First New Dental School to Open in New York State in Nearly 50 Years

Posted on April 27, 2016

VALHALLA, NY, April 19, 2016 -- New York State's first new dental school in nearly 50 years is set to open this fall, Alan Kadish, MD, president of Touro College and University System (TCUS) announced today. Touro, one of the leading educators of health care professionals in New York State, received final state approval and will establish the Touro College of Dental Medicine at its New York Medical College (NYMC) campus in Valhalla, New York.

Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College joins the Touro School of Health Sciences, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (with campuses in Harlem and Middletown, NY), Touro College of Pharmacy, and New York Medical College in New York State. These institutions collectively graduate more than 2,000 health care professionals every year.

"As New York State's first new dental school in nearly half a century and the only dental school in the Hudson Valley, the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will fill a void in dental education and improve access to oral health care, particularly in underserved rural and urban communities throughout the region," said Dr. Kadish. "The school will address the existing shortage of training options for dentists in New York State and create a pipeline for the next generation of dental professionals, while also seeing to the immediate needs of the community through its dental clinic. We look forward to welcoming our first class and the clinic's first patients thereafter, and to further strengthening the regional health care system for generations to come."

The school is intended to improve the oral health care delivery network in New York State, where the population has grown by 4.5 million people since 1968 when the last school of dentistry opened.

"With dental care as the foothold of good overall health care, it is important that this area of professional health care education continues to grow," continued Dr. Kadish. "Fortunately, the dental school's location on the New York Medical College campus will create invaluable opportunities for inter-disciplinary training."

With the goal of bolstering dental education and improving access to oral health care throughout New York's Hudson Valley region and beyond, the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will include a four-year pre-doctoral program for students, a continuing education program for practicing dentists, and a 132-chair community dental clinic focused on providing patients in underserved communities in the Hudson Valley and the Bronx with affordable and quality treatment.

In the school's inaugural year, set to begin in the fall of 2016, anticipated enrollment is 110 students. When at full capacity, the school will include approximately 440 students and offer basic science coursework taught by the medical school faculty as well as state-of- the-art digital dental clinical capabilities.

The Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will also conduct a range of research efforts including: research focused on reducing the cost of effective care; population outcomes-based research concentrated on interventions; and translational research that harnesses scientific discoveries to produce new devices and treatment options for patients.

"The dental school's location within the NYMC campus gives the school and its students a competitive edge," said Edward C. Halperin, MD, MA, NYMC chancellor and CEO and Touro College and University System provost for Biomedical Affairs. "Students of the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will reap both the benefits of a new school, including state-of-the-art facilities and leading educational innovations, and those of an established institution, including NYMC's expert faculty, long-standing and celebrated research program, and strong network of affiliated hospitals."

Touro has appointed Jay P. Goldsmith, DMD, as the founding dean of the dental school. Dr. Goldsmith was formerly a professor, program director, and deputy chief in NYMC's Department of Dental Medicine. In addition to his experience in the academic world, Dr. Goldsmith is a leading dentist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon with more than 50 years of experience, a fellow of the American College of Dentists, and founding fellow of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons as well as past president of the New York Academy of Dentistry.

"Students of the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will enjoy the advantages of this extensive medical education network and enhanced inter-professional connections as they benefit from world-class faculty and facilities, as well as being part of an historic initiative in dental education," said Dr. Goldsmith, dean of Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC

Edward F. Farkas, DDS, has been named senior associate dean for clinical affairs and chairman of dentistry. Dr. Farkas, a 1985 graduate of NYU, has been practicing general dentistry in New York City for over 30 years, and has been involved with the founding of the dental school from the outset.

"The mission of the TCDM at NYMC is to graduate outstanding dental professionals who will utilize a complex knowledge base and sophisticated perceptual skills and deliver excellent health care service to their diverse communities with integrity, compassion, and empathy. The school is dedicated to conducting important educational and clinical research, while providing excellent dental health services to the public," said Farkas.

Ronnie Myers, DDS, has been named senior associate dean for academic and administrative affairs. Previously he served as vice dean for administration at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Salomon Amar, DDS, PhD, has been named provost for biomedical research at TCUS, professor of molecular biology at NYMC, and professor of dentistry at TCDM.

