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Comprehensive and Esthetic Mentorship

*Stair Step One “Building a solid practice foundation”

Type: Lecture | Hands-on | Webinars | Team Programs
Course Dates: October 2-3, November 6-7, 2020 (Dates are subject to change)
Credits: 42CE
Instructed by: (Program Director) Bruce J. Crispin DDS, MS (Associate Director) Dr. Kristi Crispin DDS, Bernie Villadiego DDS, James Peyton DDS, Scott Clifton Stewart, Brad Eli DDS,                   


original_inline-aacd-member“Stair Step One” is a series of lectures, webinars, and hands-on exercises that will introduce dentists and their team to a broad spectrum of dental topics that can be applied immediately into any practice. It is also designed to provide the foundation for more advanced hands-on and clinical programs.        

Imaging Technology: more than just making impressions
Diagnosing and controlling wear and failures


  (Program Director) Bruce J. Crispin, DDS, MS, received a DDS in 1972 and an MS in 1975 (Fixed Prosthodontics) from the University of Michigan. He has the unique combination of being a Diplomat of the American Board of Prosthodontics and an Accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is a Professor Emeritus at UCLA and an alumni member of Omicron Happa Upsilon. He founded the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry (first in the US) in 1987, in which he started one of the first “Esthetic Mini Residency Programs” (continuum) for practicing dentists. He is also the founder and current director of “Esthetic Professionals,” a state of the art hands-on and clinical dental education, patient care, and laboratory facility in Tarzana, CA. Dr. Crispin has published over 45 research and professionals publications, including the textbook “Contemporary Esthetic Dentistry: Practice Fundamentals,” which has been translated into five languages. He has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally for the past 40 years. The focus and scope of Dr. Crispin’s practice is on Esthetic Restorative Dentistry, from Conservative Treatments to Reconstructions and Implants. His many hands-on programs are in great demand and provide great value to the dental practitioner.

1. Digital Imaging/Communication 2. Technology Update 3. Case Presentations 4. Esthetic Diagnosis and Case Planning 5. Treating Difficult Esthetic Problems 6. Posterior Composites Simplified 7. Simplifying Occlusion

(Associate Director) Kristi Crispin, DDS earned her dental degree from Tufts University of Dental Medicine in Boston, and upon graduation completed extensive post-graduate training in cosmetic, reconstructive and implant dentistry. She since has received her accreditation by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is committed to advanced education and staying at the forefront of dental technology. Dr. Crispin is a true master in the art and science of cosmetic restorative dentistry.

Hands-on /Clinic Mentor:
1. Case Consultations 2. Treatment Planning 3. (Plan of Treatment)


Bernie Villadiego, DDS received his degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1989 and went on to complete a general practice residency program at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. He established a private practice with an emphasis in esthetic and reconstructive dentistry in the Los Angeles. He earned the accredited member status with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a much sought-after and coveted professional credential that is obtained by very few in dentistry.

Visual Communication and Dental Photography: 1. Camera & Accessory Selection 2. AACD Photography Series 3. Using Digital Photography for Practice Growth and Avoiding Problems 4. Team Approach to Digital Photography

James Peyton, DDS graduated from UCLA School of Dentistry in 1982. While maintaining a private practice in Bakersfield, CA he is also a part-time clinical instructor at UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry and a part-time clinical instructor at the Fahl Institute in Curitiba, Brazil. He has published several articles for Practical Procedures and Esthetic Dentistry and The Journal of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Dr. Peyton is a fellow, an accredited member, and examiner for the AACD.

Anterior Direct Bonding Workshops: 1. Class IV 2. Diastima Closure 3. Materials 4. Simplified Technique 5. Finishing and Polishing for a Natural Look


Scott Clifton Stewart in addition to having a business management degree, Scott has extensive experience in personnel management and training, customer service development, expense and inventory control, budget development, bookkeeping, systems development, and marketing. Scott has worked with hundreds of dental practices in developing business plans, coaching and training dental teams, developing leadership skills, enhancing communication skills, training teams on customer service techniques, and successfully helping practices grow to new levels of productivity and profitability.

Fee For Service and Practice Building: Reaching your practice potential 1. Employee Management & Communication 2. Practice Systems 3. Customer Service 4. Practice Statistics & Overhead
5. Marketing

Brad Eli, DMD, MS, is a nationally recognized leader in pain management and sleep disorders treatment. He has developed a multi-disciplinary approach to treat acute and chronic orofacial pain. He earned a post-doctoral master’s Degree at UCLA where he received advanced training in the field of orofacial pain and the treatment of sleep disordered breathing. He is a member of and teaches for numerous professional associations including the American Headache Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Occlusion Part 1: 1. TM joint and associated muscles (physiology/avoiding injury) 2. Pretreatment Evaluation (head and neck structures). 3. Treatment-avoiding injury 4. Common injuries during treatment 5. Treating TMJ and muscle injury. 6. Review terminology (JAMSS, SAFE, Speed to Treat) 7. Specific medication and non-medication



  • Stair Step One – 42 units – $2940


  • Enroll in Steps One & Two (Save $1500)
  • Enroll in Steps One, Two & Three (Save $2500)
  • Group Discounts (10%-25%)
  • 0% Financing Options

To Register

Call 818-654-7102 or 877-374-3371 or Download the registration form. This form is available in PDF format and is best viewed with the latest, free Adobe Acrobat Reader program.

If you have difficulty downloading or printing the registration form, you may also request it by email at or by phone (877) EP4-DDS1 (374-3371).

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted in writing, signed, and are dated when received at EP. If cancellations are made 30-60 days before the start of the program, 25% of the total tuition must still be paid. 100% of the total tuition is transferable to another program for one year with no penalties. If cancellations are made 0-30 days before the start of the program, 50% of the total tuition must still be paid. 75% of the total tuition is transferable to another program for one year. If cancellations are made after the start of the program, 100% of the total tuition must still be paid. 50% of the total tuition is transferable to another program for one year. Esthetic Professionals reserves the right to cancel any program seven days prior to the starting date. 100% refunds will be given or transferred to another program.

“An individual course which displays the AACD Recommended Private Education Course logo has a curriculum recommended by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. It may prove helpful in gaining knowledge necessary for the Academy’s Accreditation credential. Successful completion of this course does not guarantee Accreditation. Additional information about the Accreditation credentialing process is available by contacting the AACD at 800-543-9220 or”


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Esthetic Professionals, located in Tarzana, California, is a unique dental practice. In addition to offering a comprehensive selection of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry treatments for the benefit of our patients, we provide fellow dentists with hands-on education and laboratory services. With 30 employees, over 18 faculty members, and a 16,000 square foot facility, we are well-equipped to offer patients and professionals alike unparalleled service and care. Esthetic Professionals serves Los Angeles, California and the surrounding communities.


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