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JAWS Society: A National Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Administrators

Board of Directors

Dana Leach (Georgia)

Lynn Howard (Michigan)

Audra Lansdown (Texas)

Robin Zenz (Iowa)

See all leadership here

JAWS Society Headquarters

1717 East Republic Road, Suite A
Springfield, MO 65804
fax 417.886.3685

2018 Conference Presenting Sponsor

Southern Anesthesia+Surgical


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HomeMembership Benefits

Why You Should Join JAWS Society

Our membership continues to grow - we now have over 220 members for 2014! We are very pleased to welcome new members to our organization. Being able to share information and ideas with more and more OMS managers helps each of us solve problems in our own practices. We encourage new members to look up other members to contact, introduce themselves, and begin networking!

We'd love to meet you at our annual conference, so click the link in the menu to navigate to the Annual Conference page, or visit the Event Calendar to view the details and register.

A huge benefit of joining JAWS is having access to other practice managers around the country who encounter the same issues you do. We have a lively discussion of those issues and share our solutions to them in the forums. It is strictly Members Only, so join today to get the support and knowledge of people just like you.

Another exclusive benefit of membership is access to OMSNIC's JAWS-exclusive, administrator-targeted email newsletter. Upon joining JAWS, you will be added to their distribution list, but you are free to unsubscribe at any time if you do not find it as useful as we think it is (and please tell us what we could do to make it better!).

Member Benefits

  • Annual Conference. Education and networking—learn from dynamic speakers and engage with other OMS administrators in both formal and informal networking
  • Forums. Access year-round networking on the forums, where members share solutions on every topic of OMS practice management
  • Webinars. Learn without leaving your office through member-exclusive webinars every other month on wide-ranging topics
  • Educational Resources. The Education Committee is continuously adding to our online library of links and documents to create a database of helpful deadlines and resources
  • Newsletter. Stay apprised of trends and important news, plus read news about what JAWS is doing and meet new members through the New Member Spotlight
  • OMSNIC Newsletter. JAWS-exclusive, administrator-targeted newsletter

Join JAWS Now! You can pay by credit card or mail a check in. Dues are $200.

Member Testimonials

Read what our members are saying.

Sherry Jenkins, Office Manager for Dr. Frederick Gustave, says:

Having been a practice manager for more than 22 years my biggest regret is that I didn't have the JAWS organization earlier in my career. What a tremendous opportunity for networking with others who "know" exactly the pressures, problems and joys of helping to run an OMS office. I attended my first JAWS conference in 2011 and was impressed by the immediate willingness to share insights and knowledge with me, the newbie. JAWS provides a continuous source of sharing through its blog and it's quite affirming to be associated with an organization dedicated to just practice administrators. I often feel like a sponge in our office, hearing everyone's complaints, handling tough situations, keeping staff, patients and the doctor all happy, so what a gift JAWS is in that I can learn and question and vent and grow with my colleagues. Don't hesitate, join today and see for yourself how good it is to have a voice in our profession.

Ruth Whitehurst, Austin Oral Surgery, says:

The rate of change in our Oral Surgery practices is exponential and not expected to slow down any time soon. Key drivers of change are people (patient & employee) expectations, technology (clinical, business & personal), and information (easily obtained & shared). As professional practice managers with a goal of facilitating successful practices, we must be lifelong learners. The Jaws Society is the leading source of formal and informal education opportunities for OMS practice managers. It's mission is to promote the professional development of OMS practice managers through peer interaction and educational programs. The relationships and learning experiences that I have had the privilege to share through the Jaws Society have been a key to my successful transition into OMS from a medical specialty, my ability to stay current as changes occur and my learning from the experiences of my colleagues. The benefits of my Jaws Society membership are further enhanced by my participation on the Conference Committee where I have developed a stronger relationship with a core group of OMS practice managers. The Jaws Society is an important tool in my tool box!

Susan Strittmatter, Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery, says:

The JAWS Society is the source for support if you are a manager/administrator of an OMS practice. The networking and educational opportunities are unparalleled. Everyone is just like me - serious about quality and committed to excellence.

If you are interested in joining please contact
Lacey Heftka, Membership Chair
or click here to join online.