Working in the dental profession can be emotional, stressful, physically demanding, and mentally exhausting. As dental professionals, we are only human, but many times feel the pressure to perform with superhuman perfection and at an unrealistic pace. Recognizing this potential problem, the Tennessee Dental Association (TDA) established the Wellness Committee in 1981. Since that time, it has discreetly assisted hundreds of members of our dental family (dentists, dental hygienist, and dental assistants) when they might succumb to difficulties that are capable of impacting their performance.
In 2019 the TDA’s Wellness Committee was dissolved and its responsibilities were transferred to the Tennessee Dental Wellness Foundation (TDWF). The TDWF is a nonprofit, 501c3 that works with dental professionals just like the Wellness Committee did in the past. It is supported and promoted by the TDA, but operates independently of the TDA. If you need assistance, know someone that does, or just have questions about what we do, feel free to continue your visit to our website or simply call 615.628.3200.How It Works
Tennessee Dental Wellness Foundation
1821 Heritage Park Plaza #3
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
We make an effort to answer the phone 24 hours a day. You can also leave a message. Rest assured you can make a call, an email or a visit and you can remain totally anonymous. Your anonymity is protected by our policy and by the Tennessee Peer State Law.
Dental professionals often avoid dealing with drug impairment (legal and/or illegal) in their patients and in their colleagues. There is a natural reluctance to approach a co-worker suspected of impairment. There is the fear that speaking out could anger the co-worker resulting in retribution or could result in a colleague losing his/her job or even their license. Rest assured if you contact us and wish your name to stay anonymous, it will.Refer a Colleague
We are here to help restore lives to a life worth living, save careers, and thereby serve the citizens of Tennessee.
The Tennessee Dental Wellness Foundation (TWDF) operates solely on the support of contributions from individual dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants. We also enjoy the support of dental supply companies, concerned citizens and a State Grant. The TDWF has made it possible for donations to our program to be totally tax deductible.Donate Now