President's Message

November 2022

Volunteer Opportunity for the CDAA President:

Stephanie Franklin, OCDAS Marketing Communication Manager, contacted me to ask if I knew any assistants that could help Orange County Dental Society with a volunteer opportunity at the Thomas Health Temporary Shelter in Garden Grove on October 1, 2022. I told her I would be happy to assist. I had asked her how the supplies would be provided and what procedures we would do on these patients. Stephanie shared that a list of supplies has not been established, but she did share what procedures we would be doing. I told her Ms. Franklin she was in luck because I am an RDA and would love to send her a list of supplies we will need. Stephanie was very happy that I offered to help in this way.<br>

On the big day, October 1– I met Stephanie and the team of volunteers at Thomas health Temporary Shelter in Garden Grove, CA. It looked like an apartment complex, but it was unique because it was a place where several services were offered to the community. For example, they had a place where children could go to get help with their homework.

I had the privilege of working with two USC professors, Dr. Santosh Sundaresan (Endodontist) and Dr. Robert Mokbel (Prosthodontist). Dr. Sundaresan is the person in charge of setting up these outreaches for the community. Dr. Joseph Henry joined us with his assistant, Orieen Hope. We had the privilege of working with children and adults. Several patients were so grateful that we were helping them with their dental needs. The procedures performed were prophy’s, extractions, and composite fillings.

If you have not volunteered, I would recommend that you do because the patients have so much gratitude and appreciation that you took the time to get them healthy dentally, especially when they are in pain. After I have volunteered, I walk away feeling grateful that I have the talent to help those in need, and it creates a deep joy that I can carry for a long while. All the issues in life don’t seem to be so bad once I have helped another person.  The CDAA has volunteer opportunities on our website:

Dr. Sundaresan stated that we would do this again soon and I hope you will help us when we do.


Zeña Delling, CDA, RDA

“To advance the careers of dental assistants and to promote the dental assisting profession in matters of education, legislation, credentialing and professional activities which enhance the delivery of quality dental health care to the public.”