New dentist nominees sought for ADA 10 Under 10 Awards

By | October 1, 2019

Left to right: Drs. Onika Patel, Brian Hathcoat, Dan Hammer, Courtney Burrill, Antonina Capurro, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Kady Rawal, Danielle Riordan, Jason Tanguay. Dr. Tim Treat was not able to attend the ceremony.

The American Dental Association is seeking nominations through Dec. 31 to recognize 10 new dentists who are demonstrating excellence in their work and inspiring others.

Winners of the third annual ADA 10 Under 10 Award will receive a $1,000 cash award and be recognized in various ADA publications and channels, including the ADA News and the New Dentist Now blog. The ADA New Dentist Committee will choose and announce the winners in March 2020.

“New dentists are doing amazing things in innovative technology, research, education, volunteerism, advocacy and the military,” said Dr. Emily A. Mattingly, ADA New Dentist Committee chair. “From coast to coast, and from urban to rural areas, these new dentists need to be recognized for their accomplishments.”

Last year, the ADA New Dentist Committee received more than 120 submitted nominations. The 10 recipients were recognizing for their work in geriatric dentistry research, development of new pedagogical models for dental students and in the expansion in access to care in their respective communities, and more.

Nominations are sought for new dentists who are making a difference in:

• Science/research/education: A dentist who has made substantial contributions to advancing clinical topics by leading, organizing or participating in clinical research or scientifically focused efforts or who significantly impacts students through education and mentorship.
• Practice excellence: A dentist who has implemented an innovative or more effective way to improve patients’ experience, market or grow their practice or manage their dental team. Their practice methods serve as an inspiration to other dentists.
• Philanthropy: A dentist who has made a difference in the lives of others (in dentistry or otherwise), either by volunteering, leading a philanthropic effort or using their skills to help those in need.
• Leadership: A dentist who serves in leadership roles in dental organizations and has used that position to improve a dental association, another organization or their community at large.
• Advocacy: A dentist who takes a leadership role in advocacy or legislative activity on behalf of dentists and oral health initiatives.

“I love reading the stories about our award winners,” Dr. Mattingly said. “It makes me want to keep working hard on the things I feel passionate about within my family, practice and profession. Seriously, everyone that has been nominated over the last two years could win one of these awards.”

Nominees must be active ADA members who graduated from dental school between the years 2010 and 2019. Self-nominations are not permitted.

For more information or to nominate a new dentist, visit

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