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Special Events


The 2020 MDA Annual Session will be held April 29 - May 2 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. Information on special events at the 2020 Annual Session appear below.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020


COURSE #2 | House of Delegates Leadership Training/Meet the Candidates

Todd Christy, DDS
5 – 7 p.m. | Reception at 5 p.m. | Training at 6 p.m.
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
FREE (includes reception)
Target Audience: MDA Dentists
AGD Code: 770


MDA House of Delegates Speaker Dr. Todd Christy will hold a continuing education/networking session during the MDA Annual Session on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. This session is appropriate for all members who desire to improve their knowledge of proper debate and decorum as well as meeting organizational skills. There will be no fee for this one-credit continuing education session.

Candidates for all offices will be invited to attend this event. Join your colleagues for networking and meet the candidates from 5 – 6 p.m. with light appetizers and a cash bar. The training session will take place from 6 – 7 p.m.

Each component is urged to have at least one to two representatives attend. If there are individuals in your component who may be interested in a leadership position either at the component or state level, please let them know about this session and encourage them to attend. This is a great opportunity for you to network and speak with individual Board members and staff to communicate your ideas and thoughts.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.


MDA Foundation Sparkling Smiles Celebration

6 - 9 p.m.
Pantlind Ballroom, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Please join the MDA Foundation for its annual Sparkling Smiles Celebration. All Annual Session attendees are invited to have dinner and drinks while learning how together we can help our local communities to be happier, healthier and more productive. This event honors Foundation donors and celebrates the profession of dentistry, while sharing some of the recent success stories from those who are experiencing a better quality of life due to dental education and care. Everyone will walk away knowing more about the MDA Foundation, its donors, the people it helps, and how the Foundation is making Michigan a better place through improved dental health. RSVP your attendance by April 10, 2020, to the Foundation at, or call 800-589-2632.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Keynote Address — Olympia LePoint

COURSE #27 | Answers Unleashed: The Science of Attracting What You Want

Olympia LePoint
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Seating Limit: 500
Target Audience: Entire Dental Team
AGD Code: 770


Discover your life purpose by making six important decisions daily using Olympia LePoint’s “Science of Attraction” principles based on science laws, the power of faith, and decision-making skills found in psychology. With a new concept of how thoughts and decisions work together in materializing opportunities, Olympia LePoint unveils the “Six-Dimensions of Thought” and explains why some leaders rise to explosive success. With a breakthrough self-communication technique introduced as the “Tria-Self”, attendees become clear on their life purpose and learn the decisions required to attract the life they want.

Learning objectives:

  • Discover your life calling and acquire a personalized plan for success.
  • Master the six key decisions in “The Six-Dimensions of Thought.”
  • Break old patterns with “Science of Attraction” thinking.
  • Tap into your future to discover your next steps.
  • Understand science laws in relation to your personal achievement.
  • Gain confidence in attracting success with self-communication.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.


Welcome Reception

The MDA will hold an Opening Reception right in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, April 30, from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Everyone is invited! During the reception complimentary appetizers will be provided, with a cash bar.

Sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.


Event #28 | Celebrate 75 years of Community Water Fluoridation!

5:30 – 7 p.m.
JW Marriott JDek Patio next to the Steel Water Monument


You are invited to join us on the JDek as we celebrate 75 years of improved dental health through community water fluoridation.

Take your picture with the beautiful “Steel Water” fluoridation monument to mark the occasion, and enjoy music entertainment, an open bar, and hors d’oeuvres.


ACD/ICD/Pierre Fauchard Joint Dinner

7 p.m.
JW Marriott Hotel

The joint American/International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard dinner will be held Thursday, April 30 at the JW Marriott Hotel immediately following the Fluoridation Anniversary Celebration. Dinner is set for 7 p.m. Watch your mail for more details, or contact Dr. Richard Panek.

Friday, May 1, 2020

American College of Dentists Breakfast

7 a.m.
Vandenburg B Room, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

For more information on the ACD breakfast, contact Dr. Sherill Behnke at 517-332-8663.


International College of Dentists Breakfast

7 a.m.
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Check the MDA Annual Session Official Program for room location. Contact Dr. Steve Sulfaro at 248-568-9841 to make your reservation. Spouses and guests of members are invited to attend.


Event #50 | New Dentists Network Lounge

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Grand Rapids Brew Pub, 417 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 (map)
$25 or FREE for new dentists attending Frank Spear or another New Dentist recommended course.
Seating Limit: 150
Target Audience: New Dentists


Enjoy drinks and mingle with colleagues in the Barrel Stave Loft at New Holland Brewing’s Grand Rapids Brew Pub. Strategically placed at the gateway to Grand Rapids’ historic West Side, New Holland Brewing offers a taste of many world traditions that have been rediscovered and presented with a fresh perspective.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance, MDA Services, Bank of America, and Carr Healthcare Realty.


Event #51 | Prez’s Warehouse Party Celebrating and Honoring MDA President Dr. Margaret Gingrich

6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Ambassador Ballroom, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
$89/per person (relaxed casual attire)
Target Audience: Entire Dental Team


Imagine a hotel ballroom transformed into a casual, relaxed warehouse setting featuring fun activities that anyone can enjoy. Try fowling, a phenomenon born here in Michigan now taking on great popularity in Detroit, Grand Rapids, and other cities. Learn how to play this fun game that crosses football with bowling, or pick up a game of cornhole, the traditional bean bag game almost everyone has played.

PJ DA DJ referred to as “the People’s DJ” will be in the house — spinning and mixing music of all genres from classic rock to R&B, hip hop, reggae, EDM (electronic dance music), and today’s Top 40. Dancing allowed and encouraged.

Event includes hearty food stations, entertainment, and drink tickets. Come out and have some fun with your friends and colleagues at the Prez’s Warehouse Party!

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and West Michigan District Dental Society.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Pierre Fauchard Breakfast

7 a.m.
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Check the MDA Annual Session Official Program for room location. You can contact Dr. Danielle Ruskin at 248-446-0288 for more information or to make your reservation.