Next year, Dr. Lauren Moore will become the first female dentist from Mobile to lead the Montgomery-headquartered Alabama Dental Association (ALDA) as president. Currently she is vice president of the association.
Founded in 1869, ALDA is one of the state’s oldest organizations of its kind. Practitioner membership crisscrosses Alabama in regions both urban and rural. Active in advocacy, ALDA has two full-time lobbyists on Goat Hill who monitor high level legislation potentially impacting patient dental care throughout the state.
The laundry list of Moore’s list of achievements and honors since entering a historically male-dominated profession 15 years ago makes it easy to see why she will be leading ALDA next year.
Recently she was awarded the Most Excellent Fellow designation and will be recognized at ALDA’s annual awards event in June. The honor is given to association members for significant contributions in their profession and community. With nearly 1,900 member dentists in the state, only one is chosen for the title by ALDA every year.
In October 2018, Moore was inducted into the International College of Dentists (ICD) during the American Dental Association’s annual meeting in Honolulu. Established in 1920, it is a worldwide organization spanning over 122 countries. Membership is by invitation only and based on outstanding professional achievement.
A specialist in pediatric dentistry and a partner at locally-owned Thomas & Moore Pediatric Dentistry in Mobile, Moore earned her D.M.D. degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry in 2004. She received her certificate in pediatric dentistry from UAB’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry in 2007. Moore picked up her bachelor’s degree locally from Spring Hill College in 1999.
In 2017, Moore served as president of the Mobile Area Dental Society (MADS). Covering Mobile, Baldwin, Choctaw and Washington counties, she was also that organization’s first woman dentist to serve in the role.
Currently Moore is on the Board of Trustees of ALDA and the Council on Membership. She has served on and has been the chair of the Council on the New Dentist, for which she received ALDA’s Outstanding Council Chair award. She has also served in the ALDA House of Delegates, has been the chair of the credentialing committee, served on the reference committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Dental Political Action Committee.
She is a fellow in the International College of Dentists and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the Alabama Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. A native Mobilian, Moore was selected as one of Mobile Bay‘s Class of 40 under 40 and is a St. Paul’s Episcopal School graduate.
In her leadership role with ALDA, Moore sees and opportunity to help shape dentistry in the state and to work towards fixing some of Alabama’s shortcomings in that area.
“There are over 20 counties in Alabama where there are no dentists under 65 years old. Unless younger dentists can be persuaded to locate in these underserved areas, within the next decade, all of them could have no dentists at all,” Moore said. “ALDA is working to help maintain access to high-quality dental care for Alabamians who live in rural underserved areas.”
Some solutions Moore proposed as ALDA’s incoming president include possibly creating dental school scholarships for students from rural areas to return home to practice and/or student loan forgiveness for those who will go to underserved areas to work.
Moore also mentioned that Alabama Governor Kay Ivey proclaimed April as Oral Cancer Awareness Month and that Alabama ranks fifth in the nation for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer.
“I want to be part of the movement that creates awareness in Alabama of oral cancer, prevention and the importance of early detection,” she said. “As a pediatric dentist, it’s important for me to start the conversation with parents about vaccinations in adolescents to help prevent some of these types of cancers.”
Business moves, transactions
Harry Johnson of Gulf Coast Restaurant Brokers reported that Chef Jeremiah Matthews with Daphne-based Southwood Kitchen and business partner Mike Francis, owner of JMF Solutions, recently picked up the former La Cocina Mexican Restaurant property for $435,000. The site is situated at 800 N. Section St. in Fairhope.
Expectations are to open a new restaurant in the space sometime in 2020, but a name or eatery theme were unknown as of press time. The site was previously home to a Trailways bus station in the 1970s and the Magnolia Bar & Grill restaurant during the 1980s. Dot Yeager and Linda Lou Parsons represented the seller, Johnny Roberts, in the transaction. Johnson worked for the buyers.
Per Pratt Thomas with Merrill P. Thomas Co. Inc., AR Workshop Mobile, located at 6601 Airport Blvd. in Providence Plaza in west Mobile, recently leased some 1,500 square feet of shop space. The new space is designed as a workshop for DIY crafters and local artisans to produce home decor, gifts and other accessories. The new business is locally owned by the mother and daughter team of Tracy Weaver and Courtney Rascoe. Plans are in place to open by either late April or early May. Thomas represented both the landlord and tenant in the transaction.
Cytranet, a voice, data, cloud and computer repair company has leased 1,675 square feet of office space at the Waterman-Smith building located at 61 St. Joseph St. in downtown Mobile. Six spots remain available for lease, including the former Wells Fargo bank anchor space on the ground floor, according to Josh W. Hall of NAI Mobile who handles the leasing of the historic building. The Waterman-Smith building has seen a rise in leasing activity since its newest owner began renovating the property, post acquisition, in 2018.
The 2,449-square-foot former Wells Fargo retail branch, located at 550 Bel Air Blvd. and adjacent to the Shoppes at Bel Air in Mobile, is currently up for sale for $550,000. Allen Garstecki and Guy Oswalt with JLL are handling the sale of the property. While current ATM services at the site are still available, future plans for the property might involve conversion into office space or retail repurposing, Oswalt said.
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