Kois Center – A New Standard
“Enabling motivated dentists to achieve extraordinary levels, expanding knowledge and application skills in restorative dentistry.”
The Kois Center uses the best and most current technology to facilitate and support the learning environment including: computer animation, live video demonstrations, video cameras with simultaneous multiple input feeds, high tech dental office and laboratory interface with our conference room.
We have small class sizes of up to 37 students, as well as guidance and assistance during courses from Mentors and the Clinical Instructor. These individuals provide a supportive and highly interactive learning environment both before, during, and after the course. Once students complete the Kois Center curriculum they become a Graduate of the Center and are invited to attend the Annual Symposium. The Annual Symposium is an opportunity to network with Kois Center Graduates and their families, in addition to learning about the latest updates to the curriculum.
The Kois Center is a self-funded learning center. We do not accept sponsorship funding and are not swayed by the agenda or message of sponsors.
Attendance is open to all dental professionals including: general dentists, specialists, laboratory technicians, and dental staff.
Those who find the Kois Center to be the best “fit” for them often have the following characteristics in common:
- Value being at the forefront of solid, scientific evidence
- Appreciate a small, personal classroom atmosphere where participation is encouraged
- Desire to participate and collaborate with other dental professionals
- Desire to become involved in providing more comprehensive care for patients
- Strive to be excellent.
The course numbers are designed to guide the participants through the curriculum. The last number always shows the number of days for that course.
All 100 level courses do not require a prerequisite. They can be taken in any order but the suggested order is best.
103: Treatment Planning
153: Functional Occlusion
165: Combined Course – 103: Treatment Planning and 153: Functional Occlusion
173: Managing the Restorative/Periodontal Interface
All 200 level courses require at least two of the 100 levels courses to be completed first.
255: Biomechanics – requires completion of 103 and 153 or 165
275: Implants Fixed & Removable – Requires completion of 103 and 153 or 165 and 173
All 300 level courses require at least two of the 100 levels courses to be completed first and completion of both 200 level courses is strongly recommended.
303: Advanced Functional Occlusion – Complex Restorative Management – Requires completion of 103 and 153 or 165.
Completion of all 100, 200, and 300 level courses are required
403: Advanced Treatment Planning – Interactive Case Management – Requires completion of 103 and 153 or 165, 173, 255, 275, and 303
500 level courses are at the graduate level and require either Graduate or Recognized Specialist status to attend.
503: Annual Symposium
Clinical Instructors are Mentors that have demonstrated an exceptional knowledge of the Kois Center’s principles and are committed to the advancement of the Kois Center. The Clinical Instructors’ primar responsibilities are to help the Mentors organize the students’ cases, assist during breakout sessions and answer questions regarding the course materials.
Prior to any course taken, each attendee is assigned a Mentor. Kois Center Mentor’s serve as liaisons for the participants before, during and after the course. Mentors assist participants with case presentations, clarify and answer any questions are a resource to consult with after the course.
The website provides many valuable tools for all Kois members. On the website you can check course dates and availability, search for other members to contact, and download useful forms including Informed Consent Documents (ICD’s), videos from the course, Always pages, medical and dental health histories in different languages and more.
Overall Mission of the Kois Center:
- Deliver the latest advances in esthetics, implants and restorative dentistry through cutting edge continuing dental education.
- To improve the lives of patients by providing our members with predictable, evidence-based dental systems that enable them to deliver the highest level of patient care.
- To provide members with a safe, collaborative learning environment focused on providing ongoing personal and professional support.
- Create world-class contributors in the dental profession with an understanding of periodontics, biomechanics, functional relationships, and facial relationships.
Long Term Goals of the Kois Center:
- Consistently provide members with the most up-to-date scientific research by continually updating all course materials as new research is published.
- Evolution of different avenues of networking so members can easily share information and mentor/advise other members who are working through the Kois Center curriculum.
- Expand the Kois Center’s reach globally and make courses more accessible to global participants.
- Product development (with patent protection) to assist dental professionals with creating predictable results in practice/laboratory.
- Continued development of technology aiding in members’ experience at the Kois Center (i.e. updates to App where members access class materials and maintenance of newly built website with intuitive interface).
- Create and provide members with resources that aid in integration of Kois principles and procedures into daily practice.
The heart of the center is a lecture room with space available for thirty-seven dentists. Each participant’s desk is individually climate controlled and allows plenty of personal space for didactic and simulated clinical aspects of the courses. All desks have USB charging stations and individual microphones. Live streaming of clinical procedures from the adjacent operatory uses the latest in 4K cameras and projector.
As a result of the overwhelming demand for Kois courses, the Kois Center has recently expanded. The Commander room is available to hold adjunct courses and for dentists wishing to bring their staff to receive a team experience.
The Center has its own restaurant- the Portside Kafé. Executive chef Jeffrey Kessenich was featured in a local magazine as one of the ‘hot’ Seattle chefs of 2014.