Honoring Military Dental Corps This July 4th

2018-07-03 | American Dental Education Association

The time-tested practice of designating a “White House Dentist” stretches back to 1923 when President Coolidge and his family were treated by Drs. Alfred Chandler, William Darnell and Frances Ulan. These highly skilled dental surgeons from the Navy Dental School in Washington D.C, hand-picked to provide dental care for the first family. Since then, other dentists have been chosen from the Navy to meet the oral health needs of the president and his family members.


The White House dentist is chosen from among the many outstanding practitioners at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. The Navy’s Dental Corps treat not only our active duty military, retirees, and their dependents, but also Members of Congress and the President.


The Navy Dental Corps is led by Rear Adm. Gayle D. Shaffer who serves as Director, Health Services, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps/Medical Officer of the Marine Corps/Chief, Navy Dental Corps and is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry.


Opting to serve as a dentist in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army or U.S. Air Force can help defray dental school tuition and fees. For more information on how to serve your country and pay your student loans, visit our State and Federal Loan Forgiveness Resource site.

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