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Core PURPOSE To advance the value and excellence of general dentistry.

MISSION STATEMENT To serve the needs and represent the interests of general dentists, to promote the oral health of the public, and to foster continued proficiency of general dentists through quality continuing dental education in order to better serve the public.

VISION STATEMENT To be the premier organization of general dentists, dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of comprehensive dental services, education, health promotion, and wellness.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Thank you for making 2008 such a successful year for the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Your support of our member initiatives, philanthropic efforts, public and government advocacy, and so much more has made 2008 a year to remember for the AGD. The following pages are meant to do just that – the AGD’s Annual Review is a snapshot of your organization over the past year. From advocating on Capitol Hill to promote important legislation such as Deamonte’s Law and the Children’s Dental Health Improvement Act to reaching out in our communities to spread the word about the importance of oral health care through the Web, the AGD has furthered our mission toward our vision to be the premier organization for the general dentist. The AGD continued to work rigorously to ensure that the general dentist’s voice is heard and that their livelihood is protected on key issues such as access to care and insurance matters. Furthermore, the AGD sought to provide our members with the best in education and resources like licensing transcript assistance, a searchable online database of local CE opportunities, and our awardwinning scientific journal General Dentistry. More than anything else, I hope you’ll recognize this annual review as a tribute to your successes throughout 2008 because you are the most important part of this organization. Without our members, none of these activities would have been possible. So, thank you for 2008, and I look forward to an even more successful 2009 as I continue to serve as your president. Paula S. Jones, DDS, FAGD 2008-2009 President, Academy of General Dentistry


TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Core Purpose, Mission, and Vision ……………………………………….. 1 President’s Message …………………………………………………………... 2 Executive Committee ………………………………………………………....... 5 Board of Trustees ……………………………………………………………... 6 AGD Annual Review Advocacy …………………………………………………………………………… 9 Education …………………………………………………………………………... 13 Leadership …………………………………………………………………………. 15 Partnerships ……………………………………………………………………... 17 Contributions ………………………………………………………………….… 19 Recognition ……………………………………………………………………….. 21 * The financial portion of this annual review will be available in JUNE 2009.

2008-2009 ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP Executive Committee Paula S. Jones, DDS, FAGD

Jeffrey M. Cole, DDS, FAGD

David F. Halpern, DMD, FAGD

Howard R. Gamble, DMD, FAGD

Fares M. Elias, DDS, JD, FAGD

Roger D. Winland, DDS, MS, MAGD

Linda J. Edgar, DDS, MAGD

Vincent C. Mayher, Jr., DMD, MAGD



Vice President




Speaker of the House


Immediate Past President

Board of Trustees Maria A. Smith, DMD, MAGD

John T. Sherwin, DDS, FAGD

John C. Comisi, DDS, FAGD

Sami M. Ghareeb, DDS, MAGD

Richard D. Knowlton, DMD, MAGD

Kenneth D. Garrett, DDS, MAGD

Manuel A. Cordero, DDS, MAGD

Mohamednazir F. Harunani, DDS, MAGD

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 4

Region 5

Region 6

Region 7

Region 8


2008-2009 ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP Board of Trustees Louis C. Boryc, DDS, FAGD Region 9

Cynthia E. Sherwood, DDS, FAGD Region 12

Patricia K. Meredith, DDS, MS, FAGD Jeffrey D. Lloyd, DDS, MAGD Region 10

Region 13

Gary E. Heyamoto, DDS, MAGD

Michael R. Thompson, DDS, FAGD

Region 11


Region 14

Board of Trustees Antonio Mancuso, DDS, MAGD

Ralph A. Cooley, DDS, FAGD

Eugene A. Dalla Lana, DDS, FAGD

W. Carter Brown, DMD, FAGD

Gerald J. Botko, DMD, MAGD

Lawrence E. Scheitler, DDS, MAGD, ABGD

Region 15

Region 16

Region 17

Region 18

Region 19

Region 20




2008 was a very successful year for Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) advocacy efforts– from public awareness, to representation on Capitol Hill, to protecting our members with third-party payers—the organization stood strong in promoting and defending the interests of the general dentist. In fact, in only 364 days the AGD reviewed more than 817 pieces of legislation and 241 regulations with the potential to impact the practice of general dentistry. National Contact

