Dr. Lindsey J. Yates is the 2014 recipient of the William J. Greek Memorial Leadership Award. Her leadership in organized dentistry started while she was a dental student at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine in New York. She served for three years as an American Student Dental Association (ASDA) national leader on its legislative council, which gave her the opportunity to organize ASDA Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., and to serve two years on the ADA Council on Government Affairs.
After graduating in 2008, Dr. Yates moved to Chicago where she completed a General Practice Residency (GPR) at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Part of the GPR program was dedicated to providing free or low-cost dental care to children, the homeless, and elderly patients in a mobile dental van. From this experience, Dr. Yates was inspired to take a full-time position as head of the dental department at Sidney Hillman Health Centre, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing comprehensive health care to Chicago's underserved populations.
In her short dental career, Dr. Yates has served as an officer in the Chicago Dental Society North Side Branch, as chair of the ISDS New Dentist Committee, as a delegate to the ISDS House of Delegates, and as an alternate delegate to the ADA House of Delegates. Dr. Yates would like to thank her mentors from CDS and ISDS for taking this native New Yorker under their wing and allowing her the opportunity to serve organized dentistry in many capacities.