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Component Presidents · Part Two

Dr. Benjamin Ruder and family(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 two of a two-part series on Component Presidents.) 

Dr. Alan L. Peet 
Olympic Peninsula Dental Society
Organized dentistry keeps you informed of the challenges facing dentistry and makes you less isolated in your individual practice. In addition, it provides a means to have a voice in the regulatory process that impacts all of us. Finally, it enables you to meet and work with very good people, and develop friendships on a personal and professional basis.

Dr. Mostafa Norooz
Pierce County Dental Society
Dr. Mostafa Norooz graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Radiology Technology in 1990, and the College of Dentistry in 1995. Dr. Norooz is a licensed IV sedation dentist in Washington. He is practicing broad scope of general dentistry in his private office in Tacoma. Dr. Norooz is the inventor of One Stop Dentistry. The focus of his practice is on IV sedation and hospital dentistry. He is a fellow of Doctors Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI), Fellow of Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an alumnae of Progressive Orthodontic Seminars (POS).

Dr. Norooz is a credentialed dentist for MultiCare and Franciscan Health Systems, completed. hundreds of cases of bone grafting, implant surgery and prosthodontics, and full mouth reconstructions. He is an advisory board member of Bates Technical College Dental Assistant program Pierce College Dental Hygiene program, who has treated more than 10,000 patients, with nearly 1000 under sedation. He is a public speaker and a ranking member of Toastmasters International, who enjoys racquetball, running and outdoor activities.

Dr. Rick Taylor 
Seattle-King County Dental Society 
Fifteen years in the Seattle-King County Dental Society has given me a deep appreciation for the great profession that we have and for the efforts of organized dentistry to make it so.  Talented individuals, working together toward a common goal of better service to our community, help shape a better future for dentistry.

I am amazed at the changes in dental practice over the last decade, and I am impressed with the adaptation of dentists to anticipate and adjust to those changes.  Practice models are changing, as are practice technologies, regulatory controls and insurance reimbursements to name a few.  I feel that, by being involved in organized dentistry, I have been effective in positioning myself, and the local profession, to best respond to the changing environment.

Participation in organized dentistry is not always rainbows, bluebirds and consent.  There is sometimes dissent and disagreement, typically over ways to get to a beneficial end and the degree of passion needed to get there. The goals tend to be the same, however - a good future for dentistry of which we can be proud.  As a recent president of the Society is fond of saying, we want a future for dentistry that would encourage us to recommend it as a career choice for our kids (or in my case, grandkids).

We are fortunate to have people in the local and state organizations who are smart, hardworking and passionate about dentistry and the patients we serve.  I am happy to serve with such a distinguished group.

Dr. Serv Wahan
Snohomish County Dental Society
I was gently coerced when I was in elementary school into becoming a dentist by my parents who wanted the best for me. I grew up in the Bellevue area, attended Newport High School, and from there I went to Washington State University. I made it out in four years and went away to Tufts Dental School. After waxing up teeth my first year, I was a little apprehensive about my choice of a career. I could see myself being a good dentist but it didn’t feel right. During my second year I did my first oral surgery rotation and loved it.

From then I decided that was what I wanted to do. I matched to a 6 year MD-integrated oral maxillofacial surgery residency right after dental school, and finished in 2006. I have a great private practice and also do some work as an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington Dental School. I am also able to care for people in my community via taking facial trauma calls at Providence hospital. In my free time I stay active and love going to the gym right after work (or else I don’t go) and attending football games.

Dr. Jared Evans
Spokane District Dental Society
Dr. Jared D. Evans is a pediatric dentist who practices at KiDDS Dental in Liberty Lake, where he and his family reside. He is originally from Lehi, Utah, where his father was a dentist and had a family farm. He is a graduate of Southern Utah University (Zoology/Chemistry). Jared received his dental degree in Florida from Nova Southeastern University (DMD) in the Class of 2003. While there, he served as class president, President of the NSU Chapter of the American Student Dental Association, and served on the American Dental Education Association’s Council of Students. After graduation, he completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric dentistry at Nova Southeastern University and Miami Children’s Hospital where he served as Chief Resident his second year. Dr. Evans serves on the Spokane Maxillofacial Review Board, and he is a Spokane County Champion for the ABCD dental access program.

His wife, Brandie, is a Post Falls native and graduate from Gonzaga University. She is the Office Manager at KiDDS Dental. They have four children: Dillan (17), Zach (15), Blakelee (9), and Brodie (6). The Evans family likes to spend their free time traveling, serving in their church, and doing anything “Disney.”

Dr. Benjamin Ruder 
Thurston-Mason Counties Dental Society
Greetings from your fine state capital! My name is Ben Ruder. I am a native Washingtonian and UWSoD graduate. After completing my pediatric dental residency at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in 2008, my wife and I made our way back to Washington, this time settling in Olympia. We couldn’t have found a more perfect fit. 

Practicing right in the epicenter of the Washington State political system, the dentists of the Thurston-Mason County Dental Society are all too familiar with the impact organized dentistry can have on our profession. It comes as no surprise that this society has made impressive strides to promote and enhance the valuable contributions dentists provide in this state. 

We’ve created our own network (TCDAN) of dentists providing care for those without access in our region. We turn out in force every year on Dental Action Day, grateful for the opportunity to educate ourselves and inform politicians. We’ve sent representatives to Washington D.C. for greater exposure to dental politics. And, on a locally meaningful level, we consistently make professional and financial contributions to the Olympia Union Gospel Mission Free Dental Clinic. Personally, I find it inspirational and encouraging to see such an engaged group of individuals valuing professional camaraderie and the betterment of dentistry for their community. 
   This is a great organization, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn from and help guide the Thurston-Mason Counties  Dental Society in the upcoming year.

Dr. Graham McEntire
Walla Walla Valley Dental Society 
I am honored to serve as president of the Walla Walla Valley Dental Society for a second year. My fellow officers and I will continue working to bring quality continuing education to our area.

  I am originally from Montana. I graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry, and then served in the Indian Health Service in New Mexico after graduation. My wife and I have four kids, three of whom are grown. We have one little guy who will be five in January. He keeps us busy building lego cars, and playing tackle in the back yard. We enjoy flying our small plane, boating in the summer, and hiking when we can get away. 

Dr. Ross Austin 
Yakima Valley Dental Society 
Few people can point to a singular event that permanently altered the course of their life. Mine arrived in the form of a car crash on a snowy mountain pass in Montana. At the time, I was working as a civil engineer and had become disillusioned with my purpose. The accident provided perspective at a time when I had very little. Even though I had yet to meet my wife, family became my long term focus and serving humanity through health-care my new goal. Now, a decade later, I’m blessed with a beautiful wife, three amazing kids, and a gratifying life as a dentist in Yakima. For all the misery and problems that crash yielded, I would go through it all again to be where I am today.

Knowing this part of my life, it’s easy to draw the parallel between my own path and the one dentistry is currently enduring. The recession, insurance reimbursements, and mid-level providers were a three car pileup that has staggered our community. While the economy is limping its way back to existence, the other two weigh heavy. Finding a proper way to address them is not easily done. Falling back on my past, as an engineer you learn that many of the most complex structures are based on very simple ideas that have been around for thousands of years. Dentistry in its most basic form consists of a patient and a provider. That’s it. That’s all we’ve ever needed. Everything else is superfluous and unnecessary to perform our charge. In my opinion, utilizing organized dentistry is the best vehicle to achieve this purpose.


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