GHDS President's Message - Fall 2021

by Dath Collins, DDS, FAGD


Dath Collins, DDSMy first presidential message! What an honor! Let me introduce myself. My name is Dath Collins, but my name is not pronounced the way it looks. When you see my name, think of faith since Dath is actually pronounced (“daith”). I hope and trust that my patients have faith in my dentistry. I am a second generation, general dentist with a private practice in West Houston. I am a father to three boys and husband to my wife of 16 years, Angela. I love dentistry, and the opportunities dentistry presents to establish relationships with the people in our community. I have served in some capacity at the Greater Houston Dental Society since I graduated dental school in 2006.

Everyone of us has been through quite a journey over the past year and a half. I found myself wondering who to trust in those times. Everybody had an opinion! I leaned on our community of like-minded dentists to navigate the endless number of decisions that had to be made. It was not easy, but with a little help from our friends we prevailed.

Your dental society faced similar challenges. There is a lot going on at the GHDS office. Our new executive director, Deanna Menesses, transitioned our team to a remote-working environment last winter, and at this time, much of the work of the Society is still being done remotely and efficiently. The
lease at One Greenway Plaza expires in July 2022, and we will be transitioning away from our long-time space. Our committee, led by Dr. Steven Vaughan, is working to locate our new home.

The Star of the South Dental Meeting wrapped up this past July after a successful two days of fellowship, continuing education and camaraderie. In spite of uncertainities about the meeting, we had a great meeting. We were fortunate to have no attendance restrictions, and to be able to generate substantial
non-dues income for the Society. You will not have to wait long for our next Star of the South Dental Meeting. It is scheduled for March 4-5, 2022 at the Westin Galleria. With a smaller venue, an abundance of eating options and shopping galore, this meeting will have a lot to offer. Sign up early and send your whole team!

Smile-Con is scheduled for October 13-17, 2022, which will mark the first-time that Houston will host the American Dental Association’s Annual Meeting. The GHDS has played a large role, and will continue to do so, in developing the meeting. This will be a very exciting time in Houston; our city and our Society will be on display!

Lastly, I want to thank all of the individuals who have agreed to serve this year. I am excited to be part of what should be a fun year, and I will continue to keep the Society’s best interests at heart as we face challenging decisions.