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CSPD Welcomes New Executive Director!

Monday, April 20, 2015  
Posted by: CSPD
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It is with great pleasure I introduce Dr. Andy Soderstrom as CSPD’s new executive director.  To many in CSPD, Dr. Soderstrom is by no means “new” but he is to the role he is about to take on for our thriving pediatric dental society.

After Dr. Ray Stewart announced his plans to retire from the CSPD leadership position, the CSPD Board of Directors launched a nationwide search for his replacement.  CSPD’s leadership began looking for the next executive leader for this dynamic organization facing new challenges and opportunities in the pediatric dental profession.  The goal was to select a visionary individual with the skills to lead CSPD, strategically partner with the Board of Directors, staff, and members to provide excellent service to CSPD members while being a vocal advocate for California’s pediatric dentists and their quest to provide exceptional oral health care to the state’s children.  

We found that, plus more, in Andy.

Andy’s CV is remarkable.  A Modesto resident and pediatric dentist for over 30 years, he has been a CSPD member his entire career.  He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and he received his D.D.S from the University of the Pacific and his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of California, San Francisco.  He is an educator, advocate, author and recognized leader in California’s dentistry community.  He is probably best known around the state as a past president of the California Dental Association (CDA).  He is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Dental Association, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the Stanislaus Dental Society.  He continues to be involved in numerous volunteer leadership positions, including the CDA Foundation.  He is not only a practicing pediatric dentist but has committed his time and expertise to the profession and his community through volunteer efforts.     

CSPD’s Board of Directors, Ray, Andy and staff will be working on a smooth transition over the next few months. If you would like to reach out to Andy, you may do so at be As executive director, he is committed to CSPD membership and is open to hearing your thoughts, concerns and comments about CSPD and the profession of pediatric dentistry in California.

Thank you for your continued support of CSPD. 

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