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Volume 45, No. 4

January/February, 2004


by Yolanda Marrero SFDDA Staff Writer


by Rosalie A. Small, Managing Editor

The South Florida District Dental Association is proud to announce the name of Idalia Lastra, D.M.D., as our 2004 Dentist of the Year. Idalia Lastra is a name familiar to most members of the SFDDA, since she has served as Miami Winter Meeting Chair in 2002, Alternate Trustee to the Florida Dental Association in 1994-1996 and 2001-2002, and is now serving as one of the SFDDA's two Trustees to the FDA. Dr. Lastra's activities in organized dentistry go back long before her involvement in the SFDDA. She began with the Greater Miami Dental Society, where she served as Newsletter Editor from 1983-87, Board member, the Secretary, VicePresident, President-Elect and President in 1991-92. She was also active in the Dade County Dental Research Clinic, beginning in 1983 through her year as President in 1989-90. Idalia, whose father, Dr. Jesus Lastra, is also a dentist, was born in Havana, Cuba. She, along with her mother and sister, came to the United States as a small child in 1960, and it was several years later before her father was able to join them. The family moved to New York, where Dr. Jesus Lastra knew a dentist he could work for, but the cold New York weather drove them south first to California, then Florida, and finally to Alabama where Jesus was accepted at the University of Alabama. He later taught at that school, since back then, non-U.S. citizens could not take the dental boards, and he had to wait seven years to become a citizen. "Congress passed a law allowing my father to become a citizen before the seven years was up," Idalia says, "and my dad still has the pen that the President used to sign the bill into law." Moving to South Florida where her father then started practicing, Idalia graduated from Coral Gables High School, then attended the university of Miami, graduating with a degree in Chemistry. But she had

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Born in Stuttgart, Germany, the youngest of seven children, Manuela Rendl grew up in a traditional household, where girls were expected to be housewives. However, much to her father's surprise, Manuela started college at the age of 16 determined to be more than that. Upon graduating with a Business Degree, she was transferred to the United States by the company where she was employed. It was her first airplane trip and her first time away from home and family. Eventually, Manuela came to Florida and began

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President's Message .............................................2 Volunteer for Give Kids A Smile.........................3 Specialty Forum a Success ..................................3 Two Home Runs for Dr. Lowell...........................4 New Applicants....................................................5 Introducing New Members ..................................5 Art World Honors Arturo Mosquera....................5 John Joffre Takes Team to Nationals ...................5 As I See It ............................................................6 Miami Winter Meeting Exhibitors.......................9 Fellows of the SFDF ..........................................10 How Insurance Companies Create the UCR .....10 Classified Ads...........................................11 & 12 Renew Your License Online in 2004 .................12 Retirement Planning ..........................................13 Noticias ..............................................................14 Bad Check Restitution Plan...............................15 Report from the NDDS President......................15 New CE Tracking Rule ......................................15 Important Notice About the MWM ...................16 Foundation Report .............................................17 Locum Tenens ....................................................18 Kendall Dentists Garden Tour............................19 SFDDA Events for Women Dentists .................19

Affiliate Societies: Greater Miami Miami Beach North Dade South Broward South Dade West Dade

Bulletin Board................................................20 SFDF 2004 Raffle Announcement ................21

2003-2004 Officers and Executive Council OFFICERS President RICHARD A. MUFSON, D.D.S. 20480 W. Dixie Highway North Miami Beach, FL 33180 305-935-7501 FAX: 305-935-5953 President-Elect ANITA PANDEY, D.M.D. 8750 SW 144 St., #205 Miami, FL 33176 305-969-3122 FAX: 305-232-5193 First Vice President HOWARD H. DUCHON, D.D.S. 305-821-5031 FAX: 305-274-9975 Second Vice President WILLIAM P. LAMAS, D.M.D. 305-556-7010 FAX: 305-231-3984 Secretary JERRY M. LAYNE, D.D.S., M.D. P.O. Box 2173 Miami, FL 33143 305-353-1780 FAX: 305-284-8630 Treasurer CESAR R. SABATES, D.D.S. 305-448-7217 FAX: 305-448-4815 Immediate Past President ALAN E. FRIEDEL, D.D.S. 954-454-4446 FAX: 954-454-1902 YOUNG MEMBER/TRUSTEES/ ALTERNATE TRUSTEES Edward Kirsh, D.D.S., Young Member 305-854-7200 FAX: 305-854-7201 Idalia Lastra, D.M.D., Trustee 305-856-7180 FAX: 305-856-2149 Mark S. Webman, D.D.S., Trustee 305-666-2068 FAX: 305-666-0612 Paul L. Benjamin, D.M.D., Alternate Trustee 305-373-1361 FAX: 305-379-6409 Carlos M. Interian, D.M.D., Alternate Trustee 305-442-0070 FAX: 305-461-9599 ELECTED DELEGATES FROM AFFILIATE DENTAL SOCIETIES Armando Blardonis, D.D.S. (GMDS) 305-252-0088 FAX: 305-252-0871 Norman Browner, D.D.S. (MBDS) 305-532-4419 FAX: 305-935-3582 Edward Cronauer, D.M.D. (SBDS) 954-983-1610 FAX: 954-983-1181 Joel C. Gale, D.M.D. (NDDS) 305-651-6107 FAX: 305-652-5216 Isaac Garazi, D.M.D. (NDDS) 305-931-0607 FAX: 305-931-1202 Stephen J. Kotkis, D.M.D. (SBDS) 954-989-5566 FAX: 954-989-5567 Jose R. Mellado, D.M.D. (SDDS) 305-441-0302 FAX: 305-441-0177 Carlos A. Sanchez, D.D.S. (WDDS) 305-443-3131 FAX: 305-443-4426 John D. Tabak, D.D.S. (MBDS) 954-262-1674 FAX: 305-759-8556 Gilbert Toledo, D.M.D. (WDDS) 305-270-3222 FAX: 305-270-2607 Thomas H. Ward, D.M.D. (GMDS) 305-377-8004 FAX: 305-373-8028 Norman A. Zarr, D.D.S. (SDDS) 305-661-4266 FAX: 305-661-4202 AFFILIATE SOCIETY PRESIDENTS Frank Manteiga, D.M.D. (GMDS) 305-667-1131 FAX: 305-662-3939 Jay J. Kopf, D.D.S. (MBDS) 305-535-1714 FAX: 305-535-8190 David Genet, D.M.D. (NDDS) 305-933-8700 FAX: 305-9334051 Edward Cronauer, D.M.D. (SBDS) 954-983-1610 FAX: 954-983-1181 Ramiro E. Del Amo, D.M.D. (SDDS) 305-558-2200 FAX: 305-665-3006 Rita Echevarria-Salgueiro, D.D.S. (WDDS) 305-665-3433 FAX:305-667-3775 ___________________________ Rosalie A. Small Executive Director South Florida District Dental Association E-Mail: [email protected]


28 Things I Have Learned in 50 Years of Living and in 17 Years of Practicing Dentistry

First, the Dentistry Things... could get a, whadda-ya-call, `air pocket' or something after this, is that true?"), dramatically increases the likelihood of that condition occurring. 6. Treating a close friend or relative dramatically increases the likelihood of complications or of a procedure not working.

Richard Mufson, DDS President

1. If something can go wrong (whether a crown not fitting, an endo file separating, a tooth breaking, excessive bleeding, etc.), it can and will go wrong, and usually at the worst possible moment. In other words, I am 100 percent convinced that Murphy was actually a dentist. 2. In South Florida, "Sue" is not a name ­ it's a verb. 3. Dental school incorrectly taught us a number of important lessons. One of these consisted of the notion that if the result of any procedure does not turn out 100 percent perfect, both you and the procedure are most likely a failure. 4. For some unexplained reason, dentists are all too happy to speak negatively of other colleagues and criticize their work in front of patients and others. 5. The mere mention of the phrase, "dry socket", or a question by a patient (example: "Hey doc, my friends told me I

7. The combination of a nice or normal patient and easy expected treatment? ­ no problem. A normal patient and difficult/high-risk treatment? ­ no problem. A nutty psychotic patient and very easy treatment ­ still no problem. But the combination of nutty psychotic patient and difficult/high-risk treatment? This is a problem. It is also a good time to inconspicuously take down your shingle, stay at home that day, and/or otherwise find a way of politely excusing yourself from that particular case. 8. If ever I expect, and plan for, a procedure to be very difficult in advance, it usually progresses in a calm, calculated and successful manner. However, if I assume a procedure will be easy, but instead am surprised by a much more difficult one than expected, it almost always seems exponentially harder and/or more impossible to accomplish in a smooth, competent manner. And in extreme cases, when the "dental gods" (whom we all know

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SFDDA NEWSLETTER Copyright: © SFDDA 1996 Published by the South Florida District Dental Association 420 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 2E Coral Gables, FL 33146 Richard A. Mufson, D.D.S., President John D. Tabak., D.D.S, Newsletter Editor Rosalie A. Small, Managing Editor Send announcements and correspondence to: 420 S. Dixie Hwy, 2-E, Coral Gables, FL, 33146-2271 Phone: (305) 667-3647 FAX: (305) 665-7059 Send letters to the editor to: John D. Tabak, D.D.S. 500 NE 51 St., Miami, FL 33137

Disclaimer: Opinions stated in the SFDDA Newsletter are not necessarily endorsed by the South Florida District Dental Association, its Executive Council or Committees. Advertisements printed should not be construed as an endorsement by the Association of the company, product or service. Newsletter Mission: To communicate current activities of the SFDDA, its affiliate societies, the FDA and ADA. It comments on issues affecting dentistry and shares with colleagues the professional achievements of its members. Member American Association of Dental Editors

To All SFDDA Members: Volunteer for "Give Kids A Smile"

The American Dental Association has designated February 6, 2004 as "Give Kids a Smile" day, the annual centerpiece to National Children's Dental Health Month. On that day, the nation's dentists will provide free oral health care services to thousands of low-income children across the country. We are asking you and your dental assistant to donate a half-day, either morning or afternoon, on Friday, February 6, 2004. If you can join us, at the "Give Kids A Smile" project, please call Dr. Roberta Diehl at (305) 694-5400 or the SFDDA office at (305) 667-3647. In addition to providing valuable oral health care to need children, you will also be performing a benefit to the profession of dentistry.

