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Coaching kids’ athletic teams for 13 years instilled in Lincolnshire, Ill. periodontist Micheal Stablein, DDS, PhD, a certain unflappability and ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms.
Both skills come in handy as a practicing periodontist and the new president of the Chicago Dental Society, an association of more than 4,000 Chicago area dentists that is affiliated with the American Dental Association and the Illinois State Dental Society.
“For me, coaching is about stressing the importance of teamwork and staying positive and patient—all traits that have served me well in my professional life, too,” Dr. Stablein said.
Dr. Stablein was installed as president of the Chicago Dental Society at a ceremony held on November 15 at the Ritz-Carlton. As president, Dr. Stablein chairs a 14-person Board of Directors that oversees all operations of the society.
The biggest challenge facing Dr. Stablein in his presidential year will be helming the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting, one of the nation’s largest health care tradeshows and conferences. The meeting typically attracts more than 30,000 dental professionals to McCormick Place in February; the economic impact the meeting has on the local economy is estimated at more than $50 million.
What attracted him to such an intensive undertaking as a volunteer board member for the Chicago Dental Society?
“I don’t think anyone gets involved in an association thinking they will be president,” he said. “I just wanted to help out on a couple of projects and after each one was done, I worked on another one and it gradually built over 20 years of participation and volunteering with CDS and dentistry.”
Dr. Stablein’s signature touch for the Midwinter Meeting is a health screening program that will test conference-goers’ risk of developing illnesses like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporsis. The testing will be offered on the tradeshow floor in partnership with a health care company at a drastically reduced rate.
“I’d say that’s one of the things I’m most proud of—to offer such an important service to others at such a reasonable cost,” Dr. Stablein said.
Dr. Stablein graduated in 1978 from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and earned his specialty certificate in periodontics from University of Illinois in 1983.
He maintains two offices in the city of Chicago and lives in Lincolnshire with his wife, Dr. Caroline Scholtz, and their children. The father of four maintains an active social life in the suburb that revolves around two of his children’s athletic teams.
"I don’t practice in the community but coaching allows me to meet a lot of new people and stay in touch with everything that is going on here,” he said.
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The Chicago Dental Society is an association of more than 4,000 dentists in the metro Chicago area and organizes the annual Midwinter Meeting, one of the largest dental tradeshows in the country. The society is an advocate for improving oral health for all.
A tradition of working for the dental profession. The Chicago Dental Society was organized in 1864 and incorporated in 1878. The objective of the Chicago Dental Society is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry and to represent the intrest of the members of the profession and the public that it serves.
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