Metropolitan District Dental Society News
In this edition...   August 1, 2013

District Officers

Neela Gandhi, DMD Chair

Robert Memory, DMD Chair Elect

Jeffrey Lowenstein, DMD Vice Chair

Justine Kelley, DMD Secretary

Paul Aswad, DMD Assistant Secretary

Michael O’Toole, DMD Treasurer

Peter Ok, DDS Assistant Treasurer

Jeffrey Lowenstein, DMD

Chris Owen, DMD

Phyllis Basile
Executive Director


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District Seminar

Metropolitan District Dental Society and
the American College of Prosthodontists proudly presents

Treatment Planning the Worn Dentition
John C. Cranham, DDS of The Dawson Academy
Friday, September 20, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Newton Marriott Hotel 2345 Commonwealth Ave. Newton  7 CEU’s 

The aging baby boomer population presents itself with many unique challenges. Unlike their parents, they expect to keep their teeth in health and function for their entire life. They also will be living longer in a world with increased stresses, making occlusal wear/occlusal disease one of the greatest threats to their dentition. These same groups of people are also spending billions of dollars to stay healthy and look their very best. Being able to design comprehensive treatment plans that will address occlusal, aesthetic, biologic along with the correct material selection will be essential to the successful restorative practice.

Dr. John Cranham presents his unique seminar to learn from actual cases how and why to develop a treatment plan that will meet and exceed the expectations of the patient and the dental team. You will work through actual cases restored by Dr. Cranham, to learn a predictable approach to complex treatment planning.

In this program you will learn:
A step-by-step programmed approach to optimum treatment planning.
What essential data you will need to gather to comprehensively diagnosis and plan a complex wear case.
How and when to safely open the vertical dimension of occlusion.
When and what kind of occlusal splint may be needed prior to and after treating the patient.
ow to design a stable, minimal stress occlusion.
Whey photography plays an important role in case analysis.
How to evaluate the TM Joints to be sure they are healthy prior to restoration.
How to work with specialists in extremely complex cases when interdisciplinary treatment is required.How to choose the correct restorative material to solve functional and aesthetic problems.

Dr. Cranham received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (Cum Laude) from the Medical College of Virginia. He is on the faculty of VCU School of Dentistry, the Ross Nash Seminars and an active dental educator since the mid 1990’s. In 1990 Dr. Cranham was the finalist in the Academy of Dental Ceramics Young Speakers Contest and most recently was awarded the Peter E. Dawson Faculty Award. He has become one of the most sought after speakers in the profession. Dr. Cranham is the founder of Cranham Dental Seminars, which in 2008 merged with The Dawson Academy. Today he is a partner and its acting Clinical Director. Dr. Cranham maintains a general dental practice in Chesapeake, Virginia focused on cosmetic, implant and TMJ-occlusal related services.

The schedule for the day
:30 am – 8:30 am      Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 10:15 am     Lecture
10:15 am – 10:30 am   Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm    Lecture
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm     Buffet Lunch
1:00   pm – 2:30 pm     Lecture
2:30   pm – 2:45 pm     Break
2:45   pm – 4:30 pm     Lecture

: Includes 7 CEU’s, Continental Breakfast, Buffet Lunch and two Breaks
$99 for ADA/MDS dentist members and guests ($149 after Sept. 3rd)
$49 for Dental Students
$149 for non-ADA/MDS dentists and guests ($199 after Sept. 3rd)

Register HERE on line through Brown Paper Tickets.
You can also register by sending a check made payable to: Metropolitan District Dental Society  209 West Central St. Suite 209  Natick, MA 01760.

Thank you to all our sponsors who have helped to make this seminar possible.





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Welcome New Members

Please join us in a warm welcome to the newest of our elected members to the Metropolitan District Dental Society and to those who transferred to us from other districts. We encourage all of our veteran members to make a special effort to contact the newest members listed in your area and extend a warm welcome and invitation to join us at any one of our meetings. 

Donoghyn Noh, DMD is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and is a general practitioner. 

Vy B. Tran, DDS is a graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School and is a general practitioner. 

Hana Tenzer, DMD Tufts University School of Dental Medicine One Kneeland St. Boston. Dr. Tenzer is a graduate of Hungary Budapest Semmelweis University, Tufts School of Dental Medicine and is a periodontist.

Yong Hur, DDS
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine One Kneeland St. 2nd Fl. Department of Periodontology Boston. Dr. Hur is a graduate of the College of Dentistry, Wonkwang University, South Korea, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and is a periodontist.

Jessica Raber, DMD is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and is a general practitioner. 

