ALASKA UPDATE - Alaska Dental Society

ALASKA UPDATE - Alaska Dental Society



APRIL 2012








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The President’s Point of View

by Chris Henry, DMD | ADS President

Have you ever wondered, “Why

someone didn’t suggest, insist, and/or

demand not to cut down the last tree on

the island?” I understand their resources

were limited, and there was a high price

to maintain status quo for the newer, taller

statue. Easter Island is in a unique location

approximately 2200 miles off the coast of

Chile, which now owns the island. It’s an

understatement to say it is isolated. It is 63

square miles in size and made up of three

extinct volcanoes (the highest volcano

reaching 1674 feet). Recent DNA extracts

from skeletons revealed the original

inhabitants were of Polynesian decent and

arrived as early as 318 AD.

Its most infamous features are the

larger than life stone statues called moai,

at least 288 of which once stood on stone

platforms called ahu. They were spaced

approximately one half mile apart around

the perimeter of the island. Throughout the

island there are another 600 moai statues

in various stages of completion. The average

statue is 14-feet 6-inches and weighs

14 tons. The largest one topped out at 33

feet and weighed 80 tons. It was estimated

that it would have taken 50 to 150 people

to drag the statues across the countryside

over rollers made from the island’s trees.

The purpose of the moai has not been

able to be explained by scholars, but it can

be assumed that carvings were rooted in

similar ideas from other societies found in

the Polynesian culture. The best explanations

for the statues are that they served a

religious purpose and possess a magical

spiritual essence when properly prepared.

At one point the population of Easter

The Demise of Easter Island...

Island reached its height of more than

10,000, which far exceeded the islands

resources. With scarce resources and

destroyed lush palm forest for rollers the

strain became overwhelming. The decline

of this once advanced socially ordered civilization

led into civil war and ultimately,

cannibalism. If this wasn’t enough, contact

with western civilization was even more

devastating to the island’s population.

During the mid 1800’s, Easter Island was

raided for slaves and infected by disease,

which in turn decreased the population to

approximately 110.

There must have been a tipping point

(1. critical juncture: a defi ning moment

in a series of events at which time a series

of signifi cant, often momentous and irreversible

reactions occur 2. rapid spread

in epidemic: the stage during an epidemic

when the agent, especially a virus, begins

to increase very rapidly in a population)

in which the momentum of the events forever

changed the inhabitants of Easter Island.

In 2000 Malcolm Gladwell released

a book entitled The Tipping Point, which

instantly became a national bestseller. In

the book his main argument is that there is

a sequence of events and/or a number of

patterns that play a role in virtually every

infl uential trend (from communicable

diseases to children’s TV shows). It’s diffi

cult for me to wrap my head around the

fact that tuberculosis and Barney could

have some common thread in our society.

Gladwell based his theory on three concepts;

the Law of the Few, the Stickiness

Factor, and the Power of Context.

The Law of the Few is comprised of a

few types of people that must champion

the idea/concept before it can reach the

tipping point.

The Stickiness Factor is the quality of

the idea/concept that compels people to

pay close and sustained attention. This is

often contrary to received wisdom, unconventional,

and diffi cult to defi ne.

The Power of Context is important in

determining if the particular phenomenon

will tip into widespread popularity. His

concepts have encouraged many companies

to develop strategic plans to help

foresee changing trends.

I’m concerned the Alaska Dental

Society (ADS) is at a critical juncture in

our history. Will we be remembered by

unexplainable moai statues (i.e. Projects

that can’t be explained or policies with no


Let us take steps to avoid becoming a

devastated society with no purpose and

dwindling non-active membership.

This year we will be outlining and

updating the ADS’s Strategic Plan in detail

throughout this year. Every line item will

have an assigned person/task force with

a completion date. There will be surveys

to assess the member market, changes

in governance to maintain effi ciency,

and reduce the budget. In addition, each

component will be encouraged to create

a mentorship base to help new and young

members to their understand their obligations

of membership and take advantage

of the benefi ts of a mentor.

Even if your practice or work association

doesn’t permit you to be directly

involved, I challenge you to give the ADS

leadership feedback to help us have a

pulse of the membership’s needs.

We as Alaskans we are isolated as were

the inhabitants of Easter Island. But technology

has allowed us to have information

and communication as close as the tip of

our fi ngers. Don’t put your head in the

sand and ignore the last tree being harvested,

or allow civil war/disagreements to

cripple the ADS…


Credit card fraud prevention: PCI, EMV and You!

