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Aspen Dental Management promotes Dr. Arwinder Judge to chief clinical officer
Aspen  Dental  Management  Inc.  (ADMI),  a  dental services  organization  that  supports  more  than  450 Aspen  Dental  practices  in  communities  across  28 states,  announced  Arwinder  Judge,  DDS,  has  been promoted to chief clinical officer. Since joining ADMI in 2008 as Vice President of Clinical Support Services, Dr. Judge has been instrumental in the development of ADMI’s Doctor Orientation, Doctor Development and  Practice  Execution  programs.  In  his  expanded role,  Dr.  Judge  will  continue  to  enhance  support systems for clinicians. Prior to joining the leadership team at ADMI, Dr. Judge founded and spent 11 years as president of a dental group practice, during which he  established  six  de  novo  dental  practices  in  New York and Texas. He currently serves as treasurer of the Dentists for Oral Health Innovation and has been a member of the American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, Fifth District Dental Society,  Empire  Dental  Political  Action  Committee, and Indian Dental Association. Dr. Judge was also a member of his society’s Peer Review Committee and has  been  recognized  twice  by  the  New  York  State Dental Association for his dedication to the profession and patient care.

Heartland Dental announces new offices, affiliations
Heartland Dental recently announced several new openings  and  affiliations.  The  following  are  new  full-service, state-of-the-art family dental offices:

  • Atlantic Family Dental in Delray Beach, Fla.
  • Little River Family Dental in Woodstock, Ga.
  • Sugarloaf Family Dental in Lawrenceville, Ga.
  • North Pointe Dental Care in Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Rivers Dental Care in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Family Dental Care of Owasso in Owasso, Okla.
    Affiliations include: Ben  G.  Williams,  DMD  and his  team  members  at  Rolling  Ridge  Dental  Care  in State  College,  Pa.;  Norman  D.  Peets,  DDS  and  his team at Green Street Smiles in Gainesville, Ga.; Deno Chrysostom,  DMD,  his  associates,  Mallory  Northcutt, DMD  and  Virginia  Fadeley,  DMD,  and  their  team  at West Columbia Family Dentistry in West Columbia, S.C.; Stephen  Foster,  DDS  and  his  team  at  Pleasant  Grove Dental in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.

Smile Source joins forces with The Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics (A.C.E.)
Texas-based dental alliance, Smile Source, has signed an agreement with The Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics  (A.C.E.).  In  this  agreement  Smile  Source will  continue  to  offer  strategic  marketing,  growth tools  and  services  to  empower  independent  dentists to  reach  their  full  potential,  and  now  has  increased their offering to member dentists with a more robust educational platform and an extensive online community. Both organizations are dedicated to sharing best practices and providing signature dental care to their patients by some of the top, independent dental clinicians  around  the  country.  Smile  Source  and  A.C.E. will collectively account for an online community of over 11,000 dentists, dental professionals, and dental auxiliaries with over 400 dental locations in the United States, making them the largest independent alliance of dentists.

National Children’s Oral Health Foundation welcomes new board
National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy (NCOHF) (Charlotte, NC) welcomed a new board of directors for fiscal year 2015 under the chairmanship  of  Henk  van  Duijnhoven,  SVP  at  Danaher Corporation  (Washington,  DC).  Other  Board  officers include First VP Avi Reichental, president and CEO of 3D Systems (Rock Hill, SC), second VP Allison Farey, president of Wells Fargo Practice Finance, treasurer Paul A  Guggenheim,  president  of  Patterson  Dental  Supply Inc  (St  Paul,  MN),  and  secretary  Robert  Size,  SVP  of DENTSPLY International (York, PA).

California approves dental telehealth program
California  passed  a  new  law  expanding  the  Virtual Dental  Home  (VDH),  a  program  that  uses  telehealth technology to bring dental services directly to patients in community settings, such as schools and nursing homes. The bill was the outgrowth of a demonstration project established  in  2010  by  Paul  Glassman  DDS,  director of the Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry’s Pacific Center for Special Care (San Francisco, CA). The law expands the scope of practice for dental hygienists and assistants and provides payment for telehealth-enabled dental services under California’s Medicaid program. It uses dental hygienists to screen patients and send data electronically to dentists at clinics or offices who advise the  hygienists  which  preventive  and  routine  restorative  care  should  be  done.  Services  provided  include cleanings, sealants, fluoride, X-rays, chart preparation, oral  hygiene  instruction,  nutritional  counseling,  and placement of interim therapeutic restorations. Patients requiring  more  complex  care  are  referred  to  dentists who review the records before an office visit.

