For the University of Michigan School of Dentistry Community | Fall 2020
Dental Hygiene faculty, students create innovative video solution for online education
Dear Alumni and Friends,
Welcome back to the print edition of M Dentistry magazine! Returning to this familiar format is yet another indication that we continue to advance through the many challenges in what has been a year like no other. When the COVID-19 pandemic made printing our Spring 2020 magazine problematic, we instead posted its collection of news and feature stories on our website. We know many of our alumni and friends like the tried-and-true print version and we, too, are happy it’s back. Those who prefer to read the magazine online can still find a digital copy on our website, an option we implemented several years ago. In addition to the variety of articles and updates inside this magazine, I want to mention some broader themes that I included in our annual State of the School presentation at the end of September. I thanked members of the dental school community – faculty, staff and students – for their commitment, resiliency and teamwork as we have navigated through the pandemic storm and found, if not always perfectly smooth sailing, certainly steady sailing. On a recent weekend, I found that members of our Dental Informatics team had come in on the weekend to install new computers as part of our Blue Renew renovation project. Several staffers who aren’t directly IT members volunteered to help with the task in order to complete it faster. From the very beginning of the pandemic, our faculty, students and patient services staff have continued to provide our patients with excellent care on many levels during a very trying time for the general public and for our school as well. Perhaps most importantly, everyone has exhibited a truly gratifying amount of grace as they have thoughtfully gone about comprehending, reacting, adjusting and finding solutions to myriad problems that have arisen over the course of the year. The positivity and optimism I have seen is remarkable and I am grateful. I’m also happy to say that we now have new clinics operating on the northwest corner of the first, second and third floors of our main building. This is a welcome renewal for our clinical mission and I find it gratifying to think of the numbers of patients who will be treated here and the students who will benefit from new state of the art dental equipment. The continuing watchword for all of us, whether at the school or in our personal lives, is “vigilance.” By attentive watchfulness, showing compassion, erring on the side of caution and pulling together, we will continue to excel in our longstanding mission of advancing health through education, service, research and discovery. Kind regards and Go Blue!
Laurie K. McCauley, Dean William K. & Mary Anne Najjar Professor
In this Issue Fall 2020
2 FEATURES Overcoming Pandemic Challenges
Volume 36, Number 2
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alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the School of Dentistry. See the school website at www.dent.umich.edu for more news and features. Dean..................................................................…Laurie McCauley Director of Marketing & Communications ........... Raymond Aldrich Writer/Editor...............................................................Lynn Monson Designer..........................................................................Ken Rieger Photographers..............................Lynn Monson, Leisa Thompson, Celia Alcumbrack-McDaniel University of Michigan School of Dentistry Alumni Society Board of Governors: Terms Expire Fall 2021: Chair: Jeffrey P. Halvorson, DDS ‘83, MS ‘92, Belmont, Mich. Michael Behnan, MS ‘79, Rochester Hills, Mich. Theresa Hull, BSDH ‘11, Ann Arbor, Mich. Sara Kellogg, DDS ‘07, Saline, Mich. Elizabeth Pitts, BSDH ‘12, MS ‘14, Southfield, Mich. Wes Schulz, DDS ‘72, Traverse City, Mich.
11 FACULTY Profile: Janet Kinney 14 RESEARCH New OHS MS Program Director 15 DENTAL HYGIENE ‘Smile Drive’ Project
18 STUDENTS Returning In-Person At Last
Terms Expire Fall 2022: Janet Cook, BSDH ‘81, Whitmore Lake, Mich. Gerald Dietz Jr., DDS ’84, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Julia Johnson, BSDH ’12, Commerce Twp., Mich. Bruce Lee, DDS ’87, Traverse City, Mich. Andy Lewis, DDS ‘98, Seattle, Wash. Janice Pilon, DDS ’93, Hanover, N.H. Terms Expire Fall 2023: Karen Beckerman, BSDH ‘95, Plymouth, Mich. Jake DeSnyder, DDS '67, Plattsburgh, N.Y. William Mason, DDS '81, MS '84, Saginaw, Mich. Michael Palaszek, DDS '82, Grand Rapids, Mich. Michelle Velez, BSDH ‘98, Royal Oak, Mich. Lisa Wendling, DDS ‘93, MS ‘96, New Lothrop, Mich. Ex Officio Members: Laurie K. McCauley, Dean Richard R. Fetchiet, Executive Director, Alumni Relations and Development The Regents of the University: Jordan A. Acker, Michael J. Behm, Mark J. Bernstein, Paul W. Brown, Shauna Ryder Diggs, Denise Ilitch, Ron Weiser, Katherine E. White, Mark S. Schlissel, ex officio.
22 ALUMNI Profile: Drs. Kathy and Bob Swarts
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On the Cover: First-year Dental Hygiene student Sharmina Alam practices on a typodont at her home in suburban Detroit while using an iPad to send live video of her work to a faculty member and classmates during an online class. See story, page 16.
Moving Forward in a Pandemic
M Dentistry magazine reported in the spring/summer online edition about how the arrival of the pandemic in March was met with fast action, long hours and creative solutions that kept students engaged in online learning and patients receiving emergency treatment. Over the last eight months, students and patients have returned to the school, though the daily routines are still far from the previous norms. M Dentistry asked six people with widely varying jobs – and with half a year of hindsight – to briefly reflect on how the school has kept moving forward.
Brandonn Perry: Safety first As Infection Prevention and Compliance Officer at the dental school, Brandonn Perry was accustomed to developing, communicating and enforcing infection control procedures. But the challenge in the first days of the pandemic was that no one – not even state and national health agencies – knew how to best defend against this new coronavirus for the general public, let alone a dental school.
including six he met with weekly; and the U-M health system, including its Occupational Health Services. Perry navigated through countless online bulletins, advisories and webinars from state and national health agencies, including the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), an industry group that advocates for the safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare.
Perry and school leadership had to immediately take steps that would keep students, faculty, staff and patients safe so that solving myriad other problems could go forward. Perry worked with the school’s COVID-19 Response Group that was quickly formed, as well as the existing Infection Prevention and Safety Committee he chairs. He joined a constant stream of meetings – daily, weekly, impromptu – with administrators, faculty, department chairs and staff leaders of various offices whenever input and consensus was needed.
“In the beginning, there was little scientific evidence on anything for COVID-19 because it was new, so you were just going off of best guesses and what seemed about right,” Perry said. “And you may err on the side of being too strict because we need to stay safe. And sometimes, people thought, ‘Well, this is ridiculous.’ And it may be, but we’ll just see how it goes and we may be able to make an adjustment if necessary.”
He constantly monitored outside sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Michigan Department of Health; the U-M Environmental Health and Safety Department; state and federal occupational safety and health agencies; other dental schools,
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“Dentists had never worn N95 masks and typically face shields or surgical gowns were not required. So we had to figure out what was reasonable.” The strictest Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) requirement was implemented for faculty and students treating patients with high-speed instruments that generate airborne particles.
They must wear head covers, N95 masks, safety glasses, face shields, surgical gowns and foot covers. Early on, and even today, PPE was not widely available, which was another issue. Perry also participated in decisions about restricting access to the building, temperature checks for everyone who entered the building, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the building, legal compliance and human resources issues that arose, and how to communicate constantly to the wider school community about the
latest and constantly changing regulations. Perry applauds the team effort from everyone, including patients, who were at times frustrated by new safety protocols. “It was this constant education and re-education of people, including patients who often didn’t understand the reason for the changes. I liked to tell them: This is the safest visit for you,” he said. “I love my job, I really do. I love helping keep people safe. You do what you have to do. It’s a sense of duty, but it’s just the right thing to do.”
Dr. Berna Saglik: Always learning Faculty member Dr. Berna Saglik says the pandemic has been difficult, particularly in the first few weeks, but over time a significant number of positive developments have emerged that will strengthen the dental school moving forward. Saglik, a Clinical Associate Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics, cited the extensive collaboration within the school when the curriculum needed to be moved online after students left campus. Faculty, curriculum administrators and educational services staff worked closely to reconfigure coursework virtually to replace in-person lectures. “I feel like we are more connected than ever,” she said. Saglik is a prosthodontist who teaches residents in the graduate pros clinic and co-directs the Dental Post-Graduate Program, where internationally-trained dentists observe faculty and grad students in clinic. She also directs the removable partial dentures course for second-year DDS students. To replace the in-clinic, hands-on experience that the pandemic interrupted for the graduate and post-graduate dentists, Saglik and her prosthodontics faculty colleagues participated in a series of seminars that quickly became popular. “Most, if not all, of the prosthodontic programs across the country participated in the seminars, sometimes two a day from different program faculty. It was almost like the national pros community having an annual
meeting every single day and our residents got to see what’s happening in other programs. And other programs got to see what we were doing here.” Another major plus was advancing the use of digital imaging, which was a vital part of the virtual learning since students couldn’t have hands-on experience with full or partial dentures in clinic. Saglik credits Dr. Gustavo Mendonca and other faculty members who are part of a digital initiative that was already underway at the school. When three graduating DDS students still needed to finish their removable partial denture (RPD) requirements, but had no access to patients in-person, Saglik and her colleagues created a two-part virtual solution. Students first studied online learning modules, then demonstrated competency by successfully delivering 3D-printed RPDs to a typodont in a clinic setting. Saglik joined first author Dr. Sabrina Garcia Hammaker and colleagues in documenting the innovative educational method in the Journal of Dental Education. “Looking forward, what I’m trying to do is think of the things I would want to keep from what I’ve learned from this time, such as the collaboration across programs at other dental schools, our own collaboration at the school, and utilizing more digital dentistry,” Saglik said. “The need to try new learning methods really accelerated our digital progress. I think that should be our focus – training all of our faculty – its’s an area that we all have to learn, because these are new tools. We’re not going to be learning new foundational concepts, but we are going to be learning how to use these tools. That’s going to be a lot of learning for us all, and I think collaboration is going to be the key.”
Bliss Ledford: Empathy for patients Bliss Ledford, a Patient Business Associate in the Graduate General Dentistry Clinic, normally talks with patients about their dental needs, cost of services, insurance coverage, scheduling and other general concerns. Once the dental school reduced patient care to only emergencies, her duties quickly morphed into calling patients to relay the news that their upcoming appointment was canceled because of the pandemic.
The staff then devised a screening system to determine which patients could wait for care and which had serious problems that needed immediate care in one of the school’s clinics that were handling emergency cases. The next challenge was how to track all of the appointments that were canceled; it was March and the schedule was mostly filled out through June. It amounted to thousands of calls for the staff. It was frustrating and disconcerting for patients. “I think the most important part is to remember that each of us has been in a situation where we were in pain or uncomfortable,” Ledford said. “If we can draw on our own feelings about what that’s like, then it’s a lot easier Continued
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to understand where patients are coming from. And each patient is a unique individual person that’s calling with pain or a problem, so we really need to listen and see what that problem is and try to help them understand that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel that is not a train. And that we will get to them and help them.” During the early days and even as patient care began to ramp up again in June, each day was filled with problems that the team needed to solve. Like the rest of the world, because the staff was working from home, Zoom meetings became the answer, not just for strictly business but also for staff camaraderie. “It was helpful because it at least put our faces next to each other when we can’t be face to face in contact with someone who is part of our team. We spend a lot more
time with the people we work with than we do at home. So these people have become very important to me and I really want to make sure they are OK. It’s hard to do that when we are not face to face. So we Zoom.” Although the pandemic was disruptive, Ledford found many positives. “Anytime we have a challenge, we have the opportunity to grow and change and reach new parts of ourselves that we didn’t know existed,” she said. “I think a lot of us are working on that. Resilience, determination – all of those things. You’ve just got to push through because there’s not really a normal to go back to. There’s a forward where we have to innovate, work together and figure out how to meet this challenge. That’s what we do. We’re humans.”
Dr. Patty Doerr: The neccessity of staying open For Dr. Patty Doerr, the challenge of directing the Patient Admitting and Emergency Services Clinic, or PAES, was how to determine which patients had the most serious emergencies and which could be delayed. Instead of in-person screening, it was done mostly by phone by faculty and staff who were working from home as the dental school went into its pandemic protocols.
“One of the biggest priorities the first week was how do I get my dentists in PAES set up at home so they can still manage patients. Normally, we would have scheduled patients to come in to the clinic, but we had to do more triage by phone, calling in prescriptions, working with their health providers to make sure that their symptoms were managed until we could get them in here. Initially, we had a much-reduced capacity for the number of patients that could be seen by PAES, oral surgery, endodontics and pediatrics, so we had to work with those clinics on how we were going to do this.” Technical support from Dental Informatics was crucial in helping staff work from home. Then Doerr had to make sure there were dentists and dental assistants scheduled in the clinic for patients who were coming in for treatment. Full-time faculty, adjuncts and other staffers, often from other clinics or who would have been working in pre-doc clinics with DDS students, volunteered to help in PAES. A sense of teamwork and camaraderie developed across the school. “The first two or three weeks, you never could really relax. It was always: Oh, I didn’t think of that. It was very fluid, but people were willing to help in any way possible. ‘What needs to be done?’ It was outside of their normal duties. With most folks you saw the best of them, even though it was the craziest time.” “I met a lot of people who I had never met before. I probably have half of the school in my cell phone contact list now. We communicated by text because you didn’t know where people were, so you couldn’t go to their office. You weren’t sure if they would check their email by the time when you needed the answer because things had to be decided very quickly.” “I’ve said a couple of times over the summer that necessity is the mother of invention. We’ve certainly reinvented a lot. It’s taught us that we are all very much interdependent on each other, maybe more than we realized. We need each other more now than we ever did. It brought out a lot of frustration in the circumstances, but for the most part you saw people really work together and keep the mission going of seeing the patients and getting the students back in here. We stayed open, we had to start over and we’ve only gone up from there.”
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Matt Vuocolo: Finding IT solutions Probably the most commonly used word at the dental school since March is “remote” – as in “remote access” or “remote user.” Whether it is students accessing lectures, or staff accessing patient records, or faculty and students accessing digital radiology images, the ability to securely enter the school computer network “remotely” is imperative to navigating the pandemic protocols. The team behind those connections is led by Matt Vuocolo, Information Technology Operations Manager in Dental Informatics. He opens any discussion of the pandemic response by listing his team: Systems administrators Austin Bruck, Mike Crisovan and Phil Kennedy. “They are vital. None of this could have been done without them,” Vuocolo said. “All I ever did was help organize and orchestrate and identify problems. They solved them.” Reconfiguring parts of the school’s technology network and infrastructure was an immediate priority filled with problems. While a significant number of the dental school community, about 125 people, had remote access before the pandemic, most had been brought into the system over time with benefit of unrushed installation and training. When the pandemic arrived, seemingly everyone at the school – it turned out to be about 850 more people – needed to be outfitted with remote access, immediately.
Many use Windows and others use Apple computers. Not every user’s software was the same or up-to-date. Employees range from tech-savvy, do-it-yourself users who could quickly follow connection directions to tech-challenged users who would need to be walked through changes step-by-step, even for basics like installing Zoom. Vuocolo credits Business Systems Analysts Lisa Newton and Usha Dronamraju who helped with scheduling and education for the users of the newly expanded remote system. Then there is the complicated network of computers and servers within the dental school that had to be configured to accept the remote queries. Two platforms in particular were crucial. Staff, students and faculty all need access to Axium, the patient portal that contains health records, appointment schedules and billing information. The other is called MiPacs, which provides students and faculty with access to digital imaging of patients. To support the new remote load, system administrators built out a new virtual computing environment and changed the roles of existing computers at the school, increasing the number of computers from 35 to 132. As the pandemic progressed, staff and faculty would present new problems, and Vuocolo and his team would solve them on short notice, even if they might have preferred to spend time devising a more comprehensive solution. “I think we could have been hung up by ‘paralysis by analysis’ but we had to solve the need. We’ve addressed everything and then some. I’m pleased, very pleased. I think everyone in IT is always looking for a solution. I think it’s just an IT thing – we want everything to be the best.”
Deanna Goddyn: A patient connection For Deanna Goddyn, the move to working at home came on one of the first days the dental school sprang into action to combat the pandemic. The Patient Services Associate suddenly found herself on her way home with her computer and monitors in tow.
Patient Services Office at the dental school. She handles about 100 calls a day, but it has fluctuated from a low of 55 up to 120.
She quickly set up her equipment on a desk in the spare room of her home in Blissfield, two miles north of the Ohio border near Toledo. She forgot to bring an ethernet cable, so that evening she bought one at the local Meijer store. “I got everything hooked up for the next day, and I’ve been here ever since,” she said.
The calls are different now compared to the pre-pandemic days. Beginning in March, many appointments needed to be canceled as the school reduced care to emergency only. It has gradually increased the number and type of patient appointments, but protocols still limit the number available. So instead of quickly making appointments or referring callers to the correct clinic, Goddyn must now do more screening of calls and explain that things have changed. Patients who are used to immediate care or regularly scheduled appointments have often been disappointed, or angry, that they may have to wait longer to make an appointment. “It’s been difficult at times because they’re not sick, everything seems to be getting a little bit better, and they want in for an appointment now. So you just have to use a little bit of persuasion.”
Goddyn is a prime example of the hundreds of people at the dental school, and thousands at U-M, who are following the campus pandemic mandate of “if you can do your job from home, you must.” The transition was fairly easy for Goddyn because she spends most of her day on the phone, answering questions from patients, directing them to the correct clinics and scheduling appointments. Now the phone calls ring in on her computer in Blissfield instead of in the
Working at home means Goddyn no longer shares a two-hour round-trip van pool commute to U-M with six Blissfield residents, but she misses the ability to run upstairs to a clinic to answer a question quickly. Still, she said she loves helping patients find a treatment solution at the dental school. “To do this job you need to be a people person. Even on the phone, they can tell the difference if you are not.” FEATURES Fall 2020 | M Dentistry
Study Tracks Spread of Aerosols in Clinics low-speed imaging and aerosol sampling to determine the pattern and distance of how aerosol droplets spread. A video camera recorded as Dr. Viyan Kadhium, a dentist and Nalliah’s research assistant, wielded the drill and practiced on a typodont, which is a mannequin head with plastic teeth that simulate a patient.
Dr. Viyan Kadhium (center) uses a dental drill on a typodont as engineering Professor Margaret Wooldridge (right) and postdoctoral scholar Mario Media record resulting aerosol spray.
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Romesh Nalliah, associate dean for patient services at the School of Dentistry, faced many daunting questions. Among them: How many patients could the school safely treat in its multi-chair dental clinics and how could it best protect patients and providers from coronavirus during appointments? “It was March and April,” Nalliah said. “Nothing much was known about the virus. To be safe, we were seeing only four patients at a time in a 36-patient clinic. I just said, ‘We need help.’” Most of the dental school’s various clinics are large rooms where faculty and students would normally be treating from 10 to 40 patients at the same time, each in an operatory, or cubicle, surrounded by 5-foot-high panels. That space configuration poses different challenges for the safety of patients and dentists than private dental offices, where a dentist is typically seeing one or two patients at a time in separate rooms. Various types of dental instruments, such as high-speed handpieces used for drilling or cleaning teeth, generate aerosol droplets, which can contain viral particles. Research was lacking on how those droplets could travel in large clinics like those found at the dental school. 6
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Nalliah reached out to the U-M College of Engineering. He had worked before with U-M’s Center for Health Care Engineering and Patient Safety and its director, Amy Cohn. She put him in touch with Margaret Wooldridge and André Boehman, professors of mechanical engineering, who agreed to set up a study using cameras, special lighting and other equipment to track how aerosols are spread. Wooldridge, Boehman and their team of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows determined that they needed to focus on the dentists’ high-speed drilling. Drills spray water, which serves as a coolant during use. “We wanted to know specifically, where do the aerosols go?” Wooldridge said. “And what might we do to reduce the transport and fate of those aerosols?” They used highspeed imaging, Workers from U-M’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction Services install plexiglass partitions in a dental school clinic.
