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Terry D. Dickinson, D.D.S.

Executive Director, Virginia Dental Association

Dr. Terry Dickinson attended the University of Texas at Austin for his undergraduate program and then attended the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston where he received his D.D.S. degree in 1967. He then served two years with the U. S. Air Force as a dental officer. In 1969 he received the Air Force Commendation Medal for his contributions supporting the mission of the Air Force Dental Corp.

Dr. Dickinson entered private practice in Houston, Texas in 1969. Among his many accomplishments while in Texas include serving in all officer positions of the Greater Houston Dental Society including serving as President in 1981. He was a Director and Vice-President of the Texas Dental Association and was appointed by then Governor Mark White to serve a 6 year term on the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. He also was an FDA certified clinical examiner for Proctor and Gamble for some 12 years testing products such as Scope, Crest Tartar Control and Peridex.

After 30 years of private practice, he was hired to serve as the Executive Director of the Virginia Dental Association in 1999 and has served in that position since. Some of the awards received by Dr. Dickinson are the Virginia Primary Care Association’s William E. Cole award in 2001 for his vision and leadership in the area of access to care, three Presidential Citations by the American Dental Association for his efforts in bringing needed care to those less fortunate, the ‘Director’s Award’ from the National Health Service Corp in 2005 and an award from the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services for his leadership role in the ‘Smiles for Children’ dental Medicaid program. In 2006 he received the 1st Annual NetWorthy Award presented by Governor Tim Kaine at the Virginia Health Care Foundation’s Heroes in Healthcare award luncheon. In 2008, The Virginia Department of Medical Assistant Services (DMAS) honored him with its ‘Partner of the Year’ Award. He was instrumental in the formation of the nationally known Mission of Mercy Project (MOM) and was project manager of the Katrina MOM Project in New Orleans in response to Hurricane Katrina. He currently serves on the VCU School of Dentistry’s Board of Advisors and as past chairman of the Virginians for Increased Access to Dental Care (VIADC) oral health coalition board. He is a national spokesperson for the ADA on the subject of access to care and serves on the ADA’s task force for Give Kids a Smile. Governor Kaine appointed him to the Health Reform Commission for the Commonwealth where he served on the access to care sub group. He was honored in 2009 by the National Governor’s Association as the recipient of its Private Citizen of the Year Award. In 2010, the American Dental Association honored him as the ‘Humanitarian of the Year Award’. Terry’s passion continues to be ‘making a difference’ in the lives of those most in need.

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