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154th IDA Annual Session set for return to Indy


The Indiana Dental Association will host its 154th Annual Session in Indianapolis June 6-9, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency downtown.

Approximately 1,500 dentists, dental staff, spouses and exhibitors will convene to participate in continuing education opportunities, social events, downtown tourism and the meeting of the IDA House of Delegates.

Held in French Lick last year, the IDA’s signature meeting will find its traditional host city quite different following a series of dramatic renovations completed last February for the Super Bowl. Not only are basic downtown features such as roads, sidewalks and transportation options improved, but new restaurants, breweries, and nightlife opportunities are on members’ checklists for the meeting.

“Members can certainly expect a more exciting mix of activity options, compared to the last time the meeting was held in Indianapolis,” said Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, Chair of the Council on Annual Session.

Some of the most spectacular downtown updates are at the new host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. The hotel invested more than $20 million to completely refurbish guest rooms, suites and the revolving “Eagle’s Nest” restaurant on its top floor.

According to the Indianapolis Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the renovations to the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis are the most extensive of its 35 years of operation. In addition to remodeling its existing rooms, suites and revolving restaurant, the Hyatt added two new dining and nightlife venues on the first floor, including its “One South” Italian eatery and “Level One” bar.

Continuing education, a key function of the IDA Annual Session, will also keep attendees busy and offer a diverse lineup of speakers. Course topics range from the latest trends in practice management to clinical lectures addressing such treatments as direct aesthetic posterior restorations.

As part of the meeting the Indiana Dental Political Action Committee will also host its annual silent auction and reception. Guest speakers include Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, and Dr. Denny Zent, an IDA member now running as the Republican candidate for Indiana’s 51st House District seat.

“We are thrilled to have Mike Pence on the agenda this year,” said Dr. Bill Risk, Chair of IDPAC. “He has been a friend of dentistry for many years.

“We are also hoping to further rally our members around the candidacy of one of our own, Denny Zent, who would be a fine leader on behalf of dentistry in the state legislature.”

The IDPAC silent auction and reception are key fundraising opportunities for the IDA’s legislative efforts each year.

Heather Parton, IDA Director of Professional Development and Planning, is the coordinator for the event. She said there is still time to register on-site for the meeting.

“We still have a lot of registrations coming in every day,” Parton said. “It’s exciting to have the meeting back in Indianapolis, and I think everyone will be pleased with the planning and hard work the Council on Annual Session has put into this event,” she added.

Last-minute registration for the IDA Annual Session must now be completed on-site at the IDA Registration Desk on the third floor of the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, starting Thursday, June 7, at 7 a.m. Individuals planning to attend can visit for the latest discounted hotel opportunities.

For additional meeting information contact Heather Parton, IDA Director of Professional Development and Planning, at

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