Daniel J. Thomas, DDS, MS, President of Periodontal Specialists of Kansas and Missouri, is Among 100 Honored by NECO with Ellis Island Medal of Honor

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Leading dental practitioner, Daniel J. Thomas, DDS, MS was awarded the "Ellis Island Medal of Honor" on May 12, 2007. He was selected by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, among other recipients from various heritage groups, to receive this honor because of his dedication and leadership qualities in community service.

Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Daniel J. Thomas, President of Periodontal Specialists, in the States of Kansas and Missouri, is among 100 people that were honored by NECO (National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations) for his exceptional contributions during the Ellis Island Medals of Honor ceremony, on Saturday, May 12, 2007. NECO, founded in 1986, pays tribute to the ancestry groups that comprise American's unique cultural mosaic. NECO awards the "Ellis Island Medal of Honor" to outstanding individuals who lead a lifestyle dedicated to community service, exhibit interests for the preservation of cultural groups and to those who share and contribute through personal and professional achievements toward the overall benefit of society. The Ellis Island ceremony starts with an elegant and festive Welcome Cocktail Reception where all medalists meet one another. Following the ceremony, the Gala Dinner is held in the beautifully restored Great Hall on Ellis Island, capped by a stunning display of fireworks, which are presented by Grucci.

Each year, the Ellis Island Medals of Honor ceremony celebrates the immigrant experience on Ellis Island, through which millions of immigrants passed on their way to a new life in America. Both the United States Senate and House of Representatives have officially passed resolutions recognizing the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, which ranks among this country's most prestigious awards. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients are listed in the Congressional Record, honoring those who have made enduring contributions to our nation and to the world.

2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient, Daniel J. Thomas was born in Bangalore, India, where he attended the Government Dental College. In 1984 he left the security and familiarity of his home country and immigrated to the United States. In 1985 he attended the University Of Missouri Kansas City School Of Dentistry. Along with his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery), Thomas also earned Certificates in Periodontics, Implant Dentistry and Conscious Sedation. He earned a Master's of Science degree in Oral Biology. Dr. Thomas made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty and was certified by the American Board of Periodontology as a Diplomat.

Daniel J. Thomas is currently President and CEO of Periodontal Specialists, a periodontal group practice which employs several board certified dental specialists, registered dental hygienists, surgical assistants, scaling assistants and several support personnel who provide non surgical and surgical care to thousands of patients in Kansas and Missouri. He also serves as CEO of a large pediatric dental specialty group practice serving patients in both Kansas and Missouri. Dr. Thomas has proven his commitment not only to the field of dentistry but also to philanthropy and aiding the less fortunate. For several years, he has been involved in pro-bono social work, treating homeless, handicapped and mentally challenged individuals.

Dr. Thomas has devoted his medical expertise to teaching at the UMKC School of Dentistry as an Associate professor in the Department of Periodontics. His erudite articles have been published in esteemed periodontal journals both in the United States and abroad. His knowledge is sought after by several leading dental associations and professional clubs such as the American Academy of Periodontology where he has been invited to give presentations. Dr. Thomas has served as a Representative to the American Student Dental Association, as Delegate of the Missouri Student Dental Association and finally as an expert witness in Periodontics in Kansas. He was also elected to Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

Dr. Thomas has served as President of the Heart of America Dental Society and is currently the President of the Heartland Dental Society. He is also on the Dental Advisory Committee for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. As the founder and Vice President of the Indian American Republican Council, he provides a platform for Indian Americans to work with the Republican Party and participate actively at local, state and Federal levels nationwide in the formulation of policies that are of importance to the community and to the country.

Because of his many achievements and his ability to touch individuals, Dr. Thomas has been honored at this year's ceremony at the historic Ellis Island in New York City. He has now joined the honored ranks of past recipients such as former American presidents--Bill Clinton, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford as well as other famed individuals such as Frank Sinatra, Donald Trump, Lee Iacocca, and Barbara Walters, whose success has been an inspiration for him in his adopted homeland.

Additional recipients of 2007 Ellis Island Medals of Honor include: Her Excellency Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, President of the 61st Session of the United Nations General Assembly; Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President of the University of Notre Dame, U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Founder and Co Chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus; Leslie Crocker Snyder, former New York State Supreme Court Judge; and Guillermo Linares, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.

