Since it's founding in 1867, the Lancaster County Dental Society continues to write an interesting history each year through achievements that not only improve the oral health of the public, but also enhance the profession of dentistry. Past leaders in the state and local dental societies have paved the way for their successors to enjoy a bright future in organized dentistry.
Today’s member may serve not only LCDS, but also the local or national organizations, in a variety of capacities. Those who choose to serve accept the momentous responsibility of decision making for the Society and their dental colleagues, and chart the course for generations of dentists to come.
Organized dentistry has enjoyed an illustrious and accomplished history—and holds a future full of promise due to the dedication and commitment of its members.
- The Lancaster County Dental Society has a long and distinguished history.
In May 1867, a professional dental association was formed, after a meeting of a number of dentists from Lancaster city and county. This new association was named the Harris Dental Association of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in honor of Dr. Chapin Harris.
Dr. Chapin Harris is considered one of the founding members of the profession of dentistry in the United States of America, father of American Dental Science, and a pioneer of dental journalism. He has been inducted in the hall of fame of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He was instrumental in getting the University of Maryland to add dental training to the medical department of the college in 1839. The establishment of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery is seen as one of the three crucial steps in the foundation of the dental profession in the United States.
Through the vision and dedication of this group of dentists, what has now become the 4th oldest dental society in America was established. In 1954, the name of the association was formally changed to the Lancaster County Dental Society.
Some of the Society's Past Successes
The Municipal Water Company in Lancaster started to supply fluoridation to our water supply in 1967.
In 1980, the Lancaster County Dental Society established the first Access to Care Programs in the state of Pennsylvania. Later, the Society, working with the Office of Aging, needed mobile equipment to care for nursing home patients, as well as house bound and other non-ambulatory patients. To this end, a non-profit Foundation for Dental Health was established in 1984. The Foundation solicited and received funds to pay for this desperately needed equipment. Many dentists in the Society also answered the call, agreeing to accept Department of Public Assistance reimbursement for eligible patients.
Each year, the Society sponsors a Children's Dental Health Celebration, in February. The members of the Dental Society, Oral Hygiene and Dental Assistants Associations and the members of our auxiliary, volunteer their time and present programs to the community, in local schools, and other areas open to the public. At these programs tooth brushes, brochures, floss, etc. have been given to participants. A library of video tapes is available at the Lancaster County Dental Society's office, and many are specifically designed for educating children and youth.
- It is the mission of the Lancaster County Dental Society to be the recognized source for serving the needs and interests of its members. The members of the LCDS are committed to providing an unsurpassed level of professional, compassionate oral health care that is accessible by all, and to educate the public regarding the value of oral health as it relates to total well-being.
Dr. Laura Harkin
President | (717) 354-4081
Laura Harkin, DMD, FAGD, 507 W. Broad St., New Holland, PA 17557
- Temple University School of Dentistry, DMD, 2004-2008
- Franklin and Marshall College, Bachelors of Science, 1997-1999
- Advisor and Visiting Faculty, The Pankey Institute
Dr. John Vakkas
Immediate Past President | (717) 627-2299
Sudbrink Oral Surgery Associates, 1575 Highlands Drive, Lititz, PA 17543
- Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Doctor of Medicine 2006
- Columbia University, School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Doctor of Dental Surgery 2003
- University of Pittsburgh, Bachelor of Science in Biology 1997
Dr. Eric Howard
President Elect | (717) 666-7002
- B.S. Rochester Institute of Technology (Biology) - 1985-1989
- D.M.D. University of Pennsylvania - 1991-1995
- Ph. D. University of Rochester (Development Biology) - 1995-2000
- Resident in Orthodontics, Eastman Dental Center University of Rochester, NY - 2000-2002
Dr. Todd Grambau
Vice President | (717) 569-5565
Todd C. Grambau, DMD, 1891 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
- Education: B.A. University of Delaware 1988-1992
- D.M.D. Temple University School of Dentistry 1993-1997
- Advanced Education in General Dentistry Naval Dental Center San Diego 1997-1998
- Dental Division Officer USS Simon Lake AS-33 1998-1999
- Dental Division Officer USS Emory S. Land AS-39 1999-2000
- Dental Division Officer United States Naval Academy 2000-2002