Katrina Sanders

Katrina RDH
Phoenix, AZ

(612) 345-1150
KatrinaSandersRDH@yahoo.com
KatrinaMSandersRDH.com


TOPICS:

  • Clinical
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Infection Control
  • Insurance
  • Oral Systemic Connection
  • Periodontics
  • Virtual Presentations

Katrina M. Sanders, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, RF

The landscape of dentistry is changing. It is imperative that dental education rise to meet the demands of the community.

In a time when representatives are lobbying for expansion of responsibilities within the dental community, research is identifying increased oral-systemic links and patients are seeking improved understanding of their oral care needs, it is imperative that dental education rise to meet the demands of the community.

As a dental professional with a drive and passion for the advancement of preventive care within the community, Katrina Sanders, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed., RF believes it is the responsibility of dental education to produce competent, skilled and empathetic providers who possess the psychomotor and affective skills required to meet the growing demands of our industry.


In more practices than we may care to admit, sterilization procedures are not always aligned with current recommendations. There have been cases throughout the United States in which inadequate infection control practices have led to the spread of hepatitis, HIV, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, to name a few.

To ensure our patients aren’t exposed to viruses, bacteria, and protozoa, dental professionals need to understand more than what to do and what not to do; they also need to understand why.

In this lively, engaging course, Katrina Sanders, RDH, M.Ed. takes participants on a historical journey of social norms which lead to infectious diseases. We’ll trace the evolution and spread of disease from patient zero outward, showing the microbiological, immunological, and human impacts of the chain of infection.

Examine the infection control process and its application in ensuring the practice is up to date with current recommendations. A review of case studies will bring to life real-world infection control breaches. Each member of the team will understand their role in keeping patients safe through compliance with standard precautions.

Are you located in California? This course will satisfy Section 1005 of the DHCC catalog.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the infectious disease process as it relates to dental professionals
  • Explore infectious diseases that are easily contracted
  • Evaluate behaviors that promote the spread of infection
  • Examine the timeline of historical events that have lead to the spread of disease
  • Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for why infection control is imperative today
  • Describe the role that the immune system plays in fighting the spread of infection

Suggested Format: Partial Day; Lecture, Workshop, Keynote
Suggested Audience:  Dentist and Team

If there is one universal truth shared between dental providers and patients, it’s this: Everybody hates The Shot. But does it have to be that way?

Injection failure not only causes unnecessary patient discomfort and apprehension, it can also frustrate providers, as well. The causes are varied; patient specific considerations, varied anatomical modifications, and injection technique. As a practicing clinician for over a decade, Katrina has never delivered an Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block yet she consistently achieves successful mandibular anesthesia. Learn how you can, too!

Now for the good news. In this interactive, engaging course, Katrina Sanders, RDH, M.Ed. guides participants through the common causes of injection failure, including anatomical and physiological conditions. Explore techniques used in private practice, including appropriate doses of anesthesia, anatomical and armamentarium considerations.

We’ll also discover alternative injection techniques and discuss new trends in the provision of pain management. Building on a solid basis of anatomy, attendees will learn how to deliver and troubleshoot local alternative injections—safely and effectively.

Learning Objectives

  • Review indications, relevant anatomy and technique factors of common dental injections
  • Identify the physiological and anatomical considerations that may lead to inadequate anesthesia
  • Develop critical thinking skills for troubleshooting local anesthetic delivery
  • Gain strategies for addressing inadequate local anesthesia during patient care
  • Discover alternative delivery techniques
  • Learn about new trends in the delivery and reversal of local anesthesia

Suggested Format: Partial Day; Lecture, Workshop, Keynote

Suggested Audience: Dentist and Hygienist

Despite abundant evidence of the life-threatening risks associated with oral inflammation, not much has changed in oral inflammation management procedures over the last 70 years.

The American Academy of Periodontology has clarified its paradigm for dentistry’s role in the Oral-Systemic Link: removing calculus is no longer the gold standard in the management of inflammation. Rather, optimal systemic health begins by implementing new, innovative and evidence-based protocols. These protocols require the dental professional to take an active role in the balance of the oral microflora, the management of inflammation and integrate screening techniques in the dental office.

