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Dear Officers, Trustees, and Fellows, In this message, I would like to talk with you of the evolution of Dentistry as we can see it every day. The way of thinking of our patients has changed. They don't want metal fillings like gold inlays anymore in their mouth, and yet we know it's often the best solution we can propose for them. They only ask for aesthetic ceramic or composite fillings. Are they right, are they wrong? Do we, as dentists, choose for them a gold inlay because we think it will preserve the tooth longer? Can we go against their wishes? The desire of beauty is a constant search by humankind and especially in this century where everyone wants to be young and look good.
Cosmetic dentistry is one of the most important options for our patients today and they ask more and more for such dental care. But can you imagine a doctor who tells his patient: do you prefer a treatment with or without antibiotics? If a patient needs an antibiotic therapy the dentist will order it because it is necessary. It's an ethical problem and sometimes we have to convince our patients what is the best for them, and also think of what would I prefer myself given what I know. These reflections are those of an old fashioned dentist who has been in practice over 40 years, but I hope you won't think I am out of order.
The constant evolution of dentistry also comes from the new materials proposed everyday by the Industry as the miracle solution to our problems and those of our patients. Some really are progress, but alas, some others are distributed before they have a sufficient clinical trials. Who is ultimately responsible when a product fails, clearly its the practitioner who is perceived to be responsible, never the company who manufactured the product. Last of all, there is the ethical problem: the choice between a conservative approach or a progressive approach. Once more, what would you choose for yourself? The proven material, or the new one presented as a revolution? Please ponder these reflections of an old dentist from an old country, but with many years of experience.
As your President I am also very appreciative of the chance to travel and meet our Fellows and observe firsthand how PFA Sections go about making their organization a valuable asset to their profession.
PFA President Hubert Ouvrard presenting the Fellowship certificate to Dr. Narisa Goode at the Georgia Section Meeting.
I was recently invited by Dr. Karyn Stockwell, PFA Region 3 Trustee, and Dr. Robin Reich, Georgia Section Chairman, to attend their Annual Meeting of the Georgia Section on February 4-6. I participated in a great section meeting that was very well organized. The friendly team of professionals made their 9th annual meeting a real success, starting with a dinner hosted by Dr. Robin Reich and Steve Reich on Friday evening where I had a chance to personally meet the amazing people behind this PFA Section. They set an example for us all.
On Saturday morning there was a very informative lecture and discussion with Mr. Stuart Oberman, attorney at law, on how a Dental Practice can benefit from a proactive approach to legal matters. Later that day more than 110 Fellows were present for the dinner at the Ritz Carlton Lodge in Greensboro and 16 new Fellows were inducted.
That is a perfect illustration of what I wrote in my President's message last month, that we have to recruit more new Fellows who will make the Academy grow and will be its future leaders.
Dr. Hubert Ouvrard
President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy
At the annual meeting in Orlando last year, several Chairs inquired about the inner workings of the Academy and how the Executive Board functions. What follows is an overview of the Academy's organizational structure.
The Academy consists of the Fellowship and the Central Office. From the Fellowship, bodies of governance are elected or appointed, and all positions are strictly volunteer. The Central Office is headed by the Executive Director and administrative staff, all of whom are salaried.
Each section of each region is an independent entity that is responsible to itself, with political and economic sovereignty at a local level. Each section has representation at the international level on the Executive Board through its respective Trustee.
The Executive Board consists of the President, President-Elect, Vice President, Immediate Past President, and ten Trustees, who are voting participants, and the Executive Director, Treasurer/ Accountant, and Editor/Web Manager, who are non-voting participants.
Committee members are comprised of Executive Board members and are appointed by the President.
Although the titles of our officers are very impressive and the responsibilities that go along with the titles are even more impressive, the zenith of the hierarchy of the Academy is its Fellows. All strategies, implementations, actions, and intended results are designed to benefit the Academy's Fellowship.
The Executive Board has three basic functions. First, it must approve outcome-oriented decisions. The Board should define and delegate, rather than react and ratify. Second, it must delegate outcomes for work groups to execute. Ends determination is the pivotal duty of governance. And third, the Board should ensure that the desired outcomes are being achieved (accountability). In the spirit of maintaining and executing the three basic functions of the Executive Board, the infrastructure of the Board has been designed to be fluid, flexible, and responsive.
The committees of the PFA take the dialogue of the Executive Board and devise a plan of action. This plan of action is then returned to the Executive Board for deliberation. From the deliberation comes a decision, and from the decision a policy is established.
Once this has occurred, or in many cases as it is occurring, Trustees and/or Section Chairs are informed of recent Board activities. It is then the responsibility of each Trustee and/or Section Chair to impart the information they have obtained to the Fellows of their region. Thanks to the efforts of Past President Mike Perpich and Editor/Web Manager Mark Stanley, the medium for transmitting this information is our Web site, www. fauchard.org, and the Dental World news magazine insert of our much-admired official Academy journal, Dental Abstracts.
Fellows should utilize their Section Chairs and Trustees as the means to communicate any questions, complaints, or suggestions to the Executive Board. The lines of communication between the Academy's Fellowship and its officers must be established and maintained to keep our Academy vibrant and viable. The Academy's structure was designed to maintain the flow of information to and from the Fellowship. The expanding use of e-mail by the Section Chairs to communicate to Fellows locally will help facilitate this flow.
The Executive Board is presently making a concerted effort to provide the Fellowship with the most pertinent and upto-date information. Please enjoy this issue of Dental World and see for yourself how many Academy and Foundation activities are taking place throughout the world.
Dr. Joseph C. Harris
President-Elect of the Pierre Fauchard Academy
Serving as Trustee of Region 7 during the past 6 years gave me the opportunity to visit different sections of Latin America and have a closer friendship with the Section Chairs. I would like to take the advantage of this opportunity to thank each one of the friends who collaborated with me in my duties as Trustee of the region, including those who participated in the historical first Latin American meeting in Sao Paolo in 2008.
I especially offer my gratitude to those who warmly received my wife and me in their different countries. I also recognize them for their effort and dedication in organizing their induction ceremonies. In addition, I want to thank Past President Jim Englander and Carole Englander, Past President Charles Eller and Gloria Eller, and Past President Steve and Christine Hedlund for their support as they accompanied us in these international visits.
I am sure that the new PFA Region 7 Trustee, Dr. Roberto Rossi, who was officially installed last November by President Hubert Ouvrard, will continue to foster growth in the activities of the region.
I hope to see many of you soon on June 16th in Paris for the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Foundation of our Academy. I also would like to extend an invitation to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the PFA on September 13th, 2011 in Mexico City during the FDI Annual World Dental Congress. The PFA special event will be held 7-10 PM at the French Embassy in Mexico City.
Dr. Ernesto Acuña
Vice President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy
Now that we have celebrated all the holidays and are back in "work" mode again, I offer these few tidbits for your information.
Several Sections have already had their meetings or have upcoming meetings, and all of their new Inductees are receiving the new special 75th Anniversary Fellowship Certificate. This certificate can be viewed on our Web site at http://www.fauchard.org/about/office/fellowship. html and a limited number can be ordered for $25 each should someone wish to have one. We also redesigned the "Distinguished Dentist Award" that is given by the Sections (which also can be viewed on the Web site), and we finally retired the old tile plaque award that everyone complained about.
The Dean's letter requesting the names of Senior students from the dental schools have been sent, and this year the awardees also will receive a special 75th Anniversary Certificate.
Speaking of the 75th Anniversary, don't forget you can still make your reservations to attend the big celebration in Paris in June 2011. The registration form can be found on our Web site at http://www.fauchard.org/news/meetings/FR11_schedule.html
I would like to remind the Section Chairs that the Central Office has all the new forms (for example, applications, invitations, and special awards), and Section Mailing Labels are also available; all you need to do is request them. By now all Section Chairs have received the new memos and procedure instructions for submitting new applications. Following this protocol allows us to process the New Fellows much more quickly and with fewer errors, and your efforts and cooperation are very much appreciated.
