Phone: 209-785-3903


2017 leslie photo Leslie Canham, CDA, RDA
Certified Speaking
Professional (CSP)



Leslie Canham

Speaker, Consultant, Trainer

Speaker's Agreement
Programs & Workshops

Leslie Canham is a dental speaker, consultant and continuing education provider specializing in Infection Control, OSHA Compliance, Dental Practice Act and HIPAA regulations. In Dentistry since 1972, Leslie has worked as dental assistant, treatment coordinator, and office manager. Leslie has since formed a successful business, Leslie Canham and Associates, LLC, providing in-office training, mock-inspections, consulting, online home study seminars and webinars. Leslie's goal is to help the dental team navigate the sea of state and federal regulations.

Leslie's live seminars are fast paced, entertaining and have earned her the reputation as an outstanding speaker in dentistry. Leslie is recognized as a continuing education provider by the Academy of General Dentistry, the California and Nevada Dental Boards and is authorized by the Department of Labor as an OSHA Outreach Trainer in General Industry Standards.

Leslie is committed to providing the dental community with up to date and accurate information. Her memberships include: The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, The Speaking, Consulting Network, The Academy of Dental Management Consultants, The California Dental Assistants Association, The California Association of Dental Assistant Teachers, The California Dental Association and the National Speakers Association.

Dental Background
Leslie began her career in dentistry in 1972 working as a dental assistant for her father who was a general dentist. Leslie's experience gives her first hand knowledge of dental office operations from both the employee and employer perspective. Learning all aspects of running a dental office, Leslie gained an "in the trenches" understanding what it takes to work in both the administrative and clinical areas of a successful dental practice. When Leslie's father sold his dental practice in 1982, she worked as a temporary receptionist and assistant for several dentists. Soon the demand for her temporary services gave Leslie the idea to open a dental employment agency. Leslie recruited, interviewed and placed dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and front office personnel in temporary and permanent jobs. Leslie was able to match the employee to the employer by her unique perspective of what employers and employees want from working together. Within six years Leslie sold her business and moved to northern California where she worked for a local dentist. When Leslie was assigned the task of "OSHA Coordinator", she immediately saw a need to simplify the complex regulations. One of her responsibilities was to set up and present the OSHA safety program. This presentation was the beginning of Leslie's speaking career.


  • California Dental Association Policy Development Council 2008-2010
  • Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures: Planning Committee for OSAP Symposia, Nominating committee
  • Dental Assisting National Board: Test Construction Committee for National Infection Control Examination
  • San Fernando Valley Dental Assistants Association: President, Employment Chairman, Treasurer, Budget Committee, Education Chairman 1983-1988
  • Southern California Dental Assistants Association: Benevolence Chairman 1986-1987
  • California Dental Assistants Association: State Director 1987-1988

Speaking Background
Leslie has a reputation for taking dry subject matter and presenting it in a fast-paced and entertaining manner. Her humorous and engaging personality have audiences begging for more. In 2003, Leslie expanded her seminar business by holding her own day-long public dental seminars. Leslie understands the responsibilities of the meeting planner is eager to facilitate planners with whatever is needed.

Leslie has a long list of dental organizations and study clubs that hire her to come back every year. Several organizations state that Leslie's seminars are the best attended function of the year!

She maintains a high profile in the dental community through internet based dental forums. On one website, she is the moderator of the Infection Control forum.

Publications and Periodicals

  • Canham, L. Keep Yourself In Business: Protect Your Eyes. OSAP, Infection Control in Practice Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 2 February 2004
  • Canham, L. Step Up Your Instrument Reprocessing Efficiency With Cassettes. OSAP, Infection Control in Practice Newsletter Vol. 5, No. 4, May 2006
  • Dorst, J, Canham, L. Infection Protection. Orthodontics Products, October 2005
    Presentation on the Web
  • OSHA for Dentistry and the Basic Elements of a Bloodborne Pathogen Program., online CE course
  • Canham, L. Who is in charge of Infection Contol? Contemporary Dental Assisting November 2007
  • Canham, L. The First Step in In Infection Control is Hand Hygiene, Journal of the American Dental Assistants Assocication 2011

Learn at Home Programs

  • Webinars: OSHA for Dentistry, Infection Control for California and California Dental Practice Act
  • Home Study Courses: OSHA Annual Bloodborne Pathogen Training, Infection Control for California and California Dental Practice Act, Waht about MRSAa in Dentistry?, What is the Role of the Infection Control Coordinator?, HIPAA for Dentistry, Safe Dental Care Begins with Sterilization and Disinfection.

