Dr. Julie Watts McKee, State Dental Director
Dr. Julie Watts McKee received a degree in biology from the University of Kentucky, and a dental degree from the University of Louisville in 1983. She practiced general dentistry for 10 years in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, worked in state government, focusing on health care policy and regulation, and managed a district health department north of Lexington for 12 years. She has held the position of State Dental Director since 2007.
Featured projects Dr. McKee has worked on include establishing Fluoride Varnish Programs in health departments, overseeing the General Dentists Training in Pediatric technique, working with funded local oral health coalitions.
She worked to develop a new licensure category, Public Health Dental Hygienist, and the seven programs implemented because of this practice change.
Dr. McKee facilitated the development of the Strategic Plan for Oral Health and led a multidisciplinary group to develop and distribute Kentucky’s Plan for Dentists to Return to Work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She was awarded the Presidential Award of the Kentucky Dental Association in Fall 2020.
Being a graduate of both basketball powerhouses, she cheers for both UK and UofL in sports, but when they play each other, she wears purple!