Richmond County Dental Society


March 2020 Newsletter


Dr. Charles MistrettaDear Colleagues:


My greetings to all Richmond County members and welcome to a new year of our general membership meetings and events.


The Richmond County Dental Society (RCDS), and our parent organization the Second District Dental Society (SDDS), are here to address our professional needs and concerns as they occur during our daily endeavors. I sincerely ask for your participation in both of our Societies, as they benefit each and every one of us.


Our annual Installation of Officers and Annual Dinner Dance was held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Richmond County Country Club, where we had an exceptional turnout of 140 guests. SDDS President Dr. Paul Albicocco presided over the installation of the executive board members: Dr. Charles Mistretta (president), Dr. Lydia Lam (president-elect), Dr. Sandra Scibetta (vice president), Dr. Joseph Merola (treasurer) and Dr. Christen Carute (secretary).


Also inducted were our current trustees: Dr. Michael Costa, Dr. Alan Ingber, Dr. Phyllis Merlino, Dr. Rebecca Orlick, Dr. Bryan Pieroni and our immediate past president, Dr. Valerie Venterina. We wish to thank Dr. Venterina for an outstanding year as the 2019 RCDS president and for the large increase in attendance at our meetings.


Dr. Donald Ratcliffe, director of the department of dental medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, was presented with Richmond County’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by Dr. Mistretta. Dr Ratcliffe was commended for his effort and dedication, and for contributing to the general practice and pediatric dentistry residents’ formative education and achievement of their goals.


Also, our sincere thanks to our event chairperson, Dr. Michael Costa, and to Mrs. Denise Mistretta and Mrs. Suzanne Ratcliffe for their combined effort in organizing a most outstanding and successful affair.


Our first RCDS general membership meeting will be held at Nino’s Restaurant, located at 1110 Hylan Boulevard, on Tuesday, March 17. A cocktail hour sponsored by Patterson Dental Supply will (OVER) begin at 6 p.m., followed by our meeting and dinner at 7 p.m. As we did last year, the first 30 members to RSVP will be guests of Richmond County. If you wish to be our guest, please text your response, including your name, to (917) 848-4661 so we may accommodate everyone.


The March meeting will feature Dr. Michael Mistretta, who will deliver a lecture titled "Oral Pathology for the General Practitioner." This presentation will award 2 CE hours to attendees. This is an exceptional opportunity for cocktails, dinner, a CE presentation and a pleasant way to spend an evening with your colleagues and friends. We certainly hope to see you there.




Charles J. Mistretta, DDS

RCDS 2020 President


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