Essential Components: Meet your Component Presidents
Benton-Franklin Counties Dental Society
Dr. Brian M. Almond
Dr. Almond received his degree in dentistry from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 2004 and later his degree in orthodontics. He has served as Vice President and Secretary of the Benton-Franklin Counties Dental Society. He has been in practice for three years.
“I have always been impressed by the dentists who give so freely of their time for the great profession of dentistry. I am one of the many who enjoy the great rewards of so many generous and thoughtful past volunteers of organized dentistry. I feel it a great honor to be in this era of dentistry and want to contribute any way I can.”
Clark County Dental Society
Dr. Mark A. Johnson
Dr. Johnson studied chemical engineering at Washington State University before attending Marquette University and later, Indiana University, where he did his postgraduate study in orthodontics. He has been in practice for 23 years and during that time has also served as Treasurer and Vice President of the Clark County Dental Society. He has also served on WSDA’s strategic planning committee and as a delegate to the WSDA House.
“Participation in organized dentistry creates a strong community. It strengthens us individually when our single voice(s) can join with others of our profession to present a united front in political matters. With healthcare under scrutiny, it is imperative that we present a strong, united voice. It protects the integrity of our profession when peers join together to maintain and endorse the quality of care and treatment provided to the public.”
Grant County Dental Society
Dr. Douglas L. Beaudry
Dr. Beaudry was educated at the University of Washington and has been practicing dentistry for 34 years. During that time he has served as president of the Grant County Dental Society three times.
“This is the third time I have had the honor to be president of the Grant County Dental Society. Since we are a small rural component, it seems that about every nine years the gavel returns. Although it entails a three year time commitment beyond a normal membership, the rewards far outweigh the obligations. You learn how organized dentistry works, have input on where your duties go, and the camaraderie of your colleagues keeps you in touch with the profession as a whole.”
Grays Harbor District Dental Society
Dr. David S. Blackett
Dr. Blackett studied at Brigham Young and Marquette Universities. He has been in practice for six years, and this is his second term as president of the Grays Harbor Dental Society. In addition, he also held two terms as the secretary-treasurer for the Society, and was on the reference committee at the ’09 House of Delegates.
“I feel it is extremely important to be involved in organized dentistry as the national healthcare debate goes on around us. If we are not proactive in coming together to resolve dental access problems (whether they are real or perceived) the government could easily propose laws forcing us to change the way we provide care today. We can either be involved or watch from the sidelines and hope for the best. Most dentists are very generous individuals but this generosity goes unnoticed by the general public. Organized dentistry provides us with a strong collective voice that cannot be ignored."
Kitsap County Dental Society
Dr. Dale M. King
Dr. King studied at Cal State University Northridge and UCLA, and has been in practice for 16 years. He has served the Kitsap County Dental Society in several capacities including peer review chairman, program director and Secretary-Treasurer.
“We are all involved in organized dentistry, either by benefitting from or as an active participant in the process. The 7 years I spent in the Navy confirmed in me the need to be involved in decisions that affect me as well as the treatment I can provide to patients. This has continued for the past 14 years I have been in private practice. Our past leaders have performed an exceptional job in making dentistry such an enjoyable and rewarding career. I want to be a part of the future of this outstanding profession.”
Lewis County Dental Society
Dr. Michael E. Werner
Dr. Werner received his education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Tripler Army Medical Center. He has been in practice for 30 years.
“Organized Dentistry is our voice to the world. Without it, our voice would be limited to our patients and friends. Without our involvement, the voice that would be heard might not be our own.”
Lower Columbia District Dental Society
Dr. Phillip J. Miollis
Dr. Miollis received his education at Loras College and Loyola Dental School, and has been in practice for 47 years. He has served on the Auxiliary Services Committee, the Committee on PNDC and as Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President of the Lower Columbia District Dental Society before becoming president.
“All professionals need leadership to give them direction in the face of professional advancement in scientific and social changes.”
Mount Baker District Dental Society
Dr. Geoffrey T. Tupper
Dr. Tupper earned his DDS from University of Washington School of Dentistry after receiving both his BS and MS at University of Washington. He has been in practice for 18 years, and during that time has served as president of the Vancouver and District Crown and Bridge Study Club, president of the R.L. Bruna Dental Seminar and president of the Mt. Baker District Rotary Club. He is also a Commissioned Officer for the Indian Health Service, U.S. Public Health Service.
“I am grateful to the members of my local dental society, those who supported me with referrals and professional advice when I first opened my practice many years ago. Beyond providing peer support, these mentors also demonstrated the need for organized dentistry to better serve the community. The Mt. Baker District Dental Society provides funding and other support for the local technical college’s dental assistant and hygienist training, county-wide preventive dental education programs, and funding for causes affecting dentistry and health care at all levels. My ongoing active membership in the Mt. Baker District Dental Society is one way for me to give back to the community that supports me.”
North Central District Dental Society
Dr. Billy Don Card
Dr. Card received his education at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma Dental school, and State University of New York at Buffalo. He has been in practice for 24 years, and during that time has served as the secretary-treasurer and vice president of the North Central District Dental Society.
“My scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts, who was also my dentist, always challenged us to leave our area better than we found it. Organized dentistry allows us to accomplish that. We can reach out collectively and provide care to those who cannot afford it. And, it allows us the opportunity to educate and inform our legislators on proposed rules and regulations that impact not only our community but our own personal businesses. By working together we can preserve the practice of dentistry for future generations and not let others control our destiny.”
