Welcome to WSPD

WSPD is the Western Regional District Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Originally called District VI, the Western District includes 11 western states and the Canadian Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.

Annual Meeting

For the past 17 years WSPD has joined CSPD (California Society of Pediatric Dentistry) for its annual meeting.

Our next Annual Meetings will take place in San Francisco at the Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, March 5-8, 2020 followed by Palm Desert at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort, March 18-21, 2021.

About Us & Leadership

Membership Information

As a member of the WSPD - The Western Regional District Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), you may be asking yourself, "How does my membership in WSPD benefit me?"

WSPD Membership Benefits

Letter from WSPD President Dr. Cody Hughes, DMD, MSD


I am grateful for this opportunity to serve as President of the Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry (WSPD). We are one of, if not the, largest and most active districts of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). We have had great leaders at the helm in our past and I hope to continue to move the district forward in serving our affiliate states and provinces. As we support and help one another, we are better prepared to meet the changes in policy, legislation, and other influences that can hamper our ability to serve the children we treat and better our profession.

We have a wonderful group of leadership in place, those serving on the executive committee and our affiliates board representatives. We will continue to build on the strong foundation already in place for our district. Here are a few items of focus going forward:

  • Continue to support our affiliate states and provinces through communicating issues, supporting their CE courses and meetings, and providing leadership and other training opportunities.
  • Leadership development of our up and coming leaders through the leadership program and supporting resident participation in the AAPD advocacy conference.
  • Better communication with our members via this newsletter and an updated, current website.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns pertaining to our district. We want to serve as a resource to our members in any way possible.

I’d like to thank our immediate past president, Sarah Hulland, for doing a wonderful job and putting some great things in place. I’d also like to thank all those we have serving on our board and encourage you to learn who your representative(s) is/are and please reach out to them or myself with anything we can do to better serve this district.

I look forward to seeing you at our districts upcoming meetings, Washington in October and then the CSPD/WSPD meeting in San Francisco next March! Thank you again for this opportunity to serve!


Cody C. Hughes, DMD, MSD
Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry