Chrystal Barrs and her son, Rylan, hold aloft a sign reading “Don’t Compromise Our Children’s Safety in the Name of Budget Cuts.”
A Madison County dentist gives a strong presence in the nationally acclaimed Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Dr. Roderick K Shaw was one of 200 Delegates across the country to attend the 2011 Academy of General Dentistry National Convention recently held in San Diego, California. Madison County residents now have a national voice in the governance of the dental profession.
The AGD has over 37,000 dentist-members in the United States and Canada. Dr. Shaw is the Immediate Past President of the Florida component with over 1,800 members in Florida.
The issues discussed at the annual meeting were access to care, insurance reform, and some of the Obama healthcare issues. Your voices were heard and expressed through Dr. Shaw. Florida’s voice, like New York and California, carries a lot of weight since the number of dentists in this state alone are equal to other multi-state regions. “I am excited and honored to be elected a Delegate representing the citizens of Florida. I anticipate a busy agenda in the years ahead. The AGD is involved in the many issues facing healthcare today. It is active in access to care issues, bringing more dentistry to more people, and especially protecting those that need it most from having their healthcare taken away by changes in the healthcare law. The AGD, along with the FDA, the Department of Health, and the State of Florida Surgeon General Viamonte Ros, MD are active with Medicaid reform, Dental Insurance reform, and a multitude of other dental issues. Even though the economic times are strained, I am optimistic since healthcare is currently the focus of national leaders.”
The AGD’s overriding mission is to keep the quality and standards of dentistry high through its motto of life-long learning through dental continuing education. Dr Shaw holds both a Fellowship and a Mastership in the AGD, with the completion of over 1,500 hours of continuing dental education. Dr. Shaw is listed in Who’s Who in America and was awarded the Medal of Honor for service to the profession. Dr Shaw graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Biochemistry and obtained his doctorate at the University of Florida. He lives here in Madison with his wife, Kathleen, their two children.
To learn more about the Academy of General Dentistry you can look at the website www.agd.org or www.flagd.org. Please feel free to contact Dr. Shaw with your concerns over access to care, access to dental insurance, early intervention and prevention programs for children, etc. at firstname.lastname@example.org or to contact his office for an appointment, call 973-6427.
Two football players from the University of Florida in Gainesville were involved in a traffic crash on I-10 in Madison County.
On Sunday, August 28, around 2:30 p.m., the vehicle the players were driving left the roadway heading east bound at the 246 mile marker. The car hit small trees and bushes in the median. Jon Halapio and Earl Okine were checked out by Madison County EMS at the scene. Also assisting were New Home Fire and Rescue, Florida Highway Patrol and Greenville Fire and Rescue.