6:15 pm - 8:45 pm

Weber’s Inn
3050 Jackson Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Lisa Knowles, DDS; Vince Benivegna, DDS

Fee: FREE/Active and Associate WDDS Members and Dental Students; $35/All Other Members; $45/Non-DDS Team Members; $100/Nonmember DDS

CE Credits: 1.25

AGD Code:

Washtenaw District Dental Society

Built to Last

You work in healthcare to help others, and learning to help yourself first may not feel natural. However, if you want a long, fulfilling career in dentistry, learning how to care for your mind and body is essential. This course will help you learn basic concepts in self-care, body care, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. The top five dental burnout signs will also be discussed as well as how to combat burnout to extend your career for as long as you would like.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to prevent painful injuries that shorten your career.
  • Learn how to live mindfully each day to decrease anxiety, burn out and stress.
  • Find new ways to fill your cup with positive, energizing feelings.

MDA Update

This session will discuss what is new at the MDA, current legislative issues, and how your dues dollars have been working for you!

Dr. Lisa KnowlesAbout the speakers … Dr. Lisa Knowles, a University of Michigan School of Dentistry graduate, learned the hard way about burnout in dentistry and physical limitations in her career. By 40, she adapted to survive and now thrives and continues to practice and love dentistry. She practices in East Lansing, and is the associate dental consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She speaks nationally, serves on the MDA Health and Well-Being Committee, and holds a certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for HealthCare Professionals.

Dr. Vince BenivegnaDr. Vince Benivegna, of Okemos, currently serves as the president of the MDA. He is a past secretary, treasurer, vice president, and president of the Central District Dental Society and has served the MDA through his work on numerous committees and as a trustee on the MDA Board of Trustees. He frequently presents continuing education courses for the MDA on opioid addiction. Dr. Benivegna earned his DDS degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and is board-certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is a past president of the Michigan Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, serves as treasurer on the Council on Michigan Dental Specialities, is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, and a Fellow of The American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is also a member of the Sparrow Hospital Cleft Palate Team, and served as member and subcommittee chair on Gov. Rick Snyder’s Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction Commission.