The Week That Was: January 17-21

In Memorial – Dr. David Johnson

Even given the size of the MDA, it’s still a close knit family and we value all the members. Some are a little larger than life and we lost a good one this past week with the passing of Dr. David Johnson from Cape Girardeau, MO. While I did not know Dr. Johnson well, I instantly knew he was beloved by the immediate and heartfelt response from staff and members. “Such a nice person” “jolly” and “a wonderful pediatric dentist with a heart for children” were descriptors I heard. Vicki Wilbers, ED, knew Dr Johnson and his wife, Flo, well from their involvement with Travel and Learn. Vicki and her husband Darrell (affectionally known to all as Tooter) didn’t hesitate to make the trip for the funeral to pay her respects. Dr. Johnson was very involved with his local dental society. He served as a trustee on the MDA Board and was awarded the honor of Dentist of the Year in 1997. You can read his obituary here. He was loved and admired by many, with a zest for life, as these pictures show.

In Other News

The virus and other winter sickness have not escaped the MDA office, but we put together a week that included a thorough staff meeting as we prepare for several projects and an upcoming Board meeting. We also held our second of three Winter Wednesday virtual CE offerings. The topic was preparing for practice ownership presented by BMO Harris Bank. Dr. Hollie Flack won the $50 gift card. Visit here to find past recordings and register for the final session on how to assemble a high performing team presented by Karen Shannon with OAA on January 26 at 6pm.

The Week Ahead

Pretty much more of the same as we steam ahead toward the board meeting on January 28 and our Legislative Virtual Town Hall on February 1. We need your support in advocacy. Register here for this informative overview of the MDA agenda and the 2022 General Session. This week, Olivia gave the first of our new Capitol Connection video update. Take a look.

Quote of the Week

“May there be comfort in knowing someone so special will never be forgotten.” – Julie Hébert

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