Hello Colleagues!

At the recent AAPD conference, keynote speaker Ryan Leak highlighted the power of community in overcoming failure. He emphasized that within a supportive group, setbacks become valuable learning experiences. Our hope is that WSAPD continues to help foster and encourage a sense of community among us, helping us support each other, grow together, and elevate the field of pediatric dentistry. Together, we can transform challenges into opportunities for collective success.

Below are a few key highlights and updates since our last letter:

Both PALS 2024 at Cascade Training Solutions and Spring hands-on course featuring our speaker Dr. Jihyon Kim along with social hour were well attended and received overall positive feedback. Thank you for the support and for being understanding as we explored a new venue, training team, and hosting our first hands on course. Requests such as adding BLS to PALS have been noted, and will be available for our next session in March 2025.

It was great to see many of you at our joint reception for WA state pediatric dentists at the annual AAPD meeting in Toronto. It is amazing to see the growth of the pediatric dental community in WA state. I hope we can all continue to be a welcoming community for our colleagues, regardless of where we trained or how long we have been in the state.

As many of you know Washington State updated anesthesia requirements. WSAPD is committed to helping our members through this transition. Although all sections are not yet complete, we are excited to share we now have an active webpage on our website that has sedation compliance resources for you. You will be able to find information that will help better understand rule changes, requirements, and more. A member only section will soon be released giving access to drill examples, emergency protocol template, and more to use as a resource. Thank you to Dr. Megan Miller for her hard work and commitment to finding accurate information for our members, as well as working with the website team to create a beautiful user-friendly resource. The direct link to the webpage is

We also wanted to provide an update to PALS 2023. The Washington State Board of Nursing investigated our complaint against nurse Raedelle Lawrence-Wallace and found sufficient evidence to take disciplinary action on her nursing license. In addition to several other requirements, Radelle Wallace had her credentials to practice as an RN and ARNP placed on probation for at least 18 months. Thank you to Dr. Aarika Anderson Elter on all her hard work with PALS 2023.

Lastly, please mark your calendar for two upcoming continuing education opportunities.

On Saturday, June 22, 2024, Dr. Jim Coll will be sharing his evidence-based expertise on pulp therapy at the Law/Lewis Lecture hosted by UW. In addition to the many publications he has authored, and chairing the AAPD workgroup that published pulp guidelines, Dr. Coll is a personal mentor of mine from the University of Maryland, and there is no one I personally know better to learn about pulp therapy from. Register through UW: Law/ Lewis Lecture in Pediatric Dentistry

Our annual meeting will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2024. Dr. Ashley Clark will be sharing her wisdom on Pediatric Oral Pathology in a unique way that gives us confidence in an area that many of us lack knowledge in. Many have shared if there is one person that can make Oral Pathology fun, exciting, and interesting it is Dr Clark! We hope you can join us! Register at:

As mentioned previously, please continue to check our website for updates, as well as join us on our Facebook page: to stay in engaged with our amazing community of pediatric dentists in WA state!

Thank you again for all that you do each day!


Christie Lee, DMD
WSAPD President 2023-2024