In 2003, Dr. Cesar Sabates & Alex Canosa work on a young patient.

Hialeah Dental Clinic, Nova Southeastern's North Miami Beach Clinic, and the Robert Morgan Dental Clinic, over 100 children were seen and treated.

Dr. Beatriz Fraga-Davidson & Jacqueline Quintana with a patient at GKAS 2003

Last year the with the help of the members of the South Florida District Dental Association who volunteered their time to serve at the University of Florida's

This year's event, spearheaded in our area by Dr. Roberta Diehl, will take place at the University of Florida's Hialeah Dental Clinic and volunteer dentists and hygienists are needed.

Face painting at the Hialeah Clinic

First Specialty/Interdisciplinary Forum a Success

The first of two "Bridging the Gap: (endodontics), Roberta Diehl Specialty/Interdisciplinary Forum & (general dentistry), Lanny Garvar Consensus Conference", held this past (oral and maxillofacial surgery), December 3rd at the new Parrot Jungle, Ed Cronauer (orthodontics), Luis was a resounding success, and featured a Llamas (pediatric dentistry), turnout of sixty or so plus attendees. Barry Shipman (prosthetic Created and moderated by our current dentistry, and Lee Hauer Panel members, Dr. Lee Hauer, Dr. Lanny Garver president, Dr. Richard Mufson, co(periodontics). and Dr. Samuel O. Dorn moderated by Dr. Alan Friedel, the The second part of the Forum featured a conference featured a list of distinguished The first part of the program featured back-and-forth discussion between any guest panelists representing each of the each specialty representative delivering a and all attendees on a wide variety of dental specialties (including General brief update on the current (or future) inter-specialty issues, and by the end of Dentistry), and a status of their respective the evening, had many people asking, vibrant and specialties, including issues "Why didn't we do this before?", and interested audience such as manpower concerns, "When are we doing the next one?". who came to hear educational and academic and then discuss a shortfalls, difficulties Yes, there is a next one planned, which is variety of issues drawing potential associates set to take place on February, 27, 2004, affecting interinto our state due to required during the Friday afternoon session of the specialty relations board exams, scope of Miami Winter Meeting at the and other important practice issues, legislative Fontainebleau. If the interest level at the aspects affecting our issues, challenges in treating Parrot Jungle was any indication, there daily practices and Medicaid patients (brought Panel members, Dr. Barry Shipman, may also well be other subsequent Dr. Roberta Diehl & Moderator, patients. The up by pediatric dentists), Dr. Richard Mufson Forums planned after the MWM. Please panelists included and the list seemed to go on. join us at the next Specialty Forum. Drs. Sam Dorn 3


by Isa Salvador, SFDDA Staff Writer Our children are our biggest source of pride, so we can be forgiven for viewing them through the proverbial rose-colored glasses that make them smartest, cleverest, and most adorable creatures on Earth. Few of us, however, know what it's like to have a famous child, one who is in the limelight, whose every move is observed by millions. SFDDA member Dr. Carl Lowell can tell you what it's like. His son is Mike Lowell, All Star third-baseman for the world champion Florida Marlins. Dr. Lowell is a proud father indeed, and his pride extends well beyond his son's professional accomplishments. It is Mike's "moral character and the type of guy he is" that Dad admires most. "He is very levelheaded, not impressed with himself, has great leadership abilities, and is very strong mentally," Dr. Lowell says. "When faced with adversity, he'll work himself out of it with confidence." And 29-year-old Mike has seen his share of adversity. Four years ago he was diagnosed with testicular cancer; then this year a broken hand took him out of play just when the Marlins needed him most. In both cases he overcame the hardships, emerging stronger than ever. The son's talent is easy to trace -- Dr. Lowell himself can claim a distinguished background in baseball. His days in dental school at the University of Puerto Rico were split between studying for exams and pitching in an amateur league. The pitching was good, he concedes, "but I couldn't hit worth a damn." Dr. Lowell played for the Puerto Rico national team and participated in the 1971 and 1975 Pan American Games. His most memorable triumph came in 1972, when, as a member of Puerto Rico's commonwealth team, he beat the Cuban national team 5-4, in Cuba, a victory that left him, he admits, "crying 4 degree in finance, which he may put to use when his Major League career is over. Dr. Lowell believes his son would be a great general manager for a bigleague team, but doubts he'd do it because it would require being away from his wife and daughter nine months each year. Like many stories of success over adversity, this one has an interesting twist. While Mike attended Columbus High, his coach, Brother Herb, told him he wasn't good enough to make the team. Mike transferred to Gables High and went on to beat Columbus the following year. The ex-coach has continued to play a role in Mike's success as he has persisted in proving the coach wrong. (The Marlins recently signed him to a four-year, multimillion-dollar contract.) So what is it like for Dr. Lowell to watch as his son steps into the batter's box? Well, you could call it mixed emotions. While concerned that it might seem too crass a response, Dr. Lowell was quick to say it's an odd combination of "euphoria and Pepto-Bismol at the same time!" Dr. Lowell has another son who brings him great pride, and who will be following in his career footsteps. Victor Lowell will graduate as a general dentist in the summer of 2005 from the University of Florida. He's looking forward to turning his practice over to Victor, and then he plans to retire. Strangely, he seemed almost deliriously happy at the thought . . .

Mike Lowell, in his days as a Minor Leaguer, and his dad, SFDDA Member, Dr. Carl Lowell

like a baby." The Cubans acknowledged his skill by presenting him with a plaque that named him "Outstanding RightHanded Pitcher," which he still has today. In those days, the legendary Roberto Clemente was manager of the Puerto Rico team. The upset win over Cuba came shortly before Clemente died in a plane crash while taking relief supplies to Nicaragua following their devastating earthquake. From the time Mike was three years old, he loved to throw balls. His father began coaching baseball when Mike turned six. It was clear even then that his son had talent. Little League practice typically ended at 4:30, and while the other kids left immediately, Mike wanted to stay on and have Dad hit him more grounders. "No doubt he has a God-given talent," Dr. Lowell says, "but he's had tremendous dedication to the game right from the beginning, and has worked very hard to get where he is today." Mike attended Columbus and Coral Gables high schools, and then went to FIU on a scholarship. As a freshman he made "All American" both athletically and academically, maintaining a 3.8 grade-point average. He graduated with a


Applications for Membership in the SFDDA Dr. Sharlene Starkman 10709 N.W. 12 Drive Plantation, FL 33322 Dr. Elias Tobon 144 N.E. 43 Street, #3 Miami, FL 33137 Dr. Jaime Garces 808 N.E. 21 Drive Wilton Manor, FL 33305 CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHN A. JOFFRE, DENTIST, FATHER & COACH Dr. John Joffre, past-president of the SFDDA, has traded his volunteer work at the SFDDA for coaching his son's baseball and football teams. This fall, John coached the Palmetto Bay Broncos, a Pop Warner Football League team of 95 pound, 10-year-old boys, for which his son, Anthony plays. The Broncos had an excellent season, easily besting all their competition in the Greater Miami division, then went on to win the Southeast U.S. Regionals. During the week of December 15th, The Broncos played for the national championship at the Walt Disney World Sports Complex in Orlando, against teams from all over the United States "and most of them even brought their own cheerleaders," John says. Of the 1,600 Pop Warner teams for boys under 95 pounds, the Palmetto Bay Broncos came in third in the nation. According to John, "we should have won it in the first game of the championship, but we blew it." Oh well, Coach, there's always next year. And after all, they really are only 10 years old! IN MEMORIAM JEROME S. SOMMERFIELD, DDS

July 21, 1918 - December 11, 2003 Dr. Sommerfield practiced dentistry from his office in Miami Springs for over 40 years, until his retirement in 1993. Your friends in dentistry will always remember you fondly.

INTRODUCING OUR NEW MEMBERS On behalf of the SFDDA, we extend a warm welcome to the following new members who were voted into membership on November 19, 2003: Juan Gabriel Llano , DMD Hector E. Parayuelos, DDS Itza M. Sage, DDS Luis F. Felipe, DDS Rita A. Fields-Heller, DDS Ronia Baker, DDS Joshua Slatkoff, DMD John Nicholas Cowel, DDS Seanica Howe, DDS Aime Martinez, DMD Mortaza Yamini, DDS Anatoli Liakhovetski, DMD Regina Saenz, DDS Juliana Navaro, DMD


By Yolanda Marrero, SFDDA Staff Writer

Art is everywhere you look and if you are sitting in the office of orthodontist, Dr. Arturo Mosquera, you can't help but see it everywhere. Dr. Arturo Mosquera, a long time member and pastpresident of the SFDDA, and his wife, Liza, proudly display collections from artists around the world in an everchanging exposition in their Miami practice. Recognized by the international magazine ARTnews as one of world's top 200 collectors and featured in The Miami Herald this past summer, Dr. Mosquera gives an opportunity to his patients to see unusual works of art and visual media that they may not necessarily see otherwise. The Mosquera collection numbers over 400 paintings, sculpture, video and drawings with changing exhibits in the office. Next time you're in the neighborhood, drop in see what's on display.

