Awards

Gold StarThe MDA regularly honors members of the dental profession who have given back to their communities and their profession in ways that are exemplary. Each year the MDA recognizes members for their commitment to the field of dentistry and to the association, based on nominations made by the district dental societies. View this handout for further information, eligibility and entry guideline requirements.

Award Nomination Form

Candidate Nomination Form

Board of Dentistry Nomination Form

2019 MDA Honorees

Gary Anderson, D.D.S. – Guest of Honor
David Dvorak, D.D.S. – Guest of Honor
Mark Phillips, D.D.S. – New Dentist Leadership Award
Gary Williams, D.D.S. – Humanitarian Service Award
Gerald Wimmer, D.D.S. – Humanitarian Service Award
Roger Sjulson, D.D.S. – Outstanding Service Award
Amber Cziok, D.D.S. – President’s Award

Past Recipients

Gary Anderson, D.D.S.

2019 MDA Guest of Honor

Dr. Gary Anderson has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the field of organized dentistry over the past three-plus decades through his involvement in Minneapolis District Dental Society (MDDS) activities, his work as an associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, and as an author and lecturer.

Earning his DDS degree in 1980 from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Dr. Anderson soon began his long and distinguished career as an academic at the School, starting in 1981 as a clinical instructor in the Department of Removable Prosthodontics.

In 1983, Dr. Anderson earned his Master’s in prosthodontics. That same year he became an assistant professor in the TMJ/Occlusion Division of the Department of Diagnostic/Surgical Science at the School, while working as a dentist at MedCenter Health Plan in Saint Louis Park, focusing on temporomandibular disorders.

Throughout the years, Dr. Anderson has served twice as a department chair at the School of Dentistry and was senior associate dean from 2001-2007. From 2016-2018, Dr. Anderson served as an associate professor and as interim dean at the School, and in March of 2018 he was named dean. In the fall of that year he was promoted to full professor. Dr. Anderson, who has held a professional appointment at Health Partners in Prosthodontics/Temporomandibular Disorders since 1984, has continued to see patients throughout his term as dean.

Dr. Anderson has been a member of the ADA, MDA, and Minneapolis District Dental Society (MDDS) for over 37 years. He has served as a MDDS delegate to the MDA House of Delegates and is currently a member of the district’s Bylaws and Ethics Committee. In 2018 he was chosen as MDDS’ Guest of Honor.
In addition, Dr. Anderson became a Fellow of the American College of Dentists in 2002, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain in 1983, and was a member of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s dental honor society, Omiron Kappa Upsilon.

The MDA is proud to honor Dr. Gary Anderson as a 2019 Guest of Honor.

David Dvorak, D.D.S.

2019 MDA Guest of Honor

Dr. David Dvorak has admirably served the dental profession as a long standing, highly respected instructor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, from which he graduated in 1955. He is also an alumnus of Macalester College. Dr. Dvorak served in the United States Army Dental Corp in Germany for two years, attaining the rank of captain, then entering private practice in Saint Paul.

Subsequently drawn to teaching dentistry at his Alma Mater and wishing to advance his skills as an educator, Dr. Dvorak entered the graduate program at the School of Education, University of Minnesota, whereupon he earned a Master of Education in higher (adult) education. A caring and perceptive clinical professor, he taught many dental courses across a broad spectrum for a period spanning from 1969 until his retirement in 2015. Dr. Dvorak has been described as a “positive motivator” who fosters an atmosphere conducive to learning. He eagerly recalls the names of many former students and has retained the handwritten notes and letters received throughout the years. The respect he demonstrated toward his students was mutual; he regarded them as “professionals in training,” as well as continuous learners.

Dr. Dvorak has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career, including membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon, an honorary fraternity; the Outstanding Clinical Instructor from the School of Dentistry in 1970 and 1974; Adjunct Clinical Faculty of the Year in 2011 and 2015 (established in memory of Dr. Eric Stafne, Periodontist); and the Award of Excellence from the School of Dentistry Alumni Association in 1999 (formerly Dr. A. B. Hall award).

In addition, Dr. Dvorak served on the Saint Paul District Dental Society Executive Council from 1992-98, was secretary-treasurer from 1973-78, and president of the Minnesota Academy for Gnathological Research from 1978-79.

In recent years he has been a familiar face at the annual MDA Star of the North meeting where he and his wife Donna, can be seen enthusiastically greeting and welcoming attendees, many of whom share fond memories and express their sincere gratitude at having been his students at the University of Minnesota.

