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Michigan Dental Assistants Association

P. O. Box 118

Lennon, MI 48449

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Lawrence H. Sepin Retires as Executive Director of the American Dental Assistants Association

Chicago (December, 2014) - The American Dental Assistants Association announces that Executive Director Lawrence H. Sepin has decided to retire, effective December 31, 2014.

ADAA President Kimberly Bland said, "After 25 years of service to the ADAA, Larry has decided that now is the right time to step down. The Association was fortunate to have his guidance for such an extended time in our history. During Larry's tenure with the ADAA, we were able to establish a successful educational foundation dedicated to supporting the Association's work in producing quality educational products for dental assistants. Under his leadership we developed strong professional relationships with many other dental organizations, dental corporations, the United States Federal Services, and many of our dental assisting counterparts in foreign countries. We sincerely thank Larry for his guidance to our Association and wish him a happy and healthy retirement."

Mr. Sepin, a marketing/management graduate of Roosevelt University, began his role as ADAA Executive Director in 1990 after serving as the Assistant Executive Director of the Illinois CPA Society. He served as a dental assistant while in the United States Army in 1961-1965. In 2005 he was inducted as an honorary Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International (ADI) for his work with dental auxiliaries. Mr. Sepin resides in Chicago with his wife, Veronica.

"I have had the privilege of working with many extraordinary and dedicated leaders from the dental assisting profession," said Sepin, "all whom have shared the same passion and commitment to the profession of dental assisting. Together, it was our ultimate goal to bring the entire workforce of over 300,000 dental assistants to the Association. I attribute my longevity with the ADAA to my belief it its mission: 'to advance the practice of dental assisting toward the highest standards of performance obtainable,' and it is my sincere hope that I have left the Association in a better state than I found it."

The American Dental Assistants Association will be naming its new Executive Director prior to January 1, 2015.
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It has been an interesting journey, but the new Administrative Rules of the MI Board of Dentistry were filed with the Secretary of State on October 8, 2014! The rules took effect immediately. We encourage everyone to READ THE RULES as there are alot of "house keeping" changes to make the rules easier to understand, and there are other additions and changes! Fines for not following the rules have been increased, information on Silver Alloy was added, Volunteer hours can be used for CE credits, along with other changes. PLEASE, take a few minutes to READ THE RULES!

Link to the Rules

R.D.A.s after 2004 and those prior to who took expanded duties updates can place Class I Resins. If you have any questions, please contact our Legislative Chair, Jennifer Kindel @ 989-948-1646.

PA 305’14 Regarding Miliatary License Fee Waiver passed & takes effect January 1, 2015.

Congratulations to Karen Minca,

our new ADAA 6th District Trustee!

Congratulations to Oakland County Dental Assistants Society!

The dedicated dental assistants in Oakland County have banded together to "resurrect" their society.

Contact President Ann Nordstom @ 1-586-855-0119 or ann.nordstrom@oakland.k12.mi.us for more information

Check out the newest addition to our website: Promotional discounts to members!

Future Dental Assistants: Make certain you know what you can or can't legally do in the State of MI! Double and Triple check to make certain what type of credential you will be qualified for when you complete the training! ONLY Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited programs will qualify you for the R.D.A. exam!

Additional information regarding Rule Changes

Dental Assisting Job Opportunities

(updated 12-21-2014)

You MUST complete an ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) approved program to take the Registered Dental Assistant "R.D.A." Exam in Michigan. If you do not have a R.D.A. license in Michigan, you CAN NOT perform R.D.A. functions.

You MUST complete an ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation approved (or substantially similar) class to expose X-rays in Michigan. It is the LAW! Make sure you have proof of your training available in your dental office!

For more information, go to Legislative News.

MDAA Board Meeting
January 10, 2015
150th Mid-Winter Meeting

February 26-28, 2015

Chicago, IL

Dental Assistants Recognition Week
March 1-7, 2015
MDAA Board Meeting
March 14, 2015
MDAA Spring Seminar

March 21, 2015

Frankenmuth

MDA Annual Session, Student Day & MDAA House of Delegates

April 22-25, 2015

Lansing, MI

MI Rules Update for Dental Assistants

MI Dental ASsistants

MDAA and our locals are on Facebook!

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