Welcome to the Dental Board of California

Member Profiles

Fran Burton
Board President, Fran Burton, MSW
Fran Burton was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee to the Dental Board of California in June of 2009. She served twenty-one years in California in the Legislative and Executive branches of government. She served in a number of capacities in the State Senate and her efforts concluded as a health and human services policy consultant to President pro Tempores Bill Lockyer and John Burton. In the Executive branch, Ms. Burton was Associate Secretary Programs and Legislation for the Health and Human Services Agency; Deputy Director Legislation and Public Affairs for the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs; and, Deputy Director for Legislative and Governmental Affairs for the Department of Health Services. She currently consults on health policy issues. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento. She lives in Carmichael and has an adult son. (Term Expires: January 1, 2017)

Bruce L. Whitcher, DDS
Board Vice President, Bruce L. Whitcher, DDS
Bruce L. Whitcher, DDS was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Dental Board in April, 2009. A 1981 graduate of UCSF School of Dentistry, Dr. Whitcher completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California in 1985. Dr. Whitcher has maintained a private practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in San Luis Obispo since 1987. Dr. Whitcher is a member of the Central Coast Dental Society, the California Dental Association, the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He maintains hospital affiliations with French Hospital Medical Center, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, and Twin Cities Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Whitcher resides in San Luis Obispo with his wife Alexandra and has two children. (Term expires January 1, 2015)


Board Secretary, Judith Forsythe, RDA
Judith Forsythe, of Riverside, has been a Registered Dental Assistant in the State of California since 1994. She currently holds the position of director of back office development for Pacific Dental Services, where she has worked since 1998. Previously, Forsythe was a Registered Dental Assistant for Dental Associates of Riverside from 1995 to 1998 and held the same position in the office of James W. Jacobson, D.D.S. from 1983 to 1994. She is a member of the American Dental Assistant Association. (Term expires January 1, 2017)

Steven Afriat
Steven Afriat
Steven Afriat is an expert in public policy, political strategy and governmental decision-making. Formerly Chief of Staff to Los Angeles City Councilman (now Supervisor) Zev Yaroslavsky, Afriat was also a Chief Legislative Aide to the California Legislature and has vast experience in government and public affairs. He has been rewarded for his years of service with appointments to many boards and commissions. Currently, he is President of the Los Angeles County Business License Commission, and most recently was appointed by Speaker John Perez as a Public Member to the California Dental Board.
Throughout his professional career, he has developed a formidable network that spans throughout Los Angeles to Sacramento and Washington DC. As a Los Angeles City Councilmember's Chief of Staff, he was charged with vast municipal administrative responsibility in legislation, land use, building and safety, public works and community relations. Afriat has also served as not only as an Assemblyman's deputy, Consultant to the Legislature, community organizer, high school teacher and businessman. A lifelong resident of the San Fernando Valley, Afriat has served as President of the Los Angeles City Animal Services Commission, the LA City Council Redistricting Commission, and on the Boards of the Valley Community Clinic, Equality California, the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. Afriat owns his own Governmental Relations firm in Burbank. (Term Expires: January 1, 2017)

Stephen Casagrande, DDS
Stephen Casagrande, DDS
Stephen Casagrande, DDS, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in January 2006 to the Dental Board of California. Dr. Casagrande has been a dentist in private practice since 1974. He was previously the director of the Sacramento District Dental Society, a past member of the peer review committee, an advisor to the Sacramento City College Dental Hygiene Program Advisory Board Member to Hi-Tech Institute, a Proprietary School for Dental Assistants. Dr. Casagrande is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Sacramento District Dental Society. (Term Expires: July 16, 2016)

Yvette Chappell-Ingram
Yvette Chappell-Ingram
Yvette Chappell-Ingram of Altadena, has been appointed to the Dental Board of California. Chappell-Ingram has been president and chief executive officer at the African American Board Leadership Institute since 2010. She was president of the California Legislative Black Caucus Foundation from 2006 to 2010, principal at Ingram and Associates from 2004 to 2008 and vice president of development at College Bound from 2001 to 2004. Chappell-Ingram served as regional manager at the United Negro College Fund from 1997 to 2001, director of development for LA's BEST from 1995 to 1997 and a project manager at the United Negro College from 1992 to 1995. She served as a consultant in private practice from 1989 to 1992 and was a financial analyst at ARCO from 1978 to 1989. Chappell-Ingram earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. (Term Expires: January 1, 2016)


Katie Dawson, BS, RDHAP

Ms. Dawson is a 1976 graduate of the UCSF Dental Hygiene program, and is 2010 graduate of the University of the Pacific's RDH Alternative Practice program. She is a past president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, a past president of the California Dental Hygienists' Association, and a past president of the National Dental Hygienists' Association. In January, 2013, Ms. Dawson completed a one year term as public member of the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. (Term Expires: January 1, 2017)

Luis Dominicis, DDS
Luis Dominicis, DDS
Luis R. Dominicis, DDS, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in November 2005 to the Dental Board of California. Dr. Dominicis is a general dentist in private practice in the City of Downey, California since 1993. He also serves as the Pro-bono Dental Director for the Firebaugh Children's Free Dental Clinic which provides gratuitous dental treatment to indigent and poor children in the Southeast area of Los Angeles County. Dr. Dominicis is the President of Los Angeles Dental Society, Past President of the Latin American Dental Association; he has also served in various Councils in the California Dental Association such as Council on Legislative Affairs, Council on Community Health and in the Reference Committee for the House of Delegates. Dr. Dominicis is presently a member of the Dental Forum, which represents the ethnic dental societies in California. Dr. Dominicis is married to Sonia and together they have 5 children. (Term Expires: January 1, 2016)

