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Yearbook Classes of 2016

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Be Part of Detroit Mercy Dental



Through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, strives to develop scientifically based, socially and ethically sensitive oral health professionals.

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry will be an internationally recognized leader for innovations in curriculum, clinical education, patient care, and community collaboration.

Values The faculty and staff at the School of Dentistry have identified five core values as intrinsic to our academic community. These values are evidenced in our daily activities and guide planning for the future. Integrity: We embrace integrity in all our daily activities and consider it essential to our identity. Excellence: We value and reward excellence. Service: We are committed to serving our community, students, colleagues, institution, and the profession of dentistry.

Respect: We promote respect of self and others and value diversity. Life-Long Learning: We value life-long learning and promote development to achieve our potential.





University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry

Detroit Mercy Dental Strategic Plan 2016 - 2022 In 2016, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry began the process to develop a new strategic plan which will guide the way forward for the School of Dentistry. It will establish new organizational goals, explain why these goals are important and develop steps to achieve these goals. This process will uncover ways to improve performance, generate new processes,

solve organizational processes and ultimately help us to attain our fullest potential. We invite you to following along in the process of making University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry a better place to lead and learn! For more information about a strategic plan and the strategic planning process, visit our website.


University of Detroit Mercy Brand Analysis Research 2016 For the past 12 months, there has been ongoing research of the University brand in the form of focus groups, interviews and surveys. Perhaps you have participated in some form of this research, along with hundreds of current students, prospective students, faculty, staff

and other Detroit Mercy alumni. We thank you for your input in this process. After considering all recommendations, the University is currently developing a new logo and tagline; we are excited to share new brand details with you later this year.

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Defining Success in an Ever Changing World


Mert N. Aksu, Dean

hank you for taking a moment

definition of success, the School of Dentistry

to page through this latest

has a role in where we are today. In fact, as I

edition of the Leading Edge.

engage in conversations with you, I hear each

Within each issue, we celebrate

of you firmly invested and supportive of a

successes and bring you news of happenings

common commitment to the School of

here at the School of Dentistry.

Dentistry’s future success.

As I share the news and excitement of our successes, I think about the definition of success. Success is sometimes difficult to define as it can be framed by a number of perspectives. For some, it is the ability to serve those less fortunate, the ability to secure

For the School of Dentistry, our success is overwhelmingly a reflection of the successes of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

one’s future, or the recognition of their peers, and for others it is the feeling of making a difference. For the School of Dentistry, our

In this edition of the Leading Edge, I am excited

success is overwhelmingly a reflection of the

to share with you the success of our graduating

successes of our students, faculty, staff, and

class, the largest class of dental graduates since

alumni. Our shared commitment to success is

the school opened. Over the past four years, we

fundamental in large part to what defines our

have been steadfast in our commitment to

school as a family.

provide this class with the education and clinical experiences that are consistent with our

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines

tradition. We have increased the number of

success as “the fact of getting or achieving

patients, added clinic sessions, and enhanced

wealth, respect, or fame.” However, from my

our presence in community and outreach

conversations with many of you, I sense that

activities. And we succeeded.

success is much more broadly defined, has a deeper meaning, and has a focus on the

The first-time pass rate of students taking the

greater good.

licensing exam was at the highest level in years, as you can see in the results from the

For many of you, your success is in part

Commission on Dental Competency

defined by the lives of the people you touch

Assessment – formally the Northeast Regional

and help through the care you deliver. Yet

Board Dental Exam. Also, initial data from

ultimately, while we each may have a different

exit interviews indicate that our graduates


have a bright outlook on employment and the future as well as a positive sense of confidence in the education that they received.

Commission of Dental Competency Assessment Class of 2016

Our students share in the pride of the School of Dentistry, and I urge you to take a moment

Prosthodontic Exam

to view a touching video of our students and

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their tribute to the Class of 2016. As a family, the pride of our students and alumni define,

Restorative Exam

in part, our success.

119*/130 = 91.54%

hope you feel that the School of Dentistry has

Combined Prosthodontic & Restorative Exams

had a role in bringing you success. Similarly, I

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Regardless of your own personal definition, I

know for sure that the success of the School of Dentistry has a lot to do with each of you


individually and collectively. Thank you for your support and wishing us all continued mutual success.

Visit the link below to view a tribute video produced by the Dental Class of 2016


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Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J.

University President, Dr. Garibaldi and an undergraduate student celebrate Commencement 2016.

Former UDM President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Passes

2016 University Commencement

University of Detroit Mercy lost an exceptional leader and a wonderful friend on January 12, 2016, with the passing of Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D. His body was cremated and a funeral Mass was held at Marquette University’s Gesu Church on Saturday, January 16. A special memorial Mass was offered by the Jesuit community on Wednesday, January 20 at Gesu Church, north of UDM’s McNichols Campus. John Staudenmaier, S.J., a long-time colleague and friend of Fr. Stockhausen, celebrated the liturgy and gave the homily. Since 2010, Fr. Stockhausen served as the Socius and Executive Secretary to the President and Director of Planning for the U.S. Jesuit Conference. He served UDM for 10 years, six years as president (2004-2010) and four years as provost and vice president for academic affairs (2000-2004). “We are extremely thankful for his leadership and commitment to University of Detroit Mercy’s mission of academic excellence and service and the traditions of its founding sponsors, the Jesuits and Sisters of Mercy,” said Detroit Mercy President Antoine Garibaldi.


UDM Commencement ceremonies took place the weekend of May 13-14 in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus. Undergraduate and graduate: Saturday, May 14, at 1:30 p.m. The Commencement speaker was Margaret Auer ’65, former dean of University Libraries and Instructional Technology. She has worked as a dean at the University for more than 30 years and for the University since 1961. School of Law: Friday, May 13, at 6 p.m. An honorary posthumous degree was given to George J. Asher, for whom the Asher Law Clinic is named. The son of Syrian immigrants, Asher left high school after his parents died to support his family. After helping raise his brothers and sisters, he entered law school at Detroit Mercy. He died in 1963 of complications of hemophilia, just months before finishing his degree. His brother, Anthony, who was a first-year law student at the time, became a managing partner in the Southfield-based firm of Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C. Anthony Asher made the generous gift to the University that helped purchase and renovate the building that houses the legal clinic. Anthony Asher ’65 provided the commencement speech.


CONTENTS Feature Article: The Evolution of Dental Education

2016 Yearbook





Dean’s Message.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 University News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Feature Article: The Evolution of Dental Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Upcoming Alumni Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Faculty/Staff News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Recent Alumni Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Outreach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Alumni Day 2016. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Diversity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Student News.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Financial. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Commencement 2016. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Alumni Board. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

2016 Yearbook. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Continuing Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

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Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. University President Mert N. Aksu, D.D.S., J.D., M.H.S.A. Dean aksumn@udmercy.edu Kari Radjewski, M.A. Communications Specialist Editor in Chief of Leading Edge radjewkj@udmercy.edu Rhonda Evans, B.F.A. Communications Coordinator and Graphic Designer Publication Designer and Photographer evansrh@udmercy.edu Kimberly Raleigh, R.D.H., M.H.S.A. Director of Continuing Education and Alumni Relations Contributing Writer kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu Thomas W. Sklut, M.A. Director of Development skluttw@udmercy.edu

We Want To Hear From You! Leading Edge welcomes letters to the editor, press releases, photos, or any other communications that highlight our alumni. Send your information to: Kimberly Raleigh Email: kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu Phone: 313-494-6694 Please include a daytime phone number and email address with correspondence.

