leslie canham

Leslie Canham & Associates, LLC
PO Box 542
Copperopolis, CA 95228

Leslie@LeslieCanham.com
LeslieCanham.com

(888) 853-7543


TOPICS:

  • Hands On Workshops
  • HIPAA
  • Infection Control
  • OSHA
  • Virtual Presentations

Leslie Canham, CDA, RDA, CSP

Leslie Canham has been in dentistry since 1972, and is authorized by The Department of Labor as an OSHA Outreach Trainer in General Industry Standards.

She has published numerous articles in dental industry magazines and has authored several CE home study courses which have been published in DentalTown, Contemporary Dental Assisting, and The American Dental Assistants Association Education Catalog.

Leslie is a California State Board Approved speaker and offers the two mandatory courses for license renewal in California: Infection Control and California Dental Practice Act.


Got OSHA? 6 Easy Steps to Office Safety!
This fast paced, entertaining program is designed to familiarize the participant with the basic elements of an OSHA safety program for dentistry while meeting the annual bloodborne pathogen training requirements. Take home tools include: checklists for conducting an OSHA inspection, designing a “personalized” OSHA safety plan, tips for organizing an OSHA Safety meeting that meets the annual bloodborne pathogen training requirements, a sample exposure incident plan, and other helpful resources.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to meet OSHA requirements for dentistry
  • Recognize hazards in the dental office
  • Explain how to manage an exposure incident
  • Understand how to maintain and update an OSHA manual

OSHA Inspection Pass or Fail?
What will you do in the event of an OSHA inspection? Learn what OSHA inspectors look for in a dental office. Find out what types of violations frequently occur. This program takes a “virtual tour” of your office to help you conduct your own mock OSHA inspection. Each participant will receive an OSHA inspection checklist and helpful resources for OSHA compliance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to make your office OSHA Compliant
  • Recognize and correct hazards that compromise employee safety
  • Understand how OSHA conducts inspections in a dental office
  • Explain how to conduct a mock OSHA inspection

The New and Improved Hazard Communication Standard
Dentists are required to train their team in the new chemical label and Safety Data Sheet requirements.    Are you compliant?  Learn how to interpret the new label elements and how to label secondary containers.   Gain a deeper understanding of how Safety Data Sheets protect employees and the practice.  Participants learn how to obtain SDS, utilize labels and update your SDS binder.   Meet OSHA training requirements, protect your practice and sleep easy knowing you’re compliant.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to meet OSHA requirements for dentistry
  • Recognize hazards in the dental office
  • Understand how to maintain and update the OSHA and SDS manuals
  • Understand the new label and SDS requirements

You’re the OSHA Coordinator – Now What?
This fast paced, entertaining program is designed to familiarize the office OSHA coordinator with the basic elements of an OSHA safety program for dentistry. Attendees will learn how to conduct annual OSHA training for employees, maintain an OSHA manual, manage an exposure incident, and complete the necessary record-keeping forms. Take home tools include: checklists for conducting an OSHA inspection, designing a “personalized” OSHA safety plan, tips for organizing an OSHA Safety meeting that meets the annual bloodborne pathogen training requirements, a sample exposure incident plan, and other helpful resources.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to conduct OSHA training
  • Recognize hazards in the dental office
  • Explain how to manage an exposure incident
  • Understand how to maintain and update an OSHA manual

OSHA Safety Manual Workshop
In this hands on workshop you will create a personalized office safety manual that complements your office OSHA manual. Encompass office safety for your practice with templates, step by step instructions, and checklists for safety written plans. You may bring your OSHA manual to class. (Note-this course and/or materials does not provide an OSHA manual-rather the tools to help you create plans to accompany YOUR OSHA manual). Each participant will leave with an office safety manual, templates, checklists and digital forms to personalize.

