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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.


March President's Message - Dr. Sonia Pal

Dear Members,
Happy Spring! I hope you all have adjusted to the time change. This one is a little more difficult for me than the time change in the Fall. I am happy to see more light in the evenings. I feel like we are coming out of hibernation. With the increase in vaccine distribution, I look forward to being able to gather and strengthen connections with loved ones with the nicer weather.

I am excited about next week. I will be attending my first WREB exam as an examiner at the University of Washington. I have been busy preparing and studying to be the best examiner I can be. As I am studying, I see myself bringing that back to my practice. It has been a nice refresher and brings back 26+ year old memories. I am happy to be on this side of it.

We are continuing to partner with Snohomish County for our virtual general membership meetings. Please mark your calendars for our next meeting on Tuesday April 20th at 6:15pm. Mike Shelley from Custom Dental Esthetics Laboratory will be presenting to us on a to be determined topic. Over the next couple of months, we will test out options to have in person meetings at the Tacoma Golf and Country Club, while live streaming the presentation for those that cannot make it in person. I hope this will benefit members in obtaining high quality CE as well as staying connected with one another even though it is a hybrid meeting. It was refreshing to be able to make tentative reservations for our Fall meeting dates at the club. More information will follow as we finalize our Fall meeting schedule.

As you may know by now, Cheryl, our Executive Director of over 22 years will be retiring in June. If anyone knows of a potential candidate to fill her very big shoes, please let us know.

I hope you all have a great start to the Spring season. As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Best regards,

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - PCDS Presents Mike Shelley

Mike Shelley will be presenting Dentist and Laboratory Collaboration "Working Together for Better Patient Outcomes"

About the Presentation:

Together we will evaluate materials, design options, tricks and shortcuts to improve the product we deliver for patients. We will look at ways to increase productivity and profitability while decreasing the amount of time it takes to seat a case and in turn, significantly lower the probability of remakes.

About the Speaker:

Mike Shelley began his career in dental technology in 1978, after graduating from the dental lab program at Bates Technical College. He just celebrated his 40th year as a Certified Dental Technician. Mike has hosted and/or participated in numerous study clubs including the Seattle Study Club's Great Blue Heron Chapter, and multiple Spear Study Clubs. He has also attended the Kois Center for Dental Excellence.
Mike has owned and operated Custom Dental Aesthetics, the largest crown and bridge lab in Pierce County, for over 35 years and he is known in the industry he's served as a technician with uncompromising standards. His experience and expertise, especially with implants, has earned him many faithful partnerships.

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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 and two part-time staff persons. 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 $78,640 in donations for the 2019 “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 $233,000 in donations.

In 2019 the Foundation supported several community events to support improved oral health such as: Pierce County Dentists Care Program, Bates Free Dental Day, Tacoma Rescue Mission Free Dental Day, Pierce County Veteran’s Resource Fair, Pierce County Dental Society Children’s Dental Health Day, and oral hygiene supplies for schools in Pierce County.

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