Our Belgium Section Meeting of September 16, 2011, was a success. Prof. Dr. Michel Brecx presented microscopic 3D slices, which has made an impact on pararodontology.
This day was also the birthday of a new Section. International PFA President Dr. Hubert Ouvrard and the Trustee of PFA Region 1, Prof. José Dahan, fully agreed to officially make Romania a new Section. It will be led by Prof. Dr. Corneliu Amariei, who was made a new Fellow of the Academy and at the same time Chair of the Romania Section. As Chair of the Belgium Section, I was proud to see a Romanian Section of 14 Fellows, with many professors and wellqualified dentists.
A special announcement was made that Prof. Dr. José Dahan will be made a Robert Shira Fellow of the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy at the International Meeting at Las Vegas in October.
The evening ended with the presentation by Prof. Dr. Charles Pilipili about the situation at the University of Kinshasa in Congo, which is one of three dental schools of Africa and the center of the evolution of the need for dental treatment in Congo. The Chair of the Belgium Section, Dr. Christiaan Colpaert, Chair of a Taskforce on Health at the Council of Europe and former inhabitant of Congo, explained that he agrees the fundamental difference between a structured Europe where official directives are efficient and a young Africa where financial backing of individual initiatives is the best way to make progress for the goals of the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Motivated by the presentation, knowing the help that several Belgian and Romanian professors could ideally give, Prof. Amariei promised to look into how he could help Prof. Pilipili.
--Submitted by Dr. Christiaan Colpaert, Belgium Section Chair
2011 Canada Awards and Induction in Nova Scotia
On August 5, 2011, the Canadian Section held its annual Awards and Induction Ceremony in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. The event was hosted by Dr. Alfred Dean, the PFA Atlantic Provinces Chair, and was attended by more than 85 people, including the following past Canadian Dental Association Presidents: Dr. Ralph Crawford, Dr. Toby Gushue, Dr. Bernie Dolansky, Dr. Barry Dolman (PFA Canada Chair), Dr. George Sweetnam, Dr. Alf Dean, Dr. Burton Conrod, Dr. Deborah Stymiest, and Dr. Tom Breneman (PFA Canada Region 6 Trustee). The emcee was Dr. Tom Breneman, and the invocation was given by the current CDA President Dr. Rob McGregor.
The 2011 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Mary McNally for her work and research in the fields of ethics and care for seniors, aboriginals, and other underprivileged groups.
A 2011 Special Appreciation Award was presented to Mr. Stuart Humphrey, who is a certified dental technician and currently the Vice President of Production with Aurum Ceramic Laboratories. Stuart is very involved with promoting Aurum-sponsored golf tournaments across Canada that have resulted in more than $350,000 being donated to dental charities through the years.
Mr. Greg Teckles also was presented with a Special Appreciation Award for his skills as a photographer. He has many national clients, among which is the Canadian Dental Association, which he has served since 1984. He has photographed each National President, their installation, and national conventions since then.
PFA Canada Maritime Section Chair Alf Dean presents the 2011 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Mary McNally.
With the support of the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, we provided scholarships to a student leader from each dental faculty in Canada. The list of dental schools and students are: Dalhousie University, Natasha Chishti; McGill University, Jennifer Seidler and Layal Kysabi; University of Alberta, Jenny Shim; University of British Columbia, Micheal Ho; University of Laval, Sandrine Gosselin; University Of Manitoba, Katherine Davidson; University Of Montreal, Simon Jean; University Of Saskatchewan, Jill Kulyk and Eric Knouse; University Of Toronto, Mike Lashuk; and University of Western Ontario, Erin McDonald.
We welcomed 23 new Fellows into our Academy this year. The following were present at our Induction Ceremony: Dr. Daniel Albert, Dr. Paul Cameron, Dr. Peter Jackson, Dr. Mary McNally, Dr. Gerald Smith, Dr. Drew Smith, Dr. Amelie Prevost, Dr. Claude Monnette, Dr. Micheal Patrician, and Dr. Jean Louis Patement. Our Western Provinces Chair Dr. Mitch Taillon was present and provided support. He is the host for next year's Awards and Induction Ceremony in Saskatoon Saskatchewan on Friday, September 14, 2012.
