New Mexico Dental Hygienists' Association

Super CE Saturday
March 4, 2023

  8:00 - 8:30

Check in

coffee and breakfast snacks

 8:30 - 10:30

Professional & Poised: Workplace Communication Mastery 

  We’ll discuss how to use   

Emotional Intelligence

Personal Awareness

The Zoom Out method

to manage and navigate difficult conversations, clients, co-workers, and bosses in the workplace with ease!


Hannah Becker

Hannah Becker is a  certified mindset, health and business coach. She  employs a holistic approach to deep wellness, combining powerful and proven physical, mental, and emotional health strategies. It is Hannah’s mission to help people cultivate a growth mindset and lead a self-actualized life.

10:30 - 12:00

Skeleton Keys:

Unlocking the Secrets of Osteoporosis  1.5 CEUs

An overview of osteoporosis, an increasingly major health problem, the diagnostic workup and clinical criteria for diagnosis, non-pharmacologic, and pharmacologic treatment options, as well as a summary of evidence-based prevention and screening guidelines to enhance understanding of the condition and support optimal outcomes. 


Sheila Acheson, DNP, FNP, ONP, CCD
Sheila Acheson is the founder and director of the Bone Health & Fracture Liaison Service at the University of New Mexico, which has been recognized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation as a “Best Practice” site. Sheila is a Nurse Practitioner with 30 years’ experience; double boarded in Family Practice and Orthopedics, holds a doctorate in Complex Adaptive Systems, and is a certified clinical densitometrist, She supervises UNM’s osteoporosis programs, has a consulting practice specializing in metabolic and adynamic bone diseases, and holds a faculty appointment at the University of NM School of Medicine. She lectures extensively on osteoporosis and fracture prevention in at risk populations. Her special interests are centered on clinical strategies to prevent fragility fractures and reduce the osteoporosis treatment gap. She serves on the boards of the National Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation and the Osteoporosis Foundation of New Mexico, and as program director for the biennial UNM School of Medicine’s Osteology symposium.


 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and

NMDHA General Membership Meeting/Updates  1CEU


1:00 - 2:30

Sleep Apnea  1.5. CEUs

Learn the health consequences of untreated apnea, treatment options and the role of the dental hygienist in screening and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.


Dr. Robert Brandes DDS

Dr. Rob was born in Berkeley, California.  He attended Humboldt State University and received his Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology.  He completed an internship in medical technology at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center.  Dr. Brandes completed his dental education at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco.  He completed his specialty training at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in periodontics.

Dr. Rob has been in private practice for over 25 years.  Today, he splits his time between clinical practice and dental education.  He has lectured to audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad on dental implants, 3D imaging, sleep dentistry and periodontal therapy.  Dr. Brandes is the founder of the National Sleep Alliance.  He is also an instructor and key opinion leader for several major dental manufacturers.

Dr. Rob and his wife enjoy living in New Mexico where there is great hiking and travel opportunities.  Dr. Rob enjoys working closely with patients to help improve the quality of their lives.

 2:30 - 3:30

Infection Control 1 CEU

Required once every renewal period for licensure by the

NM Board of Dental Health Care.

As a dental hygiene clinic coordinator, it is my priority and responsibility to stay up to date with infection control regulations for our profession. It is vital that the entire dental team understands these regulations and knows where to access credible information to become compliant and to remain compliant. We will review the basics of infection control to include hand-washing, PPE, disinfection and continue with discussion on blood borne pathogens, precautions and aerosols.

Justine E. Ponce, RDH, MS

Justine Ponce RDH, MS 

Justine Ponce is an Assistant Professor and Junior Clinic Coordinator at the University of New Mexico, Division of Dental Hygiene. She is a member of the Sigma Phi Alpha dental hygiene honor society, the American Dental Hygienists' Association and currently chairs the position of Member Services for NMDHA.  She also received the Irene Navarre Advancement Award while in school.  Justine has found an interest in ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders and teaching strategies for instrumentation sequence.  Her research has been published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene. 

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