©2016 School of Dentistry





Academy of General Dentistry Annual Meeting - Alumni Reception The Academy of General Dentistry will present its annual meeting in Boston this year. We will gather for a special Detroit Mercy reception on Friday, July 15 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Beacon Room D. If you plan to attend the meeting, please join us!

proceeds from each ticket will go to Detroit Mercy’s General Scholarship Fund. For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit: community.udmercy.edu/comerica. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016


Come join us in Hot-lanta for our Alumni Reception at the NDA Annual Session in Atlanta, Georgia. The festivities take place between 6 p.m. – 8 p.m at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Plan to attend our fall Homecoming weekend with activities including: St. Francis Club-style Tug-of-War, 5K & Family Fun Run, scavenger hunt, school & college open houses, women’s soccer game, scrimmages with former student athletes, and more! The School of Dentistry will be hosting a three hour continuing education program on Friday, September 30 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. titled, “The 3 Drivers of Sustained Practice Growth and Success” taught by Dr. Mark Murphy ‘81. This course is offered at a special discount. To register and for more details, visit: dental.udmercy.edu/ce.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2016


Detroit Mercy Student-Alumni Tournament

American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session – Alumni Reception


National Dental Association (NDA) Annual Session – Alumni Reception

Save the date! The annual ASDA Golf Outing will be held at Fieldstone Golf Club in Auburn Hills; more information will soon follow. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park Join the University community at Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park as the Detroit Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins. There will be a pre-game tailgate at the DAC and Detroit Mercy will be recognized during pre-game festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m.; the game begins at 7:08 p.m. A portion of the

Mark your calendars and joins us in Denver, Colorado for an Alumni Reception at the 2016 American Dental Association Annual Session. We will meet from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Stout Street Social. It is a great opportunity to visit with former classmates and expand your professional network.

Alumni Events For more information please contact Kimberly Raleigh, Director of Continuing Education and Alumni relations: kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu

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Santa Aksu and the Alumni Board Elves had a great time surprising students.

Dr. Degenhardt and alumni with big smiles at Homecoming 2016.



Alumni Board Elves & Santa Aksu Bring Finals Week Relief

Homecoming/Chili Cook-off

As a special treat for students during finals week, the Alumni Board came together to make “care-packages”, including a Starbucks gift card, snacks, and other goodies. Dressed as elves, the Board surprised students at the building entrance handing out gift bags. Dean Aksu became Santa Aksu that day, spreading holiday cheer and setting a jolly tone for exam week. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20

Alumni Mentor Panel & Program Detroit Mercy Dental held an Alumni Board panel allowing students to ask working professionals questions about their future careers. This event launched the Alumni-Mentor Program, which connects students with an outside resource as they flourish in the profession of dentistry. Approximately 40 students were matched with alumni mentors, but we are looking to build upon this start. If you are interesting in helping guide young professionals, please contact Kimberly Raleigh at kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu or 313-494-6694.

Share Your Pictures With Us! Send us photos of alumni events you have attended by emailing Kimberly Raleigh at kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu

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A special thanks to those who joined us for Homecoming 2016 festivities. Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Board President, Dr. Ted Degenhardt, represented the dental school at the Annual Chili Cook-off sharing a delicious recipe with attendees. It was a great day catching-up with old friends and making new ones. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Chicago Midwinter Meeting Reception The UDMSOD Chicago Midwinter Meeting Alumni Reception was held in conjunction with a special Pierre Fauchard Induction Ceremony at the historic Chicago Cultural Center. A total of eight Detroit Mercy family members were inducted, including alumni and faculty. Preceding the evening’s events included a special continuing education course “HPV Oropharyngeal Cancer Risks and Management,” presented by John A. Molinari, Ph.D. and Carlos Ramirez, M.D., D.D.S. For more information about PFA inductees, please visit page 36.

PFA inductees from UDMSOD. FRIDAY, APRIL 15

Michigan Dental Association Annual Session – Alumni Brunch The Novi Expo Center was the setting for this year’s MDA Annual Session. With three days of courses and nearly 200 exhibits, plus social events and meetings – this event has something for everyone! The Detroit Mercy Titans for Teeth Mobile Dental Clinic was on-site for tours and alumni gathered for a special brunch. MONDAY, MAY 9

HOUR Magazine Top Dentists Reception In partnership with HOUR Detroit, Detroit Mercy sponsored an event at Bistro 82 in Royal Oak to celebrate the Top Dentists issue of the magazine; some dental professionals of the Metro Detroit area whom were chosen by their peers were in attendance. We are proud of all our alumni and take pride in celebrating their accomplishments. Congrats to the honorees!

Dr. Gary Warr ‘79, Dean Mert Aksu, and Dr. John Warr ‘85 at the HOUR Detroit event.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Dr. Richard Golden is Honored with Spirit of UDM Alumni Achievement Award Richard D.D.S. ‘71 receives Spirit of UDM Alumni Achievement Award.

Richard Golden D.D.S. ’71 upon completing dental school, went right to work at Golden Dental Center, founded by his father more than 40 years earlier. Today, the practice is more than 75 years old and operates in Detroit. Golden has been an innovator in dentistry since early in his career, launching the first advertising campaign for a dental practice in the state of Michigan. It brought in many new patients and led to an expansion of the practice. He is also the inventor of a dental instrument that redefines how tooth extractions are done. Years of experimentation led to Physics Forceps, which applies principles of physics to pulling teeth. Extractions that normally took 20 to 40 minutes could be done in less than two minutes. One of Dr. Golden’s businesses, Golden Dental Solutions, is a manufacturer and seller of the Physics Forceps and other innovative dental products. Golden recently completed a term on the UDM Board of Trustees.

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& Class Reunions

Students answered questions about their experiences at UDMSOD posed by alumni audience members.

Alumni Day & Reunions at the Townsend Hotel The 2016 Alumni Day took place on Friday, April 29, and was held at the beautiful Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Alumni of all generations enjoyed catching up with one another and recalling memories of years past. An excellent and informative course on cancer patients was presented by the talented Dr. Susan Calderbank. One of the day’s highlights was the first-ever Student Panel; alumni appreciated the opportunity to ask questions from current dental and dental hygiene students to gain perspective on day-to-day learning and life at Detroit Mercy. The daytime events were followed by a networking Dean’s Reception which segued into class reunions and the OKU induction ceremony. Alumni who celebrated a reunion gathered with classmates to catchup and exchange stories from their time in dental school.

Alumni Day attendees listened intently as Dr. Calderbank presents the CE course.

The Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) induction ceremony simultaneously took place as graduating dental students were inducted into the prestigious honors society.

Alumni/Student Brunch and Tour Saturday, April 30 marked the first year of the Alumni/Student Brunch & Tour hosted by the Alumni Board at the Corktown Campus. Attendees chatted over a delicious meal, mingled with the Alumni Board and were given tours provided by students. Participants were very proud to see a state of the art facility and have a glimpse into all of the great things happening at UDMSOD.

The newest OKU inductees posed for a group photo.

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Alumni Day attendees browsed vendor tables and learned about new materials and technology in dentistry.

Longtime friends reunited and caught up.

C’vaeo Edwards R.D.H. ‘16 presented research during lunchtime at Alumni Day.

Dr. Susan Calderbank provided the continuing education course during Alumni Day.

Students and alumni took a tour of the School of Dentistry.

A mix of alumni, faculty and students enjoyed brunch and conversation.

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January 6 Our very own UDM ASDA arranged the first teleconference for ASDA chapters around the country to connect with leadership at the American Dental Association. This event facilitated communication between oral health profession’s novices and experts.

February 23 On Dental Day, six dental hygiene students and one faculty member provided oral health education to children of Detroit Service Learning Academy. A total of 936 children attended as the UDMSOD team provided five different oral health education stations, including Healthy Foods vs. Unhealthy Foods, Rethink Your Drink, Write a Letter to the Tooth Fairy, The Effects of Acid from Food on Teeth, and a demonstration of the equipment used for the UDM Seal a Smile!, Michigan Sealant Program.

