Join Us for a Special Day of Care
We know that good oral healthcare is a critical component of maintaining overall good health and well-being. But, what you may not know is dental care is the most frequently cited unmet health need for children and adults with disabilities. Often, finding an experienced practitioner willing to treat or an accessible facility equipped to accommodate the needs of the individual is difficult if not impossible. As a result, the care needed is not received. Faced with other issues and priorities, individuals and caregivers often move oral care lower on the priority list relative to other issues which further exacerbates the problem.
Event Overview & Agenda
Date & Time: Friday, November 1, 2019 | 8am– 1:30pm
Location: CTC Academy, 125 Bauer Dr, Oakland, NJ 07436
Speakers: Dr. Steven Perlman, Dr. Laura Bejot, Dr. Evan Spivack, Dr. Tom Ballesteros (bios below)
We invite you and members of your staff to join dental professionals in the greater NY and NJ areas for the first 2019 NJ Special Needs Dentistry Forum hosted by the CTC Academy. Gain useful communication and coping skills, while you earn 4 complimentary Continuing Education (CE) credits.
- There is no charge to attend the event or earn your four (4) CE credits
- Breakfast and lunch are complimentary and on-site parking is available at no charge
- The CTC Academy will host tours during the lunch portion of the event
- Network with other dental professionals in the area
- Registration will close on October 28, 2019
- You must register each person from your practice that will be in attendance
|Registration & Breakfast
|Lectures & Continuing Education Course (4 CE Credits)
|Lunch & Tours
Empower yourself and take action to equip your staff and practice with these important skills. Your patients and their families will thank you for helping themselves and their loved ones get the care they deserve and are entitled to.
About the CTC Academy
The CTC Academy is a non-profit organization that provides educational and therapeutic services for students with a diverse array of developmental disabilities through its collaborative educational program and support services for students and families.
They first opened their doors as the Cerebral Palsy Center of Bergen County, NJ, on March 29, 1950. The Academy began as a Center for children with Cerebral Palsy but over the past 60 years has evolved into an innovative education institution that provides creative education and advanced therapies to students with many different types of disabilities – students who face physical, medical and developmental challenges.
Now they offer two schools and follow the school continuum from Preschool through age 21 as well as Early Enrichment for children ages 18 months through 3 years. The Fair Lawn Campus serves students 18 months through 6 years of age. The Oakland Campus serves students 6 through 21 years of age.
Learn More about the CTC and its mission at https://ctcacademy.org/
About Our Speakers
Dr. Steven Perlman is a Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at The Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. For the past 35 years, he has devoted much of his private practice as well as his teaching, to the treatment of children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Perlman is a past president of both the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and The Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Read Dr. Perlman’s Full Bio
Dr. Laura Bejot is a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist who received her Bachelor’s Degree of Occupational Therapy in 1995 from Elizabethtown College and her Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in 2012. Laura has been working at CTC Academy, a school for multiply disabled, medically fragile students, since 1995 and is currently the Head of Therapeutic Services. In addition, Laura is a speaker on disability awareness. Laura is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and is trained in working with children and young adults with complex medical needs, autism and sensory integration issues.
Dr. Tom Ballesteros is a special needs dentist who serves the New Jersey population practicing at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Special Care Center. After graduating from Tufts School of Dental Medicine, he trained at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine GPR residency as chief resident with a specific focus on dentistry for the special needs population and hospital dentistry. Afterwards, he became a staff dentist for OMRDD at Hudson Valley DDSO, Jervis Clinic in New York where he cared for individuals with special needs. Afterwards, Dr. Ballesteros had the opportunity to develop a clinical research background working for Johnson & Johnson managing clinical studies that were leveraged for claim support, efficacy, and safety for Listerine® and REACH® brands. Today Dr. Ballesteros is a full-time faculty member with clinical and teaching responsibilities. He has mentored students in clinical research at RSDM and teaches fourth-year dental students, GRP and pediatric dental residents. Dr Ballesteros is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and has served on the executive board and as past president of the New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry and is currently serving on the national AGD PACE Council. He and his wife live in Somerset New Jersey.
Dr. Evan Spivack graduated from the University of Maryland dental school, completed residency training at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx and a fellowship in special care dentistry at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, NY. Currently a professor and leader of the Special Care Treatment Center at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Spivack has devoted his career to direct patient care and to the education of future dentists and health care professionals in the provision of dental care to persons with special needs. Dr. Spivack is author or co-author of several articles in the field of special care dentistry, has co-authored textbook chapters on dental issues for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and frequently lectures on topics in special care dentistry. He is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, served as editor of the New Jersey AGD journal Wisdom for a decade and is a past regional president. Dr. Spivack has strong interests in interdisciplinary patient care is currently a board member for the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Spivack was honored as The Arc of New Jersey’s 2015 Healthcare Professional of the Year.