Member Spotlight and COVID-19 Resource Update – April 16, 2020


Hello WLADS,

I hope that you are all doing well. In addition to new and updated resources related to COVID-19, in this newsletter, we wanted to highlight one of our distinguished WLADS members – Dr. Glen Tistaert. The Society has created a new page on our Web site where we plan to feature members and their stories. It’s our pleasure to kick-off this piece of positive news with Tistaert Dental – 102 Years Strong. Read about how the Tistaert family survived Polio and the Great Depression to creating three generations of dentists in Southern California. If you are interested in being spotlighted or want to suggest someone that we should highlight, please reply to this e-mail or contact We are looking for original submissions in the first person or third person.

While we all have a little extra time on our hands, please consider getting more involved with WLADS. Later in the year, we will hold our annual elections. The current list of officers and committees can be found here. If you would like to learn more about potential openings or are interested in joining the board of directors or a committee, please let us know.

Know that your WLADS board and staff are doing their best to provide you with information via e-blasts and social media posts as well as links to pertinent sites and webinars to help you during this period. If you have questions or need anything, please let us know.

Flatten the curve and just know that we will all get through this together.

David Downs, DDS
WLADS Board President



Small Business Loan and Grant Opportunities + CPR and Infection Prevention & Control Guidance

– Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
– Facebook small business grants program
– Opportunity Fund Assistance for small business owners affected by COVID-19
– American Heart Association’s interim CPR guidelines address challenges of providing resuscitation during COVID-19 pandemic
– Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response



– TDSC Live CE resources is a new feature that TDSC has added to help members gain access to live interactive CEUs on various subjects ranging from COVID-19 to Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry and more. Members can also find this feature just by navigating to and clicking on “CE Courses” in orange at the top of the page under the COVID-19 messaging.

– CDA provides clarification on the Small Business Administration’s EIDL and PPP loan

– April 7, 2020: State directs California dental practices to postpone all non-urgent services. Please read the announcement here.

– Suggested PSAs for Dental Care: Member Messaging

– CDA successfully advocated for license renewal C.E. requirement extension. California dentists with license renewals between March – June 2020 have been granted an extension until September 30. 2020.


– ADA Health Policy Institute COVID-19: Economic Impact on Dental Practices Summary Results

– ADA Practice Management Resources including Summary of ADA COVID-19 Interim Guidance, State Mandates and Recommendations on COVID-19 and COVID-19 Employment Law FAQs

– News April 6, 2020, issue


Emergency Dental Service Availability & Supply Donations

– If you haven’t already done so, we kindly ask that you fill out this survey to let us know if you are open and which procedures (if any) you are doing. This information is for WLADS office staff only and will be used as a resource only.

– Los Angeles County created a website for vendors who are interested in providing supplies and PPEs


CDA Practice Support is available at 800.232.7645 but is experiencing a significant increase in calls, so wait times may be longer than usual. CDA can also be contacted via e-mail at CDA Practice Support analysts and TDIC Risk Management analysts continue to field thousands of calls from members who are concerned about their practices, employees and patients’ care.

You can also see WLADS updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as our Web site.

We encourage you to continue to check reliable sources for the latest information:
– CDA’s news page
– ADA’s COVID-19 information page
– CDC Web site
– Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
– California Department of Public Health
– World Health Organization

Center for Disease Control & Prevention – Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response

Los Angeles County COVID-19 Dashboard
– The site includes the latest county information as well as dashboards for Case Count, Emergency Proclamations, Parks and Recreation Closures and School Closures.

Mental Health & Wellness Resources
– California Department of Mental Health
– ADA: COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
– ADA: Mindfulness Techniques to Help You Reduce Stress Videos
– U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Managing Stress and Anxiety



WLADS Upcoming Events – please continue to check our Web site for the latest information on dates and locations.



If you have any questions, please contact WLADS at (310) 349-2199.