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Recognized internationally as a dental ergonomics expert, Dr. Bethany Valachi, Doctor of Physical Therapy, has provided over 700 lectures worldwide. She is Clinical Instructor of Ergonomics at OHSU School of Dentistry and Ergonomics Editor for Dental Products Report magazine. For over 20 years, Dr. Valachi evidence-based ergonomic education has helped busy dental professionals work more comfortably, increase productivity, prevent pain, improve their quality of life and extend their careers. A certified ergonomic assessment specialist married to a dentist, she brings a unique blend of skills to her audiences. Her dynamic and engaging seminars captivate audiences by weaving research-based ergonomic interventions with humor, audience participation, real-life stories and demonstrations.
If you wish to hire a speaker who makes the meeting planner look good, this is the one.”
-Linda Miles, CEO, Virginia Beach, VA
“Neck, Back & Beyond: Preventing Pain with Evidence-based Dental Ergonomics”
(1/2 day lecture. Designed to be followed by “Fitness 101” lecture for a full day program.)
This is Dr. Valachi’s most requested program for the entire dental team, or for dentists/specialists only. In this dynamic, interactive lecture, Dr. Valachi reveals groundbreaking ergonomic strategies to help team members avoid pain and boost productivity: proper equipment selection & adjustment, correct patient positioning, movement in the operatory, use of ergonomic positioning aids, and more. Dr. Valachi also offers a modified version of this lecture for states that do not normally provide CE credits for ergonomic courses.
“Great course content, excellent instructor. It’s about time! This information has been badly needed in dentistry. Finally someone has pulled it all together.”
-Allan Tronset, DDS, Seattle, WA
“Fitness 101 for Dental Professionals: Secrets for Comfort & Career Longevity”
(1/2 day lecture. The perfect course to follow the “Neck, Back & Beyond” lecture or any other 1/2 day course)
Dr. Bethany Valachi describes why dental professionals are prone to painful muscle imbalances and require special exercise and pain management techniques to avoid pain syndromes, injury or even early retirement. The audience actively participate in chairside stretching, postural exercise and trigger point discovery in this engaging lecture, delivered with energy and humor. Attendees leave with knowledge they can apply immediately to improve their overall health.
“I have had no back pain since your lecture for our dental society. I can’t tell you the number of congratulations I received for your seminar.”
-Christopher Smith, DDS, Meeting Planner, Manhattan, KS
“5 Steps to Practicing Dentistry Pain-free”
(1- 2 hour stand-alone lecture for dental study clubs. )
Due to the multi-factorial nature of work-related pain, rarely does a single intervention (i.e. purchasing a new set of loupes, strength training) permanently resolve chronic pain issues. Based on Dr. Valachi’s new eBook, this short, fast-paced lecture introduces the 5 essential Steps for preventing and resolving chronic pain in dentistry:
- Resolving dental ergonomic challenges
- Down-regulating the sympathetic nervous system
- Self-managing myofascial pain
- Chairside stretching
- Muscular endurance training
“It is rare to attend a lecture that provides a lot of information that you can use immediately that is well delivered and have fun at the same time.” -Ross Pross, DDS, Tampa, FL
“Hygiene Shouldn’t Be a Pain in the Neck”
(1/2 day lecture specifically developed for the ergonomic & wellness needs of hygienists. Add “Fitness 101” for a full day lecture.)
A staggering 80% of hygienists who retire early are forced to, due to work-related pain. Hygienists are highly prone to neck, shoulder and hand/wrist pain. This lecture delves into the etiology of these pain syndromes and offers easy-to-implement ergonomic interventions, including equipment selection, adjustment, movement and positioning techniques. Techniques to self-manage painful flare-ups are introduced, so hygienists can prevent the progression to chronic pain or injury.
“Thank you for an excellent lecture. Yesterday was the first day in months that I have come home from work without pain!”
-Eimear Mithen, RDH, Killarney, Ireland
“Demystifying Pain among Women in Dentistry: Essential Ergonomic & Wellness Guidelines”
(1/2 day lecture specifically catered to the needs of your intended audience)
Female dental professionals experience a much higher prevalence and severity of occupational pain than their male counterparts, with the most problematic areas occurring in the neck, shoulders, hip, hand, and wrist. Through lecture, demonstration and participation, women dental professionals will discover the unique muscle imbalances to which they are prone and will learn gender-specific ergonomic interventions and equipment selection guidelines. Women will learn self-treatment and exercise guidelines to prevent and manage specific pain syndromes including trapezius myalgia, osteoarthritis of the thumb, DeQuervains syndrome, carpal tunnel, hip pain, tension neck syndrome & frozen shoulder.
“You are a genius! After suffering with headaches and neckaches… I found that following your advice and treating the trigger points in my left upper trapezius staved off the pain. You explained this so well—the information was truly a blessing to me.” -Janice Musacchia, RDH
For Dental & Hygiene Schools
“Neck, Back & Beyond” Lecture & “Positioning for Success” Practicum
(Full day: 1/2 day Lecture and 1/2 day Practicum)
The program is recommended for all dental or hygiene students in all years of school, as well as faculty.
This 1/2 day lecture for students and faculty will fuse current research in dental ergonomics, biomechanics, kinesiology and anatomy to address the etiology of the most common musculoskeletal disorders in dentistry and prevention strategies. In the afternoon, a hands-on practicum will provide students with the opportunity to re-inforce and practice the lecture material.
Dr. Valachi also offers special lectures for endodontists, front office and dental assistants.
Past Lecture Highlights
Bethany provided over 700 dental meetings, universities, associations and study clubs internationally, including:
- International Dental Ergonomics Congress (Krakow, Poland)
- Asia Pacific Dental Congress ( Dubai, UAE)
- Irish Dental Association
- Jamaica Dental Association
- Belgian Endodontic Society
- Chicago Midwinter Meeting
- Hinman Dental Meeting
- ADA Annual Session
- Seattle Study Club Annual Symposium
- Toronto Annual Winter Clinic
- RDH Under One Roof
- CDA Presents… Annual Session
- Yankee Dental Congress
- ADHA Annual Session
- University of Alberta Dental School