John E. Regan, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.C.D.
Dr. Regan was born in Ripon, Wisconsin, but moved to Cambridge City, Indiana, with his family when he was 5 years old. He was active in Scouting and achieved the Eagle Scout rank…an association with scouting that continues to this day. He was a pre-dental undergraduate at Indiana University-Bloomington and a member of Alpha Tan Omega social fraternity. While at Indiana University, he met his wife, Delene Anne. They were married during dental school. Dr. Regan was graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1961. He completed two years of active duty as a Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps before returning to Huntington to start his practice.
His professional accomplishments are noteworthy. He has completed original research and is published in peer-reviewed journals of the American Dental Association, the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and the Journal of the Indiana Dental Association. He is the youngest dentist to be selected by his peers to serve on the Indiana State Board of Dental Examiners. He has twice served as a clinician to the American Association of Endodontics national meeting—a rare honor for a general dentist to address the opening session of a specialty group. Dr. Regan also presented the Convocation address to the graduating class of Dalahassic University School of Dentistry in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In 1978, Dr. Regan was elected International President of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)—the countries’ second largest dental organization. For ten years, Dr. Regan was the only practicing dentist serving on the 33 member American National Standards Committee which set standards for all of the dental products in this country. In addition, Dr. Regan and his staff are currently one of 400 practices worldwide that participate in research for the highly respected Clinical Research Associates of Provo, Utah. These activities keep him in the forefront of the latest research and advances which are a direct benefit to his patients.
The initials after his name, MAGD, mean Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry and is an earned designation requiring over 1100 hours of continuing dental education and passing a rigorous examination. Worldwide, less than 2500 dentists have received this designation. “In fact, Dr. Regan has accumulated nearly 5,000 hours of continuing dental education.”
Dr. Regan and his staff continue to pursue an extraordinary amount of continuing dental education (CDE) so patients can feel secure they are receiving the most advanced care.
Dr. Regan received the Academy of General Dentists (AGD) Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition (LLSR) during the AGD Annual Meeting and Exhibits June 29, 2014 in Detroit, MI. LLSR honors dentists who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing continuing education (CE) and community service. To receive this recognition, recipients must complete at least 1,000 hours of CE and perform at least 100 hours of community service after earning their MAGD mastership. Only 245 dentists have received LLSR since it was introduced in 2005. Pictured here is AGD president Dr. Linda Edgers presenting congratulations and the LLSR to Dr. Regan.
He has received many professional honors among these being elected a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Dentists. The FACD after his name denotes that organization which promotes professional ethics and recognizes contributions to the profession and community. He was named the Indiana AGD’s Dentist of the Year in 1981. The international AGD awarded him its Distinguished Service Award in 1989. He has received special citations from the American Association of Endodontists and the North Carolina AGD. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International.
Memberships held include the AGD, the American Dental Association, the Indiana Dental Association, the Isaac Knapp District Dental Society, the American Association of Endodontists [Life Member], the Academy of Straight Wire and Functional Orthodontics, the Midwest Society of Periodontology, the American Society of Preventative Dentistry, the Academy of Dentistry International, the Indiana University Dental Alumni Association, the Northeast Indiana AGD Orthodontic Study Club, the Seminar for Occlusal Studies Study Club, the Harry J. Healey Endodontic Study Club, and the Paragon Study Club. Dr. Regan is also an Indiana University School of Dentistry Faculty-Practitioner and a longtime member of the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped. For many years, he has provided charity dental care through Donated Dental Services (DDS) and local charity functions. He is the only dentist on staff at Parkview Huntington Hospital.
Community service has also been important to Dr. Regan. Early in his career, Dr. Regan was one of the founders and first president of The Huntington County Association for Retarded Children which is now Pathfinder Services. He was also one of the founders and first president of the Huntington County unit of the American Cancer Society. In addition, he has served as President of the United Way and Library Boards. He is a member of the local Optimist Club, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and St. Mary Catholic Church. Throughout his life, he has been very active in the Boy Scout program, both as an Eagle Scout, Unit Leader, Anthony Wayne Area Council Executive Board member and serving two years as District Chairman of Whitley and Huntington Counties. The Regan’s have five sons who are Eagle Scouts, plus Dad, which is a National Boy Scout Association record. And keep an eye out for former Vice President Dan Quayle; Dr. Regan is his local dentist.
His community service has been recognized by the Huntington Jaycees with their Distinguished Service Award and by the Indiana Jaycees by naming him one of five Outstanding Young Men in Indiana in 1969. Governor Orr proclaimed him a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1981. On the 25th anniversary of the founding of Pathfinder Services, he received the LaMont Award from that organization. In 1990, he received the Silver Beaver Award from the Anthony Wayne Area Council Boy Scouts of America. He received the highest local honor for volunteerism and community service by being named a Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe in 2006.
In his spare time, Dr. Regan enjoys many hobbies. These include fly fishing, golf, playing bridge and gardening as well as spending time with his wife, Delene Anne, and children traveling to soccer games and tennis matches. Delene, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma social sorority at I.U., was valedictorian of Huntington High School and was graduated with high honors, Beta Gamma Sigma, from Indiana University. The Regan’s have eight children and a growing list of 21 grandchildren, all of whom they are happy to talk about at length. Their children are John S., M.D.; Mike, BS; Shari, J.D.; Jennifer, OB/GYN; Linda, DDS; David, DDS; Stephen, DDS and Stan, M.D.