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Oct

06

Welcome Cassi!

Posted by Paul on 10/6/2014 11:02:00 AM


The volume of projects and events and programs that the MDA staff work on is growing every day. While it is awesome to deliver benefits to our members, it can be difficult at times to keep up with all the day to day administrative details of an office our size and the blitz of additional details as certain projects approach (think MOMOM). So we are thrilled to announce a new team member, Cassi Kelley. That's her on the left getting some training from Stacey Kloeppel, MDA Membership Manager.
Cassi will be part time 8-12 each morning and will answer the phones, handle the mail and banking, and support all the other staff in their projects. She lives in New Bloomfield with her husband Kevin, her three step daughters, and her 3 year old son. Cassi has a diverse work background including working with an accounting company. Her skills and attitude look to be a perfect fit for the MDA.
Please welcome Cassi when you call or visit the MDA. You can reach her at cassi@modentalmail.org.


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Oct

04

Special Olympics - Fall Games

Posted by Paul on 10/4/2014 10:48:00 AM


Today was another heat warmer as a handful of dental volunteers helped deliver Special Smiles in Jefferson City. The Special Olympic Fall Games feature athletes in sports like golf, softball, and flag football. As part of the Healthy Athletes initiative, our team provided dental screenings for 88 athletes. I think we were the lucky ones as we got to interact and assist this optimistic audience.
I'd like to thank my volunteers who gave up hours on a beautiful fall Saturday to serve the needs of others. That's Dr. Lori Henderson helping an athlete understand proper mouth guard protection. Dr. Dana Deardeuff gets a participant to open wide. And hygienist, Leslie Samford, teaches proper brushing using our fun puppets. Also serving were Drs. Robert Jones and Dr. Nabil Beaini and assistants Taylor, Tawney, and Lauren. Plus me and my helpful bride Leah.
Please watch for further Special Olympic events and sign up to help us.


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Oct

03

An Appeal to Future Members

Posted by Paul on 10/3/2014 9:36:00 AM


We always want to put our best foot forward when reaching out to potential members and touting the benefits of association membership. I can't think of a better way to be appealing than to share a copy of the MDA's Focus magazine. It's an informative and well designed update on all things related to the dental profession.
This most recent issue had a special wraparound cover that we sent free of charge to prospective members across the state. The cover included an invitation to join from MDA President, Dr. Nunemaker; a highlight of recent successes; a capsule of top offerings from the MDA and an explanation of how the Power of 3 (local, state, and national) makes membership stronger and more beneficial.
We worked with the components to help them develop a plan to follow up with the prospects in their area that will receive this special edition. It's always the personal touch that makes the most difference. I think this is a wonderful way to give current members an icebreaker topic to begin a discussion on why they belong to the MDA and why others should join. I'm not naive enough to think that every "non-member" will join the MDA. Instead I think of how we can engage our current members and use our best features like the Focus to woo and win over the "yet to be members".
Kudos to everyone involved in producing the Focus and working on this effort!


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Sep

30

Give and WIN!

Posted by Paul on 9/30/2014 10:20:00 AM


Who would like a week in the tropics at a hilltop villa in St John's? Or maybe a St Louis Shopping Spree with hotel and dinner thrown in. Or a year's worth of family fun at attractions across Missouri. Or a tour of your favorite sports teams and sporting activities. It's enough to boggle your mind. And better yet your raffle ticket purchase supports three great dental charities. Discover all the details and buy tickets today at
www.modental.org/iheartdentalcharities.
This fundraiser replaces the Mouse Race event we did the last two years at Mid-Continent Dental Congress. We feel like this offers more opportunity and appeal for more people. Plus it's less of a time commitment and you don't need to be present to win. You just have to buy a ticket and that's easy to do online or on site. It's just $50 for a chance at the villa and only $5 for a crack at any of the other prize palooza packages.
See me with questions or sponsor opportunities. This is our one public fundraiser for the year and it will help finance the big plans we have for both the MDA Foundation and the Dental Well being Foundation. Thank you!


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Sep

29

MOMOM IV is Officially Announced

Posted by Paul on 9/29/2014 10:01:00 AM


What a joy to blow the trumpet and rally the troops once again for MOMOM IV. Mark your calendars for July 31 - August 1, 2015 at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse in Columbia, MO.
The MDA Foundation approved the date and location last Friday at their board meeting. Dr. Lori Henderson, a pediatric dentist from Columbia, will lead the Central Dental Society team that will serve as host for the event. It was a long search trying to identify the best facility with the best dates for the MDA and the available dates for the American Dentists Care Foundation but we persevered and we are ready to crank up the MOMOM machine with the goal of serving the dire dental needs of the under served in central Missouri and beyond.
Efforts are underway to round out the leadership team, contact donors, negotiate contracts, update promotional pieces, and much more. At the heart of MOMOM is a broad based and generous group of dental professionals and community members who wish to help those in need. We will need all hands on deck again so make plans to serve a shift or two. Volunteer Registration will open in April 2015. Watch www.momom.org for updates.


