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Pulaski dentist Dr. Cynthia Southern, of Pulaski Family Dentistry on East Main Street, recently was elected president of Virginia Dental Association (VDA) for 2022-23.

“I look forward to taking on big challenges around workforce, third-party payers, and rising costs and finding ways to make it easier for all dentists in Virginia to focus on doing what you love — providing dental care and healing patients,” Southern told colleagues during Virginia Dental Showcase held in Williamsburg.

Southern joined VDA in 2000, the same year she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry — and has served in several leadership roles, including treasurer and director, representing Southwest Virginia Dental Society.

She says she has learned during her time with VDA that hard work pays off, even if it doesn’t benefit current association members.

“It can take time. The seeds we plant as leaders in the association, and the policy fights we take on will bear more fruit for students now in dental school who have their whole careers ahead of them than they will for the dentists who own practices in this room. 

“But hard work does pay off. And the beauty of this association and the community of dentists who are part of it is that they know that the sweat and tears and difficult decisions they make are for the good of the future of the profession as a whole.”

A 1996 graduate of College of William & Mary in 1996, Southern thanked VDA members for the trust they have placed in her. “I’m excited to get started,” she noted.

VDA represents 4,000 member dentists across Virginia. It’s mission is to represent and serve members by fostering quality oral health care and education. The Association provides continuing education, advocacy and practice support.


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