Dental Assistant Orthodontic CE Course available ONLINE NOW!

IT. IS. LIVE!!  The WVDA Dental Assistant Orthodontic CE is now available virtually, on-demand here !  A huge thank you to WVDA’s Secretary, Dr. Lance Pittman, who gave tirelessly of his time and personal resources to make the virtual, on-demand course a reality.  Interested dental assistants should click on the link, then "sign In" then "create new account".  Each assistant taking the course needs to create their own account, even if they are using the dentist's credit card for payment.  Should you encounter any problems in the process, please reach out to Susan Jones at or (304) 344-5246.  
Your WVDA is working to put the other dental assistant CE courses on-line as well.  Watch for details later this summer.

WVU Office of Continuing Education Offers Course on
Oral and Maxillofacial Imaging Modalities

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Today and Tomorrow: A Review of Current Technologies and What the Future Holds

June 17, Morganton, WV

Erickson Alumni Center

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Course description can be found in our brochure

Register online.  

  • This course will provide the oral health professional with an overview of current oral and maxillofacial imaging modalities and how to select the imaging modality best suited for the clinical situation.
  • The afternoon session will focus on artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and the future these technologies may bring to oral and maxillofacial radiology.


Dr. Gordon Christensen Scheduled to Present at the 2022 WVDA Annual Summer Meeting

The WVDA is thrilled to announce Dr. Gordon Christensen will present “The Christensen Bottom Line” at our July 2022 Greenbrier Annual Meeting!
Gordon J. Christensen is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Practical Clinical Courses, Chief Executive Officer of Clinicians Report Foundation, and a Practicing Prosthodontist in Provo, Utah.  Gordon and Dr. Rella Christensen are co-founders of the non-profit Clinicians Report Foundation. Since 1976, they have conducted research in all areas of dentistry and published the findings to the profession in the well-known CRA newsletter now called Clinicians Report. Gordon's degrees include: DDS, University of Southern California; MSD, University of Washington; PhD, University of Denver; and two honorary doctorates. Early in his career, Gordon helped initiate the University of Kentucky and University of Colorado dental schools and taught at the University of Washington. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah, School of Dentistry. Gordon has presented thousands of hours of continuing education globally, made hundreds of educational videos used throughout the world, and is published widely.
This WVDA member-only announcement is being made now to provide you with time to register for the event and reserve a room at the Greenbrier or elsewhere in the Lewisburg area.  Please do not delay making your reservation, as a large turnout is expected for Dr. Christensen’s presentation.  The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 23, 2022.  Dr. Christensen will present all day on Friday, July 22, and additional CE will be available on Saturday morning, July 23rd.  Full details of this event will be shared with the ADA, neighboring state dental associations, and study clubs on April 4, 2022 – so to guarantee a hotel reservation, please make your reservations prior to that date. 
Complete Program is here:                             116th Annual Session Program
Please register for the meeting here:              2022 WVDA Annual Session Registration
or you can get fillable/printable form here:      July 2022 Registration Form
The Greenbrier is headquarters for the meeting.  Lodging is also available nearby:
The Schoolhouse Hotel (opening May 2022), White Sulphur Springs, 888-437-4223  Home - The Schoolhouse Hotel (
Fairfield Inn and Suites, Lewisburg  304-645-7999    Hotel In Lewisburg, WV, with High-Speed Internet| Fairfield Inn (
General Lewis Inn, Lewisburg, 304-645-2600  The Historic General Lewis Inn Lewisburg, WV
Hampton Inn, Lewisburg, 304-645-7300  Lewisburg, WV Hotels - Hampton Inn Lewisburg (
Holiday Inn Express, Lewisburg  304-645-5750   Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lewisburg Hotel by IHG
Home2 Suites by Hilton, Lewisburg  304-647-5936  Home2 Suites by Hilton Lewisburg
The Escape, Lewisburg  304-667-2213  The Escape (

