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Dear Dental Friends and Colleagues,

A warm welcome to you all!  I am so excited to be the 2017-2018 Jacksonville Dental Society President and am thrilled to have a wonderful team of executive board members to work with.  Dr. Bethany Douglas (Endodontist) is our Vice President, Dr. Matt Bright (Pediatric Dentist) is our Treasurer, and Dr. Millie Tannen (General Dentist) is our Secretary.

This past summer, we redesigned our website to be more informative and more user-friendly on mobile devices.  We also changed our domain to www.jaxdentalsociety.com.  We hope you will visit the website and enjoy the changes!  Please note our new email address: info@jaxdentalsociety.com.

Regarding updates to our website, we have posted the meeting and event schedule for the remainder of 2017.  We are also in the process of building a new page to honor our past Presidents.  Please look for the “WALL OF PAST PRESIDENTS” on the website.  Without the significant contributions of these individuals, our society would not be a strong organization that it is today.

As we begin to ramp up for the fall school term and our regularly scheduled Jacksonville Dental Society meetings, please know that we have a terrific year of meetings and events planned.  Our fall kick-off meeting speakers will be Dr. Michael Ragan, DMD, JD presenting the Medical Errors Mandatory Course, and Mrs. Peggy Payne presenting the Domestic Violence Mandatory course.  The kick-off meeting will take place on Friday, September 22nd at Maggiano’s from 8 am to noon.  A continental breakfast will be served.

Our meetings will begin with a cocktail social at 5:30 pm, and we will be offering two CE credit hours instead of the one CE credit hour that was offered in the past.  The meetings will conclude at 8:30 pm.   The following meetings will take place at the Deerwood Country Club:

October 26th, 2017 - Risk Management and Practice Transitioning.

November 16th, 2017 – Wilkodontics, presented by Dr. Angela Kuznia.

January 18th, 2018 - Lichenoid Mucositis A Concept in Flux, presented by Dr. Alan Gould.

Our annual “Give Kids A Smile” event will take place on February 3rd, 2018 at the FSCJ North Campus.

We have teamed up with our wonderful NEDDA and Clay County Dental Society partners to put on exciting and informative full-day CE courses in the Spring!

Outside of continuing education meetings, our social events will include two tailgates to support the Jaguars.  The first tailgate will be for the Jaguars vs the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, October 15th at 1:00 pm at EverBank Field.   The second tailgate will be together with the Duval County Medical Society to watch the Jaguars play the Indianapolis Colts on December 3rd at 1:30 pm at EverBank Field.

With three women on our Executive Board, we will be trying out a new golf venue this year by teaming up with Topgolf Jacksonville to host our annual golf event at their St. Johns Town Center location.  In honor of Dr. Robert Karol, we are branding it the “OPEN WIDE CLASSIC.”  As always, fun prizes and great food are included.  In May, we will celebrate with our husbands and wives at Spouse’s Night and install our newest board member.

I look forward to seeing you all at our first meeting, and if you know any dentists in the community who are not members, please encourage them to join or to come to a meeting to see what we are all about.  Be a part of organized dentistry and together we will continue to do amazing things!

Best regards,
Dr. Samira Meymand, DDS/MPH
Jacksonville Dental Society President 2017-2018