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Travel to fabulous destinations around the globe, get necessary CE hours and enjoy time with your friends, family and peers.

About the Trip | Participant Testimonials

About the Resort

Ideally located on its very own peninsula, Sandals Grande St. Lucian is often described as the "closest vacation to a picture-perfect postcard." Cradled to the west by Rodney Bay - boasting the calmest waters in all of Saint Lucia - and to the east by the majestic Atlantic Ocean, this magnificent resort showcases awe-inspiring panoramic views that will linger in your heart forever. Volcanic mountains draped in blankets of green rise majestically from an impossibly clear blue sea. A sheltered mile-long beach extends an open invitation for days of endless water play.

Travel and Learn Registration Form

About the Trip

  • Trip does not include airfare.  Airfare must be booked on your own. 

  • Overnight hotel stay in St Louis/Kansas City may also be arranged through travel agent if desired. 

  • 10 hours continuing education. If trip is booked on your own but you want to attend MDA CE courses, the fees per hour, per person are: $30 for MDA members ($300); $40 for ADA members who reside outside MO ($400) and $50 for non-members of MDA/ADA ($500).

  • Travel Protection Coverage (optional): Purchase and payment of insurance is only available at the time of initial deposit payment. Protection offers a full refund for cancellation for any reason.  ($218 per couple)

  • All inclusive, including 7-night accommodations, meals, beverages, taxes and gratuities plus:

About the Rooms

Prices listed below are based upon double occupancy and do not include airfare.  NOTE! NON-MEMBERS ADD $150 TO TOTAL AMOUNT.

Caribbean Luxury Oceanview – LX ($5288 per room/couple)
Take in beautiful views of the Atlantic from any one of these stylish suites and unveil true luxury. Relax in the magnetism of your suite, or in the quaint gardens just below where you're invited to take a stroll or simply linger for a while. These suites deliver an elegantly relaxed flair where you can enjoy modern amenities as you explore every inch of these grand rooms, including the romantic sitting area and large balcony offering stunning ocean views.

  • 4-Poster King-Size Bed and Sitting Area
  • Air Conditioning
  • Flat Screen TV, Cable TV, CD-Clock Radio, Telephone
  • Private Bath & Shower, Hair Dryer, Red Lane Spa Amenity Kit
  • Coffee Maker w/ Blue Mountain Coffee & Tea Maker/Kettle
  • Data Port, In-Room Electronic Safe
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Refrigerator
  • In-Room Continental Breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Iron & Ironing Board 

Registering for the Trip

  • Passports Required: All passengers (including children) must have a passport.  If attending the Travel & Learn, you should file for a passport immediately, as it could take up to 60 days to process and receive.

  • Trip Deposit Required: $1,500 per person trip deposit is due at registration (plus an additional $100/per person for trip insurance if desired.) There is a $125 NON-REFUNDABLE fee per participant; trip insurance is also non-refundable. Reservation deadline and final payment is due by Nov. 1, 2015.  Cancellation deadlines are subject to penalties noted under the insurance protection.  All cancellation penalties are at the cost of the traveler.

  • Travel & Learn Contacts: Questions can be directed to Mandy Lewis at the MDA, 800-688-1970 or Jeanne Berard at Classic Travel, 573-634-4881.

Event Sponsor

A special thanks to Missouri Dental Insurance Services for their sponsorship of this event.

Participant Testimonials


If you have never been on the MDA Travel and Learn, you are missing a wonderful experience. While the CE and the places we have visited have been terrific, the friendships and relationships we have developed over the years with other couples from around Missouri far outweigh those benefits. You can go somewhere warm in February, get CE and have a tax-deductible trip. The trip destination and date are not nearly as important as going somewhere with friends—it is something you will always treasure. Consider travelling with us in the future and become part of our "T&L Family". – Dr. Bob and Connie Fox, Cape Girardeau

I began going on the Travel and Learn programs when they first started in the early ‘80s. We went on several ski trips and enjoyed the company, camaraderie and CE opportunity. Because of our children’s school activities, we had to stop going for some time. We started going again a few years ago, and I can tell you it was one of the best decisions we made. We renewed old friendships and started new ones. Getting 10 CE credits is just a bonus to seeing wonderful resorts and spending time with dental colleagues. I have had the opportunity to share and discuss many aspect of dentistry with all the dentists who attend. It is a tremendous opportunity that more dentists should take advantage of – it’s a great value and a wonderful experience each year as we visit new places. I can’t wait until next year. I plan on attending for many years to come. – Dr. Mark Ortinau, Ellisville

About the CE

  • Going to continuing education courses is not always enjoyable, but let me assure anyone who has not gone on this trip, it is a blast. One can actually learn more just from talking to fellow dentists about how we do things and how each of us practices. I pick up little tidbits each year.
  • The CE was condensed, to the point and applicable!
  • Because the CE classes are given by fellow trip participants and not "professional" speakers, they often have ideas and information that you don't get elsewhere. We have always found the CE lectures interesting.

About the People & Places

  • My wife and I have been on the last three trips and we don't care where the future trips are planned, we will go every year.
  • Travel and Learn is a great way to really get to know other dentists around the state.
  • This was our first and hopefully not our last. We had always wanted to see Cabo San Lucas; to enjoy with colleagues and friends makes the experience so much more fun and memorable.
  • The social hours and nice meals with friends are especially memorable allowing interaction of people and friends, not just dentists.
  • My wife and I went on our first Travel and Learn in 2004 when we went to Playa Del Carmen Mexico. We were hooked after the first time. We loved it and agreed to make the trip every year. We have made friends with many fellow dentists and their spouses and enjoy our annual visits with them.
  • The really fun part of the trips is the social interaction and going to warm beautiful places when it is so cold and dreary in Missouri.

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