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AADA Conference offers programs for spouses, dentists

February 06, 2012

By Stacie Crozier, ADA News staff

Stone Mountain, GA—Supporting the dental family with programs for both spouses and dentists, the Alliance of the American Dental Association will hold its 2012 Conference April 11-14 at the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort.

Conference learning sessions offer Alliance members a chance to fine-tune leadership, membership, advocacy and education skills while dentists can take advantage of a continuing education course and a visit to a state of the art dental office.

“The program is intended for both dental spouses and dentists,” said Debbie Torbush, AADA president. “We have a variety of programs that help the entire dental family enhance their family’s business, from the dental student stage to retirement. We also encourage Alliance members to become more involved in the profession outside the office through legislative advocacy and dental health education.”

Alliance member sessions include dental health education, nutrition and well-being, leadership training and membership building techniques. Other conference highlights include a gathering for student spouses, a Head To Toe dental kit packaging session and a special opening assembly.

Acres of enjoyment: In addition to learning and networking, conference attendees can enjoy 3,200 acres of wilderness in Stone Mountain Park.

Dr. Dwight “Ronnie” Weathers, former faculty member and dean of Emory University School of Dentistry, will present the CE course for dentists, New Advances in Oral Pathology. The four-hour course will include a summary of new and current information on the effectiveness of diagnostic aids available for detecting and diagnosing oral dysplasia and carcinoma; a discussion on bisphosphonates and osteonecrosis of the jaws; and salivary diagnostics. The cost is $125 and includes lunch.

A long list of special events is available for everyone attending, including:

  • a tour of two antebellum homes plus a buffet lunch at the famed Blue Willow Inn;
  • a cocktail buffet reception at Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, an ancient art museum featuring works dating back to 4000 B.C.;
  • the Council on Government Affairs/ADPAC Legislative Advocacy Breakfast featuring a talk by Georgia Dental Association Executive Director Martha Phillips;
  • a tour that includes the Atlanta History Center, The Tullie Smith house and farm and the Swan House mansion plus an elegant lunch at the Swan Coach House;
  • the Foundation for Dental Health Education Silent Auction;
  • a dinner celebration to honor Beulah K. Spencer award recipients.

The resort and Stone Mountain Park also offer guests amenities, including 3,200 acres of forest and miles of trails; a Civil War theme park; outdoor attractions like canoeing and kayaking; and many other tours and attractions.

Conference participants will also have opportunities for golf and tennis during their stay. For more details or to register for the conference, visit