CANDIDATES FOR SFDDA OFFICERS and FDA POSITIONS The SFDDA Nominating Committee, chaired by President-Elect, Dr. Anita Pandey, presents the following slate of candidates to be voted upon at the 2004 Annual Business Meeting on March 9, 2004 (see flyer with this newsletter): President-Elect - Dr. Howard Duchon 1st Vice President - Dr. William Lamas 2nd Vice-President - Dr. Jerry Layne Secretary - Dr. Michael Eggnatz Young Dentist Representative Dr. Eran Berenstein FDA Trustee - Dr. Mark Webman FDA Alternate Trustees Dr. Paul Benjamin Dr. Norman Zarr



by John D. Tabak, D.D.S., Newsletter Editor Ask Not ...

During the recent 40th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy we were reminded in all the media of his inauguration speech challenge to the country, "Ask not what ...". Well, you all know the rest. It occurred to me that in these days of economic difficulties along with the inroads of managed care into our tradition of fee-for service professional practice, we should be asking ourselves not what the dental association can do for us, which is considerable (see below), but what we can do for our dental profession. SFDDA, FDA and ADA represent many, but not all, dentists. Too many SFDDA members do not belong to one of our six local affiliate dental societies. When dental profession leaders lobby any government agency they need to make it clear that they represent the dental profession, all of it. The ancient adage about there being strength in unity is as true today as it ever was. For example, years ago when the Miami Beach Dental Society (MBDS) included almost one hundred percent of the Beach dentists, the City Council proposed a huge raise in the occupational license fees as a `revenue enhancement'. The Beach dentists cancelled their patients and showed up at the hearing in strength, much greater than did the physicians, and the proposal was defeated. Could any of our affiliates muster that sort of turnout today? When the brilliant bureaucrats at OSHA proposed some new rules governing the ergonomics of dental practice which would have increased the cost of doing business with no real benefit to our employees, the American Dental Association prevailed representing every dentist in bringing a modicum of sanity to that agency. All of us, members and nonmembers, benefited. Who would buy important ones. When I hang up my drill for good, I will know that no one messed with my beloved profession without hearing from me. Now the profession needs to hear from you. Get active. Volunteer. Call Rosie Small, Richard Mufson or your affiliate president. If you do not already belong to one, join an affiliate. And, perhaps most important, get those guys and gals you eat lunch with who are not members to join. The benefits of our state and national insurance programs are so great they deserve a separate column. Bottom line? We need you to get active, if you are not already, and we need you to enroll your nonmember dentist-friends. I know. Trust me. I'm a doctor. I hope to see many of you in Tallahassee on March 31, 2004 for Dentists' Day On The Hill.

dental materials that do not meet ADA Specification # whatever? During the early years of his fifty-year career, my father, class of 1914, had to buy products from manufacturers who kept the list of ingredients a secret. You received that letter about CE Brokers and how you will need to deal with them in the future in order to renew your license? Well, go the Miami Winter Meeting and Expo every year and to most of your affiliate's monthly meetings and you can forget about CE Brokers and their $35 charge every biennium. Your attendance will be turned in for you and you will NEVER be audited (according to what they told me when I paid the $35 just see how it will operate). If you fail to participate you are at risk of becoming an old dentist, bitter about what others have done to your profession, knowing you never raised a finger to change anything or even had a chance to put in your two cents worth. I don't run that risk. From year one, I have been involved in `organized dentistry' at the local, district, state and national levels. And, oh boy, have I ever put in my two cents worth -- often six or seven cents worth. I often lost the argument of the moment, but I also helped win some



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are real, and watch down on us from somewhere above, no matter what religion we believe in), for whatever reason, may not be with us on a given day, a procedure also has the potential to degrade into a situation known in the military as a "SNAFU" (which stands for "Situation Negative, All F----d Up"), or in civilian circles as "heck in a handbag", or in the words of one of my dental school removable prosthetic teachers from Scranton, PA, "We may find ourselves up that well known tributary without a paddle". 9. There are patients who may end up with an imperfect result from dental treatment, or even significant complications (such as infection, a lip paresthesia), and still be your absolute best friend. Then there are other patients in whom a stitch falling out two days earlier than expected is all it takes before they race off for a second opinion, while simultaneously calling a lawyer on their cell phone. 10. There are a certain percentage of patients (happily a small percentage) who for some unknown reason take great pleasure in, and in some cases make a career out of, coming into your office and making life for you and your staff as miserable and horrifying as possible. For these patients, I have developed a special tray set-up, as a very polite yet subtle hint of where I would actually like them to consider going, consisting of a Black and Decker drill, 3/4 inch auger bit, hack-saw, vice-grip and other related instruments. 11. A patient's desire to have dental implants is almost always inversely proportional to (a) their finances, and (b) how much bone they have available for dental implants. 12. Research studies have confirmed that the percentage of successful mandibular blocks in given week is directly correlated to the number of hours spent in church, temple, or other house of worship during the preceding week.

13. The volume of local anesthetic, especially the type containing a vasoconstrictor, required for obtaining an adequate level of local anesthesia in a given patient is almost always directly proportional to the extent of that patient's medical problems, especially cardiac. 14. A patient who shows up in a hospital ER with any of a number of complaints, be it chest pain, syncope, a near-fatal arrhythmia, mini-stroke, etc. will be virtually guaranteed of having the question asked of them by ER personnel, "Did you by any chance have dental treatment recently?", and if so (be it days, weeks, or months after the fact), is also guaranteed of having someone in the ER say to that patient, "Well, it must have been something they did, or something they gave you." And Now, General Life Things... 15. Some of the things my mother taught me as a child growing up, such as "If you go out in the rain and get wet, you'll catch a cold", or, "You'll poke someone's eye out with that thing" were actually not true (sorry, mom). However, some of the things she taught me were good advice and were true, such as, "If you don't have anything nice to say... then don't say it at all." Another was, "Don't talk to, or socialize with, strangers, especially those who are ultra-right wing conservatives, left wing Marxist guerrillas or Islamic fundamentalist terrorists". 16. In the old days, prior to the advent of a thing called "voice mail", I used to routinely be able to pick up the phone during a typical business day and reach an actual "live person". In today's world, every time you try to contact someone, the only thing you get is one voice mail leading you to another voice mail, and sometimes yet another, and often generating an endless and useless circle of messages left, instead of reaching the person you desperately need to talk to. A recent scientific study calculating the amount of time and money wasted on a typical business day in America, from not being able to reach the person who you need to help you get something done, was actually estimated at 14 bajillion dollars,

and exceeds the gross national product of 23 countries worldwide. 17. Recent studies have identified the major cause of time wasted (in manhours), money wasted (in the multibillions annually), other resources wasted, and virtually explains why we as a society accomplish very little and will never live up to our potential or solve our nation's problems. And that underlying cause is: "meetings". 18. No man's life, liberty, security or basic human rights are safe as long as the legislature is in session. 19. A question I have long pondered through the years, but which no one I know has been able to give me a satisfactory answer to (and perhaps never will) is, "Why is it that Kamikaze pilots wore helmets?" 20. There are invariably a certain small percentage of individuals in this world who drive up next to you and others at an intersection, and automatically assume that you and everyone else in the immediate area surrounding them wants to listen to the same obnoxious, tasteless, pathetic, crappy and often profane music they are listening to, usually at an eardeafening level, and which makes the ground and every car at the intersection vibrate and rattle in unison. I think that we should gather all these people together, put them in a small room somewhere, turn the volume up to the same eardrum-piercing level, and make them listen to the music we want to listen to! 21. You should not confuse your career with your life. 22. Why is it when we walk into a store or an elevator, it is not uncommon for someone to step aside and hold the door open for us with a smile on their face, as we thank them for the nice social courtesy, but when that very same person gets behind the wheel of a car, they all of sudden transform into a nasty, rude, insensitive jerk, who will not let you into their lane, will honk at you for no reason,

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Dr. Idalia Lastra, Continued from page 1

worked in her father's dental office since high school, and saw how much he loved his profession. So, following in her father's footsteps, Idalia attended dental school at the University of Alabama, and also received her Orthodontic certificate there. Dr. Lastra comments about her involvement in organized dentistry, "I've always been active in the profession. My dad took me to a meeting of the Greater Miami Dental Society when I first started practicing in Miami, but I had been attending the Miami Winter Meetings even while I was still in school." "My father taught me the importance of giving back to the profession that we both love," she says. "So whenever somebody asked me to volunteer for something, I just couldn't say no." Louise Sands got her involved in the East Coast District Dental Society when she put Dr. Lastra on the Children's Dental Health Month Committee in 1983, and everything else has grown from there. "I still love judging the kids' poster contest I love to see the posters, and I really enjoy seeing their faces at the awards breakfast when they get their prizes of radios and bicycles. It's extremely rewarding."

In addition, Dr. Lastra participates in many civic and church organizations. She has been the President of both the Kiwanis Club of Key Biscayne and the Serra Club of Miami, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Archdiocesan Education Foundation. She has served as a clinic instructor at Jackson Memorial Hospital - University of Miami School of Medicine, and also Miami Children's Hospital.

Dr. Idalia Lastra practices Orthodontics in her office on Coral Way, and is very proud of her wonderful staff. Here is the Christmas, 2003, photo of the Lastra Team.

