The Week That Was: September 9-13

MDA Shines at ADA Annual Session

The profession converged on San Francisco last week when the ADA held its Annual Conference and your Missouri members were front and center everywhere you turned. Vicki and Shantel from the MDA staff led a large delegation to the Bay area. So many exciting things occur over the week that you may be best served by reading the official highlights here. These include articles about Keynote Speaker, Actor Mark Wahlberg, and words from the new ADA President, Dr. Chad Gehani. But I want to brag on the Show Me Staters.

First, Dr. Elwood Rice was recognized with a Lifetime Giving Award by State AdPac Director, Dr. Bob Butler. Those who know Dr. Rice, know that his service matches his giving. Thanks for your years of active advocacy at both the state and national level and congrats, Dr. Rice.

Next up two rising superstars, Dr. Amanda Fitzpatrick and Dr. Danielle Riordan, were acknowledged nationally for their achievement as two of ADA’s “10 Under 10” program that recognizes young leaders in organized dentistry. Kudos to these fine doctors!

And last but not least was the awesome election of Dr. Vince Rapini as 2nd Vice President for the ADA. Dr. Rapini is the immediate past president of the MDA and a dedicated volunteer. He makes Missouri proud and will be a great addition to the ADA leadership team. A big salute to you, Dr. Rapini.


Plenty of other business and social activity took place. The House of Delegates conducts important business that impacts the profession and we are fortunate to have volunteers attend and represent Missouri. Thank you to Drs. Bob Butler, Vince Rapini, Joe Sokolowski, Ashley Meyer, Ted Rechtin, Lori Roseman, Prabu Raman, Mary Burke, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Robert Tait, Connie White, David Dear, Marsha Pyle and Mike Berry.

Missouri Shines in Chicago as Well

Just this week I was sent this photo of MDA member, Dr. William Kane. He was a presenter last month at the ADA Wellbeing Conference. Dr. Kane’s roots and passion for wellbeing issues run deep, and I know from experience he’s a very good presenter. Thanks, Dr. Kane for taking time from your busy role as a practitioner and Missouri Dental Board president to make this vital contribution toward health. Our Voluntary Wellness Program here in Missouri is for anyone struggling with issues like burnout, stress or substance abuse. The VWP administrator, Rebecca Mowen, was also in Chicago. She’s our best resource for these issues. Give her a call at 314-435-1101.


Welcome, Welcome New Students

Just last night Team Travel (Paul, Stacey and Jerri) made our way to the Dukum Inn in Kirksville to support the NEDS as they threw a welcome reception for the ATSU D1 and D2 students. Nice work by Drs. Amanda Fitzpatrick and Lisa Bosch. And a big thank you to Katie Perkins from Patterson Dental for sponsoring the event. Our goal was to make a positive first impression and let these students know we want them to succeed. We did this with our crazy “Lotto or Squatto” game. As you can tell from the pictures, we had some happy winners.

The Week Ahead

September unleashes a flurry of activity. We have a big staff meeting to make sure we stay informed on all fronts. Shantel, Dr. Kessler and I will travel to Cape Girardeau for a ND social, golf and the SEDS installation meeting. And there are more meetings than I can count here in town. Component meetings are on the rise so be sure to check The MDA App for all the latest details and opportunities.

Quote of the Week

A full moon on Friday the 13th means that most people will blame witchcraft for their regular stupidity.

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