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Isbell Dental proudly welcomes home one of it’s own! Our new associate: Dr. Ross Isbell

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After graduating from dental school in 2014 and completing a year long general practice residency at UAB hospital , Dr. Gordon R. Isbell, IV (Ross) is officially coming home.   Isbell Dental is pleased to announce that he will be scheduling patients beginning on Wednesday, July 15.  Call now and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ross Isbell!

Father and Son Dedicated To Dentistry

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Here is a recent article in UAB Dentristry magazine featuring Dr. Isbell and his son Ross Isbell:b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_6663
Gordon Isbell III, D.M.D., opened his dental practice in his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama, in 1981- the same year he graduated from the UAB School of Dentristry. His son, Gordon “Ross” Isbell IV, is currently enrolled at the UABSOD. But regardless of graduation dates, neither Isbell will have finished with learning about dentistry. In fact, continuing education has been a way of life for the elder Isbell- and his son plans to follow his footsteps. 
“The only way to practice with excellence is to continue learning” Isbell III says. “Dentistry is evolving so rapidly that it’s easy to get left behind. Our patients deserve dentists who are on the cutting edge.” Isbell was instrumental in launching the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) Master’s Track program at UAB. This is a five-year continuing-education program that meets five times a year and features a 10-person roundtable. Isbell was a member of the first class in 1989 and says it was “the highlight of my continuing-education career. It was so hands-on, and there are great dentists in every class.”
Isbell also has served in various national leadership positions with the AGD and the American Dental Association. He finds it especially gratifying that today’s students, such as his son, are being encouraged from the very beginning of their careers as dentists to stay involved with learning through continuing-education classes. Last year, he was heartened to see that 40 SOD students spent their spring break attending a professional development meeting on their own dime. 
Ross Isbell also is following in his father’s footsteps in another way- taking leadership roles in dental organizations. He’s slated to be the next president of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA). “My involvement in the ASDA has been very helpful, particularly in gaining experience in balancing work (which is currently school) and extracurricular activities within dentistry,” Isbell IV says. “Also, it has given me the opportunity to attend many different organized dentistry meetings, which augments my current curriculum with continuing-education courses on special topics and allows me to interact with and learn from dentists at the top of the profession. And it has given me a fresh perspective on the size and scope of the larger dental world as well as a desire to stay involved to help protect my future profession.”
Isbell III points out that while his son “could have gone to other dental schools around the country,” he chose to come to UAB. “I’m very proud the SOD is a school that top students continue to choose,” he says. “When I speak at dentistry events across the country, people know our school is excellent. Every year, the SOD is ranked first, second, or third in the country. We have a tremendous school and faculty. Our graduates have a great foundation.”
Never Stop Learning Building- on that foundation with ongoing professional education is essential to furthering one’s career, Isbell III says. By doing so himself, he has been able to continue practicing cutting-edge dentistry for more than 30 years. “Continuing education has been my life because years ago Dr. Scotty McCallum told me that I should make it a priority,” he says. “Continuing education is the core of practice excellence in dentistry.”
His father’s ongoing involvement with the SOD helped Isbell IV make his decision to enroll at UAB after graduation from Washington and Lee University. “I felt familiar with the SOD campus and the alumni community supporting it, and I wanted to come home to be a part of it,” he says. “Our plan to eventually practice together is a neat father-son thing in dentistry that’s quite unique,” Isbell III says. “And I’m proud we have a great dental school right here in Alabama.”

‘Turtle Travels’ exhibit opens May 24 at Center for Cultural Arts

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‘Turtle Travels’ exhibit opens May 24 at Center for Cultural Arts

Isbell Dental is proud to be a part of sponsoring the new ‘Turtle Travels’ exhibit at The Cultural Arts Center in Gadsden. It’s fun for the whole family so stop in and see what they have going on! Here is what The Messenger had to say about the new display:

Turtles are on display at the Imagination Place.b2ap3_thumbnail_Turtles1_20130528-173855_1

Imagination Place in the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts is excited to open a brand new 3,000 square foot expansion with Turtle Travels, an interactive children’s exhibit that will allow visitors to experience “life in the slow lane.”

Children will follow turtle footprints on a life-size board game to find out firsthand what it’s like to be a turtle facing challenges from habitat fragmentation, “subsidized predators,” and the international pet trade.

Visitors will watch Crittercam video footage from a swimming loggerhead sea turtle, explore turtle anatomy, get nose-to-beak with turtles in the crawl-under aquatic tank, and learn to be a turtle tracker. Exhibit admission includes all-day access to Turtle Travels, KidsTown USA in Imagination Place Children’s Museum, and the Hardin Center’s art exhibits. The Center invites everyone to come out of their shells and enjoy spending time with the turtles. Visitors can even pose with a turtle shell on their back for photographs.

Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for children. Admission is free for center members. Turtle Travels is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 2, will be open on Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The expansion at Imagination Place gives not only more room for exhibits such as Turtle Travels, it provides two new birthday party rooms, giving more space for special parties for children.

For more information about exhibits at the Mary G. Hardin Center for the Cultural Arts, or becoming a member of the center, call 256-543-2787 or visit

UAB student Ross Isbell recognized by dental association

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University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry student Ross Isbell, president of the UAB chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), has been recognized by the association for his involvement at the UAB-chapter, district and national levels, as ASDA Ross Isbell and Dr. Gordon IsbellDelegate of the Year for District 5. Isbell, who sits on the American Dental Political Action CommitteeBoard as the student liaison for national ASDA, was presented the award at the ASDA Annual Session 2013, held March 6-9 in Atlanta.

In all, 14 UAB ASDA officers traveled to Atlanta for the meeting and participated in continuing education courses, district caucus meetings and networking opportunities with hundreds of dental students from around the country, as well as voting sessions for the new Executive Committee and ASDA policy resolutions and amendments.

The ASDA is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy.

Business After Hours

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What a great evening we had on April 9th at Business After Hours! Thank you so much to everyone who came out to our office. It was a wonderful night of great music, great food and great friends. We had music provided by Rick and Tad and food provided by Wolf Pack BBQ. There were also lots of great prizes given away. It is always a pleasure having new friends visit our office to see all that we have to offer our patients. We have some very exciting things in store for 2013 so keep checking back to see what we have going on here at the practice. A very special thanks to Heather New and the staff at The Gadsden Chamber for letting us host this months event. Here are a few pictures from the night: