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November 2016                   

President's MessageTOP
It was great to see everyone at the meeting last month! Coastal Networks gave a very thorough presentation on internet and HIPPA security. As previously discussed the executive board has approved a marketing campaign for its member dentists. Please make sure we have your correct contact and website information.
                We all have a very important month ahead of us. On November 8, we will find out who the next president of the United States will be. Whatever party affiliation you have, we must work together and maintain a strong presence politicly by being a part of organized dentistry. If we don't, ultimately our profession will lose and the government will gain the upper hand in regards to how we conduct our treatment. On November 16, we will have our joint meeting with Pinellas County Dental Association. Dr. Michael Pikos will be giving a presentation on Guided Immediate full arch reconstruction. Be ready to be amazed. This is one you don't want to miss! Also, in an effort to help support the FLA MOM's event in Pensacola on March 24-25, 2017, we will be conducting a 50/50 raffle at the November 16 meeting. Make sure to bring cash to buy tickets!
"Learning never exhausts the mind". (Leonardo da Vinci)
Warm regards,
Emanuel Kontos

UPCDA & Pinellas County CE Meeting 
Wednesday, November 16th
Location : St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater - NEW LOCATION
Speaker: Dr. Michael Pikos
Seminar: Guided Full Arch Reconstruction: 2017, 1 CEU
Time:       6:00pm Social Hour, 7:00pm CE  
Exhibitors: 3M, 4Points Dental Design, Advantage Technology, Carestream, Carr Healthcare Realty, Henry Schein, Digital Doc, Geistlich Biomaterials, KWC MSP - IT Solutions Provider, Patterson Dental, Republic Bank, Straumann, Synovus & Tailored Financial Strategies of Raymond James
RSVP By November 11th: Please email lissette@wcdental.org or call 727-449-1232  

Meal Options: Chicken, Fish or Veggie - when you RSVP please include your meal choice. Those that do not select will receive chicken.

Course Description
This clinically based presentation will focus on the intergration of facially driven implant supported prosthetics, surgical and laboratory disciplines, combined with CBCT technology to provide a seamless approach for totally guided full arch and full mouth immediate implant reconstruction for the terminal dentition and edentulous patient. This protocol includes placement of virtually created, prefabricated, computer guided monolithic PMMA bar supported prosthesis for both edentulous and dentate arches.

At the end of this presentation, course attendees will be able to:
  1. Understand the indications and protocol for facially driven computer guided full arch and full mouth immediate placement with a prefabricated monolithic acrylic bar supported provisional.
  2. Compare the advantages of this protocol over All-on-4 for full arch and full mouth implant reconstruction.
  3. Understand the limitations of this totally guided surgical and prosthetic protocol.
About the Speaker: 
Dr. Pikos is originally from Campbell, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He also graduated with honors from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Pikos completed an internship at Miami Valley Hospital and residency training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, Montefiore Hospital.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, and Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Pikos is the recipient of the 2006 Aaron Gershkoff Memorial Award from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the 2015 Saul Schluger Memorial Award for Top Educator.
He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. He is also a Courtesy Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology and Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Dr. Pikos is on the Editorial Board of the following journals: Implant Dentistry, Case Reports in Dentistry, Inside Dentistry and the Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry. He is the Scientific Advisor on Implants for the Kois Center.   Click here to read more

50/50 Raffle - FLA MOM, March 24-25, 2017


There will be a 50/50 raffle in conjunction with UPCDA's November 16th Meeting. Proceeds will be donated to FLA MOM 2017 Pensacola, FL. 

