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New Dentist Committee

New Dentist Committee and the New Dentist Committee Network

Who/What Are They?

They are new dentists with the issues and concerns of new dentists in mind. A "new dentist" is anyone who has been out of dental school less than ten years.

Comprising 17 members representing each of the ADA's regional districts, the New Dentist Committee ("The Committee") is a national committee of the ADA Board of Trustees, with the following mission statement:

The Mission of the ADA New Dentist Committee is to serve as the voice of the new dentist within the American Dental Association, representing new dentists’ views to the ADA Board of Trustees and other agencies; to monitor and anticipate new dentist needs and advocate for the development of member benefits, services, and resources to facilitate professional and practice success; and to foster the next generation of leadership within organized dentistry by building community and facilitating new dentist leadership development at all three levels of the tripartite.

The Committee meets twice each year. From those meetings, the Committee provides recommendations on policies and programs that meet the needs of new dentists.

The Committee also hosts the New Dentist Conference, now part of the ADA annual meeting, bringing together new dentists (dentists less than 10 year out of dental school) to advance leadership skills, network, earn CE and have fun.

The Committee works through the New Dentist Committee Network to assist the new dentist in making the transition to active membership in organized dentistry. The Network currently consists of 42 state and 73 local committees working for new dentists. This network provides a vital communication resource between the ADA and new dentists, as well as a forum for new dentists to discuss their issues and concerns.

Activities of the Committee and Committee Network

  • The Committee with the help of the host state and local new dentist committees, annually presents the ADA New Dentist Conference in cities across the country.
  • Committee members actively participate in the Success Dental Student Programs conducted in dental schools around the country. The Success Programs are designed to assist dental school seniors with making the transition from student members to full active members of organized dentistry.
  • The Committee conducts workshops to assist new dentist committees in becoming established and ensuring their continued effectiveness.
  • The network provides a personal touch for ADA's recruitment campaigns targeted toward new dentists and dental students. Members of the network personally contact students and new dentists who are new to their communities.
  • State new dentist committees are developing their state-specific version of the Roadmap to Starting a Successful Dental Practice, to assist dentists who are new to their state with setting up their practice.
  • Committee members provide to other ADA agencies valuable insight on the issues and needs of new dentists. Each year Committee members serve as ex officio (non-voting) members of eleven ADA councils and commissions.

Get Involved!

To get involved or for more information, call your state or local dental society, or call the ADA New Dentist Committee central office at the ADA member toll-free number, ext. 2779, or 312.440.2779.

New Dentist Committee Roster 2015-2016

District 5 Representative (AL, GA, MS)
Chris M. Hasty, D.D.S.
209 24th Street E
Tifton, Georgia 31794
229.382.8714 (fax)

Vice Chair
District 14 Representative (AZ, CO, HI, NV, NM, UT, WY)
Emily Ishkanian, D.M.D
275 N. Pecos
Henderson, NV 89074

District 1 Representative (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 
Andrea C. Fallon, D.M.D. 
154 Rachael Terrace
Westfield, MA 01085

District 2 Representative (NY) 
Kendra Zappia, D.D.S. 
3 Pine West Plaza, Ste 316 
Albany, NY 12205


District 3 Representative (PA)
Nipa R. Thakkar, D.M.D. 
28 Trenton Court
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702

District 4 Representative (DE, DC, MD, NJ, PR, VI) 
Michael Saba, DMD
1205 Coolidge Avenue
Union, NJ 07083

District 6 Representative (KY, MO, TN, WV) 
Rachel D. Hymes, D.M.D.
222 Oak Street 
Mountain City, TN 37683
423.727.4164 (fax)

District 7 Representative (IN, OH) 
Lauren M. Czerniak, D.D.S. 
3951 W. Sylvania Ave.
Toledo, OH 43623

District 8 Representative (IL) 
Lindsey J. Yates, D.D.S
333 S. Ashland Ave., Fl. 4
Chicago, IL 60607

District 9 Representative (MI, WI)
Eric T. Childs, D.D.S.
365 N. Willowbrook Rd. Ste #C
Coldwater, MI 49036
517.278.3333 (fax)

District 10 Representative (IA, MN, NE, ND, SD) 
Ryan L. Ritchie, D.D.S. 
20110 Nature Ave. 
Hutchinson, MN 55350
320.587.0600 (fax)

District 11 Representative (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA) 
Brittany T. Dean, D.D.S. 
16101 Bothell Everett Hwy., #G5
Mill Creek, WA 98012

District 13 Representative (CA)
John R. Pascarella, D.D.S. 
225 Howell Ave.
Red Bluff, CA 96080 

District 15 Representative (TX) 
Andrea K. Janik, D.D.S. 
333 Touchdown Drive
Irving, TX 75063
817.428.8916 (fax)

District 16 Representative (NC, SC, VA) 
Justin Norbo, D.D.S.
441 E. Main St.
Purcellville, VA 20132


District 17 Representative (FL) 
Robin M. Nguyen, D.D.S. 
8804 Hawbuck St.
Trinity, FL 34655

Board of Trustees Liaison 
Andrew J. Kwasny, D.D.S.
6470 Field Valley Ln.
Fairview, PA 16415

Tera Lavick, director 

General Contact Information 
New Dentist Committee 
211 East Chicago Avenue, 20th Floor 
Chicago, IL 60611 
312.440.2883 (fax)