Richmond County Dental Society Message


October 2017 Newsletter


Dr. Valerie Venterina

Dear Colleagues:


Happy fall to all! Summer has ended, kids are back to school, vacations are over and it's time for us all to focus on a productive remainder to 2017!


Our first meeting of the fall was held on Tuesday, September 19 at Bocelli Ristorante. Our scientific session was presented by Dr. John Galli. As always, his lecture on "A Digital Presentation of Three Phases of Pediatric Dentistry," was both informative and entertaining! Thank you, John, for a very enjoyable evening! Two CE credits were awarded all attendees.


Please mark your calendars for our next meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, October 17 at Bocelli Ristorante. The featured speaker will be Dr. Graig Fischgrund and he will present a lecture titled, “The Dark Side of Implant Dentistry – Is It Avoidable?” Also, plan on attending the next SDDS General Membership Meeting, which is “Neighborhood Groups Night,” on Wednesday, October 18. It will be at the Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn and will feature a presentation by Dr. John Grbic on “An Update on Osteonecrosis of the Jaw” – a timely subject for all of us!


Our first Night at the Races was held on Saturday, September 9 at Meadowlands Racetrack. Thank you to Dr. Michael Costa for arranging this fun event! The event was well attended and a great time was had by all! RCDS members were given the opportunity to award the first-place trophy to the winning horse and rider of the third race, and were showcased on the Meadowlands Jumbotron! I'm sure this will become a RCDS annual event!


The SDDS Dental School Loan Forgiveness Program awarded $37,500 to four new dentists in 2017. Applications are now available for 2018. If you are an active SDDS member who has had a license for less than five years, practices most of the time in Brooklyn and/or Staten Island and has over $50,000 in certifiable dental school loan debt, you may be eligible to apply. Please call SDDS Headquarters for more information.


Let's not forget EDPAC, our political action committee, which supports our lobbying efforts in Albany. We are the second strongest lobby in Albany, after the trial lawyers lobby. They need our continued support to successfully represent our profession in the NYS assembly. Please reach out to Dr. Flagiello or SDDS to make a donation. It's money well spent!


Our 2018 Executive Committee is as follows:

Dr. Michael Costa – President

Dr. Valerie Venterina – President-Elect

Dr. Charles Mistretta – Vice President

Dr. Lydia Lam – Treasurer

Dr. Sandra Scibetta – Secretary


2018 RCDS Board of Directors:

Dr. Edward Jastremski

Dr. Raymond Flagiello

Dr. Ralph Attanasi

Dr. Phyllis Merlino

Dr. Bryan Pieroni


Our RCDS 2018 Installation of Officers and Dinner Dance will be held at the Richmond County Country Club on January 27, 2018. Please mark your calendars, more surprising information coming soon!


Good and Welfare

  • Our RCDS Golf Outing, held on June 15, 2017, donated $660 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma society.
  • SDDS donated $20,000 to the ADA Hurricane Relief Fund, which helps member dentists who were affected by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
  • RCDS donated an additional $2,000 to the ADA Hurricane Relief Fund.
  • Dr. Ed Jastremski achieved his second-degree black belt!


Let's make the remainder of 2017 a successful one for our families, our practices and our professional organization. See you all on October 17 and 18!!


Respectfully yours,  


Valerie Venterina, D.D.S.

2017 Richmond County Dental Society Vice President



RCDS Schedule of Events