The MDA is proud to honor Dr. David Dvorak as a 2019 Guest of Honor.

Mark Phillips, D.D.S.

2019 New Dentist Leadership Award

Dr. Mark Phillips has shown a sincere dedication to organized dentistry and to his community since graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s Endodontics Program in 2011.

Currently a member of the Northeastern District Dental Society’s (NEDDS) executive council, Dr. Phillips is also co-chair of NEDDS’ New Dentist Committee and has helped to make that committee very active and successful by hosting several new dentist gatherings each year. Each of those events typically include both continuing education and an activity, and take a considerable amount of planning.

Reaching out to every new dentist arriving in the Northeastern District, Dr. Phillips takes the time to personally explain the importance of organized dentistry to them and invites them to new dentist gatherings. He hosted his second annual new dentist membership event in 2018.

A very responsible and respected endodontist in the Duluth area, Dr. Phillips has made tremendous contributions to the community through the care he gives his patients and his availability for patient treatment.

Dr. Phillips is currently president of the Minnesota Association of Endodontists College of Diplomates, a member of the Lake Superior College Hygiene Advisory Board, a member of the Lake Superior Study Club, the Spear Study Club, and the Great Lakes Study Club.  In his spare time, he participates in his church and neighborhood organizations and activities.

Dr. Phillips and his wife Andrea reside in Duluth, Minnesota.

The MDA is pleased to honor Dr. Mark Phillips with the 2019 New Dentist Leadership Award.

Gary Williams, D.D.S.

2019 Humanitarian Service Award

Dr. Gary Williams and Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Wimmer have been referred to as the Gary and Jerry Show for years. This duo first met each other at college in 1976 and became fast friends.  They both attended The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and, of course as “W & W,” were to become “bench mates.”

Shortly after graduating together in 1984, an opportunity presented itself and Drs. Williams & Wimmer Dental Partners was born. (They have been professional partners ever since.) From the very beginning they have been involved with organized dentistry, being members of the ADA, MDA, and the Minneapolis District Dental Society (MDDS) for 34 years and counting. They have been delegates to the MDA House of Delegates many times and have served on numerous state and district committees over their careers.

And now the MDA has decided that they should share the 2019 MDA Humanitarian Service Award.

Volunteering their time and talents to events and organizations in need is who they are. Both Drs. Williams and Wimmer have served, and continue to serve, the events of Project Homeless connect (all years), in-office Donated Dental Services, Team Smile clinics with the Minnesota Twins and Super Bowl, and the Minnesota Mission of Mercy as co-leads in dental triage for all six events.

They are proud of their connections to important individual projects, as well. Dr. Williams is a Board member of Operation Grace Minnesota Adopt-A-Smile mobile dental care. He has traveled as part of the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church’s South African/Lesotho dental education mission. Dr. Wimmer has been involved with Give Kids a Smile events and the Sharing and Caring Hands dental clinic.  He is currently a member of the MDA Scientific Session Committee and is a peer review examiner for the MDDS.

The calling that is most special to Drs. Williams and Wimmer is their extensive experience and involvement with Volunteers in Mission. The two have been providing dental care in Central America to those in need for over 20 years. The trips have taken them to multiple locations in Honduras and Panama. They are very proud of these trips and the care they have provided to so many deserving people. The rewards that come from including and mentoring colleagues and students on these trips make them truly amazing experiences.

The MDA is pleased to honor Dr. Gary Williams and Dr. Jerry Wimmer as recipients of the 2019 MDA Humanitarian Service Award.

Gerald Wimmer, D.D.S.

2019 Humanitarian Service Award

Dr. Gary Williams and Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Wimmer have been referred to as the Gary and Jerry Show for years. This duo first met each other at college in 1976 and became fast friends.  They both attended The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and, of course as “W & W,” were to become “bench mates.”

Shortly after graduating together in 1984, an opportunity presented itself and Drs. Williams & Wimmer Dental Partners was born. (They have been professional partners ever since.) From the very beginning they have been involved with organized dentistry, being members of the ADA, MDA, and the Minneapolis District Dental Society (MDDS) for 34 years and counting. They have been delegates to the MDA House of Delegates many times and have served on numerous state and district committees over their careers.

And now the MDA has decided that they should share the 2019 MDA Humanitarian Service Award.

