Santa Clara Dentist Receives 2011 Mastership Award from The Academy of General Dentistry
CHICAGO (August 1, 2011)—The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up to date in the profession through continuing education to better serve the public, is pleased to announce that Rafi Balabanian, DDS, MAGD, of Santa Clara, CA, received the association’s 2011 Mastership award presented at the convocation ceremony, held during the AGD’s 2011 Annual Meeting & Exhibits; July 28 to 31 in San Diego, Calif.
The Mastership award is the highest honor available at the AGD and one of the most respected designations within the profession. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Balabanian completed 1,100 hours of continuing dental education and has met structured and rigorous set of requirements involving all the dental disciplines.
As a recipient of the Mastership award, Dr. Balabanian joins more than 2,200 active AGD Masters who understand that providing great smiles and good oral health for their patients are the result of going above and beyond basic requirements.
“We are proud to honor Dr. Balabanian for his commitment to provide the highest quality of oral care to their patients,” says AGD President Howard Gamble, DMD, FAGD. “There are more than 100,000 general dentists in the country and less than one percent of those are Masters with the AGD. It’s a remarkable accomplishment for Dr. Balabanian.”
Dr. Balabanian has been practicing dentistry in Santa Clara and San Jose since 1990. In addition to the AGD, Dr. Balabanian is a member of the ADA (American Dental Association), the CDA (California Dental Association) and the SCCDS (Santa Clara County Dental Association). He and his wife Nora live in San Jose and have two children.
About the Academy of General Dentistry
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up to date in the profession through continuing education to better serve the public. Founded in 1952, the AGD has grown to become the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. More than 772,000 persons in the United States are employed directly in the field of dentistry. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs. For more information about the AGD, please visit www.agd.org