VAGD Award Recipients at Inaugural Awards Dinner

Virginia Academy of General Dentistry
Recognizes Award Recipients at Inaugural Awards Dinner

ASHBURN (August 27, 2019) — The Virginia Academy of General Dentistry (VAGD) is pleased to announce the recipients of the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Fellowship Award, Mastership Award or Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award. The awards were presented during the AGD’s convocation ceremony, a commencement celebration that acknowledges the commitment to excellence in dental education during the AGD’s scientific session held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 in Connecticut at Mohegan Sun.

To celebrate the accomplishments of the 19 Virginia dentists who have received these prestigious awards, the VAGD, in partnership with the Popovich Financial Group at Baird, is delighted to host an Inaugural Awards Dinner on November 14, 2019 at Clyde’s of Willow Creek in Ashburn, Virginia. Award recipients will be honored by an esteemed keynote speaker, Sunil Budhrani, MD, MPH, MBA, the CEO and CMO of Innovation Health, and celebrated in the presence of current VAGD Fellows, Masters and AGD leaders.

The Popovich Financial Group recognizes the impact these awardees have on the community. So much so, that the Popovich Financial Group has provided generous support to make the Inaugural Awards Dinner a possibility. “The VAGD was created to serve the interests and needs of Virginia General Dentists so that the dentists can have a greater impact on Virginia residents. We’re thrilled to recognize the achievement of the awardees thanks to our partnership with the Popovich Financial Group.” says VAGD President, Jenni Bobbio, DDS, FAGD.

In order to receive the Fellowship Award, each dentist must complete a minimum of 500 hours of continuing education and pass a comprehensive written exam. The following doctors have joined an elite group of more than 17,080 members of the dental community who understand that great smiles and good oral health for their patients are the result of going above and beyond basic requirements. 

Fellowship award receipents

Erika Anderson, DDS, FAGD—Arlington, VA
Erika Anderson, DDS, FAGD presented the Fellow Award of the AGD
Erika Anderson, DDS, FAGD presented the Fellow Award of the AGD
Ryan Bailey, DDS, FAGD—Fredericksburg, VA
Matthew Bolduc, DDS, FAGD—Vienna, VA
Sandra Catchings, DDS, FAGD—Staunton, VA
Carrington Crawford, DDS, FAGD—Lynchburg, VA
Faith Ventura Delong, DDS, FAGD—Arlington, VA
Navneet Dhillon, DDS, FAGD—Lorton, VA
William Goodwin, DDS, FAGD—Grottoes, VA
Alyssa Hartman, DDS, FAGD—McLean, VA
Hemani Kaur, DMD, FAGD—Herndon, VA
Sarmad Khamas, DMD, FAGD—Oakton, VA
Chris Taehyun Kim, DDS, FAGD—Alexandria, VA
Sylvie Lam, DDS, FAGD—Great Falls, VA
Richard Mansfield, DDS, FAGD—Waynesboro, VA
Alexander Sadak, DDS, FAGD—McLean, VA
Annah Tran, DDS, FAGD—Oakton, VA

AGD’s Lifelong Learning and Service and Recognition award was created to further recognize the continued achievements of AGD awardees and formally acknowledge their passion for the profession. In addition to 1,600 hours of continuing dental education in all disciplines of dentistry, including 550 hours dedicated to hands-on skills and techniques, this award requires more than 100 hours of service to the community. The following doctors join an elite group of only 368 of the AGD’s 40,000-plus members who have received the prestigious Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition.

AGD’s Lifelong Learning and Service and Recognition award

Hisham Barakat, DDS, MAGD—Vienna, VA
Jeffrey K. Friend, DDS, MAGD—Richmond, VA

About the Academy of General Dentistry

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 40,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. Founded in 1952, AGD is the largest association for general dentists in the world and serves the needs and represents the interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs.

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