Star of the North Dental Conference Continuing Education

Star of the North Meeting

Star of the North: April 2527, 2024

Saint Paul RiverCentre


Education Sessions

Our nationally renowned speakers will offer a variety of session lengths as lectures, hands-on workshops or small group roundtable sessions.

Dawn A. Grimes, D.D.S.

Keynote Speaker
Friday, April 26
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1.0 Elective CEs

“Life, Dentistry and the Pursuit of Happiness”

If your dental career has already provided you with deep fulfillment, unyielding happiness, and a profound sense of purpose, this lecture may not resonate with you. 

If, however, you’ve encountered burnout, setbacks and disappointments in dentistry, Dawn wants you to know you are not alone. Join Dawn as she retraces her transformative journey where mindfulness, positive psychology, and neuroscience converged to uncover how cultivating happiness can reshape your dental career, empowering you to overcome challenges and find genuine fulfillment. Harness science-backed tools to rewire your mind and embrace a more joyful and purposeful path in dentistry.

Keynote Session sponsored by:

Dawn A. Grimes, DDS is the owner and sole practitioner of a thriving dental practice in Michigan. Dawn has immersed herself in the study of meditation, mindfulness, emotional intelligence and communication skills. She has completed a 520 hour accredited advanced meditation teacher certification program and continues to study the subject matter in depth and with enthusiasm.
Dawn has a B.S. in Philosophy, as well as her D.D.S., from the University of Detroit Mercy. She is certified in Wellness Counseling and The Psychology of Leadership from Cornell University, and has completed Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence Training Program.

The Great Debate

On Thursday, visit the Exhibit Hall to take part in a NEW offering this year – the Great Debate! Watch experts debate the hottest topics in dentistry today, including who should be administering Botox and SDF. What are your thoughts?

The Debates will take place 11:30 – 1:00. 0.5 Elective CEs per debate! Free and open to all attendees.

CE Spot

Visit the CE Spot Stage in the Exhibit Hall to take in a free course presented by one of our valued exhibitors. Presentations will take place throughout the day on Friday. Presentations are 30 minutes.

There is no need to pre-register. Limited seating will be available.

Continuing Education Credits

CE for Attending the Conference

All eligible Star of the North attendees will receive 3.0 Elective CEs for attending the conference and visiting the Exhibit Hall, also known as “walking the floor.”

MN Board of Dentistry Requirements

Star of the North will offer fundamental and elective CE hours, including both clinical subjects, as well as fundamental courses in:

  • Record Keeping and HIPAA
  • Ethics
  • Patient Communications
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Verify Your 2023 CE

You can verify your CE credits at the conference when you’re done with your sessions, through our mobile app, or online following the conference.

“As Real As It Gets: From Bone To Nerve” The Cadaver Workshop

Join us for an intensive workshop experience, led by Dr. Homer Asadi. This workshop will run three days. Each day will have a different focus and be co-led by a specialist in that field.

Thursday, April 25: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Setareh Lavasani

Cone Beam CT and Navigation Guided Dissection

Friday, April 26

7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Dr. Jim Grisdale

Crown Lengthening for Predictable Esthetic and Functional Restorative Treatment Outcomes

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Esthetic & Functional Periodontal Plastic Surgery for Implant & Restorative Dentistry

Saturday, April 27: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Andrea Tsatalis

Can You See What I See? – Endodontics Using CBCT & Microscopes

Session Recordings

Session recordings are available for CE Credit up to a year after being recorded. For CE credit, submit a summary of the session recording to CE Credit for 2023 sessions available until April 29, 2024.

You can also pre-order 2024 session recordings, which will become available in May 2024.


According to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry rules, it is the responsibility of the individual dental professional to preserve a record of their CE activities. Every attendee who earns CE credits to meet professional development requirements should print a copy of their transcript. Transcripts are available online for up to six months after the meeting (older transcripts can be requested via contacting Eleventh & Gather). File the transcript in your professional development portfolio as proof of your continuing education activities at the Star of the North Meeting.

Tips for Easy Verification

The Star of the North CE Verification system helps you to keep track of your professional development/CE activities at the meeting, but remember these tips! When you register, include the individual state license number of ALL licensed attendees to ensure CE credits are granted for EACH person. Codes are announced at the conclusion of every CE-eligible session. Space will be provided in the onsite program book to record the codes. Partial credit cannot be granted and if you leave a program before the code is announced, you will forfeit any CE credits.

ADA CERP Continuing Education Recognition Program

The Minnesota Dental Association 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.