In March, more than 100 AGD members traveled to Washington, D.C., to discuss the impact of Meth Mouth on the public’s oral health, the Children’s Dental Health Improvement Act, and Deamonte’s Law with members of Congress and state legislators. While some AGD representatives were immediately successful in persuading legislators to sign on as co-sponsors to legislation, after only one month from when they met, 12 Congressmen voiced support for the Children’s Dental Health Improvement Act (HR 1781), three for Deamonte’s Law (HR 2371), and two for the Meth Mouth Bill (HR 3186). Later in the year, the AGD offered the general dentists’ perspective on proposed initiatives at the request of two Congressional offices; joined a Health Care Reform Working Group headed up by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI-14), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; as well as joining a working group on a comprehensive oral health care bill, led by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM).


Local Impact

AGD members play an important role in improving the oral health of their communities. At the conclusion of 2008, more than 35 state dental boards included an active AGD member representing the interests of the general dentist. In Georgia and New Hampshire, AGD members successfully petitioned their state dental boards to adopt the ADA’s sedation guidelines, which included AGD-approved information in the interest of the general dentist. AGD members also saw success with their lobbying efforts in Louisiana and Nebraska, where both states passed legislation in support of water fluoridation.

Serving Our Members AGD assisted more than 200 general dentists with getting claims paid, filing appeals, and understanding third-party payer participation contracts through our contract analysis service.

In Colorado, the AGD successfully collaborated with other organizations to defeat dental board regulations that would impose difficult and negative disclaimers on credential advertising by general dentists.

Insurance Issues

Issues with insurance companies affect AGD dentists and their patients every day. To help meet these needs, AGD met with several different insurance companies throughout the year to establish relationships and learn the best way to enforce the interests of the general dentist. Among the findings, AGD encouraged use of real-time eligibility verification software presently available that would eliminate insurance company requests for refunds on an ineligible patient after service had been rendered. In addition, the AGD was invited to communicate the interests of the general dentist in a meeting with the American Association of Dental Consultants in 2009.

White Paper

AGD recognizes the enormity of the Access to Care issues surrounding healthcare today. In response to this growing problem, the AGD adopted a White Paper on Access to Care with over 30 solutions to solve access gaps, and promoted these solutions to Congress, all 50 state legislatures, the American Dental Association (ADA), other organized dentistry institutions, and other communities of interest. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID-2), a dentist himself, was the first Congressman to receive the White Paper, and was provided with Honorary Membership in the AGD for his support. In addition, the AGD protected the oral health of the public by opposing the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s (ADHA) proposal for an Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner (ADHP). This proposed change in the scope of practices, which would affect the entire dental team, would negatively impact the current proven model of dentistry. While the ADHA asked the AGD for input on its draft ADHP Competencies, which outlined what this practitioner would do, AGD’s input was largely ignored. The AGD produced its own position paper against the ADHP, which passed at the 2008 AGD House of Delegates. The AGD continues to oppose this concept in its communications with each state dental board.




Media Coverage

The AGD reached out to the public more than ever in 2008 to educate them about AGD dentists and the importance of oral health. Over the course of the year, AGD was featured in many major media outlets including U.S. News & World Report,, Yahoo! News and the New York Post. Overall, this extensive media coverage reached more than 400 million people through 2,252 media outlets. The AGD remains committed to informing the public about oral health issues and, in 2008, partnered with GlaxoSmithKline to launch a public awareness campaign. The campaign focused on the physical, psychological, and emotional effects of tooth loss. Through the tireless work of AGD spokespersons and members, the campaign was featured in 45 media outlets and reached more than 6 million consumers. In addition to press releases, Web information, and brochures, a radio news release (RNR) was sent out to radio stations across the country on July 17. The tooth loss RNR was heard in 81 locations in 40 of the top 50 U.S. markets— reaching 11.7 million listeners. In the address, AGD Vice President David Halpern, DMD, FAGD, educated listeners on the effects of tooth loss with data from an AGD survey of more than 20,000 members.


