Covid GLobe

Interested in administering the COVID-19 Vaccines? Check out the following links:

  • Snohomish County Medical Reserve Corps--Volunteer to help with the COVID-19 response in Snohomish County. Learn more and sign up at (for dentists wanting to give vaccines and/or others willing to be an observer or serve in another volunteer capacity at sites).
  •  (for Lumen Field and other big vaccine clinics)

Everyone for Veterans

Volunteers needed to treat Veterans!   Most Veterans do not get dental benefits and, since many are low-income, they will spend a lifetime with dental diseases. The organization was formed for vets who have returned from combat areas. Everyone for Veterans, a nonprofit founded by Dr. Theresa Cheng, will connect them to dentists in their area. Dentists treat the veterans in the comfort of their own offices and improve the life of one veteran a year.  Learn more or sign up here:
(Below)  SCDS Member Dr. Jennifer Chan and dental assistant  Justina, of Lakeview Dental Clinic (Lake Stevens) helped Vietnam Veteran, Rick Irish (Sultan, WA).

Veterans--Jennifer Tran photo 



THANK YOU to Fluke Corporation in Everett, WA, for donating over 10,000 Face Shields for use by Snohomish County dentists. 

Also, thank you to all of our SCDS member dentists who volunteered their time (and office space!) to be a distribution site. This was a HUGE undertaking and we are grateful to:

Brandon Biehler—Whidbey Island Smiles
Ryan Chuang—Ryan Chuang Family Dentistry
Shahin Etemadi—Lakeside Endodontics
Ji Won Gwak—Snohomish Family Dentistry
David Hopewell—David Hopewell DDS
Howard Jue—Orthodontics Exclusively
Sonu Lamba and Paul Kahlon—Stellar Kids Dentistry
Roger Lucas—Lynnwood Kids Dentistry
Peter Kim, Serv Wahan, Dan Brady, and Dustin Altmann—OM3 Oral Surgery
B. Ardi Pribadi--Autumnwood Dental
Tania Tran—Grove Street Family Dentistry


ADA Humanitarian Award Recipient  

Congratulations to Snohomish County Dental Society's member Dr. Loree Bolin for receiving the ADA's 2020 Humanitarian Award. Dr. Bolin, selected in 2016 for our Society's Special Recognition Award, and also WSDA's 2016  Citizen of the Year, was recently named as the ADA's 2020 Humanitarian Award recipient​.
Dr. Loree Bolin ADA Humanitarian Award 

Established in 2008, the ADA Humanitarian Award annually honors an ADA member for creating a legacy of volunteer work and is one of the Association's highest honors. Criteria for the Humanitarian Award include significantly improving the quality of life and oral health of individuals both in the U.S. and abroad over a period of 10 years or more; demonstrating significant leadership; and serving as an inspiration to others both in the dental profession and the general population.

According to the ADA, "Dr. Bolin’s Health & Hope Foundation, founded in 2014 after her 25 years in private practice family dentistry in Lake Stevens, is impactful for being committed to breaking the cycle of poverty for women and children in underserved communities around the world, particularly in Tanzania, by providing health care, education and economic opportunity."

The award also includes a $10,000 donation to the dental project of Dr. Bolin's choice — the Health & Hope Foundation.

Read more about Dr. Bolin and her charitable work on

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October 16th, 2019 Meeting Powerpoint

Kim McCleskey from Avitus Dental presented at our SCDS meeting on Wed. Oct. 16th, 2019, and many members requested copies of her Powerpoint and documents. Kim has kindly shared them below​, and they are also posted on our society Facebook Page. 

The Business of Dentistry -- Financial Accountability Course
Business Of Dentistry Powerpoint Presentation
Article on Embezzlement Prevention
Hiring for character
Managers Monthly Practice Analysis

A shout out to our SCDS members who represented our Society at the annual WSDA House of Delegates in Spokane Sept. 26-28, 2019.  Delegates:  Drs. Alexis Apatoff, Greg Fjeran, Bruce Hawley, Naghmeh, Kela Ness, & Andrew Sholudko. WSDA Board member Dr. Marissa Bender, & Dr. Ivy Lin for WSDA Leadership Institute.  Watch for details on actions taken at the meeting in the WSDA News.

