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Permanent link  CDS member Ted Borris joins CDS staff


Borris, Theodore

Longtime CDS member Theodore Borris has joined the CDS staff.

Dr. Borris will serve as Director of Scientific Programs beginning Jan. 5. Current Director of Scientific Programs Aloysius Kleszynski previously announced plans to retire Jan. 1. 

Dr. Borris holds degrees from Loyola University of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University at the University of Illinois. He also served in the U.S. Air Force, teaching and working as a general dental officer at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas.

Locally, Dr. Borris maintained a private dental practice in Mt. Prospect. He served on the CDS Board of Directors, representing the Northwest Suburban Branch, and held leadership positions with the Illinois State Dental Society and the American Dental Association. 

We look forward to seeing more of him around the CDS HQ as he prepares to assume this new role.


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Permanent link  CDS members join ISDS Board


Two CDS members were installed as officers of the Illinois State Dental Society Saturday, Sept. 20, during the 150th Annual Session.

Edward Segal took office as president. His responsibilities include serving as an official representative of ISDS in its contacts with government, civic, business and professional organizations.

A graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo in 1990, he completed a certificate in Periodontics at the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1994. Dr. Segal has a periodontics and implant practice in Northbrook. 

CDS members recognize Dr. Segal from his service as program chair for the 2012 Midwinter Meeting, past president of the Northwest Suburban Branch, and several CDS committees.  He is also a past secretary of the Illinois Dental Society of Anesthesiology and serves on the American Academy of Peridontology’s Dentist Outreach Task Force. Dr. Segal previously served as president of the Illinois Society of Periodontists, ISDS Trustee, and on numerous ISDS committees. He has lectured internationally and taught for six years at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

Also taking office last week was CDS member Barbara Mousel. As treasurer of ISDS, her responsibilities will include overseeing fiscal activities such as record keeping, meeting with the Finance and Planning Committee, and reporting society audit results.

Dr. Mousel is a past director of CDS and has served as chair of the CDS Foundation. She has also served on several committees. She is active within the Illinois State Dental Society, which honored her with the President's Award in 2007, and is also the Illinois section chair for the American College of Dentists and an Illinois Board of Dentistry Member. The American Association of Women Dentists recognized her with the Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award and twice honored her with the President's Award. She practices in Chicago.

Other newly elected officers are: CDS associate members Bradley Barnes, President-elect (Normal); Terry Barnfield, Vice President (Salem); and Randall C. Markarian, Secretary (Swansea).  Newly installed Board of Trustees members include: CDS member James Benz, (Skokie); CDS member Philip Schefke, (Woodridge); Steven Seibert, (Champaign); and CDS associate member Stacey Van Scoyoc, (Bloomington).



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Permanent link  CDS Election of Officers to be held Nov. 5


The CDS Election of Officers will be held Nov. 5 during the Regional Meeting at the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The 2015 officer nominees are:

  • Susan Becker Doroshow: President
  • George Zehak: President-elect
  • Phillip Fijal: Secretary
  • Louis Imburgia: Vice President
  • Cheryl Watson-Lowry: Treasurer

The Installation of Officers will take place Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Hotel InterContinental, 505 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. 


  • Champagne Reception: 7 p.m.
  • Installation of Officers: 7:30 p.m.
  • Gala Dessert Reception: 8:30 p.m.



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Permanent link  Independents leave their mark on the CDS Foundation Clinic


The Independent Dental Organization (IDO) of the Chicago Dental Society recently completed a week of volunteering at the CDS Foundation Dental Clinic, with spectacular results.

Volunteer dentists, supported by volunteer hygienists April 21-25, produced $12,022 in donated dental services. This included 26 fillings, 21 extractions and eight comprehensive exams, which completed treatment on 26 patients.

“It was our pleasure to have a small part in helping so many patients in need of dental care,” IDO president Michael Biasiello said in an email to the clinic. “Our job was made easy due to all of the help from Dottie (Mackie) and the rest of the staff at the CDS Foundation Clinic. It is our hope that more dentists and especially dental groups will get the message and respond to the urgent dental care needed in our community.”

Volunteers who participated in Independents Week at the CDS Foundation Clinic include Michael Biasiello, Trucia Drummond, John Gerding, Alejandro Godinez, Mary Hawley, Louis Imburgia, Helen Lo, David Nguyen, Stephen Palatinus, Sal Storniolo, Victoria Ursitti, David Williams and Michael Wince.

Other groups that have already scheduled volunteer events at the clinic include the Members Group and the Dental Arts Club.

To schedule an individual volunteer time or a group event, contact Ms. Mackie at 630.260.8530.



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Permanent link  Mentorship luncheon supplements clinical education


2014 Mentorship LuncheonLongtime Chicago Dental Society volunteer Salvatore Storniolo held court over lunch. At a table filled with dental students, conversation included Game of Thrones, the Oscar nominees for Best Picture and the wisdom he’s gained through 26 years in dentistry.

“I think of myself in your shoes 27 years ago, and I can say it was scary. There were a lot of mixed emotions,” he told the students with whom he shared a lunch table. “But what you’ve got to realize is that it’s all there for the taking. You just need to figure out what kind of dentist you want to be. And you must get involved; networking is the key.”

Dr. Storniolo was one of many CDS volunteers who made time Thursday, Feb. 20, to attend the Mentor Luncheon. Held annually at the Midwinter Meeting , the event paired practicing dentists with dental students for camaraderie.

They agreed that their time together was a valuable part of their Midwinter Meeting experience.

“As dental students we spend so much time in class and lab, but there is no instruction on how to be a dentist in the real world,” said second year dental student Jeri McCombs, who lunched with dentist Victoria Ursitti. “That’s where organized dentistry comes in for students. It’s really neat to meet people at events like this and talk about tangible career goals.”

Dr. Ursitti agreed that networking events like the Mentorship Luncheon would have enhanced her experience as young dentist; she volunteers today so that others benefit from her experience.

“It would have been nice to have had someone to ask ‘what do you use for scheduling software?’ or ‘what kind of clinical software do you like?’ Running a business is not just clinical,” Dr. Ursitti said. “The personal contacts here are fantastic, but as a young dentist I think you need someone to put their arm out and invite you to do something, and I think I have a lot of offer in that way.”

Second year dental student Shauvik Ponnusamy found that kind of camaraderie in his relationship with CDS member Dean Nicholas. Mr. Ponnusamy shadowed Dr. Nicholas in the office to supplement his clinical instruction; he most enjoyed the way Dr. Nicholas interacts with patients.

“He makes everyone laugh,” Mr. Ponnusamy said. “It was great to see how he made connections with patients, which is not something they teach in dental school. And when we started endo at school, it was nice to hear him say ‘it’s going to be okay, there is a light at the end of the tunnel,’ and hear his reassurance and feel that camaraderie.”

Mr. Ponnusamy encouraged his peers to seek out the mentorship program.

“Take initiative. Small steps make a big difference in learning about how to manage outside of class when it comes to things like finances and debt and continuing education.”

His classmate Punita Shukla agreed.

“You can’t do one without the other: go to school and talk to a mentor. This is the base for your future,” she said.

Find more photos from this and other 2014 Midwinter Meeting events on Flickr.


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