April 26, 2017
Dr. David M. Minahan (’75)
2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient


In a 2013 WSDA News profile of Dr. Minahan, the newly elected WSDA president, Dr. Mark Walker (’81) called him “a great friend who is always willing to lend a hand.”

Dr. Minahan’s long history of service to the WSDA, with honors including a WSDA Presidential Award in 2001, more than bears that out. As WSDA president in 2013-14, he displayed his exceptional people skills and persuasive abilities, helping the WSDA to convince legislators that access to dental care would be better served by residency programs and other measures in lieu of a midlevel provider.
His previous ASDA activity includes extensive service in the House of Delegates and membership on WSDA’s board of directors. He has chaired the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference Committee and served on the Nominations Committee, Government Affairs Committee, and the DentPac Board. He has also worked on WSDA Board task forces on the Staff Retirement Plan, Dental Care Access, and the Affordable Care Act, and has been a Leadership Institute Mentor to future WSDA leaders.
After his WSDA presidential term, he led the search for a new WSDA Executive Director. He has also participated with West Coast representatives in an Emerging Issues Conference. With ADA, he serves in the House of Delegates and on the Council on Government Affairs.
In addition, the former Husky freshman basketball player was an early participant in the WSDA-UW Dental alumni Association Mentor Program, which has provided numerous pre-doctoral students with invaluable guidance by professional dentists as they navigate the difficult terrain of dental school.
Dr. Minahan is a fellow in the American and International Colleges of Dentistry and Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has practiced in Kenmore, Wash., for more than four decades.
Said Dr. Richard Crinzi (’72) in that WSDA News profile: “He’s involved with a profession he’s passionate about, and has worked tirelessly to make dentistry in Washington work for both patients and providers.”  

Retrieved from: Spring 2017 Edition of The Univerisity of Washington Dental Alumni Association Vol. 43, No. 1


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