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ARCHIVES: August 2013

Aug

22

Brushing Up - Awesome School Outreach

Posted by Paul on 8/22/2013 2:21:00 PM


 
Sharing good ideas is one of the main functions of this blog. Today, let's focus on a school outreach in St Louis called Brushing Up. This program grew out of the Greater St Louis Dental Society's strategic plan for public relations (does your component have a strategic plan?).
 
Research indicated that children ages 6-12 did not receive adequate oral health education. Within  that group, high school age kids were most at risk and were developing habits (good or bad) that would extend into adulthood. A target audience was born! Next the GSLDS team developed a program that covered basic dental hygiene but also keenly addressed dangers such as mouth piercings, soft drink consumption, tobacco use, Meth use, eating disorders and the importance of a mouthguard in sports.
 
The pilot program was launched in the Rockwood School District during Children's Dental Health Month in February 2013. "Brushing Up ! Your Future Smile Starts Today" is a 45 minute, teacher-led program taught in health classes which are required in the state curriculum before you can graduate from high school. The two photos above illustrate some of the materials available to the teacher and a page on mouth piercing. You can see how the presentation is designed to be teen friendly .
 
After a great initial response and a few program tweaks, the project is back for this school year and has expanded to target approximately 2,000 students across the St Louis Public School system. There is much enthusiasm as health and gym teachers and coaches are being trained to present the program. The long term plan is to eventually provide the program to all St Louis area students.
 
I commend the diverse and talented team of member dentists who collaborated to develop the program. I salute the GSLDS for finding budget and other funds like a donation from the MDA Foundation to support this program. And my hat is off to Susan Prosperi, GSLDS staff, who has really done the legwork to get the program launched. You can reach Susan with questions at susan@gslds.org.
 
What about the students where you live? How would a program like this work in your community? It took a broad team and some old fashioned grit to get it going in St Louis. I'm sure you can find both in your area of influence.
 


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Aug

22

Smiles of Hope in Dexter

Posted by Paul on 8/22/2013 1:57:00 PM


The Image In the Mirror is a … SMILE!!
 
MOMOM and Give Kids A Smile are two of the more notable charitable dental clinics in Missouri that I mention frequently. But I've learned from my travels and interactions with members that all sorts of charitable dentistry gets done across this state on a daily basis. I would like to start highlighting some of them. Today's spotlight is down in the southeast part of the state in Dexter, MO. It's called Smiles of Hope.
 
What I like about Smiles of Hope is how it's organically grown from a humble start to be a well oiled monthly outreach involving both community and dental volunteers. It's hard to tell who benefits more from the program - the volunteers providing the service or the patients receiving the treatment.
 
Dr Bill Kane is passionate about helping others in need of dental care. He was a tooth pulling machine at the last MOMOM in Cape. He's been telling me about Smiles of Hope for awhile now. Recently he sent me this link to an article about the clinic and this
link to a YouTube video that tells their story. Both are better than my words so check them out. If you wish to volunteer or find out more, reach out to Dr. Kane at wtkane@newwavecomm.net.
 


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Aug

22

The Run for the Cheddar??

Posted by Paul on 8/22/2013 1:17:00 PM


 
Looks like fun, huh? That's how we roll at the Mouse Races! Say cheese and circle your calendar for this crazy fundraiser to be held at Mid-Continent in St Louis. Yep, you, your dental staff and family, exhibitors and vendors, and anyone over 21 who wants to join can attend the 2nd Annual Mouse Races and Game Night on Thursday, November 14th. Doors open at 6:30 and racing begins at 7:15.
 
It's all for charity so whether you can come or not, you can still have a presence by sponsoring some aspect of the event or naming a mouse in someone's honor. Explore all the sponsorship options or buy your admission ticket by clicking here.
 
In addition to the mouse racing, we will have a silent auction, blackjack tables, a raffle, and some more fun shenanigans. All proceeds are split between the MDA Foundation, the MDA Well Being Foundation that runs our wellness program, and the Delta Dental Health Theater on Laclede's Landing in St Louis.  Find out more or register online at www.modental.org/mouseraces.


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Aug

05

Such a Deal - Tell someone!

Posted by Paul on 8/5/2013 2:15:00 PM


Following up on my post from 7/26/13, listed below is just one thing the ADA is doing to attract new members. Do you work with non-members or have friends who have not renewed their membership? This might be the ticket to re-engage them and help them rediscover member benefits. I'd encourage you to take 3 minutes and make a call or start a conversation. Nothing says "welcome" like the personal touch of one professional reaching out to another and endorsing their professional association. It will do you both a world of good.
 
And did you know this past month that MDA has gained 25 new members while reducing non renewals by 12? That's good stuff!
 

The ½ year dues campaign is dropping this week. Eligible non-members will be receiving a postcard and a package that includes a letter, an application, and a postage-paid return envelope.