Wooldridge said there are so many variables in dentistry that it was impossible to determine exactly where and how far the aerosols would spread in every situation. However, she and her team gathered enough data to determine that aerosols can travel from one cubicle into an adjacent one, potentially putting a nearby patient, dental students and faculty at risk. They also determined that plexiglass barriers added to the top of the standard cubicle walls can stop the particles. “I was surprised at how variable the aerosols are that are generated by the dentist,” Wooldridge said. “I expected them to be more systematic and well-behaved, but they’re very erratic. They’re like a toddler at Meijer. In the candy aisle maybe.” Among the factors that can affect dispersion of aerosols are which tooth and tooth surface the dentist is working on, whether the dentist is left- or right-handed, the dentist’s posture and their hand position. Once he had the engineering findings, Nalliah and Mike Folk, the dental school’s building manager, consulted with Michigan Medicine airflow experts, then researched the dental school ventilation system to determine the direction that air flows through
clinics. Based on the aerosol and airflow data, plexiglass barriers were added to the top of some of the cubicle walls. It was not as simple as putting plexiglass around every cubicle because that could inhibit airflow. “Inhibited airflow means there would be a risk of stagnating, which increases the risk of transmission to subsequent patients,” Nalliah said. That means some cubicles are still going unused, but clinics with plexiglass can now safely support about 50 percent of their
capacity, an increase from the more limited number when the pandemic first arrived. The barriers were initially installed in four clinics, which increases the number of patients that can be seen around the school at one time. Some clinics may add the additional barriers later as the current plexiglass shortage eases. Nalliah said the ability to call on the expertise of researchers at the College of
Engineering was invaluable. “The capacity that we have now is still limited, but much better than what we were first facing.” Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, more such collaboration may be necessary. “It’s an ongoing, ever-changing, dynamic situation,” Nalliah said. “And the whole world’s response to it as well as the dental profession’s response to it is everchanging. We might need Margaret and André’s help again.”
School Surveys Essential Workers on COVID-19, Tests for Antibodies A survey of nearly a thousand people who were tested for COVID-19 antibodies at the School of Dentistry this summer examined how the pandemic is affecting the life experiences of essential workers, including dentists. The study, “Impact of COVID-19 on Life Experiences of Essential Workers Attending a Dental Testing Facility,” was posted in September on the website of JDR Clinical and Translational Research in advance of being published in the January 2021 print issue of the journal.
• More than 70 percent were sometimes, frequently or always worried about their friends and loved ones contracting COVID-19 and of resulting financial problems.
Researchers analyzed surveys completed online by 984 people tested for antibodies during May and June. The tests were for asymptomatic essential workers in three categories – those who work in dentistry, those in other healthcare fields and those in nonhealthcare fields, including first-responders such as police and fire personnel. In addition to determining that only 21 people tested positive for antibodies, valuable information was gathered from surveys taken by the testing participants.
• More than half of the respondents stated that the pandemic had a positive impact (same, somewhat better, or much better) on caring about one another, self-care and exercise.
“Our findings support that dental workers are as vulnerable as other essential workers to the psychological impacts of COVID-19, and that testing may help alleviate stress and anxiety associated with these pandemics,” said Dr. Margherita Fontana, lead author and the Clifford T. Nelson Endowed Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics. “The study also supports the acceptability and satisfaction of testing done in a dental setting, highlighting a role that dentistry can play within the healthcare system by helping with testing and other surveillance methods during a pandemic.” Researchers found that dental providers reported being less afraid of COVID-19 than
• For all groups, more than half of the respondents stated that the pandemic had a negative (somewhat worse or worse) impact on daily life (59 percent), interactions with others (65 percent), stress levels (66 percent), and enjoyment of life (56 percent).
A participant in the School of Dentistry’s COVID-19 antibody tests waits for blood to be drawn with a finger prick during testing this summer. Participants also completed an online survey.
the other two essential worker groups. “That may be because we have long been attentive to employing procedures and personal protective equipment to safely provide care in the high-risk environments we work in,” Fontana said. Additional survey findings include: • More than 90 percent of respondents said they always or frequently engaged in preventive measures, such as wearing masks. • More than 80 percent said a COVID-19 test received in a dental setting is acceptable, that they were “definitely” satisfied and would “definitely” recommend it to a friend, family or coworker.
• More than two-thirds of respondents said knowing the results of an antibody test would decrease their level of stress and anxiety. Dr. Robert Eber, Clinical Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine and Director of Clinical Research, led a team of faculty members and staff who developed and administered the antibody testing. Other co-authors of the resulting study in addition to Fontana and Eber are Dean Laurie McCauley; Dr. Mark Fitzgerald, Associate Dean for CommunityBased Collaborative Care and Education and an associate professor in CRSE; Emily Yanca, research project manager in CRSE; and George Eckert, Department of Biostatistics, Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Indiana University.
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The new Periodontics Clinic on the third floor is now open.
Renovation Update The school’s Blue Renew major construction and renovation project reached new milestones this summer and early fall. Progress since spring has been noticeable and highlights include: • The first phase of clinic renovations is finished. The former Green clinics have been completely updated and now house the Periodontics Clinic, the Delta Dental Integrated Special Care Clinic, the Bien Air Patient Admitting and Emergency Services Clinic, and the first Victors Predoctoral Clinic. The new clinic spaces are open, operational and already hosting patients. • The courtyard addition is now completely enclosed and interior work has commenced. This 48,000-square-foot addition to the school provides new space for research labs, student meeting spaces, conference rooms and offices. The opening of these new spaces is scheduled for the first half of 2021. This fall marks the second year since the project groundbreaking on Oct. 9, 2018. The $140 million project is on schedule for final completion in 2022. More about the renovation and addition is available on the School of Dentistry website at www.dent.umich.edu/blue-renew. A construction boom lift is reflected in the windows on the west side of courtyard addition as a worker inspects progress at upper left.
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Renée Duff Named Associate Dean of Students Dr. Renée Duff has been promoted to Associate Dean of Students at the School of Dentistry. Dean Laurie McCauley announced the five-year appointment, which was supported by the school’s Executive Committee and approved by the University of Michigan Board of Regents, effective Sept. 1. “Since her appointment as the Assistant Dean for Student Services in 2013, Dr. Duff has been an invaluable asset to the students and school leadership,” McCauley said. The position oversees the Office of Student Services, which focuses on recruiting, retaining and fostering the educational and career development of students in the school’s academic programs, including dental, dental hygiene, graduate and DDS/PhD students. Student Services is responsible for admissions, financial aid, registrar services, course registration and student support, such as wellness counseling and academic and career advising.
McCauley cited several achievements by Duff, including helping to grow student numbers across the school’s programs and developing new student support services with a strong emphasis on student wellness. Student financial aid has increased during her time as assistant dean, and the diversity of dental students and graduate students has increased steadily. “This is an ambitious set of responsibilities during normal operations and during the COVID-19 era they have become even more arduous,” McCauley said. “Dean Duff has provided wise counsel to me and other members of the leadership team while effectively delivering on the central support for our students’ success.” Duff is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics. She holds three degrees from U-M – a bachelor’s degree (1991), Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (1996), and a master’s degree in prosthodontics (2005).
Rogerio Castilho Appointed Interim Chair of POM School of Dentistry faculty member Dr. Rogerio Castilho was named interim chair for the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, effective Aug. 1. Castilho is an associate professor in the department and serves as associate chair for its Division of Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and Radiology. Dean Laurie McCauley announced that Castilho will lead the department on an interim basis until a successor has been appointed to succeed Dr. William Giannobile, who became dean of the Harvard University School of Dentistry on Sept. 1. Castilho received his DDS degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas and his MSc and PhD in Oral Pathology at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He completed his postdoctoral
training in epithelial and cancer biology at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Castilho’s research involves the study of the molecular mechanisms and epigenetic modifications responsible for the maintenance of stem cells and the regulatory signaling pathways during wound-healing, as well as in chronic inflammatory diseases of the oral cavity, including periodontal disease. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine and is an ad-hoc reviewer for more than 20 different scientific journals, including Cell Stem Cell and Cancer Research, among others. A prolific mentor and advisor, he has provided counsel for more than 40 students.
Nikki Sweier Leads Pre-doctoral Clinical Education Dr. Domenica “Nikki” Sweier has been named Director for Pre-doctoral Clinical Education, a position that provides leadership to the clinical portion of the pre-doctoral curriculum and directs the Faculty Coach program. In making the announcement, Dr. Romesh Nalliah, Associate Dean for Patient Services, noted that Sweier has been involved in pre-doctoral didactic, preclinical, and clinical education since 2004 in a variety of roles as well as in graduate dental education as the Assistant Director of the AEGD Program from 2009-2013. Currently, she is a Vertically Integrated Clinic (VIC) Director, and a Faculty Coach in the pre-doctoral clinical training program. She is a Risk Manager for the school and chairs the Quality Assurance Committee, two roles that are strategic in informing teaching and patient care in the pre-doctoral clinical education program, Nalliah said.
Sweier, who earned both her DDS and PhD in Oral Health Sciences from the U-M School of Dentistry, has training in oral health care for geriatric as well as special needs adults and is an advocate for vulnerable populations. She received the V.K. Volk Award by the Michigan Society of Gerontology in 2011 for her contributions to the well-being of older Michigan residents and was part of a team of faculty awarded the U-M Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize for contributions to the first campus-wide Interprofessional Team Based Learning course. Nalliah thanked Dr. Steve Stefanac, former Senior Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Student Services, who served as Interim Director of Predoctoral Clinical Education and guided the implementation of the Faculty Coach program. Faculty Coaches provide mentorship and assessment to improve student progress and success in the clinical curriculum and patient care environment. SCHOOL Fall 2020 | M Dentistry
Schoolwide Diversity Discussions Prompt Healing, Hope An ongoing series of schoolwide discussions on race, anti-racism and racial healing continued into the fall as part of the School of Dentistry’s longtime commitment to keep diversity, equity and inclusion as core principles in the daily life of the school. Over the summer, the school initiated a variety of new opportunities for students, faculty and staff to discuss racism and related issues after widespread national and international protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement prompted a collective examination of current and historical racism and violence against people of color. As reported in the spring online issue of M Dentistry magazine, a series of Listening Sessions and Safe Space Dialogues encouraged students, faculty and staff to explore and share their views on race-related issues, as well as offer ideas on how communities, including the dental school, can be strengthened. Dr. Todd Ester, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Natalie Brown, Director of Human Resources, organized the discussions as co-leads of DEI,
with the support of all five of the school’s departments. Consultant and author Allison Manswell led the listening sessions via Zoom meetings in June, July and September, with another scheduled for late November. Those sessions, plus the follow-up dialogues facilitated by faculty and staff, drew several hundred participants who discussed their views on how society can eliminate racism and make positive change, both as individuals and as communities, including the dental school. Participants listed the need for changes such as more tolerance, respect, empathy and compassion; more of “us” and “we” and less of “them”; and the need for each individual to make a “personal shift” in how they view the needed cultural change. Those sessions joined an already robust slate of diversity events that have been organized annually for the last 25 years by the school’s Multicultural Affairs Committee, which this summer was renamed the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Multicultural Affairs Committee, or DEI-MAC.
Dean Laurie McCauley noted in a school message this fall that the school’s efforts are part of a broader diversity commitment by university leaders and that the school will be part of a National Institutes of Health initiative that calls for cultures of inclusive excellence. “Let’s build on our school’s longstanding DEI-MAC efforts and demonstrate that we are a united community of care that respects all individuals and collectively supports social justice integral to advancing overall health and wellness,” she said. A report using input and surveys from the listening sessions is being prepared for school leadership, and the DEI-MAC will develop recommendations for action steps that could include, for example, the need for more race and anti-racism pedagogy to be included in the curriculum and faculty/staff development. The school-wide discussions have been productive and provided hope, Ester said at the September session, “but as we all know, the work still continues. Together we can make a change, but it is going to take all of us working hard and pulling in the same direction.”
An artifact from the extensive collection at the dental school’s Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry
Yvonne M’s White Teeth Tooth Powder Purpose: The label promises that this tooth-cleaning powder, used with a toothbrush, is “Hygienic; Antiseptic; RichDelicious; Reliable-Pure; Preserves and Makes White Teeth; Gives Sweet Breath; Removes and Prevents Tartar.” Circa: 1890. Donor: The late Dean Fields, Jr., a dentist who lived in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Year Sindecuse acquired: 2008. (Catalog No. 0761.0073.) Details: Dental powders were common in the 1890s. This brand was sold, and likely made, by homeopathic pharmacist J.C. Wise, who was manager of the Kansas City Homeopathic Pharmacy Co. It billed itself in advertising of the time as “Manufacturers and Importers of Homeopathic Medicines, Tinctures and Tablets Exclusively.” Wise, who taught pharmacy at the Kansas City Homoeopathic Medical College, claimed many health benefits from his products, which included Wise’s Thuja Oil and Terreoleum, Wise’s Pancrea-Peptone Tablets, and Pinus Ointment. After the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, using terms like “antiseptic” – on the label of the tooth powder bottle – were more closely regulated. Yvonne M’s tooth powder appears to have been produced in-house by Wise and is very rare, likely because it wasn’t sold for very long. Research yields no clues as to the identity of “Yvonne M” or if the name is connected to the label photo, which appears to be a young child.
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Kinney’s path to this leadership position in academia seemed unlikely in the early years of her career. After receiving her BSDH from the U-M dental school in 1983, she started a 20-year trek through clinical practice in the United States and Europe, moving every three years on average as her husband, Steve, was promoted and transferred for his engineering and finance positions in the automotive industry. Kinney practiced briefly in Lansing after earning her degree, then they moved to the Detroit, Minneapolis and Toledo areas, followed by time in Zurich, Switzerland, then to London, England, and back to Zurich.
Profile: Janet Kinney Patience and persistence led a DH alumna back to the dental school and a leadership position As the Dental Hygiene program at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2021, its director, Janet Kinney, is leading it through changes that will be major milestones in its history. The COVID-19 pandemic brought a set of challenges that required the program to implement creative and groundbreaking solutions when a portion of the traditional in-person classes and hygiene training were forced to move online. That layer of complexity hit just as the program was already in the midst of a significant changeover for its undergraduate BSDH degree, moving it from the longstanding three-year
course of study with summer breaks to a year-round schedule that requires only two years to complete. With the upcoming centennial bringing a focus on history, Kinney said she is at once grateful and inspired to be part of both a program and dental school with such longstanding records of excellence and leadership in dentistry. “Being here at Michigan, being in this environment, with excellence in multiple areas – education, research and service – it’s very rewarding,” she said. “In this job, there is never a dull moment and always something happening. But we have such great collaboration and great resources so that we can excel in all those areas."
“I’m proof that this profession has flexibility,” Kinney says. “I was very fortunate because my career could pick up and move. It was good exposure for me.” She learned that dental problems and treatment are pretty much universal – even when the patient in the dental chair is speaking German. In London, she couldn’t practice as a hygienist because the United Kingdom didn’t recognize U.S. licenses at the time. Even that had a benefit, Kinney said, because she worked instead as a dental assistant and learned firsthand the demands and challenges of another position in the dental office. “When I graduated in 1983, I had it in my mind to come back to school for my master’s after probably about five or six years of practicing,” she said. It ended up being 21, but her patience and persistence paid off in 2004 when she applied for graduate school and was offered a graduate fellowship. As Kinney worked on her master’s degree, she was returning to interests she had developed many years before. She originally started college with the intent of majoring in education and becoming a teacher, but that changed when she took a job as a receptionist in the East Lansing dental office of the late Dr. George Bettman (U-M DDS 1952). She spent a lot of time watching how patients received treatment from the dentist and his hygienists. “I saw how dental hygiene can impact someone’s life in such a positive way,” she said. “Lots of Michigan State students were patients there, including some with serious dental issues. I saw first-hand how the hygienists could transform someone who came in with severe periodontal disease and bring them back to good oral health. I decided I wanted to do that.” Continued
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Those early interests in teaching and periodontics merged nicely as she worked on her master’s degree. And then she was surprised by a new interest that led to a second master’s degree. She credits periodontics faculty members at the time, Drs. William Giannobile and Laurie McCauley, with introducing her to the joys of clinical research. “When I came back as a graduate student, I loved clinical practice because that was all I had done for 20 years,” Kinney said. “I knew clinical research drove clinical practice, but I didn’t understand how I, as a hygienist, could participate in clinical research and drive those clinical protocols. So it was this ‘aha’ moment, this epiphany, for me that I have all these skills that I can use in research. I still have patient interaction, but I like the analytical parts of it. I like generating data and seeing what those results are and how those translate to patient care. That’s an exciting, fulfilling part for me when I have those opportunities.” That newfound interest translated to a master’s degree in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the U-M School of Public Health to go with her master’s in Dental Hygiene, both conferred in 2007. Much of the research on her extensive list of funded research and peer-reviewed publications involves salivary diagnostics as predictors of periodontal disease progression. After finishing her graduate degrees, Kinney joined the Dental Hygiene division as an adjunct clinical lecturer for a year, then was hired as a clinical assistant professor. In 2012, she was named Director of Dental Hygiene. She was promoted to associate professor in 2015 and this year became a full professor, all within the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, home to the Dental Hygiene division. Her job description as director is a busy, hands-on combination of administering the division, teaching and research. She teaches both entry-level and graduate-level courses, while sitting on thesis committees and providing academic and career mentoring for students. Administratively, the biggest initiative of the last several years has been the conversion to a two-year, year-round
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BSDH program. The three-year transition took Kinney and the Curriculum Committee countless hours of revising the schedule of teaching and clinic times while students in the former format finished even as new students entered under the new format. “I think what we are seeing early on is that it is a good move, based on the profile of our students coming into the program,” Kinney said. “We felt our hygiene students needed to have more involvement, activities, interaction and patient care with dental students. And for their clinical skill-building, they now will have instruments in their hands for two straight years with no breaks between spring and summer where they potentially lose some of their hand skills. And students today like that they can finish in two years and get on with their careers or graduate school.” Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic brought a wave of administrative and teaching challenges, but also yielded a set of creative technological innovations that allowed hygiene students to mix in-person training with online video interactions with faculty. (See related story in this magazine’s Dental Hygiene section.) “It’s thinking way outside of the box for us,” Kinney said. “It’s using technology and pushing all of our technology skills. I think students have embraced it. We want to make sure our first-year students are ready to see patients next semester. It looks like we are going to meet that goal.” The creativity and collaboration required by the pandemic illustrate what has always been a strength of the Dental Hygiene Division, Kinney said. “We have had to be very creative with curriculum design. I point to our Curriculum Committee because I like to say it takes a village. I couldn’t do this if I didn’t have those people who come in and give 110 percent every day, not just 9 to 5. This is not Janet Kinney running the show. That is not the way this program has ever worked, but especially now. We have really had to put our heads together,” she said. “It’s kind of awesome to sometimes stop and think about working with so many people dedicated to excellence at the dental school. I work with some phenomenal people who just give their all every single day.”