Currently, Idalia Lastra is active in professional associations at the local, state and national levels. She has served as President of the South Florida Academy of Orthodontics; she is a Trustee of the South Florida Dental Foundation as well as the Florida Dental Health Foundation; she is a Delegate from the 17th District to the American Dental Association, and a Trustee to the Florida Dental Association from the SFDDA. In addition, she is a member of the Florida Association of Orthodontics and Maxillofacial Orthopedics, the Dade Dental Study Club, the American Lingual Orthodontic Association, Delta Sigma Delta, the College of Diplomates of the A.B.O., the National Cleft Palate Association, and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. While enrolled in the Miami Dade College of Dental Hygiene, Manuela was encouraged to attend Dental Hygiene State meetings and eventually served as a Delegate to the FDHA, which led to her membership and ultimately the presidency of the East Coast Dental Hygiene Society, a post she held from 2001-2003. During her tenure as President of the East Coast Dental Hygiene Society, Manuela approached the South Florida Dental Foundation with the concept of a joint charitable function sponsored by the hygienists and the dentists, to help provide funding for indigent citizens of South Florida in need of dental care. She suggested the "Miles for Smiles" Walkathon, and through her nearly

Idalia has been married to George Barket, an attorney in Miami, for fifteen years. She has four step-children and nine grandchildren, although she is much too young for that! Receiving the award of Outstanding Dentist came as a surprise to Dr. Lastra. "This is an honor I totally did not expect," she said. "I have seen so many others get this award over the years, and they have all been people I respect and look up to. It is so flattering to be selected this year." Dr. Lastra, Dentist of the Year, and Auxiliary of the Year, Manuela Rendl, RDH, will receive their awards at the 2004 Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at the Treetop Ballroom at Parrot Jungle. Join the SFDDA in honoring these two outstanding women by attending this meeting - a flyer is enclosed with this newsletter to register.

Manuela Rendl, Continued from page 1

working for the L.D. Pankey Institute in the accounting department. Having been brought up in what she calls, "a rather traumatic and painful dental atmosphere," providing dental care was not in her plans. However, all that changed when Dr. Irwin Becker, in his most empathetic way, taught her that providing good dental service was an incredible way to contribute to the overall health and well being of people. Later on, Allyn Segal, RDH, who was Manuela's hygienist at the Pankey Institute, inspired her further towards a career that has become fulfilling, satisfying and most rewarding today.

singlehanded effort, successfully ran the project for two years, providing several thousand dollars to the Foundation for its charitable donations. Manuela speaks modestly of herself as one who has been fortunate to have great role models and examples of excellence, from her instructors to her employers, including Dr. Isaac Garazi, Dr. Larry Grillo and Dr. Joel Gale. "I guess what I am trying to say, is that I am really honored to receive the (Auxiliary of the Year) award you are giving me - but that I am who I am, thanks to the bright caring people that surround me and are willing to share my concerns for others within the (dental) profession and our community."



Look For These Great Exhibitors at the 2004 Miami Winter Meeting & Dental Expo

Start making your list and checking it twice These are our exhibitors, they sure are nice! What's the best way to show our exhibitors how much we appreciate their participation in the Miami Winter Meeting? By doing your purchasing for the year during the 2004 Miami Winter Meeting & Dental Expo!

3i Implant Innovations, Inc. 3M ESPE Accu Bite Dental Supply ADC Group Financial Services A-Dec Affiliated Network Services Air Force Health Professions Aseptico, Inc. Astra Tech, Inc. Atlantic Dental Inc. Baron Design Group, Inc. Becker-Parkin Dental Supply Co., Inc. Belmont Equipment Benco Dental Company Biolase Technology, Inc. Biotene/Laclade, Inc. Bisco Dental Products BonaDent Dental Laboratories Brasseler USA CAESY Education Systems, Inc. Carl Zeiss Surgical Inc. Centerpulse Dental Ceramic Arts Dental Labs, Inc. CIT Small Business Lending Corp. Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals Coltene/Whaledent ComTech Dental Inc. Darby Spencer Mead Dental Supply DaVinci Dental Studios Delta Dental Insurance Co. Delta Dental Plan Demetech Corp. Den-Mat/Rembrandt Dental 101 Corporation Dental Fee Plan Dent-All Corporation Dentrix/ATW Practice Technologies Dentsply International Designs For Vision, Inc. Dexis Digital X-Ray Diatech Disability Attorneys Dell & Schaeffer Discus Dental Doctors Choice Companies, Inc. Doral Refining Corporation DUX-Van R/Cadco/Clive Craig 9

Dynamic Dental Corporation Easy Dental Systems Ellman International Exacta Dental Direct FDA Services, Inc. Florida Dental Association Florida Office Systems Fortress Insurance Company FPIC Garfield Refining Company GC America, Inc. Glove Club Golden Lynx Jewelry 1 Inc. GTA-Good Time Attractions Happy Feet Hartzell & Son, G. HealthFirst Corporation Henry Schein International HPSC Financial Services Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Instrumentarium Imaging Inc. Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. J. Morita USA, Inc. JB Dental Supply KaVo America Kerr Corporation Kuraray Dental Market Connections Inc. Matsco Medical Business Solutions Medidenta International, Inc. Met Life Financial Services Midmark Corporation MIS Implants Technologies National Safety Associates, Inc. Nobel Biocare USA, Inc. North American Dental Prosthetics/ CEOTEC Dental Lab Officite OMNII Oral Pharmaceuticals Oral-B OraPharma, Inc. Orascoptic Ortho Organizers, Inc. Owen Business Systems Paladin Financial Pascal Company, Inc

Patterson Dental Dental Supply, Inc. Pearson Dental Supply Inc. Pfizer Inc. Planmeca, Inc. POH Oral Health Products, Inc. Porter Instrument Co. & Royal Dental Group Practice Transition Specialists PracticeWorks, SoftDent, DICOM Premier Dental Products Company Pro Dentec Procter & Gamble Professional Sales Associates Professional Transitions, Inc. Profit Finder Progeny Dental Quality Aspirators Re-Creations Dental Studios RGP Dental, Inc. S & S/Concept One S S White Burs, Inc. Schumacher Dental Instruments SciCan, Inc. SDI/Southern Dental Industries Septodont, Inc. Shamrock Dental Company, Inc. SheerVision Shofu Dental Corporation Sirona Dental Systems Sky Financial Solutions Sonicare/Philips Oral Healthcare SS White Burs, Inc. Straumann USA ITI Sullivan-Schein Dental Sunstar Butler Surgitel/General Scientific Corp. SybronEndo The Dental Record The Mony Group Ultradent Products Universal Arts Pharmacy Vident Video Dental Concepts Vine Street Financial Vista Dental Products WB Saunders/Mosby/Elsevier Zhermack 9

How do Insurance Companies Create the UCR?

by Udell Webb, D.D.S.

Someone collects all the submitted charges. The insurance companies record the fee numbers as submitted by the practitioners on dental claims. They "sell the numbers" to a company, such as the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA). Since HIAA is not an insurance company, it can compare and analyze fees without worry of restriction of trade litigation. HIAA then `'sells" the data back to the insurance companies. They then have an entire range of fees from which to compose their very own UCR. There is no such thing then as a "usual, customary, or reasonable" fee. It is a huge hoax perpetrated by the insurance industry upon the dental profession. There are those who would offer to sell you "THE UCR" for your zip code. Please understand that there is no one single number, rather there is a range of fees based upon percentiles. A list with a single set of numbers is not a legitimate UCR table. The table must reflect different percentile levels in order to be authentic. Remember, percentile range and zip code are the critical factors in determining how much an insurance company will reimburse for a particular plan. Different companies buy different percentile levels Knowing that there are different levels of UCR or percentile levels of UCR, here's the next thing you must know. The same insurance company sells four or five levels of coverage. The most commonly sold is the 80th percentile. So, the salesman from Insurance Company A, we'll call it ICA, goes out to sell the school district, for example. They have less money, but they want ICA insurance. The salesman sells them a policy that pays at the 70 percentile, let's say. The same salesman goes to the next business, which buys coverage at the typical 80th percentile. Since all real insurance companies use the same UCR table, with the same percentiles and same dollar-amount payments for a zip code area, you need a copy of that table for your zip code area. Even though you received an EOB from the school district saying that they only allow $X for a certain code, you can be sure that most companies in your area will pay more. They will pay the 80th percentile. The way for you to take advantage of this information is to recognize that if you receive notice that you "exceed UCR", you are not charging more than the other doctors in your area, but that you are only charging more than the insurance company's percentile level. You are not a bad person, nor will you lose all of your patients, if you exceed UCR. You will lose money if you don't charge ­ at least ­ what the companies will pay. So, why would you set your fees lower than the insurance companies are paying? But, you likely are, because that one EOB from the school district tricked you into thinking that their The South Florida Dental Foundation is pleased and proud to announce the following FELLOWS of the SFDF for 2004: Dr. Isaac Garazi Dr. Idalia Lastra Dr. Michael Rosenberg Dr. Charles Ross Dr. Seth Shapiro Dr. Richard Sherman Members become FELLOWS of the SFDF by making an annual donation of at least $500 to the Foundation. The South Florida Dental Foundation graciously thanks its FELLOWS, whose generosity makes it possible for the Foundation to continue providing assistance to those in need in the dental community. For more information about the FELLOWS of the SFDF program, please call, Rosie Small, Executive Director at (305) 667-3647

lower number was "UCR". Get the table, and consider raising your fees to at least the commonly paid 80th percentile. Dr. Udell Webb will explain UCR, medical cross-coding, and the very important changes is coding, documenting and billing for the hygiene department. He will end the problem with the "twovisit" prophy. For more info: Contact Dr. Webb 1-877-628-3366 Udell Webb DDS (Dr. Webb will be presenting an all-day course on dental insurance profitability at the Miami Winter Meeting, Thursday, February 26, 2004)




OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FLORIDA: A good opportunity for GENERAL DENTISTS, ORTHODONTISTS, ORAL SURGEONS, and ENDODONTISTS. Excellent guaranteed weekly salary and bonus, paid vacation, PAID LABORATORY FEES, (all fixed & removable) and IRA plan. Very experienced staff and DDS principal on the premises. Ft. Lauderdale Fax resume (954-485-3016) or call Dr. Grodin (954485-1170). GENERAL DENTIST WANTED: FT/PT for quality group practice in Aventura, Coral Springs, Delray, Boynton Beach, Jensen Beach, Ft. Pierce, Melbourne. Call Dr. Fried (305) 9351400. ORAL SURGEON WANTED: PT for busy group practice in Aventura, Coral Springs, Delray, Boynton Beach, Jensen Beach, Melbourne. Dr. Fried (305) 9351400. KEY WEST: Practice in paradise. Associate position available in growing group practice. Call (305) 296-7214 or (305) 294-4699. PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: General, specialty practices as well as partnerships. Call Practice Transition Specialists (561) 6420535. WANTED: Full time general dentist for busy Miami Beach office. Start immediately. Great opportunity. Call doctor at 305-761-1178. ENDODONTIST, ORAL SURGEON: For general dentistry group office. Part time, Hollywood. Call Nancy (954) 9814500 FLORIDA-KEY WEST OLD TOWN: Associate/Buy-in. High quality practice & equipment, CerecIII unit. FFS. Dynamic office in paradise. Call Jan or Dr.. Dave at (305) 296-8541 GENERAL DENTIST WANTED: Ft./Pt. for dental office in Broward County (Plantation, Lauderhill). Call Mrs. Campusano (954) 327-2009 (954) 5368577. 11 GENERAL DENTISTS AND SPECIALISTS: Positions available in select offices in Florida. Applicants must be experienced and devoted to quality care. Excellent guarantees of compensation based on experience and skills, benefits included, advances available. No fees required. Call DHM Services at 1-888-837-6453 or fax resume to 305-652-9940. DENTIST NEEDED: With FL. License. Bilingual Spanish - English. For Info. Call (305) 573-3439 Sylvia or (305) 2236722 Iliana. ENDODONTIST AND PERIODONTIST: Expanding Group Practice has a splendid opportunity for Endodontists and Periodontist in our Tampa Locations. Exceptional Guarantee. Join a recognized quality team. Call Dr. Brody (305) 521-2329 or e-mail: [email protected] DENTIST WANTED: Caring, reliable dentist needed, for private practice. New dentist welcomed. Please call (954) 5368577 ORAL SURGEON: DHG has opportunity for Oral Surgeon in our Tampa and Jacksonville locations. Exceptional Guarantee compensation and flexible hours. Call Dr. Brody (305) 5212329 or e-mail: [email protected] DENTIST: Community Health of South Dade, Inc. (CHI), pvt. not-for-profit corp. is expanding the dental dept. Full-Time position, competitive salary, excellent fringe benefits package. Licensed in the State of Florida. Send Resume/Contact Human Resources at: Community Health of South Dade, Inc. 10300 SW 216 Street Miami, Florida 33190 Phone: (305) 2524872 Fax: (305) 254-4987 An Equal Opportunity Employer GENERAL DENTIST WANTED: Pt. for private practice. Hallandale, Aventura. Please call (954) 454-5333. GENERAL DENTIST ASSOCIATE: Busy practice seeks Pt. bilingual Eng./Spanish general dentist. Guaranteed weekly salary & commission. At SW 8th St. Call (954) 986-9351 or (954) 8012565. GENERAL DENTIST: Dental Health Group dedicated to quality care will be opening new offices in Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Guaranteed compensation, leading to join ownership and asset appreciation. Exceptional benefits, including 401K, mal-practice ins., CE credits, ect. Call Dr. Brody (305) 521-2329. GENERAL DENTIST NEEDED: For busy office in N. Miami Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. Percentage basis. Call Mary (305) 949-2766. PERIODONTIST NEEDED: Group practice. West Pembroke Pines. (954) 704-0044 or [email protected] MIAMI/FORT LAUDERDALE/PALM BEACH: We have a variety of new FT/PT opportunities as we continue to grow. Immediate openings in the Miami area for quality generalists who like to treat children. We also have a unique position with great partner potential in beautiful booming Jupiter. Brian Freedman, DDS (305) 274-2499 xt20, or email CV to [email protected] POSITIONS SOUGHT LOOKING FOR DENTAL OFFICE in East Kendall, Dade Co. FL: If you are considering retiring, hiring an associate to buy in or selling your practice in this area, Please send your confidential information to: SFDDA Box# H9711. DENTAL PRACTICES FOR SALE ORLANDO: Unique opportunity for quality FT/PT General Practitioner in a lucrative practice. Guaranteed minimum plus collection bonus. Doctor must be personable, ambitious, and quality oriented. Contact Michael Bileca (305) 274-2499 x 14 or fax (305) 274-4407. 21 BROWARD PRACTICES: 15 Dade Practices-17 Palm Beach County Practices-5 F1 West Coast. Visit our Website: Call: Kenny Jones (561) 746-2102 (Doctor's Choice Companies, Inc.) Working for you!



DADE/BROWARD COUNTY LINE: FFS general practice grossing $350K priced at $225K. Contact The Transition Group 888-449-8350, [email protected] DADE COUNTY: Well-established FFS practice grossing $ 1,000.000+ (high profit margin). Five operatories, 1750', many equipment upgrades. Contact The Transition Group 888-449-8350, [email protected] DADE COUNTY: Well-established FFS practice grossing $1,000,000+ (high profit margin). Five operatories, 1750, many equipment upgrades. Dade/Broward County Line: FFS general practice grossing $350K priced at $225K. Bay Harbor Islands: FFS practice is excellent opportunity to begin a quality cosmetic and reconstructive practice that can be expanded to accommodate the expected growth in the area. Contact The Transition Group 888449-8350, [email protected] MIAMI DENTAL PRACTICE FOR SALE: Great location. Last year grossed $425.00. HMO, PPO and Private. Only worked part time, 2 days per week asking $300.00. If interested please call (786) 512-3187 OFFICE SPACE - SALE OR RENT GOOD LOCATION: (Hialeah Gardens) Office for sale, 4 ops. Fully equipped, furnished with Panorex and Cepha. Call (305) 556-9364 OFFICE FOR SALE: Established full service dental clinic with 3 general dentists and 3 specialists. State of the art facilities: 7 stations, lab, files, and sterilization rooms, 3 offices, and spacious reception. 4,500 patients. Independent business and property appraisals. Great expansion opportunity. Only $ 1,675,000. Call Alfonso Jaramillo, Fortune International Realty, (305) 9755020. KENDALL: 4 operatories, excellent location. Fully equipped compressor, vacuum and phone system call Dr. Valdes (305) 595-1774. 12 PRESTIGIOUS CORAL GABLES: Office for rent in Coral Gables. Also, office for sale, 3 OR's, 900 sq. ft. fully equipped/furnished. Open to negotiations. 401 Miracle Mile. Previous tenants were dentists. Professional full service building. Call Dr. Rakofsky (305) 4429020. TURN KEY OPERATION - 10 Operatories in Coral Gables or share space with others dentists. Please call (305) 441-8785 OFFICE FOR SALE: Active dental office in Hollywood. Bilingual staff. 75% good HMO & PPO 25% F.F.S. Fax (954) 791-8289 BUILDING FOR SALE. On Alhambra Circle. 3,500 Sq. Ft. 11 Operatories , upstairs laboratory. (305) 441-8587. MODERN FULLY EQUIPED: Specialist Office in Pembroke Pines, seeks other Dental Specialist to rent space part time. Fax to (954) 432-3705 all inquiries. BEAUTIFUL FULLY EQUIPED: Pedo. Or Ortho. office for lease, West Kendall. Sharing space with pediatrician. To buy equipment and improvements and take over lease. Turn-key situation. Phone (305) 798-9308. DIAMOND LOCATION FOR RENT: In Pompano Beach, Sample Rd. and US1. Up to 3400 sq. ft. Well laid out. Below market rent. Will build out to suit. Suitable for any type practice. M. Cohen owner (305) 947-8293. DENTAL OFFICE: Fully equipped dental office for lease. Pick your equipment. $ 3,500 monthly, call (305) 758-1893. THE PAVILION AT DORAL: Doral's first medical office condominium. Class "A" building with five star amenities located at the corner of NW 36th Street (Doral's main thoroughfare) and NW 82nd Avenue, one mile west of the Palmetto Expressway and half a mile east of the Doral Resort And Spa. Occupancy winter of 2004. Pre-construction prices available. Kenneth Weston & Associates, Inc. Specializing in healthcare real estate since 1978. (305) 279-2700 CENTRUM PLAZA: 1 SW 129th Avenue, Pembroke Pines. Offices for sale or lease. Class "A" building located one mile east of I-75 adjacent to Century Village and less than one mile from Memorial Hospital West and Pembroke Lakes Mall. Kenneth Weston & Associates, Inc. Specializing in healthcare real estate since 1978. (305) 279-2700. GREAT OPPORTUNITY: Office space for lease /or buy. 2 operatories fully equipped and set up w/patient base. Call (305) 541-5299. FOR LEASE: Beautifully designed dental office. Space in Western Pembroke Pines, four operatories. Call (954) 437-9288 MISCELLANEOUS CPR RECERTIFICATION: Available at your convenience in your home or office. CEU's available/American Heart Assoc. CPR C-card awarded. Contact Emergency Medical Management Consultants for details. Call (954) 4342608.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE ONLINE RENEWAL Officials from the Florida Department of Health (DOH) are encouraging Florida's health professionals to "Save Time. Renew Online" at "Online renewal is definitely the way to go," said DOH Deputy State Health Officer Bonnie Sorensen, M.D., M.B.A " Licensees eligible for online renewal will receive an online account ID and password with their renewal notice. They can renew online by simply going to and clicking on "Renew My License." Licensees can also utilize the site to change their address and update their licensure profile. The system allows practitioners to update their mailing and practice location addresses and to confirm licensee information maintained by DOH. Online renewals are processed immediately, with license status being updated online within seven business days. Additionally, practitioners renewing online will receive a temporary license before logging out of the system.