Serving Our Members

Patient Resources

The 2008 Market Research Project resulted in AGD’s newest patient resource, The consumer Web portal offers more resources to educate patients and the public atlarge about oral health care. Serving as a bridge between dental visits, KnowYourTeeth. com provides patients with oral health information in a fun and exciting format from a trustworthy source. It offers members an option to further educate their patients and improve treatment acceptance, decrease cancellations, improve office visits, and enhance patient relationships overall.

To help promote to patients, a comprehensive marketing toolkit was created that includes FAQs, Web stickers, scripts, and more.

One of the many interactive features of the Web site is a public blog hosted by “the dental maven.” While the identity of the AGD member who posts comments about timely topics for the public is a mystery, the maven’s draw is unmistakable. Visits and subscriptions to the Dental Maven Blog have steadily climbed since its launch in December.

Social Media

The AGD sought to expand its reach to dental students and young dentists through social media ventures in 2008. In August, the AGD created a Facebook fan page to offer an alternative way for our members to receive AGD information. Since its launch, the page has received more than 190 fans and 1,000 page views. In addition, the AGD launched an official YouTube channel in September. The site currently houses promotional videos as well as educational videos for the public viewed more than 700 times throughout September and October. The AGD’s first-ever blog, The Daily Grind, debuted in January 2008. Written by AGD member John Gammichia, DMD, of Apopka, Fla., the blog serves as a reflection of dayto-day encounters and issues with the dental practice he owns with his father. His tell-itlike-it-is style and humorous approach to the dentist’s daily life has helped the blog garner more than 7,000 total unique visitors in 2008. Advocacy will remain an AGD priority in 2009, and the AGD will continue to promote and protect the interests of its members.




As the principle on which the AGD was founded, education remains one of the most important and valuable resources that AGD offers its members. 2008 saw great strides in improving educational programs and learning new ways to foster lifelong learning. PACE

In 2008, the AGD’s Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) exceeded 1,900 providers approved worldwide, assuring members ample CE opportunities to work towards an AGD achievement award or for state relicensure. AGD added to its membership benefits by requiring PACE providers to report CE hours earned by AGD members directly to the AGD, so member transcripts are updated quickly and accurately.

AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits

General dentists, their dental team members, family, and friends enjoyed the many slices of Orlando fun at the 2008 AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits, held July 16-20. More than 4,000 registrants attended 97 educational courses including 41 hands-on, 35 lectures, 20 learning labs, and one course aimed at reviewing for the Fellowship Exam. In 2008, AGD offered focused dental team courses and a “Dental Team Day.” During the meeting, educational achievements were celebrated at the AGD Convocation Ceremony. Twenty-five members received AGD’s Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition (LLSR), 85 received their Mastership (MAGD) Award, and 212 received their Fellowship (FAGD) Award.


Serving Our Members To help awardees promote their new achievement, Fellowship and Mastership Awardee Kits were produced. The kits include a variety of tools such as a screen saver; patient, peer, and student talking points about FAGD/MAGD; web stickers; a promotional video; and more. Through partnerships with various companies, AGD has been able to

Awardee Resources

AGD launched several new resources in 2008 to better serve members preparing for their FAGD award. The online Fellowship Study Guide was created to help make studying for the FAGD Exam more convenient. The study guide includes a complete practice exam, with instant results, and the ability to earn CE credit. In addition, the Study Buddy Forum offers candidates preparing for the FAGD Exam an online venue to exchange study tips, resource materials, and ask questions. The forum is open to all members so candidates can ask current FAGD members about their experience as well.

