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Welcome to the Manatee Dental Society (MDS) Website

We are a component of the West Coast District Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

MDS is the professional society comprised of dental professionals. MDS serves member dentists in the Bradenton community and surrounding area. MDS is dedicated to the professional growth of its members and provides monthly continuing education seminars throughout the year, access to care volunteer opportunities, leadership opportunities and updates its members on important information pertaining to dentistry.

Executive Council Members 2018-2019

President - ​Nishith Patel, DDS
President Elect - ​Bobby Troxler, DMD
Treasurer - David Ashley, DMD
Secretary - ​​Christie Craighead, DMD
Immediate Past President - ​David Christian, DDS

Executive Secretary - Kelsey Bulnes

General Membership Meeting Dates

September 13, 2018   *Joint meeting with Sarasota County Dental Association

Dr. Marc Kaprow, ​Controlled Substance Prescribing in Florida, (to satisfy (HB) 21 requirements by January 31, 2019) . Download the course outline below.
Michael’s on East, Sarasota
Free for Members

September 27, 2018
Beers with Peers (co-hosted with Sarasota County Dental Association)
Ed's Tavern, Lakewood Ranch

October 16, 2018

Dr. Lindsay Eastman, Dr. Christie Craighead, Dr. Justin Craighead, The Old, The New, and What Works in Periodontics & Implant Dentistry 

November 20, 2018

Dr. Matthew Waite, Surgically Facilitated Orthodontic Therapy (SFOT)

December 2018
Holiday Party, Date and Location TBD

January 15, 2019
Dr. James Pitts, The New Tax Law Changes and How They Affect Dental Practices - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
​March 19, 2019
​The Dawson Academy

April 16, 2019
Dr. James Gibney, 24 Hour Teeth

May 2018
End of the Year Party, Date TBD

Use the form below to submit your RSVP to the upcoming dental lecture.

All general membership meetings are held at IMG Academy Golf & Country Club at 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy, Bradenton, FL 34210. Meetings begin with a social hour at 5:45 PM and lectures begin at 6:30 PM.
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is hosting an event the weekend of October 13-14, 2018 at Manatee Technical College (MTC) in Bradenton. This event will serve those without access/funds for dental care and need oral pain relief. We need your help to make this event a success.
Clinic doors will open at 6 AM. Bring your lighted loops and a smile. *This event is a great opportunity to update your restoration and extraction skills.
Please sign up HERE TO VOLUNTEER. Be sure to select the MTC locale, October date, and note your designation. Hygienists and staff are encouraged to sign up. Scrubs or Jacket requested. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

MTC Smart Smiles Project
(formerly We Care Project) is looking for volunteer dentists to provide basic screenings and education to our community. Smart Smiles Project needs a minimum of 2 dentists for Friday dates. Please contact Dr. Rob Hynton at to volunteer your time.  Thank you.

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