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Kathleen King
Kathleen King retired from Applied Materials, Inc. after twenty years and is currently the Executive Director of the Santa Clara Family Health Foundation, a non-profit foundation focused on the health needs of low income residents of Santa Clara County. She was elected to the Saratoga City Council in November of 2002 and served as Mayor of the city in 2005 and again in 2010. Ms. King is a native of California. She attended public schools in San Jose, graduated from West Valley College, and Santa Clara University. She resides in Saratoga with her husband and five children. (Term expires January 1, 2018)


Ross Lai, DDS
Ross Lai, DDS of San Francisco, has been appointed to the Dental Board of California. Lai has been the owner of Ross Carlton Lai DDS since 1985, director at Lai Enterprises Inc. since 2005 and founder at LAI Dental Group since 2011. He was a prosthetic assistant of implant dentistry at the Highland Hospital Alameda County Medical Center from 2006 to 2008. Lai earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. (Term expires January 1, 2017)

Houng Le, DDS
Huong Le, DDS, MA
Huong Le, DDS, graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Chemistry and obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston in 1984. She did her General Practice-Hospital Dentistry residency program at Jerry L. Pettis Veterans Memorial Hospital. After completion of her residency, she joined a private practice in northern California where she provided hospital dentistry to primarily pediatric, medically compromised, physically and mentally challenged patients at Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville, CA.
In 1989, Dr. Le joined a community health center in northern California where she worked as a dental provider then later became their dental director. In 2003, she joined Asian Health Services as their first dental director to help them open their new dental program. Dr. Le is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Alameda County Dental Society. Dr. Le serves as a member on Board of Directors of National Network for Oral Health Access and Secretary for Western Clinicians Network, a regional network of medical and dental directors in California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. Additionally, she is President-Elect for Alameda County Dental Society. Dr. Le presently serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Dentistry, A. T. Still School of Dental and Oral Health in Arizona and Dental Director of Lutheran Medical Center-affiliated AEGD program at Asian Health Services. Dr. Le is also a grant reviewer for HRSA. She received an Outstanding Clinician Award from National Network for Oral Health Access in 2007. In November 2008, she published a white paper on Health Information Technology titled: Guide to the Future: Using HIT to Improve Oral Health Access and Outcomes. (Term Expires: January 1, 2015)

Meredith McKenzie
Meredith McKenzie, ESQ.
Meredith McKenzie of Los Gatos, has been appointed to the Dental Board of California. McKenzie has been vice president and deputy general counsel at Juniper Networks since 2012. She was senior director of intellectual property at Symantec Corporation from 2006 to 2012, director of litigation, licensing and IP for Cypress Semiconductor from 2001 to 2006 and corporate counsel and director of IP at Enuvis Inc. from 2000 to 2001. McKenzie was an associate for Howrey LLP from 1998 to 2000 and patent agent and design engineer at Intel Corporation from 1993 to 1998. McKenzie earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. (Term Expires: January 1, 2016)

Steven Morrow, DDS
Steven Morrow, DDS
Steven G. Morrow, DDS, MS was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Dental Board in September, 2010. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1960. Following graduation from dental school, Dr. Morrow served two years as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Dental Corps. Following military service, he established a private dental practice, limited to endodontics, in Sherman Oaks, California. After sixteen years of endodontic practice, he returned to the field of dental education, completed a Master of Science Degree in Microbiology and accepted a faculty appointment in the Department of Endodontics at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr. Morrow has lectured at numerous scientific meetings and continuing dental education courses in the United States and other countries. He is a Life Member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontists. He is a member of the California State Association of Endodontists, Tri-County Dental Society, Southern California Academy of Endodontics, and the American Dental Education Association. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal of Endodontics. Dr. Morrow has been a previous member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Endodontists and is a past President of the Southern California Academy of Endodontics and the California State Association of Endodontists. He is currently a Professor of Endodontics and Director of Patient Care Services and Clinical Quality Assurance at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr. Morrow was presented the Distinguished Service Award from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in May, 2009. He resides in Yucaipa with his wife Sheila. (Term Expires: January 1, 2014)

Thomas Stewart, DDS
Thomas Stewart, DDS
Thomas Stewart, DDS, of Bakersfield, has been a dentist in private practice since 1976. He served as a member of the United States Naval Reserve from 1978 to 1997 and as a member of the Dental Corps of the United States Navy from 1972 to 1976. Dr. Stewart earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry. He has been a volunteer with the California Dental Association (CDA) for 30 years where he served as Vice Chair of the CDA Holding Company Board of Directors, and Chair of the CDA delegation to the American Dental Association. He has also served as the Chair of the TDIC/TDIC Insurance Solutions Board of Directors, Chair of the CDA Council on Dental Health and Trustee of the Kern County Dental Society, President of KCDS in 1985 and past President of CDA in 2010. In addition, he is a fellow of the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Stewart is actively involved in the Westchester Kiwanis and is a member of the Teen Challenge of Kern County Advisory Board. (Term expires January 1, 2017)

Dr. Debra Woo
Debra Woo, DDS
Dr. Debra Woo is a 1986 graduate of the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She is in private practice at her office in Boulder Creek and is also an Assistant Professor at the dental school. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Monterey Bay Dental Society and has served as a delegate to address political concerns within the dental profession. Furthermore, she was elected to serve on the California Dental Association Foundation Board of Directors whose mission is to improve the oral health of all Californians by supporting the dental profession in its effort to meet community needs. For all her contributions to her community and service to the profession of dentistry, she was honored with a Fellowship in the Academy of Dentistry International, the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. (Term Expires: January 1, 2017)