Why I Became a CADS Member

It has been 10 years since I moved to Austin and became a part of CADS. I now think of it as my dental family and have felt welcomed from the start. I received my undergraduate degree from UT Austin but attended Creighton Dental School in Omaha, when I needed a change in scenery in my life. It was intimidating moving back to Texas where I had no dental colleagues.
After dental school, I worked in Houston for a year. I’ll admit now that I attended a meeting there, but left after the first 15 minutes when I knew no one and no one talked to me. When I transferred to Austin, I was hesitant to go to another dental meeting. However, at CADS it was different. I received a call from a member of the new dentist committee inviting me to a meeting. As I walked into the Austin Country Club for my first meeting I was immediately greeted by Nancy, our executive director, and numerous others. It was this inclusive feeling that led me to stay for the whole meeting and eventually becoming involved in CADS. The next time you attend an event, look around and reach out to one person you do not know, it could make a difference in whether they stay a member of our society or not. I know it did for me.
CADS members are welcoming, they value education, making a difference in dentistry, and helping others. To this day, that spirit and those values are what drive our society to success. Examples of our success can be seen at the recent CADS Conference and CADF Gala. It is CADS commitment to educate professionals with sharp minds and strong hearts that makes me proud to be a member of CADS. It is truly an honor to serve as your CADS President and I look forward to our journey together over the next year.
By Ensy A. Atarod, DDS
CADS President, 2017-2018