MDA Oral Health Summit





Join us for the MDA’s inaugural Oral Health Summit. At this one-day event, you’ll hear from health industry leaders, law makers and subject matter experts on the latest trends related to oral health.

More speakers and topics will be added! Check back soon for registration!

Date & Time

Friday, October 5, 2018
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.


North Metro Event Center
1000 Gramsie Road
Shoreview, MN 55126


  • Dental Economics Policies/Trends
  • Collaborative Dental Hygiene Statue/Policy
  • DSO Model
  • Medicare Policy for Seniors
  • PGY1 Program in Minnesota
  • And more!

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Colleen M. Brickle is Dean of Health Sciences at Normandale Community College and one of 31 colleges and universities in the Minnesota State System (formerly MnSCU), which is the largest education system in the state. Her current appointment as the Dean of Health Sciences began in 2008. Colleen graduated with a dental hygiene degree from the University of Minnesota in 1976 She completed her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instructional Design in 1988 from the University of Minnesota and her Doctorate in Health Care Education in 2000 from Nova Southeastern in Florida.
Colleen has received numerous awards and recognitions for her community service, teaching excellence, and educational advancements for dental hygiene and dental therapy. Her passion is to advocate for the underserved and to create a future in which those who need it most in our communities receive the care they are entitled to. To achieve this vision, she embraces and promotes innovation and curricular changes in healthcare education through healthcare public policy initiatives and promotion of advocacy efforts.

Kamyar Nasseh is a health economist at the American Dental Association and has been with the organization since May 2012. Dr. Nasseh has published recent articles in Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Health Economics, Medical Care, The American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). His research focuses on healthcare economics, dental economics and econometrics. Dr. Nasseh received his PhD in Economics in 2007 from Michigan State University, where his area of specialization was in cross-section and panel data econometrics.

David S. Gesko, DDS is the Dental Director and Senior Vice President for HealthPartners. HealthPartners is an integrated, not-for-profit, consumer-governed health system based in Minnesota providing both plan (insurance) services along with the entire spectrum of care delivery including medical and dental care. Presently, HealthPartners serves over 1.5 million members.
Dr. Gesko is passionate about integrating medical and dental care and applying growing evidence-based research to care delivery. “There is significant evidence linking oral health and overall health. As an integrated organization, HealthPartners holds a key role in exploring this relationship and managing the members and patients we serve to deliver optimal overall health.”

Dr. Gesko serves on several national organizations focused on improving quality in oral health. He has been on the advisory panel for the Institute for Oral Health and currently chairs the Institute for Oral and Systemic Health sponsored by Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Both of these groups are working to build national consensus on guidelines for prevention and disease management in oral health care and to facilitate implementation of those guidelines into the care, policy, and financing systems.

Dr. Gesko was appointed for a four year term by Governor Mark Dayton in 2012 as a board member for the Minnesota Board of Dentistry. During his tenure on the Board, Dr. Gesko has held all the officer roles including President. Most recently, in January of 2018, Governor Dayton re-appointed Dr. Gesko to the Board of Dentistry to serve out an open term.

Randy Gullickson is a shareholder in the Minneapolis law firm of Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, Randy has practiced law for over 30 years in the area of business litigation and resolution of complex business disputes. He has tried cases in courts and arbitration forums in Minnesota and a number of other states and represents businesses and business owners in a variety of areas of the law, ranging from ownership and business valuation disputes to contract claims to financial fraud. Randy has a particular professional interest in legal and business issues relating to the practice of dentistry, having represented a number of dentists and group dental practices throughout the country. In particular, he has followed regulatory and legal developments regarding dental service organizations and their interaction with dental groups in Minnesota and elsewhere.

Todd Thierer DDS, MPH is currently Associate Dental Director for HealthPartners. He was previously the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry (UMNSOD) where he was responsible for the clinical operations of the UMNSOD. Prior to coming to Minnesota, he was the Medical Director of the Eastman Dental Center and Program Director of the General Practice Residency Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Thierer is past Vice President of the Council of Hospitals and Advanced Education Programs (COHAEP) of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and served on the ADEA board for a 3 year term. He served a 4 year term on the Postdoctoral General Dentistry Review Committee for the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and was a site visitor (consultant) for that organization more than a decade. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary membership in the Seventh District Dental Society of the State of New York for his service to the New York State Dental Association. Dr. Thierer has lectured locally and nationally on a variety of topics including patient safety, dental education, the treatment of medically compromised patients, treatment of phobic patients and decision analysis. His research interests include Quality Improvement/Patient Safety, Interprofessional and Team Based Education and Practice, and decision making in dentistry.