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February 12 This 2016 Talent Show upholds it’s reputation as one of the best UDMSOD events of the year. Faculty, staff and students put on acts ranging from musical performances to stand-up comedy to bellydancing. Dr. Chand did not disappoint, keeping the audience laughing as he introduced each talent.

February 28 A group of UDMSOD faculty, staff, students and alumni each conquered 71 flights of stairs of the Renaissance Center for the 2016 Fight for Air Climb. In total, the group raised over $4,500 for the American Lung Association. A special congratulations to current third year dental student, Ryan Rivamonte, who took first place in the entire competition!

March 4 Current DS4, Kathryn Dickmann, was awarded the ASDA Gold Crown Award for Best Blog Post at the recent Gold Crown Awards ceremony at the ASDA Annual Session. Her article was selected by the ASDA Editorial Board from more than 156 ASDA blog posts! Congratulations Kathryn! We are very proud of your accomplishments. You can read the full blog post at: asdablog.com/the-importance-of-neck-back-health-in-dentistry/

April 2 The 2016 Mandiball was nothing short of a fabulous time, full of dancing and great memories. It was wonderful to see students, faculty and staff enjoying each other’s company outside of school.

April 5 The SNDA Taste of Diversity event was an evening complete with flavors, sights, and sounds of our entire Detroit Mercy Dental family. Our students created a very special evening of celebration and a great time was had by all.

April 8 The Department of Pediatric Dentistry hosted the first Give Kids A Smile day of the year during the spring. A new twist will add more calendar dates to the event and allow more children to receive dental cleanings and treatment.

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April 12 The UDM ASDA chapter traveled to Washington D.C. to make a special visit to The Hill where they lobbied on behalf of dental students and the dental profession.

April 22 Student Research Day is an opportunity faculty, staff, and students to learn about the research that is being carried out at the School of Dentistry. Dental and dental hygiene students discuss their research that has been presented at local, state, or national meetings.

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April 19 The RDH Class of 2016 celebrated their accomplishments with the annual Dental Hygiene Luncheon at Angelina’s restaurant in Detroit. Laughs were shared and awards were given as the students enjoyed being together as a group for one of the last times.

May 2 This year’s Sigma Phi Alpha Dinner was hosted at the Grosse Point War Memorial and celebrated the induction of two new members. Congratulations to new alumni, Meghan Smerecki R.D.H. ‘16 and Veronica Nafso R.D.H ‘16, and to faculty members Michelle Wheater Ph.D. and Erin Relich B.S.D.H, M.S.A., for their prestige accomplishments!


Professor Barbara Seldon Meets President Obama at Veteran’s Day Celebration

May 3 Many thanks to all of student leaders throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. We gathered for a special evening at the Student Leader Appreciation Dinner where we celebrated these students’ hard work and dedication to making sure peers are heard, informed and engaged!

Prof. Barbara Purifoy-Seldon and Women’s Army Core Veteran’s Association President, Suzanna LaRocca, with Vice-President Biden and President Obama

Each year on Veteran’s Day, representatives of Congressionally-Chartered Veterans Service Organizations are invited to the White House to enjoy a gourmet breakfast with the President and Vice-President. This past year on November 11, 2015, Barbara Purifoy-Seldon R.D.H. ’70, M.A. ‘73, attended on behalf of the Women’s Army Corps Veteran’s Association where she serves as Captain. After their meal, each of the 150 attendees individually met with President Obama and Vice-President Biden where they were provided a photo opportunity. She described her conversation with the country’s leader as personable and playful, “I was thanked for my service by each of them. Never did I think I would be in the presence of a President, let alone one who called me by name!”

May 20 This summer, several Detroit Mercy Dental student groups are engaging in missions trips including Alpha Omega whose members recently visited the Dominican Republic. Christian Dental Association is headed to Honduras and UDM ASDA will be going to Guatemala. Thank you to our students and faculty who are volunteering their time and traveling great distances to treat underserved populations in significant need of oral health services!

The day ended at the laying of the wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier where President Obama gave a speech and the veteran attendees were special guests

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University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry Commencement 2016

Commencement attendees stand and applause, taking in a prestigious moment.

Friday, May 13th 9:30 a.m.

Calihan Hall University of Detroit Mercy

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER Marko Vujicic, Ph.D. Chief Economist and Vice President Health Policy Institute, American Dental Association Dr. Marko Vujicic is Chief Economist and Vice President, Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association where he is responsible for overseeing all of the Association’s policy research activities. Prior to joining the American Dental Association, he was senior economist with The World Bank in Washington D.C. where he directed the global health workforce policy program. He was also a health economist with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Vujicic is the lead author of the book, Working in Health, and has written several book chapters on various health policy issues. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals such as Health Affairs, The New England Journal of Medicine, Health Services Research, Health Policy and Planning, Social Science and Medicine, and Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. He has worked on broad health care reform issues in Africa, East Asia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. He is a visiting assistant professor at Tufts University in Boston. Dr. Vujicic obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in Business from McGill University in Montreal. 18 L E A D I N G E D G E S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 6

Dr. Marko Vujicic addresses the Classes of 2016 at this year’s Commencement ceremony.

For more photographs of the event, visit: www.udmercy.edu/gallery/albums

COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES PROCESSIONAL WELCOME Gary Jeffers, M.S., D.M.D. Grand Marshal, Director of Admissions and Associate Professor INVOCATION Rosita Schiller, R.S.M., Vice Chair, University Board of Trustees O CANADA

A group of R.D.H. graduates pose for a selfie before the Commencement program begins.

Sung Y. Han, B.Sc., Dental Class of 2016 THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER Humam Salahieh, B.A., Dental Class of 2016 DEAN’S REMARKS Mert N. Aksu, D.D.S., J.D., M.H.S.A., Dean and Professor PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., President of the University COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS Marko Vujicic, Ph.D. Chief Economist and Vice President, Health Policy Institute American Dental Association

A happy day for the family of brothers, Blair and Nicholas White, both who graduated in 2016 from the D.D.S. program. Dr. Giribaldi, President of the University of Detroit Mercy, congratulates the new doctors and their relatives.

DENTAL HYGIENE CLASS ADDRESS Taylor M. Householder, President, Dental Hygiene Class of 2016 DENTAL CLASS ADDRESS Matthew J. Love, B.S., President, Dental Class of 2016 Erin M. Huber, B.S., R.D.H., Vice President, Dental Class of 2016 PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES AND DEGREES Mert N. Aksu, D.D.S., J.D., M.H.S.A.

New Doctor of Dental Surgery, Michelle Nguyen waves to her family in the crowd.


