Annual Session

2018 Annual Session 
April 27-28, 2018 

For two days in April, dental hygienists from across the region will come together in Omaha, Nebraska to take advantage of leading education programming, share ideas, and learn about products applicable to everyday work life.

  • You can earn up to 14 hours of continuing education per individual out of a total of 20 hours being offered at the annual session, featuring sessions delivered by nationally recognized, knowledgeable speakers.
  • With an anticipated attendance of more than 300 dental hygienists, networking  opportunities are plentiful.


For Dr. Susan Maples, success has always been about passion, forward-thinking, and never settling for “good enough.” She bought her dental practice upon her graduation, at the age of 25. After seven successful years in general practice, she decided to pursue her master’s degree in business, where she developed her passion for organizational behaviour, executive leadership, and target marketing.

After earning that degree, she began studying with some of the top clinicians in restorative dentistry. That’s when it all came together—the business insights, the clinical mastery, and her inspiring realization of how it all fit together. Susan climbed from being an effective, busy clinician doing tooth-based dentistry, to an accomplished and fulfilled restorative dentist, performing at the forefront of her profession.

Her insurance-independent practice, nestled in a small town in Michigan (the center of the bulls-eye of economic decline in the U.S.) has continued to flourish. And her passion for sharing the secrets and philosophies behind her success continues to grow.

She is a proud member of: American Academy of Dental Practice Administration, Michigan Dental Association, American Dental Association, Central District Dental Society, American Pediatric Dental Society, Fellow of the American College of Dentists, RL Frazer National Study Club, and Spear Faculty Club. In 2012 Dr. Susan Maples was named one of the top 25 women in dentistry and one of the top 8 innovators (“disruptors”) in dentistry. Disrupting the status quo with a heap of creativity and genuine humanism is what she is about.

Dr. Maples is Co-Sponsored By:  




Kelli Swanson Jaecks, MA, RDH

Kelli Swanson Jaecks, MA, RDH holds a Master’s degree from Oregon State University in Communication and Adult Education, where she taught Leadership and Public Speaking. She has over fourteen years of clinical dental hygiene practice experience,  including management and adjunct faculty status.
She also holds an expanded practice permit, which allows for independent dental hygiene practice to under-served populations. Kelli is an active leader in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, and was  the national president in 2014-15. She speaks on a wide variety of healthcare  and leadership topics to both healthcare professionals and the general public.


Jasmin Haley,  RDH, BSDH, CDA

Jasmin is the Founder of Beyond the Prophy® and Co-founder of MOMgienist®.  She has over 15 years combined experience as a dental hygienist, educator, and dental assistant. Jasmin helps the hygiene community to Think Beyond the Prophy by inspiring and empowering professionals to give the best patient-centered care, reach their greatest potential and explore career options that promote excellence.

Her continuing education courses are making a difference in the dental industry. She is a Leader in education, connector of peer set movers and shakers, and educator that empowers and inspires.She is the executive producer/co-creator of the MOMgienists Podcast  with fellow colleague and friend Christie Lincoln, RDH and the executive producer/creator of the Beyond the Prophy Podcast.

Chase A. Pruitt DDS, MD

Chase A. Pruitt DDS, MD is a Mayo Clinic trained Oral &  Maxillofacial Surgeon who co-founded Omaha Oral Surgery with Dr. Rallis in July of 2016. Prior to this, Dr. Pruitt obtained his medical degree (MD) and his Oral  and Maxillofacial Surgery specialist certificate from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.He also graduated  with Highest Distinction from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. Dr. Pruitt possesses the finest surgical skills required to deliver world class surgery to patients requiring dental implant surgery and bone grafting prior to dental implant surgery. He also has an expertise in safely removing wisdom teeth while avoiding injury to adjacent vital structures.