I wish you a happy Spring season and look forward to helping you with all your needs.
Judith D. Kozal
Executive Director of the Pierre Fauchard Academy
This issue gathers highlights of Pierre Fauchard Academy and Foundation activities in 2010. Please read over the news items from various Sections, which show how PFA Fellows are making their organization active and vibrant on a local level in many ways. They are inducting new Fellows, recognizing recent contributions of active Fellows with awards, and honoring Life members for their long-term commitment. They are working with local Dental Schools to award scholarships and recognize the next generation of outstanding students. Fellows are providing mentoring, and donating their time to charitable service projects.
2011 is turning out to be an exciting year as we prepare to go to Paris for the 75th Anniversary Celebration on June 16, celebrate the Anniversary again in Mexico City on September 13th, and then meet in Las Vegas October 9-11 for the PFA Annual Meeting. In future Dental World issues we will publish some historical materials about Pierre Fauchard and the history of the Academy and Foundation, and highlight the contributions of many of our Fellows over the years that have made our dental honor organization so outstanding. Let us know if you have any great stories to share about the Academy and what it has meant to you and your profession. Please send your articles and photographs to the Dental World office. We also welcome any feedback you may have on the recent changes made in the Dental World, or any suggestions for improvements to this publication. Just e-mail your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Mark D. Stanley, MFA
Dental World Editor
This year will be a very good year for your Foundation! We are very excited to have Mrs. Jennifer Teale on board as our Executive Director and look forward to working with her as she leads us into the realm of corporate donations. Some excellent and innovative ideas have been proposed for our undertaking as we go forward. This program or endeavor will require a great deal of TEAMWORK on your part and ours.
The requests for grant money continue to increase as the word spreads around the globe about this part of the Foundation's mission. We wish that everyone could be funded at their requestedFoundation President amount, but with the funds available at this time, we are unable to do so. Last October we spent an entire day just before our meeting to try to determine the impact that our money would have on the success of the proposed grant. The Committee also went to great lengths to try to be fair to each grantee. These monies afford dental care to those who would have no other access to treatment. It is not often that you and I can be a part of such a mission to all parts of the globe to relieve pain, remove an abscessed tooth, or correct a cleft palate. This mission should give each one of you a warm feeling in your heart.
During 2010, an audit of the Foundation's books was performed, and no problems were noted. The Foundation Board has explored the idea of a logo specifically for the Foundation. We are looking for a identity as we approach corporations.
On behalf of your Trustees, I would like to congratulate Dr. Hubert Ouvard on his election as President of Pierre Fauchard Academy. We look forward to working with him during the coming year.
Dr. James Long
President of the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy
Thank you for the opportunity to work with the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. As the new Executive Director, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I have more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry and have worked with a variety of specialties and entities, including medical associations/foundations and Fortune 100 pharmaceutical companies. I specialize in developing marketing strategies, corporate product positioning, and professional medical education.
In 2000, I established and managed a full-service health care consulting firm that provided business development and professional education services to pharmaceutical companies and private physician practices. Before that I was the director of marketing and project development for Pracon, a division of Reed Elsevier Science. In that position, I was responsible for the marketing and sales of health care programs, including direct-to-consumer and health care provider education campaigns, product sample distribution, field sales training strategies, outcome studies, and reimbursement services.
I earned a BA degree from George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. My husband and I have four children and two yellow Lab dogs. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, boating, and antiques.
I look forward to working with you and a making a difference TOGETHER as the Foundation embarks on its mission in 2011. The needs of the dental care community are greater than ever in these times ahead, and the Foundation is here to help in many ways.
The Foundation Continues to Provide Scholarships in 2011
In 2010, the Foundation provided 89 third-year dental students with a $1500 scholarship from the Foundation. Fiftyeight scholarships were given to students in the United States and 31 went to students outside the United States. In 2011, the Foundation will once again provide student scholarships. Letters have been sent to universities requesting nominations.
Public Relations Campaign
The Foundation has developed a public relations campaign including a new logo, press releases, and updates to the Web site in an effort to promote the outstanding achievements of the Foundation.
Dr. Thomas Grams donated $50,000 to the Foundation
On August 5, 2010, Dr. Thomas Grams was among 10 members of a medical team gunned down in Afghanistan. He was killed along with five other Americans on a medical trip. Dr. Grams retired from his dental practice in 2007 and started his volunteer work in Afghanistan with $10,000 of his own money and a $10,000 grant from the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. These funds were used to purchase equipment and supplies, provide for rental expenses and repairs, and pay salaries to establish the Afghan Relief Organization Dental Clinic. Upon his death, Dr. Grams recognized the outstanding work of the Foundation and donated $50,000 to continue its exceptional work. We would like to thank Dr. Grams and his family for this extraordinary contribution and his dedication to the Foundation.
Thank You for Your Support
In 2010, the Foundation received more than $57,000 in individual contributions. We would like to break all records for 2011. Please consider making your deductible donation to the Foundation so we can continue to support dental students and help those less fortunate around the world by providing them with dental care.
Go to http://www.fauchard.org/foundation/ and click on DONATE NOW to make your donation online by credit card. You also can download the Foundation donation form, fill it out, and send it in with a check. Another option is to can call the Foundation at 703-217-1480 to make a donation with your credit card.
Thank you for helping us to help others! It is through your generous support that we can continue to support these important grant programs and scholarships. The Foundation office is now located 25 miles from Washington, DC, in Northern Virginia. I welcome all members to
contact me at the following location:
Executive Director of the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy
11654 Plaza America Dr, #901
Reston, VA 20190
Utah Group Delivers Dental Care in the Dominican Republic
L to R: Dr. Ganon Rowan, Dr. José Saldaña, Senator Reinaldo Pérez, Dr. Len Aste, Dr. Walter Gonzalez.
Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry students in the Dominican Republic ready to provide services in the clinic.
In mid January 2011, Dr. Len Aste of Manti, Utah, led his G3 Foundation group of 53 participants to the Dominican Republic for a humanitarian mission to provide both dental and medical services to the people of this Caribbean island nation. In Utah he organized a group from the United States comprised of 15 dentists, one hygienist, one physician, two physician assistants, one nurse, 15 dental students from Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry, seven pre-dental students, and 11 dental and medical assistants and volunteers. All participants from the United States paid their own travel expenses and committed 100% of their energies and time to the 5 clinical days of service that included pedodontics, endodontics, removable prosthetics, restorative, periodontics, oral surgery, dental radiology, and medical procedures. More than 500 dental procedures and 1200 medical services were performed in the 5 clinical days. Some of the dentists were of Dr. Rowan's family and were from Merced, California.
Local coordination of clinic sites, travel, and lunches have been provided for years by Dominican dentist Dr. Walter Gonzalez, who also enlisted assistance from five local dentists, a local prosthetic dental laboratory, and four Dominican dental students from the University of Santo Domingo School of Dentistry. Publicity and security were provided by Dr. Reinaldo Perez, president of the Dominican national senate, who has been a strong supporter of these excursions for years and welcomes the services provided to his people. His visits to the clinic sites in Santo Domingo were aired on national television during the visit.
The G3 Foundation group has made this trip at least once a year, and sometimes twice a year, since 1998. As a recipient of their first Foundation of Pierre Fauchard Academy grant in 2010, Dr. Aste's group was able to add a portable generator for power supply to their existing portable dental clinic which consists of 10 dental units, four cavitrons, multiple surgical instruments, and a portable digital x-ray system. Participants also brought donated dental and medical supplies and disposables to meet the daily needs of the portable clinic. The grant Dr. Aste received from the G3 Foundation was compliant with all the Foundation of Pierre Fauchard Academy grant requirements, and no money was used for travel expenses, salaries, or office supplies. If your 501 (c) 3 organization is interested in making a grant application, please see the grant requirements posted on the Fauchard.org web site under "Foundation" and "Grants" or use this direct link:
L-R: PFA President Hubert Ouvard, new PFA Region 7 Trustee Roberto Rossi, and PFA Vice President Ernesto Acuña.
