Salinas Program

Dr. Carlos Salinas speaks from a podium.
Dr. Carolos F. Salinas

The Carlos F. Salinas Dental Program for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs is a continuing education opportunity open to all dental and oral health providers, academics, staff and students. In 2024, we celebrate 25 years of the Salinas Dental Program with a new date and location. Join us on MUSC's campus!

Friday, October 4
Charleston, South Carolina
Medical University of South Carolina - Drug Discovery Building
7 CE credit hours

A continental breakfast and buffet lunch are included.  


Registration will open here soon.

To pay by check, please make checks payable to "MUSC – CE Salinas" and mail to:
Salinas Seminar
Attn: Karen Comisi
Medical University of South Carolina
James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
29 Bee Street, DC 500A MSC 507
Charleston, SC 29425
Dentists sit in rows in a hotel conference room, listening to a presenter as she speaks.

2023 Speakers

Caring for older adults: Managing patients with cognitive impairment in your practice – making it work

Janet Yellowitz, D.M.D., MPH
Director of Geriatric Dental Programs
University of Maryland
Baltimore College of Dental Surgery

Airway, the final frontier: The necessity for obstructive sleep apnea management in all patient populations

John C. Comisi, D.D.S., MAGD, CDSM
Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry
Medical University of South Carolina
James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
Director of Dental Sleep Medicine Elective

Overcoming barriers: Navigating through a complex and rare life with a peroxisomal disorder

Katie Sacra
Director of Family Programs
The Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders
Rare Disease Parent

Just Bee – Autism awareness and education

Layla Luna
Founder/CEO Just Bee
Middle Eastern Artist, award winning choreographer and creator of Dance From Your Heart, which provides classes for special needs children.

Dental management of the patients with epilepsy: An overview of the dental management of patients with seizure disorders along with recommended treatment of associated oral issues

Maureen Perry, D.D.S., MPA, MAEd
Professor and Director
Center for Advanced Oral Health
A.T. Still University
Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

Alleviating dental fears for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Tammy Thompson, D.D.S.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Program Director for the Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry Program
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

Elizabeth Thompson, OTR/L
Licensed Occupational Therapist
Director of Occupational Therapy University Pediatric Dentistry

Meelin Chin Kit-wells, D.D.S., M.Ed.
Predoctoral Community Dentistry Program Director
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
Chair of EDI and president elect AADMD

Earn continuing education credit

Course learning objectives:

  1. How to properly deal with patients who have cognitive impairments.
  2. Emergency management of seizures in the dental office.
  3. How to screen patients for sleep breathing disorders.

Education method: Lecture

Speaker conflict of interest disclosure: None

ADA CERP | Continuing Education Recognition ProgramThe MUSC College of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP recognized provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The MUSC College of Dental Medicine designates this activity for up to 7 hours of continuing education credits. Concerns or complaints about a continuing education (CE) provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for CE Provider Recognition at

Support for the Salinas Dental Program

The annual Salinas seminar is made possible in part by Dr. Maria Cordova-Salinas in honor of her late husband, the South Carolina Dental Association, and former colleagues of Dr. Carlos F. Salinas who have generously made gifts to continue the program in his memory.

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For additional information, including registration by phone and cancellation policy, contact Karen Comisi at or 843-876-0059.