Solon dentist receives Ohio Dental Association N. Wayne Hiatt Rising Star Award
As a new dentist, Dr. Natasha Sheridan has been active in organized dentistry at the local and state level. In recognition of her efforts, she received the Ohio Dental Association N. Wayne Hiatt Rising Star Award on Friday, Sept. 16 at the Callahan Celebration of Excellence, held in conjunction with the 156th ODA Annual Session.
“We believe that Dr. Sheridan’s first nine years of leadership as a new dentist, including her current positions on the ODA Council on Membership Services, ODA Subcouncil on the New Dentist, Greater Cleveland Dental Society Board of Trustees, GCDS Committee on Membership, and GCDS Continuing Education Planning Committee show exemplary commitment to our profession and our ODA,” wrote Dr. Tom Kelly, chair of the Subdistrict 2 Leadership Utilization and Nominating Committee and ODA president, in his nomination letter. “She is an inspiring person who will be a leader for our ODA for decades to come, and I believe her to be most qualified for the honor after serving with such commitment for her first decade in our profession.”
Sheridan earned her DDS degree from The Ohio State University in 2013.
Since graduation, she has practiced dentistry at three dental practices in the Cleveland area.
Sheridan has spent time volunteering to provide care for people in need through MedWorks, a non-profit that provides free dental care; Give Kids A Smile Day; and Dental Development Seminars, a week-long extraction mission and Jutiapa, Guatemala.
She has been active in organized dentistry at the local and state levels, serving on the ODA Council on Membership Services and Subcouncil on New Dentists. She is the president elect for the Greater Cleveland Dental Society and will serve as president in 2023, and has also served as secretary and treasurer. She has also been active in planning events for the Cleveland Dental Society and securing funding for those events.
The Rising Star Award recognizes a young leader in dentistry with outstanding leadership and initiative and a strong commitment to volunteerism within the community and the profession. This person must demonstrate promise for continued and future accomplishments within the dental profession, and must have been in practice for 10 years or less.