This course offers supportive insight into the systemic health conditions related to active periodontal infections. It offers dental professionals a clear understanding of how their daily work can impact the overall health of patients with these conditions—both positively and negatively. Participants are provided with clear and actionable steps that result in a more ethical, productive and mindful periodontal therapy program for the dental practice.

Katrina Sanders, RDH, M.Ed presents this compelling, thought provoking course on the microbiology of bodily systems as they encounter bacterial invasion from diseases of the periodontium in a format that is motivating, meaningful, and based in research and industry-standard protocols. The course also includes a brief overview of current and newly approved techniques for the management of oral inflammation, including point of service HbA1c testing, discussion of the role of tethered oral tissues in systemic disease and the importance of nutrition in the management of oral inflammation.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the microbiological and bacterial markers involved in microflora imbalances contributing to periodontal disease process
  • Analyze the biological processes responsible for the connection between oral and systemic diseases
  • Explore abstracts for current and newly suspected diseases related to active periodontal disease
  • Discuss evidence-based guidelines for the implementation of adjunctive services and their CDT codes to aide in the management of oral inflammation

Suggested Format: Partial Day; Lecture, Workshop, Keynote
Suggested Audience: Dentist and Team

Ramifications of an inadequate periodontal diagnosis lead to diseased patients, financially unproductive practices and of greatest concern: legal action via negligence.

Failure to diagnose periodontal disease is consistently a top complaint filed with state dental boards. The first step in treating and managing a patient’s care (with maximum insurance reimbursement) is diagnosing disease accurately, ethically, and comprehensively.

As diagnostics continually evolve, dental providers are encouraged to put down the scaler and pick up the probe. Active and appropriate diagnosis leads to comprehensive and effective therapy. This course walks the dental provider through the nine classifications of health and disease as established by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), as well as effective clinical decision-making in the management of each diagnosis.

The struggle for appropriate diagnostics to maximize insurance coverage remains a common stress in the dental office. Katrina Sanders RDH, M.Ed authored a textbook which is used in dental hygiene schools to teach the foundational details behind periodontal diagnostics and coding. This course walks the dental billing team through effective coding techniques to best enable insurance coverage.

We will review anatomical and clinical observations that aid in the identification of active disease as well as the system for case types and classifying diseases. Gain guidance in coding, narrative suggestions for informed refusal, and templates for appeals to support advanced coverage by third-party payers.

Learning Objectives

  • Review clinical parameters involved in distinguishing periodontal classifications, including contrasting terms of gingival disease and periodontitis
  • Discuss the paradigm shift within the nonsurgical approach to periodontal therapy
  • List, describe, and differentiate the various periodontal diseases Analyze effective protocols for implementing diagnostic, preventive and periodontal codes
  • Explore future trends of periodontal classification as discussed by the American Academy of Periodontology

Suggested Format: Partial Day; Lecture, Workshop, Keynote
Suggested Audience: Dentist and Team

The landscape of dentistry is changing. It is imperative that dental education rise to meet the demands of the community.

Research is identifying increased oral-systemic links and patients are seeking improved understanding of their oral care needs. As a dental professional with a drive and passion for the advancement of preventive care within the community, Katrina Sanders, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed., RF believes it is the responsibility of dental education to produce competent, skilled and empathetic providers who possess the psychomotor and affective skills required to meet the growing demands of the dental industry.

A clinical dental hygienist, author and international speaker, Katrina is a vibrant, passionate and charismatic award-winning educator with a unique approach to delivering continuing dental education. A keynote speaker for Smiles At Sea and a distinguished speaker with many dental hygiene study clubs, Katrina’s lectures incorporate a caring, comedic and supportive style. She is passionate about educating, empowering and instilling compassion within the dental hygiene industry. Katrina’s zest for dental hygiene is infused throughout her content as she lectures on provocative topics while leaving participants with a call to action and an abundantly renewed sense of pride for their industry.