Volunteering their time and talents to events and organizations in need is who they are. Both Drs. Williams and Wimmer have served, and continue to serve, the events of Project Homeless connect (all years), in-office Donated Dental Services, Team Smile clinics with the Minnesota Twins and Super Bowl, and the Minnesota Mission of Mercy as co-leads in dental triage for all six events.

They are proud of their connections to important individual projects, as well. Dr. Williams is a Board member of Operation Grace Minnesota Adopt-A-Smile mobile dental care. He has traveled as part of the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church’s South African/Lesotho dental education mission. Dr. Wimmer has been involved with Give Kids a Smile events and the Sharing and Caring Hands dental clinic.  He is currently a member of the MDA Scientific Session Committee and is a peer review examiner for the MDDS.

The calling that is most special to Drs. Williams and Wimmer is their extensive experience and involvement with Volunteers in Mission. The two have been providing dental care in Central America to those in need for over 20 years. The trips have taken them to multiple locations in Honduras and Panama. They are very proud of these trips and the care they have provided to so many deserving people. The rewards that come from including and mentoring colleagues and students on these trips make them truly amazing experiences.

The MDA is pleased to honor Dr. Gary Williams and Dr. Jerry Wimmer as recipients of the 2019 MDA Humanitarian Service Award.

Roger Sjulson, D.D.S.

2019 Outstanding Service Award

Dr. Roger Sjulson graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1977 and has been actively involved in ADA, MDA, and Northwestern District Dental Society (NWDDS) activities ever since, taking on leadership roles within the Association and in dental professional organizations.

Currently serving as the NWDDS secretary/treasurer, in the past Dr. Sjulson has also served as their President, trustee to the MDA, and delegate to the MDA House of Delegates. Additionally, he has served as a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates and has been a member of the MDA Membership Committee, the MINDENPAC Board of Directors, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Society, the Head Start Committee, and has served as chair of the East Polk County DAC.

Dr. Sjulson has generously donated his time, money, and expertise to various charitable dental activities throughout the years, including Mission of Mercy activities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa; the Give Kids a Smile program; Donated Dental Services; and the Northern Dental Access Center. He has attended nearly all of the MDA’s Dental Day at the Capitol events over the past 20 years, and regularly contributes to ADPAC and MINDENPAC.

Dr. Sjulson has set up dental “Town Hall” meetings with state legislators every year since 2010.  He has researched information for the NWDDS Centennial, and in 2016 revised the NWDDS Constitution, Bylaws and Ethics manual. He has served the community of Fosston with over 40 years of dentistry, training many dental assisting interns over those years. He is a candid proponent of membership in the MDA by encouraging younger dentists to not only become members, but leaders in the Association.

It is an honor for the MDA to present Dr. Roger Sjulson the 2019 Outstanding Service Award for his dedicated service to the profession.

Amber Cziok, D.D.S.

2018 President’s Award

Each year, the current MDA President has the honor of choosing the one member whom he or she believes stands out amongst all others. The president carefully considers the various services each member has provided to the Association and to the profession and chooses accordingly.

At the 2018 MDA House of Delegates meeting, Dr. R. David Resch announced his decision to honor Dr. Amber Cziok with his President’s Award. He had this to say about her:

“This recipient…is a very thoughtful person, thinks before speaking, (is a) perfectionist, has a great sense of humor and is an excellent problem solver. And she does all this at a very young age, with a very busy personal life, a husband, and three kids under the age of 13. She has shown extraordinary commitment and service to our profession and our Association on a local, state, and national level.”

As an undergraduate, Dr. Cziok attended Bemidji State University, where she met her husband David (a native of Litchfield), before enrolling at the University of Minnesota School of dentistry in 2002. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2006 there, graduating with high honors.

A member of the ADA, the MDA, and the West Central District Dental Society (WCDDS), Dr. Cziok has been active in organized dentistry since 2004 when, as a dental student, she served on the MDA Scientific Session Committee. In addition, Dr. Cziok has served on the MDA New Dentist Committee, is currently a member of the MDA Membership Committee, and is a board member of the Minnesota Dental Foundation. She is a past trustee of the West Central District Dental Society and has served as a 10th District delegate at several ADA Annual House of Delegates meetings. At the September 2018 MDA House of Delegates meeting, Dr. Cziok was elected MDA 2nd Vice President.

Dr. Cziok takes an active role in charitable activities, supporting and volunteering her time and services to Give Kids A Smile events, the Minnesota Mission of Mercy, and Donated Dental Services.

The MDA congratulates Dr. Amber Cziok on being selected as the 2018 MDA President’s Award recipient.