Biopsychosocial Science behind an Eating Disorder

October 9, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 am

The Biopsychosocial Science Behind an Eating Disorder: signs, symptoms and How You Can Help!

Presented by Dr. Ann Hammond-Meyer, PhD North Sound Nourishment & Recovery Team with Ann O'Kelley Wetmore, RDH, BS.

  • Eating disorders are serious and life-threatening;
  • dieting is the leading common behavior that leads to an eating disorder;
  • eating disorders are a mental illness;
  • anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness;
  • females are 2 1/2 times more likely to develop an eating disorder. 
  • You can help your patients.

This inter professional presentation will provide basic information on eating disorders including prevalence, potential causes and practice standards for treatment. Focus includes empowering practitioners to understand their own relationship to food and how to support patients they care about who may have an eating disorder.  Oral manifestations of eating disorders will be discussed.  Skills for effective collaboration between professions when providing services to this vulnerable population as well as ways to inspire a food positive community.

Complete Brochure

Topics covered: Attachment and Personality Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Being food positive and weight neutral, health at every size, the Satter Feeding Dynamics Model, signs and symptoms of an eating disorder.  What to do and what to say and not say if you suspect an eating disorder.

Presented by WSDHA and Snohomish County DHS.

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2015 House of Delegates

October 10 - 11, 2015
Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Annual House of Delegates.  Resolutions and Bylaw amendments submitted by components or members are considered.  New officers and WA delegation to ADHA are elected.  This is the annual business meeting of the Association.  There is a President's Buffet Dinner and Dance on Saturday evening.  All members are welcome to attend and/or to represent your component.

The Xfinity Hansen Conference Center is off the Hewitt Avenue entrance.  There is paid parking across the street.  The conference center is 4 blocks from Holiday Inn where we have reserved a block of rooms for $114 (single and double) which includes a breakfast voucher for the restaurant.  There will be shuttle service from the hotel to the center.

Holiday Inn is 3100 Pine Street, Everett, WA 98201  425-339-2000  The cut off date for this special rate is September 18.

Component Delegate, Alternate Delegate and Guests: $95.00
Student Delegate, Alternate or Guest: $75.00

No refunds after October 2nd due to contractual obligations and commitments to Xfinity Arena.  $35 cancellation fee.

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WISHA-OSHA Compliance & CDC Guidelines for Infection Control

November 13, 2015
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Title: WISHA-OSHA Compliance for the Dental Office & CDC Guidelines for Infection Control

Instructor: Samuel Barry, DMD - (This comprehensive class provides the information necessary to complete the annual training requirement for your entire dental team.)

Date: Friday, November 13, 2015

Location:  Shoreline Conference Center (Shoreline Room)

18560 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline, Washington 98155 - (206) 368-4122 -

Target Audience:
This course is designed for dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and office staff.

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Tuition – price includes lunch:

Special Offer – bring your entire office clinical staff (minimum of 4) and receive a $20% discount until October 2nd. To receive said discount, please call 425-771-3201 to arrange for the discounted registration.


Early Bird until October 2, 2015

$150/RDH ADHA Member

$175/RDH Non-ADHA Member

$125/Other Staff Members

After October 3rd:
$175/RDH ADHA Member

$200/RDH Non-ADHA Member

$150/Other Staff Members

7 Continuing Education credit hours

This course is a joint project of the SOD CE Dept. and WSDHA.

The University of Washington and the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association gratefully acknowledge Henry Schein for its generous educational grant in support of this program.

Course Description: WISHA-OSHA requires employers to provide annual training for all of their employees. Compliance with WISHA-OSHA regulations and CDC Infection Control Guidelines is also an integral part of a dental practice's overall risk management program. OSHA inspections do occur and many state dental boards are enforcing CDC Guidelines as the benchmark for infection control standard of care.

This comprehensive class will update your office on the current requirements that apply to a dental practice and provide you with the knowledge to establish a properly customized OSHA safety compliance program and infection control policies and practices for your office.

Dr. Barry offers an informative class that is both interesting and engaging. Dr. Barry provides examples of actual safety related events. Materials, devices, monitoring, and documents necessary for compliance will be identified throughout the class.

Training will primarily focus on the OSHA regulations with an in-depth review of the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in the Dental Healthcare Setting. Several other important regulatory rules and guidelines will also be discussed.

Some of the topics covered include: what to do if an OSHA inspection occurs; Accident Prevention Plan; Emergency Response Plan; updated Hazardous Communication Standard with the new Globally Harmonized System; Walking and Working Surfaces; Means of Egress; Nitrous Oxide; First Aid Requirements; Fire Safety; Electrical Safety; Required Posters; Ergonomics; Violence in the Workplace; Safety Meetings; Tuberculosis; Lasers; Blood borne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan; Personal Protective Equipment; Post Exposure Follow Up; Hepatitis B Vaccine and other Immunizations; Employee Medical Record; Surface Disinfection; Instrument Processing; Sterilization Procedures; update on Infectious Disease; Dental Unit Water Lines; Allergies; Monitoring and Record keeping Requirements.

Course Objectives - As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand all the WISHA/OSHA standards that apply to dentistry and how to implement them
  • Understand the written safety plans, training, monitoring, materials, devises and documentation that are required
  • Understand the new Globally Harmonized Hazardous Communication Rule
  • Understand the Blood borne Pathogen Standard requirements including, transmission of disease, exposure control methods, hepatitis 8 vaccine, post exposure protocols, and record keeping
  • Understand the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in the Dental Healthcare Setting and the essentials of the CDC standard precautions
  • Understand hand hygiene, immunizations, tuberculosis prevention, medical conditions with work restrictions, instrument processing, sterilization monitoring, surface disinfection, laser usage, and dental unit waterline management

Dr. Samuel Barry
completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1978 at Eastern Oregon University. In 1982 he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry and then maintained a private general dental practice in Pendleton, Oregon for 15 years. He was an instructor in the Blue Mountain Community College dental assistant program for 12 years. Dr. Barry is currently a Field Sales Consultant with Henry Schein Dental, based in Pendleton, Oregon. In 2006 he was certified by Health Professions Training Consultants, Inc. as an OSHA Trainer and has presented over 200 classes on WISH A/OSHA Compliance, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Infection Control. He is currently a member of the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, the American Dental Association, the Oregon Dental Association, and the Eastern Oregon Dental Society. For the Eastern Oregon Dental Society, he has served as secretary, president-elect, president, and delegate to the Oregon Dental Association. His class is recommended by both NORDIC and DBIC Insurance Companies as an important component of overall risk management. Dr. Barry is a noted speaker and receives high praise for his classes.

Mission Statement

"The mission of WSDHA is to increase awareness of and access to quality oral health care, to promote the highest standards of research and education, licensure and practice for dental hygienists, and to represent and promote the interests of the dental hygiene profession, as a means to improve the public's health."


  • Maintain a member-driven financially viable organization
  • To serve as the authoritative resource for the profession of dental hygiene
  • Promote consumer advocacy in oral health care as part of total health  
  • Achieve autonomy of dental hygiene education, licensure and practice