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President’s Award:

This year’s President’s Award went to Charlie Soltan, the MDA’s general counsel. Charlie is someone the Board has relied upon regularly for his guidance, direction and support. He is a class act, and the MDA is lucky to have him looking out for our best interests.

Charlie is the Managing Member of Soltan Bass, LLC. He’s a 1980 graduate of Indiana University, taught high school social studies in Maine at Skowhegan Area High School from 1980 through 1984, and received his law degree magna cum laude in 1987 from Vermont Law School, now the Vermont Law & Graduate School.

Charlie has served over 30 years as a Director of Legal Services for the Elderly, Inc., has been appointed by multiple governors to the Maine Children’s Trust, and current member of the Legislative Task Force of the Justice Action Group, a group of private attorneys and members of the Judicial and Legislative branches dedicated to increasing access to justice for all Mainers.  Over the course of his career, Charlie has received multiple awards from various entities.

Outside of work, Charlie and his spouse Kathy love to learn, experience and participate together, with family and friends, in the adventures of life’s journey.

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Honor Wall:

The Honor Wall honors those who have given sustained service to the Maine Dental Association in a variety of capacities.  It gives recognition to those who have sacrificed their free and professional time in significant ways.  This year’s recipient is Dr Mike Dowling, Board certified pediatric dentist at Dirigo Pediatric Dentistry in Yarmouth.  Mike was a Biology major at Bates, then earned his dental degree at Tufts.  He did a pediatric dentistry residency at BU.

Mike’s been an MDA member for over 13 years and served on the Board for several years.  He’s been active on Committee of Government Relations, and this past year has been CGR chair.  Mike’s been especially active in presenting MDA viewpoints at MaineCare meetings, in particular with the past few years’ work on Rate Reform at MaineCare and the Adult Comprehensive dental rollout, both of which were effective as of July 2022.  Mike has also given testimony on several bills at public hearings, and responds to legislative issues at a moment’s notice, despite carrying on with running a busy practice, running around raising kids, and running in general!  Mike recently was re-elected to the MDA Board of Directors.

Dr Mike Dowling, Thank you for your service to the MDA.  We’re grateful for your time and expertise.  Your name has been added to the Honor Wall at MDA Headquarters.  


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