Living Life Together

Seattle Study Club is putting every effort into helping all dentists during this difficult time, which is why we’ve produced this series of uplifting, non-clinical programs you won’t find anywhere else. Many of the topics are family oriented, the program is free, and we hope you’ll make the time to join us each week.


The BIG Re-Set: How to Re-Activate Your Full Human Potential

The world has certainly gotten more complicated in recent months, and our connections to people, purpose and work have been challenged in ways most of us have never experienced. It is easy to spin out and lose our focus. While this level of change can make for a bumpy ride, it also creates opportunity to evaluate, rediscover, and energize yourself and your team. Join us for a session that will provide the tools and mindset you need to re-engage with your passion and purpose at work, recalibrate relationships, find your joy again, restore meaning, and reignite your confidence and enthusiasm. It all comes down to choosing to fully live and create the life you want!

Amanda understands that getting down to business isn’t all about targets and optimizing clickthroughs. The heart and profit center of every business is about how people think, and consequently, feel about themselves, and how they make others feel. How we feel about a personal or business relationship informs every part of our decision to invest with them. Amanda’s action-packed performances offer an abundance of use-it-now tools to create deep, lasting relationships at every level — with family, customers, colleagues, and clients. Everyone leaves energized, enthusiastic and re-engaged!


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Making Decisions in an Era of Mass Uncertainty

The overwhelming uncertainty plaguing business and the economic environment has led to widespread confusion and anxiety across America. In this online briefing, noted financial expert and trend-watcher Dr Vikram Mansharamani helps make sense of today’s many cross-currents. After describing how we got to the world we’re in, he proposes scenarios about what may unfold as well as the ramifications for the medium-term future. What are the implications of the coronavirus outbreak and how will it (if at all) change the geopolitical and geoeconomic trends that were in place before the pandemic? How will it affect the U.S.-China rivalry or the future of global supply chains? And lastly, Dr Mansharamani will address and discuss the forthcoming U.S. recession and how to think through financial decisions in the face of the certain slowdown.

Order Dr Mansharamani’s new book, THINK FOR YOURSELF: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence — released June 16, 2020. 

Vikram Mansharamani is a global trend-watcher who shows people how to anticipate the future, manage risk, and spot opportunities. He first gained widespread attention with the release of his first book, Boombustology, which provided a framework for spotting bubbles before they burst. The 500 million member LinkedIn® network listed him as the number one top voice for money, finance and cconomics for both 2015 and 2016, and Worth Magazine profiled him as one of the 100 most powerful people in global finance.

Vikram is currently a lecturer at Harvard University, where he teaches a class titled “Humanity & Its Challenges: Systems Thinking Approaches.” He teaches his students how to navigate tough decisions in uncertain environments by using multiple lenses and systems of thinking approaches. (Incidentally, one of the challenges he’s taught about for years is the risk of a global pandemic.). He has a PhD and two master’s degrees from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


Lock Down Your New Self-Care Approach

We’re hunkered down safely in our homes and cabin-fever is building—let’s follow the example set by some of our SSC families and use this available time to exercise. Brian will share some very valuable health and wellness information, answer questions about chronic pain, and yes, provide exercises we can all implement moving forward. You will learn why your body hurts, what you can do about it, how to keep that unwanted weight off, and really, really, really important right now…how to breathe better by changing and balancing your upper back and pelvis. No excuses—this session will help design a safe program for those who haven’t exercised in a while, while also providing a series of stretching exercises that benefit everyone, even if you have been exercising regularly.

As a sought-after speaker in the dental world for the last 15 years and having spoken at the Seattle Study Club Annual Symposium five times, Brian brings a special type of interaction during his team’s speaking engagements. The immediate results-based presentation will have you laughing, learning and on your way to a compelling future—pain-free. This awesome team speaks on the Egoscue Method worldwide for Tony Robbins as a mainstage presenter, Titleist Performance, the NFL, and multiple college athletics programs. Whether he and his team are in front of 50 or 15,000 people, the energy and message are the same: You can live pain-free!

Egoscue is on a mission to help millions of people learn how to live healthier, pain-free lives and achieve complete fitness. Activities of daily living and what you do for a living should leave you healthier and happier, not tired and stressed. This is readily accomplished by implementing the exercises on a daily basis, like flossing your teeth.


Spark — Thrive through Adversity

Audacious men and women possess a daring attitude of confidence with a high disregard for conformity, conventional thinking or common existence. They focus their energy like a laser and have a can-do must-do will-do mindset. As a result, they spark their team members with hope to co-create a better future together. This robust conversation will highlight why connectedness is your new edge, fire up your innovation engine, and get you ready to re-emerge and reignite yourself and your team. 

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Simon T. Bailey is leader of the SPARK Movement whose purpose is to ignite sustainable transformation in people, systems and nations. He equips you with the mindset to increase your value, the skillset to positively impact your sphere of influence, and the fortitude to thrive in any economy. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including serving as sales director for Disney Institute, and has worked with more than 1,800 organizations in 47 countries.

Simon has been named one of the top 25 people who will help you reach your business and life goals by SUCCESS magazine, joining a list that includes Brene Brown, Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey. His Goalcast video, released on Facebook, has more than 87+ million views worldwide. Simon holds a master’s degree from Faith Christian University and was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Central Florida Golden Key Honor Society.

When he is not working, Simon spends quality time with his two active teenagers, roots for the Buffalo Bills, and serves as a board member for the U.S. Dream Academy, Orlando Health Foundation Board, and World Maker International.


The Amazing Human Microbiome

Do your patients have the guts to douse the flames of inflammation? Gut flora makes very powerful anti-inflammatory agents when fed key nutrients. Learn how antibiotics, jet lag, fast food, artificial sweeteners and more impact gut integrity, and what we dental professionals can do! The latest science from the National Institute of Health shows the microbiome impacts overall health as much as our genes. The new science of the microbiome is shaking the foundation of medicine and nutrition, and dental industry professionals are the key to ensuring optimum functioning of the masticatory system. Attend this insightful session, learn the new science, and enjoy a novel path to lower your patients’ inflammatory burden.

Dr Uche Odiatu is the co-author of The Miracle of Health, a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and a practicing dentist in Toronto. He has been the invited guest on more than 400 radio and TV shows from Atlanta to Alaska. This busy dad of four is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, certified boot camp instructor, certified yoga Instructor and has given more than 500 lectures in the last 16 years in England, Canada, the U.S., Jamaica, the Bahamas, Denmark, Bermuda and Norway.


Growth and Transformation in Times of Great Stress

We all need big doses of positivity, courage, empathy, humor and resilience—for our clubs, our teams, our communities, our families, and ourselves. This webinar provides an overview of a systemic approach to resilient leadership, self-awareness, and communication during these unprecedented and challenging times. Equipped with new tools and perspective, this can also be a time of growth, deep learning, and even transformation. We will explore the neuroscience of stress and its impact on our thinking and behavior. We will share and experiment with mindfulness, writing, and new ways of articulating meaning, values and encouragement when they are most needed. Perhaps most importantly, we will immerse ourselves in practices, and a quality of engagement, that give hope, optimism, and even joy.

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Kevin Joyce has degrees in organizational leadership and comparative religion. He has spent 30 years working at the intersection of performance, human potential, creativity and communication. Kevin is a regular speaker and workshop leader with Seattle Study Club. His programs include The Communication Survival Guide and Courage Training.


Culture in Crisis: How Social Distancing Spreads Lasting Contempt

When society emerges from this crisis, the lasting effects of social distancing will be something few cultures are prepared to overcome. In the weeks and months (and even years) following 9/11, organizations that abandoned their culture-focused efforts in an attempt to keep business alive struggled to recover. This was especially true for organizations forced to temporarily close due to the situation. The few that focused on both business needs and cultural needs, with equal attention/intention, came out far ahead of the competition.

During this session we’ll discover intentional ways to stay connected with our teams, as well as maintain and enhance the emotional connections we’ve built with the patients and communities we serve. We’ll focus on purposeful steps we can take to keep the scars of mandated isolation from affecting our future business loyalty. To our teams, our patients, our families and more, the verb side of care matters more than it ever has. 

Todd Williams has three decades of culture development experience in healthcare, hospitality, and countless customer-facing industries. With 20+ years as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts’ senior learning and development manager, he helped develop and implement the cultural training that has defined Four Seasons as the undisputed leader of luxury hospitality. He was personally responsible for the cultural staff and leadership training at the majority of North American Four Seasons openings since 2008. A firm believer in the notion “hospitality” is not an industry but, instead, a way of living that puts others first, he’s helped teams in a multitude of industries improve their customer and associate relations.

In his role with Centura Health as Vice President, Culture Development, he focused on associate engagement, building emotional connections with patients, families and the community, brand differentiation and more—all centered around patient- and provider-centric values and a culture of authentic service. Knowing “excellence” is merely baseline in today’s competitive environment, he’s driven to help care professionals show patients what crafted care, empathetic patience, and heartfelt service looks like in action.


The Cardiovascular Consequences of the Pandemic

Dr Jeffrey L. Boone, medical director of the Boone Heart Institute, will be joining us to discuss and review the cardiovascular issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the CDC’s preliminary estimate, 78 percent of all ICU visits and 71 percent of all hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are individuals with underlying health conditions such as diabetes mellitus, chronic lung disease, and cardiovascular disease. These populations appear to be at higher risk for severe COVID-19–associated disease than people without these conditions. Dr Boone will discuss how to implement aggressive preventive cardiology strategies to support resilience and recovery in response to the pandemic. Alongside specific cardiac recommendations, he will examine novel medical issues related to the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

Dr Jeffrey Boone is a consultant in cardiovascular health, preventive cardiology, and stress medicine in private practice in Denver, Colorado. In 2007, he was selected as one of the 160 Top Doctors in America by Men’s Health Magazine, and listed as one of the 17 Top Cardiovascular Doctors in America for Men. He is the president, CEO and medical director of the Boone Heart Institute, a Denver-based health care organization dedicated to the eradication of heart disease and stroke. Dr Boone is a national co-director of the NFL Player Care Foundation Cardiovascular Program. He has authored and co-authored numerous professional articles and books pertaining to cardiovascular risk, preventive cardiology and stress medicine. Dr Boone’s unique clinical approach focuses on aggressive prevention of cardiovascular disease, including the evaluation of the cardiovascular consequences of mental stress, the early clinical use of the latest cardiac imaging techniques and the advanced detection and treatment of cardiovascular risk.


Substance Abuse During a Pandemic—Why Care?

Over the next few years, drug abuse will kill far more Americans than the pandemic. We will solve the pandemic, reasonably quickly, but Americans will continue to die from drug abuse for years to come. How and why? How did the substance abuse epidemic start? What keeps it going and why are medical professionals caught in the middle? Bob hears from students across the country that sports injuries and wisdom teeth are often a young adult’s first introduction to controlled substances.

Drug abuse is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and based on a recent peer review study, it will cause approximately 700,000 American deaths over the next ten years. Bob will discuss the etiology of this drug epidemic, the paradigm shift in the U.S., and how this epidemic differs from previous generations. Discussion will include who is abusing drugs, predictors for whether or not a child will use, and what prevention actually works. Bob provides scientifically based, comprehensive information regarding the most current drug trends in the U.S., along with compelling anecdotes from the front lines of today’s families, schools, communities, and professional organizations.

Robert Stutman, formerly “the most famous narc in America” (New York Magazine), made a 25-year career as one of America’s highest profile DEA special agents—five of which he worked undercover. As head of DEA’s largest office in the world, Bob became so visible that Pablo Escobar had at one time targeted him for assassination. He has been a special consultant on substance abuse for CBS and PBS News, has appeared frequently on hundreds of national television shows, and has been a drug consultant on several films. His autobiography, Dead on Delivery, was published by Warner Books and was the basis for the television movie Mob Justice. During his career with the DEA, Bob traveled to 73 countries and met and discussed the drug issue with First Lady Nancy Reagan and two sitting Presidents: George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Bob provides presentations throughout the country to corporations, medical and dental professionals, schools, and parents. 


COVID-19 Treatment: Miracles and Mayhem in a Changed World

Everyone is awash in rapidly changing information about avoidance and treatment of COVID-19 infection. Dental treatment was abruptly ended for most Americans in March, and practitioners face daunting challenges as we return to patient care. Our conversation will focus on the most promising therapeutic options as well as the most significant risk factors. Unfortunately, we also have to call out misinformation promoted by unscrupulous profiteers to protect our patients and our families. Alternative therapies and immune stimulants will be addressed, and we’ll identify best practices for strengthening resistance to microorganisms.