CE Resources

The AGD launched some exciting new initiatives in its efforts to provide accessible CE resources for members in 2008. An AGD Podcast series offered members an on-thego format for learning. Podcasts feature interviews of industry professionals by Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD, to broadcast innovations or trends in the industry. The most popular Podcast of 2008 was “Temporomandibular Disorders” featuring Jeffrey Okeson, DMD.

offer a variety of free online CE courses to members on topics such as esthetic tissue management, dental caries, infant oral health, and more. To help members better manage their CE, images of CE certificates were made available via members’ online AGD Licensing Board Transcript.

In addition, AGD offered members an interactive way to discuss case studies when the AGD launched General Discussion, a monthly series of case studies exclusively published on the AGD Web site offering members a forum to comment and discuss the findings. The most popular case study of 2008 was “Amalgam-associated oral lichenoid reaction: Case report and management” by Soraya de Mattos Camargo Grossmann, DDS, MSc; Bruna Goncalves Garcia, DDS; Izaura Andrea Souto Soares; Loide Disteneza Eduardo Monteiro; and Ricardo Alves Mesquita, DDS, Ph.D.




AGD’s leadership spans the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, with a mutual goal to act on behalf of the organization’s members. Organizational Leaders

At the 56th Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Orlando, AGD installed its first female president, Paula S. Jones, DDS, FAGD. An AGD member since 1984, Dr. Jones has served the AGD in many capacities on both an organizational and local level, including the AGD Membership and CAMIC (now Annual Meeting) councils, as a regional director, delegate, spokesperson, and SmileLine volunteer. In 1995, Dr. Jones received her Fellowship Award and was the first female to receive the Distinguished Service Award. In addition to this historic installment, Immediate Past President Vincent C. Mayher, Jr., DMD, MAGD, installed the newly-elected Vice President Fares M. Elias, DDS, FAGD, to the 2008-2009 Executive Committee, as well as other re-elected officers.


Serving Our Members The Call for Volunteer Leaders successfully recruited and helped AGD leadership with the appointments of members interested in volunteer opportunities. The Leader Collaboration Center (LCC) is the new, centralized location for leader activities. The LCC houses forums, schedules, and document sharing to make

Constituent Leaders

Serving as our members’ local leadership, constituent leaders offer guidance to our organization at the local level. In 2008, it was the AGD’s goal to increase the resources and tools available to these volunteers to better serve their members.

leader communication easy and convenient.

The AGD offered constituent leaders an e-mail service to enhance communications to members; an electronic survey service to support a better understanding of member needs on a local level; and Strategic and Tactical Assessment and Response (STAR) visits to focus membership benefit offerings at the local level. Constituents/regions that benefited from STAR visits included Kentucky, Mississippi, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and a combined visit with regions 15 and 16. The 2008 Leadership Conference, “Take the Lead,” offered the training and education needed to guide AGD leaders as they continue to enhance the organization through their excellent leadership. During the meeting, AGD leaders from the U.S. and Canada united to sharpen their skills on how to increase membership, solve budget issues, learn from students, offer FellowTrack programs, manage the media, and more.




Building relationships with other dental organizations and corporate sponsors helps AGD extend the reach of our voice to the dental community and the public. These relationships also help AGD members stay informed by accessing the most up-todate and comprehensive oral health education. Corporate Sponsorships

In 2008, AGD secured significant corporate sponsors for 2009, helping fund education and public awareness initiatives. New sponsorships with Colgate-Palmolive and Sirona Dental Systems will help AGD constituents reserve top-quality speakers for courses at local meetings, free of charge. This program is conducted through the AGD Speakers Bureau, and topics include general oral systemic, a variety of periodontal courses, oral-systemic health-patient management, and CAD/CAM technology. Other new corporate sponsors include DOCS Education and CareCredit, both of whom will offer education courses at the 2009 AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Baltimore. Additionally, AGD has renewed its partnership with GlaxoSmithKline for 2009 to promote two public awareness campaigns on Dentin Hypersensitivity and Dry Mouth.

