This Is Where We Begin
The end. This year has been one of incredible growth for me and I have been privileged to serve as your President. It has been our board’s goal to create a must-have membership for you. What does that mean? That we provide you, our amazing dentists, with what you ask for. In our surveys and speaking to our members we know that opportunities for volunteerism, networking, social events and more local study groups are what you are hungering for. And we have answered.
Let us reflect on these past 12 months. We kicked off last summer with the New Dentist annual boat party. It was a great time that reminded me dentists really know how to have good time. Other new dentist events such as the pub crawl and UT basketball game are reasons alone to be members of CADS. It’s not all fun though as we know it is important to help foster young dentists in their career. The practice management round-table and the Wine and Wisdom events allow younger dentists opportunities to ask questions and develop their resources and network. We so appreciate our newer members like Dr. Kacie Stair, Dr. Lacey Ferguson, and Dr. Amy Nguyen who are getting involved in our community.
On behalf of our community we fought to keep fluoride in Austin’s water supply. Thank you Dr. Matt Heck and other supporters for joining me in front of the city council. It is important to be an activist and to stop being a by-stander. Change only happens when you make your voice heard!
Other members on our board have had your political backs. We work with the TDA to give input and advocate on behalf of you and all of our patients so that we can provide the best and safest dental care. Thank you to Dr. Jeran Hooten, Dr. Mark Peppard, Dr. Alan Moore, Dr. Lance Sanders and Dr. Ensy Atarod for being so active in the legislative process. It is vital to support DENPAC which advocate on dentists behalf, protecting our freedoms and rights as healthcare providers. This should be especially important to younger dentists since they have to look at practicing for the next 30 years. Dr. Kelly Keith and Dr. Jonathon Kimes can help you get involved or simply donate in support of your profession.
Dr. Kent Macaulay and Dr. Kavin Kelp are on the board of the Capital Area Dental Foundation and have worked with CADS in supporting the donated service programs like Goodwill and HAAM. Fundraising events like the CADF golf classic and the CADF Round Up & Gala are great social events that support these patients in need. Either volunteering with CADF or just having a wildly good time you too can contribute!
Behind the curtains, our webmaster Dr. Trisha Kimes has spent countless (unpaid) hours further developing our website so that it is user-friendly, esthetic, functional and can support our future endeavors such as a HIPPA compliant chat room where dentists can discuss cases both hypothetical and real. We have saved you time by now providing on-line registration for meetings and other events!
We appreciate our members and to show that, we organize an annual new member dinner and membership appreciation picnic. Legacy is important in every culture and this year we honored our members that have been with us for over 50 years.
This 2015-2016 Capital Area Dental Society board has you, our members, in the forefront of our minds. We give of our time and energy to create a tight-knit dental community that can be the foundation of professional growth by creating opportunities for volunteerism, mentorship, education, advocacy and friendship. This is our goal. This is where we begin.
By Elyse Cronin Barron, DDS
CADS President, 2015-2016