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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Kenneth B. Wiltbank Position:  I am an endodontist and co-owner of two practices in the State of Oregon, one in the Portland area, and one in the Astoria area. Career Highlights:   I worked as a general dentist for seven years before getting the bur under my saddle to go back to school for endodontics. Why Endodontics: I wanted to do something more clear that running a general dental office. I also liked the idea of marketing to dentists instead of the general public. That might be changing now, but I still like marketing to professionals. ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Judy McIntyre Position:  Hopkinton Endodontics/Self - Endodontist/Owner Career Highlights:   Encouragement from my dental school mentor, Dr. Lin, to write to the then-AAE-President Dr. Samuel Dorn for the creation of what is now the Resident & New Practitioner Committee was an extremely rewarding accomplishment; I was happy to serve on, and then subsequently Chair this committee. Being accepted to the UNC Endodontics program under Drs. Martin Trope, Asgeir Sigurdsson and Linda Levin was definitely a highlight, which parlayed into others.  ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Kerri L. Lawlor Position:  Full-time endodontist employed by myself (see below)! Career Highlights:  Built/opened my own GP office in 2000, became restless in 2005 and decided to go back to school to specialize.  Sold my practice in 2007 and went back to residency.  Moved to Colorado in 2009 to "live near the mountains!"  Plan was to work corporate for a few years and then either join a private office or start my own.  2 years turned into 10, but I always knew that corporate for the long-term was not for me.  I just opened my own practice ...
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By Stacy Hill Question:  How can you ensure a robust referral pipeline, consistent referral retention and plan future opportunities for growth? Stacy Hill is a Endodontic Practice Marketing Specialist for Southwest Endodontics and Lake Jackson Endodontics, wife of an Endodontist Dr. @Ron C. Hill in Houston, TX   Answer: Referral Relationship Management A productive and efficient Referral Relationship Management Program begins with an effective marketing presence that’s managed by a staff member dedicated (at least part time) to Marketing. This process is your key to planned, measurable, results-driven business planning goals that are ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted Say hello to Dr. @Kevin M. Keating Position:  Dean and Professor, California Northstate University College of Dental Medicine Career Highlights:    Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics Managing Partner of a multi-office, multi-specialty dental group 38 years Sacramento, CA Clinical Professor UCSF Pre-doctoral and Endodontic Residency program 38 years Active in Organized dentistry and Oral Healthcare politics and policy development at the local, state, and national level for AAE, ADA, and California Dental Association as a Board member and Executive ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Frederic Barnett Position:  Currently, I am Chairman of the Department of Dental Medicine and Chairman & Program Director of Endodontics at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Career Highlights:    As I was completing my endodontic program at Penn, the Chairman, Prof. Leif Tronstad, asked me to teach two days per week in the Department. This changed the trajectory of my career. I thought that I would go into full time private practice upon graduating, but this was an offer that I couldn’t refuse. By teaching, I kept learning ...
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Hi, my name is Tung. I am a fellow Endodontist practicing in Tucson, Arizona. Outside of Endodontics, I have many hobbies that will keep me busy outside of work and well into my retirement. One of my deep interests is to try to live as long as possible. It turns out that eating healthy and exercising may not be enough... I turned 43 this year. It’s been an interesting year coping with the pandemic. Many of us are experiencing various levels of stress and anxiety. Our children may be remote learning, our investment portfolio is going through wild swings, our practices had to adjust to a higher level of infection control protocols. The year 2020 has not been ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to Dr. @Stephen J. Clark Position:  I teach full-time at the University of Louisville and am the Director of the Endodontic Post-graduate Program. Career Highlights:   I’m a graduate of the University of Kentucky (both DMD degree and endodontic certificate). I practiced full-time in endodontics in Louisville for 23 years and have been a full-time faculty member at the University of Louisville for over 20 years. I became board certified 26 years after I completed my graduate program and was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to serve on the American ...
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Peak Performance

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Peak performance is a state of optimal function and flow.  Some refer to it as “being in the zone” or “hitting on all cylinders”.  For athletes, peak performance is the manifestation of their maximum athletic potential.  Their peak experience may last only seconds or minutes, yet it represents the culmination of years of hard work and dedication that, like a meticulously made Swiss watch, brings all the working parts into harmony to create something beautiful and special. Like elite athletes, many of us less athletic types aspire to attain peak performance in our lives. For those of us fortunate enough to have a peak experience, whether we be athletes, business ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to @Brent M. Hiebert . Position:  I am a self-employed, full time endodontist and 50% owner of an endodontic practice in McMinnville, Oregon with a great business partner, Dr. Randy Heiman, and amazing Endo team! Career Highlights:  Served as a Dental Office in the United States Navy for 5 years Accepted into Loma Linda University's Endodontic Residency program in 2015 Publications: Journal of Endodontics in 2017 (with mentor Dr. Mahmoud Torabinejad), cover article in the California Dental Association Journal in 2019 (with mentor Dr. Leif Bakland) ...
