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How to Keep Your Dentist Out of Jail (AGD 550)

Presenter: Natalie Kaweckyj, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA


Many dentists depend on their dental assistants and office managers to maintain accurate, compliant records for patients on a regular basis.  This process contains many nuances that dental assistants should be aware of and practicing.  It's time to learn how to keep your dentist out of jail!


Natalie Kaweckyj currently resides in Minneapolis, MN, where she is the Senior Manager for a nonprofit dental clinic targeting the underserved children of Minnesota. Natalie graduated from the American Dental Association-accredited dental assisting program at ConCorde Career Institute and has received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology from Metropolitan State University. She has worked clinically, administratively and academically. Natalie is currently serving as on several ADAA Councils after having served on the ADAA Board of Trustees 2002 – 2012. She served as ADAA President in 2010-2011, and currently serving as ADAA President Elect again. She is the current Business Secretary and legislative chairman for the Minnesota Dental Assistants Association (MnDAA) and a three time past president of MnDAA. She also is a Past President of the Minnesota Educators of Dental Assistants (MEDA) and still an active member. In addition to her association duties, Natalie is very involved with the Minnesota state board of dentistry as well as with state legislature in the expansion of the dental assisting profession. She is a freelance writer and lecturer and is always working on some project. She has authored many other courses for the ADAA.


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

• Identify the components of a complete dental chart;
• Discuss informed consent; and
• Discuss record retention and transfer.


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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