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AACD Candidates For 2017 Elections

All AACD Members are encouraged to attend the Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, April 20, at AACD 2017 in Las Vegas, where members will vote on new leaders running for office.

Still interested in running for a position? Candidates can run from the floor for the Board of Directors, American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry, or for the Nominating & Leadership Development Committee but must notify the AACD Executive Office of their intention to do so at least 30 days prior to the election (March 22). Candidates running from the floor must also complete an application, which they can request from Executive Coordinator Raechel Resch.

Membership Meeting Agenda

Proposed Bylaws


 

Vice-President, Board of Directors
Elizabeth M. Bakeman, DDS, FAACD

Dr. Bakeman received her D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She is a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Dr. Bakeman serves as an examiner for both the Accreditation and the Fellowship examinations administered by the AACD. She served as Chairman of Accreditation for the AACD and Chairman of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington.  


All candidates were required to answer several questions. Click here to read Dr. Bakeman's answers.

Elizabeth M. Bakeman, DDS, FAACD


 

Accredited Member Seat, Board of Directors
Marilyn R. Calvo, DDS, AAACD

Dr. Marilyn Calvo is a 1979 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry. She has been in private practice for more than 35 years and currently practices in Encino, California, where she focuses on cosmetic restorative dentistry. She is an Accredited Member of the AACD, has been a featured dentist on Ten Years Younger, the TLC TV show. Dr. Calvo has for many years volunteered at a local children’s dental clinic, has served as Co-Chairman of the UCLA Dental School Apollonians, and has volunteered with National Charity League. Currently, she is honored to be an Examiner and mentor for the AACD. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and particularly enjoys cooking and entertaining. She and her husband, John, have three children and five grandchildren.


All candidates were required to answer several questions. Click here to read Dr. Calvo's answers.

Marilyn R. Calvo, DDS, AAACD


 

Accredited Member Seat, Board of Directors
David K. Chan, DMD, AAACD

David Chan earned his DMD degree in 1989 from Oregon Health Sciences University. He maintains a full-time practice focused on cosmetic and comprehensive dentistry located in Ridgefield, Washington. Dr. Chan currently serves as president of an affiliate of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, as director at the Center for Dental Artistry and as an mentor at the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington. He has been published widely, including several articles in the prestigious Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry.


All candidates were required to answer several questions. Click here to read Dr. Chan's answers.

David K. Chan, DMD, AAACD


 

Accredited Member Seat, Board of Directors
Sarah J. Jebreil, DDS, AAACD 

Sarah Jebreil graduated from the University of Pacific dental school in 2007 and started a career in general dentistry as an associate dentist at her father’s practice. Her drive for continued growth as a clinician led her to AACD in 2008, which motivated her to commit herself and learn new approaches to dentistry while sharpening her eye and technical skills. Dr. Jebreil has enjoyed and benefited from taking numerous hands-on courses, and she achieved accredited member status with the AACD in 2015. She is passionate about the art of dentistry and opened her own boutique office June 2015, which has allowed her to do more of the dentistry she loves.

All candidates were required to answer several questions. Click here to read Dr. Jebreil's answers.

Sarah J. Jebreil, DDS, AAACD


 

General Member Seat, Board of Directors
Tanya Lea DeSanto, DDS

Dr. Tanya L. DeSanto, a graduate of Northwestern University, has been creating beautiful smiles for adults and children for almost 25 years. She was recently inducted as a fellow by the International College of Dentists, the oldest and largest international honor society for dentists. Dr. DeSanto is a sustaining member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a Past President of the G.V. Black District Dental Society, the Chicago Dental Society, the American Dental Association, American Association of Women Dentists, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and a founding member of the Prairie Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Her passion above all has been serving on the AACD Board of Directors the past two years.

All candidates were required to answer several questions. Click here to read Dr. De Santo's answers.

Tanya Lea DeSanto, DDS


 

General Member Seat, Board of Directors 
David H. Yoshimaru, DDS


David H. Yoshimaru attended UC Irvine where he majored in Biological Sciences and Psychology before attending UCLA School of Dentistry. He enjoys practicing dentistry more than he’d like to admit and says it has been a very rewarding experience for him. In addition to practicing dentistry, Dr. Yoshimaru enjoys traveling with his wife and two children, playing the trumpet and tinkering on the piano, and staying physically active. He also appreciates fine dining and good wine, and has become an accomplished chef over the past several years.
 

All candidates were required to answer several questions. Click here to read Dr. Yoshimaru's answers.

David H. Yoshimaru, DDS


 

General Member Seat, Board of Directors 
Arun Narang, DDS

Dr. Arun Narang currently practices implant, cosmetic and restorative dentistry in Mississauga and Oakville. Dr. Narang received his dental degree from the University of Toronto and is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He is past president of the Toronto Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and has served as Co-Chair of the Professional Education Committee of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is Chairperson of the Affiliates Committee of the AACD. To keep up-to-date in the ever-changing world of dentistry, Dr. Narang attends various continuing education courses throughout the year. Dr. Narang has authored numerous articles on the latest dental issues which have been published in the Mississauga News, Oakville Beaver, and a variety of magazines.

All candidates were required to answer several questions. Click here to read Dr. Narang's answers.

   

Laboratory Representative, Board of Directors
Dane C. Barlow, CDT


Dane Barlow lost everything in the recession and moved into a garage with his wife and three children. This is when he chose to change careers and become a dental technician. He trained under an AACD Accredited Fellow Lab Technician, taking over his lab a year later. He was able to pay off all of his investors within his first year in business; and his equipment in the second. During this same time, he trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and became ranked number one in the world, securing a Gold medal at the Pan AM Championship followed by a Bronze Medal at the World Championships. Mr. Barlow has donated smiles to those less fortunate since he took over his lab and loves giving back to dentistry and the community.

All candidates were required to answer several questions. Click here to read Mr. Barlow's answers.

Dane C. Barlow, CDT


 

American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry Member
Steve D. Hoofard, CDT, AAACD

Steve Hoofard started, owned, and operated Aesthetic Designs from 1979 thru 2011. He gained Accredited status with the AACD in 2010 and in 2012 he incorporated his laboratory into the MicroDental Network, of which he is now a manager and
stockholder. Mr. Hoofard has completed the following courses from the Institute for Oral Art & Design: The Art of Full Contour Waxing;  Anterior Reconstruction: All Ceramic, Posterior Experience, Anterior Reconstruction; Metal Ceramics; Natural Aesthetics; and Digital Photography and Imaging. He has participated in a series of courses by Dr. Frank Spear and  has studied with exceptional ceramists such as Lee Culp, Matt Roberts, Shigeo Katioka, Brad Jones, Oliver Brix, and Trevor Langchild and has participated in clinics by Dr. Hornbrook, Dr. Kois, Dr. Dawson, Dr. Spoor, Dr. Gottlieb, and Dr. Christian Coachman.

All candidates were required to answer several questions. Click here to read Mr. Hoofard's answers.

	Steve D. Hoofard, CDT, AAACD


 

American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry Member
Adamo E. Notarantonio, DDS, AAACD


Dr. Adamo Notarantonio is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine (2002), where he received honors in both removable and fixed prosthodontics. He completed his residency in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at Stony Brook in 2003, and was chosen by faculty to complete a second year as Chief Resident. Dr. Notarantonio has previously been elected to serve on and is currently the Chairman of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry and in 2016, he was awarded the AACD’s Rising Star Award. In addition to the AACD, Dr. Notarantonio is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Equilibration Society, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He has multiple published articles and lectures nationally and internationally on multiple aspects of dentistry.

All candidates were required to answer several questions. Click here to read Dr. Notarantonio's answers.

Adamo E. Notarantonio, DDS, AAACD


 

American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry Member
Stevan J. Orser, DDS, AAACD

Dr. Stevan Orser received a full NCAA athletic scholarship for his undergraduate education, which he used to persue a bachelor degree in Psychology. After college, he studied at Loyola School of Dentistry in Maywood, Illinois, where he received his Doctorate. His post graduate training included a one year hospital residency At Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s. While in practice, he focused heavily on continuing education, concentrating in Occlusion and cosmetic dentistry. His continuing education took him to schools including Baylor, LSU and UCLA. As his practice and career grew, Dr. Orser became a founding member of, and now senior partner in, the group practice Arlington Adult Dentistry. During his nearly 40 years of practice, Dr. Orser assisted Jimmy Eubank, teaching his concepts of occlusion and esthetics for 19 years. He also lectured for five years with Quest Management systems, a practice management company.

All candidates were required to answer several questions. Click here to read Dr. Orser's answers.

Stevan J. Orser, DDS, AAACD


 

 

 

Candidate Q and A

Elizabeth M. Bakeman, DDS, FAACD

Why are you applying for this position?

I am applying for a position as VP because the AACD is important to me.  I want to see the organization flourish and positively affect the lives of its members and outcomes for patients.

We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others.

I am interested in hearing and considering the opinions of others. This not only exposes me to other viewpoints but it also allows me to better assess the value of my position on a topic. Brainstorming is one of my favorite things to do.  The energy and ideas that come out of a well-run brainstorming session can be pivotal.  It is as if everyone is a separate dot and as we start to connect the dots the design of the idea becomes bigger, better, and more unique.  Effective brainstorming should not reinforce a single idea driven by the most vocal person in the room but rather it should generate a design that might not have occurred without the input of the group. I love being involved in that energy. At the same time I feel it is important to be respectful of people’s time.  On occasion, the time is not right, the group isn’t engaged, or perhaps there is not enough information available for effective brainstorming.  It is critical that leadership is able to recognize such a situation and to move on. Few things sap the enthusiasm of the group or devalue participants’ involvement as when their volunteer time is not used wisely. Developing well-planned agendas and the efficient facilitation of meetings are important components of the leadership’s charge.

Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals. Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.

