8th Annual Alumni CE Program

Event Date(s): Friday and Saturday, January 13-14, 2023
Event Time(s):

Friday's Presentation: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Auditorium 1 and Lobby)
7:30 am - 8:00 am: Continental Breakfast, Coffee, and Hot Teas (Auditorium Lobby)
No food allowed in Auditorium
CDMA Alumni and Friends Reception: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm (Lobby and Courtyard of Auditorium) 

Saturday's Presentation: 8:00 am - Noon (Glendale Hall 131-133)
7:30 am - 8:00 am - Hot Breakfast (Glendale Hall near 131-133)

Total CE Hours: 12 Credit Hours
(8 hours Friday, 4 hours Saturday)
Course Fee:
Audience: CDMA/CDMI Alumni and MWU CDM Faculty
Course Speakers and Topics:

Friday: January 13, 2023 (Auditorium 1, Lobby and Courtyard)

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM: Continental Breakfast, Coffee, and Hot Teas (Auditorium Lobby)
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM - Dean Brownstein’s Welcome and Updates
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM - Total Patient Engagement
Mr. Hernan Varas, MBA, Clinical and Practice Development Executive
Arrowhead Dental Laboratory and Dr. Dick Barnes Group, Sandy, Utah

11:00 AM -  Noon  The Art of War on Student Loans - Michael Foley, CFP®, CSLP®
Associate Partner, Medical Division President Elect, North Star Resource Group

Noon - 1:15 PM  Lunch - Lunch Provided

 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM Follow Up Michael Foley

1:30  PM 5:00 PM - Current Concepts in Dental Sleep Medicine
Isabel Moreno Hay, D.D.S., Ph.D., ABOP, ABDSM, Associate Professor
Division of Orofacial Pain, College of Dentistry, University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 

5:00 – 6:30 Dental Alumni and Friends Reception - Auditorium Lobby and Courtyard

Saturday: January 14, 2023 (Glendale Hall 131-133)
7:30 am - 8:00 am Hot Breakfast
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM Dean Brownstein’s Welcome and Updates
8:15 AM - 12:00 PM - Office-Based General Anesthesia
Steve Goetz, D.M.D. (2016)
Arizona Dental Anesthesia, Peoria, Arizona

Conflict of Interest:

Conflict of Interest Statements are not available at this time.


All events held on Glendale Campus,
Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ

Contact Person:

Martha C Clements, MEd, Continuing Dental Education Specialist

Email:   mcleme@midwestern.edu    Office Phone  623-572-3870

Please note: Details of this event are subject to change based on future COVID - 19 conditions. Please make travel arrangements accordingly.

Course Descriptions and Learning Objectives:

Friday Morning Session:  January 13, 2023

“Total Patient Engagement” - Mr. Hernan Varas, MBA
Mr. Varas’ Course Description and Learning Objectives:

Mr. Varas will discuss the new and established patient experience and how diplomacy principles apply to dentistry.

Mr. Varas will offer recommendations and strategies on the important role the dentists and auxiliaries provide by presenting treatment plans to the patient. 

Delivery of treatment plans and meeting production goals successfully will end the presentation.


The Art of War on Student Loans - Michael Foley, CFP®, CSLP® Associate Partner, Medical Division President Elect, North Star Resource Group

Combating the seemingly complex world of Federal student loans with strategy and making the most of the recent Federal changes. Learn how maneuver your way to a potentially more efficient repayment path while building a backup plan along the way. Is just paying off your loans aggressively the most efficient way to pay off your loans these days? Let’s find out.   

Friday Afternoon Session:  January 13, 2023 

“Current Concepts in Dental Sleep Medicine” - Isabel Moreno Hay, DDS PhD ABOP ABDSM
Course Description:

Obstructive sleep apnea is a prevalent condition in our society. Although the treatment for this condition is usually through C-PAP, many patients and physicians alike are looking for an alternative and oral appliance therapy can be a good option for these patients. Oral appliance therapy to manage obstructive sleep apnea and primary snoring is a growing field that incorporates knowledge from both the medical and dental perspectives. This lecture provides an overview of the current concepts on dental sleep medicine. Participants will learn about the pathophysiology of obstructive sleep apnea, and the role that a dentist can play in the management of obstructive sleep apnea as part of a multidisciplinary team approach.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of dentistry in the management of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea in adults.
  2. Review the contraindications and adverse effects of oral appliance therapy.
  3. Identify which obstructive sleep apnea patients are candidates for oral appliance therapy.