Faculty News Faculty Members Receive Roberts Professorships Two School of Dentistry faculty members have received named professorships, effective Aug. 1: Vesa Kaartinen is the Dr. Roy H. Roberts Professor of Dentistry and David Kohn is the Natalie C. Roberts Professor of Dentistry. Dean Laurie McCauley announced the appointments, with the support of the School of Dentistry Executive Committee and the approval of the University of Michigan Board of Regents. The professorships are renewable five-year terms. The Dr. Roy H. Roberts endowed professorship was established in January 2002 to honor the distinguished alumnus and supporter who received his dental degree in 1932 and practiced in Ecorse, Mich., until his retirement in 1986. In April 2020, the funds from the professorship exceeded $5 million and allowed for the creation of the Natalie C. Roberts Professorship, named in honor of Dr. Roberts’ wife. Kaartinen was appointed Associate Dean for Research in 2019 and has been Director of the Oral Health Sciences PhD graduate program since 2018. He joined the faculty in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics in 2008 and was promoted to associate professor in 2009 and to professor in 2014. Kaartinen’s research focuses on understanding the role of morphogens in the pathogenesis of common human birth defects. Kohn, a professor in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics, joined the dental school in 1989. He is also a professor of biomedical engineering in the U-M College of Engineering. His interest in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine is the foundation for his work as co-director of the Michigan-Pittsburgh-Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center. He also leads a U-M Biosciences Initiative project for high-impact research to develop applications in organ and tissue replacement and regeneration.
Stephen Meraw Leads MDA Dr. Stephen Meraw, an adjunct Clinical Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, is the new president of the Michigan Dental Association for 2020-21. He succeeds Dr. Margaret Gingrich (DDS 2004). Meraw, who has a periodontics practice in Warren, was installed in May during an online meeting of MDA Board of Trustees when the annual session was postponed and later canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. “While this may not have been the situation I would have chosen to begin my term, this is our reality, and I’m committed to working tirelessly to face whatever challenges present to us,” Meraw told the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association. “Now, more than ever, we have to pool our collective talents and resources to protect and preserve the profession that each of us has sacrificed to join.”
New Faculty Join School Three new full-time faculty members joined the School of Dentistry in the first half of the year: Dr. Clarissa Fontoura joined the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics as a Clinical Assistant Professor on Feb. 1. Dr. Fontoura received her DDS degree from Gama Filho University - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2019, she earned a PhD in Oral Science at the University of Iowa - Dows Institute of Dental Research. Her research focuses on investigating the genetic contributors for both normal and abnormal phenotypic variation within the craniofacial complex. She seeks to leverage phenotypic data to explore dental/craniofacial growth and morphology as it relates to malocclusion, dental anomalies and non-syndromic cleft lip and palate. Dr. Rodrigo Maia joined the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics as a Clinical Associate Professor on Feb. 2. Dr. Maia received his DDS degree from Gama
Filho University - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He earned an MS and PhD in Restorative Dentistry from the Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil, and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Iowa - Dows Institute of Dental Research. As clinician-scientist, his research interests include light interaction in dental tissues/biomaterials and developing new ways to achieve restorations with light properties that closely replicate the natural appearance of dental tissues.
Dental school faculty, staff members and students participated in a unique going-away reception for Dr. William Giannobile on July 20 outside the School of Dentistry. Because of pandemic restrictions, well-wishers wore masks and maintained social-distancing as they waited their turn to say good-bye to Giannobile, who left the dental school in August to become Dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Giannobile was the William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Dentistry and Chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, and was a Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the U-M College of Engineering. Giannobile joined the U-M dental school in 1998 as an assistant professor in what was then the Department of Periodontics/Prevention/ Geriatrics, advancing to associate professor in 2002 and full professor in 2004. He had been chair of POM since 2012.
Dr. Gerardo Romeo was named Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry, and director of Preclinical Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the School of Dentistry, effective July 1. He earned his DDS degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, his medical degree from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus in strategic healthcare management from Hofstra University. He has lectured extensively on cleft lip and palate care and is passionate about the integration of ethical business practice and principles into dental education.
Faculty Trade JDE Editing Role The School of Dentistry will continue to have a prominent role in the leading academic journal for dental education as one faculty member replaces another as the publication’s associate editor. Dr. Romesh Nalliah, a clinical professor and Associate Dean for Patient Services, began as associate editor of the Journal of Dental Education (JDE) in May. He replaces Dr. Marita Inglehart, professor of dentistry, who served as the journal’s associate editor for eight years from 2011 through the end of 2019.
The JDE is the peer-reviewed monthly journal of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). It publishes a wide variety of educational and scientific research in dental, allied dental and advanced dental education. ADEA members include all 78 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, more than 50 corporations and approximately 18,000 individuals. Nalliah will work with the JDE editor, Dr. Michael Reddy, Dean of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dental Medicine, in selecting and guiding manuscripts through the review process on a wide range of topics related to dental education. Inglehart, the dental school’s only faculty member in the behavioral sciences, is a professor of dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine and an adjunct professor in the U-M Department of Psychology. She said she enjoyed working with researchers and readers from around the world. “I loved the wide variety of topics,” she said. “It really helped me to appreciate the tremendous scope of dental education.”
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New OHS MS Degree Program Set to Start The School of Dentistry’s new Oral Health Science master’s degree program is set to welcome its first students in July 2021. The program proposal was initiated by the school in January and subsequently approved by the Executive Board of the Rackham Graduate School and by the Michigan Association of State Universities. Dr. Vesa Kaartinen, Associate Dean for Research, announced in September that Dr. Elisabeta Karl, clinical assistant professor in the department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, will serve as director of the program. “Her extensive
teaching and mentoring experience as well as her PhD in Oral Health Sciences, from our school, will be a great benefit to the program,” Kaartinen said. “Dr. Karl will be working to build the program through student recruitment, working with faculty to identify mentoring opportunities and funding, and guiding students as they develop their careers in OHS research.” The OHS Master of Science degree, which is unique among dental schools around the country, is intended to prepare students to acquire skills and knowledge necessary for a competitive application to dental school, an application to a PhD training program or for employment in a research laboratory in the field of oral health sciences
and craniofacial research. The program is also designed to enhance diversity among students considering dentistry or research in oral health sciences/craniofacial biology as their future careers. The impetus for the new program relates to the competitive nature of the dental school application process as well as the shortage of a research workforce that engages in dental, oral and craniofacial health sciences. It is a one-year program with 30 credits. Students would begin in July each year and continue through the winter term with a capstone project due at the end of the training. The initial goal of this fall’s student recruitment is to have a pilot class of about four students who will start in July 2021.
Sponsored Research Awards >$50,000 from March 1, 2020, to August 31, 2020 NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES David Kohn and William Gianobile: (U24) $31,440,626. Michigan-Pittsburgh-Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center: Advancing Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Regeneration to Clinical Trial Initiation, Stage 2. Renny Franceschi: (Department of Defense) $1,218,970. Novel Strategy for Bone Tissue Engineering Using Nanofibrous Osteogenic Collagen Peptides (collaborative award with Dr. Kuroda). Kenichi Kuroda: (Department of Defense) $1,119,353. Novel Strategy for Bone Tissue Engineering Using Nanofibrous Osteogenic Collagen Peptides (collaborative award with Dr. Franceschi). Alex DaSilva: (R01) $1,089,292 (estimated portion of $3.8 million grant as Co-PI with Anesthesiology Department at Michigan Medicine, awarded in September 2019). Explosive Synchronization of Brain Network Activity in Chronic Pain. 14 RESEARCH M Dentistry | Fall 2020
Kenichi Kuroda: (R21) $429,000. A pH-Responsive Smart Copolymer for Selective Removal of Cariogenic Oral Biofilms. Kenichi Kuroda: (NSF) $350,000. Polymer Conjugates That Adapt Vancomycin to Overcome Resistance in Gram-negative Bacteria. Ann Decker: (K99/R00) $278,640. GAS6-Mediated Regulation of Oral Tissue Regeneration. Yuji Mishina (Mentor/U-M PI) and Ke’ale Louie (Fellow): (F30) $56,284. Role of Genetically Determined Dental Abnormalities on Masticatory Performance and Adaptation in an Animal Model of Ellis van Creveld Syndrom.
FOUNDATIONS, INDUSTRY and OTHER AWARDS Lorenzo Tavelli: Delta Dental Foundation, $72,000. The Effect of Recombinant Human Platelet-Derived Growth Factor in Combination With Collagen Matrix for the Treatment of Multiple Adjacent Gingival Recessions: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
Back in the Labs – Dr. Min Liu, a research specialist in the lab of Dr. Nisha D’Silva, works with samples in a fume hood in late October. Labs at the dental school and elsewhere on the U-M campus have reopened with restrictions after being shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring. Pandemic protocols set by campus research administrators limit the number of researchers based on a lab’s square footage, so most are at less than 100 percent of their pre-pandemic staffing. Researchers must wear masks and request a social-distancing exemption for specialized projects where researchers must be in close proximity to each other.
SADHA Organizes Children’s Summer Smile Drive Last spring, members of the dental school’s Student Chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SADHA) knew that young people in southeast Michigan were being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic just like everyone else during the uncertain time – and so was their dental hygiene. Members put together a plan to support underserved youth and called it their Children’s Summer Smile Drive. The group’s vision was to create a gift for youth that would be educational. It would encourage them to brush and floss their teeth, provide information on why it is best to avoid sugary drinks, encourage them to stay healthy by taking care of their teeth, and provide them with the supplies to do so, such as age-appropriate toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss. The initiative was led by fourth-year DH student Rachel Mundus, SADHA’s Community Service Chair, who has many years of experience in community outreach in southeast Michigan. When she explained the group’s plan to various community and dental school contacts, it received immediate support in the form of oral health supply donations. The dental school’s Dental Stores donated toothpaste and School of Dentistry bags, and Dr. Jan Hu, chair of the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences &
and utilized donated educational materials to include in the gift packs. The Smile Drive started with two at-risk youth programs in Ypsilanti by collaborating with Eastern Michigan University’s Bright Futures program and Circles of Washtenaw County, a program affiliated with Friends in Deed, a community support non-profit. The drive also connected with 64 families served by Peace Neighborhood in Ann Arbor. A Foster Children’s Closet supported by an Ann Arbor church received 150 packs.
DH students Rachel Mundus, left, and Maysa Sawabini prepare toothbrushes and other gift pack contents for distribution at a community event.
Prosthodontics, supported the effort, as did the Ann Arbor Pediatric Dentistry practice. Mundus wrote a community grant to the Delta Dental Foundation of Michigan and was awarded literature and youth toothbrushes for the Smile Drive. SADHA vice president Merysta Smith, a fourth-year student, contacted Crest and Oral B representatives and they shipped donated supplies, including oral health bundles. SADHA created a custom flyer with oral health information
SADHA reached out even further, into the Detroit area, by distributing dental hygiene packs through the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation in the southwest part of the city. SADHA’s president Maysa Sawabini, who lives in Dearborn, worked with ACCESS Dearborn (the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) to distribute 140 packs for the organization’s summer health fair. Overall, SADHA’s Summer Smile Drive donated 1,379 toothbrushes and 597 oral hygiene packs to southeast Michigan communities. “We want to thank everyone who contributed in any way to the Children’s Summer Smile Drive,” Mundus said. “Through this collaborative support, children and families across southeast Michigan received oral hygiene supplies that we hope brightened their smiles during these trying times.”
Research Project Links Mental Health and Oral Health Dental Hygiene faculty member Danielle Rulli is part of an innovative project that has received additional funding to continue research on improving the oral health of people with mental health disabilities. Rulli, a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate Dental Hygiene Program, is collaborating on a project led by Dr. Adrienne Lapidos, a Clinical Assistant
Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the U-M Medical School.
Community Health Workers and Certified Peer Support Specialists.
The “Peer Oral Health Initiative – Developing and Testing a Brief Intervention Model” received a $49,250 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation that supplements an earlier $50,000 grant received from the Depression Center’s Eisenberg Collaborative Innovation Fund. The project builds on a previous grant from the Michigan Health Endowment that allowed the researchers to create oral health training modules for
“Our project focuses on training community health workers, peer support specialists, and peer recovery coaches to talk to their clients with mental health disabilities about oral health, and to connect them with a dental home in their community,” Rulli said. “In this project, we will develop motivational interviewing materials and other supports for these community workers, and will include short videos of people sharing their oral health recovery stories.” DENTAL HYGIENE 15 Fall 2020 | M Dentistry
Hygiene Class Utilizes Innovative New Video System The Thursday afternoon session of Dental Hygiene course DH210 has been underway for about an hour as faculty member Martha McComas goes from student to student. She is watching the first-year students practice the proper techniques for using different dental scalers and is demonstrating how to reach various teeth on their typodont models. The conversation is filled with DH lingo. “Bring your hand more towards your right, so get up on your fulcrum finger a little more,” McComas tells one student. “There … not out, but up. Keep going, keep going, right there.” Another student asks: “So when you get toward the mesial buccal, that’s when you want to start rotating?” “That’s right,” McComas answers, watching the student’s hand movements. “There you go, that’s better. Because if you keep going straight without rolling and adapting your fulcrum, then that point is going to be out in the gingiva and that’s going to be painful. Looks good, looks really good. Let’s go on to another area …” 16 DENTAL HYGIENE M Dentistry | Fall 2020
It’s a typical instructional conversation that’s been held countless times between DH faculty and students, except for one big difference on this day: The participants are not at the School of Dentistry or even in the same room. The students are practicing in their apartments around southeast Michigan, and McComas is offering her expertise from the living room of her home in Dexter. She is watching a series of video feeds that allow her to see a close-up of each student’s hands as they practice on their typodont. In return, students can watch McComas demonstrate proper technique on her typodont. DH faculty and students are using this innovative and newly developed video system in response to limitations created by the COVID-19 pandemic. New protocols allow fewer students to be in the Simulation Lab and clinics at once, so McComas knew by mid-summer that faculty would need a mix of in-person and online instruction, rather than the pre-pandemic routine, which was entirely in-person. Lectures
and many classroom courses are fairly easy to convert to virtual Zoom meetings, but hands-on demonstrations that would normally have been done in the Sim Lab or Foundations Clinic are much more difficult to move online. McComas, a clinical associate professor, began experimenting at home with how a Zoom meeting on her laptop computer could be paired with a second video feed using the camera on an iPad. She configured a tripod to hold the iPad so that its camera pointed down at her typodont. Through “lots of trial and error” she got close to a process that she thought might work. It requires the faculty member to alternate between talking to students on Zoom, then pivoting to demonstrate procedures on the iPad camera, making sure to switch back-and-forth between the proper settings so that everyone can see and hear both functions at the proper times. McComas enlisted the help of Adam Barragato, lead instructional learner in the school’s Dental Informatics department. He
DH student Sharmina Alam watches Zoom images of classmates and instructor Janet Kinney on a television screen at her home in suburban Detroit. To her left is an iPad on a tripod that sends video to the class when she works on the typodont below the iPad.
helped refine how a laptop and iPad could be used simultaneously, and provided instructional support. DH and DDS students had already been supplied with iPads early in the switch to online learning when the pandemic first hit; now the school provided each firstyear DH student with a tripod, an iPad holder that attaches to the tripod and a small ring light to light up the typodont. “That would allow students to show their instrumentation techniques without having to ask their mom, dad, sibling or friend to hold the iPad while they did it!” Barragato noted. “The other challenge was how do we support faculty who have never taught this way before and with this technology that they are not familiar with.” Several practice sessions were held with McComas and the other three faculty who would teach the class – DH Director and Clinical Professor Janet Kinney and Clinical Lecturers Brittany Forga and Sheree Duff – shortly before the class began in early September.
New material is presented to the 32 students each Wednesday when they are all in-person in the dental school Sim Lab. McComas introduces new instruments and techniques, and the students use class time to practice. On Thursdays, from their homes, students log into the online video system where they practice and demonstrate their proficiency with the latest material. Much of the time is spent in virtual “break-out rooms” with two students demonstrating and watching each other’s work. Faculty check in on the pairings to answer questions and offer instruction. After that Thursday online class, students have until Sunday at noon to record a 10-minute video that shows themselves discussing and demonstrating the latest procedures on their typodonts. Faculty then review and grade the videos before the next class on Tuesday, which is an online session during which faculty provide individual critiques of the skills demonstrated in the student video. Then on Wednesday, it’s back into the Sim Lab for the next new section of the course. During the online video sessions, each of the four faculty members deals directly with only eight of the 32 students to increase the amount of direct contact for the students. McComas said she believes students are learning the material faster than with the traditional method, in part because the new video method seems to enhance the educational approach known as Just-in-Time Teaching, or JiTT. That method encourages pre-class preparation by students, more active learning during classes and teachers adjusting classroom activities to meet student needs. “I believe that the type of virtual instruction we have created for this class
has allowed us to really utilize the JiTT pedagogy to its full extent,” McComas said. “We always were able to utilize JiTT in the Sim Lab, but to be able to use this type of teaching on an individual basis, in every Zoom session, is really advantageous for the novice learner.” Students and faculty reported that it took two or three weeks to get comfortable with the new teaching and learning method, but they have found positives with the process. McComas, her faculty colleagues and students say in-person, hands-on teaching remains essential for the Dental Hygiene curriculum, but McComas believes it is so effective that at least parts of it should be maintained even when the dental school is able to return to full-time, in-person instruction. Several students in the class say they are generally happy with how the course has netted out after solving problems like finding the best ways to position the camera so classmates and faculty can see their hands at work as they move around the typodont. Making the weekly video was timeconsuming at first, but students say they’ve become faster and the end results are more polished now. Student Ashlee Hastings said the videos are a big advantage. “I love to review my videos once I have received feedback on what I need to improve,” she said. “If I were demonstrating this skill in person I would not have the ability to review my video as many times as I needed to perfect the skills I am practicing.” Clinical lecturer Brittany Forga said her experience has been positive. “One strength to having the videos to assess student skill and progress is that we, as faculty, can hit rewind and watch a skill multiple times to ensure that any weaknesses are identified and corrected so our students are building a strong foundation,” she said. “That feedback is a great way to get our students thinking about what they missed in their video and they can practice before Sim Lab the following day. And it is also a great way to document all of the improvements, progress and strengths they have picked up from start to finish.” Working near the fireplace in her home’s living room, faculty member Martha McComas adjusts the setting on an iPad mounted on a tripod as it transmits video of her demonstrating a procedure on a typodont.
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D1 Cameron Shoemaker registers a temperature of 97.1 when he is checked while entering the dental school building in early September. Everyone entering the building is screened for a high temperature.
willing and feel safe returning to the school to receive care.”