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Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Class of 2016

Artinian, Tara Davidson, Taylor Doyle, Alicia

What advice do you have for UDMSOD underclassmen? Take advantage of volunteer and extracurricular opportunities. Get involved! - Alicia Doyle

Edwards, C’Vaeo Hallak, Christine Householder, Taylor Kitto, Mariam

Lewandowski, Erica Lin, Liu Loren, Jessica Manuel, Khloe

Marchwinski, Hayley Nafso, Veronica Patlow, Megan

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What advice do you have for UDMSOD underclassmen? Come into school early or stay late on your free time to practice, do homework or study. - Khloe Manuel

What advice do you have for UDMSOD underclassmen? Enjoy - it goes by quick! - Diana Sufaj

What advice do you have for UDMSOD underclassmen? Your UDM education is one of a kind and will set you apart from any other dental hygiene program. - Meghan Smerecki

Roberts, Teniece Rotondo, Maria Simonds, Kristen

Smerecki, Meghan Sufaj, Diana Stratton, Halee

What advice do you have for UDMSOD underclassmen? Always ask questions and never be intimidated. - Brittany Weber

Weber, Brittany Wilkerson, LaToria Willaeys, Alexandra

What advice do you have for UDMSOD underclassmen? Keep notes and stay organized. - Christina Yousif

Winston, Terlicia Yousif, Christina

Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Class of 2016 Abramowicz, Isabela

Miller, Rachel

Falcรณn, Christela

McFadyen, Brock

Mandreger, Grace

Sidhu, Sumeet

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Doctor of Dental Surgery Class of 2016

What will you miss most about UDMSOD? Being able to spend everyday with all of my classmates who have become family! - Joelle Abed Elahad

Abdulahab, Fadi Abed Elahad, Joelle Abouarrage, Adelle

What is your favorite memory during your time at UDMSOD? Performing prophy on my kids. - Dalia Al-Alfe

Ajayi, Adekunle Ajluni, Remy Al-Alfe, Dalia

Ali, Mustafa Amador, JosĂŠ Arguello, Camilo Barbon, Nicholas

Bazzi, Hassan Benoit, Matthew Berryhill, Jereme

Blazo, Daniel Boji, Bianca Boss, K. Hunter

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What advice do you have for UDMSOD underclassmen? Take pictures of everything! - Bianca Boji

What advice do you have for UDMSOD underclassmen? Stay on top of your competencies. - K. Hunter Boss

Boumelhem, Amal Bourget , Jacob Bouza, Anthony Boyle, Stephanie

Briskie II, Daniel Bryson, Steven Burla, Vishnu Cabrera, Daniel

What advice do you have for UDMSOD underclassmen? Be proactive, challenge competencies as soon as possible! Have fun. - Yurij Cherstylo

Chang, Ning Chauvin, Tanya Cherstylo, Yurij

Colville , Keaton Conley, Melissa D’Agostini, Ashley D’Agostini, Monica

Dapoz, Stephen Dater, Stephanie Diora, Sonal Easton II, Jeffrey

Ekbatani, Marzieh Elsey, Scott Eskander, Caroline Fakhrutdinova, Aida

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Falvo, Jonathon Farah, Adoni Farkhondeh, Alireza Frenchi, Richard

Fuhr, Natalie Garcia-Aranguren, Erik Geerlings, Aric Golba, Nicholas

Goltsman, Frida Goold, Daniel Guanci, Robert Hall, Charnia

Han, Sung Yong Hassan, Adam Hawkins, Lauren Hislop, Andrea

Hoelzel, Alexander Huber, Erin Hwang, Munsung Jassar, Harman

Jinn, Alva Joldersma, Daniel Junga, Kyle

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What is your favorite memory during your time at UDMSOD? Looking at the radiograph from my first restoration. -Harman Jassar

Kamphuis, Kaylie Kay, Trevor Kazbour, Hanan Kemink, Megan

What advice do you have for incoming students? Do one thing before you go home. All the little jobs add up. -Megan Kemink

What advice do you have for incoming students? Time goes by fast; make use of it. -Nicholas Kizy

Kerr, Elizabeth Kizy, Nicholas Koloko, Florence

Ku, Susan Kumar, Pavan Kuriakose, Princy

Kuznia, Michelle Lim, Hyun Sang Love, Matthew Lukas, Mallory

Ma, Sabrina MacMillan, Brin Mahjoub, Noor Makki, Waseem

Malouf, Michelle Mangat , Samneet Manningham, Jr., Louison Marfey, Andrew

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Mashini, Michael Minhas , Gurpreet Mintzer, Andrew Mistry, Amar

Mohamedally, Robin Namou, Andrew Nelis, Christopher Nguyen, Hoaihuong

Nguyen Nam, Michelle Orow, Marcell Paluka, Esmeralda

Park, Jin Parque, Nicholas Patel, Devesh Patel, Puja

Posthumus, David Prins, Eric Rajaee, Ramin Ray, Jessica

Reid, MaKayla Reum, Eric Rosenbrook, Jordan Said, Saffa

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What is your favorite memory during your time at UDMSOD? I looked forward to boat cruise and dinner dance every year! -Hoaihuong Nguyen

What will you miss most about UDMSOD? I will miss the multicultural and friendly atmosphere that UDMSOD offers. I truly felt I had a family everyday I came to school. -Humam Salahieh

Salahieh, Humam Samrao , Baxinder Schesnuk, Nicholas

Schmitz , Brian Shahrouri, Rami Singer, James Smith, Alison

Southwell, Samantha Stinnet, Scott Summersett, Jane Szymanski, Jacob

Taher, Fatima Taylor, Bethany Tendero, Jessica Thelen, Kristina

Thelen, Morgan Thomas, Shane Torres III, Venancio Treleaven, Jeffrey

Vanfleteren, Jr., Joseph Van, Ly White, Blair White, Nicholas

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What will you miss most about UDMSOD? Forming relationships with my peers and the doctors on the clinic floor. -James Williams, III

Williams, III, James Yaldo, Anthony Yamazaki, Yasufumi

Yoon, Rinoa Yoon, Sejong Yousif, Marco Zaid, Zehra

Not Photographed Kasmikha, Tamara Zandstra, Lauren Zhu, Wendy Zielinski, Matthew

Accelerated Dental Class of 2016 Belhaj, Hamza Bhave, Ashwini Blumenkranz Sanchez , Gabriel Chahal, Terinder Gelani, Rakhi

Islam, Mohammad Kang, He Kyong Oliveira, Deise Parekh, Prashant Patel, Srujalkumar Rajpara , Soham

Post-Graduate Studies Class Of 2016 AEGD




Atisha, Andrew Burke, Ashley Jain, Apeksha Mortensen, Savannah Porter, Artesha

Calek, Dominic Dosanjh, Amandeep Mir, Hamza

Dhawan, Archana Efros, Grigoriy Nykolak, Renee Powell, Breanna Wesley, Gerald

Gadalla, Hana Tiwana, Fatima Zimmerman, Deena

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A s t o l d b y s i x D e t r o i t M e r c y a l u m n i t u r n e d f a c u l t y.

Alumni Panel: Margaret Coleman, R.D.H., B.S. ‘74 - University of Detroit Mercy

Eugene Pantera Jr., D.D.S., M.S. ‘75 - University of Buffalo

Debra DesRosiers, D.D.S. ‘90, M.S. ‘98 - Veteran’s Affairs Ann Arbor

John Sauk, D.D.S. ‘67, M.S. - University of Louisville

Arthur Hamparian, D.D.S. ‘62, M.S. - Wayne State University

Stephen Stefanac, D.D.S. ‘80, M.S. - University of Michigan

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In comparison to what you were taught in dental school, the scope of our profession has widened. From changing technology and advances in new procedures, to more medically compromised patients, there is more to know and even more importantly, we must know where to apply the knowledge.

To remain successful in your career, you have had to commit to lifelong learning. Think about the day-to-day changes you have experienced as a practicing professional: this in itself is a testament to the evolution of dentistry over time. In comparison to what you were taught in dental school, the scope of our profession has widened. From changing technology and advances in new procedures, to more medically compromised patients, there is more to know and even more importantly, we must know where to apply the knowledge. In dentistry, and thus, dental education, we must keep current with external effects and trends happening in the profession. We connected with several Detroit Mercy alumni who have dedicated their careers to teaching future generations of dentists and dental hygienists. Our robust conversations discussed the rapid progression of our profession and the effects it has upon dental education. There was an overwhelming agreement that there is more to teach and more for students to learn than when they were in school. W W W. D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U


Years ago, dental education mainly focused on developing technique, hand skills and performing procedures, which still remain the fundamentals of the profession. However, this must be balanced with learning emerging technology, advancements in materials, the variety of treatment options and new patient challenges. Our graduates must have the depth of knowledge to think critically and plan care according to the large number of variables that could impact outcomes. The alumni educators we spoke with agreed dental education must prioritize basics of our practice and then focus on what is emerging in dentistry. When principles are understood, students are able to correctly assess where, when, and how information and treatment should be implemented.

