Risk Management
Recorded on April 25, 2014 (90 minutes)

A pediatric dentist is faced with many financial risks in both their personal and practice lives.  Many of these risks, if properly identified, can be managed with either good risk management practices or other tools provided by insurance companies.  This webinar will begin with a general review of the most common risks a pediatric dentist will face and ways to lessen the exposure. Following, a discussion with focus on the ten most common mistakes pediatric dentists make when addressing risk management issues.  The remainder of the webinar will focus on professional liability trends and recent court cases.

Course Objectives:

Participants will be presented with the financial risks associated with being a pediatric dentist and methods used to mitigate these risks.

  1. A broad list of common risk management mistakes will be identified
  2. Participants will learn of current professional liability claims trends and ways to reduce risk
  3. Professional liability case studies will be presented and outcomes discussed

Kenneth C. ThomallaKenneth C. Thomalla, CPA, CLU, CFP
Chief Operating Officer
Treloar and Heisel, Inc

Ken Thomalla is currently employed as Chief Operating Officer for Treloar and Heisel, Inc.  After graduating from Northern Illinois University in 1988, he obtained his CPA certificate and started with Deloitte and Touche, LLP.  In 1991, Ken joined Treloar and Heisel, Inc as the Midwest Sales Director.  Over the years, Ken has lectured to thousands of dental and medical professionals regarding their insurance and financial planning needs.  Kenís additional designations include Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Life Underwriter.  Ken lives in suburban Chicago with his wife Lisa and their four children.


Theodore PassineauTheodore Passineau JD, HRM, RPLU, CPHRM, FASHRM
Senior Clinical Risk Management Consultant
Medical Protective

Ted Passineau, JD, HRM, RPLU, CPHRM, FASHRM, Senior Clinical Risk Management Consultant, has worked in the field of medical professional liability since 1987. Professional achievements include experience as a medical malpractice defense attorney, risk management consultant, director of risk management, and director of continuing medical education for both doctor-owned and commercial professional liability insurers. In his career, Ted has provided instruction to thousands of physicians, dentists and hospital staffs across the United States and internationally, and has written extensively on various professional liability-related topics.

In addition to his academic credentials, Ted has been trained in Healthcare Mediation and Conflict Resolution by the Harvard School of Public Health, and Clinician-Patient Communication by the Institute for Healthcare Communication. His affiliations include: Adjunct Professor of Medical Law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School; advisory panel for a physician litigation stress website; and former board membership of the Tri-County Medical Control Authority.

Ted provides risk management services for the upper Midwest and Northeast regions of the United States.

Upon completion of the course, you will receive one hour of Continuing Education credit.

The continuing education credits issued for participation in this activity may not apply toward license renewal in all states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify requirements of his or her state licensing board(s).

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

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