Glad to Be Back In-person When students returned this summer to the School of Dentistry after several months of distance learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they said they found new appreciation for the opportunity to work alongside classmates, treat patients and interact closely with faculty. After in-person instruction abruptly ended in March, faculty and administrators converted coursework to virtual courses online in order to finish the winter term. As pandemic restrictions eased and stringent infection control protocols were established, students began returning to the school in phases in June, with the first-year DDS students arriving last, on Aug. 31. Faculty, students and staff have successfully worked through the new protocols for health and safety that include daily health screenings, mandatory mask wearing and social distancing, and training in the proper wearing and disposal of personal protection equipment for those working in the patient clinics. Faculty and administrators have developed a mix of online and in-person instruction for dental and dental hygiene students. Upper tier students have returned to clinics to treat patients while first- and second-year students spend time in the school’s Simulation Lab to practice dental procedures on typodonts or perform other exercises. This mix of online 18 STUDENTS M Dentistry | Fall 2020
and in-person will be the new normal at the dental school for the foreseeable future. Parker Wilson, in the DDS Class of 2022, said being back in-person has helped him regain motivation. “The face-to-face interaction with faculty is arguably the most important component of our dental education,” he said. “Regaining the ability to discuss problems, concepts and theories in-person with faculty has been re-energizing and has helped provide some sense of normalcy.” Long Zhang, DDS Class of 2022, said there is no way to substitute for in-person learning experience in the clinic. “We can watch a video on how to prep a crown a hundred times, but it is never going to be real until we actually prep a tooth on a patient,” he said. Students also appreciate how they are contributing to the health of the community. “I am thankful for the opportunity to begin providing care to our patient population, many of whom have gone so long without dental treatment due to COVID-19,” said Lisa Walker, a Class of 2021 Dental Hygiene student. “The dental school is a pivotal aspect of our community’s oral health here in southeast Michigan, and I am so happy to see that our patients are eager, D4 Randon Campbell creates a digital image of typodont teeth with an intraoral scanner in Sim Lab in early September.
Dr. Elisabeta Karl, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics (CRSE), has found positives in the changes. “The asynchronous lectures work much better in my opinion in the sense that students can watch the lectures when convenient for them. Some brains work better at night, some others early mornings,” she said. “In the Sim Lab, with only half as many students because of social distancing, we are more efficient, there is less crowding, the sound level is significantly reduced, and most of the students report to me that they feel more relaxed.” Dr. Stephen Sterlitz, a clinical assistant professor in CRSE, said the majority of didactic foundational material can be delivered remotely using online lectures and videos, but very important parts of that early instruction need to be in-person. “Due to the precision required of these early exercises designed to develop dexterity, practice without feedback could result in the students getting very good at bad habits,” he said. “In-person feedback is structured to help the students progress from the application of principles to developing a ‘professional vision’ of what clinical excellence looks like.”
SoD Almanac Where the New D1 Class of 2024 Hails From
Home states of students Locations of universities where students earned their undergraduate degrees Also: 2 universities in Canada, and 1 each in Syria and China
D1 Class of 2024 On Its Way After Non-traditional Start The new first-year class of DDS students arrived at the School of Dentistry on Aug. 31 this year, three months later than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They started classes at the usual time, in June, but their first-semester courses were navigated online from their homes all around the country and abroad. When they finally arrived in-person, class members said they were relieved to have finally joined the daily dental school routine, even if pandemic protocols made for a non-traditional introduction to D1 life. The Class of 2024 became the first in school history to arrive wearing masks and practicing social distancing. The 108 class members were admitted from 1,600 applicants. The gender breakdown is 57 men and 51 women. Michigan is home to 71 class members and 37 are from elsewhere around the country and Canada. The average age is 23 and class average gradepoint is 3.73. Class members earned their undergraduate degrees (and six master’s degrees) at universities all around Michigan and from coast to coast. As is the norm, U-M led the way, with 26 graduates; 18 class members hold degrees from Michigan State. Thirteen other
Michigan colleges and universities have at least one graduate in the class, from Northern Michigan University to Hope College to Wayne State University. Nationally, students arrived with degrees from throughout the country. (See Almanac map above.) The annual White Coat Ceremony, usually held in late July at Rackham Auditorium, was converted to a virtual program that was posted on the school’s website in late October so that the students’ families and friends could be part of the tradition. Much like the online commencement program for the Class of 2020 in May, the online White Coat Celebration featured pre-recorded videos of various speakers addressing the importance of the students’ choice to become dentists and offering praise for their resilience in a most unusual year. One of the videos showed each student donning his or her personalized clinic coat for the first time. A photographer took each student’s portrait wearing the coat, much as would have been done at the in-person ceremony at Rackham. Dean Laurie McCauley addressed the symbolic importance of the ceremony, regardless of its online rather than in-person conveyance. It signifies the students’
commitment to pursue and uphold the highest standards of care and ethics of the profession. The coat, with each student’s name and the Block M on the front, is a prominent statement that the student has joined the U-M School of Dentistry’s longstanding commitment to excellence and professionalism. Reciting the Oath of Aspiring Dentists is a declaration that each student will uphold and support the care and basic rights of each patient they encounter. “Even though you are donning your White Coat in an online ceremony during a pandemic, it doesn’t lessen the importance of the tradition nor diminish the sense of urgency to keep you progressing in your goals,” McCauley said in her welcome to the event. “The significance is even greater than usual because we are in the midst of taking extraordinary measures to ensure patients continue to receive the highest level of care, and to ensure the education of our students remains world-class even under such challenging circumstances. Patients need you and we simply don’t want to keep them waiting.”
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Jae Han First to Graduate from DDS/MBA Program This spring Jae Young Han became the first School of Dentistry graduate to earn both a DDS and an MBA degree as part of a new program the school started in 2018 with U-M’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The dual degree DDS-MBA program required a rigorous full-time schedule at both schools beginning in Han’s fourth year of dental school. He began classes at Ross in September 2018 while continuing his classwork and clinical requirements at the dental school. The program extends dental school from the normal four years to five. Han made the initial proposal and advocated for the dual program after entering the dental school in 2015, then worked with administrators as they developed the program in coordination with Ross.
Q: Earning each degree is a strenuous academic course. What were the challenges of doing both at the same time? JH: There was such a variety of challenges, but they all stemmed from having to constantly reorient myself to balance between the two environments’ vastly different culture and way of thinking. Managing time, deadlines and relationships were all just small parts of the consuming but fun problems that naturally came with being the first. But it would have been much less meaningful without those challenges. A growth mindset is one of the greatest assets and enduring qualities that I got out of this experience. Q: Before you started the MBA portion, you commented that its admissions process was an early indication of the big differences between business and dentistry. How did you navigate the gap between the science and skills of dentistry vs. the data and planning of business administration? Were there similarities as well? JH: I think that at the end of the day, both business and dentistry serve the function of contributing to society by generating value that can improve people’s quality of life.
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In announcing the program, administrators emphasized that it is less about helping dental students learn how to manage their future dental practices, and more about gaining in-depth leadership training for those who aspire to management or executive roles in dentistry and related fields. Since graduating in May, Han has begun his career in various capacities. He practices as a dentist in multiple locations and works for a startup company commercializing innovative nanotechnology that enables early dental diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment. He also leads his own dental technology company that has developed and is seeking patents on devices that can improve operative inefficiencies and patient comfort. Han, who lives with his wife Morgan and a 9-month-old son in Jackson, Mich., answered several questions about his dual degree experience.
Of course, “business” is an inseparable part of dental practice. But I think the term is often a misnomer in the dental world. I think that dental practice or even the dental industry is to square as business is to rectangle. They are far from mutually exclusive. I had to learn to speak and seamlessly transition between the respective languages to understand how to build creative solutions in not just dentistry or administration, but for the end beneficiaries: the people. Q: The MBA for dentists is about leadership and larger roles in the field of dentistry rather than merely business management for a practice. Before you started, you said you were interested in using the MBA to create “positive disruptions in the evolution of dentistry.” What do you have in mind? JH: My goals will change over time. But whether they morph into something more concrete or pivot to something completely different, I ultimately want to influence the evolution of our current system to one that is more conducive to improving population oral health. It may be through developing groundbreaking products, scaling a new model of care, or building strategic partnerships with the rest of the healthcare and other industries.
As an individual clinician, I’d be lucky to positively influence a few thousand people in my career. But if I can be part of improving the system, the scale at which I can spread the impact will be huge. I am excited to see what tomorrow holds! Q: What advice do you have for other dental students who might be considering the dual MBA degree? JH: I think the biggest thing is to understand why they believe they need or want it. An MBA from Ross as a top business school is an attractive credential, but it’s really only as meaningful as you make it. The experience you build by taking the initiatives is how you will make the degree and investment count. It goes without saying that where you earn your MBA makes a big difference. The top business schools may offer similar quality of education and exposure, but I really think that how the Ross environment shapes your development as a leader is unique. So, reflect on the why and do your homework to understand how your vision aligns with what Ross offers. Also, know your own capacity. I thrive by grinding and spreading thin. Even if you are different, I think self-awareness, intrinsic motivation, and the drive to compete with yourself are critical to your success.
Student News DDS-PhD student wins leadership award from ADA Foundation Shawn Hallett, a joint DDS-PhD student at the School of Dentistry, has received a national leadership award from the American Dental Association Foundation. The foundation’s Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award recognizes a promising leader who is a member of a diverse group that has been traditionally underrepresented in leadership and whose research excellence has made a substantial contribution to improve the oral health of the public. The award’s $5,000 stipend will cover the cost of Hallett’s participation in a leadership program offered by the ADA Institute for Diversity and Leadership. The award criteria require oral health research accomplishments; leadership skills; the ability to create a vision; effective communications skills sufficient to motivate others to achieve that vision; and participation in activities which advance the oral health of the public and-or the underserved. In applying for the Whiston Award, Hallett cited the challenges he has overcome as a first-generation college student and Romanian-born adoptee. “Having no individuals in my family who work in the dental field and being a first-generation college student, I have been in situations throughout my academic career where I felt unprepared and underrepresented. It is through these experiences that I have developed my persistence, self-sufficiency and motivation to succeed by enacting leadership qualities.” Hallett is starting the third year of the dental’s school Oral Health Sciences seven-year research track that leads to a PhD and a DDS with the Class of 2025. He currently conducts research in the lab of faculty member Dr. Noriaki Ono. Hallett’s dissertation, “Unraveling the Cellular Dynamics of the Cranial Base Synchondroses Throughout Postnatal Craniofacial Development,” explores biological regulators driving postnatal growth and maturation of the cranial base growth center synchondroses.
Student has top U.S. entry in Dentsply Sirona restorative contest D4 Kris Bano was the top entry among U.S. dental students who participated in the Dentsply Sirona Global Clinical Case Contest for 2019-20, and he finished second in the North America region that includes Canada. Students from universities around the world enter their restorative dentistry cases in the annual contest, with regional winners eligible for the final international judging. Students document cases with photos and text to show how anterior or posterior direct restorations were placed using the Dentsply Sirona restorative product line. Bano treated a 35-year-old man with sensitive anterior teeth, gross decay, gingival inflammation, a missing incisor tooth, an uneven occlusal plane and a severe overbite. The treatment plan consisted of composite
restorations, a composite bridge, periodontal therapy and an extensive oral hygiene and lifestyle modification. Bano documented the case in a poster and PowerPoint presentation for the contest. “It was a unique and challenging case because we utilized a technique that isn’t so commonly used in the U.S. to replace a missing tooth – a direct composite Maryland bridge,” Bano said. “Because this procedure was completely new to me, I had to learn several new techniques and ask faculty members, Dr. Stephen Sterlitz and Dr. Robert Leach, for mentorship. Both were extremely helpful and their support allowed me to develop my techniques and skills. I am truly honored and humbled to be the only student in the country to have won this award. I've learned a lot through this case. It has opened my eyes to more possible treatment options for my patients. It was an amazing learning experience.”
Three students receive SNDA research awards at national convention Students from the School of dentistry received three of the top four research awards given at the 2020 Student National Dental Association convention in July. Students submitted an abstract, final poster and narration of their presentation, with judging by the National Dental Association NDA Minority Faculty Development and Research Committee members. The Research Symposium was sponsored by Crest and Oral-B. U-M recipients were: First place: Marsha-Kay Hutchinson-Carnegie, a third-year student in the dual DDS/PhD degree program, for her abstract, “TRIP13 Promotes Radiation Resistance in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma.” It outlines how oncogene TRIP13 augments DNA repair mechanisms in head and neck cancer cells, subsequently resulting in cells becoming resistant to radiation therapy. Mentor: Dr. Nisha D’Silva. Second place: Shernel Thomas, D4, for her project, “Quality Improvement Training to Improve Safe Opioid Prescribing.” Training and educational materials were provided to dentists and staff at nine Michigan clinics regarding opioid prescribing recommendations, pain management counseling, risk
assessment, and Michigan’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Pre- and postsurveys revealed improved awareness by dentists, more counseling with patients and less opioid prescribing. Mentor: Dr. Romesh Nalliah. Fourth place: Sarah Radden, D3, for her project, “Do Students’ Personal and Educational Experiences Result in Diversity-Related Advocacy?” The more diverse the respondents' childhood neighborhoods were, the more likely they were to attend racially diverse colleges, have racially diverse friends and appreciate diversity-related educational efforts in dental school. Mentors: Drs. Todd Ester and Marita Inglehart.
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Kathleen and Robert Swarts at the Delhi Bridge near where they live along Huron River Drive a few miles outside Ann Arbor.
Alumni Profile: Drs. Kathleen and Robert Swarts Couple's gift for scholarship will help others get started Drs. Kathy and Bob Swarts profess to be retired from dentistry, but they’ve tried that a couple of times before and it didn’t quite work out that way. This time, though, it’s been three years of steady retirement, so the idea may be finally taking hold.
level. As they reflected on retirement and their careers, they decided to support the School of Dentistry’s network of financial aid for dental students. They have pledged $250,000 to create the Robert and Kathleen Swarts DDS Scholarship Fund. Their decision was informed by how much the cost of dental school has changed in the more than four decades since they were students. In working with many recent dental school graduates, they’ve followed how student debt has grown, sometimes reaching $300,000 or more by the time of graduation.
Married dentists aren’t exactly rare, but they are unique in that their individual careers merge together into a shared professional path. In the case of the Swartses, they came to Ann Arbor in the early 1970s for their undergraduate degrees at the University of Michigan, stayed for their dental degrees, and had the good fortune of finding a way to practice the profession they love in the university town they love.
“We are specifically interested in supporting students with financial need,” Kathy said. “Dental school is so expensive. I’m sure there are many talented, interested students who could not consider pursuing a dental career without assistance. I did not come from a wealthy background, but dental school wasn’t so expensive then. With loans, I was able to manage. Because Bob and I had successful careers, we are now able to assist others in pursuing their career of choice.”
All these years later, they are among the quintessential “Go Blue!” Ann Arbor residents who support the university and incorporate its many offerings into their daily lives. They’ve been regular donors to a variety of U-M units, both academic and extracurricular, and last year took it to a new
Dentistry wasn’t the initial career of choice for either Bob or Kathy. As Bob finished his undergraduate degree in zoology in 1972, he was accepted at a medical school but his admission was deferred by a year. The other option was dental school. “A friend in my fraternity was at the dental school and so I
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had seen a little of what he was doing and it seemed pretty interesting. So I said I’ll give this a shot,” he recalls. He was accepted by the dental school, leaving him with a choice. “I was torn. I could have gone to medical school the next year, but I just decided I didn’t want to wait. It was a very good decision, no regrets.” The decision paid off not only in terms of a long and successful career as a dentist, but it also had immediate dividends in terms of meeting his life partner. Only a few months into dental school, after the first gross anatomy exam, a dental supply company sponsored an annual “Post-Gross Toast” social event for first-year dental students and first-year dental hygiene students. Kathy, a student in the dental hygiene program, responded to Bob’s introductory line – something about the event being similar to Oktoberfest in Munich – and it was the start of what is now 44 years of marriage. Kathy followed her older sister into dental hygiene, earning her degree in 1974 and practicing as a hygienist for several years. During her hygiene education, she decided she wanted to continue on to dental school, but dentistry was still a male-dominated profession in the ‘70s. “I felt I was capable, but I wasn’t sure patients would go to a female dentist,” she said. The possibility of
dental school for Kathy was put on hold after Bob finished dental school in 1976, a few months after they were married, and they moved to Germany while Bob completed a three-year commitment as a U.S. Army dentist. “By the time we returned in 1979,” Kathy said, “attitudes had changed enough that I felt being a female would no longer create a barrier to building a practice.” They both returned to the dental school, Bob earning his master’s degree in prosthodontics in 1982 and Kathy completing her DDS in 1984. Bob immediately began a part-time teaching appointment in prosthodontics, oral surgery and implants, working with Drs. Frank Smith, Bill Kotowicz, Brien Lang and Rick Scott, among others, from 1982 to 1987. A highlight was being part of a faculty group that trained at the University of Toronto with Dr. George Zarb, a dental school alumnus who is credited with widely advancing new implant methodology first developed in Sweden. In 1984, after Kathy graduated with her DDS and was teaching at the dental school as a part-time instructor in Crown and Bridge, the couple received an offer from faculty member Dr. Lee Pratt (DDS 1951). He was retiring from his private prosthodontics practice in Ann Arbor and offered to sell his practice and building to the Swartses. It was perfect timing and they accepted. Bob and Kathy each worked at their new practice a few days a week as they continued to teach. Bob gradually reduced the amount of his teaching appointment until, in 1987, he left his faculty position and focused entirely on the practice. Although Bob’s graduate degree is in prosthodontics and most of the patients the Swartses inherited from Pratt were pros patients, they built the practice as general dentistry. In 1986, even as she continued to work part-time in the Swarts office, Kathy joined a former dental school classmate, Dr. Maureen Riley, in a practice in downtown Ann Arbor. When Riley decided to leave their joint practice in 1998 after 12 years, Kathy moved her patients to the Swarts practice. That’s where she and Bob practiced until 2007. That year, much like when they had been approached by Dr. Pratt to start a practice, they received an offer to sell their practice. It was too good to pass up, so they accepted the offer and retired – for the first time.