Noor S. Znad, DMD is a graduate of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and is a general practitioner.  

Lauren E. Chinnici, DMD is a graduate of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and is a general practitioner. 

Gregory S. Galasyn, DMD is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and is a general practitioner. 

Niraja Gautambhai Patel, DMD is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and is a general practitioner. 

Welcome to the following members who have recently transferred into the Metropolitan District:
Trikha Priyadarshini, DDS
Leon C. Yu, DMD
Druthil J. Belur, DMD


Metropolitan District Meeting Calendar 2013-2014

Also online at: District Calendar or on our Google Calendar.

August 29, 2013 Thursday Executive Core Meeting 209 West Central St. Suite 130 Natick 6:15 p.m. 

September 11, 2013 Wednesday Executive Board Meeting The Verve Crowne Plaza Hotel 1360 Worcester St. Route 9E Natick 6:00 p.m. 

September 20, 2013 Friday District Meeting Dr. John Cranham Treatment Planning the Worn Dentition Newton Marriott Hotel 2345 Commonwealth Ave. Newton. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 7 CEU’s 

October 2, 2013 Wednesday MDS Central Regional Leadership Meeting for district officers Westin-Waltham Hotel 70 3rd Ave. Route 128 Exit 27A Waltham 6:30 p.m. 

November 14, 2013
Thursday Executive Board Meeting Needham Sheraton Hotel 100 Cabot St. Route 128 Exit 19A Needham 6:00 p.m.

November 21, 2013 Thursday District Meeting. Dr. Paul Schnitman will speak on “Practical, Predictable and Profitable Implant Dentistry for the General Dentist” at The Downtown Harvard Club of Boston One Federal St. 39th Fl. Boston 6:00 p.m. 2 CEU’s 

January 29 – February 2, 2014 Yankee Dental Congress Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

February 6, 2014
Thursday Executive Board Meeting The Verve Crowne Plaza Hotel 1360 Worcester St. Route 9E Natick   6:00 p.m.

February 26, 2014 Wednesday District Meeting and Annual Election Pain Managementwith Dr. David Keithand OSHA Update with Kathy Eklund, RDHNeedham Sheraton Hotel 100 Cabot St. Exit 19A Needham 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 5 CEU’s 

March 19, 2014 Wednesday District Meeting EDIC Risk ManagementMr. Barry Regan and Atty. Vincent Dunn and Raymond K. Martin, DDS The Woodland Golf Club 1897 Washington St. Newton 2 CEU’s

April 3, 2014 Thursday Executive Board Meeting Needham Sheraton Hotel 100 Cabot St. Exit 19A Needham 6:00 p.m.

District Meeting - Save The Date!

Practical, Predictable and Productive Implant Dentistry in General Practice
Paul A. Schnitman, DDS, MSD

Thursday, November 21, 2013     1 CEU
The Downtown Harvard Club • One Federal St..  38th Fl. Boston

$25.00 per person.  Register HERE on line through Brown Paper Tickets.
Or you can pay by check to: Metropolitan District Dental Society
Mail check to: Metropolitan District Dental Society • 209 West Central St. Suite 209 • Natick, MA 01760.

Because of the elective nature of implant procedures they have been very sensitive to the current economic downturn. Therefore, in order to competitively provide these services dentists must develop practical treatment plans.

Not all single tooth, partial, and complete arch implants and their restorations are the same. Different complexities associated with each type based on location and anatomic variables can lead to unforeseen treatment with increased cost. 

This case based presentation will show how the replacement of missing and soon to be missing teeth can be managed predictably and productively. Participants will gain a broader understanding of implant treatment planning. 

   Paul A. Schnitman, DDS, MSD, limits his practice in   Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts to implant dentistry. He is a member of the faculty at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, a Fellow of the Academy of Osseointegration and is a Fellow and a past President of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. He is founder and former Chairman of the Department of Implant Dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He has published widely, and lectures nationally and internationally on the subject of dental implants.


Thank you to our sponsors: 


Charles River Study Club Meeting

2013-2014 Officers
Maryam Shomali, DMD President
Adam Polivy, DMD Vice President
Steven Levine, DMD Secretary/Treasurer

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
Wellesley Country Club
300 Wellesley Ave., Wellesley 02481

This presentation will be a walk-through of who and what BORID is, how it functions as well as provide an update on current BORID policies.

