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Dr. Alison Han in Nepal

Dr. Alison Han and her husband, AC Sherpa, first started performing volunteer dentistry in Nepal in 2006. The pair had given back often here in the states — Han’s church organized events utilizing the Medical Team International dental vans, and she participated in other free dental day events, but she wanted to do more.

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Veterans Stand Down and Resource Fair at Green River Community College on June 8th

On June 8, the Veterans Stand Down and Resource Fair will be held at Green River Community College in Auburn from 9 am - 3 pm. The event will provide crucial care to area veterans, including dental and medical services, as well as resources for employment, housing, legal advice, food, and other social and human services to at-risk and homeless veterans and their families. At present there are more than 40 community partners participating in or helping to organize the event. Additional information about the event can be found here.

Carol Sterling, Program Manager of Supportive Services for Veteran Families at the YWCA, is hoping to attract 400-550 Vets and their family members, and is currently looking for dentists and assistants to staff the MTI van for the day. They are still sorting out how many volunteers they will need, but if you would like to help please contact Carol directly at


Note: Dr. Wentworth will be one member of an ethics panel conducting a lecture at the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference. Click here for lecture information.

Ethics of Digital Radiographs

A few years ago in this space, I briefly discussed what I called “digital etiquette” in sharing your digital records with other dentists. After spending over an hour just now trying to decipher radiographs sent to me from another office for a new patient, I figure it is time to readdress this topic in more detail. 

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   I recently found that the Washington Dental Service is paying for all of the University of Washington student’s clinical boards. At first I thought there must be some mistake. Surely it was the charitable WDS Foundation that must be giving the gift. After all, it has given $2.4 million dollars to charity. The Puget Sound Business Journal lists the Foundation ninth in their top 75 corporate philanthropists. Nope, the gift was not from the Foundation. It was from WDS.

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