Dental Professionals Seminar

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October 13, 2017

What Are We REALLY Looking For? – Oral Pathology Cases and Concepts

Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH has 36 years of experience in dentistry, 28 spent in academia. She is associate professor emerita, Southern Illinois University dental hygiene program Sherri Lukeswhere she taught oral pathology, community oral health, multicultural dental hygiene and advanced periodontics clinic. Her research was concentrated in oral pathology, migrant farm worker oral health, and challenges of other underserved groups, resulting in multiple peer reviewed publications. A Pathology Fellow and approved speaker of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Sherri enjoys integrating her expertise from years of teaching and research into CE courses to empower hygienists in the delivery of care. Ms. Lukes is Past President of the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association and a member of the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Community service projects include biannual mission trips to central Mexico, where accompanied by SIU dental hygiene students, she provides oral health care in an orphanage and remote villages. She received Community Service, Teacher of the Year, and Research Paper of the Year awards while at SIU, was named an Oral Health Champion by the IFLOSS Coalition and Illinois Department of Public Health and a recipient of the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction.

This course is an overview of oral pathologic conditions from Ms. Lukes’ own personal collection of lesion images accumulated over 36 years as a dental hygienist and a 28-year teaching career. Etiology, clinical appearance, treatment options and relevance to dental hygiene are included for each lesion/condition. The course includes both common and uncommon conditions. Most images are from cases observed while in academia, as well as those encountered during annual mission work in Central Mexico. Comparison images for inclusion in the differential diagnosis will also be presented and discussed encouraging dental professionals to utilize all patient assessment information when analyzing lesions. This course can serve as an excellent update for seasoned hygienists/dentists or a relevant review for new graduates entering the field.

Dental Professionals Seminar Brochure

The schedule for the day is as follows:

Morning Session

  • Overview of Diagnositc Protocol
  • Oral Cancer
  • Benign “Lumps and Bumps”
  • Hypodontia and associated conditions
  • Oral pigmentation and association conditions

Afternoon Session

  • Microbial lesions
  • Immune Mediated Conditions and oral manifestations
  • Lesions within Bone
  • YOU the missing Link - Hygienists as primary investigators

A Continuing Education Units application has been submitted for approval to award six (6) Continuing Education Units (CEU) for completion of this program.  Thank you Proctor & Gamble for providing CEU’s for this event.

Exhibitors from a variety of dental companies will also be available throughout the day to discuss their products and services.

Program Date: October 13, 2017
Program Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Program Location: SIU Carbondale Student Center, Auditorium and International Lounge, 1255 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, Illinois
Registration Deadline: October 6, 2017


  • Registration Fee: $100
  • Current ADHA Member: $75 (Only with a copy of current ADHA card submitted with registration; sorry, no online registration available for this fee.)
  • Full-time SIU DH Student: $40
  • 2017 SIU DH Graduate: $40
  • SIUC DH Faculty: $40
  • Active Military (with copy of Military ID): $40

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Cancellations received in writing before Sept. 29, 2017 entitles the registrant to a refund, minus a $20 cancellation fee. No refund will be made after that date. The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of program cancellation, only those pre-registered will be notified.

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