Mallonee PM

Friday, April 21, 2023, 1:15 am - 4:15 am 

3 Clinical Hours

Course Fee: Dentists: $73, Other: $32

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Speaker: Lisa Mallonee

Course Title: Nutrition Myths, Diet Fallacies and Magical Unicorns: Oh MY!


Course Description: 

The population is growing… and so are our waist lines! Everyone wants to find the holy grail of weight loss—giving in to diets that sound too good to be true--promising rapid loss of pounds, no need for exercise and the ability to eat whatever you want! Associations between fad diet practices and oral health status can alter dental care and treatment outcomes. Weight loss surgery is a growing trend for those who have been battling the bulge. As the number of individuals choosing weight loss surgery rises, dental professionals need to be aware of the potential implications for the oral cavity.


Course Objectives: 

  1. Identify oral risk factors more common in patients who have undergone weight loss surgery.
  2. Discuss oral concerns about fad diets with patients during the clinical visit.
  3. Have a greater awareness of oral risk factors associated with weight loss surgery, fad diets and the role of the oral health care professional during patient care.

Speaker Bio: Lisa F. Mallonee, MPH, RDH, RD, LD received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and a Master of Public Health with a coordinated degree in nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to becoming a Registered Dietitian, Lisa practiced full time as a Registered Dental Hygienist in both general and public health practice settings. Lisa is a tenured Professor, Graduate Program Director and Registered Dietitian in the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene at Texas A&M College of Dentistry, where she currently teaches courses in public/community health and provides nutrition lectures in the dental hygiene and predoctoral dental curriculum. Additionally, she oversees practicum placement and thesis research as a co-director for postgraduate dental hygienists enrolled in the Master of Science in Education for Healthcare Professionals program housed in the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Furthermore, she serves as a preceptor for the Baylor University Medical Center Dietetic internship program. As a health care professional and educator, she is committed to two interconnected goals: sharing her knowledge, expertise, and passion while promoting the value of interprofessional collaboration among dental professionals within the wider health care community for greater patient/client outcomes. Lisa serves as a reviewer and expert content advisor on numerous publications that include: The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Journal of the American Dental Association, the Journal of Dental Hygiene and organizations such as the National Diabetes Education Program, National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center and the American Dental Educators Association (ADEA). Lisa is a published author in dental textbooks and peer reviewed journals on multiple topics pertaining to diet, nutrition and oral health and the practical application to whole body health for dietetic and dental professionals. She coauthored the Nutrition Curriculum for the revised 2015 edition of the ADEA Curriculum Guidelines for Allied Dental Education Programs. Additionally, she served as primary author for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Paper on Oral Health and Nutrition. She is co-author on the editorial team that is continuing the legacy of Dr. Esther Wilkins’ cornerstone textbook; the 13th edition of Wilkins’ Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist published in 2020 and 14e is currently in development with a 2023 publication date. Additionally, she will serve as primary author for the 6th edition of Stegeman’s Dental Hygienists’ Guide to Nutritional Care, scheduled for publication in 2024. Lisa is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Nutrition Education of Health Professionals award; the 2016 Texas Dental Hygiene Directors’ Association/Proctor & Gamble Teaching Excellence Award, the 2020 Texas A&M University Teaching Award for Interprofessional Excellence and most recently she received the ADEA Allied Dental Faculty Leadership Development Program Scholarship to advance academically in the area of leadership. Lisa presents educational lectures both nationally and internationally. At the end of the day, she says her most accomplished role is serving as a Mom to her 8th grade daughter, Layne Mallonee and 9 th grade son, Harper Mallonee.