KDA Today

KDA Today

For Immediate Release

Date: Dec 23rd, 2013
Contact: Melissa Nathanson
Phone: 800-292-1855
Email: info@kyda.org

Listen to Interviews with our Speakers!

A popular addition in recent years, the KDA website again will post interviews of our speakers online.  In addition to information about each speaker’s topic and their biography, there will be a link to listen to a brief three-minute interview with the speaker, including information about their presentation’s focus.  By taking a few minutes to listen, the interviews will help you decide if the speaker and topic you are considering will be a good match.  

We expect course information to be available in mid-January. To check out all of our courses in January, go to http://www.kyda.org/ky_meeting.html

Below is a transcript of one of the many interviews to be posted on the KDA website. This is PART I of a three-part interview featuring KDA President Dr. B.J. Moorhead speaking with Dr. Ray Berolotti.

As stated elsewhere in this publication, Dr. Ray Bertolotti is making a rare appearance from California, just for us! During his course titled, “The New Dentistry: Vital Elements for Clinical Success”, Dr. Bertolotti shares with us what is new in Adhesion Dentistry, ideal preps and bonding technique that is used all over the world.

Dr. Bertolotti has agreed to come to Louisville as our keynote speaker for an all-day presentation on Thursday and he is donating his time and paying his own expenses, so that all ticket sales for his presentation can be donated to the Kentucky Dental Foundation.  Those funds will be used to sponsor a future RAM (Remote Area Medical) event in Kentucky.

Part 1 of our Interview…

Dr. B.J. Moorhead:  I am speaking today with Dr. Ray Bertolotti of California.  Dr. Bertolotti is going to be with us on Thursday, March 13th, 2014.  Ray, thank you so much, for taking the time to speak with us, today.

Dr. Ray Bertolotti:  Oh, it’s a pleasure, BJ.  Things are good, here in California. I hope, likewise, where you are there.  Kentucky is a long way from here.

Dr. Moorhead:  We certainly appreciate you coming east to see us. You shared with me when we talked in Anaheim in March that you don’t do very many small meetings and you don’t come east very often, so we will be honored to have you join us.

Dr. Bertolotti:  Well, I’ll be happy to be there.  It sounds like a fun place; I know I’ve been there in your state a couple of times and people are so nice, I thought well hey, why not, let’s go back!

Dr. Moorhead:  We also appreciate you being willing to come for expenses only, so that your ticket sales all go to the Kentucky Dental Foundation and will be donated to one of our Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinics for charity.

Dr. Bertolotti:  Oh, it’s my pleasure, but, you know, actually, expenses are on me.  I think you might have gotten that wrong, so let’s just take 100% of the proceeds, and put them in please, ok?

Dr. Moorhead:  Oh, thank you, thank you!

Dr. Bertolotti:  My Pleasure!

Dr. Moorhead:  I’ve had the pleasure of following you, now, for almost ten years, including getting to fly out to Tahoe to hear you speak, and had heard you bring in some interesting speakers, as well.  I know that your total etching goes back to almost the inception. Tell me a little about how you discovered that early on, and I think you are the dentist who brought total etching to America -- am I correct?

Dr. Bertolotti:  Yeah, that’s right; well actually, there was a book published and one of my professors at the university actually told me about it, and it was called New Concepts in Operative Dentistry and so I called up Quintessence and bought one and the guy said, “You are among the only few people in the world who ever bought one” and I said, “Well, hey, I want one.”  So anyway, I read this book and it was totally revolutionary because it said it’s necessary to etch dentin if you want to bond to it and of course that was totally against all the (philosophies of the) professors in the United States and most of the rest of the world.  

And I read the book, and the research sounded right, so I read the research papers and they sounded right, so what I did, I contacted Professor Fusayama, and I said, “You know, I read your book; I want to learn from you. Would you be my mentor and help me out with this?” and he said, “Well, of course!”  I was a totally unknown at the time, young PhD from Berkley.  But, he was a very nice guy, and he said, “Do you want to come to Tokyo or do you want me come to America?” And I thought, “Oh my golly, talk about gracious!” So we ended up meeting in Washington DC because we were going to a -- I can’t even remember what the meeting was, right now -- it was one of the research meetings.  But that was it, B.J., that was in, probably, 1981 or 82.

Dr. Moorhead:  And you had been in practice how long at that time?

Dr. Bertolotti:  Three years.

Dr. Moorhead:  So you were definitely an early adapter…

Dr. Bertolotti:  Oh, Yeah! I was the only one in America that was thinking that way, and I got a lot of flak from everybody when I started talking about it a couple of years later.

Dr. Moorhead:  So, how did people react?

Dr. Bertolotti:  The universities didn’t want it. I offered to the University of California - the lecture - and they said, “No way.” I said, “Ok guys; I’ll put it on right across the street from the university; I want to change dentistry forever.”  Which we did!  Thanks to Dr. Fusayama.  I can’t imagine now, smearing Dycal on all our preps. That’s probably where we would be if we didn’t have Dr. Fusayama’s research. So, yeah, everything changed…

To listen to PARTs II and III of this interview, go to our website at http://www.kyda.org/ky-meeting-marquee-speaker.html

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