3DHEALS2018 SPEAKER: Dr. Valerie Cooper

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Valerie Cooper
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Dr. Cooper is a private practice prosthodontist with a passion for dentures. Called the “Denture Queen” by her prosthodontics co-residents, the name stuck, and her love for removable prosthodontics grew with time. Dr. Cooper presents a systematic approach to digital denture treatment which she has been refining since she switched to all-digital denture fabrication in 2015. Digital dentures started as a subtractive manufacturing process, but Dr. Cooper has been working on protocols for additive manufacturing more recently. Her mission is to help bring low-cost quality dentures to the world’s people using this technology.

Dr. Cooper’s practices are located in Dayton, Ohio, her hometown. She owns a practice limited to prosthodontics as well as a general dentistry practice. Since 2013 Dr. Cooper has fabricated free dentures for patients in her community during National Prosthdontics Awareness Week (NPAW). Many volunteer lab technicians, students, and prosthodontists helped prepare up to 20 dentures in a single week with the conventional denture process. Once the process became all digital and required less human work, the focus turned to education during NPAW 2016 and 2017. Now that 3D printing is a reality, NPAW 2018 is all about printing.

Dr. Cooper’s prosthodontics training and Master of Science in Dentistry was completed at The Ohio State University in 2009. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at The Ohio State University in 2006. Dr. Cooper was selected for Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society, as well as received several awards for general clinical and academic excellence. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Biology, also from The Ohio State University, 2002. Research also has been an interest for Dr. Cooper. She began as a student research assistant in a lab which studied the genetics of cleft lip and palate. As a prosthodontics student she completed a human research study in dietary and microbial analysis of adults with rampant caries. Currently, she is a member of the American College of Prosthodontics, American Dental Association, and serves on the board of directors for the Dayton Dental Society.

Dr. Cooper will be a speaker at 3DHEALS2018. Click here to read her interview with 3DHEALS. See here for her speaking schedule during 3DHEALS2018.