About Us


2000: Mid-Atlantic P.A.N.D.A. began

2002: First “Train the Trainer” Seminar: Children’s National Medical Center, Wash., D.C.

2004: We converted into a Coalition

2000-2009: Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for formation of Coalition
Children’s National Medical Center
Maryland State Dental Association
Maryland Dental Society
Maryland Dental Hygiene Association
District of Columbia Dental Hygiene Association
University of Maryland Dental School
Howard University Dental School
Allegany Dental Hygiene School
Community College of Baltimore Dental Hygiene
District of Columbia Dental Society
Robert T. Freeman Dental Society
State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
Chase Brexton Health Services
Delaware Department of Health Services
Delaware Dental Society
Maryland Health Care Coalition Against Domestic Violence

2009: Nonprofit Status established — 501 C 3 status.

2009: Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners mandates: Two hours of Continuing Education required for every other license renewal period.

2010: Collaboration with Philips Sonicare to host free online Abuse and Neglect seminar

2012: Over 50 volunteer Trainers

2015: Article published in AGD Impact – Helping Hands: The Dentist’s Role in Identifying and Reporting Abuse
Mid-Atlantic P.A.N.D.A. now has a lobbyist and the organization was very involved in the 2015 Maryland General Assembly session.
Susan Camardese and Sheryl Syme collaborated on a chapter of the textbook Dental Hygiene: Theory and Practice, 4th edition. The chapter is entitled “Abuse and Neglect”.