Mina Paul, DMD, MPH is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She has completed a Fellowship in Geriatrics as well as holds a Masters in Public Health. She holds a faculty appointment at Boston University Graduate School of Dental Medicine and has also been a faculty member of the Tufts School of Dental Medicine. In addition to serving as a NERB examiner, she also serves on the NERB steering committee. Dr. Paul has maintained a private practice and is the Dental Director of the Greater Roslindale Medical and dental Center, an independent licensed health center under the aegis of Boston Medical Center. At present, Dr. Paul has just completed her fifth year as Chair of the Board of Registration in Dentistry, has served as Secretary in the past and has been a member of the Board since 2004.

6:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.     Registration and Reception (cash Bar)
6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.     Dinner   Choices: steak, schrod or vegetarian
7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.     Speaker

Membership Dues for 2013-2014 season: $30.00
Dinner, Lecture and CE credit: $65.00 
Please choose one:___Scrod  ___Steak  ___Vegetarian

To register with a credit card- REGISTER HERE
To register by check:
Make checks payable to: Charles River Study Club and mail to: Dr. Steven Levine, Limited to Endodontics, One Washington St. Suite 103, Wellesley, MA 02481.
Or RSVP at (617) 262-5700 or to reserve a seat.

------------------------   Return Reservation   -------------------------------Name_____________________________________________________
Guest(s) Name______________________________________________
Office Address______________________________________________
Office Telephone____________________________________________
Dinner Choice  ____Scrod    ____Steak    ____Vegetarian

Thank you to our sponsor:

Next Charles River Study Club Meeting 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Senator Scott Brown: Fact vs. Fiction of D.C.: Politics and how this will effect businesses and individuals moving forward.


In Memoriam

“Let us remember our friends and colleagues for their enthusiasm and love of the dental arts”.
Carlos Castro-Barrera, DMD

Congratulations !

Congratulations to Michael C. Sheff, DMD, MScD who was presented with the Dr. Richard L. Allard Award from the Massachusetts Dental Society Standing Committee to Prevent Abuse and Neglect on June 14, 2013. The Allard Award is presented for outstanding achievements in supporting the rights of victims of abuse and neglect.

Sometimes It's Good to Lose a Patient: a practice management tip

Many of us of have been in this scenario that I experienced. I examined a new patient who had been referred by a friend. I conducted my consultation in the same manner as I always do for all of my new patients. In general, like you, my success rate is good because my compassion and knowledge come through to the patient. This patient leaves the office and after several weeks go by I find out through the grapevine that the new patient decided not to pursue treatment because she felt that I did not spend enough time explaining my concerns and recommendations. She needed more hand holding and

I didn't recognize it. After reflecting on this I decided to learn more about how I could try to prevent this from happening again and increase my treatment acceptance rate. Many of us use consultants to help us in this way. I use the exemplary services of Dr Mayer Levitt of Jodena Consulting to help guide my practice. But I came across another tool that I would like to share. It is called BANK, and it is a method of recognizing a patient’s personality type to help you to speak with them in a manner that they are most comfortable with. Do they just want the bottom line, or do they need to know every detail in depth? Do they need a more nurturing style or a more clinical discussion? I lost a case because I presented clinically to a patient that needed to be nurtured. The BANK formula is a very simple to understand technique that groups personality types into 4 different categories based on your observations of their dress, mannerisms, speaking style and grooming. This is not a new concept, but I find this system to be particularly intuitive and easy to employ. With some practice, I have been able to identify what type of person I am dealing with and tailor my discussion accordingly. As a result, I have found a new confidence in engaging patients and my success rate with my proposals has improved. I am a paying customer of this product and I do not receive any reward for plugging them. Just a happy customer that has found it to be another great tool in my patient management tool box. My loss of this new patient resulted in finding a practice changing tool and in that sense it was a great gain!

If you feel like this may benefit you, feel free to email me and I would be happy to tell you more.

Michael Putt, D.M.D
Wayland Dental

The Compliance Report: HITECH ACT

Each and every month The Metropolitan E-Newsletter will provide up-to-date information on keeping your practice in compliance with national and state rules and regulations. Through the Academy of Dental Learning & OSHA Training you will be able to take online courses for credit for a reduced fee only offered to MDDS members.

Please feel free to submit questions and comments on this most important part of your dental practice to: and put the word Compliance in the subject field.

This month’s topic is the HITECH ACT. The HITECH Act increases the penalties for various HIPAA violations, which is significant to covered entities. Covered entities include dental offices which submit claims electronically or verify patient’s information online, such as insurance benefits. The act will also now require business associates to comply with many of HIPAA's rules and subject them to HIPAA's civil and criminal penalties. Business associates are individuals who have access to protected health information such as an independent contractor (i.e., software trainer, accountant, practice management consultant, computer technician).

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