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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. Karl Smith

Dear members,

May marks the end of another administrative year for the PCDS and the end of my term as President. As I write my final newsletter message, I can’t quite believe how quickly the year has flown by since I took office in June last year.

The 2021-2022 term was characterized by two momentous events in the history of PCDS. The first was the transition from a physical location of more than twenty years to a mostly online presence, in keeping with the new pandemic paradigm of remote collaboration and online meetings. By leveraging technological resources, the PCDS has been able to continue providing the same level of services and support to our members and the community.

This seamless transition was, in no small part, due to our new Executive Director, Cindy Stephen. Which brings us to the second significant event: the retirement of long-time Executive Director, Cheryl Jenkins, and the appointment of Cindy Stephen as her replacement. Cheryl had very capably led the PCDS for more than twenty years and left behind a legacy of exemplary service. Cindy, who has also had a long association with the PCDS, has proven herself to be a more than worthy successor in her ability to support and lead the PCDS during the transition and beyond.

We will also be ushering in some new members on the Board of Trustees: Drs. Julie Fuller, Thomas Gessel and Jed de la Paz. We are excited to have them on the Board and look forward to collaborating with them.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as President of PCDS. I’m grateful to my predecessor, Dr. Sonia Pal, for her skillful and steadfast guidance of the Society during the height of the pandemic and handing over the reins of an organization that was so well-positioned to continue moving forward. I hope I have done equal justice to this office during my tenure and I’m pleased to now pass the torch to Dr. Guillermo Chacon, the incoming President for the 2022-2023 term.

Now that we can have in-person meetings again, I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the General Membership Meeting at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club this September. Until then, here’s wishing you all a great summer!

Save the Date for the PCDS and UW Dental Alumni Golf Day!

We hope to see you at this year's Pierce County Dental Society and UW Dental Alumni Golf Day! Friday, September 9, 2022. 10:30 AM registration with an 11:00 AM Shotgun Start at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club.

The next PCDS GMM will be in person at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM
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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 $56,550 in donations for the 2021 “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 $380,000 in donations.

The Foundation has 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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