Be Well

The South Dakota Dental Association wants dentists and their team to be well. Healthcare professionals are often hesitant to seek assistance and as a result they suffer in silence. Some also have concerns over confidentiality which makes them hesitant to get assistants. 

Wellbeing-Mary WolfMary Wolf, LPC-MH, BCC (More about Mary Wolf)
Veritee Partners LLC 
(605) 940-3868 

To help dental professionals in South Dakota be well, the SDDA has retained a licensed professional counselor and executive coach that has extensive experience coaching healthcare professionals. 
Mary Wolf provides confidential assessments to help dental professionals process their situation, determine next steps, and offer the right level of referrals as needed. This assessment is free to dentists and their team members in South Dakota.
Personal resilience is the foundation of wellbeing  and includes individual skills, behavior and attitudes that contribute to physical, emotional and professional wellbeing. An excellent tool to learn individual strengths as well as challenges is the UMatter Assessment created by Princeton University. Once completed, decide how you can further enhance your strength areas and set one goal to improve a challenge area. Small steps lead to big changes.

  • Host a Wellbeing In-Service for the Office
  • Tips to Manage Anxiety
  • Wellbeing Resources
*The SDDA has partnered with the State Board of Dentistry and the South Dakota Dental Foundation to provide funding for this project.

Health Professionals Assistance Program

All licensees of the South Dakota State Board of Dentistry may seek participation in the South Dakota Health Professionals Assistance Program (HPAP). Voluntary self-referrals are accepted. This confidential program is professionally staffed and designed to monitor the treatment and continuing care of regulated health professionals who may be unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety, if their illness of chemical dependency is not appropriately managed. The program provides a non-disciplinary option for participating health licensing boards to deal with impaired regulated health professionals who recognize their illness and the need for continuing care and/or practice limitations. Services include general outreach, crisis intervention, informal assessment, treatment monitoring, and support for providers who need our assistance. In addition to self-referrals, HPAP encourages referrals from families or peers, or referrals from medical or treatment agencies. Calls to HPAP about a colleague are held in the strictest confidence and HPAP can serve as a resource to help determine appropriate next steps.

For additional information contact:
Health Professionals Assistance Program 
Tel: (605) 275-4711 Fax: (605) 275-4715
4109 S Carnegie Circle
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57106
SD Health Professionals Assistance Program