SCDS April Election Results 

The following members have been elected to lead our Society for the coming year, and will be Installed at the May 15th, 2019,  meeting.  Please join us in acknowledging  their service!


President:   Dr. Alexis Apatoff

Pres. Elect: Dr. B. Ardi Pribadi

Secretary:   Dr. Daniel Brady

Treasurer:   Dr. Shahin Etemadi

Past Pres:   Dr. Peter Pellegrini

Executive Committee Members:

Dr. Nicholas Conley

Dr. Jennifer Meader

Dr. Jennifer Heming

Dr. Clio Samia-Lindenauer

Dr. Andrew Sholudko

WSDA Delegates

Dr. Alexis Apataff

Dr. Greg Fjeran

Dr. Bruce Hawley

Dr. Naghmeh Izadi

Dr. Andrew Sholudko

Dr. Michael Whelan

Interested in learning more about serving our Society in an elected leadership position?   Nominations are made each March, with Elections held at April  meeting, and Installation in May each year. There are also opportunities to volunteer for our Membership or Children’s Dental Health month committees, and for the WSDA Leadership Institute or WSDA Committee & Board positions. Contact Judy at the SCDS office for details.



►Save The Date! The next Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers & First Aid Courses in Everett on Friday, April 24th. These courses are being offered at a reduced rate as a membership benefit — SCDS Member rate is just $55 for one course or $95 for both. You can print a registration form on our website calendar, or call the SCDS office.  Payment is by check only. 

►WSDA Lawsuit with Delta Dental —  Visit for details. 

►General Guidelines for Mutual Aid Agreements — Are you prepared if you unexpectedly need to  be absent from your practice for an extended period?    Visit the ADA website and log in with your ADA # and password.  This info is provided to ADA members at no charge: 

►Need registration forms or info on  upcoming meetings?  They are  available  on our website:   Click on Meetings then Calendar for specific courses and dates.  Or contact the SCDS to request a form. 

Thank you to our Terrific Toothapalooza Volunteers who performed mini-exams and hygiene education at the Imagine Children's Museum community free access night. 2,800​+ attended dental-related activities during the month of Feb. 2019 in celebration of National Children's Dental Health Month. Many others volunteered to help make this a successful event, including Sno-Isle Tech dental assistant students and RSVP retired seniors.

Terrific Toothapalooza Volunteers

Powerpoint presentation for SCDS Feb. 20th Meeting:

Sinus vs Tooth Presentation -- Jeffrey Adams, MD

2018 Gala & Foundation Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone who attended and so generously supported our Society's Annual Gala & Foundation fundraiser! We raised over $12,000 from the raffle & donations. And a shout out to our sponsors: BENCO, Carestream Dental, Garfield Refining, Kettenbach, Lumadent, SB&C Ltd, WDIA, & Wells Fargo Practice Finance. Save the date for next year: 11/14/2019

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gala 2019
Gala #2

Hope Creek Dental Day 2018

Thank you to all the dental volunteers who helped make the Sept. 29th dental day held in Mill Creek a success, including Dr. Rachal Greene, Dr. Leo Henrichsen, Dr. Rich Hwynn, Dr. Paul Kahlon, Dr. Andrew Sholudko and staff!  The Snohomish County Dental Foundation helps support this event.

Hope Creek Dental Day 2018
Thank you to the SCDS Members representing our Society at the 2018 House of Delegates:  Drs. Alexis Apatoff, Greg Fjeran, Naghmeh Izadi, Peter Pelligrini, Andrew Sholudko, Michael Whelan, WSDA Board member Dr. Marissa Bender​, & SCDS Executive Director Judy Bangs.
House of Delegates 2018
House of Delegates 2018

Congratulations to our Society's 2018 Special Recognition Award Recipient, Dr. Gary Heyamoto!

