It has been my privilege and honor to represent you at the ADA over the past twelve years.
Dentistry today faces many trials and tribulations. One main problem is membership. This past year, membership in the ADA has seen an upward trend nationwide. Virginia should be especially proud as we received a recognition award for our membership efforts. Today the ADA is stronger, because of the determination by states such as our own! The ADA is constantly trying to give our members the best services for their practices in order to succeed.
Some of today’s major issues are the same as they were a few years ago. In order to have meaningful solutions to our problems, we need to “think outside the box.” The welfare of our profession is best served and protected when we join together to produce workable solutions. Through all the upcoming debates, we must keep in mind that the Dentist and only the Dentist is in charge of the Dental Team. Under the disguise of access to care, we have seen the intrusion of Foundations, Representatives from Congress and some State Legislators trying to come up with their own solutions for oral health problems. I believe some states are implementing their suggestions without proper foundation. By coming up with our own innovative ideas, we as a dental community can provide a unified voice to address these problems.
Being selected to serve a four-year term on the Council of Education and Licensure at the ADA is a milestone for me. Serving on a Council is one of the highest honors a delegate can embrace. I feel my work ethic and experience on this delegation have provided a strong foundation for my continued service on the National level. I would like to ask for your continuing support as I seek re-election to the position of ADA Delegate.
BIO/CV - Dr. Michael Link