Spokane District
Dental Society Foundation

The Spokane District Dental Society Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote improved oral health and increased opportunities for delivery of dental care to those in need in our community through educational programs, collaboration with existing organizations and community programs and direct delivery of care.

President, Dr Amir Ganji


Amir graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in l997 with a Doctorate of Medicine Dentistry, and then spent the next year working in the Infectious Disease clinic at Temple. From l997 to 2000 he worked as a staff dentist at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Spokane. In 2000 he opened his private practice on the South Hill area of Spokane.


Dr. Ganji has served as the Secretary, Treasurer, and the President of the Spokane District Dental Society. One role he is most proud of is setting up the first dental outreach event for senior citizens through the SDDS. He served as a delegate to the Washington State Dental Association for three years.


His wife Jennifer is also a local dentist. They have two children.

Treasurer, Dr Susan Kohls

Susan is a Spokane native. She attended Gonzaga Prep high school. In l993 she graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry obtaining a Doctorate in Dental Surgery. She practiced in Seattle for five years before returning to Spokane.


For the past ten years, Dr. Kohls has been in private practice on Spokane's South Hill. She feels it is a true blessing to be able to live and work in the place where she grew up. Dr. Kohls also feels strongly about helping those in need and enjoys volunteering her time with the Give Kids A Smile project. She is involved in many local and national study clubs.


Dr Kohls and her husband Rick have three children and enjoy swimming, riding bikes, and spending time together.

Immediate Past President, Dr Mark Paxton

Mark received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 1980 from the University of Washington. Following his residency, he practiced general dentistry with the United States Air Force. In l989, Dr. Paxton began a four-year Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Travis Air Force base. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Board Certified with the American Board of Dental Anesthesiology. In l995, he and his family moved to Spokane and opened Spokane Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, which is accredited by the JCAHO and AAAHC.


Dr. Paxton's compassion and care for patients with craniofacial deformities have led him to serve with the national organization Hearts in Motion for the past ten years. He has provided surgical care to numerous children and adults with cleft lip and palate, burn victims, and craniofacial tumors.


Dr. Paxton's community involvement within our region includes currently serving on the WSU Foundation Board of Trustees and the SHMC Pediatric Foundation Board of Trustees. 


In 2001-2004 he was appointed to the Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission and in 2001 served as President of the Washington State Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.


He is married to Dr. Diane Paxton, an Orthodontist in Spokane Valley. They have two grown children and one grandchild. As a family they enjoy snow skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, biking, and sailing adventures.

Executive Board Members
Dr. Erin Johnson
Dr. Steven Woodard
Dr. Brandy Richey
Dr. Brooke Cloninger
Dr. Nick Velis
Dr. Tyler Shoemaker
Dr. Sue Weishaar

Our Professional Advisory Boards & Members have been asked to provide guidance, support, and quality assurance for operation in the IDEA Clinic

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Advisory Board

Periodontics Dental Advisory Board


Orthodontics Advisory Board


Pediatric Advisory Board

Endodontics Advisory Board


Anesthesia Advisory Board


General Dentistry Advisory Board

Oral Medicine / Oral Patholody / Facial Pain Board