L-R: PFA Vice President Ernesto Acuña, PFA President Hubert Ouvrard, IOMA President Antonio A. La Scalela, and Region 7 Trustee Roberto Rossi meet in Argentina.
In my last action as Trustee of Region 7, Latin America, and in conjunction with the Chairman of the Argentina Section,
Dr. Roberto Rossi, we organized the PFA "Jornadas de Actualizacion de Estomatología" that was held November 12-13, 2010, in the headquarters of the Argentina Dental Association.
On Thursday, November 11, PFA President Hubert Ouvrard and I made an official visit (organized by Dr. Rossi) to Dr. Antonio A. La Scalela, President of the Instituto de Obra Medico Asisten-
cial (IOMA) in La Plata, Argentina, 60 km from Buenos Aires.
IOMA is essentially a government institution for the public employees of the Province of Buenos Aires that offers several preventive medical programs, including a dental prevention program for children and oral cancer. Dr. Roberto Rossi, who is also President of the Argentina Dental Federation, is very active in these community-minded programs.
On Friday, November 12, the entire day was dedicated to the journals of the Argentina Dental Association. The day ended with an event that recognized four active PFA Fellows of the Argentina Section, four students, and many individual Fellows for their participation in the Mentorship program recently established by Dr. Rossi.
On Saturday morning, November 13, at the Argentina Dental Federation building, a program was held by the Federation in conjunction with the PFA Fellows. A presentation on "Dental Care for Handicapped Patients" was given in the dental clinic where these patients are treated. Presentations on "Prevention in Oral Cancer" and "Dental Prevention & Hygiene in Rural Schools" also were given.
At the end of the program Dr. Roberto Rossi was installed as Region 7 Trustee of the PFA Academy by President Ouvrard and Vice President Acuña. Later on Saturday, Dr. Ouvrard and I were interviewed on national television along with the editor of the journal of the Dental Federation.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Rossi for his valuable efforts during his term as Chairman of the Argentina Section. I also would like to give special recognition to PFA Fellow Dr. Eduardo Ceccotti for his contribution in restructuring the Argentine Section.
--Submitted by Dr. Ernesto Acuña
PFA Vice President 2011
Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands
The Academy again has marked another year with widespread acknowledgement as a leader among dental honour societies. Historically, 2010 will be regarded as a year when the world at large struggled with many issues on a global level. Financial security and the potential for outcomes previously thought impossible occupied governments, corporations both large and small, universities, and, ultimately, individual practitioners. It is hoped that philanthropic organizations such as the Academy would to some degree be immune to these circumstances. Although the Australasian Section has seen a small change in the number of Fellows, it remains committed to the ideals and goals so clearly articulated over generations by the past and present leaders of this institution.
Dentistry in this region remains a sought-after, highly regarded profession with a history of leadership among the health sciences and with a track record of excellence with respect to delivering successful oral health outcomes. Although 2010 has been a relatively quiet year for the Academy, preparations are well advanced at the time of writing for our next induction of new Fellows, which will occur at the 2011 Australian Dental Congress to be held in Brisbane, Queensland on March 30th-April 3rd. Since our previous induction in Perth in 2009, the Academy has received many applications from deserving individuals and organizations who have sought assistance based on the "credo" of the Academy and its well-established commitment to both dental students and our supporting academic universities. In assessing these applications, I wish to publicly acknowledge the role of my fellow Trustees in this Section. Drs. Sawers, Meaney, and Clausen and Prof. Paul Abbott have provided outstanding leadership and guidance during the past 12 months. At a logistical level, Dr. Patrick Meaney has provided invaluable assistance in enabling the maintenance of our membership database and the collection of our Fellow's subscriptions. This database now represents an extremely valuable resource for a membership organization such as the PFA. His attention to detail and his capacity to deal with a diverse range of membership enquiries is both acknowledged and appreciated.
We extend our congratulations to Dr. William Winspear from Sydney, Australia, International Past President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, who recently was invested as a Member in The Order of Australia. The appointment was announced in The Queen's Birthday Honours List in recognition of Dr. Winspear's "service to dentistry, particularly in the area of public dental health policy, to the promotion of professional standards and ethics, and to the community."
--Submitted by Dr. Mark Sinclair
PFA Region 8 Trustee
The PFA Germany Section will host the 2nd European PFA Conference during the Cologne IDS Trade Fair Meeting on March 22-26, 2011. On March 25, the PFA will hold an induction ceremony and dinner.
Scholarship recipients Mr. Munetada Ishikawa (Tokyo Dental College) and Mr. Tsuyoshi Kawamata (Niigata University Faculty of Dentistry) attended the 41st Annual Meeting.
The Japan Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy met on the afternoon of November 6, 2010, in the Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo. It was the 41st Annual Meeting of the PFA Japan Section. About 90 people attended the Meeting. Nine new Fellows were inducted, and we were pleased that Past PFA Interntational President Dr. Minoru Horiuchi and his wife could participate.
In attendance were PFA International President Dr. Hubert Ouvrard; Korean Section Chairman Dr. Yun Han-Suk; the past Chairman of the Korean Section, Dr. Kim Jong Won; Dr. Kim Hong-Ki; and Korean Section members and their families.
The meeting was facilitated by Japan Section Secretary General Dr. Akiyoshi Yamagami. Japan Section Chairman Dr. Keishi Matsumoto gave the welcome opening address. PFA International President Hubert Ouvrard delivered a congratulatory address. The nine new Fellows inducted were Drs. Hitoshi Koyata, Hirokazu Abo, Kishio Sabashi, Hidehito Yasumitsu, Shogo Ozawa, Seiji Shimizu, Yoshiki Shigematsu, Yoshikazu Nomu-
ra, and Michiaki Sasao. A scientific lecture and cultural lecture also were given. Dr. Hiroyuki Abe, MD, FACC, President of the Kudan Clinic and President of the International Society of Integrative Medicine, spoke about the "Latest Cancer Therapeutic Strategy--Dendritic Cellbased Cancer Vaccine," and we all enjoyed a presentation by a ninth-generation Bunraku Katsura master regarding comic storytelling plays. A banquet was held in the evening. The next meeting will take place in Nagoya, Japan.
The PFA Korean Section held their 31st Annual and Academic Meeting on May 1, 2010. Dr. Toshio Morioka from the PFA Japan Section was elected into honorary membership of the PFA Korean Section. We all enjoyed an excursion to a very interesting prehistoric site nearby. Everyone appreciated the nice time together as well as the great weather. We extend our gratitude and kindness to Dr. Kim Hong Ki, Dr. Kim Hyoun Chull, and Dr. Yun Han-suk.
In 2010 the PFA Latvian Section conducted various events that we would like to share. For our annual visit, we went to "Liktendarz," a park in the Latvian countryside that holds a special place in the hearts of many Latvians. It is a breathtaking jewel that commemorates Latvian history. The park, located at the shores of the river Daugava and next to the ruins of the old Koknese castle, serves as a monument to honor the Latvians who lost their lives in war. We planted a tree in the name of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. We hope to see it grow, just as we work for the growth of the Foundation.
This year one of the members of our Section, Dr. Anda Brinkmane, was named head of the department of therapeutical dentistry of Rigas Stradinu University. In addition, Dr. Ilze Maldupa was given a travel award for her exposition in the European Association of Dental Public Health Annual Congress in Constanta, Rumania.
