Spokespersons

Dr. Ryan Braden, WDA presidentDr. Ryan Braden

Wisconsin Dental Association President Dr. Ryan Braden is a general dentist who lives and practices in Lake Geneva. At 37 years old, he is the youngest dentist to ever lead the WDA.

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 fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and American College of Dentists, and a member of the World Clinical Laser Institute, Pacific Implant Institute and Spear Education Faculty Club.

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 WDA Mission of Mercy in 2012, 2013 and 2014.


Dr. Ned Murphy, WDA president-electDr. Ned Murphy

Wisconsin Dental Association President-Elect Dr. Ned Murphy is a general dentist who lives and practices in Racine.

He served in all Racine County Dental Society officer posts before joining the WDA Board of Trustees in 2009 as a trustee for the Southeast Region. Dr. Murphy was elected WDA vice president in 2014.

Dr. Murphy is an active member of the Wisconsin Dental Political Action Committee and the WDA Legislative Committee, including one year as chair. He was recognized for his bipartisan efforts with a WDA Pyramid of Pride for political action in 2006.

Dr. Murphy volunteers his time and services to many organizations, including the WDA Foundation’s Donated Dental Services and Mission of Mercy programs, Give Kids A Smile® and Racine Health Care Network.

A Marquette University School of Dentistry graduate, he is a fellow in the International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.


Dr. David Clemens, WDA vice president and community water fluoridation Dr. Dave Clemensspokesperson 

Wisconsin Dental Association Vice President Dr. Dave Clemens is a general dentist who lives and practices in Wisconsin Dells.

He is a past-president of the Sauk Juneau Adams County Dental Society and former chair of the Wisconsin Dental Political Action Committee. Dr. Clemens joined the WDA Board of Trustees in 2010 as a trustee for the Southwest Region.

Prior to establishing his current private practice, Dr. Clemens spent more than 20 years in the U.S. Public Health Service. Immediately after the World Trade Center tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001, Dr. Clemens accepted a two week assignment to work in and direct the ante-mortem section at the New York City morgue. He and 17 dentists spent 12 hours a day performing dental identification for victims recovered from Ground Zero. Dr. Clemens retired from USPHS in 2005 with the rank of captain.

Dr. Clemens has received numerous professional recognitions throughout his career, including being named a fellow in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

He has a bachelor of arts with a major in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University, as well as a bachelor of science in dentistry and doctor of dental surgery from the University of Illinois.


Dr. Paul Levine, WDA immediate past president

Wisconsin Dental Association Immediate Past-President Dr. Paul Levine has a general dental practice in Brown Deer and resides in River Hills.

He joined the WDA Board of Trustees in 2005 as a representative of the Greater Milwaukee Region. Dr. Levine joined the officer corps after being elected WDA vice president in 2012 and president-elect in 2013.

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 International 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 several terms as chapter president.

Since 2006, 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.


Dr. Cliff Hartmann, WDA community water fluoridation spokespersonHartmann Cliff 13

Dr. Cliff Hartmann is a pediatric dentist who practices in Greenfield, Wis. and resides in New Berlin, Wis.

He joined the WDA Board of Trustees in 2012 as a representative of the Southeast Region and a member of the Waukesha County Dental Society.

As a graduate from Marquette University School of Dentistry, he continues to serve as an adjunct professor of pediatric dentistry at MUSOD in Milwaukee as well as a clinical instructor in the pediatric dental residency program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Dr. Hartmann is past-president of the Wisconsin Society of Dentistry for Children, Wisconsin Society of Pediatric Dentists and North Central Society of Pediatric Dentistry. He is also a past-trustee of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Hartmann is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.


Dr. Brian Hodgson, WDA community water fluoridation spokespersonHodgson Photo

Dr. Brian Hodgson is a pediatric dentist and an associate professor in the pediatric dental program at Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee. He also practices in Green Bay, Wis. and resides in Brookfield, Wis.

He is a member of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association and a past-president of the Wisconsin Society of Pediatric Dentists.

A MUSOD graduate, Dr. Hodgson received his certificate in pediatric dentistry from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

In addition to seeing patients at MUSOD’s main downtown clinic, he provides pediatric dental care one day a week at Marquette’s Community Dental Clinic North and for the Brown County Oral Health Partnership in Green Bay. He previously practiced in Lake Geneva, Wis. for 17 years.

In 2010, Dr. Hodgson was awarded the national dental society Omicron Kappa Upsilon Faculty Award for his research related to bone marrow transplant patients. He also received a WDA Media Relations Award in 2012 for his service as spokesperson on children’s oral health and his efforts help educate the public on community water fluoridation.

Dr. Hodgson has served in the U.S. Navy for more than 26 years on both active duty and in the reserves, most recently being recalled in 2009 to support our nation’s efforts in Iraq.

He is currently a captain in the Dental Corps of the U.S. Navy and is executive director of Expeditionary Medical Facilities in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Hodgson also volunteers for various programs like Give Kids A Smile® and Head Start Dental Day at MUSOD.

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