Botko is a graduate from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM), obtained a master’s degree in public health at the University of Massachusetts and a certificate in comprehensive dentistry at the University of Florida. He served in the U.S. Air Force after receiving a scholarship for dental school. He continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserve and was deployed twice, retiring with the rank of Colonel. He was a consultant for the Indian Health Service in Crown Point, New Mexico, commanded the 7217th dental Corps and lead the training in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) & basic life support (BLS) for the entire task force.
Botko had a private practice in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was a part-time instructor at TUSDM, working with disabled populations and dental students. He was mobilized for Operation Desert Storm. He commanded the dental teams in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He had to sell his practices due to time out of the offices while deployed.
Botko was then employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and, while there, he served as the director/coordinator for CPR/ACLS training and Code Blue teams, regional faculty of the American Heart Association, chief medical officer (CMO) for a large outpatient clinic, mentor for dental externships, chief of dental services for the Miami VA Healthcare System, chair of medical records, and member of the Disciplinary Appeals Board. He also completed several research projects and lectured on hospital dentistry, oral cancer, HIV and leadership.
He is a certified transformational integrated coach, certified contract officer and certified Lean Six Sigma green belt.
In his spare time, he enjoys biking, hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Botko is married to Sharon and has three children: Brad, Brittany, and Brooke.
Additional National and Regional Officers Elected and Installed
Other officers who were elected during the meeting include Merlin Ohmer, DDS, MAGD, FICD, as vice president; Abe Dyzenhaus, DDS, FAGD, as secretary; and Robert M. Peskin, DDS, FAGD, as speaker of the house.
Other members of the 2021–22 Executive Committee include: Hans Guter, DDS, MAGD, as president-elect; Donald Worm, DDS, as treasurer; and Bruce L. Cassis, DDS, MAGD, now immediate past president.
The regional election outcomes included the following selections:
- In Region 13, Howard Chi, DMD, MAGD, is the regional director, and Eric Wong, DDS, MAGD, is the trustee.
- In Region 14, Mai-Ly Duong, DMD, MAGD, is the regional director, and Jason Eaton DDS, MAGD, is the trustee.
- In Region 15-16, Sarah Hyams, DMD, is the Eastern Canada, Regional Director, Lary Trites, DDS, is the Western Canada, Regional Director and Joe Belsito, DDS, FAGD is the trustee