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2022 IDHA Annual Session

October 21 @ 8:00 am - October 22 @ 3:00 pm

Free – $425.00

2022 IDHA Annual Session

October 21st-22nd— College of Souther Idaho

14.0 Total CE available

at CSI Fine Arts Center, 315 Falls Avenue, Twin Falls, ID 83301


Friday, October 21st: (8.5 credits)

7:00am-8:00am – Registration, Continental Breakfast (Healthy Start Breakfast – Fine Arts Lobby)
7:30 – Check in, visit exhibitors (exhibitor education is worth 1.0 CE totally)
8:00am – IDHA President’s welcome
8:10-11:00am –“Ergonomics” Speaker Stephanie Botts, RDH, CEAS (2.0 CE)

                          ” Good Soda, Bad Soda, Acid on the Rise”   Speaker Kristin Evans, RDH, BS (3.0 CE)

9:15-9:45 am – Break, Exhibits

11:00am-12:00pm – “Why do I care if my patient is transgender?” Culturally Sensitive Care for Transgender Patients
                                        Speaker: Tammy Paquin-Marshall, RDH, MSDH (1.0 CE)
12:00-1:00pm – President’s Luncheon (Deli Buffet, Tayler building 276-277)
1:00-2:00pm – Student undergraduate Posters (1.0CE)
2:00-4:30pm –    “Oral systemic link”    Speaker: Machelle Hudson, RDH (2.5 CE)
                               “Airway Dentistry”     Speaker: Dr. Lon McRae DMD (2.0 CE)
3:00-3:30pm – Break, Exhibits
4:30-5:30pm-   “Pediatric Anticipatory Guidelines” Speaker Melissa Calhoun, RDH, MSDH (1.0 CE)
5:30-7:00pm – President’s Social, Westen Old Fashion BBQ – Taylor bldg. 276-277 (included in cost of registration, RSVP NEED)
All day:  Silent Auction bidding
                Coffee, Unsweetened Iced Tea, Lemonade, Ice Water Station

Saturday, October 22nd (4.5 CE’s) 

5.5 CE’s if only attending Saturday (exhibitor education is worth 1.0 CE)
7:00-8:00am – Registration, Continental Breakfast (Breakfast Buffet – Taylor Building)
7:30am – Exhibit Open (exhibitor education is worth 1.0 CE totally)
8:00 – 10:30am – “The Wonderful World of Special Care” Speaker Dr. Brooke M.O. Fukuoka, DMD, FSCD (2.0 CE)
9:00-9:30am – Break, Exhibits
9:00-10:00am – “Periodontal Staging and Grading” Speaker Dr. Dan Kohut, DDS (1.0 CE)
9:30am-10:30pm – “Oral Health and Vaping” Speaker Annie Sundstrom, RDH, MSDH (1.0 CE)
10:30-11:30am – “Cultural consideration in Dentistry” Speaker Amber Lovatos, RDH (1.0 CE)
10:30-12:15pm – “ENDS Devices” Speaker Cory Orchard (1.5 CE)
11:15-11:30am – Break, Exhibit
12:15-1:30pm – Presidential Luncheon, Little Italy (Taylor Building 276-277)
1:30-3:00pm – IDHA Annual General Business Meeting-Open to ALL
                            Close Annual Session
All day- Coffee, Unsweetened Iced Tea, Lemonade, Ice Water Station

Kristin Evans RDH, BS has been a clinical Dental Hygienist for over 30 years. She graduated from Idaho State University and has practiced in the Boise area for 29 years.  She has been a Professional Educator since 2019 and has loved educating her professional peers all over the United States.  She is passionate about researching oral health and the correlation it has with physical and mental health. Her work as a Professional Educator has elevated her love for helping both Dental Professionals and patients succeed. Kristin is a published writer and has articles in RDH Magazine and Dentistryiq.com. She was also recently the featured hygiene speaker at the Academy of LDS Dentist Conference with Dr. Rella and Dr. Gordon Christensen. Her goal is to change lives with simple strategies and powerful education by bridging the gap between mental, physical and oral health.  Kristin is a wife, mother of three, and grandmother of one sweet baby boy.

Good Soda, Bad Soda: Acid on the Rise   

This advanced 3-hour course is recommended for all Dental Professionals and designed especially for Dental Hygienists.


Gain a deeper understanding of pH and its effects on the oral environment

Identify common acids that are impacting our oral health

Explore the impact of physical and mental health on our pH and oral health

Learn beneficial treatments and therapies for the prevention of acid erosion and compromised oral health.


The impact of acids on our health is on the rise, especially in the oral cavity. Its affects are prevalent in every sex, race, and socio-economic group nationwide. Different types of acids influence the pH of the oral cavity, and they are having a big impact on not only our aging and adult population but also our children. The erosive effect of acidic pH has become more evident due to recent world events and the elevated prevalence of stressors. This is especially true in the last few years as we have seen an increase in mental and physical health issues. The strong correlation between mental, physical and oral health is an important link to overall patient health and healing. Leave this course with the knowledge and communication skills necessary to have a profound impact on your patients by identifying the cause and effects of erosive pH, and most of all, master prevention strategies.


Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH, has been compassionately blazing trails personally and professionally for more than 10 years. As a clinician, educator, author, and champion for public health issues, she inspires industry colleagues with unique stories that include triumph over abuse and discovering her identify as “The Latina RDH.” Celebrated as her family’s first college graduate, Amber holds a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from The University of Texas School of Dentistry – where she also now serves as an adjunct professor. Along with teaching, she works as Director of Dental Administration for a non-profit medical/dental clinic in Tomball, TX. Amber is recipient of numerous national and state awards and academic scholarships. Amber is also the co-author of Smiles Por Vida a Spanish & Spanglish not for profit children’s dental book. A powerful speaker and advocate, Amber is one of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s powerhouse allies for underserved populations. Her leadership has included the influence of oral health public policy in her home state and beyond as she motivates and empowers clinicians through presentations of perseverance and resilience.

