Past Events 2014

National Denturist Association
2014 Annual Conference








::Schedule of Events::







::Conference Awards::


Fred Giovanini, LD, Past President of the Idaho Denturist Association has been named the 2014 Denturist of the Year. This award is presented to an individual by his peers and members of the National Denturist Association, USA for outstanding dedicated service to the denturist profession. He served diligently as the president of the Idaho Association and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of The National Denturist Association, USA and appointed to the Education Committee. The leadership of the association is delighted by this unanimous decision to honor Fred.



Theresa Sulek was named the Outstanding Person of the Year at the 2014 annual National Denturist Association, USA’s conference. Theresa’s exemplary service to the profession has been invaluable. She has worked tirelessly assisting the Association’s President, Executive Director and the Secretary/Treasurer using her excellent computer excel organizational talents. She has also contributed much to the success of our magazine, The National Denturist, USA by contacting and soliciting advertisers. She is also a valuable member of the Event Coordinating Committee, the PR Committee and the Member Benefits Committee. She also serves as Office Manager for her husband, Clayton Sulek’s two denturist clinics in Washington State. She is quite a busy lady and certainly deserving of this honor. Congratulations and a big “thank you” to Theresa for definitely being the association’s Outstanding Person of the Year.



Ricky and Less Hochhauser received the Distinguished President’s Award. Members of The National Denturist Association, USA were pleased to present this award to honor the Hochhausers because of their many years of loyal support of the Association and the denturists it represents. Ricky was founder of the American Dental Supply Company and assisted by her husband, Les, a chemists, the company has evolved into one of the dental industry’s leading manufacturer of dental chemicals and materials. The company is in the forefront also providing training courses via lectures and webinars. They have not missed an annual denturist conference for many years and have always participated as a vendor and often as a presenter and instructor.



October 8-10, 2014

The Annual Board Meeting of the International Federation of Denturists (IFD) was held October 8-10, 2014, in Dublin, Ireland. Many thanks to the Clinical Dental Technician’s Association of Ireland and especially Colum and Deidre Sower for hosting us (and babysitting us). Irish Member of Parliament, Mr. Caoimhghin O Caolain TD, provided the opening address and commented on the high value of the CDTs (Denturists) to the Irish public. Following his address, two days of intense discussions took place. Unfortunately, IFD President Tony Sarapuchiello suffered a heart attack prior to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and was unable to attend. He is now doing well and back to work. Gerry Hansen, retired CEO of the IFD, attended to assist and help with the transition of the CEO position to Camille Bourbonnais. Welcome, Cami. Discussions included Country Reports, Committee Reports, New and Old Business and the upcoming website. Much discussion took place regarding the world-wide move by dentists to be the only portal for patients’ oral care. Good news came from Mathias Luypaert, the Belgian representative, that the national elections put a new and friendly Heath Minister in office. She has pledged to help the Denturists become regulated. Also, from South Africa, Duffy Malherbe, the inaugural Editor of the IFD Newsletter, reports that his government is preparing a Registry for Denturists and revamping the scope of practice for dental technicians. Africa was added to the vice presidential region of Austral Asia and John Rogan was elected to the position of Vice-President of Austral Asia Africa. Congratulations and welcome, John. As noted, Duffy Malherbe has agreed to become the inaugural Editor of the IFD newsletter. Duffy originated the Denturist Advocator blog on Facebook. He has also been the Secretary of the South African association and has worked tirelessly promoting the profession, not only in his home country but also world-wide. He is an intelligent guy, a gifted wordsmith and we are very fortunate to have him setting the tone for our first foray into publishing. The newsletter will be available soon on the new revamped website.

Although the trip was only 5 days and we worked hard, we made time for some evening entertainment. We went to an authentic Irish public house where we had dinner and were treated to a show of live Irish music and step dancing. Much fun. We also had a group dinner at a “farm to table” restaurant and the obligatory dinner at the Hard Rock Café. We also enjoyed a bus tour of the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish countryside.

Paul Levasseur, LD, DD
Vice-President (North America)
International Federation of Denturists

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