Richmond County Dental Society


March 2018 Newsletter


Dr. Valerie Venterina

Dear Colleagues:


As we begin a new year, I wish to extend my best wishes for a healthy and happy one to you and your families. The Richmond County Dental Society (RCDS) is beginning its 103rd year as a professional society. RCDS and Second District Dental Society (SDDS), our parent organization, are here for all of us, addressing our professional needs and concerns as they occur during our daily endeavors. I sincerely ask you to be active in our societies, as they benefit each and every one of us.


An important change has occurred regarding our society’s membership meetings – our continuing education credits have increased from one to two hours. Obviously, this is a great way to fulfill your continuing education requirements, as well as spend a most enjoyable time for dinner with your friends and colleagues. It also enables you to make new professional acquaintances. The meeting dates are available well in advance to allow you to make appropriate adjustments to your schedule. Please make an effort to attend our meetings. You will be most pleasantly surprised.


Our first RCDS general membership meeting of 2018 will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at Bocelli Ristorante. The guest speaker will be Vincent Verderosa, C.D.T., M.D.T., who will present the topic “Predictable Dentures.” The board of trustees will meet at 6 P.M., followed by the general membership meeting at 7 P.M. I hope to see you there!


Our annual dinner dance and installation of our new officers was held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Richmond County Country Club. It was a resounding success with a “Casino Night” theme. There were 115 attendees. SDDS President Dr. Sari Rosenwein installed our current slate of officers: Dr. Michael Costa (president), Dr. Valerie Venterina, (president-elect), Dr. Charles Mistretta (vice president), Dr. Lydia Lam (treasurer) and Dr. Sandra Scibetta (secretary). Also inducted were our current trustees: Dr. Ralph Attanasi, (immediate past president), Dr. Raymond Flagiello, Dr. Phyllis Merlino, Dr. Joseph Merola and Dr. Bryan Pieroni.


After his farewell address, Immediate Past President Dr. Ralph Attanasi was awarded a plaque for his outstanding service to our society by New York State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis. Dr. Steven Schwartz, a past RCDS president, delivered the invocation, making a special trip from Florida to do so. A special thanks to the event chairperson, Dr. Michael D’Anna, as well as to Dr. Phyllis Merlino for organizing a most successful evening. Congratulations to all and thank you for your commitment and service to organized dentistry!


Second District Dental Society kicked off the second year of its Dental School Loan Forgiveness Program in January. The program was established to help in reducing the difficult burden of dental school loan debt carried by many of our younger members who are starting out in practice. It is open to newly-licensed dentists who are active members of SDDS, have had their licenses for five years or less, practice the majority of the time in Brooklyn and/or Staten Island, and have over $50,000 in certifiable dental school loan debt. The award is a one-time grant of up to $10,000; awardees may reapply in subsequent years and are eligible to receive up to three awards as long as they meet current program criteria. Visit for more information and to complete the application if you meet the eligibility requirements. The application period for this year’s program will end on April 30, 2018, so please apply and utilize the resources that Second District Dental Society makes available to you.


Respectfully yours, 

Charles J. Mistretta, DDS

Richmond County Dental Society 2018 Vice President



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