by James R. Pitts, II, DMD

The career of an average American dentist spans almost 35 years. During this time, we produce approximately $14.5 million dollars. Out of this amount, we net about $4.9 million dollars. However, statistics show that at age 65, only 5% of American dentists can afford to retire without the help of Uncle Sam. What went wrong? We produced enough money. We netted enough. We had great life styles. The trouble is we didn't save enough money. We were never taught to save. In dental school we had no money to save. We dreamed about getting out and making big bucks! Did anyone make the big bucks right out of school? Anyway, we had enough to live on and have a good time, but save any? We were young and had places to go and things to do. As we got older we took on more responsibility and debt. Things like practice debt, mortgages, car loans, private school and college for our kids took precedent. There just didn't seem to be much left over to save. So, we found ourselves in our late 40s and 50s and finally realized we better start saving for retirement. Then we played the catch up game that we couldn't win. The good news is you can accumulate enough money to retire financially independent and you can do it in 10-12 years. All it takes is a well thought out financial plan, determination and the will to stick to the plan. One of the main focuses of any financial plan is saving money. I have included 9 strategies to increase the amount of money you save. 1. Pay yourself first- Out of the profit of your practice the first check you write should be to your savings/retirement plan. Don't pay yourself last after the other bills are paid like most dentists do. There won't be much left over. 2. Start early- Begin now or restart now. Time can either be your ally or your enemy. By starting early and using time and power of compound interest to your benefit you will be amazed at how much you can accumulate. 3. Make it regular and automatic- Every month on the same day the money should flow from your business account into your savings/retirement account. Simply set up an automatic draft through your bank and the money gets there. You won't see it or miss it!! 4. Save 25% minimum- We've been told to save 10%. That won't get you financially independent in 10-12 years. The minimum is 25%. 5. Become a Super Saver- 40% of your take home profit is your goal. You may not be a gifted dentist, a great communicator, efficient manager or awesome investor, but you can be a Super Saver. All the other things require talent. Being a Super Saver only requires determination and a will to follow through. 6. Develop a home budget- This is where the rubber meets the road. It's boring, time consuming and shocking! It will show you where your money is being spent and where you can make changes. 7. Avoid credit- If you have credit card debt, pay it off first. It will eat you alive. Your only debt should be your home mortgage and maybe investment real estate. 8. Live within your means- This is where it hurts. Most Americans spend every dollar they make and more. We live in the "instant gratification" society. We want whatever we want and we want it now. I agree with part of that. You can have whatever you really want, just not everything you want and maybe not right now. 9. Don't let status interfere with your financial freedom- You don't have to be what society expects. You can't spend your way to happiness. Don't fall into the doctor trap. If you want to impress someone, impress yourself by saving $1,000,000 in 10-12 years! Saving enough money coupled with a good investment strategy will allow you to fund your own retirement. With the leftover money, live it up!!!

James R. Pitts II, D.M.D., is a speaker at the 2004 Miami Winter Meeting. For any questions about practice management or financial planning for dentists and staff, please contact Dr. Pitts "The Bread and Butter Millionaire" at 727-733-4900. [email protected]

Are you a member of one of the six Affiliate Societies of the SFDDA. If you are not, please give serious thought to joining. The Affiliates hold monthly or bi-monthly dinner meetings that provide excellent continuing education as well as networking and camaraderie opportunities. Here are the names and telephone numbers of the Affiliate Presidents - give them a call. Greater Miami Dental Society Dr. Frank Manteiga - 305-667-1131 Miami Beach Dental Society Dr. Jay Kopf - 305-535-1714 North Dade Dental Society Dr. David Genet - 305-933-8700 South Broward Dental Society Dr. Ed Cronauer - 954-983-1610 South Dade Dental Society Dr. Ramiro (Ed) Del Amo - 305-558-2200 West Dade Dental Society Dr. Rita Echevarria-Salgueiro - 305-665-3433



La South Florida District Dental Association se enorgullece en anunciar a la Dra. Idalia Lastra, D.M.D., como Dentista del Año 2004. Idalia Lastra es un nombre que les es conocido a la mayor parte de los miembros de la SFDDA, ya que fue la Presidenta del Miami Winter Meeting del 2002, Fiduciaria Auxiliar de la Florida Dental Association en 19941996 y 2001-2002, y actualmente funge como uno de los dos fiduciarios de la SFDDA ante la FDA. La actividades de la Dra. Lastra en las organizaciones profesionales odontológicas se remontan a mucho antes de que iniciara su participación en la SFDDA. Comenzó con la Greater Miami Dental Society, en la que sirvió de Editora del Boletín de 1983 a 1987, miembro de la Junta Directiva, Secretaria, Vicepresidente, Presidente electo y Presidente en 1991-1992. También estuvo activa en la Dade County Dental Research Clinic, comenzando en 1983 hasta su año como Presidenta en 19891990. Idalia, cuyo padre el Dr. Jesús Lastra también es dentista, nació en La Habana, Cuba. Ella, junto con su madre y hermana, vino a los Estados Unidos de pequeñita en 1960, lo cual fue muchos años antes de que su padre pudiera unirse a ellas. La familia se trasladó a Nueva York, donde el Dr. Lastra conocía a un dentista para el cual podía trabajar, pero el frío neoyorquino los impulsó hacia el sur... primero a California, entonces a la Florida y finalmente a Alabama donde aceptaron a Jesús en la Universidad de Alabama. Más adelante enseñó en esa facultad, ya que por entonces las personas que no eran ciudadanos de los EE.UU. no podía tomar los exámenes del Board de Odontología, y tenía que esperar siete años para poder hacerse ciudadano estadounidense. "El Congreso promulgó una ley que permitiera a padre hacerse ciudadano antes de los siete años", dice Idalia, "y todavía tiene la pluma que usó el presidente para promulgarla". Una vez mudada al Sur de la Florida, donde su padre comenzó a ejercer, Idalia se graduó de Coral Gables High School y asistió entonces a la Universidad de Miami, titulándose en química. Pero ella ya había trabajado en la consulta de su papá desde que Dra. Idalia Lastra estaba en bachillerato y vio cuánto él amaba su profesión de dentista. Así que, siguiendo sus pasos, Idalia asistió a la facultad de odontología de la Universidad de Alabama, donde recibió también su Certificado de Ortodoncia. La Dra. Lastra se expresa acerca de su participación en las organizaciones dentales: "Siempre he estado activa en la profesión. Mi papá me llevó a una asamblea de la Greater Miami Dental Society cuando empecé a ejercer en Miami, pero he estado asistiendo a los Miami Winter Meetings incluso desde que yo era estudiante". "Mi padre me enseñó la importancia de corresponder a la profesión que los dos amamos", dice. "Así que cada vez que alguien me pide que me ofrezca para hacer algo, sencillamente no puedo negarme". Louise Sands la involucró en la East Coast District Dental Society cuando puso a la Dra. Lastra en el Comité del Mes de Salud Dental Infantil en 1983, y esto fue el comienzo de todo lo demás. "Todavía me gusta juzgar la competencia de afiches infantiles... me encanta verlos, y de verdad disfruto ver las expresiones de los niños en el desayuno de premios cuando se ganan los radios y las bicicletas. Es algo sumamente reconfortante". Actualmente Idalia Lastra participa activamente en las asociaciones profesionales al nivel local, estatal y nacional. Ha servido de presidente de la South Florida Academy of Orthodontics y en estos momentos es fiduciaria de la South Florida Dental Foundation así como de la Florida Dental Health Foundation, delegada del 17er Distrito a la American Dental Association y fiduciaria de la SFDDA ante la Florida Dental Association. Además pertenece a la Florida Association of Orthodontics and Maxillofacial Orthopedics, al Dade Dental Study Club, a la American Lingual Orthodontic Association, a Delta Sigma Delta, al College of Diplomates of the A.B.O., a la National Cleft Palate Association y es Fellow del International College of Dentists. Además la Dra. Lastra participa en muchas organizaciones cívicas y religiosas. Ha sido presidente tanto del Kiwanis Club of Key Biscayne como del Serra Club of Miami y ha servido en la Junta Directiva de la Fundación Educativa de la Arquidiócesis de Miami, así como de instructora clínica en el Hospital Jackson Memorial - Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad de Miami y en el Miami Children's Hospital. Idalia ha estado casada con George Barket, un abogado de Miami, durante quince años. Tiene cuatro hijastros y nueve nietos... ¡aunque ella es demasiado joven para eso! El recibir el premio de Dentista Más Sobresaliente le cayó a la Dra. Lastra de sorpresa. "Es un honor que no me esperaba en lo absoluto", dijo. "He visto a tantas otras personas recibir este premio a lo largo de los años, y todas eran personas que yo respetaba y admiraba. Por eso halaga tanto que me hayan seleccionado este año". La Dra. Lastra, Dentista del Año, y la Auxiliar del Año, Manuela Rendl, RDH, recibirán sus premios en la Asamblea Anual del 2004 el martes 9 de marzo de ese año en el Treetop Ballroom en el Parrot Jungle. Únete a la SFDDA en honrar a estas dos distinguidas mujeres asistiendo a esta reunión. Este boletín viene acompañado de un volante para inscribirse en este evento.



The Bad Check Restitution Program

The State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, wants all dentists to know that there is a Miami-Dade County State Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program. "Don't be a victim of bad checks. Cutting your losses is as easy as 1-2-3."

