It is an honor to serve as the Georgia Dental Society’s President for 2021 and 2022. While many of you may not know me personally, I am eager to get to know more of you, and work together to continue the great legacy of this organization. As the presidents before me, my goal is to promote the values of the Georgia Dental Society and the importance of our involvement in organized dentistry. During my tenure I will focus on membership and community involvement, as well as mentorship to aspiring dental professionals. With the help of the Executive Board and various committee members, I will work to make the Georgia Dental Society a premier source for your continuing education needs.
In the past the Georgia Dental Society has focused on continuing education, mentorship, and community service. Since 2016, the Georgia Dental Society awarded twenty-five scholarships to undergraduate dental students and dental hygiene students, offered countless hours of continuing education, and provided networking opportunities for members and non-members alike. In the spirit of mentorship, the organization has held several events at multiple institutions including Augusta University, Spelman College and Morehouse School of Medicine to name a few.
Due to the changing landscape of continuing education and professional meetings due the pandemic, the Georgia Dental Society has elected to offer its continuing education in a virtual format for the remainder of the year. We look forward to getting back to in person meetings as soon as we can in an effective and safe manner.
We are currently planning on the Annual Fall Meeting to be held in person at Lake Lanier. Currently we believe that delaying the in-person meeting into the fall offers our members the safest and most effective way to offer high quality CE. Details of the speakers and classes offered will be released in the near future.
As an organization we rely on your financial support to allow us to sponsor these events and award scholarships. Everything we do is only possible because of a dedicated and passionate membership along with a strong community of people caring enough to volunteer their time and efforts. Because of this we welcome and encourage our members to become mentors, event speakers, and serve on committees to help the GDS continue its mission.
I would like to encourage you to join the Georgia Dental Society or renew your membership. Please urge your colleagues to become members and make their voices heard. You can renew your membership by completing and signing the GDS application from the website and mailing it along with your check to GDS P.O. Box 875 Jonesboro, GA 30237 on our website at www.georgiadentalsociety.org.
I look forward to working with you throughout the next year.
Dr. Daniel West
DANIEL R WEST, DDS BIO
Dr. Daniel West is a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and an active member of several dental organizations including the American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, Hinman Dental Society, and the Georgia Dental Society. Dr. West received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tennessee State University in 1999. He then completed the Doctor of Dental Surgery program at Meharry Medical College in 2004 and then received his Advanced Education in Periodontal Surgery certificate and Master of Science in Oral Biology from the Medical College of Georgia in 2008. Dr. West proudly serves in 413 ASTS dental unit of the United States Air Force Reserves as a Major and is in private practice in Tucker Georgia.