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Jul

28

Dr John Haynes - In Memoriam

Posted by Paul on 7/28/2014 3:14:00 PM


Dr John Haynes 1934-2014
It's always sad to learn of a member's death. Last week we lost a good man and a Missouri all star. Dr John Haynes was a personable and stabilizing fixture for UMKC, the MDA, and the profession in general for more than 50 years. He always greeted me by name and made me feel welcomed. I would see him at UMKC or at MOMOM and his enthusiasm for people never waned. He was a life giver to all he met.
It's not my place to eulogize him. You can read his obituary here. I was moved by what his peers and students said about him in response to an email with the news of his passing. I won't contribute names. You'll see the sentiment rang true in every case. Rest in Peace, Dr. Haynes.
  • I did not attend UMKC. I met Dr. Haynes because he was everywhere. Always involved, always smiling, always a leader. He always treated myself and everyoneelse as if wewere his best friend
  • Being from St. Louis, I relate him as the Stan Musial of dentistry. Nobody else played the game as long as he did without one person having a negative thing to say about them, and every person that he encountered having a positive memory of him. I bet he wrote between 20-50 letters of rec. per year. Can you imagine how many careers he directly affected over a 50 year career with that?
  • It truly is a sad day.John was a great person and mentor.He always had a smile and a kind word, no matter what was happening around him.Our profession lost a great one!

  • I just saw and visited with "brother John" at the UMKC SOD alumni conference breakfast. He seemed to be the same as he was 30 plus years ago. I even told him that.He will be missed for sure. He continued to do the work he loved to do till the end. That is a great way to live.


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Jul

23

ADA Management Conference

Posted by Paul on 7/23/2014 3:49:00 PM


This week Vicki Wilbers, Stacey Kloeppel and I were in Chicago for the ADA Management Conference for state and component staff. Itmay sound rather dry but it is enormously helpful. Much like having all parties together at our MDA planning session helps our state plan, having all parties together on the national level helps our tripartite plan. The exchange of ideas from many veteran leaders and the ADA's open stance to listen and respond makes this conference meaningful.
In one intense day we get behind the curtain updates on ADA initiatives from leaders and key staff and we get plenty of opportunity to figure some things out for ourselves. Sessions included Buildinga Bridge of Success from Dental Student to New Dentist Member. This was so appropriate base on current activities within the MDA. We also learned about branding and how the tripartite can look more like one cohesive unit. This was cool to the eyes to see what some scenarios may look like. And finally there was an update on Action for Dental Health. My head hurt from all the intake and now I'm dangerous because I know a little bit about a lot of things.
There are some other wonderful aspects of the conference like the camaraderie of committed leaders. Above you will notice Dr Chuck Norman, ADA President, presenting a plaque to Val Celentano from Rhode Island Dental Association for more than 40 years of service. There's also a wonderful reception (thank you US Bank). This year it was at the Tower Room of the Chicago Tribune building. The views and interaction were magnificent.
I won't drill down any deeper with details as I'm still processing it all but I do know the ADA and the states are taking this Power of Three initiative to heart as we seek to meet member needs, solve member problems, and exceed member expectations.


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Jul

21

ADA Management Conference - DPN Day

Posted by Paul on 7/21/2014 3:34:00 PM


Today I attended the annual Dental Philanthropy Network meeting at the ADA headquarters. It always meets in advance of the Management Conference. This is an important colleague group for me in my role as Foundation Director. I'm still a newbie with lots to learn and these folks have wisdom to share.
Our agenda centered around presentations on"Association Foundation Relationships", "Fulfilling Philanthropy: A Joint Effort" and a Panel Discussion on Engaging Stakeholders. But as you can guess, it was the table talk and real life scenarios from the battlefield that taught me the most.
Both our MDA Foundations have great boards, clear purpose, and engaging programs. They are poised for growth as funds are developed and people are trained. If you have a heart to help in any capacity, perhaps as a way to stay connected while in semi retirement, reach out to me and let's plug you in. paul@modental.org
Meanwhile thank you to all those who support and promote the work of our Foundations. They reflect positively on your profession and it's an honor to direct them.