A second wave of packages will go out in a couple of weeks (letter + application) and there are planned emails to this audience as well. Regarding the insurance new for 2013 there is an incentive to join—new members receive 6 months of life insurance at no cost to the member. The amount of insurance differs depending on the member’s age. Group A was sent to non-members over the age of 44. Group B is mailing to non-members under age 45.


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Aug

05

St Louis New Dentist event - Part 2

Posted by Paul on 8/5/2013 11:36:00 AM


 
What makes for a great event like this? Teamwork. And I'm always impressed with the teamwork see in St Louis. Here are three examples. First, Dr Jane Otto put time in her schedule to come and hang out with the new dentists. That is so key to welcoming new people and giving some sense of community as the local component grows. That's Dr Otto above doing her Danica Patrick impersonation and driving the speedy green car while wearing the final lap cap on her head. Alas, she was on my team and did not fair so well. Next is Dr Eva Lau. She was a good sport to come check out the fun. She represented the Canadians and the vertically challenged - all with a winning smile on her face. Finally, good staff help never hurts. In the midst of a few dozen other things to juggle the entire GSLDS team made time to be present. Laura Breeden, Susan Prosperi, Nikki Sprehe and Meg Shannon went all out to decorate, host, and be cheerleaders all night. Their enthusiasm and commitment were noticed and appreciated not only by the attending dentists but also by the Fun Town staff who said they never had a corporate group get so into the event. Well done!


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Aug

02

St Louis New Dentist event - Part 1

Posted by Paul on 8/2/2013 11:01:00 AM


 
I love to see what the local components are doing for new dentist and member outreach. When I find a good idea, I like to share it so you can steal it! Last night I found a doozy of an idea when I joined the Greater St Louis Dental Society at Swing-a-Round Fun Town for their Amazing Race event with new dentists.
 
Drs. Jamie Paul, Jon Copeland and others worked with staff liaison Laura Breeden to put together a casual but competitive night of fun. Teams were formed and competition was held on the go-kart track, in the bumper boat pond, atop the air hockey table, and in the skee ball alley. Fun prizes were awarded after each event and to the overall winning team. Throw in some BBQ and adult beverages and what's not to like? The relaxed setting helped new dentist connect with each other and learn a little more about their local opportunities. Goetze and Henry Schein chipped in some sponsorship to help fund it and their reps had fun competing alongside their clients and prospective clients. So, you can see it's a winning event on every level.
 
I'll try to refrain from commenting on the teams - oh, heck, who am I kidding. I think Dr Copeland stacked his Duck Dynasty team. They were like assassins who came and conquered and had to leave on the early side. Of course, as you see above, Dr Copeland stayed to the end to collect his plunder and glory. Meanwhile, Dr Jamie Paul should stick to dentistry and not team selection. While she chose a very congenial and fun loving team, she misread our talent levels. My wounded pride had to accept last place! But in all seriousness, it was a different and fun way to spend an evening strengthening relationships and new dentist involvement at the local level. Kudos to all!
 
Above: Dr Copeland accepts his honor for Duck Dynasty team along side Susan, Nikki, and Meg from the GSLDS. What's left of the new dentist crowd at the end of a fierce night of competition poses for a group shot. Dr Copeland an Dr Blake Eyres look like synchronized twins at the air hockey table. The bumper boats exposed us all as poor nautical commanders.
 


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Aug

02

New Dentists Spotlight - Dr Cyndi Ulrich

Posted by Paul on 8/2/2013 8:21:00 AM



 

“A Cape Girardeau native, Dr Cyndi Ulrich has had one adventuresome journey since graduating from UMKC SOD in 2011. Through it all her enthusiasm for her profession has never waned. Her professional experience has been a mix of returning to her hometown, working in public health in Jefferson City, finding a hit n miss mentality at different offices, and working locum tenens across the state. She seems to have found a good niche now working as the only dentist at Meramec Family Dentistry in Arnold, Mo.

 

Dr Ulrich and I hit the MDA scene about the same time since I started working here in late April 2011. As I tried to learn about membership and mindsets, Dr Ulrich was my go to source for how a new dentist thinks and what they value. She willingly gave me input on a presentation I made to UMKC students at Food for Thought. She took every challenge I tossed her way including attending Legislative Day and serving as an at large member on the state ND committee. Through it all, she’s learned a ton they didn’t cover in school and has been honest about the difficulty of finding your place in this lucrative career called dentistry. In fact, Dr Ulrich will be a speaker this fall and address these issues head on when she shares with UMKC students at an upcoming Food for Thought. It’s this “real life” stuff that the students beg us to provide.

 

I appreciate Dr Ulrich’s candor and willingness to plug in and discover what organized dentistry means to her. I can only hope that all our new graduates choose to do the same. Hopefully, the MDA has offered some good resources to help Dr Ulrich along the way. We must be doing something right because she called and begged me to bring her an MDA sticker for her office door. The photo above captures her excitement over it all. Best wishes to her and all our new dentists as they figure their careers out. Remember, the MDA is here to help.”


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