FACT: Credit card fraud costs the

U.S. card payments industry about

$8.6 billion annually with the bulk

of the losses falling on card issuers.1

FACT: The number of U.S. identity

fraud victims rose 12 percent

to 11.1 million adults last year,

the highest level since the survey

began in 2003. 2

FACT: Credit and debit card fraud

is the No. 1 fear of Americans in

the midst of the global fi nancial

crisis. Concern about fraud supersedes

that of terrorism, computer

and health viruses and personal

safety. 3

Now more than ever, protecting

your patients’ identities and cardholder

data is critical to the comfort

of your patients, as well as the

safety and continued success of

your practice. They trust you with

their health and fi nancial records,

and you work hard to keep that

trust. To this end, you’ve mastered

Business Matters

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability

and Accountability Act).

You’ve been dragged through PCI

DSS (Payment Card Industry Data

Security Standard) Compliance

questionnaires And so now what?

EMV: that’s what.

Following is a quick primer in

EMV technology – why it is the

wave of the future, and what it

means to you, your patients, and

your practice.

EMV stands for “Europay,

MasterCard and VISA” – and it

is the IC “chip” technology that

will be replacing the magnetic

stripe that has been the standard in

the U.S. for credit card data since

1960. Most of the world has fully

migrated or is in the process of

migrating to EMV chip technology

for debit and credit payments, as

well as for ATM transactions. And

in August of 2011, Visa announced

plans to speed up the adoption of

EMV technology in the United

States. Visa will require providers

(such as Best Card) to be able

to support merchants’ (that’s you)

acceptance of chip transactions no

later than April 1, 2013. This does

not mean we all have to be fully

converted to EMV; it just means

that we will have to migrate to

Point of Sale Equipment (credit

card terminals) that will be able

to process both EMV “chip” cards

and magnetic stripe cards.

The good news: Reduced Fraud.

EMV is a sophisticated fraudfi

ghting technology that has

already replaced magnetic stripe

cards in 60 countries. As opposed

to magnetic stripe technology,

a chip is extremely diffi cult to

crack. An important characteristic

of EMV is its use of dynamic data

(versus static data on a magnetic

stripe). Each transaction carries a

unique ‘stamp’ which prevents the

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Something To Think About.

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xxI have been fortunate to have had

several long term employees in my

career. They become like family in

that you can count on them (and they

upon you) and you come to know

their eccentricities, a more mixed


Duration also places some constraints

upon the relationship. My

dental assistant of thirteen years notices

throughout the morning that the

vacuum isn’t sucking properly and

brings it to my attention. I concur (or

at least acknowledge that I heard her)

and gently suggest that we wait until

closer to the end of the day before

attempting to fix it. I explain that

that way if the project goes south the

clinical session is not a total loss. At

some later point I leave the operatory

to attend to administrative matters.

Upon my return, she has the power

module shut off and the vacuum portion

all apart on the floor.

Truthfully, I will admit, she cannot

do her job well without good suction

but at least it was functional as

it was. I throw her a frown, which

is ignored. She hands me the valve

assembly and asks me to separate

it from the HVAC hose. Guys are

good for some things, I suppose. I do

so but bang my elbow on the water

faucet when it finally comes apart,


Editor’s Insights


It took a while but she located

and removed the obstruction. Of

course we then couldn’t find a new

trap promptly and there was nasty

water all over the floor. The vacuum

system now works great, my left arm

is throbbing and the floor is much

cleaner than it was. I proceed to ask

her what I’d never dare ask my wife

under similar circumstances: “Are

you happy now?!”

There are many benefits to membership

in the tripartite ADA.

On the national level there is the

reading of the JADA or, in this case,

the recent supplement (September

2011) entitled Update on local

anesthetic techniques. Although the

title implies full mouth coverage the

chapters only address the mandible.

For me, it was a good and necessary

review. My procedure for giving the

inferior alveolar nerve block had

apparently drifted off after years of

practicing alone with no oral surgery

professor watching over my shoulder.

Misses had gradually become

more common and I was getting

frustrated. The text provided a good

review of anatomy followed by

instructions as to technique complete

with detailed pictures and presented

in a non-judgmental manner.

I learned that my aiming point was


What I was doing had almost

become a Gow-Gates injection rather

than an inferior alveolar nerve block.

