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Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, MS, CEAS
Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, MS, CEAS is DPR’s ergonomics editor and author of the book,“Practice Dentistry Pain-Free” and clinical instructor of ergonomics at OHSU School of Dentistry in Portland, Ore. A physical therapist who has worked exclusively with dental professionals for more than 15 years, she is recognized internationally as an expert in dental ergonomics, and has been invited to lecture at more than 300 conferences worldwide. She has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed dental journals and has developed patient positioning and exercise DVDs specifically for dental professionals. Bethany offers free newsletters, articles, videos and product reviews on her website at www.posturedontics.com and can be reached at [email protected]
5 ways to counteract neck pain
5 ways to counteract neck pain
Neck pain is a common problem plaguing dental professionals, but taking these five steps can help.
How do certain sports impact dental professionals' health?
How do certain sports impact dental professionals' health?
It's summer and time to hit the water—but several popular summer sports can actually exacerbate muscle imbalances in dental professionals.
Armrests or no armrests?
Armrests or no armrests?
Exploring the benefits of armrests for dental practitioners.
A mysterious upper-back pain syndrome in dental professionals
A mysterious upper-back pain syndrome in dental professionals
Scalene trigger points often fly under the radar of clinical treatment, but they can have serious consequences for dental professionals.
Backrests and your health: What does the research say?
Backrests and your health: What does the research say?
Backrests are an important consideration when selecting an operator stool.
Delivery systems – Is yours delivering pain?
Delivery systems – Is yours delivering pain?
Understanding the differences between delivery systems can help you select the right one for your team.
The ergonomic benefits of saddle-style stools
The ergonomic benefits of saddle-style stools
Saddle up! Research has shown that a saddle-style stool could save your health—and your career.
Are right angles... wrong?
Are right angles... wrong?
For years, sitting with your hips at a 90-degree angle was thought to be ideal. But research suggests otherwise.
The top exercises that can worsen dentists' health
The top exercises that can worsen dentists' health
Your exercise routine may be the most damaging part of your lifestyle—are you making these critical mistakes in your workouts?
Are dental loupes improving or worsening your neck health?
Are dental loupes improving or worsening your neck health?
Selecting the correct loupes can make a big difference for your health.