Course Objectives:

  • Create a personalized office safety plans including exposure incident protocol
  • Understand how to implement standard operating procedures
  • Utilize checklists for instrument processing, operatory set-up/breakdown, and lab procedures

Suggested Format: Full- or Partial-Day; Lecture, Workshop, Keynote
Suggested Audience:  Dentist and Team Members


HIPAA – What’s New and What Do I Have To Do?
The purpose of this course is to familiarize the participant with the basic concepts of HIPAA as the regulations apply to Dentistry. Information will include: how to comply with the new HIPAA Omnibus Rule, conduct staff training, create the necessary logs, prevent breaches.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to conduct a “risk assessment”
  • Understand how HIPAA regulations apply to a typical dental office
  • Recognize breaches in privacy or security
  • Understand how HITECH affects dental practices

Suggested Format: Full- or Partial-Day; Lecture, Workshop, Keynote
Suggested Audience:  Dentist and Team Members


Infection Control Teamwork – How to Make Infection Control Sticky
Recent breaches in Infection Control demand that we review, update, and fine tune our infection control knowledge, skills and procedures. In this high-energy, memorable course, learn how to update existing infection control practices to meet the current CDC Guidelines. Examples of infection control “DO’s and DON’Ts” and “hands on” demonstrations will provide the participant with valuable tips. This program will motivate the participant to strive for infection control excellence. Take-aways include: an infection control checklist, instrument processing protocol, and top resources for infection control and safety.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop and implement an office infection control program
  • Understand how to incorporate the CDC Guidelines in your practice
  • Learn how to achieve a culture of infection control and safety compliance though teamwork
  • Identify resources for infection control and safety
  • Explain how to select appropriate infection control products

The First Step in Infection Control is Hand Hygiene
Dental professionals spend a great deal of time performing hand hygiene procedures. However, repeated use of hand-hygiene products can cause chronic irritant contact dermatitis. Discomfort due to skin irritation can interfere with adherence to recommended hand hygiene practices. This “Hands On” workshop is designed to help the dental professional understand how to perform hand hygiene correctly, select appropriate hand hygiene products and gloves, recognize signs of skin irritation and locate reliable resources for hand hygiene.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to protect hands and skin
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of potentially dangerous skin conditions
  • Describe types of hand hygiene protocols and circumstances for each

CSI Dental Office-Criminal Microbes and Survivor Sterilization Room
Leslie takes the clinical team to a dental office infection control crime scene. Learn how to stop Criminal Microbes, explore the dangers of Survivor: Sterilization room, and visit the neighborhood renegade office germs. Tooth Whisperers are responsible for appropriate sterilization and infection control procedures. Protect yourself and your patients from infectious disease transmission. It’s easy, once you know the steps you’ll be Dancing with the Scalers!  Infection Control training is a must for dental health care providers, but who says it has to be boring?

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common pitfalls in infection control and sterilization procedures
  • Learn the proper selection and use of infection control products
  • Develop written protocols for instrument processing and the management of injuries

You’re the Infection Control Coordinator – Now What?
This course will help the dental team member assume the role of the infection control coordinator. The participant will receive take away tools such as: an infection control checklist, an outline for conducting an office infection control meeting, information on how to select appropriate infection control products, and a list of helpful resources.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of an infection control coordinator
  • Learn key federal, state, and local regulations
  • Develop a checklist for infection control compliance
  • Plan and organize an infection control and safety meeting.
  • Identify resources for infection control and safety

Treating Patients Living with HIV/AIDS
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, dentists have a legal duty to treat patients living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Learn how to create a culture of infection control and safety compliance to protect yourself, your team and your patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand appropriate sterilization and infection control procedures
  • Explain proper selection and use of appropriate infection control products
  • Recognize the rights of Patients under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Identify resources for infection control and safety

Suggested Format: Full- or Partial-Day; Lecture, Workshop, Keynote
Suggested Audience:  Dentist and Team Members

Leslie is an Approved Dental Board Provider for these Mandatory California License Renewal Courses:
Infection Control For California Dental License Renewal. This two hour course covers the California state board required minimum standards for infection control and how to implement in your practice. Approved by the California Dental Board for license renewal requirements.

California Dental Practice Act For California Dental License Renewal. This two hour course provides up to date information about new dental regulations, allowable duties for dental auxiliaries, permits, license renewal requirements, disciplinary action, mandatory reporter laws, and prescription writing regulations. Approved by the California Dental Board for license renewal requirements.