Katrina is the founder and keynote speaker for Sanders Board Preparatory, a comprehensive program designed to supplement student learning and enhance understanding of concepts, terminology and procedures commonly discussed in preparation for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.

Katrina is the Clinical Liaison, Hygiene Excellence and Innovation for AZPerio, the country’s largest periodontal practice. She works alongside Diplomates to the American Board of Periodontology to instruct on collaborative professionalism and standard of care protocols while delivering education through hygiene boot camps and study clubs.

Katrina is a member of Dental Speaker Institute and Dental Speakers Bureau. She is also on the advisory board and is a columnist for ModernHygienist.com, and is a writer for Dentaltown Magazine and Today’s Hygienist. Katrina has published articles on the topics of injection failure, local anesthesia techniques and practice management techniques for the millennial patient and has been featured on multiple industry podcasts.

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2017
  • Minnesota Dental Hygienists’ Association Scholarship, 2006
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities, 2006-2007
  • Kathleen J Newell Dental Hygiene Student Achievement Award, 2007
  • Community Dentistry and Dental Public Health Award, 2007
  • Metro Dental Fellow Student Mentor Award, 2007
Partial Listing

  • Extreme Hygiene Study Club
  • Smiles at Sea (multiple)
  • Dental Hygiene Integrations Study Club
  • Southern Arizona Dental Hygienists’ Association
“Katrina’s stage presence is electric! She made it to the finals in Dentistry’s Got Talent not once but twice up against almost 40 of America’s top speakers! She should be at every major dental meeting in the country!”

—Elijah Desmond, RDH, BS; Captain, Smiles at Sea


“I have taken many excellent courses but Katrina’s approach to infection control was different. Energetic, enthusiastic and entertaining, her courses hold your attention.”

—Carolyn Long, RDH; CE Coordinator, Southern Arizona Dental Hygienists’ Association


“Every time I hear Katrina Sanders speak I’m delighted by her smarts, humor, and her one-of-a-kind style that has made me a big fan. She’s the kind of speaker I like the best; one who contributes to making the dental care experience better for everyone.”

—Dr. Paul Homoly, CSP


“There are lots of presenters who speak on the Oral Systemic Link but very few who engage and connect an audience to their own motivations, knowledge and inspiration on the subject. Katrina Sanders is just that speaker! Katrina brings a fresh approach and a refreshing style that combines real science with real world skills. If you want your audiences to have lightbulb moments, remove the roadblocks, have fun, and be inspired… hire Katrina Sanders!”

—Katherine Eitel Belt; Communications Expert


“When I think about an up and coming voice in the world of Dental CE, I think of Katrina Sanders. She not only has the years of clinical experience to back up her stories but a contrarian approach to learning and educating that is a breath of fresh air when it comes teaching the future of our industry. She is inspiring, smart and funny, the best combination that you could ask for when making a decision on what CE course you want to take. If you have the opportunity to attend her course, just do it, you won’t regret it.”

—John Stamper, CEO; CE Exchange


“Katrina Sanders is one of the most enthusiastic and caring educators out there. She has many impactful, informative lectures but one that stood out the most to me was her lecture on Microbiology. As challenging as the topic is, she manages to engage the learners when it comes to bacteria in a fun and humorous way that makes it easy to remember.”

—Megan Joseph, RDH

Why choose Katrina?
  • A clinical dental hygienist, author and international speaker, Katrina is a vibrant, passionate and charismatic award-winning educator with a unique approach to delivering continuing dental education. A keynote speaker for Smiles At Sea and a distinguished speaker with many dental hygiene study clubs, Katrina’s lectures incorporate a caring, comedic and supportive style.
  • Katrina is the founder and keynote speaker for Sanders Board Preparatory, a comprehensive program designed to supplement student learning and enhance understanding of concepts, terminology and procedures commonly discussed in preparation for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.
  • Katrina is the Clinical Liaison, Hygiene Excellence and Innovation for AZPerio, the country’s largest periodontal practice. She works alongside Diplomates to the American Board of Periodontology to instruct on collaborative professionalism and standard of care protocols while delivering education through hygiene boot camps and study clubs.

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