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JULY 2010

Jay Harrington, DDS 142nd President Georgia Dental Association


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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. Jonathan Dubin GDA Editor 2970 Clairmont Rd Suite 195 Atlanta, GA 30329

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

2009-2010 Georgia Dental Association Officers Kent H. Percy, DDS, President John F. Harrington Jr., DDS, President Elect Michael O. Vernon, DMD, Vice President James B. Hall III, DDS, MS, Secretary/Treasurer Jonathan S. Dubin, DMD, Editor

GDA/GDIS/PDRS Executive Office Staff Members Martha S. Phillips, Executive Director Nelda Greene, MBA, Associate Executive Director Delaine Hall, Director of Communications Skip Jones, Director of Operations (PDRS) Courtney Layfield, Director of Member Services Victoria LeMaire, Medical Accounts Manager Melana Kopman McClatchey, General Counsel Denis Mucha, Director of Operations (GDIS) Margo Null, Property and Casualty Accounts Manager Phyllis Willich, Administrative Assistant Pamela Yungk, Director of Membership & Finance 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 2010 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.

Jay Harrington, DDS, will become GDA president on July 25. “My theme is simple but relevant—‘It’s Time.’ We have challenges this year as we always have with scope of practice issues and legislative matters. Dentistry as a whole also faces a critical threat with the advent of new provider models. Now more than ever it’s time to be united as GDA members.” Read what else this leader says about membership value, the Georgia economy, and health care reform on page 12.

JULY 2010

Jay Harrington, DDS 142nd President Georgia Dental Association

other features

sections

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Board of Dentistry Tackles Teledentistry, Local Anesthesia Issues

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Parting Shots

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Editorial

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Special Olympics Volunteers Reach Developmentally Disabled Patients

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News and Views

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District, Alliance Presidents Take Charge: Their Thoughts on Leadership

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Calendar of Events

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Minutes

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Classifieds

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Breaking the Mold

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GDA Community Service Honorees Give Back in Georgia and Peru

Member Publication American Association of Dental Editors

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editorial perspective Politics 1, Common Sense 0

Jonathan S. Dubin, DMD

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” John Adams

“When you make a mistake, don’t look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” Hugh White

Now, you can say what you want about our Georgia legislators, and debate the pros and cons of the legislation they consider and bury or pass and promote. But the vast majority of our 180 state representatives and 56 state senators take their job seriously. Their intentions are to make Georgia a better place to live. When our Senate passes a House bill 47-1 after the House passed it 157-4, one would think that a bill has merit. In fact, one might think signing the bill into law is a no-brainer. Dentistry and dental patients have suffered over the last four years with the shift of the Medicaid and Peachcare for Kids programs from direct state administration to the three Care Management Organizations. The CMOs have systematically cut providers and reimbursements and limited inclusion and treatment. The number of dentists in the programs has dropped dramatically, and patient utilization of dental care has dropped significantly. But most serious are the bureaucratic tangles that surround the limited funds that the CMOs do allot to the programs. Four years ago, Governor Sonny Perdue sought to cut costs of Medicaid and Peachcare for Kids. His idea was to take the state out of administering the programs. The state instituted a bidding process, and eventually signed contracts with the private entities Peach State, Amerigroup, and Wellcare. These groups in turn subcontracted dental program administration to Doral, now DentaQuest, and Avesis (and eventually just DentaQuest after Peach State and Avesis ended their contractual relationship). Here is the rub. When the state ran the system, administration costs stayed under 5 percent of the dental care “slice of the pie” in the budget. The CMOs’ administration costs range from 11 to 14 percent. This is in addition to the administrative costs incurred by DentaQuest, which run in the 10 percent range. So the CMOs assume no risk by running their programs. They slice away codes from reimbursement. They cut reimbursement

rates (several times now). They limit the number of providers. If providers see too many patients, they cut those providers. And the slice of the pie thrown to the needy citizens of Georgia for dental care is reduced by about 24 percent which goes to bloated bureaucracy. Let’s hear it for efficiency. There are times when common sense gets ignored. Then there are times when common sense gets thrown into a blender and flushed down a disposal and you sit there dumbfounded. Back to our legislature. The GDA clearly presented the above issues to the legislators. They listened, they looked, and they overwhelmingly acted. They crafted and passed HB1407 which requires the state to directly contract with a single dental administrator, thus saving money and putting it where it was intended to go—for the care of the people. Gov. Perdue vetoed the bill reasoning that it would be “legislative encroachment upon this very successful program” and that the current arrangement “maintained the healthy tension between providers and the Care Management Organizations.” How could the Governor call the current program successful given the facts? I don’t think the thousands of patients who can no longer access dental care through the state’s Medicaid and PeachCare program because of the changes the CMOs have implemented would agree. I guess success is in the eyes of the beholder. I applaud our legislators. As for the governor, I look forward to November.

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general news MCG Medical College of Georgia As one final bucket of concrete was poured on the roof of the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry’s new home, hundreds were on hand to celebrate reaching the building’s highest point on June 17. Construction of the five-story facility for the state’s only dental school began in October and is slated for completion in June 2011. The $112 million, 268,788-square-foot building will be more than 100,000 square feet larger than the existing building, which opened in 1970 on Laney Walker Boulevard. BE&K Building Group, the facility’s construction team, commemorated the milestone of completing the structure’s concrete frame with a topping-out ceremony at the construction site. An evergreen tree was hoisted by crane to the structure’s pinnacle to symbolize growth and good luck. Since breaking ground 35 weeks ago, 13,500 cubic yards of concrete have been poured and 1,000 tons of rebar and 44 miles of cable have been placed. To date, $17 million has been invested into the community and the school, said Anthony Reed, general superintendent at the site. The ceremony honored approximately 130 workers who have completed 127,000 hours on the project to date. The new facility will allow the school to increase its class size incrementally from 63 to 100 by 2016, and its residency positions from 44 to 72.

ADA American Dental Association The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented a change to the way they will process Medicare claims that may affect dentists not previously enrolled in Medicare. Dentists who only refer Medicare-eligible patients for treatment will be required to

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enroll in Medicare’s Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS), effective July 2010. If the referring dentist is not enrolled in PECOS, the payment of the claim by the provider billing Medicare for a service or treatment will be denied. The ADA estimates that approximately 180,000 dentists could be affected by this requirement to either complete the Medicare application (which is 28 pages and not designed to facilitate the enrollment of referring providers) or opt out of the Medicare program by completing the appropriate opt-out forms. In either instance, the ADA believes the requirement created by this CMS directive creates a significant and unnecessary administrative burden on dentists. CMS is instituting this change to reduce the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse. The ADA supports this effort; however, there is a dubious connection between enrolling dentists who only refer patients and program integrity. Dentists who only refer do not receive Medicare reimbursement and are unlikely to refer patients without good cause. There is no potential for fraudulent billing if there is no billing. In fact, the argument can be made that requiring the enrollment of the 180,000 currently practicing dentists in the United States will add an enormous expense to CMS without appreciable benefit. However, discussions with CMS officials to date concerning eliminating the requirement or modifying the form to make it easier for dentists to comply have not yielded the desired results. The ADA Council on Government Affairs has recommended that the ADA seek a legislative remedy (perhaps in a manner similar to efforts on the Red Flag Rule), while also helping dentists comply by (1) developing tools to help dentists complete the Medicare enrollment form and (2) reissuing the already developed Medicare Opt-Out material. Section 9006 of the new federal health care reform law will require a business to issue an Internal

Revenue Service (IRS) 1099 form to all vendors starting on January 1, 2012, if the business purchases $600 or more in goods or services in a year from that vendor. Currently, a business is required to issue a 1099 Form only for payments for services purchased from individual persons. For example, businesses issue the forms to independent contractors they hire as a means to document income. However, with the change, all payments for goods and services to individuals and corporations must be reported on a 1099 Form if the total annual payments to a given vendor exceed $600. The rationale for this provision is based on a General Accountability Office report from 2009 suggesting the IRS could do more to promote income tax compliance. According to a very preliminary estimate by the ADA Council on Dental Practice staff, most dentists are filing very few 1099s. They would most likely have to file an average of 40-50 1099s per year in the future. The ADA Council on Government Affairs is recommending that the ADA support the “Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act,” H.R. 5141, introduced by Rep. Dan Lungren of California that would repeal Section 9006.

GDA GDA Office After 11 years of service with Georgia Dental Insurance Services (GDIS), Property and Casualty Accounts Manager Barbara Kaul will retire on July 28. The GDA thanks Barbara for her years of service and wishes her well. The GDA now extends a welcome to new Property and Casualty Accounts Manager Margo Null. She is looking forward to continuing GDIS’ tradition of excellence in customer service. Dentists who want to find out more about the coverages offered by GDIS can visit www.gadental.org or call GDIS at (404) 636-7553.


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Upcoming Dental Events July 5: GDA Office Closed for Fourth of July Holiday.

August 28: Northern District Gala for Smiles at the Druid Hills Golf Club.

October 9-11: ADA Annual Session Exhibit Hall Open (Orlando, FL).

July 12: Northern District Executive Council Meeting at the GDA Office.

September 6: GDA Office Closed for Labor Day Holiday.

October 9-12: ADA Annual Session Continuing Education (Orlando, FL)

July 22: GDA House of Delegates at The Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida.

September 9: Central District Officers Meeting.

October 9-13: ADA Annual Session House of Delegates (Orlando, FL).

July 22-25: GDA Annual Meeting at The Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida.

September 10-12: ADA Fifth District (GA, AL, MS) Meeting in Atlanta.

October 28: GDA Officer Visit to Northern District.

August 4: Northern District Leadership Conference, Druid Hills Golf Club.