Report from the North Dade Dental Society

On behalf of the North Dade Dental Society, I want to thank Dr. Richard Mufson and Dr. Charles Ross for presenting the Mandatory Courses, "Preventing Medical Errors" and "Laws, Rules & Ethics" for the NDDS and SBDS in November. They did their best to make a long evening go as quickly as possible. The Florida Dental Association has established a program called "Project SELECT." The purpose of this project is to recruit qualified students for careers in dental-health fields. "Project SELECT" has created a presentation on dental careers that will be given to high school students. We are looking for volunteers to make presentations in local schools. If you are interested in volunteering for "Project SELECT," please contact Lacy Dees, the project coordinator at the Florida Dental Association, at 800-877-9922, ext. 180. I look forward to seeing all our members, and any nonmembers who are interested in participating in the NDDS Affiliate, at our next dinner meeting on January 6, 2004 at the Island's Café. The guest speaker will be Dr. William Silver, and the lecture will be "Dental Disaster Scenes - Reflections on the World Trade Center." I want to wish you and your a Happy and Health New Year.

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Make personal contact with the check writer' if you are unsuccessful, send a statutory notice. The check writer has seven days to respond and remit payment.

If you do not hear from the check writer or receive payment, simply contact the Bad Check Restitution Program at 800-832-1853 for a crime report.

Fill out the crime report, attach originals (you retain photocopies) of all checks and notification documents, such as return receipts and bank notices, and mail to: Miami-Dade County State Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program PMB #95, 3109 Grand Avenue Miami, FL 33133

The Bad Check Restitution Program works because: Bad check reports are easy to file and follow-up action is prompt; Upon recovery, 100% of the face value of the check is returned to the payee; There is no minimum dollar restriction; Bad check offenders must complete an eight-hour education class at their own expense; Bad check reports are easy to file and follow-up action is prompt; The program operates at no cost to the county or taxpayers. To avoid getting into this situation in the first place, be sure and use these check acceptance tips: David Genet, DMD, President, NDDS 305-933-8700

New CE Tracking Rule Unveiled

from FDA Headquarters Update, 12/12/2003

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Institute a check acceptance policy. A clearly posted check acceptance policy for your employees and patients can go a long way toward reducing your losses.

The Department of Health released a new version of the CE tracking rule (on 12/10/03). Based upon our cursory review of the newest proposal, the "hammer" of automatically denying a dentist's or dental hygienist's licensure renewal for failure to meet the CE requirements has been removed. In fact, the new rules appear to be silent regarding any duty by a licensee to input data or access the system. As such, the new rules appear to clarify that a licensee's interaction with the system is completely voluntary. The FDA expects that, within the next week, all licensees under DOH's jurisdiction may be receiving another announcement about the tracking program. The recently released rules are subject to challenges and further modification. Please bear in mind that any action on each licensee's part may thus be subject to change until the implementation rules are official. With regard to CE providers, such as FDA components and affiliates, the new rules require that licensees provide continuing-education data to CE Brokers. The FDA will study the proposal further, and in accordance with the resolution the Board of Trustees recently adopted, deter mine if it is appropriate for the FDA to formally challenge the proposed rule.

Accept checks written only with today's date. Post dated checks are civil matters and are not accepted in The Miami-Dade County State Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program. Trust your instincts! If something doesn't seem right, ask questions or ask for another form of payment. You are not obligated to accept a check.


ickets - You won't be receiving tickets to courses and social events in 2004. Instead, you will receive colored and patterned wristbands - a different style for each course. You must wear or show the proper wristband to gain entry into the classroom or reception.


adges and badge holders Instead of the old-fashioned plastic badgeholders, registrants in 2004 will receive a neck wallet. You will display your name badge in the front of the neck wallet, and there is another pocket in the back to hold your business cards, parking lot receipt, credit cards or other important personal papers. etting Your registration information - If you register early for the Miami Winter Meeting, we know that you would like to receive all your registration information in the mail. In order to be able to track the mailings, registrants must pay a $7.50 fee to have the registration information sent via Fed Ex or UPS. If you choose not to pay for the shipping, you can still pick up your registration information at the SFDDA office or onsite at the Fontainebleau Hilton, beginning on February 25, 2004.

andatory Courses - The biennium ends on the last day of February, 2004, so it is still possible to take the mandatory courses for relicensure at the Miami Winter Meeting. All of these courses will be offered on Saturday, February 28, 2004, beginning at 8:30 a.m. If you do not know which of the mandatory courses you need to take, please call the SFDDA office, 305-667-3647, for an explanation of the newest rules on Continuing Education.



arking - Again this year, there are three parking options at the Miami Winter Meeting, but they are different from last year. Of course, if you choose to stay at the Fontainebleau, you will have guaranteed parking at the hotel. A second option is to valet park at the Fontainebleau. Valet parking tickets cost $18 a day and will be pre-sold by the SFDDA until all spaces are gone. NOTE: THE FONTAINEBLEAU WILL NOT VALET PARK YOUR CAR WITHOUT A PRE-PURCHASED TICKET. Your best deal is the $5.00 PARK & RIDE option. This year, the designated lot is on Convention Center Drive behind City Hall. Free shuttle bus service will run all day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


ees for courses - You may notice in your registration brochure that there are no free courses in 2004. The Miami Winter Meeting committee decided that, rather than charging SFDDA members a registration fee, there would have to be a fee charged for all courses in order to continue to offer the outstanding speakers and programs that SFDDA members have come to expect. There are, however, free social events, and all dentists are encouraged to register their auxiliary staffs for the outstanding Auxiliary Party scheduled for Friday night, February 26th.


ourses and speakers - If you would like more information about the individual courses and the speakers at the 2004 Miami Winter Meeting, you can find detailed descriptions on the MWM Website, at, or through the SFDDA website at, then click on Miami Winter Meeting . You can also register for the Meeting directly from the website, and make your hotel reservations at the Fontainebleau.


all for help - Have questions that haven't been answered here or in the registration brochure or on the website? Call the SFDDA at 305667-3647 or 800-344-5860.


Where is the Keynote Luncheon? The SFDDA Executive Council voted to suspend the Keynote Luncheon during the 2004 Miami Winter Meeting. The SFDDA will honor our 2004 Dentist of the Year and Auxiliary of the year at the Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, March 9, 2004. See flyer enclosed with this newsletter. 16


Keeping Sunny Smiles in South Florida

SFDF RAISES CASH PAYOUT FOR 2004 RAFFLE Again this year, the South Florida Dental Foundation will be holding a raffle for a two-year lease on a new car - this time it's a 2004 Jaguar X-Type, from Warren Henry Jaguar. And again, the winner will have the choice of taking the car or a cash payout. Because of greater expected ticket sales in 2004, the SFDF has raised the minimum cash payout amount from $10,000 to $12,000. There will still only be 500 tickets sold at $100 each, and the cash payout may increase based upon ticket sales. Don't miss the chance to win a great prize while you help support the Foundation's goal of providing financial assistance to local dental charities (see below). And you can even deduct the cost of your ticket(s) as a charitable contribution. Use the flyer on the back page of this newsletter to order your raffle ticket(s), or you can purchase them directly from any SFDF Trustee, member of the SFDDA Executive Council, or Affiliate President. The drawing will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 28, 2004 at the Miami Winter Meeting.

South Florida Dental Foundation Board of Trustees

Michael N. Rosenberg, DDS President Mark Webman, DDS Vice-President Carlos A. Sanchez, DDS Secretary Cesar R. Sabates, DDS Treasurer Jose F. Barros, DDS Trustee Michael D. Eggnatz, DDS Trustee Isaac Garazi, DMD Trustee

L to R, Dr. Michael Rosenberg, SFDF President, Dr. Idalia Lastra, with 2003 raffle winners, Bonnie Webman and Dr. Mark Webman.

Thanks to the generosity of our Foundation contributors, we were able to make a donation of $2,500 to our own project, Donated Dental Services. Vice President and COO of the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, Fred J. Leviton, thanked the Foundation for its support with this message: "This year we expect the 225 dentists and 67 laboratories from South Florida now volunteer (in addition, 90 dentists and 17 labs from the rest of the state also volunteer) will donate $262,000 worth or care for 123 disabled or aged people in South Florida (in addition, we expect to generate $88,000 in treatment for 42 more people in the rest of the state). Your gift will help offset some of the $66,098 it will cost to provide these services. We hope the South Florida District Dental Association and its members share our pride in what we have accomplished in helping disabled or elderly individuals. Thanks again for your gift."

Alan S. Kaplan, DMD Trustee Idalia Lastra, DMD Trustee Arturo F. Mosquera, DMD Trustee Anita Pandey, DMD Trustee Manuela Rendl, RDH Trustee Charles L. Ross,Jr., DDS Trustee Richard L. Sherman, DDS Trustee John D. Tabak, DDS Trustee

If you have not yet made an end-of-year contribution to the South Florida Dental Foundation, it is not too late. While the Foundation would greatly like to see more Fellow's donations of $500 (see page 8), every donation, big or small, is appreciated and acknowledged. Among those SFDDA members who are not SFDF Fellows, but contributed to the Foundation in 2003 are: Dr. Jerry Carle Dr. Gary A. Lubel Dr. Arturo Mosquera Dr. Richard Mufson Dr. Stephen J. Parr Add you name to this illustrious list of dentists by making your donation of any size to the South Florida Dental Foundation today. Checks should be made payable to the SFDF, and mailed to 420 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 2E, Coral Gables, FL 33146. The Foundation can also accept contributions via credit card. Call the office at (305) 667-3647 to make a one-time or ongoing donation charged to your credit card. Your gift will go a long way toward helping our indigent citizens receive proper oral health care.


Locum Tenens: A Temporary Professional Service Now Available in South Florida

by Norman Browner, D.D.S.