“I had a wonderful practice and career,” Bob says. “The best part was the reward of treating patients who walk in with serious problems and leave feeling much better. That’s why I liked pros in particular because often I would have one patient in the morning and one in the afternoon. Or sometimes just one for all day if we were doing something more serious. I got to know my patients very, very well. It was very fun.” Adds Kathy, “What I really enjoyed most in private practice was the relationships I developed with my patients. I could arrive at the office, see a car parked outside, and know who was there.” After selling their practice in 2007, they bought a recreational vehicle and spent about six months each of the next two years traveling around North America. After they sold their RV in Alaska and returned to Ann Arbor at the end of two years of sight-seeing, they expected to settle into retirement in the town they’ve loved since their undergraduate days. That lasted about a year. Kathy kept her hand in dentistry by volunteering for the Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti during the first three years of their retirement, but they both missed a more active role in the profession. “There’s only so much tennis and golf you can play,” Bob said. “One day Kathy says, ‘we gotta get a job.’ ” The terms of the sale of their practice prevented them from practicing in Ann
Arbor, so they looked for more distant options. They decided to share their dentistry skills with the Indian Health Service in northern Wisconsin. From 2010-12, they provided dental care for members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, working full-time with an unusual schedule of three consecutive 11-hour days each week, followed by four days off, which allowed a bit of travel. At the end of two years, they came back to Ann Arbor, happy with the experience but thinking they would move on to other things. After a few months, they decided to reengage with the Indian Health Service. “To be honest, I missed it,” Bob said. “I really love doing dentistry.” When there were no openings to return to the Chippewa tribe, they instead worked in the dental clinic of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Tribe in Bowler, Wisc. After two years there, Kathy was asked to consider being director of the health service, but the Swartses decided against making a full-time commitment. Instead, they returned to work part-time with the Chippewa tribe for two more years, working four non-continuous months during each year. When they finally retired for good, they had served the Indian Health Service for nearly seven years, from 2010-17. “I’m really glad we had that experience,” Kathy says. “I believe we provided a Continued
The Swartses at Sleeping Bear Dunes in northern Michigan, a frequent stop in their travels.
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tremendous service for those patients. I also broadened my world. I could have gone through life knowing virtually nothing about Native Americans. The two tribes we worked for were very different, which was very enlightening.” Since their final retirement, they’ve continued to travel, often to visit their children. Daughter Kelly is a professor of genetics at the University of Vienna in Austria. Son Darryl owns a restaurant in Evergreen, Colo., which is convenient since Bob and Kathy own a second home in Copper Mountain, Colo. The Swarts also have business investments as co-owners of two indoor recreation facilities – Wide World Sports Center in Ann Arbor and High Velocity Sports in Canton. Given their success in both dentistry and their business ventures, the Swartses have in recent years given considerable thought to how they started their careers and how they might help dental students in an era that is much different. That’s why they decided to create the Swarts DDS Scholarship Fund with their $250,000 gift to the dental school. “I had a very, very lucky career all the way through,” Bob said. “And that’s why I think I owe something back. Dentistry has been very good to Kathy and me. Our thought was: There’s a real difference now in how people pay for their education. When I went to dental school, my parents paid for my dental school. Dental school wasn’t that expensive then. I don’t think my parents paid a ton of money.” While they worked for the Indian Health Service, he says they regularly met recent dentistry grads who had educational debts of $300,000 or $350,000. “I was never in debt like that. So that was our thinking: That we should try to help at least a little bit by creating a scholarship so that we can make somebody’s life a little easier. I just think that’s unfortunate for dentistry because if you come out of school with $350,000 of debt, there’s no way a bank is going to give you another $500,000 to buy a practice.” As a result, many new dentists may choose to join corporate dentistry. “I don’t want to see that. I’d like it if all my classmates pitched in and created scholarships and made it so that when you get out of school you basically have no debt and you can buy somebody’s practice and continue the way it is. Hopefully, our gift will help with that a little bit.” 24 ALUMNI M Dentistry | Fall 2020
Why I Give... Lorraine Hanna As Dr. Lorraine Hanna (DDS 1991) approaches the 30th anniversary of her graduation from the School of Dentistry next year, she remembers the support she received from faculty and the way the school broadened her life experiences. She’s practiced entirely in Michigan since graduating, opening her Briarwood Valley Dentistry solo practice in Kalamazoo in 1995 after working at practices in Coldwater and Battle Creek right after graduation. She has been a loyal annual donor to the dental school for many years, often designating the Migrant Program Gift Fund. “The dental school provided a unique opportunity to perform community service for the migrant population. This was our first opportunity to see patients as individual practitioners and to have an impact on the communities in northern Michigan. This is why I donate to that program each year. I understand that those types of opportunities are on a much wider base of patients now. The students have an
impact on communities by providing the care while experiencing what real operative dentistry will be like for them.” Hanna recalls how faculty members, adjuncts and instructors shared their knowledge of dentistry generously with students, often using humor and providing advice on relationship-building for the novice practitioners. She cites Dr. Jack Gobetti as being particularly supportive of her as a woman in dentistry. She led the Michigan Association of Women Dental Students, a group of men and women who supported women in dentistry. “We put on a lot of events, including continuing education for the community in Ann Arbor. Dr. Gobetti provided assistance for our events and encouragement about leadership while in dental school. We gained national recognition from the American Association of Women Dentists as a result.” Hanna notes the dual importance of giving to the School of Dentistry. “The donations we make to University of Michigan for programs such as community service have an impact on the overall community as well as the students.”
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Goodis Gift: Supporting Diversity, Improving the World School of Dentistry alumnus Dr. Chuck Goodis has made a $100,000 gift to the school to support its diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. The Charles J. Goodis Endowment for Dentistry Diversity Programs will help fund the school’s Profile For Success (PFS) program.
“The world is beautiful, the world is amazing, but there are issues out there that need to be addressed. We need to keep bringing it up. I recognize that people of diverse backgrounds have helped me tremendously and I couldn’t have developed the
Goodis (DDS 1991) practiced endodontics in Albuquerque, N.M., for 22 years and in 2013 founded EdgeEndo, a company that manufactures and sells dental instruments, specializing in endodontic files, obturators, burs and related products. Goodis retired from his practice in 2017 and now lives in Winter Park, Fla., while continuing to lead EdgeEndo, which is headquartered in Albuquerque with a manufacturing location in Johnson City, Tenn. Goodis said he made the gift to the dental school because he believes that individuals, companies and society need to keep advancing the cause of social justice and racial equality. He said his gift decision was informed by the people he Chuck Goodis with his dog Coco. has met and the disparities he has witnessed during the course of his successes I’ve had without them. This gift life. He grew up in Detroit with a racially is a way for me to pay that back.” and socially diverse group of classmates and friends, then went to U-M where he studied mechanical engineering as an undergrad and completed dental school. After graduation, he worked for two years with the Indian Health Service in Montana and North Dakota, then did his General Practice Residency at the University of Minnesota and his Endodontics Residency at the University of Connecticut. Wherever he went in those early years, or during the time he practiced and later founded EdgeEndo, he said he met and was helped by countless people from all walks of life. “It started when I saw a lot of social injustice for my friends while we were growing up,” Goodis said. “Then the two years with Indian Health Service were probably the best two years of my life because you start to see things from a completely different point of view when you are helping people who need help.”
Dr. Todd Ester, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, said the gift will boost a current campaign to endow the Profile For Success program. “This gift from Dr. Goodis is so important as we continue to build on and extend our longstanding commitment to increase diversity not only at the School of Dentistry, but also in the profession of dentistry,” Ester said. “Next summer will be the 27th year of PFS and it has helped hundreds of students move closer to their dreams of becoming dentists, whether they are admitted to our school or others. We have been national leaders in this area and the gift from Dr. Goodis will help ensure we continue this important mission.” PFS brings college juniors and seniors from educationally and financially disadvantaged backgrounds from around the country to
the dental school for a six-week summer session. Students are tutored in the science and math coursework they will find on the Dental Admission Test, and they are able to network with students and faculty to learn more about dentistry and dental school. Goodis’s gift to the dental school is just the latest example of his extensive philanthropy. Other initiatives have included $400,000 for diversity programs at high schools in New Mexico and Florida, with another $600,000 pledged over the next five years, also for high schools. Since 2015, his company has donated money and supplies valued at $800,000 to numerous non-profit organizations, including those who support veterans, abused children, breast cancer research and the LGBTQ+ community. His support of the American Association of Endodontists includes $700,000 for its Foundation for Endodontics. In the last several months, Goodis’s advocacy has included public service messages in the Journal of the American Dental Association. In the August issue he addressed racial injustice, stating, “I need to do more. We all need to do more.” Included was a quote from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” A second message in the October issue of JADA supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month and respect for LGBTQ+ dentists and patients. Goodis said the two-fold message was in memory of his office manager who was part of the LGBTQ+ community and died of breast cancer several years ago. In December, his JADA message will focus on the importance of people taking the time to improve their mental health. “I think it is important for people and companies to do anything they can to improve the world,” Goodis said. “I think social justice and change are important in America, and everyone who can help out just makes it that much better.”
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Opdyke Family Gift Supports Marygrove Dental Clinic New project will be named in memory of Dr. William R. Opdyke (DDS 1977) University of Michigan alumni Jonathan and Kelly Opdyke are adding a deeply personal element to their longstanding commitment to help revitalize Detroit through improvements to education, public health, business investment and other initiatives.
after physician-training programs to prepare and train Detroit’s next generation of educators. At full capacity, The School at Marygrove and an early childhood education center are projected to serve more than 1,000 Detroit children and their families living in the neighborhoods near the former Marygrove College campus.
The Opdykes and close family members have made a $250,000 gift to the School of The Opdykes learned Dentistry to support details of the initiathe start-up costs of a tive last year when new dental clinic that Elizabeth Moje, dean will be part of The of the SoE and the School at Marygrove, an George Herbert Mead educational partnership Collegiate Professor that U-M is leading in of Education, made a northwest Detroit. The presentation at Camp clinic will be named for Michigania, U-M’s Jon’s late father, Dr. family alumni camp William R. Opdyke, in Boyne City. The who graduated from the Opdykes said they dental school in 1977. quickly realized that the The clinic will join the Marygrove initiative William Opdyke dental school portrait, ca. 1977. dental school’s network would be a great fit for of community outreach the sort of philanthropy sites where dental students and faculty and investing they’ve engaged in and encourprovide care to underserved patients. aged as part of the Detroit renaissance over the last decade. The dental clinic, along with medical, social work and counseling support, are part of an innovative cradle-to-career educational model with a web of services designed to support children in meeting their full educational and personal potential. Partners include the Marygrove Conservancy, U-M’s School of Education, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Starfish Family Services, IFF (a lender and consultant for non-profits), the Detroit Collaborative Design Center of the University of Detroit Mercy, and The Kresge Foundation, which made a $50 million commitment to the partnership.
“It was something that certainly got Kelly and me energized because we really liked the concept and we love to see U of M getting more deeply involved in the city,” Jon said. “As soon as we saw that the school’s dental clinic needed funding, we realized that this was a perfect opportunity because Dad was passionate about dentistry, it had been 25 years since he passed away and he was very committed to social justice. This would check a lot of boxes for us in terms of leaving a legacy for my Dad and supporting both the dental school and education in Detroit.”
The U-M School of Education (SoE) is co-developing the instructional and operational model, working with the Detroit school district to identify and curate a highquality curriculum. It will include a new teacher residency program modeled
William Opdyke died of a heart attack at age 43 in 1994 when Jon was still in high school. His father had grown up in Grosse Pointe and opened his practice there right out of dental school. “He was the quintessential family dentist,” Jon said. “He didn’t want
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Jon and Kelly Opdyke with their children at a U-M football game. (Photos courtesy Opdyke family.)
the practice to get too big. He wanted it to be the right size. He wanted families from the community. He would get up in the morning and go to the office, then he would come home for lunch because we lived about four blocks away. And then he’d head back to the office and take his afternoon patients.” “His philosophy was that you succeed by your referrals and how well you treat your patients. Everyone said he was a very good dentist. I remember at his funeral, so many of his patients came. Not only were they sad about him, but they talked about how he was the first dentist they went to and weren’t afraid, that he was gentle, that he took care of them. A lot of people have a negative stigma about going to a dentist so it was nice to hear that.” Jon also believes the gift he and Kelly are making to the Marygrove project is an investment in the children of Detroit that his father would greatly appreciate. “In his spare time, he was an avid scholar of the Civil War, which he saw as the key turning point in America fulfilling the promise of its founding documents. He would be proud to have a legacy in support of today’s unfinished business of social justice,” Jon said. School of Dentistry Dean Laurie McCauley said the Opdykes’ gift brings together important elements. “First, it is a gift for
William Opdyke works closely over a project in this dental school photo during his student days.
the children of Detroit and their health and education, which are of immense importance,” she said. “We also appreciate the Opdykes’ generosity because it significantly helps the School of Dentistry expand our community outreach and gives our students greater opportunities for meaningful community service. On a personal level, establishing the Dr. William R. Opdyke, DDS, Memorial Dental Clinic will be an impressive and lasting legacy for one of our alumni who practiced with high standards and uncompromising compassion for his patients during his all too short life.” McCauley also noted that the partnership with the School of Education is “emblematic of the collaborative efforts our campus is known for and that truly elevate our institution.” Jon’s mother, Karen Opdyke Feldman, is also an alumna of the U-M dental school, earning a degree in dental hygiene in 1974. The extended families of both Jon and Kelly are “Go Blue!” through and through, including parents, grandparents and other relatives with various undergrad and graduate degrees from U-M. Jon holds two degrees from the U-M College of Engineering – a bachelor’s in Industrial and Operations Engineering in 1999 and a Master of Science in Engineering in 2000. In addition to an undergrad degree from U-M in 1998, Kelly earned a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University in 2005. Kelly, a Detroit area native, said her background in public health and her family’s longstanding ties to the city informed their
decision to support the Marygrove initiative. “I think Jon and I both saw that the Marygrove project had a really comprehensive vision of how to help kids reach their full potential in a community that has been lacking in resources for a long time,” she said. “From a public health standpoint, we must recognize that kids who are not healthy, who are not feeling safe, who aren’t receiving proper nutrition, are not going to do well in school. And that includes if they are in pain or can’t eat because of poor dental care. These are big problems, big impediments to education that unfortunately do affect a lot of children in Michigan, particularly kids living in poverty.” “When we thought more specifically about where our family could uniquely get involved and where we had a strong personal connection, the dental clinic really made a lot of sense, both from the standpoint of Jon’s dad’s history as a Michigan grad and dentist in the state of Michigan, and my interest in public health and non-profits.” The projected timeline for the Marygrove dental clinic calls for design meetings this fall, with construction slated for summer 2021 and the first patients treated beginning in January 2022. The Opdykes live in New York with their three children, but they return to Michigan and U-M often. Jon is an investor and partner in Greatwater Opportunity Capital, which invests in multi-family housing in Detroit neighborhoods, and he is a managing member of Beyond Hook Ventures, an
angel investment group focused on technology. Previously, Jon was co-founder and CEO of HookLogic, a start-up company based in New York and Ann Arbor that grew into a global enterprise with technology that powered advertising programs on e-commerce sites across the internet. After selling the company in 2016, he has made revitalization of Detroit a focus of his business and investment ventures. The Opdykes have in recent years provided financial support to several U-M departments, often in the form of student scholarships. Shortly after their commitment to the Marygrove dental clinic in January of this year, they followed up with a second gift that will benefit the Marygrove initiative, by establishing the Jonathan and Kelly Opdyke Urban Educator’s Fund through the School of Education. It will provide financial assistance to SoE students in the teaching program at The School at Marygrove. Jon says his hope for the dental clinic part of the Marygrove project is that the treatment offered there will have a prominent and long-lasting role in advancing the education and opportunities for countless students in coming years. “I feel like it is a great legacy to my Dad to have a clinic in his name and hopefully it is something that becomes rooted in that community,” he said. “It will be just a name on a building for a lot of people, but for us it will be something we can always look at and say that we hope we made a difference in some people’s lives.”
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Alumni News Alumna Wins National Award For Office Remodeling Dr. Robin (Jeffreys) Henderson (DDS 1998) received a national award from the American Dental Association Council on Dental Practice for the re-design of her Transforming Smiles dental office in Clarkston, Wash. The council announced the inaugural Design Innovation Awards last year to recognize excellence in dental facilities that seamlessly combine esthetics appeal, function and design. Henderson won in the “Remodel” category for transforming her 3,200-square-foot practice that was formerly a chiropractor’s office. The council narrowed nominations to three finalists in two categories, New Build and Remodel, and winners were chosen by votes received during the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco in fall 2019. Criteria included esthetics appeal, such as use of color, light/windows and theme; utilization of technology; function and efficiency; innovation; and how well the design has accomplished the entrant's objective. Henderson has practiced in a building in downtown Clarkston since returning to her hometown after graduating from the U-M dental school in 1998. Her solo general practice emphasizes restorative dentistry with a strong periodontal program. She has long used dental photography to assist
The practice reception area.
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with patient education and treatment acceptance, team education and evaluating patient oral health and stability over time. Her husband, Scott, is the practice manager and a photographer who implements technology used in the practice. Because so much of dentistry has changed significantly in the last 20 years, from treatment methods to equipment to technology, in 2016 Henderson began the major remodeling that took nearly a year.
A restorative care room.
“I worked in my small, four-operatory dental office with narrow hallways, crowded treatment rooms and 12 sinks for 19 years,” she said. “I enjoyed dentistry and was able to accomplish some nice treatment outcomes alongside some dedicated team members, but I was always striving for improved efficiencies and workflows, improved ergonomics and growing my skills and treatment outcomes.” After the remodeling she now has six patient rooms – one is dedicated to new patients, two are dedicated to hygiene, two are dedicated to restorative and one is flexible. “The new office was designed to support a digital workflow,” Henderson said. “Our needs for a traditional wet lab are much less than in the past because we do not take impressions that are poured in stone but rather image in CEREC Ortho and then 3D print our models. Therefore, I didn’t want the wet lab near direct patient care. Instead, we have a small area to support staining and glazing that is near patient care and immediately adjacent the CEREC mill that is housed in Sirona Kappler cabinetry, for noise reduction.” New Sirona Intego Pro Treatment Centers were an improvement for both patients and dentist. Patients also benefit from spacious treatment rooms with easier access to dental chairs, wider and straight hallways
for better navigation within the office, expansive windows showcasing exterior landscaping and numerous esthetic considerations. Door pulls with a dental The ambiance is theme were found in Petoskey, enhanced with Mich., many years ago. attractive lighting and various forms of artwork, including a glass panel featuring a large fingerprint design to symbolize the uniqueness of each patient and their treatment plan. Staff amenities were also emphasized in the re-design, based on staff input. Even something as simple as one light switch to turn on all of the operatories is appreciated by the staff, along with a new team locker room and larger, conveniently-located storage areas. Ergonomics were improved by new floor lay-outs, locating equipment closer to where it is used and the new dental chairs and related equipment and features. “I can’t even believe the difference the remodeling changes have made in how I feel at the end of the day,” Henderson said. “Dentistry is labor-intensive, it’s hard work and dentists have tremendous issues with muscular-skeletal problems. Now I get to work in a space that’s ergonomic and designed for what I do, rather than the previous one that wasn’t designed for modern dentistry. I definitely go home more comfortable at the end of the day and at the end of the work week.” Henderson’s advice for dentists considering improvements to their office is simple: “Go for it,” she says. “It is so worth it in the end. You have the skill set for a successful outcome if you approach it like treatment planning in dentistry: create a problem list and consider your treatment options where
you envision the outcome before you begin. And then assemble a great team to help you along the way while you remain responsible for leading the team and achieving the desired outcome.” Henderson is a fellow of the Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. She has been actively engaged in professional organizations throughout her career, serving in numerous leadership roles in local, regional, state and national dental groups. She currently serves as president of the Walla Walla Valley Dental Society and as editor of the Washington Section of the Journal of the American College of Dentists. Dr. Joe Kolling (DDS 1981, MS in restorative dentistry 1984) has received the 2020 John G. Nolen Meritorious Award from the Michigan Dental Association. It is the organization’s highest award and honor. Named after a longtime MDA leader and former executive director, the award recognizes individuals for material contributions to the MDA and toward the advancement of the art and science of dentistry. Kolling has been an adjunct professor at the dental school since the day after he graduated with his DDS degree in 1981.
