The Dentist Well-Being Committee

Assisting Dentists and their Families with Personal Problems

Support for Dentists

The Dentist Well-Being Committee is a standing committee of the Maryland State Dental Association. The Committee assists dentists and their families who may be experiencing personal problems. The Committee has helped many dentists over the years with problems such as stress, drug dependence, alcoholism, depression, medical problems, neurological disorders and other illnesses that cause impairment.

This short video gives you an overview of the Dentist Well-Being Committee and how it helps dentists and their families with personal problems. See dentist resources for more videos.


The Committee provides a confidential, non-disciplinary avenue for dentists to seek appropriate help for problems. Referrals are completely confidential. Any dentist who seeks help as a self-referral can be assured that their information will be held in the strictest confidence.

Dentist Advocates

When a dentist enters into a treatment agreement with the Committee and remains in compliance with all aspects of the agreement, the Committee is able to provide written and verbal testimony and support of the dentist whenever it is needed.The most common example is when the dentist needs advocacy with regard to licensure issues. In other cases, the Committee has advocated with the court system, employers, malpractice carriers, and other institutions.

For me, getting into recovery is changing and improving my life in many significant ways. The most impressive change was the choices I now have in managing and coping with life experiences and my feelings.”


Clinical Director Rob White and Chairman Robert Miller have joined seven colleagues from other state wellness programs around the country to form the National Council of Dentist Health Programs (NCDHP). The goals are to increase awareness of state programs and provide networking, resources, collaboration opportunities, and education tailored to the needs of dentist health programs and staff, with emphasis on substance use disorders. 

The Dentist Well-Being Brochure

The latest brochure gives you more information about the purpose and overview of the Maryland Dentist Well-Being Committee. 

Harold L. Crossley Receives Maryland Governor’s Proclamation Award and Champion Award

On December 14, 2018, Dr. Crossley presented an educational lecture on pharmaceutical and street drug abuse in Columbia, Maryland. During this event for dentists, Dr. Crossley was honored with a governor’s citation signed by Governor Hogan, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Secretary of the State in recognition of his outstanding service to the citizens of the state. Dr. Crossley was also awarded The Dentist Well-Being Champion Award of 2018.