Olympic Peninsula Dental Society
Dr. Alan L. Peet
Dr. Peet received his education at the University of Washington and Wilford Hall Medical Center. He has been in practice for 25 years and has also served on the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
“Compared to my 21 year military career, private practice is primarily an individual health care operation. Organized dentistry is one way to create balance in our lives, to keep us up to date on developments and challenges in dentistry, and provide us a voice to help moderate the outside influences on our profession. When there is maximal participation everyone benefits.
Pierce County Dental Society
Dr. Ross J. Drangsholt
Dr. Drangsholt received his undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Washington. He has been practicing dentistry for 17 years and in that time has been a part-time faculty member at the University of Washington for 15 years, served as a delegate for the WSDA and been both secretary-treasurer and vice president of the Pierce County Dental Society. He is also past president of the University of Washington Dental Alumni Association.
“Dentistry is a wonderful profession, and I am one of 11 dentists in my family. My father and grandfather were both dentists, along with many others including my wife and brother. I have always felt my profession is a gift and that I need to give back to the community and my profession. One of the greatest gifts is to be able to teach dentistry to the students. I have always felt that you get more than you give and I feel that way with both teaching and organized dentistry. Organized dentistry help all the members in our profession on a broad scale, from legislative issues to CDE. It is the ability to help many in our profession that appeals to me.”
Seattle-King County Dental Society
Dr. Christopher Pickel
Dr. Pickel received his education at the University of Washington, and has been in practice for 21 years. During that time he has held many posts in his component society including foundation board, executive council, budget and Finance Committee, and Communications committee. He has also served as the Seattle King County Dental Society’s delegate to the WSDA House of Delegates since 2003. In addition he has served on the boards of WDIA and DentPAC since 2007.
“The practice of dentistry goes far beyond the walls of our office. Issues of the workforce, licensure, taxation, regulation, healthcare reform, access issues, standards of care, and many others are swirling around like a tornado while we are working in our practices focusing on caring for our patients. Some are minor, some are not, and all of them have an impact if we, as organized dentistry, don’t have a part in the story. Organized dentistry is constantly battling legislation and regulations that challenge our exceptional model of care. The local components and the WSDA are being proactive in delivering solutions before they are solved for us by someone else. We should be the “go to” source for the public, the legislators, and our members. It’s important that our members see value in membership. Most of all, it’s rewarding being involved with a dedicated leadership that is “going to bat” for our profession.”
Snohomish County Dental Society
Dr. Jae Y. Hong
Dr. Hong received his undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Washington. He has been practicing dentistry for seven years, and during that time has served as secretary and vice president of the Snohomish County Dental Society
“I am very grateful and privileged to be a part of a wonderful profession that has afforded me so much personal and professional fulfillment. As president of the Snohomish County Dental Society, I would like to emphasize the importance of organized dentistry and the difference we can make as a group. As a unified society, we can continue to remain in the vanguard as a model of efficiency and productivity within the healthcare field. I would also like to use this opportunity to give back to the community by dedicating efforts to serve the underprivileged and underserved population of Snohomish County. There is a tremendous need for this patient population and a small amount of gratitude from all members of the organization can make an immeasurable difference in their lives.”
Spokane District Dental Society
Dr. Bradley D. Jarvis
Dr. Jarvis studied at Case Western Reserve University and has been in practice for nine years. In that time he has served as a delegate to the WSDA House of Delegates, and on the Executive Committee at the Spokane District Dental Society. In addition, he has served as Secretary-treasurer and President-elect for the Spokane district.
“Being involved in organized dentistry allows us to be part of a bigger picture. By working together on issues that affect our occupation, we have a guiding voice in the direction dentistry takes. As an organized voice, we are heard and show that we are united in our commitment to each other and our patients. We also have an opportunity to learn from one another and benefit from each others’ experiences. Every dentist has something to give and something to gain from organized dentistry.”
Thurston-Mason Counties Dental Society
Dr. Michael J. Medley
Dr. Medley studied at the University of Washington and the University of Florida, where he did his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He has been in practice for 27 years.
“Organized dentistry at the local level helps provide the camaraderie and educational opportunities at our monthly meetings that are beneficial to many of our members. Also the local society is a forum to encourage member participation in providing dental care to the needy through the Olympia Union Gospel Mission, the Thurston County Dental Action Network and the Mason Community Dental Clinic. Members participate both with their time and with financial commitments. “Dentists Go Broadway”, a yearly fundraising gala at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, raised over $40,000 this year to help support the Mission. We encourage dentists from other societies to join us at this event next year and consider initiating similar programs in their own area.”
Walla Walla Valley Dental Society
Dr. Antonio D. Caso
Dr. Caso studied at the University of Washington and has been in practice for six years. He served the Walla Walla Valley Dental Society as Secretary-Treasurer in 2005, and has served as president since 2007.
“At all levels, involvement in organized dentistry is a voice. It’s us getting to determine our fate as clinicians and business owners. It’s the ability to protect our autonomy in the decisions for the care of our patients and the platform (our practices) to exercise that judgment. It’s strength in numbers, for the good of the whole!”
Yakima Valley Dental Society
Dr. Nathan A O’Connor
Dr. O’Conner received his education from the University of Washington and has been in practice for four years. During that time he has served his component society as both Treasurer and Secretary.
“To me organized dentistry gives us a unified voice to protect our members and patients from the constant stream of misinformation and special interest groups. It gives us a voice for elevating our professional standards and a voice to support policy based on sound scientific principles.”