Publication Special Issues

In May, the AGD produced a special issue of its highly regarded bi-monthly journal, General Dentistry, in partnership with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. For the second year in a row, the AGD produced an issue focusing on cosmetic dentistry topics ranging from tooth whitening to esthetic restoration. The November/December issue of General Dentistry featured a special section on laser dentistry, produced in partnership with the Academy of Laser Dentistry. The special section featured articles on laser irradiation, irritation fibroma, laser safety, and other important topics.


Thank you to all of the AGD’s partners:

Serving Our Members


Find great speakers for your next meeting free through the AGD Speakers Bureau. Just visit the “Education” section at to search for, learn about, and book a speaker. Like Self-Instruction in General Dentistry? Access Self-Instruction 24/7 on the AGD Web site under “Publications,” and select the topics of your choice.

AGD BENEFITS PLUS Professional Services

Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. Group life, medical, & disability

ANS (Affiliated Network Services) Electronic health care transaction services

Banc of America Practice

Office loans & commercial real estate


Patient financing

Dentist’s Advantage

Professional liability & malpractice protection

First Data Independent Sales Solutions Inc. Credit card processing

Institute of Medical Emergency Preparedness Emergency Response Systems

ZOLL Medical Corporation Defibrillator services

Personal Services Avis

Car rental discounts

Chase AGD Platinum VISA Card

AGD VISA credit card with optional flexible rewards

Liberty Mutual

Auto & home Insurance




The AGD Foundation experienced great growth in 2008 thanks to generous donations from individual members and corporate sponsors. The AGD Foundation spent much of the year building awareness and planning for important initiatives in 2009, such as the first-ever Fun Run/Walk 5K and continued involvement with Special Olympics Special Smiles速 (SOSS). Thank You for Giving

Overall individual contributions increased 25 percent in 2008 from 2007, which resulted in contributions totaling more than $55,000 from AGD members. The number of new donors increased 18 percent from 2007. These funds will be used in implementing AGD Foundation programming to support initiatives such as educational grants, Special Olympics Special Smiles速, and more.


Serving Our Members Members can participate in the 2009 Fun Run/Walk 5K by downloading and completing the registration form, located at under “Special Events.” Donating to the AGD Foundation is easy through the online contribution form, located at under “Donate.”

Silent Auction

The AGD Foundation Silent Auction offers attendees of the AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits an opportunity to bid on prizes ranging from vacations to dental memorabilia. The 2008 event raised more than $21,000 to benefit SOSS. Through SOSS, these proceeds will fund scholarships and grants, including mouth guards for Special Olympics athletes and partial honorarium fees for two 2009 annual meeting lecturers. Planning for the 2009 silent auction was well underway by the end of 2008, with a goal to raise $35,000 for the event.

Provider Directory

In 2008, AGD members continued to sign up for the SOSS online Provider Directory, created through a partnership between the AGD Foundation and Special Olympics in 2007. To date, 538 AGD members have registered in the directory. The AGD Foundation will continue its efforts to double this number in 2009. This important resource helps connect an underserved population and their families or caregivers to doctors who can provide them with quality dental care.

Fun Run/Walk 5K

At the July 2008 AGD Foundation Board Meeting, the Board began planning its first Fun Run/Walk 5K, to be held at the 2009 AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Baltimore. Proceeds from this event will fund scholarships and grants for AGD dental student members and the purchase of mouth guards for Special Olympics athletes.




