Conference Speakers


Keynote Speaker: Feroshia R. Knight, MA, PCC

Feroshia Knight, MA, PCC, is Executive Director and founder of the Baraka Institute: Coach Training World, established in 2005, and an internationally known coach, consultant, creator, author and speaker. She is also the founder of Agent 47, an independent marketing consultancy created in 1989 that has helped hundreds of companies build a powerful brand and competitive position through the development of branding tools that rely on sustainable business practices and relationship-based, educational marketing strategies.

Feroshia holds a master's degree in Organization Change and Renewal from Seattle University/OSR-NW with expertise in systems thinking, system dynamics, transformational learning theory, archetypal systems and pattern analysis, as well as change management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Technical Journalism at Oregon State University.

As an ICF Credentialed Professional Coach, NLP Practitioner and Certified Project Manager, Feroshia has dedicated herself to perfecting the integrated union of personal and professional development and business growth services for the past 23 years, addressing the whole business as well as the individuals within it. Through the Baraka Institute and her role as a human strategist, she has worked with solo entrepreneurs as well as those within businesses and non-profits throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and elsewhere around the world. In doing so, she has developed high-impact groups in which leaders and their teams can excel at effective communication, strategic planning, decision-making, conflict management, productivity, accountability and team effectiveness.

Feroshia has written and published an extensive range of educational material – used by students around the world – to instill an understanding of change mastery and elicit human excellence while producing an exceptionally heightened level of innovative thinking and self-awareness. She is also currently at work on two forthcoming books, a comprehensive training manual for her signature Whole Person CoachTM technique, as well as Innovate from Here: The POWER Within, a book that explores her unique philosophy and successful approach to deepening and accelerating human development. In addition, Feroshia recently collaborated with 13 Baraka graduates to publish If Only... Life Lessons Learned - 14 Transformational Tales, a collection of real-life success stories taken from those who’ve discovered ways to effectively navigate life through the tools and techniques of coaching.

Feroshia is also credited with establishing a number of proprietary and highly-successful coach training programs, personal growth programs and leadership development products – including the Whole Person Coaching™ Methodology, the KOKORO Life Mastery™ Program, the KOKORO MindStyles™ and Archetypal Systems Coaching®. She has developed a range of tools and assessments that allow individuals and businesses to better understand themselves and others. The guidance of her archetypal patterning process has proven particularly useful in areas of self-development and team-development and is extremely powerful as a cutting-edge business success process.

Further branching out into the world of multimedia, she is creating a series of educational films designed to stimulate curiosity and action, instructing individuals who are ready to take their next steps on how to reap the numerous rewards life has to offer.

Continuously active in the coaching and organizational development community, Feroshia was voted and awarded Coach of the Year in 2009 by the NWCA and currently participates with numerous local and national organizations that include the Association of Psychological Type, NWCA and the ICF. In addition, she has served as Past President for the Oregon chapter of the International Coaches Federation, NW Coaches and as the Past Chair of the Organizational Development Network of Oregon.

On a personal level, Feroshia believes the natural world is one of the most powerful teaching tools available for learning about ourselves and how we interact within the larger community. As a result, her leisure time in often spent in the great outdoors – hiking and biking the incomparable trails surrounding her hometown of Portland, Ore. She also enjoys exploring distant lands and learning about other cultures, having traveled to China, Japan, Brazil, Korea, Indonesia, Costa Rica and throughout Europe.

When she isn’t outdoors, Feroshia invests her free time in music, fronting for a dozen bands since her 20s. In this vein, she is currently producing a short compilation CD featuring the best of her collaborations with some of Portland’s finest songwriters.


