MEMBERS New Members

The MDA welcomes new/reinstated members (to January 21):

CENTRAL Matt Connell, Camdenton (UMKC 16) Troy Hutinger, Centralia (UMKC 13)

GREATER KANSAS CITY Tyler Hanks, Kansas City (ATSU-AZSDOH 17) Scott Heriford, Odessa (UMKC 90) James Koelbl, Kansas City (Univ IL-Chicago 73) Daniel Sucher, Kansas City (UMKC 16) Justin Tullis, Kansas City (Univ TX-Houston 16) Jessica Vaughn, Independence (UMKC 13) Amanda Whiting, Kansas City (UMKC 09)


Abisoluwa Adeyeye, St. Louis (TX A&M Univ Coll of Dent 17) Senthil Arun, Manchester (Univ PN 11) Sanjana Bhatt, St. Louis (Foreign 15)

Evan Brown, Chesterfield (Univ CA-San Francisco 12) Drew Colantino, St. Louis (Harvard Univ 12) Craig Harris, Sullivan (Univ NE 93) Kevin Kaiser, St. Louis (UMKC 16)

Prashanth Konatham Haribabu, St. Louis (Univ of Detroit-Mercy 18) Richard Meier, St. Louis (UMKC 79) Brent Rampey, Wentzville (NY Univ 02) Maria-Antonia Winemiller, Wentzville (Southern Ill Univ 10)

NORTHWEST Bryce Szczepanik, St. Joseph (UMKC 15)

Deceased Members

The MDA expresses its condolences for these deceased members (to January 21):

GREATER ST LOUIS Michael Vincenc, St. Charles (St. Louis Univ 55) passed on November 8, 2018 J Paul Guidry, Hobe Sound, Fla. (Washington Univ 38) passed on November 21, 2018 Allen McCoy, St. Louis (Washington Univ 66) passed on December 14, 2018

GREATER SPRINGFIELD Rex Witherspoon, Springfield (Washington Univ 46) passed on January 7, 2019 Of special note, Dr. Witherspoon served as the MDA editor from 1975–1984.

NORTHEAST Bob Swartz, Paris (Univ of Kansas City 53) passed on January 6, 2019

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Staff of the ADA Center for Dental Benefits, Coding and Quality within the ADA Practice Institute have found that the top five dental benefit concerns of dentists (based on calls received from dental offices) are related to: 1) provider contract issues; 2) claim rejection; 3) bundling, downcoding and the least-expensive alternative treat- ment clause; 4) coordination of benefits; and, 5) electronic fund transfers. ADA staff can help all dentists with their dental benefit-related problems, questions and concerns. Find links to the Top 5 Dental Benefit Concerns and contact the ADA Third-Party Payer Concierge with your questions and concerns at

Apply for ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership Next Class


he ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership is accept- ing applications through April 12 for its 2019-20 class. The Institute is designed to provide education and leadership skills to dentists who are members of racial, ethnic and/or gender groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in leadership roles within the profession and their communi- ties. Selected applicants will attend three leadership education sessions conducted by faculty from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business at ADA Headquarters in Chicago. Participants will be reimbursed for their hotel and travel expenses. During their program year, the Institute class members will develop their leadership abilities through faculty seminars and experience designing and leading projects for their dental associations or other community organizations. To learn more and apply visit

Annual MERIT Meeting: Saturday, March 30 Welcomes Canadian Forensic Odontologist


n Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 8:30am to 4:30pm, The Missouri Emergency Response Identification Team will

meet for its annual CE and business meeting. The CE course, “From Canadian Contemporary Forensic Cases to the Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII” will be presented by Corinne D’Anjou, DMD, DABFO, a Canadian dentist who works at the McGill University Forensic Dentistry program and is the Canadian representative with the INTERPOL odontology sub-working group for Disaster Victim Identification. Dr. D’Anjou will show how forensic odontologists play a large role in a vast array of cases and walk you through some of the exciting ones she has been involved in, highlighting unique challenges and how they were overcome with the help of colleagues from multiple disciplines. Additionally, because forensic odontologists often are called upon for cases involving physical abuse, this course will help attendees become familiar with signs or symptoms of physical abuse, aiding in the required reporting of suspected abuse by dental professionals. Finally, Dr. D’Anjou was privileged to be involved with the identification and repatriation of U.S. servicemen from the 1943 Battle of Tarawa as part of the History Flight Odontology Team. She will lead you through her multiple deployments to the middle of the Pacific Ocean as part of the multidisciplinary team involved in the effort to identify the missing servicemen. FULL MEETING DETAILS AND REGISTRATION AT MODENTAL.ORG/MERIT.

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