SGVDS-Summer NL '08-A - San Gabriel Valley Dental Society

SGVDS-Summer NL '08-A - San Gabriel Valley Dental Society


Mike Mulvehill Assumes Co-Chair of

Division IV “Primary Oral Health Care”

Dear Trojan Dental Community:

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Mike Mulvehill will

assume the leadership position of Co-Chair along with Casey

Chen for Division IV “Primary Oral Health Care” effective July

1st 2008. Mike brings to this position a number of enormous

strengths and substantial experience and I am delighted that he

will work closely with Casey to advance our education, research,

patient and community health as well as leadership programs in

the School of Dentistry. Mike will work closely with all of our

seven Divisions as well as with Sig Abelson who is our new

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Mahvash Navazesh

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and our other Associate


“Dr. Mike” has been on the full-time faculty for almost two

decades. He has held many positions; most recently, Associate

Dean for Clinic Affairs. Beyond his dental education and

subsequent residency training, he also more recently earned his

MBA degree from the Marshall School of Business. Over the last

few years he has developed and enhanced many aspects of our

education and clinical programs that have resulted in many

improvements and efficiencies.

Please join me in welcoming Mike Mulvehill!

Harold C. Slavkin, D.D.S.


School of Dentistry

University of Southern California

Thank you to Ron Robin for this information. Dr. Mulvehill is a

Faculty member of San Gabriel Valley Dental Society and joined

in 1976. His wife, Suzanne Coulter, D.D.S., is also a member of


New Dentist Conference Held

in New Orleans

Recently, I attended the ADA 22nd annual “New Dentist

Conference: Jazzed in New Orleans.” It was a well-attended

conference. The program combined both CND (Committee on the

New Dentist) leadership development and continuing education

opportunities. The ADA Board of Trustees, along with ADA

President Mark Feldman, addressed those active in CND on a state

or national level. He introduced the current Board and held an open

forum question and answer period, giving the group opportunity

In the Spotlight

to discuss current and relevant issues effecting today’s new dentist.

Student loan debt, the attrition of faculty in our dental schools, and

adult access to dental care were some of the issues addressed by

the board. The group also listened to success stories from our

colleagues around the country who have been able to draw many

new dentists into membership as well as local and state


California was well represented by several CND committee

members (dentists and non-dental administrative staff). Our

California representatives were able to go out on the town with Dr.

Russ Webb, former CDA President, who now sits on the Board of


If you would like to know more about the “New Dentist

Conference,” please call or email me. If you would like to know

more about the Committee on the New Dentist, I would love to

talk to you and see how you might become involved in addressing

and representing the “New Dentists” in our local chapter.

By the way, if you did not know (and I did not know), you are

considered a new dentist if you have been practicing 10 years or


Dan Romo, D.D.S.

Whittier, CA

(562) 696-2862

LA Pediatric Oral Health Access Program


Participating Members: Drs. Adriana Baek-Monterey Park,

Shahriyar Behjou-El Monte, Shirley Chen-Arcadia, Lisabeth

Chiu-Pasadena, Sachin Desai-Pasadena, Justin Hwang-

Huntington Park, Alison Sung-W. Covina and Bhanumati

Toprani-W. Covina recently completed the LA Pediatric Oral

Health Access Program (LA POHAP), a unique training program

designed to increase access to care for children by training GPs to

be more skilled and comfortable treating children.

The members received 43 hours of CE in pediatric dentistry, and

as a result have expanded their practices to accept children 5 years

old and younger, including patients with special healthcare needs.

Additionally, they have agreed to provide free treatment to 18

underserved children who have restorative needs and no ability to

pay. If you are interested in the next training schedule, contact

Brittney Ryan, Program Administrator, CDA at or 800-232-7645. ▲




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