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2022 Esther Wilkins Symposium

Esther Wilkins Symposium

On-demand modules for the Esther Wilkins Symposium are coming soon.

October 29, 2022 | MCPHS Worcester Campus

We hosted this popular annual event in-person this year, and simultaneously celebrated the University's bicentennial. The agenda focused on sleep apnea, ergonomics, and prevention of musculoskeletal injury.

Featured Presenters

Janice Schmitz, CDA, RDH, DHSc: Janice is a Certified Dental Assistant and Registered Dental Hygienist. She completed her A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene at the Community College of Rhode Island in 2001. She is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene, earning a B.S. in Dental Hygiene in 2012, a M.S. in Dental Hygiene in 2015, and a Doctorate in Health Sciences in 2021. Her doctoral dissertation research focused on obstructive sleep apnea and orofacial myofunctional disorders, their impact on the intra/extraoral clinical examination, and the role of the dental professional. She has practiced dental hygiene for more than 20 years, working in general and prosthetic dentistry.

Fran Kistner, PT, PhD, CEAS, CEEAA: Fran is a licensed physical therapist, earning both her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami. Until recently she served as Program Director for the School of Physical Therapy at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She currently owns Kistner Health Solutions, a private ergonomic consultation practice.

Sarah M. Luther, CDA, RDH, MSDH: Sarah is a faculty member in the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs at the Community College of Rhode Island. She has worked in the dental field for the past 20 years as a certified dental assistant, registered dental hygienist, and public health dental hygienist in the state of Rhode Island. She recently received her master of science degree in dental hygiene from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a focus in higher education.


The Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association. This event will provide 5 contact hours of continuing education.

Credit: All participants must register for each session under their individual profile on, attend the entire presentation and complete evaluation of the presentation. Upon evaluation completion, participants will receive an electronic statement of credit. Attendance will be verified. 

Evaluation: All participants will have the opportunity to review the presentations and speaker, and to identify future educational needs. Evaluation completion is required to claim credit  


Sarah Luther, Janice Schmitz and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Continuing Education staff members hold no financial relationships with ineligible companies, related to the content of this presentation. 

Frances Kistner, as owner of a private practice Kistner Health Solutions, holds a relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company. Her presentation content is evidence-based, focused on scientific aspects of practice, and is peer reviewed.

No funding from industry provided for this event. No exhibitors will be present.

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