It’s an understatement to say these have been interesting times. Whether you have been practicing one year or fifty, our profession has never experienced anything like the pandemic that we currently face, and it is far from over. If you are like me, you have worked through the psychological phases of this crisis… the initial panic, the emotional aspect of laying off or furloughing your team, the stress of managing the various resources for financial support, and finally the determination to prepare for the day we can practice again, because we will get through this. For those of us with school-aged children, the added bonus of homeschooling our kids has been a fun challenge!
“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves
come when life seems most challenging.”
Think about this quote from the late author Joseph Campbell. Go back and read it again and really reflect on it. While it’s easy to get wrapped up in COVID-19, PPP loans, EIDL grants, PPE shortages, and the many other acronyms that have become common language these days, we have the opportunity to take a step back and take advantage of this time we have been forced to slow down.
When deciding what to write for my final President’s Message, I considered that I could present you with the various resources to help you get through this time. However, with the rapidly changing information, it would be irrelevant by the time you read this. You have access to the ADA and TDA websites that are updated daily for your benefit. You are likely receiving emails daily from your colleagues, advisors, banking representatives, and various companies that support our profession. I encourage you to stay informed because your knowledge will be outdated if you don’t.
What I’d rather focus on is the success we’ve had as a dental society over the last year, and the promising future of the upcoming year. Over the past year, we have met each of the goals that I outlined in my first message to you as President. We continued to grow in membership, offered value to membership with excellent continuing education at our general meetings, social events, and mentorship opportunities, supported our non-profit arm, the Capital Area Dental Foundation, we increased our support to DENPAC to help protect our profession, and we cultivated a relationship with our CenTex AGD colleagues. I cannot take credit for any of this. I have been honored to serve with an amazing Board of Directors who have not only exhibited their dedication to our profession but have also taught me how to be a better leader. I specifically want to thank my Executive Board: Dr. Shailee Gupta, Dr. Tony Pacheco, Dr. Anne Lyon, Dr. Dale Gallagher, and Dr. Jonathon Kimes. The countless hours these leaders of our society have volunteered are the reason we are one of the strongest local societies in the nation. It saddens me that we had to postpone the Installation of Officers event where I would have the opportunity to recognize each of these incredible individuals in person, but we will celebrate soon! I also want to take the opportunity to recognize the backbone of our society, our Executive Director Nancy Nisbett. This year is a milestone year for this amazing woman – 20 years of service to CADS. There are not enough words to thank her for her support this year. Lastly, I want to thank my family for their sacrifices during my Presidential term. Dr. Jonathon Kimes is my foundation, and he kept our family grounded during this whirlwind of a year. Our two children, Hunter and Audrey, supported mommy when she had meetings, emails, and all things CADS. Their support allowed me to serve in the way I knew our members deserved.
I am excited to pass the leadership to Dr. Shailee Gupta, whom I have known for over a decade and have had the privilege of serving with at many capacities. You will very quickly see Dr. Gupta’s admirable leadership skills, and I have full faith in what the future of CADS holds under her guidance.
Thank you for your trust this year. Thank you for supporting CADS. If there is ever a time to be proud of our profession and what it means to be involved in organized dentistry, it is now. I hope you all continue to stay safe and healthy, and I wish you the best with your practices as we begin to emerge from this recent crisis. We are all in this together.
Trisha Kimes, DDS, FAGD
CADS President, 2019-2020