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Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Kevin J. Donly, DDS
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kevin J. Donly for the 2022/2023 Lifetime Achievement Award!
Name: Kevin J. Donly, DDS
Position: Professor and Chair, Department of Developmental Dentistry, UT Health San Antonio
Number of years in practice: 35 and a half years
Where you went to dental school and completed residency: University of Iowa (DDS in 1984); University of Iowa (Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and MS in 1986)
Number of years as a TAPD member: 28
What made you decide to get involved as a TAPD member: To help with access to care for children and aid in educational standards.
What have you learned in your time as a TAPD member: Texas Pediatric Dentists are committed professionals to improve the lives of children! When working together, TAPD has great influence on legislation and standards of care.
What surprised you the most about the legislative process: I found that legislators and State agencies are willing to discuss what can be done to improve the oral health of children.
What are you most proud of about TAPD: Membership and involvement of members. Clearly, most Texas Pediatric Dentists are members of TAPD. This makes the voice of TAPD be heard!
What do you see in the future for pediatric dentistry: Further advancement in preventive dentistry and restorative dentistry. I believe there will be more support from insurance companies, public and governmental, to help us access as many children as possible to reach our goal of optimal oral health for all children.
What advice would you give to a graduating pediatric resident: Have fun and get involved
in organized dentistry.