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THE JOURNAL OF THE GEORGIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION

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V O L U M E 3 2 , N U M B E R 7 • J U LY 2 0 1 3

ACTION

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THE JOURNAL OF THE GEORGIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION

GDA ACTION (ISSN 0273-5989) The official publication of the Georgia Dental Association (GDA) is published monthly. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to GDA Action at 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Road N.E., Suite 200, Building 17, Atlanta, GA 30328. Phone numbers in state are (404) 636-7553 and (800) 432-4357. www.gadental.org. Closing date for copy: first of the month preceding publication month. Subscriptions: $17 of membership dues is for the newsletter; all others, $75 per year. Periodicals postage paid at Atlanta, GA. Dr. David Bradberry GDA Editor 1070 Woodlawn Dr NE Suite 250 Marietta, GA 30068

Delaine Hall GDA Managing Editor 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE Suite 200, Building 17 Atlanta, GA 30328

2012-13 Georgia Dental Association Officers Sidney R. Tourial, DDS, President Marshall H. Mann, DDS, President Elect Douglas B. Torbush, DDS, Vice President James B. Hall III, DDS, Secretary / Treasurer R. David Bradberry, DMD, Editor

GDA/GDIS Executive Office Staff Members Martha S. Phillips, Executive Director Nelda Greene, MBA, Associate Executive Director Delaine Hall, Director of Communications Skip Jones, Director of Marketing (GDIS) Courtney Layfield, Director of Member Services Victoria LeMaire, Medical Accounts Manager Judy Lively, Administrative Assistant (PT) Melana Kopman McClatchey, General Counsel Denis Mucha, Director of Operations (GDIS) Margo Null, Property and Casualty Accounts Manager Meg Robinson, Director of Governmental Affairs Patrice Williams, Administrative Assistant Phyllis Willich, Administrative Assistant Pamela Yungk, Director of Membership & Finance

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Marshall Mann, DDS, of Rome will become 14 to read about Dr. Mann’s thoughts on the transition of the GDA staff with the retirement of Executive Director Martha Phillips, the change in leadership at the GRU College of Dental Medicine, and some of the challenges facing dentistry in the upcoming year.

other features

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Georgia Dentists Among Hundreds to Visit DC and Lobby on Dental Issues

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Parting Shots

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Editorial

GDA Volunteers Provide Valuable Screenings for Special Olympics Athletes

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News and Views

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Calendar of Events

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Classifieds

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Sign Up for the 2014 GDA President’s CE Cruise to Alaska

GDA Action seeks to be an issues-driven journal focusing on current matters affecting Georgia dentists, patients, and their treatment, accomplished through disseminating information and providing a forum for member commentary. © Copyright 2013 by the Georgia Dental Association. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission. Publication of any article or advertisement should not be deemed an endorsement of the opinions expressed or products advertised. The Association expressly reserves the right to refuse publication of any article, photograph, or advertisement.

Member Publication American Association of Dental Editors

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advertisement unless the advertisement specifically includes an authorized statement that such approval or endorsement has been granted.

GDA Dental Recovery Network . . . . . . . . . . . .23 GDA President’s CE Cruise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Georgia Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry . . . .29 Georgia Dental Insurance Services . . . . . . . .32 Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists . . . . . .26 Great Expressions Dental Centers . . . . . . . . . . .8 Heartland Dental Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Hospital Dentistry—Dr. Kurtzman . . . . . . . . . .30

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editorial perspective It’s Happy Time

R. David Bradberry, DMD

Are you happy, happy, happy? It is summer, all the animals are out, pollen season has passed (for the most part), and school is out for the kids. Vacation time is here for all. Fortunately we are getting plenty of rain and I am appreciative. I remember the drought years not too long ago. Hardly a creature was stirring and that included me. Shortly after the century turned the rain all but dried up for several years. The lakes were so far below normal level that swimming and boating became quite sparse. Docks were standing on dirt. Lakefront property became one of the biggest bargains around the state. Fortunately, now we are in a time with plenty of water and maybe the time has come to grow tomatoes again. It seems though that practices have been running opposite the rain cycle. When it was dry dental practices were flush and most all were carrying as much as they wanted. In the last few years as the rain has turned, so has the economy and the dynamics of today’s modern practice. We have lots more water, but fewer patients to use it with. The recently completed most comprehensive study of dental practice dynamics in the state, our workforce census, showed this as a fact. So it is a good time for a party. A year has passed since I took on this job as editor. I have learned many things, not the least of which is thanks to Dr. David Allen I can now identify the different species of fowl on the pond near me. I never knew there were so many species of geese. As for the party, hopefully you have learned it begins on July 25 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. You’ve worked hard all year and contributed lots of care to the less fortunate at events like GMOM and LoveLoud. Pack your bags, put your geese away, put down your instruments, and set your GPS unit for the southern part of South Carolina so you can be there for the party. We can all find sand, sun, and the 146th annual GDA meeting at the end of the road in Hilton Head.

The overwhelming numbers of patients will be waiting and want all of you rested and ready in August. But late July is for beach, golf, tennis, swimming with dolphins, running, or just about anything you can think of. It’s time to celebrate life and the profession we are blessed to have. Did you catch the number I slipped by you earlier? The One-Hundred and Forty-Sixth meeting of the Georgia Dental Association. That is 146 almost continuous years of dental professionals in this state gathering to have fellowship, network, learn, contribute, and have some good-ole Georgia fun. (Yes, it’s in South Carolina this year but so what). The GDA meeting has been held in Augusta, Albany, Columbus, Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah in the past. A hundred years ago the meeting entertainment highlight might have been a two-hour carriage ride around town after dinner and a day of presenting papers. I don’t know about you but the beach sounds more appealing. And if you want to hear scientific presentations there will be plenty of that as well conducted by some excellent speakers. There will be fun in the sun, greeting new people who have decided they weren’t busy enough and want to contribute more and give time to your Association, and saying thank you to those whose current jobs are completed and who will be moving on to do more in other areas. In that light I would like to say thank you to Drs. Sidney Tourial, Connie Drisko, and Martha Phillips for jobs well done. We who have benefitted from your dedication and knowledge cannot thank you enough. Hey, the beach would be the right place to raise a glass and say thank you—in our beachwear of course. The rain is falling again, the beach is near, and we are happy, happy, happy!

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general news NORTHERN Dr. Rondeno Congratulations to Deidra Rondeno, DDS, of the Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled Foundation. The organization was a finalist for the 2013 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Health Care Heroes award in the Community Outreach Category. Dr. Rondeno and the Foundation were honored as one of three category finalists at a banquet in May. Reaching the finalist stage of this competition is difficult and it is an honor for any organization to become a finalist. The DDD Foundation is committed to promoting and maintaining good oral health for patients with developmental disabilities. Founded as a non-profit organization in 1999, the Foundation supports a dental clinic that solely treats patients having developmental disabilities. You may read more about their activities at www.dddfoundation.org.

epitomized service to the dental professional organization. The well-attended meeting also featured continuing education speaker Dr. Charles Blair on proper dental insurance coding. The district’s next meeting is scheduled for September 20 at the UGA Tifton Conference Center. The GDA state officers are scheduled to speak at this meeting, and Dr. Robert Bergman will speak on Pediatric Dentistry. Read more about the meeting at the GDA web site on the Southwestern page in the Districts section.

