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Father-son duo tie ADA meetings to family vacations

February 01, 2016

By David Burger

Drs. Donald and Russell Taylor
Poquoson, Va. — As a child, Dr. Russell Taylor had "quite a few family vacations" that coincided with trips to ADA annual meetings because his father, Dr. Donald Taylor, was a dentist.

But it wasn't until ADA 2015 – America's Dental Meeting that the younger Dr. Taylor attended his first annual meeting as a dentist, accompanied by his father.

With the ADA meeting not far from his family's practice in the small Chesapeake Bay town of Poquoson, Dr. Russell Taylor continued the family tradition of bringing his own family along with him to annual meetings. "Having the meeting in Washington, D.C, just a stone's throw away, certainly simplified traveling," he said. "Not only was it convenient, but D.C. has many great outlets for entertainment whether it be dining out or touring one of the many national museums.  It certainly gave the family a plethora of things to see while we attended the ADA meeting."

One of the highlights of the annual meeting was the Welcome Reception, which allowed those attending to privately tour the National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History. "It was incredibly unique and we enjoyed the exclusiveness," Dr. Russell Taylor said before making a Ben Stiller flick reference. "We were just waiting for the exhibits to come alive like in the movie."

Experiencing the meeting with his father was a special treat for the son, who, like his dad, is a graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry at the Medical College of Virginia. "After classes we would meet up for lunch or tour the exhibit hall looking for any potential equipment needs or services for our practice," he said. "After the day ended we would meet up with our families and go enjoy a family evening out. Of course on our days off we enjoyed sightseeing around Washington with our family."

Dr. Russell Taylor didn't have too much time off, though. He attended no fewer than nine CE courses at ADA 2015, ranging from Implant Surgery and Bone Grafting Techniques to Esthetic Smile Design. "The ADA puts together some top-rated speakers," he said. "Having such a large meeting affords a vast selection of courses which can be tailored to any preference. We both enjoyed learning about new techniques and new technologies that we can incorporate into our everyday practice.  From live implant surgeries to hands-on cadaver courses to excellent case presentations we had an overall great time."

Having such a memorable experience at his first ADA annual meeting as a dentist has convinced Dr. Russell Taylor to consider coming to — with his family in tow — ADA 2016 in Denver. "What better way to enjoy yet another family vacation?" he said. "We look forward to hiking around and enjoying what Denver and the Rockies have to offer while enjoying some quality CE."

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

ADA 2016 registration will open in the spring. For the most updated information, visit