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ADA Dentist Health and Well-Being Conference

Developing Strategies for Building Resilience Through Human Connection and Peer Support

Hosted by the Practice Institute

Friday, August 13, 2021

This is a virtual conference.

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Program Overview

The timeliness of this biennial conference is paramount given the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our personal and professional lives. Resilience is an ongoing process that allows us to manage change, adapt to adversity, and bounce back. How do we become more present and resilient not only at work, but at home? How do we begin to reclaim the care we need for ourselves so that we can better care for others? This year’s conference features sessions and speakers focused on building resilience as well as sharing knowledge about the challenges dental professional face in the dental practice environment.

By the end of this conference, you will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss best practices and experiences in building individual and organizational resilience.
  • Foster resilience through the building of relationships and social connections.
  • Learn techniques and tactics to implement in various aspects of life to build one’s own resilience and foster the same in others.

Schedule at a Glance

(All times are Central Time)

9:30 AM - Opening Remarks

9:45 AM - Keynote: Stress Management and Resilience Training (SMART) with Amit Sood, MD

11:00AM - Social Isolation and its long-term effects with Julianne Hold-Lunstad, PhD

12:15 PM - Lunch

1:15 PM - Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Vicarious Trauma with Sarah Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC, AADC

2:30 PM - Break

2:45 PM - Stress Management for Practicing Clinicians with Diana Dill, EdD

4:00 PM - Program Ends

Continuing Education (CE) Hours: 5.0 hours


Amit SoodAmit Sood, MD, MS, FACP

Dr. Amit Sood is the Executive Director of Global Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing, former chair of the Mayo Mind Body Initiative, Carla and Russ Paonessa Enterprise Director of Student Life and Wellness, and Professor of Medicine (Retd.) with Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Sood is internationally recognized for his work on stress resilience. He has developed several resiliency solutions that have reached hundreds of thousands of professionals, patients, and students, and led over 30 research studies involving healthcare professionals, healthy volunteers, and patients at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere.

Dr. Sood is a highly sought-after speaker, having spoken at some of the highest impact forums including, TEDx, Lake Nona, Forbes Under 30 Forum, Conference Board, Beckers, YPO, NPR, NAMI, NBGH, NASA, keynotes for Fortune 500 companies, universities, foundations, and others. He has authored several books on stress management, resilience, happiness, and mindfulness, including "The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress Free Living," "The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness," "Mindfulness Redesigned, Stronger: The Science and Art of Stress Resilience," and "SMART with Dr. Sood."

He has received numerous awards including the 2010 Distinguished Service, 2010 Innovator of the Year, 2013 Outstanding Physician Scientist and 2016 Faculty of the Year awards, all from Mayo Clinic. He was selected as one among top 20 intelligent optimist in the world (Ode Magazine). Dr. Sood was also selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of the health care pioneers.


Julianne Holt-LunstadJulianne Holt-Lunstad PhD

Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, where she is also the director of the social neuroscience lab. She also has an adjunct professorship at Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute Swinburne University of Technology; Melbourne, Australia; and the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council for the US Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness and the Foundation for Social Connection.

Dr. Holt-Lunstad’s research is focused on the long-term health effects of social connection. Her work has been seminal in the recognition of social isolation and loneliness as risk factors for early mortality. Dr. Holt-Lunstad has worked with government organizations aimed at addressing this issue. She has provided expert testimony in a US Congressional Hearing, expert recommendations for the US Surgeon General Emotional Well-Being in America Initiative, served as a member of the scientific advisory committee for the UK Cross Departmental Loneliness Team, and a member of a National Academy of Sciences consensus committee, and the US Administration for Community Living. She also serves as a scientific advisor for the Australian Coalition to End Loneliness, the Foundation for Art & Healing, the Rural Aging Advisory Council and research advisory panel for AARP Services, Inc. and United Healthcare, and several tech companies.

She has been awarded the George A. Miller Award from the American Psychological Association, Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Research Award, Mary Lou Fulton Young Scholar Award, Marjorie Pay Hinkley Endowed Chair Research Award, and is a Fellow for the Association of Psychological Science and American Psychological Association. Her work has been highlighted in the BBC 100 Breakthrough Health Discoveries in 2015, and has been covered in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Scientific American, This American Life, The Today Show, The Atlantic, and other major media outlets.


Sarah BentonSarah Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC, AADC

Sarah Allen Benton is the Co-Owner of Benton Behavioral Health Consulting, LLC specializing in clinical and business support services. She is Clinical Consultant and former Director of Clinical Services for Aware Recovery Care In-Home Addiction Treatment program in North Haven, CT and The Strathmore House, transitional sober living in Boston, MA. Most recently she was Therapist and Group Leader at Insight Counseling in Ridgefield, CT and as a Primary Therapist at Turnbridge (formerly Turning Point) addiction treatment in New Haven, CT. Sarah previously worked as a Therapist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA at McLean Brook dual diagnosis transitional treatment program, McLean Klarman Center for eating disorder treatment and the McLean Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute. Sarah is author of the book "Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic" and has been featured in the New York Times, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, CBS Early Show, SiriusXM, NPR and writes a blog on Psychology


Diana DillDiana L. Dill, EdD

Dr. Diana Dill is an organizational psychologist, coach, clinician, and founder of Working Together For Health℠ (, with 25+ years experience helping clinicians in Boston and beyond thrive professionally, recapture joy at work, and deliver outstanding service to patients. She specializes in innovating and customizing evidence-based services to meet urgent healthcare workforce needs. Areas of expertise include: physician coaching for leadership, renewal, and performance; strategic communication; team building for practice excellence; conflict resolution; burnout mitigation and prevention; and self-management for wellbeing. Dr. Dill is a graduate of Brown and Harvard Universities, with post-graduate training in organizational psychology and cognitive-behavior therapy. She was on faculty at Harvard Medical School and a staff psychologist at McLean Hospital earlier in her career, has worked extensively in medicine, and has shared her work through frequent presentations and publications.


The conference will be recorded. The recording will be provided to all attendees after the conference. However, the keynote presentation with Dr. Sood will not be recorded.

Recognition Statement

The ADA is a 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.

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For assistance with online registration, including changes and cancellations, please contact the ADA Member Service Center at 800.947.4746. The ADA offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. For general questions regarding the conference, please contact Felicia Bloom at