We also had a busy year participating in and elaborating on several different studies. We currently are conducting a study that focuses on dental problems characteristic of children younger than 12 years. In conducting this research, we are not only seeking a solution to their problems but also want to create a database that will help spread the data among the dental community.
Dr. Inga Rendeniece is working on a project regarding dental health problems in pregnant women and their consequences for the child.
We also are working on a project to develop a demonstration of the necessity of fluoride in Latvia's water. We have the goal of reaching a consensus with the government so they implement a policy requiring fluoride to be put in the water. We plan to start with Riga, which houses a substantial number of Latvia's population. This project will help secure a better future for Latvian dental health, and we hope to have some concrete results soon that we can share with you and that will allow us to start implementation in Latvia.
As you can see, 2010 was filled with news, and we are sure that 2011 will bring exciting news as well.
--Submitted by Dr. Karina Krumina,
Editor of Latvian Section
The Mexico Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy has the pleasure to invite all Fellows to attend on September 13th a celebration of the PFA 75th Anniversary that will be held in conjunction with the FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Mexico City, Mexico, during September 14-17, 2011. Please join us for this special evening event at the French Embassy "Casa de Francia" from 7.00 to 10.00 PM, located at Calle de Havre 15 Colonia Juarez, in Mexico City.
The annual meeting of the PFA Poland Section took place at Hotel Mercure in Poznań on September 22, 2010. Diplomas were presented to new fellows accepted into the Section in 2009: Professor Andrzej Wojtowicz, Dr. Małgorzata Zaleska, Dr. Grażyna WyszyńskaPawelec, Dr. Tomasz Kaczmarzyk, and Dr. Marcin Wiśniewski.
New candidates for PFA fellows also were recommended and accepted: Dr. hab. Elżbieta Dembowska, Dr. Elżbieta Hanna Małkiewicz, Dr. Małgorzata Pihut, Płk. Dr. Bogdan Barut, and Dr. Paweł Białożyk.
In the scientific part of the meeting, Professor Barbara Adamowicz-Klepalska gave a lecture on "Recent epidemiological situation and accessibility and realization of nationally paid treatment of the children and the youth." The meeting was followed by a ceremonial dinner.
Many professors and doctors from Poland who are members of the Pierre Fauchard Academy presented at these two events:
• The International Scientific Conference of Periodontology Section of Polish Dental Association, Białystok, June 1719, 2010. The topic of the conference was "Progress in diagnostics and treatment of periodontal and mucosa diseases of the oral cavity." There were 300 participants. The Chair of the Organisational and Scientific Committee is Professor Wanda Stokowska.
• The VII International Scientific and Training Conference in Polańczyk, which took place on October 7-9, 2010. The leading topic was "Failures, complications, treatment of difficult cases in stomatology." There were about 250 participants. The conference was organized by Dr. Wojciech Bednarz-Krosno, and the Scientific portion was organized by Professor Bartłomiej Loster, President of Polish Dental Association.
Other notable professional events in Poland included:
• The XXVIII International Scientific and Training Conference of the Prosthetics Section of the Polish Dental Association in Rawa Mazowiecka, October 14-16, 2010. The topic was "Modern diagnostic and treatment methods in prosthetic rehabilitation." There were about 500 participants. The Chair of the Organisational and Scientific Committee was Professor Elżbieta Mierzwińska-Nastalska from Medical University in Warsaw, Poland, who is Vice Chair of the PFA Poland Section.
• The V Christmas Implantology Evening by OSIS-EDI, December 4, 2010, in Warsaw. The topic was "Reasons of complications in implant prosthetics and their treatment." The Chair of the Organisational and Scientific Committee was Professor Andrzej Wojtowicz, Medical University in Warsaw, Poland, who is a member of the PFA Poland Section and is President of OSIS (National Association of Oral Implantology). There were about 250 participants.
--Submitted by Prof. dr hab. Eugeniusz Spiechowicz, Chairperson of PFA Poland Section, and Dr. Zbigniew Klimek, Secretary of PFA Poland Section
Alabama Fellows were invited to sponsor a new Fellow to be inducted during the Region III Conference and Convocation that was held in conjunction with Georgia's Leadership Conference in 2011. PFA President Dr. Hubert Ouvrard came from France to help induct New Fellows at this Regional Convocation. Our hope and goal is that we will be able to induct Alabama's next Section Chair at the next Regional Convocation and reinvigorate this Section. University of Alabama senior Stephanie Culver Simmons received the PFA Senior Student Award during an Awards Ceremony on June 3, 2010.
Currently the Alabama Section has 20 Active PFA Fellows and 9 Life Fellows.
This past year the PFA Colorado Section participated in three events, and it has more than 197 members. On January 19, 2010, the White Coat Ceremony was held jointly by the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in Denver, Colorado. As they prepared to enter their clinical studies, 52 second-year students received their white coats. Dr. Brewick represented the Pierre Fauchard Academy and addressed the group. The Breakfast meeting was well attended with the Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentists, and International College of Dentists all meeting on January 20, 2010.
The last induction of new PFA Fellows was held the third weekend of May 2010 at the Columbine Country Club, Littleton, Colorado. A special guest and new Fellow, Dr. Douglas Berkey, was asked to address the gathering. The Colorado Chapter sends its sincere congratulations to Dr. Berkey on his National induction into the Pierre Fauchard Academy in Orlando.
In June 2010, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists held their joint session at a Breakfast Meeting in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
In the next issue of Dental World there will be updates on 2011 events and the Journalism Award presentation.
--Submitted by Dr. Terry L. Brewick,
PFA Colorado Section Chair
May 7, 2010, was an auspicious day for both the Connecticut Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Connecticut Chapter of the International College of Dentists (ICD). The Annual Luncheon was better than ever, with more than 60 attendees and an agenda marked by awards, inductions, and a timely talk on dental care for our older citizens. Both organizations were well represented, and this collaboration is now entering its eighth successful year.
Following greetings by both Dr. Robin M. Santiago, Connecticut Section Chair of the Academy, and Dr. Robert Carnavale, ICD Deputy Regent for Connecticut, Dr. Ruth Goldblatt, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, was introduced by Dr. R. Lamont MacNeil, Dean of the School. Dr. Goldblatt's talk, "Conquering the Wave: Oral Health and Older Adults," was both informative and far-reaching in its scope.
Dr. Bruce Tandy, outgoing President of the CSDA, was recognized for his years of service and dedication to organized dentistry with the presentation of the PFA Distinguished Service Award by Dr. Santiago and Dr. Howard Mark, Past President of the Academy.
A second award, the PFA Special Appreciation Award, was given to Ms. Josephine Bicknell, Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) Program Director and CSDA Community Outreach Coordinator, for her devotion to these duties and her abilities to manage such very important projects for the Association. Dr. Alvin Berger, Jo's dental boss for many years, and Dr. Robert Schreibman, president of the CTMOM Program, made the presentation. More than 40 PFA Fellows participated in the 2010 CTMOM event, which was held in Middletown, Connecticut; this undertaking was highly successful, with more than 2000 patients given treatment in excess of $1 million, a recordsetting event for all of the MOM chapters.
This presentation was followed by the induction of four new PFA Fellows: Drs. Jack Levine, Kevin McLaughlin, Michael Schneider, and Ted Zdeblick.
Dr. Carnevale recognized the recently inducted ICD Fellows from Connecticut: Drs. John Gagne, Jonathan Knapp, John Mooney, and Francis Zaino. Dr. M. Christine Benoit, Regent, District I, ICD, brought greetings and an update on the activities of the College to the assemblage.
Dr. Santiago has instituted the use of Smile Reminder as a way of communicating more frequently with the CT Fellows at a considerable cost savings. Through the use of Smile Reminder, nominations were requested, dues statements and due reminders were sent, and meetings were announced. Starting in August, the newsletter will feature bios of new Fellows to introduce them to the entire Section, along with news about honors and activities of current Fellows.