Canadian Trustee Tom Breneman was the emcee for the annual PFA Canadian Section Awards and Installation Ceremonies.
PFA Fellow Dr. Barry Dolman was elected President of the Québec professional organization Ordre des dentistes du Québec. The results of the general vote were counted November 3, 2011, in Montreal at the Head Office of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec, with Drs. Jean-Guy Vallée, Daniel Montminy. and Nancy Lalancette acting as scrutineers.
Dr. Dolman holds a Doctor in Dental Medicine degree from the Université de Montréal and a Bachelor of Science from McGill University, and he has been in private practice in Montreal since 1975. He is also a Director of the ODQ, Chairman of the Canadian Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an advisor to the Académie dentaire du Québec, and an expert for the ODQ Fonds d'assurance- responsabilité professionnelle.
He is also a Fellow of the Académie dentaire du Québec, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the American College of Dentists, an honorary member of the Canadian Dental Association, a lifetime member of the Quebec Dental Surgeons Association, and Past President of the Canadian Dental Association.
Dr. Dolman officially took up his duties on November 4, 2011, for a 4-year term. He succeeds Dr. Diane Legault, who served as President of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec from 2006 to 2011.
A special new plaque honoring the birthplace of French dentist Pierre Fauchard has been unveiled. After extensive research, the French historian Gilles Henry, on the advice of our new PFA Fellow Jean Granat, discovered in old documents the exact place and date when Pierre Fauchard was born: January 2, 1679, in Saint-Denis-de Gastine, Mayenne, France. This little village and its mayor organized a ceremony on October 20, 2011, to commemorate this event by putting up a plaque on the church square monument. Many people attended this ceremony, and Dr. Jean Granat attended in the name of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Pierre Fauchard is recognized as the founder of modern dentistry.
The first event for Romanian Section was held on December 8, 2011. Six new Fellows were inducted into the Academy's meeting in the Intercontinental Hotel in Bucharest under the leadership of Section Chair Dr. Corneliu Amariei. Dr. Amariei is the Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine, Ovidius University Constanta. Through his many professional encounters with PFA Belgium Section Chair Dr. Christiaan Colpaert, the seeds were sown for the formation of the PFA Romanian Section which ultimately occurred in September of 2011. The meeting included a Scientific Session, a round table discussion, the induction ceremony, and a chance for all to meet professionally and begin a new chapter in Dentistry for Romania. Dr. Corneliu Amariei, also attended the PFA 75th Anniversary Celebration in Paris on June 16 and the Anniversary Celebration in Mexico City on September 13, 2011.
The PFA Northern California Section's Annual New Fellow Installation and Awards Luncheon was held September 24, 2011, in San Francisco (concurrent with the California Dental Association Scientific Program). Forty-nine Fellows and guests were present at the meeting. Northern California Section membership is currently 241 Active Fellows, of whom 65 are Life Fellows.
Ten qualified California dentists received PFA Fellowship: Edmond Chow (Roseville), Alan Golshanara (Fair Oaks), Julie Greenlaw-O'Toole (Walnut Creek), Richard Gregory (Burlingame), Lester Low (Stockton), Richard Lubman (Mountain View), Morton Rosenberg (Rancho Cordova), Suzanne Saidi (San Ramon), Amy Scriven (Stockton), and Dennis Weir (Novato).
PFA President-Elect Joe Harris bestowed the Fellowships and presented updates on the Foundation activities. Four University of the Pacific (UOP) and University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) Faculty were invited as guests. Our Northern California Section awards either a Faculty Recognition Teaching Award Certificate or a Faculty Development Grant ($750). Recipients are UOP Faculty Dr. Leigh Anderson (certificate) and Dr. Elisa Chavez (grant), and UCSF Faculty Dr. Daniel Fried (certificate) and Dr. Janice Lee (grant).
Six UOP and UCSF student graduates were invited as guests. They received the PFA Senior Student Award or a PFA Foundation Student Scholarship or our Northern California Student Scholarship.
