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 Board Meeting

September 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lemon Grass Restaurant
601 Munroe Street
Sacramento, CA 95825 United States
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If you are interested in attending a board meeting or becoming a member of the board, we would encourage that as we always welcome new ideas and energy to help our component and the AGD succeed to serve future generations.

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SSAGD Board of Directors

Treasurer - SSAGD President

Treasurer – SSAGD President

Darrell Chun, DDS MAGD, Elk Grove, CA Website: Darrell Chun 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 Vice President

CAGD Vice President

Samer Alassaad, DDS, FAGD
CAGD Executive Secretary

CAGD Executive Secretary

Terri Iwamoto-Wong, MBA CAGD Executive Secretary


Letters from your 2019 President Darrell S. Chun

December 28, 2018

Dear SSAGD Members,

As we get ready to close out 2018 and welcome in 2019, I wanted to extend my warm wishes to you and your family for the Holiday and the coming New Year.  My name is Darrell S. Chun and I am honored to serve as your Sac Sierra component president this year.  Continuing education is one of the main focuses and foundations that the AGD was built upon and we are pleased to announce our lineup of classes at the end of this letter.  I would also encourage you to explore the other continuing education options that the three other CA components offer as well as the two meetings with the CAGD and of course the annual AGD meeting which will be held this year in Connecticut.  You can access these classes on both the CAGD and AGD website respectively.

One of my goals this year is to see and encourage more support at our CE events from our membership.  With over 300 current members, we may typically see less than 30 members attending our CE classes. I would encourage you to pick at least one or two classes that we are offering this year to attend and bring along a colleague or two who you feel would benefit from being a member of the AGD.  We always keep the cost of these classes very reasonable and the comradery you experience is easily worth the price of admission!

In addition, we are focused this year with working closely with the dental school chapters of both UCSF and UOP.  Many of you are alums of both schools and I graduated from UCSF in 1991.  For two of our all-day classes this year we are setting aside spots for these students and encouraging them to attend.  These are great opportunities for the students to network with dentists in our community and perhaps get some advice and support for their future choices once they graduate.

Finally, I want to hear from you about classes and topics that you would like to see in the future for SSAGD, CAGD and the AGD.  The SSAGD is fortunate to have so many leaders from our component who are active in all levels of the AGD.  Dr. Bill Kushner will be president of the CAGD this coming year and Dr’s. Samer Alassaad and Chirag Vaid will follow Bill in a few years.  We are also fortunate to have Dr’s. Howard Chi, Guy Acheson, Eric Wong and Sireesha Penumetcha represent us at the state and national level.  Thus, I feel grateful to have the support and guidance of all the above great leaders as well as our board who have all served as SSAGD president in the past.  If you are interested in attending a board meeting or becoming a member of the board, we would encourage that as we always welcome new ideas and energy to help our component and the AGD succeed to serve future generations.

Please see the list of our classes below as well as our future board meetings and you can always contact me at [email protected] or at my office (916) 691-1188.

Darrell S. Chun, DDS, MAGD

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February 4, 2019

To the SSAGD Membership,

It was good to see many of you at the Annual Meeting in Burlingame on January 19th.  We had two great classes covering the All on 4 Technique and Conquering Biofilm for better periodontal success.  Both classes were well attended and Dr. John Di Ponziano and Kim Miller, RDH presented great lectures.  The annual meeting was also when the new slate of officers for the CAGD board were installed.  SSAGD is fortunate that of the five officers on the CAGD board, four are from our component i.e. SSAGD.  Bill Kushner is President for 2019, Dr. Samer Alassaad is VP/President-elect 2020, Dr. Chirag Vaid is Secretary and President in 2022, and I am the Treasurer and President in 2023.  In addition, our Regional Director, Dr. Howard Chi and Trustee, Dr. Guy Acheson, are also from SSAGD and have served as past presidents of both SSAGD and CAGD.  Sometimes these appointments go in cycles and Nor Cal, So Cal or San Diego components may be more heavily represented, but we will enjoy this distinction for the next 4-5 years.

We also had the first CE meeting of the year at Northridge CC.  It was sponsored by MUN CPA’s of Sacramento and was a nice review of the new changes to the tax code and how it affects tax planning and preparation for the New Year.  It was great to see the young dentists represented as more than half in attendance have been practicing 5 years or less.  We also passed out some logoed SSAGD swag which we will continue to do at future meetings.

So, we encourage you to attend our next meeting on April 27th at Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove.  This class will be hosted by Progressive Orthodontics and will be an all-day class of integrating orthodontics into your practice.  I have recently finished this program and am grateful that I have done so.  I feel I have the knowledge now to treat patients from children to adults and it has given me a solid base to understand and treatment plan clear aligners as well.

The SSAGD and CAGD will always strive to provide CE opportunities for our membership at a nominal fee.  In fact, the cost of the class on April 27th will only be $85.  This will cover 8 CE units, full breakfast and lunch, an opportunity to win raffle prizes, free SSAGD swag and a great opportunity to meet and mingle with your colleagues.    

I have enclosed a magnet for 2019 that lists all the events for 2019.  We also have a fun social event for the membership in May where we will learn different BBQ/cooking techniques for Tri-tip including Sous Vide, drum smokers, pellet smokers, etc.    The CAGD website has the list of C.E.  for all components and the Fall meeting.  Also, stay abreast of all the advocacy that the CAGD/AGD does on your behalf by reading all the Watchdog articles on the website

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