September Newsletter

President's Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

Welcome back to CCDA 2020-2021. In the midst of these difficult times, I hope that this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. Although I am thankful that many of us have remained safe and healthy, it is difficult to ignore the toll that COVID-19 has taken on our lives.  

Not in a million years would anyone of us imagine a scenario involving a global pandemic. Our human kind is incredible in a sense where we can adapt and change quickly. Wearing a face mask and social distancing is the new normal. That being said, there are many changes going
forward with our monthly meetings. The board and I have implemented new protocols to be followed at monthly meetings. These changes are for the safety and well being of our members and guests because you are important to us. 
1. All members must wear face masks at meetings.
2. Please check in with Dr. Singer or Dr. Pfent one at a time, please do not
congregate. Clean pens and hand sanitizer will be available.
3. Temperatures will be taken.
4. You will be handed a drink ticket. 
5. Please get a drink and take a seat at a table. 
6. There will be tables consisting of 4 seats, tables with 2 seats, and perimeter
7. Please wear your face mask during the entire lecture, except while eating.

Per the CDC recommendation, we will limit our meeting to 50 members. We have eliminated cocktail hour and vendors to prevent group gathering for the time being. The September meeting will be our last meeting at The Naples Beach Club. Although we have been there for so many years with so many memories, it is time for a new adventure. Starting in October we will be meeting at The Naples Hilton.  

I am so grateful for our executive council. Each and every one of our council members have worked so hard in putting these meetings together. Dr. Patty Primero is our President- Elect and Treasurer this year. She has done an amazing job managing our finances and keeping our association strong and healthy. Thank you Dr. Juan Rodriguez and Dr. Alexis Diaczynsky for working tirelessly with our speakers, lectures, and newsletter. This is not an easy job and we appreciate you. We would also like to announce our nomination of Dr. Chelsea Benza to the position of Assistant Program Chairman. Our election and vote will happen during the September meeting. I want to thank Dr. Sean Carr for your commitment, great leadership and continued support. You have done so much for the CCDA during the past 5 years and it has been a pleasure working with you and learning from you. Last but not least, our legendary Dr. Mark Singer, thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience. Your guidance and support is much appreciated. 

I miss you all, especially during these difficult times. We have not seen each other in months. Our association is close-knit and strong; we must help one another get through this together. I am grateful to be part of CCDA and to have you as my friends and colleagues.

Queanh Phan, DMD
CCDA President 2020-2021
2020-2021 CCDA Officers

President: Queanh Phan, DMD
President Elect: Patricia Primero, DDS
Secretary/Treasurer: Patricia Primero, DDS
Program Chairman: Juan P. Rodriguez, DDS
Assistant Program Chairman: Alexis Diaczynksy, DDS
Newsletter Editor: Alexis Diaczynsky DDS
Membership Chairman: Patricia Primero, DDS
Past President: Sean Carr, DDS

September 17, 2020
851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N
Naples, FL 34102

Check-In: 6:00 pm
Meeting: 6:30 pm

Speaker: Sergeant Wade Williams
with the Naples Police Department

Course: Human Trafficking
This course is mandatory for license renewal

Please remember to RSVP! This meeting is limited to 50 attendees.
First come, first serve!

CCDA Meeting Information & Reminder

** Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, at the Hilton Naples (5111 Tamiami Trail N).
Note: Our September 2020 meeting will be held at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.

** Meetings start at 6:00 pm unless otherwise announced.

** Please RSVP and provide a 48 hour cancellation notice if needed.

** Prospective members will be admitted at no cost for their 1st dinner. Guest fee - $65.00 plus $15
per credit hour at check-in.

** We use Constant Contact, a web-based program designed to e-mail invitations to our members for
each monthly meeting, as well as e-mail the e-newsletter.
Note: You will receive a separate RSVP link via e-mail to register for the meetings.

** All RSVP's must be received by the Monday before each meeting. If you RSVP and are then unable to
attend the meeting, you must cancel 48 hours prior by calling Dr. Mark Singer at (239)777-1553.
Note: You will be charged $65.00 for the cost of the meal if you do not give a 48 hour notice.

To update your e-mail address, visit our website here, and log in to your member account to update
any changes.

Covid Cooperative

  1. All members and guests must wear face masks at meetings.
  2. Please check in with Dr. Singer or Dr. Pfent one at a time. Please do no congregate. Clean pens and sanitizer will be available.
  3. Temperatures will be taken.
  4. You will be handed a drink ticket.
  5. Please get a drink and take a seat at a table.
  6. There will be tables consisting of: 4 seats, 2 seats, and perimeter seating.
  7. Please wear your face mask during the entire lecture, except while eating.

