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Why not start your 2017 off right by learning in one of the most upscale and geographically stunning regions of the U.S.? That’s right, we’re talking about our upcoming January courses in Scottsdale, AZ.

We're hosting our first two CMS courses of the year in Scottsdale, AZ.

We have a special place in our hearts for Arizona. Many of the CMS team live here, including two of our educators (Drs. Mike Smith and Lee Ann Brady, we’re looking at you). Though the summers are stifling and most people stay inside for fear of heat stroke, the winters are mild and cool, verging on chilly by local standards. January is the perfect time to visit Scottsdale – the weather in the Valley is just right.

Drs. Brady, Nosti, Smith, and Olitsky will teach Ultimate Occlusion Level 1: Mastering Functional Dentistry on January 20th and 21st of 2017. We’ll also be hosting our first Practice Mastery Formula: Team Training Workshop on the same weekend, directed by CMS Executive Director Jenn Janicki and marketing strategist Jackie Adame.

Here’s our advice for how to get the most out of your time in AZ:

What to Do & Where to Be in Scottsdale, AZ

The desert is as glamorous and austere as ever in the Valley of the Sun’s classiest neighborhood. Posh eats, upscale shopping, and outdoorsy delights await those who travel in and around Scottsdale. The city combines nostalgia for the Wild West with an air of modern exclusivity. You’re sure to enjoy a weekend among the cacti.

Scottsdale and the rest of Phoenix are filled with natural beauty.1. Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town, conveniently located beside popular mall Fashion Square, offers quaint cowboy-esque shops, quirky restaurants, and plenty of Southwest charm. Visit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, purchase some turquoise or a cacti, and mill around the short but sweet historical center.

While you’re around, stop at Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles for this “Southern Soul Food’s” eponymous specialty.

2. Camelback Mountain

Strenuous and not for the faint of heart, Camelback Mountain is one of Phoenix’s most impressive local hikes. Observe the gorgeous rocky terrain and prepare to sweat. Pinnacle Peak and Piestewa Peak are also great options if you’d like to see the natural beauty of Arizona with less difficulty.

3. Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

MIM is a world-class museum dedicated to instruments from around the globe. The exhibits are exquisite. The museum itself is aesthetically gorgeous. Spend a few hours here and you’ll find yourself discovering more than you expected about the intricacies of music and its history.

Papago park is a great place to see when you visit Scottsdale.4. Desert Botanical Garden and Papago Park

The Desert Botanical Garden makes for a perfect place to stroll and appreciate the flora and fauna that manages to survive extreme heat for a significant portion of the year. Papago Park is enjoyable too, with its smooth, red-brown rocks.

5. Beckett’s Table

Book a table at this chic, earthy eatery. It’s not too dressed up or too dressed down. The food is delicious and well-prepared in a warm atmosphere. Wind down after a long day of learning at Beckett’s Table. And make sure to pair your meal with one of their specialty cocktails.

We’re looking forward to spending some of January in such a breathtaking city with you! Oh, and don’t forget to step outside around sunset time. Arizona sunsets are notorious for their beauty.

The new year is fast approaching and we can’t wait to start it off in Scottsdale! What are you looking forward to in 2017?