Leslie's Personal Background
Leslie was born in El Paso, Texas. Shortly thereafter her family moved to California. Leslie has remained in California and resides on a 21 acre ranch in the foothills of the Sierras. Leslie enjoys working with her horses, paddle boarding, scuba diving, skiing, dancing and scrapbooking. Leslie is married and has eight children and twelve grandchildren.

Speaker's Agreement | Programs & Workshops

Your Account History
Below you will find a list of any and all previous courses you have purchased and seminars you have registered for. To view your account history, select the respective links for details.

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General Consulting

In-Office consulting to set up your OSHA, HIPAA, or Infection Control programs.
Need help getting started? Leslie will come to your office and help you get the required manuals, record-keeping forms and paperwork organized. She will walk you through the mandatory requirements so you can achieve compliance.

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Mock Inspections

Are you ready for an OSHA inspection? Dental insurance companies and the California Dental Board can also demand to inspect your office. Leslie will come to your office and conduct a complete inspection. We will check your office for OSHA compliance and make sure that the current infection control standards are met. Any areas that are not in compliance will be provided to you in writing and accompanied by suggestions to achieve compliance.

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Telephone Consulting

Just need a little coaching to make sure your office meets OSHA, HIPAA or Dental Board requirements? Leslie is available by phone to talk you through compliance. First 10 minutes are free!

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Eliminate costly travel to seminars!

Personalized training ...

  • Encourages staff participation
  • Conveniently earn "CE'S" right in your own office for something you have to do anyway
  • Leslie makes compliance EASY

Available On-Site Training:

OSHA Compliance Training

This class covers Injury & Illness Prevention Plans, Infection Control, Hazardous Communication, Ergonomics, Fire, Emergency, General Office Safety, Medical Waste Disposal and Exposure Control Plan. We will conduct a "mock inspection" and we'll check your OSHA Manual, SDS folder, and Record-keeping procedures for accuracy as required by OSHA.

  • Training Time: 4 hours
  • Credit: 4 CE Units
Infection Control Training

This seminar covers various aspects of infection control including the minimum infection control standards. We will discuss how these standards apply to your office and tips for maintaining compliance. This class meets the requirements for a 2 hour course of study in Infection Control.

  • Training Time: 2 hours
  • Credit: 2 CE Units

(Required all for California dental license renewals)

Personalized Infection Control Workshops Hands On

Personalized workshops focus on helping your team update and improve infection control protocols. The hands on setting provides opportunity to practice skills and promote discussion. Facilitated "brainstorming" generates solutions to challenges in safety and infection control. Team members resolve roadblocks to compliance by "owning" the solutions.

  • Training Time: 3-6 hours (based on need)
  • Credit: TDB (based on need)
California Dental Practice Act (Formerly Dental Law)

This seminar will cover various sections of the CALIFORNIA DENTAL PRACTICE ACT, RULES & REGULATIONS, AND DUTIES & SETTINGS issued by the California Board of Dental Examiners. This class meets the requirements for a 2 hour course of study of California Dental Practice Act formerly called Dental Law.

  • Training Time: 2 hours
  • Credit: 2 CE Units

(Required all for California license renewals)

HIPAA Worforce Training and Implementation

Workforce training (1-2 Hours) reduces risks of breaches and disclosures not allowed by HIPAA. Discussion will include how to protect patient data and what specific steps must be taken to insure privacy and security compliance. It is recommended that your office purchase the AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION Complete HIPAA Compliance Kit (CALL ADA AT 800-947-4746 TO PURCHASE). Leslie can conduct implementation of your HIPAA procedures and policies. This includes conducting the risk assessment, consulting on gaps in security, creating the written policies, plans, logs, etc using the ADA HIPAA Kit. Implementation takes an entire day.

  • Training Time: Workforce training 2 hours (required training for covered entities)
  • Credit: 2 CE Units
  • Implementation: Full day training one on one with the dental office HIPAA Compliance Officer

Interested in an "In-Office" seminar? Contact us for details & fee schedule

WEBINARS Count as Live Classroom CE Credit!

We are currently only offering private webinars for dental practices

What is a Webinar?

Take courses LIVE from your computer! All you need is a computer and internet access. Courses are conveniently scheduled on weekends and evenings. Save time and money! No travel, fuel, or parking fees. Join Leslie live from your own computer and earn LIVE CE Credit!

Be sure to sign up for your webinar in advance! Online registration NOT accepted within 5 minutes of the start time of the webinar. Late registrants can call 209-785-3903 to sign up. ALL Webinars times are Pacific Time Zone.

