I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the individuals involved in making this book possible: the membership for their responses to our surveys, the committee members and their wonderful ideas, the Kois Center for their continuous and immediate support, and the photographers who unselfishly allowed us to use their work. I am truly appreciative to all of you. I also want to express my sincere appreciation to Rob Warnick, the graphic designer who made this book so beautiful to view and to Jean Martin and Nancy Hartrick whose tireless drive to get it right pushed me way beyond my own abilities and to a level that I never dreamed was possible. John’s familiar phrase, “None of us is smarter than all of us,” has taken on greater meaning and significance with the completion of this book.

To my children, Austin, Grant, and Carson who have been patient with me these past several months while preparing this book and my mother, Mary whose unconditional love has made all things possible, I am deeply grateful.

Finally, I would like to thank John Kois for seeing things in me that I did not see in myself. Your friendship and devotion are inspiring and humbling.


Michael Palmer, DMD