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Welcome to SAID

Our membership exceeds over 300 members that hail from twenty nine (29) states, we have over sixty three (63) institutions and three (3) dental schools, who provide services to institutionalized and community based clients.

SAID is the only organization in the United States that provides a focus on the dental needs of clients who live in institutions, as well as those who live in the community at large.

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Jack Menius

Friend ・ Dedicated・Pioneer
Visionary・ Educator・ Mentor

In Loving Memory

Jack Menius was a key contributor to the establishment of the SAID organization. As one of the founding fathers and the second president of the organization, he helped form the mission and philosophy of service to special needs patients.  Jack may be the only Masters level pediatric dentist to devote his entire dental career of 28 years to institutional dentistry and the education of undergraduates and graduate students in developing skills to meet the needs of people living in an institutional setting.  In addition, he encouraged the dentists he taught to use these learned skills to help integrate people with disabilities into their private practices. 

 

He was an avid supporter of SAID from its inception to its maturity by sharing his experiences and techniques used in the treatment of special needs patients.  He, along with others, developed and introduced a number of treatment strategies that continue to be of value today.  Patient centered therapy was a vital tool in his practice.

 

Jack was a strong and effective advocate for special needs patients.  He had a clear vision of the future needs of people who were moved from his care into the community through the process of deinstitutionalization that became prominent during his career.  He tried to lay the ground work for a network of community based dentists who would meet the challenge of providing dental service to people after they were living a more independent life in the community.  He truly was a visionary, a dedicated educator and a mentor for many of us who followed in his footsteps.  We were fortunate to have someone who was talented and dedicated as Jack to walk beside us in our journey through this very challenging field in dentistry.  Jack exhibited the true concept of SAID.  

 

Thank you Jack for everything.

Join

Become a Member

SAID's membership is comprised of dental professionals working full time in institutions or professionals who devote a large portion of their time treating the developmentally disabled, mentally ill and/or otherwise medically compromised client.

Learn

Check our Resources

At SAID, we learn from each other. Tap into our many resources from dental professionals around the country. Use our Advocacy Toolkit, Professional Modules and many more resources. 

Connect

At our Annual Seminar

Meet us! 

Our 2023 58th Annual Session is set to take place in Hoffman Estates, Illinois October 18th-20th! Check our Annual Seminar for more details!

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