Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the major reasons dental professionals retire prematurely. With over 50% of dentist suffering from MSDs while practicing, it is an important topic to keep in the forefront of the dental practitioner’s minds daily. This unique, interactive and inter-professional educational course will be presented by both a Dentist and a Doctor of Physical Therapy and will be of interest not only to the doctors, but to their entire dental team as well. Attendees will learn about the most common musculoskeletal disorders affecting dental professionals and the ergonomic risk factors associated with practicing dentistry. Participants will understand how to address current injuries and how to mitigate future injuries through practice modifications. Musculoskeletal injuries should not prevent you from a fulfilling career and a lifetime of practice!
At the end of the course the participants will be able to:
Identify the most common musculoskeletal disorders that affect dental professionals
Understand the causes of MSDs
Learn management guidelines
Understand effective corrective exercises to address and prevent MSDs
Learn management guidelines
Learn ergonomic practice guidelines while using office equipment
Understand some of the fiscal impacts of MSDs
Noëlle M Santucci, DDS, MA, BS, RDH
Dr. Noëlle Santucci, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. Dr. Santucci received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Marquette University and her dental degree from University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1991. After completing her Advanced Education in Dentistry residency program, she received a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of the Pacific Benerd School of Education. Along with private practice, she taught 1 day a week in the preclinical restorative course at University of the Pacific. Over the past 10 years, she has integrated and course directed the International Dental Students restorative curriculum and the DDS preclinical restorative curriculum at UOP. She also lectures to students, faculty and staff on musculoskeletal disorders and ergonomics.
Dr. Santucci has authored two chapters in Esthetic Dentistry in Clinical Practice and has published articles on nutrition, omega-3 in oral and systemic health and impression taking with the Isolite. She co-authored the research article "Dental and Physical Therapy Faculty Collaborate in Assessing and Educating Dental Students on Musculoskeletal Disorders”, which was published in the Journal of Dental Education.
Dr. Santucci has presented CE courses on nutrition, ergonomics, musculoskeletal disorders, clinical photography, impressions and occlusion. She recently retired from private practice that she shares with her husband in Atherton, California.
She is a Fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy and in the American College of Dentists.
Justin Jellin, DPT
Dr. Justin Jellin earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of the Pacific, and has an undergraduate degree in Sports Sciences. In addition to clinical practice he is the Program Director of RUNATOMY, a Running Gait Analysis Clinic at GSPORTS Physical Therapy in San Francisco. He has a special interest in sports medicine, especially cases that are interdisciplinarily complex.
Dr. Jellin is Clinical Instructor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry. He lectures to students, faculty and staff on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and ergonomics. Additionally, Dr. Jellin has presented numerous lectures to dentists and dental personnel on ergonomics, MSDs and exercise to counteract the effects of incorrect postures. He co-authored the article "Dental and Physical Therapy Faculty Collaborate in Assessing and Educating Dental Students on Musculoskeletal Disorders” which was published in the Journal of Dental Education.
He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and contributes journal reviews for the Running Special Interest section of the APTA.
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