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New Alliance of the ADA president will ‘build on strong foundation’

October 16, 2017

By Michelle Manchir

Service veteran: Susan Hadnot has been a member of the Alliance for more than 20 years.
Following a year of changes that included a new interactive website and an organizational overhaul, the Alliance of the ADA is preparing for a new year with a president who has proved she’s willing to go the distance in her new role.

Having completed more than 20 marathons, including qualifying for the Boston Marathon seven times, Susan Hadnot’s running chops aren’t the only measure of her willingness to work hard. She’s also been a member of the Alliance for more than 20 years and represents the group’s leadership council in legislative advocacy, helping lobby and bring awareness to dental health topics and issues affecting dental professionals. She’s also a member of the American Dental Political Action Committee and has participated in several ADA Washington Leadership meetings and Lobby Days.

As she takes over for Teresa Theurer as the Alliance’s president at a ceremony during the Alliance’s 2017 Convention in Atlanta that coincides with ADA 2017 – America’s Dental Meeting, Ms. Hadnot, of Montana, said she looks forward to expanding the Alliance’s reach.

With new ways to reach members via social media, Ms. Hadnot said she looks forward to connecting with former Alliance members and new dental student spouses.

“The face of dentistry is changing and we are looking forward to communicating with new platforms, while never forgetting that the best tool any association has is reaching out your hand and meeting people one-on-one and having a conversation face-to-face,” she said.

Ms. Hadnot, a retired dietitian who worked in administrative food services at the University of Montana, said she looks forward to implementing new ideas and experiences that the Alliance’s new executive staff have brought to the group, including new ways via the Alliance’s revamped website to connect local and national chapters of the Alliance.

The website also details the Alliance’s premier programs and how to get involved with them, such as its Healthy Smiles from the Start initiative, a multifaceted prenatal and postnatal dental health care education program packed with important oral health care information targeting new moms and infant caregivers.

Ms. Hadnot, whose husband, Dr. Doug Hadnot, has practiced dentistry for more than 40 years, said she hopes to “build on the strong foundation of those who served before me with their great dedication and an important vision.”

“The Alliance is a supportive community for its members and the goals of the ADA through public education, community education and outreach,” she said.

The Alliance’s annual convention wraps up today.

For more information about the Alliance, its projects, or to become a member, visit