About the Virginia Dental Association
Virginia Dental Association (VDA) Mission
The purpose of the Association shall be to promote the art and science of dentistry, to foster professional relations among dentists; to represent the interests of the profession and the public which it serves; to elevate the standards and improve the methods of dental education; to promote the continuing education of the dental practitioner; to encourage the enactment and enforcement of dental laws, and to enlighten and direct public education to oral health and advanced scientific dental service, and to foster adherence to ethical principles.
We are affiliated with the American Dental Association (ADA)
. The structure of our association is known as "tripartite" in that a member of the ADA is typically a member of three associations at once. The first being ADA, the "national association", the second being the VDA or "state association", and the third being the local or "component" dental society. The VDA has a Board of Directors who govern and direct the association.
Have a question? Need a resource? Contact a VDA staff member today.
Dr. Terry Dickinson
VDA Executive Director
Assistant to the Executive Director/
Director of Administrative Services
Director of Legislative and
Director of Communications
Virginia Dental Journal - Managing Editor
Director of Finance
Sarah Mattes Marshall
Director of Marketing & Programs
Director of CE and Meeting Planning