“Autoimmune Disease and Dentistry”
Presented by Dr. Randy Huffines

October 27, 2023


Randy Huffines, DDS, FRCSEd has treated older and medically complex adults for over 35 years. He left practice for 2 years in 1988 to complete a two-year clinical Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry. For 27 years he was Director of Geriatric Dentistry at the Quillen Medical Center in Johnson City, TN. Randy has held faculty appointments in colleges of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and allied health. He is a Past President and a Fellow of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, Diplomate of the American Board Special Care Dentistry, and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland.

October 27, 2023 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Check-In: 7:30 am to 8:00 am)

There are currently over 100 autoimmune diseases some of which directly impact the oral cavity. Dr. Huffines will begin with an easy-to-understand update on how our amazing immune system works. Then we will explore what causes the body’s immune system to attack itself causing autoimmune disease. The dental implications of Post-COVID Syndrome, a largely autoimmune condition affecting millions in the United States, will be cov­ered in detail. Finally, attendees will be given specific recommendations on how to answer a medical consult requesting dental clearance before patients begin certain chemotherapeutic interventions for their autoimmune disease.

  • Describe how the immune system
  • Distinguish between innate and ac­quired immunity.
  • Explain why autoimmunity occurs.
  • Review scientific validity of autoim­mune diets.
  • Review dental treatment modifications for autoimmune patients.
  • Adapt new ADA antibiotic guidelines to autoimmune patients.
  • List dental implications of Post­
    COVID Syndrome

Periodontal Disease Does Not Discriminate Based on Age (covering the new AAP guidelines)-(4 CEU Hours)

The Jaw Bone is Connected to the Ankle Bone – (3 CEU Hours)

(additional information below)

CE credit will not be awarded for any individual who does not fully complete the course.

Registration fees are non-refundable.

Handouts (if offered) will be emailed prior to the event to the email supplied by the registrant.

Featured Speaker:
Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS & Ward VanGuilder, MAPT, CIMT


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Event Schedule
7:30-8am: Check-In/Continental Breakfast
8am-Noon:  Morning Session
Noon-1pm:  Lunch will be provided
1-4pm:  Afternoon Session


Where and When

The Highlands Event Center
355 Wharton Circle Suite 200
Triadelphia, WV 26059

October 27, 2023
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Check-In: 7:30 am to 8:00 am)



  • Discuss oral health challenges of today’s youth
  •  Review systemic considerations of periodontal disease
  • Review comprehensive periodontal assessment and classification, including the new AAP Guidelines
  • Investigate the need for office protocols for comprehensive periodontal assessment
  • Review case study


  • Recall full body anatomical overview and explain the kinetic chain
  • Identify dental instruments, equipment and technology that may improve efficiency, enhance patient outcomes and assist musculoskeletal health
  • Review contributing factors of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)
  • Discuss how posture affects the entire body
  • Learn exercises and stretches designed for the dental professional


Lancette VanGuilder graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1995 and has  spent the last 25 years actively involved in dental hygiene leadership, education and  advocacy on the local, state and national level.

Lancette resides in Reno, Nevada and is a past president of the Nevada Dental  Hygienists Association, is a past recipient of the Nevada Dental Hygienist of the Year  and received the Innovative Career Vision Award for her work in all 7 professional  roles of the dental hygienist. She served for 4 years on the board of directors for the  American Dental Hygienists Association and has been honored at the national level  by receiving the ADHA Irene Newman Professional Achievement award, recognizing  her for her contributions to advancing the art and science of the dental hygiene  profession over the last 15 years.  

Lancette is an internationally recognized continuing education speaker and serves as  a key opinion leader in the dental industry. She has been featured on podcasts such  as Dentistry’s Gone Wild and Your Dental Top 5 for innovative access to care  solutions. Most recently, she has published articles in Dentistry IQ regarding mobile  dentistry during a pandemic and the administration of vaccines by dental hygienists.  She works as a clinician in private practice, owns/operates her own mobile dentistry  business, has an AGD PACE Approved national CE company (Hygienist for Health) and  volunteers as a registered lobbyist for nonprofit work.  

Lancette is passionate about ensuring that all communities have access to dental  care, the power of prevention and the utilization of the dental hygienist.

Ward VanGuilder, MAPT, CIMT received his physical therapy degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 1995 and has specialized in occupational health/wellness, injury prevention and rehabilitation, workplace safety and ergonomics for nearly 30 years. Ward is a Board Certified Integrated Manual Therapist and is a recognized leader within the nation’s largest occupational health organization.
Throughout the last 25 years, he has primarily worked with industrial athletes and patients from a variety of work settings. Ward currently oversees a specialty program and manages a large team of specialists including orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, pain management specialists, podiatrists, psychologists and neurosurgeons in California, Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii. Ward works with a national rehabilitation company and serves as the Director of Advanced Specialist Services.
In his free time, he is an avid mountaineer, mountain biker and skier. He volunteers with the many organizations that support disabled veterans, both locally and abroad. 

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