"As one who has been involved in dental education for thirty-four years, I was moved by Touro's charge to merge education with a compassionate approach to patient care and to view health care delivery as a responsibility. I envision the development of an educational program that will arm our diverse student body with the tools necessary to provide primary care to those most at risk. To that end, developing a program from the ground up is an opportunity of a life time," said Dr. Myers.

In addition to NYMC and the new dental school, Touro's medical programs include three schools of osteopathic medicine with campuses in Harlem and Middletown, New York; Vallejo, California; and Henderson, Nevada, a school of pharmacy in New York, New York, and a school of health sciences with campuses in New York and Bay Shore, New York.

The Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 29 branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

New York Medical College

Founded in 1860, New York Medical College (NYMC) is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country with more than 1,400 students, 1,300 residents and clinical fellows, nearly 3,000 faculty members, and 16,000 living alumni. The College, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers advanced degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, and the School of Health Sciences and Practice. The College manages more than $32.6 million in research and other sponsored programs, notably in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, kidney disease, the neurosciences, disaster medicine, and vaccine development. With a network of affiliated hospitals that includes large urban medical centers, small suburban clinics and high-tech regional tertiary care facilities, NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities throughout the tristate region for medical students, residents, and other health providers. For more information, visit

Where to Go When You Chip a Tooth? A Prosthodontist

Posted on April 27, 2016

CHICAGO, April 14, 2016 -- Digital dentistry technology is revolutionizing dentistry, and prosthodontists are poised to lead the way. It is estimated that there are 4,000 prosthodontists in the United States today. The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) believes digital solutions can significantly improve workflow efficiencies and enhance patient experience, as seen in this NBC News Chicago segment featuring ACP President Carl F. Driscoll, DMD, FACP.

With advancements in digital dentistry, getting teeth replaced is even quicker and easier than ever. If a patient chips a tooth before breakfast, they can have a new one before lunch! They'll be able to eat a salad at lunch and even a steak by dinner.

"Patients are starting to see how digital dentistry is revolutionizing dental care by giving dentists the technology to make dental treatment faster and more precise," said Dr. Driscoll. He and Radi M. Masri, DDS, MS, PhD, FACP, are co-editors of a recent textbook on the topic and co-authors of a CE article on the topic for Inside Dentistry's Jan 2016 issue.

The ACP is poised to introduce even more dentists to digital dentistry technology since the ACP Education Foundation in 2015 received a $1.25 million commitment from Henry Schein, Inc., to fund the development of a digital dentistry curriculum at dental schools. Pilot programs are expected to launch in several dental schools in 2017.

"The new digital dentistry curriculum will give dental students the opportunity to learn the latest techniques in computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology to provide patients with the best care," Dr. Driscoll said.

"Digital dentistry advances continue to transform dentistry and while it may seem new to patients, prosthodontists have been using it for years. Our ultimate shared goal is to improve our patients' oral health outcomes," said Dr. David Guichet, Board of Director Member for Continuing Education for the American College of Prosthodontists.

CAD/CAM technology is revolutionizing dentistry as we know it. Prosthodontists who have incorporated digital solutions into their practices have found significantly improved workflow efficiency and ease of collaboration with laboratories. Patients treated with digital solutions benefit from the combination of efficient processes, accurate high-strength materials and beautiful esthetics.

Prosthodontists are specialized dentists with advanced training in oral health issues, who are committed to improving patient outcomes. From implants, crowns, veneers and tooth whitening, to full-mouth reconstruction, Prosthodontists specialize in digital dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and sleep apnea solutions.

The ACP is the only prosthodontic specialty organization whose membership is based solely on education credentials. ACP members must be in or have completed an ADA-accredited advanced education program in Prosthodontics.

