This series introduces the seven district presidents who were installed on July 23, 2017.
Dr. Scott McLaurin
I have a wife named Lindsay, and three kids: Mason, Gabrielle, and Sarabelle, who are 10, 11, and 12, respectively.
Leisure Activities: I really love to go deep-sea fishing; we keep a boat in Panama City, and try to go every other weekend. I also enjoy hunting and traveling. So far, my favorite place to visit has been the Grecian Islands.
Education/Work: I attended Tulane University for my undergraduate degree, Georgia State for a Master’s and the Medical College of Georgia for my DMD.
My father was a dentist, and just retired two years after practicing here since 1969. I’ve been in practice since 2001. I came in as an associate, and slowly worked my way to becoming a partner, and finally owner of the practice. We also have a satellite office in Buena Vista, GA, which is a small rural community. I practice general dentistry, a little of everything – including Invisalign, implants, and TMJ treatments. Currently, I have one associate, Dr. Frederick Moore, and we have a huge staff: six assistants, five front desk staff, and six hygienists.
Organized dentistry: There are so many benefits from being in organized dentistry. If I were a solo practitioner without any contact with other dentists and business people, it would be hard to find out about technology and legislation, or to find the same camaraderie.
I joined GDA right out of dental school. I also had talked about getting more involved with past presidents, and decided that I was interested in volunteering in the district. I’d say I was mentored by past presidents, as well as my father – who I can still bounce ideas off. He’s been around the profession for so long and seen so many changes in dentistry.
On the Western District: My district is a small district, but is very close-knit. If anyone has any questions or concerns, they can call an officer and get an immediate answer. There’s nothing that will hold us back from discussing any issue.
The year ahead: We’ve been going to the convention for the past ten years, which I’m looking forward to this year – it’s a lot of fun, our kids love running around and playing on family night, and we can go out dancing. Our children also look forward to the convention every year.
My main goals this year is to get more people involved. I also plan to continue to stay on top of the influx of corporate dentistry. No matter whether DSOs are good or bad, I think we need to stay on top of the inroads and purchase of new practices in the area.
Overall, I’d like to see more people be more involved and to increase our CE functions. We’ve been talking about interesting CE course topics with other GDA leaders, so that members can intend more than a meeting, and also receive a professional benefit from engaging with our district.