September 16: GDA Officer Visit to Western District.

August 6-7: Expanded Duties for Dental Assistants at Columbus Technical College. Obtain a registration packet by calling (800) 432-4357 or (404) 636-7553, emailing willich@gadental.org, or visiting www.gadental.org.*

September 17: Southeastern and Southwestern District Fall Meetings.

* Expanded Duties Dental courses offered on a first come, first served basis. Registration closes 30 days prior to course date. Course IV: Denture Repair, Night Guards, Face Bow Transfer, Retraction Cord Placement, Provisional Restorations. Course V: Periodontal Dressing Placement (Pack), In-Office Bleaching, Liner and Base, Dentin Bonding, Densensitization. Course VI: Monitor Nitrous, Fluoride Application, Sealants, Dry Socket Redressing. (Course 6 should be the only course that pediatric assistants need.)

August 14: GDA Board of Trustees / Committee Orientation Meeting at the GDA Office. August 21: GDA Special Olympics Screenings in Warner Robins.

September 24-26: Alliance Wellbeing Retreat in Tallulah Falls. See www.gadental.org for registration forms. October 1-2: Expanded Duties for Dental Assistants at Atlanta / Dr. Becky Weinman’s office. Obtain a registration packet by calling (800) 432-4357 or (404) 636-7553, emailing willich@gadental.org, or visiting www.gadental.org.*

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Board of Dentistry Tackles Teledentistry, Local Anesthesia Issues Since the Georgia Board of Dentistry (BOD) is beset by budget issues, the licensing entity does not provide regular mailed communications to dentists. GDA Board liaison Dr. Don Benton and GDA General Counsel Melana McClatchey attend all Board of Dentistry meetings, and provide written reports on the meetings to the Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Their notes are offered here to update you on the important topics the state’s BOD members are tackling.

Teledentistry During the Board of Dentistry’s April 2010 meeting, the Rules Committee announced that it was working on rules which would govern teledentistry and would have a proposal to present in May. The Board indicated that one of the proposed rules would define teledentistry, another would regulate the process of permitting, and others would be enacted that provide for general rules. The Rules Committee introduced their proposed rules at the May meeting and the full Board voted to post those rules. At that time it was thought the Board of Dentistry would hold a hearing on the proposed rules at its June 2010 meeting. However, after the May meeting, the Board issued another notice which indicated that only one of the rules dealing with the definition of the word teledentistry and the practice of teledentistry across state lines would be the subject of a public hearing in July. No other rules related to teledentistry would be voted on by the Board at the June or July Board meeting.

MCG Local Anesthesia Pilot Program In April, the Board discussed a proposed pilot program that would involve teaching Master’s level dental hygiene students at the

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Medical College of Georgia how to administer local anesthesia and determine the initial dosage of nitrous oxide. The Board voted to hold an open forum for all interested parties to provide statements on the issue on May 28, 2010. Approximately 85 people attended the May forum. Marie Collins, PhD, Chair of the MCG dental hygiene department and Associate Professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences, stated at the forum that MCG did not take a position on whether dental hygienists’ scope of practice should be expanded. Rather, the school would teach those procedures that were recognized as within the scope of a dental hygiene license in Georgia. Dr. Collins described the genesis of the pilot program. She said that inclusion of the proposed local anesthesia instruction in the Master’s program stemmed from a Board request of some six years ago to put together a potential curriculum to teach local anesthesia to dental hygienists. Another reason she gave was that in 2006 the Georgia Board of Dentistry became a member of CRDTS, which requires that dental hygienists perform procedures on a Class 4 patient. This means that an eligible patient must have detectable subgingival calculus to be eligible. This type of patient needs anesthesia during the procedure. Because Georgia does not permit dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia, MCG currently has to hire two dentists to anesthetize patients during such examinations. Dr. Collins differentiated between the Master’s in Dental Hygiene Education that MCG has implemented and the local anesthesia pilot program. She said that MCG currently has six students enrolled in the Master’s program. These students would also be part of the pilot program if one were created. Dr. Frank Caughman, Associate Dean for Patient Services, also spoke at the May forum. He described the pilot program as consisting of a course of 32 hours split equally between didactic study and clinical study, and involving the student providing infiltration to three different patients. Dr. Donna Thomas Moses was the GDA spokesperson. She stated the GDA’s position at the forum that it is important for patient safety purposes to have anesthesia and nitrous oxide administered by a dentist. At the Board’s June meeting, the Board allowed additional public comments on the issue before taking a vote. GDA President Dr. Kent Percy made the point that the Dental Practice Act prohibits a dental hygienist from administering nitrous oxide to patients and for this reason the Board could not “approve” the pilot program. He also explained that while the Board could enact a rule allowing dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia they had not done so and thus, this procedure remained the practice of dentistry—another reason to not approve the program. GDA President Elect Dr. Jay Harrington discussed safety concerns related to anesthesia and emphasized that


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dental students have three years to learn to safely administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide as opposed to the proposed program’s 32 hours. After hearing all comments, the Board voted 7 to 2 in opposition of the pilot program.

Dentists Traveling to Perform Sedation At its May meeting, the Board discussed whether it was appropriate for a dentist who has a permit to perform sedation to travel to a non-permitted dentist’s office to sedate patients. The Board determined it was appropriate so long as the dentist without a permit passes a facility inspection by the Board.

CE Audits At the Board’s June meeting, the CE Audit Committee reported that 22 dental hygienists had been found deficient during a continuing education audit. Pam Bush, RDH, of the Committee recommended that the Board issue a consent order which the 22 dental hygienists would have to sign within 14 days or surrender their license. The consent order would require that the dental hygienist pay a fine for misrepresenting on their renewal that they had completed their continuing education hours. Additionally, the Committee reported that many dentists stated they had obtained all of their CE

hours through on-line courses. This is inappropriate as only 20 of the required 40 hours may be obtained through self-study or home study or Internet-based courses. Another issue raised was that dentists with a conscious sedation permit must complete four CE hours in a field related to sedation such as emergency medicine. The four hours are part of the 40 required hours, not in addition to the 40. An audit shows that several permit holders have completed the necessary 40 hours but failed to have four hours in a field such as pharmacology, anesthesia, emergency medicine, or sedation. The Board decided that while the individual’s dental license was up for renewal they would not be eligible to renew their sedation permit until those hours were completed.

Dentists may view full B o a rd r u l e s a n d m i n u t e s f ro m p a s t m e e t i n g s a t http://sos.georgia.gov/plb/dentistry.

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Special Smiles: GDA Dentists Reach Out to Developmentally Disabled Patients Athletes participating in the Special Olympics expect to revel in the thrill of competition, see old friends, and meet new ones. But for 16 years, athletes at Georgia’s Special Olympics have also had the opportunity to see if their dental health is gold-medal worthy thanks to dental screenings provided by GDA member volunteers. “We had a tremendous event on May 22,” said Georgia Special Smiles dental program director Dr. Jonathan Dubin of Atlanta. “Our 94 volunteers reached approximately 470 athletes, our highest number ever, with screenings, dental health education, and basic nutritional counseling. We are also happy to report that for the first time, we provided fluoride varnish and sealants to those athletes

who would benefit the most from this treatment.” Fluoride varnish was supplied to more than 300 athletes following their screenings. Volunteers utilized a portable dental unit provided by the state’s Dental Public Health (DPH) department as well as mobile vans donated by the state DPH department and Help a Child Smile to apply dental sealants for 31 athletes—a total of 207 teeth were sealed. “With the overwhelming success of the additions of fluoride varnish and sealants, we hope to provide these services to our Special Olympics athletes at future events,” said Dr. Dubin. Volunteers helped the 31 dentists performing the screenings enter anonymous patient health data into

laptop computers. A study of the data gathered reveals that referrals for urgent and non-urgent care were given to 36 percent of the athletes screened. Athletes and their coaches were provided with information about dentists in their communities who could assist them with further care. “One of the many benefits of Special Smiles is to increase awareness of the dental needs of the developmentally disabled population and to acclimate health professionals to providing care for them,” said Dr. Dubin. “Our ever-increasing numbers of volunteers bear out the successes we are enjoying.” Special thanks to the state DPH department for loaning one of their mobile dental units and portable

A view of the dental health education process volunteers conducted for Special Olympics athletes.

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equipment as well as Help A Child Smile for loaning a mobile unit. Thanks are also extended to donors 3M ESPE (fluoride varnish), Pulpdent Corporation (sealants), and United Concordia (miscellaneous dental supplies). The Coca Cola Company, Delta Dental, Benco Dental, and Colgate generously provided items for the goody bags that each screened athlete received. Thanks as well to Atlanta’s Emory University for allowing the volunteers to set up a tent near Olympic Town and use the school’s Physical Education building for this worthwhile project.

GDA Dentist Volunteers Dr. Tammy Armstrong Dr. Erik Atkinson Dr. Henry Benson Dr. Matthew Benson Dr. Jennifer Hauser-Bisig Dr. Jennifer Sherwood-Bragg Dr. Bruce Camp Dr. LaTonya Wade-Crear Dr. Kendra Derrick Dr. David Drew Dr. Monicha Drew Dr. Jonathan Dubin Dr. Joshua DuBose Dr. Brad Greenway Dr. Stuart Loos Dr. Guy McMaster Dr. Kara Moody Dr. Chris Rautenstrauch Dr. Jim Roos Dr. Aubrey Scher Dr. Karyn Stockwell Dr. Elaine Whitney Dr. Jim Whitney Dr. Janice Wilmot Dr. Nelson Woo

Public Health Volunteers Linda Allen, Dental Assistant Dr. Jorge Bernal Dixianne Parker, RDH Dr. Vicki Waits

Dental Hygienist Volunteers Rebecca Archer, RDH Vanessa Childress, RDH Sue Dodd, RDH Mary Gine, RDH Amanda Myers, RDH Deborah Wheeler, RDH

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MCG School of Dentistry students Bianca Starks, Kyrslyne Moore, Ben Popple, Nicole Barnett, Neena Bhole, Phillip Strickland, and Nic Bisig.

Dental Assistant Volunteers Kristi Arnett Brittany Atkinson Andrea Lindley Heather Sisson

Student Volunteers MCG School of Dentistry Nicole Barnett Neena Bhole Nic Bisig Karin Davis Ross Levine Kyrslyne Moore Ben Popple Francesca Seta Bianca Starks Phillip Strickland Central Georgia Technical College Dental Hygiene Program Lindsey Wright

Dr. Kendra Derricks masks up and prepares to screen a Special Olympics athlete.

Georgia Perimeter College Dental Hygiene Program Samantha Banks

Kayla Hughes Sarah Lawless Stacey Long Heather Miller Ashley Philpot Nikki Shawver

Lanier Technical College Dental Hygiene Program Cynthia Lambert, RDH (Instructor) Cathy Richardson, RDH (Instructor) Sara Bailey Kateri Burrell Kendra Charles Stacia Cravey Shasta Fields Jill Hale Sharon Hill

West Georgia Technical College Dental Hygiene Program Cherie Rainwater, RDH (Instructor) Tarren Beavers Tasha Daniel Lori Denney Jordane Fallecker Miranda Fennell Mekia Gravett Felicia Green

Katie Large Stacie Mayfield Lisa Melvin Dani Nicholas Christie Prater Kim Schubert Sherita Scott Brenda Shoemaker Ashley Tinker Stacey Wells

Other Volunteers Nathan Camp Seth Dubin Zach Dubin Jessica Ginsberg Chris Martin Zora Pace

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Harrington: “It’s Time to Work for the Betterment of Our Association and Patients” Jay Harrington, DDS, will become GDA president on July 25. “My theme for the year is simple but relevant—“It’s Time,” he told GDA Action. “We have challenges this year as we always have with scope of practice issues and legislative matters. Dentistry as a whole also faces a critical threat with the advent of new provider models. Now more than ever it’s time to be united as GDA members. We can be stronger and more effective if we are working together for the betterment of our Association and our patients. “What can members do?” he continued. “Join the GDA. Attend LAW Day. Ask a colleague to go to a district meeting. Contribute to GADPAC. Tell a new member about the good things the GDA does for its members and ask them to join. If you have ever thought about doing any of these, but have not, “It’s Time” to do so!” Read what else this dentist leader says about membership value, Georgia dental economics, health care reform, and mid-level providers.

GDA Action: Let’s start with some big issues of concern to dentists. Dentistry has suffered during this recession. What economic impacts have you witnessed? Do you see the profession in a recovery process? Dr. Jay Harrington: Milledgeville and Baldwin County have experienced major job losses over the past 12 months. Historically, we have benefited from the state institutions here, but unfortunately, we have felt the effects of losing a large number of state jobs. We have also lost one large manufacturer and several smaller ones. All total, we have seen approximately 2,500 jobs lost in the last year. Our Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce have hosted several community forums to get input from local businesses

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and leaders. They are working hard to retain what we have and acquire new jobs when the opportunities arise. The recovery process will be different depending on where you live. In Milledgeville, it may take us longer because we have lost a large number of jobs and have a high unemployment rate. On the other hand, our friends in West Point are booming thanks to the Kia manufacturing plant opening and probably feel very little effect of the downturn. We’ve heard some economists say it could be 2014 before the state gets back to some normalcy with its revenues. I think it is going to be a few more years before the profession feels good again.

“We must try to break old habits and be conscientious

about

the words and phrases we use around our patients. Simply using “oral examination” in

Action: We’ve heard the phrase “new normal” used to describe consumers who are becoming frugal with their health care and other purchases despite glimmers of an economic recovery. What does this part of the “new normal” mean for Georgia dentists? Dr. Harrington: You might say the “new normal” is the lifestyle that has developed because of the economic issues we have faced over the last two-plus years. All of us have had to re-evaluate our own lives based on the economic environment in which we live and work. As dentists, we have made some difficult decisions that have gone against what would be considered “old normal.” We are getting out of our comfort zone and change is difficult. Some practices have cut hours while others are offering extended hours for patient convenience. Staff members have either lost employment or had their hours reduced. Some practices have merged in order to reduce overhead expenses. We, like our patients, want the best value for the dollars we spend. We must try to break old habits and be conscientious about the words and

place of “hygiene check” helps

our

patients

better understand the services we provide for them.”

phrases we use around our patients. Simply using “oral examination” in place of “hygiene check” helps our patients better understand the services we provide for them. Are you performing an oral cancer screening? Does your patient know that? Are you telling them what you are looking for, and why you are looking? With economic challenges come innovative ideas we can use to keep our practices viable and explain the value we provide to our patients. Change can be favorable or unfavorable. We must be thoughtful and smart when evaluating the outcomes that change may have in our profession and lives.

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Action: Can you describe the working relationship between the GDA and the ADA? Is the relationship one of agreement on many issues and disagreement on some, or vice versa? How would you describe the value of the ADA to a Georgia dentist?

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“Creating a new, non-dentist provider in our state is not necessary . . . The GDA leadership is actively concerned about this issue.”

Dr. Harrington: I would describe our working relationship as good. Over time leadership changes on both sides, and that always presents new opportunities to build relationships. During my involvement, the GDA has always had some of its best leaders involved with the ADA. One key for us will be to continue getting these leaders on the Board of Trustees, councils, committees, and task forces as they are developed. Another key will be keeping communication open and going in both directions. I want to address the letter of censure the GDA sent to the ADA. In January 2010, the GDA Board of Trustees unanimously passed a motion to send a letter of censure to the ADA’s leadership for failing to develop a clear plan for state associations to protect the patients that their members serve from under-educated entities. On the next day, our House of Delegates unanimously passed a resolution

ratifying the action of the Board. I am pleased that the wishes of the House were carried out and the letter was sent. I feel the GDA did what was necessary. We want to do the right thing and protect our patients. I would hope that the ADA feels the same. As far as agreeing and disagreeing on other issues, I feel that we agree on many and disagree on some. At the present time, the biggest issue we disagree on is the relaxation of the policy on workforce to accommodate states facing the development of a new provider model. Your ADA Delegation debated this issue at last year’s ADA House of Delegates in Board Report 8. The Delegation will face the issue again in Orlando this fall. In addition, Georgia disagrees with the ADA’s support of the Community Dental Health Coordinator and appropriating money to finance the CDHC pilot programs. Presently, there are three

CDHC pilot programs ongoing. Time will tell if this remains a viable model or if it dies a slow death. Finally, Georgia and other states agree that there is not enough accountability and transparency available in connection with the ADA’s financial affairs and budgeting process. The 2009 ADA House created a Financial Affairs Committee that will study the creation of a new Council on Financial Affairs. The report is due at the 2010 House. I see the value of the ADA and the GDA being a two-way street. We know nationally the ADA is the only show in

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Dr. Jay and Jean Harrington at the Alliance National Conference in Tempe, Arizona, in April 2010. Jean was honored with the Alliance’s Spencer New Member Award at the meeting.

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town. It is the only voice we have on the national level. But the ADA needs Georgia as it needs all the other states. The relationship has to be of mutual value to work.

Action: Health care reform has passed Congress, but Georgia is one of several states challenging specific portions of the reform effort. Categorize how the health care reform bill in its current form will impact Georgia dentists, and what will happen if Georgia’s legal challenge is upheld. Dr. Harrington: Well, there are a few worthy provisions in the reform act, including increased funding for public health infrastructure including Centers for

“We know nationally the ADA is the only show in town. It is the only voice we have on the national level. But the ADA needs Georgia as it needs all the other states. The relationship has to be of mutual value to work.”

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(L to r): Katie Bainbridge, Courtney Phillips, Melinda Tanner, Angela Riner, Dr. Harrington, Lesa Reeves, Amy Sanford, and Jean Harrington.

Disease Control and Prevention programs; additional funding for school-based health center facilities and federally qualified health centers; increased Title VII grant program opportunities for general, pediatric or public health dentists; and funding for the National Health Service Corps loan repayment programs. On the other hand, there are some concerns. There is lack of proper funding for Medicaid which could impact dentist participation. Medicaid eligibility is extended to individuals with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level but there is no basic adult benefit. There are provisions to allow workforce pilot programs that may lead to non-dentists performing surgical procedures. Starting in 2014, the bill will require pediatric oral health services as a benefit. These services will be included in the medical plans offered in the newly created state health insurance exchanges. Stand-alone dental coverage will also be offered on these exchanges. The exchanges will be a virtual market for consumers to shop for coverage based on price. It is too early to tell, but because there may be a desire to control premium costs the dental benefits may be meager. Georgia is one of some 20 states that have filed suit challenging the constitutionality of the health care bill.

Most of the concerns center on the mandate that will require individuals to buy health insurance or face fines. Also of concern is the financial burden states will face to meet the mandates. I know the GDA will be on top of this issue and keep our members informed.