With simple revisions to my targeting

based upon anatomical considerations

I’m back to batting almost

a thousand now and no longer dread

what is a fundamental, daily part of

my job.

I received a good review of basic

oral surgery at the late February

Mid-Winter Meeting of the Chicago

Dental Society. This also allowed me

to enjoy a trip back to the old country

where I had a rare chance to see

my two (younger) brothers and their

scattering families.

It snowed six inches of heavy, wet

Lake Michigan snow on a Friday

morning but the big city drivers

handled it with aplomb. I can’t say

the same for how Anchorage motorists

would have done.

I lived decadently for a few short

days, eating a gyro for 7 am breakfast.

For those of you who haven’t

been to a large professional convention

in a while, there are no handouts

anymore of the paper kind. The written

material is submitted ahead of

time by the presenter and it is made

available online.

The audience follows along on

their iPad or other wireless tablet

device. It is said to save paper and

supposedly cuts costs for somebody.

Times change and I need to keep

changing, too.




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For more than three decades, we’ve had a singular focus

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18,000 of the profession’s finest and are endorsed by

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• Employment Practices Liability insurance

• Exclusive risk management seminars

• Dedicated risk management advice line

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Business Matters cont.

Continued from Page 5

transaction data from being fraudulently

reused. Even if it is stolen

from a merchant’s or processor’s database,

the dynamic feature basically

makes the stolen data worthless

because dynamic data is only useful

for the sole transaction it characterizes,

nothing more. As noted above,

card fraud costs the U.S. card payments

industry about $8.6 billion

annually. These losses, as we all

know, are then passed along to cardholders,

merchants, and processors.

To highlight this benefi t of EMV, we

look across the pond where EMV is

almost universal: “Fraud losses on

UK debit and credit cards fell seven

per cent in 2011 to £341 million, an

11-year low, according to fi gures

from the UK Cards Association,”

announced in March 2012. And

that is good news; less fraud means

lower costs for all.

More good news: Easier travel

Millions of U.S. cardholders have

been inconvenienced abroad over

the last few years by attendants

at POS terminals refusing to take

their cards and even more by being

unable to buy gas at unattended

terminals or transportation tickets at

ticket machine at subways and train

stations. The New York Times travel

section recently featured an article

which stated: “Until businesses

change their minds, American

travelers will continue to encounter

payment issues abroad. The problem

is two-fold. Even though most European

cash registers are equipped

to handle American cards, some

cashiers simply don’t know how to

process them. And many automated

ticket kiosks like those commonly

found at train stations, gas pumps

and parking garages simply don’t

accept cards without a chip and


Perhaps the best news of all: no

more PCI Questionnaires?

“Effective October 1, 2012,

Visa… will eliminate the requirement

for eligible merchants to annually

validate their compliance with

the PCI Data Security Standard for

any year in which at least 75 percent

of the merchant’s Visa transactions

originate from chip-enabled terminal…”4

What do you need to do right


Continue to protect your practice

and your patients by safeguarding

cardholder data. Do not store full

card numbers and limit access to

sensitive data. If you have an online

credit card processing system, use

internet fi rewalls and sign up for

quarterly scans to ensure the security

of your system. Make sure you

have a credit card processing company

that is responsive and proactive

– and which will help you migrate

smoothly and cost-effectively

to EMV technology when the time

comes (most likely within the next

six months). If you are with Best

Card, rest assured that they will let

you know when changes need to be

made. And they will help you transition

as painlessly as possible.

For the past 8 years, Best Card

has been offering a credit card

processing program that was created

with the dental profession in mind.

It was tailored to maximize profi ts

while enhancing the security of

dental practices through education

and personalized customer service.

Drawn to this combination of value

and service, Best Card is endorsed

by 11 dental associations and is the

credit card processor for the Alaska

Dental Society.

If you would like further information

about any of the issues above,

or would like to learn more about

the benefi ts of teaming with Best

Card – call 1-877-739-3952 or visit

1 Aite Group, “ Card Fraud in the

United States: The Case for Encryption,”

January 2010

2 Javelin Strategy & Research,

“Identity Fraud Survey Report,”

February 2010

3 Unisys Security Index: United

States, March 2009

4 Visa Press Release, “Visa Announces

Plans to Accelerate Chip

Migration and Acceptance of

Mobile Payments,” San Francisco,

August 2011

Photo courtesy of

Other sources: For links to websites

for additional information logon

to log in to the

Members Only section and go to the

Resources page.