He is also co-owner of Oak Valley Dental Associates, a private practice in Ann Arbor. His resume documents a lengthy list of leadership positions he has held with local, state and national dental organizations, including a year as president of the MDA from 2005-06. During that year he led a plan to fund and build a new MDA headquarters in Okemos. The MDA cited his collective contributions as “an educator and mentor, a practitioner, a researcher, a colleague and as a committed volunteer and proponent for organized dentistry.” He has won numerous teaching awards from dental students and received the Distinguished Service Award from the School of Dentistry Board of Governors in 2011. His community service is extensive and ranges from nature preservation to coaching and refereeing youth soccer. Dr. Brock Arms (DDS 1994) received the 2020 Michigan Donated Dental Services Volunteer Dentist Award from the Michigan Dental Association. Each year MDA honors dentists and dental lab operators who support the program, known as DDS, which provides free dental care to low-income patients. Arms, who practices in his hometown of Cadillac, has worked in the DDS program since 1997. MDA noted that DDS patients often need extractions and dentures because their poor oral health has
declined past the point of restoration. The organization cited Arms for taking on those sorts of difficult cases as he has volunteered in the program through the years. In addition to earning his dental degree at U-M, Arms also completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at U-M. Arms has extended his volunteer dental services internationally during trips to the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Kenya. Two School of Dentistry alumni were appointed in August to the Michigan Board of Dentistry by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Janet Kinney (BSDH 1983, MSDH 2007), director of the U-M School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Division and a clinical professor, was appointed to represent dental hygienists for a four-year term through June 30, 2024. Dr. Mamnoon Siddiqui, (DDS 1999), of Northville, is an orthodontist with Siddiqui Orthodontics, with offices in Dearborn, Canton and Novi, Mich. He was appointed to represent dentists with a health profession specialty certification, also for a four-year term expiring in 2024. The Michigan Board of Dentistry regulates the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene, authorizes dental assistants, and certifies specialists in the fields of orthodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and oral pathology.
Richard A. Johnson (DDS 1967, MS orthodontics 1973) of Ann Arbor, a retired clinical professor in the School of Dentistry, died June 28, 2020, at age 78. He served in the U.S. Army dental corps for three years, then returned to Ann Arbor to start a private practice and teach at U-M. During 35 years in dental education, from 1970 to 2005, he served as director of the graduate orthodontic clinic, director of the program for pediatric dental residents, coordinator of the orthodontic curriculum for dental students and the instructional faculty teaching program.
He was appointed to numerous U-M dental school and university committees and was a past president of the Chi Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the dental honorary society. One of the dental school’s scholarship funds – the Richard A. Johnson Endowed Graduate Orthodontic Residents Scholarship Fund – was established several years ago to honor his teaching service.
Kenneth L. Baiko (DDS 1976), Parma, Ohio, Aug. 15, 2020. Robert J. Conlin (DDS 1962), Jackson, Mich., June 27, 2020. Sherry (Gallagher) Day (BSDH 1968), Port Austin, Mich., July 23, 2020. Randy M. Diener (DDS 1974), Newbury Park, Calif., June 9, 2020.
Richard Dulude (DDS 1960, MS pediatric dentistry 1971), Midland, Mich., Oct. 19, 2020. Sherwin Fishman (DDS 1956), Tamarac, Fla., Sept. 12, 2020. Arthur Forsyth, Jr. (DDS 1945), Chehalis, Wash., Sept. 20, 2020. Blair Munns (DDS 1957), of Davison, Mich., Sept. 3, 2020. Walter D. Webb (DDS 1954), Southfield, Mich., Sept. 21, 2020. ALUMNI 29 Fall 2020 | M Dentistry
Honor Roll Dear Alumni and Friends of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry,
It is a privilege and pleasure to share with you the 2020 edition of our annual Honor Roll of Donors. This list reflects financial gifts to the school for this past fiscal year, July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. We are extremely grateful to the 1,105 donors whose gifts totaled $3,371,737.
Maintaining our standing as one of the best dental schools in the world is an undertaking we embrace, just as the school’s leaders have for more than 145 years. Student scholarships, programs and facilities benefit from our donors’ generosity. This year, we experienced new expenses to deliver a world class education safely during the pandemic and our students faced new financial challenges. The needs continue, most notably for student support, our school’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund and completion of our Blue Renew expansion and renovation project. We pledge to be responsible stewards of your gifts and we will work to remain deserving of your loyalty, generosity and friendship. On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of the School of Dentistry, please accept our heartfelt appreciation. Go Blue!
Laurie K. McCauley, Dean, School of Dentistry
Monteith Society The Executive Committee of the Presidential Societies established the John Monteith Legacy Society in order to recognize those persons who have designated the University as beneficiary (or partial beneficiary) of their estate. To be recognized in the John Monteith Legacy Society: • Make a gift in any amount to the University of Michigan from your estate, • Provide the University with a copy of that portion of your estate plan pertaining to the gift, and/or • Sign a John Monteith Legacy Society Statement of Intent. Listed below are the Monteith Society members who have designated all or part of their bequest to the School of Dentistry: Dr. Terry K. Abernathy Dr. Robert and Mrs. Bellva Abraham Dr. Patrick and Mrs. Sandra Ainslie Mrs. Katherine Aldrich
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Dr. and Mrs. Richard E. Bailey Dr. Daniel and Mrs. Barbara Balbach Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Julie Ballard Dr. Gary R. Baughman Mrs. Alice Beeker Dr. and Mrs. Royce L. Beers Dr. and Mrs. Irving M. Blau Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Booth Dr. John and Mrs. Beth Bouws Dr. John C. Cameron Dr. Thomas D. Charbeneau Dr. and Mrs. Peter C. Chiaravalli Dr. and Mrs. Richard Christiansen Dr. and Mrs. John Cohen Dr. and Mrs. John R. Cook Mr. David P. Darling Dr. Robert John Dent Dr. and Mrs. Dick J. Dijkman Dr. David L. Edgar Dr. Paul J. Edwards Dr. Edward and Mrs. Deborah Ellis Dr. Katie Graber Evarts Dr. Stuart and Mrs. Lois Falk Dr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Gilliland
Mrs. Cyrille B. Goode Drs. Lee and Jane Graber Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Joann Green Dr. Robert S. Greenberger Dr. and Mrs. Richard K. Grover Dr. James E. Harris Dr. and Mrs. Marshall D. Hershon Dr. Gerald L. Howe Dr. Charles E. Hubbard Dr. and Mrs. Mark E. Iocca Dr. and Mrs. Darnell Kaigler, Sr. Dr. James Kanter Dr. Charles & Mrs. Dolores Kelly Dr. and Mrs. Alan Kessler Dr. Daniel R. Klein Dr. and Mrs. William E. Kotowicz Dr. and Mrs. David A. Kott Dr. Terry J. Kuras Dr. and Mrs. Walter C. Kovaleski Dr. and Mrs. Dan M. Levitsky Dr. Dennis E. Lopatin Dr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Madden Dr. and Mrs. Gary Mancewicz Mrs. Jayne L. Mann
Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Shick Dr. and Mrs. James A. Shimokusu Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Shuster Dr. and Mrs. David A. Siewert Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Skillicorn Dr. Lisa D. Sostecke Dr. Craig Spangler and Ms. Teresa Honnold Dr. Stephen J. Stefanac and Ms. Sherry L. Cogswell Dr. Lloyd * and Mrs. Ruta Straffon Dr. David J. Strawbridge Dr. Paul T. Sugiyama Drs. Robert and Kathleen Swarts Dr. Terry A. Timm Dr. and Mrs. Bruce R. Trefz Dr. Fredrick M. Vega Dr. Mary H. G. Walton Dr. and Mrs. Jay A. Werschky Dr. and Mrs. William L. Wright Dr. Donald J. Wurtzel, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. George M. Yellich Dr. Murray L. Yoffee
Special Contributors Dr. Lawrence W. Marquis Dr. and Mrs. Victor H. Mastaglio II Dr. Donald C. Mattison, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Robert I. Millard Dr. David and Mrs. Janet Miller Dr. Jack W. Nash Mr. Gary and Mrs. Carolyn Noehl Dr. Gerald V. Nowinski Ms. Linda B. Patterson Dr. and Mrs. Albert L. Petrucci Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Portenga Dr. Wendell A. Racette Dr. and Mrs. Dick M. Rieske Dr. Christopher A. Ritzema and Dr. Billie J. Roberts-Ritzema Dr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Robinson Dr. and Mrs. G. David Rubley Dr. Donald A. Sabourin Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Sachs Dr. and Mrs. Gary Sasaki Dr. and Mrs. Norman J. Schuen Dr. George* and Mrs. Donna Schuster
The School of Dentistry takes special pride in recognizing the strong support received in 2019/2020 from the following:
$500,000 - $999,999 Delta Dental Foundation
$100,000 - $499,999 Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Julie Ballard BonDent Inc. Dr. John W. Farah and Ms. Jacqueline G. Farah Dr. Charles J. Goodis and Ms. Shu-Ching Chang Mr. Jonathan and Mrs. Kelly Opdyke Roberts Family Foundation Dr. Roy H. Roberts Charitable Lead Trust Dr. and Mrs. Norman J. Schuen
$50,000 - $99,999 Dr. and Mrs. Charles Besaw* Dentsply Sirona, Inc. Dr. William E. Mason and Ms. Ann Mason Osseointegration Foundation Osteo Science Foundation *Deceased
Qin Chuang Precision Technology Co., Ltd.
$25,000 - $49,999 Dr. Bruce H. Abbott and Dr. Diana W. Abbott Dr. Sharon L. Brooks and Mr. David H. Brooks Mrs. Anne Feldman and Mr. Ronald Feldman Dr. G. Peter and Mrs. Barbara Kelly Dr. Matthew W. Lineberger and Dr. Megan B. Lineberger Dean Laurie K. McCauley and Dr. Jessy W. Grizzle Dr. David and Mrs. Janet Miller Dr. Samuel* and Mrs. Penny Nagel Dr. George W. Scott
$10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous Dr. Marcy S. Borofsky Dr. Mark J. Connelly Rev. John A. Copley Mr. Allan and Mrs. Kelly Daniels Mrs. Sharon E. Daniels EdgeEndo, LLC Dr. and Mrs. William F. Freccia Dr. Vesa M. Kaartinen and Dr. Leena Haataja Dr. James and Mrs. Christine Machen Dr. Nona F. Niland Dr. Peter and Mrs. Carol Polverini Dr. Jeffrey and Ms. Nancy E. Porter Dr. Brian and Mrs. Lisa Rathke Renaissance Health Service Corporation Dr. and Mrs. James O. Roahen Salvin Dental Specialties, Inc. Dr. Robin K. Siman Dr. Lisa D. Sostecke Dr. Ronald C. Stewart and Dr. Vlenaetha M. Stewart Dr. and Mrs. Arnold L. Tracht Dr. Brent B. Ward Mr. John and Mrs. Christine Willig
$5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Sharon Aronovich and Ms. Ia Ko Dr. Phyllis L. Beemsterboer Dr. Donald and Mrs. Heidi Burkhardt
Drs. Michael Cerminaro and Connie Verhagen Ms. Barbara J. Clayton Dr. and Mrs. Patrick L. Domine Dr. Edward Duski, Jr. and Dr. Janis C. Duski Ms. Ellen Z. Fivenson Dr. and Mrs. Richard J. Gardner Dr. Margaret S. Gingrich Mrs. Thea G. Glicksman Dr. Sondra M. Gunn Dr. M. Amin Jaffer and Ms. Muneeza Jaffer Dr. Richard D. Kalmbach and Dr. Irene J. Kalmbach Dr. Kerry M. Kaysserian and Ms. Donna S. Kaysserian Dr. Patrick and Mrs. Dawn Kelly Dr. and Mrs. James A. Kessel Dr. Kevin N. Kieu and Ms. Audrey M. Tran Dr. and Mrs. Michael E. Lueder Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Nakisher Ms. Rebecca E. Opdyke Dr. Douglas S. Peebles and Ms. Linda Keene Dr. Daniel J. Peters and Dr. Debra S. Peters Dr. Scott Schulz and Mrs. Kara Kowalkowski-Schulz Dr. and Mrs. Wesson E. Schulz II Ms. Cathy Slowik and Mr. John Steele Dr. Gary M. Starr Dr. Denise E. Turunen Dr. Paul A. VanRaaphorst and Ms. Joanna VanRaaphorst Dr. D. Omar Watson Dr. Kristine S. West Mr. Donald Wurster and Mrs. Joan Gibson Dr. and Mrs. Donald J. Wurtzel, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Phillip C. Yancho
Friends Ms. Thalia M. Adams Dr. Fernando Alberdi and Dr. Katherine A. Kelly Mr. Raymond and Mrs. Sandy Aldrich Mr. Mustafa A. Almawri Ms. Glenda Anderson Anonymous Dr. Sharon Aronovich and Ms. Ia Ko Mrs. Alicia K. Baker
Mr. Mark J. Baker and Mrs. Patricia Blazoff-Baker Dr. Rajat and Mrs. Nupur Banerjee Mr. Howard and Mrs. Jean Bleiwas Mr. Jeremy Boike Mr. Eric and Mrs. Julie Borman Mr. Lorne L. Brown and Mrs. Carolyn M. Cole-Brown Mr. Roger and Mrs. Victoria Burrows Ms. Denise Carbonell Mr. Stuart Carter Dr. Page and Mrs. Rebecca Caufield Ms. Janis D. Chack Dr. Dennis G. Charnesky Mr. Kenneth and Mrs. Sarah Christensen Dr. Brian H. Clarkson Ms. Barbara J. Clayton Ms. Stephanie Collins Rev. John A. Copley Mr. James D. Cortez Mr. Lawrence R. Crockett Mr. Allan and Mrs. Kelly Daniels Dr. Robert and Mrs. Amy Daniels Mrs. Sharon E. Daniels Mr. David P. Darling Mr. James Deighton and Ms. Carol N. Lieber Ms. Marcia J. Diamond Mrs. Arvene P. Dickstein Mr. John A. Dodds Mr. Richard L. Donner Ms. Kelly M. Doonan-Reed Dr. Nisha J. D'Silva and Dr. Anthony C. D'Silva Mr. Ryan Enright Mrs. Sara T. Evans Mr. Richard R. Fetchiet Dean Thomas A. Finholt and Dr. Stephanie D. Teasley Dr. Renny T. Franceschi Mr. Jeffrey R. Freshcorn Dr. Philip J. Gage and Ms. Wendy L. Rampson-Gage Mrs. Sheila Garber Dr. William V. Giannobile Mrs. Thea G. Glicksman Dr. Carlos Gonzalez and Dr. Margherita R. Fontana Ms. Dolores Gordon Mrs. Erica J. Hanss and Mr. Theodore A. Hanss Mr. Philip and Mrs. Deborah Harbert Ms. Barbara E. Harris
Mr. Neil C. Hediger Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Julie Helber Ms. Mary Hibbard Ramirez Dr. Diane C. Hoelscher Dr. David W. Hogan Dr. Jan Hu Ms. Kim Huner and Mr. Kenneth Huner Ms. Mary H. Ivers Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Lisa Jacobson Dr. Lynn A. Johnson Ms. Michelle R. Jones Dr. Vesa M. Kaartinen and Dr. Leena Haataja Mr. James and Mrs. Emilie Kanitz Belsam Kashlan Ms. Patricia A. Katcher Ms. Shirley Katz Ms. Madeline Kayes Masroor & Naghma Khan Mr. Justin and Mrs. Sherry King Dr. Gilbert Kleiff Mr. Peter M. Kobrak Mr. Peter and Mrs. Evonne Kok Dr. Paul H. Krebsbach Mr. Norman and Mrs. Joyce Krogman Dr. Joan B. Levine Dr. Dennis E. Lopatin Ms. Carol J. Lotz Mrs. Marilyn A. Luebeck Vice President Timothy G. Lynch and Mrs. Lisa Lynch Dr. Peter X. Ma Dr. James and Mrs. Christine Machen Dean Laurie K. McCauley and Dr. Jessy W. Grizzle Ms. Martha E. McClatchey Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Tracy Meraw Ms. Dori E. Meyers Dr. Mark and Mrs. Angelaa Milad Mr. Lynn E. Monson Dr. Avery and Mrs. Robin Murav Mr. David Murrell and Dr. Marcy Murrell Dr. and Mrs. Romesh P. Nalliah Dr. Veronica W. Ng Dr. Nona F. Niland Ms. Jemma Nolan Mrs. Sharon Norman Ms. Janet M. Opdyke
Mr. Jonathan and Mrs. Kelly Opdyke Ms. Marilyn Opdyke and Mr. Robert M. Currie Ms. Rebecca E. Opdyke Mrs. Sarah Pajot Mr. Rupesh Parikh The Honorable Marla E. Parker and Dr. Bradley D. Goldberg Dr. Jack and Mrs. Carol Pearl Dr. Leon and Mrs. Linda Pedell Ms. Gloria A. Pelon Ms. Constance M. Poissant Dr. Peter and Mrs. Carol Polverini Dr. Brian and Mrs. Lisa Rathke Mr. Stephen and Mrs. Shari Reiches Mrs. Alice M. Reisig Mrs. Kathleen C. Richards Mrs. Karen J. Ridley and Mr. William H. Ridley Mrs. Kristen Ritter Dr. Emerson Robinson Mr. Luis Robinson Ms. Shirley A. Rodgers Mr. Larry and Mrs. Marcia Rusinsky Mr. Alan Salomon Mr. Neil and Mrs. Joan Satovsky Ms. Michelle I. Schaffer Mr. Paul Scherrer and Ms. Amy J. Helman Ms. Sheena Schultz Mr. Quenten P. Schumacher Dr. Edward and Mrs. Kelley Sharon Dr. Joseph F. Shea Mr. Sam Siciliano and Mrs. Mary Slowik Siciliano Mrs. Theodora J. Sikora Dr. Maurine R. Sillman Ms. Cathy Slowik and Mr. John Steele Mrs. Karen Steffes Mr. Michael and Ms. Cindydru Stevens Mrs. Ruta Straffon Dr. Joseph B. Suffridge Dr. Ben Swanson Dr. Lisa A. Tedesco Dr. Aristidis Thanasas Dr. Andrew Tibbitts Mr. Larry and Mrs. Faye Traskos Ms. Emily A. Tyler Dr. Wayne Walcott Dr. Zhengyan Wang
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Mr. Steven and Mrs. Linda Williams Mr. John and Mrs. Christine Willig Ms. Kristina L. Windom Mr. Stuart and Mrs. Donna Wise Mr. Donald Wurster and Mrs. Joan Gibson Ms. Mamie Yee Dr. Howard M. Yerman and Dr. Ada B. Kusnetz Dr. Samir F. Zakaria Mr. Kenneth Zins
Associations & Organizations American Dental Hygienist's Association Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists International College of Dentists: Michigan Chapter INC International College of Dentists, USA Section Macomb Dental Society Michigan Academy of General Dentistry Michigan Dental Association Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society, Nu Chapter Sigma Phi Alpha NU Chapter
Business Organizations 3DDEX, LLC Alpha Omega Dental Center Benevis Bien-Air USA, Inc. Medical Technologies Biomet 3i BonDent, Inc. Brasseler USA Dental, LLC Davison Dental Laboratories, Inc. Dentsply Sirona, Inc. Designs for Vision, Inc. Destiny Dental Edge Endo, LLC Emerson Electric Company Expertec Dental Laboratory, Inc. Familia Management Group, LLC Family Health Care General Scientific Corporation Great Expressions Dental Center Heartland Dental Care, Inc. Hu-Friedy
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Medical Protective Company My Community Dental Centers Nakanishi, Inc. North American Strasbourg Osteosynthesis Research Group, Inc. NSK America Corp. Olson Dental Company, Inc. Ora Vu Pacific Dental Services Piezosurgery Incorporated ProAssurance DentistCare Procter & Gamble Company Prudential Financial Qiagen, Inc. Qin Chuang Precision Technology Co., Ltd. Renaissance Health Service Corporation Salvin Dental Specialties, Inc. Septodont, Inc. SK Dental Labs, Inc. Snoasis Medical SurgiTel Ward Dental Laboratory, Inc.
