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focus USPS 284-840; ISSN 0887-4646


the focus mda is published six times annually by the missouri dental association Postmaster: Send address changes to Focus MDA, 3340 American Ave, Jefferson City MO 65109-1088 Periodicals postage paid at Jefferson City, MO


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MISSOURI DENTAL ASSOCIATION address: 3340 American Ave, Jefferson City MO 65109-1088 phone: 573-634-3436 or 800-688-1907 | fax: 573-635-0764 email: info@modental.org | web: www.modental.org


EDITOR } Dr. Douglas Wyckoff editor@modental.org EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR } Vicki Wilbers vicki@modentalmail.org MANAGING EDITOR } Melissa Albertson melissa@modentalmail.org


WINNING ENTRY { ANIMALS } BREAKFAST SHAD by Dr. Jack Backs, Hermann


THE “ANIMALS” CATEGORY HAD 15 ENTRIES. The category is always popular and allows members to showcase images of insects, birds, fish, mammals ... any wild or domesticated member of the great animal kingdom. This year’s winner was Dr. Jack Backs (SIU 89) who has a general practice in Hermann, Mo. “This image of a Ring-billed Gull was taken at August Busch Memorial Conservation Area,”


said Dr. Backs. “These birds over winter at the largest lake. It was an early November morning with calm water and the winter brown foliage reflecting off the surface. This was the best image of a 15-shot sequence of the bird diving for a fish.” Congratulations to Dr. Backs for his other winning entries this year: Second place for both his People entry, Catching Air and his Open entry, Shoot for the Moon; and, Honorable Mention for his Color entry, Monarch Butterfly. Members—don’t miss entering your images for the 2021 contest, which are due Wednesday, December 23.


WEB FEATURE } MODENTAL + ADA MDA Virtual


To provide our members relevant CE, at a great price (free), the MDA is offering one-hour evening sessions through its new MDA Virtual. After the Virtual Connect4Success, we asked and members told us they’d like to continue to receive CE in this flexible manner. Simply go online to register and you’ll be sent a meeting link to join. Can’t make the live version? You still can register and receive a link to watch the webinar recording once available. MODENTAL.ORG/VIRTUALCE


ADVERTISERS thanks to the following businesses that advertise in the focus …


ADA Practice Transitions: 15 AFTCO Transition Consultants: 35 BWTP CPA: 29 DDS Match: 33 DrFirst iPrescribe: 39 Easyrefine: 23


4 focus | SEP/OCT 2020 | ISSUE 5


Edmonds Dental Prosthetics: 27 iCore Rx e-Prescribe: 28 Medical Protective: 5 MDIS: 2, 10, 21, 23 PNC Bank: 31


The editor, staff and Board of Trustees are not responsible for any opinions or statements of fact in submitted articles. The MDA does not endorse views represented in submitted articles nor do such express MDA policy, unless stated. MDA reserves the right to reduce, revise or reject manuscripts submitted. For questions about editorial content, advertising, subscriptions, legislative affairs or membership please contact the MDA.


MDA OFFICERS & BOARD OF TRUSTEES board information & phone numbers at www.modental.org/board


PRESIDENT } Dr. Michael Berry 660-263-1133 | president@modental.org


PRESIDENT-ELECT } Dr. Rob Tait 816-763-3368


TREASURER } Dr. Jon Copeland 636-273-5866


GREATER ST. LOUIS TRUSTEE } Dr. Earl Larson 636- 537-0447


GREATER KANSAS CITY TRUSTEE } Dr. Jeremy Bowen 816-478-3600


GREATER SPRINGFIELD TRUSTEE } Dr. Brett Durbin 417-924-8809


CENTRAL TRUSTEE } Dr. Erick Jansson 573-298-4400


NORTHEAST TRUSTEE } Dr. Amanda Fitzpatrick 660-385-3413


AFFILIATED CONTACTS


AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION } 800-621-8099 | www.ada.org Dr. Roy Thompson, Sixth District Trustee 615-378-8777 | thompsonr@ada.org Dr. Vince Rapini, Second Vice President 314-517-0135 | rapiniv@ada.org


MDA COMPONENT SOCIETIES } www.modental.org/components MISSOURI DENTAL INSURANCE SERVICES } 800-944-7550 | www.mdis4dds.com MDA FOUNDATION } Dr. Danielle Riordan, Chair | www.modental.org/foundation MODentPAC } Dr. Lynne Barbour, Chair | www.modental.org/pac


VOLUNTARY WELLNESS PROGRAM } 314-571-6284 | www.modental.org/wellbeing Rebecca Mowen, LCSW, SAP, CIP, CADC wellbeing@modental.org MISSOURI DENTAL BOARD } 573-751-0040 | www.pr.mo.gov/dental.asp


NORTHWEST TRUSTEE } Dr. Emily Mattingly 660-646-3802


SOUTHEAST TRUSTEE } Dr. Mack Taylor 573-293-6930


SOUTHWEST TRUSTEE } Dr. Michael Patterson 417-782-0400


NEW DENTIST COMMITTEE } Dr. Lisa Bosch 660-397-2213


IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT } Dr. Daniel Kessler 417-739-4965


EDITOR } Dr. Douglas Wyckoff 816-632-2822 | editor@modental.org


SPEAKER } Dr. Lynne Barbour 660-727-4746


LEGISLATIVE & REGULATORY CHAIR } Dr. Ron Wilkerson 573-265-8402


SEP/OCT 2020 | VOL 100, NO 5


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