I take my responsibilities seriously and am a hard worker.  I try to live by the philosophy, "No excuses, just results."  I have an amazing staff in my practice - truly amazing.  I would not be able to do half of what I do if I didn't have their support and encouragement. As far as past accomplishments:

As Accreditation Chairperson –

  • Increased recognition and motivation for Members in the Process and Accredited Members
    • Began the process of sending hand-written notes of encouragement to candidates that had only one to three remaining cases to pass.
    • Began awarding medallions at the annual session Opening Session and instituted week-long celebration of candidates.
    • Envisioned and helped develop the Accreditation Showcase at the annual session.
    • Worked with the BOD to eliminate the Smile Gallery
    • Worked with the BOD to alter Code of Ethics so that Accreditation Candidates could publicly announce involvement in the Accreditation process.
    • Worked towards the evolution of the credentialing workshops 
  • Increased awareness of Accreditation on the profession
    • Began alliance with Dental Economics and generated edited articles ready for print once per month for two years.
    • Initiated a print ad campaign promoting Accreditation and exchanged ad space for articles.

As ABCD Chair –

  • Involved in restructuring the organization and working operation of the ABCD. 
  • Pushed to move documentation for Accreditation submissions from a slide to a digital format.
  • Brought in specialists to facilitate moving the exam process to the review of RAW images to maintain credibility and sanctity of the process.
  • Instrumental in initiating the first psychometric evaluation of the Oral Examination process.
  • Worked on a joint AACD/AAED task force to develop a Universal Code of Ethics
  • Instrumental in creating an alliance with Dear Doctor for articles to be endorsed by the AACD (lends credibility as authority in area of cosmetic dentistry and provides recognition to the Academy).
The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict.​

The focus shall always be on what is best for the Academy and for its members.  It is that simple for me.

What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?

The concept of being considered unique or distinctive is difficult when there are so many truly amazing and accomplished people in our Academy. There are countless remarkable, hardworking, dedicated, thoughtful, insightful, and passionate members; it is the people in this Academy which sets the AACD apart.  I am proud to be a member. I would say that at this point in my career I bring a level of experience and maturity that will be helpful.  Through the process of teaching and mentoring I have become a better clinician as well as a better educator.  I have become comfortable interacting with the media, with the public, and with the leaders of other organizations.  Additionally, I have done a good deal of writing and publishing which has left me comfortable in that arena as well.  

Regarding how I see myself making a difference - I am not afraid of change.  I am a firm believer that there is always some way to improve on the way things have been done before– we don’t need to be afraid.  Individuals and organizations must continually evolve and this evolution must consist of building upon the sizable accomplishments of those who have come before us. It is out of respect for the vision of the founding members that we must continue to be visionary.

Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancements of that AACD Strategic Plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s Core Purpose.

I am passionate about education and exploring different ways the Academy can advance the profession through education.  I have some ideas under development regarding ways to better support the advancement of the individual, to grow the membership and to support Accreditation, and to enhance the influence of the AACD in the profession. I believe we can, and should, do more in the mentoring of potential leaders and would love to see that aspect of the organization continue to develop.

Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership. Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members.

Being involved in education is the bridge for me.  I would feel out of touch without it.  Being involved in education creates a mindset as well.  To be effective one must continually define what is working and where things are falling short.  Continually exploring areas requiring improvement mandates connection with those we serve.

Please list leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.

I have taken a 360 Degree Leadership Assessment and worked with an adviser to increase competency.  I have taken a couple of leadership courses from Paul Homoly through a Detroit based Kois Study Club group.  I find the many wonderful books on leadership helpful.  I am fortunate to be able to work with Dr. John Kois. I never fail to learn something from his commendable and powerful leadership skills. Another valued resource in the area of leadership is my husband Jim.  He served as president of his large orthopedic surgery group for four years. I have learned so much from watching him lead efficiently and effectively with style, grace and respect.

What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?

I have many years of experience working with team members at the Executive Office (Marketing, Accreditation, Publications, Meetings). We have a good working relationship and I look forward to building on that solid foundation.

Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending? 

No.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain.

No.

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Marilyn R. Calvo, DDS, AAACD

Why are you applying for this position?

I am applying for a position on the Board of Directors.  I am passionate and dedicated to helping all members rise up and become the best at what they do whether they are a dentist, technician, student or team member.  I want to be involved in creating an environment at the AACD where the Board encourages all members to realize their potential professionally through Accreditation or Continuing Education and philanthropically through Give Back a Smile. I want to be part of a Board that continues to align its Marketing Goals with the Strategic Plan so that the public will understand the life changing benefits of cosmetic/functional dentistry.
 
I have been a member of the AACD for 15 years.  When I attended my first AACD meeting in San Antonio, Texas, I was amazed at the quality of dentistry I saw being presented.  When I learned about Accreditation, I thought it was something achievable only by “really talented” individuals and didn’t think that I could ever join their ranks.  Slowly, as I focused on developing my skills, I began to dream about becoming accredited.  I became infused with the excitement of doing beautiful dentistry.  I met generous mentors who encouraged me through the process and now, I want to pass on to other members, the camaraderie that this organization has come to be so well known for. 
 
I would like to be able to contribute as a Board Member to work together efficiently, effectively and harmoniously and move the organization forward while focusing on our most important asset, which are our members.  I feel we continuously need to be asking ourselves, “Is this action in the best interest of the members and does it serve to increase the value of membership."

We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others.

Leadership, just as life, is a journey.  One must continue to learn in order to lead.  I try to develop myself both personally and professionally every day.  Some of the characteristics that I have that qualify me for this position is a strong desire to excel, a stick-to-itiveness needed to accomplish a challenge.  I am a team player, a good listener, and I love to help others succeed.  I am honest, sincere, have a positive outlook, have a passion for dentistry and life, have compassion and sensitivity for the needs of others.  I come from a blue-collar background.   I am an extremely good fiscal manager as demonstrated by managing my office and home efficiently, thus allowing me to reach financial freedom.  I am well focused and disciplined and have the ability to sacrifice short-term fun in return for long-range fulfillment.
 
My leadership style is to lead by example.  At my office, I am the first to arrive and the last to leave.  I take on challenges every day as a leader at work and at home.  I accept the responsibilities of my actions.  I find that people, who take responsibility, get the job done, go the extra mile, are driven by excellence and produce regardless of the situation.  I treat every one of my team members with respect and believe there is no job that I require of them that I would not do.  I care about my team members as individuals respecting differences in opinions and personalities.  I include my team in the leadership process by asking their ideas and suggestions.  My goal is to inspire my team members to be the best at their jobs and inspire my patients to the highest level of dental health that is consistent with their values.
 
My organizational style is data driven.  We have an ongoing evaluation of our current state of doing things and our desired state, setting goals, reviewing results, then modifying goals and making plans to achieve those goals.

Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals. Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.

In regard to my abilities to get projects done, at my office, my staff and I work as a team with a shared vision.  We prioritize our goals so we concentrate our time and energy on doing what is important.  We delegate duties, monitor our progress and meet our deadlines.  Everyone on our team has different capabilities.  We try to utilize everyone’s best skills to benefit our goals.  Success in our office and success in life is a function of how well we work and play together.  By sustaining great interpersonal relationships with both our team members and our patients, we are able to achieve extraordinary goals.
 
In 2016, I completed a 3-year term on ABCD.  I was chair of the University Outreach program.  Prior to me coming on board, Accredited members were solicited to volunteer to give the Smile Design lecture at universities.   In order to grow the program, I gave a short presentation to the faculty members that attended the University Educators Forum to motivate them to sign up to have a speaker at their dental school and to pursue Accreditation too.  This got more signups.  Last year I made the motion to the ABCD to present to the BOD to require universities that sent faculty members to the scientific session to have the Smile Design lecture to their students.
 
Over the years, I have received a great deal of satisfaction in giving back to the community as well as to my profession.  For 20 years, I volunteered at a Children’s Dental Clinic for underprivileged children.  I was involved in leadership and Chaired fundraising campaigns for the UCLA School of Dentistry and volunteered at National Charity League (a philanthropic organization for mothers and daughters) for over seven years.  In 2011, I did a full mouth reconstruction for my “Give Back a Smile” recipient.  From 1998 until 2010, I was a Clinical Instructor at the Contemporary Esthetics Residency program at Esthetic Professionals in Tarzana, CA where I was committed to teaching 24 days per year on a volunteer basis. From 2008 until 2014 I was involved as a Visiting Faculty at the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I enjoy mentoring and sharing my passion and love for the Accreditation Credential through my mentoring.

The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships, which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict.

In terms of making unbiased decisions in situations where friendships and policy/ethical decisions clash, I know I will put the core values of the AACD first.  I have already demonstrated that during my previous board positions.

What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?

I have extremely good interpersonal skills with the passion and dedication needed to get projects accomplished especially in dealing with our membership.  As an organization, the AACD has had the greatest impact on my professional life.  When I joined the Academy more than 15 years ago not only was I amazed at the quality of education at the scientific meetings but also over the years have made truly wonderful friendships with dentists, lab techs, and team members from all over the world.  I am committed to engaging with members to try and pass on the quality of education and the feeling of camaraderie.  I am committed to creating an environment where both general members and Accredited members are valued and supported equally.

Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancements of that AACD Strategic Plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s Core Purpose.

My passion lies in connecting with the membership and their needs and to help develop a pathway to help with retention issues.  In speaking with Mike Di Frisco, the retention rate at AACD has been decreasing slowly over the past few years.  Currently, it is about 78%.  There is a protocol at the home office for welcoming new members.  There is a series of emails and staff made calls (“touches”) made to New Members after they join the AACD along with the New Member Welcome kit being mailed to their office.  Staff, email notifications and an outside company make most of these contacts with the new members.  I believe, as Mike Di Frisco does, that new members are mostly likely to “engage” if contacted by an existing committee member.  Currently, we have too many emails and not enough “personal touches”.  When a new member joins AACD, the retention rate for that FIRST year member is 55%.  After they have been an AACD member for 2 years that retention rate goes way up. 
 
