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ALD ANNOUNCES 2018 AWARD HONOREES

2018 is a special year for Awards. The committee decided to recognize the important contributions by both dentists and hygienists to the history, education and daily clinical practice of laser dentistry with the Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence.

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By Mel Burchman, DDS
Awards Chairman

Leading ALD’s Awards Committee as Chairman this year is an honor and privilege. What a wonderful committee to lead! There were several excellent candidates that made our selection rather difficult and once you see our 2018 honorees, you will understand.

2018 is a special year for Awards. The committee decided to recognize the important contributions by both dentists and hygienists to the history, education and daily clinical practice of laser dentistry with the Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence. In recognition of the Academy's 25th Anniversary Conference, two award honorees for clinical excellence have been selected.

The dentist we honor this year is Dr. John Graeber. He has been a member of the organization since its very inception. He is a past president, leading speaker, educator and has provided clinical dentistry to his patients for more than 30 years. As a friend and colleague for many years, I know how much he truly deserves this award. Having been my mentor all through my laser experience, it gives me even more honor and warmth to announce Dr. Graeber as ALD’s 2018 honoree of this prestigious award.

The hygienist we honor is Ms. Mary Lynn Smith. I have had the pleasure of working on many committees and projects with Ms. Smith. Her laser knowledge and practice is exceptional. I wish she lived in Pennsylvania and hygienists were able to use lasers in my state. I’d hire her in a minute! She has contributed several articles and studies and truly is a leader in laser education for hygienists. It’s my honor to announce Mary Lynn Smith, RDH as ALD’s 2018 honoree for clinical excellence.

Dr. Scott Benjamin is the recipient of the ALD 2018 John Sulewski Distinguished Service Award. When you read Scott's CV one can only wonder how it is possible for someone to accomplish all of these things. Scott's day has to have more than 24 hours. I have written papers for school that were shorter than his CV. Scott is a past president of the Academy, has served on many important committees and chaired several projects for ALD. He is truly deserving of this service distinction.

So once again it has been my honor to lead the Awards Committee and present to you this year’s recipients. I believe that it would be almost impossible to find three people more deserving and dedicated to laser dentistry than the three of you. Congratulations!

Join us in Orlando, Florida April 26-28 as we honor our distinguished ALD members.

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Dr. Mel Burchman 2018-02-13
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