NORTHERN GDA Speakers Kudos to members John Harden Jr., DMD; David A. Garber, DMD; and Bruce A. Edelstein, DDS; of Atlanta. They were selected as speakers at the California Dental Association meeting this spring. Dr. Harden spoke on dental anesthesiology and hospital dentistry for special patient care, Dr. Garber spoke on “Real World Dentistry 2013,” and Dr. Edelstein spoke on issues beyond soft-tissue management.

SOUTHWESTERN Dr. Maris The Southwestern District Dental Society awarded the Dr. Mark Ritz Service Award to long-time member Wayne Maris, DDS, during the district’s Spring Meeting. The Service Award is given to a SWDDS member who contributes unselfishly to the district and to their dental professional organizations. The award was established to memorialize the late Dr. Mark Ritz, who

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Dr. Wayne Maris (l) receives the Dr. Mark Ritz Service Award from Southwestern District President Dr. Keith Crummey at the district’s Spring Meeting. The award honors a SWDDS member who contributes unselfishly to the district and to their dental professional organizations.

for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, which continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation’s first women’s medical school. During their year-long program, Fellows will complete assignments and community-building activities and will begin the first of three week-long, inresidence sessions in Lafayette Hill, Pa. in September. Dr. Hill is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Pediatric Dentistry in the College of Dental Medicine at GRU. She holds a DDS as well as a Doctorate of Philosophy in Oral Biology from University of Iowa College of Dentistry, and a Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from University of Ulm in Germany. In addition to her ADA membership, she is a member of the World Federation of Orthodontists, American Oil Chemists Society, American Association for Dental Research, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (Fellow), American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (Diplomate), American Association for Cancer Research, and American Dental Education Association. For the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, she also serves on the recertification examination committee and is an examiner for the oral comprehensive exam in pediatric dentistry.

EASTERN GRU’s Dr. Hill Georgia Regents University faculty member Jennifer Hill, DDS, was recently selected to participate in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Hill is a Fellow for the 19th incoming class for ELAM, the only program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions. ELAM is a core program of the Institute

Dr. Jennifer Hill of GRU was recently selected to participate in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine.


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GDA CRUISE GDA Travels to Spain in the Spring

Several dentists and guests joined GDA President Dr. Sidney and Susan Tourial on the GDA trip this spring to Barcelona. The participants enjoyed eight days of luxury and fun on board the Azamara Club Cruises’ Quest and visited Seville, Valencia, the Rock of Gibraltar, Motril, and Barcelona. Travelers with the Tourials included Dr. David and Katharine Kalish, Dr. Richard and Helaine Sugarman, Dr. Arthur and Rita Bodner, Jonathan and Susan Winner, Dr. Donald and Fran Brown, Dr. Billy and Shearon Jamerson, Dr. Geraldine Ferris, and Dr. Karyn Stockwell.

REGULATION Immigration Law (From the Atlanta Journal Constitution) Thanks to House Bill 87, starting July 1, Georgia businesses with more than 10 employees but fewer than 100 must start using E-Verify, a free online federal work authorization program. State records show more than 27,000 Georgia businesses fall in that category. Georgia’s Legislature adopted the state’s E-Verify requirements in 2011 as part of a comprehensive bill aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration. Last fiscal year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Atlanta field office—which covers Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina—audited 105 businesses for illegal hiring practices, arrested scores of workers, and slapped employers with nearly $900,000 in fines, the third-highest total for any field office in the nation. Under Georgia’s E-Verify requirements, cities and counties are prohibited from issuing business licenses to companies that don’t comply. When they apply for their licenses, employers must submit affidavits

confirming they are using the work authorization program. E-Verify works by checking information employees provide on a document—called an I-9—against records held in federal Homeland Security and Social Security Administration databases. GDA member dentists affected by this provision may obtain more information about the I-9 document at the GDA web site on the Regulatory Issues page under the GDA Members section. Members may also read more about E-Verify and required documentation at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web site www.uscis.gov. For additional questions, members may call Meg or Melana at the GDA office at (800) 432-4357 or (404) 636-7553. The GDA and ADA are currently monitoring the immigration bill the U.S. Senate passed in late June. Senate Bill 744 would go further than Georgia’s law by requiring all businesses nationwide, including those with fewer than 10 employees, to use E-Verify within five years. The House Judiciary Committee also passed legislation in late June that would require all employers to use E-Verify within two years.

ADA Ends Sharecare (From ADA.org) ADA leadership, with input from the Board of Trustees, has terminated the American Dental Association’s contract with Sharecare, Inc., a company co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz). The ADA’s relationship with Sharecare.com has been mutually beneficial—over one six-month period approximately 155,000 visitors viewed 1.4 million pages with ADA content in an average month. However, a March 28 episode of The Dr. Oz Show focusing on dental amalgam provided information unsupported by the best science as well as a demonstration that purported to show the release of mercury vapor. Producers for the show repeatedly refused to interview an ADA expert for the segment. Dr. Oz is a prominent investor in Sharecare, and Sharecare maintains a close linkage to The Dr. Oz Show. To continue the Sharecare

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relationship, because of its close ties to Dr. Oz, presented a potential reputational risk to ADA and our members. Thus, the ADA determined not to continue participation in an enterprise with which he has such a close affiliation. Accordingly, the ADA will no longer provide member promotion or support for continued participation on the Sharecare platform, nor will ADA provide any additional content. ADA-attributed answers to visitors’ questions which have been generated to date will remain on the site; however, links between Sharecare.com and the ADA’s site MouthHealthy.org have been removed. The ADA’s decision does not preclude individual members from continuing to post answers to Sharecare.

DENTISTS In Memoriam The GDA extends sympathy to the family and colleagues of the following individuals. Robert Mansfield Jennings, DDS, who died May 31, 2013, at the age of 85. Dr. Jennings was a member of the GDA through the Northern District. He was a 1954 Emory University School of Dentistry graduate and a general dentist. He was a GDA Honorable Fellow and retired American Dental Association Life Member. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lakewood Baptist Church of Gainesville or the Good News Green Warren Dental Clinic in Gainesville. Fred D. Womack, DDS, who died May 25, 2013, at the age of 69. Dr. Womack was a member of the GDA through the Eastern District. He was a 1967 Emory University School of Dentistry graduate and a general dentist. He was a retired American Dental Association Life Member. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.

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Upcoming GDA / Dental Events AUGUST 2013 Sat, Aug 10: GDA Board of Trustees Meeting / Committee Orientation, GDA Office. Sat, Aug 24: Northern District “Boots and Bling Ball,” Druid Hills Golf Club, Atlanta. Sat, Aug 24: Special Olympics Special Smiles Dental Screenings, Warner Robins. Tues, Aug 27: Western District Membership Meeting and GDA Officer Visit.

SEPTEMBER 2013 Mon, Sept 2: GDA Office Closed for Labor Day Holiday. Mon, Sept 9: Northern District Executive Council Meeting, GDA Office. Wed, Sept 11: Northern District CE Program, Villa Christina, Atlanta. Thurs, Sept 12: Central District Membership Meeting and GDA Officer Visit, Macon.

Mon, Oct 28: Northern District Membership Meeting / GDA Officer Visit, Villa Christina, Atlanta.

Thurs, Dec 5: Southeastern District Legislative Event, Harper Fowlkes House, Savannah, 6:30PM.

Thurs-Sun, Oct 31-Nov 3: ADA Annual Session, New Orleans, LA.

Fri, Dec 6: Atlanta Dental Study Club Continuing Education, The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, Atlanta.