Saturday Morning Session:  January 14, 2023

Office-Based General Anesthesia - Steve Goetz, D.M.D. (2016)

Course description: 
Dr. Goetz will provide the basic foundations for office-based general anesthesia. He will discuss the various modalities of anesthesia available, how it is utilized across the spectrum of dental providers, as well as safety concerns related to anesthesia in the dental office. Lastly, he will review a series of typical anesthetic cases routinely performed in private practice and academia.


Meet the Speakers:  (Alphabetical Order)

Steve Goetz, D.M.D. (CDMA 2016), Arizona Dental Anesthesia Associate

Dr. Goetz is a board-certified dental anesthesiologist practicing in Phoenix for the past three (3) years. He grew up in a small rural town near Pittsburgh. He received his Bachelor of Science from Pennsyvania State University in 2012, then fell in love with Arizona during his time at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine where he graduated valedictorian in 2016. 

He moved away from the Valley to pursue his dream of attending the University of Pittsburgh’s Dental Anesthesiology residency but was fortunate enough to return to Arizona to begin his private practice in 2019. He has spent the last three years treating pediatric and special needs patients throughout Arizona as an Associate in Arizona Dental Anesthesia (AZDA) working alongside his earliest mentors in anesthesia (Dr. Jeff Brownstein and Dr. Mathew Wall). Dr. Goetz loves the unique challenges of providing pediatric general anesthesia in an office-based environment. On the weekends you’ll find him enjoying live music and a good happy hour with his fur-child, Maverick.

 Isabel Moreno-Hay, D.D.S., Ph.D - Orofacial Pain Clinic Director

Dr. Moreno Hay is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Orofacial Pain, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. She is a graduate of the University Complutense of Madrid, School of Dentistry (Spain). In 2005, she completed a fellowship in implant prosthodontics at the University Complutense of Madrid. Dr. Moreno received a European Ph.D. degree in 2011 from University Complutense of Madrid. Her doctoral thesis on electromyography examined the electrical activity of masticatory muscles, stressing the role of electromyography in dentistry. Dr. Moreno graduated from the 2-year CODA approved program in Orofacial Pain at the University of Kentucky in 2013. She became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain in 2015. She is a fellow member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, member of the Spanish Academy of Temporomandibular Disorders, Kentucky Sleep Society and American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. She has published several research articles in international journals.

Hernan Varas, M.B.A., Clinical and Practice Development Executive
Arrowhead Dental Laboratory and Dr. Dick Barnes Group, Sandy, Utah

Hernan Varas, M.B.A., is in Clinical and Practice Development with Arrowhead Dental and The Dr. Dick Barnes Group in Sandy, UT. Hernan has been with Arrowhead for more than 20 years and has worked in the dental industry for more than 30 years. Originally from Chile, Hernan moved to Utah to attend Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT for a bachelor’s degree. After completing his degree in marketing and communications, Hernan continued his studies at Westminster and received a Master’s in Business Administration, with an emphasis in international management. Since working at Arrowhead, Hernan has visited thousands of dental practices with Dr. Dick Barnes—including every state in the contiguous United States. Hernan specializes in strategies and techniques for increasing productivity in dental practices.

Course Fees & Registration Information:

Registration Information:

There are three ways to register for our continuing education programs:

  1. Online: see above
  2. By mail:   if you want to pay by check, make it out to Midwestern University, download and fill out the online form, print it out and send it along with your payment to:
    Ms. Martha Clements, College of Dental Medicine-AZ Midwestern University, Office of Continuing Dental Education, 19555 North 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ  85308

  3. By email:  scan completed registration form and email to mcleme@midwestern.edu, providing payment information. Please call 623-572-3870 if you have any questions about course content, directions, registration, etc.  

Payment Methods: We accept checks, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard and Visa. All checks should be made payable to: Midwestern University.

Cancellation and Refund Information:

The Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona Continuing Dental Education (MWUCDM-AZ CDE) office reserves the right to end registration when the enrollment limit is reached and to cancel, modify or alter content, faculty or location for any course if circumstances indicate such a change is advisable. If the MWUCDM-AZ CDE finds it necessary to cancel a course, a full refund will be issued.

No travel expenses will be refunded to the registrant in the event of course cancellation or cancellation of any registration. Full tuition refunds are issued if the participant cancels in writing two weeks prior to a course. Cancellations processed during the two weeks prior to course date will be refunded tuition minus a late cancellation fee of $75.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations received three days prior to the day of the course or in the event of a no-show. Select courses may have individually specific cancellation fees and polices. A $50 fee will be assessed for all returned payments. Returned payments include returned checks and dishonored credit or debit card payments.

Please note: Details of this event are subject to change based on future COVID - 19 conditions. Please make travel arrangements accordingly.


Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine Arizona is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. 

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.

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona designates this activity for 12 continuing education credits.


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