Air Technique’s Monarch CleanStream Evac System
Cleaner gets high reviews in peer-to-peer evalAir Techniques Inc’s Monarch CleanStream Evacuation System Cleaner was given a 4.1 rating (out of a posible 5.0) when evaluated by 13 dental professionals who had a  combined  228  years  in  practice.  This  Peer-to-Peer product  evaluation  was  conducted  by  Dental  Product Shopper. The evaluation process included a four week trial where each evaluator used the cleaner in their practice.  The  final  score  was  calculated  by  combining  the evaluator’s  individual  criteria  average  with  their  overall satisfaction  average.  Monarch  CleanStream’s  unique, non-foaming formula cleans and deodorizes lines for all brands of wet and dry vacuum systems and features an easy-to use dispenser system that makes mixing simple. For more information, visit www.airtechniques.com.

VA proposes increased pay for its dentists, physicians
The  US  Department  of  Veterans  Affairs  (VA)  (Washington, DC) is proposing increased salaries for incomingdentists and physicians as part of its recruitment efforts to hire more clinicians and expand veterans’ access to care. The updated pay ranges propose increases of $20,000 to $35,000  annually  for  dentists  and  physicians  who  care for  veterans.  They  are  also  proposing  the  expansion  of the loan repayment program, as included in the recently passed Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act. Not only is the VA the second largest national employer, it is also the largest employer of healthcare providers. More than 70 percent of all US doctors received training at the VA; VA facilities train 62,000 medical students and residents, 23,000 nurses, and 33,000 trainees in other health profession fields annually.

3M ESPE unveils Filtek Bulk Fill Posterior Restorative
3M ESPE’s introduced Filtek Bulk Fill Posterior Restorative, a one-step placement bulk fill material that delivers stress relief, wear resistance, and the ability to place up to five mm in one increment. It eliminates expensive dispensing devices, additional layers, and multiple steps, saving valuable chairtime  and  offering  improved  productivity.  The  technology was  co-developed  through  collaboration  with  Professor Christopher  Bowman  from  the  University  of  Colorado (Boulder, CO), with the financial support of the National Institutes  of  Health  (NIH)  (Bethesda,  MD).  For  more product information, go to www.3MESPE.com/Filtek

Patterson Dental introduces newest members of its Special Markets team

  • John Adams, Special Markets – Northeast Territory Manager
    John Adams will focus on managing and growing DSO and government and institutional business in Patterson Dental’s Northeast Region through technology, products, services and after-sales training and support. Adams brings nearly 15 years of experience in dental as a corporate account manager and senior manager, professional field sales. Adams earned a bachelor’s degree from Towson State University in Maryland.
  • Rhonda Durante, Special Markets – Southeast Territory Manager
    Rhonda Durante will be working with customers and manufacturer partners to identify growth opportunities and drive sales growth across multiple markets in Patterson Dental’s Southeast Region. Durante has spent 24 years in the dental industry, managing all aspects of customer accounts, while building relationships with customers and business partners. She studied dental assisting/hygiene and radiology at the University of Kentucky.Brooke Hilzendager, Special Markets – Technology Sales ManagerBrooke Hilzendager will manage the technology sales segment of Patterson Dental’s Special Markets Division, specifically in the areas of digital imaging, CAD/CAM and digital sensors. In addition to her technology product expertise, Hilzendager brings experience in the healthcare field that includes sales and territory and account management. She also has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
  • Joe Techar, Special Markets – Equipment Sales Manager
    Joe Techar will oversee nationwide sales of basic dental equipment for Patterson Dental’s Special Markets Division, working closely with manufacturing partners and Patterson branches and equipment specialists to provide a best-in-class client experience. Previously Techar was a territory sales representative with Patterson Dental’s Omaha Branch, serving clients in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. His prior roles in healthcare include director of national sales, account manager and division manager. Techar graduated from Creighton University with a double major.

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