Urgent Request for Support of Legislative Fundraisers

Thanks to the work of several GSOMS members (Drs. Jeff Schultz and Amy Kuhmichel in particular), we now have a much stronger relationship with GDA and their legislative team.  As a result, GDA has asked us to assist with some upcoming fundraisers for key legislators. All of you know the attacks being made on our team model, attacks we expect to hit our state soon.  We will need GDA’s support and the support of the members of the State House and Senate to counter these challenges to our specialty.

Please consider supporting, and when possible, attending the following fundraisers (comments are from Scott Lofranco with GDA):

Tuesday, 10/15 (6-8 pm)

GDA Co-Sponsored Fundraiser for Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) at the home of Dorothy Leaf Mitchell, MD: 1123 Garmon Dr, Atlanta, GA 30327

• Sharon Cooper chairs the House Health & Human Services Committee, where 90% of the bills affecting the practice of dentistry are assigned.  She is also very passionate about pediatric patients, so it is very important for GSOMS to have some visibility with her, given the recent issues with the AAPD.  She has specifically asked for dentists to come to this event and help her because she is going to have a very difficult re-election campaign.
• Checks should be made payable to: Sharon Cooper for State House

Thursday, 10/17 (6:30-8:30 pm)

CDDS Fundraiser for Senate and House Caucus Chairmen, John Kennedy and Matt Hatchett at the home of Dr. Michael Wright (he is an oral surgeon in Macon): 619 College Street, Macon Georgia 31201

• Matt Hatchett’s father was a dentist and has always been a big supporter of dentistry.
• If you are unable to attend, you can make online contributions to Sen. Kennedy’s campaign here: https://secure.piryx.com/donate/LVnQTCRe/John-F-Kennedy-for-State-Senate.

If you prefer to write a check, please make them payable to:
• Committee to Re-Elect John Kennedy
• Committee to Re-Elect Matt Hatchett

Thursday, 10/24 (6:30-8:30 pm)

NWDDS Fundraiser for Jeff Mullis at the Farm Country Club in Rocky Face (Dalton): 187 S Goose Hill Rd, Rocky Face, GA 30740

• Sen. Mullis is the Chairman of the very powerful Rules Committee and has been instrumental in helping us stop bills.  He is an avid supporter of the dentists of this state.
• Checks should be payable to: Comm. to Re-Elect Jeff Mullis
• Online contributions can be made here: https://secure.anedot.com/jeff-mullis/donate

If you plan on attending any of these events or have questions, please contact Scott Lofranco at GDA  (cell: (540) 529-3953; email: scott@gadental.org).

If you cannot attend and prefer to write a check, please mail the checks to the GDA office at 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Suite 200, Building 17, Atlanta, GA 30328 Attn: Scott Lofranco.

GDA will bundle them and hand deliver them to the legislator, along with a cover letter indicating that the funds originated from GSOMS members.

Thank you for your support.

Seeking a Part time Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Multi-location Multi-specialty dental practice is seeking a part time oral and maxillofacial surgeon to work out of our Marietta location one day a week. Candidate must be able to provide IV sedation. Medicaid number preferred, but not required. Minimum 3 years of experience required, but new grads are welcome to apply. The candidate must be a graduate of an accredited oral and maxillofacial residency program.

For inquiries or to submit CV, please email Dr. Reza Alemzadeh at rezaalemzadeh@hotmail.com

Posted 8-20-19

Oral Surgeon Needed

This implant heavy practice has an immediate need for an oral surgeon. The practice is looking for an aggressive go-getter who is ready to work hard and willing to be mentored and taught the practice business model to ensure their success. Associate opportunity with potential for equity ownership in a high production, high collections, high-quality practice. The practice has an exceptional collection rate, high case acceptance rate and a solid, broad referral base. Offering above average base compensation, collections-based bonus incentive, and benefits package. Highly trained staff, full schedule, no trauma call, office call for own patients.

This area is considered one of the best places to live in Georgia and has more of a suburban feel. Excellent public and private schools, great restaurants and parks. Quick access to the thriving and sprawling metropolitan area of Atlanta and gives you the opportunity to live in the city, enjoy the suburbs or semi-rural living. This is a wonderful area for a busy single or active family.

Here is the application link:


Posted: 6-18-2019

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.

GSOMS Mid-winter Meeting: Record Attendance

It was standing room only for the Feb. 23rd Mid Winter meeting at the Druid Hills Golf Club. Over 80 GSOMS members came to hear Dr. Michael Block’s session on “The Integration of Navigation and Grafting the Posterior Maxilla and Esthetic Sites.”

We also held our GSOMS business meeting and thanked Dr. Alfred Pesto for his two years of leadership as the GSOMS president We welcomed our new incoming president, Dr. Manuel “Tony” Davila.


