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Pacific Dental Services Foundation raises $61k to support patients with disabilities: 4 key notes

Becker’s Review –

On Nov. 28, Giving Tuesday, Pacific Dental Services Foundation raised $61,850 to support new initiatives making access to oral care easier for patients with disabilities.

Here are four key notes:

1. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, lack of access to oral health care is the number on healthcare problem for children and adults with disabilities.

2. PDS Foundation is donating all proceeds toward training programs that help educate dental professionals on how to better serve patients with disabilities.

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The Association of Dental Support Organizations Opens Registration for the 2018 Annual Summit in Austin, Texas

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Erin Hughes
Email: [email protected]

The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) has opened registration for the 2018 ADSO Summit at the JW Marriott Austin in downtown Austin, Texas. The conference will begin the evening of April 18 and conclude Friday, April 20.

The ADSO’s Annual Summit is consistently the gold standard event for the DSO industry. Speakers from around the world will bring an unmatched level of expertise and insight to the 2018 Summit, focusing on the latest industry developments and trends, growth and development for all sizes and stages of DSOs, recruitment and retention of dentists, and more. Summit attendees have the unique opportunity to hear directly from the industry’s top CEOs, including Steve Bilt of Smile Brands, Inc., Pat Bauer of Heartland Dental, and Ken Cooper of North American Dental Group.

The ADSO looks forward to collaborative dialogue, educational sessions, and building new relationships during the 2018 conference. The preliminary agenda for the annual meeting can be found here and the full agenda with speaker biographies will be posted shortly. For more information on the preeminent DSO event of the year, please visit www.theadso.org. If your organization is not currently a member, email us at [email protected] to join and receive complimentary registrations for this event. Follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with #ADSOSummit.

About the ADSO

The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) is a non-profit international trade association whose members support more than 14,400 dentists worldwide.  ADSO supports its members through research, education and advocacy; enabling them to foster innovation, collaboration and a vibrant market where DSO-supported dentists can provide quality oral health care to their patients and to those in underserved communities.


Reflecting On Life’s Decisions: Why A DSO Was Right For Me

Group Dentistry Now –

Whether personal or professional, we’ve all been at a point in our lives where a once singular road splits into two.

A crossroads is about change, not just when things are not working out as we had planned, but also during positive moments when we must choose to continue the course or veer off into something new.

In my own career, that time came in early 2016. After practicing dentistry with a national dental organization for 12 years, I arrived at a point in my life where I knew I needed a change. But what were my next steps? I could either take out a half-of-million-dollar loan to start my own practice from scratch, or I could search for opportunities at a new dental organization. Some decisions at a crossroads are difficult and others seem to fall seamlessly into place; in this case, mine was the latter.

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New Aspen Dental Practices Opening In New Iberia And Lafayette Will Make Access To Care Easier In Louisiana

PR Newswire –

As dental health advocates work to remove barriers to dental care among underserved areas in Louisiana, two new Aspen Dental-branded practices are scheduled to open in December – making access to dental care even easier for residents in the Bayou State.

Appointments are now available at the two practices which are scheduled to open on Dec. 7 in New Iberia and Dec. 21in Lafayette. The offices will be open Monday through Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as well as select Saturdays. Walk-in and emergency patients are welcome. Services at the offices will include general dentistry, dentures and denture repairs, preventive care, and restoration services.

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DSO Sends Personalized ‘Sweet’ Care Packages To US Troops

Group Dentistry Now –

National children’s dental provider Kool Smiles collected more than four tons (8,594 pounds) of Halloween candy during its sixth annual Operation Troop Treats, the nation’s largest dentist-sponsored Halloween candy exchange benefiting U.S. service members and their families. Designed to promote good dental health while giving deployed U.S. troops a “sweet” reminder of home during the holiday season, Operation Troop Treats is a partnership between Kool Smiles and Operation Gratitude. More than 450 dentists from 123 Kool Smiles offices in 14 states and the District of Columbia were involved in this year’s effort. In addition to the Halloween candy, Kool Smiles is donating dental kits and the funds to cover the assembly and shipment of 200 care packages.

