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MDA Legislative Excellence Award, Shantel (Smith) Dooling

Shantel SmithShantel (Smith) Dooling, Director of Legislative Affairs for the Missouri State Medical Association, has been honored with the Missouri Dental Association (MDA) Legislative Excellence Award.

Typically, this award honors lawmakers who have been a friend to the dental profession in support of legislation that is a priority for the MDA. However, this year Dooling is being honored for her work as the former MDA Legislative and Regulatory Director, a position she maintained through May 2020. The 2020 legislative session marked the third consecutive year in which the MDA passed its entire legislative agenda, as well as ensuring dental program budgetary funding remained stable—attributed in large part to Dooling’s efforts as a staff member of the MDA’s advocacy team.     

The MDA looks forward to continued work with Dooling in her role at MSMA, as both associations collaborate on legislative initiative that will benefit its members of the health care professions.