7th Annual Alumni CE Program

Event Date(s): Friday and Saturday, January 14-15, 2022
Event Time(s):

Friday's Presentation: 8:30 am - 4:45 pm 
CDMA Alumni and Friends Reception: 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm  
Saturday's Presentation: 8 am - Noon 

Total CE Hours: 12 Credit Hours (8 hours Friday, 4 hours Saturday)
Course Fee: $99 Click Here to Register for 12 hours
$59 Click Here to Register for 4 hours
Audience: CDMA Alumni
Course Speakers and Topics: Friday:
Integrating Invisalign Culture: A New Experience
Christina Dean Blacher, D.M.D. (CDMA 2015)
P.A. Dental Arts, Allen, TX

Minimally invasive Indirect Restorations
Steven Schiffenhaus, D.M.D. (CDMA 2016)
SofTouch Dental, Gilbert Center for Biomimetic Dentistry, Gilbert, AZ
Conflict of Interest:

The listed speakers do not have any conflicts of interest.


All events held on Glendale Campus, Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ
Glendale Hall Rooms 131-133

Please note: Details of this event are subject to change based on future COVID - 19 conditions. Please make travel arrangements accordingly.

Course Descriptions:

Friday Session:  Integrating Invisalign Culture: A New Experience - Christina Dean Blacher, D.M.D. (CDMA 2012)

 Take your practice to the next level with this all-inclusive Invisalign course. Dr. Christina Blacher will share her story of how she went from a Silver to Platinum Invisalign provider in six months and how her small four op-practice was completely transformed because of Invisalign treatment. She will share her communication style and techniques with patients siting specific verbiage, treatment planning, staff training, clinical Invisalign pearls including attachments and 3D controls in the ClinCheck software, the top five mistakes made during Invisalign treatment, how to handle tracking issues and posterior open bites, how to effectively finish cases in a timely manner, and will even review some social media and marketing training. This is going to be an event you will not want to miss. You will leave this full-day event feeling excited, motivated, and clinically confident; ready to change your patients' lives! 

Saturday Session: Minimally invasive Indirect Restorations - Steven Schiffenhaus, D.M.D. (CDMA 2019)

 In the last 40 years, dentistry has benefited from many advances in adhesives, composites, and ceramics that have allowed the profession to segue from a mechanical restorative goal to a biologic one. These materials provide clinicians with the ability to restore teeth in a minimally invasive manner and close to their original biomechanical function. Unfortunately, these materials are not often used to their full potential and are employed with only slight variations to more invasive traditional preparation designs. Why choose to do nonretentive partial coverage ceramics? These restorations conserve more tooth structure, work in harmony with the natural biomechanics of the tooth, help extend the restorative life cycle of the tooth, and maximize the fracture resistance of ceramic materials. In this course Dr. Schiffenhaus will review advanced adhesive techniques, material science, biomechanics, diagnosis, and preparation design related to biomimetic partial coverage ceramics. 


Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  1. describe materials that will restore teeth in a minimally invasive manner,
  2. discuss rational for nonretentive partial coverage ceramics, and
  3. review advanced adhesive techniques, material science, biomechanics, diagnosis, and preparation design related to biomimetic partial coverage ceramics.

Event Schedule:

Friday, January 14, 2022  (Building and Room to be announced)

8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM  Opening remarks from Dean Smith, then Dr. Blacher's Presentation Begins
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Presentation
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Presentaton Resumes
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM Presentation
4:30 PM End of presentation with question and answers
4:45 PM MWU CDMA Alumni and Friends Reception
Saturday, January 15, 2022 (Building and Room to be announced)
7:30 AM Sign-In and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM Opening Remarks from Dean Smith
Dr. Schiffenhaus' Presentation Begins
10:00 AM Midmorning Break
Noon End of Presentations & Alumni Weekend. Pick- Up attendance verification and Drop off Evaluations

Contact Person: Martha C Clements, MEd, Continuing Dental Education Specialist
Email:   mcleme@midwestern.edu    Office Phone  623-572-3870

Presenters Biography:

Dr. Christina Dean Blacher graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. Dr. Blacher started in private practice in Manchester, Connecticut while her husband completed an endodontic residency at UCONN Health, in Farmington, Connecticut. After three years in Connecticut, Dr. Blacher relocated to Dallas, Texas, where she now has a private practice in Allen, Texas. She is most passionate about Invisalign and cosmetic treatments, and she has extensive training in the growing field of dentistry and stays up to date with the latest advances in dental technology. 

Dr. Blacher took her small four operatory practice from Silver to Platinum with Invisalign in six months. She is a global faculty member for Align and a board member for the American Academy of Clear Aligners. She has received her Fellowship with the AACA and is a mentor to other dental offices, successfully helping to integrate Invisalign into their practices. Find her tips and tricks for all doctors on her Instagram page @queenofinvisalign. Dr. Blacher became a dentist to change lives, including the lives of other dentists. She prides herself on creating a positive professional community united to help one another.

Dr. Steven Schiffenhaus was born and grew up in New Jersey. After graduating Randolph High School, Dr. Schiffenhaus moved to Tempe, Arizona to attend Arizona State University. Originally a business major, Dr. Schiffenhaus switched and graduated with a BS in Molecular Bioscience & Biotechnology. While earning his bachelor’s degree Dr. Schiffenhaus did undergraduate research for the chemistry department – synthesizing gold nanoparticles for a nuclear magnetic resonance imaging project. Later, Dr. Schiffenhaus did undergraduate research for The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. The overall goal of this project was to develop a cancer vaccine and/or identify protein biomarkers for cancer screening tests. Dr. Schiffenhaus’s role as an undergraduate was to verify the genetic presence of cancer patient plasma proteins in established tumor cell lines.

