Dental Professionals Seminar

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Dental Professionals Seminar

October 14, 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:10 p.m. (check-in begins at 8 am)

Location: SIU Student Center, International Lounge / Auditorium

Dental Professionals Seminar brochure 


Morning Session:

Crystal Spring, RDH, BS, LAP

 Medical Dental Integration, Claim Your Seat at the Health Care Table 

  • Develop a better understanding the of need for access to care & alternate modes of delivery because of oral health disparities.
  • Recognize the advantages in improving health disparities by implementing medical/dental integration
  • Identify strategies for reducing oral health disparities among vulnerable populations
  • Recognize opportunities for medical professionals to implement oral health services into their practice

For the past 22 years, Crystal   has been wildly passionate about her work and the dental hygiene profession. Growing up on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Northeastern Montana, Spring noticed early on there was a desperate need for access to care. Living in an impoverished area and watching many of the people she loved struggle financially, emotionally, and physically profoundly impacted her desire to work in public health.  In 2014, Spring started her own business working as a dental hygienist in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. Later that year, she contracted with the Fort Peck Tribes to work in school-based clinics 1 week a month. And in 2017, she joined with another dental hygienist to start the nonprofit organization, Smiles Across Montana (, which is dedicated to providing affordable and quality preventive treatment, education, and community outreach. Also passionate about the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), Spring has enjoyed the support of fellow dental hygiene leaders within the organization that have helped stoke her passion for helping disadvantaged populations access the dental care they desperately need. She is currently an ADHA trustee for District X.


 Afternoon Session:

Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH

The Sky Isn’t Falling! Truth about the profile of HPV oral lesions

  • List the HPV subtypes associated with various HPV oral lesions.
  • Describe the clinical appearance of various HPV oral lesions.
  • Discuss treatment options for HPV oral lesions.
  • List oral lesions included in a differential diagnosis for HPV oral lesions.
  • Discuss HPV’s role in oropharyngeal cancer.

Speaker, author, and vulnerable populations advocate, Sherri Lukes has been a dental hygienist for 41 years, holding advanced degrees in education.  She is associate professor emerita, Southern Illinois University, where she taught general and oral pathology, public health, and multicultural dental hygiene. Her research focus was oral pathology and migrant farmworker oral health, resulting in multiple peer reviewed publications. Sherri enjoys integrating her years of experience into CE courses to empower dental professionals in the process of care.  She is an approved speaker of and holds a pathology fellowship in the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, is a past president of the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association, and a member of the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Community service includes biannual trips to central/southern Mexico, delivering preventive care in an orphanage and remote villages. Honors include Community Service, Research, and Teacher of the Year awards at SIU, Illinois Department of Public Health Oral Health Champion, and the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction.