Richmond County Dental Society Message


June 2017 Newsletter


Dr. Valerie Venterina

Dear Colleagues:


Hello all! Our May 16, 2017 meeting, held at Bocelli's Restaurant, sponsored Ms. Gail Battista and students from the Tottenville High School dental assisting program. Three of Ms. Battista’s students – Gloria Bishai, Sabrina Carlsen and Sal Dambra – received certificates of recognition for academic excellence, clinical excellence, and academic and clinical excellence, respectively. Dr. Phyllis Merlino presented the certificates, along with monetary awards of $250 to each student. If anyone is interested in sponsoring a dental assistant student intern for the summer, please contact Ms. Gail Battista.


Dr. Robert Korngut, the featured clinician for the evening, gave a presentation titled "An Introduction to Sleep and Dental Medicine,” and it was well received. Two CE credits were awarded to all attendees.


EDPAC UPDATE – Dr. Raymond Flagiello addressed our group on the benefits of EDPAC, our political action committee, which supports our lobbying efforts in Albany. EDPAC has been successful in representing our profession in light of several bills that have come to the floor of the NYS assembly, most notably, a move by trial lawyers to remove the statute of limitations for malpractice suits. EDPAC and our lobbyists were successful in defeating this bill. However, we must remain vigilant as these bills that affect the professions are ongoing. EDPAC asks for our financial support. Please visit the EDPAC website at to make a donation, or reach out to Dr. Flagiello or SDDSNY. It’s money well spent!


Our 2018 slate of officers was presented and the line-up is as follows:

 Dr. Michael Costa – President

Dr. Valerie Venterina – President-Elect

Dr. Charles Mistretta – Vice President

Dr. Lydia Lam – Treasurer


The Secretary position is open. If anyone is interested in becoming more involved in our organization, please reach out to a RCDS Board member or to SDDS Executive Director Mr. Bernard Hackett.


2018 RCDS Board of Directors:

Dr. Edward Jastremski

Dr. Ray Flagiello

Dr. Ralph Attanasi

Dr. Phyllis Merlino

Dr. Lydia Lam

Dr. Bryan Pieroni



  • The RCDS Golf Outing will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Royce Brook Golf Club. Come join your colleagues and friends for a fun day on the links and/or a sumptuous dinner! Event flyers have been mailed, or visit to download a reservation form.
  • Our first Night at the Races will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Meadowlands Racetrack. It looks like a great event so mark your calendars! Thank you to Dr. Michael Costa for making the arrangements!
  • Our next RCDS general meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Please plan to attend!


Important Notice: NYS Public Health Law now requires that all dentists with a current Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration number must complete a course in opioid prescribing/pain management AND submit an attestation confirming they have done so before July 1, 2017 and every three years after that. Please plan to comply with this new mandate before the July 1, 2017 deadline.  


Have a wonderful summer! Hope to see you all at Royce Brook! 


Respectfully yours,  


Valerie Venterina, D.D.S.

2017 Richmond County Dental Society Vice President



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