My thought as a new board member is to design a “pilot program” to help with member retention.  The pilot program would just include myself.  I would like to personally contact 20 new members per month and develop “personal touch” ideas with Mike to try and engage the new member with whatever their interest may be (education, business development, accreditation, etc).  We would track these new members for a year and see if these new members renew their membership at a higher rate than the current 55% and what percentage of them attend the Scientific Session.  Currently, I am on the Ambassadors Committee which has decided not to personally contact members.  I would like the opportunity to see if there is a correlation between personally contacting new members by an existing AACD member and their retention rate.  By having statistical numbers, the BOD could make a more intelligent decision on whether the work of calling translates into keeping more new members.

Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership. Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members.

For years I have had a tremendous passion for what the Academy has done for me.  With or without being on the Board, I already share my passion on how being a Member of the AACD Community has helped me grow as a dentist and a person.  I’ve demonstrated my ability to connect with general members over the years through my involvement in the New Member Program, the ABCD Facilitator Program, the University Outreach Program and by serving on the Board of the LA Affiliate of the AACD.
 
My past service to the AACD is very transparent and reflects that I have no agenda for my own personal gain.  I am not a lecturer nor am I trying to sell any classes or products.  I get my personal fulfillment from sharing my passion and love of the Credential along with excellence in cosmetic dentistry with New Members, General Members and Accreditation Candidates.  Helping others reach their “aha” moment when they realize through hard work and going the extra mile they can achieve goals that they thought were not within their reach.  This is what brings a smile to my heart.  I want to make a difference and inspire more members to reach the highest level of cosmetic excellence that they desire to achieve.

Please list leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.

I have taken Leadership courses as part of Board Member leadership from 2006 -2008 and from 2013 – 2016.

What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?

For those of you that may not know me personally, I am very committed to following through with projects—not just in the short term of development of a new program, but brainstorming ways of how goals can be improved, reevaluated and kept going for the long term.
 
I served on the Board of Directors from 2006 until 2008 and have grown from that initial period of service.  Since 2007, I have volunteered at the Annual Conference by helping Brett Magnuson with the Accreditation Photography workshop and have helped Jim Peyton at every annual meeting by mentoring in either the Class IV or Type V Accreditation workshops from 2007 until 2015.
 
In 2010 I was honored to receive the AACD Service Award for my work in connecting with New Members and developing the New Member Mentorship Program and its Welcome Program at the Annual meeting.
 
From 2013 until 2016 I was on the ABCD and among other things worked with MIP’s and the University Outreach Program.  Finally, for the past year and a half I have had the honor of being an Examiner and mentor with the Accreditation process.
 
I have also done 8 episodes of the TLC TV program, “Ten Years Younger”.

Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending?

No.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain.

No. 

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David K. Chan, DMD, AAACD

Why are you applying for this position?

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) is considered in the world to be the premier organization for advancing and promoting excellence in cosmetic dentistry. I am applying for this position from a perspective of my passion for cosmetic dentistry and the ability for me to contribute relentlessly into the future leadership for the betterment of an organization that I so cherish dearly.  Being an active member of the AACD for over 15 years, it would be a great honor for me to continue my very best efforts in fulfilling the leadership and mission of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. In addition, I am also confident with my experiences nationally and internationally to be used in influencing the future growth of the academy. I strongly believe I have the experience and skills to apply for the BOD position as "Vice President" of the AACD.

We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others.

There are many definitions of leadership. My definition of an effective leader always involves the need of an exclusive set of human relations and interpersonal skills. I believe a good leader should have a clear understanding of who he is, what he knows and what he can do. A paramount principle in my rule book of a  true leader  involves that it is my peers, not the leader or someone else who determines if the leader is successful.
Here are a set of rules I always look back at and seek guidance on when I take on a project which requires leadership and teamwork:

  • Understanding the individual
  • Looking at the little things
  • Integrity
  • Keeping promises
  • Ethical
  • Be clear about what is expected
  •  Apologize sincerely when you make a mistake

In addition, I also believe that an effective leader also calls for a set of effective organizational skills. Included in the following list are some of the items I would routinely call upon when I am faced with starting any project.

  • Be Proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think Win-Win
  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  • Value differences
  • Seek continuous improvement and learning

Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals. Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.

The approach I take to fulfill any obligation I take on is a very simple one, "Begin with the end in mind". I find this style of approach very effective for me of getting the job done as it identifies the goal from the very beginning. A good example how I apply thinking with the process "begin with the end in mind" is the way I run my study club and teaching center. I currently serve as the president of an AACD affiliate study club as well as managing a composite resin teaching center in Washington State and I have found this approach to be very effective from organizing my PowerPoint lectures, arranging guest speakers for the club, logistics for teaching center students, delegating duties or even getting our study club Christmas party arrangements.

Another example would be serving as a mentor to visiting dentists at the Kois Center in Seattle where organizing the mentoring workflow with other mentors before, during and after the courses is paramount in ensuring a first class learning experience for the participants. Having been involved with the Kois Center for some time now, I have honed the art of collaboration with others towards a common goal with the belief that "none of us is smarter than all of us".

The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships, which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict.

I believe the best and simple way to answer this question is with the old saying "do upon others as you wish they do upon you". Furthermore, I can also reflect from being a Rotary Club member for over ten years and get reminded of Rotary Internationals "Four Way Test" every Thursday morning at 7:00 AM.

The Four Way Test:

  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?

Having served for almost four years on the ABCD in addition to numerous committees has allowed me ample opportunities to interact at the joint Board meetings with the BOD which allowed me to observe and gain valuable firsthand experience of how the Boards function along with the many challenges the Boards face. When I see a challenge I generally will analyze it with the traditional solution to the problem but I will not be timid with thinking out of the box to come up with a potential solution. During my term on the ABCD, I was also involved as a member with the Professional Education Committee, the Budget Finance Committee,the Affiliates Committee and the International Committee. Over the last three years while serving on the ABCD, I have had the unique opportunities on numerous occasions to travel internationally while building relationships with among peers and the AACD. In addition, I have taken it upon myself to travel to different parts of the world to gain personal experience on the level of interests dentist there have in regards to cosmetic dentistry and share with them the mission of the AACD.

Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancements of that AACD Strategic Plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s Core Purpose.

My interests that support the AACD Strategic Plan reflecting an alignment with the AACD's core purpose are:

  • Education: I have been involved extensively in promoting this particular core value of the AACD by giving lectures/workshops at the AACD annual meetings along with other dental conferences, published three articles in the "accreditation essentials" section of the JCD, published articles in "Inside dentistry", "Dental Economics", "Dear Doctor", promoted and secured AACD branded articles with "Inside Dentistry" and "Dentistry Today",  maintain an AACD affiliate study club in Washington State, lecturing nationally/internationally,  and serve as a mentor to dentists at the Kois Center. In addition, I am actively involved with the AACD University Outreach Program having presented to dental students what cosmetic dentistry can offer them in their careers at my local dental schools.
  • Accreditation: I uphold a great respect for the Accreditation process and what it stands for, "excellence in cosmetic dentistry". As a small tribute to this noble cause, I had shared with fellow dentists the road to Accreditation and the commitment it involves by publishing in the "Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry". I am also fortunate that as president of my study club, I am in a position to influence and encourage my peers to being Accredited by the AACD by offering continued education courses that is oriented towards  passing the Accreditation exam. During my term on the ABCD I was fortunate to be involved with collecting data with our sister organizations such as the JAED and KAED.
  • Membership: My personal focus on increasing AACD membership and promoting its "Internal Brand" has been my involvement at a local level with the AACD affiliate study club, at a national level with my travels giving lectures and hands-on composite workshops nationally and at a international level by traveling to numerous foreign countries. In the last three years I have travelled to Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Egypt promoting what the AACD stands for in an effort to generate interest in cosmetic dentistry and the AACD.

Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership. Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members.

I truly think the best way to answer this question is to quote the following statements:

  • "It' about human relationships"
  • "It's about communication"
  • "It's about troubleshooting"

I see myself giving 110% to look into all aspects to build/maintain the Academy's membership and avail myself to dialogue with the wishes of our members and build good human relationships. I also am realistic and do not expect everything fall in place all the time, but I will be willing to troubleshoot and work with diligence to overcome the obstacles. However, I am always devoting time and ideas to seek out new opportunities where I am able to reach out to my peers. If selected as a Board member I sincerely plan on bridging out to our members on a taking down the wall as a board member and just have some good old informal one on one conversation.

Please list leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.

Leadership training courses given to Board members during my term on the ABCD. Example: multi day  leadership course with John Oesch in Madison, WI.
Dale Carnegie online leadership courses. I've read many books on leadership. Examples include: "Blue Ocean Strategy", "No Shortcuts To The Top", "How We Decide", "Scaling Up Excellence", "The Snowball", "Stuff Happens and You Fix It", "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People".

What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?

I have a sincere passion for dentistry and lead this Academy into the future along with the willingness to honestly share unbiased information with my peers. Lastly, I would be ecstatic to secure a position on the BOD as "Vice President", however if that position should not be available, I would like to be considered to serve for a position as an Accredited member of the BOD.

Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending?

No.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain.

No.

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Sarah J. Jebreil, DDS, AAACD 

Why are you applying for this position?

I believe the AACD is the best organization in the world for promoting responsible esthetics and promoting the art and science of cosmetic dentistry with the highest standards in cosmetic and restorative dentistry.  I believe this from the bottom of my heart, there are many other organizations out there that I have been a part of but none have the prestige and comradery of the AACD. I want to be a part of the leadership that takes the academy in to the future, which is why I am applying for this position. 

