UTHSC Alumna Named President of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

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Jeannie Beauchamp, DDS, a 1991 graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Dentistry, has been named president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).

Dr. Jeannie Beauchamp

“I think this has been an unprecedented time with the pandemic,” she said.  “Dentists have gone back to work with restrictions. I believe everyone learned how important organized dentistry is to our profession. We need a united voice legislatively and publicly. This year, I want to take what we have learned and move forward, elevating how patients and the public view the profession of dentistry.”

Dr. Beauchamp, a board-certified pediatric dentist, completed her pediatric residency at UTHSC in 1993. She is active in the UTHSC College of Dentistry Alumni Association and has served as president and representative for Middle Tennessee. In 2018, Dr. Beauchamp was honored with the Outstanding Alumna Award and currently serves on the 2021 Alumni Legislative Council.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without UTHSC,” Dr. Beauchamp said. “I received a wonderful dental education and still keep in touch with some of the professors who were mentors to me.”

“Dr. Beauchamp is an excellent clinician and a proven leader in the profession of dentistry,” said James C. Ragain, Jr., DDS, MS, PhD, FICD, FACD, FPFA, dean of the UTHSC College of Dentistry. “We are extremely proud that she is an alumna of our college and wish her the very best in this leadership role.”

Dr. Beauchamp has owned and operated Clarksville Pediatric Dentistry since 1999. Before assuming the AAPD presidency, she served the organization in several positions, including parliamentarian, Southeastern District trustee, chair of the Council on Communications, the Political Action Committee Steering Committee, and the Committee on Interprofessional Relations. She is also a graduate of the AAPD Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School of Business and the AAPD Advanced Leadership Institute at the Wharton School of Business in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1947, the AAPD is considered to be the leading authority on children’s oral health.

Dr. Beauchamp has served in many community and church groups. Her professional involvement spans organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Tennessee Dental Association (TDA). She recently completed her term as TDA president. Additionally, she has served as a Tennessee delegate to the American Dental Association House of Delegates for 14 years.