Stephen Beetstra, DDS, MHSA

Program Director, Nisonger Dental Services, Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry

Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry



Dr. Beetstra received his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry (now Texas A&M College of Dentistry) before earning a Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Beetstra began his career in Oregon as a Chief Dental Officer for the Indian Health Service. He went on to serve in Florida and North Carolina as a Chief Dental Officer and Director for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Beetstra served as Assistant Professor and Chief of the Division of Dental Services at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. In 2006, he joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He served in several teaching positions, and as Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatric and Special Needs Dentistry. Dr. Beetstra has served as the Chief of Dental Services at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Department of Dentistry since 2014. Dr. Beetstra is also a member of the American Dental Association, Special Care Dentistry Association, Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities, American Association of Hospital Dentists, Central District Dental Society, National Academies of Practice, American College of Dentists, and Arkansas Dental Association.

Dr. Beetstra’s vision for the Nisonger Dental Center Program is to ensure individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities in Ohio have access to quality patient centered state of the art dental care that will allow them to live and function in society at their highest level. To accomplish this, our goal is to create an oral health center of excellence that will:  train the next generation of multidisciplinary providers,  develop research and educational initiatives, and deliver quality oral health services in community, clinical, and hospital settings.

Dr. Beetstra has three main areas of expertise; dental care for individuals with complex medical issues and/or developmental disabilities, development of dental education and clinical programs using financial and needs based modeling and development of public policy initiatives based upon population based metrics. We look forward to Dr. Beetstra bringing his knowledge, experience and expertise to our dental clinic and helping to improve the mission and values of Nisonger. For more information, please click here.