Question and Answer: Andreaus
A. Why are you applying for this position?
The short answer, I want to help the academy. Since becoming a dentist 25 years ago, I have been interested in contributing to my profession and my community. Getting to know my colleagues and working to improve our field has been a rewarding and enjoyable aspect of my life. I feel I have a skill set from private practice, education, and previous time spent on the ABCD and similar organizational boards - I spent three years on the ABCD board focusing on efforts to gain greater exposure with the universities along with working the PEC and Accreditation related education; I am now an examiner – I had a five term with SCADA (International Student Research Clinicians of the American Dental Association – from board member to past-president and now a research judge), these make me a unique fit. I have truly enjoyed my 15 + year membership with the AACD and As my practice has become established and my son has entered high school, I feel I have the time to focus on the responsibilities this position carries.
Since becoming a dentist 30 years ago, I have been interested in contributing to my profession and my community. Getting to know my colleagues and working to improve our field has been a rewarding and enjoyable aspect of my life. As my practice has become established and my son has entered high school, I feel I have the time to focus on the responsibilities this position carries.
B. We are interested in learning about your leadership skills and organizational style. Tell us what we could expect and how you work with others. Be as specific as possible.
I have had the good fortune of gaining leadership skills by serving in several roles associated with regional and national dental associations. For three years I was on the ABCD board, where I focused on creating greater exposure of the board to the higher education community and improving PEC and Accreditation-related education. My five terms with SCADA (International Student Research Clinicians of the American Dental Association) as board member -to- past-president and currently a research judge for that organization, taught me how to synthesize the myriad of ideas and perspectives of a diverse entity into a workable and effective agenda that everyone could support.
In my office, when teaching, or on an advisory council, I have a direct style of communication. I seek input always and prefer that the group brainstorm to produce a satisfactory outcome. I utilize a speaker-listener technique whenever issues arise. This is when the listener restates what they believe the speaker has expressed. I find that this level of clarification and the focus of listening it demands creates, not only a better outcome, but a better process.
My leadership and organizational skills have also developed beyond the walls of my dental practice and profession. As a young man I obtained my Eagle Scout and have stayed involved with the Boy Scouts of America and their Outdoor Leadership program. For the past 10 years, I have worked with a small group of men to lead a troop. The culmination of that effort was a 6-month training we organized in advance of a two-week wilderness backpacking trip we co-led (meaning the foundation that was laid over the past 6 months allowed the Scouts to Lead while the adults acted as observers) at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. When you are working with teenage boys, unpredictable weather, medical conditions, and a 100-miles of trail to finish, organization and leadership are paramount. We finished on-time, in good shape and with a greater sense of what we can accomplish when we work together.
C. 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 accomplishment and approach to fulfilling obligations.
I am an active person and enjoy the pressures of a busy life. Three times I have ridden in the Paris-Brest-Paris (the oldest endurance bicycling race), a 750-mile unsupported ride that takes place over <90 hours. I have completely renovated my home -- installed bathrooms, gutted and rebuilt the kitchen, erected a loft and added a chicken coop in the backyard. I have also created a rental unit in a mountain home we own.
For (10 years) I have co-lead a Boy Scout Troop of 18 young men that met twice monthly and went on routine hiking and wilderness experiences we organized. In addition, I planned and carried out a 6-day, 750-mile solo ride across North Carolina to raise awareness for Oral Cancer. My dental office serves as an art gallery as I have a passion for the arts and a desire to support young artists. In the past 20 years my practice has hosted more than nearly 250 installations (initially monthly and more recently quarterly) exhibits for emerging artists. I have been involved with Give Back a Smile, almost since the program’s inception. Through this effort I have worked with victims of domestic violence to help them restore their dignity with dental work. My passion for this cause led me to partner with my wife to coordinate a fundraiser for Interact, our local provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services. Our efforts raised more than $11,000 for the organization and hopefully also raised awareness of this problem in our community.