I have been a member of the AACD since I first graduated and learned of the organization in 2008.  Upon learning about the AACD credential and seeing the amazing work of the accredited members I made it my mission to become an accredited member and I decided to guide my dental career in lines with the esthetics and conservatism which the AACD embodies.  I received accreditation at the Annual meeting in San Francisco in 2015.  Since joining the AACD I have always admired the leadership within the organization and I have always dreamed of becoming a leader.  I started off joining the welcome committee in 2010, since then I have been on the Awards Committee, I have been on the PPTT and served as Ambassador. My continued involvement is a testament to me commitment to the AACD and desire to become a leader within this organization.

We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others.

I am a very fair and open minded individual.  I find that I like to listen to all the information that is being given to me before analyzing it and making any decisions. I then choose to work with others to verbally come to a solution that can be a win/win for everyone.  I am also very approachable and I thrive on communication.

Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals. Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.

When I joined the AACD after graduation, I set my mind upon becoming accredited.  It was very hard work for a new grad with very little aesthetic training.  I worked very diligently, failing my case type 5 three times before passing.  I like challenges and I don’t let them hinder me.  I also did a start-up office in Newport Beach last year which was very challenging.  Everyone kept telling me I should go for a less saturated area or buy into an existing practice.  I chose to create my own vision for my practice and go with a start-up.  After just one-year we are doing extremely well and I couldn’t be happier, but I do have to admit it was very intimidating when we first opened seeing a schedule completely empty and a pile of bills. When times were difficult I decided to embrace the challenge and not look for the easy way out.

The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships, which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict.

The AACD is a great source to foster friendships among like-minded dental professionals.  I am very familiar with conflict and feel very comfortable heading it face on. Throughout my life and professional career I have faced many situations where there could be conflict, but I always handle it by separating friendship and professional conduct, and I believe it is acceptable to agree to disagree, that is a part of life.

What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?

I am unique because I am of a younger generation who is very tech/social media savvy and choose a more personable model for dental practice.  I often find people are surprised to find that I am a dentist because they associate our profession as being introverts.  I would like to bridge the gap of the ‘iconic dentist’ of the past to the progressive modern dentist practicing responsible esthetics of today.  I have been wanting to be a part of the AACD leadership since I joined the AACD, I have a lot of great ideas and energy to bring to the boardroom, as well as the perspective of the younger generation of dentists.

Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancements of that AACD Strategic Plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s Core Purpose.

Going through the accreditation process and experiencing how it has greatly impacted my dentistry, the way I practice and my passion, I feel indebted to the AACD. The credential is such an important facet to understanding and being able to practice esthetic dentistry there definitely needs to be more awareness within the dental community and the public as a whole. I feel like I would be a great asset to the advancement of the Strategic plan because as a younger member I can communicate to the newer generation of dentists entering the field. I am a very creative person and I feel there are many untapped avenues that we can facilitate membership growth and brand prestige and awareness.

Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership. Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members.

I see myself as being an asset to the board in terms of increasing membership in that I am very approachable and I have many contacts in the younger generation of dentists who still have not joined the AACD.  I am very active on social media and my colleagues have already seen how much the AACD has improved my dentistry and way of life.

Please list leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.

I am currently training under a leadership and empowerment coach, Laurel House.  I have also taken courses from Tony Robbins and the Levin Group.  On my commute to work every day I choose to listen to leadership and empowerment books by Simon Sinek, Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, Hal Eldrod to name a few, or I love to download the newest TED talks.  I feel that personal growth is something we constantly need to participate

What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?

I have served on the board of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s Glass Slipper Guild where we have raised over 1.5 million for the children’s cancer unit over the past 3 years I have been on the board.  I truly am committed to obtaining a leadership role within the AACD and therefore I am open to any leadership position that will allow me to help take the academy into the future of cosmetic and responsible esthetic dentistry.

Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending?

No.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain.

No. 

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Tanya Lea DeSanto, DDS

Why are you applying for this position?

I would like to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry to make a positive difference in my profession and be the change I want to see happen in my lifetime. I want to give back to others and help promote membership in this academy that I am very proud to be a member of.

We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others.

I am a very driven and task oriented person. If it is a project that I am passionate for, I give it 200%. A project I am less passionate for, I find that the sooner I get to it and more effective I am at getting it done, the quicker it goes away! As a practicing dentist/owner in a busy office with 2 associates, a husband and a mother of  3 young children,  being extremely organized in not an option. My ‘style’, if I have to call it that, is to do what is needed very promptly and in a very timely manner because a casual window of free time isn’t that predictable! I love what I do every minute of the day so organization flows easily when you are doing what you love. My organizational style is not just the mere concept of getting things done but how effective you are at doing it – quality vs. quantity. My leadership style follows suit.

Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals. Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.

I have already taken on a big project with the AACD and brought it to completion on the local level. I was the founding member of my idea to launch the Prairie Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a local chapter affiliate of the AACD. It has taken on a life of its own with 7 board positions and a locally growing membership in central Illinois. I am very proud of this accomplishment. 
 
Another accomplishment that I am very proud of is being appointed to chairing my very first AACD Committee. During President Bassett’s term, she asked me to chair PPTT committee. Having a large committee focused on ideas on how to move this academy into the future was and is incredibly exciting. The committee was very successful and out of it came a amazing luncheon that I coined the Bridge Builders luncheon (not be confused with the “mentorship” that the ABCD Board utilizes. Under Dr Gibson’s term, she asked me to continue chairing this committee and merging it with the large Ambassador’s committee. I have termed this the ATT committee (Ambassador Think Tank). It is a ball of energy and excitement. The most popular and the most fun committee of the academy, I must say! Growing everyday!!
 
Another committee I was asked to be on under Dr. Gibson’s term is the Contract negotiation committee for our executive director. This took a lot of time, a lot of patience, listening and leadership to make this happen successfully. It was as pleasure to accomplish this with the attorneys and two other fellow board members.   

The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships, which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict.

The balancing act forces lines to be drawn. Any practicing dentist rises above this line every day in practice. When we are treating family and friends, we have to draw this line all of the time. It is what we owe to them. The same rules apply in a leadership position. Members place you in these positions and you have to do the best for the organization you are representing. Real friends would understand tough choices where others just have to agree to disagree. Leadership is FAR more than a label- it is about creating sustained, positive transformations within the organization. There are always moments in a career when leaders make tough choices. That is what sets a leader apart from the others.

What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?

As a practicing esthetic dentist for over 20 years, I feel I have so much to offer the AACD on a leadership level. I am a team player. It makes life fun and more rewarding. On a professional level, being a team player is the key for long term success, staff retention and patient trust.  Dentists that are team players are the most successful dentists around. How many continuing education courses have I heard this in? They are all correct. With my clinical experience, my leadership experience and my family experience, I feel that I have so much to offer the AACD and help move it forward even further.

Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancements of that AACD Strategic Plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s Core Purpose.

I want to make a difference in this academy and promote membership and all of the benefits that can come from a membership with the AACD. I would like to work on the marketing angle s a member of the Board of Directors. The strategic plan talks about a marketing plan from a very broad perspective. I would like to see a one year goal to create a more specific outline of marketing and membership. I would like to see a three year goal to consist of a 5% increase in overall membership due to the efforts put forth from a more detailed strategic plan.
 
I have also done a lot of research and introduced a concept to our current board that the AACD only represents two out of three groups of all dentists: the solo practitioner and the large independent group practice. I would like to see a corporate arm to our academy. This third group of dentists are working under a dental support organization (DSO). I am excited to chair this task force and enter this uncharted ground in our academy. My hope is that we become all inclusive and our membership numbers soar! The AGD has moved mountains with this concept and I know we can be wildly successful as well.

Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership. Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members.

If we are going to continue to be a long term successful organization we much continue to grow and thrive: that all comes down to a very strong membership. To have a solid member base mandates a very strong board. This board must continually reach out to its members individually and keep open lines of communication, listening, engaging, implementing, growing. I believe in this so much that I have made it the foundation that I have built the Ambassadors Think Tank committee on.

Please list leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.

I continually engage in as many leadership courses as possible. I have taken the leadership institute seminars offered through the Chicago Dental Society. I have applied to the ADA Leadership Institute as well. I also am an active participant in practice management academy and frequent their winter annual meeting. I have had the unique opportunity to be chosen to be a part of Leadership Springfield, a nine month leadership course. I attended under a scholarship awarded to me by the Junior League of Springfield. I have since become an active Alumni for Leadership Springfield, speaking at the leadership training and lecturing as part of the curriculum. One can never learn enough and educate enough.

What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?

I have been actively working with the Central Illinois area promoting membership to the AACD. I have had popular speakers flown in and at these events, promoted the AACD to large numbers of non-member dentists. As I mentioned above, I have formed the first affiliate chapter of the AACD in Central Illinois trying to gain more exposure and thus an increase in members to our organization. In sum, I want to use my abilities and ideas to create a wealth of effective ideas that we can implement on a national level and see the rewards of our efforts through strength in numbers. I want to reach out to non-members and introduce them to all that the AACD has to offer. I have grown so much through this organization and I want to share this excitement with others.

Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending?

No action has ever been taken against my dental license or malpractice insurance.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain.

I have never been convicted of a felony.

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David H. Yoshimaru, DDS

Why are you applying for this position?

With respect to my own goals as a sole practitioner, I have made great strides .
I have been quite satisfied with how things have turned out.   However, the one area  I failed miserably was in giving back.  One of my goals was to teach, but time restraints and being committed every week while running a practice and raising a family was for me, impossible.
 
I want to return a great deal to dentistry.  The profession has been exceedingly good to me and my family.  The obligations asked of me here are neither too much nor too difficult.  It is a goal that I can easily accomplish and commit to, and of course, will allow me to give back, and that has been all proven true when I was on the board with the experience exceeding my expectations.

We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others.

Leadership comes in an assortment of styles.  Those that are true to who they are, tend to lead best.   And those that are great leaders will know what their strengths and weaknesses are and will surround themselves with people to fill in those holes.  Often times, those leaders who tend to keep their own ego in check and let the others receive accolades and recognition will be the most successful in moving the organization forward, although this isn’t always the case.  Fear is a great motivator for some, but I definitely do not respond well to aggressive individuals.  In fact, I can be counted on to be one to stand up to such tactics.
 