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Sitka Meeting Schedule

Thursday 17 May

The ADS Executive Council Meeting 9 a.m. to adjournment (Members welcome to come to sit in)

We Care for You from Head to Toe — The ADS Alliance Community Service Project – EVERYONE coming is asked to bring one or more Ziploc

bags that contain age specific items including a hat, pair of socks, toothbrush toothpaste, floss and mouth rinse (all should be new).

Risk Management CE with ADS Attorney John Tiemessen

For spouses – A halibut lunch with Quilter Lisa Moore and presentation on Quilts and Quilting from Ms. Moore

Welcome to Sitka Reception & Bar-B-Q

Friday 18 May

Occlusion Based Restorative Dentistry with Dr. Jack Shirley – 7.5 hrs CE

Dr. Shirley is a visiting faculty member for the continuing education department at the University of Texas Dental

School at San Antonio. He is the past president of The Pankey Dental Foundation, Inc., the nonprofit board of the

Pankey Institute. He has lectured for the past 25 years on occlusion and advanced restorative techniques. He

maintains a private practice emphasizing restorative and cosmetics in San Antonio, Texas.

For spouses – A bus tour of Sitka from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that wll include The Fortress of the Bear, Alaska Raptor Center,

St. Michaels Cathedral and the Sheldon Jackson Museum.

Sponsor Recognition Luncheon

The President’s Dinner at the Sitka Raptor Center

Saturday 19 May

Contemporary Oral Surgery for the General Dentist – 7.5 hrs CE

Dr. J. Bruce Bavitz is currently the Merritt C. Pederson Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgical Specialties at

the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry, and has given multiple CE courses to dentists both nationally and

internationally. He has a United States patent on a dental implant aligning device, has recently completed a five year term

as a member of the Oral Surgery/Pain Control test construction section for the National Dental Board, and has

performed office inspections for the State of Nebraska for dentist’s seeking advanced anesthesia permits. His primary area of research

and publishing involves the surgical anatomy of the jaws and alveolar bone reconstruction.

ADS Annual Membership Meeting Luncheon - Includes election of ADS Officers for 2012/13 and approval of 2013 dues.

Wrap up Dinner — Continue the conversation from Friday night and get ready to go fishing the next morning.

Sunday 19 May

Stay & Fish A Day

Kings will have returned and this will be Prime Time for fishing for Kings. Spend a day with your ADS colleagues on an Alaska Premier Charter

boat out of the Wild Strawberry Lodge.

All our vessels are fully equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, and are staffed with an experienced U.S.C.G. licensed captain and a friendly,

helpful deckhand, offering you very personalized service.

You will be picked up at the Westmark at 4:30 for hearty hot breakfast at the Wildstrawberry Lodge. The boats will leave the dock at 5:30 and

you will have a full day of fishing, with lunch made fresh and served onboard. Return to the dock between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. for an appetizer

before dinner. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. Along with desert we will award trophies for the largest “keepers” caught during the day.

You will need to come with an Alaska fishing license and a King Stamp, or you will have to purchase separately from the Wild Strawberry Lodge.

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ADS 2012 Annual Meeting Registration

Sitka, Alaska

May 17‐19, 2012

Please complete the following registration form for each person attending the meeting.

Completed forms can be scanned and e‐mailed as a pdf to or faxed to 907‐563‐3009

or mailed to: Alaska Dental Society; 9170 Jewel Lake Rd #203; Anchorage, AK 99502

Name: ______________________________________________________________________________________

If hygienist, assistant or spouse/guest please list name of “host” dentist

Host Dr. ____________________________________________________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________

Mailing address


City State ZIP

I am attending as

� ADS/ADA member � Hygienist /assist of mbr � Spouse / guest of mbr

� ADA Direct member � Hygienist /assist of mbr � Spouse / guest of mbr

� Non‐member dentist � Hygienist /assist non‐mbr � Spouse / guest of non‐mbr

�I want to participate in the ADS Sitka Fishing Derby on Sunday May 20 th .

Payment method

� Check �MasterCard �Visa � See my host registration

� I’m hosting the following persons:




I authorize payment on the above designated card for myself and or others listed:

Name as printed on card: _______________________________________________________________

Card number: _________________________________________________________________________

Expiration date: _________________________ 3 digit security code _____________

Address to which statement is mailed: ___________________________________________________________


Total Amount Authorized $_____________________


Registration fees

ADS/ADA member $750 Allows for participation in all meeting related

events except Sunday fishing derby.