It is apparent that PFA Fellows are an active group. More than half of the members of the new Board of Directors for the CSDA are PFA Fellows. PFA fellow Dr. Gary Dubin is the Chair of the CSDA Annual Meeting. Dr. Joe Picone is Chair of the CSDA CE Council. Dr. Robin Santiago is incoming president of the New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
We are actively recruiting new Fellows. Our goal is to induct between eight and 10 new Fellows every year. We are looking forward to our Annual Luncheon at the Mohegan Sun on Friday, May 13, 2011.
Dr. Robin M. Santiago,
PFA Connecticut Section Chair
Section Chair Dr. Gary Herbeck presents Florida's Distinguished Dentist of the Year Award to Dr. Betty N. Hughes.
The Florida Section held its Annual Joint Breakfast Meeting with the ICD in June in conjunction with the FNDC meeting at Gaylord Palms in Orlando. It was a privilege to induct 10 of 24 new Fellows: Drs. Ahmad Abdelkarim, Jeffrey Albert, William T. Baldock, Bryan M. Bergens, Phillippe Bilger, Brian K. Bons, Kristen C. Burch, Natalie J. Carr, Christopher Cowell, John E. Craig, Glori A. Enzor, Douglas Fabiani, David H. Freeman, Stephen L. Goldfaden, Joseph C. Joyce, Andrew T. Kulick, Irene Marron-Tarrazzi, Bertram I. Moldauer, Rafael M. Palaganas, Paul A Palo, Shawn M. Perce, Jon Rauch, Michhael J. Roseff, and Andrew I. Varga. The Florida Section now has 221 Active PFA Fellows and 66 Life Fellows.
Dr. Betty N. Hughes received their Section's Distinguished Dentist of the Year Award. Dr. Gary Herbeck was presented a plaque of recognition for his 10 years of service as Florida's Section Chair. The breakfast was well attended, with approximately 70 Fellows in attendance.
PFA Senior Student Awards were presented to Mr. David Evans at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine and to Ms. Maggie Wang at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Florida's next induction of Fellows is scheduled for June 11, 2011, again in conjunction with the FNDC.
Dr. Gary E. Herbeck,
PFA Florida Section Chair
Florida's Fellowship Class of 2010. L-R: Trustee Stockwell, Section Chair Dr. Gary Herbeck, and new Fellows Drs. John Craig, William Baldock, Bertram Moldauer, Joseph Joyce, Christopher Cowell, Natalie Carr, Brian Bons, Paul Palo, Phillippe Bilger, and Jeffrey Albert.
Georgia Fellowship Class of 2010 "Capped" L-R: Drs. Tom David, Carol Lefebvre, Heather Perry McGee, Myra Shivers, John Doris, Matt Mazzawi, Jeff Singleton, Wendy Mitchell, Bruce Camp, Julie Ann Routhier, Ben Duval, Jack Leverett Jr., and Mark Lawrence.
2010 Awardees. Back row L-R: Mr. Brandon Esco, Mr. Ryan Bloomquist, and Dr. Andrew Kious. Front row: Trustee Stockwell, President Hedlund, and Section Chair Dr. Jay Harrington.
Conference Chair Dr. Doug Torbush (center) and his wife Debbie, along with Hospitality Chair Dr. Erik Wells, welcome attendee and Fellow Dr. Connie Drisko, Dean of the MCG School of Dentistry.
L-R: Section Chair Dr. Jay Harrington, President Dr. Steven Hedlund, Conference Chair Dr. Doug Torbush, and Friday Welcome Dinner Host Dr. Richard Singer.
GA Fellows Drs. Kathy Huber, Dan Dunwody, Ken Hutchinson, Doug Torbush, and Dick Singer join Trustee Stockwell in presenting a Foundation grant to Ms. Paula Cady, RDH (center) of the Hebron Community Clinic.
Georgia's Class of 2010 includes Drs. Bruce A. Camp, Thomas J. David, John M. Doris, Benjamin T. Duval, Mark
A. Lawrence, Carol Lefebvre, Jack H. Leverett Jr., J. Matt Mazzawi, Mary Heather Perry McGee, Wendy Mitchell, Julie Ann Routhier, Myra Shivers, and Jeffery R. Singleton. Currently the Georgia Section has 243 Active PFA Fellows and 23 Life Fellows.
The Georgia Section's tradition of true Southern hospitality, talented leadership, unwavering dedication, and endless energy was in full swing at their
8th Annual Leadership Conference and Convocation February 6-8, 2010. Thirteen nominees were recognized for their outstanding leadership, commitment, and service to dentistry and their communities by being inducted into Fellowship by President Hedlund, Trustee Stockwell, and Section Chair Harrington during a "Magical" awards dinner.
Dr. Andrew Kious, an Assistant Professor in the Oral Rehabilitation Department of the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, received the
Section's Excellence in Education Award. Mr. Brandon Esco was recognized at the awards dinner, along with the new Georgia Section Research Scholarship Award recipient, Medical College of Georgia (MCG) sophomore Mr. Ryan Bloomquist. Congratulations to all three of these outstanding professionals.
International PFA President Dr. Steve Hedlund and his wife Chris along with Trustee Stockwell, were on hand to participate in the weekend activities. They addressed the Fellows Saturday evening and assisted with the induction. GDA President and Fellow Dr. Kent Percy delivered greetings from the Georgia Dental Association and a slide show showcasing the new Fellows' credentials, along with photos from the previous Fellowship classes and the mission and objectives of the Academy. This slide show played throughout the ceremony, which was followed by an entertaining magic show.
Conference Chair Dr. Doug Torbush put together an outstanding conference that is kicked off annually with Fellows, new inductees, and MCG senior dental students who volunteer for "Give Kids a Smile" (GKAS) in five mobile dental vans once again generously donated for use by Fellow Dr. Mark Shurett.
The vans were stationed at elementary schools in Greene and Putnam and at the office of Fellow and PFA GKAS Chair Dr. Shirley Fisher in Warner Robins. The volunteers at these three sites were Fellows Joe Dufresne, David Fagundes, Drew Ferguson, Shirley Fisher, Grant Loo, Tom McDonald, Mark Shurett, and Jason Young, new inductees Wendy Mitchell and Myra Shivers, and PFA scholarship recipient Brandon Esco. Around the state at other GKAS venues, Fellows Jack Bickford, Byron Colley, Russ Clemmons, and Erik Wells volunteered their services, as did new inductee Heather Perry McGee. On Friday evening Fellows enjoyed a casual dinner at the lakeside home of Dr. Richard Singer, and on Saturday morning attendees enjoyed an informative half-day CE program on "Interdisciplinary Orthodontic Treatment" presented by Fellow Dr. Timothy Shaughnessy.
Fellows and family members participated in the Annual "Shotgun Shoot," played golf, relaxed in the spa, or just enjoyed the ambiance at the Ritz Reynolds Plantation before celebrating the new honorees at a gala formal dinner. Last year a shotgun was raffled off to raise money to fund a new Section Scholarship for a MCG dental student involved in research. The Section was pleased to present this first annual award to Ryan Bloomquist, who is currently pursuing a PhD in oral biology at Georgia Tech while concurrently working on his DMD degree at MCG.
