The Philippine Dental Association (PDA) has a new captain—a helmswoman if you will.
She is Dr. Maria Lourdes Manalac Coronacion.
This daughter of Zamboanga City has taken the steering wheel of the country’s largest group of professionals in dental and oral health care. A Doctor of Dental Medicine graduate of the National University College of Dentistry in 1982, Coronacion brings a wealth of experience to the PDA.
She belongs to a specialized branch of dentistry called orofacial pain management.
Orofacial pain management involves the alleviation of pain as a result of the dysfunction in the muscles of mastication or the muscles that move the jaw as well as the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) or the joints that connect the mandible to the skull.
Biological dentistry is relatively new and it emphasizes approaches to dental care that consider the overall dental health, including structural or physical, emotional and even, in some cases, psychological and spiritual health. In these, Coronacion brings new insights into the PDA.
Her background in higher education is impressive: a recipient of a scholarship program in implant dentistry at the Furusawa Implant Research Institute in Sendai, Japan (1996-1997); Preceptorship Course for Advancement in TMJ Orthodontics and Orthopedics; and TMJ at the Asian-American Academy of Functional Orthodontics in TMJ, Philippine Section (1999).
To broaden her knowledge and skills, Coronacion participated in a Dental Implant Training Program in May 1994 and has attended several courses in the United Sates since 2001.
In March 2001, for example, Coronacion completed a course with the American Academy of Neural Therapy conducted in Phoenix, Arizona. The next year, she attended a Post-Graduate Course on Dentistry and Its Systemic Effect at the American Academy of Biological Dentistry in Carmel, California.
She returned to the American Academy of Neural Therapy in 2002 to complete a course on Autonomic Response Testing and then, in the same year, completed a course conducted by the American Academy of Neural Therapy on Autonomic Response Testing held in Bellevue, Washington.
Her continuing education is extensive: an educational seminar conducted by The Hong Kong Society of Orthodontics in Hong Kong (2002); “Detoxification, Diagnosis and Therapies” (2003); “Physiology of Health” (2005); “The Terrain and Drainage: Pathway to Health I” (2006); “Keeping the Pathway to Health Legal” (2007) – all conducted by the International Academy of Biological Dentistry.
She also participated in several courses: Essentials 1 – Essentials in Occlusion and Essentials 2 – Bite Splint in General Dentistry organized by The Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Miami Florida; “The Science and Politics of Biological Dentistry” during the First Annual Joint Conference of The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine and The Holistic Dental Association at Tempe, Arizona in 2009.
In June 2012, she attended a Mini-Residency Course in TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) and Orofacial Pain Management at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
Coronacion was the past president of the Philippine Association of Functional Jaw Orthopedics (PAFJO)-TMJ (2003-2004) where she was a recipient of PDA awards for Outstanding President for PAFJO-TMJ; Outstanding Affiliate Group for PAFJO-TMJ; and 1st Place for the Most Symbolic of Themes during the 45th National Dental Health Week Celebration.
The good doctor shares her expertise with fellow dentists, being a member of the PDA’s Speakers Bureau and having been a lecturer in several scientific conferences, as well as the general public, as a frequent guest of “Doctors On Line”, the radio program at DZAS 702 AM and on UNTV.
Dr. Joseph D. Lim is the dean of the National University College of Dentistry, president & CEO of Dr. Smile Dental Care & Laser Center and honorary fellow of the Asian Oral Implant Academy and the Japan College of Oral Implantologists. For questions on dental health, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or text 0917-8591515.