Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry

Leadership

Current Officers

Dr. Bri Butler
President-Elect

Dr. Sarah A. Hulland

Immediate Past President

Dr. Christine A. Roalofs
Executive Assistant

Dr. Jonathan Lee
AAPD Western District Trustee

State Representatives District Board Of Trustees

DENNIS PAUL NUTTER, WSPD President

Dr. Nutter is a Past President of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, a past Trustee of the California Dental Association and a guest editor for CDA Journal. He is also a Past President of the Napa-Solano Dental Society. He is the author of a series of articles on “Good clinical pain practice for pediatric procedure pain” and has lectured nationally and internationally on pain neurobiology, pain assessment, pain justification and pain measurement. He has conducted research on the behavior assessment practices of members of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Nutter received his BS and his DDS from the University of Southern California . His hospital/university residency in pediatric dentistry was also at USC. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is in private practice in Fairfield, California.

Felicity Hardwick (WSPD Vice President)

Felicity graduated from the University of Pretoria with Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree, then
obtained a Master’s of Science from the University of the Witwatersrand and her Diploma in
Pediatric Dentistry from Children’s Hospital (Washington DC).
She has practiced as a pediatric dentist in Canada (Manitoba and British Columbia) since 1990.
Firstly as section Head of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Manitoba, and then in specialty
private practice. She obtained her Royal College of Dentists of Canada Fellowship as well as
becoming a Diplomate of the American Board. She is currently an examiner for both the RCDC
(Canada) and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She lives and practices (part-time) on
beautiful Vancouver Island and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her husband,
Michael (another dentist) and their 3 dogs.
As President of the BC Society she, with the help of Dr. Jonathan Lee, facilitated the BCSPD
becoming a component society of the Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry. She realized the
wonderful opportunity this offered Canadian and US colleagues to become a more cohesive
group. Felicity has been involved with organized dentistry in various roles (RCDC, CAPD, AAPD,
IAPD & CDA) since graduating. She is looking forward to working with her WSPD colleagues to
continue to advance pediatric dentistry and enhance the US/Canadian relationship of our
members.

OARIONA LOWE (CA, WSPD Secretary)

Dr. Lowe received her post-graduate training in Pediatric Dentistry from the UCLA School of Dentistry. She completed a General Practice Residency at the Eastman Dental Center, at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Her dental degree was received from Howard University, Washington, D.C. Prior to private practice, Dr. Lowe was the Chief of Dental Services at the City of Hope Medical Center, in Duarte, CA. Her experiences at the City of Hope and the EDC-GPR program, along with her UCLA hospital internship influenced her passion in working with patients with special needs. She has been in private practice for over 20 years.

Dr. Oariona Lowe has been an active volunteer for organized dentistry for many years and loves her position on these committees and boards. Along with her position as a California Dental Association Trustee and a Trustee for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation, she is the immediate past-president of the Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry, past-president of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, board member of UCLA Friends of Pediatric Dentistry, board member of the UCLA Dentistry’s Board of Counselors, co-chair of the UCLA Children’s Dental Center Renovation Campaign, benefactor of the Dr. Oariona Lowe Endowed Scholarship, and member of UCLA Dentistry faculty.

BOBBY YANG (AZ, WSPD Treasurer)

Bobby Yang is the treasurer of WSPD and also represents AZ. He is a native of AZ and has been practicing since 2005. His practice name is called My Kidz Dentist with 3 valley locations. In his spare time, he loves to travel.

Bri Butler (WSPD President-Elect)

Dr. Brianne Butler, or “Dr. Bri” as she prefers to be called, was born and raised in Washington State. She completed both dental school and her pediatric residency at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she received extensive experience in working with children of all ages and children with special needs. After completing residency, she and her husband decided to relocate to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula where she has been serving children for the past five years. Dr. Bri has also completed her board certification in pediatric dentistry and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Bri volunteers her time working as affiliate faculty at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and attends events throughout the community to promote oral health in children. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, and Olympic Peninsula Dental Society. She is committed to bettering the oral health of our community by working with patients and parents both in the clinic and in the community at large. In her free time, Dr. Bri enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and their dog, Lola. Her hobbies include traveling, fishing, board games, and anything outdoors!