“Without a doubt, technology provides better quality of services and more efficiency, so there is reason to build on it. If students understand the fundamentals first, the base knowledge helps them to understand why the equipment and instruments are designed the way they are and students can make sense of them in other situations.� - Margaret Coleman, R.D.H., B.S. ‘74 University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry Clinical Associate Professor Director of Dental Hygiene Admissions

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“While technology and new materials can make us better trained and adds to the profession, the fundamentals must be there.” - Eugene Pantera Jr., D.D.S., M.S. ‘75 University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine Director of Division of Endodontics

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“We have developed a digital thread which cuts time and cost for the provider, and can make us better providers – it definitely adds to the profession and we will probably continue to go in this direction, but we must remember there is merit to the fundamentals of dentistry.”

We have all seen advances in technology: the high-speed hand piece, Cavitron, bonding agents and composites, CAD-CAM, optical imaging or digital radiographs, to name a few. This will continue to evolve. Our educators must keep current with new developments and help students learn how to critically assess the change in the profession and strategically implement these changes into practice, especially when it comes to managing complex patient conditions. Today, students are doctoring medically compromised

- John Sauk, D.D.S. ‘67, M.S. University of Louisville School of Dentistry Dean

populations who live longer and are often reliant on multiple prescription medications. To accommodate unique and diverse needs, oral health curriculum has refocused. There is no onesize-fits-all approach to patient treatment. Instead, treatment is assessed on a case-by-case basis according to a variety of factors outside of what is essential.

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“We must support changes in education that support dentistry and maintain student enthusiasm. They need to know: it’s not always what you use, but how you use it.” – Dr. Eugene Pantera Jr. ‘75, University of Buffalo

As medical conditions have progressed, so have patient expectations. Information is more quickly and easily accessible, causing patients to be more aware. They visit the dentist with preconceived thoughts, accurate or not, and want immediate and aesthetically pleasing results. It is up to the oral health provider to be able to explain what is most appropriate for each individual case and why. Sometimes what the patient wants is not feasible or in his/her best interest. Students must take learned knowledge and apply it differently and individually as appropriate. It is equally convenient and essential to see that this upsurge in patient complexity parallels one of the greatest transitions in dental education: refocusing to understanding dentistry is more than teeth, it is about overall health. Thus, students are learning to be great technicians and informed health care providers.

“Years ago, patients were simpler, materials were simpler and the number of procedures were fewer. As times have changed, so has dentistry. Students must be able to know and apply the information to become a competent and talented oral health professional” - Stephen Stefanac, D.D.S. ‘80, M.S.

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We must assure students that dentistry is more than technical

this in a variety of forms ranging from research projects, train-

“Dentists should be more involved in medicine; we must continue to create more opportunity for dental and medical students to work together. Not only does it make us better rounded healthcare providers, but physicians must understand the

the-trainer workshops, or broadening our faculty body so

importance of oral health.�

proficiency. It is about creating and delivering a plan of care that will provide a dependable and predictable outcome. It is increasingly inter-related and inter-dependent on interactions with other health professions, social workers and psychologists. To help reinforce the connection between oral health and overall health, students are provided with inter-professional learning opportunities with other health professions. We do

students learn from experts in a variety of health professions. - Arthur Hamparian, D.D.S. ‘62, M.S.

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“First and foremost, dentistry is about health and the body; it is about healthcare. The more students know about the whole body, the better they will treat patients.” – Dr. Arthur Hamparian, ‘62, Wayne State University

“Students have to balance an explosion of information. We have to be careful they do not question what is most important. It is all important.” – Prof. Margie Coleman ‘74, University of Detroit Mercy

At the end of our conversation, all of the alumni agreed we must stay adaptable and forward-thinking in order to produce leaders in our profession. Dental education cannot afford to skip corners; everything we teach is necessary and important. From the complex medical patient and their pharmacological management, to an increased number of procedures, technology and materials used, students are learning to apply their knowledge. Today’s future oral health experts are taught not only to be clinicians and health care providers, but critical thinkers.

“Because there are always new techniques, technology and materials to learn, there is less time for individual experiences with each. The profession has progressed and there is more information to absorb. Post-graduate learning will become essential for the future dentist.” - Debra DesRosiers, D.D.S. ‘90, M.S. ‘98

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Faculty News Professor Erin Relich Elected MDHA Delegate & Contributes as Co-Author in Recent Publication Erin Relich, R.D.H., B.S.D.H., M.S.A., Assistant Professor & Dental Hygiene Clinical Coordinator has served as a Washtenaw District Dental Hygienists’ Society Delegate and a Detroit District Dental Hygienists’ Society Delegate to the Michigan Dental Hygienist’s Association House of Delegates. In October 2015, Erin was elected by MDHA House of Delegates to serve as a Delegate for the June 2016 CLL/ADHA Annual Session in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Additionally, Erin recently contributed as co-author with Professor Durinda Mattana to the Fluorides chapter in the 12th Edition (2016) of “The Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist” by Esther Wilkins.

Dr. Pamela Hammel Publishes Seven Forensic Cases Adjunct Instructor and Board Certified Forensic Dentist, Pamela Hammel R.D.H, D.D.S., recently had seven cases accepted and published in the book Diagnosis of Non-accidental Injury: Illustrated Clinical Cases, one of which was co-authored by Dr. Salwa Atwan, Pediatric Dentistry Department Chairperson. The manual enables learning through popular and effective case-based review format. It presents a wide range of conditions in cases relevant to a range of healthcare practitioners involved in the medical care of children and adolescents.

Dr. Gary Bonior Receives AGD Fellowship Gary Bonior, D.D.S. ‘90 received his Fellowship Award in the Academy of General Dentistry on June 20, 2015 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Bonior is a graduate of the UDMSOD where he also teaches part-time as a Clinical Affiliate Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences.

Dr. Bonior with AGD President, W. Carter Brown, at the convocation ceremony.

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Dr. Haribabu Participates in Infection Control & Safety in Dentistry: Train the Trainer Workshop in India Prashanth Konatham Haribabu, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.S.D., Affiliate Assistant Professor, recently participated in a unique workshop to establish standards of dental infection control and safety in India. This two-day project was an extension of the 69th Indian Dental Conference, which was held February 22-23 in New Delhi, India. The goal of this project was to create awareness in India amongst oral health providers about the implications and necessity to maintain, monitor and follow global standards of infection control and safety. Several healthcare administrators, deans and infection control officials from various dental and medical institutions throughout India were in attendance. At the meeting, Dr. Haribabu lectured about Dr. Haribabu presents at 69th Indian Dental Conference in New Delhi, India.

growing concerns of antibiotic stewardship to developed strategies to improve the use of antimicrobials with the goal of reducing resistance to antibiotics. The next step involves developing a regulatory system in India, similar to OSHA.

UDMSOD Makes Distinct Impression on Pierre Fauchard Academy Induction Ceremony On Thursday, February 25, the UDMSOD Chicago Midwinter Meeting Alumni Reception was held in conjunction with a special Pierre Fauchard Academy Induction Ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center. Several alumni and faculty were inducted at the event while others had featured roles. Congratulations to those who were recognized for leadership in dentistry!