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KassisEllis Island Medalists: Dr. Zachariah Zachariah and Dr. Daniel Thomas, with Mr. Adib C. Kassis©Photo: www.mziglobal.comNasser J. Kazeminy NECO Chairman of the Executive CommitteeNasser J. Kazeminy NECO Chairman of the Executive CommitteeNasser J. Kazeminy looks on as the Director of Children the Gift of Life gives a speech at the Metropolitan Club ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comWelcome VIP Reception for MedalistsWelcome VIP Reception for MedalistsAt the Metropolitan Club, NYC ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comEllis Island Medal of Honor, the unique NECO passport, the Ellis Island Commemorative Journal, and the book of listed Medal Recipients are given to all those awardedEllis Island Medal of Honor, the unique NECO passport, the Ellis Island Commemorative Journal, and the book of listed Medal Recipients are given to all those awarded©Photo: www.mziglobal.comMedalists Daniel J. Thomas and Mira ZivkovichMedalists Daniel J. Thomas and Mira Zivkovich©Photo: www.mziglobal.comDaniel J. ThomasDaniel J. ThomasDaniel J. Thomas eagerly awaits his Ellis Island Medal of Honor ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comDaniel J. Thomas and Mira ZivkovichDaniel J. Thomas and Mira ZivkovichDaniel J. Thomas and Mira Zivkovich eagerly await their Ellis Island Medal of Honor ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comDr. Daniel J. Thomas and his family at the Military Reception on Ellis IslandDr. Daniel J. Thomas and his family at the Military Reception on Ellis Island©Photo: www.mziglobal.comDr. Daniel J. Thomas and George HamiltonDr. Daniel J. Thomas and George Hamilton©Photo: www.mziglobal.comDr. Donna Thomas with daughter Alexandria and son PrestonDr. Donna Thomas with daughter Alexandria and son Preston©Photo: www.mziglobal.comMedalist Dr. Daniel J. Thomas, Mrs. Thomas and Marvin ScottMedalist Dr. Daniel J. Thomas, Mrs. Thomas and Marvin ScottMedalist Dr. Daniel J. Thomas and Mrs. Thomas with CW11(WPIX-TV) Senior Correspondent, Marvin Scott, who was interviewing the recipients at the Metropolitan Club reception in New York City ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comAward Nominees: RADM Stephen W. Rochon, USCG, Commander and Dr. Daniel J. Thomas, with Mrs. ThomasAward Nominees: RADM Stephen W. Rochon, USCG, Commander and Dr. Daniel J. Thomas, with Mrs. Thomas©Photo: www.mziglobal.comDr. Daniel J. ThomasDr. Daniel J. ThomasAt the Metropolitan Club, NYC ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comDr. Daniel J. Thomas with his family attending the Metropolitan Club eventDr. Daniel J. Thomas with his family attending the Metropolitan Club event©Photo: www.mziglobal.comMedalists William Denis Fugazy and Dr. Daniel J. Thomas with his family and Nasser J. KazeminyMedalists William Denis Fugazy and Dr. Daniel J. Thomas with his family and Nasser J. KazeminyWilliam Denis Fugazy, NECO Co-Chairmen; Nasser J. Kazeminy, NECO Chairman Executive Committee; Dr. Daniel J. Thomas and his family at the Metropolitan Club, NYC ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comMedalist Dr. Daniel Thomas with his familyMedalist Dr. Daniel Thomas with his familyDaniel Thomas is proud to share his honor with his beautiful wife Dr. Donna Thomas and two children, Alexandria and Preston at the banquet preceding the ceremony ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comEllis Island Medalists: JPT Gary A. Maynard, USN Commander and Dr. Daniel J. ThomasEllis Island Medalists: JPT Gary A. Maynard, USN Commander and Dr. Daniel J. Thomas©Photo: www.mziglobal.comDr. Daniel Thomas and his family with Col. Tracey E. NicholsonDr. Daniel Thomas and his family with Col. Tracey E. Nicholson©Photo: www.mziglobal.comMedalist Dr. Daniel Thomas and Mr. Adib C. KassisMedalist Dr. Daniel Thomas and Mr. Adib C. KassisMr. Adib C. Kassis, Manager of USA for Middle East Airlines with Dr. Daniel Thomas ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comDr. Stanley Menacherry with Medalists: Dr. Vance Moss, Dr. Vince Moss and Dr. Daniel J. Thomas with his wife Dr. Donna Thomas and children, Preston and AlexandriaDr. Stanley Menacherry with Medalists: Dr. Vance Moss, Dr. Vince Moss and Dr. Daniel J. Thomas with his wife Dr. Donna Thomas and children, Preston and AlexandriaProud Medalists: Dr. Vance Moss, Urologic Transplant Surgeon of Mid-Atlantic Multi-Specialty Surgical Group and Dr. Vince Moss, Cardiothoracic Surgeon of Mid-Atlantic Multi-Specialty Surgical Group, with Dr. Daniel J. Thomas, President of Periodontal Specialists stand with supportive friends and family. ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comCommander Caez of the US Army and Medalist Dr. Daniel Thomas after Ellis Island Award CeremonyCommander Caez of the US Army and Medalist Dr. Daniel Thomas after Ellis Island Award Ceremony©Photo: www.mziglobal.comMedalists: Col. R.L. Grabowski, USMC Commanding Officer, First Marine Corp District and Dr. Daniel J. Thomas with his wife, Dr. Donna Thomas, and children Alexandria and PrestonMedalists: Col. R.L. Grabowski, USMC Commanding Officer, First Marine Corp District and Dr. Daniel J. Thomas with his wife, Dr. Donna Thomas, and children Alexandria and Preston©Photo: www.mziglobal.com2007 Ellis Island Medalists: Mitchell Modell, CEO of Modell's Sporting Goods, Dr. Daniel J. Thomas and Harvey MacKay, Chairman of MacKay Envelope Co. proudly stand with Mrs. Thomas2007 Ellis Island Medalists: Mitchell Modell, CEO of Modell's Sporting Goods, Dr. Daniel J. Thomas and Harvey MacKay, Chairman of MacKay Envelope Co. proudly stand with Mrs. Thomas©Photo: www.mziglobal.comMedalist Daniel J. Thomas among 100 recipientsMedalist Daniel J. Thomas among 100 recipientsDaniel J. Thomas stands proudly with all 100 recipients of the 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comMedalists Daniel J. Thomas and George Hamilton, Actor/Dancer, with Mrs. Thomas after the award ceremonyMedalists Daniel J. Thomas and George Hamilton, Actor/Dancer, with Mrs. Thomas after the award ceremony©Photo: www.mziglobal.comDr. Daniel J. Thomas and his wife Dr. Donna ThomasDr. Daniel J. Thomas and his wife Dr. Donna Thomas©Photo: www.mziglobal.comDr. Joseph Thomas, Dr. Donna Thomas, Mr. Samuel Thomas, Ellis Island Medalists: Dr.  Zachariah Zachariah and Dr. Daniel Thomas and finally, Dr. George ThomasDr. Joseph Thomas, Dr. Donna Thomas, Mr. Samuel Thomas, Ellis Island Medalists: Dr. Zachariah Zachariah and Dr. Daniel Thomas and finally, Dr. George Thomas©Photo: www.mziglobal.comMedalists Daniel J. Thomas and Mira ZivkovichMedalists Daniel J. Thomas and Mira ZivkovichDaniel Thomas stands with Mira Zivkovich, President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing, as they await their Ellis Island Medal of Honor ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comMedalist Daniel J. Thomas stands proudly with military officer after receiving 2007 Ellis Island Medal of HonorMedalist Daniel J. Thomas stands proudly with military officer after receiving 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor©Photo: www.mziglobal.comMedalist Daniel J. Thomas is awarded his 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by a military officerMedalist Daniel J. Thomas is awarded his 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by a military officer©Photo: www.mziglobal.comDaniel J. Thomas with fellow medalists of Indian descent Dr. Jacob Eapen, Smita N. Shah, Kirti Desai, Akshay Desai and Kiran C. PatelDaniel J. Thomas with fellow medalists of Indian descent Dr. Jacob Eapen, Smita N. Shah, Kirti Desai, Akshay Desai and Kiran C. PatelDaniel J. Thomas, President of Periodontal Specialists receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor along with fellow nominees of Indian descent Dr. Jacob Eapen, MD, MPH at Alameda County Medical Center; Smita N. Shah, President of SPAAN Tech, Inc.; Kirti Desai, President of TAK Construction, Inc; Akshay Desai, Chairman, President & CEO of Universal Health Care and Kiran C. Patel, Chairman of the Patel Foundation for Global UnderstandingTribute to Daniel J. ThomasTribute to Daniel J. ThomasA special congratulatory recognition that appears in the “2007 Ellis Island Medals of Honor Commemorative Journal” for Dr. Daniel J. Thomas ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comSpecial NECO passport for Daniel J. ThomasSpecial NECO passport for Daniel J. ThomasNECO issues a special individual passport, program and VIP ticket to each of its medalists ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comEllis Island Medal of Honor CeremonyEllis Island Medal of Honor CeremonyOn the big screen in front of 1500 guests, under a 16000 sq foot tent, Dr. Daniel J. Thomas receives his 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comMedalist Daniel J. ThomasMedalist Daniel J. ThomasProud Medalist Daniel J. Thomas after receiving 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comMedalist Dr. Daniel J. Thomas and Mrs. Thomas with Maurice A. BuckleyMedalist Dr. Daniel J. Thomas and Mrs. Thomas with Maurice A. BuckleyDaniel J. Thomas, DDS, President of Periodontal Specialists and his wife personally thank NECO President Maurice A. Buckley for the prestigious award ©Photo: www.mziglobal.comMedalist Daniel J. ThomasMedalist Daniel J. ThomasProud Medalist Daniel J. Thomas, DDS, President of Periodontal Specialists, PA, receives his 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor ©Photo: www.mziglobal.com