About the ACP

The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) is the official sponsoring organization for the specialty of Prosthodontics, which is one of only nine recognized specialties of the American Dental Association. Founded in 1970, ACP is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing patient care, advancing the art and science of Prosthodontics, promoting the specialty of Prosthodontics to the public and other dentists and healthcare professionals, ensuring the quality of prosthodontic education and providing professional services to its membership. For more information, professionals may visit, and consumers can learn more at

Titanium Dioxide Exposure Increases Risk of Bacterial Infection

Posted on April 27, 2016

 STONY BROOK, NY, April 26, 2016 – When human cells are exposed to titanium dioxide without the presence of UV light from the sun, the risk for bacterial infection more than doubles. This finding by a Stony Brook University-led research team, published early online in the Journal of Nanobiotechnology, raises concerns about exposure to titanium dioxide, a nanoparticle commonly used in millions of products worldwide ranging from cosmetics to toothpaste, gum, food coloring, and medicines.

Because some four million tons of titanium dioxide particles are produced worldwide, human exposure to them is almost certain during a lifetime. In combination with UV light, the nanoparticles exhibit prophylactic activity against bacteria and therefore are studied for anti-bacterial applications. Yet, in the paper titled “Exposure to TiO2 nanopartices increases Staphylococcus aureus infection of HeLa cells,” the researchers showed that in the absence of these powerful rays, bacteria thrive.

“We discovered an almost ‘perfect storm’ generated by titanium dioxide nanoparticles against the immune system when they are not impacted by UV light,” said Miriam Rafailovich, PhD, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) within the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University and a co-author on the paper. “This should raise a red flag regarding exposure risks related to products that include titanium dioxide in the absence of UV light.”

The researchers, headed by Dr. Tatsiana Mironava of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, exposed some HeLa cells, a human cell line used in research, to titanium dioxide. Together with Yan Xu of MSE and Dr. Stephen Walker, a microbiologist in the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, they then exposed the cells to Staphylococcus aureus, a pathogen that causes a diverse range of human infections worldwide. They found that the titanium dioxide-exposed cells had 250 percent to 350 percent more bacteria per cell than HeLa cells not exposed to the nanoparticles. Additionally, bacterial-killing macrophages exposed to titanium dioxide ingested 40 percent fewer bacteria compared to other cells, further increasing the risk of infection.

The authors concluded that these factors, in combination, ”raise serious concerns regarding the impact of exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles on the ability of organisms to resist bacterial infection.”

Co-investigators for the research include: Stony Brook University faculty from MSE, and the Departments of Physiology & Biophysics, and Oral Biology & Pathology; faculty from Lehigh University, University of California, Los Angeles, undergraduate interns from Stern College for Women; and high school students from the Garcia Research Program at Stony Brook University.

The research was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.

About Stony Brook University

Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 25,000 students and 2,500 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 100 universities in the nation and top 40 public universities, and Kiplinger names it one of the 35 best values in public colleges. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. A global ranking by U.S. News & World Report places Stony Brook in the top 1 percent of institutions worldwide. It is one of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County. 

Dental Specialties and Organizations Support AAOMS Wisdom Tooth Guidelines

Posted on April 27, 2016

ROSEMONT, Ill., April 27, 2016 -- Eight dental specialties and three international OMS associations have signed on to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) White Paper on the Management of Third Molar Teeth, which advocates evidence-based guidelines for managing wisdom teeth.

The following dental specialties and organizations support the paper's recommendations:

  • Predicated on the best evidence-based data, third molar teeth that are associated with disease, or are at high risk of developing disease, should be surgically managed. In the absence of disease or significant risk of disease, active clinical and radiographic surveillance is indicated.

  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (AAOMP)

  • American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR)

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)

  • American Academy of Periodontology (AAP)

  • American Association of Endodontists (AAE)

  • American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)

  • American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS)

  • American College of Prosthodontists (ACP)

  • British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS)

  • Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CAOMS)

  • International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS)

"For many years the discussion surrounding the care and management of third molars, or wisdom teeth, has been obscured by unsupported statements and misinterpretation of the data." said AAOMS President Dr. Louis K. Rafetto. "This White Paper reflects the latest evidence-based research and offers clear, clinical guidelines for managing these teeth."

