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New Orleans Dental Association | President’s Message in Metairie


2121 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 153
Metairie, LA 70001

(504) 834-6449

President’s Message


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


Congratulations LSUSD Class of 2018 and welcome to the profession!  It is a tremendous accomplishment that each of you has achieved and NODA is very proud of you all.  We look forward to you standing alongside us to participate in improving the field through organized dentistry by joining the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, and the New Orleans Dental Association.

The Annual Crawfish Party was a big hit this year due to the wonderful efforts of the President-Elect, Dr. Peter Tufton.  Thank you very much to all those who were in attendance as you are what make it a terrific event.  Many participants commented on how amazing the crawfish was this year!  Thank you to our generous sponsors: Brown & Brown Insurance, Carestream Dental, Henry Schein Dental, Selser Dental Laboratory and New Orleans Dental Enterprises, LLC.

Dentists’ Day at the Legislature was well attended by both dentists and dental students.  Their presence was very well received by legislators and their efforts are highly appreciated by your fellow colleagues.  Efforts at the local and national level has prompted bills such as mandating that insurance providers honor their pre-authorizations have successfully passed through House committee and we are excited for its outcome to help our patients get the care they deserve.

Exciting news abounds at the state level as the LDA Health Plan Trust has received its license from the Louisiana Department of Insurance authorizing it to write health insurance policies in Louisiana.  Applications have begun and will be effective June 1, 2018, if all goes as planned.  Contact Brown & Brown today to begin your process toward saving you and your staff a lot of money on health insurance!  The Louisiana Dental Association has sold their building and will be moving soon.  They will remain in Baton Rouge and are excited to be in their new home in the near future.

The General Membership meeting was held at the LSU School of Dentistry featuring highly esteemed endodontist, Dr. Lisa Germain.  Thank you very much to New Orleans Dental Enterprises for sponsoring the meeting and to those of you who use the NODE Preferred Providers.  Your support helped fund this free event to attendees and it is very much appreciated.  Dr. Kevin Collins spearheaded the meeting and did an amazing job as always.  Thank you Dr. Collins and the NODE committee for all of your time and hard work!

The New Orleans Dental Conference/Louisiana Dental Association’s Annual Session is fast approaching and taking place May 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown New Orleans.  Many wonderful courses will be provided covering a broad range of all dental disciplines, business leadership, finance, and classes for the dental hygienists.  Make every effort to participate and support your local meeting!  Many great speakers will be presenting in your backyard with several continuing education hours up for grabs including the mandated three hours of opioid management education.  All work and no play is not the mantra of the NODC and there are several events to entertain you including the Welcome Reception, LSUSD Alumni Reception, and LDA President’s Party at the 8 Block Restaurant, the New Dentist Social at Borgne Restaurant, New Orleans Food and Wine Experience, and an opportunity to bring out your inner cowboy/cowgirl at the Bayou Country Superfest.

As I approach the near halfway point of my term as President, I want to thank the members, Board of Governors, the NODA staff, and the many committee members that work tirelessly to grow the organization.  It has been truly an honor and privilege to be given your most expensive asset, your time.  Thank you!


Your President,

Kristopher Rappold, DDS, FAGD, FACD


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