Presentation Objectives

  • Be able to describe Wellness Coaching and it’s role in dental practice
  • Be able to discuss a new 5 step model for coaching
  • Will understand the skill set required to be successful in coaching patients




Bud Evans, DDS

Dr. Henry (Bud) Evans graduated from the University of Idaho in 1973 and Washington University School of Dental Medicine in 1976 practice in After nearly four years with the Indian Health Service in North Dakota and Alaska, Dr. Bud started his practice in Chewelah in 1980. Both he and his wife, Diane, of 35 years have raised two children, Ben and Maggie in Chewelah. Since moving to Chewelah, Dr. Evans has earned a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry and has logged over 4000 hours of continuing education, with emphasis in periodontics, crown and bridge reconstruction, occlusion, and smile rehabilitation and enhancement. His office and state of the art equipment reflect a passion for excellence and caring.


Presentation Objectives

  • To learn new materials based on current literature
  • To learn recent information on bonding based on current literature
  • To learn recent information on esthetic dental treatment and planning based on the current literature




Jo-Anne Jones, RDH

Jo-Anne Jones is a well-recognized international speaker inspiring dental audiences to embrace the profession they have chosen with a renewed confidence and enthusiasm. She is also a consultant, author and President of RDH Connection Inc. RDH Connection is a practice management and clinical training company focused on delivering results-oriented solutions for today’s dental practice.

Jo-Anne has been selected as one of the DPR’s 2013 Top 25 Women in Dentistry and joins the 2014 Dentistry Today CE Leaders for the 4th consecutive year. The editors of PennWell publications selected Jo-Anne’s article entitled “Sex and Oral Health: What’s the Connection?” as “The Most Important Dental Story Published in 2013.”

When Jo-Anne is not reading a dental journal, she enjoys cooking, dancing and most of all spending time with husband, Stan, 4 children, 5 grandchildren and yellow lab Marley!

Presentation Objectives

  • Understand critical statistical information regarding oral cancer that every dental professional needs to know
  • Discuss compelling information supporting the emergence of an atypical sexually-transmitted profile
  • Identify the dental professional’s role in early discovery of mucosal tissue changes and potentially life-saving outcome
  • Recognize the critical components of a comprehensive extraoral and intraoral examination
  • Compare and contrast the value of adjunctive screening methods to compliment the white light examination




V. Kim Kutsch, DMD

Dr. Kim Kutsch has dedicated his career to seeking out and developing new ideas, technologies and treatment methods that focus on excellent patient care. He received his undergraduate degree from Westminster College in Utah and then completed his DMD at University of Oregon School of Dentistry in 1979. Dr. Kutsch currently serves are CEO of Oral Biotech and maintains a private practice in Albany, Oregon.

He is an inventor holding numerous patents for dental materials and oral health technologies in dentistry, publishes regularly in magazines, journals and textbooks. As an author, Dr. Kutsch has published dozens of articles and abstracts on minimally invasive dentistry, caries risk assessment, digital radiography and other technologies in both dental and medical journals and contributed to several textbooks. He also acts as a reviewer for several journals. He is a product consultant and regularly speaks at dental meetings throughout the world.

He is the founder of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry and the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He also has served on the board of directors for the World Clinical Laser Institute and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He conducts independent biofilm research on the bacteria that cause cavities, and developed the Carifree system for the early identification, diagnosis and elimination of decay to promote a lifetime of health. Dr. Kutsch is also a mentor in the prestigious Kois Center for dentists in Seattle.


Presentation Objectives

  • Following the presentation the attendee will be able to describe the current disease model of dental caries
  • The attendee will be able to discuss the most recent relevant scientific publications on dental caries
  • The attendee will understand the most current topics about dental caries that have an impact on the clinical practice and the management of the disease





Scott Neish, DMD

Dr. Scott Neish has been serving the Portland, Oregon area for almost 30 years. He provides the highest level of care possible to his patients through his comprehensive, minimally invasive approach to diagnosis and treatment and his numerous hours of continuing education in a variety of areas. Dr. Neish received his B.S. in mathematics at the University of Oregon in 1977 and his D.M.D. degree in 1982 from the Oregon Health & Science University.

His commitment to excellence has been the driving force throughout his career and has led him to many different areas within the dental profession. He has taken extensive courses on laser dentistry, implants, and CEREC restorations as well as classes on restorative principles and techniques from the renowned Kois Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Neish is the current president of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry, an organization which he has been an active member of for many years. He also served as a board member on the Oregon Annual Meeting Council.


