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Nov

18

FFT - Dr Samuel

Posted by Paul on 11/18/2014 7:34:00 PM


The Tooth, The Whole Tooth, and Nothing But the Tooth. That was Dr. Evelyn Samuel's title today as guest speaker at the last UMKC Food for Thought program in 2014. And it was well received. Students asked good questions after hearing Dr. Samuel's thoughts on vision and purpose for your practice and her own personal journey from Alabama to Missouri. She is passionate and committed and the MDA appreciates her sacrifice of a full travel day to share her insights with the students.
Meanwhile, the rest was business as usual. Jerri from MDIS (FFT sponsor) handled the proceedings and the hungry students devoured the Boston Market pre-Thanksgiving feast. Everyone clamored for the money but only 5 lucky students walked away $20 richer.
I'll miss these future members over the next two months while FFT takes a break. We will be back with a force on February 24, 2015.


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Nov

14

New Dentists Luncheon at MCDC

Posted by Paul on 11/14/2014 4:44:00 PM


It's tradition to have Dr. Guy Deyton, Kansas City, speak at a luncheon for new dentists during the Mid-Continent Dental Congress. He's a big hit and has a real passion for mentoring younger dentists. Today was no exception but it was a little different from the past 3 years when we focused on leadership. This year, Dr. Deyton spoke on an Evidence Based Approach to Restorative Dentistry. I was lost in dental jargon but everyone else tracked along just fine. It was a unique way to challenge them to step up and do their own research and not believe every ad they read.
I was happy to see some new faces and share with all about the Connect4Success conference for new dentists only on June 12-13, 2015 at the Lake of the Ozarks. This will be our second gathering and based on the feedback from the first, it's a priority event. There will be clinical and leadership CE offerings designed specifically for new dentists. Plus lots of fun and social interaction.
Thank you Dr. Deyton for sharing your life and knoweledge with younger dentists.


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Nov

13

I Heart Dental Charities - A Winning Success

Posted by Paul on 11/13/2014 4:02:00 PM


Today was the big day for the I Heart Dental Charities Raffle at the Mid-Continent Dental Congress. We were swamped all day with last minute ticket buyers who were trying to win one of four great prizes. My co-host, Shannon Woodcock is the executive director of the Delta Dental Health Theater. We work together to raise money for the MDA's two foundations and her theater. This year we switched from the time intensive Mouse Races to the broader appeal raffle. Who doesn't like a chance to win!
Thanks to great support from sponsors and ticket buyers all over the state, we raised more than $12,000! But of course only a few can win. We asked Pamela Carnes-Sanders of the St Charles Convention Center to be our celebrity picker. Here are the winners. Make sure to join us next year. This could be you!
  • Grand Prize St John's Villa winner - Ashley Rufkahr (lucky # 38)
  • Family Fun Pack - Dr. Rolfe McCoy
  • Sportsman's Dream - Eduard Verch (pictured above)
  • Shopping Spree - Dr. James Schmidt


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Nov

12

MOMOM launch

Posted by moda on 11/12/2014 4:33:00 PM


It's that time again! The MOMOM experience at the two day free dental clinic is amazing for many great volunteers. We couldn't do it without you. However, the clinic doesn't just come together. It takes months of planning and communication and recruitment and fundraising by the local host team. This year is no exception.
That's Dr. Lori Henderson pictured above. She's our capable local chair for MOMOM 2015. Leading out at tonight's gathering, Dr. Henderson focused on fundraising and hospitality. Ideas were exchanged. Questions were raised. Visions began to stir. I'm excited to work with this growing team and they are more than eager to welcome the dental family to Columbia so that together we can meet the needs of the under served across mid Missouri. mark you calendars July 31-August 1, 2015 at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse on the MU campus.


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Nov

08

HOD _ Happy Faces

Posted by moda on 11/8/2014 7:23:00 PM


I'll let the smiles tell the story. It's good to be an MDA member!


