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The Dawson Difference: How it changed my practice and life

My experience with The Dawson Academy started with a perfect storm in my practice. It was a combination of:

  • I bought a practice that had a lot of patients with a long history of facial pain and TMJ problems.
  • I was ill prepared to treat them, but most importantly is I was unconsciously incompetent. I didn't realize I didn't know what I was doing.
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Dr. Peter Dawson becomes Founder Emeritus

Clinical Director Dr. John Cranham, DDS to lead faculty for the Academy

Pete Dawson & John CranhamDr. Peter Dawson, founder of leading dental continuing education provider The Dawson Academy, has become Founder Emeritus. Clinical Director Dr. John Cranham will lead the Academy’s faculty and clinical direction.

Dr. Dawson founded The Dawson Academy in 1979 as a way to educate dental professionals on the entire masticatory system using a method that he was successfully practicing in his office in St. Petersburg, Florida. His first book Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Occlusal Problems, published in 1974, outlined methods for dental professionals to provide treatments that predictably solve patients’ problems. These methods formed the foundation for The Dawson Academy’s courses.

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What The Dawson Academy Asian Lecture Tour Taught Me

12 days, 12 planes, 11 presentations, 7 cities, 1 suitcase, 1 message

(and dozens of mosquito bites and a bottle of Advil…)

Through a global educational collaborative with our corporate partners at BioResearch Associates, along with their Asian distributors, I have had the unique opportunity to spend almost 2 weeks in the beautiful countries of India and Thailand, speaking on both TMD and the Dawson Academy philosophy of “The Concept of Complete Dentistry.” The similarities of these countries outweigh their differences; both rooted in culture, faith, respect, and loyalty, as is all of Asia.

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Be a Frog Kisser

Energetic.  Enlightening.  Entertaining.  Three words used by the audience to describe Dave Weber’s presentation, “Some Days You’re the Pigeon, Some Days the Statue!”. 
 
Mr. Weber is an internationally recognized speaker with a track record of success.  This talented presenter engaged our alumni members this past Saturday at our 2014 Dawson Academy Alumni Association Retreat in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

The title of Weber’s presentation, on the surface, is simple to interpret.  “In life, we are either being pooped on or pooping on.”  We get in situations with our words, actions and attitudes.  He transfixed the audience with his energetic humor and opened our eyes to the potency of how “words impact relationships, relationships impact culture and climate, culture and climate impact results”. 

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The Stuff That Really Matters

The closing act of our Annual Dawson Alumni Retreat dinner saw us entertained by the magic, musings, and heartfelt messages of Mr. Andy Hickman. This was the second time Andy has performed for our alumni (the last time being 10 years ago at our 25th Alumni Reunion) so we felt it was time to bring him back to share his timeless message with a new group of Dawson Academy students.

The name for his act was “The Magic of the Future is You”, and he accomplished his objectives through poignant stories and mind blowing magic tricks (we're still wondering about how he managed that 'dream house' trick). The title of his act alludes to Andy's belief that our personal futures are shaped by two elements; the choices we make, and the commitments we honor. He was quick to point out that everyone in attendance had made a wise choice to further their knowledge by attending The Dawson Academy, but it was just as important to honor that commitment by becoming ‘heroes’ to others in our lives with these new skills that have been learned.

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2014 Alumni Retreat

Many Thanks...

Wow! What an awesome weekend we had with our wonderful Alumni members.  Many thanks to our fabulous speakers - Scott Finlay, Sabiha Bunek, Mark Piper, Glenn DuPont, Jeff Stubblefield, David Weber, and Andy Hickman for making this such a memorable event.

The emails and letters have been pouring in with heartfelt thanks and comments about how special this Alumni Retreat was and the time spent with other Alumni members and the Dawson Academy faculty and team.  Whether on the golf course, during the meeting, or on top of the Birchwood, making new friendships or catching up with old friends... many lasting memories were made.

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Study Clubs Engage Dawson Dentists

Masters of complete dentistry are not born.  For many the journey begins when we first are exposed to the principles of Dr. Pete Dawson.  However, the path is not always straight.  There are different phases we go through along the way… awakening, excitement, trial, frustration, denial, acceptance, enlightenment, implementation, competency, and maybe even mastery.

If your road has been anything like mine, the most challenging stretch is the implementation phase.  The Dawson Academy had given me the knowledge, but applying it to the realities of my practice proved difficult.  As it was once said, “The loneliest time in the office is a Monday after a Dawson seminar.”

Despite my best intentions, the daily grind would distract me from my goals.  Staff, patients, insurance companies, and other pressures encourage us to work in the moment and to take shortcuts.  The easy thing usually isn’t the right thing when it comes to comprehensive dental care.  I eventually was able to stop working in the moment, but I didn’t do it alone.  I broke through when I joined a study club.

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Private Care Creed for Complete Care Dentistry

At our recent dental ce course, Advanced Problem Solving course on St. Pete Beach, Florida, Dr. Peter Dawson mentioned the 'Private Care Creed' that is so important to live by in order to practice complete care dentistry and to give patients the care they deserve. This creed was created by the Schuster Center in 1995.

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