Special Events

Wednesday through Friday

Zen Lounge

This area will be available for you to get away from the crowd for a moment of peace and quiet, or a place to just relax or focus on your spiritual being. Located in Monroe Room A, DeVos Place.

Sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Food Drive and Exhibit Hall Raffle!

MDA Annual Session Committee volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food items on-site for local organizations in need. In return, receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of four $500 cash prizes. Acquire additional tickets by visiting exhibit booths.

There’s no limit to the number of entries so gather as many tickets as you want, then drop in the prize drum located in the back of the exhibit hall.

Exhibitors will be encouraged to donate more fun things to the drawing, so don’t miss out. This is also a great way to give back and/or discover new products and services.

Drawing will take place on Friday, May 5 in the Exhibit Hall at 5:30 p.m. You must be present to win.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

The Sparkling Smiles Celebration

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Location: Pantlind Ballroom, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Please join your colleagues for a very special event to recognize and thank our donors and grant and scholarship recipients. The event is open to all interested Annual Session attendees to introduce them to the Foundation and hear stories from people who help and have been the beneficiaries of the work we do throughout the state.

The time spent will be heartwarming, educational, and fun. Everyone will walk away knowing more about the Foundation, its donors, its recipients, and how the MDA Foundation is making the state a better place through improved dental health.

Hope to see you there! A save-the-date and e-mail follow-up will be sent soon.

To register early or make a donation, please email the MDA Foundation or call 800-589-2632 and ask for the MDA Foundation.

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Keynote Address — Christine Cashen

COURSE #23| How to Stay Inspired When You Are So Darn Tired!

Christine CashenRecommended by the New Dentist Committee.

Speaker: Christine Cashen
Fee: FREE!
Seating Limit: 500
AGD Code: 770


It can feel challenging to stay right side up when the world feels upside down. These past few years have been stressful, but it’s time to take back your power! Take control of what you have the power to change. Shift your perspective, get energized, and lead by example.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn a method to compose and dispose to handle worry.
  • Identify energy gainers/drainers and what to do about them.
  • Discover how to get your “mojo” back.
  • Use tools to leverage levity.

This course is designed for the entire dental team.

This course counts toward the Certified Dental Business Professional program. Earn 1 credit in the Service/Communication category. Click here for more information on the MDA Certified Dental Business Professional program. Look for this logo for other CDBP-qualifying courses.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Welcome Reception!

The MDA will hold a Welcome Reception right in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, May 4, from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Everyone is invited! During the reception complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided, with a cash bar.

Sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Women’s Leadership Event: Inspiration and Connection

Time: 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Emerald Room, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Attire: Business Casual
Fee: $25/person


Relax! Have a drink and delicious hors d’oeuvres with women dentists from all across the state. Hear — and be inspired by — women leaders in organized dentistry. You can come with someone you know or solo — either way, you’ll create new connections.

Take this time for you!

Sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Founders Tour and Tasting

Founders Brewing Company LogoTime:6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Founders Brewing Company
Fee: $35 (includes tour, tasting, and appetizers)


What do you know about beer? What would you like to know? Find out during a tour and tasting held at Founders Brewing Company. It’s an experience that’s sure to delight the senses. You’ll come away with a smile on your face and a better understanding and appreciation of the brewing process. All participants must be 21 years of age or older.

Founders Brewing Company has been fortunate to evolve into one of the most recognized breweries in the United States. It’s been ranked as one of the top breweries in the world by Ratebeer.com for the last five years, and has had several beers listed in the top 100 beers of the world on Beeradvocate.com. Founders is now among the top-10 largest craft breweries in the country and one of the fastest-growing. Founders is proud to share that their passion extends beyond beer, too. Founders is focused on reducing their environmental footprint and supporting national and local causes in social justice, environment, and the arts and culture.

Sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

ACD/ICD/Pierre Fauchard Joint Dinner

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: JW Marriott Hotel

The joint American/International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Dinner will be held at the JW Marriott, Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in Grand Rapids. Watch your email for more information. Check the MDA Annual Session Official Program or MDA Connection App for room location closer to the actual event.

Friday, May 5, 2023

American College of Dentists Breakfast

Time: 7 a.m.
Location: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

The American College of Dentists Breakfast is scheduled for Friday, May 5 at 7 a.m. in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. For more information on the ACD breakfast, email Dr. Sherill Behnke or call 517-332-8663.

International College of Dentists Breakfast

Time: 7 a.m.
Location: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

The International College of Dentists Breakfast will take place Friday, May 5 at 7 a.m. in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Contact Dr. Steven Sulfaro for more information or to make your reservation. Spouses and guests of members are invited to attend.

Table Clinics

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Halls B and C, DeVos Place

See the listing of Table Clinics in the Annual Session Official Program. Table Clinics will take place Friday, May 5, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Halls B and C of DeVos Place.

New Dentist Network Lounge

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Location: IDC, inside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Fee: $25 or FREE with attendance at one new dentist recommended CE Course


You’ll need a code to get in — but once inside you’ll experience panoramic views of downtown and some other ambience surprises. Attend any New Dentist recommended CE course and attend this event for FREE. Cost is $25 otherwise.

Sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Music, Magic, and More!
Time: 6:30 – 11 p.m.
Location: Ambassador Ballroom, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Fee: $89 (includes dinner, two drink tickets, and entertainment)
Attire: Snappy Casual


Grab your friends, colleagues, team members, and significant others for an evening of food, fun, and amusement. Enjoy a magic show sprinkled with humor and an assortment of effects done with common, everyday items such as cards, scarves, and ropes, featuring magician Keith Kocher.

Then after the magic, revel in the sounds from the ‘70s through current day with a popular local band, Funkle Jesse. Their play list features some of your favorite artists include Prince, The Beatles, Elton John, and more.

What’s more? Food options that are hearty and healthy to fill you up for all the evening’s activities. Drinks that appeal to most. It’s all rounded off with dancing, conversation, laughter, and fellowship.

Sponsored by: Central District Dental Society, Michigan Society of Maxillofacial Oral Surgeons, MDA Insurance, and MDA Services.

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Pierre Fauchard Brunch

Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

The Pierre Fauchard Academy plans to hold a brunch at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Contact Dr. Richard Raad for more information or to make your reservation.