The AAOMS White Paper on the Management of Third Molar Teeth may be found at

The experts in face, mouth and jaw surgery-- The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is the professional organization representing more than 10,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons, OMS residents and professional allied staff in the United States. AAOMS supports its fellows' and members' ability to practice their specialty through education, research and advocacy. AAOMS fellows and members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office anesthesia evaluations. For additional information about oral and maxillofacial surgery, visit the AAOMS website at

Moistagen for Xerostomia Demonstrates Statistically Significant Outcomes

Posted on April 27, 2016

Claremont, Calif. – April 27, 2016 – Prisyna, an oral care business unit of Synedgen, Inc., announced today that the company secured a $6 million growth equity investment. The financing was led by Andrew Miller through a private investment. Prisyna plans to use the funding for the advanced development, regulatory approval and marketing efforts for the expansion of its pipeline and in support of current products. Prisyna combines breakthrough, propriety glycomics technology, with natural materials and innovative polysaccharides to create advanced rinses for the mouth that support a healthy oral cavity. The company’s investigational products include Moistagen®, a potential treatment for the symptoms of dry mouth, and a new formulation to relieve the symptoms of oral mucositis due to chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Prisyna currently offers two oral rinse products -- Synedent® Oral Care and Synedent Plus Oral Care with fluoride.

“It is a rare and privileged opportunity to provide support to such an exciting technology and a portfolio of products that will enable new treatment options for patients,” said Andrew Miller. “As a revenue positive company with commercial product sales, this current funding round will help accelerate Prisyna’s growth and R&D efforts. I look forward to being part of their continued success.”

In a multi-center, clinical evaluation of Moistagen, the product demonstrated statistically significant reductions in 15 of 33 symptoms associated with dry mouth. The study was conducted at two sites; a private practice in Los Angeles and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. The study design was a pre-test post-test prospective cohort within-subject study on 57 patients with significant dry mouth symptoms. Participants used Moistagen rinse twice daily with as desired optional Moistagen spray for seven days, and then self-reported changes in their oral symptoms and function. The results showed positive outcomes based on a variety of metrics and will be presented in an upcoming manuscript.

“The pain, discomfort and quality of life issues associated with dry mouth negatively impact millions of patients in the U.S. and I welcomed the opportunity to evaluate a new technology to address this oral health challenge,” said Joel Epstein, DMD, MDS Medical-Dental Staff, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “The results of the Moistagen study showed the product’s excellent ability to safely address the issues associated with dry mouth, especially among those patients who have pain and complications due to the accumulation of sticky mucus deposits. The product use was convenient and easily used as directed with twice daily rinsing and oral spray as needed.”

With this financing, Prisyna will operate as an independent, oral care business unit within Synedgen, a pioneering biotechnology company using the science of glycomics to discover and develop polysaccharide-based drugs. The Prisyna pipeline of oral care products provides a distinct business unit from the pharmaceutical programs. The advanced design capabilities of the Synedgen Glycomics Platform coupled with an experienced knowledge of medical targets, enabled the successful application of the technology into such complementary areas as oral health while serving as a distinct business unitfrom the pharmaceutical programs. Prisyna is currently lead by co-founders William Wiesmann, M.D. and Shenda Baker, Ph.D. Prisyna will be announcing an expanded leadership team in the coming months.

“Our proprietary technology and novel approach to enhanced oral care offers tremendous breadth and promise for the treatment of a variety of challenging yet common conditions in the mouth,” said Dr. Wiesmann. “We appreciate the support and confidence demonstrated by our new and existing investors. We believe that daily use of the Prisyna line of oral care products has the potential to change the course of oral healthcare and the lives of patients who suffer from the symptoms of dry mouth and the debilitating effects of oral mucositis.”

About Dry Mouth

Xerostomia affects up to 20 percent of the adult population and nearly 50 percent of the elderly in the US today. The complications of dry mouth can be caused by more than 1,800 commonly used medications, radiation therapy for head and neck cancer, Sjogren syndrome and other conditions. Dry mouth significantly impacts patient quality of life, causing difficulty chewing, swallowing and speaking, wearing of dental prosthesis, dried thick oral mucus, painful dry oral tissues, affecting taste and causing bad breath, and may cause sleep disturbance.

