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Tom Viola

Registration rates increase starting May 19th, so if you haven’t registered yet you better act fast! This week we present one of our featured speakers, Tom Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P., who will be presenting “Un-Break My Heart” and “Sugar You’re (Not So) Sweet.”

With more than 30 years of experience as a dental educator, pharmacist, speaker and author, Tom has presented hundreds of continuing education courses, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of dental pharmacology and local anesthesia. We met up with Tom who answered a few questions about his background.

Q: Can you give us some background on your experience in the oral health field?
A: I had the benefit and honor of instructing hundreds of dental hygiene students in my pharmacology classes and interacting with a great many practicing hygienists and dentists attending my continuing education programs through my years of presenting. They have all been there with me, and for me, throughout this amazing journey. They have had faith in me at times when I haven't had faith in myself. For this reason, I will be forever grateful, and loyal, to all of them.

Q: What contributions have you made to the oral health profession?
A: Colleagues will sometimes ask me "Why do you drive four hours to teach one?" and "Why do you travel to three different states in three days?" My answer? "Why wouldn't I?" My one and only contribution is to give back...to all dental professionals...what they were so great enough to give to me: their collective wisdom and their confidence in me. My goal is to never stop teaching, writing and speaking throughout the country. I want to help dentists and hygienists see that pharmacology may be one of their most valuable instruments...in dental treatment and patient care planning.

Q: What is your biggest accomplishment in dentistry and what advice would you give to dental hygienists entering the field?
A: My biggest accomplishment in dentistry is to have been a part of, and to have an impact on, the careers of so many talented dental professionals. I've always said that I have learned far more from hygienists than they have ever learned from me. So, what's my advice to new hygienists? Be the hygienist you always knew you could be. Don't stop believing, not for a second. And don't forget your pharmacology!

ADHA’s 94th Annual Conference will be held June 14-19 at the Prime Osborn Center, Jacksonville, FL. For a complete agenda or to register, click here. We hope to see you there!

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