Some sterile notes from OSAP

When you read the "View-point" in last month`s issue, you probably wondered who William W. Oakes, DDS, was. If you know Dr. Woody Oakes, then you probably looked at the photo and decided that Woody did not write the article. If you got as far as the information at the bottom of the page, then you found out that it was indeed the Dr. Woody Oakes - but with the wrong photo. When I opened my July issue yesterday, I could not believe what I had done to my friend Woody. We all try to avoid these kind

Joe Blaes, DDS, Editor

e-mail: joeb@pennwell.com

When you read the "View-point" in last month`s issue, you probably wondered who William W. Oakes, DDS, was. If you know Dr. Woody Oakes, then you probably looked at the photo and decided that Woody did not write the article. If you got as far as the information at the bottom of the page, then you found out that it was indeed the Dr. Woody Oakes - but with the wrong photo. When I opened my July issue yesterday, I could not believe what I had done to my friend Woody. We all try to avoid these kinds of mistakes. You can look at the real Dr. Woody Oakes below. Woody, please accept my sincere apology for this error.

On a more positive note, Dr. Woody Oakes has put together a program that was five years in the making. Woody is bringing one of my mentors, Tony Robbins, to San Diego in Novem-ber for a live program that is aimed at dentistry. No-tice, please, that I said live! This is not a canned video program or an infomercial that you might see on TV. This is the one and only Tony Robbins speaking directly to dentists and their teams about how to be a peak performer. Tony has been called one of the great influencers of this generation. He is the author of three best-selling books (including Awaken the Giant Within), and his educational audio system, Personal Power, is the number-one personal and professional development training system of all time with 25 million tapes sold worldwide. This will be an unforgettable experience that you will not want to miss. Call Woody at (800) 337-8467 for all the details on "The Giants of Dentistry Seminar."

Have you ever heard of an organization called OSAP? I am fairly sure that many of you are not aware of this group. OSAP is the acronym for Organization for Safety & Asepsis Procedures. Don`t be alarmed. This is not another big brother or government group looking over our shoulders, hoping to catch us doing something wrong. The group organized when OSHA first raised the issue of infection control in dentistry. If you remember that era, a lot of misinformation WAS being disseminated to the profession. OSAP began by bringing the best and latest information on infection control to the profession. OSAP has become the trusted source of that information today.

I am a charter member of OSAP. About a year ago, I began talking with Therese Long, the executive director of OSAP, and I am happy to announce that Dental Economics has an exclusive arrangement with OSAP to supply articles on infection control. These articles will go beyond the textbook of infection control by drawing from the knowledge and field experiences of those who work directly with clinicians to meld infection control theory with practice. These tips, combined with practical charts, are intended to supplement existing governmental guidelines. We hope they will assist you in streamlining infection control and office safety programs.

I hope to see many of you at the ADA meeting in Hawaii. The Council on Annual Sessions has put together a wonderful program (I`m on it) in a wonderful vacation paradise. Don`t miss this opportunity to learn and have some fun in the sun. The Technology Day on Friday is a great source of the latest information on high tech and how to use it in your office. Another great Team Training experience is on the program. Three post-session seminars are on three different islands so you can pick your favorite clinician or your favorite island. The clinicians are three favorites of mine, Dr. Mark Friedman, Dr. Jim Dunn, and Jennifer de St. Georges.

In the popular best selling book, Don`t Sweat the Small Stuff, be sure to read Number Two on page 9. It was written just for dentists and is titled, "Make Peace With Imperfection." Stay with us! New surprises are beingplanned for every month!

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