The Wisconsin Dental Association advances the interests of its members and the dental profession by promoting professional excellence and quality oral health care for the public.
President Tim Durtsche, DDS (LaCrosse)
Immediate Past-President Steve Stoll, DDS (Neenah)
President-Elect Julio Rodriguez, DDS (Brodhead)
Vice President Paul Levine, DDS (Milwaukee)
The WDA was established in 1870. Today it is the leading voice of the dental profession in Wisconsin with approximately 3,000 member dentists or 88 percent of all licensed dentists in our state choosing to belong. Its members are committed to promoting professional excellence and quality oral health care. The WDA is one of 53 constituent (state-territorial) dental societies of the American Dental Association – the largest and oldest national dental association in the world.
Originally named the Wisconsin State Dental Society, the WDA was formed on Sept. 28, 1870 at the dental office of Dr. Henry Faville in Milwaukee. The first officers of the Wisconsin State Dental Society were: Dr. Edgar Palmer of La Crosse, president; Dr. Henry Faville of Milwaukee, secretary; and Dr. B.D. Stevens of Prairiedu Chien, assistant secretary.
There are 27 local dental societies that make up the WDA.
WDA members’ charitable dental care efforts illustrate how “Dentists Do Serve” their communities and “Dentists Make a Difference” for underserved children and adults. Charity alone is not a sufficient health care delivery system for meeting the needs of some 1 million low-income individuals enrolled annually in the state dental Medicaid, BadgerCare and BadgerCare Plus programs. These patients suffer for various reasons: failure to care for their own oral health; inability to find a dental office for routine care, because small businesses can’t absorb too much income loss; and, lawmakers’ failure to sufficiently fund the dental care they promise.