The weekend conference wrapped up on Sunday morning with an informative and productive business breakfast meeting. Ryan Bloomquist presented a synopsis of his dental stem cell/tooth regeneration research, Tennessee Fellow Dr. Elenora Woods gave a presentation on the Dental Angel Fund, and both President Hedlund and Trustee Stockwell gave brief remarks. New District Chairs for the Eastern District (Dr. Celia Dunn), Northern District (Dr. Kathy Huber), Northwestern District (Dr. Celeste Coggin), and Southeastern District (Dr. Russ Clemmons) were installed, and outgoing Chairs Dr. Jim Reyneirson (E), Dr. Joe Dufresne (N), Dr. Robin Reich (NW), and Dr. Byron Colley (SE) were thanked and presented with a memento for their service. Section Chair Harrington then presented his medallion to Dr. Robin Reich and installed her as Georgia's new Section Chair. Dr. Reich in turn presented a Section Chair plaque to Dr. Harrington to thank him for his service as Section Chair during the past 3 years and to wish him well as he gets ready to become the Georgia Dental Association's 142nd President. Kudos to Dr. Harrington for his three years of excellent leadership and for keeping the momentum of this Section going strong!
The Georgia Section was grateful to have had two PFA Foundation Grants approved at the October 2009 meeting of the Foundation in Hawaii. One $5100 grant went to the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Clinic in Jasper, GA. The second $5100 grant was awarded to the Hebron Community Health Center in Gwinnett County. Both clinics used these funds for dental supplies and small equipment for outreach to "working poor" and indigent populations. Georgia applied for and received a Foundation grant for 2011 to be used for access to care with their inaugural Missions of Mercy (GMOM) project slated to take place in Woodstock, Georgia, August 11-13, 2011. Seventeen PFA Fellows are in GMOM leadership positions already, with the expectation that many more Fellows will fill other leadership positions and volunteer slots during the actual event.
On May 6, 2010, Fellow Dr. Carol Hanes presented the PFA Senior Student Award to MCG School of Dentistry senior Alpesh D. Patel.
In July, new Section Chair Dr. Robin Reich hosted the annual combined Breakfast Meeting of the PFA, ACD, and ICD at the Georgia Dental Association meeting in Amelia Island. MCG student and Georgia PFA Section Research Scholarship recipient Ryan Bloomquist made an impressive follow-up presentation on his dental stem cell research "Genetic patterning in the developing tooth" to the 62 attendees.
In August at the Welcome Back Assembly at MCG School of Dentistry, senior Ericka Lentini was announced as the PFA Foundation Scholarship recipient; she was an invited guest at the 9th Annual Leadership Conference and Convocation.
The 2011 Conference was February 4-6, and the Section appreciated having PFA President Ouvrard attend. In honor of Dr. Ouvrard, who came from France, the Georgia Section hosted a Region III Conference and Convocation in which nominees from all the Sections in the Southeast were inducted into Fellowship. I hope the SE Region Sections will take this opportunity to grow, serve, and enjoy fellowship!
The Illinois section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy met on February 27, 2010. The meeting was located at McCormick Place West Wing in downtown Chicago. Section Chair Christos Baboulos and 20 other Fellows welcomed five guests and two students to the meeting. The student awards and the Distinguished Dental Award were presented. Two new Fellows were inducted at the meeting.
The Indiana Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy met on Friday, April 29, 2010, in conjunction with the spring Indiana Dental Association meeting. The meeting was held at the Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis. Fifty-five Fellows were in attendance to welcome 16 inductees. Tim Karlson was the guest speaker.
Iowa had a successful year. Funding from the PFA Foundation was helpful in a Mission of Mercy project. The PFA thanks Fred Fuller for his leadership during these past years and wishes him the best as he moves on to other projects.
PFA Past President Dr. Leo Vincent Bongers passed away on October 12, 2010. He was 88 years of age, having been born in 1922 in Des Moines, Iowa. He practiced dentistry for 50 years after graduating from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1948. Dr. Bongers served as president of the Kansas State Dental Association and on the Kansas Board of Examiners. In 1980 he was named National Dentist Citizen of the Year. He traveled throughout the United States and the world in his work with dental organizations and the Knights of Columbus. In 1981 he served as President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He will be missed.
The Kentucky section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy met on April 1, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Kentucky Dental Association Meeting, which was celebrating its 150th Anniversary. Students from the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville received the PFA Scholarship Award and a Leadership Award. The students were accompanied by friends and family. We also were pleased to welcome four new Fellows into membership.
Mr. Jared Harris, recipient of the 2010 Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation Dental Student Scholarship.
Mr. David A. Guidry received the PFA Senior Award at the LSU School of Dentistry in the Annual Recognition Ceremony on May 12, 2010. Mr. Jared Harris received the 2010 Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation Dental Student Scholarship as he started his senior year at LSU School of Dentistry. A native of Crowley, Louisiana, and an LSU graduate, Jared is president of the LSUSD Student Government Association.
Dr. Laurie Moeller,
PFA Louisiana Section Chair
The Michigan Section met on November 12, 2010, from noon until 2 pM in conjunction with the Detroit District Dental Society Review at the Detroit Marriott Hotel. Fifty-six persons attended the meeting. The Invocation was delivered by Dr. Cheri Newman, the Midwest Region 4 Trustee of the Academy. Dr. Hirsch introduced guest Dr. Fares Elias, President of the Academy of General Dentistry. PFA Past President David Campbell introduced his family and a student guest from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. William Berkowski introduced five student
guests from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Dr. William Berkowski received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award from the PFA Michigan Section.
The Treasurer's report was given by Dr. Danielle Ruskin, and the Membership Chairperson's report was given by Dr. Pat Boyle. PFA Past President Dr. Hirsch presented the PFA Award to our past treasurer, Dr. Edward Sarkisian. Dr. Joseph B. Harris was given a plaque recognizing his lifelong commitment to mentoring. A discussion was carried out pertaining to the PFA Foundation, and everyone was asked to support this very important Academy endeavor. The attendees were apprised of the upcoming PFA meeting in Paris, France, in June 2011. We hope to get a good attendance from the Michigan Section.
Region 4 Trustee Cheri Newman (center) with UDM senior students Rosalee Beredo and Raquel Sebastian.
Dr. Bill Berkowski (right) of UDM is awarded the Michigan Section's Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award.
Ed Hirsch, Charles Owens, Ron Paler, Julius Chikos, Don Smith, Malcolm David Campbell, Howard A. Scheer, and Louis Hirschman. Seated: Joseph B. Harris and John S. Buchheister.
Dr. Ed Sarkisian receives the PFA's Distinguished Service Citation for his outstanding service to the Michigan Section from Chair Dr. Ed Hirsch.
Dr. David Campbell receives the first-ever Joseph B. Harris Mentorship Award from Dr. Joseph B. Harris.
Dr. William Buchanan presented the PFA Senior Student award to University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry senior Kristen Elisabeth Balius on April 13, 2010. The Section held its annual joint ACD, ICD, PFA Dinner Meeting on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at the Marlin Grill in conjunction with the Mississippi Dental Association Annual Meeting in Sandestin. The new venue for the meeting was appreciated, and good Fellowship was shared with approximately 60 people in attendance. Dr. Boswell presented plaques to past Section Cochairs, Dr. Barbara Mauldin and Dr. Bill Buchanan, in recognition of their service and leadership to the Mississippi PFA Section from 1997 through 2009. During the dinner meeting it was announced that Ms. Patrice Jones, a rising senior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry, would be the recipient of the 2010 PFA Foundation Scholarship; she has been her class president for the past three years. PFA President Dr. Hubert Ouvrard attended the Regional Conference and Convocation that was held in February 2011 in Georgia.
Dr. Peter Boswell,
PFA North Carolina Section Chair
The Annual Luncheon Meeting of the Nebraska Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy was called to order by our Chairman, Dr. Francis J. Cavlovic, at noon on Friday, April 23, 2010. This meeting was held at the Cornhusker/ Marriott Hotel in Lincoln in conjunction with the Nebraska Dental Association's 142nd Annual Session. Members present were Drs. Ahlschwede, Cavlovic, Corpuz, Curry, Diedrichsen, Matz, Pudwill, Reinhardt, Wesch, and Westerman. New members present were Drs. Dennis Anderson and Curtis Kuster. Guests present were from the Creighton University School of Dentistry: Luke McMahon, the scholarship recipient, and Bethany Jensen, the senior Pierre Fauchard Award student recipient. They both were asked to speak about themselves. Invited but unable to attend were dental students Angela Cook, the scholarship recipient, and Melissa Moutray, the senior Pierre Fauchard Award student recipient from UNMC College of Dentistry. Doctors Reinhardt and Kuster shared a brief biographic sketch for both of these students.
