Winter C.E. – Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World® Resort
Sunday, February 11 - Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (Courses will be held each day from 7:30 to 11 a.m.) 
Lake Buena Vista, Florida at Disney's BoardWalk Inn

Online Registration has closed. If you need to register, call the LDA at (800) 388-6642 or (225) 926-1986. 

ON-SITE NOTE: Guests driving to Boardwalk Resort would advise the security kiosk upon entering that they are attending the LDA Winter Conference. Security will direct them to cross bridge, turn right before arriving to main hotel and park in lot on right. That is the lot directly across from the Boardwalk Conference Center.

Mark your calendars and pack your bags because the LDA’s heading to Walt Disney World® Resort! The winter C.E. destination meeting (held over Mardi Gras 2018) will offer C.E. So, start planning now for a tax write off trip to the Walt Disney World® Resort and earn up to 10.5 hours of C.E.

Disney's BoardWalk Inn

Boardwalk 2 webThe LDA's room block is full. If you are still hoping to attend and have not made reservations, call the Group Reservations Line at (407) 939-4686 for availability from any of the resorts or to see if there have been cancellations to our block. The lines are open Monday thru Friday 8:30 AM est. - 6:00 PM est. and 8:30 AM est. – 5:00 PM est. on the weekends. Use the Group Name (LDA Winter C.E. 2018) or the Group Code (G0724830) and the Cast Members will be happy to assist you with booking your room reservations and explain all available room options.


Boardwalk webCheck-in time is after 3 p.m. Check-out time is before 11 a.m. Room rates are subject to applicable sales and resort taxes, currently 12.5%. Should an individual cancel a reservation, refund of the deposit will be in accordance with the hotel's general policy at that time (currently a refund is given if the reservation is canceled at least five days before arrival).

My Disney Experience & Online Check-In Service

There is a My Disney Experience tab on the website.  Once you register online, there are a multitude of tools available that will really enhance your trip.  You can also download the mobile app “My Disney Experience” to access your plans and park information on the go.  You may also use the My Disney Experience site to participate in the Online Check-In Service.   You may shorten your check in process by logging into within 60 days of your arrival date. When you arrive at your hotel, you will simply need to show a photo Id at the designated online check-in area.

Walt Disney World® Theme Park Tickets

Special Disney Tickets and Savings for 2018 LDA Winter Lecture Series Attendees and Their Guests!

Call 407-939-4686 or CLICK HERE to visit the Walt Disney World microsite for more information.

Available only to attendees, their guests and family members, Disney’s “After 2pm,” “After 5pm,” and Multi-DayMeeting/Convention Tickets are designed to accommodate any agenda and are not available at the Theme Park ticket windows.

And by purchasing Multi-Day tickets in advance, you’ll save time and money while avoiding the lines at the Theme Park ticket windows! Plus, all full-day Multi-Day Meeting/Convention Tickets include a bonus visit to one of the following: Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course, Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course or Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course. Mixing business with pleasure has never been easier!

Disney's Magical Express® Transportation

Disneys Magical Express Bus webIf you're arriving by air, Disney's legendary service starts the moment you touch down. There's no need to hassle with your luggage at baggage claim. Disney's Magical Express® Transportation is complimentary and exclusively available when you stay at a Disney Resort hotel. Disney will pick you up at Orlando International Airport and retrieve your checked luggage, then take you to your Disney Resort hotel. And when your meeting is over, they’ll do it all in reverse.

In order to utilize this service, a Disney's Magical Express® reservation is required and must be arranged prior to arrival at the airport. To book Disney's Magical Express® Transportation, call 407-827-6777 or visit the website for more details. It is suggested that you book 30 days prior to arrival and special luggage tags will be mailed to you.

C.E. Speakers, Courses, and Descriptions 
Earn up to 10.5 hours total of C.E.!

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, 7:30 - 11 a.m.
Dr. John Gammichia - “Bringing Sexy Back to the Posterior Composite”

Gammichia 17 cropped webCourse Description: What ever happened to the filling? The plain old posterior composite...where did it go? For the last 10 years or so it has been lapped by all the “en vogue” dentistry; for example…implants, CAD-CAM, and digital impressions. It seems no one is lecturing on posterior composites. It seems there aren’t any articles written about them, there are no study clubs about them, there aren’t even any blogs about them. So if no one is talking about them, then it almost seems like they are fading away. This lecture is bringing back sexy to the filling! Yes, this is the same filling that was the first thing that you learned in dental school. Yes, this is the filling that you used to do all the time but might have gone away from. Yes, this is the filling, that when you see it on the schedule, you are very ho hum about.

This lecture can possibly revolutionize some practices. Imagine “wowing” every one of your restorative patients. Imagine your patients thrilled when they leave your office. Their excitement starts to rub off on you and the next thing you know you are excited about doing fillings. And you get even more excited because you realize you are making money doing something that is “wowing” your patients.

Course Objectives -  Upon completion of this course, attendees will:

  • Learn the step-by-step approach to natural looking posterior restorations.
  • See all the products that are needed to "wow" every patient.
  • Have information that is easy to understand and that you can implement the very next day.
  • Go over the latest science behind restorations, and how to make them last 15+ years.
Credit: 3.5 clinical hours, lecture.

