About Us

The Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (MoAPD) is one of the state components of Region V (Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry) of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) . The MoAPD is divided into 3 regions: Greater St. Louis, Greater Kansas City and Mid-Missouri. The majority of members in the Mid-Missouri region practice in either  Columbia, Cape Girardeau, Joplin or Springfield. MoAPD officers are President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and a representative from each of the three regions. The President and Vice President have one year terms, and the regional officers hold their position for three years before moving into the Vice President, and then President role.

Membership to the MoAPD is open to all AAPD members. The different levels of MoAPD membership are:

  1. Pediatric Dentists
  2. Affiliate: General Dentists with an interest in children's oral heath
  3. Student: Both undergraduate and postgraduate dental students.

Dues are paid annually and are separate from AAPD and Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry dues. MoAPD dues statements go out in Mid-October and are due by the end of the calendar year.  A reduction in dues is offered to dental students, and those who have reached the AAPD milestone of being a life or retired member.

A Brief History

A small group of Missouri pediatric dentists met during the Missouri Dental Association meeting in January 2001 to discuss how to create a statewide organization which would accomplish the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) requirement that all districts have state coalitions. Bylaws and a Constitution were created, and the group met at the AAPD meeting later that year in Atlanta to vote on its approval. The members met again the following year during the AAPD meeting in New York in order to choose officers. The officers were chosen from among those initial members. Dr. Craig Hollander (St. Louis) was the first President, Dr. Lori Henderson(Columbia) was the first Vice President, and the regional officers were Dr. Rob Coyle (Columbia), Mark Fernandez (St. Louis), and Mike Berry (Kansas City). The Secretary Treasurer position does not change each year, and has been held by Dr. Hollander from its inception.

Invitations to join the newly named Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (MoAPD) went out after the New York meeting in 2002, and by the following year, dues were collected from 27 members.

The first annual assembly meeting of the MoAPD was held on January 17, 2004 in conjunction with the Missouri Dental Association Mid-Winter meeting in Columbia, Missouri, and we have met in January every year since. Our annual meeting is comprised of a 2 hour continuing education lecture (free to MoAPD members) followed by a luncheon business meeting . It is held every year in Columbia, Missouri, usually the third Saturday of January. Individuals wishing to join the MoAPD can find an application by clicking on the button below.