2023 SDDS Officers are Installed
On Sunday, January 8, 2023, nearly 200 attendees gathered at The University Club in midtown Manhattan for the Second District Dental Society (SDDS) annual Installation of Officers luncheon.
Dr. Raymond Flagiello (pictured above, far right), a Staten Island native and past president of SDDS' branch society, the Richmond County Dental Society, was sworn in as SDDS president by NYSDA Past President Dr. Craig Ratner, who served as installing officer for the event. Also sworn in were the 2023 officers in attendance: Dr. Tricia Quartey-Sagaille (second from right, president-elect), Dr. Valerie Venterina (third from right, secretary) and Dr. Phyllis Merlino (far left, treasurer). SDDS Vice President Dr. Paul Teplitsky could not be at the ceremony due to unforeseen circumstances.
The ceremony was also an opportunity to honor several SDDS members for their invaluable contributions to organized dentistry. For his 30 years of dedication and service to organized dentistry, Dr. Craig Ratner was presented with the dental society's highest honor, the Second District Distinguished Service Award. Dr. John Demas and Dr. Mitchell Mindlin were recognized for their service as representatives to the NYSDA Council on Dental Practice and the NYSDA board of trustees, respectively. Also recognized were four SDDS life members present at the event: Dr. Doreen Amen, Dr. Michael Donato (SDDS immediate past president), Dr. Deborah Pasquale and Dr. Joseph Zona.