Natalia Chalmers, DDS, MHSc, PhD is a board-certified pediatric dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition to serving the patients at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Chalmers is a special volunteer for the Dental Clinic at the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Chalmers brings more than 20 years of clinical and research experience to the team at ACD. Her passion for pediatric dentistry started early on in her career when she saw the devastating impact of poor oral health in her older patients. She decided to focus her energy on understanding the disease process and the most effective approaches for prevention.
Education & Professional Achievements
Dr. Chalmers earned her DDS from the Faculty of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of Sofia, as well as a PhD in Oral Microbiology and a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland. She also has a Masters in Clinical Research from Duke Medical University.
Dr. Chalmers was the recipient of a National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Forsyth Institute in Boston, and most recently her work was recognized with the 2014 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Paul Taylor Award. This award is given to the most prestigious journal article in pediatric dentistry from the previous year.
Dr. Chalmers served as a Clinical Research Fellow at the NIH, leading the latest clinical, translational, and basic research while providing clinical service to the unique pediatric patient population at the NIH Clinical Center. There, Dr. Chalmers was actively engaged in efforts centered on enhancing the quality of patient care.
Dr. Chalmers is the Dental Officer with the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Division of Dermatology and Dentistry at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Before joining the FDA, she was the Director of Analytics and Publications at the DentaQuest Institute, where she worked on transforming data and information into actionable insights on effective and efficient care, while also leveraging that knowledge to enhance care and better inform policy and financing. More notably in early 2018—in a joint effort with the Maryland Dental Action Coalition—she testified at the Maryland House and Senate to advocate for Adult Medicaid Dental Benefits. The bill passed unanimously, and a pilot was launched in June of 2019.
In her leadership roles, Dr. Chalmers serves as co-chair for the Academy Health Oral Health Interest Group, a fellow with the Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center, expert consultant for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Council on Scientific Affairs, Dean’s Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, and a former officer for the International Association for Dental Research Women in Science Network.
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Chalmers or want to schedule an appointment, please contact Ashburn Children’s Dentistry.