SARAH HULLAND (Alberta, Canada; WSPD Immediate Past President)

Sarah completed dental school at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. After a year as a dental intern at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Sarah went on to complete her Pediatric Dentistry speciality as well as a Master of Science degree all at the University of Toronto. She then went on to complete a Fellowship in Special Care Dentistry in Melbourne, Australia with a focus on the genetic and medical variances in this population as well as trauma care.

Sarah returned to the Toronto area to work in a variety of clinical environments including being staff at the Hospital for Sick Children, staff at the University of Toronto, staff at the Bloorview MacMillan Centre (a centre for the care of children with genetic and acquired developmental defects) as well as practicing in private practice. These opportunities helped solidify a lifetime focus on education, research and a passion for the unique challenges experienced by the special needs populations. Sarah has always focused on the need to balance life and play so there was no shortage of mountain biking, triathalon competing and world travel.

Always interested in broadening her life experience, Sarah moved to Calgary to continue working in education, hospital and private practice settings 18 years ago. The move also allowed for an expansion of other interests which now also include road riding, photography, hiking (climbed Kilimanjaro in 2016) and an open mind to try almost any adventure.

Sarah has continued to increase her involvement with organized dentistry over the years which included becoming involved with the WSPD since 2011. She has served as the VP and President as well as being involved with numerous committees within the WSPD. Sarah will readily tell you……”The WSPD is the best organization that I have worked with. They have are the broadest thinkers and reasonable debaters, both which make it an outstanding organization to be involved with.”

CHRISTINE ROALOFS (WSPD Executive Assistant)

Christine completed dental school at the University of Louisville, worked as a GP for a few years, and then completed her Pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Since she didn’t get enough snow in Buffalo, she thought she’d give Alaska a try.

She stayed in Alaska for 20 years and has numerous adventures to share with others in both Dentistry and dog mushing.

Christine and her pack of huskies moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin in the summer of 2019, but she will continue to work in Alaska’s remote villages on a part time basis.

Christine started as the Alaska Board Rep to the WSPD in 2005. She served as President, VP, and spent many years as the Secretary. When the position for an Executive Assistant was developed within the WSPD, Christine pursued the opportunity to further serve organized dentistry.

She is here to facilitate communications between individual state chapters and the District. Please contact her with any questions or concerns.

JONATHAN LEE (AAPD Western District Trustee)

Dr. Jonathon Lee joined his father, Dr. Brian Lee, in private practice in 2000. After graduating with Honors from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, he completed his dual specialty certification in Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry. As one of the few Dual Board Certified Pediatric Dentists and Orthodontists in the country, he enjoys both providing care for the kids and watching them grow up. Because of quality experiences, generations have trusted and enjoyed coming to Dr. Jon, so much so, that they return with their kids. When not in the office, you can find Dr. Jon cooking, cycling, or serving his professional state, district, and national dental organizations where he has served as the President of The California Society of Pediatric Dentistry.

ROB MCALPINE (AK)

Native to Alaska Dr. Rob was born and raised in Valdez along the beautiful waters of Prince William Sound. After graduation from Valdez High School he received his Undergraduate from Montana State University where he graduated Suma Cum Laude, with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. He then went on to receive his DMD (dental degree) at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon.

Excited to get back to Alaska he accepted a job at Aspen Dental Center, a Community Health Center where he was Dental Director and worked as a general dentist for four years. After organizing a mission trip to Honduras and working with many children there he knew he that he wanted to work exclusively with kids.

Prior to establishing his Pediatric Dentistry Practice, Dr. Rob completed extensive specialized postgraduate education in pediatric dentistry through Lutheran Medical Center. In his final year there he was distinguished by being appointed Chief Resident. He is now a Board Eligible Specialist in pediatric dentistry and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.

When Dr. Rob is not practicing his passion for Pediatric Dentistry, he spends most of his time with his friends, family, and their two miniature schnauzers. He enjoys fishing in the waters of Prince William Sound, traveling to new places, and playing his favorite sport basketball.

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ABRAHAM ITTY (AZ)

Dr. Itty was raised in Arizona and completed his undergraduate education at the University of Arizona. He subsequently attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine where he graduated with honors in global and community health. Dr. Itty completed his pediatric dental residency at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry and was on staff at Children’s Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. In 2015, he moved back to Arizona where he now practices as a partner at Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.

Dr. Itty is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association. He is an oral sedation examiner for the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners and currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Arizona Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Outside of work, Dr. Itty enjoys sports, traveling, hiking and doing life with his church, family and friends. Above all, he is happiest spending time with his wonderful wife Mareen.

GEOFF GRANT (British Columbia, Canada)

Dr. Geoff Grant graduated from the University of British Columbia undergraduate dental program and completed his residency in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Washington in 2001. He practiced in Washington state for four years before returning to the Vancouver area, where he grew up, to open an office in 2005. In addition to private practice, he is a part time clinical instructor to undergraduate students at UBC. Dr. Grant is a fellow of both the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as well as a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. When Dr. Grant is not working he is always on the go traveling extensively. He is passionate about skiing and spends many weekends in Whistler BC through the winter. During the warmer months Dr. Grant is an avid cyclist, runner and swimmer and has competed in a number of Triathlons and Ironman events.

DON SCHMITT (CA)

Don Schmitt graduated from the University of the Pacific Dental School. He completed his residency in Pediatric Dentistry at US . Don is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. For many years, Dr. Schmitt has served on the faculty at the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry. Dr. Schmitt has served as treasurer and on the executive committee of the board of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Schmitt is an active member of the Danville Rotary and serves on the Danville Rotary Foundation Board. When he’s not seeing patients, Dr. Schmitt can often be found with his family, including their dogs and cats, at their home in Alamo. The family enjoys snow skiing, along with playing and attending sporting events. Dr. Schmitt also coaches his son’s basketball, baseball, and soccer teams.

GILA DOROSTKAR (CA)

Gila Dorostkar received her dental degree from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and, following a general practice residency at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, earned her certificate in pediatric dentistry from Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. She was Board certified in 2004. She currently serves as the Parliamentarian for the AAPD and as President-Elect for the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. Gila is a graduate of the AAPD Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University and the AAPD Advanced Leadership Institute at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. She is in private practice in Marin County, California.

TOM TANBONLIONG (CA, AAPD Liason)

Thomas Tanbonliong is an Associate Professor and Clinic Director of Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. He received his dental degree from the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry and pediatric dental training at Case Western Reserve University and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital following completion of a General Practice Residency Program at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Tanbonliong is a Diplomate and a member of the exam committee of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Catherine Pham (CA)

Catherine Pham earned her dental degree, certificate in pediatric dentistry and Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is currently a full time faculty at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and serves as the Clinic Director of the Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at USC. She is also in private practice in Burbank, California. She currently serves as the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry (CSPD) liaison to AAPD and WSPD.

LYNN FUJIMOTO (HI)

Dr. Lynn Fujimoto attended Washington University School of Dental Medicine and received her D.M.D. in 1979. She completed a post doctorate residency in Pediatric Dentistry at University of California, Los Angeles in 1981. She was in private practice for over 31 years at Pediatric Dentistry Associates in Pearl City, Hawaii .

In 2009 she became the Associate Director of the NYU Langone Pediatric Dentistry Program, Hawaii Site and in 2012 she transitioned to this position full time. Dr. Fujimoto has been involved in organized dentistry over the past thirty years, showing the ability to handle multiple tasks of private practice along with serving in volunteer organizations. She is currently a past President of the Hawaii Dental Association, has served as Secretary, Treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees and is President-Elect of the Honolulu County Dental Society. She is the President of the Hawaii Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and past President of the Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry and received the Lewis A. Kay Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in May 2015 for outstanding Leadership and Education.

Dr. Fujimoto has been awarded Fellowship in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry International. Dr. Fujimoto has served on medical missions to Ecuador, Guatemala and the Philippines with the Aloha Medical Mission and on education missions to Zambia, Nepal and Sicily with Global Dental Ambassadors.

RICHARD MANWARING (ID)

Dr. Richard Manwaring graduated with honors from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2009 where he was inducted into the OKU Dental Honor Society. After practicing general dentistry for 4 years in Texas, he returned to UCLA to complete his specialty certification in pediatric dentistry. Following graduation, he moved with his wife and four children to the beautiful city of Twin Falls, Idaho, where he currently practices. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. In his free time, Dr. Manwaring enjoys traveling, testing new recipes in the kitchen, and playing percussion for the Magic Valley Symphony.

