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Welcome to the Indiana Dental Association online newsroom. We are pleased to bring you the latest dentistry and oral health updates in Indiana and across the country. For more information, or to share news, contact Karen Scharf, Director of Communications, at

OHP Newsletter Now Available


The first ever newsletter for the Oral Health Program (OHP) at the Indiana State Department of Health has been published and is now available.

Code of Ethics spurs public’s decision in choosing dentists, survey says


ADA member dentists are unique in that they have something that other dentists don’t: a Code of Ethics.

Non-enrolled Providers May Continue to Submit HIP Claims


Since we do expect the State to restrict the network to credentialed providers in the future, the IDA encourages all HIP providers to begin the credentialing process as soon as possible. The process is currently running approximately 30 days from the date all necessary documentation is received by DentaQuest.

Dr. Chad Leighty Named IDA President


The Indiana Dental Association (IDA) has named Chad Leighty, DDS as its new president for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Dr. Leighty has been a member of IDA since 1993.

Ms Wanda Barger Receives IDA Outstanding Staff Award


The Indiana Dental Association (IDA) has awarded Wanda Barger, of Indianapolis, Indiana the 2015 Outstanding Staff Award. This award recognizes an exemplary IDA staff member who has gone above and beyond the call for the IDA members and promoting the profession’s image.

Dr. Wendell A. Riggs Receives IDA Special Service Award


The Indiana Dental Association (IDA) has posthumously awarded Wendell A. Riggs, MD, of Lafayette, Indiana the 2015 Special Service Award. This award recognizes non-dentists who advance the objectives of the health profession in general and/or the dental profession in particular.

Dr. Jill Burns Receives ACD Ethics Award


The Indiana Dental Association (IDA) on behalf of the American College of Dentists (ACD) Indiana Section has awarded Dr. Jill M. Burns of Indianapolis, Indiana with the 2015 Ethics Award. This award recognizes an Indiana citizen who exemplifies ethical behavior and is recognized by his or her peers as someone who brings credit to the profession and one who has earned the trust of dentists and the general public.

Dr. Janet Rucker Receives Charles W. Gish Award


The Indiana Dental Association (IDA) has awarded Dr. Janet L. Rucker of Crawfordsville, Indiana the 2015 Charles W. Gish Community Dental Health Award. This award recognizes an Indiana citizen who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and involvement leading to significant improvement and/or positive impact in the overall dental health within a given community.

Dr. Amanda Miller Receives Rising Star Award


The Indiana Dental Association (IDA) has awarded Dr. Amanda Miller of Franklin, Indiana the 2015 Rising Star Award. This award is to recognize a young dentist who has been practicing for ten years or less and demonstrates outstanding leadership abilities and initiative.

Dr. Suzanne Germain Receives 2015 Leadership Award


The Indiana Dental Association (IDA) has awarded Dr. Suzanne Germain the 2015 Leadership Award. This award is given to acknowledge outstanding leadership in maintaining organization and continuity within the Indiana Dental Association and dental profession.

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