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AAOP 46th Scientific Meeting

Thursday, April 28, 2022 to Sunday, May 1, 2022
Westin Boston Waterfront
AAOP/Boston Westin Hotel Reservations
425 Summer Street
Boston, MA  02210

(617) 532-4600
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, March 30, 2022 at 12:00 AM
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Main Conference Program
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Lunch & Learn #1:
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Lunch & Learn #6:
Dental Assistant/Auxiliary Course



April 28 - May 1, 2022


Westin Waterfront, Boston, MA

As a registrant for the AAOP 2022 annual meeting you will also receive a one (1) year subscription to the AAOP CE Learning Portal




Pre-Conference Workshops – (Additional Registration Required)

Thursday, April 28, 2022

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

I.  Orofacial Pain and TMD: A Foundation for Diagnosis and Management– Jeffrey Okeson, DMD

II. How  Strong is The Evidence You Use in Clinical Practice? Moderator: Corine Visscher, PT, MSc, PhD, CCTT

Morning: Critical Appraisal of Literature (Lecture and Workshop) – Corine Visscher, PT, MSc, PhD, CCTT

Afternoon: Evidence-Based PT Strategies for Headache and TMD (Lecture and Workshop) Hedwig van der Meer, PT MSc, PhD © 

Afternoon: Measuring Physical and Emotional Health: The Missing Pieces for Comprehensive Pain Management (Lecture and Workshop)- Garrett Naze, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, PhD ©

IIILunch Time Pre-Conference: Complementary and Alternative Approaches in Orofacial Pain and Sleep Management – Paul Durham, MS, PhD

IV.  Procedural and Non-Interventional Management in Orofacial Pain and Headache – Donald Tanenbaum, DDS, MPH, Shruti Handa, DMD, BDS, and James Hawkins, DDS, MS


AAOP Council Meeting                                                                         



Friday, April 29, 2022

7:00– 8:00 am 

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 1Key Points in the Neurological Examination for the Headache and Orofacial Pain Patient -  Jan Hoffmann, MD, PhD

Breakfast Session 2 – Small Fiber Neuropathy in Chronic Pain Patients– Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD

Breakfast Session 3 – Understanding the Polysomnogram-  John Dobrowski, MD


7:30-8:00 am                              

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors                                      


8:00-5:00 pm

Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course         

Catalina Morarasu, DDS, PhD, MS


8:00-8:30 am Welcome Remarks and Meeting Opening & Presentation of New Fellows & Introduction of New Members                   




Session 1: Future of Pain Medicine


8:30-9:15 am – Plenary 1

The Specialty of Orofacial Pain: An Evolutionary Journey-   Jeffrey Okeson, DMD, & Richard Ohrbach, DDS, PhD


9:15 am-10:00 am – Plenary 2 

Diagnostic Pearls and Pitfalls in Orofacial Pain: Grand Rounds – Rafael Benoliel, DDS, PhD


10:00-10:15 am Break with Exhibitors & Posters


10:15 – 11:00am– Plenary 3  

Evidence-Based Advancements in TMD Management-  Gary Klasser, DMD


11:00-11:15 pm

Panel Discussion


11:15-12:00 pm – Plenary 4

 The Importance of The Nervous System-Digestive System Connection in OFP – Paul Durham, MS,  PhD



12:00-1:15 pm

Lunch on Your Own  


Lunch & Learns (Additional Registration Required)                                              

Lunch & Learn 1 –Key Points to the ENT Examination for a Patient with Sleep Apnea-  Noah Sigel, MD

Lunch & Learn 2 – TMD Cases: Expert Panel Discussion-  Moderator,  Jeff Mannhemier, PT, PhD,CODN, CCTT

Panelists: Charles Carlson, PhD, ABPP, Jeffrey Crandall, DDS and Shaun O’Connnor, PT, DPT, CCTT

Lunch & Learn 3- Neuroimaging for OFP – Paul Caruso, MD


12:00-1:15 pm

Residents & Recent Grads Luncheon


1:15-2:00 pm – Plenary 5

The Brain Circuitry Supporting Pain Catastrophizing in Chronic Pain: A Functional MRI Approach-  Vitaly Napadow, PhD


2:00-2:30 pm – Plenary 6

Trainee Forum


Panel Discussion 2:30 pm- 2:45 pm


2:45-3:00 pm

Break with Exhibitors & Posters


Session 2A: Temporomandibular Disorders: New Insights in Interventional Therapies


3:00-3:45 Plenary 7

Management of the ICR vs JRA in The Pediatric and Adult Patient-  Leonard Kaban, MD, DMD


