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AAOP 45th Scientific Meeting - Virtual & Online Learning

Thursday, May 6, 2021 to Sunday, May 9, 2021
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ  85256

Additional Info:
Kenneth S Cleveland
609-504-1311 (p)
Annual Scientific Meeting
Registration is required
Payment in Full In Advance Or At Event
The AAOP Scientific Meeting prohibits the marketing or promotion of commercial products and/or services in conjunction with CE activities. Commercial Products and literature are to be confined to the exhibit hall and are not permitted in the lecture hall. Due to the professional nature of this meeting children are not permitted in either the lecture hall, exhibit hall or poster viewing areas. Business casual attire is appropriate for this meeting.
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 12:00 AM
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Main Conference Program
Preconference I:
Pre-Conference II:
Pre-Conference III:
Breakfast Forum #1:
Breakfast Forum #2:
Breakfast Forum #3:
Breakfast Forum #4:
Lunch & Learn #1:
Lunch & Learn #2:
Lunch & Learn #3: TBD
Lunch & Learn #4:
Dental Assistant/Auxiliary Course

Due to the pandemic’s current rate of infection, uncertainty regarding the rate of vaccination, and limitations on travel/public meetings that are currently in place; the AAOP Council has determined to offer the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting scheduled for May 6-9 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ in a Virtual/Subscription Format option.  The AAOP is still proceeding with planning for the possibility of holding our regular in-person event alongside the virtual subscription-based meeting and you may still reserve hotel rooms at the Talking Stick Resort.  In any event the virtual subscription-based program will be provided to all registrants.  

The AAOP has received very positive reviews of the new Online Learning/CE Subscription and will continue to offer this benefit of registration with all future meeting registrations.  If you are already a subscriber, registering will renew your subscription through the remainder of 2021 and to the 2022 annual scientific meeting. Every 2021 Scientific Meeting Registrant will receive:

  1. Access the virtual event
  2. A one-year AAOP Online Learning Subscription which also includes the programs and CE from2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018.
  1. Additional CE presentations to be released throughout the year at no additional costs.
  2. Access to online learning blogs and discussions.

In future years the subscription will continue to be a benefit of registration at no additional charge.  Register now for AAOP 2021. 

You’ll receive continuous access to 4 years of AAOP presentations and more to come for the price of 1 meeting.  Your subscription will renew every year when you register for the annual meeting at no additional costs.  You will have access to an online library of unparalleled presentations and faculty.


May 6-9, 2021


Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, AZ


As a registrant for the AAOP 2021 annual meeting you will also receive a one (1) year subscription to the AAOP CE Learning Portal.


AAOP 2021: From Precision Medicine to Personalized Care


For full information on this meeting, hotel accommodations and 

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Pre-Conference Workshops – (Additional Registration Required)

Thursday, May 6, 2021

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

I.   Physical Therapy for Head and Neck Pain – Harry Von Piekartz, PhD,MSc, PT, MT


II. Injections for Orofacial Pain (hands on, limited to 10 participants) – Robert Mier, DDS, MS & Stanley Farrell, DDS


III. Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine (hands on) – Mariona Mulet, DDS, MS,  Sunny Virk, DDS, MS & David Austin, DDS, MS


IV.  Management of the Orofacial Pain Specialty Practice –James Fricton, DDS, MS & Rick Borquez, DDS, MS 



Friday, May 7, 2021

7:00– 8:00 am 

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 1Locked and Loaded: The Basics of Temporomandibular Disorders -  Thomas Weber, DDS, MS

Breakfast Session 2 Laser Photobiomodulation Therapy -  Praveen Arany, DDS, PhD

Breakfast Session 3 Physical Therapy Program -  TBD


7:30-8:00 am                            

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors                                      


8:00-5:00 pm

Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course                                              



8:00-8:30 am 

President’s Welcome Remarks and Recognition of the OFP Specialty – Jeffry Shaefer, DMD & James Fricton, DDS, MS



PLENARY SESSIONS:                      

8:30-9:15 am – Plenary 1 - Keynote 

Approaches to Personalized Orofacial Pain Therapies - A Future Vision -  Richard Orhbach, DDS


9:15 am-10:00 am – Plenary 2 

Refractory Orofacial Pain -  Tara Renton, DDS, PhD


10:00-10:20 am Break with Exhibitors & Posters


10:20 – 11:15am– Plenary 3  

Tinnitus Diagnosis and Comprehensive Management -  Ken Grundfast, MD,  & Edward Wright, DDS, MS


11:15-12:00 pm – Plenary 4

Role of the Psychologist in Treating Chronic Pain -  Donald Goodman


12:00-12:15 pm

Panel Discussion


12:15-1:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own  

Residents and Recent Graduates Lunch


Lunch & Learns (Additional Registration Required)                                       

