Fall Winter 2017 Leading Edge

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 The Inn at St.John’s

44045 Five Mile Rd., Plymouth, MI 48170


Continuing Education, Networking, Vendors, Dean’s Reception 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CE Course: Real Wealth: Detecting, Preventing and Eliminating Financial Decay Through Recovering Cash and Taking Control of Your Finances. Presented By: Wealth Factory’s Garrett Gunderson

Garrett Gunderson is Founder and Chief Wealth Architect of Wealth Factory, and New York Times bestselling author of Killing Sacred Cows: Overcoming the Financial Myths That Are Destroying Your Prosperity. He has personally helped countless business owners create efficient wealth strategies that fit their unique strengths.

Professionals and entrepreneurs typically focus on what they do best, and that’s running a great practice and providing state-of-the art service. Managing their personal finances often takes a back seat, and this can create tremendous personal and professional stress. As their business grows, so might the complexity of their finances. This course will provide proven, comprehensive solutions and answers to better meet your financial goals.


CLASS REUNIONS 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

If your graduation year ends in “3” or “8, plan to attend your reunion which will be held the evening of Alumni Day. Although we coordinate the main event for each class, we encourage you to be involved in the planning process to ensure a well-represented class. To help plan your class reunion, contact Kimberly Raleigh: kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu or 313-494-6694. 22| |

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New Orleans, La.



Yankee Dental Congress 2018 – Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Reception Birch Bar at The Westin Boston Waterfront – Boston, Mass. 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

American Association of Endodontists Annual Meeting – Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Dinner Stout Street Social, Denver, Co. 6:45 p.m.


Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting – Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Reception ENO Wine Bar Intercontinental Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile – Chicago, Ill. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018

Alumni Day Inn at St. John’s – Plymouth, Mich. 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018

Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting – Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Reception Canyon Creek on Front Street – Toronto, Ont. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

California Dental Association Presents Anaheim – Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Reception Morton’s Steakhouse – Anaheim, Calif. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018

Class Reunions (for class years ending in "3" or "8") Inn at St. John’s – Plymouth, Mich. 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018

Michigan Dental Association Annual Session – Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Reception Lansing Brewing Company – Lansing, Mich. 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Academy of General Dentistry 2018 – Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Reception Vitascope Hall at The Hyatt Regency New Orleans – New Orleans, La. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018

National Dental Association Annual Meeting – Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Reception Rosen Centre Hotel – Orlando, Fla. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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Send us photos of alumni events you have attended by emailing Kimberly Raleigh at kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu

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Celebrating 85 years of excellence in dental education Thank you for viewing the latest edition of the Leading Edge; we take pride in the many stories of service and self-giving shared by our students, faculty, staff and alumni. These powerful narratives remind me that it is the combined individual successes that makes us all be proud to be part of Detroit Mercy Dental. Dr. Mert N. Aksu, Dean

MISSION The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, in the Jesuit and Mercy tradition, through the integration of scholarly activity, evidence-based teaching, and service, fosters a forward thinking, inclusive learning environment committed to developing competent, socially and ethically sensitive healthcare professionals who are committed to patient care and community wellness. VISION We will be a leader in advancing health in a diverse and global society. VALUES 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.

This year, the School of Dentistry celebrates 85 years of excellence in dental education. In 1932, we accepted our first class of dental students and as I think back, I recognize that many elements of our profession, both educationally and clinically, have changed. Yet, regardless of time, what defines Detroit Mercy Dental is the unwavering commitment to intentionally, deliberately and strategically improve the quality and value of education. The depth and breadth of experiences, whether it be exposure to diverse clinical procedures or patient management encounters, are what nearly every graduate recognizes as the foundation of their professional success. I never cease to be proud of the news I hear about what you are doing for your communities and the profession. I am even more proud to know that your accomplishments are, in part, reflective of your dental education. You have helped us to maintain a reputation of excellence; a reputation we strive to build upon, because ultimately, well-prepared graduates are our best ambassadors. You have also helped us to continuously improve the quality of education for future generations of students because of your generous giving. Over the past year, we have made sizeable improvements to equipment and infrastructure which allows students, faculty and staff to optimize performance. Nearly $200,000 was invested into upgrading our sterilization units with plans to add state-of-the-art instrument

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washing systems, and sophisticated software was implemented to enhance curriculum management. Plans are also in the works to enhance classroom technology which will improve interaction on all recorded lectures and

Yet, regardless of time, what defines Detroit Mercy Dental is the unwavering commitment to intentionally, deliberately and strategically improve the quality and value of education. provide students with 24/7 access to courses. Additionally, we have started implementation of our latest strategic plan, and to avoid the risk of it “sitting on the shelf,” we adopted technology to map each goal, track initiatives, and assist with reporting measured outcomes. Your generosity allows for meaningful and fulfilling experiences at Detroit Mercy Dental. We strive to build a “culture of giving,” so students may recognize and appreciate the educational benefits received because of your gifts. We plan to provide greater recognition for our Dean’s Circle members and demonstrate the benefits of your generosity to students. Thank you for your continued support of the School of Dentistry. I wish you health, happiness, and prosperity over the holidays and into the New Year.

Mert N. Aksu, D.D.S., J.D., M.H.S.A. Dean



PUBLISHED BY THE SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48208 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 radjewkj@udmercy.edu Rhonda Evans, B.F.A. Communications Coordinator and Graphic Designer Art Director and Publication Designer 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

Upcoming Alumni Events..................................................................3 #DetroitMercyDental.........................................................................4 Dean’s Message................................................................................6 University News.................................................................................9 Recent Events..................................................................................10 10 Under 10.....................................................................................14 Student News..................................................................................20 FEATURE ARTICLE: Serving near and far, Detroit Mercy Dental marks the map.............24 Student Essay..................................................................................30 Faculty & Staff News.......................................................................32 Facts & Figures................................................................................34 Outreach.........................................................................................36 Diversity & Inclusion........................................................................38 Research..........................................................................................39 Giving..............................................................................................40 Alumni Board...................................................................................43

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Dr. Conrad appointed as Clare Boothe Luce Professor

Dr. Garibaldi welcomes the Fall 2017 freshman class

Grant to help build new future for women in engineering

Meet Detroit Mercy’s freshman class

University of Detroit Mercy recently appointed Megan O. Conrad, Ph.D., as the institution’s Clare Boothe Luce Professor. Funded by a five-year, $476,000 grant from Henry Luce Foundation’s Clare Boothe Luce Program, Conrad will serve as a role model and mentor for women in the STEM fields.

Welcome to the 556 students in the Fall 2017 freshman class! The average high school GPA is 3.6 and average ACT score is 25. One quarter of the class was in the top 10 percent of their high school, and 10 were valedictorian or salutatorian. They come from 14 states and 13 countries. Seventy-seven are the first members of their family to attend college and 128 will be the first in their family to receive a bachelor’s degree.

She is the only current Clare Boothe Luce Professor in Michigan. The program’s mission is to increase participation of women in the sciences and engineering at every level of higher education and serves as a catalyst for college and university efforts toward this goal. As an undergraduate student at Marquette University, Conrad usually found herself surrounded in class by male students, both in the seats and in front of the class. But when she returned to Marquette for her doctorate in biomedical engineering eight years later, she found herself working with more female students. That may have been partly a change in times, Conrad said, but she also believes the field is attractive to women interested in engineering who don’t want to enter the automotive industry. “I think there are as many young women interested in science as there are men, but maybe they don’t feel comfortable pursuing those fields,” Conrad said, adding that her male colleagues have always supported her work and treated her well. “The field of engineering has a shortage of women engineers and I am certain that Dr. Conrad will inspire prospective students we may have missed in the past,” Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Darrell Kleinke said. Read a full version of this story at sites.udmercy.edu/alumni.

