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AAOP 44th Scientific Meeting

Thursday, May 7, 2020 to Sunday, May 10, 2020
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Conference Center
4401 Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL  32830

(407) 824-3000
Additional Info:
Kenneth Cleveland
609-504-1311 (p)
Annual Scientific Meeting
Registration is required
Payment 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 8, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Activities/Items    (Click the down-arrow to the left of the activity/item to view the details)
Main Conference Program
Preconference I: Nutrition and Health – Paul Durham, PhD
Pre-Conference II: How Strong is The Evidence You Use in Clinical Practice?
Pre-Conference III: Maxillofacial Radiology – Dan Miles, DMD, MD
Breakfast Forum #1: Arthrocentesis– Andrew Read-Fuller, DMD, MD
Breakfast Forum #2: Medical Billing: Pearls and Pitfalls - Rose Nierman
Breakfast Forum #3: Ultrasound Guided Injections – Stan Farrell, DDS
Breakfast Forum #4: Complimentary Medicine in Headache and Facial Pain – Rebecca Wells, MD
Lunch & Learn #1: Prolotherapy - Larry Lockerman, DDS
Lunch & Learn #2: Identifying Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients Responsive to Oral Appliances
Lunch & Learn #3: TBD
Lunch & Learn #4: Clinical Case Discussion - Expert Panel consisting of 2 DMDs and 2 PTs
Dental Assistant/Auxiliary Course



May 7-10, 2020

AAOP 2020: Update on Health, TMD and Sleep from a Global Perspective


Disney's Grand Floridan Resort & Spa, Orlando, Florida




Pre-Conference Workshops – (Additional Registration Required)

Thursday, May 7, 2020

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

I.   Nutrition and Health– Paul Durham, PhD, Bra

II.  How Strong is The Evidence You Use in Clinical Practice?

Corine Visscher, PT, MSc, PhD, CCTT: Speaker and Moderator for the day - Lecture 1: Critical Appraisal of Literature

Hedwig Van der Meer, PT, MSc, PhD(c) Lecture 2: Evidence Based PT Strategies for Headache and TMD

Garrett Naze, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, PhD(c) Lecture 3: Measuring Physical and Emotional Health: The Missing Pieces for Comprehensive Pain Management

III. Maxillofacial Radiology – Dan Miles, DMD, MD

AAOP Committee Meetings

AAOP Council Meeting                                                                       


Friday, May 8, 2020

7:00– 8:00 am

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 1Arthrocentesis – Andrew Read-Fuller, DMD, MD

Breakfast Session 2 Medical Billing: Pearls and Pitfalls – Rose Nierman

7:30-8:00 am                           

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors                                     

8:00-5:00 pm

Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

8:00-8:15 am Welcome Remarks and Meeting Opening                             

8:15-8:30 am Presentation of New Fellows & Introduction of New Members


PLENARY SESSIONS:                     

8:30-9:15 am – Plenary 1

Research Update: Vagus Nerve Stimulation – Paul Durham, PhD


9:15 am-10:00 am – Plenary 2

Understanding the Complexities of Orofacial Pain Mechanisms – Jeff Okeson, DDS, MS

10:00-10:30 am Break with Exhibitors & Posters

10:30 – 11:15am– Plenary 3

Part 1: What’s New in TMD? - Daniele Manfredini, DDS, MSc

11:15-12:00 pm – Plenary 4

What’s New in Bruxism? - Frank Lobezzoo, DDS, PhD

12:00-12:15 pm

Panel Discussion

12:15-1:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own 


Lunch & Learns (Additional Registration Required)                                           

Lunch & Learn 1 –Prolotherapy - Larry Lockerman, DDS

Lunch & Learn 2 - Identifying Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients Responsive to Oral Appliances– Ali Azarbarzin, MD

Residents & Recent Grads Luncheon


1:30-2:15 pm – Plenary 5

Wellness/ Preventing Arterial Disease and Heart Attacks– Brad Bale, MD

2:15-3:00 Plenary 6

Wellness/ Preventing Arterial Disease and Heart Attacks - Part II – Amy Doneen, ARNP


3:00-3:30 pm

Break with Exhibitors & Posters                     

3:30-4:15 Plenary 7

What’s new in Sleep Medicine? - Ali Azarbarzin, MD

4:15-5:00 Plenary 8

Dental Sleep Medicine – What’s New in 2020– Steven Bender, DMD, MS

5:00—5:15 pm

Panel Discussion                                  

5:15 -6:15 pm

AAOP General Membership Meeting             

6:15-6:30 pm

New Members Orientation                                                       

6:30-9:30 pm

Presidents Reception

Saturday, May 9, 2020

7:00-8:00 am

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 3Ultrasound Guided Injections – Stan Farrell, DDS 

Breakfast Session 4 Complimentary Medicine in Headache and Facial Pain – Rebecca Wells, MD


7:30-8:00 am                                                               

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors & Posters

8:00-8:20 am

Welcome Remarks and Awards

8:20-9:20 am – Plenary 9

Psychosocial Assessment in Dental Practice - Corinne Vischer, PT, MSc, PhD, CCTT

9:20-10:00 am – Plenary 10

Does Botulinum Toxin Change the Quality of the Bone near the Injection Site? Histological Changes associated with Botulinum Toxin Injections – Susan Herring, DDS, PhD

10:00 -10:30 am

Break with Exhibitors & Posters


10:30-11:15 am – Plenary 11

Dental Occlusion: When does it matter? What does the Evidence tell us? - Michael Racich, DDS

11:15 am-12:00am – Plenary 12

Pain Pharmacology– Michelle, Mathews, MD

12:00 - 12:15 pm

Panel Discussion



Lunch on Your Own


Lunch and Learns (Additional Registration Required)

Lunch & Learn 3- TMD Cases: Expert Panel Discussion - Moderator: Mike Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPT Panelists: Charles Carlson, PhD, ABPP, Jeff Crandall, DDS, Shaun O'Connor, PT, DPT, CCTT

Lunch & Learn 4 - Clinical Case Discussion - Expert Panel consisting of 2 Dentists and 2 PTs

1:15-2:00pm – Plenary 13

Placebo is a Hell of a Drug! –  Kisaalita Nkaku PhD

2:00-2:45 pm – Plenary 14

It's All in Your Head? Or Face? Somatization Disorders in Facial Pain – Ronald Kulich, PhD


2:45-3:00 pm

Break with Exhibitors & Posters                                 

3:00-3:45 pm – Plenary 15

CGRP Antibodies and Other Research Updates  – Rebecca Wells, MD

3:45-4:30pm – Plenary 16

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

4:30-5:15 pm – Panel

Expert Discussions on Treatment Modalities: What to do and what not to do? - Kisaalita Nkaku PhD, Ronald Kulich, PhD

Sunday, May 10, 2020


Continental Breakfast                                                                                                  

8:30-9:00 am

AAOP Sponsored Research Presenter 1

AAOP Sponsored Research Presenter 2                                   

Plenary Sessions:

9:00-9:45 am – Plenary 17

Role of Artificial Intelligence in Pain Management - TBD

9:45-10:30 am – Plenary 18


10:30-11:15 am – Plenary 19

Analysis of Shared Heritability in Common Disorders of the Brain - TBD

11:15-12:00 pm – Plenary 20

Orofacial Pain Curriculum in Dental Schools: Current Standards -  TBD

12:00 pm

Closing Remarks and Preview of 2021 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 27.5 (including core conference, preconference workshops, breakfast forums & lunch sessions). The core conference offers 17 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.