This series introduces the seven district presidents who were installed on July 23, 2017.
Dr. Paul Trotter
At Home: My wife, Liz, and I met at Furman University and were married in 2009. We welcomed our first child, Jackson, in December 2015, and we are expecting our second child, a girl, in October of this year. We also have a 9-year-old black lab, Caddy.
Volunteer and Leisure Activities: I am an avid golfer and sports fan. In my dwindling spare time, I enjoy playing golf, watching Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons football and Atlanta Braves baseball. Most of my volunteer time is spent in dentistry. In addition to my commitment to the Eastern District Dental Society, I am vice-president of the Augusta Dental Society, president of the Georgia Orthodontists Foundation and also on the board of directors for the GDA Plus+ Supplies buying cooperative.
Work/Education: I graduated from the Dental College of Georgia in 2010 and completed an AEGD residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. I then returned to the Dental College of Georgia for my orthodontic residency, and I completed that training in December 2013. I went into practice with my dad, Dr. T. Barrett Trotter, in January 2014. I become board certified through the American Board of Orthodontics in March 2014. Our practice has two locations, one in Augusta and one in Evans.
Organized Dentistry: My dad is a past president of the Eastern District Dental Society, so we went to the GDA Convention many summers when I was a child. Throughout my professional training, I have been surrounded by great mentors who have been involved in organized dentistry. Dr. Michael Rogers, a past president of the GDA and the AAO, has been a family friend for as long as I can remember. Dr. Leon Aronson, a past president of the GDA and the ICD, was a faculty member during my residency training. Also, our residency director, Dr. Eladio DeLeon, is a past president of the American Board of Orthodontics.
On the Eastern District: The Eastern District has had strong leaders come through it, including several past GDA presidents. This strong leadership has helped us to overcome our major challenge, which is the vast area that our district covers. Our district sprawls from Burke County (Waynesboro) to Towns and Union counties at the northern border of our state.
The Year Ahead: We will spend the majority of our time this year preparing to host GMOM in August 2018 in our district. This will be a huge undertaking for the GDA and for our district, and will require us to re-engage with members who have been inactive in recent years. We are excited to meet the challenge of hosting GMOM in the Eastern District!