Following graduation with honors from Goucher College in 1974, Dr. Linda K. Himmelberger matriculated at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and received her DMD degree in 1979. At graduation she was awarded the Caelus Award, given to the senior exhibiting “the highest clinical proficiency in the concepts and practice of General Dentistry during clinical training and who has combined art and science with imagination and intelligence.” Dr. Himmelberger was also inducted into the Matthew Cryer Honorary Society and OKU. In 1991, she was awarded Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy; Fellowship in the International College of Dentists was conferred in 1995 and in 1997 she was recognized with Fellowship in the American College of Dentists.
While a senior in dental school, Dr. Himmelberger taught pre-clinical operative dentistry. She returned to the position of part-time preclinical operative instructor during the second year of a two year general practice residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, PA., and continued to teach until 1984. In 1981, she joined a general dental group practice in Devon, Pennsylvania as a full time associate. In 1990, she became a partner in the practice and continues to practice full time.
Dr. Himmelberger has been active in organized dentistry since graduation and has been actively involved at the local, district, state and national levels. She is a Past President of the Dental Society of Chester & Delaware County Dental Society and the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA). Since 1990, she has served on the Forensic Odontology Committee of the PDA, PADIT (Pennsylvania Dental Association Dental Identification Team) and in 1998 joined DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team), District 3. Dr. Himmelberger has served as a delegate to the American Dental Association House of Delegates. She has served as a member of the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure and on the ADA Taskforce on the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). She has just completed service on the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, serving as chair in her final year on the Council. From 2009 to 2012, she served as the District 3 (PA) Regent for the International College of Dentists, an honorary organization which recognizes those who have exhibited the qualities of leadership, integrity and service.
In 1993, Dr. Himmelberger was appointed to a six year term on the PA State Board of Dentistry. From that time to the present, she has been a member of the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners. She has examined extensively in the northeast region for both the dental and the dental hygiene examinations in clinical licensure.
Her primary interest in dentistry focuses on forensic dentistry. Dr. Himmelberger has assisted with the development of forensic protocols at both the state level for PADIT and at the national level for DMORT Region III (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team). In addition to assisting the local coroner with victim identification, she has also been on site as the Director of Antemortem Records at three mass disasters, including the crash of United flight 93 outside of Somerset, PA on September 11, 2001. Dr. Himmelberger has lectured on forensics, including presentations at both the Greater New York Dental Meeting and the District of Columbia Dental Society Annual Meeting.
She has published several articles on the topic of antemortem records, as well as other topics regarding general dentistry.
You can view some of her publishings here:
“Identification of Skeletal Remains Found in a Sewer” - The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA)
"Justifiable Criticism and Dental Amalgam" - The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA)
You can view the full list of Dr. Himmelberger's JADA articles here.
Dr. Himmelberger recently won the election for 2017 ADA Trustee, where she plays a major role in the ADA's mission to be a leading advocate for oral health.