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he mission of the Ohio Academy of General Dentistry is to serve the needs and to represent
the interests of Ohio affiliated general dentists and to foster their continued proficiency
through quality continuing dental education in order to better serve the public.


he vision of The Ohio Academy of General Dentistry is to improve the quality of
comprehensive dental care. We are motivated and united by the core human
values of integrity and compassion.

Calling All Volunteers!

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is proud to announce its first Call for Volunteers! Get Involved!

In an effort to involve more members and identify potential volunteers at all levels of the organization, the Academy is initiating a Call for Volunteers.

As an AGD volunteer, you'll receive:

  • recognition.
  • opportunity.
  • ideas.
  • leadership experience.

We Need You! The AGD needs volunteers for:

  • council/committee assignment.
  • task force assignment.
  • author assignment.
  • reviewer assignment.
  • constituent speaker assignment.
  • constituent volunteer assignment.
  • public liaison assignment.

We also need volunteers to act as liaisons to other dental organizations, and more! Sign Up Now!

Click Here to learn more and complete our volunteer form. Become a volunteer today!  
Thank you for your efforts in support of the AGD.

Bruce DeGinder, DDS, MAGD

2015 Ohio AGD President's Message

Dr. David Austin

Lifelong Learning/ Lifelong Service/ AGD Advocacy

Greetings, I'm David Austin, DDS, MS, and I have the distinct honor to serve as your Ohio AGD President for the next two years. I am so excited about the future of Dentistry and AGD's role. AGD is the second largest dental organization in the U.S.. AGD is thirty eight thousand members strong.
Eighty-five percent of dental school graduates become general dentists. AGD is the only organization exclusively dedicated to the needs of the general dentists. Through advocacy, the AGD gives a voice to the general dentist in the challenging and ever-changing legislative landscape of healthcare. Through programs like A Great Dentist goes to Washington, AGD is standing strong to protect the quality and access of dental care in America. To enhance the future of dentistry, AGD has embraced the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) and offers numerous benefits of AGD membership to dental students.

As of 2014, AGD is proud to announce a membership of four thousand dental students and the entire ASDA executive leadership are AGD members. Ohio AGD has embraced the future of dentistry as well. Through an OAGD bylaws amendment passed by membership, the OAGD Board of Directors has grown and now
includes designated Board positions for dental students from The Ohio State University and Case Western. The OAGD Board has also been strengthened by the addition of several new
members including a recent graduate representing the voice of the "Young Dentist". These changes are designed to increase communication and understanding to better serve the needs
and interests of OAGD members throughout their entire career.

On October 28, 2014, the Ohio AGD held an organizational meeting at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry to initiate the AGD student FellowTrack program. The FellowTrack program provides the AGD dental student member with up to 50 hours of continuing education credit during dental school as a benefit of AGD membership. FellowTrack also introduces the AGD dental student member to the concept of lifelong learning and the benefits of AGD membership. The FellowTrack program is designed to help give the AGD student members a competitive advantage by augmenting their dental school experience. FellowTrack is primarily presented as hour long "lunch and learns" at the dental school, but the AGD student members are eligible to attend other Ohio AGD CE courses. During the OSU FellowTrack orientation, I challenged the dental students with, "Don't think for a second that your dental education ends with graduation. Your dental degree is the
foundation for your professional career, It's only the beginning; a successful and rewarding practice is built and nurtured through lifelong learning. Lifelong service enriches the quality of your life and others."

I related that I had migraine headaches and was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and fibromyalgia. I was told that I was a chronic pain patient and that I would just have to live with
the pain. Lifelong learning and AGD accredited continuing education courses allowed me to change my life. I learned how to manage my Obstructive Sleep Apnea and become headache
and fibromyalgia free. I decided to help patients with the same disorders which led to formal training in Pain and Sleep Disorders. A position at The Ohio Stab University Department of
Neurology Headache Clinic soon followed. Currently I am teaching Ohio University Medical Students about Pain and Steep Disorders. I explained that being an AGD general dentist
provided the foundation and freedom to not only create and maintain a successful and rewarding practice, but live truly an enriched life benefiting my family and society. My AGD experience led me to volunteer for OAGD leadership. The OSU FellowTrack presentation was well received and we are estimating a hundred new AGD student members.

