(Ed. Note - Each year, we ask your component Presidents to write a little bit about themselves so that colleagues from around the state can have the opportunity to get to know all the leaders in organized dentistry, not just the ones close to home. Today, we present part one of a two-part series on Component Presidents.)
I’m originally from Las Vegas, but completed most of my dental training in the great Northwest, attending OHSU in Portland for dental school, Idaho State U. AEGD program, and finally returning to OHSU to specialize in Endo. My wife, Christina, and I have four children, ages eight to one year. We enjoy staying active, traveling, and doing outdoor family activities.
Dr. Kristine Aadland
My family has been in the construction industry for my entire life and more, and I was so fortunate to watch my father become involved from being the local President to the national President of AGC- the fourth largest association in our nation. I was in awe as I watched him give speeches to rooms of thousands of people and believed every word he said about being active in your PAC groups. The changes he made in his industry felt tangible. He lived by the rule that if you want change, be the change, so when Dr. Katy Wright asked if I would be involved, I felt I couldn’t say no. Even though my father was in construction, all of his messages apply to our world of dentistry. We are a changing business, in technology, politics, and even the perceptions of health care.
We need to all work together to help determine the course of our industry.
Dr. Dino Cacchiotti
Dr. Stephen Rupert
Improving access to care, especially for children, in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties is one of my main professional goals. I was fortunate enough to join my father’s practice after graduating from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 2011. This privilege has helped me continue to treat the many underserved in our region as he has for almost 40 years. It is wonderful to be involved in such a dynamic practice of young and old, insured/uninsured/Medicaid patients and all disciplines of dentistry. Each day brings successes and challenges.
In addition to GHDDS president, I am the current co-champion of the ABCD program for Grays Harbor. 68 percent of all children in Grays Harbor are Medicaid eligible- making the burden huge for those of us who choose to accept DSHS patients. I believe that all dentists have an obligation to treat the underserved, and I look forward to many more years of doing so. In my spare time I enjoy traveling to the far reaches of the planet.
Dr. Frank “Drew” Lasley
Dr. Steven H. Pond II
We particularly enjoy sports of all kinds.
Dr. Ryan Wynne
This is a vital time to be involved with organized dentistry. Our profession faces many challenges in the coming year. As a society, we continue to fight against the midlevel provider legislation, wrestle with insurance reimbursement, and adapt to rising PPO plans. The Affordable Care Act will likely impact our profession as well. New graduates are faced with large student loans and high interest rates. We need continued strong leadership at the state and local level to address these issues. At the local level, my goal is to try and recruit new young society members and encourage them into leadership positions. I think our profession will have a bright future as long as we stay unified.
Dr. Heather Ronngren
My formal education includes a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University, whereby I practiced clinically and as an educator prior to my admittance to the inaugural class of Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Since then I have participated in dental admissions, education, grant coordination and publications, while also practicing in private and public dentistry. Most recently, I have focused my attention on organized dentistry, recognizing the importance of being involved and maintaining the integrity of our profession.
I couldn’t be more blessed to come home to my husband of 17 years, Daric, and words can’t describe the joy when I hear the laughter of our children Ethan and Olivia. We stay active in our church and enjoy cheering for the Eastern Eagles as they play football on the red turf!