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October 2019 General Meeting

Lawsuits and Dental Board Investigations

Speaker:  Edward P. “Joe” Waller, Jr., DDS, JD

Date:  October 15, 2019   

Time:  FREE Happy Hour: 5:30pm – 6:30pm * Meeting starts at 6:30pm  

Austin Country Club – 4408 Long Champ Dr, Austin 78746

           Lecture Course * 2 Hours CE Credit 

Cost: $40 member dentist/$50 members with late registration (if available)

$50 guest of member dentist; $70 nonmember dentist 

RSVP: By 10:00am FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 

To RSVP & PAY with Credit Card, go to

To RSVP & PAY with Check or Cash, call 512.335.1405

If you need a vegetarian, vegan or gluten free meal, tell Nancy 

when making your reservation.  Reservations are released at 6:30pm

Reservations not cancelled by 10:00am Friday, Oct 11 will be billed

This program is designed to assist the dental practitioner in minimizing their chances of a lawsuit or Dental Board investigation.  Proactive steps will be reviewed to avoid or reduce the areas of risk. The genesis and anatomy of a lawsuit will also be discussed, as well as steps to be taken in the defense of such an event.  Relevant Dental Board rules will likewise be emphasized to decrease the chances of a Board investigation. Prior case histories will be utilized as learning examples during the presentation. 

Course Objectives:

  • Learn the top three reasons dental offices are at risk for lawsuits
  • Understand the steps which may be taken to dramatically decrease the risk of a lawsuit 
  • Be able to identify issues in your own practice which will reduce the risk of a Dental Board investigation
  • Learn ways to increase your chances of a favorable outcome in a Dental Board investigation

Edward P. “Joe” Waller, Jr., DDS, JD

Edward P. “Joe” Waller, Jr., DDS, JD, received his dental degree from St. Louis University School of Dentistry in 1969 and his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1990.  He is an attorney with the law firm of Brin & Brin in San Antonio, Texas. His practice is focused on the defense of hospitals, physicians, and dentists in medical and dental malpractice lawsuits.  Dr. Waller also frequently represents dentists in investigations and hearings before the State Board of Dental Examiners. He served in the United States Air Force from 1969-1971. 

Dr. Waller is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas, Supreme Court of Colorado, United States District Courts (Western District of Texas and Southern District of Texas) in addition to the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.  His professional memberships include the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and the American College of Legal Medicine. Dr. Waller is a frequent speaker on the topics of dental litigation and Dental Board actions. 


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President’s Message October 2019

At the first CADS Board meeting of each fiscal year, we are always excited when we have new faces step into CADS leadership roles, and I personally enjoy hearing the journey that led them to get involved.  My path actually began with the charitable arm of CADS, the Capital Area Dental Foundation (CADF). As a young dentist, new to Austin, I was unaware of this incredible program that brings dental care to the underserved in our community.  When I was approached with the opportunity to serve on the gala fundraising committee, I learned about the many programs that CADF has developed that allows dentists to share their gifts with those who need it most. Since then, CADF has continued to evolve and is now stronger than ever – there are numerous ways to get involved.  CADS member involvement with CADF continues to be a core value of the society, and increasing awareness and participation in our charitable sector is an important goal of this year’s Board.

During the early years, all CADF programs involved bringing a patient into your office and providing comprehensive dental care to improve his or her health and self-confidence.  Some of the care is 100% donated, while some programs provide partial reimbursement. Either way, the system is well organized and allows the providers to focus on the care of the patient while the CADF team takes care of the rest.  My personal experience in these programs has been far more rewarding than I thought possible. Until you experience it yourself, the relationship established with these patients is one that is difficult to describe; your heart is so full.  That being said, the CADF Board quickly realized that there were many dentists who wanted to participate but weren’t in a position to bring a patient into their office. Two years ago, CADF joined forces with Dentists with a Heart to launch Community Dental Days.  There are now multiple events per year that allow you to use a volunteer dentist’s practice to provide care to the community.  Keep an eye on your email and the Capital Star for an announcement of the date of the next event.

So, how successful are these programs?  Last year, there were over 2000 patient referrals and over 300 patients served at Community Dental Day events.  This allowed CADF providers to perform over $500,000 in charitable care to our own community. I don’t know about you, but that makes me proud of what we do and who we are as a dental society.  Are you ready to get involved?

Next month is the annual fundraising golf tournament, the CADF Golf Classic.  Whether you are a highly skilled golfer or spend more time in the sand than on the green, it’s a fun day for a good cause (and they even have an award for the last place team!)  Not a golfer? Neither am I, so join me at the 19th Hole After Party for lunch, the awards ceremony, and an opportunity to donate to the CADF Programs in their raffle.  It’s a wonderful afternoon of camaraderie with your dental colleagues as well as the supportive companies you work with every day.  The event will be held on Friday, November 1st at the Golf Club at Star Ranch.  The deadline to register is October 23rd, so don’t miss your chance to participate!  Go to to register.

As dental providers, we share a unique skill plus an innate desire to help others.  Oral health is something many take for granted, but it’s a debilitating disease for so many others in our own community.  I encourage you to get involved with CADF. I promise you won’t regret it.


Trisha Kimes, DDS, FAGD

CADS President 2019-2020 

2019 – 2020 CADS Study Club

Register before September 30!



Please Call Nancy at 512-335-1405

2019-2020 CADS Study club is just a few months away and we couldn’t be more thrilled with our upcoming curriculum. CADS recruited the best brains in the fields of dental sleep medicine, dental photography, endodontics, implant fixed prosthodontics, and practice management to share a wealth of knowledge with our group. As always, we have designed this year’s topics to allow participants the ability to take home the pearls learned and apply them in your dental practice. Because we encourage and promote a smaller, more intimate study club setting, space is limited to 30 attendees. Participants will have the opportunity to bring and discuss cases at each session with the other participants. This year, we have added TWO hands-on sessions included in the total of 17 CE hours offered! Just when you thought this year couldn’t get any better, CenTex AGD has invited us to attend their October 23rd meeting with Dr. Gallagher and Dr. Frank Bonasso. Registration closes September 30th!

See attached flyer for more details!

CADS Flyer