OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Dental Association (ODA announces that Daniel Wilguess, DDS of Edmond, will serve as the 113th ODA President.
Dr. Wilguess was sworn into the presidency by Dr. Raymond Cohlmia, dean of the OU College of Dentistry, during the 2019 ODA House of Delegates meeting on April 25 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tuls. He will serve a one-year term, ending April 30, 2020.
As president of the ODA, Wilguess will serve as the official representative of this Association with governmental, civic, business and professional organizations for the purpose of advancing the objectives and policies of the Oklahoma Dental Association.
“Due to evolving technology, advances in materials, and support for all parts of the dental practice through professional organizations, we are currently delivering dental care in better ways than ever before. This year I will build on the foundation laid by the ODA presidents who preceded me and will work to not only capitalize on existing relationships, but also foster some new ones,” Wilguess said.
A Stillwater native, Wilguess attended Oklahoma State University and graduated with a biology degree. When he graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 2000, Wilguess practiced as an associate for Drs. David Simon and Gary Rahill in Oklahoma City, and Dr. G.A. Razook in Stillwater. In 2004, Wilguess joined forces with Drs. Mitch Kramer and Scott Waugh to form Edmond Family Dental Designs.
“Years ago, I learned to be interested, not interesting. Author Ty Bennett explained in ‘The Power of Influence’ that in building relationships, it matters more to be invested and interested in the other person,” Wilguess said.
Wilguess said he believes by actively listening to patients, he can better understand their situations and lives.
“Sometimes that benefits the care I provide, and many times it also means I’ve made a new and fascinating friend,” Wilguess said.
Wilguess resides in Edmond with his two children, Sydney and Daniel, and wife, Shannon. He volunteers his time in his community helping others through dentistry.
As Wilguess becomes President of the ODA, he looks forward to building relationships with more dentists and within area communities.
He said, “I challenge my colleagues to be interested in impacting our profession for the good health of all Oklahomans.”
The Oklahoma Dental Association, founded in 1907, has a membership of more than 1,600 dentists. The Association was established to help foster an awareness of the obligations and responsibilities of the dental profession to society, to help advance the art and science of dentistry, and to promote public health and health services in the State of Oklahoma.