A Message from 2020-2021 CFDDA President
Dr. Suzi Thiems-Heflin

Hope you all had great holidays! It was a little different this year with the “guidelines” for COVID-19, but fun nevertheless. And family and friends are so important in these strange times.

Just before the holidays, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first round of Covid-19 vaccines. As I write this edition of the President’s Message, first responders and healthcare workers are getting their first inoculation. The Florida Dental Association is getting calls wondering when we will be able to get our vaccinations. We need to be a little cautious in how we approach this. As dentists, we are listed as Essential Providers, who would be among the first to receive the vaccine. But as we emphasized our excellent infection control before the pandemic, it is extra important that we do not counter that message by suggesting that we are “high-risk” now. We are experts in protecting our patients and ourselves with our standard of care in infection control. So please be thoughtful in how you word your requests.

When the CFDDA Executive Council met November 6, 2020, they voted unanimously to hold the CFDDA House of Delegates/Caucus before the January FDA House of Delegates in person as it a more effective way to conduct important business. After an email survey, the majority of the CFDDA delegates agreed to hold the meeting in person. The CFDDA HOD/ Caucus will be on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at the Hilton Garden Inn Winter Park.

The House of Delegates for the FDA will be a Zoom meeting scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2021. Because of the size of the FDA Delegation and Staff, our usual meeting site at the Tampa Airport Marriott could not accommodate the physical distancing needed. In order to do so, we would have had to change venues which would have been cost prohibitive. And so, we will meet virtually.

Most of our local affiliate meetings are still being held virtually. Marlinda and I have attended two virtual affiliate meetings to provide a CFDDA update, with the remainder scheduled for January and February. Thank you to all for your attendance!

The CFDDA Annual Meeting will be in person at Hammock Beach Resort, April 30-May 1, 2021. We are scheduling all lectures early (8am-12:30pm) so you, your family, and staff can enjoy the beautiful beach, golf course, and wonderful resort! For those of you not familiar with the Hammock Beach Resort, it is just above Flagler Beach, just below St. Augustine, so it is in a prime beach location. Our main speaker for dentists on Friday, April 30, 2021 & Saturday, May 1, 2021, is Dr. Peter Shatz, “Comprehensive Treatment Planning for the 2020’s”. There is also a session by Ms. Laci Phillips for Team Members, and a CE session for Dental Hygienists from Lillian Caperila, R.D.H. See the brochure in this newsletter for more information and the registration form.

There will be a light breakfast each morning. Be sure talk to all the vendors … remember to get your “scorecard” signed by the vendors as some of the door prizes are linked to a visit to the vendors. There will door prizes, a 50-50 Raffle, and even a TGIF Beach Party! We are really excited to return to this venue, as those who were there for a previous annual meeting thoroughly enjoyed it! Book your rooms early … there are a limited number of one-bedroom suites for $219.00! And of course, we are following all safety protocols for this meeting, physical distancing, masks, hand sanitizers … all necessary precautions. There is truly something for everyone at this meeting.

For those of you who may not know, Dr. Jerry Bird is now at home recuperating from his bike accident and multiple surgeries. He is doing remarkably well! He was on the Zoom FDA Board of Trustees meeting the first weekend in December! Go, Jerry!!

Please stay well, be safe, and hope to see you at the beach in the Spring!