I have continued throughout my professional life to provide services to clients referred by this and other charitable organizations. I also consider among my accomplishments a thriving dental practice where I have treated generations of the same families as well as the many boards and leadership roles I have held with the ABCD, SCADA, and the AACD.
D. 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.
When there is a possible conflict of interest issue – I feel it is important to begin the discussion with an early acknowledgement of the matter and at that time determine if you need to recuse yourself completely or if it is permissible to share information – each situation may present its own issues or concerns and fellow committee members should be open and aid in the solution to produce a satisfactory result.
While friendships are important, ultimately the integrity of the board and my responsibilities to it is the more paramount of my obligations.
E. What do you bring to this position that is unique or distinctive? How will you make a difference?
I have always tried to merge my passion for dentistry and oral health with the other passions of my life to create positive impacts in my community- my love of biking and the ride across North Carolina for oral health; my love of art and the galleries in my dentist office to benefit emerging artists; my love of boy scouts and the presentations I have made to troops about taking care of your teeth; my passion for helping others and the fundraiser my wife and I organized for Interact and my serving women who have been affected by domestic abuse; my dedication to my son’s school and providing each teacher with a dental care package and a fun raffle to give a number of teachers free dental care. I would like to build on this immersion of passions to your Board and see where those partnerships and collaborations could be formed.
F. Please give us an idea of where you see your interests and expertise supporting the advancement of the AACD Strategic plan and reflecting an alignment with the Academy’s core purpose.
My understanding of the Strategic Plan is that there are key pillars: To grow the Academy via a balance of visible member value; addition of new members and by introducing students to the organization; and to share our passion with those less fortunate (GBAS), thus enlightening and educating our communities about the advances in cosmetic dentistry and how we can help create healthy natural smiles.
Having reviewed the AACD Strategic Plan, the following areas are where I feel most capable to help the board achieve success.
I have been a clinical faculty member at the UNC Chapel Hill Dental School for the past 10 years and I see my connection with the University and the opportunity to work with the students on a clinical level as a valuable asset to the board’s mission.
Working regularly at the free clinic in Raleigh gives me an opportunity to interact with individuals in all walks of life, (mainly those less fortunate) sharing the importance of dental health, and gives me a unique perspective on the connection between oral health, mental health, and physical health.
My involvement with the AACD’s philanthropic endeavor; Give Back a Smile, since its inception, has raised my awareness of the relationship between a natural healthy smile and overall self esteem.
I have continued to support the mission and core values of the Academy in my commitment to maintain the standards of excellence in my private practice and community ventures. I actively support grassroots fundraising and volunteer support for the AACD charitable foundation, Give Back A Smile, including coordinating a fundraiser with my wife for Interact, our local provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services, that raised over $11,000. In addition to supporting fundraising for Give Back a Smile, I provide services to clients referred by this and other charitable organizations.
G. 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.
When I began my practice in Raleigh some thirty years ago, I decided as part of my work, I would drive 5 hours each way every month to spend a weekend on (can’t remember exactly where you were) Blank Island. I did this because these people had no opportunities for dental care and I knew how important this care would be to their overall health. I relay this story to convey the respect I have for our profession and thus the professionals within it. I think the work we do is important. It is my hope that the membership will readily sense my passion and dedication. This will be manifested in thorough and timely responses to their concerns and questions and by bringing my experiences and knowledge to improving the many endeavors with which the Board engages.
H. Please list any leadership courses or webinars taken. Leadership training is highly recommended. What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?
Leadership trainings and team building exercises have included those related to the AACD while on the ABCD board, while on the SCADA Board, OLS (Outdoor Leadership Training)
I. What else should we know in order to consider you as an applicant for this position?
J. Has any dental licensing board taken adverse action against your license or is there any action pending? If yes, please explain
K. Have you ever been convicted of a felony or are there any charges pending or under investigation? If yes, please explain