Presentation Objectives

  • Following the presentation the attendee will be able to describe the indications and limitations of mandibular advancement devices
  • The attendee will understand non-surgical treatment modalities for maxillary vertical excess
  • The attendee will understand the three-dimensional relationship between occlusion and airway volume





Mike Nelson, DDS

32 years of patient­-centered quality dental care has been the focus of Dr. Mike Nelson Family Dental Group located in Redding, California. As a member of a three-­generation dental family educated at Pacific School of Dentistry, Dr. Mike (‘81) practices with his son Dr. Chris (‘09) and still collaborates with his retired father Dr. Leon (‘60).

The practice of delivering whole­-health dental care has centered most recently on patient coaching, CAMBRA, and the relationship between sleep­-disordered breathing, bruxism, acid erosion, and prosthodontic success.

Studying under Dr. Jeff Rouse of CORE dentistry “Sleep prosthodontics” has captivated Dr. Mike, continuing a series of influential education which began many years ago at the UCSF Craniofacial Pain Clinic, the Pride Institute, the Seattle Study Club, and the Redding Area Dental Studies Forum. The culmination of these different disciplines occurred when Dr. Mike began studying with Dr. John McDougall, recognizing how nutrition influences the long term success or failure of prosthodontic rehabilitation.

Integrating several simple concepts from nutrition, sleep prosthodontics, and restorative dentistry has lead Dr. Mike to a new practice philosophy that begins with “why.” Following several simple yet powerful guidelines enables Dr. Mike to lead his team in quality whole­health care, predictably delivering long­lasting restorative dentistry for the entire family.


Presentation Objectives

  • Explain the relationship between airway, reflux, and bruxism – the bruxism triad
  • Discuss how the bruxism triad affects restorative success and failure
  • Present treatment options to manage forces that adversely affect restorative success




G. Lee Ostler, DDS

Dr. G. Lee Ostler is a 1983 graduate of the University of Washington School Of Dentistry and has a private practice in Richland Washington. He has focused his general practice on advanced cosmetics and bite rehabilitation, comprehensive periodontal management, dental sleep medicine, facial pain and TMJ/TMD therapy. Dr. Ostler is the developer of the MDReferrals program, co-founder of Oral SysteMixTM, and co-developer of The Dental ETC protocol utility software program. He is also author of The Healthcare Professionals Networking Handbook, 21 Principles of Smile Design - Your Guide to a More Attractive Confident Smile, and The Story of Dental Health - A Journey of Smiles.

Dr. Ostler is a consultant to the dental industry, professional associations, and dental and medical continuing education entities, advising in matters of product and curriculum development and oral systemic healthcare. He is founding member and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, and is editor of the AAOSH Connect newsletter. He begins his term of President Elect June 2012 and was instrumental in developing partnership and co-branded programs with the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. He is a past clinical instructor at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI).

With the emergence of new scientific understandings regarding the relationships that exist between the mouth and the body, current standards-of-care are evolving to require multi-disciplinary management of compromising medical conditions and better risk-management practices within healthcare. Dr. Ostler has created programs and resources, and lectures and presents to dentists and physicians nationally, which facilitate closer working referral relationships between medicine and dentistry, and which help dentists, physicians and public health agencies to improve patient care and better manage risk factors related to oral and general health.

He is the author of a number of related articles, and a handbook on the subject of medical-dental interdisciplinary referral networks, and the principles of multi-disciplinary co-management. His work and materials are currently being used by health professionals and industry consultants across the United States and internationally to improve patient care, to build professional networks between physicians and dentists, and to advance the understanding and adoption by the professions of the emerging science confirming the relationships between oral and systemic health.


Presentation Objectives

  • The attendee will receive a better understanding of what recent literature is telling the medical and dental communities about the effects of oral bacteria on the body
  • The attendee will receive new information about specific oral microbiology and its interplay with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • The attendee will better understand the basic mechanisms involved with microbiology-related upregulation of the innate immune system and how this plays on the inflammatory pathways in human physiology




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