History of SOMSA

In 2006, we were just 12 people from large practices around the country who decided to meet up in San Francisco. As a collective, we established the JAWS Society — Joining Administrators With Support. As an organization, we were able to establish a strong support structure for OMS administrators across the country. Whether it was helping with common questions and concerns, providing educational resources and training, or creating a network for professional relationship development, JAWS Society was exactly what this industry needed. With 2019 beginning our 13th year, we have taken what we learned as JAWS and continued those practices as SOMSA — Society of OMS Administrators.

But we’ve grown to over 300 members nationwide from practices of all sizes, just by word-of-mouth! Our membership is growing, and so is the range of services we offer. Our first annual meetings were a few people getting together to discuss common issues, and our presentations were conducted by our members.

Our annual conferences now feature key opinion leaders in all aspects of dental practice management such as coding and billing, office dynamics, and practice marketing. Our locations now accommodate a vendor hall, social and networking events, and opportunities to explore our host city. Our 2018 conference was in Newport Beach, California, and this year’s conference is in beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

We’re now a thriving network of like-minded professionals, with diverse outlets for information and advice, such as webinars, newsletters, and forums where you can connect in real time with other members.

Our responsibilities in running a successful OMS practice are endless. It is our responsibility as administrators/managers to make sure that every day runs smoothly, efficiently, and harmoniously.

SOMSA leadership

Board of directors
President
Lynn Howard, Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Warren, MI
Vice-president
Audra Lansdown, Brazos Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, College Station, TX
Secretary
Jill Dunnam, Fort Worth Oral Surgery, Fort Worth, TX
Treasurer
Robin Zenz, Great River Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dubuque, IA
Past president
Dana Leach, Atlanta Oral & Facial Surgery, Marietta, GA

Past presidents of SOMSA

2019—Present
Lynn Howard
2017—2018
Dana Leach
2015—2016
Keith Miller
2012—2014
Susan Rust
2011
Monique Corcoran
2009—2010
Ruben Martinez
2006—2008
President and Founder: Scott Graham

Committee chairs

Conference committee
David Nye, Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Associates, Evans, GA
Membership committee
Lacey Heftka (Interim Chair), Center for Oral & Facial Surgery, Chattanooga, TN
Newsletter committee
Scott Graham, Oral Facial Surgery Institute, St. Louis, MO
Sponsorship committee
Nicole Toombs, Village Pointe Oral Surgery, Omaha, NE
Education committee
Jill Dunnam, Fort Worth Oral Surgery
Marketing committee
Courtney Schneider

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- SUSAN STRITTMATTER, NORTHERN TEXAS FACIAL & ORAL SURGERY