Distinguished Service Award Ernest J. DeWald, DDS, MAGD, ABGD

Dr. DeWald has been a member of the AGD since 1974 and currently serves as a member of the Examinations Council and chair of Exam Team B. His dedication and leadership in serving on both a council and committee are evident in the development and administration of the Fellowship Exam. Dr. DeWald was a delegate and alternate for both the Army and Tennessee AGD (TNAGD) and currently acts as the public information officer for the TNAGD. In 1995, he initiated a statewide annual SmileLine, which involves an eight-hour consumer dental Q&A session. In 2007, his constituent received the AGD’s Public Information Award of Excellence. Dr. DeWald has also served as treasurer, vice president, and president of the American Board of General Dentistry (ABGD).

Humanitarian Award Otice Z. Helmer, DDS, FAGD

Dr. Helmer has been a member of the AGD since 1972. He served on the Dental Care Council from 2003-2004. On the local level, he has held various offices with both the Texas AGD (TAGD) and the Fort Worth component, including president. Dr. Helmer was a delegate to the AGD House of Delegates from 2000-2005. He was nominated for Texas “Dentist of the Year” in 1997, 2003, and 2005 and received the TAGD President’s Award in 2006. His mission work in the United States, Mexico, and Israel are evident in his efforts within those communities and their local villagers and through organizations such as Dentists Who Care and the Texas Mission of Mercy. Dr. Helmer embodies the traits of a humanitarian combining a love of dentistry, dedication to excellence, and sense of responsibility toward the well-being of mankind.

Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award Henry A. Gremillion, DDS, MAGD


Dr. Gremillion has been a member of the AGD since 1977, and currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Orthodontics and holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida College of Dentistry (UFCD). Additionally, he is the director of the Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Center, directs a fellowship program in orofacial pain, and is on the active dental staff of Shands Teaching Hospital. Dr. Gremillion also serves as a consultant to the U.S. Armed Forces, the ADA Council on Dental Practice, and the UFCD Comprehensive Dentistry Program. He has also been invited to present over 300 lectures and has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific articles, abstracts, and book chapters. His many honors include Mastership in the AGD; Fellowship in the American College of Dentists; the Professionalism and Ethics Faculty Award from the American College of Dentists, Florida Section; the Dentistry Educational Leadership Award from the University of Florida College of Dentistry; and he is a distinguished alumnus of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry.

Serving Our Members

2008 Membership Award Recipients

Acknowledge a colleague for their

Top Recruiters

nity outreach, and service in the AGD

Gary E. Stough, DMD Aldo L. Miranda-Collazo, DMD Filippo Marchello, DDS, MAGD

commitment to education, commuthrough the AGD recognition awards. Nomination forms can be found at

Top Student Recruiter

Laurence J. Fields, DDS, MAGD

2008 Constituent Award Recipients Constituent of the Year Award

Texas (800 + members) Alabama (201-799 members) Ontario (201-799 members) Arkansas (200 or fewer members) Army (Federal Services) Navy (Federal Services) Honorable Mention

Virginia (800 + members) Nebraska (200 or fewer members) Kentucky (200 or fewer members)

William W. Howard ACE Award Florida (800 + members) Ontario (201-799 members) Kentucky (200 or fewer members) Army (Federal Services) Honorable Mention

Georgia (800 + members) Massachusetts (201-799 members) Maine (200 or fewer members) Arkansas (200 or fewer members) Navy (Federal Services)

CE Award of Excellence

Advocacy Award Texas

Membership Award

Texas (800 + members) Minnesota (201-799 members) Kentucky (200 or fewer members) Army (Federal Services) Honorable Mention

Maryland (800 + members) Ontario (201-799 members) Nebraska (200 or fewer members) Navy (Federal Services)

Public Information Award of Excellence Maryland (800 + members) Alabama (201-799 members) Kentucky (200 or fewer members) Army (Federal Services) Honorable Mention

Virginia (800 + members) Tennessee (201-799 members) Arkansas (200 or fewer members) Navy (Federal Services)

Texas (800 + members) Louisiana (201-799 members) Maine (200 or fewer members) Army (Federal Services) Navy (Federal Services) Honorable Mention

California (800 + members) Ontario (201-799 members) Nebraska (200 or fewer members)


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