Richmond County Dental Society


May 2018 Newsletter


Dr. Charles Mistretta

Dear Colleagues:


Greetings to all my fellow colleagues and I hope you are enjoying your spring! I have some interesting and informative items for your perusal in this newsletter.


Our last membership meeting, which took place on April 12 and was designated “Branch Society Night,” was a combined meeting of our parent society, Second District Dental Society (SDDS) and our own Richmond County Dental Society (RCDS). At this meeting, the RCDS Nominations Committee presented the slate of officers for 2019; the executive board members are as follows:


Dr. Valerie Venterina – President

Dr. Charles Mistretta – President-Elect

Dr. Lydia Lam – Vice President

Dr. Sandra Scibetta – Treasurer

Dr. Joseph Merola – Secretary


The 2019 RCDS Board of Trustees members are Dr. Michael Costa, (immediate past president), Dr. Bryan Pieroni, Dr. Raymond Flagiello, Dr. Rebecca Orlick, Dr. Ryan Barrett and Dr. Phyllis Merlino.


The featured clinician for the April meeting was John Hansford, D.M.D. who lectured on the topic “In Too Deep: Managing the Compromised Airway.” The lecture was most informative, describing the issues that may arise when performing sedation techniques as well as the resuscitation skills necessary to manage emergencies. An enjoyable and extensive buffet followed the presentation. Students from the dental assisting program at Tottenville High School, as well as Staten Island University Hospital residents, were there as guests of RCDS.


Our next RCDS meeting will be held at Bocelli restaurant on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 P.M. Our featured essayist will be Dale Rosenbach, D.M.D., M.S., who will present the subject, "Critical Considerations for Posterior Immediate Implants." Come and enjoy an evening with your colleagues, have a nice dinner and earn your 2 CE credits. You’ll be surprised how these quickly add up for your licensure requirements, so why scramble during the last few months before your renewal to satisfy the necessary continuing education lecture hours


This year your Society is offering something very new! The traditional RCDS golf outing has taken on a new identity and is now a golf and spa day. It has been arranged for Thursday, June 28, at the New Jersey National Golf Club in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The day includes lunch and a round of golf, as well as dinner and cocktails. The cost will be $100 per person for the day for RCDS and SDDS members and $225 per person for non-members. A dinner-only option is available for $65 per person. And for the first time, RCDS will have a concurrent spa package available for our members at the Eforea Spa, which is at the four-star Hilton Short Hills. The spa day will be from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. and will include champagne, a light snack and, for RCDS and SDDS members, a credit of $75 toward the cost of spa services received. After their day of relaxation, our members will join us for dinner (included) at the golf club. Click here for additional details of this entire event.


Dr. Raymond Flagiello of our governmental affairs committee has advised us of the following upcoming events:

  • There will be a fundraiser for New York State Senator Andrew Lanza at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island on May 3 from 6 P.M. to -7:30 P.M. Senator Lanza is known to be sympathetic to the issues that affect our profession and is a friendly voice for us in Albany. This is a unique opportunity to sit and talk with Senator Lanza and you will also be able to meet with our lobbyist, Roy Lasky. Donations are accepted and the event will feature hor d’oeuvres as well as cocktails.


  • Another most important legislative fundraiser will be held on May 17 from 5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. at New York County Dental Society Headquarters at 622 Third Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, between East 40th and East 41st Street. This fundraiser is for Deborah Glick, New York State Assemblymember. Ms. Glick is currently the chair of the Committee on Higher Education and has yet to bring the definition of the scope of dental practice to the assembly floor for a vote. The new definition would allow dentists to treat issues in the oral and maxillofacial region; current law restricts the practice of dentistry to the oral cavity. There is strong opposition to this pending legislation from plastic surgeons. The measure has already been passed by the Senate. A significant presence at this event would be beneficial to all of us and donations for Ms. Glick’s reelection campaign could make the difference that we need with regard to this important legislation.


Congratulations are in order to our own Dr. Craig Ratner, chair of the SDDS Loan Forgiveness Program Committee, which oversees Second District’s Dental School Loan Forgiveness Program. Dr. Ratner was recently interviewed by Matt Carey of the ADA News for information about this unique program. The article appeared in the April 2 issue. Dr. Ratner is also the chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice. Last year’s Dental School Loan Forgiveness Program awardees were Drs. Elliot Haber, Jacqueline Pierre, Alena Sergaeva and Mitchell Zientz. This year’s application cycle ended on April 30 but visit later in the year for details and information on future application cycles.


I sincerely hope to see you at some or all of our upcoming events.



Respectfully yours, 

Charles J. Mistretta, DDS

Richmond County Dental Society 2018 Vice President



RCDS Schedule of Events