Contact Dentist Program

Dr. Bill Risk (right) served as Contact Dentist for former State Representative Randy Truitt.
Dr. Bill Risk (right) served as Contact Dentist for former State Representative Randy Truitt (left).

The Indiana Dental Association Contact Dentist Program is the foundation of IDA’s advocacy. The program advocates for the dental profession in Indiana and aids the efforts of Indiana legislators in improving Hoosier oral health. The focus is on promoting dialogue and enhancing long-term relationships between the Association, its members and all members of the Indiana General Assembly.

 

Why Do We Need Contact Dentists?

IDA’s accomplishments at the Statehouse rely on the ability to communicate our priorities and the importance of oral health to Indiana legislators. This can only be done with the involvement of our Contact Dentists. While we have a strong lobbyist and other advocates, hearing from a dentist with experience in patient care, dental benefits programs, the dental profession, as well as knowledge of the importance of oral health to overall health can make all the difference in the world. When legislators are faced with critical health care issues, they look to their expert contacts for information and guidance. Organized dentistry is stronger when more members serve as these expert contacts.
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CONTACT DENTIST

Who Makes a Good Contact Dentist?

Any IDA member who already has a relationship with a current Indiana legislator, a member of their staff, or another Indiana decision maker, can make an excellent Contact Dentist. However, even those who don’t have a relationship with their legislator but would like to develop one can become a part of IDA’s advocacy efforts. Members do not have to be political experts or know a legislator directly to serve as a Contact Dentist. The only requirement is the desire to make an impact and the willingness to build and foster mutually beneficial relationships with key legislative contacts.

 

What Do Contact Dentists Do?

Contact Dentists volunteer to actively cultivate professional relationships with Indiana legislators, serve as a liaison to these legislators regarding the goals of the dental profession and organized dentistry, and work with IDA to identify the best opportunities to engage these legislators. Contact Dentists may be asked to meet with their legislative contacts or staff members, to alert their legislative contacts on important issues affecting Hoosier oral health and follow up on these issues as needed, to become an expert resource to their contacts and staff on issues of oral health and/or its link to overall health, to attend local fundraising events and, when applicable, to support their contact legislators in their election campaigns.

 

Do Contact Dentists Receive Training?

IDA provides Contact Dentists with all the tools necessary to develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with legislative contacts. Contact Dentists receive training in how to effectively deliver key messages to their legislative contacts, how to advocate for the dental profession, and how to promote oral health throughout Indiana. They are given updates as needed in order to stay informed on important issues and become a valued expert resource to Indiana legislators.

IDA is proud of our advocacy program and the many men and women who serve as Contact Dentists. But more work is needed to reach every legislator in the state of Indiana. Several legislators do not currently have an IDA contact (see list below), and members are invited to fill these vacancies. IDA members interested in volunteering for the Contact Dentist Program are encouraged to submit their information below or contact Director of Government Affairs Ed Popcheff at Ed@INDental.org or 317-213-6900.

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Legislators in Need of a Contact Dentist

 

HOUSE

Representative

Party

District

Linda Lawson

D

1

Mara Candelaria Reardon

D

12

Jack Jordan

R

17

Jim Pressel

R

20

William C. Friend

R

23

Sally Siegrist

R

26

Jeffrey Thompson

R

28

Michael Karickhoff

R

30

Anthony Cook

R

32

Greg Beumer

R

33

Melanie M. Wright

D

35

Todd Huston

R

37

Heath VanNatter

R

38

Gregory Steuerwald

R

40

Bruce Borders

R

45

John Young

R

47

Doug Miller

R

48

Mike Braun

R

63

Randall Frye

R

67

Karen Engleman

R

68

Steven R. Stemler

D

71

Edward Clere

R

72

Steven Davisson

R

73

Ryan Hatfield

D

77

Dave Heine

R

85

Carey Hamilton

D

87

Cindy Kirchhofer

R

89

Mike Speedy

R

90

Karlee Macer

D

92

Cherrish Pryor

D

94

 

