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ODHA Annual Session Friday Speaker

Cindy Kleiman

Cindy Kleiman, RDH, BS  will be speaking at the 59th ODHA Annual Session on Friday, September 18th at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City. 

She will be presenting about the following:

  • Oral Care for the Medically Complex Patient: From Intensive Care to Long-Term Care
  • Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office: ‘Vital Signs; for the Dental Team

Cindy is an international speaker who graduated with her RDH degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent her entire career working with the medically complex patient. She began her career at Moss Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, instilling in her a lifetime commitment to the special needs patient. When she moved to Phoenix, she founded the dental department at Good Samaritan Hospital Rehabilitation Institute.

Cindy became faculty at Phoenix College in 1987, teaching the treatment of bedridden patients in the “Homebound” program. She taught “Medical Histories and Medical Emergenices in the Dental Office” at the college for ten years. Currently she provides clinical care at a Phoenix nursing facility and is a certified CPR instructor.

Cindy also consults with hospital ICU nurses throughout the world on control of oral infection, which may lead to a deadly condition called ventilator associated pneumonia. She has published articles in both dental hygiene and nursing journals, including being a rare dental hygienist co-author in the prestigious American Journal of Critical Care.

Cindy has been profiled in six national journals and has received five awards for providing unique care. Cindy’s courses are informative yet informal ; she interacts with her audience in a style that is engaging and enjoyable.

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