Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Harness the Power of Technology" - Orange Country Cental Society

Hats off to Orange County Dental Society for hosting a first class Technology forum.  This meeting was a pleasure to attend, not because I was the opening speaker talking about web presence and social media for dentists, but because of the way it was organized and the high quality of each of the presentations made on subjects we all need to know more about.

From beginning to end this was an excellent event.  There was good food at every break, excellent corporate support with a wide range of dental support companies promoting their products and a speaking program with enough time to for each speaker to get their points across.
Mark Maxwell

 and his team did an excellent  job

Immediate Past President

David L. Guichet

was the Program Director
and I especially want to thank Laura Petersen who is the Executive Director for the Orange County Deatal  Society who was my contact person.

The venue was the Anaheim Hilton and there was a  broad based corporate sponsorship for the event. The schedule of lectures can be viewed here: the following topis were discussed.:

Dr. Lyndon Cooper D.D.S., Ph.D. showed that digital dentistry is here in his talk entitled

Digital Dentistry at a Tipping Point

Scott Ganz, DMD
Advances in 3D Digital Imaging Modalites and Beyond

Cloud Computing. . .The Future of Dental Informatics   
Rick Roblee, DDS

Digital Clinical Dentistry with Dr Baldwin Marchak DDS, MBA always an entertaining speaker

Effective Social Networking. . .An Essential Marketing Tool  myself

Georgios E. Romanos, DDS, PhD, Prof. gave a  tremendous expose on
Lasers in Dentistry. . .Enlighten Yourself

Secure Your Patients Data. . .Don't Be a Victim  - Ron Vesely

Train with the Trainer  - Karina Santos taught how important it is to be up to date with the new features of your dental software particularly Dentrix
Michael Unthank, DDS talked on Transitioning to Paperless

Corporate Forums

This event should have been attended by members from all the various dental societies in the area.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Blue September - Prostate Awareness

Los Angeles City Hall was lit up all blue on Thursday evening, and the Police Helicopters and news teams were flying around the top of the tower in salute of Blue September. Inside a small gathering was present in the Mayor Tom Bradley Hall to officially inaugurate this years observation of this outreach program to raise the public's awareness of the importance of taking precautions to catch prostate cancer early.

A band was playing and speeches were given. With New Zealand Consulate support Dr . Howard Sandler M.D., MS the Chair of Radiation Oncology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was introduced to discuss the new developments in treatment modalities and early detection and treatment of prostate cancer.

Councilman Tom La Bonge was introduced by his ever trusty assistant Isaac Burks. Tom was there to present an official proclamation from the Los Angeles City Council. These are always splendid documents.
The building is a truly remarkable edifice which was completed in 1928, the architecture and the ornamentation is truly exquisite. Surrounding the top of the four sides of the hall is the following inscriptions starting with Thomas Jefferson's 1807 comment “That Government is strongest of which every man feels himself a part”. Also is to be seenon the other three sides, “With written laws the humblest in the state is sure of equal justice with the great”
“The City came into being to preserve life. It exists for the good life”
“No government demands so much from the citizens as democracy and gives so much back”.

I wish that we all felt as positively about local government as these inscriptions suggest we might.

Neil and Isaac

Walnuts it seems prevent prostate cancer. California Walnuts sponsor Blue September