WSDHA 43rd Annual House of Delegates

October 14 - 16, 2016


The Lake Washington Dental Hygienists’ Society, a component of the Washington State Dental Hygienist’ Association, will host WSDHA's 43rd Annual WSDHA House of Delegates, October 14-16, 2016 at the Bellevue Embassy Suites.




FRIDAY: HOD kicks off Friday morning with the fall Dental Hygiene Examining Committee (DHEC), meeting from 9:00 am - noon, which open to all (hygienists strongly encouraged to attend & participate). This meeting is presented in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health.


Next up is an outstanding CE Course from 1:00 - 4:30 pm featuring LWDHS member Lisa Copeland, RDH who will present her program entitled Teenagers - What Their Mouths are Telling You but They’re Not: Practical Information on Teen Health Issues. This will be enlightening because as anyone who has had teenagers will tell you, they can be difficult to understand, even when they do tell you things.  Registration for this course is $50 and earns 3 CE credits. Please see the registration page to secure your seat. Sponsored by Philips Sonicare.


At 6:00 pm, there is a WSDHA Board of Trustees Meeting with optional dinner. Please see the registration page to order your dinner.


SATURDAY: Speaker of the House Charlene Meagher will call the House of Delegates meeting to order at 8:00 am on Saturday with the Presentation of Colors and National Anthem, followed by a Keynote Address, the 'State of the Association,  Board of Trustee Nominations and other business items of HOD.


On Saturday evening, attendees will enjoy the President's  Dinner & Gala in honor of outgoing WSDHA President Cecilia Baca. The theme is ‘Back to Broadway’ so dress in costume as your favorite character from a Broadway show (Hello Dolly, The Sound of Music, Aladdin, Cats, Chicago, Kinky Boots, Annie, Wicked, Shampoo, etc.). Dance to the sounds of our live band and be ready to bid on some delicious desserts in our Dessert Auction benefitting WHY-PAC. President's Dinner & Gala included in HOD registration. Guests for this event are additional.


Sunday’s session of the House will find everyone voting on issues, electing officers making special presentations and culminating with the installation of WSDHA's new President, Renee Berberena, RDH.


ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW. Hotel block rate reservations available now by calling the Bellevue Embassy Suites at (425) 644-2500. Use Block Rate Code: D98 to receive the discounted hotel rate ($149 King, $169 two Queens. Rate available until our room block fills - book today!)



Seattle/King County Clinic

October 27 - 30, 2016

Volunteer Opportunity!

The community is coming together to produce the Seattle/King County Clinic Oct. 27 – 30 in Key Arena at Seattle Center. This giant health clinic offers a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to under-served and vulnerable populations in the region. The effort, involving months of preparation and thousands of volunteers, transforms Key Arena into the largest clinic of its kind in Washington State. Over 4,000 patients are served by over 3,000 healthcare professionals and general support volunteers, providing more than $3.5 million in healthcare services.

How can you help? Volunteer at the clinic and join as many as 100 partner organizations to offer free dental, vision and medical care to under-served and vulnerable populations. Each day the Clinic needs over 750 healthcare professionals and general support volunteers to operate. The Clinic provides most equipment and supplies, as well as free meals and parking. Learn more at: or call (206) 615-1835, or Email:

Please help us spread the word! All are welcome at this giant health clinic. Patients are assisted each day on a first-come, first-served basis. All services and procedures are provided free of charge by licensed male and female healthcare professionals. Interpretation services are available, and patients do not need to show identification, proof of citizenship or qualifying documents.
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Mission Statement

"The mission of WSDHA is to increase awareness of and access to quality oral health care, to promote the highest standards of research and education, licensure and practice for dental hygienists, and to represent and promote the interests of the dental hygiene profession, as a means to improve the public's health."


  • Maintain a member-driven financially viable organization
  • To serve as the authoritative resource for the profession of dental hygiene
  • Promote consumer advocacy in oral health care as part of total health  
  • Achieve autonomy of dental hygiene education, licensure and practice