At the KDA Annual Meeting in April, Dr. Bert W. Oettmeier, Jr. announced his candidacy for 2nd Vice President of the American Dental Association. Election of the ADA 2nd Vice President will occur at the ADA Annual Session on Monday, November 4 in New Orleans. Delegates comprising the ADA House of Delegates will cast their ballot for the position. The ADA 2nd Vice President automatically ascends to 1st Vice President, thereby making the election a 2-year commitment as an officer and member of the ADA Board of Trustees.
Here in Kansas we know Bert well as he has been a significant part of organized dentistry since 1994 when he first became a member of the KDA Board of Delegates representing the Fifth District Dental Society. Eventually, Bert served as the President of the KDA in 2005 after holding the KDA offices of Treasurer, Vice-President and President Elect, the three previous years. Bert is active in proposing and testifying in support of legislation supporting patient’s rights with respect to the assignment of benefits and equal reimbursements for the patients who select non-network providers. He was selected the “KDA Dentist of the Year” in 2007 and received the KDA’s Harry M. Klenda Award for Outstanding Council Service in 2010 for his work on KDA Council on the Dental Benefits supporting patient rights.
At the ADA level, Bert has been a delegate to the ADA’s House of Delegates since 2004 and is currently serving a term that extends until 2014. He was appointed to the ADA’s Council on Dental Benefit Programs in 2006 and served as the Chair of that Council in 2009-10. He chaired the ADA’s Code Revision Committee in 2010-11 (later known as the Code Advisory committee which he also chaired in 2012). The work of these Committees updates and revises annually the ADA Current Dental Terminology (CDT) Code. Bert has been an ongoing consultant to the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs since 2010. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists (ACD), having been inducted in 1999. He was Region 5 Regent for the American College of Dentists Board of Regents before recently being elected its Treasurer.
Some of his other service in dentistry has included Chair of the UMKC School of Dentistry Rinehart Foundation, a member of the Kansas Health Policy Authority (KHPA) Advisory Council and the UMKC Board of Trustees (main campus).
Bert was born in Atlanta, Georgia and spent the first fourteen and a half years of his life growing up in small towns in Georgia and Florida. His father took a job with Gulf Oil Company in 1966, which brought him to Kansas City where he attended Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kansas and later went onto to be a 3-year letterman as defensive end at Kansas State University.
As Bert continues his climb to “bigger and better things”, he’s put a campaign committee in place with members from Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. He soon will be busy putting together brochures, lapel pins and other items to make sure members of the ADA House of Delegates know who he is and what he stands for, but it all take money!
If you’d like to help Bert with his campaign to be ADA 2nd Vice President, please send a check payable to:
“Oettmeier Campaign Funds”
11533 Canterbury Circle
Leawood , KS 66211