The Landmine has obtained a series of emails from the Alaska Dental Society relating to the COVID-19 situation. The emails repeatedly refer to Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink as “Queen” and “her majesty.” In one of the emails Dave Logan, the executive director, references an article where a Michigan pilot sent a literal FU to Michigan’s governor. He asks if anyone wants to start a GoFundMe and hire the pilot do the same thing “and add a Dr. Zink.” He ends with, “I’m good for $50.”
This all stems from a meeting last week with members of the Alaska Dental Society and Dr. Anne Zink to discuss a health mandate that affects dentists. The meeting took place on April 29. In an email sent before the meeting Logan’s tone was normal. However, the next day his emails started to get very loose. Sources who were at the meeting report it was very uncomfortable. A source said that Dr. Zink was badgered and treated abrasively by Logan and Dave Nielson, chair of the Alaska Board of Dental Examiners. Logan references Neilson in his email and states that “he was the first person I have heard not appreciated by Dr. Zink.” Below is what Logan said in his email after the meeting.
Update: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed Dave Nielson as the board president of the Alaska Dental Society. It was been updated to show he is the chair of the Board of Dental Examiners
According to the emails the group formed a workgroup to develop “a new mandate to replace health mandate #15.” Apparently Logan isn’t happy that Dr. Zink won’t let the dentists write their own rules.
In a May 1 email he states, “The workgroup for developing a new mandate to replace health mandate #15 has not met yet. There is a rough frame work waiting for her majesty’s approval, once that is granted the group will meet.”
In a May 2 email he states, “No progress was made yesterday by the workgroup on a new mandate for dental. The framework still sits on the Queen’s desk and the group is waiting her OK to move forward.”
In a May 4 email he again states the group has still not met and concluded with, “The framework the group will use continues to sit on the Queen’s desk.”
In the May 3 email he claims Dr. Zink is not cooperating with the dental community even though she is saying she is. He even uses the word loose!
Dr. Zink has become a familiar face and trusted source for Alaskans during Governor Mike Dunleavy’s (R – Alaska) daily press briefings. She has received praise from Alaskans and elected officials on all parts of the political spectrum.
According to the Alaska Dental Society website:
Members of the Alaska Dental Society adhere to the highest professional standards and strive to deliver the best possible dental care. The next time you contact your dentist, ask if he/she is a member of the Alaska Dental Society and if not, be certain [to] ask them: “Why aren’t you a member of your professional society?”
It’s a good thing Dave Logan is a member because I have a feeling if he wasn’t, and someone called asking why not, he would either insult them or maybe go with an FU.