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Dec

22

Welcome Aboard Katie!

Posted by Paul on 12/22/2014 3:57:00 PM


Today the MDA staff welcomed Katie Reichard to work as our Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. It's like an early Christmas gift to the membership! With a new legislative session just around the corner, Katie will dive right into the mix and that starts today. She has been drinking from the proverbial fire hydrant as she gets acclimated to the staff, the office, and the role. Vicki and others have been sharing the wealth all day. We were lucky enough to treat her to a staff lunch and learn a little more about her.
Katie is one of four children. She's a favorite aunt to a gaggle of nieces and nephews, a former aspiring country singer (until nodules interfered), and a plant lover. And she knows her way around the Capitol after 8 years working in the Missouri Senate. She's a quick learner judging by the astute questions she asks and I'm sure she will settle right in and continue and advance the fine legacy left by former MDA legislative directors.
Katie's hire leaves me as the only male in the office. For the sake of everyone, I find it best not to comment any further. Let's just say "Welcome Katie!" We know you will do a great job.


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Dec

12

A little something for the effort

Posted by Paul on 12/12/2014 11:06:00 AM


All MDA projects are a team effort between staff and members and other partners. That's one of the things I like about the work. It's a collaborative effort and the credit for success is shared broadly. While we select projects for their fit in the strategic plan and not for showmanship, it is nice on occasion to have others recognize your work. Last night was one such occasion.
On behalf of the MDA team, I attended the Missouri Society of Association Executives (MSAE) Christmas party. The night featured yummy food and drink, a fundraiser featuring a wine pull and a silent auction, and the presentation of the MSAE Awards of Excellence. I was there to accept MDA's honor in the Membership Development category for our 2014 Membership Task Force event.
The Task Force, supported by ADA grant dollars, was a diverse selection of dentists from all practice models, geographic areas, and membership histories. It included component staff and dental school deans as well. Via a list serve, the group gave honest feedback on how they view member benefits, motivation for belonging, current challenges, and future needs. Then we all gathered for a day in Jefferson City for a workshop facilitated by ADA staff. From this we re-established some fundamental principles (there's no substitute for colleague to colleague engagement when it comes to recruiting members) and set some new goals for reaching out to other groups and adapting our offerings. It was a first step in an ever evolving journey but it was intentional, honest, and refreshing. I guess the MSAE thought so as well.
So, kudos to the team and to the whole MDA. It's nice to represent a solid, well-respected organization.


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Dec

06

GKCDS Holiday Installation

Posted by Paul on 12/6/2014 10:03:00 AM


My bride, Leah, and I kicked off the holidays as guests at the Greater Kansas City Dental Society Holiday Party. And what a party it was! Held at the swanky Holbrook Country Club, we joined about 60 others for a relaxing night of good fun, excellent food and conversation followed by some necessary business. My phone camera was on the blink but I captured some photos to try to give you a taste of the night.
Presiding over the ceremonies was Dr. Jeremy Bowen, the incoming president. Representing the MDA was current president, Dr. Joseph Sokolowski. Several members were honored with Life Member pins including Dr. Dale Greer, Dr. Stanley Hite. Dr. Kent Powell, and Dr. John Nelson, Jr. Dr. Nelson also gave a stirring tribute while receiving an award in place of Mrs. Judy Haynes that honored her late husband and beloved MDA colleague, Dr. John Haynes.
In addition to Dr. Bowen as president, Dr. Sokolowski swore in these leaders for 2015: Dr. Mac Darnall, president-elect; Dr. Bruce Cummings, vice-president, and Dr. Samuel Hayes, secretary-treasurer. Once again, Samantha Silvey, executive director, will have a great crew to work with.
Attending the dental society meetings is always a highlight because it's good focused time with members and I love to see their care for the profession and each other. My wife and I thank you for including us in the festivities. It was fantastic!


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Dec

02

My Turn in the Chair

Posted by Paul on 12/2/2014 11:26:00 AM


Unfortunately, when it comes to oral health, I'm more "do as I say" than "do as I do". I imagine you have more than a few patients in the same boat. But better late than never is also a good adage and that's why I had my teeth cleaned yesterday at my local dentist, Dr. Matt Gassen, a solid MDA member. Here are my observations from both the patient viewpoint and the MDA Director of Outreach viewpoint.
I entered the clean and friendly waiting room and saw a single adult male, a teenage girl, and a granddad with his school age grandson. It was a nice mixture of patients. Before too long, I was called back by Jessica, the friendly and smiling assistant. She chatted me up, took my wing bite x-rays, polished my teeth and repeatedly asked if I was doing okay. Something tells me this was standard operating procedure and not just special treatment after I told her I would blog about the encounter.
When Dr. Gassen came in, he was accompanied by a Missouri State Tech student who was shadowing. She watched as he reviewed my x-rays (all was fine), calibrated my gums (not too shabby), scaled some gunk while gently chastising me for waiting three years between visits, and talked shop. He was not too pleased about a certain insurance company but happy to have been well informed by the MDA. He wondered if I was there to personally collect dues. He lamented missing Day at the Game and he recalled that he still needed to sign up for Winter Session. I mumbled through gasps at the suction unit that he sure better volunteer at MOMOM since it was in his backyard.
Overall, I found my dentist and staff to be professional, kind, and engaging. While I no cavities, I have added an air flosser to my Christmas list and I left with my next appointment scheduled. Don't worry, its in 6 months and not 3 years! I also enjoyed interacting with an MDA member on their turf and seeing all the ways that organized dentistry impacts their profession. It was a win win for everyone!
Now go do as I did! Actions speak louder than words.


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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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