Dr. Rex R. Yanase, a third generation 2002 graduate of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, began practicing with Dr. Roy Yanase in 2003. From 2002-2003, he completed a one year General Practice Residency at the VA Sepulveda Dental Clinic (part of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System). During his residency, he gained clinical experience providing veterans with comprehensive prosthodontic, endondontic, periodontal, and surgical care. He also completed rotations through anesthesia and the emergency room at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center as well as the internal medicine and ear, nose, and throat clinics at the VA Sepulveda.
Dr. Yanase was very active in leadership roles during dental school: he served as his class President for four years, President of his dental fraternity (Psi Omega), as well as the Associated Student Body Vice President of Financial Affairs. For his contributions and leadership, Dr. Yanase was recognized with many senior dental student awards upon graduation, notably a special recognition by Dean Harold Slavkin for outstanding service and contribution, the Lewis E. Ford Memorial Award demonstrating the promise of leadership and exemplifying the highest standards of professionalism and integrity during the four year doctoral program, the California Dental Association senior dental student award, the Delta Dental student leadership award, the Pierre Fauchard Academy student of the year award and the Colgate "right Smiles, Bright Futures" scholarship award for his outstanding efforts as a dental student to improve the oral health of inner-city children in Los Angeles.
Dr. Yanase's leadership has continued since graduation from dental school at both the local (Western Los Angeles Dental Society - WLADS), state (California Dental Association - CDA) and national (American Dental Association - ADA) dental associations.
He has previously served as one of the youngest Presidents of the WLADS. In addition, Dr. Yanase volunteer leadership roles with WLADS have included Presidential Appointee, delegate to the CDA House of Delegates, Immediate Past President, President-elect, Treasurer, Secretary, chair of the Committee on the New Dentist, and Southern Area representative.
At the state level, Dr. Yanase is the currently a member of the The Dentists Service Company (TDSC) task force. He previously served as a member of the Board of Advisors for the CDA Foundation, delegate to the ADA House of Delegates, the chair of the Committee on the New Dentist and member of the Committee on Volunteer Placement and The Dentist's Insurance Company (TDIC) Product Evaluation Committee for 2 years.
At the national level, Dr. Yanase recently completed a four year term on the ADA New Dentist Committee as the 13th District (California) representative, where he served as an ex-oficio to various ADA committees - Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, Council on Dental Benefit Programs, and the Council on Access Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations.
Dr. Yanase proudly supports the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC as a Life Member of the Century Club, a USC School of Dentistry alumni association, serving as the organization's President from 2012-2013. From 2003-2008, he served as part-time, volunteer faculty member for the Division IV Primary Oral Health Care, pre-clinical Fixed Prosthodontics course.
Recently, Dr. Yanase was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Dentists (ACD), the oldest major honorary organization for dentists. He is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and participated as a member of Leadership Torrance, a leadership, community, and civic development program through the City of Torrance Chamber of Commerce.