Hygienists /assistant of $500 Allows for participation in all meeting related

member dentist

events except Sunday fishing derby.

Spouse / guest of member $150 Allows for participation in all meeting events


except CE courses. Guest will be allowed to

sit‐in on CE courses as long as space is

available, but cannot receive credit.

ADA Direct member

$850 Allows for participation in all meeting related

(Military or Public Health)

events except Sunday fishing derby.

Hygienists /assistant of $500 Allows for participation in all meeting related

ADA Direct mbr dentist

events except Sunday fishing derby.

Spouse / guest of

$150 Allows for participation in all meeting events

ADA Direct mbr dentist

except CE courses. Guest will be allowed to

sit‐in on CE courses as long as space is

available, but cannot receive credit.

Non‐member dentist $950 Allows for participation in all meeting related

events except Sunday fishing derby.

Hygienists /assistant of $500 Allows for participation in all meeting related

non‐member dentist

events except Sunday fishing derby.

Spouse / guest of

$150 Allows for participation in all meeting events

non‐mbr dentist

except CE courses. Guest will be allowed to

sit‐in on CE courses as long as space is

available, but cannot receive credit.

Sunday Fishing Derby $450 Alaska fishing license & King Salmon stamp not


Registration Fees include the following

17 Hours of Continuing Education

Thursday 17 May: TDIC Risk Management (3 hrs.)

by John Tiemessen

Friday 18 May: Occlusion Based Restorative Dentistry (7 hrs.)

by Dr. Jack Shirley

Saturday 19 May: Contemporary Oral Surgery for the

General Dentist (7 hrs.) by Dr. J. Bruce Bavitz

The following social events:

Thursday 17 May: The 2012 Welcome Reception

Friday, 18 May: Breakfast

Sponsor Recognition & DAPAC Luncheon

ADS Annual Meeting Wine Auction

& President’s Dinner

Saturday, 19 May: Breakfast

ADS Annual Meeting & Luncheon

Wrap up dinner

Sorry the Extra Special Sunday Fishing Derby is not included.

Hotel Reservations

The Westmark Sitka Hotel

330 Seward St.

Sitka, Alaska 99835‐7523

For reservations call the

Westmark 800‐544‐0970 and

tell them you are with the

Alaska Dental Society. The

event code is ALASO51412.


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11th District Trustee Report

by Robert Kiesling | 11th District Trustee

One of the major activities at the

ADA during 2012 is the initiation of

the Governance Review, Resolution

38H-2011, requested by the 2011 ADA

House of Delegates. Many veteran ADA

delegates remember prior studies of

ADA Governance and subsequent HOD

rejection of the recommended governance

changes. This demonstrates the

extreme diffi culty of having governance

changes accepted, which may have been

based upon distrust of the process and/

or the substance of the recommendations.

So we will try again!

The current review process will be

more inclusive and transparent than

prior governance reviews. I think everyone

is hopeful that some valid recommendations

will result from the current

study, and that the 2012 HOD will be

able to debate the merits in healthy and

constructive ways.

I have asked Dr. Rod Wentworth to

be a part of the Governance Review

Oversight Committee which includes

representatives from every ADA district.

I have asked Dr. Doug Hadnot to be

interviewed by Watson & Associates,

the consultants hired for the comprehensive

review. The ADA Board of Trustees,

ADA Council leaders, senior ADA

management and selected Constituent

leadership and EDs will also be interviewed.

As you may recall, the 11th District

has also agreed to undertake a governance

review to consider improvements

to the way we communicate and make

decisions. I appointed an 11th District

Governance Review Task Force during

the fi rst 11th District Caucus held in Seattle

in September, 2011. The members

of the Task Force are Dr. Dave Eichler

of Alaska; Dr. Jack Mooney of Idaho;

Drs. Mary Jennings, Dave Minnehan

and Randy Ogata of Washington; Drs.

Jill Price and Rick Asai of Oregon; and

Dr. Doug Hadnot of Montana, Chairman.

EDs Mr. Jim Towle of Alaska and

Mr. Bill Zepp of Oregon will provide

administrative assistance. I appointed

the 11th District Task Force in part because

I expected the ADA Governance

Review would also take place in 2012.

