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ODA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

THROUGH THE
LOUPES

ODA volunteers give countless hours,
contributing their expertise to help better the ODA,
the community, and the profession of dentistry.

Andrew Peterson, DMD, and
Vanessa Peterson, DDS

Q. How does the ODA
support you, your practice and
your patients?
We stay connected to changes in
dentistry through ODA events. We feel
secure knowing the ODA advocates
on behalf of our profession. If we have
a question about running our practice,
usually someone at the ODA knows
the answer.

Q. How has the ODA contributed
to your leadership skills
and experience?
Vanessa: I have been lucky
enough to have been asked to be
a part of several ODA committees/
events, including the New Dentist
Committee, the Membership Task
Force, Government Relations
Council, National Dental Lobby
Day, student signing day and more.
Not only have I thoroughly enjoyed
my experience, but I have learned
how a board meeting operates,
how to advocate for change, how to
enhance my speaking skills, and how
important it is to be involved with
organized dentistry.
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Q. What do you enjoy most
about dentistry?
Andrew: I enjoy working with my hands.
Vanessa: I enjoy the family
atmosphere of orthodontics. I tell my
patients they will see me so often
over two years that I might as well
adopt them by the end. I take pride in
supporting my patients at their sports
events and extracurricular activities.

Q. Favorite dental procedure?
Andrew: Lateral window sinus lifts
are my favorite procedure. I enjoy
the delicate and simplistic nature
of the procedure, seeing the sinus
membrane move at the time of
surgery, and seeing the immediate
gain in bone volume with the
post-operative panos.
Vanessa: I love super-crowded cases.
These can be quite challenging and
usually accompany a complete life
change and confidence boost for
the patient.

Q. What is the most valuable
thing you did to enhance
your career?

Andrew: I worked as a general
dentist for a year and worked two to
three Saturdays a month throughout
my periodontal residency. Here
I learned to be efficient with my
time, manage people and staff and
communicate with other dentists.
With four years of general dentistry
experience, I understand the
general dentistry perspective, and
it helps aid in a restoratively driven
surgical treatment.
Vanessa: I am a CE junkie! I love
going to conferences, learning
different techniques, and networking
with colleagues. Every single career
opportunity I've had has come from
a conversation with someone in
the dental community. I also enjoy
business and leadership books
and podcasts.

Q. What do you know about
dentistry that you didn't know as
a student?
Dentistry is more about people than a
fine-crafted hand skill. The dentistry
is easy; managing people is the main
job. While challenging at times, when
Oregon Dental Association



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Membership Matters - November 2017

Guest Editorial
New Members, Dental Community, Board of Trustees
Events and Education
Molar Movement
Insider Results
ODA Member Benefit of the Month
Compliance Corner
Dopac and the 2018 Election Season
Through the Loupes
Collaborative Care and Guided Implant Surgery
Antimicrobial Treatment for Advanced Periodontal Disease
Society Updates
Dental Foundation of Oregon
Index of Advertisers
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Intro
Membership Matters - November 2017 - cover1
Membership Matters - November 2017 - cover2
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 3
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Guest Editorial
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 5
Membership Matters - November 2017 - New Members, Dental Community, Board of Trustees
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 7
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 8
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Events and Education
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 10
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Molar Movement
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 12
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Insider Results
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 14
Membership Matters - November 2017 - ODA Member Benefit of the Month
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Compliance Corner
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Dopac and the 2018 Election Season
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Through the Loupes
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 19
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Collaborative Care and Guided Implant Surgery
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Membership Matters - November 2017 - 22
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 23
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Antimicrobial Treatment for Advanced Periodontal Disease
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Membership Matters - November 2017 - Society Updates
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Membership Matters - November 2017 - Dental Foundation of Oregon
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Membership Matters - November 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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