A small group of Missouri pediatric dentists met during the Missouri Dental Association meeting in January 2001 to discuss how to create a statewide organization which would accomplish the AmericanAcademy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) requirement that all districts have state coalitions. Bylaws and a Constitution were created, and the group met at the AAPD meeting later that year in Atlanta to vote on its approval. The members met again the following year during the AAPD meeting in New York in order to choose officers. The officers were chosen from among those initial members. Dr. Craig Hollander (St. Louis) was the first President, Dr. Lori Henderson(Columbia) was the first Vice President, and the regional officers were Dr. Rob Coyle (Columbia), Mark Fernandez (St. Louis), and Mike Berry (Kansas City). The Secretary Treasurer position does not change each year, and has been held by Dr. Hollander from its inception.
Invitations to join the newly named Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (MoAPD) went out after the New York meeting in 2002, and by the following year, dues were collected from 27 members.
The first annual assembly meeting of the MoAPD was held on January 17, 2004 in conjunction with the Missouri dental Association Mid- Winter meeting, and we have met every year since. Information about this meeting can be found on the Upcoming Events and CE page. Our annual meeting is comprised of a 2 hour continuing education lecture (free to MoAPD members) followed by a luncheon business meeting. Individuals wishing to join the MoAPD can find an application by clicking on the button below.