Northern California Section dues were $25 per active Fellow in 2011 (Life Fellows voluntary). These monies funded Northern California Section programs that will continue in 2012: two $1000 Academic Scholarships awarded to a UOP and UCSF dental student and two $750 Dental Faculty Development Grants awarded to a UOP and UCSF faculty. In addition, a $500 grant went to the San Francisco Dental Society for the annual Children's Poster Contest.
A special thanks goes to Dr. Stafford Duhn, who ended 10 years as the Section's Secretary/Treasurer. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Wai Chan (Sacramento, CA), who was installed as the new Northern California Section Chair. We also want to extend a special thanks to Dr. Daniel Castanga who served 11 years as Northern California Section Chairperson and is stepping into a new role as Vice President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy after serving many years as our PFA Region 5 Trustee.
A message from the new Section Chair for the Southern California Section, Dr. Denise Habjan: I am very honored and humbled to be taking over as Chairman of the Southern California Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Doug Cassat was an excellent Chairman, and his role indeed will be tough shoes to fill. I am looking forward to his participation in helping me keep our section strong. Please join me in congratulating him for doing such an excellent job. Doug is definitely a "class act."
At this time I welcome any and all participation from our Fellows. We need to continue to find qualified new Fellows to help the Academy grow. I truly thank you for this opportunity.
--Section Chair Dr. Denise Habjan
From 1995 to March of 2010, awards to Southern California organizations totaling $652,530 have been made by the PFA Foundation. This includes $1500 a year to teachers and students at the three Southern California dental schools, as well as other grants for research and clinical projects at the schools. Other organizations that have received grants are notable charitable institutions in Southern California
The Colorado Section deadline for nominating new Fellows is set for March 1, 2012. Please send all nominations to Dr. Terry Brewick at tbrewick@ govparkdental.com; phone: 303-907-1819. On Sunday, April 22, 2012, new Fellows will be installed and a brunch will be held from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Columbine Country Club, 17 Fairway Lane, Littleton, CO 80123. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Kevin Roach, Past President of the Canadian Dental Association, Past International President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation.
--Submitted by Dr. Terry Brewick
Longtime PFA Fellow and Past President Dr. C.F. Larry Barrett passed away September 30, 2011. It was my privilege to represent the Academy and Foundation at Larry's funeral. I had known Larry for more than 40 years and, as most of you know, he was a remarkable man. Dr. Barrett was the Godfather of dentistry. Organizing, pushing, belonging, and accomplishing: This mindset was seen with his involvement with the Academy and the Foundation. In 1994 Larry asked me to take his place as Region 10 Trustee of the PFA. Because I was starting to be more involved with the Iowa Dental Association at that time, I told him no. That worked for a while, but as you can see, I did become the Trustee and eventually PFA President because you could never say no for long to Larry Barrett. "No" simply was not in his vocabulary.
Larry was also a very giving person. As noted in his obituary, his philanthropy was extensive, as he gave to colleges, nonprofit organizations, and his church. Dr. Barrett loved dentistry and promoted his profession through his preceptor program by mentoring students, lecturing to Iowa dental students, and promoting dentistry to high school students. Dr. Barrett generously donated $15,000 to the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy in his estate. He will be missed by all but especially his wife of 66 years, Lois.
--Submitted by Dr. Steven Hedlund, PFA President 2009-2010
Clarence Francis Barrett was born August 15, 1920, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Clarence and Lillian ( McDermott) Barrett. He was united in marriage to Lois Lucille Krupp on January 31, 1945, in Farragut, Idaho. C.F. "Larry" Barrett attended St. Paul the Apostle Grade School, was a 1938 graduate of Davenport High School, and attended St. Ambrose College. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1944. Following dental school, Dr. Barrett served our country during World War II as a V-12 Lieutenant assistant dental surgeon with the U.S. Navy.
He was an active member of the Diocese of Davenport. In 1985, he was awarded the Knight of Saint Gregory from Pope John Paul II, recognizing him for his service to the Catholic Church.
Dr. Barrett had a private practice in Davenport from 1946-1996. His profession recognized him with awards and honors for his outstanding career as a dentist. He was a Fellow with both the International and American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He had received service awards from the Iowa Dental Alumni Association, St. Ambrose College and University of Iowa Alumni, and Special Olympics.
