Dental Quality Assurance Commission- July Newsletter

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Dental Hygiene Legislation

Several bills passed this legislative session, some of which help to reduce barriers to dental hygiene licensure in Washington State. Learn more about the updates here


Complaint Trends and Patterns 

Aaron Stevens, DMD provides insight on current complaint trends and ways to potentially avoid violations. Click here to read more


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

David Carsten, DDS and Joy McDaniel, DMD join together to speak about the importance and benefits of equity and inclusion for Washington State's dental providers.


Expectations of Ethics and Boundaries 

The Commission's newly appointed public member, Carolin Spice, MS-CIPT, RHOA, CPHQ shares her professional expectations of ethics and boundaries from a patient perspective.

Legal actions

Legal Actions
March- July 2023.

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.

Upcoming Commission Meeting Dates:

  • July 28, 2023
  • September 8, 2023
  • October 27, 2023
  • December 8, 2023

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Dental Hygiene Legislation 

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Ethics and Boundaries

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

David Carsten, D.D.S., Chairperson
Bryan Swanson, D.D.S., Vice-Chairperson
Carolin Spice, Public Member
Joy McDaniel, D.M.D.
Mac Rainey, Public Member

Lyle McClellan, D.D.S 
Miryam Nossa, EFDA.
Lyle McClellan, D.D.S.
Ronald Marsh, D.D.S.
Kathleen Elling, EFDA
Samantha Kofler, D.D.S.
Sonia Pal, D.M.D.
Sarah Khan, D.M.D.
Tiffany Bass, D.D.S.
Nisha Sharoff, D.D.S.
Karen Clements, D.D.S.
Marlynne Fulton, Public Member


Commission Staff and Contact Information

Trina Crawford
Executive Director

Amber Freeberg
Program Manager

Adriana Barcena
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
July 2023