Click here for more information and to volunteer





General Election - November 8th
Thanks to your FDAPAC membership and support, the FDAPAC has contributed to many candidate campaigns for the 2016 General Election. Without the FDAPAC membership, FDAPAC Century Club members, FDAPAC Capital Hill Club members, and FDAPAC Capitol Step Club members, organized dentistry would not be as effective during the Legislative Session.
Below is a list of FDAPAC-supported House and Senate candidates for the 2016 General Election.
Pinellas and surrounding counties
Amanda Murphy, D-New Port Richey H-36
Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa H-63
Chris Sprowls, R-Tarpon Springs H-65
Larry Ahern, R-St. Petersburg H-66
Chris Latvala, R-Largo H-67
Ben Diamond, D-St. Petersburg H-68
Kathleen Peters, R-St. Petersburg H-69
Jack Latvala, R-Tampa S-16
Dana Young, R-Tampa S-18
Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg S-19
Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg S-24
For additional information on FDAPAC-supported candidates, contact the FDA Governmental Affairs Office at 850.224.1089 or gao@floridadental.org

UPCDA Launching Member Marketing Campaign
NEW!  UPCDA Member Advertising campaign - as an additional member benefit, we will be promoting the UPCDA and our member dentists to the public through internet marketing and social media.   Please make sure your practice and contact information on your website is correct!   If you have not yet provided your website address please click here. All members will be listed unless you choose to opt out. Your dues must be current in order to be included. If you have any questions feel free to contact UPCDA at 727-449-1232 or lissette@wcdental.org .

UPCDA Annual Bowling Tournament  
Get your bowling ball and your TEAM spirit ready for Upper Pinellas County Dental Association's Bowling Event!
Fun, friendly competition, and prizes! 
Friday, February 24th at 6:30 p.m. Countryside Lanes 27867 U.S. Highway 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33761   
Bowling and shoe rental included (food and beverage on your own). 
Sign up your team today (click here) - include your dental office name, your team name and number of people in your team.  

ADA Member Benefit

The ADA Center for Professional Success is available to you. This member only resource is designed to help you manage your career, expand your knowledge and balance your life. This site is divided into three main areas; practice, learn and live. Visit www.success.ada.org/en/  to learn more.

Volunteers Needed - Support our Local Clinics

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You can make a difference by volunteering your time.
Community Dental Clinic
We are blessed in our area to have many options to give back to our community through volunteering our skills as dentists. The Community Dental Clinic is a volunteer-driven, free dental clinic that serves the low-income, uninsured/underinsured adults living in upper Pinellas County. The CDC's mission is to provide access to basic dental care to those that need it most. Located in Clearwater, the CDC caters to the preferred schedule and procedures the dental volunteer would like to perform. At present, the clinic offers new patient exams/x-rays, cleanings, fillings and extractions. The CDC is fully-equipped with everything needed to provide these services, and staffs an EFDA clinical coordinator to guide and assist you through your volunteer day. If you would like to volunteer for any upcoming dates please contact the Director, Allison Sapiega at 727-216-6155 or via email at Alison@communitydentalclinlic.net

Gulf Coast Dental Outreach

Volunteer by contact Dr. Robert Ettleman 
rob@gulfcoastdentaloutreach.org  or  Executive Director Mr. Harry Gross  harry@gulfcoastdentaloutreach.org From the web  www.gulfcoastdentaloutreach.org  click on "our role" radio button or simply call 813-579-3935 ext 101  or ext 105

Homeless Emergency Project 
Volunteer information:  The "on site" person handling paperwork is: Margaret Lett  Phone number - 727-442-9041 ext. 107 Email: mlett@ethep.org For information regarding the clinical service aspect - contact:  Dr. Patrick Lepeak.  Cell # 727-424-3559.  All phases of dentistry are needed and appreciated.  An active  Florida dental license is required.  Hygienist services are also very much needed.

Healthy Teeth Clinic, Department of Health, Largo 
Dentist Volunteers Needed!  Want to be part of something great that will really make a difference? Volunteer your time and talents to the Healthy Teeth Clinic. Work with awesome assistants and grateful patients in a beautiful office. We work hard to make sure you have a great experience. Tell us the hours and dates that will work for you and the services you're happy to provide and we will take care of the rest. Call  or E-Mail Christina Vongsyprasom at 727-824-6966 and Christina_Vongsyprasom@doh.state.fl.us   for more information or to set up a volunteer date. 

