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252: Interview with general dentist and the 160th American Dental Association President, Dr. Linda Edgar

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In this week’s Mommy Dentists in Business Podcast episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with MDIB, Dr. Linda Edgar, the current president of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Edgar shared valuable information about what the ADA does and what it is currently working on. Dr. Edgar discussed the ADA’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the dental profession, as well as its ongoing work to educate the public about the importance of oral health. Catch an informative and insightful conversation shedding light on the important work being done by the ADA. Episode 252 is available for download on all of the top podcast platforms or listen now by clicking the player above!

Episode highlights:

  • Get to know Dr. Linda J. Edgar, a general dentist, and the 160th American Dental Association President; only the 5th woman to be elected to this honor.
  • Discussion about qualities and characteristics of a good leader
  • Dr. Edgar shares her advice for dentists who are just embarking on parenthood
  • Discover what the ADA does and how it benefits its’ members
  • Learn what Dr. Edgar hopes to accomplish during her tenure as President of the American Dental Association

Meet this week’s guests:

Dr. Linda J. Edgar, a general dentist, is the 160th American Dental Association President and 5th woman to be elected to this honor. 

Dr. Edgar has been a member of the ADA since 1992 and was a member of the House of Delegates from 2005 to 2018. She served as the Eleventh District Trustee (2018-2022) of the ADA and is a former member of the ADA Council on Dental Practice. She went to dental school at the age of 37 after teaching junior high school and Honors Chemistry for 15 years.

Dr. Edgar has been involved with numerous other dental organizations, including the Washington State Dental Association, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, the Washington Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of General Dentistry, of which she was president in 2013-2014. She served as president of the Seattle King County Dental Society from 2010 to 2011.

Dr. Edgar served in private practice for 30 years with her husband, Dr. Bryan Edgar and was involved with the University of Washington School of Dentistry as chair of their $22 million dental school campaign in support of major fundraising for over 10 years.

Dr. Edgar earned her dental degree from the University of Washington. Prior to becoming a dentist, Dr. Edgar was a national class marathon runner completing over 45 marathons setting a record of 2:43 in the Seattle Marathon and participating in the first Woman’s Olympic Marathon Trials.

She has also completed two full Ironman races. Now retired from private practice, she is currently involved with volunteer organizations which couple continuing education with increasing access for veterans and the underserved. She has an adopted son David who is a captain for Alaska Airlines and she has two granddaughters.

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