Special Alert from the Florida Dental Association
Political Action Committee

The Florida Dental Association Political Action Committee (FDAPAC) is working to identify and support legislators and candidates who are friends of organized dentistry during this 2020 election cycle. The FDA is able to support dental-friendly candidates because of the funding that comes from members who join the FDAPAC Century Club. The $150 membership is a small investment in political advocacy that allows dentistry to have a strong voice in the legislative process. The FDAPAC Century Club has made it possible for dentistry to actively participate in the campaign process that has elected House and Senate leaders who have helped move the FDA’s legislative agenda forward.

For a list of current FDAPAC Century Club members by component, please click here. If you wish to become a Century Club member, click here. The component with the most new sign-ups at the end of the period will receive a special recognition from the FDA.

Click here for a short video!
Dental License Renewal
License Renewal & CE
Biennium: March 1, 2020 - February 28, 2022

  • 30 hours of Continuing Education Which Must Include:
  • 2 hours in the prevention of Medical Errors
  • 2 hours in Domestic Violence (every 3rd biennium)
  • 1 hour in Human Trafficking
  • 2 hours in Safe and Effective Prescribing of Controlled Substances
  • Each dentist must complete a CPR course at the basic life support level
  • Important Topics:
  • Electronic Tracking System - The Florida Department of Health
  • License Renewal Fee
  • Human Trafficking Bill
  • Human Trafficking Mandatory Signage
  • Controlled Substance Prescribing requirements at each renewal for all dentists

For more information, or to get a free copy of the WCDDA's Biennium Requirements 2020-2022 Folder, please contact their office at (813) 654-2500 or by email at
The WCDDA's Biennium Folder states specific information on the CPR course and the Important Topics section above.

The Florida Department of Health now requires dentists to report continuing education hours as a condition of license renewal. To review the CE requirements specific to our profession, you will need to log into your MQA Services Account here.

If you are completing continuing education courses offered by a Florida Board approved provider, the provider will be responsible for reporting your course completion. However, you can create a free account in the electronic tracking system to view course history and verify the transcript. You need to complete this 90 days prior to license renewal.
"Bringing the Dental Community Together While We're Apart"

The ADA and FDA are pleased to announce the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference October 15-17, 2020. The meeting will be a fantastic live and on-demand experience! You can interact in real-time with speakers and other dental professionals - or catch up later on with on-demand access. Engage with the conference in a way that fits your schedule and your needs.

What can you expect at the conference?
  • Thought-provoking keynote sessions
  • Community-building events
  • Wellness sessions and activities
  • CE course selection flexibility
  • Live workshops
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall

Save the date! Registration opens August 12th. Updates will be shared at
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Visit Smile Train's website here to read more about their mission.

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Let's See Your New PPE!

After being out of the office for what seemed like an eternity, our members were ready to get back to treating patients even in the midst of a global pandemic. That being said, things are looking a little different in a dental office now-a-days. Check out some of our own, rocking their updated, Covid-approved, Personal Protective Equipment!  

Neighborhood Health Clinic utilizes over 700 volunteers to deliver quality medical and dental care to low income, uninsured working adults in Collier County.
Volunteering is easy to do:
-- No in depth paperwork and fingerprinting is necessary
-- Sovereign immunity from malpractice
-- Patient relationships remain with the Clinic
-- Hours and days woven around your schedule
-- Primary & Specialty Clinics
-- Easy to sign up

Click here to sign up for volunteering.
For more information about Neighborhood Health Clinic, click here.

January 29, 2021
CAMLS, Tampa

This one-day meeting offers over 14 hours of continuing education and is a great opportunity for the entire dental team to learn/review new techniques, visit local vendors, build relationships and network with colleagues. Come join us on ​January 29, 2021!

Featured Programs include:
  • "Anterior Provisional Workshop and Posterior Workshop" presented by Shannon Brinker
  • "Contemporary Preps, Digital Impressions Dentistry, Fabrication Techniques and Materials and The Balance of Occlusion and Aesthetics" presented by Dr. Michael Fling
  • "Accountability = Energized Team & Satisfied Patients and Your Fantastic Dental Team and What Makes it Work" presented by Dr. Rhonda Savage

Click here to download the Annual Meeting Brochure.

For questions or inquiries, please contact the West Coast District Dental Association at 813.654.2500, or by email at

WCDDA Pirate Hospitality Tent
January 30, 2021
Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa

Join your WCDDA colleagues and friends for the Gasparilla Pirate Fest! WCDDA's Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, January 29th at CAMLS in Downtown Tampa, with the Gasparilla parade on Saturday, January 30th on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to participate in a unique and limited event with dental family, friends, parade goers and pirates! This private outdoor area includes food, beer and private restrooms.

WCDDA Member:
$175 per ticket, max. 4 per member.

Non-Member WCDDA Dentists:
$225 per ticket, max. 4 per non-member.

Click here to Register.