Who we are

The Los Angeles Dental Society (LADS) is a local component of the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association. We are dedicated to helping our member dentists provide excellent patient care and providing the Los Angeles community with dental resources and information.

Who we serve

Our member doctors serve central Los Angeles, encompassing the regions of Bell, Bell Gardens, Beverly Hills, City of Commerce, Cudahy, Downey, Downtown LA, Hollywood, Huntington Park, Koreatown, Leimert Park, Los Feliz, Lynwood, Maywood, Mid-Wilshire, Silverlake, South Gate, Watts, and West Hollywood.

LADS Foundation

The LADS Foundation was established to provide public benefit programs to the Los Angeles community. It is a separate 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the promotion of oral health and education. Programs include scholarships for the USC dental students, grants to dental community clinics, and in-kind donations to oral health organizations.

Executive Committee

Pilseong Kim, DDS

President

3440 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel: (213) 383-5151

Richard Hirschinger, DDS, MBA

President-Elect

9615 Brighton Way #323
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Tel: (888) 981-8981

Sadegh Namazikhah, DDS

Treasurer

16661 Ventura Blvd, Suite 606
Encino, CA 91436-1982
Tel: (818) 789-3236

Adam Geach, DMD

Vice President

601 W 5th St #755
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Tel: (213) 622-3339

Craig Anderson, DDS

Secretary

2080 Century Park E #1710
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Tel: (310) 553-3232

Fariba Kalantari, DDS

Immediate Past President

6464 West Sunset Blvd, Suite 1080
Los Angeles, CA 90028-8020
Tel: (323) 461-4676

Sonia Molina, DMD

Editor

8109 2nd Street
Downey, CA 90241
Tel:(562) 904-1807

Scott Kim, DDS

CDA Trustee

4220 West 3rd St, Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90020-3450
Tel: (213) 387-5570

Arlene Lee, DDS

CDA Trustee

201 N Los Angeles St,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel: (213) 626-3706

Meet the Staff

Teresa Chien
Executive Director

Teresa has been in the nonprofit worlds for more than 15 years. Initially specializing in development (fundraising) for charitable nonprofits, Teresa was first introduced to association management after overseeing the development division of an association management company. Serving as executive director for three to five clients at a time prepared her to move LADS to the next phase in its growth. Today, Teresa manages the overall operations of LADS, with particular attention given to programs, development and marketing.

Hanah Morinaga
Programs & Membership Manager

Hanah gained her first nonprofit management experience planning a fundraising event for an animal welfare organization. She went on to understand programs and case management working at AIDS Project Los Angeles. Her background in the different areas of nonprofit work brought her to LADS to serve as the Events Coordinator, where she manages all CEs, other educational courses, and social events. Hanah is also the resident social media sage. You will occasionally find her sharing updates on the LADS Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Committees

Membership Committee

Are you proud to be part of organized dentistry? Do your peers respect your opinion? Then join the Membership Committee and tell non-members about the many befits of membership. Members of this committee also network with existing members and brainstorm ideas to make membership even more valuable for them. From planning unique events thanking members to participating in a mentorship program, this committee is open to fresh ideas in making member service a priority. Networkers and influencers are encouraged to apply!

Public Relations Committee

The Public Relations Committee exists to maintain a positive image of LADS and raise the Society’s visibility in the community. Members of this committee serve as speaking ambassadors of LADS to the media, the go-to experts for oral health care, and build awareness around oral health issues. Past opportunities include participating in short reporter interviews, conducting free dental screenings in the community and evolving the LADS image and brand.

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee is responsible for keeping on top of the various issues that affect dentistry at the national, state and local events. The Legislative Committee provides opportunities for members to meet with local and state legislators and other who may have an impact on the practice of dentistry. Members also develop events or programs that allow members to participate in unique legislative processes.

Program Committee

The Program Committee is responsible for developing the continuing education curriculum for the Los Angeles Dental Society. Committee members decide course subjects, select qualified speakers, and survey LADS members on hot topics or topics of relevance.

New Professionals Committee

Young doctors and recent grads need different services than more established dentists. If you are a new dentist ( practicing 10 years or less), this committee was made for you. The New Professionals Committee is charged with developing events and programs targeted at newly licensed dentists, from deciding practice management course topics to planning networking events.

Ethics Task Force

The Ethics Task Force is committed to the promotion and maintenance of high ethical standards within the dental profession. This ad hoc Task Force is responsible for reviewing and responding to various complaints of member dentists by other dentists and patients. The Task Force meets only when a case is assigned.

Peer Review Committee

The Peer Review Committee is responsible for reviewing quality complaints against member dentists. This important mediation option is a free service to LADS members, thanks to the expertise and charity of committee volunteers. Committee members conduct patient exams, doctor interviews, and review case evidence. In order to be considered for this committee, you must have been in practice for at least the last 5 years and cannot be participating with third party carriers as an employee or consultant.