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Bethany lecturing aboard the cruise ship,
'Navigator of the Seas'


Recognized internationally as a dental ergonomics expert, Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, DPT, MS, CEAS has provided over 700 lectures worldwide, including Dubai, Poland, Ireland, Belgium and Jamaica, and was guest speaker at the 2009 International Dental Ergonomics Congress in Krakow, Poland. For 20 years, she has helped busy dental professionals work more comfortably, increase productivity, prevent pain, improve their quality of life and extend their careers. As a doctor of physical therapy and certified ergonomic assessment specialist married to a dentist, she brings a unique blend of skills to her audiences.

Her dynamic seminars captivate audiences by weaving research-based ergonomic interventions with humor, audience participation, real-life stories and demonstrations. But, most importantly, her seminars go far beyond dental ergonomics. By combining research in the areas of biomechanics, physiology, physical therapy and dental ergonomics, Bethany has created original, powerful and effective interventions for the dental team that are immediately applicable. This is truly life-changing education that is essential for any team member concerned with their musculoskeletal health and career longevity.

All Programs are PACE Approved through the Academy of General Dentistry

Sponsorship is available for many seminars.


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Program Descriptions

"Practice Dentistry Pain-Free: Evidence-based Strategies for a Long & Healthy Career"

(1/2 day lecture.  Designed to be followed by "Fitness 101" lecture to make a full day program.) Download Speaker Packet

Dr. Valachi's most requested program for the entire dental team

This lecture can also be customized for:

  • Dentists & Specialists only - Same title
  • Hygienists only - Download "Hygiene Shouldn't Be a Pain in the Neck"
  • States that do not normally award CE for ergonomics lectures - "Practice Dentistry Pain-Free: Preventing Pain while Improving Patient Outcomes" (has been approved for CE credit in TX, OH, CA and other states).

"Fitness 101 for Dental Professionals: Secrets for Comfort & Career Longevity"

(1/2 day lecture. The perfect course to follow the "Practice Dentistry Pain-Free" lecture or any other 1/2 day course) Download Speaker Packet 

The delivery of dental care is demanding on the body. Dental professionals are prone to unique muscle imbalances and require special exercise, postural techniques and fitness guidelines to avoid pain syndromes, injury or early retirement. This research-based seminar that Bethany delivers with energy and humor will provide attendees with knowledge that they can apply immediately to improve their overall health.  

NEW! "Demystifying Pain among Women in Dentistry: Essential Ergonomic & Wellness Guidelines"

(1/2 day lecture)    Female dental professionals experience a higher prevalence and severity of occupational pain than their male counterparts, with the most problematic areas being the neck and shoulders, followed closely by hip, hand and wrist pain.  Through lecture, demonstration and participation, women dental professionals will discover the unique muscle imbalances to which they are prone and specific ergonomic, self-treatment and exercise guidelines to prevent and manage these pain syndromes.  Women will learn special considerations for equipment selection,operator positioning and body mechanics.  Etiologies, prevention and self-treatment for trapezius myalgia, osteoarthritis of the thumb, DeQuervains syndrome, carpal tunnel, hip pain, tension neck syndrome & frozen shoulder will be addressed.  Download Speaker Packet

NEW! "Scopes, Scalers & Saddle Stools: Are the Improving or Worsening Your Health in Dentistry?"

(2 hour lecture)  Well-chosen ergonomic equipment can dramatically improve your health, however poor equipment or adjustment can actually create or worsen pain!  Based on the latest research, this engaging and interactive seminar will examine how today's most prominent dental ergonomic products impact your health: loupes, microscopes, chairs, delivery systems, stools, hand instruments, HVE systems, extraction tools, lighting systems and much, much more.  Attendees will learn how to determine the most appropriate delivery systems and stools for operatories, identify the 3 essential ergonomic criteria for selecting dental loupes and discover how to make economical ergonomic modifications to the operatory with minimal expense. Download Speaker Packet

For Dental & Hygiene Schools

"Preparing for a Pain-Free Practice" Lecture & Practicum

(Full day: 1/2 day Lecture and 1/2 day Practicum)

The program is recommended for all dental or hygiene students in all years of school, as well as faculty.

This 1/2 day lecture for students and faculty will fuse current research in dental ergonomics, biomechanics, kinesiology and anatomy to address the etiology of the most common musculoskeletal disorders in dentistry and prevention strategies. In the afternoon, a hands-on practicum will provide students with the opportunity to re-inforce and practice the lecture material. Read more...


Past Lectures

Bethany has been invited to lecture at over 300 dental meetings, universities, associations and study clubs internationally, including:

  • International Dental Ergonomics Congress (Krakow, Poland)
  • Asia Pacific Dental Congress ( Dubai, UAE)
  • Irish Dental Association 
  • Jamaica Dental Association
  • Belgian Endodontic Society
  • Chicago Midwinter Meeting
  • Hinman Dental Meeting
  • ADA Annual Session
  • Seattle Study Club Annual Symposium
  • Toronto Annual Winter Clinic
  • RDH Under One Roof
  • CDA Presents... Annual Session
  • Yankee Dental Congress
  • ADHA Annual Session
  • University of Alberta Dental School

Find out how Bethany can help your attendees work more comfortably and extend their careers.