SENATE

Senator

Party

District

Frank Mrvan

D

1

Eddie Melton

D

3

Mike Bohacek

R

8

David Niezgodski

D

10

Blake Doriot

R

12

Open

R

17

Randall Head

R

18

Travis Holdman

R

19

John Crane

R

24

Michael Delph

R

29

John Ruckelshaus

R

30

Aaron Freeman

R

32

R Michael Young

R

35

Jack Sandlin

R

36

Rodric D. Bray

R

37

Chip Perfect

R

43

Eric Koch

R

44

Ronald Grooms

R

46

Erin Houchin

R

47

 

 

 

2016 Contact Dentists

IDA Thanks the Many Men and Women Who Support the Dental Profession and Hoosier Oral Health by Serving as a Contact Dentist.

These voices are essential to organized dentistry’s success at the Statehouse.

Critical issues affecting dentists, the dental profession, and the oral health of Hoosiers are being debated and decided on by the Indiana Legislature at lightning speed. The majority of these legislators have no background in dental health nor any knowledge of running a dental practice. IDA Contact Dentists play a vital role in sharing dentistry’s concerns with legislators and key contacts who will be shaping the future of dentistry in Indiana.

HOUSE

Contact

Representative

Party

District

Dr.Dan Bade

Earl Harris Jr

D

2

Dr. Wyatt Smith

Charlie Brown

D

3

Dr. Steve Holm

Edmond Soliday

R

4

Dr. Deb Fleming

Dale DeVon

R

5

Dr. Deb Fleming

Dr. Marty Szakaly

B Patrick Bauer

D

6

Dr. Deb Fleming
Dr. Marty Szakaly

Joe Taylor III

D

7

Dr. Deb Fleming

Ryan Dvorak

D

8

Dr. Dan Fridh

Scott Pelath

D

9

Dr. Mark Mihalo

Charles Moseley

D

10

Dr. Gene Ranieri

Mike Aylesworth

R

11

Mr. Steve Roth

Sharon Negele

R

13

Dr. Rob Corns

Vernon  G. Smith

D

14

Dr. Terry Schechner

Harold Slager

R

15

Dr. John Ahler
Dr. Jack Drone

Doug Gutwein

R

16

Dr. Steve Hollar

David A. Wolkins

R

18

Dr. Terry Schechner

Julie Olthoff

R

19

Dr. Jay Asdell
Dr. Ben Yoder

Timothy Wesco

R

21

Dr. Deb Fleming
Dr. Steve Hollar

Curt L. Nisly

R

22

Dr. Sue Germain

Donna Schaibley

R

24

Dr. Rachel Day

Don Lehe

R

25

Dr. Bill Risk

Sheila Klinker

D

27

Dr. Joe Forgey

Kathy K. Richardson

R

29

Dr. Matt Maddox

Kevin Mahan

R

31

Dr. Victor Clevenger

Sue Errington

D

34

Dr. Carey McLaughlin

Terri Jo Austin

D

36

Dr. Sarah Herd

Jerry Torr

R

39

Dr. Terri Winn
Dr. Wayne Walker

Timothy Brown

R

41

Mrs Wendy Zent

Alan Morrison

R

42

Dr. Scot Mardis
Dr. Dave Hay

Clyde Kersey

D

43

Dr. John Hennette

James Baird

R

44

Dr. David Walden

Robert Heaton

R

46

Dr. Ben Yoder
Dr. Jay Asdell

Wes Culver

R

49

Mrs Wendy Zent

Daniel Leonard

R

50

Dr. Allison Bergdoll

Dennis Zent

R

51

Mrs Wendy Zent

Ben Smaltz

R

52

Dr. Todd Kaminski

Robert Cherry

R

53

Dr. David Holwager

Thomas E. Saunders

R

54

Dr. Greg Phillips
Dr. John Roberts

Cindy Ziemke

R

55

Dr. David Holwager

Richard Hamm

R

56