2014 Ohio AGD Distinguished Dentist Award recipients: 

Dr. Robert A. Nelson: Dr. Robert A. Nelson personifies the Distinguished Dental Award. By his years of service, he has demonstrated his devotion to his
profession. Bob has been active in all phases of organized dentistry beginning with his longtime tripartite ADA membership as a delegate to
both the ADA and ODA house of Delegates. 

He was instrumental in founding the ODA Peer Review Committee and has chaired the Southern Ohio Dental Society Peer Review Committee since 1975. Dr.Nelson is an active member and serves on the Board of the Ohio AGD as District Director for Region Vll in addition to serving on several
councils and committees, both nationally and for OAGD. 

Bob has been recognized for his leadership by being honored with Fellowship in the American College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry lnternational and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and now by the Ohio Academy of General Dentistry Distinguished Dentist Award, Congratulations Dr. Nelson, well deserved.

Dr. L. Don Shumaker

Don has been in the practice of General Dentistry since 1966. He has served a President of the Greater Cleveland Dental Society, the Ohio Dental Association, the Ohio Academy of General Dentistry and the Ohio State University Alumni Association. He is a former Speaker of the House of Delegates for the Academy of General Dentistry and the Ohio Dental Association. He is also a former Editor for the GCDS, ODA and International College of Dentists. 

He has been Chair of the ADA Council on Journalism, AGD Public Relations Council, AGD Dental Care Council, AGD Legislative Council and numerous other state and local committees, task forces and reference committees. He was a member of the ADA Council on Dental Practice, the ADA Special Committee on Marketing and was a member of the ADA and AGD House of Delegates for many years. Don has been continuously active in multiple dental organizations on the local, state and national level since the early 1970s, as well as with Ohio's two dental schools. 

Don and his wife, Gail, have seven children and seventeen grandchildren. They also raise and show horses and dogs.
Dr. Ron Palenshus: I was born in Detroit Michigan with my twin brother, Don, on February 9, 1943. During my childhood I lived in Michigan, Wisconsin, lllinois, and moved to Ohio in
1958. I graduated from Colonel Crawford High School in 1961. My class has stayed close having reunions every 5 years and class trips in between to Lake Tahoe, CA,
Rockport (Boston) MA, and are having a cruise in March 2015. I attended Capital University 1961-63 and graduated from Ohio State in 1965 with BS degree. 
Dental School 1965-69 at OSU. Graduated cum laude and OKU honorary in June 1969.

Joined ADA and ODA and Central Ohio Dental Society 1971. Rose through chairs to CODS president. Was ODA delegate for 6 years and Ohio National Children's
Dental Health Month chair for 4 years. Served on several ODA councils and committees.

Joined AGD in 1976. OAGD Board about 1980 to present. Progressed through chairs to president in 2002-20O4. FAGD in 1983. MAGD in 1991. Attended national
AGD conventions 18 times as member, delegate, or alternate. Ohio PACE coordinator for more than 10 years. Presently emeritus member of ADA and AGD.

Married Roxanne June 18, 1967 and had 3 boys and adopted 1 girl, all of whom are married producing 7 grandchildren. Purchased a second home on Hilton Head
island SC where we now spend about 6-7 months per year including all winter.

AGD Accepting Nominations for 2014 Achievement Awards

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is now accepting nominations for its 2014 Achievement Awards, which will be presented during the AGD 2014 Meeting & Exhibits, held from June 26 to 29 in Detroit, Mich. These awards aim to honor outstanding achievement relevant to the dental profession, motivate AGD members and others dental professionals to improve and enhance dentistry through their day-to-day work, and encourage volunteerism within the AGD and the industry.

The AGD Achievement Awards nomination deadline is Nov. 1, and submissions should be postmarked no later than Oct. 25. Nominations are being accepted for three awards: the Albert Borish Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Humanitarian Award.