Remote Training by Webinar

Leslie can also conduct training remotely by webinar. For information see Remote Live Training by Webinar.

What is a home study course?

Earn some of your Continuing Education credits using our Home Study program.
Take exams Online and receive your certificate by e-Mail, or select the paper versions mailed to you.

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Description: Take all 7 courses right here Online. Prefer paper? Click "Order paper versions"at right and we'll mail them to you.
CE Credits: 15 Credits
Test Time Limit: Unlimited
Time Limit: 90 days from date of purchase
Price: $ 145.00
Retake Failed Exam: $ 15.00 (each exam)

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Leslie-new-header      "Leslie's fast paced, entertaining seminars are a hit with audiences. As an expert in Infection Control, Office Safety, OSHA and HIPAA Compliance, Leslie helps dental teams navigate the sea of regulations."

Leslie Canham
Speaker, Consultant, Trainer

pdf Detailed Program and Workshop Description - download as PDF


  • Infection Control
  • Infection Control Teamwork: How to Meet and Exceed CDC Guidelines
  • Who's in Charge of Infection Control?
  • Got OSHA? 6 Easy Steps to Office Safety!
  • The New Hazard Communication Standard
  • HIPAA What's New and What Do I Have To Do?
  • California Dental Practice Act
  • Accomodating Patients with Disabilties
  • Treating Patients who are living with HIV/AIDS

About Leslie

Leslie Canham is a certified and registered dental assistant with over 40 years of experience. She is the founder of Leslie Canham & Associates, LLC, providing in-office training, mock inspections, and consulting. As a Certified Speaking Professional, Leslie delivers presentations to dental societies, study clubs and organizations as well as being the moderator for the Infection Control Forum on She is authorized by The Department of Labor as an OSHA Outreach Trainer in General Industry Standards.

Leslie has published numerous articles in dental industry magazines and has authored several CE home study courses which have been published in Dentaltown, The Dental Assistant Journal, and Contemporary Dental Assisting.

Leslie is an active member of OSAP, the Speaking Consulting Network, the Academy of Dental Management Consultants, the American Dental Assistants Association, the California Dental Association, and the National Speakers Association.

Leslie Canham
Certified Speaking
Professional (CSP)
Speaker, Consultant, Trainer

Leslie's Curriculum Vitae
Speaker's Agreement
Programs & Workshops

Leslie Canham is a Certified and Registered Dental Assistant with over 45 years of experience in dentistry. Leslie sought to continue her career by exploring the continuing education needs of dental personnel. Her research led to OSHA compliance training for dental offices. Dentists, astounded by Leslie's expertise began referring their colleagues to her. Soon her outstanding reputation spread throughout the dental community. Leslie's OSHA compliance seminars have become very popular, with encore presentations being scheduled years in advance. Leslie has added Infection Control, Dental Practice Act, HIPAA, and Accommodating Special Needs Patients to her list of outstanding seminars.

Leslie is authorized by the Department of Labor as an OSHA Outreach Trainer in General Industry Standards. Her memberships include:

  • The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention
  • The Academy of Dental Management Consultants
  • The Speaking, Consulting Network
  • The American Dental Assistants Association
  • The California Dental Association
  • The California Association of Dental Assistant Teachers
  • National Speakers Association

Leslie is listed as a "leader in consulting" by Dentistry Today. She is a Certified Speaking Professional, which is a designation conferred by the National Speakers Association. Fewer than 10 percent of speakers worldwide hold this professional designation. It is earned by a proven track record of speaking experience, expertise, a commitment to ongoing education, outstanding client service, and ethical behavior. 

Leslie is currently a moderator on's Infection Control forum. Leslie's involvement on committees include: DANB infection control examination construction committee, OSAP Symposium planning committee, and the American Dental Association Dental Team Member Advisory Panel. She has served as President, Treasurer and Employment Chairperson of the San Fernando Valley Dental Assistants Association; Benevolence Chairperson of the Southern California Dental Assistants Association and State Director of the San Fernando Valley Dental Assistants Association serving the California Dental Assistants Association.

Mike New

Mike Canham
Safety Analyst

A former firefighter, Mike photographs dental offices to help the dental team recognize problem areas pertaining to infection control, safety and OSHA compliance. As a dental office safety analyst, Mike helps dental professionals reduce their risk of accidents and injuries. Mike and Leslie, as a husband and wife team, travel nationwide to provide personalized on-site training and up-to-date information for dental professionals.

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