Andrea Johnson, RDH, MS

Andrea Johnson is the Scale Influence Manager in the Central Region for Procter & Gamble Professional Oral Health. She is a graduate of University of Tennessee where she received her Certificate of Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. She recently received her Master’s of Science in Psychology at Texas Woman’s University. In her current position, she provides leadership in key strategy areas to develop capability within the region and on a national level. She provides educational lectures on preventive dentistry topics to dentist, dental hygiene, dental assisting, students, faculty and staff at schools in her region. She is responsible for “sharing the science” from P&G with Key Opinion Leaders and dental professionals that speak on behalf of P&G.

Pat Brinkman-Falter, BSDH, MS, COM, PHRDH

Pat obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Pat was the 2015 ADHA/Colgate-Irene Newman Award winner for her extensive volunteerism and for bringing orofacial myology to the dental hygiene profession in Nebraska.

She is a Board Certified Myologist and a member of the Academy of Applied Myfofunctional Sciences.



Charles F. (“Fritz”) Craft, DDS

Dr. Charles F. (“Fritz”) Craft is the Nebraska State Dental Director for the Office of Oral Health and Dentistry at the DHHS Department of Health and Human Services. He is also the Founder of the East meets West Dental Program in Da Nang, Vietnam. Started in 1995, this international relief organization has provided free and modern dental care to more than 150,000 underserved children living in the post war central provinces while also working with over 1,250 dental volunteers and students from around the world.


LaVista Conference Center
12520 Westport Parkway
LaVista, NE 68128

Conveniently located off of Interstate 80 in west Omaha, the LaVista Conference Center, is right where you want to be.

The conference center is just 20 minutes from downtown Omaha, providing easy access to many of the city's most popular attractions.

Courtyard By Marriott

A block of rooms has been reserved for April 27-28, 2018. The discounted rate ($119 plus tax) will be available until March 25th or until the group block is sold out, or whichever comes first. Contact the Courtyard by Marriott at: 402-339-4900 



Registration for the 2018 NDHA Annual Session is now open! You can register and pay online! Or you can also download and mail it back to the NDHA office, print registration form HERE!

Due to the simplicity offered by CE Zoom, the Association will be using CE Zoom once again for this year's annual session. With an account you can maintain your license information, track your continuing education effort against your specific states requirements, store of all your CE certificates, and much more!

Manage your expenses, find, and schedule all from CE Zoom for FREE. Sign up for your account here.



President's Reception and Officer Installation
Join us for the installation of the 2018-19 NDHA Officers and live music by "Pair-O-Pianos" from Lincoln (Joyce Durand and Rich Caruso of the Sidetrack Band)

General Membership Meeting and Awards Ceremony
The Association’s annual membership meeting provides not only an opportunity to meet the organization’s leadership and conduct official business, but a chance to get important information that will make your membership investment more valuable. The meeting at noon on Friday will give you a chance for both insight and input as well as the opportunity to see this years NDHA award winners.

NDHI Star Fish Campaign Silent Auction
The Starfish Campaign was developed to honor those special people who made a difference in our lives when we needed it most. During the Annual Session, you will be able to purchase starfish and name it after the person or people you want to honor and to thank for their positive work in your life. Come see us! NDHI will have a display of starfish near our silent auction table!

NE HYPac Fundraiser
The winner of the raffle will receive a one queen bed bungalow, wine tasting for two, two cover charges for the band,one wood-fired pizza, a bottle of Nebraska wine, two gourmet breakfasts, and $60 in spending money.

Nebraska Dental Association Exhibit Hall

The 2018 NDHA Annual Session will be in the same location this year as the Nebraska Dental Association Annual Conference. Dental Hygienists are welcome to visit the NDA exhibit hall on Friday, April 27, 2018, but they do require that you have an NDA name badge to do so. You can register on the NDA website for “exhibits only” and then pick up the name badge on Friday morning at the NDA registration desk, or you can also register onsite to get one of their name badges. (Badges are complimentary


If you have any questions or need help registering for the 2018 Annual Session, please contact Audrey McDonald, Conference Coordinator, at or at the NDHA Office at (402) 421-2356