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Sep

26

Thank you Dr Feagan

Posted by Paul on 9/26/2014 10:40:00 AM


As director of the two foundations associated with the MDA, it is my privilege to work with a strong cast of dedicated board members. Today we said farewell and thank you to Dr. Lonnie Feagan. Dr. Feagan (left above with MDAF President, Dr. Elwood Rice) is stepping down after his three year term. He has been a wonderfully engaging and supportive board member during a three year stint that dealt with the Joplin tornado, the launch of the MOMOM program, and the growth of the scholarship and grant programs.
Thank you for your service!


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Sep

19

SEDS Installation

Posted by Paul on 9/19/2014 10:33:00 AM


For the non-golfers, there was a day of CE offerings at the Isle of Capri. SEDS kept the fun rolling that night with their installation banquet. It's a family affair and the theme this year was dress as your favorite sports team. I believe Dr. Bob Fox's office won best dressed office. However, everyone looked good. Even me in my Auburn Tiger pullover. It just so happened my Tigers played on TV that night and won. Woot!
There's not much official program but MDA President, Dr. Merle Nunemaker, did present outgoing SEDS President, Dr. Courtney Beussink, with a well deserved plaque commending her for her service. Likewise, Dr. Beussink presented Dr. Michael Bennett with a lifetime member commendation. Dr. Bennett has been an active and engaging member for 35 plus years. Thanks and kudos! Finally, Dr. Nunemaker swore in the new officers. In the photo above from L to R is Dr. Dominique Harter (treasurer), Dr. Trevor Blattner (VP), Dr. Eric Blaich (pres elect) and Dr. Phil Loida (president). Congrats to so many young dentists taking a leadership role.
The rest of the night was merriment and blurry photos. See you next year, SEDS!


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Sep

19

SEDS Golf

Posted by Paul on 9/19/2014 10:14:00 AM


I'm not gonna lie to you. There's no work involved when I get the opportunity to travel to the South East Dental Society for their golf and installation banquet. The weather is always perfect, the course is fantastic and the members are awesome. This year was no exception.
First, the golf at Dalhousie Golf Club. The setting is spectacular and the layout is challenging. The one sign above might as well be the answer to "which way did my ball go?". Of course, the best part of golf is hanging with your teammates. This year I was able to play with Dr. Nathan McGuire, Zach Clark of Clark Supply, and Dr. Eric Blaich. We started slowly and then rebounded with 5 birdies to avoid an embarrassing last place finish. That honor went to my travel companion, Dr. Merle Nunemaker. I'm sure he was graciously sandbagging!
I did notice the line for adult beverages in the coolers was longer than the line on the practice range. Needless to say, all had a very good time. A special shout out to MDIS for letting me play on their sponsorship dollar and to Ryan Swift of Patterson Dental who made a hole in one to help propel his team to victory. That's quite a feat and we all enjoyed our "Duck Fart" shots at Ryan's expense. Ryan is also a new board member for the MDA Foundation.
After golf, the SEDS business meeting was conducted over lunch. Dr. Nunemaker, trustee Dr John Freeze, and myself collaborated to give a full report on MDA activities. It's good to see engagement and thoughtfulness from a variety of members at this meeting.
Fore! And where's my ball...


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Sep

16

UMKC Salutes its Scholars!

Posted by Paul on 9/16/2014 9:43:00 AM


Last night UMKC celebrated the best and brightest at their annual Scholarship Recognition Banquet. I was privileged to attend with MDAF President, Dr. Elwood Rice. That's Dr. Rice above with the three MDAF winners. Each won $5,000 for the 2014-15 school year. From left to right is Albana Kallmi, Corey Hastings, and Aaron Strange. Congratulations!
Usually my interaction with students is during the school day or at a large social event and it's helter skelter trying to have a meaningful conversation. It was a treat to enjoy a longer dinner and have time to get to know these students. Their backstories are as interesting as their futures are promising. And I'm impressed with all they juggle in the present.
It's a new world out there with escalating debt, new practice models, and a changing healthcare landscape but these students and their classmates are sharp and will adapt. It's incumbent upon the MDA to find a way to welcome them and serve the profession they will inherit.
Kudos to all the UMKC staff for an impressive event. It's fun to see how many people work to fund and give these wide array of scholarships.


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Sep

13

Cheers to SIU dental students

Posted by Paul on 9/13/2014 9:17:00 AM


Certainly you remember the rigors of dental school. You live in scrubs, eat out of a bag, and sleep is a distance dream after class, lab, work, studying, etc. Who wouldn't love a little social break? That's exactly what the Greater St Louis Dental Society provided for third and fourth year students at SIU when they hosted an event at the Grafton Winery and Brewhaus last night. It was a great way to interact with future members and show them a little kindness while having some yummy food and adult beverages.
I was delighted to represent the MDA as the state aspect of the Power of 3. I also played Let's Make a Deal games on the bus with the students as an icebreaker. The students were enthusiastic and fun but notice the before and after pictures on the bus above. I think they got more enthusiastic as the night went on!
The GSLDS staff did a great job with this event. They had new dentists share what organized dentistry has meant to them as they launch a career. Plus there were plenty of prizes and goody bags for all. Hats off to Drs. Nouri, Otto, Cherry, Lansford, Wheeler, and Guilfoy for their volunteer service on a Friday night. Tough duty but we all found a way to enjoy it!


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