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16th Annual Endodontic Alumni Conference

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Friday, 02/22/19 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, 02/23/19 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Credit Hours:


Venue: NSU Oceanographic Center


Friday, February 22nd AM:

Pharmacological Management of Pain and Infections in Endodontics (Nikita Ruparel, DDS, PhD)

Pharmacological management of pain and infections in endodontics is a critical adjunct to providing appropriate treatment. Pain is the number one reason why patients seek endodontic treatment and despite the high efficacy of the currently available analgesics, many are misused and incorrectly prescribed. This contributes to the upward trend in the opioid crisis. Such is the case also with over prescription of antibiotics. This course will discuss the appropriate indication, contraindications and case based scenarios to better understand dental drug prescriptions and recommendation.

Friday, February 22nd PM:

Vital and Non-vital Pulp Therapy of the Immature Permanent Teeth(Montse Mercadé, DDS; PhD)

This lecture will exam the current and future trend in vital pulp treatment. Vital pulp therapy and treatment of necrotic immature teeth are an important part of endodontic practice. However, the management of these young patients is a challenge for the endodontist because it takes expertise, patience, and practice.There are different types of treatment for vital and non-vital immature teeth. This lecture focuses on discussing the current evidence that supports these procedures, while providing the biological basis for clinical decision making.

Saturday, February 23rd AM:

From Start-Up to Success: A Marketing Journey

Saturday, February 23rd PM: 


Friday, February 22

Moderator:                  Dr. Taner Cem Sayin

8:30am - 9am             Registration, Continental Breakfast, Welcome

9am - 12pm                Pharmacological Management of Pain and Infections in Endodontics (Nikita Ruparel, DDS, PhD)

1pm - 4pm                  Vital and Non-vital Pulp Therapy of the Immature Permanent Teeth(Montse Mercadé, DDS; PhD)


Saturday, February 23

8:30am - 9am           Registration and Continental Breakfast

9am-11am               Sonia Chopra, D.D.S. 

11am-1 pm              Uche Odiatu, D.M.D.




Nikita Ruparel, DDS, PhD.

Dr. Ruparel is Board certified Endodontist who practices in San Antonio at UT Faculty Endodontics. She received her certificate in Endodontics in 2013 after receiving her doctoral (PhD) and DDS at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Her practice in Endodontics includes treating routine and challenging root canal treatments, retreatment as well as microsurgery. She also lectures at national and international meetings on regenerative endodontics and pain biology. She has also been awarded the American Association of Endodontics Educator Fellowship for committing her career to academics. Nikita Ruparel is committed to a future career as a clinician-scientist.



Montse Mercade DDS, MSc, PhD.

Montse Mercade DDS, MSc, PhD. Born in Barcelona (Spain).  She graduated from Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) in 2002 (DDS); 2005 (Master in Endodontics) and 2008 (Postgraduate in Dental Research). Dr. Mercade obtained her PhD in 2008 (UIC, Barcelona, Spain) and in 2009 a certificate in Animal Experimentation Science (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain). Since 2005 her clinical practice in Barcelona, Spain has been limited to endodontics. She was a part-time professor at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya from 2006 to 2016 and she served in the capacity of vice dean for dental research from 2013 to 2016. Currently, Dr. Mercade is a part-time professor at Universitat de Barcelona, Faculty of Dentistry (division of adulthood dentistry and dental traumatology). She is a member of different dental international associations (AAE, ESE, IADT, IADR) and local associations (Spanish Endodontic Society). Dr.  Mercade has published over 30 articles in peer reviewed journals.



Sonia Chopra, D.D.S. 

Dr. Sonia Chopra is an alumni of Nova Southeastern University Endodontics, graduate 2008. She is a Board Certified Endodontist and founder of Ballantyne Endodontics in Charlotte, NC. When she opened her practice 10 years ago, her goal was to help patients understand the “why” and “how” of their procedure. She works with her local dental community to host seminars and learning events, and has recently launched an online education forum for general dentists worldwide, sharing knowledge on perfecting endodontic skills, and focusing on thorough diagnoses, delivering compassionate solutions and considering whole patient care.

Dr. Chopra is a Director for the College of Diplomates and on the CE Committee of the American Association of Endodontists. You can visit her website and subscribe to the blog at: website


Uche Odiatu, D.M.D.

Uche Odiatu, D.M.D.

Dr Odiatu has a DMD Doctor of Dental Medicine. He is a professional member of the ACSM American College of Sports Medicine, a Certified Personal Trainer (National Strength & Conditioning Association) NSCA and the Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals CanFitPro. He is the co-author of Fit for the LOVE of It (c) 2002 and the Miracle of Health (c) 2009 John Wiley (hardcover) & (c) 2015 Harper Collins  & has lectured in Canada, the USA, the Caribbean, the UK and Europe. An invited guest on over 400 TV and radio shows from ABC 20/20, Canada CTV AM, Breakfast TV to Magic Sunday Drum FM in Texas.                                      
More information on Dr. Odiatu can be found on his website


Friday, February 22nd AM: 

At the end of this lecture, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe indications, contraindications, interactions and adverse effects of analgesics commonly used in dentistry
  • Describe indications, contraindications, interactions and adverse effects of antibiotics commonly used in dentistry
  • Understand the best use of dental drugs in case based scenarios based on the current evidence

Friday, February 22nd PM:

At the end of this lecture, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the case selection criteria for each procedure
  • Discuss the pros and cons, including drawbacks, of each procedure
  • Discuss the clinical application of various materials
  • List the expected outcomes for each procedure

 Saturday, February 23rd AM: 

At the end of this lecture, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the value of traditional ground marketing and the tactics that will make it successful
  • Understand my top tips on how to market your practice in the digital world and see what really works
  • Be able to create a comprehensive marketing plan that will take your practice to the next level



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