About Casey Hein

Casey Hein, BSDH, RDH, MBA

My Why

Scientific evidence that oral and overall health are interrelated compels us to think differently, and change the way we care for people. The best way to do this is to create and present well researched and novel educational programs, and share with generosity the resources that offer healthcare providers the greatest opportunity to impact patients’ lives by re-connecting the mouth to the rest of the body.

Casey Hein, BSDH, RDH, MBA first began speaking about periodontal-systemic links in 2003, when this body of science was emerging. Since that time, evidence of the role of periodontal disease in amplifying systemic inflammation and increasing the risk for chronic diseases has strengthened. Yet, clinicians are not quite certain how to integrate this information into everyday patient care.

Casey’s programs present new models of care and collaboration that practitioners can implement immediately. They are the result of many years of clinical consulting, research, participation on scientific boards and consensus groups, and her experience in building an environment for medical-dental collaboration at the University of Manitoba.

Utilizing sophisticated animations, case studies and storytelling of professional experiences, her programs facilitate greater understanding, stimulate ideas, fuel lively discussion and empower participants.

Casey is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Director of Education of the International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health in the College of Dentistry; and the Director of Continuing Professional Development for Dentistry and Dental Hygiene, in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Manitoba (Canada). She is also an internationally recognized speaker and published author, a consultant to the dental industry, advisory/scientific boards, professional associations, and a reviewer for scientific publications. She has developed two educational websites that provide resources for implementation of periodontal-systemic science (www.caseyhein.com) and online courses related to oral-systemic health for both the dental and medical communtities (www.oralhealthed.com).

One of her responsibilities at the University of Manitoba is to lead a team in the development of her vision for the first comprehensive, multi-media curriculum, Oral-Systemic Health Education for Non-Dental Healthcare Providers, which won for the University of Manitoba the prestigious William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation – Academic Dental Institution (2015). Hein has also led notable interprofessional education events at the University of Manitoba, including programming in oral-systemic health, “Make the Connection” (2014). This event brought together over 200 physicians, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, and other healthcare providers, and garnered the University of Manitoba the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ 2015 Innovation Award. In the same year, Hein created and developed another award- nominated interprofessional program, “Obesity Intervention for Front Line Healthcare Providers”(2015).

Casey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from West Virginia University and a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University. She was accepted into the National Speakers’ Association in 2008 and has maintained an active membership since then. Casey has continuously been voted among Dentistry Today’s Top 100 Clinicians/Consultants in Continuing Education since 2006.