Detroit Mercy will host NCAA championships Detroit Mercy has been named a tournament host for the 2021 NCAA men’s basketball first- and second-round tournament games and is the host institution for the 2020 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championships and the 2020 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing championships. The University, in partnership with Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Sports Commission, are also set to host 2018 NCAA men’s basketball first- and second-round games on March 16 and 18, 2018, from the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.



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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Summer 2017

Run Drugs Out of Town 5k Race

Mission Trips

Detroit Mercy Dental Fit Club and ASDA Health and Wellness partnered to compete in the “Run Drugs out of Town” race in Fraser, Mich. Participation in this event was significant as it brought awareness to what oral health professionals can do support to prevent narcotic addiction and raised awareness and funds to prevent and treat opioid addiction.

During the summer, several groups attended mission trips, serving individuals in remote areas oversees. The following groups traveled to the following respective countries: Detroit Mercy ASDA – Guatemala, Delta Sigma Delta – Haiti with the George Stines Foundation, Christian Dental Association – Honduras, Alpha Omega - Dominican Republic.

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Who’s Who at the Zoo

Bay Cliff Health Camp

The second annual Who’s Who at the Zoo, sponsored by Alumni Relations, was an even greater success than the previous year! This event intends to connect incoming students and their families with faculty and alumni, serving as a fun and relaxing time before everyone settles into the new academic year.

Six student volunteers dedicated a week to treating special needs campers at Bay Cliff Health Camp; 30 patients were seen for a variety of procedures totaling more than $9,000 in donated services.

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September 17

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ASDA Golf Tournament 2017

Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica

Students and alumni teed off at Fieldstone Golf Club in Auburn Hills, Mich. for the Annual ASDA Golf Tournament. Golfers wore festive attire competing for best-dressed group, longest drive, and closest to the pin. The day ended with a buffet dinner and tournament sponsor presentations by Michigan Dental Association, Brightside Dental, and DBS Investment Advisers, LLC.

The Detroit Mercy pre-game program at Comerica Park included appearances by the University’s Pep Band, Cheer Team, Dance Team, Tommy Titan and the National Anthem sung by the Chorus. The first pitch was thrown by Detroit Mercy Women’s Basketball Coach, Bernard Scott.

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September 29-30

Detroit River Boat Cruise

Detroit Mercy Homecoming

Detroit Mercy ASDA hosted the annual boat cruise event, one of the Fall semester’s most favorited activities. Students socialized with classmates as the sun set upon the Detroit River.

Homecoming 2017 was one to remember! Highlights included comradery of the St. Francis Tug of War, Second Annual Decades Dash 5k Run, Unity Ball, and more. We are already excited for next year’s celebration.

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October 14

Women in Dentistry - The Lucy Hobbs Project

Men’s Health Event

Alumni and friends of Detroit Mercy gathered for the inaugural Women in Dentistry: The Lucy Hobbs Project You Event. Hosted at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, 110 attendees felt the support filling the room. It was truly an evening of great success and enlightenment!

Faculty, staff, student and alumni volunteers attended the MIU-Men’s Health Foundation event at Ford Field for the seventh consecutive year; 392 individuals were screened, four required a biopsy, and 37 required further head and neck evaluation or have urgent dental needs.

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November 17

Faculty Appreciation Potluck at UHC

Oral Cancer Volleyball Tournament Fundraiser

Staff at UHC hosted a pot-luck appreciation dinner to thank faculty who work so hard at our hospital-based clinic. The pot-luck intends to express gratitude for faculty members who value the work and opinions of staff members; goodie bags were also provided for guests.

Eight teams recently participated in the inaugural Oral Cancer Volleyball Tournament, a fundraising event supporting the Oral Biopsy fund. Players and attendees packed the Fitness Center on McNichols campus, cheering on their favorite teams and enjoying a bake sale and 50/50 raffle.

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When it comes to your oral health,

Help Patients Find You! Join the Detroit Mercy Provider Directory Sponsored by: Ghabi Kaspo D.D.S., ‘90 - Facial Pain and Sleep Center

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We celebrate the efforts of recent graduates who go above and beyond in their professional careers. We are honored that our alumni are both leaders in the profession and active members within the community.

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Private Practice | Traverse City, Mich. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DENTISTRY AS YOUR PROFESSION? My father, Royce Beers, D.D.S., ’68, was an oral surgeon, and when I was about 12 years old I started to work at his office doing odd jobs. During junior high and high school, he allowed me to assist and observe some surgeries; that is when I became hooked! Since I loved to help people and work with my hands, I decided dentistry was the career for me. When I started dental school, my intentions were to go on to oral surgery, but I learned how rewarding it was to build long-term relationships with patients versus a one-time encounter. I also found I loved all areas of dentistry and did not want to be restricted into one specialty.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE GRADUATING FROM DETROIT MERCY? During my last year in dental school, I broke ground on my office in Traverse City and then started my first day in June of 2009, almost the exact day I received my license. Just about everyone at school thought I was nuts. That year, I also worked at a health clinic to

help keep the lights on until my office could sustain itself full-time. In 2011, my roommate from dental school started working part-time in my office. As we got busier he increased his time there, eventually becoming partner in 2016. In 2010, I became president of the Resort District Dental Society and remain active. I have continued my dental education since graduation and have become proficient in placing dental implants and placing CEREC crown and bridges.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED WHILE YOU WERE A STUDENT AT DETROIT MERCY? Probably the best advice I received in dental school is several of Dr. Abbott’s little quotes. The one that comes to mind is a lot is - “You can only do well what you see well.”


Traverse Magazine’s “Red Hot Best” vote. Anyone in the Traverse area could go online and vote. At that point it hit me that all my hard work and dedication had paid off. I was very honored!

I was voted the Best Dentist in Traverse City by our local paper, the Record Eagle, and

NATALIE DATIEN, B.S. ‘13, D.D.S. ‘13

Today’s Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry | Canton, Mich.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DENTISTRY AS YOUR PROFESSION? Dentistry is in my blood! My mom, dad and grandpa are all graduates from University of

Detroit School of Dentistry. While the family exposure certainly helped introduce dentistry as a career, the more I learned about it, the more I appreciated the different aspects dentistry offers. Dentistry is a great blend of creativity and science, autonomy and collaboration.

Dr. Forbes probably had the best advice, “Don’t make it hard.” It always made me laugh after he would go through a long explanation of some intricate anatomical system.


My future plans include continuing to enjoy working with all children, expanding my services to families with special health care needs through hospital-based dentistry, and staying involved in my local community to encourage proper oral health and safety for children starting at a young age.

Since graduating in 2013, I have completed a residency in Pediatric Dentistry at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and a fellowship in Public Health and Pediatric Dentistry at The Ohio State University. I have been in private practice since completing my post-doctoral training.



WHAT IS AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF? My personal dream is to travel enough to fill a passport with stamps. So far this year, I have been to Spain and the United Kingdom. Looking forward to more traveling soon!

