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Dental Quality Assurance Commission

Commission Information

Name and term expiration date of members

Member Term Expires
Paul W. Bryan, DMD June 30, 2017
John Carbery, DMD June 30, 2018
Todd C. Cooper, DDS, BS June 30, 2016
Colleen Madden, public member, vice chair
June 30, 2017
Lou Ann Mercier, DDS June 30, 2018
James Henderson, public member June 30, 2019
Robert Shaw, DMD
June 30, 2019
Charles Hall, DDS, chair
June 30, 2016
Hyun Song, DDS June 30, 2016
Kara Baza, expanded function dental auxiliary  June 30, 2017 
Bree Kramer, expanded function dental auxiliary  June 30, 2017 
Karim Alibhai, DMD  June 30, 2017 
John Liu, DDS  June 30, 2017 
Kunal Walia, DDS June 30, 2018 
Aaron C. Stevens, DMD
June 30, 2019
Lyle McClellan, DDS
June 30, 2019


The mandate of Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) is to protect the public’s health and safety and to promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction. The commission accomplishes this mandate through a variety of activities working with with the Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance division.

Commissions duties include:

  • Establishing qualifications for minimal competency to grant or deny credential of dentists, expanded function dental auxiliaries, and dental assistants.
  • Regulating the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction by establishing, monitoring and enforcing qualifications for credentials.
  • Establishing and monitoring compliance with continuing education requirements.
  • Ensuring consistent standards of practice.
  • Developing continuing competency mechanisms.
  • Assessing, investigating and making recommendations related to complaints against dentists, expanded function dental auxiliaries and dental assistants which may range from a Notice of Correction to license revocation.
  • Serving as reviewing members on disciplinary cases and serve on disciplinary hearing panels.
  • Serving as members of standing committees, when appointed.
  • Developing rules, policies and procedures that promote the delivery of quality healthcare to state residents.


The Dental Commission is made up of 12 dentists, two expanded function dental auxiliaries and two public members. All members must be citizens of the United States and must be Washington residents.

Dentist members of the commission must be licensed dentists in the active practice of dentistry for a period of five years before appointment. Of the 12 dentists appointed to the commission, at least four must reside east of the summit of the Cascade Mountains. Expanded function dental auxiliary (EFDA) members of the commission must be licensed EFDAs.

Public member representatives may not:

  • Be a member of any other healthcare licensing board or commission;
  • Have a fiduciary obligation to a facility rendering healthcare services;
  • Have a financial interest in the rendering of health services regulated by the commission.

Commissioner participation expectation guidelines

The following expectation guidelines are intended to serve as a reference for current members and for prospective appointees of DQAC:

  • Attend regular commission meetings, scheduled for one day on Friday every six to seven weeks. DQAC establishes its annual meeting schedule in September for the following year. The typical time commitment ranges between 20-24 days per year which also includes disciplinary hearings and the Department of Health one-day Board, Commission, Committee conference. Additional time is necessary for case reviews, participation in regional examinations and other state, regional and national meetings when selected to attend.
  • DQAC members may be appointed to standing committees. Committees will be selected during regularly scheduled business meetings.
  • Prepare for all meetings by reading materials sent one to two weeks in advance of the scheduled meeting date. The packets take an average of one hour to read prior to each business meeting. In addition, between eight and 24 hours are spent reviewing complaint files prior to each meeting, depending on the number of active cases needing commission assessment, review and recommendation.
  • Participate on disciplinary panels that may meet by telephone or in person several times per year. Sometimes panels meet with short advance notice in order to respond to emergent situations to protect the public. Hearings are scheduled separately from regular meetings because of the number of cases that need to be heard.
  • Assist newly appointed commission members in mentorship program as necessary.
  • Assist Department of Health program staff by providing technical expertise, and other assistance as required.

Total annual time commitment

Meetings / Conferences Ten to 12 days per year
Meeting Preparation to include Complaint file review Ten to 24 hours per meeting (or the equivalent of about 10 days per year)
Disciplinary Hearing Panels Five to 10 days per year (hearing panels may consist of no less than 3 people)


Current Meeting Schedule

Regular DQAC business meetings and panels are scheduled every six to seven weeks. Most DQAC meetings and panels are held in Tumwater, Washington. At least one DQAC meeting per year may be held in Eastern Washington — either Sokane or Yakima.

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