Mrs. Sheena Schultz Dr. Ben Swanson
Dr. Richard A. Johnson
Dr. James Christopher Norman
Gifts in Honor
Miss Linda S. Brooks Mrs. Sandra S. Burdi Ms. Cynthia Colarusso Mrs. Lisa Cook Ms. Sascha S. Matish and Ms. Beverly Davidson Mrs. Jane E. Folske Dr. Thomas G. Green and Ms. Joann Green Dr. C. Randolph Greschaw Miss Susan J. Heller Mrs. Joyce A. Hlava Ms. Judith L. Jackson Dr. Dale and Mrs. Alice Johnson Mr. Sven Junghage Mrs. Kathryn A. Legatski Ms. Stacey McGovern Dr. Oliver F. Medzihradsky Mr. Kenneth G. Trester Dr. Marilyn and Mr. Gerald Woolfolk
Mrs. Sharon Norman
Dr. Robert L. Kerry
Dr. Herbert M. Gardner
Dr. Laurie M. McClatchey
Dr. Roy H. Roberts Charitable Lead Trust
Foundations Betmar Charitable Foundation Brown Family Charitable Fund Delta Dental Foundation Eli Lilly & Company Foundation Guardians of the Angeles Charitable Foundation Osseointegration Foundation Osteo Science Foundation Post Family Foundation Prudential Foundation Roberts Family Foundation
Gifts in Kind Gifts-in-kind represent a donation of equipment or materials which are used to assist the educational and/or research objectives of the School. Mr. Jeremy Boike Ms. Nancy E. Bryk Mrs. Denise Carbonell Delta Dental Henry Schein Dr. Joan B. Levine Mrs. Connie L. MacKinnon Dr. Kenneth R. Marriott Midway Dental Mrs. Kathleen C. Richards
Dr. Lawrence M. Ashman Mrs. Victoria G. Burrows
Dr. Joseph Dennison Dr. Charles I. McLaren
Dr. William V. Giannobile Dr. Gustavo Avila Ortiz
Nikhil Gupta Mr. Mustafa Almawri
Dr. Donald and Dr. Ronald Heys Mr. Richard and Mrs. Kay Fetchiet
Dr. Stuart F. Holmes Dr. Roger C. Smith
Wendy Kerschbaum Mr. Richard and Mrs. Kay Fetchiet
Ms. Mary Hibbard Ramirez
Pearl and Irving Kleiff
Dr. William R. Opdyke Mr. Ronald and Mrs. Anne Feldman Mrs. Janet M. Opdyke Mr. Jonathan and Mrs. Kelly Opdyke Ms. Marilyn Opdyke Ms. Rebecca E. Opdyke
Mrs. Marcia M. Rusinsky Mr. Larry J. Rusinsky
Jeffrey Sherman Kenneth Zins
Dr. John Sinclair, Sr. Dr. Steven Hallgren Dr. Thomas L. Owen
Dr. Lloyd H. Straffon Mrs. Ruta Straffon
Mrs. Suzanne Straley Dr. Joel Vugteveen, Jr. Dr. David and Mrs. Mary Hogan
Mrs. Martha E. McClatchey
Dr. Gilbert Kleiff
Dean Laurie K. McCauley
Dr. W. Paul Lang
Dr. Robert Watling
Dr. Marilyn and Mr. Gerald Woolfolk
Dr. Charles T. Watling
Dr. Samuel Nagel
Tom and Betty Wilkins Dr. Timothy J. Wilkins
Dr. Daniel and Mrs. Jennifer Edwards
Dr. Nan Niland Dr. Nona Niland
Mrs. Miriam Schaffer Ms. Michelle I. Schaffer
Dr. Hadley K. Thurmon Brown Mrs. Judith E. Thurmon
Dr. Hom-Lay Wang Dr. Gustavo Avila Ortiz
Dr. Brent Ward Ms. Gloria A. Pelon
Dr. Peter Yaman Dr. Charles I. McLaren
Gifts in Memory Mrs. Ruth Cabot Mr. James and Mrs. Chrisine Cortez Honorable Marla Parker, Dr. Brad Goldberg and Dr. Jill Goldberg Drs. Howard and Ada Yerman
Donald G. Henkel Mrs. Denise Carbonell
Dr. Gary and Mrs. Lisa Berman Mr. Eric and Ms. Julie Borman Dr. Benjamin and Mrs. Janis Chack Mrs. Marcia Diamond Mrs. Sheila Garber Ms. Dolores Gordon Dr. Marshall and Mrs. Karol Hershon Mrs. Shirley Katz Dr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Levine Dr. Marla B. Matz and Mr. Stewart A. Feldman Mr. David and Ms. Dori Meyers Dr. Jack and Mrs. Carol Pearl Mr. Stephen Reiches Mr. Paul Scherrer and Ms. Amy Helman Dr. Maurine Sillman Dr. Robert and Mrs. Ruthellen Singer Mr. Alan Solomon Ms. Susan Winshall Mr. Stuart and Ms. Donna Wise Ms. Mamie Yee
Dr. George E. Williams Dr. John and Mrs. Barbara Harris Dr. Carl Hubinger Mr. James and Mrs. Emilie Kanitz Mr. Norman and Mrs. Joyce Krogman Mr. Elmer and Mrs. Jeanine Link Mr. Steven and Ms. Linda Williams
Alumni Gifts By Class Year 1947 $1 - $499 Mrs. Beverly R. Willoughby
1948 $1,000 - $2,499 Mrs. Florence Goodyear
$1 - $499 Dr. William J. Clauss Mrs. Ann J. Rabaut *Deceased
1949 $1 - $499 Mrs. Marilyn S. Stein
1950 $1 - $499 Mrs. Carol A. Hawley Mrs. Betty L. Smith
1951 $1 - $499 Dr. G. Burrill Colburn
1952 $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Robert W. Browne
$1 - $499 Dr. Alfred D. Hanson Dr. L. Anne Hirschel Dr. Robert D. Morrison Ms. Ilene M. Pluta
1953 $1 - $499 Mrs. Maxine B. Cleary Mrs. Darrell F. Duffield Mrs. Dorothy A. Reister Dr. James L. Strikwerda
1954 $10,000+ Dr. Samuel D. Nagel*
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Edmund H. Hagan
$1 - $499 Dr. Donald J. Davies Mrs. Ann E. Kirby Mrs. Norma M. Lynch Mrs. Marilyn A. Maude Mrs. Molly P. Schrader Dr. David H. Seibold Mrs. Karen L. Ter Keurst
1955 $500 - $999 Mrs. Joanne M. Lawrence
$1 - $499 Dr. James M. Benson Dr. Bruce Billes Mrs. Dorothy M. Boff Mrs. Shirlee D. Diamond Lustig Dr. Kenneth E. Frieswyk Mrs. Ann C. Jordan *Deceased
Dr. Ellsworth Levine Dr. Daniel W. Miner Mrs. Ellen J. Nustad Mrs. Ruth N. Ridgway Mrs. Donna R. Troll
1956 $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. James A. Shimokusu
$1 - $499 Mrs. Phyllis L. Billes Mrs. Lois A. Falk Mrs. Nancy J. McGowan Mrs. Anne M. Munns* Mrs. Doris A. Roeder Dr. John B. Turnbull Dr. Darlyne A. Underhill
1957 $500 - $999 Dr. Irving M. Friedman
$1 - $499 Dr. Donald S. Brown Dr. John R. Cook Dr. Stuart Falk Dr. Frederick C. Gerhardt Mrs. Sally L. Gustke Dr. Arnold W. Hartz Dr. Marshall D. Hershon Mrs. Darlene D. Moore Dr. Blair G. Munns* Mrs. June M. Torrey
1958 $500 - $999 Dr. Paul T. Richman
$1 - $499 Dr. Eugene L. Bonofiglo Dr. Robert C. Campbell Dr. James R. Easley Dr. David L. Good Dr. Richard I. Hart Mrs. Joyce M. Walker Mrs. Nancy J. Wright
1959 $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. William R. Lawrence Mrs. Jeanine A. Link
$500 - $999 Dr. Robert W. Heidenreich Dr. David L. Koth
$1 - $499 Dr. Ann Dinius Mrs. Joan K. Foster
Dr. Herbert M. Gardner Dr. Leon Y. Kau Dr. George E. McIntosh Dr. Ena I. Neparts Dr. H. Kent Reed Mrs. Nancy A. Ristow Mrs. Brenda G. Sellars Ms. Linda C. Vaughan Dr. Dennis E. Winn
1960 $1,000 - $2,499 Mrs. Geraldine D. Parks
$1 - $499 Mrs. O'Linda L. Anderson Dr. James R. Bakeman Dr. Robert L. Card Dr. Frank K. Duiven Dr. Edwin J. Rennell Mrs. Donna L. Schuster Dr. Roger L. Visser
1961 $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Dolores M. Malvitz
$500 - $999 Mrs. Patricia A. Gillhooley Dr. Ronald J. Paler
$1 - $499 Dr. Stuart E. Gould Dr. Martin Moss Dr. Thomas L. Owen Ms. Cathlyn A. Patterson Mrs. Joan E. Piatt Mrs. Susan Skarstad Vercruysse Dr. Charles T. Watling Mrs. Susan J. Welke Mrs. Gloria Yaworsky
1962 $10,000+ Dr. Norman J. Schuen
$500 - $999 Dr. Robert A. McGee Dr. Larry H. Stone
$1 - $499 Dr. John R. Downs Dr. Melvin J. Gay Mrs. Carol S. Lidtke Dr. Robert B. McKenney Mrs. Barbara M. Nanas Ms. Mary H. Pohlod Dr. James L. Savera Ms. Edith S. Schweikle Dr. Seiji Shiba
1963 $1 - $499
Dr. William C. Addison Dr. John A. Capodanno Dr. Henry S. Dennis Dr. Jack E. Faber Dr. Edward A. Fisichelli Dr. Gerrit B. Gucky Dr. Gerald D. Hause Dr. Howard Lum Dr. Robert D. Renzema Mrs. Dana J. Willsey Dr. Dean B. Willsey
Dr. Thomas O. Ballard
1964 $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. William F. Jerome Dr. Arnold P. Morawa Dr. Thomas G. Robinson
$500 - $999 Dr. John P. Bolthouse
$1 - $499 Dr. Robert A. Abraham Dr. Charles E. Hanna Dr. Thomas E. Holman Ms. Martha E. Hubbard Dr. Robert B. Ouellette Mrs. Susan R. Rizman Mrs. Nancy W. Rugani Dr. Karl P. Stofko Dr. Donald W. Strobel Dr. Charles R. Wesner
1965 $1,000 - $2,499
$2,500 - $4,999 Mrs. Barbara A. Zola Brewer
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Jon M. Richards
$500 - $999 Dr. Robert A. Anthony Dr. Ralph M. Gillhooley Dr. Walter R. Secosky Dr. Robert F. Shankland
$1 - $499 Dr. Richard F. Boff Dr. Norman L. Chmielewski Dr. Robert E. Davis Dr. Thomas C. Dawson Mrs. Pamela C. Jennett Mrs. Virgilene A. Koren Dr. John H. Lillie Mrs. Kathryn I. Maynard Dr. Robert D. McLandress, Jr. Mrs. Barbara E. Weid Dr. Donald L. Wilton
1967 $2,500 - $4,999 Dr. Douglas L. Ramsay
$1,000 - $2,499 Ms. Sally A. Deck Mrs. Charlene Kott Dr. David A. Kott Dr. Nelson L. Smith
Dr. David D. Kirkby Dr. Peter A. Pullon Dr. Gerald P. Spinazze
$500 - $999
$1 - $499
$1 - $499
Mrs. Gerry I. Barker Ms. Phebe A. Blitz Dr. Allin B. Crouch Mrs. Mary E. Cruickshank Dr. Michael J. Goode Dr. Michael M. Goode Dr. Richard Han Dr. Chase F. Klinesteker Mrs. Sandra S. Klinesteker Dr. Frank A. Kokmeyer Dr. John D. Marx Dr. David A. Noble Mrs. Jerilyn J. Richardson Mrs. Susan L. P. Vandenbout Mrs. Kathleen A. Wiberg Dr. Carl T. Woolley Dr. Daniel J. Zaroff
Dr. Jerome J. DeSnyder
Dr. Bruce F. Barker Dr. G. Frans Currier Dr. Richard L. Fisher Dr. Phillip G. Hoffman Dr. Brace B. Pentoney Dr. Wayne D. Pierce Dr. Gustave A. Pschak Mrs. Ellen M. Rowe Mrs. Karen H. Sanders Dr. Preston G. Shelton Dr. Sheldon S. Watnick
1968 $10,000+ Dr. Jeffrey L. Porter
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$1,000 - $2,499
$1,000 - $2,499
Dr. Kurt D. Spieske
Dr. John W. Burau Dr. John H. Howarth Dr. David C. Johnsen Dr. Thomas E. Love Dr. Frank M. Piesko
$500 - $999 Dr. Dean Albertson Dr. Wayne N. Colquitt
$1 - $499 Mrs. Fredda P. Ben-Zekry Dr. Reid J. Calcott Dr. Molly A. Fisher Dr. Martin R. Goode Dr. Paul J. Loos Dr. Thomas P. Osborn Mrs. Gay B. Pleune Mrs. Lucille P. Reeves Dr. Robert J. Strathmann Dr. Gary E. Tasch
1969 $10,000+ Dr. Charles E. Besaw*
$1 - $499 Dr. William D. Beck Dr. James C. Cruickshank Ms. Patricia M. Finlan Dr. Glenn E. Minah Dr. G. David Rubley Dr. Donald C. Smith Mrs. Carol A. Tasch Dr. James H. Tonn Dr. Verle H. Wiita Dr. John M. Williams Dr. Marny L. G. Williams
Dr. Ronald J. Heys Dr. Steven M. Lash Dr. Vaughn A. McGraw Mrs. Carol A. Spear
$500 - $999 Dr. Richard L. Holthaus Dr. David E. Massignan
$1 - $499 Dr. David L. Brown Mrs. Gail F. Levy Dr. Richard L. Lezell Mrs. Donna L. Macorkindale Dr. Gary L. Sawdy Dr. Robert E. Singer Dr. Bruce L. Sprague Dr. Murray L. Yoffee Dr. Thomas L. Ziemiecki
Dr. David L. Miller
Dr. Sharon L. Brooks Dr. Arnold L. Tracht
Ms. Ellen Z. Fivenson
$1,000 - $2,499
$1,000 - $2,499
Dr. John D. Bouws Dr. Bosco P. Chan Dr. Richard A. Rubinstein Dr. John F. Sivertson
$1,000 - $2,499
$5,000 - $9,999 Dr. J. Michael Dibble Mrs. Marcia M. Rollins
$500 - $999 Dr. Michael T. Goupil Dr. Brian D. Hartwell
$1 - $499 Ms. Mary K. Baker Ms. Suzanne S. Brooks Dr. Daniel P. Gilliland Mrs. Jane R. Griffin Dr. Edward S. Haenick Dr. Carl D. Hubinger Dr. Warren W. Huss Mrs. Susan P. Judge Dr. John S. Kerns Dr. Charles F. Morton Dr. John W. Mullally Ms. Janis L. Oshensky Ms. Susan M. Sanzi-Schaedel Dr. Frank H. Sayre Dr. Roger C. Smith Dr. Lonny E. Zietz
1970 $10,000+ Dr. G. Peter Kelly Dr. George W. Scott
$5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Phyllis L. Beemsterboer Dr. Patrick L. Domine
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$500 - $999 Dr. Henry L. Kanar
$1 - $499 Dr. Irving M. Blau Dr. Ronald J. Cain Dr. Douglas W. Gorringe Dr. Lee W. Graber Dr. Gary W. Johnson Dr. Edward A. Kotz Dr. R. William Lustig Ms. Susan H. Margelis Dr. David J. McChesney Mrs. Marsha B. Rohrman Dr. James B. Satovsky Dr. Richard R. Schirmer Mrs. Linda A. Schreiber Ms. Jane K. Schwenk Dr. David J. Strawbridge Dr. Verne E. Ticknor
1972 $5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Richard D. Kalmbach Dr. Wesson E. Schulz
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Peter C. Chiaravalli Dr. Donald R. Heys
Dr. David W. Hancock Dr. Thomas P. Hughes Dr. Marvin Sonne Dr. David W. Welmerink Dr. Bruce M. Weny
$500 - $999 Dr. William E. DeVries Dr. William R. Maas Dr. Timothy J. Wilkins
$1 - $499 Dr. John O. Beldo Ms. Sharon M. Breuker Dr. Gary J. Clague Dr. William L. Eickhoff Ms. Janice E. Ellis Mrs. Anne E. Gwozdek Dr. Robert C. Haack Dr. James S. Hayward Dr. Steven Z. Hechtman Mrs. Sheila D. Jacobs Dr. Paul D. McEwen Dr. Arunas S. Vaitiekaitis Mrs. Janet K. Wilson
1974 $10,000+ Mrs. Anne K. Feldman
$2,500 - $4,999 Dr. Allan Jacobs Dr. Douglas Shiffman
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Lawrence D. Crawford Mrs. Sue C. Paladino Dr. Royce A. Poel
$500 - $999 Dr. Donald J. Pfotenhauer
$1 - $499 Dr. William B. Bacheler Dr. George T. Baumgartner Dr. Sanford B. Birnholtz Dr. Roger W. Black Mrs. Christine T. Bush Dr. Thomas D. Charbeneau Mrs. Cheryl L. Davies-Lewandowski Dr. Robert C. Guy Mrs. Lois A. Havermans Dr. Pamela K. Hilbert Dr. Mark E. Iocca Dr. Alan J. Kessler Mrs. Sally L. MacSwan Dr. Dennis W. Nagel Dr. Daniel F. O'Toole Dr. Frederick M. Ruffer Dr. Richard J. Sambuchi Ms. Sharon L. Scripter Dr. David E. Szczesny
1975 $5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Michael E. Lueder
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Colin A. Mayers Dr. Wayne E. Walcott
$500 - $999 Dr. David R. Hartman Dr. Michael L. Iczkovitz Dr. Donald J. Nyquist Dr. Laurence W. Seluk Dr. James L. Wieland
$1 - $499 Dr. Patrick T. Ainslie Dr. Tom D. Belford Mrs. Deborah D. Bowen Mrs. Melanie D. Colbert Dr. Carol Drinkard Dr. Henry Hirsch Dr. David W. Howard Mrs. Cynthia A. Humphries Dr. Mark C. Manikian Dr. Timothy J. Nawrocki Dr. George W. Noel Dr. Lawrence H. Pollak Dr. Bruce A. Rosenblum Dr. Richard H. White
1976 $10,000+ Dr. William F. Freccia Dr. James O. Roahen
$2,500 - $4,999 Dr. Howard A. Hamerink
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Rodney P. Paladino Dr. Metodi C. Pogoncheff Dr. Donald J. Powers
$500 - $999 Dr. Gary N. Krebill Dr. D. David Loder Dr. Michael H. VanderVeen
$1 - $499 Mrs. Wendy L. Arntson Dr. Patrick B. Austin Dr. James M. Braun Mrs. Deborah A. Chenevert Dr. Paul C. Danek Dr. Frederick M. Daniels Mrs. Ann K. Dill Dr. Kenneth W. Dill Dr. Abraham Gershonowicz Dr. James R. Lennan Dr. Bruce R. MacDonald Dr. Gary W. Mancewicz Dr. Kim P. McPheeters Mrs. Margo P. Tobias
1977 $10,000+ Dr. Bruce H. Abbott
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Susan H. Carron Dr. Harvey B. Comrie Mrs. Michaele I. Malecki Dr. Robert L. Malecki Dr. Robert L. Sterken
$1 - $499 Mrs. Phyllis Y. Bridges Mrs. Risa H. DeRoven Ms. Charlene K. Felker Dr. Douglas R. Gillett Dr. Stephen G. Goodell Dr. Patrick T. Hellner Dr. Michael D. Jennings Dr. Paul R. Kuhlman Mrs. Vicki A. Nidzgorski Dr. Martin G. Raebel Dr. Ann C. Richards Dr. David L. Richards Dr. John L. M. Robinson *Deceased
Mrs. Sally T. Springstead Mrs. Karin H. Tartal
1978 $10,000+ Dr. Diana W. Abbott Dr. John W. Farah Dr. Lisa D. Sostecke Dr. Ronald C. Stewart
$5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Sondra M. Gunn Dr. Douglas S. Peebles
$2,500 - $4,999 Dr. Marilyn W. Woolfolk
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Steven R. Hoekman Dr. Rosemary S. Jones Dr. Harriet K. McGraw
$500 - $999 Mrs. Catherine K. Draper Dr. Bradley A. Dykstra Dr. Gary R. Hubbard Ms. Shelley D. Lawler
$1 - $499 Mrs. Pamela B. Armstrong Dr. Daniel A. Bowen Dr. Alan K. Charnley Dr. Curles C. Colbert Dr. Rick J. DeRoven Dr. Kenneth A. Goodman Dr. Jane B. Graber Dr. Pamela J. Kloote Dr. Kenneth S. Kornman Dr. Terry J. Kuras Dr. Irene S. Lazarchuk Dr. James E. Pastor Dr. Kimon A. Rumanes Dr. Robert B. Springstead Mrs. Julie C. Stern Dr. James P. Utess Dr. Helen M. Zylman-Seaman
1979 $2,500 - $4,999 Dr. Nan E. Niland
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Dennis G. Donoho Dr. Jane A. Grover Dr. Andrew C. Tarkington
$500 - $999 Dr. David R. Bolla Dr. Michael D. Bowen Mrs. Sherrie M. Setterberg
$1 - $499
$500 - $999
$5,000 - $9,999
$1,000 - $2,499
Dr. Lance J. Adelson Dr. Jeffrey L. Ash Dr. Steven E. Hallgren Mrs. Debra K. Kobylka Dr. Frederick J. Leavitt Mrs. Connie L. MacKinnon Dr. Michael Page Dr. Carl A. Pierskalla Dr. Guity M. Rabbani Dr. Robert O. Reisig Dr. Gerald R. Ryan Dr. Ronald S. Scheinbach Dr. Mary Anne Simmons Dr. Thomas A. Simmons
Dr. Franklin H. Alley Dr. Joseph P. Breloff Dr. Josef N. Kolling Dr. William C. Lawler Dr. James C. Setterberg
Dr. Richard J. Gardner Dr. Steven P. Geiermann Dr. Paul A. VanRaaphorst
Dr. Richard A. Stanchina
1980 $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Robert A. Coleman Dr. Robert J. Currier Dr. Kirk Donaldson Dr. Timothy E. Kabot Dr. Solomon K. Pesis Dr. James P. Simmer Dr. Patrick L. Sweeney
$500 - $999 Dr. Joanne Dawley Dr. Jeannine E. Hopfensperger Dr. John L. Sinclair Dr. Marsha F. Smeltzer
$1 - $499 Dr. Steven B. Blanchard Dr. Diana H. Bonfiglio Dr. Scott B. Boyd Dr. Dean R. Carlyon Dr. Edward Kelly Dr. William J. Lee Dr. Jeffrey A. McDermaid Dr. Walter R. Sassack Dr. Robert A. Schweyen Dr. Clark K. Smith Mrs. Susan K. Wannemacher
1981 $10,000+ Dr. William E. Mason
$5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Kerry M. Kaysserian Dr. Donald J. Wurtzel, Jr.
