PLENARY 11: Dental Occlusion: When Does it Matter? What Does the Evidence Tell Us
Michael Racich, DMD
Saturday, May 9, 2020 — 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Meet our outstanding presenter. Upon graduating from the University of British Columbia Dental School in 1982, Dr. Racich went into practice with Dr. W. Jefferies in Downtown Vancouver, Canada. Originally located in the Georgia Medical Building, the practice was moved in 1985 to the Hornby Professional Centre (now known as the Copeman Healthcare Centre) due to the building’s impending demolition. It is here that Dr. Racich practiced for 28 years until 2013, and was fortunate to interact with many gracious patients, who traveled near and far, so that together the optimization of their oral health could be facilitated; Dr. Racich describes this experience as an absolute pleasure!
With an ever curious professional nature, Dr. Racich considers himself to be a lifelong learner – particularly in the dental arenas of occlusion, restorative dentistry and prosthodontics, as well as temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain. For these reasons, he has both pursued and met the requirements for ‘Fellowship status’ with the Academy of General Dentistry and ‘Diplomate status’ with the American Board of Orofacial Pain. In a similar sense, Dr. Racich has always enjoyed performing surgery, both periodontal and implant related, which led him to pursue and complete ‘Diplomate status’ with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Dr. Racich’s enthusiasm for knowledge does not extend only to himself, as he has a passion for teaching. Since the late 1990’s, Dr. Racich has been mentoring his dental colleagues and does so currently via didactic and clinical study clubs, coaching, consultation, proprietary programs, and lecturing. Furthermore, Dr. Racich has enjoyed writing several dental articles both in peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications, as well has authored three books (one on Oral Rehabilitation, one on Occlusion and one on Facially Generated Treatment Planning); the sum of which, has allowed him to give back to a profession that has offered him so much.
In 2011, Dr. Racich made the difficult decision to scale back time in relation to direct patient care because of the increasing demands of his full-time practice and extracurricular professional activities. Despite this adjustment, Dr. Racich has no retirement plans in the foreseeable future and will always be available for direct patient care and professional interaction. In this regard, as in the past, Dr. Racich’s dental future is about providing the best evidence-based dental care that both his abilities and experience enable him to undertake. Overall, Dr. Racich sees himself as an educator and consultant first, then a treatment provider, who provides dental care options in a non-manipulative and informative manner. Once a course of action is agreed upon, the consent to proceed with dental care is both treasured and honoured. Dr. Racich believes that the dental journey begins with all stakeholders’ contributions and is committed to engendering everyone’s mutual vision and mission – with all expectations clear, concise and distilled.