After graduating, Dr. Schiffenhaus stayed at Arizona State University to pursue a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology and continuing the cancer bio-marker research. The nature of Dr. Schiffenhaus’s research switched to in-depth characterization of cancer specific proteins using immunoassays and MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry. Dr. Schiffenhaus passed his comprehensive exam and earned a MS in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Dr. Schiffenhaus decided to leave the PhD program with a Masters to pursue his passion for clinical care.

During his time in graduate school, Dr. Schiffenhaus had taken the medical admissions test – MCAT – and scored quite high such that he was invited to teach MCAT prep for The Princeton Review. Dr. Schiffenhaus taught Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Physiology, and test taking strategies to students preparing to take the MCAT. It was here Dr. Schiffenhaus discovered his passion for teaching, especially helping make complex topics relatable and understandable – a passion he still has to this day. Dr. Schiffenhaus left the PhD program with a Masters in the winter so before starting another educational program he taught physical science and biology to freshman and sophomores for one semester at St. Mary’s High School in downtown Phoenix. Additionally, Dr. Schiffenhaus taught General Biology for one semester at Mesa Community College.

Dr. Schiffenhaus then went on received an MA in Biomedical Sciences as well as his Doctoral degree at Midwestern College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. He returned to his alma mater in 2017 to teach dentistry as adjunct faculty for one year. Dr. Schiffenhaus did his first year as a practicing dentist in a corporate dental office. He then spent the next six months looking for a practice to own. During that time, he temped in close to 20 different offices in the phoenix metro area before acquiring SofTouch Dental in November of 2017. 

Over the years, Dr. Schiffenhaus had begun moving the practice towards a modern minimally invasive treatment as well as a patient centered and quality focused office. Dr. Schiffenhaus was fortunate to first be exposed to Biomimetic Dentistry through one of his faculty mentors in Dental School. Biomimetic Dentistry is a modern, evidence based, minimally invasive approach to dentistry – explained in more detail here. 

After becoming a practice owner Dr. Schiffenhaus was able to pursue more education and mastery in Biomimetic Dentistry. He has completed Master Level training in Biomimetics from Dr. David Alleman Sr. & Jr. who continue to be close mentors. Dr. Schiffenhaus has also received training & mentoring from Dr. Simone Deliperi another founder of the Biomimetic Dentistry movement. Dr. Schiffenhaus is an accredited member of the academy of biomimetic dentistry. In 2020, Dr. Schiffenhaus founded The BAARD Institute to facilitate both online and in person Biomimetic & Advanced Adhesive training for dentists. Dr. Schiffenhaus is a Key Opinion Leader & Lecturer for the renowned Kuraray Noritake as well as a Key Opinion Leader & Product Tester for many other companies. Dr. Schiffenhaus began posting his work on dental social a few years ago and developed quite a following. This following opened the doors for becoming a key opinion leader as well as starting the institute. Dr. Schiffenhaus maintains an Instagram account where he posts Biomimetic Cases & Techniques for free training and mentoring for thousands of dentists. 

Dr. Schiffenhaus is married to Sara Schiffenhaus whom he met as an undergraduate at Arizona State University. They have two children – James and Margot. Dr. Schiffenhaus has a passion for teaching, which is why in addition to maintaining The BAARD Institute, you may find other students or doctors shadowing Dr. Schiffenhaus from time to time. In terms of hobbies, Dr. Schiffenhaus enjoys competitive shooting, brewing beer, but mostly these days his time is spent enjoying time with his children while they are young.                             


Registration Information:

There are three ways to register for our continuing education programs:

  1. Online click here:  submit completed online registration form and payment process per directions 

    Online registration for Saturday Only ($59): Click Here to Register for 4 hours

  2. By mail:   if you want to pay by check, make it out to Midwestern University, fill out the online form, print it out and send it along with your payment to:
    Dr. James Pashayan, College of Dental Medicine-AZ Midwestern University, Office of Continuing Dental Education, 19555 North 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ  85308

    Mail in or scannable form for Saturday Only ($59):  Click Here to Register for 4 hours

  3. By email:  scan completed registration form and email to mcleme@midwestern.edu, providing payment information.Please call 623-572-3870 if you have any questions about course content, directions, registration, etc.  

Payment Methods: We accept checks, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard and Visa. All checks should be made payable to: Midwestern University.

Cancellation and Refund Information:

The Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona Continuing Dental Education (MWUCDM-AZ CDE) office reserves the right to end registration when the enrollment limit is reached and to cancel, modify or alter content, faculty or location for any course if circumstances indicate such a change is advisable. If the MWUCDM-AZ CDE finds it necessary to cancel a course, a full refund will be issued.

No travel expenses will be refunded to the registrant in the event of course cancellation or cancellation of any registration. Full tuition refunds are issued if the participant cancels in writing two weeks prior to a course. Cancellations processed during the two weeks prior to course date will be refunded tuition minus a late cancellation fee of $75.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations received three days prior to the day of the course or in the event of a no-show. Select courses may have individually specific cancellation fees and polices. A $50 fee will be assessed for all returned payments. Returned payments include returned checks and dishonored credit or debit card payments.


Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine Arizona 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.

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona designates this activity for 12 continuing education credits.

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