Board of Denturists

 

The mandate of the Board of Denturists is to protect the public's health and safety and to promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction. The board accomplishes this through a variety of activities working with the Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance division.

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Board Information

Description

The mandate of the Board of Denturists is to protect the public's health and safety and to promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction. The board accomplishes this through a variety of activities working with the Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance division.

Board duties include:

  • Establishing qualifications for minimal competency to grant or deny licensure of denturists.
  • Prescribing, administering and determining the requirements for examinations and establishing a passing grade for licensure.
  • Regulating the competency and qualify of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction by establishing, monitoring and enforcing qualifications for credentials.
  • Establishing and monitoring compliance with continuing competency requirements.
  • Developing continuing competency mechanisms.
  • Evaluating and approving those schools from which graduation will be accepted as proof of an applicant's completion of coursework requirements for licensure.
  • Reviewing approved schools periodically.
  • Determine which states have educational and licensing requirements equivalent to those of this state.

Qualifications

The Board of Denturists is made up of four licensed denturists, a dentist licensed in the state of Washington and two public members, one of whom must be older than 65 to represent the elderly. All members must be U.S. citizens and must be Washington residents.

Public member representatives may not:

  • Be a member of any other healthcare profession; and
  • Be affiliated with any healthcare facility.

Board participation expectation guidelines

The following expectation guidelines are intended to serve as a reference for current members and prospective appointees of the board:

  • Attend regular board meetings, scheduled for one day on Friday every three months. There are also two practical examinations scheduled each year usually in the months of March/April and September. The board establishes its annual meeting schedule in September for the following year. There is also a Department of Health one-day Board, Commission, or Committee conference.
  • Prepare for all meetings by reading materials sent one to two weeks in advance of the scheduled meeting date. The packets take an average of two to four hours to read before each business meeting.
  • Assist newly appointed board members as necessary.
  • Assist Department of Health program staff by providing technical expertise, and other assistance as required.

Total annual time commitment

  • Meetings/Conferences: Two to four days per year
  • Meeting preparation: Two to four hours per meeting (about one day per year)

Performance guidelines for newly appointed board members

Attend an initial orientation about the board presented by Department of Health staff. This is about half a day in length. Initial orientation outlines the legal authority of the board, the roles and responsibilities of board members, ethics, confidentiality, the legal liability of board members and the Department of Health, the organizational structure of the department, roles and responsibilities of department staff, roles and responsibilities of staff attorneys and

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Board Members

Name and term expiration date of members

Member Term Expires
Val Charron – chair December 31, 2023
Szilard Zombor – vice chair December 31, 2023
Joshua Brooks December 31, 2024
Cody Carson December 31, 2024
Keith Gressell, DMD December 31, 2024
Shirlynn Walter – public member December 31, 2023
Gayle Horner – public member December 31, 2023
Board Meetings

Meeting information

(subject to change)

Date and Location Activity Documents
August 18, 2022 – Webinar (meeting will begin at 3 p.m.) Business meeting and exam calibration Agenda (PDF)
October 28, 2022 – Webinar (meeting will begin at noon) Business meeting  
Board Meeting Minutes

2022

2021