JANUARY 21-22, 2022

Registration forms for the two courses are here: Registration Form

Call Stonewall 1-888-278-8150 or use this link: Reserve your room at Stonewall .   If making your reservation by phone, inform the hotel you are attending the West Virginia Dental Association meeting. Rate is $125.00 per night. Make your room reservation at your earliest convenience but no later than December 21. 
Professional Protector Plan (PPP) for Dentists- Risk Management Seminar  
January 21, 2022 - 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm 
An excellent risk management seminar for dentists and staff will be held Friday, January 21, 2022, at Stonewall Resort , 940 Resort Drive, Roanoke, WV .  Stonewall is located 66 miles south of Morgantown and 98 miles north of Charleston at Exit 91 of Interstate 79. 
The featured speaker is Robert Peskin, DDS, who maintains a private dental anesthesiology practice devoted to the management of the anxious, apprehensive and special needs patients in New York.  He has lectured frequently on malpractice insurance in general and in particular on its impact on coverage for dentists administering anesthesia.
If you attend the seminar you will receive a 10% credit on your PPP professional liability insurance premium for three (3) years after your policy renews.  Dentists not insured with the PPP may be eligible for this credit by purchasing PPP coverage within one year of attending this seminar. 
Dentists will also earn 4.5 hours of Board of Dentistry approved CE credit toward renewal of their West Virginia license. 
The seminar will be held from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 21.  Please arrive by 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. at Stonewall Resort.  The fee for the risk management seminar is $90 for dentists and/or staff who are not insured by the Professional Protector Plan (PPP) for Dentists. 
Bridging the Gap Between Dentistry and Medicine
Katherine L. Roll, DMD, MSD, Board Certified in Periodontology & Dental Implant Surgery

January 22, 2022  - 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm 
Inflammation is a unifying theme in this lecture.  Historically, dentistry and medicine have been viewed as separate entities.  Why is it important that dentistry and medicine collaborate?
This lecture will address the following:
The difference between health span and life span.
The role oral health plays in vascular disease and inflammation. 
     >Why should we pay attention to what’s going on endodontically and periodontally?
     >Where are dentistry and medicine headed in the next 10-15 years?
The significance of the American Academy of Periodontology’s newest classification scheme for identifying and diagnosing disease.
Periodontal therapies to improve oral health.
What do we have available to best treat our patients? 
Bridging the Gap Between Dentistry and Medicine will be held  January 22 at Stonewall Resort from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Dentists, hygienists and assistants will earn five hours of CE by attending the program.   The fee is $90 per person for the course and lunch.  Pay in advance by December 15.
Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. as the CE course will begin at 9:00 a.m.   Luncheon, installation of officers and presentation of awards will be held from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 p.m.  Dr. Eleisha J. Nickoles President, will preside over the meeting.  Bridging the Gap will conclude at 3:30 p.m.    


Wheeling Health Right expands dental clinic

The non-profit Wheeling Health Right received $50,000 from the newly created Highmark West Virginia’s Charitable Fund for Health.  The new funding will expand the dental clinic.  “With expansion of the new operatory, new board room and drive through pharmacy, our staff will be able to increase the number of patients seen each year,” said Dr. Michael Medovic, Dental Director and Board Member of Wheeling Health Right.

“Patients will go through the medical side for service, then the dental clinic,” said Medovic.     Third and fourth year dental students from WVU School of Dentistry will rotate through the dental clinic.  Eight Wheeling area dentists provided free care, as well as WVU rural faculty members.  The clinic includes three operatories and computer stations.  Dental services are provided patients without charge.

“We believe with this dental expansion we will be able to see 1,000 people by the end of next year, so it is needed. We started our dental program to address the needs that oral health and your overall health care are correlated and tied together,” said Anne Ricci, Marketing Director of Wheeling Health Right.    

“Wheeling Health Right opened in 2016.  Since that time the dental clinic has provided free dental care to patients valued at $1.3 million.  Three fourths of that care was provided by WVU third and fourth-year dental students and WVU oral surgery residents,” said Dr. Craig Wilcox, who oversaw Wheeling Health Right for almost four years.  United States Congressman David McKinley visited dentists at Wheeling Health Right.         


Hygienists and Assistants programs scheduled for October 22 

Restorative Expanded Duties for Dental Assistants will be held from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon, Friday, October 22 at Waterfront Place in Morgantown.  Dr. Michael Bagby will present the course.

Also set is Expanded Duties for Orthodontic Assistants from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon, Friday, October 22 at Waterfront Place in Morgantown.  Orthodontist Dr. Anissa Anderson will present the course.

Coronal Polishing for Restorative and Orthodontic Assistants is scheduled from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Friday, October 22 at Waterfront Place in Morgantown.  Dr. Michael Bagby is the speaker.

Nitrous Oxide Monitoring for Dental Hygienists and Assistants will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Friday, October 22 at Waterfront Place in Morgantown.  Bryan Weaver, DDS, MD, is the speaker.

Fees reduced to $95 for each program up to October 11. Fees increase to $125 after October 11. 

Lodging available at the Waterfront Place, Two Waterfront Place, Morgantown.  Route 119 South

For lodging call 800-630-2594 at Waterfront Place.

Get registration forms here:   Expanded Duties Courses - October 22


Annual meeting draws record CE attendance

The 115th Annual Session resulted in dentists, dental hygienists and assistants earning continuing education credit.  “We’re very pleased with the attendance, especially the number of hygienists,” said Dr. Eleisha Nickoles, President, who presided over the meeting. 

