Letter from Robert C. Pfeffle, DMD President, SSOMS

Dear SSOMS members:

I hope you are all faring well with the personal and professional adjustments we are all going through due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is already having a profound impact on our lives. Hopefully, we will see some resolution of this terrible problem in the near future.

The Board of the SSOMS met via conference call on Monday, March 15 to discuss the 2020 annual meeting scheduled for April 22-26 in Key West. In light of the growing pandemic, it is obviously not possible for us to proceed with this meeting as planned. Hank has been working diligently on our behalf and was able to provide a good option for us to consider related to the meeting.

The Key West meeting will remain at the Casa Marina resort but will be moved to August 19-23, 2020. Fortunately, the entire schedule for the meeting in April will be seamlessly transferred to the new dates in August. Also, our speakers, Drs. Eric Carlson and David Powers are available as well.

While this date was necessary due to other scheduling conflicts, there are actually a number of benefits to having the meeting at this time:

  • This will be coming out of the busy season, so hotel rates and airfare will be lower (airlines are allowing current tickets impacted by the pandemic to be changed without any fees).
  • The weather in August is more predictable and generally calmer allowing fishing, watersports, and other tours to be scheduled more easily.
  • The crowds in Key West will be smaller, allowing more flexibility with dinner reservations and sightseeing
  • And those wonderful breezes for which Key West is famous will mitigate the slightly higher temperatures!

Hank will be sending you the details regarding procedures for transferring registrations to the August dates in a separate email shortly. Please respond promptly as we have some important deadlines to meet to protect our position in this matter.

Hopefully by August, the current crisis will be resolving, we will be winding up a busy summer, and we all will be ready for some relief in the Conch Republic!


Robert C. Pfeffle, DMD

IMPORTANT: Procedures for Moving SSOMS Annual Meeting Registrations to August

We are moving our annual meeting to August 19-23, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be a seamless transition in that all hotel registrations will be moved to the new dates and will retain the same confirmation numbers. Also, all conference registrations will be moved without change as the meeting and tour schedule will remain the same. You only need to change your airline reservation; it is our understanding that change fees will be waived on all airlines.

We promise to retain the outstanding quality, our tradition unlike any other and the unparalleled charm of our annual meeting over the new dates. While the average temperature will be slightly higher (81 in April vs 89 in August) the afternoon storms will abate providing for better weather for fishing and touring. And don’t forget the famous Key West breezes. Plus, the room rates dropped from $389 to $279 for the basic room, from $439 to $$329 for the Ocean View, no Balcony and from $499 to $369 for the Ocean View with Balcony rooms, representing a saving of almost $450 for most reservations.

If you are concerned about travel restrictions continuing into August, we have updated the Force Majeure (impossibility) section of our contract to include the following language:

Neither party shall be responsible for failure to perform this Agreement if unanticipated circumstances beyond their control including, but not limited to: acts of God; government regulation, including, but not limited to, government regulations prohibiting travel to the city in which the Hotel is located over the Event dates and/or the issuance of a “Level 3 Travel Warning” by the Centers for Disease Control that specifically advises travelers to avoid all non-essential travel to the city in which the Hotel is located and which travel advisory is in effect over the Event dates; terrorist attacks in the city in which Hotel is located; or declared war in the United States make it illegal or impossible for Hotel to hold the Event. The affected party may terminate this Agreement without liability upon providing written notice to the other party within ten (10) days of the occurrence.

Therefore, all hotel reservations will be cancelled and conference registration fees refunded if we cannot travel safely.

However, if you prefer to cancel your reservation for whatever reason, please notify Melissa Connor at mconnor@pami.org or by phone (770.271.0453) by April 15. After that date, our revised block is set and we will have less flexibility to avoid losses. Please do not cancel your reservation directly with the hotel.

If you did not register for the April meeting and now want to register for the meeting in August, please go to https://www.123signup.com/register?id=rdhjt.

Stay well…….and see you in Key West!

Hank Holderfield
Executive Director

EXTRACTED; Unmasking Rampant Antisemitism in America’s Higher Education

Dr. Perry Brickman, GSOMS Past President, founder of our GSOMS Educational Trust and recipient of our John Freihaut Lifetime Achievement Award, is the author of Extracted, a fascinating book that describes the antisemitism he and many other Jewish students experienced at Emory University’s Dental School and the Atlanta Southern Dental College in the 1950’s and early 60’s. Also a part of the “racial quota” scheme was ADA’s Council on Dental Education (CODE).

Perry’s story is compelling in many ways but his relentless pursuit of the truth stands out throughout the tightly written text. Do yourself a favor and read this book.

You will be proud of Perry, ashamed of the leadership at Emory during that critical time in dental education but pleased with the end result of reconciliation and forgiveness.


Posted 2-2020

LSU OMS 2020 Pearls Course, March 27-28, 2020

March 27-28, 2020
New Orleans

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Dear OMS Colleagues:

Pearls in OMS sponsored by LSU OMS is March 27-28 in New Orleans this year. Please see the attached brochure with course and hotel registration.
This Pearls meeting may be the strongest of any Pearls meeting in many years.