I have asked them to evaluate governance

structures from other ADA

Districts, and relate our current 11th

District governance process to the present

and potential future conditions of

governance in associations in general.

Transparency of processes and inclusiveness

of ideas were the only “marching

orders” that I gave the Task Force, I

asked that they use a consensus process.

The 11th District Task Force will also

relate the ADA Governance Review

BOT Resolution(s) to their District report

prior to our fi rst Caucus meeting in

Portland. I thank the Task Force ahead

of time for agreeing to participate in this

important activity.

The Governance Subcommittee of the

Board of Trustees recently made an additional

governance stakeholder request.

A June 18th meeting of opinion leaders

will take place in Chicago at the ADA

headquarters. Thirty-fi ve HOD delegate

and administrative opinion leaders not

otherwise participating in the processes

mentioned above will be selected from

the ranks of Councils, Commissions,

EDs, state societies, and District Caucus


They will be invited to review ideas

coming from the governance study

once the initial data collection has been

gathered. The June meeting will be

moderated by Watson & Associates.

This process will serve to better inform

the Board of Trustees about the status of

the review prior to the Board determining

recommendations to be forwarded

to the 2012 HOD.

What better time to evaluate and perhaps

anticipate some governance changes

at the ADA and the District levels of

the Tripartite. Regardless of outcomes

which would be diffi cult to predict at

this time, having these reviews should

provide clearer direction for the volunteers

as we move forward with volunteer

stewardship of the profession. The

11th District Governance Review Task

Force will have an opportunity for an

in-person meeting during the Oregon

Dental Conference on April 14th.

One of the fi ve priorities I have

focused on as your Trustee has been

restoration of trust and effectiveness

between the HOD and the Board.

Improved communication and transparency

have been a consistent theme. The

governance discussion and subsequent

actions will rely heavily on communication

and transparency. Everyone sees a

need for change. Not everyone agrees

on what kind of change. The environment

within which associations now

exist will require change in the way

we all do business. I am confi dent that

with the talent we have in the Eleventh

we will fi nd ways to embrace the kind

of healthy change we all would like to

see occur, especially on behalf of our

younger, next generation of dentists.



Roger L. Kiesling, DDS




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Dental Society


education lectures:

• Friday, April 20, 2012, CNA

Insurance Company’s Risk

Management Seminar for

Dentists. Location: Dena’ina

Center. Hours yet to be


• Friday, May 11, 2012 by Jin

Kim, DDS, MPH, MS. Topic:

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• Thursday, November 15, 2012

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The Alaska Dental Society

encourages its members and other

interested parties to contribute articles and

letters expressing their views and opinions

on issues of concern to dentistry and oral

health care in Alaska and beyond.

Publication of these articles in this

newsletter does not imply that the ideas

expressed by the author(s) are endorsed or

supported by the Alaska Dental Society or

any of its component societies. No such

inference should be assumed by any


Questions, concerns

and requests for

publications should be sent

to the Alaska Dental Society,

care of the executive director.



Dr. mike Boothe

Chugiak: 907-317-0340


Dr. Chris henry, President

Fairbanks: 907-457-7878

Dr. Jon Woller, President-elect

Fairbanks: 907-479-6747

Dr. heather Willis, Secretary

Fairbanks: 907-479-3326

Dr. Dominic Wenzell, Treasurer

Anchorage: 907-272-6122

Dr. Christine moleski, Immediate Past President

Juneau: 907-789-0131


Dr. Dave Eichler (2011-12)

North Pole: 907-488-0978

Dr. Chris henry (2012)

Fairbanks: 907-457-7878


Dr. Terry Preece

Anchorage: 907-222-3242


Anchorage DS | Dr. Lara mabry

Anchorage: 907-337-9448

Coastal DS | Dr. Olivia hougen

Bethel: 907-543-6619

Juneau DS | Dr. Tony Nizich

Juneau: 907-789-7001

Kenai-Kodiak DS | Dr. George Jedlicka

Soldotna: 907-260-4700

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North Central DS | Dr. Jessica Woller

Fairbanks: 907-452-2939

Southeast DS | Dr. George Shaffer

Ketchikan: 907-225-9439


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P: 907-563-3003 F: 907-563-3009

In Alaska only: 1-800-478-4675 |

Executive Director: Jim Towle

Director of Operations: Betty Prentice

Alaska Dental Society

9170 Jewel Lake Rd. # 203

Anchorage, AK 99502




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