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.
Board of directors
Lynn Howard, Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Warren, MI
Audra Lansdown, Brazos Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, College Station, TX
Jill Dunnam, Fort Worth Oral Surgery, Fort Worth, TX
Robin Zenz, Great River Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dubuque, IA
Dana Leach, Atlanta Oral & Facial Surgery, Marietta, GA
David Nye, Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Associates, Evans, GA
Lacey Heftka (Interim Chair), Center for Oral & Facial Surgery, Chattanooga, TN
Scott Graham, Oral Facial Surgery Institute, St. Louis, MO
Nicole Toombs, Village Pointe Oral Surgery, Omaha, NE
Jill Dunnam, Fort Worth Oral Surgery
Everyone is just like me -- SUSAN STRITTMATTER, NORTHERN TEXAS FACIAL & ORAL SURGERY
serious about quality and committed to excellence.