About Moistagen

Moistagen is specially formulated oral rinse currently under evaluation to relieve the symptoms of dry mouth using cutting-edge lubricants that coat the surface of the mouth to protect and may hydrate dry and irritated oral tissues. These components also have the potential to loosen sticky, dry mucus and help moisten oral surfaces. Moistagen is anticipated to be cleared for marketing by the FDA in the second half of 2016.

About Prisyna

Prisyna is an oral care business unit of Synedgen, focused on the development of consumer products that clean teeth and gums, freshen breath and moisten mouths without the burn or irritation of abrasive oral care products. The company combines breakthrough, propriety glycomics technology, with natural materials and innovative polysaccharides to create advanced rinses for the mouth that support a healthy oral cavity. Based in Claremont, Calif., Prisyna currently offers two mouth cleansers – Synedent Oral Care and Syndent Plus Oral Care – available for purchase online at or through leading dentists. To learn more about Prisyna please visit: 

D&S Dental Laboratory, Inc. Launches New Website

Posted on April 27, 2016

D&S Dental Laboratory, Inc. launches new website accessible from any mobile device

D&S Dental Laboratory, Inc., a full-service, Certified Dental Laboratory headquartered in Waunakee, Wis., is launching a new, redesigned website accessible from any mobile device, now available at The site continues the laboratory’s legacy of being at the cutting edge of the dental industry’s digital revolution, having transitioned to digital production more than a decade ago.

“We recognize to be the partner of choice for our dentists, we need to provide information and resources at their fingertips whenever and wherever they need it,” says D&S Dental Laboratory President Steve Daggett. “More and more people are using smartphones and iPads and our new site is now a 24/7 resource they can use to stay up to date on the latest product materials, technical tips and CE seminars.” 

The site features an interactive crown selector tool that helps doctors identify the best crown product choices based on the individual factors of the case, such as location in the mouth, number of units, clearance, whether the patient is a bruxer or grinder or whether it is a tooth-borne or implant supported restoration.

In addition, the site features:

An industry-recognized quarterly newsletter at

Detailed information, including preparation, cementation and ADA codes, for every restoration at

Streamlined Send Us Your Case page that allows users to print UPS shipping labels and Rx forms from their browsers at

Calendar of CE Seminars hosted by the laboratory throughout the year, which will include online registration capabilities at

In addition to its Waunakee location, D&S operates four satellite laboratories in Baraboo, Mondovi and Greenfield, Wis., as well as Rockford, Illinois. Its Waunakee headquarters is DAMAS accredited.

Heraeus Kulzer Restructures Management

Posted on April 27, 2016

Focus on the customer

Heraeus Kulzer restructures management

South Bend, Indiana – In order to improve customer orientation and to create more innovative products, Heraeus Kulzer strengthens its collaboration with Mitsui Chemicals Inc., optimizes its international sales and service structures and repositions its board of management. Akira Misawa was appointed CEO as of April 1st, 2016; Marc Berendes fills the new position of Chief Sales Officer and Novica Savic, as Chief Marketing Officer, is responsible for product management, marketing and innovation.

In order to adapt the structures to evolving customer needs, the German dental manufacturer continues to expand its sales and service portfolio. Against this background, the company strengthened its management and adapted its structure as of April 1st. In particular, the reinforced focus on product innovation as well as sales and services illustrate the continuing focus on changing customer needs. 

Akira Misawa was appointed CEO as of April 1st, 2016. He holds a master degree in engineering and has many years of international management experience. Before taking up his current post, he was Executive Officer and General Representative, Europe, for Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., and President and CEO of Mitsui Chemicals Europe GmbH. As General Manager of the H-Project Division at Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. he has been working closely with Heraeus Kulzer since 2013.

Marc Berendes is responsible for the global sales and service organization. The Canadian has 23 years’ experience in the medical device sector. He has held international leadership positions in marketing, sales and finance. Before joining Heraeus Kulzer he was Managing Director, France for a multinational healthcare company. 

Novica Savic counts on more than 20 years of experience in the dental market and as CMO he is responsible for product management, marketing and innovation. The dental technician has also graduated as MBA and fills management positions at Heraeus Kulzer for many years now.

