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Keeping in sync at ADA annual meeting

March 10, 2016

By David Burger


Comrades: Drs. John Mott (left) and James Maslowksi are business partners in a dental practice in West Springfield, Mass.
West Springfield, Mass. — Two can be better than one.

Especially at ADA annual meetings.

Drs. John Mott and James Maslowski are partners in a practice in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and they both attended ADA 2015 – America's Dental Meeting in Washington, D.C.

They came together to reap the benefits of being with your business partner at the ADA annual meeting.

"I certainly feel that attending the meeting with your business partner, and experiencing the additional perspective on things in real time, helps you to evaluate decisions together," Dr. Mott said. "It keeps your notions on the practice in sync."

"Since we practice together, it's great to be able to see events in real time, to evaluate together with the vendors, rather than try secondhand to evaluate products," said Dr. Maslowski. "Both of us continue to go to local education meetings and participate in district meetings together, as we find that this is a great way to have discussions with our colleagues and especially with new dentists.  We have also attended the Yankee Dental Congress in Boston annually."

Drs. Mott and Maslowski were associates together in another practice in the 1980s, and have been friends since. In 2014, a dentist friend in the area retired early, and the patients needed a dental home.  Dr. Maslowski took over the practice, and enlisted Dr. Mott's aid by bringing him out of retirement. "This gave us the opportunity to work together again," Dr. Maslowski said.

Going to the ADA annual meeting in Washington, D.C. allowed the duo to dine and shop together, while still allowing them time to see continuing education courses that appealed to their own interests. Dr. Maslowski also served as a delegate to the House.

"I was interested in learning some of the state-of-the-art techniques available via digital dentistry," said Dr. Maslowski. "I also attended some practice transition courses which I hope will prove helpful in these next years as I approach a transition myself."

"While I generally enjoy the courses in clinical techniques and treatment trends, my favorite seminar of the session was The Future of Dentistry, which featured the contributions of such national leaders of the profession like 2012-13 ADA President  Robert Faiella," Dr. Mott said. "The discussion on the directions in which the profession is headed was fascinating."

ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting will convene Oct. 20-25 in Denver.

ADA 2016 registration will open May 4. For the most updated information, visit ADA.org/meeting. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #ADADEN.