September 8, 2020

Stephen Beetstra, DDS, MHSA, Joins Faculty

Stephen Beetstra, DDS, MHSA

Dr. Stephen Beetstra joined the college faculty on August 15 as an Assistant Professor-Clinical in the Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry, and as the Program Director for the Nisonger Center's Dental Services. He earned his DDS degree from Baylor University's College of Dentistry, and a Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' School of Public Health.

Dr. Beetstra's professional experience includes serving as a chief dental officer for the Indian Health Service; as a dental director for the Health Resources and Services Administration's National Health Service Corps; and as an assistant dental director and chief of dental services in the Department of Dentistry at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

From 1999 to 2005, he was an assistant professor and chief of the Division of Dental Services at the University of New Mexico's School of Medicine. He then joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' College of Medicine where he was an adjunct assistant professor and an associate professor in the College of Health Professions, prior to serving as a professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric and Special Needs Dentistry.

As the Program Director for the Nisonger Center's Dental Services, Dr. Beetstra's responsibilities include delivering a full range of dental services for adults with special needs; recruiting, scheduling, and supervising professional and support staff; developing budgets and performing other administrative duties; and providing instruction and oversight for the College of Dentistry's dental hygiene and dental students, residents, and fellows who are engaged in training programs at the Nisonger Center.