Membership Matters - December 2017 - 19

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Dr. Rickland Asai Sees Oregon
as a National Leader
By Melody Finnemore

RICKLAND ASAI, DMD, HAS
LONG BEEN COMMITTED TO
ORGANIZED DENTISTRY, and that
commitment has only grown going
into his final year as the ADA 11th
District Trustee.
Dr. Asai has served in several
officer positions for the ODA,
including trustee from Washington
County, speaker of the house, vice
president, president-elect and, in
2009-2010, as president. In addition
to the ODA and ADA, he is a member
of the Academy of General Dentistry,
Academy of Laser Dentistry, Pierre
Fauchard Academy, Omicron
Kappa Upsilon, American College of
Dentists, and the International College
of Dentists. He served as regent for
the American College of Dentists from
2011 to 2015.
On the national level, Dr. Asai
has served on the ADA's CERP
committee and the Council on Ethics,
Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, which
he chaired in 2006-2007. He now
serves as the 11th District Trustee for
the ADA.
"After serving on the ADA's Board
of Trustees, you get to see a lot of
things and learn a lot of things," he
said. "The organization is so big
that one person can't realistically
bring about a lot of change, but
I think there are some ideas and
concepts we need to confront
if we want to remain relevant to
our membership."
With changes in the country's
economic and professional
environment occurring more rapidly,
Dr. Asai said, dental associations will
fall even further behind if they don't
adopt governance structures that
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are nimbler. He hopes to continue
working on that plan with the ADA's
House of Delegates, with the specific
goals of helping members save time
and money.
"The ODA has made some
significant improvements in
governance structure already, and
that has made it a better organization
and generated more energy and
enthusiasm within the membership,"
Dr. Asai said, noting the ODA can
serve as a national model. "I'm
hoping to be able to bring that
viewpoint home to the ADA nationally
by being a change agent and having
had a little bit of experience in
our state."
Dr. Asai added that he believes the
ADA must continue to be a significant
promoter of the profession and
advocate for rigorous standards.
"The ADA historically is and
continues to be a powerful
organization that acts on behalf of
its members," he said. "I think we
need to continue to focus on our
membership and how we can help
them be successful as clinicians."
In addition to participation in
organized dentistry, continuing
education is essential for Dr. Asai,
who earned a degree in pharmacy
from Oregon State before graduating
from the OHSU School of Dentistry
with honors in 1981.
Dr. Asai has taught dental hygiene
and dental assisting courses at
two local community colleges, and
continues to have dental assisting
student externs train in his office.
He also has Beaverton High School
health career students and Portland
State University pre-dental students

observe his Portland general practice
as they explore opportunities in the
dental field.
Recognizing that not everyone has
access to affordable care, Dr. Asai
donates free and reduced-cost dental
services through programs such as
Dental Lifeline, Give Kids a Smile,
Senior Smile and Christina's Smile.
He serves on the board of the Dental
Foundation of Oregon, the ODA's
charitable arm, and was instrumental
in helping to establish the ODA's
first Mission of Mercy (MOM) clinic
in 2010.
Dr. Asai and his wife, Betsy,
have two adult children and two
grandchildren. They enjoy vegetable
gardening, hiking, snowshoeing,
cycling, fishing and golfing.
Traveling and dining out also are
favorite indulgences.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Membership Matters - December 2017

From the Editor
New Members, Board Highlights
Events and Education
ODA Member Benefit of the Month: UPS
Compliance Corner: Requesting Patient Records
Advocacy in Action: Oregon Action for Dental Health — Listening and Learning
Through the Loupes: Peer Review Council Spotlight
Dr. Rickland Asai Sees Oregon as a National Leader
OHSU Considering Changes to Curriculum Based on Shifts in Dentistry
High School Programs Attract Next Generation of Oral Health Professionals
Airway Trumps Occlusion, Periodontics, Decay and Everything
Dental Foundation of Oregon: The Tooth Taxi Visits the Community Transitional School
Index of Advertisers
Membership Matters - December 2017 - intro
Membership Matters - December 2017 - cover1
Membership Matters - December 2017 - cover2
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 3
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 4
Membership Matters - December 2017 - From the Editor
Membership Matters - December 2017 - New Members, Board Highlights
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 7
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 8
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 9
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 10
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Events and Education
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 12
Membership Matters - December 2017 - ODA Member Benefit of the Month: UPS
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Compliance Corner: Requesting Patient Records
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Advocacy in Action: Oregon Action for Dental Health — Listening and Learning
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 16
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Through the Loupes: Peer Review Council Spotlight
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 18
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Dr. Rickland Asai Sees Oregon as a National Leader
Membership Matters - December 2017 - OHSU Considering Changes to Curriculum Based on Shifts in Dentistry
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 21
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 22
Membership Matters - December 2017 - High School Programs Attract Next Generation of Oral Health Professionals
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Airway Trumps Occlusion, Periodontics, Decay and Everything
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Membership Matters - December 2017 - Dental Foundation of Oregon: The Tooth Taxi Visits the Community Transitional School
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Membership Matters - December 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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