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The Dawson Academy’s Airway Symposium returns January 2019

Internationally known dentists to teach two-day symposium in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2018) –The Dawson Academy’s third Airway Symposium will share the latest information and research about the practical application of diagnosing, evaluating and treating airway and sleep-disordered breathing in children and adults.

 The American Dental Association recommends that dentists screen patients for medical and dental problems that can be related to airway disorders, such as TMJ issues, bruxism, teeth erosion, gastric reflux, and esophageal and throat cancer. The two-day Airway Symposium will discuss the anatomical evolution resulting in airway and breathing issues, advancements in recognizing these issues and explain how dentists can evaluate and diagnose these disorders.

 Internationally known dentists will bring their expertise in different dental fields to assist other dental professionals to better understand airway and breathing disorders. The instructors at the Symposium in St. Petersburg, Florida are:

  • Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson, general practitioner, senior faculty member and director of dental medicine curriculum at The Dawson Academy. Dr. Wilkerson is a leader in research and education on dentistry’s role in the diagnosis and medical management of disordered breathing. He launched The Dawson Academy’s annual Airway Symposium in 2017 and has lectured on integrative dental medicine, whole health dental treatments and airway/dental sleep medicine all over the world.
  • Dr. Kevin Boyd, a board-certified pediatric dentist practicing in Chicago. Dr. Boyd is also an attending instructor in the residency-training program in Pediatric Dentistry at Lurie Children’s Hospital. His clinical approach to treating toddlers and children orthodontically focuses on how facial structure, bone growth, and oral hygiene can directly impact a child's sleeping habits, jaw growth, crooked teeth, and breathing patterns.
  • Dr. Barry Raphael, an orthodontist in New York. Dr. Raphael uses techniques designed to provide children and teens with an optimal airway and breathing pattern by addressing anatomical, physiological and behavioral aspects of growth and development. Dr. Raphael is immediate past-president of the New Jersey Association of Orthodontics and is on the organizing committee for the ADA Conference on Children's Airway Health.
  • Dr. Marianna Evans, an orthodontist and periodontist in the Philadelphia area. Dr. Evans divides her time between private practice, teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Orthodontics and clinical research. She lectures on airway orthodontics and periodontal plastic surgery. She co-founded the OrthoPerio Institute and recently developed 4D Morphotropic Orthodontics™, an airway-focused preservative orthodontic technique.

During the two-day course, dental professionals will:

  • Discover the impact and evolution of airway and breathing disorders from childhood through adulthood.
  • Connect the relationship between airway disorders and occlusion.
  • Learn how the experts diagnose, evaluate and treat these disorders.
  • Understand how to incorporate the concepts into your practice.

 The Dawson Academy’s Third Annual Airway Symposium will be held Jan. 18-19, 2019 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First Street S. in St. Petersburg, Florida. The course provides 16 hours of continuing education (CE) credits. Registration is available online at


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