Leading by example usually provides me the results I seek.  Give me a task to complete, and I will not often fail.  Give me some direction and some background and I will complete whatever it is, with whatever team is given to me.  I love to delegate (in fact, I think it is necessary to the health of the organization), but only if I know that person to be competent.  If not, I tend to complete it myself.   I won’t take on projects that I cannot accomplish well.  I know my limits, but after some familiarity I can often adapt and read into it very quickly and own it.  I have no problem with being a follower/supporter as long as I know the objectives from the very start and I believe that it is for the greater good. 
My organizational skills are good but I want others to handle day to day tasks, since I like the creative aspects of design and leadership.   I tend to want positions of authority, but only after I know that I can adequately manage the people around me.  Until I get to that comfort level, I love to surround myself with those people that are in the know so I can learn as much as possible.  Just as I lead through example, I learn best by example.
 
I think clearly on my feet, but find planning ahead makes that much easier.
 
I often, when negotiating anything, realize that the answer always tends to be in the middle.  I also go by the rule that if both sides feel like they lost something, then it was probably the correct outcome.  The art of negotiating isn’t to win, it’s to compromise and to move forward.
 
Anyone who has served with me knows that what I have said is truly what I believe  and  comes from the heart.

Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals. Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.

During my years as a board member, I was instrumental in several  important projects. One, was instituting the ED annual review into place and providing the first read on that project.  The second was on the board self evaluation. These two items were not only important for the health of our organization but also required for our non-profit status to remain.    The third item was being on the policies committee rewrite and finally,  the adopting of 457b plan.  All these projects first involved much research. Second, I broke down the process into bite sized pieces and delegated.  Third, reassemble and then "test run".  Gained feedback, and adjusted.  Allowed for true criticism and then presented the work.
 
I understand that some of these have morphed or changed in some way, and that is what I would expect over time, but all have remained and are in use today.   These were solid building blocks for a stable board environment.  I understand it has served its purpose well thus far.

The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships, which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict.

Most people understand that  non profit Boards are volunteer positions.  If my friend can’t understand what my position is, there isn’t a whole lot I can do to change that.  However, let me say that while serving on the AACD board, during those three years I was on the opposite side of almost all decisions with a certain director who is also a  friend.  We had no conflict, no issues before and after each meeting.  People need to understand that being a board member and making decisions isn’t personal, but about taking your experience and your viewpoint and offering that to the group.  The decision to be made is a collective one.

What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?

As stated prior, I bring 3 years of what I consider meaningful and productive board experience. Also, my expertise is mainly gained  from my wife’s involvement in 501C’s for over 30 years and is part of her job description to be on the Governance committees and to work side by side with Board members and employees.    Her expertise in this arena will definitely be a huge advantage that few others have consistent access to.  I have intimate and immediate access to board consultants, over a 100 years of total board experienced people.    I was on a few boards prior to the AACD, and these were short term events.  I know I can make a difference and my past performance confirms that.

Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancements of that AACD Strategic Plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s Core Purpose.

As a Board member, we are obligated to use the Mission Statement  as a framework in all decisions we make and to perform those duties within the Bylaws.  During my first 3 years, I was very much involved with several projects which are outlined below.    Although the policies may change, the mission statement and the bylaws are more or less etched in stone.  I can’t imagine any board going wrong if they concentrate on these two items.   My current interests are increasing membership.  I’d like to somehow contribute to this area.  I honestly believe the academy is not performing to its full potential and we are underperforming.  I see no reason why the academy shouldn’t have a lot more members who are excited being affiliated with the AACD.

Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership. Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members.

As a general board member who has joined, left and rejoined the AACD, I see great strides that need to be put in place in order to attract and retain it’s membership.  Clearly, there are those members that want to achieve accreditation status, and those that simply think it isn’t worth the time to do so.  Each member, regardless of their status shouldn’t feel as if they are less than the accredited members, but we should encourage all to seek expertise in dentistry.  The AACD credentialing process is the best model out there, and so it goes without saying that is one of the cornerstones of our organization. 
 
At one of our meetings I found and sat with several individuals and discussed whether it was worth the effort.  Most said they simply loved the lectures and classes and couldn’t be bothered with the accreditation process.  Some, were MIP's.  Recently, I ran into a few dentists at the AGD fellowship exam who were very curious about the AACD and the process.    I was speaking to them as a former board member.  I can tell you, you have a few new members coming your way.

Please list leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.

N/A

What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?

I am sure I am no different than most applicants that wish to fill this seat.  We all want consistent, level headed and thoughtful members.  I will promise to provide you with the same and with the ultimate goal of leaving my position in a better state than when I entered.
 
During my first three years, I was instrumental in several  important projects. One, was instituting the ED annual review into place and providing the first read on that project. The second was on the board self evaluation. These two items were not only important for the health of our organization but also required for our non-profit status to remain. The third item was being on the policies committee rewrite and finally, the adopting of 457b plan.
 
I understand that some of these have morphed or changed in some way, and that is what I would expect over time, but all have remained and are in use today. These were solid building blocks for a stable board environment. I understand it has served its purpose well thus far.

Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending?

No.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain.

No.

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Arun Narang, DDS

Why are you applying for this position?

The past two years on the Board, as Chairperson of the Affiliates Committee, have given me a great opportunity to work with a tremendous group of individuals from whom I have learned a lot.  Yet I feel I have been able to give back to the Board and share my insights, experiences and suggestions in hopefully a productive and proactive manner. 
 
I am re-applying for the Board of Directors for the AACD because I am passionate about and believe in what the AACD stands for.  I would feel privileged to have the chance to continue my work with the AACD and working with the other members to reach the goals we have made, especially with the goals of increasing affiliate members and relations.  I have learned the importance of continuing to nurture and grow these relations. 
 
I would also like to also like to continue my work with the affiliates.  I believe creating better alliances with the affiliates and giving back to the affiliates by supporting them, will create the growth in the AACD membership.

We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others.

My leadership skills cannot be described with just one word because a leader is many things. I believe as a leader you would have to be able to inspire, be empathetic, be a good communicator, remain positive, be persistent, be creative, be organized and be a team player.  
 
When things become difficult I believe that effective leaders should not get overwhelmed by the challenges, they should not become part of the problem by adding stress but instead they should develop solutions and take actions to resolve issues. 
 
As a leader I have learned that part of resolving issues is to be able to have the skills of a good listener, as well to know and understand that people have different experiences and backgrounds.  An effective leader appreciates that these differences in knowledge can bring valuable ideas for solutions. 
 
Organizational skills is of great significance to a leader.  A successful leader organizes and manages the team and coordinates internal and external resources, to meet project deadlines successfully.  When a leader is organized they create a sense of purpose and order.  Having a team that is organized keeps everyone on the same page and focused on goals.
 
I have been a successful leader to my team, and in operating three thriving dental clinics.  I feel I have also been successful as a leader during my tenure with the TACD and as a Co-Chair with the PEC, and on the Board for the past two years. 
 
I believe the leadership skills and organizational style that I have brought into the AACD organization as a Co-Chair with the PEC and as a general member of the Board of Directors has been beneficial to the organization.  At the same time I feel I have learned and grown personally and professionally by being part of the AACD and as a general member of the BOD.


Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals. Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.

Accomplishment:  Opening and managing three successful dental offices
 
Building a dental office from the ground up, from breaking ground to applying office protocols and opening the doors to patients, is quite the task.  It requires many skills; leadership skills, an open & creative mind, persistence, vision, goal setting, a lot of patience, just to name a few.  Building three dental offices is an undertaking, however I was able to do so successfully.
 
I opened my first dental office in 1988 after working as an associate for 2 years in another dental office.  Looking back now, having opened another two offices (2006 & 2013), I can see how much I have changed and grown with each new build.  There were new technologies that I had not yet learned to use or even existed, my style was different, and the general feeling of each office was different (family oriented, spa-like, modern & sleek). 
Nevertheless, no matter how much things had changed, there were some things that remained constant, my core principles are unchanged.  For each office I thought of my patients, how I wanted them to enjoy coming to the dental office and how their comfort was important to me.  For each office I did not want a cookie-cutter design that the dental supply companies were doing for every other dental office.  Even in 1988 with the very first office I had a designer help me bring out my personality and vision even in the smallest of details.  I wanted a non-dental atmosphere and I was not adverse to new and different ideas; for example I had a wavy wall put into a main hallway in one of my offices where I had artists hand paint a copy of “Irises by Monet”. 
In addition, in each office I wanted the best and latest technology and treatments existing at the time for my patients. 
 
For all of the office builds, I used a designer, had a contractor, and had a representative from Patterson Dental.  I organized this group and oversaw all of the projects and made decision on design and equipment.  I also dealt with the financing part dealing with the banks and other institutions.
 
Accomplishment: Professional Presence in the Community- Rogers Smile File TV Show, FASHION Magazine
 
After being inspired by one of my AACD Scientific Sessions, I wanted to have a professional presence in my community.  We had just worked a cosmetic enhancement show and had extra media kits, so we decided to take the chance and send out the remaining media kits to various local TV stations and local magazines. 
We were contacted by “FASHION” magazine and asked to contribute my professional ideas to various articles.  We were even voted as one of the dental offices to go to for dental cosmetic treatment, in their annual “Gilding the Lily” piece. 
We were also approached by a local station, Rogers TV, to make a few appearances on a lifestyle and health show to answer dental related questions.  After working with the producers and show hosts on a number of appearances I asked them to do a feature called the “Smile File” in which I made a regular appearance.  The producers loved the idea and left the project in my hands.  I had to come up with a different piece once a month for 24 months.  I researched topics, created scripts, practiced and memorized the scripts, and went for tapings.  It was a great experience being able to work in the media and my patients and new audience appreciated my expertise. 
 
