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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

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Board President

Bradley Fulkerson, DMD

Henderson

Dr. Fulkerson was appointed to the Board effective August 12, 2016.  He is serving the remaining term of Dr. Sid Brantley whose term will expire on June 30, 2017. He is a pediatric dentist who graduated from the University of Kentucky and was licensed in 1991.

 
  Jeffrey Lucas Bowen, DMD

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.

 
 Yvonne D. Bach

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

Robert B. Zena, DMD

Louisville

Dr. Zena was appointed to the Board effective September 22, 2010, and is serving his second term which will expire June 30, 2018. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1979, was licensed in 1979, and currently practices under the specialty of prosthodontics.

 
 
Mary Ann Burch, RDH  

Board Member

Mary Ann Burch, RDH

Frankfort

Ms. Burch was appointed to the Board effective September 22, 2010, and is serving term two which will expire June 30, 2018. She has previous experience as a distinguished and hard working Member of this Board. Ms. Burch graduated from University of Louisville in 1968, was licensed in 1968, and practices dental hygiene in Frankfort.

 
 

Board Member

Adam Kendall Rich, DMD

Dry Ridge

Dr. Rich was appointed to the Board effective September 22, 2010, and is serving his second term which will expire June 30, 2018. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 2001 and has been practicing under his general dentistry license since 2001.

 
Louis Beto, DMD 

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.

 
Tonia M. Socha-Mower, RDH, MS, CDA 

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.

 

Ex Officio (non-voting) Members

Julie McKee, DMD  

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  

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  

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.

 
 


Carmen Fields, RDH, BS

Big Sandy Community & Technical College

Carmen Fields has been a registered dental hygienist for 14 years.  She has experience working in private practice settings in general dentistry.  Currently, she is an associate professor and first-year clinical and curriculum coordinator for the dental hygiene program at Big Sandy Community & Technical College.