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 7:30 - 11 a.m.
Dr. John Gammichia - “Conservative Dentistry...Thinking Outside the Box"

Course Description: We all know what the books say. We all know what dental school teaches. However, we now live in the real world where patients can't afford the ideal treatment. So, you do what you think is best and tell them you don't know if it will last. Then you do that 100 times! Next thing you know, 10 years later, all 100 of those restorations are still successful. So does doing less dental work become the new ideal? In this lecture, I will tell you my experiences of thinking outside the box and how that has become the new "ideal." Conservative dentistry has become the way I have built my practice and made it fun and exciting. The beauty is that being conservative hasn't changed the bottom line, and I am just as financially successful doing less. Come to this very current lecture and see how fun and profitable thinking outside the box can be!

Course Objectives - Upon completion of this course, attendees will: 
  • Know what to do when the patient can't afford ideal dentistry.
  • Be introduced to biomimetic dentistry.
  • Know the science behind being more conservative.
  • See before and after photos and 10+ follow ups.
Credit: 3.5 clinical hours, lecture.

John Gammichia, D.M.D., F.A.G.D. is a 1995 graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and has a fee-for-service family practice in Orlando, FL. By the sixth year of his practice, he had completed all the L.D. Pankey continuums and continues to try to better himself through excellent C.E. From 2004 to 2008, he was on the Communication Council for the Academy of General Dentistry. In 2008, he became the official blogger for the AGD, The Daily Grind.  The blog typically has over 1,000 readers per week. He has published articles in Dental Practice Reports, Dental Economics, Dental Money Digest, Mentor Magazine, Dental Entrepreneur, New Dentist Magazine, and the Pankeygram. He has spoken all over the country, the pinnacle being the Chicago Mid-Winter and the AGD annual meeting.
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 7:30 - 11 a.m.
Dr. John Portwood, Jr. - "30 Things to Do Before Thursday"

Portwood 2017 webCourse Description: This course provides a check list of important issues that need your attention today and not tomorrow. This presentation covers many subjects, including tips to improve your practice, as well as financial planning gems. Sometimes, we are totally unaware of pitfalls in life that lie before us. Waiting until these events occur creates great stress and difficulties, both for us and our families. Acting on these matters early can make our life much easier and save both hardship and money.

One of the greatest benefits of this presentation is listening to, and discussing, the challenges that your friends and fellow professionals have encountered in their lives and how they have navigated past these problems.

Course Objectives - upon completion of this course, attendees will:

  • Understand the problems that commonly occur to those who are unprepared.
  • Develop a checklist that will organize your progress as you resolve various issues and problems.
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions about issues and problems you have had.

This presentation is beneficial to doctors, staff, and their family members.
3.5 practice management hours, lecture.

Dr. John Portwood, Jr. is a practicing dentist and Louisiana Dental Association member, an independent financial planner, and an investment advisor. He graduated from LSU School of Dentistry in 1980. He is a master in the Academy of General Dentistry, and a fellow of the American College of Dentistry, International College of Dentistry, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He received the Academy of General Dentistry’s 2013 Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the organization and general dentistry, and the 2016 LDA Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Portwood is also a member of the Financial Planning Association. He currently chairs the national AGD Investment Committee. The AGD’s investments have performed significantly better than the S&P 500 over the last decade, placing the committee in the upper echelon of money managers nationally. He has also been chosen to be a featured speaker on the Academy of General Dentistry’s Speakers Bureau, where he is one of the nation’s top rated practice management and financial speakers.

While beginning his private dental practice, Dr. Portwood discovered a tremendous lack of financial knowledge and business skills among those in the health care profession. He began a journey to find the answers to his and other professionals' financial questions, which culminated in his becoming a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and earning a Master's degree in financial planning specializing in wealth management. Dr. Portwood is also a ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) and a CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter). He also earned a Master's degree in finance in 2016 specializing in securities evaluation. Dr. Portwood is one of an extremely few financial planners and the only health provider in the nation with this level of financial education. This puts him in a unique position to help other health care professionals with their financial decisions.

Walt Disney World® Theme Parks & More 

More excitement and fun are only moments away with a complimentary shuttle bus ride to the seven lands of the Magic Kingdom® Park, or all the sights and sounds of Epcot®. Expect the unexpected at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, or enjoy all the action and adventure of Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

Take a world tour. Shop, dine and toast your success in 11 Epcot® World Showcase countries, with the laser and fireworks splendor of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Get a taste of Hollywood and Disney magic. Dine in classic style at the Hollywood Brown Derby and behold a gallery of crafty villains taking on an Oscar®-winning mouse at the spectacular Fantasmic!

Explore the wild Savannah. Prepare for 110 acres of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park adventure on Kilimanjaro Safaris®, and see talented performers join prideland pals for Festival of the Lion King.

Pure fantasy reigns in the classic playground that captures all of your childhood dreams. Visit seven lands of pure joy where elephants fly, pirates pillage, and princesses are real and end the evening under Wishes, a nighttime story in the sky, at the Magic Kingdom® Park.