Following welcoming remarks and recognition of the guests, Dr. Cavlovic called upon Dr. Curry to give the invocation. Lunch was served and informal conversation was carried on prior to the business meeting. Dr. Cavlovic conducted the business meeting. Dr. Westerman gave a summary of the 2009 meeting minutes. Dr. Cavlovic read the criteria for the student scholarship and the senior award. He then conducted the induction of new members and read the Oath for Membership. Membership certificates and pins were presented to Drs. Dennis Anderson and Curtis Kuster. There has been limited activity with Mentorship with dental students this past year. Dr. Wesch gave us a short history lesson about Pierre Fauchard.
--Submitted by Dr. Gary H. Westerman,
PFA Nebraska Chair
PFA Past President Steven Hedlund (third from left) and Nevada Section Chair Bill Rohel (far right) with newly inducted Fellows in Southern Nevada.
Nevada Section Chair Bill Rohel (far left) and PFA Past President Chuck Eller ( 3rd from left) with new Fellows inducted in Northern Nevada
During 2010, the Nevada Section and its Fellows have made significant accomplishments in our goals of membership, Fellowship, and community service.
In the area of membership, statewide we have welcomed 29 new Fellows to raise our active membership to 89 from 60 (a 50% increase), with several more outstanding dentists showing interest. Our Nevada Life members still number 18 for a total of 107 Nevada Fellows.
The Northern and Southern Nevada Sections had a total of four dinner meetings in 2010 that were all well attended. In addition, we had the pleasure of welcoming two PFA International Past Presidents, Dr. Chuck Eller and Dr. Steve Hedlund, along with Steve's wife Chris, and Region 5 Trustee Dr. Dan Castagna, who flew in to join us. We thank these leaders for taking the time to travel to our Reno and Vegas meetings.
We have awarded four scholarships with a combination of Nevada Section and PFA Foundation help: one Outstanding Senior Dental Student Award, one Junior Dental Student Scholarship, one Dental Hygiene Student Scholarship, and one Dental Assistant Student Scholarship (the Richard Kozal Award). Nathan Hawley received the Nevada Section Senior Student Award and Carmen Tsang received the Junior Dental Student Scholarship. The
PFA Nevada Section also awarded Dr. Rick Thiriot the Outstanding Dental Educator Award for 2010, which includes a cash award and wall plaque.
In Nevada we had great accomplishments in community service projects. Again in 2010 grants from the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy helped the "Give Kids a Smile" program and the Huntridge Homeless Clinic. A Nevada Section grant went to the "Miles for Smiles" program, which provides funds to needy Southern Nevada dental patients.
All in all, we had a very good year. Many thanks to all those in and outside of Nevada who made it all possible.
--Submitted by Dr. Bill Rohel, PFA Nevada Section Chair
USA New Jersey
All PFA New Jersey Fellows were contacted in January 2010 to update and validate their current e-mail and postal addresses, along with telephone numbers. The updated list was sent to the Central Office, with a success rate of approximately 90% in terms of achieving personal contact with each listed member. Additionally, some members who had "fallen through the cracks" have been reactivated.
Work is progressing on a possible mutual meeting/joint effort with either AGD or FICD on a state-level meeting.
Dr. Gregory McGann,
PFA New Jersey Section Chair
USA New York
The New York PFA Section met on June 11, 2010, at the Ritz Carlton Chicago, as part of the New York State Dental Association House of Delegates meeting. The Section inducted 14 new members in ceremonies facilitated by Drs. Ed Feinberg, Lynne Halik, and Amarilis Jacobo. The new members are Drs. Yakir Arteaga, New York City; Irving Baum, Wappingers Falls; Jeff Baumler, Niagara Falls; Anthony Cuomo, Carmel; Steven Damelio, Webster; Roland Emmanuele, Newburg; Madeline Ginzburg, Riverdale; Wayne Harrison, Gloversville; Paul Kim, Piermont; John Liang, Utica; Ruben Moronta, New York City; Paul Patella, Hartsdale; Jeffrey Senzer, New York City; and Michael Shreck, New Hyde Park.
The PFA New York Section Distinguished Service Award was given to Dr. Robert Peshkin, who was instrumental in overseeing the change in governance of NYSDA from a Board of Governors to a House of Delegates. He also is the new speaker of the NYSDA House of Delegates. The PFA Honor Award was given to Dr. Michael Breault, who served as NYSDA President during the historic change of governance. His calm presence and attention to detail made the transition seamless.
Four PFA dental student awards were given--one for each dental school in New York state.
Dr. Lynne Halik,
PFA New York Section Chair
USA Northern California
The PFA Northern California Section had eight new inductees for PFA Fellowship in 2010. Northern California Section Fellows now total 238. Also, faculty and students from both the University of the Pacific and University of California- San Francisco Dental Schools were invited and honored with various awards.
L-R: North Carolina 2010 new Fellows Dr. Billy Williams, Dr. Sharon Nicholson Harrell, and Dr. Tony Porter. Not pictured: Dr. David Miller.
L-R: Moldovan missionaries: UNC Student Ms. Brittany Knight, PFA Fellow Dr. Burton Horwitz, and UNC Student Ms. Elise Watson.
USA North Carolina
Last year, concurrent with the Annual Session of the North Carolina Dental Society, the North Carolina Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy held its convocation ceremony on Friday evening, May 21, 2010, in Myrtle Beach, SC, at the Kingston Plantation Resort. Four new Fellows were inducted: Drs. Billy Williams, Tony Porter, Sharon Nicholson Harrell, and David Edward Miller. The North Carolina Section now has 64 Active PFA Fellows and 31 Life Fellows.
Prior to the convocation ceremony, two dental students from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Brittany Knight and Elise Watson, made a presentation about their mission trip to the Eastern European country of Moldova. Each year the North Carolina Section of the PFA co-sponsors this student study trip to the country of Moldova. Fellow Stephen Mackler is instrumental in arranging this experience for the participants. This year PFA fellow Dr. Burton Horwitz accompanied the students. Dr. Horwitz, a pediatric dentist in Raleigh, NC, has served organized dentistry in many ways during his career and enjoyed mentoring and teaching the students from UNC on this trip. The students had opportunities to provide dental services to children at two different orphanages and to interact with students and faculty at the Dental School in Moldova. Additionally, the students were able to immerse themselves in the culture of Moldova and see much of this Eastern European country.
The convocation was followed by a reception with dental students from the University of North Carolina School Of Dentistry. The reception couples students with dentists who have agreed to mentor them for the four years they are in dental school. The North Carolina Section of the PFA co-sponsors this reception with the University of North Carolina Dental Alumni Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the NC Academy of General Dentistry.
North Carolina Fellows are actively involved in the North Carolina Dental Society's Mission of Mercy dental care projects held throughout the year in different areas of the state.
University of North Carolina School of Dentistry senior David Glenn Walker was presented with the PFA Senior Student Award on April 7, 2010.
Dr. Cynthia Bolton and Dr. Scott Vines
PFA North Carolina Section Co-Chairs
The 2010 Breakfast was held on September 24 at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, in conjunction with the Ohio Dental Association Meeting. This Breakfast was a great opportunity for the PFA to show how important service and professional ideals are to the perpetuation of our great profession.
