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The Hinman Dental Society, a non-profit organization, is comprised of more than 800 member dentists primarily located in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1911 by Thomas P. Hinman, the Society is dedicated to the advancement of its membership through outstanding educational and professional development opportunities, as well as promoting the high practice standards of the field of dentistry through public advocacy and outreach.

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2021-2022  Membership Meetings

September 20, 2021 - Dr. Mike Pruett - InterContinental Buckhead

November 15, 2021 – Mr. John McGill - Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia

January 20, 2022 – Georgia Aquarium


A Message from Society President Sedgie Newsom


To Infinity and Beyond!


What a great March Hinman Meeting we just experienced! What our General Chair Dr. Bob
O’Donnell and his team, Drs. Jane Puskas and William Rousseau just accomplished is nothing
short of a miracle. Over the course of these last two challenging years, they’ve created three different Hinman programs constantly having to adapt to the changing Covid environment. They’ve boldly gone where no dental meeting has gone before.

In the truest spirit of Dr. Thomas P. Hinman, Bob has led our Society and Meeting through uncharted waters. Dr. Hinman was  true innovator in his time and thought outside the box by the way the speakers were treated, by the way that the members helped
organize and run the meetings, and by the Southern hospitality that was generously offered. He set the course of dental education that our Society has
followed for more than 100 years.


Like Dr. Hinman, Bob has had to be innovative and think outside the box. And like Dr. Hinman, Bob has set a novel course for our dental meeting to follow for perhaps the
next one hundred years.

Over these last two years, I’ve come to know Dr. Hinman pretty well. I can say confidently that if he were still with us today, he would be so incredibly proud of
Bob, Jane and William for what they accomplished this year and their creative and novel approach to our meeting moving forward. Incredible work - Bob, Jane and
William - and congratulations for delivering such an outstanding program!


Our speaker lineup for this year’s three Society meetings was terrific! If you joined us for our January Society meeting and Dr. Roger Levin’s lecture, you weren’t disappointed. Dr. Levin is regarded as one of the best dental practice consultants in the field, and we were so very lucky to have him speak to us virtually. I am profoundly grateful to Charles Loretto and Tom Viola for delivering such timely and informative lectures in September and November.

I also would be remiss if I didn’t give a big shout out to my Program Chair, Dr. David Anderson. Great work and thanks for all you did to make this year a success. Additionally, Jackie Sarvis with the Hinman staff has been my right hand throughout. Jackie, I appreciate you more than you know.

With things starting to get back to some sense of normalcy, make your plans to attend our Summer Meeting in Asheville at the Grove Park Inn, June 4-6. The details and activities for the Annual Meeting follow in this newsletter. The Grove Park Inn was Dr. and Mrs. Hinman’s favorite summer vacation destination and if you’ve been there before, you know why.

Serving as Society President has been a rewarding experience. Of course, none of it could have been done successfully without the excellent help of our incredible Hinman staff.



My heartfelt thanks go out to our retiring Executive Director, Sylvia Ratchford, who has guided our Society with a steady hand and incredibly sound judgment over these last 25 years. Our Hinman Dental Society would not be where it is today without Sylvia’s astute guidance and leadership. I think that it’s safe to say that she has been instrumental in elevating our status to that of the most elite among our fellow dental meetings.


As difficult as it is to say goodbye to Sylvia, it is exciting to welcome Annette Sullivan to the role of Executive Director moving forward. Annette brings immense talent, contacts and respect in the Atlanta hospitality industry to guide us. Welcome aboard, Annette!


I have been honored and humbled to have served as your President for these two unique and challenging years. It has been the highlight of my dental career to have served with such outstanding members of our profession. Rest assured, the Society will be in excellent hands for this coming year as my good friend, Dr. William Rousseau,
serves as our next President.

Thanks to you all for your selfless contributions to our beloved Hinman Dental Society and I look forward to seeing you all in June at our Summer Meeting in Asheville to celebrate the success of Bob’s Meeting!


- Sedgie


May 2021 Preview/Review Newsletter


2021 Annual Meeting Brochure

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