Independent Practice Connections Café

Toronto, ON
Friday, November 1, 2019
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
(registration at 12:15 pm; light snacks and beverages included)
Registration deadline: October 25

Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport
6257 Airport Road Mississauga, ON, L4V 1E4
(discounted parking available for only $10; discount code will be available soon)

Member Pricing
Non-Member Pricing
$25.00 + applicable taxes
$50.00 + applicable taxes


As we approach the end of a decade of strong growth in independent practice in Canada, with exceptional growth in the last two years alone, current independent dental hygienists (IDHs) and those interested in learning more about what it takes to be an IDH are invited to attend our networking event.

CDHA’s Independent Practice Advisor, Amanda Acker, will provide a brief update at the beginning of the session. Particular focus will be given to supporting growth and development of established practices. Several IDHs, in both fixed and mobile practices, will share their successes and challenges with the audience. Listen to their stories and take in the pearls of knowledge they will pass along.

After the presentations, mix and mingle with both established and aspiring IDHs to discuss issues and opportunities relevant to dental hygiene entrepreneurs. You’ll also have a chance to swap contact information, so bring your business cards and expand your network of like-minded professionals! Additionally, infection control specialists from Toronto Public Health will be in attendance to field questions.


12:15–12:30 pm Registration
12:30–2:15 pm Speakers
2:15–2:45 pm Nutrition Break
2:45–4:30 pm Networking

Learning objectives

After attending the session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe different business structures for independent dental hygiene practice
  • Identify risk management strategies for on-boarding new providers
  • Explain the roles of contractual agreements for independent practice
  • Develop a strategy to enhance and promote the growth of your business
  • Assess and revise current business model using strategic approach


Presenter: Amanda Acker, DipDH, RDH – Independent Practice Advisor, Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

Amanda Acker, RDH

Amanda Acker graduated from Algonquin College in 2001. In 2011 she became self initiated and began the journey to independent dental hygiene. Her Ottawa clinic is multidisciplinary, offering the services of a denturist and dentist, in addition to those of dental hygienists. Amanda works closely with many community-based organisations. She also works as a peer mentor with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario. As CDHA’s independent practice advisor since 2015, Amanda is your first line of contact for business and independent practice advice.

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