Dental Quality Assurance Commission

The mandate of Dental Quality Assurance Commission (Dental Commission) 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 commission accomplishes this mandate through a variety of activities working with the Department of Health.

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Commission Information

Qualifications | Commissioner expectation | Time commitment

Description

The mandate of Dental Quality Assurance Commission (Dental Commission) 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 commission accomplishes this mandate through a variety of activities working with the Department of Health.

Dental Commission duties include:

  • establishing qualifications for minimal competency to grant or deny credentials of dentists, expanded function dental auxiliaries, dental assistants, and dental anesthesia assistants.
  • regulating the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction by establishing, monitoring and enforcing qualifications for credentials.
  • establishing and monitoring compliance with continuing education requirements.
  • ensuring consistent standards of practice.
  • developing continuing competency mechanisms.
  • assessing, investigating and making recommendations related to complaints against dentists, expanded function dental auxiliaries, dental assistants and dental anesthesia assistants, which may range from a notice of correction to license revocation.
  • serving as reviewing members on disciplinary cases and serving on disciplinary hearing panels.
  • serving as members of standing committees, when appointed.
  • developing rules, policies and procedures that promote the delivery of quality healthcare to state residents.

Qualifications

The Dental Commission is made up of 12 dentists, two expanded function dental auxiliaries and two public members. All members must be citizens of the United States and must be Washington residents.

Dentist members of the commission must be licensed dentists in the active practice of dentistry for five years before appointment. Of the 12 dentists appointed to the commission, at least four must reside east of the summit of the Cascade Mountains. Expanded function dental auxiliary (EFDA) members of the commission must be licensed EFDAs.

Public member representatives may not:

  • be a member of any other healthcare licensing board or commission.
  • have a fiduciary obligation to a facility rendering healthcare services.
  • have a financial interest in the rendering of health services regulated by the commission.

Commissioner participation expectation guidelines

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

  • Attend regular commission meetings, scheduled for one day on a Friday every six to seven weeks. The Dental Commission establishes its annual meeting schedule in June for the following year. The typical time commitment is 20 hours per month which includes:
    • business meetings
    • disciplinary hearings
    • committee meetings
    • dental Commission training retreat
    • department of Health one-day new member orientation
    • case and compliance review
    • weekly disciplinary case authorizations
  • Dental Commission members may be appointed to standing committees. Committees will be selected during regularly scheduled business meetings. Committee meetings typically take place by conference call and last one to two hours. In-person committee meetings can be scheduled upon committee request.
  • Prepare for all meetings by reviewing materials sent one week in advance of the scheduled meeting date.
  • Participate on disciplinary panels that may meet by telephone or in person several times per year. Sometimes panels meet with short notice in order to respond to emergent situations to protect the public.
  • Disciplinary hearings are scheduled separately from regular meetings because of the number of cases that need to be heard. Disciplinary hearings are typically scheduled for one to three days. About 30 disciplinary hearings are scheduled annually, although the Dental Commission holds only one to four disciplinary hearings per year because of case settlements or continuances.
  • Assist newly appointed commission members in mentorship program as necessary.
  • Assist Department of Health program staff members by providing technical expertise and other assistance as required.

Total annual time commitment

  • Scheduled Business Meetings: Eight meeting days per year (64 hours per year)
  • Meeting Preparation to include case file reviews and compliance: Eleven to twelve hours per meeting (92 hours per year)
  • Weekly discipline panel meetings: Panel of 4 members meet every Friday by phone. (48 hours per year)
  • Disciplinary Hearing Panels: Attend two one-day hearings per year (16 hours per year)
  • Committee Meetings: Each committee - Ten hours per year. A member may serve on more than one committee, which increases time commitment.
  • Routine commission communications – Eight hours per year

The average time commitment is 20 hours per month.

Regular Dental Commission business meetings and disciplinary panels are scheduled on a Friday, every six to seven weeks. Most Dental Commission meetings and disciplinary panels are held in Tumwater. At least one Dental Commission meeting per year may be held in another area of the state, such as eastern Washington, south western Washington or north western Washington. Time commitment could be increased depending on number of committees a member participates in, leadership roles, representation on national organizations, travel to and from meetings, and other commission related business.

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Commission Members

Name and term expiration date of members

Member Term Expires
Lyle McClellan, DDS, chair person June 30, 2023
Ronald, Marsh, DDS, vice chair person June 30, 2024
Aaron C. Stevens, DMD June 30, 2023
David Carsten, DDS June 30, 2024
Kathleen Elling, EFDA June 30, 2025
Sonia Pal, DMD June 30, 2025
Tiffany Bass, DDS June 30, 2022
Karen Clements, DDS June 30, 2023
Marlynne Fulton, public member June 30, 2023
Joy McDaniel, DMD June 30, 2025
McKinley Rainey, public member June 30, 2025
Miryam Nossa, EFDA June 30, 2025
Samantha Kofler, DDS June 30, 2025
Sarah Khan, DMD June 30, 2026
Nisha Sharoff, DDS June 30, 2026
Bryan Swanon, DDS June 30, 2026
Commission Meetings

Meeting information

(subject to change)

Contact dental program staff members at 360-236-4700 to confirm dates.

Date and Location Activity Documents
October 20, 2022 Business retreat Agenda (PDF)
October 21, 2022
To be determined
Business meeting Agenda (PDF)
December 9, 2022
To be determined
Business meeting  
January 20, 2023
To be determined
Business meeting  
March 10, 2023
To be determined
Business meeting  
April 28, 2023
To be determined
Business meeting  
June 16, 2023
To be determined
Business meeting  
July 28, 2023
To be determined
Business meeting  
September 8, 2023
To be determined
Business meeting  
October 20, 2023
To be determined
Business meeting  
December 8, 2023
To be determined
Business meeting  
Commission Meeting Minutes

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