Action: The use of so-called mid-level providers (MLP) within dentistry is controversial. Two states have legislated MLPs into existence, and other states are studying the implementation of MLPs with encouragement from national foundations such as Pew and Kellogg. Meanwhile, many dentists are concerned that MLPs are being touted as the answer to access to care when their use could mean a two-tiered system of dentistry. Is Georgia likely to see legislation creating a MLP? Is the GDA leadership concerned about this issue, and if so, what efforts are they taking? Dr. Harrington: The development of mid-level providers is probably the most significant change we’ve seen in the practice of dentistry. Alaska has the


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Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT). Minnesota passed legislation last year to have a Dental Therapist (DT) and an Advanced Dental Therapist (ADT). Other states like Maine, Connecticut, and Washington are studying the issue. This has really become a state’s rights issue. All states are not the same and have different needs with workforce. The Georgia Board of Dentistry licenses approximately 250 dentists a year. The 2011 freshman class at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry will have 80 students, and class size is projected to be 100 by 2016. The majority of licensed dentists in Georgia are under the age of 55. Creating a new, non-dentist provider in our state is not necessary, and we hope the pressure of legislation will not occur anytime soon. The GDA leadership is actively concerned about this issue. At the request of the Board of Trustees, President Kent Percy created the Patient Protection

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Task Force in January with Dr. Ty Ivey serving as chairman. The members of the task force have put in many hours and are working diligently to produce a white paper that will address Georgia’s workforce and access issues. The goal is to use this white paper to educate our members, legislators, and patients.

“I want us to start thinking and working now on projecting a more positive image of

Action: We will see the election of a new governor this November. Many “old guard” state legislators are stepping down. So, 2011 will bring a new look to the Gold Dome. How do you see the fall elections affecting Georgia dentists?

our profession. We are dentists but we are doctors, and we need to toot our own horns

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Bruno and Chris Jones, and Harrington grandchildren Brett, Brandon, Brianna, and Brody.

louder.”

Siblings Tyler Harrington and Rachel Harrington.

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Dr. Harrington: I do not know if we have ever seen the amount of change that we will see after the next elections. Right now, there are 42 new legislators who will be elected for 2011 (13 in the Senate and 29 in the House). We will have a new Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Labor Commissioner, and Superintendent of Education. Thanks to our LAW Day Program and our Contact Dentist Network, we have enjoyed some great relationships with legislators. It is as important now as ever that we start building connections with new candidates and legislators. We are strong legislative advocates. However, we cannot let our guard down because of our past success. We have new opportunities to establish important relationships and I feel positive about our outcome. The GDA has good relationships with the frontrunners in the governor’s race. These candidates seem to hold views favorable to dentistry and dental patients in Georgia. Hopefully, we will see change that will be good for the oral health of Georgians in 2011 under the Gold Dome.

Action: Can you discuss where organized dentistry is strong in Georgia? How can the GDA improve its value to dentists? Dr. Harrington: The one area that stands out as being strong is our legislative advocacy efforts as I discussed above. We have one of the best advocacy programs in the country with our LAW Day Program. Every year we hear legislators comment how impressed they are that dentists take the time to come to the Capitol and advocate for our patients and profession. Our Contact Dentist Network develops close personal relationships with the legislators. When needed, these relationships allow us invaluable communication on urgent issues. Finally, the legislative receptions hosted by all the districts create another opportunity to build relationships and to thank the legislators for all they do for the oral health of Georgia’s citizens. Over years of attending district meetings, I have observed that attendance is lower. Communication is a concern. I know we produce and disseminate information in a variety of ways, and technology has played a large part in this change. The GDA is working to stay current with forms of communication, such as Facebook, so we can reach out to all ages of our membership. I personally still prefer attending meetings, but for those members who do not or cannot, I

Dr. Harrington retired from the Georgia Army National Guard in June 2005 after 20 years of service.

hope they take advantage of the different ways they can receive information.

Action: What are your goals for your year?

“The GDA has good relationships with the frontrunners in the governor’s race. These candidates seem to hold views favorable to dentistry and dental patients in Georgia. Hopefully, we will see change that will be good for the oral health of Georgians in 2011 under the Gold Dome.”

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Dr. Harrington: It may take longer than a year, but I want us to start thinking and working now on projecting a more positive image of our profession. We are dentists but we are doctors, and we need to toot our own horns louder. To go along with this, dentistry in the past enjoyed being at or near the top of the most trusted professions in public polling. We have slipped into the bottom of the top 10 of

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Dr. Harrington Shares Details about His Family, Practice, and Dental Family Born and Raised: Milledgeville, Georgia. He attended Georgia

most perio, while I perform preventive, restorative,

Military College prep school, and graduated from Gatewood

prosthetics, most of my oral surgery, and most of my

(High) School in Eatonton and Georgia College (now Georgia

pediatric work. One of the joys of practice ownership has

College & State University) with a B.S. degree in Biology. He

been to watch the practice mature and develop to meet the

received his DDS degree from Emory University in 1984, and

needs of my family, staff, and patients.”

completed a General Practice Residency in the U.S. Air Force

His staff includes five full-time and two part-time

where he served for three years. As he told Action,

employees. Katie Bainbridge is a full-time dental hygienist,

“Essentially, I have lived in Milledgeville for all but seven

and Angela Riner and Amy Sanford are part-time dental hygienists.

years of my life.”

Lesa Reeves is the dental assistant. Melinda Tanner and Courtney Phillips handle the business operations.

The Family: Dr. Jay and Jean Harrington have been married almost nine years (December 27). They met while in the

The Dental Family: Dr. Harrington was involved in organized

Georgia Army National Guard (both are now retired military).

dentistry starting with ASDA at Emory. When he moved to

They have four children. Bruno is an Assistant Vice President

Milledgeville, he became involved with the Central District.

/ Commercial Lender at Exchange Bank in Milledgeville. Tyler

“My thanks to Dr. John Ferguson who did what every

is in graduate school at Tulane pursuing a Masters in Social

member should and that is to invite a potential new

Work. Rachel works as a lab assistant at North Carolina State

member to a meeting,” said Dr. Harrington. “From that

in Raleigh. Their special child Lisa received a permanent

initial invitation, I wanted to be and felt a responsibility to be

brain injury in an automobile accident when she was a one-

a part of organized dentistry.”

month-old. “She has changed our lives,” said Dr. Harrington.

He also tips his hat to his GDA mentor Dr. Ty Ivey of

“When you see the love in her eyes, you know that she is a

Macon. “About seven years ago, Ty let me know my name

special gift from God.” They also have four grandchildren—

kept coming up to go through the chairs of the GDA,” said

Brett, Brandon, Brianna, and Brody. Brett, Brandon, and

Dr. Harrington. “That was a humbling experience not to

Brianna have attended several GDA meetings. Brody is four,

mention it scared me to death. For a period of time after-

and needs additional training before he is turned loose on

wards, I tried to avoid Ty. Nevertheless, he relinquished his

the GDA.

position as our district Trustee so I could have a seat and begin to learn the issues.

The Practice: Jean Harrington is also Dr. Harrington’s office

“For the most part, Ty has stepped aside to allow

manager. “She has been actively involved for the last four

younger dentists the opportunity to assume leadership

years, and it has been a great experience for us both,” said

roles,” continued Dr. Harrington. “That speaks volumes

Dr. Harrington. “It has certainly helped her understand

about his mentoring abilities as well as his character—

better the practice of dentistry and for me, there is not a

totally unselfish. Even though I tried to avoid Ty several years

better person who cares more about the practice than my

ago, I am grateful that he was as persistent as he was

spouse.” Dr. Harrington opened his Milledgeville practice in

encouraging. Ty Ivey is a trusted teacher, advisor, and

1987 after finishing his Air Force service. “My practice has

mentor, but best of all, he is my friend.”

evolved over 23 years,” he said. “I refer all ortho, endo, and

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“Thanks to our LAW Day Program and our Contact Dentist Network we have enjoyed some great

some major polls. While we work on our image, I want us to work on our perception of trustworthiness and move ourselves back to the top. I will ask our Public Relations Committee to make this their objective so we can start spreading the message here in Georgia. I am excited about hosting our President’s trip and want to make that a special experience. We will be cruising in the Mediterranean with Windstar on a 7-day trip April 30 to May 7, 2011. We will leave Barcelona and cruise to Rome. In between, we will visit Spain, France, Monaco, and Italy. Windstar is a small luxury ship so it should be a lot of fun. Finally, our Annual Meeting will be on Hilton Head Island at Palmetto Dunes July 21-24, 2011. We have not been to Hilton Head in a number of years, and this will be a nice venue to go back to for our meeting. This will be a super weekend for all of our members. Meeting chairman Dr. Bob Vedder and I have assembled a

relationships with legislators. It is as important now as ever that we start building connections with new candidates and legislators. We are strong legislative advocates. However, we cannot let our guard down because of our past success.”

great team of meeting chairs and I thank them for the work they will do this year: Alliance President Molly Bickford and Drs. Ty Ivey, Mark Lawrence, Deena Holliman-Smith, Paul Fraysure, Bob O’Donnell, Mike and Amy Loden, Don Benton, Jim Roos, Nelson Conger, Janine

Bethea, Ed Green, Jim Hall, Ronnie Weathers, Chip Mohme, Matt Adams, Shirley Fisher, Stuart Loos, Alfred Peters, Kara Moore, Ron Smiley, and John Ferguson.

Dr. Harrington enjoying some stress relief playing in his Milledgeville home garden.

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District, Alliance Presidents Take Charge: Their Thoughts on Leadership These seven dentists and one dental spouse will take office as presidents of their GDA districts and the GDA Alliance in July. Each one has been promoted through the chairs in their organizations, and each one is ready to take on the task of governance. Thanks to these leaders for their willingness to serve!

Dr. Kara Griffin Moore Central District Family: Husband Geoffrey Moore; children Griffin Thomas (2) and Pierce Victoria (brand new). Practice: General practice in Gray with father Dr. Thomas Griffin. Dental School: Medical College of Georgia Class of 2005. Hobbies: I love being a mom, and going to the lake and water skiing. Books: I just finished Baby Wise for the second time. I’m currently reading Who Moved My Cheese?

