About Us

At Mid-Peninsula Dental Society, you're important to us. Knowing each individual well helps us develop a personal plan for each member of your family. We take time to talk and answer questions. Our friendly staff will put you at ease.

Cities served by by MPDS: Atherton, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto , Potola Vallley

We're Committed To Your Best Interests!

Dentistry is always improving and so are we! Our goal is to provide the best service possible. Proper dental care enhances our well-being; we want you to feel good about yourself and your teeth.

History of the Society

As I was going through past membership directories, looking for a retired member, I came across the 1964  directory. In the front of the directory was a page titled "History of Mid-Peninsula Dental Society". I found it very interesting and thought I would share this with you, since most of you would not have a directory that was 49 years old. The Mid-Peninsula area became a potential dental society entity after World War II as the dentists practicing in the area increased in number.

The concept of a Mid-Peninsula Dental Society was conceived at the Tuesday luncheons of a small group of local dentists. These men had the vision and courage to recognize a mutual professional need for such a society which would include dentists in Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Los Altos. California Dental Association President, William S. Smith, officially presented the charter January 19, 1956.

Frederick C. Hadeler was installed as President, Alan R. Cass as President-Elect, James R. Cross, Treasurer; John S. Ledgerwood, Editor; E. Pearl Hannah, Librarian-Historian; Carl H Ellertson, Jr. and Joseph B. Weeden as Directors. The society originally encompassed the boundaries of three  mid-peninsula cities, i.e., Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Los Altos.

The boundary on the west was Skyline Boulevard  and on the east San Francisco Bay. Several years later Mountain View voted to join the Mid-Peninsula Dental  Society, making a total of four cities. The society is unique in its geographical limits; it is the only bi-county society in the California Dental Association. Since the official presentation of the charter, the society has grown in size,  influence, and prestige and has participated in may worthwhile civic projects. On June 19, 1956 a successful  community dental society project provided the people of Palo Alto with protection from dental caries by fluoridation of its water supply.

In 1957 under Seminar and Study Club Chairman, Shirl S. Fox, the society held its first annual Dental Seminar at Adobe Creek Lodge, Los Altos. Since that time a highly successful yearly seminar has been held. The seventh Annual Seminar was presented at Palo Alto Hills Country Club in September,  1963 under the Chairmanship of Gorden Kretchmar. This event is attended each year by many men from neighboring societies; a testimonial to the quality and worth of this affair. After eight years of existence the society consists of 188 dentists.

Among these men are many who have assumed responsible positions in local,  state and national dental societies. We are especially proud of the large number of essayists, clinicians,  administrators and faculty members of leading dental schools who live and practice in the mid-peninsula area.  What can be anticipated in the next eight years?

The society has every reason to expect that further growth will bring added strength and solidarity, the hallmarks of the mature society.

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