ADA Wellness Ambassador Program

This program was created by the ADA to raise awareness about the unique well-being challenges faced by dental professionals.

Caring for our Caregivers: Why Wellness Matters and How the ADA is Here to Help

“Don’t be silent, reach out and help. Together, and only together, we can make dentistry beautiful”.

ADA Wellness Ambassador Cohort 2 (2023-2024)

Wellness Ambassadors standing in front of an American Dental Association sign.

Pictured from left to right are the following:

  • Dr. Mina Ghorbanifarajzadeh – Florida (District 17)
  • Dr. Parul Dua Makkar – New York (District 2)
  • LTC (Dr.) Demarcio Reed – Virginia (FDS/District 4)
  • Dr. Kami Dornfeld, DWAC Chair – North Dakota (District 10)
  • Sue Hadnot – Montana, Alliance of the ADA
  • Dr. Pooja Gangwani – Pennsylvania (District 3)
  • Dr. Stephanie Ganter – Texas (District 15)
  • Dr. Jordan Pierre – Tennessee (District 6)
  • Dr. Britni Skoda – Ohio (District 7)
  • Dr. Darshika Shah – Michigan (District 9)
  • Dr. Catherine Murphy – Indiana (District 7)
  • *Dr. Erick Block – not pictured, Massachusetts (District 1)

Inaugural Wellness Ambassador Cohort 1 (2022-2023)

  • Mrs. Anne Morrison – Nebraska (District 10) President, Alliance of the ADA 
  • Dr. Cathy Hung – New Jersey (District 4)
  • Dr. William Hamel III – Illinois (District 8)
  • Dr. Amisha Singh – Colorado (District 14)
  • Dr. David Lesansky – North Carolina (District 16)
  • Dr. Julie Spaniel – Oregon (District 11)
  • Dr. Joel Collins – Georgia (District 5)
  • *Dr. Karen Foster – not pictured, Colorado (District 14)

Resource from the ADA and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to help after a suicide.
Summary of information shared by panelists at the ADA Health and Well-Being Summit.
ADA News article summarizing the ADA Health and Well-Being Summit held Sept. 8, 2023.
Guest psychologist Dr. Diana Dill explains how to make your well-being a top priority.
Interview with Sheela Raja, Ph.D. about how to overcome trauma and improve wellness.
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Karen Diane Foster, DDS writes about the ethics of an unexpected loss of a practitioner.
Members of the dental community selected to serve on new ADA initiative.

Interested in becoming an ADA Wellness Ambassador?

Apply to the Wellness Ambassador Program by February 29, 2024.

Candidates must either be a member of the ADA or member of the ADA Alliance and commit to delivering three projects at the end of their onboarding year (which would be September 2024 – September 2025).

Submit a CV and letter of interest to

The letter should include the following:

  • The dentist’s interest in serving as an ADA Wellness Ambassador.
  • Leadership experience and interest in wellness topics
  • Practice modality or type of work (retired dentists or non-practicing dentists who are industry leaders, dental faculty members or dental researchers are all eligible to apply)
  • State in which dentist works/practices or ADA Trustee District.

If you have any questions, please direct them to

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