Dr. Gary Heyamoto & Dr. Nhi Pham
      Dr. Gary Heyamoto ​received this award at the May 16th SCDS meeting​--Presented by last year's recipient Dr. Nhi Pham.
       Dr. Heyamoto is a 1980 UWSOD Graduate, and has received professional recognition from the L.D. Pankey Institute, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Pierre Fauchard Society, and  so much more!  
     He is currently involved with the Washington State Oral Cancer/HPV Awareness Coalition.  Outside of dentistry, Dr. Heyamoto is active in the Seattle sports scene — coaching youth programs, and as statistician for the Seattle Seahawks, UW Huskies and Rose Bowl Games.  In 2014 he used his forensic background in helping identify victims of the Oso, WA mudslide, and received an award for his participation.   We applaud Dr. Heyamoto for his service to organized dentistry and the community!
     Each May our Society recognizes one member dentist for his or her outstanding volunteer activities and community service.  Nominations may be made at any time during the year, and the deadline is April 1st.   Past recipients include:

2017 —  Dr. Nhi Pham

2016 — Dr. Loree Bolin
2015 —  Dr. Olga Ortuzar
2014 —  No Award Presented
2013 —  Dr. Ross Haddow
2012 — Dr. T. Kevin Dang
2011  — Dr. Frederick “Ric” Prael
2010 —  Dr. Casey Culberson
2009 — Dr. Joseph Albert
2008 — Dr. Patti Kashiwa
2007 — Dr.  Shengyi Teng
2006  — Dr. Keith Leonard
2005 —  Dr. Eric Bowles
2004 —  Dr. James Plihal
2003  —  Dr. Gordon Hungar
2002 —  Dr. Michael Karr
2001 —  Dr. Stephen Grindall
2000 —  Dr. George Holdeman


Help Snohomish County Dental Foundation Earn Cash!

1) Fred Meyer Community Rewards – Take 2 minutes to link your Rewards card and earn a  donation to our foundation every time you shop.  Go to rewards  search by our name or non-profit #87932 .   This is an easy way to support our Foundation!


Next time you place an Amazon order, simply search & select Snohomish County Dental Foundation.  Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable         organization of your choice.  AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Thanks to everyone already donating!


Thank you to our 2018 Toothapalooza Volunteers at the Imagine Children's Museum!

Toothapalooza 2018 E
Toothapalooza 2018 B
Toothapalooza 2018 H

A Special Thank You To Our Foundation Supporters at the ​Annual ​Gala!

Gold Level ($1,000):  Hiossen Dental Implant
Silver Level ($500):   Garfield Refining Inc.       Henry Schein Dental   Lumadent    Physicians & Dentists Credit Bureau    Washington Dentist’s Insurance Agency (WDIA)      Wells Fargo Practice Finance

DONORS:  (Cash & Raffle Items)
3M Oral Care
Dr. Marissa Bender
Coltene — George Hayes
Everett Endodontics – Drs. Tiina Oviir & Michael Moran
Garfield Refining Co.
Hiossen Dental Implant
Janice R. Ikeda, DDS
Lakeside Endodontics—Dr.  Shahin Etemadi
Lake Stevens Implant & Perio– Dr. Janet Miesel
Dr. Stephen J. Lee
Dr. & Mrs. Robert J. Lee
Merchant Advocate
Nakanishi Dental Laboratory, Inc.
OM3 Oral Surgery – Drs. Kim, Wahan, & Brady
Pellegrini Orthodontics – Dr. Peter Pellegrini
Physicians & Dentists Credit Bureau
Song Periodontics—Dr. Jung Song
Washington Dentist’s Insurance Agency  (WDIA)
Washington Oral Surgery – Drs. Jae Hong  &  Sabrina Mahil
Wells Fargo Practice Finance

News From Snohomish Health District:

The 2015-2016 Snohomish County SMILE Survey Report is now available on the Snohomish Health District website:

Fun at the Nov. 16th annual Social/Gala!

If you have photos you'd like to share, please send them.  Thanks to everyone who attended!  See photos below!

Social -- 2017 concourse
Social -- 2017 The Coats
Social photo #4
2017 gala
Social photo #6

2017 House of Delegates

​Thank you to our 2017 House of Delegates attendees (L to R): Drs. Marissa Bender, Naghmeh Izadi, Peter Pellegrini, Ms. Judy Bangs, Michael Whelan, Andrew Sholudko, Alexis Apatoff, & Stephen J. Lee. 
Thank you to our 2017 House of Delegates Attendees

Washington State Dental Association
Announces the 2017 Citizen of the Year
Award Recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Nhi Pham, who was selected  for our own Society's Special Recognition Award in May (see below).  We were thrilled to nominate her for the Statewide Award, and excited she was selected.  She will be honored at the annual WSDA House of Delegates meeting in September.  See her fascinating and inspiring story in the August WSDA News.

