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The Jaw Bone is Connected to the Ankle Bone

Speakers: Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS and Ward VanGuilder, MAPT, CIMT

Saturday, May 15, 2021
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM PST

3 CEUs

Dental professionals continue to be at the highest risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) due to maintaining awkward prolonged positions and placing undue stress on their bodies. Frequently, the common areas discussed are related to the upper body. But in fact, the abnormal postures and seating positions can also affect hips, legs, and the feet/ankle, causing issues at work or play. This physical therapist-dental hygienist duo will provide important knowledge on common injuries and disorders that the dental professional may encounter and more importantly, provide prevention strategies to keep you healthy.


  • Recall full body anatomical overview and explain the kinetic chain
  • Identify dental instruments, equipment and technology that may improve efficiency, enhance patient outcomes, and assist with musculoskeletal health
  • Review contributing factors of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)
  • Discuss how posture affects the entire body
  • Learn exercises and stretches designed for the dental professional

Speaker Bios:

Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1995. Since then, she has been actively involved in dental hygiene leadership, education and advocacy on the local, state and national level. Lancette is a past president of the Nevada Dental Hygienists Association, is a past recipient of the Nevada Dental Hygienist of the Year and received the Innovative Career Vision Award for her work in all 7 professional roles of the dental hygienist.  She served for 4 years on the board of directors for the American Dental Hygienists Association and has been honored at the national level by receiving the ADHA Irene Newman Professional Achievement award, recognizing her for her contributions to advancing the art and science of the dental hygiene profession over the last 15 years.

Lancette works as a clinician in private practice, in the corporate world as a professional educator, an international continuing education speaker and a public health dental hygienist. Lancette is passionate about ensuring that all communities have access to dental care, the power of prevention and the utilization of the dental hygienist. 

Ward VanGuilder, MAPT, CIMT received his physical therapy degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 1995 and currently specializes in occupational health/wellness, injury prevention and rehabilitation, workplace safety and ergonomics.  In 2014, Ward completed training through Great Lakes Seminars to be recognized as a Board Certified Integrated Manual Therapist.   

Throughout the last 22 years, he has primarily worked with industrial athletes and patients from a variety of work settings.  Ward currently oversees a specialty program and manages a large team of specialists including orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, pain management specialists, podiatrists, psychologists and neurosurgeons in California, Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii.  Ward works with a national rehabilitation company and serves as the Director of Advanced Specialist Services.



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