$2,500 - $4,999 Dr. Wayne L. Olsen
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. David S. Duda Dr. Mark S. Migdal Mrs. Karen M. Tarkington
$1 - $499 Dr. David J. Ahearn Dr. Gary M. Berman Dr. Daniel A. Bonfiglio Mrs. Cindy L. Clayton Dr. Marshall D. Clayton Dr. Kurt M. Eischer Mrs. Kathy L. Evertsberg Mrs. Kay B. Fetchiet Dr. Thomas D. Jusino Dr. Jeffrey C. Knorr Dr. William L. Krieg Dr. Gary Sasaki Dr. Jeffrey L. Weinfeld Dr. Richard A. Whipple
1982 $2,500 - $4,999 Dr. Jon E. Cabot
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Kristin J. Guenther Dr. John F. McMahon Dr. Gregory J. Oppenhuizen Dr. Carolyn L. Romzick Dr. Martin W. Werschky
$500 - $999 Dr. Stacey G. Garrison Dr. Donald J. Vander Linde Dr. Mary L. Vinckier
$1 - $499 Dr. Mark A. Azzopardi Dr. Charles A. Backman Dr. Michael J. Brunner Mrs. Michele R. Dale-Cannaert Dr. Mark L. DeWitt Dr. Dennis G. D'Hondt Dr. Steven M. Hall Dr. Bruce A. Jackson Dr. Marcia L. Knopp Dr. Kimberly S. Lewis Dr. Marla B. Matz Dr. Diedra S. McGuire Mrs. Leslie L. Menzies Dr. Gregory G. Movsesian Mrs. Suzanne G. Wolf Dr. Jason S. J. Wong
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. David M. Clark Dr. Kevin P. Cooper Mrs. Pamela E. Cooper Dr. Brian J. Pradko
$500 - $999 Dr. Gregory P. Davis Mrs. Barbara C. Kolling Dr. Carol A. Lefebvre Dr. Steven J. Moravec Dr. M. Timothy Ward
$1 - $499 Dr. Jon S. Buxton Dr. James A. Hosner Dr. Michael F. Jermov Mrs. Geralyn M. Kowalski
1984 $10,000+ Dr. Marcy S. Borofsky Dr. Robin K. Siman
$5,000 - $9,999
$500 - $999 Dr. David J. Hosking Dr. Mark M. Johnston Dr. Edward J. Lynch
$1 - $499 Dr. Neil H. Blavin Dr. Marie J. English Dr. Bruce R. Fisher Dr. Peter A. Garchow Dr. Michael E. Harris Mrs. Melissa J. Keller Dr. J. Daniel Lewis Dr. Terri L. Todaro
1986 $5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Michael J. Cerminaro Dr. Denise E. Turunen Dr. Connie M. Verhagen
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Michael J. Crete Dr. Bonita D. Neighbors Dr. Douglas L. Sweeney Dr. Stephen C. Ura
Dr. James A. Kessel
$500 - $999
$1,000 - $2,499
Dr. Michael J. Fischer Dr. Jeffrey L. Zanetti
Dr. Rick L. Diehl
$500 - $999 Dr. Gerald C. Dietz Dr. Jeffrey D. Jacobson Dr. Bradford S. Rowe Dr. John M. Steinberg
$1 - $499 Dr. Bradford M. Allen Dr. Bruce A. Bates Dr. Paul R. Brand Dr. Adejoke F. Fatunde Dr. Gina M. Fontana Dr. Walter M. Lucas Dr. Margaret M. Martlew Dr. Gregg S. Resnick Dr. Mindy S. Salzberg-Siegel Dr. Douglas A. Van Der Meulen
$1 - $499 Dr. Susan G. Alpern Mrs. Patricia Blazoff-Baker Dr. Gail A. Callaghan Dr. Cynthia A. Denis Dr. Maura A. Fichter Dr. David G. Klump Ms. Eileen Lim Dr. John A. Palmer Ms. Ileen A. Peterson Dr. Marian Sawicki Dr. Kathleen F. Stec
1987 $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Bruce C. Lee
$500 - $999
1985 $5,000 - $9,999
Dr. Bruce A. Seitz Dr. Stephen J. Stefanac
Dr. Phillip C. Yancho
Dr. Loretta J. Andres Dr. Dean B. Buxton Dr. Cheryl F. Callahan
$2,500 - $4,999 Dr. Craig M. Misch
$1 - $499
Dr. Mark J. Connelly
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Dr. Elliot S. Hardy Dr. Matthew S. Justus Dr. Sally D. Orr Dr. Brian W. Salesin Dr. Therese F. Shortt Dr. William A. Shortt Dr. Perry C. Uhazie
$1,000 - $2,499
1988 $2,500 - $4,999
Dr. Kimberlyn R. Atherton Dr. Keith A. Combs Dr. Jerry J. McGue Dr. Michael R. Wolfgram
Dr. Steven M. Dater
$500 - $999 Dr. Kenneth B. May
$1 - $499 Dr. David Jacobson Dr. Heather A. Mallory-May Dr. David E. May Dr. Amr M. Moursi Dr. Elizabeth N. Odinez-Bortfeld Dr. Susan F. Rider Ms. Kimberly J. Roehl Dr. Michael S. Wojcik Mrs. Deborah M. Wolfgram Dr. David A. Woody Dr. Donald A. Worm
1989 $5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Edward Duski Dr. Janis C. Duski
$2,500 - $4,999 Dr. Thomas E. Anderson Dr. Keith A. Mays
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Jacqueline J. Anderson Dr. Michael J. Ballard Dr. Shelia Y. Kennebrew Horton Dr. Scott A. Pirochta Dr. Todd K. Rowe
$500 - $999 Dr. Eliot S. Essenfeld Dr. Monica B. Swope Dr. Keith E. Wester
$1 - $499 Dr. Natalya A. Brezden Dr. Sandra D. Picazio Dr. Todd R. Wood Dr. Patrick L. Zanetti
1990 $5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Gary M. Starr
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Dr. James P. Lee
$500 - $999 Dr. William E. Hooe
$1 - $499
1991 $10,000+ Dr. Charles J. Goodis
$5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Kevin N. Kieu
$2,500 - $4,999 Dr. Grishondra L. Branch-Mays
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. John P. Fox Dr. Lorraine D. Hanna
$1 - $499 Mrs. Dina L. Korte Dr. James T. Lamond Dr. Martin R. Valley
1992 $5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Robert G. Nakisher
$1,000 - $2,499
1994 $5,000 - $9,999 Dr. John S. Faber Professor Jacques E. Nor
Dr. Elizabeth M. Graham Dr. Keith G. Sikora Dr. Jeffrey J. Smith Dr. Yvette M. Tabangay Nafso Dr. Krista L. Wortman Dr. Mark C. Wortman
$500 - $999
$500 - $999
Mrs. Dawn M. Kelly
$1,000 - $2,499
Dr. Gregory S. Brya Dr. Kenneth L. Egger
Dr. Paul M. Decker
$1 - $499
Dr. Daniel L. Edwards Dr. Stephen H. Gaines Dr. Ricardo Seir Dr. Timothy M. Talbott Dr. Alyssa A. York Dr. Jeffrey A. Young
Dr. Sami A. Maassarani Dr. Christine A. Newton Dr. Darin J. Schettler
1995 $5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Kristine S. West
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Beth A. Faber
$500 - $999
Dr. Mary E. Tierney
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Leonard M. Cyterski
$500 - $999 Dr. Janice E. Pilon
$1 - $499 Mrs. Lynn L. Hobbs Dr. Vance M. Jones Dr. Wayman Tang
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. D. Andrew Lewis
$1 - $499
Dr. John C. Hall Dr. Jason B. Ingber
1996 $5,000 - $9,999 $1,000 - $2,499
$2,500 - $4,999
Dr. Daniel L. Bolt
$1 - $499
$1 - $499
Dr. Patrick J. Kelly Dr. Daniel J. Peters Dr. Debra S. Peters
1998 $2,500 - $4,999
$500 - $999
Dr. Donald R. Burkhardt Dr. Scott O. Schulz
1993 $5,000 - $9,999
$1 - $499
Dr. Dina Khoury Hanby Dr. Erik J. Hanby Dr. Eric W. Knudsen
Dr. David R. Heidenreich
Dr. Robert S. Dame Dr. Paul J. Winn
$1,000 - $2,499
Dr. Karrie T. Williams
Dr. Andreina M. Castro Dr. Kanwal J. Chawla Dr. Geraldine C. Garcia-Rogers Dr. Maritza Morell Dr. Brian T. Robinson
1999 $1,000 - $2,499
Dr. David T. Copus Dr. Thomas E. Herremans Dr. Matthew J. Talcott
Dr. Abbie S. Horky Dr. Brandan L. LeBourdais Dr. Christopher B. McDaniel
$500 - $999
$1 - $499
Dr. Sharon J. Bader Dr. Renee E. Duff Dr. Elizabeth A. Knudsen Dr. Gregory A. Young
$1 - $499 Dr. Paul R. Musherure Dr. Nicholas E. Nolan Dr. Marvin J. Strohschein Dr. Cynthia M. Wiggins
1997 $5,000 - $9,999 Dr. M. Amin Jaffer
Dr. Heather J. Cadorette Dr. George G. Chabiaa Mrs. Laura M. Jehle Dr. Scott J. Nelson Dr. Kristi A. Thomas
2000 $10,000+ Dr. Brent B. Ward
$1 - $499 Dr. Carrie L. Lintner Dr. Charles I. McLaren
2001 $5,000 - $9,999 Dr. D. Omar Watson
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Thais C. Carvalho Booms Dr. Philip L. Michaelson Dr. Wen-Chi Takada
$500 - $999 Dr. J. Brett Mangum
$1 - $499 Dr. Gadia K. Peabody
2002 $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Rahul R. Amin Dr. Michael V. Mehling
$500 - $999 Dr. Ryan C. VanHaren
$1 - $499 Ms. Brandy M. Adams Dr. Danielle K. Reed
2003 $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Michael P. Campeau Dr. Sam Malcheff Dr. Nikole G. Pecora Dr. Jennifer T. Silc Dr. David M. White
$500 - $999 Dr. Rebecca A. Rubin Dr. Christopher E. VanDeven
$1 - $499 Dr. Yong-Hee P. Chun Dr. Charles P. Liu Dr. Daniel J. Rejman Mrs. Kellie B. Wagner Ms. Susan A. York
2004 $5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Margaret S. Gingrich
$1 - $499 Dr. Carrie H. Thangamani
2005 $2,500 - $4,999 Dr. Susan S. Guest
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Bryan P. Nakfoor
$500 - $999 Dr. Andrew J. Schoonover
$1 - $499 Dr. Matthew P. Kelley Dr. Kelly A. Misch-Lindman Dr. Patrick Mullally Dr. Jason M. Rice
2006 $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Alyssa S. Levin Dr. Scott D. Shwedel
$500 - $999 Dr. Evan R. Whitbeck
$1 - $499 Dr. Philip A. Davidson Dr. James Jostock Dr. Kelly E. Yeung Dr. Robert S. Yeung
2007 $1 - $499
2008 $10,000+ Dr. Matthew W. Lineberger Dr. Megan B. Lineberger
$1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Brent J. Frey
$500 - $999 Dr. Caroline Hong
$1 - $499 Dr. Erin E. Bumann Dr. Elizabeth S. Check
2009 $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Gustavo Avila Ortiz Mrs. Amy E. Coplen Mrs. Stephanie K. Pierzecki-Olsen
$500 - $999 Dr. Harjap S. Nanva Dr. Carl M. Pogoncheff
Dr. Matthew A. Meyer Dr. Megan E. Moyneur Dr. Sarah E. Salenbien
$1 - $499 Dr. Katrina Baeverstad Dr. Rashmi Bajoria
Dr. Rick Beverley Dr. Jason Dulac Dr. Christian G. Groth Dr. Di Jiang Dr. Lindsey E. Wurtzel-Douville
2010 $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Duane E. Bennett Dr. Andrew W. Olsen
$1 - $499 Dr. Samuel G. Blanchard Dr. Kenneth R. Marriott Dr. Anthony E. Valentine Mrs. Stefanie M. VanDuine Dr. Jody L. Wrathall
2011 $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. Carrie A. Ehinger
$500 - $999 Dr. Stephen M. Mancewicz
2012 $500 - $999
2015 $1 - $499
Dr. Myoung Hwang Dr. Anh P. Pham Dr. Adam Welmerink
Dr. Karra L. Evans Dr. Maggie Silvasi
$1 - $499 Dr. Taryn N. Weil
2013 $500 - $999 Dr. Anna M. Pogoncheff
$1 - $499 Dr. Shad Hattaway Dr. Lindsey D. LaLonde
2014 $500 - $999 Dr. Xianli Tang
$1 - $499 Dr. Jessica C. Harris Dr. Christina S. Scanlon
2016 $1 - $499 Ms. Lorene R. Kline Dr. Jing Wang
2017 $1 - $499 Dr. Andreana I. Masters Dr. Riley A. Schaff
2018 $1 - $499 Dr. Andrew P. Chong
2019 $1 - $499 Dr. Ahmed M. A. Sarhan
$1 - $499 Dr. Javana R. Cosner
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Thank You, Donors Tiffany Valencia DDS Class of 2022 Hometown: Chelsea, Michigan Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan As the first in my family to attend dental school, I am thankful for the donors who generously support student scholarships. It not only lessens the financial burden on my family and me, but it allows me to focus on becoming the best future provider I can be. There is nothing more noble than helping another person achieve their dreams â€“ especially someone whom theyâ€™ve never met. I will remember this kindness and work to give back to the community and the profession of dentistry.