Congratulations to all of the SCDS previous Special Recognition Award recipients.  Nominate an SCDS member dentist for this award by April 1st each year.

2018 -- Dr. Gary Heyamoto

2017 —  Dr. Nhi Pham

2016 — Dr. Loree Bolin

2015 —  Dr. Olga Ortuzar

2014 —  No Award Presented

2013 —  Dr. Ross Haddow

2012 — Dr. T. Kevin Dang

2011  — Dr. Frederick “Ric” Prael

2010 —  Dr. Casey Culberson

2009 — Dr. Joseph Albert

2008 — Dr. Patti Kashiwa

2007 — Dr.  Shengyi Teng

2006  — Dr. Keith Leonard

2005 —  Dr. Eric Bowles

2004 —  Dr. James Plihal

2003  —  Dr. Gordon Hungar

2002 —  Dr. Michael Karr

2001 —  Dr. Stephen Grindall

2000 —  Dr. George Holdeman


Dental Outreach trip to China

SCDS Member dentist Dr.Jacqueline de Leon-Estes visited China in May with her family to do dental education for about 250+ children and 60 teachers.  This is their 4th international dental outreach trip as a family -- They've visited the Philippines on two previous trips and Belize. On this trip they also volunteered at a panda conservation center -- Cleaning enclosures, making their food, feeding and snuggling with ​the pandas.  Dr. ​de Leon-Estes is an orthodontist in Mukilteo.

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SCDS Special Recognition Award

Nhi Pham, DDS

Congratulations to
Nhi Pham, DDS

Recipient of our Society's Special Recognition Award for 2017

     Each May our Society recognizes one member dentist for his or her outstanding volunteer activities and community service.  We are proud to announce Dr. Nhi Pham has been selected to receive the 2017 award.  Come to the May 17th meeting and help us honor her!

     Dr. Pham is a 1999 graduate of the UW School of Dentistry, and has practiced in Mukilteo since 2003.  Mentoring and serving the needs of the community are two things Dr. Pham has woven into her entire dental career.  She was part of the National Service Corp for 4 years serving underserved populations, taught in the hygiene departments at Lake WA Tech College and Shoreline CC, and since 2012 has been an affiliate faculty member at the UWSOD.  She volunteers regularly in the UW Urgent Care and outreach clinics, the MTI van, Stand Down for Veterans, Project Homeless Connect, & provides a yearly pro-bono dental day for Veterans. She has served on dental mission trips to Haiti, and to Ecuador last year after the earthquake. Dr. Pham currently serves on the Board for Medical Relief International.  Congratulations to Dr. Nhi Pham!

     Do you know an SCDS member dentist making a difference in our community and beyond?  Nominations may be made anytime during the year, and the next deadline is May 1st, 2018.

Dr. Jennifer Meader and her smiling staff members at a recent SCDS General Meeting.

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Toothapalooza at the Imagine Children's Museum in Everett on February 17th, 2017

Snohomish County dentists and volunteers provided free dental exams and offered a variety of fun, dental-related activities during the annual Toothapalooza event which celebrates ​National Children's Dental Health Month.

Toothapalooza 2017 --Group Photo
Toothapalooza 2017 -- Photo #1 Tooth Fairy
Toothapalooza 2017 -- Photo #2
Toothapalooza 2017 -- Photo #3 SeaHawks chair

Fun at the Annual Social, Foundation Fundraiser, & Staff Appreciation Night with Entertainer Nash Fung.

2016 social -- Pellegrini 3+
2016 Social -- Pellegrini 1
2016 Social -- Pellegini 4
2016 social -- Pellegrini 5
Loree Bolin -- Photo
Dr. Loree Bolin

Congratulations to Dr. Loree Bolin on being selected for the 2016 WSDA Citizen of the Year Award!  She was honored at the WSDA House of Delegates in September, where she shared a presentation on her organization's volunteer efforts. Our own Society honored her in May with our Special  Recognition Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.  Visit her Health & Hope Foundation website at:


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