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The Hinman Dental Society, a non-profit organization, is comprised of more than 800 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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2020-2021  Membership Meetings

September 21, 2020 – Virtual Business Meeting and CE (6pm start time), Speaker: Mr. Charles Loretto

November 9, 2020 – Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, Speaker: Dr. Tom Viola

January 21, 2021 – The Georgia Aquarium, Speaker: Dr. Roger Levin

A Message from Society President Sedgie Newsom


Change: Our Only Constant


I hope that everyone has had a safe and fun summer! In the midst of the pandemic, we’ve had
to reinvent much of how we live, practice and play. A year ago who would have dreamed that our lives would have changed so much? After six months of social distancing, mask wearing, and basically practicing dentistry in what almost amounts to space suits, we’ve had to do what we’ve always done and that is to adapt to the changes forced upon us. So, too, has our Hinman Dental Society adapted and changed.

Our focus is always on our upcoming March meeting each year and all of the preparations leading up to it. Fortunately, our general Chair Dr. Bob O’Donnell and his program Chairs, Drs. Jane Puskas and William Rousseau, have had extra time to fine-tune their upcoming March 2021
program, Come Home to Hinman.


Our first Society meeting of the year is scheduled for Monday, September 21, 2020. Based on your feedback, we will be conducting the lecture and business meeting virtually. We’re fortunate to have one of the country’s leading experts in Dental Practice Finance, Mr. Charles Loretto with Cain Watters, speak to us on the financial impact
of Covid-19, the CARES Act, financial planning around it and how it has impacted practicing dentists, as well as practice strategies and plans to not only financially survive the pandemic but to succeed. With so many changes to the CARES Act and potential ramifications, Charles’ lecture will unravel the mysteries and will be one that you
don’t want to miss.


Our November 9, 2020, our Society meeting is scheduled to be held at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia featuring Dr. Tom Viola, a Hinman favorite, lecturing on Pharmacological Implications within the practice of Dentistry. Then, on January 21, 2021, we’ll welcome Dr. Roger Levin, a nationally known and dynamic speaker on practice management. Plan to bring your entire staff for a fun and entertaining evening. 


Remember that all Hinman members are required to attend at least one of the three Society meetings during the year, but I hope that you’ll make plans to attend all three.


Thus far this year we’ve offered three Hinman webinars for you. On June 29, Brandon Collier spoke on the Paycheck Protection Program, on July 27, Olivia Wann spoke on OSHA Compliance During the Covid-19 pandemic, and on August 31, Jamison Spencer spoke on bruxism. To access the webinars on demand, visit the Webinar Library at hinman.org/ society.

For this coming year I’m fortunate to have two long-time dedicated Hinman members to serve during our meetings. Dr. David Anderson will serve as Program Chair while Dr. Henry Benson will serve as Hospitality Chair. David and Henry, thank you in advance for your willingness to serve.


By now most of you know that one of our Past General Chairs, Dr. Paul Isler, passed away suddenly on June 28, 2020. Paul was a great friend and mentor to so many of us and his passing creates a huge void in our Hinman family. We have all been so greatly blessed to have known and worked with Paul. May you rest in peace, my friend.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge all of the excellent help that our Hinman staff has offered to me over the course of this past year and to thank them in advance for the fantastic job that they’ll complete for this coming year. Words cannot measure the excellence that Sylvia Ratchford and her staff demonstrate on a daily basis to make our Society function at such a high level and to be the envy of all of the other dental meetings around the country. It’s pretty special for us to be considered
the Augusta National of Dental Meetings.


Speaking of Sylvia, she’s making plans for her retirement next summer and unfortunately, 2021 will be her last Hinman year with us. Say it ain’t so! In the 24 years that she’s been our Executive Director, our Society has risen to new heights and has enjoyed a very elevated status and prestige among our fellow dental meetings. Among the many
accolades, Sylvia has served as President of the Professional Convention Management Association SE Chapter and Chair of the Conference of Dental Meetings. The Hinman Dental Society has been blessed to have a person of such high standards, expectations and drive to lead us to new heights. Sylvia, we all look forward to working with you for another great year!

Thank you all for the honor you’ve bestowed upon me to serve yet another year as President of our Hinman Dental Society. If at any time you need anything or if I can be of help to you, please do not hesitate to contact me. I’m looking forward to another great year working with each of you.


As we prepare for what will no doubt be a very different Fall, I encourage each of you to take the long view. These challenging and unprecedented times will not last forever. Until we can return to the in person Hinman experiences that we value and treasure, know that the Hinman Dental Society remains committed to providing quality dental
education and to planning a successful 2021 meeting. Stay safe and be of good spirit until we are together again.


- Sedgie


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