Accomplishment: Being a Mentor in the Dental Community
 
Managing a dental office and doing dentistry is enough to fill a long working day, having to stop and show or teach someone a step or technique would slow down an already busy day.  However, it was important to me to be a mentor to others, so we decided to have a mentor program in my office where we help students and foreign dentists by allowing them to spend to observe and learn.  We usually have one dental student and one foreign dentist per year and we set hours and days for them to come into the office. 
We have helped many students in understanding the world of dentistry outside of school and have inspired them to continue their education and become lifelong learners.
We have also helped many foreign dentists make the transition in their dental practice from their original country to Canada and thereby helping them with getting into the programs here and become certified.  We have two dentists who work with us now that went through the competitive process.
Giving back to my dental community is very important to me and I enjoy teaching what I have learned.  It is very rewarding, especially on a personal level.
 
Accomplishment: Providing Orthodontic Treatment, Specialists in my practice
 
I wanted an “All in one roof” type dental practice for my patients, especially those who allowed their nervousness in going to another office to stop them from receiving needed treatment. I researched specialists that would come to our offices and hired a periodontist and an oral surgeon.

The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships, which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict.

There is no question of balance between friendship and policy.  A friend would not ask you to compromise your position, would not ask you to defer from policy to benefit them, a friend would not ask you to stray from your well-being.  A friend would not put you in a place where you would have to “balance”, and if a “friend” asked me to do that; I would not consider them my friend.

What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?As a General Member of the Board of Directors of the AACD, I brought several things:
 
My enthusiasm & excitement & positive energy:
If I were to be reinstated as a BOD member I would be elated in continuing to be part of a great organization.  I hope to continue to inspire my fellow members and I hope to continue in the work I have been doing as Chairperson of the Affiliates Committee.
 
My commitment:
I believe I have shown that I am truly committed to the AACD.  I continue to bring my staff to the Scientific Sessions because I require them to understand what the AACD is about and to learn the high standards of the AACD.
I am committed to engage and challenge my peers, from all over the world, to reach new levels professionally and personally for themselves by becoming an AACD member.
I am committed in continuing to give my best for an organization that has provided me with education, vision and inspiration.  I would be greatly honoured if I could continue to be committed to be part of the future of the AACD. 
 
My dental and life experiences:
I have attended many courses learning from leading educators all over the world. 
I am a 50+ year old man who has had many ups and downs in life, and has learned about people and myself through those experiences.
I have built successfully three dental offices, from scratch to success.
I have been an Executive and President of the TACD, and was Co-Chair of the PEC.
I have learned so much from the Executives and the whole team at the AACD.  Although I know I will continue to grow if, I were to be given the honour to serve the BOD again, I believe my experiences in the past two years as a general member of the BOD would be beneficial to obtaining the strategic goals of the organization.  
 
My leadership & team building skills and my unique & distinctive personality:
My wife and staff tell me I am a “bit” obsessive compulsive, bringing that part of my personality to the table would help reach goals and bring projects to fruition.
I have also been told that I have an open mind and am not judgmental, which I believe would help in decision making, finding solutions to problems and hearing everyone’s ideas.
As a visionary, I would suggest ways to look to the future to make the AACD a world class organization and continue to grow with the ultimate goal being to offer the membership the best cosmetic dental education and experience.
I have been told that I am charismatic, approachable, and influential.  Many young people have asked if they could observe me and my staff at work and, subsequently, have decided to make dentistry their chosen profession.  I am still in touch with most of them.
Lastly, my organizational skills keep me focused and on course when working on projects and meeting deadlines.  I feel this would be a valuable trait in my role as a board member.

Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancements of that AACD Strategic Plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s Core Purpose.

When I first applied to be a General Member of the BOD, I had said my interests are not unlike the AACD.  My interests remain the same, where I want to continue growing in my profession by learning new techniques, learning about new products, and learning about new technologies and advancements in cosmetic dentistry, so that I am able to provide my patients with ideal treatment with the best results for their needs.  This interest is not just mine, and in communicating with members I have learned that they too have the same interest in growing professionally and providing the best care for their patients. 
Having a common interest has helped me understand the needs of the members and the direction which the AACD must continue on.
 
Another continued interest of mine is the education of the dental team.  Whenever I have done over-the-shoulder study clubs, it was not just me that was observed, it was how my team worked and how my team supported me.  Part of the enjoyment I have with my work is coming to the office, my second home, to work with my second family.  I have invested time and money to have a team that can support me in my professional endeavours.  To have the faith I have in my team I must invest in them and bring them to the same thought process and quality of work that I would strive to achieve.  I continue to bring members of my team to the AACD Scientific Sessions. I believe we should continue to encourage members to do so as well. 
 
The budget remains to be important to me and would be something I would continue to be attentive to.  I believe in trying to balance a budget and remain in the budget.  If the organization is worried about money then we are not providing the optimum educational considerations. I also believe that the value has to be there to keep members satisfied with the programs and to attract new members. 
Having 3 practises, I am not only a dentist but a business man.  This would allow me to bring perspective to the AACD, regarding business decisions. 
 
I would also like to continue supporting the importance of encompassing all disciplines of dentistry- periodontal, orthodontics, surgeries- to the cosmetic dentist’s repertoire; whether they train to do things themselves or train for knowledge to help their patients determine the best treatment plan for their cosmetic dental needs.  I practise different aspects of dentistry and dental treatment.  In knowing about the techniques and procedures of multiple dental disciplines, I am able to make treatment decisions with sound clinical judgment “cosmetic dentistry should integrate interdisciplinary medical and dental treatment to enhance outcomes and minimize the loss of healthy human tissue”.
The future for the AACD lies in offering diverse cosmetic education and helping our members to become more complete dentists; even if the education only helps them in communicating with other professionals to determine a greater treatment outcome for our patients. 
 
Having served the AACD as a Co-Chair of the PEC and as a General Member of the BOD, I believe I have learned the operations of the organization, as well I have come to understand the objectives of the AACD for the future.  This would benefit the AACD BOD in working to complete projects and goals. I also have a better understanding of the relationship between the AACD and our affiliates.  I would like to continue my role so we can expand more, and increase membership to the AACD, which is one of our strategic goals.

Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership. Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members.

I have been a member since 1999 and didn’t consider working for my accreditation until years later.  I believed in the AACD but I was not ready to make that commitment, I had personal issues among other things that needed my attention.  I am working towards my accreditation now, and have successfully completed a case.   Members who are not accredited have identified with me.  Some have said they have been inspired that at this time in my professional life, where I have been successful in clinical practice, I chose to pursue this dream and continue to grow even more professionally through the AACD.  I would continue to encourage the membership to participate in the scientific sessions and seek accreditation with the AACD. 
 
The amount of CE courses and the varied topics that I have taken has helped me relate to the membership.  I understand which courses to take and in what orders to reach specific goals in their dentistry that they would like to pursue. 
 
I feel I have been approachable to members and executives of the AACD.  I operate with an open door policy to my team and as a general member of the Board of Directors.  Open lines of communication make for better understanding and outcomes and easy access to the board members has helped bridge gaps.  While on the BOD, we have made it a point, as a group, to contact affiliate organizations personally to offer support. 
 
Providing mentoring when requested and sharing experiences and successes would help to encourage the members in their professional growth.  This, in turn, would get the members more excited and committed to the AACD.
 
Positive reinforcement and sharing personal experiences has been beneficial in demonstrating to the members how much we, the executive, have gained by being members and attending the courses.  At the scientific sessions, I have visited and socialized with members, created greater dialogue, asked for their opinions and feedback, and assured them that I would share their suggestions with the rest of the board. 
 
Engaging socially and professionally with the members, and welcoming their feedback as to how they perceive the value of the scientific sessions, asking for their input regarding what topics they would like to see presented, has helped to form a bridge between the executive and the membership.

Please list leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.

Leadership courses taken:
Dental Boot Camp with Walter Haley
Experdent Centre for Dental Excellence
Leadership with Imtiaz Manjit (attended on 3 separate occasions: Detroit, Las Vegas & Toronto)
The Next Step with Imtiaz Manjit (Washington DC)

What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?

On my first application to become a BOD General Member I wrote the following:
 
“When the visionary AACD founders started this organization in 1984, I had just graduated from the dental program at the University of Toronto.  I feel the AACD has always been in my life, I was naturally seeking out seminars and courses that involved cosmetic dentistry.  When I was introduced to the Scientific Sessions, it was as if I had filled a void. 
 
In 1984 cosmetic dentistry was different; even though it was very important to patients and everyday people, to many dentists it was not a consideration.  To me and probably many others, the AACD helped bring the importance of cosmetic dentistry to light.  The AACD helped forge an organization where other like-minded progressive dentists, craving for more knowledge and new techniques and ideas, can go to as a resource.
 
The AACD is known for their commitment to the cosmetic dental community by promoting excellence through education.  As a lifelong learner, I would like the opportunity to participate in making the AACD become even more of a presence not only in North America but also worldwide.  I would love to share with others my AACD experiences.
 
My wife and family are supportive of my application to the AACD Board of Directors, this is important to me as I know I am not successful on my own. 
I believe in the AACD and would love the opportunity to share my enthusiasm with others.”
 
In the last two years, while serving on the BOD, I have had the honour and pleasure of serving with a great group of peers, I have been part of the Smile Story Contest, I am continuing on my road to accreditation, and I have seen continued growth and success in my three offices. I have grown even more through opportunities through the AACD, and I am even more enthusiastic about what the AACD has to offer progressive minded dental professionals.  I enjoy being part of the AACD, and would love to continue on this journey to achieve excellence for the the organization, my fellow members, and for myself.

Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending?

No licensing board has ever taken action against my license and I have no actions pending.

ave you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain.

No I have never been convicted of a felony and there are no charges pending or under investigation.

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Dane C. Barlow, CDT

Why are you applying for this position?

I would love to be involved and offer Technician Perspective to this great organization.  Show continued support to AACD and all of it's members.  I am not yet accredited but have passed the examination and will begin submitting cases.  I have selected my targeted completion for next year as I was unable to attain the post operative photography in time for this year.