Accommodating Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients
This course will help to participant understand the obstacles that deaf and hard of hearing patients encounter in the dental office. Sometimes patients who are hearing impaired do not disclose their condition to the dental team. Misunderstanding the treatment plan, home care instructions, or prescription information can be detrimental to the patient’s health. By increasing awareness and attention to the patient’s special needs, the dental team can take steps to effectively communicate with the patient.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize and accommodate the needs deaf or hearing impaired patients
  • Understand the steps to confirm patient comprehension of treatment needs, scheduling and financial obligations
  • Understand how comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act which defines the dental office as a place of public accommodation.

Treating Patients Who Have Autism: A Team Approach
Autistic disorder is the abnormal or impaired development in social interaction and communication coupled with a restricted repertoire of activity and interest. Manifestations of the disorder vary depending on the developmental level and chronological age of the individual. Dental treatment for patients with autism requires extra time and special care.  Equipped with tips, tools, and a game plan, the dental team can provide a positive experience for patients with special needs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop relationships with patients with autism
  • Integrate family/caregiver input for successful visits
  • Locate resources for accommodating patients with autism

Suggested Format: Full- or Partial-Day; Lecture, Workshop, Keynote
Suggested Audience:  Dentist and Team Members

Leslie Canham is a Certified Speaking Professional specializing in Infection Control, OSHA Compliance, Dental Practice Act, HIPAA regulations, and Accommodating Patients Who Are Disabled. In dentistry since 1972, Leslie has worked as dental assistant, treatment coordinator, and office manager. Leslie has since formed a successful business, Leslie Canham and Associates, LLC providing in-office training, mock-inspections, consulting, online home study seminars and webinars. Leslie’s goal is to help the dental team navigate the sea of state and federal regulations by providing up to date and accurate information.

Leslie’s live seminars are fast paced, entertaining and have earned her the reputation as an outstanding speaker in dentistry. Leslie is recognized as a continuing education provider by the California Dental Board and the Academy of General Dentistry. Leslie is also authorized by the Department of Labor as an OSHA Outreach Trainer in General Industry Standards.

Memberships
Academy of Dental Management Consultants
California Association of Dental Assistant Teachers
California Dental Assistants Association
California Dental Association
Dental Speaker Institute
Dental Speakers Bureau
National Speakers Association
Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention
Speaking Consulting Network

Dental Background
Leslie began her career in dentistry in working as a dental assistant for her father, a dentist. Leslie’s experience gives her firsthand knowledge of dental office operations from both the employee and employer perspective. Learning all aspects of running a dental office, Leslie gained an “in the trenches” understanding what it takes to work in both the administrative and clinical areas of a successful dental practice. When Leslie’s father sold his dental practice in 1982, she worked as a temporary receptionist and assistant for several dentists. Soon the demand for her temporary services gave Leslie the idea to open a dental employment agency. Leslie recruited, interviewed and placed dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and front office personnel in temporary and permanent jobs. Leslie was able to match the employee to the employer by her unique perspective of what employers and employees want from working together. Within six years Leslie sold her business and moved to northern California where she worked for a local dentist. When Leslie was assigned the task of “OSHA Coordinator”, she immediately saw a need to simplify the complex regulations. One of her responsibilities was to set up and present the OSHA safety program. This presentation was the beginning of Leslie’s speaking career.

Committees

  • American Dental Association Consultant to the Council on Dental Practice as a Dental Team Advisory Panel member 2012, Dental Team Focus Group 2012-2015, and Guidelines for Practice Success (GPSTM) Subject Matter Expert, 2016-2018
  • California Dental Assistants Association: Government Relations Chair 2009-2011, State Director 1987-1988
    Dental Assisting Alliance-Co Chair 2009-2011
    California Dental Association: Policy Development Council 2008-2009, Allied Dental Health Professional Committee
    Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures: Planning Committee for OSAP Symposia, Nominating committee 2007, 2008, 2009, and Co-Chair 2010.
    Dental Assisting National Board: Test Construction Committee for National Infection Control Examination 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
    San Fernando Valley Dental Assistants Association: President, Employment Chairman, Treasurer, Budget Committee, Education Chairman 1983-1988
    Southern California Dental Assistants Association: Benevolence Chairman 1986-1987