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DENTISTRY AS YOUR PROFESSION? I chose dentistry as my profession after looking up to my childhood dentist. He was an excellent dentist and professional and he would always tell me how much he enjoyed his career every time I saw him. He was really the first and only person who had ever expressed such happiness with their career choice. I guess that really stuck with me and I am glad it did.

After graduating, I was lucky enough to land a job at the office I still practice in today, Livonia Dental Care. I have been focusing on advancing my dentistry in all areas. I was lucky to have a mentor who encouraged me to do what I enjoy. My favorite procedure is placing and restoring implants along with advanced bone grafting. I have been placing implants for three years now and continue to learn and improve. I have also been practicing “microscope dentistry” and perform all procedures with a surgical microscope.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED WHILE YOU WERE A STUDENT AT DETROIT MERCY? The best advice I received as a student was from an endodontist. He said “It took me years of practice and hundreds of trys to be good at what I do.” He was right, dentistry is a profession that requires ongoing dedication and hard work.

WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF YOUR TIME AT DETROIT MERCY DENTAL? My fondest memory at Detroit Mercy was just hanging out with the classmates in the student lounge and the ping pong tournaments.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE CAREER GOALS? The thing I am most proud of during my professional career has been learning to practice microscope dentistry. I feel like it has improved the quality of my dentistry beyond what it could have ever been without a microscope. I really have a passion for microscope dentistry because I feel like not many general dentists are aware of the benefits of a dental microscope and see it as an unnecessary luxury or just another toy. It is far more than that and one of my goals in my career is to make other dentists aware of the benefits that a dental microscope can bring to them and their patients.

WHAT IS AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF? I get anxiety when I am the dental patient.


University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry | Detroit, Mich. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DENTAL HYGIENE AS YOUR PROFESSION? Since I was young, I always looked forward to visiting the dentist to have my teeth cleaned and I told my mom that when I grew up, I wanted to be a dental hygienist. My dream of becoming a hygienist officially started when I received my letter of acceptance to University of Detroit Mercy. Becoming a hygienist is and always will be one of my greatest accomplishments.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE GRADUATING FROM DETROIT MERCY? Upon graduation, I was presented with an amazing opportunity to work at Detroit Mercy Dental as the lead hygienist/manager of the Shield a Smile School-Based Sealant Program within the dental hygiene curriculum. I managed this program for a little more than a year and was soon promoted to work on the Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic (TFTMC). I am currently the dental hygiene clinical faculty and manager of the TFTMC within the DS3 and DS4 curriculum. 16 |

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WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED WHILE YOU WERE A STUDENT AT DETROIT MERCY? The best advice I received was to never stop doing what I loved. During school, I realized working in the community was dear to my heart, but finding a job in public health might not be easy. I remained positive and kept working toward my goal. Without this advice, I would not be where I am today and am forever grateful to have been encouraged to do what I love, no matter the difficulty.

WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF YOUR TIME AT DETROIT MERCY DENTAL? My fondest memories at Detroit Mercy Dental were providing treatment as a dental hygiene student at the VA hospital and at local elementary schools. This was when I first got to experience working with the community and discovered that I loved helping those in need.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE CAREER GOALS? My goal is to complete my Master in Health Service Administration at University of Detroit Mercy and implement my education into the TFTMC program to make it more successful.


Private Practice | Saint Clair Shores, Mich. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DENTISTRY AS YOUR PROFESSION? Dentistry is a great combination of science and art, two fields I have always been interested in. What drew me most to the profession, though, is having the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life and making a difference in their lives. There is nothing more rewarding than bringing a smile to someone’s face!

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE GRADUATING FROM DETROIT MERCY? I have had the pleasure of working with several Detroit Mercy Dental alumni who have not only been wonderful mentors, but also great friends. I currently serve as an ADA alternate delegate, which has been exciting and rewarding to be part of organized dentistry. I also recently got engaged to another Detroit Mercy Dental alumnus and we have been busy planning our wedding!

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED WHILE YOU WERE A STUDENT AT DETROIT MERCY? “You are your biggest cheerleader.” If you set a goal, keep pushing until you achieve it and never give up.

WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF YOUR TIME AT DETROIT MERCY DENTAL? Hosting a yearly “Friendsgiving” dinner party, which both classmates and faculty attended. We all got to spend time with each other outside of school eating, laughing and being thankful for our friendships.


dentist and now insists that their family members come see me for their dental care.

My proudest professional moment is when patients refer their family members to me. It’s very rewarding knowing that a patient had a great experience with me being their


Private Practice | Frisco, Tex.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DENTISTRY AS YOUR PROFESSION? Ever since I was a child I dreamed of being a health care provider. My dental experience was not great, so I thought I would be that dentist who is kind and gentle to his patients. Also, I liked the idea of having my own business and combining my love for science with my attention to detail and inclination to art. Dentistry has given me exactly what I envisioned; even when life had other plans for me, I never let my dream vanish.



During the first two years I worked for other practices while building my own practice, and in 2012 moved in full-time. I embrace new technologies such as cone beam CT, digital radiography, laser, digital scanning and many others that allow me to provide my patients with better and safer dentistry. When possible, I volunteer my services in clinics that help the underserved and I bring to my clinic those patients who need treatment of a complexity that the free clinic is incapable of offering. We are proud to treat all our patients, whatever their ability to pay, with the same quality and service, and we adopt them for life.

My goal is to continue expanding my knowledge to be able to provide comprehensive treatment for my patients that is of unsurpassed quality and exceeds my patients’ expectations. I also look forward to more opportunities serving those less fortunate.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED WHILE YOU WERE A STUDENT AT DETROIT MERCY? It’s hard to think of just one, but I must say the best was to see myself or a family member sitting in my chair when deciding the best treatment options for my patient. Having said that, we ensure that the patient understands the many options available so they can make the best decision for them.

WHAT IS AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF? At 46, I did my science undergrad and then I started dental school at 50, graduating at 54, which I believe seems to inspire many people. I enjoyed having the opportunity to prove that if you want something bad enough, there is no limit to what you can achieve. I was fortunate enough to be accepted to the school I wanted, and have family, professors and classmates who were supportive and helped me achieve this lifetime goal.

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Detroit Mercy Dental/Private Practice | Detroit, Mich. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE GRADUATING FROM DETROIT MERCY?

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DENTISTRY AS YOUR PROFESSION? I am passionate about dentistry and my desire to provide oral health care, eliminate dental pain and improve esthetics. In addition to serving patients, dentistry provides an opportunity to be involved in teaching to foster new knowledge for young dentists. My career is fulfilling knowing I can serve patients and contribute to advancing our profession.

Since graduating in 2008, I worked as an associate in private practice while teaching part-time at Detroit Mercy Dental. In 2009, I received an offer from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine to travel abroad where I was appointed director for the Graduate Periodontics Program at Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education (BUIDRE) in Dubai, UAE. In 2013, I returned to Detroit Mercy Dental, where I served as associate professor in the department of Periodontology and Dental Hygiene. In 2014, I was appointed director of the Graduate Periodontics Specialty Program and currently maintain that position, balancing it with a part-time position in private practice limited to periodontics and dental implants.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED WHILE YOU WERE A STUDENT AT DETROIT MERCY? The best advice was to continue to be a lifelong learner and be passionate about whatever

comes across my path. Therefore, I strive to engage students with a humanistic approach and show great enthusiasm when teaching.

WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF YOUR TIME AT DETROIT MERCY DENTAL? Detroit Mercy has been an amazing experience for me as both a student and faculty member. There is a sincere, family-like atmosphere here. While a student, I lost my mother due to diabetes. Classmates, faculty and administration were very supportive during that time. I am forever grateful for that and the donations that were made to the American Diabetes Association on behalf of my mother.

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL MOMENT SINCE GRADUATING FROM DETROIT MERCY? One of the happiest moments professionally was in 2014 when I worked with faculty and residents to get the Graduate Periodontics program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation without any recommendations.


Cherry Health | Grand Rapids, Mich. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DENTISTRY AS YOUR PROFESSION? As a young child with the last name “Love” I had always thought becoming a doctor would be entertaining. I did not realize the joke would come to fruition in the form of dentistry. Growing up, I had always been interested in art and sculpting, as well as math and the sciences. When I started working as a dental assistant, all these factors came together. The doctor taught me how dentistry could be an art form, while assisting those with an often overlooked yet important health need. Had it not been for this experience, I would have never found my calling as an oral health care provider.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE GRADUATING FROM DETROIT MERCY? After graduating, I entered a general practice residency at St. Joseph Mercy in Pontiac, Mich., where I provided care to many who could not otherwise afford dental care, often at no cost. The program had a large focus on treating those patients with special needs, most frequently in an OR setting under general anesthesia. After completing my 18 |

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GPR, I moved to Grand Rapids to live with my fiancé. I now work for Cherry Health at their Wyoming Community Health Center location in Wyoming, Mich. My patients consist primarily of Medicaid patients and the uninsured. Recently I was promoted to dental preceptor, a position within Cherry Health that will have me working as adjunct dental school faculty, instructing fourth-year students from the University of Michigan and Detroit Mercy Dental during their off-site rotations.

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL MOMENT SINCE GRADUATING FROM DETROIT MERCY? I was proud of what I learned in my residency, the experiences I had there, companions I made, and lives I affected for the better. I enjoyed working with Detroit Mercy Dental faculty and staff as an interviewer for the incoming dental school class, remembering when I sat on the other side of the table and thinking how far I had come. I was excited to begin working for Cherry Health, helping those less fortunate. I was particularly honored to be asked to help instruct fourthyear dental students as teaching dentistry has always been fun for me. However, I am still

very new to my career and have far too many goals ahead of me to pick one moment that makes me uniquely proud.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE CAREER GOALS? It has always been a dream of mine to own my own practice. I like the idea of having my name on something, being a part of the community and having a practice that I can run my way, giving patients a friendly, welcoming, family dental experience. If I can just convince my fiancé to take on the office manager roll, it would be a dream come true.

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Petrous Orthodontics | Madison Heights, Mich. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DENTISTRY AS YOUR PROFESSION? I have known since I was a kid that I wanted to be in health care. I decided on dentistry when I was working as a dental assistant during college. I loved, and still love, that in dentistry we can dramatically change a person’s self-perception and we get to develop relationships with our patients and their families. I also love that as my own boss, I get to establish the culture of my own office and I choose how I want to practice.

WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF YOUR TIME AT DETROIT MERCY DENTAL? I really enjoyed my experience rotating at University Health Center/Detroit Receiving Hospital during my fourth year. I think it was a combination of the independence we were given, the camaraderie of working in close quarters with my classmates, and the awesome faculty there. Probably my favorite memory overall, however, was traveling to Honduras with the Christian Dental Association to provide dentistry in a remote village. It was my first time outside the

country and it completely rocked my world.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE GRADUATING FROM DETROIT MERCY? I bought my practice directly out of residency. Since then, I have invested a lot of time and effort into growing my practice and improving its efficiency. Practice management, marketing and efficiency are probably my favorite aspects of being a small business owner.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE CAREER GOALS? One of my dreams is to, in some capacity, start a free orthodontic clinic for the underserved in the city of Pontiac. A friend of mine runs the Dream Center of Pontiac in the heart of that community. There is so much need there and orthodontics for most families is not even on their radar. I would like to change that. I would also like to teach part-time at Detroit Mercy Dental at some point to play a role in shaping the future of the profession. I think it would be a blast.


Lambton Family Dental | Sarnia, Ont., Canada WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE GRADUATING FROM DETROIT MERCY? Since graduating, I returned to my hometown to work as an associate with another Detroit Mercy Dental alumnus. I started in a rural town, and have since worked my way to practicing at three dental offices. I have also been taking CE courses on cosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry, working to broaden my skillset toward cosmetic dentistry and rehabilitation cases through fixed and prosthetic work.



Twelve years ago, I was just starting my undergraduate degree in the sciences and the idea of being a dental professional was far removed from my mind. Unlike many of my colleagues who chose a career early in life and worked toward achieving that goal, dentistry was a discovery for me. It was something I grew into. As I learned more about the field of both science and artistic expression, I started to see it to express my love of creativity and thinking outside the box, while also giving back to my community.

Being as early in my career as I am, I like to keep my focus on improving my patient experiences and building skills that help further enhance those moments. I attribute a lot of my success to those who gave me the opportunity to be who I wanted to be as a clinician, rather than fit me into a mold of what they wanted me to be. For that reason, my proudest professional moment thus far is when I joined the dental team I work

with today. My fellow doctors, assistants, hygienists and staff members all encourage me to be myself and find my own path as a dentist, and for that I will always be grateful.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE CAREER GOALS? My goal for any patient visit is to provide more than just treatment, but an experience that is both pleasant and memorable. I want to work in a dental clinic that is more than just magazines on a table and the smell of eugenol in the air. My primary focus is working toward ownership of my own office(s) and building success from there. I am always looking to improve myself through CE and training in the ever-growing modalities of dentistry. I do not just want to talk the talk; I want to be able to perform with precision.

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Welcome to the Dental Hygiene Class of 2019 and Dental Class of 2021 Excitement and energy filled the school over the summer months as we welcomed the Dental Hygiene Class of 2019 and Dental Class of 2021. During the first days for each group, new students acquainted themselves with the Corktown Campus and learning environment, were introduced to the variety of student groups to join, and engaged in social activities to get to know classmates better.

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On Sunday, August 12, the Dental Hygiene Class of 2019 and Dental Class of 2021 attended the White Coat Ceremony held at the Fitness Center at the McNichols campus. This year, Dr. Karl Haden, president of the Academy for Academic Leadership, delivered the keynote speech. Students celebrated entering the dental profession by receiving their white coats and reciting the professional oath which was led by Dr. Alyssa Cairo ‘00, president of the School of Dentistry Alumni Board. It was a wonderful celebration for incoming students and their families as they recognized this distinct accomplishment. For a full album of White Coat Ceremony photos, visit our Facebook page; facebook.com/detroitmercydental

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Alumni & Donor Scholarships 2017-2018 Academic Year Thanks to alumni and friends of Detroit Mercy Dental, $55,825 worth of scholarships were awarded to current students. Of 47 applicants, 31 students were awarded scholarships for the 20172018 academic year, averaging $1,431 per award. The types of scholarships students may apply to vary. Many times, donors choose to specify the criteria based on a variety of factors included: GPA, leadership activities, financial need, family responsibilities, and mentoring experience. ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP


Roxanne Ford ................... DS1......................... $1,000 Kevin Obaña.................... DS1......................... $1,000 Anela Avdic ...................... DS2......................... $1,000 Tanner Trombley .............. DS2......................... $1,000 Janine Matos ................... DS3......................... $1,000 Nesreen Aouthmany......... DS3......................... $1,000 Soha Shamas.................... DS4......................... $1,000 Eden Habte ..................... DS4......................... $1,000 ELIAS FLOYD DELTA SIGMA DELTA SCHOLARSHIP

Abdullah Mahmud............ DS4......................... $2,000 Kelly Fenn........................ DS4......................... $2,000

Jeremy Zaluski ................. DS3......................... $1,750 HOBAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP


Clara Poparad-Stezar ........ DS2......................... $1,875 COOPER DENTAL SCHOLARSHIP

Salwan Khudhur................ DH3......................... $1,250 Jonathan Zora................... DS3......................... $1,250 Rajpreet Grover................ DH2......................... $1,250 KINRA FAMILY ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP

Karissa Burgos .................. DS4......................... 1,200 $

Jae Ha Kim ...................... DS3................... $1,000


Arsen Melkonyan.............. DS2......................... $1,000 Farinaz Sepahifar.............. DS2..........................$1,000


Temitayo Akinyemi............ DS1......................... $2,000


Sarah Weingartz ............... DS1......................... $2,000 Rajpreet Grover ............... DS2......................... $2,000 Muhammad Parekh.......... DH1......................... $2,000 Cassidy Kraker ................. DH1......................... $2,000 Alexis Georgoff ............... DS2......................... $2,000 Bilal Ibrahim..................... DS2......................... $2,000 Adrienne Wong................. DS3......................... $2,000 Steven Baltjes................... DS3......................... $2,000 Khashayar Azimi ............... DS4......................... $2,000 Kevin Su .......................... DS4......................... $2,000 DELTA DENTAL FUND

Lauren Rasmussen............ DS1......................... $1,000 Randall DeYoung............... DS1......................... $1,000

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Mark Krull........................ DS4......................... $2,250

If you are interested in sponsoring a student scholarship, please contact Director of Development, Mr. Thomas Sklut: thomas.sklut@udmercy.edu 313-494-6624


Legacy Connections Dental Class of 2021 Kimberly M. Barbour

Uncle William Berkowski, D.D.S. ‘78

Erica Eden

Cousin Dan Johnson, D.D.S. ‘90

Anna Fredal

Great Uncle Joseph Fredal, D.D.S. ‘53

Great Uncle Ralph Fredal, D.D.S. ‘54

Grandfather John Fredal, Sr., D.D.S. ‘60

Father John Fredal, Jr., D.D.S. ‘86

Michael Haddad

Uncle Richard Raad, D.D.S. ‘84

Thomas N. Rafaill

Grandfather Thomas D. Rafail, D.D.S., M.S. ‘61

Daha R. Roumayah

Cousin Rebecca Roumayah, D.D.S. ‘10

Steven Santarossa

Father Thomas Santarossa, D.D.S. ‘81

Saymn Shamoon

Cousin Tiffany Danyal, D.D.S. ‘12

Enkelejda (Kayla) Tile

Cousin Sueela Veizaj, D.D.S. ‘14

Uncle David Darany, D.D.S. ‘88

Mother Mary Anne Foster Santarossa, R.D.H., B.S. '79

Dental Hygiene Class of 2019 Nicole Rago

Mother Cristina Twardecki, R.D.H. ‘89


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Father Steven Rago, D.D.S. ‘90

From bomber pilot to dentist, Robert Kasper, B.A. ‘50, D.D.S. ‘54 interviewed by ADA News The ADA News recently highlighted the career of alumnus, Robert Kasper, B.A. ‘50, D.D.S. ‘54, in honor of Veteran’s Day. As a veteran who served as a pilot in WWII, he went on to study dentistry at University of Detroit and eventually opened his own practice in Detroit, retiring in 1984. Kasper was interviewed regarding his service to the military and dental profession, noting the two often converged. To read the full article, visit: http://bit.ly/2yusw5N

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No matter the project or initiative, service is multi-faceted. It influences an individual’s role in the community; it enables personal growth, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and it develops awareness and cultural sensitivity through unique experiences. Service is not about the action, but the intangibles. In alignment with the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, service is an integral component of University of Detroit Mercy’s mission and identity. At the School of Dentistry, we strive to develop socially and ethically sensitive health professionals through both learning initiatives and leading by example. Throughout their education, students partake in variety of outreach activities and community-based learning is embedded into all levels 24 |

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of curriculum. Whether it be providing oral health instruction, oral exams and cancer screenings, or working as a student dentist or hygienists at a partnering clinic or as part of a mobile program, a variety of experiences expose students to the diverse number of ways to serve. “Several years ago, we reviewed and modified our public health curriculum to focus on social determinants of health; we have been building upon this ever since. Community-based service learning has become our major priority – today, dental and dental hygiene students engage in some form of community-based activity during each year of their education.

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• Connie Bowlby, R.D.H. ‘01, B.S. ‘01

• April Kotermanski, R.D.H ’15

• Carl Stone, D.D.S.

• Sharoyn Jones, R.D.H., M.H.S.A.

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As students are exposed to the dental needs of underserved populations throughout Michigan, they begin to understand why these issues exist, ultimately providing a rich learning experience. I have noticed these experiences help students to broaden their understanding of health and what it takes to make patients and communities healthier. Every year, more graduating students are choosing to start their professional dental careers at a safety-net clinic or find ways to volunteer in their communities; it is always our hope that the drive to serve remains strong as students transition into professionals." Divesh Byrappagari, B.D.S., M.S.D. Assistant Professor, Director, Division of Dental Public Health & Outreach

Our goal is to foster positive attitudes and behaviors in caring for vulnerable populations. In many ways, faculty and staff reinforce this important message by the initiatives they lead themselves, showing students that helping the underserved comes in many shapes and forms. Some faculty engage in mission trips, others work to address access to care issues for HIV/AIDS

patients; certain staff members have started their own nonprofit which sends dental and medical supplies to Kenya. At Detroit Mercy Dental, we feel that service is about much more than the activity itself — it is about meeting the needs of a community through patient care, enabling students to help others and give of themselves, and developing the attitudes for the future workforce.


As students transition into alumni and become the next generation of oral health professionals, our goal is that they will hold the Jesuit and Mercy tradition of service close to them and find ways to incorporate serving others into their careers and personal lives. We are proud of the many alumni who have devoted their careers to working in safety-net clinics, or volunteer extensive time to help underserved populations around the globe.



Whether it is serving in our own backyards or reaching to the far corners of the world, here is a sample of exceptional stories from alumni, faculty, staff and students who give of themselves to people with immense need, putting a unique Detroit Mercy Dental mark on the map.



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Through volunteer and shadowing experiences in high school and college, I realized how much dentistry benefits not only the individual, but the community; as a student at Detroit Mercy Dental, I now have the confidence and proficiency in dentistry to help others. The American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) Chapter at Detroit Mercy is only two years old, but by helping with the organization in its beginning stages, I realized that the goals and missions of AAPHD mirrored my own. Serving as president is both challenging and rewarding. Currently, the group provides oral hygiene instruction and education at schools, and oral cancer screenings at health fairs and other community events; we engage in research with faculty with hopes of presenting a poster at the next national AAPHD conference. We also collaborate with the HUDA Clinic, a free medical and dental clinic in Detroit. Under the supervision of adjunct faculty, students provide care to the underserved and under-insured. Students perform extractions, fillings and exams at the clinic, as well as shadow and assist. Once I achieve my degree, there will be many more opportunities to serve the public. I would like to establish a career in private or corporate practice, but also part-time at a safety-net clinic, perhaps even HUDA Clinic. Another goal of mine is to pursue a Master of Public Health and a Dental Public Health residency. Ultimately, I want to create a lasting impact in the way communities perceive and prioritize oral health care.