The evening’s UDMSOD inductees pose for a photo at the PFA Induction Ceremony.

Detroit Mercy Dental Inductees: . Salwa Atwan D.D.S. ’95, Chairperson of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry . Monish Bhola D.D.S. ‘03 . Nathalie Dube D.D.S. ‘06 . (Robert) Graham Greenland B.S. ’10, D.D.S. ‘15 . Dincer Gurun D.D.S. ’03, Chairperson of the Department of Restorative Dentistry . Melanie Mayberry, D.D.S., M.S., Chairperson of the Department of Patient Management . Elmer Newness, D.D.S., M.B.A., Interim Assistant Dean of Academic Administration . Tim Saunders, D.D.S., Assistant Dean of Clinic Administration Highlights of the Night: Ashley D’Agostini D.D.S. ‘16 gave a speech about student insight to the dental profession Dr. John Molinari, UDM Professor Emeritus provided a course intro and introduced Dr. Carlos Ramirez D.D.S. ’05 who presented

Graham Greenland B.S. ’10, D.D.S. ’15 receives his induction into the Pierre Fauchard Academy

Dr. William Demray D.D.S. ’75 and Dr. Ghabi Kaspo D.D.S. ’90 both received a Special Achievement Award, along with a congratulatory note for the award and 40 years of service presented by U. S. House of Representatives Representative, Dave Trott Dean Mert Aksu addressed attendees W W W. D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U



UDMSOD Community Service Project Provides Custom-Fit Mouthguards for Local Athletes

UDMSOD dental student takes alginate impression on young DBG boxer.

On-site mouthguard clinic expands services to U of D Jesuit High School Wrestling Team.

On November 5, 2015, a group of 15 dental students from of Detroit Mercy Dental collaborated with the AEGD (Advanced Education in General Dentistry) residents as well as Dr. Mary Parise, AEGD Program Director, and Maria Niedek , AEGD assistant, for a community service project at the Detroit Downtown Boxing (DDB) gym.

as boxing, have inherent injury risks. Mouthguards have shown to reduce the risk of sport-related dental injuries and is recommended by the ADA.

The DBG Youth Program currently serves 65 students between the ages of seven and 18 with a growing waiting list of 400. More than 75% of the enrolled students live within a three-mile radius of the gym in Detroit. Many of the students are residents of the nearby public housing units.

“Boxing is the hook to get, and keep, kids in the program; but teaching them to be productive members of society is our passion,� Coach Khali, Founder of Detroit Boxing Gym According to the American Dental Association (ADA), all ages, genders and skill levels are at risk of sustaining dental injuries in sporting activities, including organized and unorganized sports at both recreational and competitive levels. Collision and contact sports, such 40 L E A D I N G E D G E S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 6

Detroit Mercy Dental serviced an on-site clinic at DDB in order to provide 72 mouthguards, including a proper fitting at delivery. Kids, parents, and coaches were given instructions on wearing, cleaning, and storaging the appliance. The kids were thrilled with their new blue custom fit mouthguards and colorful cases. At the mouthguard clinic, dental screening exams were completed on each child to determine if there were any obvious dental needs. Most were recommended a routine exam and dental cleaning. The findings and recommendations for follow-up treatment were documented and a copy was provided to parents. All kids received a goody bag containing toothpaste, a toothbrush, and floss. Proving to be a great success, dental students and AEGD residents expanded the project to the U of D Jesuit High School Wrestling team. Twenty-two more mouthguards were made in time for the first competition. Additional mouthguard clinics are slated to be held for the other athletic teams at U of D.

OB-Oral Health Program Sets to Improve Health Outcomes for Pregnant Patients Through training, teaching, and treating, UDMSOD’s new OB-Oral Health Program provides pregnant patients with optimum healthcare while simultaneously creating an interdisciplinary learning opportunity. Funded by Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Foundation and led by Dr. Melanie E. Mayberry, Clinical Associate Professor and Interim Chairman, Department of Patient Management at University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and Dr. Bernard Gonik, Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State School of Medicine, the program seeks to improve OB patient outcomes with collaborative care. Launched in September 2015, the OB-Oral Health Program is facilitated in the OB and dental clinics located at University Health Center (UHC)/DMC. Detroit Mercy Dental students train Wayne State University OB residents to perform proper oral health screenings. This exchange allows dental students to become familiar and more comfortable communicating with medical counterparts and increases interaction with pregnant patients; the OB becomes more informed about health as it relates to the oral cavity and integrates oral health examinations into the bedside manner. On March 4 and April 8, UDMSOD hosted “Oral Health Pregnancy Day” as part of the OB-Oral Health Program. On each day, 50 pregnant women received a team-based approach to perinatal patient care including an oral health screening and dental cleaning from fourth year dental students. In addition, patients were given oral health care kits that include toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, and provided referrals to schedule appointments at the Detroit Mercy Dental Clinics. DID YOU KNOW?

You can use our website to advance your professional career!

HELP PATIENTS FIND YOU! Join the Detroit Mercy Provider Directory.

Search job, outreach and residency opportunities or browse a list of office spaces available for purchase or lease. Our sources are located throughout the country, some international. Check weekly to see what types of new opportunities may suit your career path!

Detroit Mercy has developed an online directory of alumni who are oral health providers and is designed to be used by potential patients. The goal is to assist patients in finding a Detroit Mercy Dentist.

For more information, visit: www.dental.udmercy.edu/resources/opportunities/

Help them find you by completing the online form: dental.udmercy.edu/alumni/directory-form

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Student Reflects Upon the Importance of Inclusion – Why We Must Celebrate Our Differences As a minority student, it is incredibly uplifting to connect with individuals from similar backgrounds who are on the same career path. At Detroit Mercy, I have witnessed a multitude of cultures and ethnicities, which have made me excited to learn more about others. Initially, this was one of the very reasons I chose Detroit Mercy to pursue my dream of becoming a dentist – because I could see the inclusive environment. The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) does an outstanding job to ensure everyone is acknowledged, celebrated and brought together. The most rewarding experience I have had during my involvement with the OMA occurred well before I stepped foot into my first biochemistry class as a first year dental student. In 2012, I was selected as member of the, then, pilot Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) cohort and the following summer, in 2013, prior to my freshman year at Detroit Mercy Dental, I worked as a resident assistant and mentor at SEP. The program’s mission is to assist underrepresented minorities interested in the dental field and guide them should they matriculate into dental school.

Tatum Miles D.D.S. Class of 2017 President, Student National Dental Association (SNDA)

It was truly gratifying to have been a member of the pilot group, return as a student who successfully completed the program, and be accepted into dental school. I did not look at the experience as a job, but as an opportunity for me to show that regardless of your background you can succeed at anything your heart desires. Today, it warms me to know I share the halls with two of my fellow SEP cohort members, as well as those from consecutive years. Whether I speak with aspiring middle and high school students hoping to become a dentist, or collaborating with OMA to host Student National Dental Association (SNDA) events such as Taste of Diversity, I am honored. Each has shaped me into a more culturally competent health care professional and a progressively better version of me each day. Because of OMA, we are able to see the commonality amongst each other, yet embrace our differences and remain prideful in who we are. The inclusion that OMA facilitates has left a major impact on my future career and life. I can only hope that it continues to pour into other students’ lives as it has done to mine. Tatum Miles D.D.S. Class of 2017 DID YOU KNOW?