A number of years ago I was injured in a skiing accident that left me unable to treat my patients for more than three months. What would you do today if this happened to you? You may be forced seek help to maintain the vitality of your practice and guard against lost income due to illness, disability, accident, maternity leave or a much deserved extended vacation. Many of you may have a "word of mouth" agreement based on friendships with some of your colleagues. A better solution is available! There are several organizations now making their presence felt in the state of Florida, such as Forest Irons and Associates, Inc. These companies brought the concept of locum tenens, temporary professional services to dentists. Historically, locum tenens has been viable only in medicine Forest Irons and Associates has been providing this service successfully to hundreds of practitioners since 1983. How does it work? From a few days to an indefinite period, a skilled, conscientious dentist is ready to step in and work on your behalf. A firm, Forest Irons and Associates, or similar professional

President's Message, continued from page 7

provider, will provide a licensed temp to assume your approach to dentistry with your office staff, systems, records and patient well-being remaining constant. These professionals are trained to function in a wide variety of practice situations, have considerable experience in this regard, and are able to focus on your practice without conflict of interest. Experience has taught that if properly and positively presented, your patients will respond favorably to the presence of another professional acting on your behalf. In fact, new patients are often generated by the presence of the locum tenens dentist and the continued accessibility of your office. Who are they? Today a significant number of capable, experienced clinicians find they prefer the flexibility of temporary assignments to the demands of private practice ownership. Others are in career transition to or from graduate school, the armed services or other venues. Some colleagues find themselves in the dawn or twilight of private practice with productive time and energy available. From this group, and following a meticulous screening process, these companies are able consistently to identify dentists who can perform up to and beyond

your expectations. If you are interested in becoming a provider for a dentist-temp agency like Forest Irons and Associates, Inc., or if you need or know someone who needs temporary professional service, check it out.

Editor's Comment: From time to time we run articles of interest to the general membership that are informative even though they are right on the borderline between news and advertising, such as the practice management articles this past year by a member who has a management firm. The increasing interest in dentist locum tenens makes this article timely. So make note that Dr. Norman Browner, a full-time Miami Beach general practitioner, is also the Florida coordinator for Forest Irons and Associates. You can contact him at 305/532-4419 or by email at [email protected] I guess we have to say Norman has another iron in the fire.

cut you off, curse at you, or with little or no provocation, give you "the bird" (also know as the "Bronx salute") ?? 23. If a man talks nasty to a woman, it's called sexual harassment. But for a woman to talk nasty to a man... it costs $3.99 per minute. 24. (This one I must credit to Dave Barry, although I honestly think I thought of it first) One thing which all human beings have in common, and truly unites us all, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that we all feel that we are above-average drivers. 18

25. When we drive, anyone going slower then you is an automatically an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac. 26. One of the biggest mistakes in the history of all mankind ­ was Noah somehow failing to swat those two mosquitoes. 27. I take much gratification in knowing that my children, their children, and children's children will forever be able to study and learn from our nation's history at the Richard Nixon Memorial Library, the Jimmy Carter Library, the Gerald Ford Library, the Ronald Reagan Library, ...and the Bill Clinton Adult Bookstore.

28. And one final (dental-related) thing I have learned: Despite all of our pathetic whining, complaining, and moaning on a daily basis about what we do, all of us are extremely fortunate to be a part of one of the greatest professions in all the world.

Footnote: My theme for the "President's Message" this year (unless I get swamped with negative reviews) will be to: (a) convey ideas or information which I hope will be interesting reading for our membership, and (b) contain material one would not expect to ordinarily find in a "President's Message"

The Kendall Dentists Garden Tour

by Sheryl Fensin, D.D.S.

countries. His backyard looked like a tropical paradise with so many different types of palms and fabulous orchids. He gave a great tour. He was very informative in explaining the differences between the various trees and answering all our questions.

The Three Gardeners, l to r, Dr. Al Robbins, Dr. Sandy Shapiro & Dr. Jeffrey Chait

The tour came about as a result of a conversation that I had with Larry Kessler a few months ago. We were discussing gardens and he told me that he had two friends with wonderful gardens. I told him that my friend Sandy Shapiro had a great garden and we decided it would be fun to arrange an afternoon to go visit the three homes. We invited some friends, Rosie Small put out a notice on the Internet for any interested dentists and the tour finally took place on Sunday December 7. It was a beautiful day and the gardens were magnificent. Our first stop was at the home of Dr. Al Robbins. He had a wonderful collection of palms with both native trees and trees from other

Next we caravanned to Dr. Sandy Shapiro's house. We started in the front yard and slowly made our way around back as he described the wonderful and rare fruit and flowering trees that we were seeing. We tasted the leaves from all spice and cinnamon trees and smelled the most fragrant flowers from the lingling tree, which are used in making Joy perfume. He took us down to his tropical pool, a pit that he had dug in his yard and planted with a variety of tropical plants. We had some refreshments before moving on to our last stop. Dr Jeff Chait is a world authority on roses and his collection was fabulous. The blooms were beautiful and they all smelled so wonderful yet different from

An audience enthralled by the beauty of the gardens.

each other. The rest of his garden was amazing as well. There were orchids everywhere with gorgeous blooms. He showed us trees and plants from around the world that could not be seen anyplace else in south Florida. He had many types of rare palms, bamboo and fruit trees and took the time to explain their origin, how they grew and seeded and their care. We had a delicious snack of bananas from the garden. It was an amazing afternoon. We were all so impressed by the beauty of these gardens and the amount of time and effort these men put into their hobby. They are very talented and we were so glad to have the opportunity to enjoy their efforts.

Dr. Chait displays his collection of roses.

SFDDA Events for Women Dentists

by Yolanda Marrero, SFDDA Staff Writer

On November 1, 2003, the Women Dentists of the SFDDA were treated to a relaxed and casual morning at the fabulous Nordstrom Department store in Coral Gables. This event sponsored by Arestin and hosted by Nordstrom Department Store featured a delicious breakfast and a terrific mini-fashion show featuring as the models our very own Dr. Anita Pandey, Dr. Vivian Moral, Dr. Seanica Howe and Dr. Mayli Espejo. (see pictures) Afterwards, all enjoyed shopping through the store, before the regular customers were allowed in. "When are we doing this again?" was the question on everyone's mind. Well, mark your calendars to attend the annual Women Dentists' Reception, April 22, 2004, at the Parrot Jungle on Members of the audience Watson Island, loved the show! Miami Beach, as we once again honor the SFDDA's women The SFDDA wishes to express our members in leadership roles in Dentistry greatest appreciation to Monique and the Community. Graciotti of Nordstrom and Olga Rodriguez of Arestin for making this Ladies, save the date - Thursday, April 22, event such a huge success. 2004 for your next SFDDA Party! 19

L to R, Dr. Anita Pandey, Dr. Seanica Howe, Dr. Mayli Espejo and Dr. Vivian Morad, models at the Nordstrom Fashion Show



5SFDDA 6NDDS 7SFDDA 8SFDDA 9-10FDA Caucus for FDA House of Delegates Meeting North Dade Dental Society Meeting SFDDA Miami Winter Meeting Committee Meeting SFDDA Membership Committee Meeting FDA House of Delegates Meeting 7:30pm TBA 7:30 p.m. 7:00pm 1:00 pm 1/9 9:00am 1/10 TBA 7:30pm TBA 9:00am-1:00pm 6:00pm Cocktails 7:00pm Dinner 6:00pm-10:00pm SFDDA Office Tropical Acres Ft. Lauderdale SFDDA Office Sign up sheet enclosed N/C for members $35 for non-members Sign up sheet enclosed SFDDA Office SFDDA Office SFDDA Office Tampa Marriott Airport Hotel SFDDA Office


Greater Miami Dental Society Meeting SFDDA Executive Council Meeting West Dade Dental Society Meeting CPR Adhesive Dentistry - What's New & How to Use It Paul Klein, DDS, Speaker CPR



4SFDDA 4SFDDA 6SFDDA CPR SFDDA Miami Winter Meeting Committee GIVE KIDS A SMILE (See page 3) 9:00am-1:00pm 7:30pm All Day SFDDA Office SFDDA Office University of Florida Hialeah Clinic SFDDA Office Tropical Acres Ft. Lauderdale Call 305-667-3647 To Volunteer Sign up sheet enclosed N/C for members $35 for non-members Sign up sheet enclosed


CPR Current Concepts for Diagnosis of Cardiac Disease Before a Cardiac Event, Frank Pearl, M.D. South Dade Dental Society Membership Meeting

6:00pm-10:00pm 6:30pm cocktails 7:00pm dinner TBA



Fontainebleau Hilton Resort-Miami Beach

Call for Registration Brochure, 305-667-3647

MARCH 2004

9SFDDA SFDDA Annual Business Meeting Awards Banquet, Election of Officers CPR SFDDA Executive Council Meeting West Dade Dental Society Membership Meeting CPR Dentist Day on the Hill 6:30pm Cocktails 7:00 p.m. Dinner 9:00am-1:00pm 7:30 p.m. TBA 6:00pm-10:00pm All Day SFDDA Office Tallahassee Sign up sheet enclosed Contact the FDA for more information Parrot Jungle Watson Island SFDDA Office Parkway Medical Center Sign up sheet enclosed


Sign up sheet enclosed


Take a chance to win a two year lease on a new 2004 Jaguar X-Type T

OR . . .

the option of taking a $12,000 CASH PRIZE (increased from last year)

A maximum of 500 tickets @$100 each will be sold

Winner responsible for all applicable taxes and fees. Ticket price tax deductible to the maximum amount allowed by law. Drawing will be held at the Miami Winter Meeting on Saturday, February 28, 2004. You do not need to be present to win. Send in your check today, made payable to SFDF, to South Florida Dental Foundation, 420 S. Dixie Highway, Ste. 2E, Coral Gables, FL 33146; or fax this form with credit card information to (305) 665-7059 or (707) 220-2861. Your raffle ticket will be mailed to you. Name______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone___________________________ Fax________________________________ Email________________________________

Number of raffle tickets for Jaguar X-Type or $12,000 Cash Payout @$100 each ______________________ You may fax this form only if paying by credit card. Visa Mastercard Discover

Card #_______________________________________________________________ Exp. Date____________________________ Signature__________________________________________________________________________________________________


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