Mary Parise, D.D.S.


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Everyone has a story to tell and we all have something we struggle with in life. The least we can do is help each other by sharing the talents and skills we are privileged to have.

Over the years, I have worked extensively to facilitate care to patients living with HIV/AIDS. Along the way, I have learned there is incredible stigma and misunderstanding regarding caring for these individuals. It is a goal of mine to help address the misperceptions; I work to better educate our faculty and AEGD residents on this population by inviting community members willing to talk about their stories and issues in accessing care. Spanning economic and educational levels, those who have come to speak make the barriers more tangible and help us to all better understand how we can help patients living with HIV/AIDS. 26 |

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"The least we can do is help each other by sharing the talents and skills we are privileged to have."

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While working in the clinic at Detroit Mercy Dental, it was easy to see that there are a lot of people who need dental care who are not receiving it or who do not receive it adequately. Seeing that large, unmet need and realizing how widespread of problem it was, helped me to decide that a career in service is right for me.





For me, the biggest challenge of working in public health is also my favorite part. Many patients have extensive dental needs, and it can be difficult not to be overwhelmed with the amount of treatment necessary for these individuals. The satisfying part is when we work hard with our patients, finally bringing them to a healthy state.


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My education experience as a student at Detroit Mercy is the main reason why I became interested in public health. As a dental hygiene student, I was fortunate to have various service-learning opportunities. My curiosity peaked when I rotated at the VA hospital and local elementary schools. This was when I first got to experience helping the community through providing oral health care and discovered I loved it, ultimately leading me to my career path.


Every day I wake up proud to know that Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic (TFTMC) helps local communities and makes a difference for many lives. Transportation and treatment costs are major barriers that prevent people from receiving treatment; since TFTMC directly addresses those issues by being mobile and offering reduced-cost services, it makes it easier for patients to access care.



While TFTMC is beneficial to the communities we serve, the program simultaneously develops better oral health providers. Each week, students grow more independent, confident and better at time management. Most importantly, though, I witness them grow to love public health. Many students are humbled by the amount of gratitude from patients because without their services abroad TFTMC, patients may never receive necessary treatment.




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As a dentist, I have a skill that can benefit people who are badly in need of basic dental services; and as a faculty member at Detroit Mercy Dental, I am in even more of a position to encourage future generations of providers to adopt the same mentality. For many of the past several years, I have gone on student-organized mission trips to impoverished areas of third-world countries. During these trips, I oversee students while they provide treatment to patients who likely have never seen a dentist. While visits are always rewarding, and we accomplish quite a bit, they are a reminder of the barriers of access to care that people face, and a reminder of our responsibility as health care professionals to address them.



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In 2011, along with Cornelius Sikawa, we started a nonprofit organization: You and I Alliance, which strives to improve the quality of life through health and education in the poorest of communities. Through this organization, we have shipped dental and medical equipment valued at nearly a half-million dollars to St. Luke’s Hospital in Kenya. We also support an Osutua Women’s Group in Kenya by purchasing and selling their handcrafted purses, jewelry and art. Funds raised help to pay boarding school fees for young girls, protecting them from invasive cultural rituals and being forced to marry early in life. We host various events to raise funds and develop awareness for the issues You and I Alliance addresses. Over the years, we have been humbled by the incredible support from our Detroit Mercy community and are grateful to colleagues for helping us succeed.

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Connie Bowlby, R.D.H. ‘01, B.S. ‘01 Hygienist, Friends of WPC Nepal

My first experience helping an underserved population was during my education at Detroit Mercy; as part of the curriculum, I provided care in a nursing home and at the hospital-based dental clinic, UHC. These experiences ignited my desire to help others.


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During my final year at Detroit "When I began Mercy Dental, traveling hygienists spoke to my class about volunteering volunteering I and working in other countries. I was fascinated by their stories, never was unsure how I thinking one day I would be like them. could be effective, In 2013, I traveled to Nepal with a dentist to provide dental care at a monastery. This dentist had cultivated a relationship but realized it with the head monk at a Tibetan monastery in Phokara, Nepal. He travels every year, sets up a dental clinic and sees as many patients as he can for all starts with a there week; this is the only time the clinic operates. Patients would come from miles away once they heard the dentist had arrived. This experience led to my involvement that first step." volunteering with a nonprofit organization in Seattle, Wash., Friends of WPC Nepal.




Friends of WPC Nepal rescues woman and children from human trafficking and has saved more than 700 lives. Seeing their smiles and knowing they are receiving training to help them become self-sufficient is very rewarding. For five years, I have sponsored a young rescued girl, providing all she needs to have a happy, healthy childhood and an optimistic future. I recently met her during a week-long trip to Nepal; she wants to become a dentist after seeing us work in the clinic. During that visit, we saw more than 400 patients, providing the necessary dental care they may need.



There are so many challenges to serving those in need, and it can feel overwhelming. Believing one person can make a difference in the face of that need is one of the biggest challenges. When I began volunteering I was unsure how I could be effective, but realized it all starts with that first step – I took it, and it has taught me so much about myself and introduced me to amazing people. I have received more than I could ever give.



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Student approved, new clinic model is off to a successful start

In May 2017, a new clinic model was implemented to provide a more comprehensive hands-on, cross-learning experience for students, as well as improve the patient experience by shortening appointment times and minimizing the number of visits. Third and fourth-year dental students, along with second-year dental hygiene students, work together with teams of assigned faculty in small group settings. The new model creates a stable team of providers who serve as a dental home for patients.

As a fourth-year dental student, I am fortunate enough to experience both the former and current clinic models. When I heard about the change, I was very excited and looking forward to it, including working with faculty members I would not have had the opportunity to work with before because of previously isolated specialty services.

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“The new, integrated group-structure has helped increase the number of clinical educational experiences per student when compared to previous years. Students seem to be more prepared for procedures since we started pairing third- and fourth-year dental students, inevitably creating more efficient patient care.� - Dincer C. Gurun, D.M.D., D.D.S. Director of Division of Clinical Dentistry, Clinical Associate Professor

With the change, one DS3 and one DS4 dental student work together as a pair. My experience working with a third-year student has been very rewarding because we have the chance to assist and learn from each other. I love to teach and having a partner has given me an opportunity to do that as well.