NOVEMBER 2013 Thurs, Nov 7: Western District Legislative Event, West Lake CC. Mon, Nov 11: Northern District Executive Council Meeting, GDA Office. Wed, Nov 13: Eastern District (Augusta) Legislative Event. Thurs, Nov 14: Southwestern District (Valdosta) Legislative Event, Steel Magnolias, 6:30PM. Fri, Nov 15: GDA Spokesperson Training Program, GDA Office. Fri-Sun, Nov 15-17: GDA Alliance Wellness Retreat, The James Madison Inn, Madison. Sat, Nov 16: GDA Board of Trustees Meeting, GDA Office.

Fri, Sept 20: Southwestern District Membership Meeting and GDA Officer Visit, UGA Tifton Center.

Tues, Nov 19: Eastern District Legislative Reception, Athens.

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Thurs, Nov 21: Southwestern District (Albany) Legislative Event, Doublegate CC, 6PM.

Thurs, Oct 10: Western District OSHA Course, Green Island Country Club, Columbus. Thurs-Sat, Oct 10-12: ADA Fifth District Caucus (GA, AL, MS Delegations) Meeting, Atlanta. Wed, Oct 16: Northern District CE Program, Villa Christina, Atlanta. Wed, Oct 23: Northwestern District Membership Meeting / GDA Officer Visit, Clarence Brown Center, Cartersville, 6-9PM.

Thurs-Fri, Nov 28-29: GDA Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday.

Wed, Dec 11: Northern District Legislative Event, 103 West, Atlanta, 6-8PM. Thurs, Dec 12: Northern District Hall County Branch Legislative Event, Chattahoochee CC, Gainesville, 6-8PM. Mon-Wed, Dec 23-25: GDA Office Closed for Christmas Holiday.

JANUARY 2014 Wed, Jan 1: GDA Office Closed for New Year Holiday. Mon, Jan 6: Northern District Executive Council Meeting, GDA Office. Fri, Jan 10: GDIS / GDHC / GOHF Board Meetings, GDA Office. Sat, Jan 11: Board of Trustees and Finance Committee Meetings, GDA Office. Sun, Jan 12: House of Delegates, Marriott Perimeter Center, Atlanta. Mon, Jan 13: Dental Health Day, GDA Capitol (Distribute Dental Kits). Thurs, Jan 16: Northern District CE Event, The Retreat at Perimeter Center.

DECEMBER 2013 Tues, Dec 3: Central District Legislative Event, Macon.

Fri, Jan 17: Southeastern District Membership Meeting / GDA Officer Visit, Armstrong Center, Savannah.

Wed, Dec 4: Northwestern District Legislative Fish Fry, Clarence Brown Center, Cartersville, 6-9PM.

Fri-Sat, Jan 24-25: GAGD Annual Meeting, Marriott Century Center, Atlanta. Wed, Jan 29: LAW Day, GRU Dental Students, State Capitol.

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Georgia Dentists Among Hundreds to Visit DC and Lobby on Dental Issues In May, more than 400 dentists, Alliance dental spouses, and dental association executives visited our nation’s capital for the annual American Dental Association Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). Georgia’s delegation at the WLC was among the largest from any state, and was comprised of 26 GDA member dentists, Alliance members, and GDA staff members. “The WLC is an important opportunity for our dentists to carry our message and make personal, constituent contact with the Georgia delegation in Congress,” said GDA President Dr. Sidney Tourial. “I appreciate the level of commitment that our members demonstrate in attending the WLC. They arrive in D.C. prepared to discuss the issues and with an understanding of the important role they play in the

political process. Our WLC participants are wonderful ambassadors for our organization and our profession on Capitol Hill.” In meetings with each of Georgia’s members of Congress or their staff, Georgia’s team highlighted the service and advocacy efforts of the GDA and its member dentists across the state, and invited each member of Congress to tour the Georgia Mission of Mercy clinic in June to see firsthand our service efforts in action. (The GDA was gratified that Congressman Rob Woodall did visit the clinic and came away impressed by the dedication of Georgia dentists.) Georgia’s team also specifically addressed the following issues with the state’s Congressional Delegation by asking for:

• Co-sponsors of the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2013 and the Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act. Both bills would repeal the excise tax on medical devices, which is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Medical device manufacturers, producers, and importers are likely to pass on to providers and ultimately consumers any costs imposed by excise taxes, in the form of higher prices. The dental industry estimates that the excise tax will increase the cost of dental care by $160 million annually.

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Rep. Rob Woodall (fourth from right) hosts a GDA delegation for a meeting over lunch in the Congressional Dining Room. The group is pictured here on the Speaker’s balcony at the U.S. Capitol. (L to r): Dr. Doug Torbush, Dr. Richard Weinman, Dr. Donnie Brown, Dr. Sidney Tourial, Rep. Rob Woodall, Dr. Jim Hutson, Dr. Jack Bickford, and Dr. Marshall Mann.

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• Co-sponsors for the Dental Insurance Fairness Act of 2013. This bill addresses unfair practices of dental benefit plans, such as when a family pays premiums for coverage under two separate dental plans but the plans’ practices prohibit a secondary plan from paying any of the cost of care. As a result, a family is paying for coverage that is not there when they may need it. In addition, plans that prohibit beneficiaries from assigning payment for dental services directly to non-participating dentists are unfairly and unnecessarily penalizing patients who choose to go outside a network to receive care. If patients can’t assign benefits, they are forced to pay the dentist themselves and then file paperwork and wait for their dental plans to reimburse them. • Support in repealing the McCarranFerguson Act, which adversely affects the public by exempting insurers from some federal antitrust laws. The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2013 would bring health insurance companies into line with the rest of the American business community by eliminating the special treatment granted to them almost 65 years ago with the passage of the McCarran-Ferguson Law. Rep. David Scott agreed on the spot to be the first Democrat in Congress to co-sponsor the Dental Insurance Fairness Act of 2013. Congratulations to the team that visited with Rep. Scott, lead by Action Team Leader Dr. Kara Moore, for their preparedness and outstanding advocacy efforts! Thank you also to Congressman Woodall and Action Team Leader Dr. Donnie Brown for hosting and organizing a group of GDA members for a meeting over lunch at the Congressional Dining Room. This group reported that it really was a once in a lifetime experience to dine in the U.S. Capitol and to step out onto the Speaker’s balcony overlooking the Mall toward the Washington Monument. In addition to visits to Capitol Hill, several lawmakers and other guests addressed the WLC attendees about the

Members of the GDA delegation to the ADA Washington Leadership Conference with Rep. David Scott. Rep. Scott agreed during the GDA visit to be the first Democrat in Congress to co-sponsor the Dental Insurance Fairness Act of 2013. (L to r): Mrs. Gigi Kudyba, Dr. Kara Moore, Dr. Jay Harrington, Dr. Jonathan Dubin, Rep. Scott, Dr. Carol Wolff, Dr. Janine Bethea, and Dr. Julie Ann Routhier.

issues, trends, and challenges currently facing lawmakers in Washington. Political Analyst Charlie Cook gave his assessment of the last election cycle and the state of partisan politics as he begins to forecast the 2016 presidential election. Dentist / Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) each addressed the WLC attendees. While these members of Congress each had a distinct point of view, they all remarked on what emerged as common themes of a system of government plagued by extreme partisanship and disinterest in compromise. Common policy topics of interest included implementation and the potential for repeal of the Federal Affordable Care Act and the status of federal budget negotiations. Kudos to Georgia’s WLC delegation for taking time away from practice and family to tackle the lawmaking process on a national scale:

Dr. Donnie Brown Dr. Jonathan Dubin Dr. Brenda Fritz Dr. Jay Harrington Dr. Chris Hasty Dr. Jim Hutson Dr. Tom Jagor Mrs. Gigi Kudyba Dr. Marshall Mann Dr. Kara Moore Dr. David Remaley Dr. Julie Ann Routhier Mrs. Debbie Torbush Dr. Doug Torbush Dr. Sidney Tourial Dr. Mike Vernon Dr. Richard Weinman Dr. Carol Wolff GDA Executive Director Martha Phillips GDA Director of Governmental Affairs Meg Robinson

GDA / Alliance WLC Delegation Dr. Janine Bethea Dr. Jack Bickford Mrs. Molly Bickford Dr. David Bradberry

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Dr. Marshall Mann Discusses Goals and Challenges Upon Assuming GDA Presidency Every year, the GDA experiences a transition in leadership as a new president takes office. Dr. Marshall Mann will become the 145th GDA President on July 28, the last day of the GDA Annual Meeting. He steps into office three days before GDA Executive Director Martha Phillips steps down from her leadership role so Dr. Mann will have an extra helping of to-do items on his list as part of a search committee to find Martha’s replacement. In this interview that the GDA Action editorial team conducted with the Rome general dentist in June, Dr. Mann discusses the GDA staff transition, the strengths of the Association, and some of the challenges facing dentistry in the upcoming year.

Q: GDA Executive Director Martha Phillips steps down from her leadership role on July 31 after 35 years of distinguished service. Can you discuss what Martha has meant to you as you have moved along your GDA leadership path? Can you address the process of setting up a search committee, and a timeframe for finding a new director? Dr. Mann: As you can imagine, when Martha announced her retirement, I got a sinking feeling, to say the least. How do you replace someone who has worked for over 35 years, 24 / 7, for an organization she dearly loves and has positioned it as one of the most respected in the country? But on further reflection, you come to realize that because of her leadership she has put a truly top notch professional staff in place. We all have the confidence that we can continue the work of the GDA. The Association and its activities will move forward without missing a beat.

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Martha has the ability to make all of us look good. Not many organizations have a new boss every year, with differing views on how things should be run or what they see as the important issues to be put forward. Martha Phillips has been able to work with each and every President of the GDA to keep us moving in a positive direction each and every time, never dictating, but always shepherding. Such leadership will be hard to replace, but Sidney Tourial and I have already formed a search committee to start the process. The committee will meet and work until a suitable Executive Director can be found. The process may take several months and we will certainly keep the membership updated on our progress. Martha and her husband Al are family. We will miss them in our daily lives, but wish them all the best as they start this new chapter.

Q: Among the issues that the GDA leadership and eventually a new director must face is slowing membership growth. In your experience, in what ways does the GDA provide value to members? How can we communicate that value to dentists who have not yet joined or are on the fence? Dr. Mann: Much of the slow growth in membership nationally is related to the slow economy we have experienced the last few years. However, the economy is not the only factor. Many young graduates just seem to be “non-joiners.” Some graduates may become part of a large corporate practice where membership in organized dentistry is either not discussed or where a corporate office makes the decision for employees to join. These dentists may never make a personal investment in membership or develop the habit of renewing their membership. New dentists thinking ahead to post-graduate study or transitioning into private practice in other ways simply may not have joining organized dentistry at the top of their minds. Communicating our value is the key, but it is not easy to do that consistently. We are lucky here in Georgia that we have a hefty percentage of our dentists as members. We also sign up nearly 100 percent of dental graduates as members by being present at Georgia Regents University nearly every month demonstrating the benefits of membership. Maintaining a high percentage of dentists as members allows us to be a very powerful voice when we go to the Capitol and lobby for the patients of Georgia and for our profession. It is difficult for me to understand why every dentist wouldn’t want to be a member of the ADA and GDA. Unfortunately, this is not the case everywhere. Many states are experiencing big declines in membership, with at least one state I know of hovering in the 50 percent range. When we band together we speak with a powerful voice. We protect our patients and our high professional standards. We must continue to find ways to convey the importance of that strength to potential members. In my opinion, our GDA provides many more benefits besides representation at the State Capitol. We offer a vast


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array of insurance services through our subsidiary Georgia Dental Insurance Services. The GDIS staff is working non-stop to prepare for the changes that federal health care reform will bring so we can continue to offer reliable, affordable medical coverage for dentists and families and staff members. We also have an excellent selection of practice and malpractice coverages available. We have GDA-sponsored financial planning and retirement plans with UBS Financial Services. We have a free contract analysis service available through our legal department. That is naming just a few benefits, too. Membership seems like such a bargain. We all need to be missionaries for our association and bring our fellow dentists to a meeting at the district level to start hearing the good news. It has never been more important to have a strong association. It is with that thought in mind that I selected as my theme the following: “Together we are excellent. Together we are strong. Together we are ONE GDA.” Let’s stand together as ONE GDA. Sidney Tourial had as his theme “together.” Because I thought that was such a strong statement, I wanted to build upon it.

Q: The workforce census the GDA conducted this year demonstrated that while Georgians face numerous barriers to accessing dental care, workforce is not one of them. Can you address the impact of the census, and discuss how the GDA is tackling barriers to care that do exist, such as Medicaid / CMO red tape and low consumer dental IQ? Dr. Mann: The workforce census that the GDA conducted this past year will become an important piece of the puzzle in addressing the access barriers in our state. There are problems with the dental delivery system, but a shortage of dentists to provide dental care is not one of them. The workforce census showed that there is a lack of demand for dental services in the state. Now we have the numbers to back up what we had already believed to be true. The GDA is helping to develop education and policy initiatives to address access to care barriers. These include setting up education and referral programs for patients who utilize emergency rooms for dental problems, lobbying state

Making up the dynamic and dedicated team at Rome Family and Cosmetic Dentistry are (l to r) Debbie Hammond, Dr. Marshall Mann, Judy McKewen, Teresa Taylor, Jennifer Potter, Dr. Jason Oyler, and Andrea Edmondson. Not pictured is Sallie Floyd. legislators to pass bills that would provide incentives for practitioners to practice in underserved areas, and continuing to advocate for adequate funding for dental Medicaid and the PeachCare for Kids dental program. We will also continue to advocate for ways to make it easier for dentists to participate in the state dental Medicaid program and PeachCare. Our workforce census will become a foundation from which we can work to overcome the barriers to care that do exist. That strong voice of a united GDA membership that I mentioned will be required to make these goals happen. We need dentists to attend their district legislative receptions this fall and LAW Days during the session next year. We will need dentists ready to stand up for their patients and profession. It may not be easy to think about driving to Atlanta in the wintertime to walk around the State Capitol, but the more dentists we can have talking to legislators the better. Many dentists have no idea what being present and talking to a legislator can accomplish.

Q: The Board of Dentistry is moving this year from the Secretary of State’s organizational structure to that of the Department of Community Health. The GDA fought hard to enable this change to occur. Can you address why this move will help dentists and patients, and what it will mean for dentists during licensure renewal this year?

Showing their best smiles on a happy day are (l to r) Leanne Mann, Dr. Marshall Mann, Lindsay Mann Field, Casey Field, Ashley Mann Pittman, and Ben Pittman. Ashley and Ben are the proud mom and dad to the Mann’s granddaughter Ansley.

