Jefferson City, Mo. – Dr. Merle Nunemaker, a general dentist from Lee’s Summit, was honored with the Missouri Dental Association (MDA) Distinguished Service Award on November 2, 2018 at the MDA House of Delegates.
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a member with a long history of exemplary service and dedication to the dental profession and organized dentistry.
Dr. Nunemaker’s commitment and dedication to the dental profession and organized dentistry is evidenced by his 41 consecutive years of membership and during this tenure, service in numerous leadership roles on the local, state and national levels. He has served as president of both the Greater Kansas City Dental Society and MDA. Dr. Nunemaker also has provided leadership in legislative and regulatory activity at the state and national level as the MDA Legislative and Regulatory Committee Chair from 2009-2012, and since 2008, serving as an Action Team Leader making congressional visits for the annual American Dental Association Lobby Day.
Dr. Nunemaker participates in the annual Missouri Mission of Mercy charitable dental clinic as a lead volunteer dentist and was co-chair of the local committee that hosted the 2016 clinic in Independence. He also has volunteered his time to organize large, annual Give Kids A Smile events that provide free dental care to children in need in his and other partnering dental offices. In addition, he has treated numerous patients through the Donated Dental Services program the last 10 years.
Dr. Nunemaker is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and American College of Dentists, both of which are honorary dental organizations that recognize excellence in the dental profession. He is a member of the National Dental Practice Based Research Network and serves on the Health Education Advisory Board of Lee’s Summit.
Dr. Nunemaker received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1977 and his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1973. He is an alumnus of Topeka High School. He continues to practice general dentistry in Kansas City and Lee’s Summit.
He and his wife, Vicki, have three children.