The new model has proven to be more effective; instead of seeing more patients per day, we are able to perform more procedures on one patient which makes them more satisfied. I have also noticed that working with another student has increased exposure to procedures and patient care. The new model has proven to be more effective; instead of seeing more patients per day, we are able to perform more procedures on one patient which makes them more satisfied. I personally have received compliments from several of my patients, appreciating improved efficiency and shorter appointment times. As dentistry shifts towards group practice, I feel this model prepares me for the real world. While productivity has increased, it comes at a cost. The main challenge of the new structure is that students have less time to do lab work and paperwork because we are so busy treating patients. I predict that the model will be tweaked to accommodate that time. Overall, it has been working well to improve both the educational experience and patient experience, and it can only get better from here. Khashayar Azimi Class President, Dental Class of 2018

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Faculty and Staff News Susan Paurazas, D.D.S. '89, M.H.S.A., M.S. '98, featured in Endodontic Practice We are pleased to share that Dr. Susan Paurazas, clinical associate professor, was recently featured as the Educator Profile in the July edition of Endodontic Practice; a recognition well-deserved! In the article, Dr. Paurazas was interviewed about a variety of topics including the path that lead her to a career in dentistry and dental education, and her strong roots at Detroit Mercy Dental. She goes on to discuss her proudest moments as an educator and how she foresees the future of endodontics. Visit our news site for a link to the full write-up: news.dental.udmercy.edu

Hygiene faculty volunteer at Motor City Medical Missions During the week of August 9, several Detroit Mercy Dental faculty members volunteered for the Motor City Medical Missions at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Marge Buehner, clinical assistant professor, Special Needs Coordinator, Janiece Flores-Davies, affiliate professor, Katelyn Francaloss, adjunct instructor, and Maureen VanHook, clinical assistant professor, director of Dental Hygiene Program, performed cleanings and educated patients about proper oral hygiene. Motor City Medical Missions provides free dental, optical, and medical care to the uninsured, underinsured, homeless, and anyone else in need of treatment. We are proud of these faculty members who donated their time and expertise to improving the health of our local community!

Anthony Neely, D.D.S. presents at National Dental Association Annual Convention At the National Dental Association (NDA) Annual Convention in Dallas, Dr. Anthony Neely, associate professor, presented to attendees on Saturday, July 22. The presentation, titled “Periodontal and Implant Dentistry: Avoiding and Solving Common Complications,” was sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive. During the threehour session, Dr. Neely informed participants how to identify common periodontal and implant complications as well as common medical, clinical, and radiographic findings that can result in periodontal and implant complications. Information about identifying strategies for avoiding and managing common periodontal and implant complications was also included.

The American Academy of Orofacial Pain has installed Ghabi Kaspo, D.D.S ‘90 as its new president. Kaspo took over as AAOP president at the academy’s meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. in May. We wish him warm congratulations and a successful term ahead!

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Ghabi Kaspo, D.D.S ‘90 named president of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain

Mary Sue Stonisch, D.D.S. ‘87 publishes new book: Smile Fitness Mary Sue Stonisch, D.D.S. ‘87, who is celebrating 30 years in practice, recently published a new book Smile Fitness. It is written for the general consumer on the latest techniques in oral health and modern dentistry. The 156-page hardcover book consists of four chapters; Decay, Gums, Bite, and Smile. This book also dispels many commonly held misconceptions about proper dental practices and provides very up-to-date scientific information on the latest research findings on oral health and the role your genes play in health.


Kimberly Raleigh, R.D.H. ’01, M.A. ‘06 named president of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Congratulations to Ms. Kimberly Raleigh, director of the Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education and Alumni Relations, who was voted in this year as president of the Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE) at the organization’s annual meeting in August. In addition to receiving her new post, Kimberly presented “Continuing Education & It’s Impact on Alumni Relations” as well as lead a forum discussion which kicked-off the meeting. The ACDE is the organization of continuing dental education providers associated with dental schools in the United Stated, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Gayle Baxter receives ACE Award Ms. Gayle Baxter, administrative assistant for the Divisions of Pediatric Dentistry and Graduate Endodontics, was presented with the School’s ACE Award for consistently performing beyond the expectations of her job. Some comments highlighting her exceptional service include “Gayle does her work in a manner that is almost always ‘right’ the first time,” and “she is a positive person who radiates this attitude/spirit to all in the department.” We thank Gayle for demonstrating Detroit Mercy Dental values and standards of service and are happy to present her with this well-deserved award!

Bruce MacIntosh, D.D.S. receives AAOMS Humanitarian Award for Fellows and Members We are proud to announce that Dr. Bruce MacIntosh, adjunct professor in the Division of Graduate Education, received the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Humanitarian Award for Fellows and Members. He was presented with an engraved plaque on Wednesday, October 11 at the 99th Annual Meeting Opening Awards Ceremony in San Francisco. This award recognizes Dr. MacIntosh’s participation in community leadership and volunteer projects, including efforts on a global basis.


Robin Reich, D.D.S. ‘84 takes office as Georgia Dental Association’s president We proudly congratulate Robin Reich, D.D.S. ‘84, who officially took office as Georgia Dental Association’s (GDA) 149th president. Dr. Reich’s post became official at the GDA annual convention on Sunday, July 23, 2017. A Michigan native, Reich moved to Georgia upon completing her dental education at University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Since then, she has acquired professional experience ranging from corporate dentistry to working as an associate, and later a partner in private practice. She now owns two locations of her private practice and serves as an adjunct professor at Ben Massell clinic. Under her leadership, Reich plans to help Georgia dentists succeed through developing business solutions and improving public relations and communications within the internal dental industry.

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Announcing new full-time faculty DR. DAVID FISCHER Assistant Professor

DR. AMAN GUPTA Assistant Professor

Dr. David Fischer earned his Ph.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the School full-time, Dr. Fischer worked as a postdoctoral researcher with The Ohio State University. Dr. Fischer teaches in the Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Aman Gupta earned her M.D. in Pharmacology from University of Bath School of Health in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining the School, Dr. Gupta was an associate professor at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Medical College in Mauritius. Dr. Gupta teaches in the Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences.

DR. STUART HOLMES Clinical Assistant Professor

DR. JUDITH JONES Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Administration

Dr. Stuart Holmes holds a D.D.S. from University of Michigan. Dr. Holmes has been with the School of Dentistry since 2012. Prior to joining the School full-time, he practiced general dentistry in Jackson, Mich. Dr. Holmes now teaches full-time in the Division of Clinical Dentistry.

Dr. Judith Jones joined the School of Dentistry from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine where she served as Assistant Dean for Faculty Development and Director of the Center for Clinical Research. She earned her D.D.S. and M.P.H. from University of North Carolina and her D.Sc.D. from Boston University School of Dental Medicine.

DR. MICHAL MORAG-HEZRONI Clinical Assistant Professor

DR. DEEPTHY NAIR Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Michal Morag-Hezroni earned her D.M.D. from The Hebrew University Hadassah School of Dental Medicine in Jerusalem. Dr. Morag-Hezroni has been with the School of Dentistry since 2014. Dr. Morag-Hezroni now teaches full-time in the Division of Clinical Dentistry specializing in endodontics.

Dr. Deepthy Nair earned her B.D.S. from Bangalore University V.S. Dental College and Hospital in India and her M.D.S. in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from National University of Singapore. Prior to joining the School of Dentistry, Dr. Nair served as an associate consultant in the Department of Dental Surgery at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Singapore. Dr. Nair teaches full-time in the Division of Clinical Dentistry.

DR. NAAMA SLEIMAN Assistant Professor

DR. CRISTINE SMOCZER Assistant Professor

Dr. Naama Sleiman holds a M.S. in molecular biology from the Lebanese American University and a Ph.D. in physiology from Wayne State University. Prior to joining the School of Dentistry in 2014, Dr. Sleiman served as a teaching assistant and graduate research assistant at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She now teaches full-time in the Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Cristine Smoczer holds a M.D. from University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania, a M.S. in molecular cell biology from Western University of Medicine in Romania, and a Ph.D. in developmental genetics from Wayne State University. Prior to joining us in 2016, she served as a course director at Wayne State University. She now teaches full-time in the Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences.