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Nov

08

HOD Day 2 - Of Hair and Money

Posted by moda on 11/8/2014 7:02:00 PM


Missouri is proud of our members on the national stage and Dr. Charles McGinty, Joplin, is no exception. He is the Chair for the ADA ADPAC and he has never met a dollar he couldn't raise. His infectious spirit is hard to ignore and when he and Dr. John Hume come your way, you might as well knuckle under and get that wallet out! All kidding aside they do an excellent job raising much needed funds for legislative races that directly impact the profession. Thank you!
This year, Dr. Rolfe McCoy, Chillicothe, stepped up in a big way and offered to sacrifice his signature ponytail to the highest bidder and all proceeds would benefit the MoDentPac campaign. There was a small stampede of willing participants and overnight $2800 was raised. In the end Dr. Lynne Barbour, Kahoka, and MDA Executive Director, Vicki Wilbers eagerly (and perhaps a little too expertly) handled the clippers and rid Dr. McCoy of his years of growth. It's the first time "hairshed" was spilt on the House floor. Thanks to Dr. McCoy for being a good sport and thanks to all who contributed. The moment will live in HOD lore.


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Nov

08

HOD Day 2 - Business

Posted by moda on 11/8/2014 6:49:00 PM


Day two of the HOD dawned with the announcement that 2015 would be the 150th anniversary of the MDA. Delegates were greeted with commemorative mugs. Watch for many more posts on that topic in months to come. There are many speakers this day but only one Speaker. That honor goes to Dr. Tom Stone, Springfield. He presides over the business and keeps us between the rails! Day two is also the final day to vote on resolutions and the budget. We were privileged to have Dr. Carol Summerhays, ADA President Elect with us. She bravely took questions from the floor and then swore in the 2015 MDA officers. And one of the highlights of day two is a presentation by Dr. Mike Berry, Moberly, to a Donated Dental Services awardee. This year Dr. Cheryl Hayley, Springfield, was one of three honorees.


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Nov

07

HOD Day 1 - Awards Banquet

Posted by moda on 11/7/2014 6:22:00 PM


After all the business of day one is over, everyone fancies up and gathers for a big party to celebrate our own. The Awards banquet is both fun and serious. It's great to see the laughter and smiles and it's impressive to hear the resumes and successes of many deserving people. I can't print all that, Nor can I salute every 10 and 25 year member but I will try to hit the other highlights. Join me in saluting these fine members for their well deserved honors. Here's your reference sheet in order.
Dr. Jody Vance, Springfield, is the MDA President Elect in 2015.
Dr. Joseph Sokolowski, St Louis, is the MDA President for 2015.
Dr. Thomas Grant, Joplin, is a 50 year member.
Dr. Charles Kavanaugh, Kansas City, is a 50 year member.
Ms. Margie Kunzie celebrates 15 years with the MDA staff. She is the backbone of the HOD.
Senator Wayne Wallingford, Cape Girardeau, is one of three honored with the MDA Legislative Excellence Award.
Dr. John Dane, Kansas City, receives the Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Mazyar Moshiri, St Louis, receives the Outstanding New Dental Leader Award
Dr. Stu Waite, St Louis, receives the Dentist of the Year Award
Dr. Merle Nunemaker, Kansas City, receives the Exemplary Service Award as outgoing MDA President


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Nov

07

HOD Day 1 - Fitness Walk

Posted by moda on 11/7/2014 6:04:00 PM


It was a sunny day for the first ever Fitness Walk at the MDA. Sponsored by the Dental Well Being Foundation as a way to create awareness for their mission to promote a healthy dentist, staff and family, the fitness walk was an optional activity to stretch your legs, be with friends, and see the Capitol City.
Kudos to these pioneers who endured the nearly 3 mile jaunt and my unique take on what they saw. Stay active, eat healthy and join us at future MDA events. We care about our members!
Pictured L to R are Dr. Merle Nunemaker, Dr. Scott Roberson, Dr. John Freeze, Debbie and Dr. Jim Stewart, Martha Freeze, Dr. Lynne Barbour, and Dr. David Struble. Walk on!


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Nov

07

HOD Day 1 Festivities

Posted by moda on 11/7/2014 5:52:00 PM


Day one of the HOD features an address from the ADA's 6th district trustee who happens to be our very own MDA past president, Dr. Mark Zust. He later presented a plaque of commemoration to outgoing MDA president, Dr. Merle Nunemaker, who did a fabulous job despite his KU heretical leanings. We also heard from the dean of both dental schools, Dr. Marsha Pyle of UMKC and Dr. Chris Halliday of ATSU.


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