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Dr. Robert Dudley

Dentists in History

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Jonathon Kimes 5-13

Editor’s Corner October 2019

Patient Overpayments and Credit Balances

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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 www.capitalareadental.org

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 www.capitalareadentalfoundation.com 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.

Respectfully,

Trisha Kimes, DDS, FAGD

CADS President 2019-2020 

2019 – 2020 CADS Study Club

Register before September 30!

REGISTRATION FOR CADS MEMBERS:

REGISTRATION FOR NON-CADS MEMBERS:

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!

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CADF Golf Classic

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President’s Message September 2019

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September 2019 General Meeting

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Editor’s Corner September 2019

Dr. William E. Wicheta, 1926-2019

By Tom Wicheta, DDS
and Jonathon Kimes, DDS

 

Our dental community recently lost a great one.  Dr. William Edwin Wicheta Jr. passed away in June at the age of 92.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Tom Wicheta and his family during this time of transition.  Dr. William Wicheta was a long time member of our community and dental society, and during his life, he seems to have achieved more than anyone of us could hope for.  But it’s not just what he did, or where he went, but more importantly the way he did these things.  Legacy, to its fullest extent.  Please join me in remembering a true hero.

Husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather, chemist, dentist, decorated WWII combat veteran, genuine cowboy, hunter, mountaineer, fisherman, skier, woodworker, photographer, marksman, sky diver, pilot, UT football player, and craftsman.  Dr. Wicheta was all of these and more. He lived a life bridging the two worlds of old Texas pioneers and modern science, while being the ideal husband and father.

Born in Taylor, Texas on October 21, 1926, his father died fighting a fire leaving him and his sister to grow up in poverty.  Sent to west Texas for supposed health issues, he grew up on his uncle’s isolated ranch without electricity or plumbing. This taught self-sufficiency and he learned to fix about anything.  He also learned to ride and learned to be an expert hunter and marksman, skills that he felt kept him alive during WWII. At age 17 he enlisted in the US Army and served in the Pacific with the 25th infantry, getting a battlefield promotion to sergeant, engaging in behind the lines assignments and earning the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart for wounds that would plague him in later life.  His 25th infantry was the first regular Army troops to occupy mainland Japan after the surrender. On return he married Virginia Weinheimer. Her father had some reservations about Bill initially, as while dating Virginia, he had rented a plane in Austin, flew out to the countryside in Stonewall where they lived, and made several passes buzzing their house to impress his new girlfriend. Alvin Weinheimer, a stoic German fellow, was not impressed!

After the start of their 71 year marriage, they worked their way through college at the University of Texas.  His jobs included building the Max Starcke Dam, working with the Texas Rangers as a bodyguard to the Texas Governor Al Shivers, rough necking in oil fields, and a water taxi driver.  He obtained a degree in Chemistry and graduated second in his class of 60 from Baylor Dental School in 1956 and opened an office on Burnet Road where he practiced for over 40 years. Growing up on a west Texas ranch had given him that open, easy cowboy way and he could make friends with just about anyone he met.  In fact, it was often said that he could make friends with a fence post!

Growing up without a father gave Dr. Wicheta the perspective needed to prioritize the well-being of his three children.  He still managed to have a very busy dental practice (at one time the busiest practice in Austin), become a competitive golfer, and won many bass fishing tournaments, being inducted into the Texas State Bass Tournament Hall of Fame in 2005.  He was a key founder of some Texas fishing and hunting clubs, taught his kids to hunt, got a private pilot’s license with instrument and multiengine rating, and volunteered free care to Brackenridge Hospital ER. Later in life he took up knife making.  His Army combat knife reproduction was so excellent strangers began commissioning him to make copies. Inspired by his trips to Alaska by the Inuit, he began to do beautiful soapstone carvings. He was asked by Glastron Boats to be a consultant when they developed a bass boat line.  Whatever he pursued, he worked to master it. He developed a patent on an oral care product that was bought by Pfizer. In his 40s he led his family’s new obsession with backpacking, mountaineering and climbing. He thus, for once, broke a promise, the promise he made to himself as he was discharged from the army to never ever wear a pack again!  Along with his wife and children (then 9, 13, and 15), he summited Mt. Rainier. About this time, he began skydiving, getting his own gear and making many free falls. He was always trying new things, as when he got on a bread making kick and supplied the family with sourdough bread for years. He supported his kids in all their interests and endeavors, and with them took up their newest pursuits of canoeing, cross country and downhill skiing – the latter near age 60.

