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For Women in Dentistry. Led by Women in Dentistry.

At the MDA, we understand the unique challenges faced by women dentists. That’s why we’re launching the MDA Women in Dentistry virtual community. Co-led by MDA member-dentists Dr. Katherine Solomich and Dr. Deb Peters, the goal of this initiative is to create an online destination where women dentists from across the state can gather for support, fellowship, and unique educational opportunities that bring harmony to their competing personal and professional priorities.

Program Schedule

April 24, 2023

A Trip with a Purpose: Mission Experiences with Family and Dentistry

Margaret Gingrich, DDS; Maddy Peters; and More
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Have you considered utilizing your skills to enhance the lives of others on a mission trip? You view the photos of others participating internationally on Facebook and Instagram, but you don’t know where or how to start exploring opportunities that fit in your life, your family’s life, and your career.

There are many reasons to volunteer your time, talent, and treasure. In this monthly meet-up of Women in Dentistry, we’ll explore how you may go from tourist to enlightened traveler. Sign up to learn more about how and where you may utilize your skillset to bring harmony to your professional life by participating in opportunities within Michigan, nationally, and internationally. Learn from a panel of presenters who will share their experiences from Guyana, Honduras, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and the Michigan Mission of Mercy programs.

Learning objectives:

  • The ideal characteristics of an international volunteer.
  • The resources available for researching more about mission dentistry.
  • The early details of the Mission of Mercy program that will be returning to Flint in 2024.
  • How you may include family, friends, and team members on your journey to contribute to the lives of others.

May 22, 2023

Keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing: Focusing on the Right Things — Why Do Team Members Quit?

Tricia Casasanta, RDH, CEO
Strategic Practice Solutions
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Patricia Casasanta is a registered dental hygienist and chief executive officer at Strategic Practice Solutions. She has nearly 25 years of experience across professional development and coaching, revenue generation, start-up and scaled growth tactics, rebranding and marketing, program development and execution, and strategic leadership.

Learning objectives:

  • Focusing on the right things.
  • Understanding why team members leave.
  • Creating your main directives for your office.

Program Co-Leads

Dr. Kate Solomich has over 10 years of clinical experience with a diverse population of patients including the treatment adults and children with disabilities. Dr. Solomich is a firm believer in giving back and supporting the community and has volunteered over 400 hours to provide dental care in underserved areas. Her volunteering efforts include the Jonathan Taft Honorary Dental Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Dr. Kathy Solomich
Dr. Deb Peters

Dr. Deb Peters has been an active member and dedicated volunteer with the Michigan Dental Association and organized dentistry for more than past 25 years. She formerly served as president of the MDA, speaker of the MDA House of Delegates, member of the MDA Board of Trustees, and chair of the MDA Committee on the New Dentist. Her career has featured outstanding leadership, dependability, and community service.


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