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Tribute To Beverly Largent

Rep. Edward Whitfield

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Madam Speaker, I rise in recognition of Beverly Largent, a Pediatric Dentist who practices in the City of Paducah located in my District, the First Congressional District of Kentucky. On May 25, 2008, Dr. Largent became the first female President of The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) after proudly serving the AAPD for 20 years.

Founded in 1947, the AAPD is a not-for-profit membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. The AAPD's 7,300 members are primary oral health care providers who offer comprehensive specialty treatment for millions of infants, children, adolescents, and individuals with special health care needs. The AAPD also represents general dentists who treat a significant number of children in their practices.

Dr. Largent practices in Paducah, Kentucky and is a past president of the Kentucky Society of Pediatric Dentistry and diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, has served on the ADA's Council of Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Review, and is a past president of the Kentucky Dental Association. Dr. Largent attended dental school and received her pediatric dental certification from the University of Kentucky. She resides in Paducah with her husband of 40 years, Tom, and is the mother of two and grandmother of three.

Madam Speaker, it is with great pride that I bring to the attention of this House the historical significance and sense of this notable achievement. Dr. Beverly Largent's commitment to children's oral health is evident in everything she does--whether it is in her office treating patients, educating parents and caregivers or on Capitol Hill advocating for children. I'm confident she will be a fine leader of this organization and help raise awareness of the importance of pediatric dentistry.