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The Hinman Dental Society, a non-profit organization, is comprised of more than 750 member dentists primarily located in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1911 by Thomas P. Hinman, the Society is dedicated to the advancement of its membership through outstanding educational and professional development opportunities, as well as promoting the high practice standards of the field of dentistry through public advocacy and outreach.

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Upcoming Membership Meetings

September 24, 2018 - The Westin Buckhead Atlanta

November 12, 2018 - The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

January 17, 2019 - Georgia Aquarium

A Message from Society President Roy McDonald


It's a Wonderful Life!

Remember the 1946 classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life”? I am sure Dr. Pat Yancey is feeling like it is a Wonderful Life after General Chairing “The Best Hinman Ever”. Pat and his veteran program chairs, Drs. Max Ferguson and Brad Greenway, amassed exceptional speakers and put  together a tremendous program. Pat’s wife, Julie, created remarkable and intriguing social  events. Like George Bailey, they all should feel like “The Richest Man in Town.” Congratulations to all!


Last year’s President, Kate Robinson, successfully directed the society with her kind, gentle and
professional nature. She exemplifies the exact qualities that make Hinman members special. I am grateful to have her as a friend and thank her for the advice and mentorship.


The year was 1995. I was nervous and pacing my office as I waited for Dr. Charlie Ruhl to arrive to do my Hinman site visit. My trepidations quickly ceased as he genuinely  explained the values and virtues of being a Hinman member. He said my family and I would meet and become friends with some of the smartest, most dedicated and  nicest people I could imagine. His words ring true. I hope that every Hinman member will experience the same. I am honored to serve as this year’s President. I commit to  represent Hinman with the same drive and professionalism as all the extraordinary Past Presidents have done.


My Membership Meeting Program Chair is Dr. Troy Schulman. He and I have an exciting schedule. Back by popular demand, (and previous inclement weather), Dr. Jay  Smith, Hinman member and Atlanta prosthodontist will present “Smileline Esthetics with Crowns and Veneers” on Monday, September 24, 2018 at The Westin Buckhead  Atlanta. On Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 12, 2018, Dr. Stuart Zola will present “Brushing, Flossing, Inflammation, Memory and Cognitive Decline: How Are They  Connected?” at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. Rounding out the year, we will have Dr. Tieraona Low Dog present to members and staff “Life Is Your Best Medicine.”  Her lecture will be at The Georgia Aquarium on Thursday, January 17, 2019. All lectures start at 4:00 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting, cocktails and dinner. Please  mark your calendars and remember each Hinman member must attend at least one membership meeting per year. 


With the same tenacity as the famous first century BC  Roman author and architect, Vitruvious, this year’s General Chair, Dr. Jonathan Dubin and his program Chairs, Drs. Dave Lee and Sedgie Newsom, have been hard at work  planning, designing, reviewing speakers and constructing the program for the 2019 Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting. The focus will be “Dentistry & Your Systemic Health”. Their attention to detail and vast experience will certainly create another Hinman not to be missed. Be sure to sign up for a committee and serve your required eight hours. The strong dedication and work ethic of our members is one of the reasons why Hinman is the best dental  meeting in the country.

I am distracted as I write this message, because fun thoughts keep popping into my head from Kate’s annual meeting at Wild Dunes. That was a lot of fun! Congratulations Kate! Now start planning for the June 2019 Annual Meeting celebration at The Pinehurst Resort. Our Saturday night party will be held at the historic Mission-style barn, The
Fair Barn, a restored 1917 exhibition hall, with a Kentucky Derby/Preakness Stakes/Belmont Stakes theme. Annual Meeting Chair, Andy Ramsey, is sure to make the meeting worthy of The Triple Crown.


As every previous President has witnessed, the Hinman staff is absolutely fabulous. Sylvia Ratchford, Lynn Leidel, Wendy McGar, Jackie Sarvis, Stephanie Park and Britney  Darby are the ladies that tirelessly work to maintain the smooth transitions and workings of our society. They are simply the best!

I eagerly anticipate my year as Hinman’s President. I realize it is a privilege to serve. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for any reason. I want everyone to experience Hinman to the fullest.

- Roy




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