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ADA News Convention Daily

Opening General Session, Block Party to highlight first day

October 18, 2017

By David Burger

Dental professionals can open their experiences at ADA 2017 – America’s Dental Meeting with two events that bookend Thursday, the official opening day.

The Opening General Session, presented by ACT Oral Care and scheduled to last one hour, will commence at 8 a.m. in Building B, Exhibit Hall B5. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

Dr. Gammichia
Dr. Kreutzer
Dr. Pallotto
Three member dentists will lead the program: Dr. John Gammichia, of Apopka, Florida; Dr. Jim Kreutzer, of Kenosha, Wisconsin; and Dr. Josephine Chang Pallotto, of Lansing, Illinois.

The members will share their personal stories — how being a dentist has made a difference in their life and allowed them to make an impact on their practice, families and community.

The Opening General Session will also honor Dr. Usa Bunnag, who will receive the ADA Humanitarian Award, and Dr. Patricia Blanton, the recipient of the ADA Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Bunnag, of Bethesda, Maryland, is the president and founder of Smiles on Wings, a charitable organization that has provided dental care, scholarships and mentoring in Thailand since 2003.

Dr. Blanton, of Charleston, South Carolina, has served as vice president of the ADA and the first female president of the Texas Dental Association. She is now interim dean of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.

At 9 a.m., the Exhibit Hall opens and continuing education courses will begin. The hall closes at 5:30 p.m.

Later that day is the ADA 2017 Block Party on Restaurant Row, 300 Marietta Street NW, steps away from the Georgia World Congress Center, the site of the annual meeting. Between 6 and 9 p.m., Der Biergarten, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, STATS and Twin Smokers BBQ will be serving heavy appetizers and drinks from their menus, with live entertainment between all four restaurants. An entire block will be closed to accommodate ADA 2017 registered dentists, dental teams and guests.

A badge is required for entry. Attendees will receive one drink ticket that can be exchanged for one beer or wine, or two sodas or waters.