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October 2016                   

President's MessageTOP
It was a pleasure to see everyone at our first meeting of the year, on Friday, September 30th. Dr. Michael Scherer gave the most informative lecture, that most if not all of us have been to, on digital dentistry. Michael really laid out the details for us on the difference between the digital scanners out on the market today along with open source software, many of which you can download for free. I received many compliments on the quality of the material and the WOW factor that he provided. If you missed the event or want to learn more on 3D printing visit www.MichaelSchererdmd.com.

Keeping with the spirit of Halloween, all treats and no tricks for this month.

The executive board is working on a group marketing strategy in order to promote UPCDA and its members. Our next meeting will be held on October 19, 2016 at Bon Appetit. Steve Mueller from Coastal Networks will be speaking on Internet security and HIPPA risk management for the dental office. Again this will be a very informative event and I look forward to seeing you there.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." (Aristotle)
Emanuel Kontos
UPCDA CE Meeting 
Wednesday, October 19th
Location : Bon Appetit Restaurant - Dunedin
Speaker: Dr. Michael Scherer
Seminar: Network Security and HIPAA, 1 CEU
Time:       6:00pm Social Hour, 7:00pm CE  
Exhibitors: Carr Healthcare Realty & Tailored Financial Strategies of Raymond James
RSVP By October 14th: 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 will be a two part presentation touching on basic computer network security precautions that every practice should take. As we hear on the news all the time, computer system breaches are part of our connected world, and making sure we have the necessary "locks" in place is very important. The second part will have to do with HIPPA Compliance, Specifically the security rule and how it applies to your computer network. We will go over some of what is required, some of the recommendations, and steps to implement the changes on your network.
About the Speaker: 
Stephen Mueller has been implementing computer networks for small/medium sized dental practices for over fifteen years, and has over twenty years experience in the IT Industry. He founded Coastal Networks, a Tampa based company in 2004 to specifically work with independent medical and dental practices. He has years of experience with a wide range of dental related technology products from many of the popular vendors. 
Stars, Stripes, and Smiles - Dental Care for Veterans Provided at No Cost to our Nation's Heroes
     Join West Pasco colleagues on October 28th, to serve the military veterans who have served our nation.  WPDA dentists along with the office of Congressman Gus Bilirakis are returning to the PHSC dental clinic where 70 military veterans, who were truly in need, received over $30,000 in dental care last year at no expense to the veterans.  Please find more information at www.USAVeteranSmiles.org or contact Dr. Zack Kalarickal @ 813-713-2456.
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

Many provisions of the rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act went into effect July 18 and others take effect October 16. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has said that it will not delay enforcement of the final rule. You can read more about their decision in ADA News.
If you are covered under this rule, you will need to prepare today. One step to take is to watch Understanding Section 1557, which featured top takeaways about the rule, along with questions from your fellow members. And don't forget the ADA has prepared a number of resources, including FAQs and a checklist, for members affected by this rule.

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
October 19th Meeting
Veteran Care - Volunteers Needed
Election Guide
Understand Section 1557 Webinar
ADA Center for Professional Success
Volunteer Your Time
Future Meeting Dates
WCDDA Annual Meeting Registration Open
Helful Links
UPCDA Dues Past Due
UPCDA Leadership


Mark Your Calendar


UPCDA Meetings





October 19th  - Mr. Stephen Mueller, Network Security and HIPAA Compliance

Bon Appetit, Dunedin


November 16th

Dr. Michael Pikos Guided Immediate Full Arch Reconstruction: 2016

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 TBDStaff welcome

Bon AppĂ©tit 


Other Important Dates 
February 3, 2017
WCDDA Annual Meeting
CAMLS, Tampa
Drs. John Burgess and John Kalmar
Registration is open 
Click here for details
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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Invite your non member colleague to a UPCDA meeting at no cost. Contact UPCDA (727) 449-1232.


UPCDA Membership Application  

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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