It features Ed Ellis on Facial Trauma, Stu Lieblich on Anesthesia, Mark Fletcher on Dentoalveolar Surgery, Mike Block on Dental Implants, Jon Perenack on Facial Esthetic Surgery, and Lou Mercuri on TMJ Disorders and Surgery.

Look forward to seeing you in the Big Easy.

John N. Kent DDS, FACD, FICD
Boyd Professor and Head
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
LSU School of Dentistry 1973-2002, 2003-8, 2012
LSU School of Medicine at Shreveport 1978-2003
Professor Emeritus, LSUSD and LSUHSC, New Orleans

Cell 504 430 3381

SSOMS 2020 Azamara “Wine & Romantic Vistas Voyage”

Two Spots Left!!!

A Wave Season Sale is going on now so the pricing
of the two remaining staterooms is the best yet.
Please hurry and contact Linda Kinsey at Linda@CustomTravel-Cruise.com before these staterooms are gone.

Southampton to Lisbon
September 2 – 11, 2020


“Azamara Pursuit”

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Join us for this fabulous Azamara cruise to some of the most beautiful ports in Europe. Beginning in Southampton, England, we set sail to a world of adventure. Bordeaux, France; Bilbao, Spain; Porto, Portugal; St. Jean de Luz; Dijon; La Coruna, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal. What a variety! – Music, Art, History, Wine, Port, – Large Cities, Small Towns!! Plus, an included AzAmazing Evening in Bilbao, Spain.

Azamara is one of our favorites, and we believe the best value for your vacation dollar. Your Azamara cruise includes gratuities, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), an Amazing Evening in Bilbao, Spain, and outstanding food and entertainment on the ship. And most important – this is a Custom Travel Group where our clients receive very special pricing and included amenities.

Azamara Staterooms & Special Pricing: (includes taxes & fees)

    • Ocean View staterooms begin at $3,741.59 per person
    • Balcony staterooms begin at $4,441.59 per person
    • Veranda Plus staterooms begin at $4,741.59 per person
    • Deposit amount is $1,100 per stateroom (After our block of rooms are booked, prices will go higher.)

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Contact Information

Linda Kinsey and Gail Rodenhauser of Custom Travel & Cruise have made the arrangements, and will be happy to answer questions and make your reservations.

Custom Travel & Cruise
Linda: 770-949-1133

E-mail: Linda@CustomTravel-Cruise.com

Dental Anesthesiology Recognized As Dental Specialty

ADA has announced that dental anesthesiology has become “the 10th dental specialty recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards.” On March 11, the National Commission “adopted a resolution based on an application from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty.”

Dr. James Tom, president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, said, “This historic vote by the National Commission certainly reflects the ADA’s ongoing efforts towards improved patient care and safety in the areas of dental sedation, dental anesthesiology and access for those with special health care needs.”

In addition to dental anesthesiology, other recognized dental specialties include dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.

Pancreatic Cancer takes Two SSOMS Members


Dr. Greg Grantham

Sharon Hunt

Dr. Greg Grantham, SSOMS member from Panama City and Past President of FSOMS, and Sharon Hunt, former SSOMS Executive Director and Honorary Member, both died on February 16 from the same diagnosis, pancreatic cancer.

Greg was one of the nicest men you will ever meet. A consummate gentleman in every respect. He was a loyal servant of the specialty, his community and his church.

Click here to see his published Obituary.

Please send condolences to: Greg Grantham family, 2856 Tupelo Drive, Panama City, FL 32405

Sharon served SSOMS as Executive Director for 11 years as Vice President of Hank Holderfield’s company Professional Association Management, Inc. Sharon left PAMI in 1995 to take the position of Executive Director of the Southern Society of Orthodontists.

PRE-CONFERENCE Ireland – Dublin, Doonbeg

Explore Dublin before Killarney.

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This trip includes the spectacular highlights like Georgian Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Dingle Whiskey Bar, The Shelbourne, Kilmainham Jail, Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College Library, Golf Links at Doonbeg, White Horse Spa, Doonbeg Village & Beaches, the Cliffs of Moher and Burren National Park.

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This package includes the following:

• 2 nights at The Shelbourne in 10 Deluxe Rooms
• 1 night at Lodge at Doonbeg in 10 Ocean View Suites (mix of 1-Bedroom Suite and 2-Bedroom Suites)
• VAT on all hotels
• Breakfast each morning
• Professional Walking Guide for a 3-hour group walk through Georgian Dublin
• Driver & Separate Guide in Dublin to include Kilmainham Jail, Trinity College (Book of Kells) and Guinness Storehouse – entrances are included to all 3.
• Driver & Separate Guide in Ireland for 2 days
• Dingle Whiskey Experience

This package excludes the following:

  • Entrance fees, activities, distillery tours – unless noted above
  • Gratuity
  • Meals or refreshments (unless otherwise noted)
  • No arrival transfers included

The rate for this 3-night package is $1,600.00 per person sharing strictly based on 10 Rooms – all double occupancy.

