Published on Monday, January 12, 2015
After 35 years of practicing dentistry in Pascagoula, Julius A. “Jay” Willis, D.M.D., sold his practice and retired. For the last few years, he has been doing dental practice transition consulting through his new company, Willis and Associates, L.L.C. The company facilitates all types of dental practice transitions in Mississippi, including appraisals, sales, purchases, mergers, partnerships and associateships on a flat-fee basis. To find out more about his company, visit www.drjaywillis.com. One of the big joys of Dr. Willis’ retired life is spoiling his four grandsons.
Four members of the UMMC School of Dentistry Class of 1982, including Helen Lee Campassi, D.M.D. (front row, right), Robin Campassi, D.M.D. (back row, right), David Gilmore, D.M.D. (back row, second from right), and Wade Hankins, D.M.D. (Back row, second from left), recently went on a continuing education cruise on the Rhine River. They were joined by Mary Gilmore (front row, left) and Claudia Hankins (back row, left).
Edward S. Wheeler, D.M.D., has played an instrumental role in the annual Thumbs Up for Bill 5k Run in Gulfport, named in honor of Dr. Bill Gasparrini, a local psychologist and beloved member of the local running and cycling community in south Mississippi who fought a courageous battle against cancer. The fourth TUFB 5K event took place Nov. 22 with several members of the 5th district dental community in attendance. The 5K generated approximately $5,000 in funds for the Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Oncology Special Needs Fund, which helps cancer patients with out-of-pocket costs beyond their medical treatment, such as food, transportation and medicine. For more information about the Thumbs Up for Bill Run or the Memorial Hospital Foundation, call Dave Estorage or Dana Lamey at (228) 865-3048.
After completing a general practice residency at the University of Florida, Tara T. Hackney, D.M.D., has worked as a public health dentist in Florida for the last 25 years. She was recently named one of 66 Florida Public Health Heroes for her work with programs that expanded dental care for children in her county. She is a member of a team of community dentists that obtained funding and built an all-volunteer clinic in St. Augustine and she also regularly volunteers there, donating more than 160 hours to treat uninsured adults. She and her husband, Mike, recently celebrated their 26th anniversary. Their two children, Noah and Rachel, attend the University of Florida, but are also Mississippi State Bulldog fans, having attended MSU football games and watched them on TV through the years.
Raanne Ray Tindle, D.M.D., is looking forward to the graduation of her daughter, Trevor Tindle, from the UMMC School of Dentistry in May 2015.
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