Leslie has a reputation for taking dry subject matter and presenting it in a fast-paced and entertaining manner. Her humorous and engaging personality have audiences begging for more. In 2003, Leslie expanded her seminar business by holding her own day-long public dental seminars. Leslie understands the responsibilities of the meeting planner is eager to facilitate planners with whatever is needed. Leslie has a long list of dental organizations and study clubs that hire her to come back every year.

Leslie maintains a high profile in the online dental community by her presence on internet based forums and publications. She has served as the moderator of the Infection Control forum on Dentaltown.com since 2003.

Publications

  • Canham, L. The First Step in Infection Control is Hand Hygiene. Journal of the American
    Dental Assistants Association, 2011.
  • Canham, L. Infection Control is in Your Hands. Orthodontics Products, 2010
  • Canham, L. Hand Hygiene for the Dental Professional. Continuing education course,
    American Dental Assistants Association 2009
  • Canham, L. Who’s in charge of Infection Control? Contemporary Dental Assistant
    Magazine November/December 2007
  • Canham, L. Step Up Your Instrument Reprocessing Efficiency With Cassettes. OSAP,
    Infection Control in Practice Newsletter Vol. 5, No. 4, May 2006
  • Dorst, J, Canham, L. Infection Protection. Orthodontics Products, October 2005
    Canham, L. Presentation on the Web OSHA for Dentistry and the Basic Elements of a
    Bloodborne Pathogen Program. www.Dentaltown.com, online CE course
  • Canham, L. Keep Yourself In Business: Protect Your Eyes. OSAP, Infection Control in
    Practice Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 2 February 2004

Learn at Home Programs

  • Webinars: OSHA for Dentistry, Infection Control for California, Your Role in Infection Control, Legislative Update-What do the new regulations really mean?, About MRSAs in Dentistry, HIPAA for Dentistry, Hand Hygiene for Dental Professionals, and California Dental Practice Act.
  • Home Study Courses: OSHA Annual Bloodborne Pathogen Training, Infection Control for California and California Dental Practice Act, What is the Role of the Infection Control Coordinator, About MRSAs in Dentistry, HIPAA for Dentistry, Safe Dental Care begins with Sterilization and Disinfection, and Hand Hygiene for Dental Professionals.

Leslie’s Personal Background
Leslie was born at in El Paso, Texas. Shortly thereafter her family moved to California. Leslie has remained in California and resides on a 21 acre ranch in the foothills of the Sierras. Leslie enjoys scuba diving, standup paddle boarding, and training horses. Leslie is married and has eight children, fifeteen grandchildren, 4 horses, 6 cats, and a chocolate lab named Mocha.

National
Academy of General Dentistry
Academy of Laser Dentistry
American Association of Endodontists
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (multiple)
American Association of Orthodontists (multiple)
American Dental Association (multiple)
Faran Media Dentaltown (multiple)
Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (multiple)
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (multiple) 