Speak Spanglish? Cultural Considerations in Dentistry

Have you ever wished you could do more for your patient but found that culture has been a barrier? I think we have all noticed there is certain misinformation passed along in different cultures. Even as healthcare workers, we often experience this with our own families. As a Mexican American myself, I know a great deal of the different “medical tips” that are passed along from our favorite “tia” (aunt) or the overly helpful “vecino” (neighbor).  These behaviors are far too common in the Hispanic and Latin community. They are also behaviors I try to understand and empathize with so that I can better care for my minority patients. In this course you will learn the “why” behind some of the behaviors in the Hispanic and Latin communities. You will become familiar with the nuances of dealing with Latins, environmental factors that contribute to their decision making, and learn how to leverage our similarities. The “meta” or goal of this course is to equip dental professionals to better understand the cultural factors affecting our patients’ behaviors so that we can increase equity in the minority community


  1. The learner will be able to identify barriers to dental care in the Hispanic and Latin community.
  2. The learner will be able to modify their care to increase comfortability among Hispanic and Latin patients.
  3. The learner will be able to differentiate between Latin and Hispanic patients.
  4. The learner will be able to incorporate culturally appropriate language into their care.




Dr. McRae graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry in 1996 and has since had a successful practice in Meridian, Idaho. Dr. McRae has continued his education with some of the most advanced functional and aesthetic coursework available and this has led to and provides him with many opportunities to instruct at many dental schools and courses across the nation. Along with advanced education and recognition in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. McRae has also expanded his expertise into assessing and treating the airway allowing him to maintain his commitment to stay up to date with the latest developments in dental technology and intervention, empowering him to provide the highest standard of care and comfort for his patients beyond what is currently seen as standard dental care.


Tammy Marshall-Paquin, RDH, MSDH, MAADH, has been in dentistry for over 37 years, 32 of which she enjoyed as a clinical hygienist. Her passion for this profession began when she was a dental assistant helping people love their smiles again. Her focus in cultural competency and addressing disparities in care, especially for the LGBTQ+ population, came from developing deep friendships with members of this community and from research during her master’s degree. In addition to clinical hygiene with extensive experience in pediatrics, periodontal therapy, and complex case management, Tammy has served as an OSHA, HIPAA, and Infection Control Compliance Officer, clinical/office manager and is currently adjunct clinical faculty at Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at MCPHS University, where she also earned her Master’s in Dental Hygiene with a focus on education.

“Why do I care if my patient is transgender?” Culturally Sensitive Care for Transgender Patients



****Details about attending the conference****

Parking: There is plenty of free parking in front of the Fine Art Building at College of Southern Idaho.

Arrival: Attendees can arrive after 7:00am to check in and visit vendors. The conference will start at 8:00 am. Check in desk will be just as you walk in the front doors where you will get your registration materials. A continental breakfast will be provided.

CE credit: Paper CE slips will be handed out at the end of each speaker session.

President’s Dinner: This will be held in the Taylor bldg. room 276-277 in Friday evening from 5:30-7pm. Western Old Fashion BBQ dinner! Show us your western style! RSVPs for this event were requested during registration and the cost is included.

Voting: IDHA members will participate in voting on incoming board members. If you are interested in a position and would like to be on the ballot, please reach out to Tari Devaney at tari.ryan@gmail.com. Balloting instruction will take place Friday and ballots will be due Saturday by 8:00am.

Silent Auction: If you have items to donate for this auction, please reach out to Tari Devaney, tari.ryan@gmail.com to make arrangements. We appreciate all donations! Funds go to IDHA’s foundation, which funds student scholarships and community outreach grants and awards.

Handouts: There are no handouts that need to be printed ahead of time.

Hotel Accommodation: 

Select a Room (ihg.com)

Holiday Inn – Twin Falls, Idaho
1586 Blue Lakes Blvd North
Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
T: 208-733-7545

Single 1-2 guests $99/night; Double 2-4 guests $109/night

Reservations to be made by CUT OFF DATE via booking link and/or call-in-Cutoff Date September 20, 2022
● Room and incidentals being covered by Individuals
● Credit card required at reservation for guarantee



****Details for Exhibitors****

Set up: Tables will be set up for you in the hallways just inside the building. Each table will be covered with a linen and 2 chairs will be provided. You can set up Thursday after 7:00pm if you would like, or Friday morning prior to 7:00am. Attendees will start arriving between 7:00-8:00am.

Parking: Plenty of parking is available in the hotel parking lot.

Meals: Meals during the conference are included. This includes a continental breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday.

Take Down: Your registration fee includes your table for 2 days. We will finish up the meetings Saturday at 3pm. You are welcome to stay as long as you are able. If you leave a bit early, feel free to leave samples and literature on your table.





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Each Exhibitor table includes a covered table and 2 chairs for 2 days of the conference. Preference of table placement will be give in order in which registrations are completed.
$ 350.00
Undergraduate Student Presenting Poster
$ 60.00
Retired Dental Hygienist
$ 100.00
$ 0.00
President's Social Dinner
Friday evening
$ 0.00
Undergraduate Student Not Presenting Poster
$ 100.00
Member Both Day--Late
$ 325.00
Potential Member Both Day---Late
$ 425.00
Member Friday Only---Late
$ 250.00
Potential Member Friday Only---Late
$ 350.00
Member Saturday Only---Late
$ 200.00
Potential Member Saturday Only---Late
$ 300.00


College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls, ID United States + Google Map