Dr. Mann: The GDA shepherded HB132 into law with the help of Rep. Lee Hawkins, a GDA past president. He sponsored the bill which moves the Board of Dentistry from the Secretary of State’s office to the Department of Community Health along with the Pharmacy Board. The Board of Dentistry’s makeup remains the same as do all of the dental rules and laws. Just like the Georgia Composite Medical Board, the Board is attached to the Department of Community Health for administrative purposes only.

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We offer a vast array of insurance services through our subsidiary Georgia Dental Insurance Services. We have GDA-sponsored financial planning and retirement plans

new dean when he or she is hired. I want to continue our positive relationship with GRU, its leadership, and the students there. We will continue to encourage membership in the GDA among faculty and students, and strive to make it easy and affordable for them to become active within our Association. We all have the same goals: to propagate our profession and provide the patients of Georgia with the best trained dental professionals in the world. We can communicate the value of membership in the GDA by continued dialog about goals that help all dental professionals.

with UBS Financial Services. We have a free contract analysis service available through our legal department. That is naming just a

Q: The state has declined to appoint a director for the oral health unit within the state public health department for several years. Can you address the state’s seeming neglect of the dental public health infrastructure? How can the GDA continue to advocate for dentists and patients who work in and are served by dental public health?

few benefits, too. Membership seems like such a bargain. MANN Continued from page 15 We have a dental licensure renewal process coming up at the end of this year. I know the Board is moving swiftly even with the physical move from Macon to Atlanta and the move of resources and support staff to make sure this process will be as smooth as possible. The GDA will monitor the licensure process and let the membership know about any issues. Moving the Board will mean a more efficient use of resources to ensure patient protection in Georgia. While the Board was under the Secretary of State’s authority, all dental complaints and questions were filed along with those related to cosmetology, plumbing, and the dozens of other professions that require a license to operate in the state. This was a very inefficient process that led to Board staff not knowing answers to dental questions, calls from the public and dentists going unanswered, and too few investigators to tackle dental complaints. This move will allow the Board to place more emphasis on timely investigations and other activities that will protect the citizens of Georgia.

Dr. Mann: It is a mystery to me why the state continues to press the dental community to address barriers to care, and yet relegates dentistry to the basement level of the public health department. The state has interviewed applicants for a director, but still has not filled that key position. It is very difficult to expand the services of the state dental public health program without a director of oral health fighting to guide state resources into that arena. It is imperative that the state move the oral health unit back into a position to help state clinics provide the oral services that the patients of Georgia deserve. Until the state understands and supports that goal, access to dental care in the public health clinics will be limited. The GDA will continue to use its influence under the Gold Dome to advocate for dentists and patients who are served by dental public health.

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Q: The College of Dental Medicine at GRU is transitioning to the leadership of a new dean with the departure of Connie Drisko. How can the GDA and GRU continue to work to ensure a positive relationship? How can the GDA communicate the value of membership and involvement to faculty members and dental students? Dr. Mann: Over the last several years, the GDA has developed a very good working partnership with the GRU College of Dental Medicine. This is in large part due to the combined efforts of Dean Drisko and the GDA leadership building a good relationship. We will certainly miss Dean Drisko’s willingness to work with the member dentists of the GDA, but we are hopeful that the new dean will work to continue this positive and productive relationship. I will make sure that the GDA reaches out and finds common ground with Interim Dean Carol Lefebvre and the

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Dr. Mann: Family, Practice, and Hobbies Keep Him Moving Dr. Mann is a native of Rome, Georgia,

Director at Gaston Day School in

and attended Darlington School prior to

Gastonia.

completing his secondary education at

Dr. Mann enjoys sailing and golf, as

Culver Military Academy in Culver,

well as hunting with his wife Leanne.

Indiana. His undergraduate studies were

The couple takes along their German

at Mercer University in Macon and upon

Shorthair Pointers Luke and Katie on

graduation he took a teaching position

hunting excursions. Dr. Mann also enjoys

in the Houston County (Georgia) School

flying, a hobby that he took up two years

System.

Emory

ago. Dr. Mann enjoys yard work, long

University School of Dentistry and

walks on the beach at Fripp Island, South

received his DDS degree in 1979, after

Carolina, where he and Leanne have a

which he returned to Rome and opened

second home, and music. (Ask him about

a practice in general dentistry. In 1990 Dr.

the movie Waking Ned Devine as well.)

He

attended

the

GDA

Dr. Mann is a past president of his

President, joined the practice and

Northwestern District Dental Society, and

worked at the office until he passed

has held a number of leadership posi-

away in 1998. Dr. Jason Oyler purchased

tions with the district, GDA, and ADA. He

Dr. Mann’s practice in 2004.

has been a member of the GDA

Russell

Ragsdale,

a

former

dental

Delegation to the ADA House of

hygienist with the practice, has been a

Delegates since 2006 and has long service

constant through the doctor changes,

in the GDA House of Delegates. He is a

and has worked with Dr. Mann for 20

GDA Honorable Fellow, and Fellow of

years. Dental hygienist Judy McKewen,

the Pierre Fauchard Academy, American

dental assistants Debbie Hammond and

College of Dentists, Georgia Academy of

Jennifer Potter, front office coordinator

Dental

Teresa Taylor, and insurance specialist

College of Dentists. He is a member of

Sallie Floyd make up the dynamic and

the Floyd County Dental Society, and is

dedicated staff.

an alumni of the L.D. Pankey Institute

Andrea

Edmondson,

a

Dr. Mann and his wife Leanne were

Practice,

and

International

havin g completed levels LI, LII, and

Dr. Marshall Mann and Leanne share a hug on the golf course at Pebble Beach in California.

married in 1995 in Palmetto, Florida—

LIII. He received a two-year implant

her hometown. Dr. Mann has two

certificate from Harvard University and

Association. He has been a part of the

daughters, Ashley Mann Pittman and

has completed the Georgia Academy of

Rome Symphony Orchestra Board of

Lindsey Mann Field. Ashley is presently

General Dentistry

Directors and the Darlington School

working on her PhD after counseling and

Mastership Program.

Rome Area Alumni Council and is a

teaching at Florida Gulf Coast University.

The Manns are involved in their

Leadership Rome graduate. Leanne is

Her husband Ben Pittman is a PGA head

Rome community. Dr. Mann is a member

Director of Summer Programs and

professional at Fiddlestick’s Golf Club in

of the Board of Advisors for Georgia

Director of Operations for the Coosa

Fort Meyers, Florida. They have one

Highlands College dental hygiene pro-

International

daughter Ansley who is now six years

gram, a deacon at First Baptist Church of

Darlington School. The former North

old. Lindsey and her husband Casey Field

Rome, and a part of the Nine O’clock

Carolina State cycling champion has

live in Charlotte, North Carolina, where

Cotillion Club. He has served as president

also served as a member of the English

Lindsey is Director of Development at the

of the Coosa Country Club Board of

faculty at the school and coached several

Fletcher School and Casey is the Athletic

Directors and the Coosa Valley Fair

school sports.

