Welcome to the 97th Southwest Dental Conference! 

2024 Southwest Dental Conference: Empowering Innovation and productivity

Dear Esteemed Colleagues,

I am delighted to welcome you all to the 2024 Southwest Dental Conference, Dallas’s annual gathering for dental professionals and their staff. As the Chairman of this year’s conference, it is my privilege to share our vision and enthusiasm for the theme, “Empowering Innovation and Productivity.”

Over the years, dentistry has witnessed remarkable advancements in technology and patient care. Our profession continually evolves, and it is crucial that we stay at the forefront of these changes. The theme of this year’s conference reflects our commitment to embracing innovation and enhancing productivity in our practices.

Innovation has become synonymous with progress, and the field of dentistry is no exception. In an era of rapid technological advancements, staying up to date with the latest tools, techniques, and practices is essential. At the 2024 Southwest Dental Conference, we have curated an exciting lineup of sessions and workshops that will provide you with valuable insights into cutting-edge technologies and strategies.

One of the focal points of our conference will be the exploration of digital dentistry. From courses on 3D printing and digital integrations with Dr. Mark Kleive to CBCT interpretation with Dr. Peter Green, we will delve into how these innovations can revolutionize patient care, streamline workflows, and enhance diagnostic accuracy. Our aim is to empower you with the knowledge and skills to integrate these innovations seamlessly into your practices.

Productivity is another critical aspect of our theme. We understand the challenges that come with running a dental practice efficiently. From optimizing appointment scheduling and improving patient management to enhancing the overall patient experience, our conference will offer practical solutions to boost productivity without compromising the quality of care. We will have Judy Kay Mausolf lecturing on practice management and Dr.Greg Grobmyer lecturing on maximizing insurance reimbursement for your practice.

Collaboration is key to innovation and productivity. The 2024 Southwest Dental Conference will provide ample networking opportunities for you to connect with fellow professionals, industry experts, and exhibitors. Sharing experiences and insights can spark new ideas and lead to meaningful collaborations that drive positive change in your practice.

Furthermore, we have an impressive roster of renowned speakers and educators who will share their expertise on various topics, including Drs.Lee Ann Brady and Todd Davis presenting restorative topics, Dr. Stanley Malamed presenting on anesthesia, and Dr. Gigi Meinicke presenting a hands-on workshop with Botox. Their knowledge and experience will empower you to take your dental practice to new heights.

As we gather in Dallas for the 2024 Southwest Dental Conference, I encourage you to embrace the theme of “Empowering Innovation and Productivity” with an open mind and a commitment to continuous improvement. Together, we can shape the future of dentistry, ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care while making our practices more efficient and rewarding.


Drew Vanderbrook, DDS
Chairman, 2024 Southwest Dental Conference