Dr. Danielle Riordan, a general dentist in St. Peters, Mo., was honored as the 2017 Missouri Dental Association (MDA) Outstanding New Dental Leader on November 3, 2017 at the MDA House of Delegates in Jefferson City.
The Outstanding New Dental Leader award is designed to recognize a member of the MDA who has been in practice 10 years or fewer and has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities, professional and ethical conduct, and volunteer activities in their community and organized dentistry.
Dr. Riordan is being recognized for her commitment to activities within the dental profession since becoming a dental student. During her dental school education and as a new dentist, she has served in various leadership positions at the local, state and national levels of organized dentistry, including: American Dental Association Council on Membership; MDA Trustee; and, Greater St. Louis Dental Society (GSLDS) Delegate to the MDA House of Delegates and New Dentist Committee founding member. She is slated to become the GSLDS president in 2021. She is distinguished as a Fellow of the American and International College of Dentists and of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. In 2016 received the Greater St. Louis Dental Society Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Riordan serves as adjunct faculty for UMKC to enable dental students to come to St. Louis to participate in its Give Kids A Smile charitable dental clinic under her supervision, and is a board member of the MDA Foundation. She also provides care to patients through the Donated Dental Services program, which provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to vulnerable people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.
Dr. Riordan received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2010 and began practicing with her father, Dr. Mark Zust at Family Dentistry of St. Peters, afterward. She and her husband, Nick, have three children, Daniel, Grace and Alice.