Tennis

Academy

at

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Q: January will bring with it the start of the second year of the state’s two-year legislative session. The GDA saw good success in 2013. What issues will the GDA pursue in 2014? Will the GDA need to mount a defense against any bills on the horizon? Dr. Mann: We indeed had a very positive year in 2013 that included the passage of HB132 that moved the Board of Dentistry under the Department of Community Health. That was a huge win for dental patients and the profession and we will continue to see benefits from that move for many years to come. We were also able to protect dental Medicaid funding. All of our Contact Dentists did an excellent job when called to duty and our LAW Day program was a success. You can always be assured that the GDA will keep its finger on the pulse of the Georgia legislature. For the first time in many long years, we will not have the lobbying services of Martha Phillips under the Gold Dome. However, we have the excellent work of Director of Governmental Affairs Meg Robinson and Associate Executive Director Nelda Greene and multiple members of the GDA staff to take us where we need and want to go legislatively. I have complete confidence in the team that will speak for dentistry under the Gold Dome and in their ability to protect our patients and uphold our professional standards. They are experienced and dedicated and they have definitely learned from the best. The GDA started reaching out as soon as the 2013 session ended to various stakeholders in the dental and regulatory communities to create a dialog about key issues that may crop up in 2014. For instance, we noted a lot of bills introduced in 2013 that would expand the scope of practice of health care providers, so we always monitor activity in that area. The GDA staff and Governmental Affairs Committee truly never stop monitoring state and federal legislative activity. We don’t want any surprises and we want to be fully prepared for the session. Sign up for a LAW Day and come see for yourself how well things will work.

Q: Do have any trips or events to promote that will take place during your year? Dr Mann: We already have a number of dentists registered for the GDA President’s CE Cruise to Alaska in 2014. There is an advertisement in this issue of Action with details on how you can take your family and your staff on an adventure. The trip is May 23-30, 2014, on board the Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice. We will sail out of Seattle, Washington, and spend a great time enjoying the scenery and earning some CE. We have some nice amenities just for our GDA group, so sign up soon. Call the Art of Cruising at 1-(866)-942-3340. We also want everyone to save the date for the 2014 GDA Annual Meeting that takes place July 17-20 in Amelia Island, Florida, at The Ritz-Carlton. Dr. Donna Thomas Moses has agreed to serve as general chairman for the meeting, and we expect show our colleagues a fantastic time.

You can always be assured that the GDA will keep its finger on the pulse of the Georgia legislature. For the first time in many long years, we will not have the lobbying services of Martha Phillips under the Gold Dome. However, we have the excellent work of Director of Governmental Affairs Meg Robinson and Associate Executive Director Nelda Greene and multiple members of the GDA staff to take us where we need and want to go legislatively. I have complete confidence in the team that will speak for dentistry under the Gold Dome and in their ability to protect our patients and uphold our professional standards. They are experienced and dedicated and they have definitely learned

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GDA Volunteers Provide Valuable Screenings for Special Olympics Athletes For 19 years, GDA dentists have worked in partnership with the Special Olympics, program in Georgia to provide dental screenings to athletes at the Summer Games. While dentists and dental students provided screenings, dental staff members, dental hygiene students, and community volunteers provided oral health education and charted screening information. In 2013, volunteers reached 304 athletes participating in events on the Emory University campus and provided the following services: • Fluoride Treatments – 124 • Sealants – 11 (30 teeth)

• Mouth Guards – 28 • Urgent Referrals – 27

“I was honored to work with the dentists of the GDA, the dental students from GRU, the dental hygiene students from Clayton State University, Georgia Perimeter College, Lanier Technical College, and West Georgia Technical College, and

several pre-dental students,” said Dr. Jonathan Dubin, Special Smiles program chairman. “We had 97 volunteers provide oral health screenings, sealants, fluoride varnish treatments, nutritional counseling, and oral health education. This event has grown every year and I am happy we can assist these athletes.” Dr. Dubin thanks the program’s sponsors as well for their valuable help. “These great sponsors provided materials and volunteers and we could not make this program work without them,” he said. Kudos to the Georgia Department of Public Health Oral Health Division Mydent, 3M, Pulpdent, Colgate, The Coca-Cola Company, Benco Dental, Atlanta Dental, Mainstreet Financial, Help A Child Smile, The DDD Foundation, and the Georgia Dental Association (specifically program staff support Courtney Layfield.) Enjoy these photos from the event, and please view more on the GDA web site www.gadental.org on the Special Smiles page in the GDA Cares section.

2013 Special Smiles Volunteers DENTISTS Dr. Magdy Attia Dr. Evis Babo Dr. Henry Benson Dr. Matt Benson Dr. Jennifer Bragg Dr. Tammy Bregman Dr. Ryan Cox Dr. Jonathan Dubin Dr. Max Ferguson Dr. Jim Goettl Dr. Brad Greenway Dr. Brittany Hoover Dr. David Howington Dr. Ronald Hull Dr. Kristin Jorgensen Dr. Wayne Kerr Dr. Felipe Leon Dr. Angela Lu Dr. Iu Lu Dr. Guy McMaster Dr. Michael Minyard Dr. Kara Keel Moody Dr. June Murakaru Dr. Atusha Patel Dr. Charles Poole Dr. Bonita Richter

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Dr. Deidra Rondeno Dr. Brett Schroeder Dr. Lisa Shilman Dr. Emily Simon Dr. Brent Stiehl Dr. Doug Torbush Dr. Latonya Wade-Crear Dr. Richard Weinman Dr. Janice Wilmot

DENTAL HYGIENISTS Sue Dodd, RDH Brittany Guyton, RDH Joanna Harris, RDH Diane Konke, RDH Cherie Rainwater, RDH Carol Smith, RDH

GRU DENTAL STUDENTS Franklyn Aguebor Henry Almquist Brad Andersen Sarah Boyles

Dr. Brittany Hoover of Atlanta screens a junior athlete after putting her at ease with laughter and team support.

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Georgia Regents University dental student Whitney Lyons (Class of 2014) takes a careful look at a Special Olympics athlete. Dental hygiene student Kendra Wilkinson is all smiles talking to a Special Olympics athlete about good oral health practices.

Dr. Jim Goettl of Atlanta is a repeat Special Smiles volunteer.

DENTAL HYGIENE STUDENTS Clayton State University Lauren Cotton Minh Trang Le Kieu Nguyen Shani Prince Sadaf Rehmani Latasha Williams Georgia Perimeter College Kimberly Beverstem Heather Cash Britney Cruz Ashley Davis Tory Holland

Cecille Jones Melissa Katcoff Tiffany Matiak Amy Reed Jessica Vail Lanier Technical College Ladon Mobasher Rachel Singletary Ioana Sonea West Georgia Technical College Kendra Buchanan Denise Landon Brittney Timms Katie Waldrup Chrissy Willoughby

Dr. Brett Schroeder of Atlanta, a 2011 dental school graduate, screens a Special Olympics athlete.

OTHER VOLUNTEERS Tish Atkins Dr. Trish Benson Jorge Bernal, MPH Amy Cox Seth Dubin Zach Dubin Cristal Inoh

Kendall Kiper Courtney Layfield Addie Neuman Emily Schroeder Anatoly Shilman Ben Simon Nick Wyant

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classified ads How GDA members can place classified ads AD FORM: Submit all ads on a GDA Classified Advertisement Form. To obtain a form, call Skip Jones at (800) 432-4357 or (404) 636-7553, or email jones@gadental.org. (Note: The GDA may accept or reject any ad for any reason and in its sole discretion.)

AD DEADLINE: Ads and ad check payments are due by the first of the month before the publication month (i.e., Dec. 1 for January).

