Trends in State Licensure and Use of Dental Therapists

Includes a Live Event on 04/24/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

Jane Koppelman will discuss state legislative activity to authorize dental therapists, including an update on where dental therapists are currently practicing; variations in scope of practice, educational requirements and supervision levels contained in current laws and proposed legislation; varieties of practice settings in which they’re employed; and health plan billing procedures for dental therapists.

David S. Gesko, DDS

Dental Director and Senior Vice President for HealthPartners

David S. Gesko, DDS is the Dental Director and Senior Vice President for HealthPartners. HealthPartners is an integrated, not-for-profit, consumer-governed health system based in Minnesota providing both plan (insurance) services along with the entire spectrum of care delivery including medical and dental care.  Presently, HealthPartners serves over 1.5 million members.

Dr. Gesko is passionate about integrating medical and dental care and applying growing evidence-based research to care delivery.  “There is significant evidence linking oral health and overall health. As an integrated organization, HealthPartners holds a key role in exploring this relationship and managing the members and patients we serve to deliver optimal overall health.”

Dr. Gesko serves on several national organizations focused on improving quality in oral health. He has been on the advisory panel for the Institute for Oral Health and currently chairs the Institute for Oral and Systemic Health sponsored by Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Both of these groups are working to build national consensus on guidelines for prevention and disease management in oral health care and to facilitate implementation of those guidelines into the care, policy, and financing systems. 

Dr. Gesko was appointed for a four year term by Governor Mark Dayton in 2012 as a board member for the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.  During his tenure on the Board, Dr. Gesko has held all the officer roles including President.  Most recently, in January of 2018, Governor Dayton re-appointed Dr. Gesko to the Board of Dentistry to serve out an open term.


Jane Koppelman

Research Director, ew Charitable Trusts Children’s Dental Campaign

Jane Koppelman is research director for the Pew Charitable Trusts Children’s Dental Campaign, where she manages the project’s portfolio of advocacy and analysis on Medicaid and other federal programs, state policies regarding dental care access and water fluoridation, and emerging strategies to improve children’s dental health.

Prior to joining Pew, Koppelman spent more than 20 years researching, reporting on, administering, and evaluating health and human service programs that support disadvantaged families. As a Senior Manager with The Lewin Group, a health and human services research and consulting firm, she oversaw a variety of projects funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including advising federal grantees on how to conduct rigorous evaluations. As Deputy Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Making the Grade program, she worked to increase the number of school-based health centers nationwide. Ms. Koppelman was also a senior researcher with The George Washington University’s National Health Policy Forum, where she wrote analyses for federal policy makers on the effectiveness of a range of government programs designed to improve the health and economic security of disadvantaged children.

Koppelman earned a master’s degree in public administration from the George Washington University.


Trends in State Licensure and Use of Dental Therapists
Live event: 04/24/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.