Board Member Spotlight-Theresa Mayfield, DMD

The board member spotlight showcases an OSAP board member monthly to allow you to get to know OSAP's leadership better and to recognize our board members' outstanding contributions to the field and the organization. For the August 2021 spotlight, meet the OSAP Association Board Director Theresa Mayfield, DMD.

 What do you love most about OSAP?

OSAP is a science and practice based resource that can be trusted to deliver up to date infection prevention information for the safe delivery of dental care.

Theresa Mayfield

If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would you choose?

Ryan White. His message of compassion and understanding still resounds today.

What professional achievement are you most proud of?

I am proud of the work done during my tenure as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Louisville. I was very privileged to work with wonderful professionals and colleagues.

How did you get into the dentistry/infection control industry?

I graduated from dental school in 1982 and followed with a general practice residency, and then time in the military in Northern California. The AIDS epidemic was beginning and I realized I needed to know more about safely treating patients with and without infectious diseases.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?

Always do your best with kindness and compassion.

When you’re not working, how do you enjoy spending your time?

I enjoy time with my family and friends. I love to travel and read.

What influenced you to join OSAP?

The need to learn more about infection control and safely treating my patients influenced me to join OSAP. I know now what a wonderful decision that was. The organization is a trusted resource for information and just as important, a network of people willing to help you and share information.

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