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Resources available for dentists dealing with illness, injury

June 01, 2018

By Jennifer Garvin

Seattle — The Washington State Dental Association wants dentists who encounter disabling accidents or illnesses to know: The WSDA Disability Support Program is here to help.

The association is connecting dentists in need with one of WSDA’s disability support dentists. By calling WSDA, dentists can speak to “someone who has been where you are now and understands what you are going through,” according to the organization’s website.

And it’s not just dentists in Washington. The program is open to dentists across the country dealing with disabling illness (e.g., stroke) and injury.  

“It is vital that ADA support its dedicated members who have experienced a disability that prevents them from practicing,” said Dr. Linda Edgar. “The ADA has members you can talk to and some step-by-step suggestions to help dentists who are injured or disabled navigate the process of reaching out for help.”

To do that, WSDA has posted a support guide on its website that includes practice continuity plans and emergency planning as well as information on insurance issues.

For more information, call 206.973.5226 to speak to Brenda Berlin, WSDA disability coordinator, during business hours (8:30am-5pm PST) or visit the WSDA website.

To learn more about the American Association of Disabled Dentists, visit www.disableddentists.org.

The ADA Foundation Charitable Assistance Program is also available for dentists in need. For more information, visit ADAFoundation.org.

The ADA’s health and wellness section is available on the Center for Professional Success website for dentists burdened by stress and burnout, addiction, or ergonomic issues. The ADA health and wellness section can help members find resources and dentist well-being programs in their own state to help with the challenges they face as a dental professional. Visit success.ada.org/en/wellness for more information.