MISSION STATEMENT: To provide support for the spouses of Texas Dental Association members through education, fellowship, and service, and to foster the positive image of organized dentistry, working in partnership with the Texas Dental Association.
My love for dentistry has spanned over 45 years and touched all aspects of my life. When I was 14 years old, I watched my mother go through periodontal surgery and my interest in oral health was piqued. My first job in the industry was as a chairside dental assistant, and from there I attended dental hygiene school. Soon after, I met my future husband on a dental mission trip in Mexico. As he was working towards completing dental school and considering opening his own practice upon graduation, I realized that I needed to learn the business of dentistry, and thus began my stint as the manager of my husbands’ practice for the past 29 years. While this role has certainly kept me very busy, my real love for imparting the importance of dental health to the public has never subsided.
When former ATDA President Cindy Muir invited me to join the alliance, I was excited about joining with all of you through ATDA to support both our spouses, and dentistry throughout Texas. However, the true joy I’ve received from this organization has come from the opportunities to participate in the many civic and social events that the TDA & ATDA sponsor. I am grateful to have met so many incredible individuals and for all you have taught me so far. Thank you for allowing me to represent the ATDA this year and I hope together we can continue to grow our love for dentistry and sow the seeds of service together.
Susan Shults, ATDA President