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New Orleans Dental Association | President’s Message in Metairie


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Metairie, LA 70001

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President’s Message


President’s Message
by Kristopher P. Rappold, D.D.S. – NODA President


Happy New Year to all of the members and their families!  I wish for everyone to have a happy, prosperous, and peaceful 2018.  It is with greatest honor for me to serve as your 100th President of the New Orleans Dental Association.  I promise to work hard to promote our great organization and serve the members in any capacity that I can.

The journey to this position began with Dr. Raymond Unland, Jr. walking up to a lonely new graduate at one of the NODA meetings and asking if I would be interested in participating further in the association.  My first year began with me attending the Board of Governors’ meeting as his apprentice leaning on his every word.  Two years later, Dr. Unland entrusted me with the job of treasurer and I have participated on the board in various capacities ever since.

I would like to thank my mother, father, and brother for their love and guidance.  I would like to especially thank Constance Daniel for her commitment and tireless support.  I would also like to thank my many friends who have been there for me to give me a laugh whenever I needed one.

2018 promises to be a wonderful year for NODA due to the hard work of the Board of Governors and those who serve on the various committees.  Dr. Gustavo Coutin served as our esteemed President for 2017 and I look forward to his guidance as the Immediate Past President this year.

Dr. Peter Tufton, donning the best bow ties in dentistry, will be serving as President-Elect this year and have the tough job of organizing the general membership meetings and the House of Delegates.  The focus of the upcoming meetings this year will be clinical which we plan to include lectures on implants, removable prosthodontics, fixed prosthodontics, and a medical lecture from an ENT.  Attending these meetings is perhaps the most important part of NODA as it provides a forum for continuing education but more importantly showing strength as a banded group of caring clinicians.

Dr. Byron Ganucheau will be slightly busy this year to say the least serving as 1st Vice President of NODA and General Chair of the New Orleans Dental Conference/Louisiana Dental Association’s Annual Session taking place over this upcoming Memorial Day weekend.  With Bayou Country Fest next to the hotel and a group of fantastic speakers to boot, the conference should be terrific.  Thank you to the absolutely tireless work of the NODC/LDA Annual Session committee.  Do not miss your opportunity get very affordable and high quality continuing education from the likes of Dr. Lee Ann Brady, Dr. Stanley Malamed, Dr. Henry Gremillion, and many others all under one roof.

Dr. Charles Jouandot will serve as our 2nd Vice President and Dr. Jessica Tingstrom, sure to never miss a minute, will continue her duties as the Secretary.  Dr. David DeGenova will take on a second term of the vital Treasurer role in which he has done an amazing job returning NODA (not to mention several of his patients’ teeth) to a more stable position.

The NODE committee has done an amazing job of coordinating preferred providers to help members get discounted rates from several vendors.  Please consider these vendors as a way to save money and to help give back to the organization.  I would like to thank Dr. Kevin Collins for managing NODE and his strong unwavering commitment to its success.  The executive branch of the board is backed by a group of hard working individuals which will include Dr. Gizelle P. Richard, Dr. Francesca Velasco, Dr. Brant W. Schmidt, Dr. Vincent DiLeo, Jr., Dr. Kristi Soileau, Dr. Jeffry Leeson, Dr. Mark Chaney, Dr. David Hildebrandt, Dr. Maria Burmaster, and Dr. Suzanne Fournier.   Volunteers are very important to participate on the various committees.  Please contact any one of us or the NODA office to participate.  Last, but not least, Mr. Andrew Hale, the backbone of NODA and our Executive Director, is the hero behind the scenes who never looks for credit but deserves all of it.

My hope for the upcoming year is to provide the best service possible to the members as we are the lifeblood of the profession and its progress to further the organization to new heights.  Let’s get excited about NODA again this year.  We are truly blessed to be a part of a wonderful profession that helps improve the quality of life for many patients each day.  Participating in organized dentistry will help strengthen the profession keeping it great for both doctor and patient.


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