About the WDA

Mission statement

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.

Our goals:

  • Serve our members. WDA will provide programs and services that its members agree provide them with real value.
  • Advocate for public-policy on oral health care. WDA will be the advocate for quality oral health care in all public policy issues.
  • Educate the public on oral health and delivery of care. WDA will be recognized as the public’s authoritative source of oral health care information.
  • Empower its members and staff for organizational and member success. WDA will develop governance systems and business processes to empower its members, staff and partners for maximum organizational achievement and member effectiveness in association initiatives.



President Dr. Patrick Tepe (Verona)
President-Elect Dr. Tom Raimann (Hales Corners)
Vice President Dr. Paula Crum (Green Bay)
Immediate Past-President Dr. Dave Clemens (Wisconsin Dells)



The WDA was established in 1870. Today it is the leading voice of the dental profession in Wisconsin with approximately 3,100 member dentists and dental hygienists 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.


Local dental societies

There are 27 local dental societies that make up the WDA.


“Dentists Do Serve (DDS) and Make A Difference (DMD)”

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.