Within the board of management, the areas of finance (Clemens Hoess), human resources (Andrea von Popowski) and strategy (Andreas Bacher) remain unchanged. The five board of management members report to the new CEO Akira Misawa.  

Akira Misawa, CEO

Marc Berendes, CSO

Novica Savic, CMO

Freedom, Flexibility, Power for Women in Dentistry

Posted on April 26, 2016

‘Freedom, flexibility, power’ for women in dentistry:

3 reasons to celebrate with The Lucy Hobbs Project

Keynote Libby Gill shares insight on 4th annual celebration June 2, 3 in Dallas, Texas


PITTSTON, PA —  In the words of Libby Gill, the The Lucy Hobbs Project™ 4th Annual Celebration is “shaking things up.”

As keynote speaker for the event that will honor exemplary women in the dental community June 2 and 3 in Dallas, Texas, Libby Gill, shares this message.

"What the Lucy Hobbs Celebration event does is tell women that we're shaking things up. Women united like this have a strong voice," said Gill,a renowned speaker who inspiresestablished and emerging leaders to increase passion in their organizations.

"Women in dentistry are healers, and they increasingly have the opportunity to go into business for themselves. There can be a lot of fear about that, but it comes with so much more freedom, flexibility and power." 

After nearly 20 years in senior communications roles at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Gill is now CEO of executive coaching and consulting firm Libby Gill & Company. Her proven “Clarify, Simplify & Execute” process inspires people to maximize their “Leadership DNA.”

"If you look at the women who have made it to the top of corporate America, it's not an easy row to hoe. But the Lucy Hobbs Project gives, young women especially, a real sense that there's hope for them as they enter the workforce," Gill added.

The celebration will begin Thursday evening, June 2 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218 and continue Friday, June 3 at the Hyatt Regency, 300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75207. Events are free to attend, but registration is required, at:

With a network of more than 9,000 members, The Lucy Hobbs Project’s commission to select six honorees each year for the distinction of Exemplary Women in the Dental Community is no easy undertaking. This year, celebration attendees will be awestruck by winners in the following categories: Clinical Expertise, Industry Icon, Mentor, Woman-to-Watch, Innovator, and Humanitarian. Among this year’s recipients are six pioneers for change, whose unwavering professional dedication merits accolades: Joyce Bassett, FAACD, FAGD, Arizona, Col. Theresa S. Gonzales, Ret., DMD, MS, MSS, South Carolina, Susan Maples, DDS, Michigan, Kadambari ‘Kady’ Rawal, BDS, CAGS, Massachusetts, Pamela Schmidt, DDS, NMD, IBDM, Illinois, and Mary Teddy Wray, DDS, Maryland

Throughout the two days, attendees will be hosted to events at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, including a Continuing Education opportunity, courtesy of Benco Dental and event sponsors: Crest, Oral-B, Engle Dental Systems, KaVo Kerr Group, Centrix, Hu-Friedy, Medicom and Sunstar.  

Continuing Education credits will be awarded, at no cost to attendees, via a presentation, “The Proper Care and Feeding of Your Attitude,” led by Robb Zbierski, a personal development instructor notorious for bringing fun to the forefront while also encouraging people to embrace their passion and energy to get the job done.

"What Lucy Hobbs went through, I think, was she just chose not to participate in the existing mindset and skepticism. There's a lot of value in being mindful of the fact that the brain's natural tendency is to look at the negative and get sucked in. Choosing not to participate in that is a big deal," said Zbierski.

Talk about embracing her passion – the project’s namesake Lucy Hobbs, who when denied access to education based on her gender, persevered to learn dentistry through apprenticeship, and eventually graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery.

Powered by Benco Dental, The Lucy Hobbs Project is a national, long-term program based on three pillars – networking, innovating and giving back.  This project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. Free to join, the group offers networking opportunities, education programs and charitable events. 

Each year The Lucy Hobbs Project collaborates with a national partner to give back, and for 2016, will help the National Head Start Association (NHSA) provide healthy snacks to children in need. The Give Back portion of The Lucy Hobbs Project 4th Annual Celebration will benefit Head Start of Greater Dallas. In lieu of a fee for this event, attendees are asked to donate non-perishable, healthy snacks.

Committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life, the NHSA provides opportunities that lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. For more information about the NHSA or Head Start of Greater Dallas, visit their websites at:  and

To register for The Lucy Hobbs Project 4th Annual Celebration, visit:

To access details regarding these events or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit:



1. Libby Gill, who inspires leaders to increase passion and productivity in their organizations, will share her messageas keynote speaker at the Lucy Hobbs Project Annual Celebration Honoring Exemplary Women in the Dental Community.Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs, who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, awards will be presented to honorees who help lead the charge for women in dentistry and embody the project goals.On June 2 and 3 in Dallas, Texas, the event will be powered by Benco Dental.


2. Robb Zbierski will present attendees with a Continuing Education opportunity at the Lucy Hobbs Project Annual Celebration Honoring Exemplary Women in the Dental Community, to be hosted by Benco Dental on June 2 and 3 in at Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, Texas.Zbierski, a personal development instructor, is notorious for bringing fun to the forefront while also encouraging people to embrace their passion and energy to get the job done.

Dentrix Enterprise 8.0.7 Now Available at Henry Schein

Posted on April 26, 2016

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 22, 2016 – Henry Schein Practice Solutions Inc., the U.S. practice solutions business of Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, today announced the availability of Dentrix Enterprise 8.0.7. The new software upgrade enhances users’ ability to quickly navigate a single dashboard, helping dental practices become more efficient by eliminating the need to open multiple windows.

Dentrix Enterprise 8.0.7, developed as a result of customer feedback, features a new patient dashboard, helping office administrators access a complete patient overview, which includes the schedule of their next appointments, outstanding claims, account balances, other family members who are patients, and primary and secondary medical and dental insurance. The dashboard also features medical alerts, procedure history, treatment plans and health assessments. Together, these features, found on a single dashboard, help office administrators more easily navigate patient information.

“With upgrades to Dentrix Enterprise, industry-leading practice management software, customers can work in a paperless environment with maximum efficiency and ease, saving time for both the practice and patient,” said Kevin Bunker, President, North American Dental Practice Solutions. “At Henry Schein, we continue to develop innovative, robust systems that boost practice productivity and improve overall efficiency.”

In addition to improving access to patient information, the updated system simplifies the process for assigning specific individuals to private patient records and financial information, among other features. For example, office administrators can create groups so that only those with access - such as the front desk team - can identify patient and practice information, helping to ensure safe and secure protocols with these controls.

Users of Dentrix Enterprise 8.0.7 have been impressed with the enhanced capabilities. “The new patient dashboard is easy to use and saves time, putting a lot of useful information in one place,” said Peter Metz, Operations Director for Hana Health (Hana, Hawaii).

Dentrix Enterprise customers with an active customer service plan (CSP) can upgrade to Dentrix 8.0.7 free of charge by calling 855-360-0741. To enroll in the CSP, learn more about the software update, or find more information about Dentrix Enterprise, visit


About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dentalanimal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratoriesgovernment and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the NASDAQ 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs nearly 19,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.

The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 110,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 33 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.6 billion in 2015, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at and @HenrySchein on Twitter.


ADSO Announces Incoming President and Executive Director

Posted on April 26, 2016

The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) is excited to announce that Michael Bileca of Dental Care Alliance has been elected by the ADSO Board as incoming Executive Director and President. Mr. Bileca currently serves on the ADSO Executive Committee and Government Affairs Committee. ADSO looks forward to working with Mr. Bileca and continuing efforts to expand access for high quality dental care.

Currently an executive at Dental Care Alliance, Mr. Bileca is former President and Founder of Towncare Dental Partnership, Inc., which was merged with Dental Care Alliance in 2013. Mr. Bileca was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010 where he is Chair of the Government Operations Subcommittee and a member of the Education Committee, Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, and State Affairs Committee.

About the ADSO

The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) is a non-profit organization that represents Dental Support Organizations (DSOs) before the public, policymakers and the media. Our members enable supported dentists to focus on their patients and expand access for dental care while maintaining the highest standards of business and professional ethics. For additional information about the company, please visit

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