AD RATES: ADA member dentists pay $75.00 per 60-word ad per month. There is a 25 cents per-word charge for each word over 60. Non-dentist-owned companies (real estate firms, etc.) pay $195 per 60-word ad per month (additional word charges as above). Non-member dentists may not place ads.

LATE FEE: Ads for which full prepayment is not received by the first day of the ad’s publication month (i.e.; Nov. 1 for a November ad) will incur a $25 late fee in addition to the ad rate.

FORMS OF PAYMENT: Submit a check or money order with the ad form. (Make checks payable to GDA.) Credit cards are not accepted as payment.

WEB SITE PLACEMENT: Prepaid ads will appear on the GDA Web site www.gadental.org for the month the ad appears in print. Non-prepaid ads will NOT be placed online.

Dental Equipment for Sale For Sale: 1 Adec 1005 Priority chair and 2 Belmont Bel 10 chairs. Included are 2 Adec dental lights and 1 Belmont light, attached dental units, and 3 assistant stools. Can provide more information & photos upon request. Chairs are over 25 years old, but in good condition. Perfect for extra rooms or charitable institution! Please email sgdrescher@aol.com. 6 orthodontic / pedodontic dental chairs for sale. Unitek / Metal craft brand with pump bases and electric backs, light blue vinyl color in good condition. Will email photos. Four chairs have gray plastic backing and two are cream colored. Will divide. $600.00 email: samdds@aol.com.

Dental Hygiene Position Available Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is seeking an energetic and forward thinking Dental Hygienist to serve as a fulltime Dental Hygiene Instructor in an ADA / CODA accredited dental hygiene program. Responsibilities include but are not limited to classroom, all aspects of clinical and pre-clinical instruction and supervision of Dental Hygiene students; evaluation of student progress in attaining goals and objectives while preparing them for certification exams; assisting in implementation and assessment of curriculum according to ADA standards and other duties as assigned. This position will also serve as advisor for the SADHA student organization. Instructor will be expected to attend faculty meetings, professional meetings, workshops, and seminars as appropriate; participate in department and college activities; and otherwise fulfill all of the duties and responsibilities of instructors as required by college. Must be a graduate of a dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (i.e., Associate of DHY) and have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field of study. Must hold current dental hygiene licensure in Georgia or be eligible to obtain a Georgia license. Must have a minimum of 3 years’ clinical dental hygiene experience within the last 5 years. Previous experience teaching at post-secondary level is preferred. Contact Sandi Woodard at (229) 259-5533 or e-mail: sandi.woodward@wiregrass.edu For additional information visit: www.wiregrass.edu/about/employment.php .

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Dental Related Services Hands On Extraction Class. June 30July 5, 2013, in Guatemala. Participants will learn about crane picks, 301 elevators, extraction techniques, elevating flaps, and suturing. Forty hours accepted for FAGD / MAGD credit on live patients. For complete information call or email Dr. Murph at (843) 488-4357 or drtommymurph@ yahoo.com.

Dentists Available for Locum Tenens Matt Dimassi, DMD, will cover when you need to be out of the office. Licensed, Insured, DEA. Call: (404) 213-3816 or email: mattdimassi@gmail.com. Dentist will fill in for illness, vacation, or continuing education. Licensed, insured, DEA #. Call (404) 786-0229 or email breighard@gmail.com.

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DENTIST: Need Part Time Fill In? Vacation, Illness, Maternity? GENERAL DENTIST SOLD LONG ESTABLISHED PRACTICE. GA & DEA LICENSED. (Available Expanded Atlanta Area.) Cell: (404) 219-4097. Home: (404) 842-1196. Jesse Hader, DDS. Dentist available during emergencies, vacation, CDE courses. I have a current license, DEA certificate, and insurance. Contact me at (706) 291-2254 or cell (706) 802-7760. I hope I can be of service to you. Patrick A. Parrino, DDS, MAGD.

Positions Available Associate—Atlanta: Lucrative opportunity for an experienced general dentist. Large patient base, well-established practice, high income area. Extensive crown and bridge, CAD / CAM, implant restorative, composite operative, esthetic dentistry including DaVinci Veneers. Ability to perform rotary endo a plus. Excellent compensation package. Please email resumes to 1careerinfo@gmail.com or fax to (770) 926-8483

Full-Time Associate Dentist Needed: Busy general family practice with locations in Peachtree City and Newnan looking for a full-time general dentist. This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic, motivated dentist with a great personality. Modern facility with 8 ops, digital radiography, and intraoral camera. Employee benefits include competitive salary, 401(k) retirement, and health insurance. Allowance for CE and professional liability insurance also provided. Candidate must practice all aspects of dentistry and encompass ability to build good rapport with patients and staff. Please email resume to aberdeendental@ bellsouth.net. Associate Dentist Needed: Well established and very productive family practice looking for an associate DENTIST. Will start out part time two days a week and quickly grow to full time. Currently we have one doctor who sees over 90 new patients a month. We have an immaculate office and experienced staff. $500.00 per day guarantee plus production percentage. Email: georgiadentaljob@gmail.com.


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Part-Time Associate Dentist Needed: We have an outstanding part time opportunity for a general dentist in our successful, well-respected, quality-oriented private dental practice in the Alpharetta / Milton area. We are seeking a special, motivated, personable general dentist to join our practice. This opportunity can transition into a full time position with potential partnership opportunities for the right candidate. We offer excellent compensation and benefits. For additional information, please contact Ms. Moseley at (678) 735-4590 or at anmoseley@yahoo.com. STATESBORO, GA—Seeking experienced Georgia licensed dentist for busy practice in operation over 52 years. Candidate is expected to perform a full spectrum of general dentistry. Preferred qualifications would include oral surgery, endodontics, implant placement, and orthodontics. Ideal candidate should be looking for long term association with practice and establishing a relationship with patients. Dedicated staff focused on growth and success. Please email cover letter and CV to mcgibony@frontiernet.net or call (912) 764-4403.

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Part time associate dentist wanted for a multi-dentist, fee for service, high tech cosmetic restorative general practice located in Midtown Atlanta. We are a dental team dedicated to helping patients get healthy aesthetic dentitions through the use of the latest dental technology and quality dental labs. Our office is a Preferred Provider of Invisalign. CEREC and all ceramic restorations are the dominant restoration produced in our practice. We are completely digital and approaching paperless. All doctor operatories are equipped with the latest ADEC equipment, W&H electric hand-pieces, digital x-rays, LED lights, computers with CAESY patient educational systems in 10 operatories. We use Cone Beam technology to help diagnose and treatment plan implant surgeries. Most all implant surgeries are completed in our office by a qualified implantologist and are subsequently restored by the associate doctors. We have an abundance of new patients. We are expanding and need another associate dentist to work on Fridays, Saturdays, and some evenings. Interested parties please email Sheila Miranda at: om.dds11@gmail.com or call her cell (404) 671-2890.

Dentist Opportunity PT: Located in the heart of Gwinnett our modern, paperless, equipped with the latest digital technology office is looking for the right candidate. Dentist must be proficient in molar endodontics and have practiced for at least 3 years. This is a long term offer—serious applicants only. Great salary, benefits TBD. Start date—August 2013. Please email CV along with 3 references to: mydentaltreatment@gmail.com. Pediatric Dentist needed including hospital and sedation care for practices located in Atlanta or Greensboro, GA. Greensboro office is a NHSC Site for a scholar HPSA Score 17. Full-time employment, medical benefits, and paid vacation available. Fax resumes to (404) 349-8459 or Email resumes to info@familyandchildrensdentistry.com. For additional information please contact Jackie Williams at (404) 671-3802.

