Standing Committee of the Dental Board
Jennifer Rodriguez, RDAEF
Anne Contreras, RDA, Vice Chair
Pamela Davis-Washington, RDA
Judith Forsythe, RDA, Board Member, Chair
Tamara McNealy, RDA
Open, RDA
Ross Lai, DDS

Board President: Steve Morrow, DDS (1/2018)
Vice President: Judith Forsythe, RDA (1/2017)
Secretary: Steven Afriat, Public member (1/2017)
Fran Burton, Public member (1/2017)
Steven Chan, DDS (10/2020)
Yvette Chappell-Ingram (1/2020)
Katie Dawson, RDHAP (1/2017)
Kathleen King, Public member (1/2018)
Ross Lai, DDS (1/2017)
Huong Le, DDS (1/2019)
Meredith McKenzie, ESQ, Public Member (1/2020)
Thomas Stewart, DDS (1/2017)
Bruce Whitcher, DDS (1/2019)
Debra Woo, DDS (1/2017)


The Government Relations Committee of the CDAA represents the interest of dental assistants in California in legislative matters affecting the licensure and practice of DA’s, RDA’s and RDAEF’s. We are your voice and work in collaboration with the California Association of Dental Assisting Teachers (CADAT) and the Foundation of Allied Dental Education (FADE) to promote and protect the profession.


NEWS from the Government Relations Committee

RDA Practical Exam Final Decision

Well, in our last report to you, the Dental Board discussed the OPES recommendation relative to options about the Practical Exam. After much discussion and input from stakeholders, the decision was to . . . read more


RDA Practical Exam Update

Well, the hot topic continues to be the RDA Practical Exam. The Office of Professional Examination Services . . . .  they brought forward only one option: that the dentist would . . .  issued a license.  Not only . . .  read more

RDA Practical Exam

The July 1 deadline for signature of the urgency legislation was not met, so at this point, the Dental Board cannot issue licenses . . . read more

Occupational Analysis – RDA

OPES will be bringing multiple options for the RDA Practical Exam to the August Board meeting. Stay tuned – or come to the meeting! . . . read more


Notice from the Dental Board re the RDA Practical Exam


Annual Government Relations Report – April 2017


Current Bills Affecting Dental Assisting

*AB1277. Improves infection control safety in dental offices and would require water or other irrigation methods used for irrigation to be sterile or contain recognized disinfecting or antibacterial properties when performing dental procedures that expose dental pulp.

*AB501. This bill will create new permit categories and training relative to pediatric dental anesthesia. It also specifies personnel that must be present during the procedure.


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