The Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellows 2005-2008 | Richardson

Shanta D. Richardson, DMD, MPH

Pediatric Dentist, Ellicott City, MD

PRACTICUM

Dr. Richardson is a pediatric dentist at Massachusetts General Hospital who provides care to disabled, medically compromised, and healthy children of all ages. A native of Los Angeles, her interest in working with children began in high school where she served as a volunteer tutor to elementary school students at the local Urban League. In 2003, she received the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Pre-doctoral Student Award for her dedication to improving the oral health of children with special health care needs. In working with minority and disadvantaged children, she has witnessed first-hand the level of oral disease affecting these individuals. Her awareness of this issue prompted her residency thesis entitled, “An Oral Health Education for Physicians: Early Detection & Prevention of Dental Disease among the Pediatric Population in Massachusetts.” Her research into this issue continued as she pursued the Joseph L. Henry Fellowship in Minority Oral Health Policy after residency. Her practicum project addressed issues surrounding the development of an oral health screening for pre-school children in Western Massachusetts. In the future, Dr. Richardson hopes to influence policies related to dental coverage for pediatric patients and develop a community-based clinic providing care to underserved children.

Dr. Richardson received a D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 2003 and her pediatric dental certificate in June 2005 from Children’s Hospital Boston. Subsequently, she completed the Joseph L. Henry Fellowship in Minority Oral Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2006.