Wisconsin Dental Association President Dr. Julio Rodriguez is a general dentist who lives and practices in Brodhead, Wis. He was sworn in as the first Latino president of the 3,150-member statewide organization for dentists and dental hygienists at its 143rd House of Delegates meeting on Nov. 16, 2013.
Dr. Rodriguez joined WDA leadership in 2005 as a trustee for the Southwest Region. He has represented the WDA in the American Dental Association House of Delegates as an alternate or delegate since 2005. Dr. Rodriguez has also served on the WDA Insurance and Services Corp. advisory board.
A past-president of the Green County Dental Society, he also is a member of the Rock County, Chicago and Hispanic Dental Societies.
Among the groups benefiting from his volunteerism are Green County Health Department Advisory Board, Fowler Memorial Free Dental Clinic, Green County Seal A Smile, Give Kids A Smile® and WDA Mission of Mercy.
A fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and International College of Dentists, Dr. Rodriguez was named ICD-USA Section Distinguished Deputy of the Year for 2013.
He is a past recipient of the Lions Club International Foundation’s Melvin Jones Fellowship for humanitarian service.
Dr. Rodriguez is a graduate of the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru,
Wisconsin Dental Association President-Elect Dr. Paul Levine has a general dental practice in Brown Deer, Wis. and resides in River Hills, Wis.
He joined the WDA Board of Trustees in 2005 as a representative of the Greater Milwaukee Region. Dr. Levine advanced to the officer corps in 2012 after being elected WDA vice president.
Dr. Levine has chaired the WDA Public Relations and Annual Session committees and is a past-president of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association. In 2001, he received the WDA Pyramid of Pride President’s Award of Honor for service to the dental profession.
A graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry, he is a past-president of the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and International College of Dentists.
Dr. Levine has been active in the Wisconsin Chapter of the Gift of Adoption Foundation, including serving three years as chapter president.
Since 2007, Levine Dental Associates has bought-back more than 4,000 pounds of Halloween candy and collected hundreds of books, DVDs and personal care items for U.S. troops serving overseas.
Wisconsin Dental Association Vice President Dr. Ryan Braden is a general dentist who lives and practices in Lake Geneva, Wis.
He joined the WDA Board of Trustees in 2007 as a trustee for the Southeast Region. During his board tenure, Dr. Braden has served on the Long Range and Strategic Planning committees. He also was vice chair of the WDA Insurance and Services Corp. advisory board.
Dr. Braden is a past vice president of the Burlington Dental Society and former member of the Walworth County Oral Health Coalition. He is a member of the Academy of Osseointegration and World Clinical Laser Institute, and a Pierre Fauchard Academy fellow.
A Marquette University School of Dentistry graduate, Dr. Braden represented his fellow dental students on the WDA Board of Trustees in 2003-2004.
He and his father, Dr. Mark Braden, served as co-leads of the dental triage department at the annual WDA Mission of Mercy in 2012 and 2013.
Dr. Timothy Durtsche, WDA immediate past-president
Wisconsin Dental Association Immediate Past-President Dr. Tim Durtsche is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who lives and practices in La Crosse, Wis.
He joined WDA leadership in 2004 as a trustee for the Southwest Region. In 2010, Dr. Durtsche was elected vice president and then president-elect in 2011 before assuming the WDA presidency in 2012.
Dr. Durtsche is a past-president of the La Crosse District Dental Society and the Wisconsin Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
A former chief of hospital staff, he currently chairs the dental staff at Mayo Clinic Healthcare Franciscan La Crosse. He also is an adjunct clinical faculty member for the Gundersen-Lutheran Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency.
A University of Minnesota School of Dentistry graduate, he has an oral and maxillofacial surgery certificate from University of Minnesota Hospitals. Dr. Durtsche is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Dr. Durtsche and his wife Sue were local co-chairs for the first WDA Foundation and WDA Mission of Mercy held in La Crosse in June 2009. He is a Donated Dental Services volunteer, former co-chair of the La Crosse Fluoridation Initiative and a past-president of the Rotary Foundation of La Crosse.
Dr. Robert Brennan, WDA editor
Wisconsin Dental Association Editor Dr. Bob Brennan is a general dentist who works and lives in Neenah, Wis. He was elected in November 2010 to a four-year term.
Dr. Brennan is the editor-in-chief of the WDA’s two official publications: the award-winning, monthly WDA Journal and the annual WDA Sourcebook (Member Directory and Practice Guide).
He is a 16-year member of the WDA Public Relations Committee, including serving two years as chair. Dr. Brennan is also a former member of the WDA Journal Editorial Board.
Dr. Brennan previously served in WDA leadership as a Northeast Region trustee and is a past-president of the Winnebago County Dental Society. From 2002 – 2006, he represented his WDA and Michigan Dental Association colleagues on the American Dental Association Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Program.
A Tri-County Community Dental Clinic founder and past-president, Dr. Brennan continues to serve on that board and donate his dental services at this charitable care site. He also is a clinic instructor in the Fox Valley Technical College Hygiene Program.
He was a member of the organizing committee for the Neenah-Menasha Church Build for Habitat for Humanity.
Dr. Brennan is a Marquette University School of Dentistry graduate.
Dr. John Moser, WDA treasurer
Dr. John R. Moser is a Milwaukee resident with a general dental practice in the Third Ward. He is serving his seventh year as treasurer of the Wisconsin Dental Association, a Board of Trustees-appointed post.
Dr. Moser was on the WDA board from 2002 – 2007 as a trustee representing the Greater Milwaukee Region. He is a past-president of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association.
Politically active at the local, state and national levels, he has served as the American Dental Association’s action team leader coordinator for Wisconsin since 2004. Dr. Moser also participated as a member of the WDA Foundation Board of Directors from 2003 – 2012 and has been treasurer of the WDA Insurance and Services Corp. since 2004.
Deeply committed to the future of the dental profession, Dr. Moser chaired the award-winning WDA-Marquette University School of Dentistry-Pierre Fauchard Academy Mentor Program from 2002 – 2013. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Moser is an associate professor in the Department of General Dentistry at MUSOD.
Dr. Moser is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists.
A graduate of MUSOD and the American Academy of Orthodontics for the General Practitioner Twin Wire Orthodontics Clinical Course, Dr. Moser volunteers his time and skill to patients in need through such programs as Give Kids A Smile®.
Dr. Richard Lofthouse, WDA speaker of the house
Dr. Dick Lofthouse, a general dentist with a private practice in Fennimore, Wis., is serving his fifth term as speaker of the Wisconsin Dental Association House of Delegates. In this role, he presides over the state organization’s annual policymaking body.
Dr. Lofthouse previously served on the WDA board from 1999 – 2005 as a Southwest Region trustee. He also co-chaired the WDA Emergency Preparedness Committee for four years.
Prior to joining the WDA Board of Trustees, Dr. Lofthouse served multiple terms as president of the Southwestern District Dental Society.
Dr. Lofthouse is a fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists.
Retired as a brigadier general from the Iowa Army National Guard Dental Corps, Dr. Lofthouse served on the Boscobel Area Health Care Board of Trustees from 1990 – 2002.
He completed a one-year general practice residency at the Veterans Affairs’ Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio after graduation from Marquette University School of Dentistry.