Visits and adventures with a longtime friend, a younger dentist in Anchorage, prompted him to get an Alaskan dental license allowing him to practice part time there.  His mentorship as a health care provider produced careers of pharmacist, physician and dentist for his three children, a nurse practitioner granddaughter and two grandchildren as dentists. 

As he faded in later life both physically and mentally, he remained a cheerful and pleasant person to all around him, including all his care staff, to the very end.  After two years in hospice, longer than the family imagined possible, the old cowboy went to the final range on June 28, 2019, at the age of 92. Virginia, still alive, lost the love of her life after 71 years of marriage.  Among his last words was the eagerness to see his sister and mother again. His was a life well lived, to say the least.

Legacy

 

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Benjamin Lewis Salomon

Benjamin Lewis Salomon (1914 – 1944) was born into a Jewish family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 1, 1914.  He was an Eagle Scout, one of nine who were awarded the Medal of Honor.  He graduated from Shorewood High School and attended Marquette University, before transferring to the University of Southern California, where he completed his undergraduate degree.  He graduated from the USC Dental School in 1937 and began a dental practice.

In 1940, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and began his military service as an infantry private, qualifying expert in rifle and pistol.  In 1942, he was notified that he would become an officer in the Army Dental Corps and was commissioned a first lieutenant.  In August 14, 1942, the 102nd Infantry Regt. commanding officer declared him the unit’s “best all-around soldier”.  In May 1943, he was serving as the regimental dental officer of the 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division.  He was promoted to the rank of captain in 1944. 

In June 1944, Salomon saw his first combat — going ashore on Saipan with the 105th Infantry.  With little dental work to do during active combat, Salomon volunteered to replace the 2nd Battalion’s surgeon, who had been wounded.  As the 2nd Battalion advanced, casualties were high. On July 7, Salomon’s aid station was set up only 50 yards behind the forward foxhole line.  Fighting was heavy and a major Japanese assault soon overran the perimeter, then the aid station.  Salomon was able to kill the enemy that entered the hospital tent and ordered the wounded to be evacuated, while he stayed to cover their withdrawal. 

Medal of Honor Citation

CAPTAIN BEN L. SALOMON
UNITED STATES ARMY

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:

Captain Ben L. Salomon was serving at Saipan, in the Marianas Islands on July 7, 1944, as the Surgeon for the 2nd Battalion, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division. The Regiment’s 1st and 2d Battalions were attacked by an overwhelming force estimated between 3,000 and 5,000 Japanese soldiers. It was one of the largest attacks attempted in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Although both units fought furiously, the enemy soon penetrated the Battalions’ combined perimeter and inflicted overwhelming casualties. In the first minutes of the attack, approximately 30 wounded soldiers walked, crawled, or were carried into Captain Salomon’s aid station, and the small tent soon filled with wounded men. As the perimeter began to be overrun, it became increasingly difficult for Captain Salomon to work on the wounded. He then saw a Japanese soldier bayoneting one of the wounded soldiers lying near the tent. Firing from a squatting position, Captain Salomon quickly killed the enemy soldier. Then, as he turned his attention back to the wounded, two more Japanese soldiers appeared in the front entrance of the tent. As these enemy soldiers were killed, four more crawled under the tent walls. Rushing them, Captain Salomon kicked the knife out of the hand of one, shot another, and bayoneted a third. Captain Salomon butted the fourth enemy soldier in the stomach and a wounded comrade then shot and killed the enemy soldier. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Captain Salomon ordered the wounded to make their way as best they could back to the regimental aid station, while he attempted to hold off the enemy until they were clear. Captain Salomon then grabbed a rifle from one of the wounded and rushed out of the tent. After four men were killed while manning a machine gun, Captain Salomon took control of it. When his body was later found, 98 dead enemy soldiers were piled in front of his position. Captain Salomon’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Captain Salomon is the only dentist to receive the Medal of Honor.