NATE STEVENSON (MT)

Dr. Nate Stevenson grew up in North Ogden, Utah, attended Utah State for undergrad, and graduated from Marquette University Dental School. He completed his Pediatric Residency at Schneider’s Children’s Hospital in New York City. After 10 years in private practice in Salt Lake City, Nate and his wife and 3 children moved to Big Sky Country and now call Great Fall their home.

Nate was always active in organized dentistry, serving as president of the dental school, and serving as the Utah board representative to the WSPD while he practiced in Utah. After a few years off the board while getting settled in Montana, Nate has rejoined the WSPD board as the Montana representative.

ASHLEY HOBAN (NV)

Dr. Ashley Hoban is a native to Nevada and received her DMD from UNLV School of Dental Medicine. She then attended Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry to earn a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Hoban has served as part-time faculty for the UNLV School of Dental Medicine and is a past-president of the Nevada Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Families for Effective Autism Treatment of Southern Nevada and has a private practice in Las Vegas, NV.

NATASHA BRAMLEY (OR)

Natasha graduated from dental school at the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a general dentist at a grassroots non-profit clinic for children in Philadelphia for a few years. Once she realized that pediatric dentistry was her one true (career) love, she applied to residency and spent two wonderful years at the University of Connecticut.

Shortly after, she moved to Oregon with her husband because they share a love of the outdoors and nature, and an unwavering disdain for sunshine. Natasha spends the majority of her spare time indulging in her passion for organized dentistry and is deeply involved at the State level as public policy advocate and (now past) president of the state chapter, as well as at the District level as the representative for the state of Oregon.

The rest of her time is spent exploring her new hometown of Portland with her husband and trying to discipline her rambunctious dog.

EDEE LIN (UT)

Dr. Edee Lin is a board-certified Pediatric Dentist, receiving her certification from Oregon Health and Sciences University. Before that, she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas School of Dentistry and completed her residency at Baylor University. Before practicing as a pediatric dentist, Dr. Lin practiced general dentistry for six years in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Lin is a native of Taiwan and speaks both Taiwanese and Mandarin fluently. When she is not in the office, she enjoys international travel ballroom dancing, the Symphony, and the Arts.

 

HARLYN K. SUSARLA (WA)

Dr. Harlyn K. Susarla completed her undergraduate education at Wellesley College, obtained a Master of Public Health from Boston University, and was awarded her D.M.D. from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She completed residency training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

As a board-certified pediatric dentist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), Dr. Harlyn, (as she is known to her patients), is an advocate for children’s oral health and has a strong commitment to service. She is a past president of the Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the New Diplomate Representative for the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a consultant on both the AAPD Council on Scientific Affairs and the Committee on Early Career Pediatric Dentists, a delegate for the Seattle King County Dental Society, a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, as well as a member of the medical staff at Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Washington State Dental Association, the Northwest Pediatric Dental Study Club and the Harvard Odontological Society. She has also published numerous book chapters and articles in the peer-reviewed medical and dental literature.

In her spare time, Dr. Harlyn enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters, attempting various culinary endeavors and traveling.

PATRICIA BENTON (WA)

Trisha Benton was born, raised and practices in Washington state and is proud to serve the Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry. She attended dental school at Tufts University and went on to complete residencies at both Boston Medical Center (GPR) and Boston University (pediatric dentistry). Committed to optimal pediatric oral health, she strides strengthen and support pediatric dentistry through its organizations. She has served in this capacity throughout her career and has most recently completed a rotation on the board of the Washington State Association of Pediatric Dentistry. She looks forward to continuing her service locally, regionally, and nationally.

Matthew Wold

MATTHEW WOLD (WY)

Dr. Wold is originally from Neola, Utah. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and his DMD and Master of Public Health degrees from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and A. T. Still University. He then completed his pediatric residency at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Wold loves spending time with his wife Kristine and their four children. He enjoys playing basketball, hunting, going to the movies and is a novice fly fisherman.

John Warner

John Warner (WSPD Leadership Intern)

Current WSPD Leadership Intern (2020-2021), Dr. John Warner, is not a West Coast native but is thankful to have found his home in Oregon where he moved to complete specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at Oregon Health and Science University/Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. After a few years in clinical practice with Permanente Dental Associates, Dr. Warner began an assistant professor position at OHSU and currently splits time between both organizations.

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