy and diode lasers. Join us for this exciting professional development opportunity to learn, share and network about the dental hygienist’s role in peri-implant health and disease.


DDS: $350

AUX: $200


Thursday, August 1, 2019

5:00pm - 8:00pm Poster Session and Complimentary Wine & Cheese Reception

Friday, August 2, 2019

8:30am - 10:00am Peri-Implant Diseases
Carlos Garaicoa, DDS, MS
10:15am - 11:45am Strategies for Treatment of Implant Diseases: Utilizing the Dental Endoscope and Air Polishing
Nicole Fortune, RDH, MBA
12:00pm - 4:30pm Lunch and Learn with Hands-On Use of Diode Laser
Angie Wallace, RDH


Carlos Garaicoa-Pazmiño, DDS, MS

Dr. Carlos Garaicoa-Pazmiño earned his DDS degree in Ecuador from the Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil. In 2012, he joined the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry as a research scholar. He completed his residency in periodontics at U-M, obtaining his master’s degree in 2017. He won the 2016 Horace Rackham International Student Fellowship and was a finalist of the 2017 Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship in Advanced Implant Surgery granted by AAP Foundation. From 2017-19, after he completed his graduate studies, Dr. Garaicoa-Pazmiño engaged his passion for teaching as a Clinical Lecturer and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the U-M dental school. His scientific research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and he has participated in poster presentations across the United States. Currently, he serves as a full-time Assistant Professor at the Oregon Health & Science University.

Nicole Fortune, RDH, MBA

Nicole Fortune is a registered dental hygienist who works in a periodontal office providing non-surgical and preventative care. An advocate of implementing the latest technology, she is a recognized expert in training dental hygienists in periodontic care that includes dental endoscopy, laser-assisted hygiene care and dental implants. She earned her bachelor’s and hygiene degrees from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Champlain College. She has delivered educational presentations across the country, including at the Vermont Technical College Dental Hygiene School, the Ramfjord Symposium at the University of Michigan, the National Osteology Foundation, the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness and numerous other clubs and professional groups. She holds many certifications, including CO2, Diode and Nd:Yag laser certification from the Academy of Laser Dentistry. She is a member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, the Vermont Dental Hygiene Association, the Academy of Laser Dentistry, the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries and the Patient Treatment Coordinator’s Association. She serves on the editorial board for RDH magazine and was named Dental Hygienist of the Year for 2017 in Vermont.

Angie Wallace, RDH

Angie Wallace has been a clinical hygienist for more than 30 years. She is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), where she obtained her Advanced level proficiency, Educator Status, ALD Recognized Course Provider in 2007 and Mastership with ALD in 2008. She currently serves as Co-chair for Regulatory Affairs for the ALD Board of Directors and serves on the Auxiliary and Education committees. She was the recipient of the 2014 John G. Sulewski Distinguished Service Award from ALD. She has traveled extensively as an In-Office Laser Consultant and presenter at conferences and state board annual meetings, including the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association. Her articles have been published in the RDH and JPH magazines, she has written chapters for laser books and she has co-authored her own book about laser hygiene.


The poster session, on Aug. 1 from 5-8 p.m., will allow for an enhanced exchange of information and discussion among participants and attendees on a variety of topics related to oral health. Participation in the poster presentation is open to all faculty, residents, students, alumni and clinicians. Those in attendance receive 3 CEU. Light refreshments will be served.

Poster session details:


Abstracts will be reviewed for acceptance. Use the form below to upload your file. You will receive an email notification of your abstract acceptance/rejection. Deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday, July 24, 2019.


Use the form below to upload a pdf of your poster after your abstract has been accepted. We will send out a confirmation email shortly after we receive your submission. Deadline for poster submission is Sunday, July 28, 2019.




The trip between the Detroit Metro Airport and Ann Arbor takes about 20-30 minutes.

Taxi costs around $50. They usually take 3 people (it is not necessary to make reservations for the taxi).

The most economical option is to take a shuttle.

Another alternative (a bit more expensive) is to take the Metrocar Services. The driver will wait for you at the baggage claim, pick up your bags, and bring you to Ann Arbor (they generally take up to 3 people).


August is one of the hottest months for Ann Arbor. Temperatures range from 72°F to 87°F. Precipitation can range from light rain to thunderstorms.