We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others.
I changed careers and within a year purchased a successful Lab.  I paid off all the Investors and debt in 2 years.  I am goal oriented and have managed several businesses outside Dental Technology.  I also work as a technical advisor for GC America, I am a Key Opinion Leader for their company.  I work with the sales team for USA and develop new marketing strategies and product needs.  I also mentor Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners and train them in setting goals and learning to overcomes their roadblocks to compete successfully in the sport of Jiu Jitsu.

Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals. Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.

I set goals, but goals alone do nothing.  It is important to transfer goals into meaningful targets and tasks for completion.  This includes organizing and motivating individuals in their specific function or task to fulfill the obligations of the organization.  Togetherness is key.  The right people and the right attitude all moving in the same direction and recognizing those who excel and seeking solutions for helping those who are having difficulties through task evaluations and progress reports.

The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships, which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict.

I am always open with my friends in understanding that policy comes first. The issues that arise from compromise of ethics and policy are greater than the individual.  Compromise can be very damaging and detrimental to an organization and its goals.  It is important to follow policy and guidelines with exactness.  A friend would always understand that the organization and its success brings greater good to everyone when policy is not compromised.  My friends understand that when I represent an organization I am always a reflection of the organization for good or bad and must choose the high road.

What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?

Being fairly new to this industry has continued to allow me to approach things outside conventional thinking.  I have often had individuals tell me my optimism for this industry is unusual and a welcome breath of fresh air.  I love solving problems and being solution minded.  I also enjoy service to others.  The difference is my drive.  I have an unusually strong drive for reaching goals and helping others do so.  It is my belief that is how we change lives.  Not just teeth.  We change peoples lives in perspective.  We change peoples lives by helping them understand what they lack and providing a path to accomplishment.

Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancements of that AACD Strategic Plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s Core Purpose.

My interest and expertise is specifically smile design and full mouth rehabilitation, but in that effort I go beyond teeth.  Advancing the Strategic Plans of the AACD and helping people join in membership and common objectives of excellence for our patients must be a passion and not just words.  The Academy as a whole must be moving in the same direction.  In that effort all involved will progress and be emboldened with purpose.  If my purpose is their purpose we will all progress in our chosen direction as an Academy.

Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership. Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members.

I am relatively unknown and new to the industry.  That makes my unassuming and optimistic.  I love solving problems and finding solutions.  I feel many people relate to my willingness to listen and seek common objectives.  I do not consider myself special or more intelligent than someone else.  I am a potential ambassador to the average person who just wants to progress daily.  I appreciate those who paved they way before us and have attained more knowledge and experience than myself and I understand the sacrifice it takes to approach excellence.

Please list leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.

I read a book a month on self improvement. From leading from the front to leading from within, or leading through service to others.  I have held many leadership roles in my church organization.  I have participated in individual leadership training for these many positions. I have also lead sports teams to championships on team and individual basis. Wrestling, Football, SoftBall, Brazillian Jiu Jitsu.  I also have presided as president of Homeowners associations. (almost as polarized as US politics, and more personal!)  Most of these were on the job training through mentoring positions as old captains or presidents moved away from active control and were preparing the incumbent for success.

What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?

I think I have explained it pretty well.  I just feel this would be a great opportunity to apply my efforts and special love for dentistry to a great organization that is full of people who have inspired me.  I want to serve people that is the reward.

Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending?

No.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain.

No.


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Steve D. Hoofard, CDT, AAACD

Why are you applying for this position?

As a technician I've always felt very welcomed in the academy and considered an equal contributor of the interdisciplinary approach to restorative dentistry. I feel that there is rapid change in materials, techniques, and their application in restorative dentistry. This has given rise to a new breed of very talented (and independent) technicians. I would like to aid the academy in reaching out to these technicians, helping them understand the value the academy can bring to their careers and helping them build relationships in dentistry.

We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others.

Throughout my working life l have lead by example. I've always been a bit of an entrepreneur, at one point owning and operating 4 businesses simultaneously (one of the businesses had 35 employees). I have never expected any employee to assume any more responsibility than I take on personally. I'm very good at multi-tasking and delegating.

In my current role as manager and stockholder of a network of laboratories (which is part of a global network) I'm required to interact daily, not only with my 15 local employees, but with other network managers, corporate staff, and officers. Many times this requires tack and diplomacy while developing and implementing our business plans. Also, at our local level - leading by example with client communication, showing respect for other employees, demonstrating production efficiency, and maintaining an unrelenting attention to detail.

Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals. Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.

Well as a technician and laboratory owner for 37 years I've become accustomed to having projects and deadlines dictated to me. It's the nature of the beast for our industry. I've always been able to make things happen..fit one more case in. If I'm not 15 minutes early I'm late.

I'm currently an editorial reviewer for 2 dental publications. I've been told I'm the "go to guy" when publishing deadlines are approaching and reviews need to be done. A "budget plan" is developed every year for each one of our network labs. There is a growth and profitability expectation defined in this process. The responsibilities of managing this plan and reaching the goals set include growing revenue, managing consumables, balancing labor overhead, and controlling fixed costs.  Over the last five years (the duration that I have been involved in the network) I have topped all other labs in the network and exceeded both revenue and profitability goals. This required managing people, developing a plan and taking advantage of every available asset.

The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships, which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict.

Managing conflict is a daily challenge. I consider all my employees and most of my clients friends. Situations constantly present themselves, say for an example one of my technicians chooses to compromise our standards and let's something slip in a production step. My responsibility is to remind him or her of what our standard is, have them correct the deficiency, and still maintain respect and friendship for that person. The same is true in dealing with a client. We may receive an impression or records for a case that may have distortions or inaccuracies which dictates a conversation. I must use tack and diplomacy to hold the line on our standards and to not present a derogatory or degrading vibe. The bottom line is it's business not personal.

What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?

I think because of my years in the industry (I grew up in it) and my determination, as with anything I do, to be the best gives me a comprehensive perspective. I was a one man laboratory for many years. Now I run a 15 technician, full service laboratory. I have owned and ran businesses unrelated to our industry. I utilize daily the interdisciplinary approach in treatment planning and producing restorations. I feel like I have the ability to help close the gab between the laboratory/technician side of the academy and the clinical.

Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancements of that AACD Strategic Plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s Core Purpose.

The strategic plan, among other things, identifies the need and desires of the academy to grow the credential. As a technician I was motivated by the prospect/possibility of developing new relationships and potential clients by the recognition of the accomplishments the credential would afford me. While I have developed many new relationships and friendships because of the credential, my experience has revealed that this level of commitment doesn't necessarily bring new clients from accredited dentists. I have found though that it does bring a level of respect from dentists who are not AACD members.

If I were an ABCD board member one of the issues I would work towards improving would be to raise the awareness, of the AACD membership in general and the accredited members specifically, of just what value an accredited technician can bring to their practice. If this was a reality within the academy I feel that more technicians would be attracted to the AACD and to pursuing accreditation. Most dentists, I believe, pursue the credential to elevate their practice and identify themselves as a better choice for potential patients. Technicians could also realize the same prospect of more rewarding working relationships and predictable outcomes if this dynamic were prominent in the academy.

Most general dentists respect and value the relationship they share with their technician. They are likely to follow recommendations and suggestions from that technician. If that technician were an academy member and even accredited (most technicians work with an average of 20 dentists) think of the influence they could impart on their clients and how that could potentially grow the academy's membership. I know I have been responsible for a number of memberships.

Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership. Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members.

As an accredited member and examiner I've been in a position to mentor and encourage. I see that as a board member I would have a broader responsibility to continue to support the academy and provide more value and connection to our membership. To be an example of the three pillars of the academy.

I would expect to be involved in the development and implementation of programs to benefit and grow the membership. Taking on assignments and delivering solutions.

Please list leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.

At our annual network manager meetings we always have keynote speakers delivering content on management and leadership. I am the laboratory advisor for our Implant study group (member of the Seattle Study Club) and a number of our meetings feature speakers presenting on those same topics. This year at our Great Blue Heron Study Club is specifically focused on practice management and leadership. Lectures so far this year, for example, have been titled:

  •  "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" - Chris Jensen
  •  "'Optimizing Your Influence in Patient Relationships" - Dr. Brian
  •  " Selecting and Retaining Top Performers" - Bob Salvin

What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?

I'm a man of my word. If I commit to something I follow through. My days are always very fluid - I'm able to think on my feet and adjust my agenda/schedule to complete my tasks as promised.

Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending?

No.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain.

No.

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Adamo E. Notarantonio, DDS, AAACD

Why are you applying for this position?

I am currently the Chairman of the ABCD and have thoroughly enjoyed my role on this board. Accreditation is very dear to my heart and I want nothing more than to continue to help it become more widely known and prominent in our industry. Although at some point I would like to be involved in other areas of the Academy, right now my focus is on the ABCD and Accreditation.

We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others.

My ability to work well with others developed when I was a child. Growing up, I was a soccer player, and not just recreationally. As with everything I do, I put my heart and soul into the sport I loved, and strived to be the best. As you may know, soccer is very much a team sport that requires dedication, discipline and selflessness. On numerous occasions, I was given the responsibility of being a team captain and I never knew what that responsibility really meant until I was much older. Over the years, I learned that this honor was not just about how skillful a player one was, but equally important how well that person motivated and represented the team both on and off the field. The two instances that made me realize exactly what being a captain was all about were when I was chosen captain of the U.S. Eastern regional team during try outs for the Under 17 U.S. National team, and more importantly, captain of the 1995 Ivy League Champion Cornell University Men’s Soccer Team. That team went from two wins the year before, to winning an Ivy League Championship. We weren't just a team, we were a family. Recently I havd had the honor of being named Chairman of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry and I believe I did a good job as a leader of this board as well.

Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals. Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.