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Jul

19

ADA NDC - The Wrap Up

Posted by Paul on 7/19/2014 3:11:00 PM


Kudos to you Kansas City! It's been a busy, fun, and successful four days here at the ADA NDC. Only one other conference hadhigher attendance than this one. Way to rock it! I can't begin to quantify the impact individual attendees reaped much less gage the invaluable impact of people connecting in so many settings on so many levels. It makes you proud and hopeful to be associated with organized dentistry.
While I tried to tip my hat in these many posts to a wide variety of people who were integral to the success of the conference, I'm sure I missed someone. I do want to thank our current MO ND Committee Chair, Dr Sarah Mahaffey and MDA Membership Manager, Stacey Kloeppel for keeping people fired up and handling all manner of details. That's the two of them above confering on high level matters. I also salute all the MDA ND Committee members and local arrangements committee members for their service.
As the ADA ND Committee handed out an assortment of fun door prizes (who doesn't like to win cool stuff?), the buzz was about what will happen next year. I think changes are afoot but that's for the ADA to announce. I can tell you, Dr Jon Copeland is taking over the reigns here in Missouri and we plan to continue our networking and developmentwith the return of the highly received Connect4Success conference. Watch your MDA news channels for an official announcement of date and location for June 2015.
As I bid adieu I hope any MDA members reading this are encouraged by the changes and growth occurring at the state and national level. Find out how you can join in wherever you are geographically or in your career path by reaching out to the MDA. In fact, just drop me a line at paul@modental.org and I'll hook you up.


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Jul

19

ADA NDC - Award Luncheon

Posted by Paul on 7/19/2014 2:57:00 PM


Saturday at the ADA NDC featuredthe 12th Annual ADA New Dentist Committee Awards luncheon. How cool is it that the year everyone comes to Missouri, we get to celebrate one of our own? Yes, Dr. Dustin Burleson of the Greater Kansas City Dental Society won the Golden Apple Award for New Dentist Leadership. This is no surprise to MDA members because Dr Burleson won the MDA New Dentist Award last November at our House of Delegates. Dr Burleson's career in orthodontics is diverse. His passion for training and mentoring others is commendable. His service to organized dentistry is more than nominal. Currently he's serving as the President of the GKCDS. But knowing him personally and seeing his love for family and his good natured approach to life puts him over the top. Congratulations, Dr Burleson!
He's pictured above with GKCDS Executive Director Samantha Silvey and immediate past president, Dr DavidSuchman.


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Jul

18

ADA NDC - The BULL

Posted by Paul on 7/18/2014 2:32:00 PM


It's Friday Night in Kansas City and you have a conference full of new dentists, where do you go? To the Power and Light District for a little R&R (rodeo and rum?). Thanks to the generous support of the ADA Members Insurance Plan and Retirement Programs from AXA, attendees had the choice of attending PBR Big Sky for a special event.
Naturally, the big attraction is the mechanical bull or the fool maker as some might call it. Throughout the night, gauntlets of challenge to ride the bull were issued between doctors, friends, andassociates. Fortified with liquid courage and blinded by delusion and some innate desire in many of us to "see what it's like", the bull had many a rider. Better judgment keeps me from posting photos ofall those who rode. However, I'm not above putting my co-workers at risk. Actually, Vicki and Stacey stayed on the entire time. I think the operator was angling for free dental care based on the treatment many received. As for myself, despite my impeccable form, once that belly gets going side to side, my only hope is for a soft landing.
The turnout for this event was awesome. The food and beverage and music were exceptional. The weather was spectacular and KC did us all proud as a host. Now word has it that the official event spilled out into the greater venue and included some shenanigans at the Shark Bar. However my lawyer and employer suggest I keep those photos and stories to myself out of respect for professional decorum. That's a tall order but those who read this blog already know my propensity towards the other kind of bull so I will stop right here!