Dr. John Harker

Sean Eberhart

R

57

Dr. David Wolf

Woody Burton

R

58

Dr. Greg Phillips
Dr. Richard Newton

Milo Smith

R

59

Dr. David Walden

Peggy Mayfield

R

60

Dr. Mike King

Matt Pierce

D

61

Dr. Steve Pritchard

Jeff Ellington

R

62

Dr. Denny Zent

Thomas Washburne

R

64

Dr. Dave Walden
Dr. Daniel Hall

Chris May

R

65

Dr. Kerry Goodin

Terry A. Goodin

D

66

Dr. Mark Thomas

Jim Lucas

R

69

Dr. Dawn Durbin

Rhonda Rhoads

R

70

Dr. Maritza Jenkins

Lloyd Arnold

R

74

Dr. Maritza Jenkins

Ronald Bacon

R

75

Dr. Maritza Jenkins

Wendy McNamara

R

76

Dr. Maritza Jenkins

Holli Sullivan

R

78

Dr. Ed Fisher

Matthew Lehman

R

79

Dr. Ben Yoder
Dr. Jim Shupe

Philip GiaQuinta

D

80

Dr. Denny Zent

Martin Carbaugh

R

81

Dr. Denny Zent

David Ober

R

82

Dr. Jim Shupe

Chris Judy

R

83

Dr. Mark Haring

Robert Morris

R

84

Dr. Rebecca DeLaRosa

Edward DeLaney

D

86

Dr. Mark Mihalo

Carey Hamilton

D

87

Dr. Dave Holwager

Brian Bosma

R

88

Dr. Desiree Dimond

Robert W. Behning

R

91

Dr. Dave Wolf
Mr. Doug Bush

David N. Frizzell

R

93

Dr. Steve Towns

John Bartlett

D

95

Dr. Steve Towns

Gregory Porter

D

96

Dr. Charles Steffel

Justin Moed

D

97

Dr. Steve Towns

Robin Shackleford

D

98

Dr. Steve Towns
Mr. Ed Popcheff

Vanessa Summers

D

99

Dr. Steve Towns

Dan Forestal

D

100

SENATE

Contact

Senator

Party

District

Dr. Terry Schechner

Lonnie Randolph

D

2

Dr. Steve Holm

Karen Tallian

D

4

Dr. John Ahler
Dr. Jack Drone
Dr. Bill Risk

Ed Charbonneau

R

5

Dr. Terry Schechner

Rick Niemeyer

R

6

Dr. John Ahler
Dr. Jack Drone

Brandt Hershman

R

7

Dr. Steve Hollar

Ryan D. Mishler

R

9

Dr. Deb Fleming

Joseph C. Zakas

R

11

Dr. Denny Zent

Susan Glick

R

13

Dr. Caroline Derrow

Dennis K. Kruse

R

14

Mrs. Connie Slyby

Liz Brown

R

15

Dr. Ben Yoder
Dr. William Hankee
Dr. Gerald Rahrig

David C. Long

R

16

Dr. Jeanette Lawson

Luke Kenley

R

20

Dr. Dick Martin

James Buck

R

21

Dr. Bill Risk

Ron Alting

R

22

Dr. Janet Rucker

Philip Boots

R

23

Dr. Carey McLaughlin

Timothy Lanane

D

25

Dr. Thomas Clark

Douglas Eckerty

R

26

Dr. Dave Holwager
Dr. Marty Hanneman

Jeff Raatz

R

27

Dr. Todd Kaminski

Michael R. Crider

R

28

Dr. Mike Smith

John Ruckelshaus

R

30

Dr. Chris Burns

Dr. Jill Burns

James W. Merritt

R

31

Dr. Eric Treadwell

Greg Taylor

D

33

Dr. Steve Towns

Jean Breaux

D

34

Dr. Scot Mardis

Jon Ford

R

38

Dr Thomas Abrell

Eric Bassler

R

39

Dr. Sally Sturgeon

Mark Stoops

D

40

Dr. John Harker

Greg Walker

R

41

Dr. David Holwager
Dr. John Roberts

Jean Leising

R

42

Dr. Maritza Jenkins

James Smith

R

45

Dr. Maritza Jenkins

Mark Messmer

R

48

Dr. Maritza Jenkins

James Tomes

R

49

Dr. Maritza Jenkins

Vaneta Becker

R

50

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