Advanced Occlusion Study Club: Global Diagnosis Mastery Course

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Mastering occlusion often remains an elusive goal. Understanding the anatomy, physiology and potential pathology of the TMJ and the risks associated with each case is fundamental for the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of occlusal problems. Many have taken high-level continuing education courses but we still struggle to implement effective protocols for treating the patient with TMJ disorders, facial pain and advanced interdisciplinary care. In this Global Diagnosis Mastery course we present a year-long study club which focuses on this topic to help make you the “go to” expert and provide predictable and stable care for your patients. Global Diagnosis Education is about learning and growing together in an environment that helps you to facilitate care to enrich your life and the lives of your patients. Join us for what we know will be one of the best experiences in your continuing education journey.

Meet The Speakers

Dr. James Otten

Dr. Jim Otten graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 1981. He completed a General Practice and Hospital Dentistry Residency at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1982. He studied at Dawson Academy, Piper Education and at the Pankey Institute before serving as Lead Faculty and Provost for Curriculum Development. He also serves as Visiting Faculty at Spear Education in the Advanced Occlusion Curriculum . He has lectured both nationally and internationally on Joint Based Occlusion, TMD/Occlusal Splint Therapy, He is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, member of AES and the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry among others

Dr. Jim McKee

Dr Jim McKee. Jim has a restoratively based practice with an emphasis on occlusion and temporomandibular joint disorders in Downers Grove, Illinois. Jim is a published author who has lectured national and internationally for over 25 years. Jim provides a new perspective on occlusion and TM joints that helps increase the predictability of occlusal, orthodontic, restorative, orthognathic and airway treatment options for both the patient and the dentist. He is the founder of the Chicago Study Club program and has extensive experience in directing study clubs in the United States and Canada. He is a Resident Faculty member at Spear Education in Scottsdale, Arizona. Jim is a past-president of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the American Equilibration Society.

Dr. Bill Robbins

J. William Robbins, D.D.S., M.A., maintains private practice and is Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Dental School in 1973. He completed an nternship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas and a 2-year Residency at the V.A. Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Robbins has published over 80 articles, abstracts, and chapters and has lectured in North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, China, and Africa. He has authored several books and is a diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry. He is past president of the American Board of General Dentistry, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry.

Plus Special Guests

Dr. Brian Shah

Dr. Brian Shah

"Managing the Surgicallly Treated Joint Paitient"

Dr. Drew McDonald

Dr. Drew McDonald

"Current Concepts in Imaging and Digital Case Planning for the Joint Based Orthodontic patient"

What will you Learn?

  • How to assess health and dysfunction of the somatognathic system
  • The critical role of patient history
  • The relationship of the compromised airway to the compromised joint and occlusion patient
  • The importance of imaging and its role in your specific diagnosis and risk assessment
  • How to take and organize diagnostic records that are clear, concise and meaningful
  • How to design, fabricate and adjust an occlusal splint unique to your patient
  • The difference between management of joint problems and correction
  • How to take, order and interpret both CT/MRI images
  • How to design, fabricate and adjust an occlusal splint, resolve complex problems and prescribe it for proper scheduling and profitability
  • How to predictably treat these patients and become the go to practitioner in your community
  • Risk assessment
  • Case review and planning
  • Integration with specialists


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One Year Membership:

For the best personal experience, enrollment is limited

  • A two-day live workshop in Chicago December 12-13, 2024 *subject to change*
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Complementary Breakfast and Lunches
  • Eight live virtual two-hour workshops beginning March 2023
  • 30 Total CE hours
  • Access to all recorded events
  • Mentoring for Implementation
  • JUST ADDED 2 bonus sessions for 32 hrs total CE
  • Ongoing mentoring and case assistance

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