3:45-4:30 Plenary 8

Platelet-Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Therapy in The Management of TMD- 

Antonia Teruel Castellon, DMD, MS, PhD


4:30-5:15 Plenary 9

Minimally Invasive TMJ Arthroscopic Surgery--  

Joseph McCain, DMD


5:15—5:30 pm

Panel Discussion                                              


5:30 -5:45 pm

AAOP General Membership Meeting                            


5:45-6:-00 pm

New Members and Fellows Orientation                                                             


6:15-9:30 pm

Presidents Reception


Saturday, April 30, 2022

7:00-8:00 am

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 4Nutrition Guidelines for the Patient with TMD/OFP-Paul Durham, MS, PhD

Breakfast Session 5 – Billing/Practice Management -  Sherwin Arman, DMD, MPH       

Breakfast Session 6 – Cervicogenic Headache: Examination, Diagnosis and Management -  Michael Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPT


7:30-8:00 am                                                                              

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors & Posters


8:00-5:00 pm

Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course


Session 2B: Temporomandibular Disorders: New Insights in Interventional Therapies 


8:00-8:45 am  - Plenary 10

Psychosocial Assessment in Clinical Practice– Corine Visscher, PT, MSc, PhD, CCTT


8:45-9:30 am  - Plenary 11

Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making in The Management of Patients with Myofascial Pain– Michelle Finnegan, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CMTPT, CCTT, FAAOMPT


9:30-9:45 am 

Panel Discussion


9:45-10:00 am

Break with Exhibitors & Posters


Session 3: Headache Disorders: New Insights in Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management


10:00-10:45 am – Plenary 12

Migraine Pathophysiology and New Pharmacological Approaches in Headache Medicine– Andy Charles, MD, FAHS


10:45-11:30am – Plenary 13

Co-Morbidity of Migraine and Temporomandibular Disorders: From the Clinical Side to The Bench- Simon Akerman, PhD, FAHS


11:30-12:15 – Plenary 14
Headache Management in The Orofacial Pain Setting
 – Marcela Romero Reyes, DDS. PhD, FAHS     


12:15-1:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own 


Lunch and Learns (Additional Registration Required)

Lunch & Learn 4 – Management of the Symptomatic TMJ Post-Surgical Patient – David Keith, BDS, DMD

Lunch & Learn 5 – Better Together: Dry Needling and Pain Neuroscience Education In Orofacial Pain Michelle Finnegan, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CMTPT, CCTT, FAAOMPT

Lunch & Learn 6 – Clinical Insights for the Treatment Planning of the Patient with TMD and Orofacial Pain -   Mariela Padilla, DDS, M.Ed


1:30-2:15 pm – Plenary 15

Red flags and Diagnostic Pearls and Pitfalls in Headache Disorders: Clinical Case-Based Session-  Jan Hoffmann, MD, PhD


2:15-2:30 pm – Panel Discussion


Session 4: Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain: New Insights in Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management


2:30-3:15 pm – Plenary 16

Understanding Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain: Persistent Non-Odontogenic Tooth Pain -  Donald Nixdorf, DDS, MS


3:15-3:30 pm

Break with Exhibitors & Posters


3:30-4:15 pm – Plenary 17

Current Pharmacological and Interventional Approaches for the Management of Trigeminal Neuralgia and other Cranial Neuralgias– Paul Mathew, MD, FAHS


4:15-5:00 pm – Plenary 18

Neurosurgical Management of Trigeminal Neuralgia -  Jeffrey Schweitzer, MD


 5:00-5:15 pm – Panel Discussion


Sunday, May 1, 2022


Continental Breakfast                                                                                                                              

8:30-9:00 am

AAOP Poster Winners                           


Session 5: Sleep: New Insights in Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management.

9:00-9:45 am – Plenary 19

Sleep Deficiency and Chronic Pain: Potential Underlying Mechanisms and Clinical Implications-  Monika Haack, PhD


9:45-10:30 am – Plenary 20

Sleep Pathophysiology and the Role of Orthognathic Surgery in the Treatment of Sleep Apnea -  Edward Lahey, MD, DDS, OMFS


10:30-11:15 am – Plenary 21

Phenotyping for OSA and Role of Hypoglossal Stimulation -  Phillip Huyett, MD, MGH


11:15-12:00 pm – Plenary 22

Diagnostic Pearls and Pitfalls in Dental Sleep Medicine: Clinical Case-Based Session– Amrittej Virk, BDS,  DMD



Panel Discussion


12:15 pm – 12:30pm

Closing Remarks and Preview of 2023 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.