Dental society marks 100th anniversary

BOARDMAN – The president of the American Dental Association was on hand last week to launch the year-long 100th birthday celebration of the Corydon Palmer Dental Society.

Dr. Robert Faiella was accompanied by other ADA officers as well as top-ranking officials of the Ohio Dental Association at an event to install Dr. Donald Brunetti as Corydon Palmer’s 100th president.

The event, held at Mr. Anthony’s, also marked the end of Dr. Marybeth Shaffer’s year-long term as president of the Corydon Palmer Dental Society. Shaffer maintains her practice in Leetonia.

Besides Faiella, those attending a dinner and installation were ADA Treasurer Dr. Ron Lemmo, 7th District ADA Trustee Dr. Joseph Crowley, Dr. Kim Gardner, president of the Ohio Dental Association; David Oswiany, ODA executive director; and Dr. David Waldman, ODA secretary and CPDS member, as well as local society officers.

The installation ceremony was the first of a year-long series of programs that will be held to commemorate the establishment of CPDS and honor its namesake, Mahoning Valley native Dr. Corydon Spencer Palmer.

Born in 1820 in Vernon Township in northern Trumbull County, Palmer was one of the pioneers in the professional dentistry. Renowned for his skill in dentistry, accounts of the time noted that wealthy patients he acquired in New York traveled to see him, some in their private railroad cars, when he returned to practice in Warren.

He created the Palmer Notation method, a system used by dentists worldwide to associate information to a specific tooth, and saw it published in an 1870 issue of the professional journal The Dental Cosmos. The office/laboratory behind his home on Washington Street in Warren held many of his inventions and procedures.

The Corydon Palmer Dental Society was established in 1913 as the local component of the Ohio and American dental associations, representing more than 300 members in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties. About 85 percent of dentists in the three-county area are members.

The society has focused on improving access to dental care in the three-county area. This year, the society is heavily invested in three specific programs:

– Give Kids a Smile Day, a program begun a decade ago to offer basic dental screening and exams to underserved children.

– Dental OPTIONS, (Ohio Partnership To Improve Oral health through access to Needed Services), a program offered by the Ohio Department of Health in partnership with the Ohio Dental Association assist Ohioans with special health care needs and/or financial barriers to obtain dental care.

– Access Health Mahoning Valley, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to assure access to health care for low income, uninsured residents of Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

Thursday’s ceremony also installed new CPDS officers: Dr. Joseph Baytosh, president-elect; Dr. James Ramunno, vice-president; Dr. James Lessick, secretary; and Dr. Thomas Gabriel, treasurer.

Past presidents and 50-year members were honored, including six new 50-year members, Drs. Donald Centofante, Patrick Haggerty, James Martuccio, Raymond Najem, Ernst Rose, Peter Rosko, and George Saadey. A special presentation was held for longtime member Dr. Marvin Swartz.