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    President's Message

Dr. Michael Tesmer
2024-2025 FAP President


I want to start by thanking you all this afternoon for taking the time out of your busy schedules to be a part of this meeting and for making the decision to be a part of such a great organization.

I also want to thank all of you for the opportunity to serve as your Florida Association of Periodontists president. Thank you to the executive council, for without all of you and your hard work I would not be in this position today and we would not be able to put on such a fabulous meeting.

I think back of when I was in residency and seeing Alan Fetner, Jimmy Wilson, and many others at the podium as president and I thought to myself, “There is no way you could ever get me on that stage.” So, about ten years later, with some mild convincing and a phone call from Jessica Stilley, well…here I am.

And I am here because I believe in this organization and I really want to do my part to assure we continue in the path of our predecessors, building upon their experience and knowledge to further this association so it maintains its highest potential. I truly believe this organization gives back to its members in spades and I will pledge to make sure every one of you feel the way as I do. I hope to hear from all of you with suggestions on how to help continue to improve our great association.

When I was in residency I truly looked forward to these meetings, not only for the continuing education which I would like to say is second to none and bargain at that; but these meetings were also about camaraderie and friendship discussing new ideas and techniques and also complaining about staffing issues! Now, those relationships span for over a decade. One of which, Todd Britten, a former co-resident at UF, who with a little convincing now also on the executive council.

I look forward to seeing where this organization goes in the future. We have so many talented members and new resident members. I want to encourage all of you who have friends and colleagues who are not part of our association to extend the invitation of membership. Because we are our membership and with more members our group will only flourish and become even more remarkable.

Again, I appreciate the opportunity to serve all of you and the FAP the best that I can. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the executive council or to me personally if I can be of any service to you.

Thank you!