Dental Quality Assurance Commission- November Newsletter

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Rule  making

Rule Making Process 

The Dental Commission currently has four rules in progress! Learn about the processes and framework on how a rule becomes effective. 

Dental therapist

Dental Therapy 

The Dental Commission has formed a new subcommittee--Dental Therapy. Learn about the new legislation and how you can be involved in the rule making process.


Disabled Patient Advocate 

Matthew Weed, PhD., provided a presentation on the logistics of care for patients with special needs. Watch the presentation here.


Denturist Initiatives 

The Washington State Board of Denturist's Eric Hansen and Vallon Charron reflect on their father's legacy in the field of Denturism. Learn about Initiative 607 and how two influential members advocated for the regulation and licensing of denturist.

Solomon- Congressional Medal of Honor

Congressional Medal of Honor

Keith Gressell, DMD., shares of the only recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor who are Dentists: US Army Captain Ben Saloman; US Navy Lt. Commander Alexander Lyle; and US Navy Lt. (j.g.) Weeden Osbourne.

Suicide Awareness

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a preventable public health issue. Connecting individuals with early warning signs can save lives. Read more on suicide preventions and important CE reminders. 

Legal actions

Legal Actions

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:

  • December 8, 2023
  • January 19, 2024
  • March 8, 2024
  • April 26, 2024

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Rule Making Process

Dental Therapy

Disabled Patient Advocate 

Denturist Initiatives 

Congressional Medal of Honor

Suicide Awareness 

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 
Miryam Nossa, EFDA.
Ronald Marsh, D.D.S.
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.
Marlynne Fulton, Public Member
Cheon Yoon, D.D.S.
Evelyn Harry, EFDA
Rama Oskouian, D.M.D.


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
November 2023