Interested in Mentoring a Student? If you are interested in becoming an alumni mentor to current UDMSOD students please contact Kimberly Raleigh at kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu

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SMILE Detroit Launches First Inter-Disciplinary Workshop for Dental, Medical and Physician Assistant Students management that promote inter-professional leadership on campuses and communities. On February 16, SMILE Detroit presented their first workshop at the Corktown Campus. During the morning session Drs. Sanjay Chand, Ibrahim Zakhary, Francisco Plaza Villegas, Michelle Wheater, and Professor Kathi Shepherd facilitated an Oral Health Huddle where dental, medical, and physician assistant students and faculty worked together to discuss case studies. Students and faculty engage in Clinic Bootcamp during afternoon session of SMILE Detroit workshop

Students and faculty from Detroit Mercy, Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, and Wayne State University School of Medicine were one of six teams chosen by national competition to participate in the 2015 Inter-professional Leadership Program sponsored by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). The program, SMILE Detroit: Students of Michigan for Interprofessional Leadership Education, aims to bolster health professions students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes about health equity, advocacy and change

In the afternoon, a Clinic Bootcamp encompassed information and activities on head and neck examinations, fluoride varnish, and oral health instruction. Professor Cindy Lord, Founding Director of the Case Western Reserve University Physician Assistant Program, presented a seminar entitled “Why Oral Health?” In total, eight faculty and 28 students from a variety of disciplinary participated in the workshop. SMILE Detroit team members: Rami Nazarian ’17, Sylvie Hang ’14 (UDM physician assistant student and alumna of the UDM dental hygiene degree completion program), Theresa Gattari (Wayne State second year medical student), Kendall Gjetaj (Wayne State second year physician assistant student), faculty mentor Amy Dereczyk, M.S. (Chair of the UDM Physician Assistant Program)

Dr. Michelle Wheater Helps Launch ADEA/Gies Foundation’s First Academic Career Day The first ADEA/Gies Foundation Academic Career Day was held on February 16, and was the culmination of a yearlong collaboration between Dr. Michelle Wheater at the Detroit Mercy Dental, Dr. Zsuzsa Horvath at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and Dr. Karen Novak at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston School of Dentistry. Funded through the ADEA/Gies Foundation, the sevenhour program included telecasts from each school and local sessions. The event was designed to provide student participants with information on academic careers, with the goal that they might consider academics as an option after graduation.

Detroit Mercy site coordinators were Dr. Michelle Wheater, Assistant Dean of Research and Scholarly Achievement, and Professor Kathi Shepherd, Assistant Dean of Educational Development and Assessment. There were 16 dental and dental hygiene student participants. Faculty participants included Drs. Eric Krukonis, Cindy Bauer, Ibrahim Zakhary, Rafael Pacheco, Ashok Balasundaram, and Professor Kristina OkolisanMulligan. Dean Mert Aksu, and Interim Assistant Dean for Academic Administration Dr. EJ Newness provided insights into their career paths and discussed aspects of being a faculty member and administrator.

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Giving Stories Thanks to the generosity of Detroit Mercy alumni and friends, we are able to make updates and improvements to our facility and equipment, curriculum and overall student experiences. Because of you, we educate practice-ready graduates and produce leaders in the oral health profession. We continue to thank you for your support. Learn about how you can make a gift to Detroit Mercy Dental, by visiting our website: dental.udmercy.edu/give/

Dr. John Kamar reading a book to his grandson and relaxing.

Dr. Alyssa Cairo is also an equestrian in her down time as pictured here with horse, Owen.

John Kamar, D.D.S. ‘72

Alyssa L. Cairo, D.D.S. ‘00

Over the last 43 years since graduating, I have spent many hours as a clinical instructor at Detroit Mercy. I love working with the students, have made many wonderful friends, enjoyed the fellowship with my colleagues and grown professionally. For these reasons, I have chosen to give back and financially support all the improvements at our amazingly updated dental facility. If you have not been to visit the School, you should go! It is definitely not the same dental school we once experienced.

I choose to support Detroit Mercy as part of an ongoing commitment to my profession, my fellow alumni, and future alumni. I take great pride in the education that afforded me my career, and I aspire for the dental school to remain a vibrant facility for future generations. Without the support of rank and file alumni, the school cannot possibly remain focused on its historical mission of providing outstanding dental professionals to independently serve the local Metro Detroit region. Adding my support to the chorus of outstanding graduates helps me stay connected to both the mission and success of our shared passion for excellence - and affords me a voice in future developments.


Alumni kids are eligible for scholarships! Dependent children of alumni are eligible for an undergraduate alumni scholarship of $1,000 per year, for a maximum of $4,000 over four years. Learn more at community.udmercy.edu/benefits.

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Mert N. Aksu, Dean | dental.udmercy.edu

Teaching & Learning # of Departments # of Programs

8 6

Leading Edge CAD/CAM Technology Video Capture Learning InVision Cameras Lexicomp Electronic Health Records

Patient Services Appointments per year




Faculty Practice

Staff dentist/other

79,637 43,740 2,311 15,321 11,235 7,030

Uncompensated care written off annually (at student fees)



Facts & Figures Year Founded

# of Students

313.494.6611 | dental@udmercy.edu


Alumni Giving


576 D.H.

Total Annual Giving

853,289 117 47



49 31 Faculty / Student Ratio

# of donations over 1K


# of donations over 2K

Class of 2019 # of DDS applicants

1601 21 20 3.53


# of Alumni

Budget Revenue

DAT Academic Scores


Average GPA






Gross Tuition


Clinic Revenue




Grants & Other






7% 11%


Student Life

21 40 20 31

Student Organizations Students Involved in Research Missions Trips in last 5 years Students Attending ADEA Annual Session 2016 (11 presenting)

27% Compensation Indirect Cost & Debt Service Supplies/Travel Other Misc. Scholarship Capital

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When it comes to your oral health, trust a Detroit Mercy dentist.

Expert knowledge. Expert care. Find your Detroit Mercy dentist today: dental.udmercy.edu/patient/findDetroitMercyprovider The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Detroit, Michigan 48208 46 L E A D I N G E D G E S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 6


YOU SHOULD BE PROUD! In my experience traveling the country with my sons, niece and nephew, all whom interviewed at various dental schools, I toured many facilities and learned about many other programs. In the end, I remain confident University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry provides the best education available to future dentists.

. Of the schools I visited, our alma mater Dr. Theodore Degenhardt III ‘79

possessed the most superior physical or technological capabilities.

. Here, the faculty body is as diverse in

We should not only be proud of the education we have received and the careers we enjoy, but also of UDMSOD and currently enrolled students, faculty, and administration... Here are a few ways to become more connected:

culture as it is in health expertise and has an 1) Attend Alumni Day. Consider bringing a indisputable dedication to students. former classmate. The speakers are interesting and entertaining; and with such outstanding Outreach initiatives are abundant and company, you are sure to network with some students are eager to participate, even of dentistry’s best. volunteering weekend time to provide treatment to the underserved at the student- 2) Take a CE course. Detroit Mercy provides run St. Vincent DePaul Clinic. didactic and hands-on continuing education that is up to date, practical, and applicable Curriculum incorporates a unique to day-to-day practice. community outreach program which is spread throughout Michigan and is a 3) Become a mentor. Students crave the requirement for fourth year students. guidance of someone who has “been through it”. Help a student transition from We are one of the few dental schools to student to doctor. If this is something you offer portable dentistry experience in the are interested in, contact Kimberly Raleigh, form of a mobile dental clinic, Titans for Director of Alumni Relations: Teeth. kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu.


. .

. UDMSOD’s research and interdisciplinary

education programs with other health professionals are growing exponentially, each providing students with critical thinking skills and wisdom to assess unique patient needs.

My point is: we should be proud – and as alumni, we should be sharing our pride. I encourage you to be part of Detroit Mercy Dental.