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Outstanding opportunity for a full / part-time associate in a long-established general dentistry practice in Albany, GA. Partnership / Buyout. Owner is retiring. Great opportunity for recent graduate. Send resumes to: jpjohnson423@gmail.com. Full-Time General Dentist needed to work in Acworth and Marietta. Minimum of 2 years’ experience or GPR and one year experience. Great working environment. High tech office with friendly and very well trained team. A great opportunity for the right person. Please email resume to: Lakepointe@gmail.com. General Dentist Needed: LaGrange, GA. We are looking for a General Dentist to join our team in a part-time position. We practice a wide range of dental procedures. Please email resume to: eharry@dreharry.com or fax to: (706) 885-9940.

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Dentist opportunities North Georgia: Dental Partners is one of the fastest growing family dental practice groups in the southeast and is seeking dentist for PT or FT opportunities in Georgia and Tennessee. Flexible days / hours and competitive pay plus benefits. Call or email Ashley Reimiller, Director of People Development, at (321) 574-8003 or areimiller@dental-partners.com. Web site: www.dental-partners.com. We are growing and need to add another General Dentist to our team! If you are looking to work in a fun, fastpaced, and financially rewarding environment ‌ let us know! We are an established practice in the northern suburbs averaging 60+ new patients per month. 8 ops available and we offer a full range of services to our patients. New grads welcome; mentoring and training available. Please email resumes to: reggieworkws@yahoo.com.

Large dental practice is looking for comprehensive, experienced, patient centered, and motivated general dentist to join our practice located in Sugar Hill, GA. We are a well-established, growing family practice with a steady flow of new patients. Practice is fully digital and features CEREC CAD / CAM technology. FFS and PPO patient base. High earning potential for a motivated dentist. Interested professionals may email their CV to Martha.harp@sugarhilldentistry.com. No phone inquires please. Do you have a love for kids? We are seeking a skilled Pediatric Specialist or General Dentist with pediatric experience to join our successful, quality-oriented, multi-location practice. We are offering a competitive salary, health insurance, 401(k) plan, paid vacation, malpractice insurance, and CE and professional organization allowance. If interested, please send your C.V. to pcdentistry@ yahoo.com or call (770) 497-0110.


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Pediatric Dentist Needed: We have an outstanding full time opportunity for a Pediatric Dentist in our successful, wellrespected, quality oriented private pediatric dental practice for the right candidate. We are seeking a special, motivated, personable full time pediatric dentist to join in our success. We are a booming practice with tremendous growth and earning potential. We offer excellent compensation and benefits. For more information, please contact Dr. Vishant Nath at (678) 763-2600 or email drnath@kidshappyteeth.com or Amanda at (678) 352-1090 / (678) 352-1090 / (678) 429-9931. GEORGIA—ATLANTA. Multiple pediatric dental offices in Metro Atlanta are seeking pediatric dentist and general dentist to work in an extremely successful, expanding business. We offer a team motivated working environment and a competitive salary. We believe in a high level of patient and parent education and making sure that children have an excellent dental experience at each visit. Our practice provides all levels of care, including oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia at local hospitals. Candidate must have excellent communication skills, be enthusiastic and motivated. For more information please call (678) 923-4466 or email brian.friedman@dentistry4children.com. Visit our web site at www.dentistry4children.com.

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Practices / Office Space Available Dental Space Available! Duluth, GA. Already built-out and plumbed with dental equipment! Convenient location off Sugarloaf Parkway near I-85. Built in 2007, 3-6 operatories, sterilization, consultation room, kitchen. Front office and private doctor office. Split design dental space, perfect for new dentist or specialist satellite office. Upscale building in a high growth area with excellent demographics. Move in ready! Contact Aubrey Soher at (404) 384-8800. NORTH FULTON COUNTY: Small, well established practice in a great location! Consistently collecting $300K. Doctor to retire and building is for sale. Please call or email for details using reference #GA1032. For more information call (678) 482-7305, email amanda@southeasttransitions.com, or visit www.southeasttransitions.com.

Specialists: Opportunity for Oral Surgeon, Pedodontist, Implantologist, Periodontist, Endodontist, or other specialist to build your own practice in beautiful North Georgia Tri-State area. General dentist has space for you to start your practice and then expand with your business growth. Ideal for recent graduate starting your new practice or established specialist wanting to create a satellite office. Call Randy to discuss details (706) 745-6848. Available Dental Spaces for Specialist! Stockbridge, Fayetteville, Duluth, and Riverdale locations. Ideal for Pediatric Dentist, Periodontist, Endodontist, or Oral Surgeon looking to add satellite location or new startup. Already plumbed & fully equipped with 4 operatories and room for 2-3 more. Save time and money by sharing space in these new multi-specialty locations. Contact us at: dentalspecialist2@gmail.com.

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Coast Dental is one of the largest providers of general and specialty dental care in the United States with practices in California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Texas. Coast Dental is currently looking for General Dentists and Specialist to practice in the greater Atlanta area. We have full and part-time opportunities available for experienced dentists to practice where contributions are valued and the sky is the limit on opportunities to grow. Coast Dental offers competitive wages with sign-on bonuses available for select locations, a great benefits package and a chance to work with advanced technology and devoted people who take a visionary approach to making every patients smile a work of art. If you are interested in an opportunity in one of our practices, please email psherberg@coastdental.com or apply online at www.coastdental.com/ careers/dentists.

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Available: COLUMBUS AREA #8824— Gross Collections $389K; NORTH ATLANTA #8880—Gross Collections $554K. NORTH ATLANTA #8902— Associate needed for Duluth general practice. Prefer experienced dentist capable of most skills. Practice is fee for service. ATLANTA ORAL SURGERY #8887— Gross Collections $1.1M; ATLANTA PERIO #5241—Gross Collections $1.3M; SAVANNAH ASSOCIATE NEEDED— AWESOME OPPORTUNITY #8903; STOCKBRIDGE ASSOCIATE NEEDED #8894. ATLANTA / DUNWOODYAREA ASSOCIATE #8887—Board certified / eligible OMS needed immediately. For more information, call Dr. Earl Douglas (770) 664-1982 or email earl@adssouth.com. South Georgia: High net practice, $850,000 gross. Insurance and FFS 60% with 4 ops. Hunting, fishing, and golf paradise. Call

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Dr. John Wagner at (636) 517-1136. Available: CANTON: Beautiful office grossing $393,000, 4 operatories. LAKE OCONEE AREA: Exceptional opportunity, grossing $823K. NORTH ATLANTA: Gorgeous new facility with 6 operatories, grossing $1.4M with high volume of cosmetics and implants. WOODSTOCK: Beautiful 5 operatory office grossing $400K. Richane Swedenburg, New South Dental Transitions: (770) 630-0436 or info@newsouthdental.com. Check new listings: www.newsouthdental.com. COBB COUNTY GEM: Long term, bread & butter practice, in a fantastic location with lots of room for growth! Staff will stay on after the transition. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to grow in a very desirable area! Please call or email for details using reference #GA1031. For more information call (678) 482-7305, email amanda@southeasttransitions.com, or visit www.southeasttransitions.com.


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Inside This Issue • Georgia Dentists Lobby State Congressional Delegation • President Mann Sets Goals, Outlines Challenges for Year

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