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Welcome to Pierce County Dental Society!

Pierce County Dental Society is a component society for current members of the American Dental Association and Washington State Dental Association.


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June President's Message - Dr. J. Perry Ormiston


Dear members:

Phones still work!

I still remember the phone call I received from Dr. Guillermo Chacon, asking if I would be interested in serving on the board of directors of the Pierce County Dental Society. It feels like I attended my first meeting last week but I’ve been on the board for over five years! I now find myself assuming the role of president and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve for the 2024 – 2025 year. I would like to extend a very sincere thank you to Dr. Stuart Hersey for his outstanding leadership over the past year. Dr. Hersey did an amazing job navigating our society through the post-covid transition back toward normal. I would also like to thank our returning board members for continuing to dedicate their time and knowledge to support our wonderful organization. As many of you already know, Dr. David Ludwig has agreed to a three-year term with the board as well. Dr. Ludwig practices with Harbor Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Tacoma and Gig Harbor, and we all look forward to working with him in the future. Finally, I would like to thank Cindy Stephan, our administrator, for all the incredible work she has done and continues to do on behalf of the Pierce County Dental Society. She has acquired a vast amount of knowledge over her years of service, which has been invaluable to our society leadership as we strive to improve in the present and plan for the future.

I do not consider myself an old timer by any means, but I think it is important that we reconsider an oft-disregarded application available on our Apple/Android products – the phone. Whether we work in a solo private practice or in a corporate group setting we often have patients in common with other practitioners. Although some communication should be done formally through traditional mail or secure email, sometimes the best way to transmit detailed information is verbally. Live conversations enable a level of clarity that letters and emails often lack. Even better – screen sharing. I started using both Zoom and Doxy.me at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to communicate with patients, parents and with other dentists. With screen sharing turned on, all parties involved are able to look at radiographs, photographs and digital models at the same time. Virtual meetings require no travel – just effort and time.

We all have patients that elect to transfer care to another practice for one reason or another. Whether the patient is making a switch to a local office due to a change in insurance or to a distant office for a family move, a simple transfer form may not provide enough information for a seamless transition. It can be incredibly helpful to reach out to the receiving practitioner to describe any special needs or idiosyncrasies the transferring patient may have. Additionally, most patients have a poor grasp of dental nomenclature, and can at times be less than adequate historians regarding treatment related conversations. A call between practitioners is often the best way to determine what treatment has been completed (and why it was completed the way it was completed), and what treatment is planned for the future.

The same can be said for situations where staff are moving from one office to another. We all hope to maintain high performing staff members – they are treasures. Unfortunately, many younger staff members are encouraged by online influencers to change jobs every few years as a way to negotiate higher pay and better benefits packages. A simple call from one provider to another can serve as more than a reference check. Proper timing of the transition can be discussed so that the office losing the employee is not put in a precarious staffing situation. If a situation arises where you feel slighted by another practitioner, it may benefit both of you to have a discussion. In some instances, the offending dentist may not know they have done something offensive. Take the time to make a call to discuss the situation rather than simply assuming negative intent. Active conversation has the potential to ensure goodwill within our dental community.

The board would also love phone calls from members! Our goal is to support the dental community in Pierce County as effectively as possible. If you have ideas about the general direction of the society, meeting format or even topics for continuation education, feel free to reach out to me or any of the members of the board.

I hope you all have a fantastic summer and I look forward to seeing you at the PCDS/UW Dental Alumni Golf Day at Washington National Golf Course on September 6th, 2024, or at our next General Membership Meeting on September 17, 2024 featuring our own Dr. Michi Katafuchi.

All the best,

Perry Ormiston






The next PCDS GMM will be on Tuesday,

September 17, 2024, at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club.

Dr. Michi Katafuchi
Topic: TBA

Sponsored by Edward Jones – John Schneider, Nakanishi Dental Laboratory, VOCO America, Inc.

CE Credits: 2, AGD Approved #212501

5:30pm Social, 6:00pm Buffet Dinner, Business and Sponsors, 6:15pm to 8:15pm Presentation.
Cost is $46.00. Watch for registration in your email or contact cindy@pcdentists.org.

If you are not receiving the PCDS GMM registrations in your email, please update Cindy with your correct email.

All registrations and newsletter are virtual through your provided email address.

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We are dedicated to furthering education, mutual support and better communication with the general public for the purpose of their better dental health. The Society has a Central Office to provide information on current dental issues, act as a liaison to the outside community, and serve as a support to its member dentists. Our goal is to provide this website as a resource for dentists, patients, and the community. If there is information that you feel would be helpful to other patients or dentists, please email your suggestions to cindy@pcdentists.org.

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Patient Resources

We provide free referrals to our Pierce County dentists for those patients who are looking for a new dental home, and we also have a download-able list of multi-lingual dental offices located in Pierce County

The Society has a Central Office to provide information on current dental issues, act as a liaison to the outside community, and serve as a support to its member dentists. We have one full-time staff person. The Central Office provides no-cost referral and mediation services for the public. Mediation is done for member dentists only.

The Pierce County Dental Society is proud to honor the many dentists who have participated in volunteer activities over the years. Together dentists in Pierce County donated $1,000,000 in care to low-income individuals in dental need, and participated in several oral health educational activities throughout the County.

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Congratulations – The Pierce County Dental Foundation received over $45,000 in donations for the 2023 “A Day for Smiles” event.

All proceeds for the “A Day for Smiles” goes to the Pierce County Dental Foundation Endowment fund. The fund has a goal of $1,000,000. Once the fund reaches $500,000 it will start disbursing the proceeds for oral health care for those in need, oral health education, and to support education for dental professionals. Currently the fund has over $480,000 in donations.

The Foundation has supported several community events to promote improved oral health such as: Pierce County Dentists Care Program, Bates Free Senior Dental Day,
Tacoma Rescue Mission Free Dental Day, Pierce County Veteran’s Resource Fair, Pierce County Dental Society Children’s Dental Health Day, oral hygiene supplies for schools in Pierce County and
Scholarships for Bates Technical College Dental Assisting Program, Clover Park Technical College Dental Assisting Program, Pierce College Dental Hygiene Program.


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