Rhonda Switzer DMD - Humanitarian Award

Rhonda Switzer DMD


Over her career, Dr. Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi has focused on helping underserved populations receive quality treatment. As a teen she underwent a difficult but transformative series of dental surgeries. Through that trying experience, she says, “I realized dentistry could change people’s lives.”

Dr. Switzer-Nadasdi graduated from the dental program at the University of Manitoba in 1991. Since then, she has spent her career overseeing dental programs for the poor. She served as head of dentistry at a fly-in health center in the sub-arctic location of Churchill, Manitoba.

She also worked as a staff dentist for the Department of Health in Hamilton, Bermuda, where she treated children of low-income families, people with mental disabilities, and people in nursing homes and prisons.

 Dr. Switzer-Nadasdi became the first employee of the Interfaith Dental Clinic in Nashville, Tennessee in 1995 and has served as the CEO.

During her tenure, the clinic has grown from a two-chair operation located in a church basement to a ten-chair clinic with a staff of 35, providing more than $4 million in care each year. She is an avid sportswoman with a golf handicap of three and a top scorer on her coed ice hockey team.