4) Find us at annual meetings at the Detroit Mercy Alumni Receptions where you will always meet someone new. As your education has provided you with so much, I guarantee your continued alumni involvement will give back in the same manner. I look forward to seeing you more often! Sincerely, Theodore Degenhardt III, D.D.S., ’79

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Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education

2016 Course Offerings At-A-Glance

Kimberly Raleigh, R.D.H. ‘01, M.H.S.A. ‘06 Director

us be your source for evidence-based “Let and clinically relevant courses to help you meet your life-long learning goals. “

JULY Friday, July 8

When Was The Last Time You Gave Periodontal Disease to a Patient?

Thursday, July 14

Open Wide: Managing Pediatric Patients with Open Apices

Jason G. Souyias, D.D.S., M.S.

Susan Paurazas, D.D.S., M.H.S.A., M.S. Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., M.P.H.

Park Place Hotel, Traverse City 9 a.m. – noon 3 CEUs (Lecture)

Villa Penna, Sterling Heights 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)

Saturday, July 9 Periodontal Maintenance:

Wednesday, July 20

A Hands-On Review of Local Anesthesia for the Dental Practitioner Ana Janic, D.D.S., M.S. Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S. W. Choong Foong, Ph.D. UDMSOD Corktown Campus, Detroit 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. 5 CEUs (Lecture and Hands-On)

Friday-Saturday, July 15-16 Understanding the Basics of Surgical

What Are We Maintaining?

and Restorative Dental Implant Therapy

Jason G. Souyias, D.D.S., M.S.

Ahmad M. Fard, D.D.S., M.S. Anthony Neely, D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., Ph.D.

Park Place Hotel, Traverse City 9 a.m. – noon 3 CEUs (Lecture)

UDMSOD Corktown Campus, Detroit 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 16 CEUs (Lecture and Hands-On)

Friday, July 22

M. David Campbell Geriatric Symposium: Legal and Ethical Communications with Elderly Patients and Dental Pharmacological and Medical Considerations Sanjay Chand, M.D. W. Choong Foong, Ph.D. John C. Palanci, D.D.S. Elizabeth Rodems, M.S.W., L.M.S.W. Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., M.P.H. The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture)

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Saturday, July 23 Funktional Business Training

for Dentists Mark T. Murphy, D.D.S. Park Place Hotel, Traverse City 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture)

Friday, July 29

Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation for the Dental Hygienist and Registered Dental Assistant Joan Lewis, D.D.S., M.S.D Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S. Claudine Sordyl, R.N., M.S. UDMSOD Corktown Campus, Detroit 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. (R.D.A. Lab) 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (R.D.H. Lab) 6/9 CEUs (Lecture, Hands-On and Online) AUGUST Friday-Saturday, Aug. 5-6

Implant Site Bone Augmentation: Principles and Applications for Continuous Success

Wednesday, Aug. 10 Integration and Interpretation of

Oral Cancer & Precancerous Lesions:

CBCT Technology in a General Office

Diagnosis & Management – An Update

Arnaldo I. DiRezze, D.D.S. Christopher Thornburgh

Junu Ojha, B.D.S., M.S.

DoubleTree, Dearborn 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 2 CEUs (Lecture)

Friday, Aug. 12

Dental Lasers: Basic Competency Hands-On Workshop Annette Skowronski, D.D.S. UDMSOD Corktown Campus, Detroit 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 hours (Lecture and Hands-On)

DoubleTree, Dearborn 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture)

SEPTEMBER Thursday, Sept. 15

Hospital Dentistry: Treating Kids and Special Needs Patients in a Hospital Setting Alan Klein, D.D.S., J.D., L.L.M., M.A. UDMSOD Corktown Campus, Detroit 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 2 CEUs (Lecture)

Friday, Aug. 19 Infection Control in Dentistry Nahid Kashani, D.D.S., M.S.D. Sanjay Chand, M.D. St. Mary’s Cultural Center, Livonia 9 a.m. – noon 3 CEUs (Lecture)

Bassam M. Kinaia, D.D.S., M.S. Anthony Neely, D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., Ph.D. UDMSOD Corktown Campus, Detroit 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 14 hours (Lecture and Hands-On)

Friday, Aug. 26

Thursday, Aug. 25

Friday, Sept. 16

Evidence-Based Smile Design: Laminate Veneers and All-Ceramic Crowns Ahmad M. Fard, D.D.S., M.S. Michael Linebaugh, D.D.S., M.S. The Iroquois Club, Bloomfield Hills 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture)

Acute Pain Management in Dentistry W. Choong Foong, B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D. UDMSOD Corktown Campus, Detroit 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)

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HOMECOMING FRIDAY, SEPT. 30 The 3 Drivers of Sustained Practice Growth and SUCCESS Mark Murphy, D.D.S. Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus, Detroit 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | 3 CEUs (Lecture)


Thursday-Friday, September 22-23 Understanding Optical Scanners and

CAD/CAM Restorations in Modern Dentistry

Thursday, Oct. 6

Legal and Ethical Considerations in Treating the Adolescent Patient Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., M.P.H.

Ahmad Fard, D.D.S., M.S. Eliana Sanchez, D.D.S.

DoubleTree, Dearborn 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)

UDMSOD Corktown Campus, Detroit Thursday: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 11 CEUs (Lecture and Hands-On)

Wednesday, Oct. 26 Survival Strategies: Can this Tooth

Be Saved After Trauma Salwa Atwan, D.D.S., M.S. Susan Paurazas, D.D.S., M.H.S.A., M.S. Waldenwoods Resort and Conference Center, Hartland 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. 4 CEUs (Lecture)

Friday, Oct. 21 Wednesday, Sept. 28

Herbal/Nutritional Supplements: Facts and Fiction in the Dental Practice

Perio 101: Overview of Diagnosis, Prognosis, Treatment Planning, Ergonomics, and Instrumentation

Sanjay Chand, M.D. W. Choong Foong, Ph.D. Villa Penna, Sterling Heights 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)

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Colleen Kuxhaus, R.D.H., M.A. Joan Lewis, D.D.S., M.S.D. Laura Manning–Lee, R.D.H., M.A. UDMSOD Corktown Campus, Detroit 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture and Hands-On)

Friday, Oct. 28 Dentistry Simplified:

Pearls for Your Practice Mohamed Harunani, D.D.S. The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 7 CEUs (Lecture)



Wednesday, Nov. 9

Wednesday, Nov. 2 Acute Pain Management in Dentistry

A Hands-On Review of Local Anesthesia for the Dental Practitioner Ana Janic, D.D.S., M.S. Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S. W. Choong Foong, Ph.D.

W. Choong Foong, Ph.D. Holiday Inn, Flint 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)

UDMSOD Corktown Campus, Detroit 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. 5 CEUs (Lecture and Hands-On)

Saturday, Nov. 19 Periodontal Theraphy: A Hands-On

Approach to Best Practices Laura Manning-Lee, R.D.H., M.A. Kathleen Neveu, R.D.H., R.D.A., M.S. Kathi Shepherd, R.D.H., M.S. Maureen Van Hook, R.D.H., M.S. UDMSOD Corktown Campus, Detroit 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture and Hands-On)

Contact Us Phone: 313-494-6626 Email: dentalce@udmercy.edu To register, or for complete course information, visit: dental.udmercy.edu/ce

We are pleased to announce that most UDMSOD CE courses are offered to UDM alumni at a 10% discount. Please make sure to choose ‘alumni’ as part of your highest credential when registering for all courses.

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The current term of acceptance extends from May 2014 through June 2018. University of Detroit Mercy is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education. The ACDE is the organization of continuing dental education providers associated with dental schools in the United Stated, Canada and Puerto Rico.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 5/1/2015 to 4/30/2019. Provider ID# 214176.

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