Lunch & Learn 1 –Medical Billing for Orofacial Pain-  Randy Curran

Lunch & Learn 2 - Cannabinoids and Substance Abuse -  Shana Babalonis, PhD

Lunch & Learn 3- Physical Therapy Expert Panel Discussion -  Charles Carlson PhD, ABPP,  Jeffrey  Crandall DDS, Shaun O'Connor, PT, DPT, CCTT &  Michael Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPT


1:30-2:15 pm – Plenary 5

Botulinum Toxins in Orofacial Pain -  Khawaja Shehryar Nasir, BDS, MS


2:15-3:00 pm – Plenary 6

Physical Therapy for Orofacial Pain: Focus on Neural Tension-  Harry Von Piekartz, PhD,MSc, PT, MT


3:00-3:30 pm

Break with Exhibitors & Posters                                  


3:30-4:15 Plenary 7

Nocturnal Hypoxemia is a Better Predictor of Adverse OSA Related Consequences -  Glenn Clark, DDS


4:15-5:00 Plenary 8

Trigeminal Neuralgia and Vascular Compression -  Steven Scrivani, DDS


5:00—5:15 pm

Panel Discussion                                   


5:15 -6:00 pm

AAOP General Membership Meeting                          


6:00-6:15 pm

New Members Orientation                                                                   


6:15-9:30 pm

Presidents Reception


Saturday, May 8, 2021

7:00-8:00 am

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 4Digital Scanning Technology for Orthotics Fabrication -  Scott Veis

Breakfast Session 5 Evaluation and Management of OSA in Pediatric Patients -  Cristina Perez, DDS, MS              

Breakfast Session 6 Atypical Facial Pain -  Gary Klasser, DMD


7:30-8:00 am                                                                            

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors & Posters


8:00-5:00 pm

Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course


8:00-8:20 am 

Welcome Remarks and Awards 


8:20-9:05 am – Plenary 9

Phenotypical Characterization of Tension-Type Headache and Migraine -  Fernando Exposto, DDS, PhD


9:05-9:50 am – Plenary 10

Sleep & Pain: Practical Applications - Davis Thomas, BDS,DDS,MSD,MSc Med


9:50-10:15 am

Break with Exhibitors & Posters


10:15-11:00 am – Plenary 11

Myofascial Pain and Trigger Point Physiology -  Jay Shah, MD


11:00-11:45 am – Plenary 12

Physical Therapy - Practical Applications - Janey Prodoehl, PT, PhD, CCTT

11:45-12:00 pm – Panel Discussion


12:00-1:15 pm

Lunch on Your Own


Lunch and Learns (Additional Registration Required)

Lunch & Learn 4 – Hypermobility Syndromes -  RheumatologistTBD

Lunch & Learn 5 – Pain Management for Cancer Patients-  Khawaja Shehryar Nasir, BDS, MS

Lunch & Learn 6 – Red flags of Orofacial Pain (new member level)-  Seena Patel, DMD, MPH


1:15-2:00pm – Plenary 13

Sleep Medicine - improving OSA Management in the Era of Precision Medicine -  

Gilles Lavigne, DMD, MSc, PhD


2:00-2:45 pm – Plenary 14

Pediatric/Adolescents Temporomandibular Disorders -  Cristina Perez, DDS, MS


2:45-3:00 pm – Panel Discussion


3:00-3:30 pm

Break with Exhibitors & Posters          


3:30-5:00 pm – Plenary 15

Expert Panel - Case Management -  Moderator - Gary Klasser, DMD, Glenn Clark, DDS, Tara Renton, DDS, PhD,  & Donald Tannenbaum, DDS                            


5:00-5:15 pm – Panel Discussion


5:15-6:00 pm – AAOP Mentoring Program Reception


Evening Social Fundraising Event

Shootout at the OFP Corral – Western Games, Food, Music and Contests


Sunday, May 9, 2021


Continental Breakfast                                                                                                                           

8:00-9:00 am

AAOP Sponsored Research and Poster Winners                            


9:00-9:45 am – Plenary 16

Integrative Medicine: A Model for Individualize Care, Past and Future -  Dharti Patel, DMD, ND, FDS RCS Ed, FICOI


9:45-10:30 am – Plenary 17 

Multi-Level Determinants of Pain-  Flavia Kapos, DDS, MS


10:30-11:15 am – Plenary 18 

Sleep Medicine Program -  Stuart Quan, MD


11:15-12:00 pm – Plenary 19



12:00 pm – 12:15pm

Closing Remarks and Preview of 2022 Program


The American Academy of Orofacial Pain is a Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.  Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. Current Term 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2021.  Provider AGD ID # 218197


Total credit educational hours being offered at this conference are TBD (including core conference, preconference workshops, breakfast forums & lunch sessions). The core conference offers TBD CE hours. Each preconference offers an additional 6 CE hours, each breakfast forum provides 1 CE hour and each Lunch and Learn provides 1.5 CE hours. Each attendee should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the education. Workshops, breakfast & lunch sessions all require additional registration.