Those attending courses earned 11 hours of CE toward renewal of their license.  CE credits were mailed attendees August 5.  Total attendees included: 160 dentists, 24 dental hygienists, seven assistants, 72 guests, 4 students and 23 exhibits – for a total of 267, one of the greatest number of attendees ever! 

WVDA 115th Annual Session - July 22 - 24, 2021 - The Greenbrier

“Greetings to all dentists, dental students, hygienists, assistants, exhibitors and their guests. The Greenbrier and outstanding programs will make this meeting a memorable experience and contribute to your practice,” said Eleisha J. Nickoles, DDS, WVDA President. “The past year was a challenge for dentists with many practices quarantined with limited access to patients because of the COVID-19 pandemic that spread throughout our country and state. We are pleased to arrange our annual meeting, an event cherished by many dentists for so many years,” said Doctor Nickoles.

Kelli Jaecks, author and self-care strategist, is the featured speaker. Both women and men will benefit from her program, which include: “Self Care is Health Care” (focus on all practitioners taking care of themselves so they can better serve the patient), “Millennials, Motherhood and Menopause” (focus on women and hormonal health and changes and great for men who live with and work with women), and “Cannabis and Inflammation.”

We welcome Daniel J. Klemmedson, DDS, MD, President of the American Dental Association, who will address our meeting. We also welcome Dr. Michael Medovic, Sixth District Trustee to the ADA. He represents Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia on the American Dental Association’s Board of Trustees. This is the first of his four years as Trustee.

Dentists, hygienists, assistants, spouses and exhibitors are invited to a luncheon at Noon, Friday, July 23, in the Cameo Ballroom. 

A reception honoring Past Presidents will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 23, on the Chesapeake Bay and Terrace.

A special invitation is extended dentists and their spouses to dinner, Friday evening, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Colonial Ballroom of The Greenbrier. 

The American and International College of Dentists will meet at 7:00 a.m., Saturday, July 24. The following will meet at 9:00 a.m., July 24: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Endodontists, Orthodontists, Pediatric Dentists and Periodontists.

Please make reservations with The Greenbrier prior to June 1. Call 800-624-6070 for lodging and dinner reservations. The beautiful Greenbrier adds to the quality and enjoyment of our 115th Annual Session, making it a memorable experience for dentists, guests and their families.

Eleisha J. Nickoles, DDS
West Virginia Dental Association President

Earn 11 hours of Continuing Education Credit.

See the complete program and registration form here:  WVDA 115th Annual Session Program & Registration Form 
Exhibitors click her for more information:  WVDA 115th Annual Session Exhibit Application

Dr. Eleisha Nickoles installed President

Dr. Eleisha J. Nickoles of Wheeling, WV was installed President of the West Virginia Dental Association during formal ceremonies at the Charleston Civic Center, January 23, 2021.  She will serve until January 22, 2022.

Other officers elected were:  Dr. Dan Carrier or Morgantown, President Elect; Dr. Travis Wills of Lochgelly, Vice President; Dr. Lance Pittman of Martinsburg, Secretary; Dr. Gerard Veltri of Clarksburg, Treasurer; Dr. Michael Richardson of Charleston, Chair, ADA Delegate; and Dr. Kerri T. Simpson, ADA Delegate.

WVDA Meetings scheduled for 2021 include the Executive Council meeting at Oglebay Park, Saturday, April 24; and the Annual Session at The Greenbrier, July 22 - 25.

WVDA 114th Annual Session - July 24 & 25, 2020 - The Greenbrier

Earn 11 hours of Continuing Education Credit.

See the program here:  114th Annual Session Program

Registration form here  Registration Form

New law requires health insurance companies to accept assignment of benefits

After lobbying legislators beginning the first day of the 2020 session, the West Virginia Dental Association succeeded in having House Bill 4061 passed the last night of the session – 60 days later with only two hours remaining before the close of the session – allowing patients to have their dental insurance benefits paid directly to their dentist.   

Known as “assignment of benefits,” the law requires dental insurance plans to honor an assignment, made in writing by the person covered under the policy, of payments due under the insurance policy to a dentist or a dental corporation for services provided to the covered person that are covered under the policy.

The policy includes the following provisions of the West Virginia Insurance Code, designated:
Chapter 33, Article 15-22; Chapter 33, Article 16-18; Chapter 33, Article 24-45; Chapter 33, Article 25-22; and Chapter 33, Article 25A-36.

(a) Any entity regulated under this article that provides dental care coverage to a coveredperson shall honor an assignment, made in writing by the person covered under the policy, of payments due under the policy to a dentist or a dental corporation for services provided to the covered person that are covered under the policy.  Upon notice of the assignment, the entity shall make payments directly to the provider of the covered services.  A dentist or dental corporation with a valid assignment may bill the entity and notify the entity of the assignment. Upon request of the entity, the dentist or dental corporation shall provide a copy of the assignment to the entity.

