Awards & Recognition

ADA Foundation Dentsply Sirona Research Award

Dr. Jonathan An received the inaugural ADA Foundation Dentsply Sirona Research Award for Dual Degree Candidates. The award will support his research in the field of public health dentistry. An earned his DDS at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 2015 and is now pursuing a PhD in oral health sciences. His research focuses on understanding the biology of aging, which he believes will help dentists better serve elderly patients. The Dentsply Sirona Research Award provides $10,000 in financial assistance to PhD students who also have a DDS or DMD degree. An is a recipient of multiple International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Heraeus Travel Awards and previously took first place at the American Association of Dental Research and IADR Hatton Awards Competitions. He was recognized as a Magnuson Scholar in 2017.

Dr. Burt Goodman

Dr. Burt Goodman of Tacoma was recognized as an Oral Health Hero by the Arcora Foundation, the charitable arm of the Washington Dental Service. Goodman maintained a private dental practice in Tacoma until his retirement in 1988. Since that time he’s dedicated himself to improving the oral health of Washington residents, especially those without health insurance. He was a founder of WDS and served as the first president of the company’s foundation. He’s also a past president of the Pierce County Dental Society.

Dr. Bryan C. Edgar

Dr. Bryan C. Edgar of Federal Way, Washington was elected to his second term as Speaker of the House for the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Edgar is a long-time volunteer for the organization and was eagerly encouraged by his colleagues to continue in his role as speaker. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry and also received a degree from the U.S. Army General Practice Residency in Fort Riley, Kansas. “I am so proud to be an AGD member and am especially grateful for the education opportunities the Academy has provided to be able to care for patients at a much higher level over the years,” he said in a recent press release.

Dr. Natasha Flake

Dr. Natasha Flake, a Seattle-area endodontist and associate professor of endodontics at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, has been appointed acting chair of the Department of Endodontics. Flake received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri. She earned a DDS and PhD in neuroscience at the University of Maryland, then attended the University of Washington for a MSD and Certificate in Endodontics. She has received multiple awards for her teaching. The most notable is the Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the school’s highest teaching honor. Flake serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Endodontics and has held multiple leadership positions within the organization.