2019-20 Executive Board, from left: Dr. Dave Smith (Treasurer), Dr. Jessica Bremerman (Vice President), Dr. Felicia Fontenot (Secretary), Dr. Frederick John (President)

2019-20 Board Announced

The Society of American Indian Dentists convened their 29th annual conference and general membership meeting in Oklahoma City, OK, June 5-9, 2019.  Continuing education credits were provided by many local dental and medical professionals and experts, many from the OU Health Sciences Center.  The 4-day conference was highlighted by:
—21 hours of Continuing Education Units
—American Indian Cultural Center tour and reception
—A dental screening outreach event in conjunction with the Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City
—Presentations from over 20 dental and medical health professionals
—A record 23 American Indian students and 29 American Indian dentists and other at-large dentists  

During the annual general membership meeting, new officers were elected to the SAID Board of Directors:
—Frederick John, D.M.D. (Pyramid Lake Paiute) - President
Jessica Bremerman, D.D.S. (Yakama Nation) - Vice President
Felicia Fontenot, D.D.S (Mescalero Apache) - Secretary
Dave L. Smith, D.D.S. (Oneida) - Treasurer and Past President

Winifred J. Booker, D.D.S. (Piscataway) is the Immediate Past President, Jerry Snell, D.D.S. (Cherokee) and Sandra Wilson, D.D.S. (Northern Cheyenne) continue as at-large board members and George Blue Spruce, Jr., D.D.S., M.P.H., Pueblo (Laguna/Ohkay-Owingeh) is our President Emeritus and Founder.

 “This new year brings with it new opportunities, new challenges and --- I can confidently predict --- a new list of accomplishments for our society membership especially for the students of SAID who make us extremely proud! It is an honor to serve as the SAID President; I am truly humbled to have been nominated and elected to this position and hope to continue to lead SAID in a positive direction with reaching effect to both current and future members,” said Dr. John.

SAID is a grassroots organization that was founded in 1990 by George Blue Spruce Jr., DDS, MPH and five other Creighton University Alumni Dentists. The first meeting was held at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  Their original reason for organizing was to work as a group to meet the needs of American Indian dentists, dental students, and dental auxiliaries, improving both the status for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) dentists within the overall profession of dentistry and educational pathway for AI/AN students.  


6/8/19—SAID screens children at Red Earth Fest

Colgate’s Bright Smiles Bright Futures van trekked to the Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City to provide screenings to children in attendance. SAID’s Oklahoma-credentialed dentists, Dr. Jerry Snell, Dr. Sandra Wilson, and Dr. Kristi Cobb helped with the screenings while our SAID members helped spread the word to families at the festival.


4/25/19—Hundreds of Children Screened at

Gathering of Nations Powwow

Nearly 300 children from over a dozen states and Canada were screened during the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, NM. SAID Past President, Dr. Darlene Sorrell, helped with the screenings along with several other volunteer dentists and assistants during the 3-day event.


2/27/19—SAID Attends ECU Culture and Diversity Day

SAID President, Dr. Winifred J. Booker, attended East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Culture and Diversity Day. Each year the school takes a day to celebrate a particular culture in hopes of educating those who attend. This year the school celebrated American Indian culture through history, food, dancing, artifacts, etc. Dr. Booker was invited as their guest speaker and was able to share about the history of SAID and recent initiatives. Faculty, students and staff as well as community members were in attendance.


1/7/19—SAID at Greater NY Dental Meeting

SAID President Dr. Winifred J. Booker, DDS, attended the Greater New York Dental Meeting in December 2018. Dr. Booker’s mission was to promote the advancement of SAID among professional dental organizations. Here, Dr. Booker is with ADA President-Elect Jeffrey M. Cole, DDS, MBA, FAGD and HDA President Anna Munne, MD, DDS, MS, FACD along with other HDA members.