Missouri has hired B. Ray Storm, D.D.S., M.B.A., to serve as the new state dental director
. The position had been vacant since 2003. Dr. Storm will lead and coordinate statewide efforts to address oral health for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), MOHealthNet Division.
The hiring of Dr. Storm to the position is due in large part to the efforts of Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-MO), who worked as a dental hygienist for nearly 40 years, and the members of the Missouri House Oral Health Issue Development Committee. Rep. Lichtenegger's committee worked with the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health, Missouri Dental Association and the Missouri Foundation for Health to bring the need for a dental director to the attention of the members of the Missouri General Assembly.