GAGD Members Climb to New Professional Heights

The GAGD would like to congratulate all of our outstanding members who have been recognized this year for their significant accomplishments in the field of dentistry.

John Sieweke DDS MAGD LLSR LLSR Recipient John C. Sieweke, DDS, MAGD 

The AGD awards Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition (LLSR) to members who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing continuing education, volunteering their services to communities in need, mentoring associates and new dentists, and participating in organized dentistry.  To receive this recognition, Dr. Sieweke completed 1,600 hours of CE and performed at least 100 hours of dental-related community or volunteer service. Only 245 of the AGD’s 38,000 members have received LLSR since its introduction in 2005.

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Mastership Award Recipients

The Mastership Award is one of the AGD’s highest honors and one of the most respected designations within the profession. To earn this award, recipients completed 1100 hours of continuing dental education.

Mastership Academy of General Dentistry, Georgia

Not shown:  Michelle L. Greissinger, DMD, MAGD
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Fellowship Award Recipients

Georgia AGD Fellowship Awards 2014

The Fellowship Award denotes a professional commitment to lifelong learning. Fellowship is awarded to distinguished members who have demonstrated this commitment by completing 500 hours of continuing education.

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…And They’re Off! MasterTrack V Begins

By Debbie Druey, MBA

MasterTrack V participants embarked upon their first weekend of continuing education in August.  Dentists from across the southeast came together in Atlanta to begin GAGD’s nationally renowned 5-year program of courses that spans every discipline of general dentistry.

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The 2015 GAGD Annual Meeting: A Little Something Extra

We all love a Christmas bonus at the end of the year – but how would you like a bonus at the beginning of the year? GAGD would like to offer you a little perk at the upcoming 2015 Annual Meeting. In addition to two days of mind-expanding professional development, we are excited to include a free bonus lecture for all registered attendees. So reserve your spot today and ensure a fiscally-savvy start to the New Year. And get ready to join your fellow dental polymaths on January 30 & 31 at the Marriott Century Center in Atlanta. We have an exciting roster of experts lined up to share their wisdom on an array of cutting-edge topics affecting the field of dentistry today:

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The Future of Dentistry

Ken Gilbert DDS, FAGDBy Ken Gilbert, DDS, FAGD

Technology is changing healthcare at a fantastic pace. The sheer amount of information alone is overwhelming. How can we or anyone keep up? How do we know what is valid for our patients and practices? What are the best resources?

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What Has the AGD Done for You Lately?

 Carol A. Wooden, DDS, MAGD

Sixty-two years ago a group of general dentists formed the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Its purpose was to be a study club that enabled general dentists to receive high-quality continuing education in areas of expertise that were at that time unavailable to them.  That is still a core purpose, but you might say “We’ve come a long way, baby!”

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Work for Hire: Protecting Your Intellectual Property Rights

Stuart Oberman EsqMany dentists hire independent consultants to develop their website or to perform marketing services to brand their dental office.  However, most dentists are unaware that without a written contract that includes certain specific provisions, the independent consultant retains the ownership of the intellectual property created.  Because the consultant’s ownership of the intellectual property is not common knowledge, this can create problems for dental offices that do not adequately protect their rights. 

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2013 General Dentistry Symposium Offers Something for Everyone

Whether you work with patients who have TMJ, older edentulous patients, or want to learn the latest in treatment for esthetics, tooth wear, and occlusion, the 2013 General Dentistry Symposium is for you.

2013 meeting

Held on January 25-26, 2013 at the Marriott Century Center in Atlanta, a key highlight this year is the two-day course on “Treatment Planning for Esthetics, Tooth Wear and Occlusion.”

This course will be taught by Terry Tanaka, DDS, clinical professor at the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry, Department of Graduate Prosthodontics; private practice dentist; and the founder and director of the “TMD and Restorative Dentistry Study Groups” held at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, since 1982.

Dr. Tanaka is widely recognized as a research anatomist and well known for his superior presentations and clinical skill. GAGD is excited for him share his expertise with our members.

In addition, other “hot” topics will be addressed such as “Chronic Periodontitis and Coronary Artery Disease Risk” and how to “Set Your Practice on Fire! New Strategies for Increasing Production and Creating a Superior Practice.”

Christopher Cutler, DDS, PhD will discuss the links between periodontal disease and coronary artery disease, which can appear confusing and contradictory to patients. Focusing on recent media and academic reports, Dr. Cutler will clarify and review how chronic periodontitis (CP) contributes to coronary artery disease (CAD) risk. Dr. Cutler is professor and chairman of the Department of Periodontics, College of Dental Medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University.

Roger Levin, DMD, chairman and chief executive officer of Levin Group, Inc., will share his practice management’s “Total Practice Success™” program, which has proven to increase production for dentists around the world. Dr. Levin is a third generation dentist and his practice management group has been working with dentists for more than 25 years. For those looking to hone specific treatment skills, there is plenty to choose from as well.

Robert Ritter, DDS will present “Predict-able Posterior Restorations – Melding Glass Ionomers and Composites,” where he will feature the latest in glass ionomer for posterior restorations. Dr. Ritter will offer hands-on examples and materials. Dr. Ritter currently has a dental practice that focuses on adhesive esthetic dentistry in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

George Priest, DMD will offer a course on “Contemporary Solutions for Edentulous Patients,” focusing on innovative treatment options with proven longevity. He will feature clinical examples, video segments, computer-guided surgery, and CAD/CAM designed and manufactured frameworks to show the advancements in clinical practice and how they impact clinical outcomes. A former Emory professor, Dr. Priest has maintained a 25-year-private prosthodontic practice in Atlanta, GA and then Hilton Head Island, SC and lectures around the world.

And for those who treat Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) and orofacial pain, Scott McKinney, DDS, will discuss the role that occlusion plays in the etiology of TMD, including literature and clinical studies in “Cells to Centric: Growth, Development, & Stabilization of the TMJ.” Dr. McKinney will provide an understanding of the relationship of biological science and a healthy, natural, and sustainable stomatognathic system. Dr. McKinney was a clinical instructor at Georgetown University School of Dentistry and had a private dental practice in McLean, Virginia. Currently, he is employed by the US Navy, where he provides care to United States Marines.

So, no matter what type of clinical practice or research interest you have in the dental profession, the 2013 General Dentistry Symposium has something for you.

Find out more about the agenda, speakers and topics, and register now at

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