Clinical Effectiveness Committee (CEC)

Reporting Responsibilities

This committee shall report to the Permanente Dental Associates Board of Directors. In addition, it shall maintain a cooperative and mutually supportive working relationship with the Quality Assurance and Peer Review Committees. This committee shall keep records of its deliberations and decisions which shall be made available for review by appropriate entities as determined by PDA’s Board of Directors. Official committee minutes and other committee documentation are maintained by the chairperson.

Meeting Time & Frequency

This committee will meet at least quarterly, but not more than monthly at a time and place convenient to all participants.

Functional Responsibilities

The Clinical Effectiveness Committee is charged with “facilitating rapid, enthusiastic, program-wide adoption of evidence-based principles, medical-dental integration, oral health research and uniformity of benefit application.”

Requirements necessary to achieve this vision
  • Accurate information received into PDA in a timely manner that stimulates desire for change.
    Information can come from many sources: clinicians, Dental Administration, or Board of Directors
    CEC is to function as a clearinghouse to prioritize clinical quality projects
  • Operational impacts or barriers to change must be identified.
  • Information identified in #1 is shared effectively with all clinicians and affected personnel.
  • Concerns and questions generated by stakeholders in #3 addressed.
  • Project feedback or measurement processes identified for evaluation by clinicians and administrative personnel.
  • Establish clinical quality metrics.

Annually prepare clinical section of the Quality Plan and deliver to the Board of Directors for approval by September of each year.


  • Dental Director*
  • Dentist Appointees – 1 primary care dentist (general dentist, pediatric dentist, prosthodontist) from each dental office.

*Denotes chairperson or co-chairperson


(updated 1/2/19)

Person Location
Dan Pihlstrom, DDS* (Chair) Cedar Hills Dental
Chuck Row, DDS Aloha Dental
Russel Leoni, DMD Beaverton Dental
Aaron Johnson, DMD Cascade Park Dental
Aaron Lau, DMD Cedar Hills Dental
Yoshiyuki Muraki, DMD Clackamas Dental
John Oki, DMD Eastmoreland Dental
Rebecca Guild, DMD Glisan Dental
Nhu-Ha Tran, DMD Gresham Dental
Jennifer Gilbert, DMD Grand Dental
Jennifer Teng, DDS Johnson Creek Dental
Dylan Sorber, DMD Longview-Kelso Dental
Monica Peterson, DMD N. Interstate Dental
Aziz Karam, DMD N. Lancaster Dental
Rachel White, DDS Oregon City Dental
Corey Malensek, DMD Rockwood Dental
Emily Jones, DMD Salmon Creek Dental
Tristan Wong, DMD Skyline Dental
Teresa Doan, DMD Tanasbourne Dental
Ryan LeClaire, DDS Tigard Dental
Tara Paluska, DDS Valley River Dental
  • The CEC meets every month on the first Thursday, from 8:00am – 1:00pm at KPB.
  • To confirm a meeting please contact: Sonja Eldred