The SSAGD, supported by the California AGD and the AGD, is your best local resource to become the excellent general dentist you aspire to be. Our goal is to support you as you grow professionally, excel in and expand your practice, provide a variety of services to meet the needs of your patients, and reach your professional, personal and financial fulfillment.

We invite you to join us at our 2019 events that are focused on your needs:

  • Board meetings: all members are welcome. This is a great opportunity to move forward as you pay back.
  • Fellowship events: all our meetings are great opportunities for fellowship where you can visit with your neighboring general dentists.

SSAGD Upcoming Events

SSAGD Webinar TMD Orthotic Therapy: Taking a Bigger Bite Out of a Confusing Topic

March 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Live Webinar
CA United States

Speaker: Dr. Priya Mistry March 25, 2021 at 6:30 PM CE: 1.5 hours AGD Subject Code 200 (Orofacial Pain) Price: $20 AGD members; $40 non-AGD members   Course Description:  What is a bruxism nightguard?  What constitutes a TMD orthotic/splint?  This course will explain the difference and will ...

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SSAGD Board of Directors

SSAGD President

SSAGD President

Rika Prodhan-Ashraf, DDS
SSAGD Past President

SSAGD Past President

Kevin Kurio DDS, MAGD
SSAGD Regional Director

SSAGD Regional Director

Howard Chi DMD, MAGD
SSAGD Past President

SSAGD Past President

Alan Golshanara, DDS, MAGD
SSAGD Past President

SSAGD Past President

Smita Khandwala, DDS, FAGD
SSAGD Board, CAGD President

SSAGD Board, CAGD President

William Kushner, DDS
CAGD Executive Secretary

CAGD Executive Secretary

Terri Iwamoto-Wong, MBA CAGD Executive Secretary


Year End Letter from your 2019 President Darrell S. Chun

September 20, 2019

Dear SSAGD Membership,

Another year marches on as evidenced by the Holiday Ornaments already for sale at the local stores I shopped in this past week.  With the end of the year coming soon I wanted to let you know about two events coming soon.  The first event will be our last CE class held this coming October 3, 2019 at Piatti’s Restaurant in Sacramento.  Dr’s Kevin Kurio and Eric Wong will be presenting on the working of the California Dental Board and any recent affects to dentists in CA.  If you have not made any of the other CE classes this year, we would encourage you to attend and enjoy some good education, food and fellowship with your fellow members.  We’ll have some special SSAGD swag for all and some raffle prizes for some of the lucky attendees.  You can sign up for the class on the CAGD website and hope to see you there.

Secondly, we will be heading back to Piatti’s restaurant for the SSAGD Holiday dinner.  All members and their guests are welcome to attend.   The dinner will be on November 23, 2019 which is a Saturday and will start at 6 pm.  If you are interested in attending or have questions about the dinner you can contact either Terri Iwamoto-Wong at [email protected] or myself at [email protected].

At our annual dinner we also elect our officers for the coming 2020 year.  Listed below is the slate of officers for 2020.

  1. President:  Dr. Robert Freitas
  2. Treasurer: Dr. Kayee Siu
  3. Secretary: Dr. Rika Prodhan-Ashraf

Finally, we are always looking for members interested in leadership positions whether it is at the component, state, or national level.  If you have an interest in guiding our SSAGD component in the future, we welcome you to attend a board meeting.  The next one will be January 23, 2020 with a place TBD but even sooner you could attend our SSAGD Holiday Dinner mentioned above.

I appreciate the feedback that some of you have given me for CE suggestions this year and in the future.  A few had asked about getting Dr. Kevin Anderson to speak on investments and he will be speaking at the CAGD annual meeting in January.  So, hope to see you then.

It has been my pleasure to serve as your SSAGD president this year.  I will continue to utilize the lessons I learned this year as I continue to serve on the CAGD executive board and start my presidency in 2023. All of us who serve at the component, state or national level keep in mind that the continued education, fellowship and advocacy of the general dentist remains forefront on our minds and actions.

Wishing you all the best for the Holidays and the coming year.  I hope to see you soon at a future meeting.


Darrell S. Chun, DDS, MAGD

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