Dr. Barrett was a member and had held various leadership positions with the Iowa Dental Alumni Association, Scott County Dental Society, Iowa Dental Association, Davenport District Dental Society, American Dental Association, Delta Dental Plan of Iowa, Pierre Fauchard Academy, Iowa State Board of Health, and the National Dental Ethics Association.
He always enjoyed the opportunity to speak to the senior class at Davenport Assumption High School regarding careers in dentistry. Dr. Barrett had been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry from 1974 to 2002, giving periodic lectures to students regarding the dental profession. He served in the College's Dental Preceptorship Program, encouraging and mentoring young people in the profession he loved. Doc's favorite pastime was golf and watching University of Iowa athletic teams. Doctor Barrett and his wife, Lois, established scholarship funds for Assumption High School, St. Ambrose University, and the University of Iowa.
Dr. Barrett is survived by Lois, his loving wife of 66 years, his children and their spouses, Geri (Bill) Bowman of Colorado Springs, CO, David (Mary) Barrett of Carmel, CA, Bill (Sharon) Barrett of Davenport, John (Jane) Barrett of Moline, and Kathleen (Tom) Fashinell of Echo Lake, CA; 14 loving grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and sisters Lois Carron of Bettendorf and Betty Wilder of White Bear Lake, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Leone Murphy.
PFA Fellow Dr. William S. Demray of Northville's Michigan Preservation Dental has been recognized as the 2011 Citizen of the Year in the city of Northville, Michigan. He received the award at the Northville Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner at St. John's Conference Center in Plymouth on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. He is a member of several local, state, and international dental associations.
Dr. Demray grew up in Detroit, graduated from Cody High School, and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science Degree from Wayne State University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from University of Detroit (now University of Detroit Mercy). He opened his private practice in 1977 on the corner of Griswold and Main in a Victorian home, which he restored, in the historic Downtown District of Northville. His practice has become very well known and patients come from as far away as Arizona, California, Florida, Texas, the United Kingdom, and Shanghai for 6-month check-ups, a crown, consultations, and more.
Local patients Barb and Stew Mansfield describe Demray as an upstanding citizen well deserving of the Citizen of the Year honor. Sheila Alles states that "From the moment you meet him, you immediately realize he loves his profession, is a deeply dedicated and committed dentist, and truly cares about his patients.... He presents dental care in a jargon-free language that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. He willingly spends time with his patients.... It is so rewarding to be told your teeth look good and you're doing all the right things."
Dr. Demray has volunteered his time and talent in the Northville community by serving several boards and commissions throughout the years. Dr. Demray offers assistance to the "Give Kids a Smile" program. He mentors students pursuing a career in dentistry with an intern program at Preservation Dental. In the larger sense of community he has hosted fund-raisers for the Dental School at University of Detroit Mercy, the American Association of University Women, and the Tipping Point Theatre and Art House. His efforts have raised more than $100,000 for worthy recipients in spite of tough economic times.
Wow!! What a great year for the Nevada Section of the PFA. During the fiscal year, which runs June to June, our section Fellows enjoyed five great dinner meetings, three in Reno and two in Las Vegas. The excitement and interest in the Pierre Fauchard Academy has increased geometrically because of those great meetings.
I am proud of the Academy and pleased to report that this year in our Nevada Section we have a total of 31 new Fellows, with 17 new Fellows here in northern Nevada and at least 14 more in the southern Las Vegas area. We also have a continuing membership and participation of 22 life Fellows. This is a 52% increase in active membership in the PFA Nevada Section this year alone.
Another impetus for membership here in Nevada is the activity of the Pierre Fauchard Foundation in making a scholarship award to Junior Dental Student Michael Moody and public service grants to The Huntridge Clinic and Give Kids a Smile at the Dental School at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Our Nevada Section has stepped up and contributed a scholarship award to an Outstanding Senior Dental Student for the past 3 years; this year, the award went to Nadim M. Guirguis. In addition, for the past 2 years a Dental Hygiene Scholarship has been awarded; this year, it was given to Melissa Hackler. This year I also made Nevada Section grant applications to the PFA Foundation for Give Kids a Smile and Adopt a Vet Dental projects. All of these combined projects are possible through PFA membership with an active Academy and their Foundation.