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District’s Biggest Challenge: Keeping people involved and concerned about mid-level provider issues. District’s Strongest Asset: Our size. We have just enough members to have adequate leadership but few enough where we have a lot of young dentists involved. When you look around the room at our meetings, most of the people there have been or are currently involved in some sort of leadership position. Most Excited About: Getting to know more people throughout the state and the district. Big District Activity: Our district has been the state leader on getting our New Dentist Committee established and involved. We had our second New Dentist dinner last October and are planning another one for September 2010. These events have dramatically increased the number of new dentists at our district and state meetings.

Dr. Grant Loo Eastern District Family: Wife Shuishan Loh-Loo, children Mackenzie (8) and Ashley (3). Practice: General solo practice in Martinez. Dental School: Medical College of Georgia Class of 1990. Hobbies: My two passions outside of dentistry are my family and UGA football. There is very little time for anything else with two daughters as active as ours! Books: I’m reading Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, MD. District’s Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge to our district during my term parallels what I think will be the biggest challenge to the profession of dentistry and how we PRESIDENTS ELECT Continued on page 22


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They Said It: District Presidents Sign Off What did the dentists who are finishing their year as district president learn about leadership? Four GDA members share their experiences.

nn Du Celia Dunn, DMD Eastern District To be an effective leader, you must have good organizational skills and be able to communicate clearly … It is much easier to lead when you are surrounded with knowledgeable people who understand the issues. Everyone may not have the same opinion, but with open communication, you can make decisions that lead to progress. You learn to be a leader by observing and serving. Motivating the group is always a challenge, so the enthusiasm must start with the leader. I was so proud of the dentists who braved the harsh February weather to attend our LAW Day. We met with Rep. Ben Harbin and gave him a clear picture of what budget cuts would do to Medicaid. He heard our pleas and supported our bill. I always advise dental students to get involved early with organized dentistry and continue after graduation. Although you may feel intimidated at first, get to know the dentists in your area and go to the local meetings and events. Volunteer for any activity or committee of interest. Before you know it, you will be asked to be on more committees than you have time for! Accept chair positions to learn how organized dentistry works. I want to thank my mentor Leon Aronson who started me on my GDA service. He heard about the Kids in Dental Screening Program which I started at MCG and thought that it might be something that the GDA could do. I joined the Children’s Dental Health Committee and we had much success with the KIDS Program, including winning an ADA Golden

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Chris Hasty, DMD Southwestern District One thing that stood out this year was witnessing the constant struggle dentistry has to fight to protect our profession and our patients. These struggles are not always from the outside—they are sometimes internal. If we stand on the sidelines and don’t get active, our profession as we know it will no longer exist. Mentors were a big part of my time in the executive chain. I always bounced ideas off my partner Dr. Jay Phillips, who is also the GDA Finance Committee chair. There were several times when I called on assistance from GDA Past Presidents from our district Dr. Ed Green and Dr. Mark Ritz. I also found the John Maxwell Leadership series very useful as I went through the chairs. My advice for anyone considering getting involved? Go for it! It is very rewarding serving your profession.

Bruce Camp, DMD Northwestern District As president, I learned the importance of moderating open, honest, and spirited dialogue so that many opinions can be shared and conclusions drawn. It is important to listen to the facts and opinions of others, formulate and voice your own opinion, and then act according to your convictions. I relied a lot on this passage from the Bible during my year—“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you…” (Matthew 7:12).

I was honored that Dr. Mark Ritz and Dr. Kent Percy both asked me to serve as the Grassroots Liaison for the Washington Leadership Conference. It is my privilege to acknowledge the exceptional participation by the dentists and Alliance members from the Northwestern District at this conference! Advice for those who want to get involved? Employ the same drive and motivation that carried you through dental school in your endeavors to promote and preserve your profession.

Matt Adams, DMD Western District During my year, I enjoyed being “in the know.” I like to know what is going on at the district and the state level. I was glad to have answers to members’ questions about the “state of dentistry.” I also learned that unfortunately, a lot of times, you end up relying on a core group of dentists to do a lot of the work. I was happy to rely on meetings consisting of our district past presidents and district representatives to help me during my year. I gathered their input before making major decisions. But other than that, I flew a lot by the seat of my pants! My advice to a dentist wanting to become involved is to do just that—become involved. No matter what facet or job, just get involved!

The GDA thanks these presidents, as well as Central District President Dr. Roy Lehrman, Northern District President Dr. Ben Jernigan, and Southeastern District President Dr. Larry Schmitz, for their service to the Association, dentistry, and their patients.

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practice that profession today. This will involve dealing with the uncertainty of health care reform and addressing the mid-level provider situation. These issues could affect our abilities to both properly treat and protect our patients. District’s Strongest Asset: The dedicated leadership of our members and the MCG School of Dentistry. MCG not only produces great dentists for our profession but future leaders for our organization. Most Excited About: I will look forward to working with my executive committee in trying to find ways to best serve and represent the interests of both our district’s members and the GDA. I am honored to have been given this responsibility by my peers and will strive to perform my duties to the best of my abilities. Big District Activity: We have a couple of activities in the preliminary stages of

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planning. One is to sponsor a social with the dental students at MCG, and another involves sponsoring a CE course which will be open to all the GDA districts.

Dr. Jeff Kendrick Northern District Family: Wife Sherry and children J. Andrew, Susannah, and Haley. Practice: General practice with his father Dr. Ken Kendrick in Fayetteville. Dental School: University of Alabama School of Dentistry Class of 1997. Hobbies: GOLF, spending time with my family, and of course cutting trees!* Books: Glenn Beck’s Common Sense and The 5000 Year Leap. District’s Biggest Challenge: Getting member dentists involved in “the process.” I want to encourage area dentists to become involved in organized dentistry. I feel that we are staring down the barrel of

a gun regarding mid-level providers and this issue may one day affect how we as dentists practice. I want to start moving our membership levels back to the 73-74 percent level. District’s Strongest Asset: The wealth of experience in organized dentistry that I am able to draw upon. A dentist in the Northern District has many opportunities to interact with fellow dentists. Most Excited About: Keeping the tradition going! I want to visit as many dentists as possible at area study clubs, CE, and social meetings, and get the word out regarding the value of membership, the importance of LAW Day, the importance of giving to GADPAC, and the necessity of volunteering to improve access. Big District Activity: I would like to encourage everyone to come and support our August 28 Gala for Smiles honoring Northern District Dentist of the Year Dr. Brad Greenway. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Greater Atlanta Dental Foundation. The event takes place at the Druid Hills Country Club and will feature an auction to help raise funds for our


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foundation. Our featured clinic this year will be Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled (DDD).

Dr. Terry O’Shea Northwestern District Family: Wife Debby and children TJ, Meg, Daniel, Ryan, and Sean. Practice: General practice in Acworth. Dental School: University of Detroit Mercy Class of 1982. Hobbies: I love to travel and exercise. I do both on my annual Central American dental mission trip. Books: I recently read Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and I am re-reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. District’s Biggest Challenge: Keeping up membership in our dental society. We need to be a strong voice from the grassroots to the Board of Trustees and the ADA and stay united, not fragmented, so we can represent dentistry well.

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District’s Strongest Asset: A strong core of involved and dedicated dentists and spouses. Most Excited About: I am looking forward to doing a victory lap holding up the trophy after our district wins the LAW Day challenge in 2011! Big District Activity: We are proud to host the Georgia Mission of Mercy event in our district in August 2011, and we look forward to hosting a New Dentist event, either a luncheon or dinner event, later this year.

Dr. Mark Dusek Southeastern District Family: Wife Carol and children Sarah (12), Philip (10), and Stephen (5). Practice: I practice orthodontics in a group practice in Savannah with Dr. Tom Broderick and Dr. Bob Vaught. Dental School: Baylor College of Dentistry; orthodontic residency at the University of Tennessee.

Hobbies: Golf! Books: I just finished re-reading Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. District’s Biggest Challenge: Encouraging the dentists in the district to be actively involved in the GDA and monitoring the situation as the dental hygiene program at Armstrong Atlantic State University closes its doors and transitions students to Savannah Technical College. District’s Strongest Asset: There is a great dental community in our district. Most of the dentists know each other and are willing to help when there is a problem or issue at hand. Savannah recently hosted its first Give Kids a Smile Day event in conjunction with the GDA Council on Dental Health, where we provided dental care at no cost for around 200 children.

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PRESIDENTS ELECT Continued from page 23 Most Excited About: Meeting and working with the outstanding individuals who are involved in the GDA. Big District Activity: We are holding a meeting on September 17 in Savannah where Dr. Joe Konzelman is speaking on oral medicine. The meeting will be held at the Charles Morris Center at the Trustees Garden. If you are interested in attending, email me at orthodusek@bellsouth.net.

Dr. Jeff Singleton Southwestern District Family: Wife Brandi and children Sophie (5) and Wade (3). Practice: General practice in Albany. Dental School: Medical College of Georgia Class of 2001. Hobbies: I really enjoy saltwater fishing. I do a lot of tournaments with friends in the summer season. It is always exciting and I enjoy the competition. Books: I just finished Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn. It is a fiction book based on CIA counter-terrorism efforts in the current-day U.S. It is a good read. District’s Biggest Challenge: We have so many challenges at hand: ObamaCare, the emergence of mid-level providers in dentistry, and the down economy are a few. Challenging each member to be active in protecting their patients and their profession is more important now than it ever has been. District’s Strongest Asset: The Southwestern District is so full of many capable leaders in our profession. We seem to “breed” them, as do many other districts. We are not always the most vocal district but we speak up and fight for causes we feel are important to our patients and profession. Most Excited About: I am so grateful to be able to serve as the leader of our district. I am thankful that I am able to take part in the fight to keep dentistry a healthy and effective profession. I look forward to addressing the concerns of the members of the district.