California
Access Dental
Adventist Health (multiple)
Alameda County Dental Society
Bay Area Study Club  (multiple)
Berkeley Dental Society
Butte-Sierra Dental Society (multiple)
California Association of Dental Assistant Teachers
California Association of Orthodontists
California Dental Association (multiple)
California Dental Expo, (multiple)
California Society of Pediatric Dentistry
Central Coast Dental Society (multiple)
Chinese American Dental Society (multiple)
Concord Dental Society
Consolidate Tribal Health Project (multiple)
Continuing Education Dental Society(multiple)
Contra Costa County Dental Society
Delta Study Club (multiple)
Dental Integrators Association
Fresno –Madera Dental Society (multiple)
Gentle Dental, (multiple)
Humboldt-Del Norte Dental Society (multiple)
Indian Dental Association of Southern California  (multiple)
Irving Gold Foil Study Club
Karuke Tribal Health
Kern County Dental Society (multiple)
Marin County Dental Assistants Society (multiple)
Monterey Bay Dental Society
Northern California Dental Society (multiple)
Oral Facial Seminars (multiple)
Orange County Dental Society(multiple)
Pajaro Valley Children’s Dental Group
Progressive Study Club (multiple)
Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center (multiple)
Redwood Empire Dental Society (multiple)
Sacramento District Dental Society(multiple)
San Diego County Dental Society (multiple)
San Fernando Valley Dental Hygiene Society (multiple)
San Fernando Valley Hispanic Dental Society
San Gabriel Valley Dental Assistant Association (multiple)
San Gabriel Valley Dental Society (multiple)
San Joaquin District Dental Society (multiple)
Sierra Study Club (component of Sacramento Valley Dental Hygiene Association) (multiple)
SmileCare
South Alameda Dental Society (multiple)
Southern California Filipino Dental Society
Southern California Oral Facial Study Club (multiple)
Southwestern College Dental Hygiene Program(multiple)
Stanislaus Dental Society (multiple)
Tri-County Dental Society (multiple)
Tulare-Kings Dental Society(multiple)
University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry
Veterans Administration Health Care Systems Dental Clinic(multiple)
Vietnamese American Dental Association (multiple)
West Los Angeles College (multiple)
Xcel Seminars (multiple)
Yosemite Dental Society(multiple)

Other State/Local
Arizona Dental Association
Bernard Fialkoff Study Club
Chicago Dental Society Mid Winter
Connecticut State Dental Association (multiple)
Decatur District Dental Society
Inland Northwest Dental Conference
Kansas Dental Association
Lane County Dental Society
Maine Dental Association
Mid-Continent Dental Meeting
Minnesota Dental Hygienist Association
New Mexico Dental Association
Nueces Valley District Dental Society
Oregon Dental Association
Pennsylvania Dental Association
Roanoke Valley Dental Society
Smile Center Dental
Smiles for Keeps
South Western Idaho Dental Society
Southern Willamette Dental Society
Star of the North Meeting
Star of the South Dental Meeting
Texas Dental Association
Virginia State Dental Association
Wichita District Dental Society (multiple)

Corporations
CareCredit
Carestream
DentalTown-Farran Media
Hu-Friedy
Interdent
PureLife Dental
Smile Reminder
Sterisil
Trapezio
Crosstex
DentalPost.net

“Leslie delivers accurate information on whatever topic she is presenting. She is an articulate, effective communicator who manages to hold the interest of the audience. Leslie arrives early, is well prepared, and is extremely professional and courteous. It has been a pleasure working with her.”

—Lori Title, Executive Director, Tulare-Kings Dental Society


“Leslie is a meeting planner’s dream. She always responded to my requests in a timely manner and never missed a deadline.”

—Jen Blake, CDA, EFDA, FADAA American Dental Assistants Association, Director of Education & Professional Relations


“I love Leslie’s authenticity and mastery of her topic. She is a joy!”

—Paul Homoly, DDS


“Leslie constantly works to improve her already gifted presentation skills by participating in a national consultants organization and seeking professional coaching lessons. Leslie delivers and has made a difference in dental infection control.”

—Therese M. Long, MBA CAE, Executive Director OSAP, Dentistry’s Resource for Infection Controle & Safety


“Our attendees have rated Leslie highly as a presenter over the past three years. Her expertise on Infection Control, OSHA and Dental Practice Act has been demonstrated through her seminars and current updates on all these subjects.”

—Hugh Kopel, DDS, MS, Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center

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Why choose Leslie?
  • Leslie has earned the National Speakers Association’s Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. The CSP designation is the speaking profession’s highest earned international measure of professional platform competence.
  • Leslie is an Academy of General Dentistry PACE provider.
  • Leslie is a California State Board Approved Continuing Education Provider.
  • She is authorized by The Department of Labor as an OSHA Outreach Trainer in General Industry Standards.
  • She is the moderator of the Infection Control forum on Dentaltown.com.
  • Leslie’s live seminars are fast paced, entertaining and have earned her the reputation as an outstanding speaker in dentistry.

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