In This Issue
November 16th Meeting
50/50 Raffle - Bring $$
Election Guide
Member Marketing Campaign
Bowling Tournament
ADA Center for Professional Success
Volunteer Your Time
Future Meeting Dates
UPCDA Holiday Happy Hour
Helful Links
Meet our New Members
Medicare Part D enrollment delayed until 2019
UPCDA Dues Past Due
UPCDA Leadership


Mark Your Calendar


UPCDA Meetings




November 16th

Dr. Michael Pikos Guided Immediate Full Arch Reconstruction: 2017

Joint meeting with Pinellas 

St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater



January 18th - Dr. David Griggs, Practice Transitions

Belleair Country Club


March 16th - Dr. Mark Obman Treatment Planning and Peer Review - East Lake Woodlands Country Club


April 19th - Speaker TBD, Staff welcome

Bon App├ętit 


Other Important Dates 
December 9, 2016
UPCDA Holiday Happy Hour, Villa Bellini Restaurant & Lounge
February 3, 2017
WCDDA Annual Meeting
CAMLS, Tampa
Drs. John Burgess and John Kalmar
Registration is open 
Click here for details
February 24, 2017
UPCDA Annual Bowling Tournament
Countryside Lanes
March 24-25, 2017
FDA Mission of Mercy
Pensacola, FL
April 3-4, 2017
FDA Dentists' Day on The Hill
June 22-24, 2017
FDA's Dental Convention
Gaylord Palms, Orlando
August 4-6, 2017
WCDDA Summer Meeting
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
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Helpful Links
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Welcome New Members


Gulfang "Grace" Cai, DMD

Safety Harbor


Terryl Petropoulos, DMD


Clearwater & Trinity 


Invite your non member colleague to a UPCDA meeting at no cost. Contact UPCDA (727) 449-1232.


UPCDA Membership Application  

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Classified Ad

Updating your office? Dr. Janice Brand is relocating her recently remodeled office in Oldsmar and has many items for sale. Includes reception room furniture, office desks, cabinetry, dental chair (recently recovered), some limited operatory equipment, building materials, Cat 6 wiring, etc.  Please email at janicebranddds@yahoo.com 
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CMS published a final rule in May 2014 and an interim final rule in May 2015 addressing prescriber enrollment requirements in Medicare.  Prescribers must be enrolled in an active status or validly opted out, except in very limited circumstances, in order for their written prescriptions to be covered under Part D.  CMS previously announced that enforcement of the prescriber enrollment requirement would begin on February 1, 2017.  While CMS is committed to the implementation of the prescriber enrollment requirements, CMS also recognizes the need to minimize the impact on the beneficiary population and ensure beneficiaries have access to the care they need. 

To strike this balance, CMS will implement a multifaceted, phased approach that will align full enforcement of the Part D prescriber enrollment requirements with other ongoing CMS initiatives.  Full enforcement of the Part D prescriber enrollment requirement will begin on January 1, 2019.
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It is important to track and report your pro bono services in order to provide financial and statistical information to state and national legislators. 


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Dues are due!
If you have not paid your dues or have not seen an invoice please contact UPCDA 
(727) 449-1232
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Executive Board


Dr. Emanuel Kontos 



Dr. George Kostakis



Dr. James Doerner

Vice President and Program Chairman


Dr. Jeremy Albert



Dr. Jose Lazaro

Council At-Large


Dr. Kristin Burch



Dr.  Philip Hedger

Membership Chair




Dr. Kristen Burch

Dr. James Carazola

Dr. Oscar Menendez


Alternate Delegates

Dr. John Bindeman

Dr. William Kochenour

Dr. George Kostakis


Peer Review Chairman

Dr. Mark Obman