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Dr. Danner

Danner for ISDS Secretary

Being an ISDS trustee tops the list of interesting and rewarding experiences. He chairs the Finance and Planning Committee, and states that “working with talented people from across the whole state with the common goal of promoting and protecting our profession” was his key motivator in deciding to seek ISDS office.

Danner for ISDS Secretary

Dr. Michael Danner took an opportunity to “see the world” after dental school, but always planned to return to his Pekin roots.  He graduated from Monmouth College, attended Indiana University School of Dentistry, and comes from a dental legacy.

“I married my wife, Julie, right after dental school, then joined the U.S. Navy.  We spent our first year in San Diego while I completed my AEGD (Advanced Education in General Dentistry) residency, then the next three years in Iwakuni, Japan, at a Marine Corps F-18 base.  We returned to Pekin where I was fortunate to practice with my father for two years before he was forced to retired for health reasons.”

Dr. Danner became involved in the Peoria District Dental Society and considers himself “blessed” to have had his father, general dentist Dr. David Danner, along with Drs. H.L. Waldrop, Timm Schwartz and Sue Bishop, as his mentors.

“My first experience at an ISDS Annual Session was supposed to just be the golf outing—the fun part!  I decided to step inside the House of Delegates just to see what it was all about.”  Watching his colleagues debate on the resolutions and the sheer magnitude of the meeting sparked his interest in serving. The very next year, he signed up to be an alternate delegate.  The deep, lasting friendships made have been a bonus of volunteering.

Being an ISDS trustee tops the list of interesting and rewarding experiences.  He chairs the Finance and Planning Committee, and states that “working with talented people from across the whole state with the common goal of promoting and protecting our profession” was his key motivator in deciding to seek ISDS office.

“Riding out the COVID issues” is a key issue facing dentistry, and “it will be years before enough valid studies are conducted that will allow us to accurately evaluate the handling of the pandemic. Our profession needs to be involved in the process, and the shutdown of dentistry spotlighted several weaknesses politically.”  With his long-time involvement in DENT-IL-PAC, “members need to increase their advocacy efforts, and the PAC needs to encourage contributions at higher levels.”  Finally, he plans to reignite legislative efforts to improve several issues with third party payers and insurance companies, which was a key initiative before the pandemic struck.

Sadly, his father passed away on July 17, 2020.  The elder Dr. Danner was infinitely proud that his son was running for ISDS office.

Dr. and Mrs. Danner reside in Pekin and have three children, Abbie (23), Jacob (19) and Ellery (11), three dogs and two cats.  He enjoys hunting, golfing, biking and spending time with family.

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