General Summary Article here:

View Profiles, Guidelines, Submission Rules and More for each award:

   2014 Albert J. Borish Award  
   2014 Humanitarian Award
   2014 Distinguished Service Award


The Ohio A.G.D. Welcomes New Members! 2015
To view our new 2014 members click here

Jonathan Redditt
Janet Wong
Hun Shim
Chelsea A. Yanda
Justine M. Bednarski
Yaelim Angela Park
Ryan N Eskridge
Yunching Wang
Kaitlin P. Polk
Britni Skoda
Nisha E. Punjabi
Nandini Sharma
Wisdom D. Akpaka
Brooke H. Buller
William Jaconson
G. Paul King
Naquida L. Taylor

If you have friends with similar interests, membership applications are available 
by contacting our Executive Secretary, Heidi Drollinger, at 330.416.8926.

OAGD Continuing Education

Regional Director's Message

By: Hans Guter DDS

Greetings! I am Hans Guter your regional director. I feel compelled to explain to you what the duties of the regional director are. While this position is a national one my main goal is to work with the constituencies within our region, region 7. So I am a conduit of communication from national to both Ohio and Indiana and vice versa. One of the main functions I have is to ensure that the constituency boards are functioning to their best potential as far as officers, committees, continuing education, etc. are concerned.

As I do with the boards that I work with I encourage all our members to use your state and national web pages as avenues of communication. Both states are in constant need of enthusiastic members who want to share their skills with us. Become involved at the state level and look at the national web page for what is known as “a call for volunteers”. While I encourage you to become involved at any level please know that starting at a state level is the best portal of entry.

Please support your constituency’s continuing education courses, visit us at our board meetings or communicate with any of us about questions, concerns or interests you might have. I wish for all of you a very healthy and successful 2015.

Hans Guter DDS Regional Director

Continuing Education message

We have an exciting year of continuing education lined up for 2015. Please log on to the Ohio State University College of Dentistry web page and look for our courses.

When you register please be aware that these courses are tailored to anyone who wants to attend. These courses are designed for those of you interested in pursuing Mastership, maintenance, non-members (recruiting) and at a discount for our existing Masters. Please support your CE courses and I look forward to seeing you.

Hans Guter, DDS

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Spring 2015

Shannon Gossett-Webb 
Indiana AGD Executive Secretary 

Website: indianaagd.com
Mailing Address: 1331 Middleham Lane Beech Grove, IN 46107 

Phone Number: 317-979-8636 
Fax Number:317-786-3538

Registration link here:



Implant Assisted Removable Prosthodontics
Ohio AGD MasterTrack

M. Nader Sharifi, DDS, MS

June 26-27, 2015
9:00am - 5:00pm
The Fawcett Center (OSU Campus)


Course Format: Lecture/Discussion
CE Credits: 14

Adding implants under a compromised complete or partial denture may seem like a viable solution to provide improvement for our struggling patients. This course will clarify the specific steps that will have a huge impact on the success of these removable reconstructions.

Here, participants review state-of-the-art procedures for the highest quality removable prosthodontics – and discuss procedures from case design, implant location choices and attachment options to prosthesis delivery, impression making, and “claspless” partial designs. The course will include a thorough review of the science, fact and opinion of adding implants under an RPD.

For the completely edentulous patient, participants will review the necessary steps in making complete dentures successful while learning that these are the same steps that make overdentures successful. Each restorative dentist will be able to apply complete denture principles of impression making, recording centric and vertical dimension of occlusion as well as occlusal design to their denture and overdenture cases.

We’ll discuss many overdenture attachment options that are on the market. These will be broken down into simple categories to understand their similarities. We’ll create clear guidelines for selecting one overdenture attachment over another. Everyone will learn how many implants are necessary – and in what location for today’s treatment and tomorrow’s possibilities.

This course is based upon materials and techniques that will be implemented in clinical practice. Participants leave with more confidence and the ability to:

  • Discuss the critical steps for success with complete dentures & overdentures
  • Understand the differences in implant size and location for overdentures
  • Learn to modify impression techniques for attachments and implants
  • Complete a hands on exercise to apply a modified impression technique
  • Classify different implants and attachments to better understand their us
  • Complete hands on RPD framework design with implants and attachments
  • Reinforce treatment planning ideals for future cases in your practice


This two-day course is geared toward general practitioners, surgical implant dentists, prosthodontists and laboratory technicians. 

Next AGD Annual Meeting

2015    http://www.agd.org/am2015.aspx

San Francisco June 18th - 21st.

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