A deposit of 20% of the tour price is required at time of booking and to confirm the hotels, transfers, and touring. The remainder of the cost of the tour is due 90 days before travel commences at which time we reserve the right to make an adjustment based upon fluctuations in the exchange rate.  If you wish to lock in the current package price you may do so by paying the full amount at the time of booking. Cancellations received 90 days or more prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation fee of 20% of the total price; cancellations 89 to 30 days, 40%; cancellations 29 to 15 days, 75%; cancellations 14 days or less, 100%.  Once the initial payment has been taken, there will be a $75 revision fee per change.

Ireland 2019 Pre and Post Conference Tours

Flight Information Needed

We are trying to coordinate bus transportation from Dublin to the hotel in Killarney for our members arriving early. Please send Melissa Connor your flight information if you’d like to be included in the group transportation plans. Send your details to mconnor@pami.org.

Pre Conference Tour
(3 nights in Ireland)

Featuring Georgian Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Dingle Whiskey Bar, The Shelbourne Kilmainham Jail, Guinness, Trinity College Library, Adare Manor, Cliffs of Moher and Burren National Park.

Part of our stay on the Pre-Trip will be at beautiful Adare Manor which is up for number 1 hotel in the world this year. You will have a “once in a lifetime” experience spending the night in a true castle. Besides just enjoying the beauty here, there are so many things to do you will hate to say good-bye to this historical place. For more information, watch this YouTube video.

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Post Conference Tour
(1 night Ireland)

K Club in Straffan, Ireland
Home of the Palmer Ryder Cup Course

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2019 Timeless Cuba Cruise

Timeless Cuba
October 23 – 30, 2019

7-Day Voyage Miami round trip aboard the Oceania Insignia
Custom Tavel & Cruise, Oceania Cruises


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Through political ups and downs, the culture and vivacity of Cuba has endured, and now you can experience it firsthand with visits to three of its most interesting cities.

  • Head west from Havana to explore the village of Soroa, including a stop at the lovely Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden
  • Warm up your hips for a fun-filled night of mambo and salsa at Havana’s Café Taberna
  • Look up to take in the architectural details of the neoclassical buildings in Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • In Santiago de Cuba, marvel at the eclectic collection of the Emilio Bacardí Moreau Museum, founded by the rum entrepreneur and political activist who was the city’s mayor







Oct 23 Wed  Miami, Florida, United States Embark 1 PM 5 PM
Oct 24 Thur Cruising the Old Bahama Channel
Oct 25 Fri  Santiago de Cuba, Cuba 7 AM 3 PM
 Oct 26 Sat  Cienfuegos, Cuba 11 AM 6 PM
 Oct 27 Sun Cruising the Caribbean Sea
 Oct 28 Mon  Havana, Cuba 7 AM
Oct 29 Tue Havana, Cuba 5 PM
Oct 30 Wed Miami, Florida, United States Disembark 8 AM



With OLife Choice*, our limited-time inclusive package, enjoy Roundtrip Airfare*plus choose one:

  • FREE – 4 Shore Excursions
  • FREE – Beverage Package
  • FREE – $400 Shipboard Credit

Amenities are per stateroom

Additional Amenities Include:

  • $100 Spa or Shipboard Credit
  • Pre-Paid Gratuities

*Air included from over 100 gateways. Supplemental fee may apply for non-primary gateways.

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Ocean View staterooms begin at $2,299 per person

The light from a classic porthole illuminates the stunning décor in these 165-square-foot staterooms, tastefully designed to maximize space and convenience.

Verandah staterooms begin at $3,099 per person

Elegant décor graces these handsomely appointed 216-square-foot staterooms that boast our most popular luxury – a private teak veranda for watching the ever-changing panoramas.

Concierge level verandah staterooms begin at $3,299 per person

Concierge level verandah staterooms offer an unrivaled combination of luxury, privilege and value. A wealth of amenities and a host of exclusive benefits elevate the experience to the sublime. You will have the services of a dedicated Concierge and many other special amenities including free laundry service. Elegant décor graces these handsomely appointed 216-square-foot staterooms that boast our most popular luxury – a private teak veranda for watching the ever-changing panoramas.

Penthouse suites begin at $3,999 per person

Our collection of 322-square-foot Penthouse Suites is designed with splendid décor and exquisite furnishings in serene shades of the sea and sun. Spacious enough for private in-suite dining. Relax on the beautifully furnished private teak veranda. You will have many special amenities.

Contact Linda Kinsey with questions or for booking.

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This program is designed to comply with current IRS convention rules and deductibility requirements under Code Section 274(h)(1) as directly related to oral and maxillofacial surgery. It meets the reasonable standard of the foreign seminar rules. The formal meetings are scheduled with lectures and discussions. At the completion of the program, documentation verifying the schedule dates, location, hours of attendance, certification of participation and appropriate certificate of continuing education will be provided. Tax deductible benefits are not guaranteed and we recommend that every attendee should consult with their tax consultant about their individual situation to determine the appropriate amount and reporting of deductible expenses.