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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.


May President's Message - Dr. Stuart Hersey

Dear members:

Subject: Navigating the Depths: A Dentist's Perspective on Jordan Peterson's Twelfth Rule

In the ever-evolving landscape of dentistry, where challenges and responsibilities often pile up like a never-ending mountain, it becomes crucial for us to occasionally step back and reflect on the profound beauty that life offers. Today, let's delve into Jordan Peterson's twelfth rule of life, exploring how it resonates with the multifaceted world we navigate as dental professionals.

"Something supersedes thinking, despite its truly awesome power. When existence reveals itself as existentially intolerable, thinking collapses in on itself. In such situations—in the depths—it’s noticing, not thinking, that does the trick."

In the whirlwind of our daily lives—juggling patient care, staff management, financial intricacies, and personal commitments—it's easy to succumb to the overwhelming power of our thoughts. Peterson's insight reminds us that when faced with existential challenges, it's the act of noticing, rather than analytical thinking, that becomes our anchor. Amidst the chaos, finding moments to pause and observe may hold the key to resilience.

"Perhaps you might start by noticing this: when you love someone, it’s not despite their limitations. It’s because of their limitations."

As dentists, our connection with our patients is unique and profound. Peterson's observation applies seamlessly to our profession—embracing the limitations of our patients and ourselves, fostering empathy and understanding in the process.

"And maybe when you are going for a walk and your head is spinning, a cat will show up, and if you pay attention to it, then you will get a reminder for just fifteen seconds that the wonder of Being might make up for the ineradicable suffering that accompanies it."

In the midst of hectic schedules and demanding responsibilities, taking a moment to notice the beauty around us can serve as a therapeutic respite. A chance encounter with a cat during a walk may be just the reminder we need—that the wonder of our existence has the power to overshadow the inevitable challenges we face.

Reflecting on Walter Hagen's timeless advice, "You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way," prompts us to appreciate the fleeting nature of life. Amidst the chaos, it's imperative to take those fifteen seconds, inhale deeply, and soak in the beauty that surrounds us.

In the relentless stream of patient concerns, staff dynamics, and financial intricacies, let's not forget the importance of noticing. As we strive for professional excellence, may we also find solace in the simplicity of being present—embracing the limitations, savoring the moments, and finding joy in the journey.

Wishing you all a moment of respite amidst the bustling demands of our noble profession.

Dr. Stuart Hersey
PCDS President

Register now for the May GMM on Tuesday,

May 21, 2024, at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club.

WSDA President Dr. Nathan Russell & Key Staff will be visiting with a WSDA "State of the State Update 2024" prior to our featured speakers:
Matt French and Kerri Seims with Washington Dentists’ Insurance Agency &
Nathan Ricks and Loyd Burleson, III, with Financial Freedom for Dentists presenting
““Strategies for Protecting & Growing Your Wealth” Insurance & Financial Planning Strategies for Dentists.

Sponsored by Benco Dental, Jeff Baker & Associates, WDIA & Wells Fargo Healthcare Industries

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. Registration in your email or contact

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

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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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