Episode 639

An Inspiring Interview with ADA President-Elect Brett Kessler DDS

Host: Naren | Published Date: April 10, 2024 | Listening Time: 0:53:08

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This episode features Dr. Brett Kessler, a dentist with an inspiring story of overcoming addiction early in his career.

Discover how he overcame rock bottom to become a dental leader and advocate for wellness. You’ll hear his powerful message about the five dimensions of well-being and his fight to ensure oral health gets the coverage it deserves. Plus, feel empowered to take action yourself – Dr. Kessler reveals how you can shape the future of dentistry alongside him.

Tune in and get ready to be motivated!

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    • 00:00:53 – Introduction of Dr. Brett Kessler as the President-elect of the ADA.
    • 00:02:05 – Dr. Kessler shares his personal journey from addiction to significance. 
    • 00:06:11 – Dr. Kessler’s involvement in organized dentistry. 
    • 00:11:17 – Accomplishments during Dr. Kessler’s tenure as President of the Colorado Dental Association. 
    • 00:14:58 – Discussion on dental benefits in the Medicare space. 
    • 00:18:38 – Importance of diagnostic codes in dental practice. 
    • 00:24:01 – The significance of dentistry as essential healthcare during the pandemic. 
    • 00:31:11 – Personal experience shared about going through a wellness program. 
    • 00:33:47 – Encouragement to focus on wellness rather than waiting until rock bottom. 
    • 00:34:12 – Discussion of the five dimensions of wellness: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social. 
    • 00:37:31 – Importance of social wellness and surrounding oneself with supportive individuals. 
    • 00:39:25 – Discussion on benefit reform or insurance reform in dentistry. 
    • 00:46:20 – Discussion about the need for dentistry to adapt to changes in healthcare. 
    • 00:48:57 – Importance of unity and involvement in organized dentistry. 


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