President’s Message

 
On August 8, 2020 I became the President of the Academy for Sports Dentistry. It has been a very humbling experience to think that my fellow colleagues, many of whom I don’t know, had the confidence in me to lead the ASD for the next year. I would like to sincerely thank you so much for providing me the opportunity to be your president.

I am so honored to follow in the path of so many great Past ASD Presidents. They have all had a positive influence on me since I first joined the ASD in Minneapolis in 1996. It was my first ASD Symposium and the only one that I have missed since then was in 1997 when I got married. 

It was so unfortunate that we weren’t able to meet in person in Nashville this past June. There are four people who have had a strong influence on my Sports Dentistry path who I had planned to single out in Nashville. They are, in no particular order, Dr. Doug Lambert (Minneapolis), Dr. Enrique Amy (Ponce, Puerto Rico), Dr. David Kumamoto (Chicago), and Dr. Jack Winters (Findlay, Ohio). I wish to thank everyone else who has helped me to not only be a better Sports Dentist but also a better person.

I’d also like to thank my mother and my late father (who was a dentist) who have always been so supportive of me. My wife, Diane, and son, Andrew, provide me the strength and encouragement to keep going!

 The past few months have been very challenging for all of us due to the pandemic. While it may seem at times that you are going through this situation alone, rest assured that we all feel the same way.

As Sports Dentists we are passionate about the Dental Profession and we love to help athletes as well as our patients. While we are still treating patients, most of us currently are not involved as Team Dentists because the majority of sports leagues have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. This doesn’t mean that we need to stop learning. It is so important for us to continue to participate in continuing education programs. Our athletes will return to play some day and we need to be prepared! 

The ASD hosted it first ever virtual Symposium and Annual Business Meeting on August 8, 2020. We were so fortunate to have had Dr. Glen Maron, an oral maxillofacial surgeon in Atlanta, share his wisdom on dental trauma with us. Over 115 people from 20 different countries participated in the symposium.

I’d to thank our current Past President, Dr. Jeff Laubmeier, for guiding us for the past year. I’d also like to welcome the new members to our board – Ms. Lesley Kupiec, Dr. Scott Stein, Dr. Byron Blasco and Dr. David Dowsett.

The ASD is so fortunate to have two great ladies working for us – Ms. Sandi Steil, Executive Secretary and Ms. Jan Aument, Symposium and Event Planner. Circumstances beyond our control led us to cancel this year’s symposium; however, Jan has made arrangements for us to go to Nashville in 2022. 

We would like you to mark your calendars for July 15-17, 2021, and meet us in Portland, Oregon for the ASD Symposium.  

Thank you again for your support and I look forward to hearing from you! 

Hans Stasiuk, BSc, DMD, FASD
President