An Elite Members-Only Club for Dentists

Private, members-only clubs have a storied history in America, dating back to The Old Colony Club, founded in 1769.

Often the province of titans of industry, finance, media, and the arts, the most exclusive clubs have rarely counted dentists on their membership rosters.

The Union Club of the City of New York, founded in 1836, was home to the likes of John Jacob Astor, Ulysses S. Grant, William Randolph Hearst, J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Winston Churchill, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Astor Profile PicA popular members-only newcomer with a distant dental connection is Core Club, which was opened in 2005 in Manhattan, and reportedly commands a $50,000 initiation fee and annual dues of $17,000.

Its roster has included: financier Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci; Irwin D. Simon, founder of The Hain Celestial Group; James F. McCann, founder of; and billionaire hedge fund manager, Steven A. Cohen.

Core Club was founded and is headed by Jennie Saunders, the daughter of a Sicilian immigrant, who put himself through dental school by driving a garbage truck.


For snob appeal, The Union Club, Core Club, Century Association, Harmonie Club, the Metropolitan, and similar establishments are in a class by themselves – and these clubs price their memberships, for those whose applications are approved, accordingly.

Yet many of the privileges that accrue to members of these elite associations are readily available to licensed dentists, less all the pomposity and blue-blood dues.

Writing in The New York Times, Still Bastions of the Elite, Private City Clubs Fill New Niches, journalist Paul Sullivan says, "At their heart, though, these clubs are still places to gather with people who have common interests … places of camaraderie."

Thousands of dentists at the forefront of our profession – seeking fellowship, self-advancement, and networking opportunities with others who share their interests and sensibilities – have found similar (and much less expensive) fulfillment as members of DOCS Education, an exclusive community of dedicated professionals established in 1999.

Both online, and at face-to-face gatherings held around the country each year, DOCS Education members meet to foster relationships; exchange clinical insights; share referrals; promote the profession; and join to fight for the best interests of their patients.


Our members are respected by their peers, as well as in their communities, as champions of healthcare excellence who are dedicated to providing the safest, state-of-the-art, dental services.

To our members, dentistry is more than a profession. It is a calling.

The DOCS Education Membership Guide details a multitude of privileges. Among them:

  • Listing on – a proprietary online directory of highly qualified sedation dentists
  • Regulatory Aid – featuring the nation's only full-time regulatory attorney who is on-call to take questions from members and offer guidance whenever the need arises.
  • Clinical Support – including the 24/7 EliteDOCS online forum, and a telephone hotline for issues that arise when members have a patient in chair and need to reach a faculty expert
  • Membership Savings – offered on continuing education courses, as well as faculty-recommended equipment and fresh supplies

To learn more about the many advantages of membership in DOCS Education, contact Lindsay Olsen, our membership director, at 206-812-7712 or visit:

For less than the typical price of a power lunch at The Union Club or Core Club, licensed dentists can enjoy all the privileges of DOCS Education: $49.95 per month for standard membership; $99.95 a month for Gold members.

There is no initiation fee.

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