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Clinical Assisting: Getting From Good to Great (AGD 130)

Presenter: Michael Meek, DDS, FAGD and Melissa Searcy, RDA


This webinar is APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CE CREDIT and is designed for the dental professional as an overview to the hard and soft skills needed to succeed in dentistry. Personal and professional goal setting will be emphasized.


Michael Meek, DDS, FAGD is a 1997 graduate from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Implant dentistry has been a part of his general practice from day one. Since then, implant reconstruction has become the most rewarding part of his Central Austin private practice. 

Dr. Meek was awarded Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) in 2012 and in 2014, Nobel Biocare invited Dr. Meek to begin programs centered on dental implants in general  practice. With its location in Central Austin, 38th Street Dental has provided Dr. Meek a fantastic platform for his restorative driven implant practice.

Melissa Searcy, RDA. Raised in the Austin area, Ms. Searcy has been involved with restorative dentistry since her graduation from training in 1997 with her national assisting certification. Joining Dr. Mike Meek at 38th Street Dental in 2004 allowed her to find her true restorative home and begin her development into the lead restorative assistant for this progressive practice. Her love of the little details in dentistry has driven her to become a highly valued team member that places 150+ restorations on dental implant fixtures each year.


After participating in this program, dental professionals should be able to:

  • Differentiate between hard and soft skills in dentistry.
  • Realize that professional growth begins "within".
  • Recognize that opportunities for growth, learning, wisdom, and knowledge are around you each day.
  • Discuss intraoperative management of spray patterns and deflection of irritants.
  • Sample advanced chairside techniques in implant dentistry.
  • Outline the lab technique involved in ceramic crown contact addition.
  • Identify three habits that will propel dental assistants from good to great.
  • Identify at least two communication techniques that ease interaction with patients and team members to allow learning and growth.
  • Internalize that matching your value system to the practice you work in is critical to getting from good to great.
  • Identify two professional development opportunities offered by the ADAA for dental assistants.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of this course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.

This course has been produced in part by a grant from the Professional Dental Assistants Education Foundation (PDAEF).


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