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Big District Activity: The Southwestern District has three CE meetings in the fall, winter, and spring at Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton. A member can satisfy all of his or her CEUs for licensure solely by attending these meetings. Anyone is invited to attend and receive credit regardless of district. All you have to do is contact us or the GDA office.

Dr. Jay Harris Western District Family: Wife Brittany and children Laine (6), Davis (4), and Anna (2 months). Practice: I have an orthodontic practice in Columbus. Dental School: Medical College of Georgia Class of 2002 and orthodontics residency (2004). Hobbies: Golfing with friends. Books: I just recently read The Davinci Code. District’s Biggest Challenge: Continuing to improve the district’s overall involvement in the GDA and organized dentistry. District’s Strongest Asset: Our closeness. Being smaller means we are not strangers! Sometimes our numbers can work against us, but there are positives when you know everybody. Most Excited About: The opportunity to become more familiar with the workings of the GDA and seeing firsthand the benefits of being a member of the GDA. Big District Activity: We are planning a social event this fall for dentists and Alliance spouse members. We have not held this type of event in several years, and we are excited to see what kind of interest we generate. We hope to have one of the state Alliance officers as a special guest.

Mrs. Molly Bickford GDA Alliance Family: Husband Dr. Jack Bickford (a dentist in Dallas in the Northwestern District), daughter Kinsey, son-in-law Justin, twin grandsons Hudson and Sawyer.

Hobbies: I love nature and the outdoors as well as gardening and cooking with my herbs. I like golf, snow skiing, biking, hiking, scuba diving, and being involved in my church. Books: I last read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Alliance’s Biggest Challenge: Hosting a successful silent auction on November 13 to raise money for the Georgia Mission of Mercy and motivating members to volunteer for G.M.O.M. in August 2011. This will be an amazing project and I feel it is the perfect opportunity for the Alliance to step up and get involved. Alliance’s Strongest Asset: Our members, our knowledge, and our support from the GDA and national Alliance. We have a lot to offer! Check us out on the GDA web site. Most Excited About: Getting the word out about the Alliance. What is the Alliance anyway? People are confused. We need to be more visible and involved. At this year’s GDA Presidents Elect conference, I passed out a folder explaining what the Alliance is all about. Each GDA district president now has an Alliance member to contact for information and help, including conducting dental health education programs. We have Dipper Dan models that demonstrate the dangers of using smokeless tobacco, children’s puppet shows, and a Meth Mouth Mary model that shows dental problems caused by methamphetamine use. Big Alliance Activity: We are excited about our first Well Being retreat September 24-26 at The Lodge at Tallulah Falls. We are highlighting women’s health issues. Information is available on the GDA web site. On October 23, we pack dental kits for our legislators at the GDA office. Our Holiday / Silent Auction Party is November 13 at the home of Dr. Kent and Mary Percy. On January 11 we pass out the kits on Opening Day at the Capitol. That’s for starters! Check us out on the GDA web site.

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Serving Others: GDA Community Service Honorees Help the Less Fortunate The GDA Community Service Award annually recognizes two Association dentists who distinguish themselves by extraordinary service to the quality of life and health of persons in a community via the field of dentistry. The intent is to highlight GDA dentists whose volunteer work serves as an inspiration to the dental profession. Congratulations to our 2010 Community Service honorees Dr. Jonathan Dubin of Atlanta and Dr. Isaac Holton Jr. of Augusta.

Jonathan Dubin, DMD, Carries Out Numerous Charitable Endeavors Dr. Dubin would tell you that almost every dentist performs some sort of pro bono care, and that he deserves no extraordinary notice for the volunteer work he does. However, his fellow Northern District dentists agree that Dr. Dubin’s efforts have affected the lives of numerous less fortunate Georgians.

Special Smiles champion and community volunteer Dr. Jonathan Dubin in his Atlanta dental office. (Photo by Joann Vitelli is courtesy of the May 21, 2010, Atlanta Business Chronicle).

“Jonathan’s community involvement is worthy of attention,” said Northern District Awards Committee representative Dr. Marvin Winter. “He has been involved

with the Georgia Special Smiles program, the Ben Massell Dental Clinic, the GDA 150 Faces program, and now with the G.M.O.M. program. In addition, he serves the GDA as state editor and is an Honorable Fellow. He was a unanimous choice for this honor.” Dr. Dubin has directed Special Smiles, the 16-year-old dental screening program conducted to benefit athletes participating in the Georgia Special Olympics, for six years. Before that, he had volunteered with the program since 1997. He is involved at all levels with the program. He personally recruits volunteers through emails and GDA editorials, hosts planning meetings, contacts potential sponsors, and conducts hands-on screenings. His efforts helped produce the program’s most successful event to date in May. Fully 94 volunteers reached approximately 470 athletes with screenings, dental health education, nutritional counseling, fluoride varnish, and sealants during the Special Olympics held on the Emory University campus in Atlanta. This was the highest number of volunteers recruited and athletes reached the program had ever seen. Such success has led Dr. Dubin to schedule another dental screening program on August 21 in Warner Robins to benefit athletes participating in a Special Olympics Master’s Bowling Tournament. These Special Smiles screening and assistance programs not only benefit the athletes themselves, but also increase awareness of the dental needs of developmentally disabled individuals and help dentists and other oral health professionals grow more comfortable providing care for such individuals. The Ben Massell Dental Clinic is also a recipient of Dr. Dubin’s charitable inclinations. Volunteer dentists at this 97-year-old Atlanta institution annually donate tens of thousands of dental procedures to low- or no-income individuals. The MCG dental graduate has volunteered with the clinic since 1983, and served on the clinic’s board of directors since 1997. He was integral to the clinic’s

recent capital campaign, which was conducted to help build a new 7,900square-foot facility for the clinic’s operations. The new clinic opened in 2009. Dr. Dubin was a stalwart champion of the GDA 150 Faces Campaign. This campaign was conducted to honor the GDA’s 150th anniversary in 2009 by spotlighting the charitable care that Georgia dentists have historically provided to patients in need. Dr. Dubin wrote editorials encouraging other dentists to take part, and submitted information about patients for whom he had provided charitable care within his dental office. Dr. Dubin’s newest charitable endeavor involves serving as the Assistant Chair for the Georgia Mission of Mercy. He will assist Project Chair Dr. Karyn Stockwell in arranging for hundreds of low-income adults to receive dental care during a two-day charitable clinic in August 2011. After all the plans are finalized, sponsors and volunteers recruited, and logistics settled, you are likely to find Dr. Dubin sitting quietly in a chair providing charitable treatment for patients, just as he has routinely done for so many years in other settings.

Isaac Holton Jr., DMD, Moves to Peru to Provide Care to Poor and Motivate Caregivers Eastern District President Dr. Celia Dunn was thrilled over Dr. Isaac Holton Jr.’s selection for the Community Service award. “He is one of the best examples of a dentist who gives back not only to his local community, but also to those in impoverished areas,” said Dr. Dunn. “If it was not for his compassion and caring, many children in the Augusta area would not have worn braces. Isaac has organized numerous foreign mission trips. He is a quiet gentleman who knows the value of giving back.”

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SERVING OTHERS Continued from page 25 In August, Dr. Holton and wife Joanne will join four other Augusta families moving to South America to begin the process of providing needed health care to impoverished Quechua Indians, building relationships with the medical and dental components of a health care campus in Cusco, Peru, and ministering to health care students. In April 2006, the five families from First Presbyterian of Augusta started the process of becoming a long-term medical mission team under the auspices of Mission to the World, part of the Presbyterian Church in America. Dr. Holton, two physical therapists, two nurses, a nurse practitioner, a physician assistant, an ophthalmologist, and a pediatrician, and their families have committed to serve for a minimum of five years. Dr. Holton, a 1976 Medical College of Georgia graduate and orthodontist knew he needed to learn about current general dental techniques and materials before heading south. In August 2009, he cut back hours at his orthodontic practice and began auditing classes at MCG. He and Joanne also started serving in 2006 with the MCG chapter of Medical Campus Outreach (MCO), a program that mentors future health care providers. This work was to prepare for ministering to the health care students in Peru. Dr. Holton co-led the Bible study for the male students of the MCG dental school Class of 2010 and accompanied dental students on four short-term medical mission trips to Peru, Mexico, Trinidad, and Bulgaria. Joanne, a first-grade teacher, co-led the medical and dental students’ spouses Bible study. The other health care professionals on their team mentored students in their fields. “The goal was to take students away from a country where so much is taken for granted to places where nothing can be taken for granted,” said Dr. Holton. “Abroad in such poor areas, the students can more easily think of ways they can use their gifts as dentists to help people. Already, students who accompanied me overseas are thinking of ways they can help the poor when they open their practices.” By coincidence, Dr. Holton may find himself continuing to mentor MCG dental

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Dr. Isaac Holton (r) and Dr. David Quintero in Peru last May. Dr. Quintero and four of his classmates graduated from the MCG School of Dentistry on May 6 and left on a Peruvian mission trip on May 7. Dr. Holton mentored Dr. Quintero and 12 other MCG Class of 2010 dental students throughout their education at MCG, leading them in weekly Bible studies and accompanying them on four foreign mission trips.

students while in Peru. MCG has chosen Cusco, a town with a large public health care university and two private dental schools, for its first international off-site campus dental clinic. Once the clinic is equipped, MCG students and faculty will begin two-week rotations throughout the year in Peru in order to provide dental care to the poor living in and around Cusco. Dr. Holton has now sold his orthodontic practice (to associate Dr. Holland Maness) while Joanne has retired from her teaching job. The couple will travel first to Costa Rica for an intensive Spanish language immersion program. Then they will relocate full-time to Peru to begin their health care and ministry work.

