David F. Halpern, D.M.D., FAGD, FACD, has been elected to the DALE Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
Dr. Halpern has served the oral healthcare community in many ways throughout his career. He has been an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) for more than 35 years and is a recipient of the AGD Distinguished Service Award. He has held numerous national leadership positions within AGD, including serving on AGD’s Board of Trustees as Trustee for Region 5, and as AGD secretary (2003-2007) and president (2009-2010).
Dr. Halpern holds Fellowship in AGD, and is also a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is also a longtime member of the American Dental Association, and has been involved at the local and state levels; he is currently the president of the Howard County Dental Association in Maryland, and previously served as president of the Charitable and Educational Foundation for the Maryland State Dental Association.
Dr. Halpern received his Bachelor of Arts in biology from Franklin & Marshall College in 1972 and earned a Master of Science in physiology and endocrinology from Rutgers University in 1974. In 1978, he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry and then completed a general practice residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. He has maintained his private dental practice in Columbia, Md., since 1982.
Recognizing the importance of lifelong learning for dental auxiliaries, Dr. Halpern encourages his dental team to continue their education and earn professional certification. “I am only as good as my dental team,” he says. “Educating auxiliaries and increasing their knowledge and skill sets enhances the overall professionalism of the oral healthcare community, and the public benefits from a higher quality of services.”
“Dr. Halpern’s many years of experience and strategic leadership roles in the oral healthcare community make him a great fit for the DALE Foundation’s Board of Trustees,” notes Cindy Durley, M.Ed., MBA, Executive Director of the DALE Foundation. “His personal and professional commitment to lifelong learning and his encouragement of dental auxiliaries to grow in their careers align with the mission of the DALE Foundation. We are excited to welcome him to the Board.”