Professor Karen Baker has been on the dental college faculty at the University of Iowa for 38 years and occupies a unique role in dental practice and education. She is a clinical pharmacist with a master’s degree in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and is focused on patient-specific dental drug therapy. She has given well over 1,000 invited programs nationally and internationally and holds memberships in many dental and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics organizations. Her dental education-based pharmacy and drug therapy consultation center is the only one in the US. She has authored more than 50 articles and abstracts and lectures extensively in predoctoral and graduate-level courses at the University of Iowa.


Staying Energized in a Draining World: The Power of Attitude in Times Like These 

The most important thing about you is your attitude. Studies have shown that people with a positive attitude get sick less often, have better relationships, and are more successful in their careers. Attitude is contagious and helps to create an energized work and home environment. We would all like to have a positive attitude, especially in times like these. Many people today are experiencing an energy crisis in their personal and professional lives. The objective of this program is to help you take control of your personal energy and re-focus it toward more productive behaviors. In this humorous session, you will learn the power of a positive attitude and the secrets only OPTIMISTS know; you will discover how attitude creates success, shapes moods, and is contagious. And, as a bonus, you will find out the top 10 reasons to not freak out in times like these. Consider these statistics before the current crisis hit; it is even greater today.

The Corporate Case for Happiness: 

  • Unhappy workers cost the U.S. between $450 and $550 billion in lost productivity each year, according to a 2013 report on the state of the U.S. workplace conducted by research and polling company Gallup. (Bureau of Labor-Statistics)
  • 70 percent of employees are either not engaged or actively disengaged at their jobs in the U.S.—thus unhappy with what they are doing or how they are being told to do it. 
  • Happy employees have 31 percent higher productivity, 37 percent higher sales, 3-times higher creativity and innovation. (Society of Human Resource Management)

The Personal Price of Unhappiness: 

  • 30 billion over-the counter pain pill tablets sold annually in the United States alone (ouch!). Don’t some people just give you a headache? 
  • Money spent trying to not be unhappy—self-improvement products and services (including books, audiobooks and seminars)—is a $10 billion-a-year industry, about the same as Hollywood.
  • Health care expenditures are nearly 50 percent greater for people who report high levels of stress. 60 percent of illness treated is stress related. (American Family Physicians Association)

Psychologist and humorist, Bruce Christopher, is America’s foremost “Enter–Trainer” today. He has earned this distinction because of his high-energy style and humorous presentation of his material. He is a licensed psychologist holding degrees in Professional Psychology and Interpersonal Communications from the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas. Bruce has Enter-Trained audiences internationally because of his humorous approach to today’s hot topics which impact our personal, professional and practice lives. He combines excellent content with loads of laughter and contagious comedy. Bruce is a credentialed professional speaker and trainer, he is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Speakers Association, and is a practicing clinical psychologist. He has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation (CSP), which is the speaking profession’s highest merited international measure of professional platform competence. Less than 12 percent of speakers worldwide, currently hold this professional designation. He speaks over 100 times each year and is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Fortune 500 and at the most prestigious medical and dental conventions in the world. When you are faced with morale problems, communication conflicts, patient service issues, managing change, need for teamwork, or just a great time of laughter. . . this Psychologist is in!


Cardiovascular Prevention during the COVID-19 Crisis

This is a unique and concerning time in our history, particularly in the arena of health. Interestingly, many of the common therapies we utilize for cardiovascular prevention help prevent our susceptibility to acquiring COVID-19 and decreasing our mortality risk from the virus. This program will discuss these common therapies through the lens of mitigating the devastating effects of the inflammation, microvascular and prothrombotic responses to COVID-19.

We will also discuss the importance of knowing your vascular health through the lens of a ternary approach to disease assessment and our recent publication in Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine. Knowing whether you have vascular disease is one of the keystones to understanding your risk of heart attack, stroke and microvascular disease manifestations.

Amy L. Doneen, DNP, is an adjunct professor at Texas Tech Health Science Center, clinical associate professor WSU College of Medicine, assistant professor University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, and runs the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center in Spokane, WA. She is one of the nation’s leading specialists in preventing heart attacks, stroke and diabetes. She is also a forefront leader in women’s cardiovascular health prevention. She cofounded the BaleDoneen Method with Bradley Bale in 2001. The results of their method demonstrating regression and stabilization of arterial disease have been published in several peer-reviewed journals.