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Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted. Say hello to @Soraya V. Gadelha Position/Employer:  I have my own private office. Career Highlights:  I always wanted to be a gynecologist/obstetrician, but, when I was in my last year of High School, I went to see my dentist, who was my Godfather’s son. I remember that he was listening to Queen on his radio. The music was quite loud. He seemed to be very happy and enjoying what he was doing. We talked a lot that day about career, and when I left, I had decided to become a dentist. My first job after University, in 1995, was in a very poor neighborhood in Sao ...
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Management of dental emergencies during this COVID-19 pandemic takes knowledge, preparation and a bit of bravery. The creation of aerosols during surgical extractions or opening teeth to initiate root canal treatment is definitely a cause for concern. However, the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and recent updated Guidance from the ADA have mandated that the dental personnel in the operatory wear N95 masks, face shields, gowns, gloves, use high-volume suction and use the  RUBBER DAM  when possible. Negative-pressure rooms are not necessary. Despite these well thought through guidelines, there is still a lot of concern, hesitation and fear of getting ...
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I have always believed that “we are all members” of the same team, probably because of my playing full contact football from the  third grade on in Houston! (No, I don’t have CTE!) The coaches were all volunteers who loved football and all were WWII vets who knew a few things about teamwork. The concept of being unified for a common goal was always emphasized (along with a 2-inch-thick binder with offenses and defenses that were state of the art in 1956!) The coaches said that in order to be successful, we had to work together and each do our part if we were to be successful in both our offense and defense. My experiences in both the United States Navy and later ...
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At the risk of sounding elitist, it is time to get the word out to the public about who we are and what we can do for them! Let them know our science is sound and our skills are exceptional! What better way than adding Save Your Tooth Month to the ongoing Worth Saving Campaign? But lest we forget, this month is yet another opportunity to point out the importance of our strategic plan in helping us focus on our goal “The public will value saving their natural teeth and seek endodontists — the specialists in saving teeth — for their care.” As I highlight the Worth Saving Campaign/Save Your Tooth Month, let’s look back to the history of the development of the campaign. ...
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This time of year, and actually beginning earlier than this, my email box gets many requests for me to fill out surveys for research projects. These requests are from endodontic residents who are seeking to fulfill their research requirements for graduation.  My personal opinion is that a 15 year old can do a survey and get on Google to figure out the way to analyze the data statistically.  It is also my personal opinion that endodontic programs as well as the AAE accept this as a way to satisfy the research requirements to obtain a certificate or possibly even an MS in the field of endodontics.  My final opinion is that this is pathetic! The methodology of a ...
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As I begin my presidency, it is with great excitement and gratitude that I embark on this year-long journey, I am grateful for the thoughtful past leadership that has provided a strong base from which to grow. We had about 1,700 endodontist members in 1980-81 when I began, and now we are over 8,000. The past leaders provided foundational examples such as integrity, looking to the future and investing for the future of endodontics for those that followed. This has been realized in so many areas that are now, taken for granted, such as the Foundation or   JOE . From these past legends, the future has continued to redefine the boundary of the edge we keep pushing. ...
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In May, Root Canal Awareness Week showed us how endodontists are the superheroes of saving teeth. In August, the World Congress on Dental Traumatology 2018 (WCDT 2018) will show us how, together with other dental specialties, we form an entire legion of saving teeth. The four-day   WCDT 2018   will bring together an unprecedented number of experts and leaders in dental and orofacial traumatology, as well as hundreds of clinicians from around the world representing multiple specialties and disciplines. You've heard of Batman, Superman, Thor and Wonder Woman. In the dental superhero realm, chances are you've also come across these world-renowned speakers of ...
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Expect Success

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Some fifty plus years ago, noted psychologist and researcher Robert Rosenthal conducted a seminal research study on the self-fulfilling nature of a teacher’s expectations for their students. Students in a California elementary school were administered IQ tests before the experiment. The teachers were unaware of any given students IQ score, however, they were given a list of student names that were considered potential “high achievers” based on their IQ scores. The list was actually a random sampling of students and had no correlation to any student’s performance on the IQ test. At the end of the school year, the same IQ test was again administered and the ...
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Taking Control of Our Specialty “The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, the realist adjusts the sails.” - William Arthur Our specialty of endodontics has come a long way since I completed my residency program in 1991. Electronic apex locators, rotary files, the surgical microscope, bioceramic materials and cone beam CT are but just a few things that have not only raised the quality of endodontic care over the past 25 years, but they have raised the bar on what should be the standard of care for ALL dental practitioners performing root canal therapy. As I have had the opportunity to meet with various AAE affiliates and ...
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Kudos to Donna and her team for putting together a terrific meeting.  Great, diverse CE opportunities with the most relevant topics and speakers. An exhibit hall chock full of the latest and greatest equipment and supplies, with fascinating live demonstrations. Entertaining social events in a wonderful, hospitable city. Networking opportunities and of course some business was accomplished.  Congrats to Linda for a job well done and good luck to Garry!
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