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Board Members

The Board of Dentistry consists of 10 members, each appointed by the Governor to a 4 year term. Seven members of the board are licensed dentists and two members are licensed dental hygienists. Dentist members are appointed from a list of 3 names recommended for each position by the resident licensed dentists of Kentucky at an annual election, while dental hygienist members are appointed from a list of 3 names recommended for each position by the resident licensed dental hygienists of Kentucky at an annual election. One member is a citizen at large who is not associated with or financially interested in the practice or business regulated.

One nonvoting ex officio representative from each the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville represent the dental schools' interests. One nonvoting ex officio representative from a hygiene program not associated with the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville represents the dental hygiene programs' interests. The hygiene school seat rotates on a yearly basis. One nonvoting ex officio representative from the Department for Public Health represents the department's interests.


Current  Members

Board President

Bradley Fulkerson, DMD

Henderson Dr. Fulkerson was appointed to the Board effective August 12, 2016. His term will expire on June 30, 2021. He is a pediatric dentist who graduated from the University of Kentucky and was licensed in 1991.


Vice President

Jeffrey Lucas Bowen, DMD

Lexington Dr. Bowen was appointed to the Board effective July 1, 2015, and is serving his first term which will expire June 30, 2019. He graduated from the University of Kentucky, was licensed in 2007, and currently practices pediatric dentistry.


Secretary/Treasurer/Citizen at Large Member

Yvonne D. Bach

Louisville Ms. Bach was reappointed to the Board effective August 12, 2016. She serves as Citizen at Large member. Her current term will expire on June 30, 2020. Ms. Bach is a graduate of the University of Louisville. She is the Associate Publisher/Editor of the Louisville Defender Newspaper.


Board Member

Jason Edward Ford, MD, DMD

Lexington Dr. Ford was first appointed to the Board effective November 16, 2011 and his first term expired June 30, 2015. He was reappointed effective July 1, 2015 and his term will expire on June 30, 2019. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2002, was licensed in 2002, and licensed as an oral surgeon in 2008.


Board Member

Christopher Mattingly, DMD

Louisville Dr. Mattingly was appointed to the Board effective June 30, 2018 and is serving his first term which will expire June 30, 2021. Dr. Mattingly has been in the exclusive practice of orthodontics. He attended Centre College and graduated from University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1991.


Board Member

Geoffrey Ball, DMD

Elizabethtown Dr. Ball was appointed to the Board effective June 30, 2018 and is serving his first term which will expire June 30, 2022. Dr. Ball graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 2002, was licensed in 2002, and completed an AEGD at the University of Louisville in 2003 and a GPR from the University of Kentucky in 2009.


Board Member

Mariam S. Fallahzadeh, DMD

Lexington Dr. Fallahzadeh was appointed to the Board effective June 30, 2018 and is serving her first term which will expire June 30, 2022. Dr. Fallahzadeh graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 2001 and was licensed that same year. She is a general dentist and has been in private practice in Paris, KY since 2004


Board Member

Louis Beto, DMD

Danville Dr. Beto was appointed to the Board effective August 12, 2016. He is serving his first term which will expire June 30, 2020. He is an oral surgeon who graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and was licensed in 1981. Dr. Beto did his Oral & Maxillofacial Residency at Temple University.


Board Member

Tonia M. Socha-Mower, RDH, MS

Lexington Ms. Socha-Mower was appointed to the Board effective July 1, 2015, and is serving her first term which will expire June 30, 2019. Ms. Socha-Mower graduated from Hollins University, was licensed in 2008.


Board Member

Donna Ruley RDH

Donna Ruley, RDH was appointed to the board effective June 30, 2018 and is serving her first term which will expire June 30, 2022. Ms. Ruley graduated from the University of Louisville Dental Hygiene Program and was licensed in 1974.



Ex Officio (non-voting) Members

Julie McKee, DMD

State Dental Director, Department of Public Health Dr. McKee graduated from the University of Louisville in 1983, and currently serves the Commonwealth as the State Dental Director.


Deborah Ray, DMD

University of Kentucky College of Dentistry Dr. Ray graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1987 and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Comprehensive Care Division.


Tim Daugherty, DMD

University of Louisville School of Dentistry Dr. Daugherty graduated from the University of Louisville in 1984 and currently serves as the Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.