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Jul

18

ADA NDC - MDA Strategic Planning

Posted by Paul on 7/18/2014 2:20:00 PM


Hosting the conference allowed for a confluence of MDA leaders. We took advantage of that gathering and had a full dayfor the MDA Board to meet and map out thestrategic plan for the next three years. Of course this process had started many steps before and still needs a little tweaking before it's officially released but a great deal of work was done today. In addition to the MDA Board, representatives from MDIS and both the Foundations were in attendance. This keeps our many parts focused on one common direction. It's easy to get in a silo mentality and forget how we all function more efficiently when goals and direction are clear.
Thanks to Dr Michael Gallery for leading us. That's him above getting the group to word smith our action points. While the day is intense and healthy, sitting in a breakout room doesn't lend itself to great photos.
Meanwhile the ADA NDC was focused on courses and sessions for clinical improvement including some hands on courses at UMKC. I heard rave reviews from those who went.This was a unique benefit to our location and a shout out goes to Dean Marsha Pyle and her team for all their cooperation and hospitality regarding the conference.


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Jul

17

ADA NDC Reception and District Dinners

Posted by Paul on 7/17/2014 2:06:00 PM


Hosting a conference like this allows for more of our members and leaders to attend. Getting to interact with such a broad spectrum from the ADA level, state and district level, and school level makes for a rich networking environment. Tonight the Wells Fargo Practice Finance folks kindly sponsored the opening reception. After that dinners were by district. Missouri belongs to the 6th District with TN, KY, andW VA. We had quite a crowd invade Jack Stack BBQ for afun evening.
Above is a table full of St Louis folks, an exchange between Dr and Mrs Raman and Samantha Silvey from Kansas City, and an overview of the crowd in full networking mode.


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Jul

17

ADA NDC - Leadership Day

Posted by moda on 7/17/2014 1:30:00 PM


Thursday at the ADA NDC was entitled "Leadership Skills Activated! A Day of Enrichment". If as a non dentist, I like this day because the content and inspiration are appropriate for any type of leader, then certainly the new dentists who are learning about leading a practice and managing a team would soak up the applications and principles.
The day begins with introductions from Dr Chuck Norman, ADA President, Dr Kathy O'Loughlin, ADA Executive Director, and ADA New Dentist Committee Chair and Vice Chair, Dr Brian Schwab and Dr Michael LeBlanc. They highlight current issues and initiatives and then open the floor for questions. It's authentic and engaging. The current leaders are accessible and the future leaders are being heard. Later in the day, they have a Hot Topics in the Round session where attendees engage with ADA Trustees on matters of concern to them. I find this type of learning and relationship building essential to success. The message is not contained to one voice and the feedback is not received by just one person. The resulting conversations at the breaks and throughout the conference are much richer due to this kick off.
Leadership is also taught through several breakout options.Missouri's own, Dr Guy Deyton was a featrued presenter.I attended Dr Kirk Behrendt's session on Being All That We Can Be.That's him above. His candor and practicality based on real experience as a dentist seem to hold the audience attention throughout. I highly recommend him but beyond that I highly recommend people to stay motivated and sharp through regular exposure to good training on leadership.


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Jul

16

ADA New Dentist Conference - Student Reception

Posted by Paul on 7/16/2014 11:11:00 AM


The ADA New Dentist Conference has come to Kansas City! It's quite an honor to be hosting this event. To help you get a feel for all of it, I will post several entries. Let's get started.
We kicked off our proceedings with a reception for D3 students at UMKC sponsored by ADPAC. One of the advantages of hosting the conference is the proximity of the dental school to the Sheraton Hotel. Add the fact that Teocali Mexican Restaurant is in between the two and you have a perfect storm for allowing busy schedules to connect in an intimate environment.
It's rare that dental students have a chance to relax with nationalleaders in organized dentistry. To facilitate conversations, students needed to have a card stamped by ADA Trusteesor ADPAC members to enter a drawing. The MDA gave away five $50 gift cards and the KDA gave away an iPad. But the real prize was the opportunity to connect. The interaction primed the pump before the official conference launched the next day. By all accounts, the reception was a success.
Above, you will see students enjoying refreshment on the patio. That's also Dr Chuck Norman, ADA President, with Dr Merle Nunemaker, MDA President, and the dynamic ADAduo of Jeanine Pekkarinen and Christine Chico. Jeanine is our 6th District Membership rep and Chris is a driving force behind the NDC. Finally, there's Dr Eve Lofthus, a member of the local arrangement committee (LAC). She's working the parking lot to show folks the way. Thanks, Eve!


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