(b) A covered person may revoke an assignment made pursuant to subsection (a) of this sectionwith or without the consent of the provider.  The revocation shall be in writing.  The covered person shall provide notice of the revocation to the entity.  The entity shall send a copy of the revocation notice to the dentist or dental corporation subject to the assignment.  The revocation is effective when the entity and the provider have received a copy of the revocation notice.  The revocation is only effective for any charges incurred after both parties have received the revocation notice.
(c) If, under an assignment authorized in subjection (a) of this section, a dentist or dentalcorporation collects payment from a covered person and subsequently receives payment from the entity, the dentist or dental corporation shall reimburse the covered person, less any applicable copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance amounts, within 45 days.

(d) Nothing in this section limits an entity to determine the scope of the entity’s benefits,services, or any other terms of the entity’s policies or to negotiate any contract with a licensed health care provider regarding reimbursement rates or any other lawful provisions.

Laws regulating dental insurance have had a direct impact on patients who purchase coverage, which is about half of the population.  Most insurers allow covered patients to see their choice of dentist, with the caveat that certain features may be reduced for seeing a dentist that is not in the insurer’s network. When a patient who’s seeing an out-of-network dentist wants insurance payment for their covered service to go directly to their dentist – known as “assignment of benefits” – many insurance companies refuse to comply with the patient’s request.  

The burden of navigating payment for covered services lands squarely on the patient who simply chose to see the “dentist of their choice.”  About half the states have a law that requires insurers to follow the patient’s directive to pay the dentist directly for covered services. The end result is a law that allows patients to choose how the dental coverage product they’ve purchased is utilized.  

Passage of House Bill 4061 by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jim Justice, assures patients can chose the dentist of their choice without financial penalties commonly imposed by third party payers.  The new law becomes effective June 5, 2020.


Governor approves lawmakers expanding Medicaid to include adult dental coverage

Responding to requests from the West Virginia Dental Association, lawmakers of the House and Senate passed Senate Bil 648 during the 2020 session expanding the Medicaid program to provide dental coverage for adult Medicaid recipients.  The law provides selected coverage for adults 21 and over.  
Effective June 5, 2020, the new law calls for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to seek authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the program.  
Published below are provisions of Senate Bill 648, sought by the Association and signed into law by Governor Jim Justice.  

Medicaid Program: Dental Care.

“Cosmetic services” means dental work that improves the appearance of the teeth, gums, or bite, including, but not limited to, inlays or onlays, composite bonding, dental veneers, teeth whitening, or braces.

“Diagnostic and preventative services” means dental work that maintains good oral health and includes oral evaluations, routine cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatment, filings, and extractions.

“Restorative services” means dental work that involves tooth replacement, including, but not limited to, dentures, dental implants, bridges, crowns, or corrective procedures such as root canals.

The Department of Health and Human Resources shall extend Medicaid coverage to adults age 21 and over covered by the Medicaid program for diagnostic and preventative dental services and restorative dental services, excluding cosmetic services.  This coverage is limited to $1,000 each budget year.  Recipients must pay for services over the $1,000 yearly limit, or to be in compliance with new federal legislation that further expands eligibility for dental care for adult recipients.

The Department of Health and Human Resources is responsible for the implementation of, and program design for, a dental care system to reduce the continuing harm and continuing impact on the health care system in West Virginia.  The dental health system design shall include oversight, quality assurance measures, case management, and patient outreach activities.  The Department of Health and Human Resources shall assume responsibility for claims processing in accordance with established fee schedules and financial aspects of the program necessary to receive available federal dollars and to meet federal rules and regulations.  The Department of Health and Human Resources shall seek authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the provisions of this article.

The provisions of this section enacted during the 2020 regular legislative session shall only become effective upon approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the provider tax as set forth in 11-27-10a of this code.

(Provider tax referred to in 11-27-10a above is a tax on managed care organizations and HMOs.) 


Dr. Douglas Robertson installed President

During services conducted at the 2020 Semiannual Session, January 18, at the Marriott in Charleston, Dr. Douglas Robertson was installed President by Dr. Brett Eckley, outgoing President.  Other officers installed were Dr. Eleisha Nickoles, President Elect; Dr. Daniel T. Carrier, Vice President; Dr. Lance Pittman, Secretary; Dr. Gerard Veltri, Treasurer; Dr. Mike Richardson and Dr. Kerri Simpson, ADA Delegates.

The West Virginia Dental Association invites dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental suppliers and dental laboratories to its Semiannual Session in January and Annual Session in July of each year.  A host of scientific and clinical programs are presented at each meeting, assuring attendees of worthwhile educational experiences. 

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