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Compromise to Co-Discovery: A Treatment Planning Journey

December 5, 2024 @ 8:00 am - December 7, 2024 @ 1:00 pm


The Balance of Communication, Case Planning & Occlusion

Dr. Melkers always brings a unique perspective to his workshops and challenges us to the way we think. At Compromise to Co-Discovery, we will be exploring a variety of challenges in communication, treatment planning, and of course occlusion.

Not to give away the surprise, but our time together will be unique! The attendees will treatment plan for the same patient three ways below, at and above ‘the line’ in their desired level of care. This case personifies how patients can say yes but also not yet as we journey with them toward health throughout their lifetime.

In this unique workshop, we will explore the patient and clinician journey that evolves in a relationship based practice of clinical excellence. Following a single patient, we will treatment plan, communicate and apply our skills to meet the patient, and ourselves, along the journey from compromise to comprehensive care.

Day Three will provide the opportunity to review cases, discuss questions and form plans to implement our learning.

*This course is an excellent opportunity for those on their own Pankey journey to increase their confidence and competence in skill s application as well as those that are considering beginning their Pankey journey.

Learning Objectives


  • Understand Value Bias and how it affects our treatment planning & case acceptance.

  • Experience treatment planning that flexes to patients needs based on their own journey towards health.

  • Appreciate the benefits and considerations of CR and non-CR approach to extensive care.

  • Explore different treatment approaches that focus on structural, engineering and aesthetic priorities.

  • Experience the limitations and possibilities in shape and shade challenges in anterior restorations.

  • Understand the basics and the nuances of anterior aesthetic form and function.

The Faculty

Dr. Michael Melkers 

Dr. Melkers is a 1994 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry & currently serves as Visiting Faculty at Rīga Stradiņš University & The Pankey Institute. He is also an Ad hoc reviewer for The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry & serves as an administrator for RIPE, Restorative Implant Practice Excellence.

In the past, he has been Director of Occlusion & Aesthetic Dentistry at the Pacific Northwest AEGD Residency Program and Visiting Faculty at The Spear Institute. He finished his tenure as Editor for the American Equilibration Society and received the 2018 AES President’s Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Melkers is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists & maintains a private clinical practice in Hanover, NH with a focus on comprehensive, adult restorative care.


Mr. Lucas Lammott

Lucas Lammott is Dr. Melkers technician and teaching partner & lead technician/ceramist with Joshua Polansky at Niche Dental Studio a collaborative team laboratory focusing on high-quality dental restorations in Voorhies, NJ.

With over 20 years of experience, Lucas has had the privilege to be educated and mentored by some of the most esteemed technicians and clinicians from around the world.

It has been his great honor to share his knowledge on quality, aesthetic dentistry and developing amazing technician~clinician relationships. When he is not layering ceramic, he is an avid photographer, musician, husband and father of two beautiful girls.


Dr. Brett Burris

Dr. Brett Burris graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 2006.  Immediately after graduation, he began truly family dental practice by partnering with his first cousin and practicing in their hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas.  He believes in providing the best care possible for his patients and he and his team work every day to deliver the best experience possible for their patients.   
Dr Burris is an enthusiastic student of dentistry, as well as personal communication, and sometimes philosophy.  All in the pursuit of being better for himself, his family, and his patients.  He has been extremely fortunate to have amazing mentors in his life who took the time to share with him what they learned along the way.  Is it those selfless gifts that helped him grow to be a better dentist and a better human.  To pay it forward he is passionate about doing the same for others whenever possible.  He loves collaborative learning with people who love dentistry, both sharing the lessons he has picked up along the journey and continuing to learn from others.   


Dr. Lane Ochi

Lane M. Ochi  D.D.S., F.A.C.D., F.I.C.D.,  graduated with honors from the University of Southern California in 1981, and is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.

He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry, and was the Co-director of Occlusion at U.S.C. School of Dentistry. He is an Assistant Director in the Advanced Restorative Institute Dental Education Center, and serves as a specialist consultant to the Graduate Prosthodontic Program at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in West Los Angeles.

He has lectured to national and international audiences on the subject of aesthetic restorative dentistry and occlusion.

Dr. Ochi maintains a full time private practice in Beverly Hills with an emphasis on physiologic and aesthetic reconstructive dentistry. His patients include Academy Award winners, and some of the most recognized names in the entertainment business.




Teaching Methods: Hands-On Participation Course | Contact: [email protected] | Faculty Bios: Click Here | Prerequisites: None

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December 5, 2024 @ 8:00 am
December 7, 2024 @ 1:00 pm
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The Pankey Institute
1 Crandon Blvd
Key Biscayne, FL 33149 United States
305 428 5500


CE Hours
Dr. Michael Melkers, Mr. Lucas Lammott, Dr. Brett Burris, Dr. Lane Ochi
$290/ night with private bath
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