Annual Meeting 2022

Annual Meeting: May 6, 2022

Friday, May 6 2022
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA


2022 WSSO Doctor and Team Meeting

Friday, May 6, 2022

Meydenbauer Center

11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA  98004   

Meydenbauer Center Phone: (425) 637-1020

6 CE Hours Possible


7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast, Check-In, Photobooth and Exhibits

8:30am - 11:30am  Morning session for doctors - Main Level, Center Hall A:

A Collection of Clinical Pearls for Your Practice with Neal D. Kravitz, DMD, MS

8:30am - 11:30am  Morning Session for Team Members - Upstairs, Level 4, Rooms 404-406:

Creating a High Performance Team with Michelle Shimmin

11:30am - 1:00pm Luncheon - WSSO General Meeting during lunch for doctors

Team members have the option to participate in table topic discussions, or freestyle with no set table topic discussions.  Please note your preference when you register.

1:00pm - 4:00pm Continued session for doctors - Main Level, Center A: 

A Collection of Clinical Pearls for Your Practice with Neal D. Kravitz, DMD, MS

1:00pm - 4:00pm Continued session for Team Members - Upstairs, Level 4, Rooms 404-406:

Creating a High Performance Team with Michelle Shimmin

Debond! How to safely remove brackets, bands, and bonding resin from tooth surfaces with Dr Geoff Greenlee

Doctors’ Session

A Collection of Clinical Pearls for Your Practice with Neal D. Kravitz, DMD, MS

Jackie Kennedy is famously quoted as saying that, “Pearls are always appropriate”; the same could be said about sharing orthodontic clinical pearls. Who doesn’t love picking up those invaluable tidbits and ruminations hidden within a lecture? After all, these clinical pearls are the easiest lessons to take home and immediately implement into our practice. It is a passion of mine to share my clinical ideas with other orthodontists, and what better way than with a lecture entirely devoted to the topic. Be ready for fun and fast paced presentation chock full of clinical pearls.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Canine substitution pearls
  2. Surgical pearls (including molar uprighting)
  3. Retention pearls
  4. Challenging patient pearls

Dr. Kravitz is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, member of the Edward Angle Honor Society, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. Dr. Kravitz is a graduate of Columbia University and received his D.M.D. and the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a prolific writer for numerous journals.  Dr. Kravitz lectures throughout the country and internationally on treatment planning, biomechanics, practice management, and ethics, quickly building a reputation as one of the country's most dynamic speakers.

Team Members’ Session

Creating a High Performance Team with Michelle Shimmin

Change the way you see your team, change the way your patients see you - Leadership, management, communication, goal-driven motivation and team synergy are key factors that are imperative to a successful practice with a remarkable reputation! We will focus on how to set up (and succeed!) at getting your patients vested and started in your practice today. Through this fun, inspiring event, we will help you know how to provide very clear expectations that deliver a high level of accountability and a team that ‘wants to’! Michelle will dive into the digital business model, implementing the virtual workflow into your practice while tapping into the full talent of every team member.

Learning Objectives:

1. You will learn the skills and effects of powerful leadership that deliver results from every team member.

2. You will take away guidelines for setting up clarity and creating goal-driven employees that get excited about their role in the patient’s experience and the practice’s success.

3. You will understand the newest and most efficient digital business models and virtual workflow with direct take-a-ways in how to implement it into your practice today. 


Michelle Shimmin is an International lecturer, trainer and consultant who has been in the field of orthodontics since 1990, working as a Registered Dental Assistant, teaching orthodontic assisting, marketing, financials, treatment coordinating and practice management. Michelle travels the country and helps transform orthodontic offices on their systems to promote training, growth, and success through a comprehensive practice approach. She is now considered one of the most sought-after trainers with many lecture events every year, both domestic and international, including the Align Ortho Summits, AAO, PCSO, HSO, SCAO, TIO, MOPC, Orthopreneurs and many others. She has also recorded Ask the Expert webinars for Align and authored articles for publications such as Bentson Copple’s reSource and Colle + McVoy’s Global Teen Edge Newsletter and is regularly featured in many webinar training courses.

Debond!  How to safely remove brackets, bands, and bonding resin from tooth surfaces with Geoff Greenlee, DDS, MSD, MPH

This session is designed to provide the necessary background information to prepare orthodontic dental assistants to:

  • Safely remove fixed orthodontic appliances
  • Understand the evidence about patient comfort and enamel safety during bracket removal
  • Safely remove bonding composite resin and polish enamel
  • Understand and use a dental handpiece and rotary instruments
  • Recognize risks and pitfalls during appliance removal

Part of this session will be dedicated to hands-on training in safe appliance debonding and composite resin removal with a dental handpiece. Attendees will gain knowledge and skills preparing them to progress on to supervised training on patients with a licensed orthodontist at their office.

The hands-on section of this class is currently limited to 50 particpants.  A $10 registration fee is required.

Dr. Geoff Greenlee completed his undergraduate and dental training at the University of Michigan, and then completed a Masters degree and clinical residency in orthodontics at the University of Washington.  An interest in cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies led Dr. Greenlee to do a fellowship in this subspecialty at Seattle Children's Hospital where he remains on faculty and provides clinical care.  Geoff finished a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology in 2009 and remains very interested in public health services and policy as well as study design and data analysis.  Currently, Dr. Greenlee is Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Orthodontics Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle where he teaches, practices, and does research.  His research interests include evidence-based care, CLP and craniofacial anomalies, access to care for underserved populations, and quality of life.  Dr. Greenlee is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

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