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President's Message - Winter 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017  
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Wow! My year as president of CSPD is coming to an end. So many things cross my mind. It just seems like yesterday I was in Napa at the Silverado Resort and Spa being installed as CSPD’s 42nd president by a close friend and mentor, Santos Cortez. Why has this year gone by so fast? I have been lucky to be surrounded by great mentors, advisors and hard workers. 

I encourage everyone to attend our upcoming annual session at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Ora Lowe, our annual meeting chairperson and Dr. Jonathon Lee, our annual meeting event coordinator have invested a tremendous amount of blood, sweat and tears to see that this March meeting is one of the best in CSPD history. Our CSPD/WSPD annual sessions seem to just keep getting bigger and better. There is going to be something for everyone. Please go to our CSPD website to view the meeting details and register. The CE speaker line up and the meeting activities will only be matched by the night-life of Las Vegas. Look for more extensive detailed information about our upcoming annual session in Las Vegas elsewhere in this Bulletin.

On a completely different note, some very significant, potentially practice changing events occurred this past CSPD business year. Currently, legislation may be introduced that may change the way we deliver sedation in our practices. We must keep our patients’ safety and well-being a priority. Please practice pediatric dentistry in the manner with which you were trained. We may not all agree with the guidelines and regulations that may be developed, but if they keep the child safe in our practice we must do our best to abide.  While I’m on the topic of keeping the child safe in our practice, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the issue of waterline safety. I’m sure we are all aware of the mycobacterium problem that has occurred in a dental office in Anaheim. Please follow the most current guidelines in waterline safety in your dental office. It may cost one a bit more in time and money, but no one should place a price on patient safety. 

At this time, I wish to thank some exiting board members. Dr. Aparna Aghi, a former Warren Brandli intern has been nothing but a pleasure to work with. Soon after completing her Warren Brandli internship, she joined the CSPD board as a Director from the North. This year I asked Aparna to serve as our Patient Services committee chairperson and she readily agreed. Mid-year, I then asked her to serve as a Patient Safety sub-committee chair and once again she agreed. It is my hope that Aparna will continue to serve on a CSPD committee in one capacity or another, and someday return to CSPD leadership.

I thank Dr. Rick Nichols for his years of service as a Director from the South. I saw Rick come to the board a number of years ago with a tremendous amount of private practice experience dealing with state funded plans. His perspective and experience regarding this was invaluable to the board. At board meetings he raised and asked relevant questions regarding the issues at hand. I hope he too, will continue his participation on a committee or leadership for CSPD in the future. Dr. Eric Dixon, our San Diego connection, also exits the board after completing his second two year term as a Director from the South. Eric brought us his private practice experience and dedication to our profession and organization. He helped us keep the private practitioner’s best interest in mind. As with Aparna and Rick, I encourage Eric to continue with organized dentistry activity and look forward to his future return to CSPD leadership.

I soon will pass the presidential leadership baton to our next CSPD President, Dr. Jacob Lee. Our organization is in good and capable hands. Someone a few years ago told me that to be a success, you must surround yourself with the right people. Jacob has done just that. He has a hard working Executive Committee, dedicated appointed officers and a board of directors that are ready and up for the challenges ahead.

We, CSPD leadership and membership, are the voice of pediatric dentistry in California. We speak on behalf of our members and the children we treat. Please continue to help keep CSPD strong. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you this past year.

David Okawachi, DDS, MS
CSPD President


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