The challenges Dr. Holton faces are varied. The public health care university in Cusco has limited resources. MCG faculty members have offered to provide Dr. Holton with lectures to use, but it will be up to Dr. Holton to translate the information into Spanish. There will be a careful balancing act to perform between improving the dental training at the university and preserving the goodwill of the Peruvian dental faculty and local dentists. But Dr. Holton is motivated by the knowledge that he can continue to help students, both Peruvian and American, learn the value of providing excellent dental care and helping the less fortunate.

“Dr. Dubin’s . . . fellow Northern District dentists agree that [his] efforts have affected the lives of numerous less fortunate Georgians.” “[Dr. Holton] . . . is a quiet gentleman who knows the value of giving back.”


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board minutes Unofficial Minutes of the April 17, 2010, Board of Trustees Meeting Only the persons present and resolutions voted on are reported here. Full minutes are available at www.gadental.org in the member’s only section, and can be provided upon request to those members without access to the Internet. Call (800) 432-4357 or (404) 636-7553.

Harrington (attending national Alliance meeting); Guests: Drs. Matt Adams, Jack Bickford, Bruce Camp, Nelson Conger, Ed Green, Doug Torbush, Sidney Tourial. GDA staff: Martha Phillips, Nelda Greene, Delaine Hall, Skip Jones, Courtney Layfield.

President’s Report—Dr. Percy Persons Present Dr. Kent Percy, chair; Drs. Robert Carpenter, Byron Colley, Jonathan Dubin, Mark Dusek, Jim Hall, Jay Harris, Jeff Kendrick, Mike Loden, Celia Dunn (for Grant Loo), Alfred Peters (for Kara Moore), Terry O’Shea, Robin Reich, Amanda Merritt (for Steve Sample), Kent Simmons, Jeff Singleton, Mike Vernon, Richard Weinman, Erik Wells. Absent: Dr. Jay

Austin Group: Drs. Percy, Ty Ivey, Ed Green, and Martha Phillips attended the Austin Group meeting in March. Twenty states were invited and 15 attended. Discussions revolved around mid-level providers. Policy on Closure of Dental Hygiene Schools: Due to extreme budget cuts to the University System of Georgia, there

were rumors of several closures of state dental hygiene programs administered by the University System. The GDA responded to a request from the Southeastern District to assist them with information to advocate for the dental hygiene program at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah. Since there is no official position statement on this topic, this information served as interim policy specific to the Savannah situation. [10-4.01] Dr. Richard Weinman moved for the GDA to have a policy of addressing the closure of dental hygiene programs on the basis of a specific

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MINUTES Continued from page 27 request from a district. Proposals from the districts will be considered by the Strategy Task Force based on the merit of the request. The motion passed unanimously. ADA Censure Letter: Dr. Percy stated that in light of new issues coming to the forefront from the Austin Group meeting, he thought that the GDA might reconsider its position on sending the censure letter. [10-4.02] Dr. Jonathan Dubin moved for the GDA Board of Trustees to send the resolution directing the GDA to send a letter of censure to the ADA (Resolution 201015B) back to the GDA House of Delegates in July for its reconsideration based on new and additional information being provided to the Board of Trustees. The motion failed 4 yeas/14 nays. [10-4.03] Dr. Byron Colley moved for the censure letter to be sent to the ADA the week following the BOT meeting. The motion passed unanimously. (Note: The letter was sent April 21, 2010.)

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Chris Hasty for the vacated delegate position formerly held by Dr. Mark Ritz. [10-4.04] Dr. Mike Vernon moved to accept the Southwestern District’s nomination of Dr. Chris Hasty for the Southwestern District Delegate position on the ADA Delegation (term expires January 2014). The motion passed unanimously. (Vacancies are filled by the BOT with ratification by the House of Delegates at its next meeting in July). Patient Protection Task Force The Patient Protection Task Force forwarded two motions to the BOT for its consideration: [10-4.05] Dr. Byron Colley moved for the Board of Trustees to approve the concept of contracting with an outside vendor to perform consumer focus group research to test messages concerning dental mid-level providers and for the GDA staff to provide financial information to the Finance Committee for its consideration for budgeting purposes and to report at the June BOT meeting. The motion passed unanimously. [10-4.06] Dr. Byron Colley moved to postpone the following motion from the Patient Protection Task Force (PPTF) until the June BOT meeting and for the district

leadership to discuss the pros and cons for accepting the Academy of General Dentistry’s definition of ‘access to care’: (motion from the PPTF) Dr. Jay Harrington moved for the PPTF to accept the AGD’s definition of ‘access to care’ as printed in the AGD White Paper, “Increasing Access to and Utilization of Oral Health Care Services,” and recommend that the Board of Trustees adopt this definition. The task force also recommends that the Board of Trustees forward this recommendation to the ADA Delegation to pursue passage at the ADA House of Delegates in 2010. The motion passed. This motion will be discussed at the June BOT meeting.

New Business Mrs. Debbie Torbush will become president of the Alliance to the American Dental Association in 2011 at the Las Vegas meeting. [10-4.07] Dr. Jeff Kendrick moved for the Board of Trustees to recommend to the Finance Committee the approval of funding for the Alliance reception in 2011 in an amount up to $10,000. The motion passed unanimously.


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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 Courtney Layfield at (800) 432-4357 or (404) 636-7553, or email layfield@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 Related Services

Equipment For Sale

X-RAY SAFETY CERTIFICATION for assistants is required by Georgia law. This up-to-date take-home course has effectively certified thousands of x-ray machine operators. Send $149.99 per registrant with name(s) to: Dr. Rick Waters, 285 Pinewood Circle, Athens, GA 30606. Visit www.gaxray.com for credit card payment or to use the immediate-access online version. Call (706) 255-4499 for more information.

For Sale: Light year digital radiography computers and sensors (#1 and #2 sensors) for sale. Bought new Dec 2005. Never used. Includes Dentrix practice management bridge. All offers considered. Call Dr. Larry Thigpen at (478) 750-0003.

Dentists Available for Locum Tenens Dentist Available Daily (DAD): Dentist available during vacations, emergencies and CE courses. Leave your practice in well-trained hands. I am licensed, insured and have a DEA registration number so I can write prescriptions. Call Dr. Richard Patrick at (770) 993-8838. Dentist will fill in for illness, vacation, or continuing education. Licensed, insured, DEA #. Call (404) 786-0229 or email breighard@gmail.com. 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. 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.

Equipment Wanted Wanted to buy: film-based panorex, endo piezo ultrasonic, pulp vitality tester, implant motor / handpiece, implant prosth wrenches, periotomes, extraction forceps, hand instruments, Touch n’Heat, Isolite system, articulator, lab-dust-hood, and possibly other used items. If you have ever said to yourself, “Somebody out there could put this to good use” then let’s talk. (404) 735-3233, ic 2esk@yahoo.com.

Positions Available Associate Dentist. Established dynamic practice offers a unique opportunity for motivated professionals. Multiple locations available. No empty chairs … No insurance claims problems … With career high income potential and no daily office / overhead challenges. Contact Tina Titshaw at tina@myrockdale.com, call (678) 4138130, or fax resume to (770) 760-1375. Pediatric Dentist Needed in Atlanta Practice. Pediatric Dentist with enthusiasm and high energy needed in well-established Atlanta area practice. Competitive salary and benefits including paid professional liability insurance, vacation, and holiday pay! Experienced pediatric dentists and new graduates are encouraged to apply. Forward resume to Jackie at info@familyandchildrensdentistry.com or fax to 404-349-8459. For more information on our practice, visit us on the web www.familyandchildrensdentistry.com.

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CLASSIFIEDS Continued from page 29 Full time general dentist needed in the Acworth area, High tech office, excellent team, and great working environment, prefer someone with GPR or two years experience. Please email resume to: lakepointe@gmail.com. Immediate Openings Available for General and Pediatric Dentists with a keen focus on quality care and a passion for working with children and young adults. We are an established General, Pediatric, and Orthodontic Group with several locations in the metro Atlanta area. If you are looking for a great place to work with excellent benefits, we would love to speak with you. Please email your resume to career@asmile4u.com, or fax to (770) 407-8559.

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Special Dental Associate Opportunity: Are you looking for a place to grow and prosper? Our exceptional practice in West Cobb County is primarily fee for service and has a robust hygiene department. WE have a dedicated and well trained team that provides family, cosmetic, sedation and implant dentistry in a modern facility. The senior doctor has 22 years of practice experience to enrich a unique opportunity for a special candidate who has similar goals and values. After an introductory period, an invitation to purchase a portion of this high quality practice may be extended, with more buy in potential in the future. Please only serious inquires for this once in a lifetime opportunity need to apply by email to: drmulkey@att.net.

Practices / Office Space Available Duluth, GA. Modern Pediatric Dental Office Space—2,620 sq. ft. and lots of storage. With Lease Hold Improvements, Equipment, Furnishings. Easy start up with min. costs. High traffic area near Gwinnett Place Mall. Available August 2010. Tammy or Fran at (770) 497-9111. Kennesaw / Cobb County: Beautiful dental suite available immediately. 3 operatories plumbed. Suite is available for sale / lease / rent to any dental specialist. Sale is preferable. Contact Dr Kay Kalantari at (404) 452-0786.


