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New Dentist Conference opportunity to network, share experiences

October 18, 2017

By David Burger

When North Carolina dentist Dr. Kristin Kaelke Miller says that one of the highlights of the New Dentist Conference is the networking, she means it.

"Well, at the meeting last year in Denver, I met someone at my 16th District lunch table that led me to get my awesome new job out of it," Dr. Miller said. "An associate was there from a practice that was two minutes from where I live. The practice was somewhat new, but I don't know if I would have found out about them as quickly if we hadn't sat down and started talking that day. They were looking for someone with my background and experience, and the timing was perfect. Networking doesn't get much better than that for me."

Dr. Miller, a member of the class of 2011 of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, has been going to the New Dentist Conference since 2014, with plans to attend this week's event.

The New Dentist Committee chair at the North Carolina Dental Society, Dr. Miller said there are many reasons why she makes it a point to be a part of each year's New Dentist Conference. "I love going to see old friends and faces and network with other like-minded dentists, new and old," she said. "I catch up with old classmates from my dental school in Kansas City, but I get to see a lot of new dentist friends that live all across North Carolina, too. Even though we're in the same state and all fairly involved in organized dentistry, I don't regularly see them, so it's fun to be able to hang out and relax together. I get a lot of opportunity to do continuing education near me, so the continuing education, social events and food are a bonus."

Dr. Parkinson
Mr. Bashinelli

Louisiana-based Dr. Raymond Jarvis, who graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 2010, is one of two national New Dentist Committee members that work with the ADA to organize and plan the New Dentist Conference.

Dr. Jarvis first attended the conference last year, and said he is a strong advocate for new dentists to come to Atlanta.

"One tough part about being a dentist is that we work in our practices by ourselves or with a small group of other dentists day in and day out," Dr. Jarvis said. "The New Dentist Conference gives us a chance to interact with other new dentists from around the country to share and learn about our successes and failures. It can be very freeing to learn that we all share similar experiences of learning to manage the daily goings on of a dental practice, supporting our student debt, juggling work and family life, et cetera. On top of that, we have an amazing lineup of inspirational speakers and CE courses as part of the New Dentist Conference."

He added: "We really have put in a lot of work in to make this an amazing conference. I am looking forward to seeing many new dentists at the conference. I hope that everyone takes full advantage of everything the New Dentist Conference and the ADA annual meeting has to offer."

Keynote speakers

Not just one but three people will be the keynote speakers at the New Dentist Conference.

The three presenters are all popular TED/TEDx speakers. TED, founded in 1984, is an organization that features conferences, events and online videos under the slogan "ideas worth spreading."

The speakers — Mel Robbins, Jay Parkinson, M.D., and Chris Bashinelli — will present on successive days of the New Dentist Conference.

The motivational speeches are included in the price of registration for the New Dentist Conference. The schedule is:

  • Ms. Robbins will speak Thursday at 9:30 a.m. A former lawyer and CNN contributor, Ms. Robbins is a best-selling author who is perhaps best known for delivering one of the most popular TEDx Talks: "How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over." She is a third-generation entrepreneur who has launched and sold two companies and currently owns and operates a multimillion dollar publishing and speaking business focused on leadership, courage and human potential.
  • Dr. Parkinson will speak Friday at 8 a.m. Dr. Parkinson is a physician who trained in pediatrics and preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He has challenged how doctors and patients communicate and solve problems together, creating the world's first internet-enabled house call practice in 2007; founding and designing the first cloud-based electronic medical record in 2008; and designing a popular iPad apps for physicians, Omnio. He gives talks on the new frontiers that technology creates for health and medical care.
  • Mr. Bashinelli will speak Saturday at 2 p.m. Also known as "Bash," Mr. Bashinelli, a former actor, now uses media to build bridges between cultures. At 20 years old, he traveled to Tanzania to make his first documentary. He now traverses the globe from Uganda to Haiti as host of "Bridge the Gap," a TV series featured on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, where he discovers what it's like to walk in someone else's shoes. He has harvested buffalo with Native Americans in South Dakota, lived as a nomad in Mongolia and sumo wrestled the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history. He is a moderator for the United Nations, an Eagle Scout, a National Geographic Explorer and has interviewed some of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People on the Planet.

Learn more about the annual meeting at and the New Dentist Conference at