About The Presenters

Steven J. Filler, DDS, MS, MA

Dr. Steven J. Filler is a 1981 graduate of Loma Linda University of Dentistry. Active in dental treatment of patients requiring special care, Dr. Filler previously served as Director of the Division of Hospital Dentistry at University of Alabama Hospitals and is a Past President of the American Association of Hospital Dentists. He is an Associate Dean and Professor in the Department of General Dental Sciences at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry.

For a number of years he has been involved in the treatment of dental patients with tooth erosion and mucosal inflammation, including patients with eating disorders. Interestingly, Dr. Filler served as the dentist for the Birmingham Zoo for over 23 years.

Karen M. Filler, MD, MS, RD

Dr. Karen Filler is an experienced pediatrician who is also a registered dietician. She has a Master of Science degree in clinical nutrition. Her personal interest and expertise in this area is partially a result of her past work in a clinic for patients with eating disorders as well as her present treatment of such patients in her pediatric practice.

The afternoon course for this day has been cancelled. The morning course will take place as scheduled.

I: Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office: A Simple Approach

9:00am – Noon – includes continental breakfast

II: Eating Disorders and the Dental Patient

1:00pm – 4:00pm – includes lunch for those registering for both courses

  • March 18, 2011
  • Location: Knoxville
  • 3 credit hours morning course; 3 credit hours afternoon course
  • Morning Course Presenter: Steven J. Filler, DDSMS, MA
  • Afternoon Course Presenter: Karen M. Filler, MD, MS, RD
  • Course Registration Form

Cost and Location Specifics

$99 per dentist and $75 per auxiliary for either morning OR afternoon course

$179 per dentist and $129 per auxiliary for both morning AND afternoon courses

Lunch is provided for those attending both courses. Lunch is on your own if you register for only the morning or afternoon session.

Registration at the door is an additional $25.

The University Center located on The University of Tennessee Knoxville Campus, 1502 West Cumberland Ave. Parking is available in the parking garage located next to the building.

Course Descriptions

Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office: A Simple Approach

Morning Session: 9am - Noon

This course will afford the entire dental team the opportunity to review and enhance basic skills in the supportive treatment of medical emergencies occurring in the dental office. Emphasis will be given to actual emergency situations and staff member response. Topics will include prevention, preparation, and supportive treatment of common medical emergencies. Information on recommended equipment and medications to include in a basic medical emergency kit will be addressed. This course is designed to provide practical, simple, easy-to-follow information in a fun, relaxed and interesting manner.


  • Use of preventive measures to minimize occurrences of office medical emergencies
  • Enhancement office and staff preparation for medical emergencies
  • Familiarity with the names and general indications of common emergency drugs
  • Familiarity with commonly utilized emergency equipment
  • How to assume a role in the team treatment of medical emergencies

Eating Disorders and the Dental Patient


Afternoon Session: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The prevalence and variety of eating disorders in our society is a growing concern to all health professionals. The dental health care team can play an important role in recognizing, treating, and referring these patients for critical medical care.

In fact, the dentist or hygienist is sometimes the first person to become aware that a patient has an eating disorder, a potentially life threatening disease.

This thoughtful presentation will provide information regarding a number of such diseases, with emphasis on the patient with anorexia or bulimia. Physical and psychological aspects of eating disorders will be discussed as well as recommendations for dental office team support of these patients.


  • To provide an awareness of the types of common eating disorders
  • To provide and awareness of the diagnosis and treatment of common eating disorders
  • To assist the dental professional to recognize, interact with, and make appropriate referrals for the eating disorder patient

The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The University of Tennessee designates this activity for 3 hours per course continuing education credits.