State Rep. Harry Readshaw named Thompson Outstanding Legislator
Rep. Harry Readshaw (r) and Rep. Keith Gillespie (l) receive the 2014 PDA Dr. Kay F. Thompson Outstanding Legislator Award. Dr. Stephen Radack III, President, PDA, joins the honorees.
State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, was honored recently with the Pennsylvania Dental Association's Kay Thompson Outstanding Legislator Award.
Kay Thompson, DDS, was the first woman student to attend the University of Pittsburgh Dental School, and the first woman president of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Early in her career as a dentist, she wanted to help people with dental phobias and trained in hypnosis under Milton Erickson.
Ms. Thompson became a mentor, teacher, administrator, lecturer, practitioner, and volunteer in the fields of hypnosis and dentistry. She wrote many papers and received many awards in the United States and Europe. She served as Third District trustee to the American Dental Association and as past president of the PDA.
"I am honored to receive this recognition, and I am privileged every day to have the opportunity to work with PDA on an extraordinary range of priorities," Mr. Readshaw said.
PDA presents this award to legislators who exhibit an outstanding commitment to the dental profession through legislative action. This session, Rep. Readshaw worked toward the passage of Act 7 of 2014, which allows out-of-state dentists to apply for temporary licenses to participate at charitable events providing dental services to those who are underserved or underprivileged.
"These volunteers will be able to utilize opportunities organized as charitable events which will benefit those in need," he said.