--Submitted by Dr. William Robel, Nevada Section Chairman
(L-R) Lee Beasley, Distinguished Service Award Winner; new Fellow Dr. Tamara Berg, new Fellow Dr. Jandra Mayer-Ward, and Oklahoma PFA Chairman Matthew Cohlmia.
Greetings from the Oklahoma Chapter of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. On Friday, April 29, 2011, we held our Annual PFA Meeting in Tulsa in conjunction with the Oklahoma Dental Association Annual Meeting. We had many distinguished guests in attendance, including William Calnon, ADA President-Elect; Richard Haught, Past ADA President; Wayne Thompson, ADA 12th District Trustee; Tamara Berg, ODA President; and Lynn Means, ODA Executive Director. We also were honored to have as our guests both of the 2011 ADA President- Elect Candidates: Andy Faiella and Charlie Silvius. We had a total of 70 members and guests present for our breakfast.
The Chairman's report started with a roster update of the Oklahoma Section. We have 118 active Fellows and 24 Life Fellows, for a total of 142 Fellows. Information regarding the 75th Anniversary of PFA was discussed, as was the upcoming National PFA Meeting in Las Vegas. Stephen Young, Dean of the Oklahoma University College of Dentistry, introduced both our PFA Scholarship winner and the PFA Senior Award winner. Third-year dental student Ande Loveless was this year's scholarship winner, and fourth-year dental student Lin Zhi was the winner of the senior award.
We were honored to have Ray Maddox from Indiana to present a discussion regarding ethics in dentistry. It was an outstanding topic that brought about much interaction. The 2011 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Lee Beasley. Dr. Beasley has been extremely involved in dentistry and the community and was the main driving force for the creation and fund-raising for the new Oklahoma Dental Association building in Oklahoma City.
The highlight of the meeting was the induction of our new Fellows. We are honored to have in our Academy Tamara Berg, Mike Duffy, Jandra Mayer-Ward, and Carrie Sessom.
Once again, the Oklahoma Chapter of the PFA was honored to be very involved with OkMOM, the ODA's Mission of Mercy to provide free dentistry to adults and children. The event was held last February in Oklahoma City. During the 2-day event, more than 2200 patients were treated, and more than $1 million in services were donated. The 2012 Mission of Mercy will be held in McAlester, Oklahoma, at the SE Expo Center on February 3 and 4. For more information, please visit okmom.org.
The Oklahoma Chapter of the PFA will meet for a breakfast meeting on Friday, April 27, 2012, at 7 AM in Oklahoma City during our Annual Oklahoma Dental Association Meeting.
As the Oklahoma Pierre Fauchard Academy Section Chairman, I would like to write about my experiences with the PFA Web site, Fauchard.org. In my opinion, information obtained from the Web site is invaluable, especially the many resources available for the Section Chairs and Members. For our Section Meetings, I have used the Web site leadership resources for part of each of our meetings since I have been Chairman. The Web site is laid out very logically, and navigating between the many pages of information is very simple. When I compare it with many of the other dental professional Web sites, I find the PFA site by far the most "user friendly" of the many sites. It is very easy to edit information regarding our section members, post news articles, post calendar events, and keep up with information from other Sections, just to name a few advantages. It is a great site for historical information, as well as materials for Section Meetings. As a Section Chair, the Web site has made my leadership role much easier and convenient. Thank you again for a Web site that is truly a "needed helper" for all Section Chairs and Fellows.
--Submitted by Dr. Matt Cohlmia, PFA Oklahoma Section Chair
PFA Fellow Dr. James Conrardy received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Wisconsin Dental Association for his significant contributions of time, energy, and expertise to organized dentistry throughout his 31-year career. Conrardy is one of nine individuals and three organizations who received Pyramids of Pride from the 3000-member statewide dental organization on November 11, 2011, at a banquet at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.
After earning a bachelor's at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Conrardy obtained his dental degree at Marquette University School of Dentistry and a pediatric dentistry certificate from MUSOD and Milwaukee Children's Hospital (now Children's Hospital of Wisconsin). He taught part time at MUSOD from 1978-1980 before moving to Green Bay to practice. Conrardy has been involved with multiple professional associations at the local, state, national and international levels.