Kathleen McNally, D.D.S., joined the University of Florida College of Dentistry Department of Endodontics on Oct. 3 as a clinical associate professor. A retired colonel in the U.S. Army with 25 years of dental experience in the military, McNally will tutor UFCD’s D.M.D. and graduate endodontics students, and also treat patients in UF Health Dental Faculty Practice.
McNally, whose last post before coming to Gainesville was assistant program director for the U.S. Navy Endodontics Postgraduate Program, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics (2008), and earned both her B.S. (1982) and D.D.S. (1992) degrees from the University of Maryland. She went on to earn her AEGD Certificate on the U.S. Army base in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in 1993, before completing her endodontics residency at Maryland from 1999-2001.
McNally brings a wealth of experience to the University of Florida, including six military assignments. She served as the General Dental Officer at the Pentagon Dental Clinic in Arlington, Virginia, at the Radar Dental Clinic in Fort Meyer, Virginia, and abroad at the Vicenza Dental Clinic in Italy.
McNally was the chief of endodontics at the Walter Reed Army Hospital Dental Clinic in Washington, D.C., from 2001-07, and was then named the assistant director of the U.S. Army Endodontics Postgraduate Program from 2007-11. She additionally served as associate professor of endodontics at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
With McNally’s resume of military service and dental experience comes a number of honors and awards, starting with a National Defense Service Medal in 1992. Add an Army Service Ribbon in 1992, an ADA Humanitarian Award in 1996, Army Commendation Medal in 1997, Kosovo Campaign Medal in 1998, an Overseas Ribbon in 1999, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal in 2002 and an Order of Military Medical Merit in 2014. Three times in 1999, 2007 and 2011 she was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal.
In addition to being a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, McNally is member of the Federal and American Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontics and Gamma Pi Delta Dental Fraternity.