We heard reports from committee chairs on OMSPAC, OMS Foundation and Anesthesia.

Thank you exhibitors for supporting our meeting!

  • 5th Port
  • Advantage Technologies
  • Affinity Bank
  • Align Technology
  • BioHorizons
  • Black Talon Security
  • CareCredit Patient Financing
  • Carestream
  • Dentsply Sirona
  • HampMed
  • Medical Purchasing Solutions
  • Nobel Biocare
  • Oral Surgery Anesthesia Assoc.
  • Pro Med Sales
  • Stryker
  • UBS
  • Zimmer BioMet

Mid-Winter Meeting


Mid-Winter GSOMS Meeting
Feb. 22, 2020

More details to follow









Robert Emery, DDS, PLLC
Washington, DC









Summer Meeting

 2020 Summer Meeting
August 14 – 16, 2020
Ritz at Lake Oconee



2018 Summer Meeting Highlights

One of our largest meetings was held at the Ritz Carlton Lake Oconee July 20-22 with over 100 members in attendance. The Ritz is always a favorite place for our members to attend our scientific program and bring their families along to enjoy the spectacular facility, activities and food!

We started with our Friday night BBQ. We can always count on the Ritz for great service and great food. It’s great to connect with members and their families on the first evening of the meeting.

President Al Pesto introduced our Saturday morning speaker, Ed Adlesic, DMD who presented “Ambulatory Anesthesia Review for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon” to a standing room only crowd.

We held our Business Session and heard reports on anesthesia, OMS Foundation, OMSPAC and our own organization. We welcomed new members: Drs. Stephanie Drew, John LaBanc, Jennifer Keyser, Terrance Bratton, Richard Hammond and Bradford Huffman.

Sunday’s session was by OMSNIC and on Patient Safety and Risk Management for the OMS. This risk management course is always important for our members and their office staff. Thank you Dr. Colin Bell and Ms. Suzanne Moy.

We cannot be successful without our exhibitors and sponsors. We had overwhelming response this year, filling every table in the exhibit hall. Thank you Sponsors: KLS Martin, US Oral Surgery and UBS.


Thank you exhibitors:

  • Ace Surgical Supply
  • Affinity Bank
  • Align Tech
  • Advantage Technology
  • AxoGen
  • Black Talon Security
  • BioHorizons
  • Carestream Dental
  • DePuy Synthes
  • Geistlich Biomaterial
  • Frontline Dental Supply
  • HampMed
  • KLS Martin
  • MedTech
  • Medical Waste Disposal
  • Neocis
  • Nobel Biocare
  • Osteo Science Foundation
  • Pittman Dental Supply
  • Practice Quotient
  • Preferred Med Surg
  • ProMed Sales
  • Straumann
  • Stryker
  • UBS
  • US Oral Surgery
  • WealthCreation Atlanta
  • Zimmer Bio


GSOMS Past President Dr. Rod Creagh Dies

Dr. Gerard (Rod) Creagh, Jr, died June 14, 2018 at the age of 81, following a long, courageous battle against Primary Progressive Aphasia.

Rod was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Rear Admiral Gerard Bugg Creagh, MC USN, and Margaret Ehemann Creagh. He graduated from Columbia Military Academy and Vanderbilt University. After graduation from Vanderbilt, he completed flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and Kingsville, Texas, and received a commission in the U.S. Navy.

He served for five years as an all-weather fighter pilot aboard the USS Shangri-La. After completing his military service, he attended the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry, where he received a DDS degree and completed a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Rod’s generosity and concern for others is legendary. He was a person who lived life fully-an advocate for wildlife and stray dogs, a bicyclist, country music composer,
and an ardent fan of boats and sports cars.

After he retired from his surgery practice, Rod was able to enjoy his lifelong love of country music and founded his own music publishing company, 3 Wire Music. One of Rod’s country music compositions, “I’m Nobody Today, But I Was Somebody Last Night,” was recorded by both Mickey Gilley and Mose Allison.

Rod is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ellen Lacher Creagh, his sister Mary Margaret (Peg) Wood and husband Norman of Athens, brothers-in-law Michael Lacher of Athens, Georgia, Christopher Lacher and wife Kathy of Tallahassee, Florida, and sister-in-law Lisa Lacher Bryan and husband Stephen of Walpole, New Hampshire. He leaves behind an extended family of much loved nieces and nephews.

To celebrate Rod’s life, a gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, July 22, from 3 to 6 p.m. at his sister’s home on Milledge Circle in Athens, Georgia.

In memory of Rod, donations may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT, 84741

Mid-Winter Meeting


2019 Annual Meeting

Information coming soon.