Dental Quality Assurance Commission - March 2021 Newsletter

Dental Quality Assurance Commission − March 2021 Newsletter

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COVID-19 Vaccination Interpretive Statement

The ordering and administration of the COVID-19 vaccination can be within the scope of practice of a dentist. Read the COVID-19 vaccination interpretive statement issued by the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (Commission) here.


Telemedicine Training Requirements

SSB 6061 (2020) requires health care professionals who provide clinical services through telemedicine to complete telemedicine training. Learn more about the new requirements here.

Dental Rulemaking Process

The Commission routinely modifies or creates rules associated to dentistry. Read about how you can be involved in the process here.

infection control

Infection Control FAQs

The Commission amended infection control rules January 23, 2021. View some frequently asked questions and answers here.

Dental Continuing Education

Dr. Aaron Stevens, Chairperson, shared some information and tips about dental continuing education. Read more here.

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Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene 100-Year Anniversary

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the dental hygiene profession in Washington. Learn more about the profession's history here.

Legal actions

Legal Actions
November 2020 - February 2021

Read about the final actions taken this quarter by the commission, Secretary of Health, or Board of Denturists here.


Continuing Education Quiz

Earn continuing education credit by taking our newsletter quiz! See this edition's quiz as well as the answers from the previous edition here.

Purpose Statement

Purpose Statement

It is the purpose of the commission established in RCW 18.32.0351 to regulate the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing qualifications for licensure, continuing education, consistent standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms, and discipline.

Frequently Visited

Article Quick Links

COVID-19 Interpretive Statement


Rulemaking Process

Infection Control FAQs

Continuing Education

Dental Hygiene 100-Year Anniversary

Legal Actions

Continuing Education Quiz

Dental Rules and Laws

RCW 18.32

WAC 246-817

RCW 18.260

RCW 18.350

RCW 18.130

WAC 246-12

WAC 246-16

RCW 70.02

Commission Members

Aaron Stevens, D.M.D., Chairperson
David Carsten, D.D.S., Vice-Chairperson
Julia Richman, D.D.S.
John. R. Liu, D.D.S.
Bree Kramer, EFDA  
Kunal Walia, D.D.S.
Lyle McClellan, D.D.S.
Ronald Marsh, D.D.S.
Kathleen Elling, EFDA
Brian Macall, D.D.S.
Sonia Pal, D.M.D.
Karla Briggs, Public Member
Tiffany Bass, D.D.S.
Abhishake Banda, D.M.D., M.D.
Karen Clements, D.D.S.
Marlynne Fulton, Public Member


Commission Staff and Contact Information

Trina Crawford
Executive Director

Jennifer Santiago
Program Manager

Becky McElhiney
Assistant Program Manager

Erin Obenland
Case Manager

Department of Health
PO Box 47852
Olympia, WA

Customer Service

Dentist website

Contact the Commission

DOH 646-175
March 2021