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More than 12,000 Texas dentists, hygienists and assistants know the drill. Each spring, they head to San Antonio for the Annual Session of the Texas Dental Association (TDA). But this year, they'll get a little extra hometown flavor. The TDA selected Risé L. Lyman, D.D.S., to chair the 2002 Annual Session. She is a 1985 graduate of the Dental School, and the first Health Science Center alumna to chair the association's mammoth event.
"This is a great opportunity for our school," Dr. Lyman said. "Our Dental School is the youngest in the state. This event will really put us on the map."
Dr. Lyman works in private practice and is a clinical associate professor in the department of general dentistry. She is also the past-president of the Dental School Alumni Association.
As chair, Dr. Lyman scouts speakers and coordinates the program, social events, registration, housing and exhibits. It's a daunting task, but Dr. Lyman said it is also a unique opportunity to share the profession.
"We are trying to reach out to the community and the state of Texas to promote the profession of dentistry," Dr. Lyman said. "We are graduating fewer dentists. By the year 2020
we will start feeling that depletion. This is a chance for us to encourage students to get
into dentistry and instill values and morals while they are still young."
This 132nd Annual Session is free to dentists, their staff and their spouses, as well as dental students who are members of the American Student Dental Association. The seminar runs May 2 through May 4 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.