For learners already engaged in the practice of aesthetics, the ACTA offers Level II courses to improve and build upon existing skill sets. We accomplish this in the following ways:

Reviewing fundamental best practices: In reviewing the basics, our instructors are able to identify habits in need of improvement, remind trainees of the context behind procedures that have become routine, and are often able to introduce trainees to basics that they were not exposed to in other courses.

Teaching new clinical techniques: Since many students taking our courses already have experience, they come prepared with questions and the fine motor skills necessary to advance to more complex techniques. ACTA instructors possess a wealth of knowledge acquired through clinical experience and are thereby able to direct students in the techniques necessary to address more advanced or complicated case scenarios.

Introducing the latest developments in materials & applications: In order for any practitioner to remain relevant in the rapidly changing landscape of aesthetics, it is crucial to be aware of the resources at their disposal. The ACTA keeps its students up to date by providing them with updates on the cutting edge of aesthetic developments.

By reviewing the basics, learning advanced techniques, and understanding new developments in the field, our learners return to their practice better equipped to improve their patient outcomes.


  • 10 CE (8 Course CE + 2 Pre Reading)
  • The ACTA is the facial aesthetics division of the Academy of Dental and Medical Anesthesia
  • The ADMA is an ADA CERP nationally approved CE provider with a current ADA CERP provider status


Course CE

  • The course begins at 8:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm
  • There is a 4 hour period of didactics in the morning followed by a 4 hour period of clinical patient care in the afternoon


The ACTA ensures individualized instruction by clinicians with 25 years of experience providing Facial Aesthetics. This course is directed by our physician anesthesiologists with years of clinical experience using Botox for boutique private plastic surgery centers. Additional clinical staff includes surgeons, dentists and nurses that have over a decade of experience incorporating Botox into their private practice. Each department chair is currently active at the university level teaching as an attending.

♦ Gary Mermel, MD, Board Certified Anesthesiologist

♦  Jeff Hansen, MD, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

♦  Heidi Effinger, NACP

♦  Cody Shores, DDS

Didactic Basic Topics

  • Patient Selection & Consultation
  • Filler Cosmetic Uses
  • Filler Selection & Consultation
  • Filler Application


Clinical Practicum Overview

Live Filler Injection Practicum: Volumizing nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and lifting up the corners of the mouth using anatomical landmarks.  Learn to provide subtle lip enhancements by adding volume to establish proper lip and smile lines.  Become proficient in smoothing lip lines and eliminating vertical “smokers” lines.  Professionally manage tear troughs and cheek volume.

Each Trainee Must Complete and Demonstrate Proficiency in the Following Objectives

  • Patient assessment and consultation for dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero)
  • Indications and contraindications for these pharmaceutical agents
  • In depth instruction in the anatomy, neurophysiology, musculature and circulatory system of the oral and maxillofacial areas
  • Patient evaluation for the best dental and facial esthetic and therapeutic outcomes
  • Review of sterile technique as it relates to the use of injectable pharmacologic agents
  • Safety and risk issues for dermal filler injectable therapy
  • Learn the physiology and pharmacology of oral and maxillo-facial injectable treatment
  • Integrating dermal filler therapy into therapeutic and esthetic treatment plans
  • Volumizing nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and lifting up the corners of the mouth using anatomical landmarks
  • Subtle lip enhancements by adding volume to establish proper lip and smile lines
  • Smoothing lip lines and eliminating vertical “smokers” lines
  • How to avoid, manage, and treat possible adverse reactions and complications
  • Live patient training including comprehensive diagnosis, treatment planning, proper dosing and delivery of dermal fillers
  • Proper fee structures for oral and maxillofacial injectable treatment
  • All necessary office forms and informed consents needed to begin treating patients immediately

Their Face is Your Future

Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid frequently used to smooth out wrinkles of the face, in the areas of nasolabial folds, lips, oral commissures and marionette lines. It can also be used in dentistry to address uneven lips, improve perioral aesthetics and for high lip line cases.  Dermal fillers provide patients with semi-permanent results that last longer than other facial aesthetic procedures.

Our instructors have decades of teaching and clinical experience and will give you a full understanding of placement techniques, patient prescreening, and anatomical aesthetics. Results yield a more youthful look and compliment any aesthetic dentistry case presented to you.

Dentists already provide healthy and beautiful smiles, it’s time to consider adding the aesthetic realm to your oral and systemic practice of the face. After all, Dentists are more familiar with the facial regions than any other healthcare provider.  Integrating Facial Aesthetics into you practice will boost your bottom line and enhance the work environment.

Take the ACTA all inclusive Botox & Filler Certification Course for additional savings


Botox training begins with a thorough review of craniofacial anatomy, Botox pharmacology, and Botox dilution and preparation. Patient selection and consultation training precedes the live injection practicum.


Botox training will also review the use of Botox for treatment of headache and orofacial pain disorders such as Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction, migraine, and chronic daily headache. Comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of headache disorders as they are encountered in a dental practice will be covered to provide the expertise needed to safely incorporate headache treatment into a dental practice.