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On a mission to bring smiles to Peru

Times Union –

They examined and cleaned the teeth of 500 patients, performed 600 extractions, created dentures for 26 patients and trained all of them in dental care and hygiene.

They did all of this in four days, at no cost to the patients.

And Dr. Rolando G. Reyes, who heads the Aspen Dental office in Wilton, said he would do it all again in a heartbeat.

See full article here.

Top DCA Hygienist Wins Hu-Friedy Golden Gracey Award

The Golden Gracey Award recognizes hygienists who exemplify Dental Care Alliance’s core values, consistently provide superior service to patients, and are a role model for other team members.

SARASOTA, FL (November 9, 2017) – Dental Care Alliance is proud to announce Margaret “Maggie” Richard, a Registered Dental Hygienist at Lighthouse Dental Care in Stratford, CT, is the winner of this year’s DCA Hu-Friedy Golden Gracey Award. The honor recognizes the top hygienist in the company who exemplifies the qualities of teamwork, respect, integrity, excellence, reliability, and social responsibility. Ms. Richard consistently excels in providing patient care, which results in a full schedule, excellent patient reviews, and a steady stream of referrals.

Ms. Richard was chosen from a strong field of more than 265 candidates. Her colleagues at Lighthouse Dental Care said she has been a dedicated, loyal, and invaluable team member for 30 years.

“Maggie has an amazing, unfaltering work ethic. She consistently gives 110% and will always look for ways to help the office and team,” said Eileen Geier, the office manager at Lighthouse Dental Care. “She has a great rapport with patients, as can be seen by the number of great reviews she receives. She also has a unique rapport with children and has success treating even challenging patients.”

Ms. Richard received a 24-carat gold-plated Gracey curette that signifies Hu-Friedy’s and DCA’s vision for dental excellence. In addition, she received a 3-day trip to Chicago, Illinois for herself and a friend. The travel package included two round-trip air fares, hotel accommodations for two nights, a tour of Hu-Friedy’s headquarters, and a $500 gift card for meals and entertainment.

Each region in Dental Care Alliance had a top hygienist nominated for this award. Congratulations go to Maria Agapito, Konikoff Dentistry of Lynnhaven in Virginia Beach, VA; Regina Brockman, The Dental Center at Baptist in Miami, FL; April Buczek, The Dental Center of South Bend, Pediatric Dental Office in South Bend, IN; Patricia Ferreira, Advanced Dental Care of Orlando, FL; Barbara Green-Brooks, Dental One Associates of Cross Keys in Baltimore, MD; Leisa Matwijiw, Family Dental Group of Fishkill, NY; Tonya Mitchell, Gentle Dental of Jefferson in Detroit, MI; Lene Pittman, Dental One Associates of College Park, GA; Rachel Ploucher, Dental Solutions of Deptford, PA; Joshua Price, Brad Freedman, DDS & Associates in Alexandria, VA; Michele Sigler-Torres, Dental Associates of Florida in Sun City and Tampa, FL; Grace Smith, Dental Solutions of Stoney Creek in Springfield, PA; and Sara Tufts, Baystate Dental of Longmeadow, MA.

In addition, every hygienist in the Dental Care Alliance network of more than 265 offices received a new scaler in appreciation for the service they provide their patients every day. October is National Dental Hygiene Month, so this is the perfect time to pay tribute to the incredible work performed by the DCA hygienists.

About Dental Care Alliance

Dental Care Alliance is a ground-breaking dental support organization created by dentists who are focused on improving the well-being of both patients and dentists. For more than 25 years, the company has enabled dentists to focus on providing excellent patient care, supported by a team of business professionals to help run the day-to-day operations of a dental office. DCA provides services to more than 265 dental offices operating under 80 brand names in 13 states. DCA is a portfolio company of the New York-based private equity firm Harvest Partners, LP. For more information, visit www.dentalcarealliance.com.


Great Expressions Dental Centers Promotes 18-Year Company Veteran To President

Group Dentistry Now –

Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC), a dental support organization headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, recently announced the promotion of Greg Nodland to president. As president, the 47-year-old will lead strategy surrounding the company’s continued commitment to providing high quality care to patients, as well as the organization’s ongoing growth.

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