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President's Message - Spring 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017  
Posted by: CSPD
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It is a tremendous honor to serve as the 43rd president of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry for the 2017-2018 year. Starting with the founders Dr. Weyland Lum, and Dr. David Good, 42 extraordinary individuals embraced the challenge to lead a team of volunteers each year.  Now with our membership reaching 1000, and continually facing difficult issues of optimal delivery of dental care for the children in California, the position of presidency appears evermore daunting.

However, I am surrounded by seasoned veterans of our organization, Drs. David Okawachi (Immediate Past President), Paul Reggiardo (Public Policy Advocate), Steve Niethamer (Website Editor), Ora Lowe (Annual Meeting Chair), and Andy Soderstrom (Executive Director) all to whom I will be seeking counsel and guidance. Moreover, Drs. Jonathon Lee (President-Elect), Suzy Tavana (Vice President), Nancy Hsieh (Secretary), Don Schmitt (Treasurer), and Mylinh Ngo (Managing Editor), of the executive committee are energetic and keen to explore various perspectives in order to ensure that our organization continues to flourish. Much appreciation is also extended to the industrious committee chairs and its members.

Special recognitions are due to the members of the Annual Meeting Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Ora Lowe and Dr. Jonathon Lee, with the assistance of Smith Moore and Associates, for the cerebral and fun-filled Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Thank you, Teri and Yelena of SMA.

This year is a bit unusual as we have installed four new directors on our Board. Our Board will vigorously deliberate the issues during the Board meetings as well as examine the activities of the various branches of leadership.
I am very grateful for their spirit of volunteerism. It is my privilege to introduce them to you:

Chanel McCreedy
Dr. Chanel N. McCreedy When an opportunity to become a board member for the CSPD became available last year, I could not resist joining the board of an organization that I believe to be both helpful and selfless. To me, CSPD has always represented advocacy for both children and pediatric dentists, as well as education for residents, and established pediatric dentists. It is my pleasure and honor to serve this organization!

Shukan Kanuga
Dr. Shukan Kanuga Being a full-time clinician, it is very easy to get cocooned in our comfort zones. Being a part of the CSPD leadership allows me to engage with like-minded professionals who are passionate about carrying the torch of organized dentistry, the major reason we enjoy all the perks of our profession and ensure that the children of our state continue to receive the best possible care they deserve.

Kimberly Whippy
Dr. Kim Whippy When I moved back home to the Bay Area after my six-year east coast stint for residency and dental school, I knew virtually no other dentists and nothing about California’s state dental organizations or issues. As a new graduate working in a big corporate office I felt isolated and missed the connections I had with my peers during my training. Volunteering to join the CSPD board allowed me to network extensively with the wonderful community of pediatric dentists and allied health professionals in our state and had educated me about the challenges we face with our pediatric patient’s oral health. I’m grateful for the mentorship I’ve received from the CSPD leadership and am inspired by the selflessness, passion and integrity of the CSPD board and executive committee.

Tiffany Ham
I decided to volunteer my time because I was inspired by the enthusiasm and energy of the current leadership and look forward to the opportunity to work together with them to make a difference in my profession.  



Niki Fallah
Dr. Niki Fallah My interest in organized dentistry began when I opened my own practice from scratch. I felt that it was important to become more familiar with already established policies that affect pediatric health care. It was also important for me to become a part of California’s pediatric community on a greater level and participating on the forefront of policy making. I believe volunteering for CSPD will make me a better health care provider and overall advocate by drawing awareness towards important topics and issues that are paving the way and changing the world of pediatric dentistry as a whole. 

Tom Tanbongliong
Dr. Tom Tanbongliong I decided to volunteer to be a part of the CSPD board of directors to meet like-minded pediatric dentists who are passionate about child advocacy and advancing our profession in California.  It is an excellent way to give back to the profession that has done so much for me.  Being in academia and private practice gave me unique insight on the importance of being a part of organized dentistry.  It is crucial to get involved to ensure that one’s voice is heard in policy making that could shape how we practice and take care of our patients.  

Daniel Silva
Dr. Daniela Silva Why do I volunteer my time to CSPD? Since I joined CSPD as a member, I noticed its strong commitment to improving children’s oral health and to increasing the members’ knowledge of the challenges our specialty is facing. I knew then that I wanted to be a part of it and contribute in any way I could. It’s been an honor to serve alongside all these phenomenal people who make CSPD the best organized group in dentistry!

Natalie Mansour
Dr. Natalie Monsour Serving as Director South gives me the opportunity to connect to our organization on a more personal level. My hope is to strengthen our profession while supporting our members and community. By volunteering, my goal is to inspire and be inspired.



Jacob K. Lee, DDS
CSPD President

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