Scholarship awards were presented from the PFA Foundation to the Case-Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Ohio State University (OSU) recipients in the amount of $1500, and the Ohio Section matched this award with an additional $1500 to each student. Ohio has established a scholarship fund by sending a solicitation for funds with our State dues statement, and the response has been excellent. This scholarship is another way for the Ohio Section to encourage and reward emerging leadership. Fellows also have an improved opportunity to mentor because of the increased visibility this program gives to the Academy. Student delegates to the Ohio Dental Association and the Deans of CWRU and OSU are always invited to the breakfast to see the PFA in action.
Ohio Section Chair E. Karl Schneider was on the program for the CWRU White Coat Ceremony on August 6, 2010, as the Class of 2014 was welcomed as student doctors. He discussed the importance of international honorary dental organizations, emphasizing Pierre Fauchard as the "Father of Modern Dentistry" and PFA Fellowship as a noble goal for those who distinguish themselves both as student leaders and as active, practicing professionals in the global arena. He ended by challenging each student doctor to work hard for the opportunity to receive the Foundation and Ohio Scholarship Awards.
Dr. Jay R. Wells III received the Pierre Fauchard Award from Section Chair Elaine Stefanowicz at the Delegate and Alternate Luncheon on April 23, 2010, at the Hotel Hershey.
USA Southern California
We regret the loss in 2010 of an important figure in the history of the Academy and the Foundation, Dr. George J. Higué. Dr. Higué, age 95, passed away quietly in his home surrounded by all his loved ones on Saturday, December 11, 2010, in Huntington Harbour, California. Dr. Higué was a great dentist, a wonderful civic leader, a dedicated USC alumni, and was totally dedicated to PFA for nearly his entire life. He was PFA President (1974) and was a long-time Foundation Treasurer who invested the Foundation funds well. He was the proud sponsor of the English edition of André Besombes book The Life and Times of Pierre Fauchard and was responsible, along with Phillip de Gaillande, for having it translated into English from its original French, which he spoke. He also was involved in many other projects that are too numerous to mention here. He was a man with a genial personality who was always a pleasuretobewith,andhewasafontofPFA knowledge.
R-L: Dr. James Allen, Regent for District 6 of the ICD, presents a Kentucky Colonel citation to PFA Section Chair Dr. Reuben Pelot.
Tennessee's Fellowship Class of 2010. L-R: Section Chair Dr. Reuben Pelot; new Fellows Dr. Ryan Bowles, Dr. James McDaniel, and Dr. Barry Hopper; and Trustee Stockwell.
Once again it was a pleasure to participate in the Tennessee Section's joint annual Breakfast Meeting with the ACD and ICD on May 16, 2010, at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The Breakfast Meeting is held in conjunction with the Tennessee Dental Association's Annual Session. During the Breakfast, PFA Section Chair Dr. Reuben Pelot was honored as a Kentucky Colonel for his service to the community, state, and country. Trustee Stockwell and Section Chair Dr. Reuben Pelot inducted Dr. Ryan Bowles, Dr. Barry Hopper, and Dr. James McDaniel as new Fellows. Dr. Pelot presented one other nominee who was unable to be present at the breakfast, Dr. Ann Trivette. The Tennessee Section now has 69 Active PFA Fellows and 24 Life Fellows.
After remarks by Trustee Stockwell, Dr. Pelot presented the Section's Distinguished Dentist Award to Dr. Dick Bowles.
Kudos to Dr. Pelot on his Kentucky Colonel honor and for continuing to run a well-attended (70 attendees) and wellorganized function. Dr. Pelot reports that the Volunteer Ministry Center, a dental clinic for the homeless, is functioning in good form two additional PFA and Fellows are now working at the clinic. Dr. Pelot is pleased to report that a PFA Foundation Grant was approved in October for the clinic.
Dr. Pelot inducted Dr. Ann Trivette as a new Fellow on August 19, 2010, at her local dental society meeting. Dr. Pelot looks forward to once again participating in Academy functions in Las Vegas in 2011.
The PFA Utah Section has 82 Fellows on its roster. In May 2010 the Utah Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy presented a $300 scholarship to Mark Johnson. Mr. Johnson had just completed his first year of the Regional Dental Education Program (RDEP) at the University of Utah prior to his departure to Creighton University School of Dentistry to complete his remaining dental education. Because neither Drs. Petty nor Engar were in Salt Lake City to make the scholarship presentation, it was ably handled by Dr. Gary Lowder, past PFA President, who also holds a faculty position with the RDEP program. The presentation took place at a final banquet sponsored by RDEP, before the 10 RDEP dental students left for Creighton.
L-R: Section Chair Dr. Ed Mullins Jr. and new Fellows Dr. Steve Forte, Dr. Trisha Krause, and Dr. Greg Cole.
L-R: Dr. David Sarrett, Interim Dean at VCU School of Dentistry, and Awardees Ms. Cheyanne Warren, Mr. Oscar Vega, Mr. Will Goodwin, Dr. Ron Tankersley, VA Section Chair, and Dr. Ed Mullins Jr.
The Virginia Section hosted its Annual Luncheon in June in conjunction with the Virginia State Meeting
at the Williamsburg Inn in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Drs. Greg Cole, Steve Forte, Trishia Krause, Chris Richardson, and Al Stenger were inducted as new Fellows.
The Virginia Section has 155 Active PFA Fellows and 58 Life Fellows.
Again this year the Section made a donation to the VCU Dental School Dean's Fund to support the annual "Mirmelstein" ethics lecture. The Dean brings in outside speakers for this event, and time is allocated for discussion and suggestions about how to incorporate ethics into everyday practice. The lecture was held at VCU on August 27, 2010, with Dr. Bertolami as the featured speaker. Virginia Fellows can be proud that their Section dues of $40 per year are utilized to not only help sponsor this lecture series but also two scholarship awards that are presented to students at VCU. The Virginia Section can be proud of its efforts on behalf of the Academy and for the benefit of VCU. Virginia's next induction ceremony will be held in June 2011.
USA West Virginia
The West Virginia section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy met on May 12, 2010, at the West Virginia University Alumni Center. Twenty Fellows were in attendance. The Pierre Fauchard Scholarship was given to a senior dental student, and the Distinguished Dental Award was presented.
On May 7, the Wisconsin Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy held its annual meeting and induction ceremony in Milwaukee in conjunction with the Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) Jewel of the Great Lakes meeting. Close to 75 people attended the luncheon, including PFA Fellows, past WDA presidents, new inductees, protégées with their mentors, and other guests.
Highlights of the meeting included the induction of 12 new Fellows. The 2010 PFA inductees are Drs. Joe Best, Don Holzhauer, Dave Kenyon, Lyndsay Knoell, Jeff Kraig, David Martyn, Ned Murphy, Tim Novak, Kevin Race, Brett Skarr, Joe Schmidt, and Barrett Straub.
Dr. Michael Kaske (Twin Lakes) received the Distinguished Dental Award at the Meeting. Dr. Bill Lobb, Dean of the Marquette University School of Dentistry, gave an informative update on the activities at the school. Updates of the activities of the PFA Foundation and our Wisconsin Section were given. The PFA Wisconsin Section awards a $1500 scholarship to a third-year MUSOD student who is most likely to make an outstanding contribution to the profession and the community. This year's recipient is Ryan Dulde. Our section also gives a $300 scholarship to a graduating dental student. This year's recipient is Dr. Alison Seidl (Oak Creek). A $1000 donation was given to the MUSOD White Coat ceremony to welcome new dental students into the profession. For the second year, a $2,000 contribution was also made to the 2010 WDA Mission of Mercy program.
PFA Fellow Dr. Eugene Shoemaker, a Waukesha resident and general dentist, was sworn in as the 139th president of the 2900-member Wisconsin Dental Association on November 13, 2010, during the organization's annual House of Delegates at the Sheraton Hotel in Brookfield. Shoemaker, whose term begins immediately, said a top priority in the coming year during his presidency will be to work with policymakers to help all Wisconsin residents get the dental care they need.