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SPECIALISTS: North Georgia Mountains. Space available for rent in growing area. Five equipped operatories, business office and reception furniture in place, wired for your computer system, ready to move right in. Eye-catching two story glass building in high-traffic area. One general dentist and a government agency already in building. Great for satellite office, solo or shared, or full-time. (706) 745-6848. DULUTH, GA. Two separate opportunities available in Duluth. Both are digital, paperless offices. One practice is collecting $550K and has 6 chairs; the other is collecting $230K and has 5 chairs. Both practices will sell for a great value! Call Southeast Transitions at (678) 482-7305 or email michelle@southeasttransitions.com or visit www.southeasttransitions.com www.southeasttransitions.com for more details on this and other opportunities.

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GAINESVILLE, GA. This is a beautiful 5-operatory practice in a great location. Practice collected over $1M in 2009 with very low overhead. Open 4 days per week and averages 70 new patients per month! Seller is pre-occupied with other projects. Call Southeast Transitions at (678) 482-7305 or email michelle@southeasttransitions.com or visit www.southeasttransitions.com www.southeasttransitions.com for more details on this and other opportunities. BEAUTIFUL NORTH GEORGIA. This all fee for service practice that grossed well over a million in 2009 is located just 35 minutes north of Midtown Atlanta. This 5operatory practice is in a 2,400 sq. ft. free standing building which is also for sale. It has one room plumbed for an additional operatory. The practice has been in its current location for 35 years and is very accessible. Call Southeast Transitions at (678) 482-7305 or email michelle@southeasttransitions.com or visit www.southeasttransitions.com www.southeasttransitions.com for more details on this and other opportunities.

SOUTH ATLANTA, OUTSIDE PERIMETER, GA. Very BUSY practice that is continuing to grow! This beautiful family practice has recently been updated and remodeled. There is a total of 8 chairs and 3,100 sq. ft. in a free-standing building. The practice is open 5 days per week and produced over $1M in 2009. Want new patients? This practice generates an average of 90 new patients per month! This practice provides a good mix of patients and procedures. Don’t wait! Call Southeast Transitions at (678) 482-7305 or email michelle@southeasttransitions.com or visit www.southeasttransitions.com www.southeasttransitions.com for more details on this and other opportunities.

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA *QUALITY PRACTICE FOR SALE* If you are looking for a large patient base that appreciates quality dentistry and a staff to support you while you provide dental service at the quality level you were in taught in dental school … then you need to look into this situation. Very lucrative financially post sale for the new owner ready to work 4 days a week. The selling doctor is willing to help in the transition of the staff and patients for at least a year post sale. Call Southeast Transitions at (678) 482-7305 or email michelle@southeasttransitions.com or visit www.southeasttransitions.com www.southeasttransitions.com for more details on this and other opportunities. Available: ALPHARETTA: Merger, patients only. ATLANTA: Partnership. $2.4 million FFS practice. 9 operatories. DULUTH: Merger. EAST COBB: Grossing $854,000. GWINNETT: Grossing $823,000, 8 operatories. JOHNS CREEK: Gorgeous, 4 operatories grossing $289,000. NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS: Grossing $350,000. JOHNS CREEK: FFS Merger. NORCROSS: Grossing $580,000, 4 operatories. SNELLVILLE: Merger into beautiful new facility. Contact Richane Swedenburg, New South Dental Transitions: (770) 630-0436, Check web site for all listings, www.newsouthdental.com; info@newsouthdental.com. Newnan, Georgia dental suite for lease. Highly visible location in attractive office / medical / retail center. High growth area between Peachtree City and Newnan near Thomas Crossroads. Great demographics! Space is 2,000 SF and offers 5 operatory positions. Available Now. Taylor Josey, agent (770) 652-7469 or tjosey@jybrealty.com.

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Practices for Sale: ATLANTA #6276 Gross collections $240,015; 4 days; 3 operatories; 926 sq. ft. office space. ATLANTA #8575 Gross collections $456,922; 4 days; 5 operatories; 1,838 sq. ft. office space; additional plumbed but unequipped operatory. ATLANTA #8548 Great opportunity! At $197,000 it is less than fi the price of a start-up! 6 operatories; 1,900 sq. ft. office space. ATLANTA #6689 Gross collections $1,623,532; 4 days; 7 operatories; 2850 sq. ft. office space. AUGUSTA AREA— ORTHO #8681 1 operatory/2 chairs; Gross collections $268,032; 3.5 days, 960 sq. ft. office space. CARROLL COUNTY #8428 Gross collections $619,384; 4 days; 4 operatories; 2,000 sq. ft. office space; additional plumbed but unequipped operatory. NW GEORGIA #8193 PRICE REDUCED!!! Gross collections $1.04 Million; 4 days; 5 operatories; 1,800 sq. ft. office space. NW GEORGIA #8455 Gross Collections $1.06 Million; 4 days; 5 operatories; 2450 sq. ft. office space. NW GEORGIA #8562 Gross collections $670,375; 4 days; 6 operatories; 2,881 sq. ft. office space; additional plumbed but unequipped operatory. SOUTHEAST-

ERN GEORGIA #8172 Gross collections $752,638; 4 days; 5 operatories; 1,732 sq. ft. office space. PAULDING COUNTY #3001 Gross collections $643,500; 4 days 5 operatories; 2,000 sq. ft. office space. CARROLLTON #8736 Owner recently passed away. Sales price is $568,000. For information, call Dr. Earl Douglas, (770) 664-1982 or email Earl@adssouth.com.

GDA Classifieds Available at www.gadental.org Did you know that all classifieds are also available at the GDA web site? Visit www.gadental.org for all the latest ads and to print a classified ad or display ad order form. Or, email layfield@gadental.org for advertising information.


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breaking the mold Dr. Stephanie Sweeney Practices Catching Air After Taking Up Kiteboarding Hobby Stephanie Joy Sweeney, DMD, graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 2009, and moved to Savannah to join an existing general practice. Once she became a resident on Georgia’s coast, she found herself drawn to kiteboarding, where participants propel themselves across the ocean on a surfboard or twintip, which looks similar to a wakeboard, using a sail-like kite. “As I was waiting for my dental license to come through I would go to the beach every day,” said Dr. Sweeney. “I grew up wakeboarding and had learned to surf, but when I saw people kiteboarding I instantly knew I wanted to learn.” She started talking to local kiteboarders and finding out how she could get into the hobby. “Some of the locals introduced me to the owners of All Out Kiteboarding (A.O.K.), a PASA-certified kiteboarding school on Tybee Island near Savannah,” said Dr. Sweeney. “I started taking lessons with them. It is great—the kiteboarders here are really closely knit and have become some of my best friends in the

Dr. Sweeney steadies her kiteboard as she watches her kite sail up in the Atlantic Ocean breeze. She takes lessons from All Out Kiteboarding of Tybee Island, the only PASA-certified kiteboarding school in Georgia. Want to try the sport? Reach them at www.alloutkiteboarding.com or (912) 786-8080.

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city. We love to hang out either at this outdoor pizza place or a taqueria while we wait for the wind to come up, or go there for food and drinks after an epic session.” Dr. Sweeney cautions that lessons are essential to learn to kiteboard. “This is a dangerous sport,” she said. “Even after learning all the safety information and gradually working your way up to using a big kite you can still find yourself in dangerous situations. I’ve been dragged across the beach and into sandbars and jetties but since I have had lessons I knew when to pull the safety, which safety to pull, and how to do a self-rescue. Even experienced riders have to do a self-rescue on occasion. You must be a strong swimmer because you can get stuck offshore with a current pulling against you and you need to be able to swim back in worst-case-scenario situations.” Beginning kiteboarders start out on a “trainer kite” that is two meters wide, but use a much larger kite when actually riding on the water. The kite size depends on the rider’s weight and the wind speed. Dr. Sweeney’s current “quiver” or collection of kites includes a five-meter kite for over 30 m.p.h. winds, a seven-meter kite for 15-25 m.p.h. winds, and a 12-meter kite for 10-15 m.p.h. winds. “If you kiteboard in offshore winds or if the wind changes when you are out there then there is a risk of getting taken out to sea if your equipment malfunctions or your kite gets inverted,” said Dr. Sweeney. “While I have never experienced it, because I choose to kite only in onshore or sideshore winds and always kite with friends, I have heard stories of people needing to get rescued by the Coast Guard.” She guesses there is also a risk of running into marine life, since kiteboarders regularly end up over a mile offshore, but is grateful that she has mostly just seen dolphins. Despite the risks involved in her new hobby, Dr. Sweeney is captivated by the “crazy adrenaline rush” that hitting the

Getting air! Dr. Sweeney launches her kiteboard several feet above the ocean waves near the Tybee Island, Georgia, coastline.

waves brings. For instance, she marvels at the strength of the kite and how far a rider can “catch air” over the waves. “I’m only jumping about 15 feet at the most since I’m still learning but you can jump over 30 feet,” she said. “I love getting air. That’s the most amazing feeling!” Dr. Sweeney has found herself adding physical training to her days to stay in shape for the demands of kiteboarding. “I’ve started running, on non-windy days, and a lot of our group does Level 2 Vinyasa yoga,” she said. She also says that while the sport involves significant start-up costs, including the purchase of kites with bars and lines, a kiteboard, and a safety harness on top of lessons, “once you have the gear all you need is wind—no boat or gasoline needed!” July finds Dr. Sweeney combining her new hobby with a good cause. She is traveling to Portland, Oregon, to participate in a Kiteboarding 4 Cancer fundraiser. “Our four-person A.O.K. team will be kiteboarding down the Hood River in a six-hour endurance race and participating in other events,” she said. “I am racing in memory of my Aunt Patty who died of breast cancer.”


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Inside This Issue • Board of Dentistry Tackles Teledentistry, Local Anesthesia • Community Service Honorees Help Less Fortunate in Georgia, Peru

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