Dental Professionals Recognized for Their Contribution to and Passion for Dentistry

2016 Dawson Passion for Dentistry Award

The Dawson Academy recognized 20 outstanding dental professionals at their annual alumni retreat on March 12, 2016 in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

“Our annual alumni retreat is a weekend unlike any other; it features unique continuing education courses, an opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals within our industry and time to re-connect with students past and present alike,” Joan Forrest, President & CEO of The Dawson Academy explained.

Dr. Peter Dawson, Founder of The Dawson Academy, shared, “Recognizing current and upcoming leaders in the dental industry is one of my favorite parts of the weekend. We are so fortunate at The Academy to be surrounded by and teach so many exceptional dental professionals. It most certainly makes selecting recipients difficult.”

Each year The Dawson Academy recognizes dental professionals for their contributions, passion and commitment to the dental field.

“Those recognized this year serve as an inspiration to those of us around them both in the dental field and within their communities,” explained Forrest.

The following are the honors and recipients awarded at the meeting.

Dr. Harry McCool
The Passion for Dentistry Award in recognition of a passion for and dedication to the dental profession.

Mr. Lee Culp, CDT
Distinguished Service Award for advancement of the dental profession through research, publication and education.

Mr. Shoji Suruga, CDT
Douglas Dawson Memorial Award in recognition of outstanding work in the field of dental laboratory technology.

Dr. Neeraj Khanna
The Peter E. Dawson Faculty Award in recognition of your commitment to and leadership of the students of The Dawson Academy.

Dr. Rajeev Upadya
The Peter E. Dawson Faculty Award in recognition of your commitment to and leadership of the students of The Dawson Academy.

The members of the Motor City Dawson Study Club in Detroit
The Study Club of the Year Award in recognition of the members’ enthusiasm for, and dedication to, practicing the Concept of Complete Dentistry®.

Dr. Brent Blaylock
The Dawson Academy Study Club Leader of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding leadership and service to The Dawson Academy Study Club Initiative.

Dr. Clement Monroe
The 2016 Dawson Study Club Challenge Winner in recognition of presenting a case demonstrating one’s ability to treat issues and address patient’s goals & budget while adhering to occlusal principles and providing quality esthetics.

The 2017 Dawson Alumni Retreat will be held on March 17-18, 2017 at the Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla. To learn more about the previous and upcoming retreats visit

About The Dawson Academy

The Dawson Academy is an international provider of science-based dental continuing education, teaching dentists to comprehensively diagnose and treat dental problems with excellence and integrity. The Academy has taught dental courses to the dental industry for over 35 years and is dedicated to teaching the principles and skills necessary for the successful practice of complete, quality, and predictable dentistry. The Dawson Academy’s goal is “to make good dentists even better”.


Virginia Bussey
Director of Marketing & Communications
The Dawson Academy


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