Dentistry has always been a challenging profession that balances art and science. Unfortunately, four years of dental school just scratches the surface of a dentist’s educational needs. The WashingtonAGD firmly believes that the dentist needs to be a lifelong learner. COVID-19 has exacerbated the challenges of educating the next generation of dentists. This will create obstacles for not only the “new associate” but also the experienced “practice mentor”.
This continuum is designed to help bridge the education & experience gap between the experienced practicing dentist and their associate. Through webinars and “hands-on” educational events, the WashingtonAGD will attempt to create a forum to discuss challenges and bridge gaps that can create tension between the owner dentist and their associate. The goal is to open dialogue between doctors and facilitate hands-on courses to align treatment philosophies and harmonize approaches of day to day dental procedures.
Dr. Kwiecien graduated from Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry in 1995 and holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration. He has more than 25 years of private practice experience with most of those years overlapping in academia.
Before joining Spear Education full-time from 2014 – 2017, Dr. Kwiecien served as assistant professor of restorative dentistry at Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Dentistry where his roles included director of the university’s faculty dental practice, as well as course director of pre-clinical fixed prosthodontics and co-course director of advanced restorative concepts. Dr. Kwiecien’s dedication to highlevel continuing education began with Dr. Frank Spear in 2001. Shortly thereafter, he completed the curriculum at the L.D. Pankey Institute. He has over a decade of national and international lecturing and workshops. Dr. Kwiecien is an adjunct faculty member at Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine, directing the practice management curriculum. He also serves as faculty member at the L.D. Pankey Institute and dedicates the majority of his time as the owner of K Squared Facilitation and Dental Education, facilitating long-term health for the practice, team, and patient.