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At the MDA, we understand the unique challenges faced by women dentists. That’s why we launched the MDA Women in Dentistry Facebook group — an online community where women dentists from across the state can gather for support, fellowship, and learn about unique educational opportunities that bring harmony to their competing personal and professional priorities.

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Upcoming programs

Jan. 22, 2024

Enhancing Pediatric Airway Health: The Role of Dental Interventions

Nora Ghodousi-Zaghi, DDS
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

This lecture delves into the crucial role of pediatric dentistry in airway health, specifically addressing how dental interventions like expansion and frenectomies can significantly improve breathing and overall health in children. The presentation will explore the basis of airway obstruction in pediatric patients, identifying airway issues, and the latest techniques and approaches in dental interventions.

Learning objectives:

  • To identify the anatomical causes of pediatric airway obstruction and its implications on health.
  • To effectively assess for airway issues in children using the latest techniques.
  • To understand how dental expansion procedures can improve airway health and overall well-being in pediatric patients.
  • The importance of frenectomies in treating airway obstruction and enhancing life quality in children.

About the speaker … Dr. Nora Ghodousi-Zaghi dedication to assisting babies with functional challenges due to oral restrictions evolved into a fervent passion following her personal breastfeeding journey with her firstborn. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry and further honed her skills in pediatric dentistry at UNLV, earning a post-graduate specialty certificate. Certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Ghodousi-Zaghi is not only a proud member but also an esteemed speaker who values education. Nationally recognized for her expertise on tongue ties, she serves as an instructor for The Breathe Institute, Myofunctional Research Company, and Talk Tools. Families seeking guidance on feeding or speech issues can rely on her comprehensive medical support system. Dr. Ghodousi-Zaghi emphasizes educating families on appropriate bodywork therapy, oral motor techniques, and breastfeeding support, ensuring they grasp the full scope of tongue function and its broader impact on the body. She resides in California with her husband and their two sons.

Feb. 26, 2024

Creating a “YES” Culture in the Workplace

Molly O’Shea, MD
Birmingham Pediatrics
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Join women dentists from the Michigan Dental Association as we get back into our fall programming with a presentation sure to make you feel inspired and grow personally. Dr. Molly O’Shea will be guiding the participants through a 1-hour program of establishing a “Yes” culture in the workplace. Bring an open mind and your questions as we discover how to:

  • Define the six main leadership styles and how they relate to a “yes culture” in the workplace.
  • Explain the difference between rewards and motivators in the “yes culture” workplace.
  • Understand the role of autonomy in the “yes culture” workplace.

About the speaker … Dr. Molly O’Shea is a keynote speaker, strategic adviser, consultant, and the founder of Birmingham Pediatrics. She shares her personal and professional experiences on stages locally and nationally, as well as in award-winning print, media, and medical journals, covering topics both medical and parenting related. In addition to founding and owning her own practice for 30 years, Dr. O’Shea serves as a consultant for organizations across a wide variety of fields, including On My Own Michigan, Goldfish Swim Schools, Horizon Pharmaceuticals, and Birmingham Public Schools. She also dispelled parenting myths and engaged readers as the “Ask the Pediatrician” columnist for many years at The Detroit News.


Program co-leads

Dr. Kate Solomich has over 10 years of clinical experience with a diverse population of patients including the treatment adults and children with disabilities. Dr. Solomich is a firm believer in giving back and supporting the community and has volunteered over 400 hours to provide dental care in underserved areas. Her volunteering efforts include the Jonathan Taft Honorary Dental Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Dr. Kathy Solomich
Dr. Deb Peters

Dr. Deb Peters has been an active member and dedicated volunteer with the Michigan Dental Association and organized dentistry for more than past 25 years. She formerly served as president of the MDA, speaker of the MDA House of Delegates, member of the MDA Board of Trustees, and chair of the MDA Committee on the New Dentist. Her career has featured outstanding leadership, dependability, and community service.