I quote from the movie Back to the Future, "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything." For as long as I can remember, I have always lived by those words. In high school, I was determined to be the best soccer player in New York; in 1991 I was voted Section IX most valuable player. As a child, I dreamed of representing my country in Soccer; in 1990 I was a member of the Under 17 United States National Team. My goal as a senior in high school was to get into an Ivy League School to receive a great education, as well as win an Ivy League championship in soccer; in 1992 I was accepted into Cornell University and won the Ivy League Championship in 1995. In 1997 I was accepted to NYU Dental School but was waitlisted at Stony Brook. I was determined to get into Stony Brook and went to the admissions office every day at 4pm to see if a spot opened. Needless to say, I received a call one day from the director of admissions and her exact words were, "Mr. Persistence, would you like to attend Stony Brook in the fall?" This same determination is now an integral part of my dental career. As soccer was my passion growing up, dentistry is certainly my passion now. As I stated earlier, I wanted nothing more than to have the skills I saw presented at the AACD meeting in Atlanta. I worked hard to become an Accredited member and I am continuing that effort currently toward my Fellowship. More importantly, when I am asked of something by others, I do it immediately to the best of my ability and with no procrastination. I feel this enthusiasm and determination will be a very positive attribute to the board, and the AACD in general.
 
I was also involved with numerous projects as a member of the ABCD. The most notable one I completed was creation of the new AACD resource guide.

The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships, which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict.

Although a conflict between friendships and ethical issues may very well arise, to me it is very simple. Business is business, and personal is personal. In my opinion, as long as the distinction is made between the two, friendships need not suffer. I may not always agree with my friends on politics, ethics, or personal issues, but that does not mean they are not great friends. People come from different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs, and I feel that everyone is entitled to their opinion, whether or not I agree with it. I was raised by two immigrant parents who came here from Italy at a very young age, and their culture, as is the case with many others, has some very interesting cuisines. Growing up, I was told everything I ate was "Italian chicken". Obviously, that was not the case, but that does not take away from the fact that it was all very good. Now if I would have been close minded as I grew up and avoided the things that I ate as a child, I would be missing out on some fantastic dishes. In my eyes, this open mindedness is something I feel will easily balance my friendships if policy or ethical issues arise.

What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?

I feel that my experience, motivation and passion for Cosmetic Dentistry, our Academy and the Board are of the highest intesnity out there. In the past few years, my speaking nationally and internationally has grown exponentially and there is not a lecture I give where I do not praise the Academy or recommend that everyone be a part of it. I feel as this continues to grow, I can be a great Ambassador for our Academy now and for many years to come.

Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancements of that AACD Strategic Plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s Core Purpose.

As I review the Academy's Core Ideology, it is exactly what the Academy instilled in me. The Academy is what gave me the platform to develop into the clinician I am today, and unknowingly instilled those values in me along the way. This, in my opinion, is one of the great things about the Academy. It is constantly giving you the opportunity to improve as a person and a clinician and it is up to the individual how far they want to go. It is these exact values that I want to share with the students and dentists of the world. As I am not far out of dental school myself, I can clearly relate to them and very easily show them exactly what they may be uncertain of, and how bright their future can be with the proper guidance. I never had the good fortune to be guided in school or at home, having not had any dentists in the family. In fact, I was the first person to graduate from high school in my family. My achievements were not without hard work and perseverance. As rewarding as each achievement was, a little guidance would have been helpful. I am actively involved in the University Outreach Program and would love to find more ways to get the younger generation more involved in our Academy.
 
I feel that in my past 3 years on the board, I have done my very best to support the advancement of the strategic plan. I will continue to do this if elected to another term on the ABCD.

Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership. Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members.

I honestly feel that this is where I can contribute the most as a board member. For anyone who knows me well, they will tell you that I truly am a well rounded person. I can relate to people of any age, gender, race or culture. I have always been that way throughout my entire life. For example, I have friends who are very well educated, and some who did not graduate high school. However, no matter what context you put me in, I have the ability to fit in well. I feel that this is critical when it comes to relating and forming a bridge between our board and our members. Certain things are not for everyone. For example, Accreditation may not be for everyone, or Fellowship for that matter. However, I feel that even though a doctor may not be interested in the Accreditation process that does not necessarily mean that they cannot be an asset to the Academy in general. I learned so much as a clinician at our meetings that I feel anyone can benefit from attending them. Maybe when the time is right, they will challenge themselves towards attaining Accreditation. In the mean time, I feel like the first step is to make our members more a part of the Academy, to the point that they are proud advocates of it. I have always believed that the best referral is word of mouth, and maybe this is something we need our members to do more of so that this Academy gets the recognition it deserves. To elaborate more on this point, last year I was honored to receive the Evy Award for AACD Rising Star. I feel this accomplishment can help me relate to the younger members of our Academy and hopefully help them become as involved as I have.

Please list leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.

I have taken the following two leadership webinar courses from the Dale Carnegie Training Institute

  • Coaching for Improved Performance. Course Information: Accountability starts with clearly defined performance objectives, and good leaders measure individual and group contributions against those ends, working diligently to close the gaps. Holding others accountable to their goals provides opportunities for growth, learning, and ongoing motivation. This workshop provides effective coaching techniques and other tools to help close the gap between expected performance and actual results.
  • Dream Big, Focus Small: Achieve SMARTER Goals. Course Information: We often have the best intentions when it comes to goals. Sometimes we surprise ourselves and achieve great things - either personally or professionally. At other times we make a few attempts then abandon our efforts before we realize any benefits. How is it that sometimes we push through barriers to reach our goals, yet at other times we come up short or get derailed? In this fast-paced, one-hour Live Online webinar you will learn the importance of getting really clear about what you want. You'll pinpoint with a laser-like focus the small steps that you need to getting big results. And you'll learn how setting SMARTER goals is the key to overcoming obstacles and consistently achieving success.

I also completed a course in public speaking at the Dale Carnegie Institute, as well as The Sirona Speakers Academy Workshop given by Dr. Paul Homoly.

What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?

One of the most important things I feel should be considered about me for this position is that I am not only dedicated to the Academy, but I am dedicated to help people in every aspect of life. In 2008 I spent a month in Madagascar doing pro-bono dental care in rural areas. Some of these people have never seen a dentist and the infections we came across were life threatening indeed. Not only may I have saved a few lives during this trip, it changed my life in so many ways.

Along with my partners and staff, we participate in several community activities such as a Halloween candy-buy-back, sponsoring guide dogs for American veterans, local food drives during the holiday season, and a scholarship contest. One of my biggest passions however, is treating students from the Martin C. Barell School, Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism (NSSA). NSSA was founded to provide services that meet the unique needs of individuals and families touched by autism. The goal of these services is to maximize potential, to enable individuals with autism to more fully participate in family life, to prepare for the transition to increasingly less restrictive educational environments, to develop the skills necessary for future employment, and to develop the skills that facilitate full participation in community living. In addition to the challenges listed previously, another one is the challenge of maintaining their oral health. This obstacle is one that the staff at NSSA, along with myself and my staff at Huntington Bay Dental, are constantly attempting to improve for the future of their students. I am proud to say that I treat many of the students pro-bono and their families, and they have become part of my family as well.
Finally, I feel that my dedication to the Academy and the ABCD the past few years, and the experience that I have gained makes me an excellent candidate for another term on the ABCD.

Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending?

No.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain.

No.

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Stevan J. Orser, DDS, AAACD

Why are you applying for this position?

I am honored to be applying for the team that protects, expands and values the credential of our board.I felt it is time I give something back to others in our academy.

We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others.

I have been the leader of a multi-doctor group practice for several years. I am clear about our goals and am willing to do any of the work needed to achieve them. My staff would say I lead by example and am reliably consistent with policy and agreements. I am positive in working with others and also clear that gossip and rumors help no one. Of the 20 staff members we have, 7 are with us over 25 years.

Serving the AACD requires people to take on projects and see them to completion, often working with others to accomplish specific goals. Tell us about your accomplishments and approach to fulfilling obligations.

My entire practice career has been shared with at least two other dentists.I continue with two new partners after those founding members retired. We have retooled our family group practice to specialize in only treating adults. We established and in-house lab, offer general anesthesia and remodeled the original building of 35 years.All these projects we saw through under my leadership thru positive communication and delegation. Each doctor had a role and skill set that helped us accomplish these projects effectively.

The AACD offers our members a superb opportunity to form friendships, which could be brought into conflict when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy decisions or approaches must be addressed. Tell us about how you might balance those friendships when policy or ethical issues create such a conflict.

My Mom taught me "honesty is the best policy". My experience of these conflicts are best worked out with honest conversation. A reminder of what we all are committed to,and trying to accomplish usually brings us back to the goals and needs of the project.

What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?

My experience of many years both in private practice and teaching settings has helped me work with others successfully. Doctors have needs and egos like anyone else, with mutual respect many reasonable people and some unreasonable can still get along and accomplish great things. Serving others will help all remember why we did this.

Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancements of that AACD Strategic Plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s Core Purpose.

I'd like to help with mentoring and examiner systems. The future and changes that may be coming along could enhance our credential. I'd like to see that go well for us, our organization and the public.

Ultimately, the purpose of serving the AACD is to support our membership. Tell us how you see yourself relating to the membership and forming a bridge between the Board and our members.

I like mentoring, so I have and opportunity to talk to other dentists regularly. Especially like minded Doc's who are trying to get better at their craft. Usually being willing to share and discovering their interests keeps one a bit better connected to any member.

Please list leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended.

As a young dentist I took two four-day courses and one seven day course on leadership.The organization I was teaching with required it and later I found I really needed it as well.At the time these courses were offered by the Werner Erhad association. Recently I completed a two program on practice management that included three day of leadership training and testing.This was by MGE consultants in Florida.

What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?

Our academy has meant many friendships and long term relationships to some very talented and yet regular people I can call my friends. I'd like that experience to continue for others.

Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending?

No.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain.

No.

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