To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Georgia Senate has recognized Dr. Louvenia A. Rainge, who is the 152nd president of the Georgia Dental Association (GDA) and the first female African-American president of the organization.
Rainge, a general dentist from Augusta, is known throughout the state for her longstanding commitment to the dental profession, passion for service, and advocacy efforts in removing barriers to care for all Georgia citizens, the GDA said.
“Dr. Louvenia Rainge is a living history maker and servant of the people of Georgia,” said Senator Lester Jackson during his formal presentation of Senate Resolution 142, which he sponsored to commend her for her leadership in the dental and healthcare community.
Noting that people forget what you said and did but not how you make them feel, Jackson said, “Today, we commend Dr. Rainge. She never forgot how to make people feel good.”
A member of the GDA for more than 30 years, Rainge served as president-elect of the association in 2019 and 2020 and held multiple leadership positions, including president of the GDA Eastern District, ADA Delegate, and co-chair of the 2018 Georgia Mission of Mercy hosted by the GDA Foundation for Oral Health.
“Dr. Louvenia Range has the knowledge, experience, and drive to lead the association and build on its successes,” said GDA executive director Frank J. Capaldo. “As president, she is focused on developing initiatives to bring all dentists together, strengthening the profession for dentists and the patients they serve.”
Rainge also has earned fellowships from the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre-Fauchard Academy. She is an Honorable Fellow of the GDA and has been named alumnus of the year by both the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University and Georgia Southern University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics as well.
Rainge’s charitable endeavors include work with the GDA Foundation for Oral Health, where she provides dental screenings to children in need through the Give Kids A Smile program. In addition, she provides free dental care for victims of domestic violence through a private organization, Pampered Smiles Project.
Rainge has practiced in the Augusta area for 30 years, where she maintains a private practice.