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Entries in WSDA News (69)


Parrish or Perish: Don't Shoot The Messenger


If you paid attention to last month’s WSDA News, you would have read that WSDA recently embarked on a challenge to Washington State to enforce its laws with regard to the prohibition of corporate practice, specifically RCW 18.32.675, Practice or solicitation by corporations prohibited. (1) No corporation shall practice dentistry. There is increasing concern that there may be entities practicing dentistry in Washington that are not following this RCW to the letter of the law. Time will tell.

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Washington State Dental Association Selects Mr. Bracken Killpack As New Executive Director

The Washington State Dental Association has named Mr. Bracken Killpack as its Executive Director, effective January 2, 2015. Killpack will succeed Mr. Stephen Hardymon when he retires after 21 years as WSDA’s Executive Director. Killpack joined the organization in 2006 and currently serves as the Association’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, a position he has held for the past three years. 


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Dr. Mary Jennings' Editorial: Making my Eyes Twitch!

Every now and then a policy comes through that is so irritating that it makes my eyes twitch. The latest one comes from Medicare. Like most irritating policies, it was created with the best of intentions.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) changed the healthcare playing field in many ways. Several government agencies are struggling to write rules to fit this new act. One of the drivers for the creation of these new rules is cutting the costs created by fraud.

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The Alliance of the Washington State Dental Association (AWSDA) has created two funds to support the dental community of Washington State.
Grant Guidelines:
• There is approximately $5,500.00 in each fund.
• Fund #1 is to supply toothbrushes to those in need – up to 500 per project. It may be for a free dental clinic, a safe house program, or other not-for-profit organization.
• Fund #2 is to be used for grants of $500 to $1,000 to support community dental health projects. Projects might be educating children about good oral hygiene or educating youth about the dangers of smoking and meth mouth.

  • All toothbrushes and project grants must be used for dental health in Washington state.
The Alliance believes in supporting our dental communities and looks forward to hearing from you. You can request a copy of the grant by writing to