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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

House of Delegates Leadership Training/Meet the Candidates

COURSE #2

Speaker: Todd Christy, DDS
Time: 5 – 7 p.m. (Reception at 5 p.m.; training at 6 p.m.
Where: Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
Fee: FREE (includes reception)
Target Audience: Dentists

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Dr. Todd Christy, MDA speaker of the House, will hold a continuing education/networking session during the MDA Annual Session on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. 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 continuing education credit 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 or 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 Gala

Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Where: Venetian Ballroom, Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
Fee: FREE (Invitation Only)

Please join the MDA Foundation for its annual Sparkling Smiles Gala.

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 March 24 to the Foundation at foundation@michigandental.org, or call 800-589-2632.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Keynote Address — Greg Kelser

Basketball’s Enduring Life Lessons

COURSE #22

Speaker: Greg Kelser
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Cobo Center
Fee: FREE
Seating Limit: 500
Target Audience: Entire Dental Team

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Greg Kelser and his teammates will soon celebrate the 40-year anniversary of Michigan State University's 1979 NCAA basketball championship. It was a monumental achievement in a game that drew the largest television audience for a college basketball game, a record that still stands to this day.

Greg's message will center around some of the key elements that were critical to reaching a championship level in sports and how those same aspects are equally as important in pursuing excellence in other areas of life.

Topics include:

  • Adapting to change — change is inevitable but survivable.
  • The importance of teamwork — collaboration over individualism.
  • Accountability — why it's essential to avoid excuses and repeated missteps.
  • Going beyond "good enough" — how to reach the highest level.
  • And now what? — sustaining relevance in an evolving environment.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Opening Celebration and FREE Concert!!

Time: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cobo Center Exhibit Hall and Atrium
Fee: FREE
Seating Limit: 250

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The fun starts in the exhibit hall at 4:30 p.m., with light food bites and cash bar. See the latest and greatest products and services from exhibitors that support the Annual Session. Partake in Welcome Center activities designed to test your skills, knowledge, or luck. Then enjoy live entertainment in the Atrium starting at 5:30 p.m. The Killer Flamingos are a popular cover band, local to Detroit, that perform Top 40 across the decades, from the ’80s to current hits, with some Motown and other familiar favorites sprinkled in. There will be plenty of room for dancing, or if you prefer, seating will be available too. Food and beverages will still be available out in the Atrium — visit with exhibitors to score a drink ticket or two.

This event is generously sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services. Please visit them in the endorsed provider area of the exhibit hall.

ACD/ICD/Pierre Fauchard Dinner

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Cliff Bell’s Jazz Club (map)

The joint American/International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard dinner will be held Thursday, May 2 at Cliff Bell’s Jazz Club, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit. A cocktail reception will take place at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and entertainment set for 7 p.m.

Watch your mail for more details, email Dr. Sherill Behnke, or call 517-332-2663.


Friday, May 3, 2019

American College of Dentists Breakfast

Time: 7 a.m.
Where: Cobo Center (see Annual Session Official Program for room location)

For more information on the ACD breakfast, contact Dr. Sherill Behnke at 517-332-8663, or email at behnkedds@aol.com.

International College of Dentists Breakfast

Time: 7 a.m.
Where: Cobo Center (see Annual Session Official Program for room location)

Contact Dr. Steven Sulfaro at 248-634-4671 or email drsulfaro@comcast.net for more information or to make your reservation. Spouses and guests of members are invited to attend.

New Dentist Network Lounge

COURSE #51

Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Punch Bowl Social, 1331 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226 (map)
Cost: $25 or FREE (New Dentist Track attendees)
Target Audience: New Dentists

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Explore the variety of Punch Bowl Social’s games and enjoy good food, drink, and the company of your friends and colleagues.

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

Dueling in the “D”

COURSE #52

Celebrating and Honoring MDA President Dr. Debra Peters.

Time: 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Where: The Garden Theater, Detroit
Cost: $95 (includes dinner, two drink tickets, and entertainment)
Dress: Casual Attire
Transportation: Shuttle service provided from host hotels and on the QLine/secure parking available.

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The entertainment: Dueling Pianos … It won’t take long for the sounds and voices of “The Fun Pianos” to get you singing and dancing with your friends, colleagues and co-workers. This is NOT a concert but a musical PARTY! Enjoy tons of singing along to classic and current rock and country songs, with fun and funny surprises throughout the show. Bring your FUN attitude and be ready to laugh and sing.

The venue: Check out this awesome location, a jewel in the heart of Midtown Detroit! The historic Garden Theater was designed in 1912 by famed architect C. Howard Crane (who also designed the Fox Theatre). After being in ruins for decades, the theater underwent a multi-million dollar restoration and reopened in October 2013. Today, it boasts exposed brick walls, polished cement floors, a stage with a circular ceiling renovated to its original glory, built-in bars, and a mezzanine level perfect for viewing all the action. This hip and trendy atmosphere inspires fun and excitement.

Food will be abundant with a fresh healthy buffet or true Detroit fare you choose your flavor or indulge in both. Either way you’ll find the food to be pleasing to the palate. This event is a great time for the entire dental team.

Sponsored by MDA Insurance, West Michigan District Dental Society, and The DBS Companies.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Pierre Fauchard Breakfast

The Pierre Fauchard Breakfast will take place Saturday, May 4 at 7 a.m. at Cobo Center. Check the MDA Annual Session Official Program for room location. You can contact Dr. Sherill Behnke by email at or call 517-332-2663 for more information or to make your reservation.