Workshop

Modern Dentistry: Get on the Ball!
Speaker: Tim Caruso, PT, MBA, MS,Cert. MDT
Audience: Hygienist, Dental Assistant, Dentist

Dentistry has come a long way in the last 150 years. The evolution of anesthesia, dental techniques, materials, equipment, and approaches has come a long way from standing up with a pair of pliers and a can of ether. However, daily discomfort continues to be tolerated day in and day out. Pain appears to be an accepted part of the dental profession, and it seems to be worsening. The patients are pain free but how about the dental staff? What has dentistry done about the pain experiences by the practitioner? What has research and technology done to prevent the maladies caused by enthusiastic, over-achieving professionals? Is it possible for the modern day dental professional to counteract the ill-effects of the profession on their bodies by participating in a regular exercise routine? Can injecting a dose of dynamic sitting into the operatory facilitate improved work flow?
For years dental professionals have been constrained by the limitations of their own work environment and the negative effect on their bodies while paying a high price physically. The concept of caring for our most important instrument, our body, is invaluable and often ignored. Is exercise a regular part of your life? How do you care for your most important instrument? Does your fitness affect your function? Can a little chair side prevention enhance your career? Get up to stretch and strengthen during the hands on portion of this lecture. The speaker will lead you through a simple series of exercises on an exercise ball designed specifically for dental professionals to help combat the muscle imbalances that typically plague seated workers. Join this fun and powerful workout that will re-educate your core, improve your spinal alignment and facilitate proper working postures.

Biography Tim Caruso
Timothy J. Caruso,
PT, MBA, MS, Cert. MDT, CEAS
Chicagoland Performance Consultants
PO Box 143
Itasca, Illinois 60143
www.chicagolandpc.org
carusopt@ameritech.net
630-628-8176

Timothy J. Caruso is a practicing Physical Therapist who has focused his professional expertise in the area of manual therapy and orthopedics, specifically neuromusculoskeletal disorders. He has been credentialed in mechanical diagnosis and therapy from the McKenzie Institute USA and continues in private practice in treatment of spinal disorders. In addition, he has received his Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Development along with a Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University. As Founder of Chicagoland Performance Consultants, Mr. Caruso currently works with industrial and professional organizations in the areas of management, job analysis, organizational dynamics, wellness, ergonomics and injury prevention. He continues with direct patient care at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Chicago and Community Physical Therapy, a private physical therapy practice. Tim has worked extensively with pediatric and adult populations with orthopedic conditions. He is very involved in seating and positioning for children and adults with special needs. In doing so, he has co-founded, and is president of, the Kids Equipment Network Childrens Charity providing medical equipment for children with special needs who have little or no funding. The Charity has helped over 150 children in the Chicagoland area since its inception.

Tim was an invited co-editor to the California Dental Association Journal in February 2005 which has recently received the Maggie and SNAP publisher’s awards. He is a contributing author to Dental Practice Report and Modern Hygienist Magazines. Mr. Caruso is a nationally known professional speaker and has worked extensively with dental profession since 1988 in the area of ergonomics, injury prevention, productivity, exercise and wellness. He has an ongoing interest in assessing musculoskeletal pain on dental professionals and creative prevention strategies. As part of his ongoing teaching career, Mr. Caruso continues as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students at Shriner’s Hospital and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago Program in Physical Therapy. He is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist and chairs the Ergonomics Committee at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Chicago. He works with the Osteogensis Imperfecta Foundation as a speaker and consultant. He is a member of the American Dental Association’s Ergonomic and Disability Support Advisory Committee.
Mr. Caruso is the 2008 recipient of the Miracle Maggie Humanitarian Award from the Miracle Michael Children’s Charity.

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