DR. JOSHUA THOMSON Assistant Professor Dr. Joshua Thomson earned his Ph.D. in immunology and microbiology from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the School in 2015, Dr. Thomson served as a medical microbiology lab instructor at Wayne State University. Dr. Thomson now teaches full-time in the Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences. D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U

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Service learning rotations reach Upper Peninsula – a new milestone for community based dental education at Detroit Mercy Dental Detroit Mercy Dental is pleased to announce another achievement in its long-time goal to extend the school’s reach within Michigan. Starting fall term, two fourth-year dental students began a service-learning rotation at Upper Great Lakes (UGL) Family Health Center in Houghton County under supervision of adjunct faculty member and director of Dental Services at the clinic, Dr. Glenda Reynolds.

WHY THIS MATTERS: Houghton County is classified as a Heath Professional Shortage Area for dental, mental and primary care. UGL Family Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center, which provides medical, dental and behavior health services to over 24,450 patients last year. One out of five UGL patients live at 100 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) and nearly three out of four of patients live at 200 percent of FPL. DS4s, Jessica Hazzard and Kashayar Azimi, with staff at UGL during first rotation of the partnership

In 2016, about 4 percent of UGL patients sought dental services at the clinic. Now with the addition of two Detroit Mercy Dental students, the clinic can increase the number of patients receiving oral healthcare. Detroit Mercy Dental looks forward to its continued partnership with Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center and helping more patients achieve proper oral health.

Detroit Mercy Dental welcomes Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center in Calumet, Mich. as newest partnering clinic


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Tim Kosinski, D.D.S. ‘84 honored with Humanitarian Award from Academy of Dentistry International On Wednesday, October 18, Tim Kosinski D.D.S., ’84, was presented with the Academy of Dentistry International’s Humanitarian Award during a formal induction ceremony at the Academy’s Annual Convocation in Atlanta, Ga. The award represents significant contributions to the enhancement of the quality of life and the human condition.










Figure 1 Reference: Health Resource & Services Administration. 2016 Health Center Profile: Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center. (October, 2017).

Federal Poverty Level (FPL) is a measure of income issued every year by the Department of Health and Human Services. FPL are used to determine a person’s eligibility for certain programs and benefits, including savings on Marketplace health insurance, and Medicaid and CHIP coverage.

New grant program from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services targets maternal and infant oral health Detroit Mercy Dental has received a $969,400 grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Funds will be used to develop a new program to address maternal and infant oral health gaps in Michigan by connecting at-risk pregnant women to dental care during their pregnancy. The program will operate in six pilot clinics across the state: a licensed dental hygienist at each site will provide preventative dental care and oral health instructions, and refer patients to a local dentist for long-term care. A case manager will be assigned to each woman in the program to coordinate communication between providers including the OB/GYN, dental hygienist and dentist. Benefits of this program include increasing access to dentists for pregnant women, reducing adverse pregnancy outcomes related to poor oral health, and decreasing dental disease in infants by delaying the maternal child transmission of bacteria.


Dental Hygiene Class of 1977 gathers for 40th reunion Twenty members of the Dental Hygiene Class of 1977 reunited on Saturday, October 14th to celebrate 40 years since the group graduated. A great time was had by all; the evening included a memorial to former classmate, Nancy Gurzick, R.D.H. ‘77, a viewing of the class movie and singing the class song. The group is already looking forward to planning future get-togethers and another reunion in five years.

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From Summer Enrichment Program to Doctor of Dental Surgery Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) has been providing educational and professional development experiences since 2012. SEP is targeted towards underrepresented minorities and/or disadvantaged students so that they can successfully gain admission into dental school and pursue a career in dentistry. The program includes five weeks of personalized assistance in preparing for the Dental Admission Test, application process and interview. During their stay, participants familiarize themselves with campus, meet faculty and administrators, participate in hands-on simulation activities and enjoy learning about Detroit during exciting weekend events. SEP is a free summer residential program with expenses covering housing, travel, and meals. Setaputri matriculated from SEP into D.D.S. program, graduating in May 2017

Successful programming often leads to SEP participants enrolling into the dental program. Zane Setaputri, D.D.S. ’17 is a previous SEP participant. As he prepared to graduate, he reflected upon his program experience and shared how SEP influenced his decision to pursue dentistry and attend Detroit Mercy Dental.

What did you enjoy the most about your experience in the Summer Enrichment Program? I enjoyed the structure. There is so much you must do to prepare for dental school and it was so beneficial to receive support with the entire process.


What was your favorite part of the Summer Enrichment Program schedule? Shadowing and the time spent in the AEGD clinic were my favorite parts. I also really liked the hands-on activities and that we were walked through the application process.


How did the Summer Enrichment Program affect your perception of Detroit Mercy Dental? I went to Detroit Mercy for undergrad so I was familiar with the University, but SEP allowed me to gain exposure to the dental school and all the resources that are available. I was accepted into University of Michigan’s dental school and considered going there, but I felt so much more familiar with Detroit Mercy in large part because of my SEP experience. During the program I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with the campus, meet incredibly helpful faculty members, and participate in the Sim Lab. SEP ultimately made me realize that Detroit Mercy was a much better fit.


Setaputri during SEP in 2012 and as a third-year dental student

SPREAD THE NEWS! PLEASE ENCOURAGE ANY ELIGIBLE STUDENTS TO APPLY! Detroit Mercy Dental will host the 6th annual Summer Enrichment Program from May 30 - June 28. Applications are on our website: dental.udmercy.edu/community If you would like to be a volunteer for the Summer Enrichment Program, please contact Lola Banks, director of Diversity and Inclusion, at banksoo@udmercy.edu or 313-494-6957. 38 |

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What advice would you give to students that are interested in the Summer Enrichment Program? Come and see if this is the place for you. There are many perceptions about Detroit that are out there but it is important to see it for yourself. It is surreal that I am getting ready to graduate in a couple of weeks. I am so grateful for the opportunities that I had during SEP and the exposure that it provided to the career that I am about to enter.



New research program targets undergraduate students

Undergraduate participants share summer research with Detroit Mercy Dental faculty.

Thomson with Patel and Lulgjuraj, present research findings at Wayne State University.

The new Summer Undergraduate Research Program was designed to provide dental-related research opportunities to undergraduate students. Through the program, participants conduct research alongside a faculty mentor, developing the skills needed to design and implement a research plan, and properly document and disseminate research. At the end of summer, participants are required to give an oral presentation about their research to faculty in the school.

“I was excited to hear about the summer students’ award, but not at all surprised,” said Eric Krukonis Ph.D., assistant director of Research. “They demonstrated exceptional presentation skills in their practice talk and had an impressive grasp of the material and ability to handle challenging questions beyond the immediate scope of their project. Truly a job well done.”

The inaugural year of the program took place over the summer. Joshua Thomson Ph.D., program director, assistant professor in the Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences, collected applications during the 2017 winter term and selected three participants for the program: Jonathan Toma (Senior, University of Detroit Mercy), Payal Patel (Junior, University of Detroit Mercy), and Nicolena Lulgjuraj (Senior, Oakland University). Participants conducted research with Thomson in the Microbiology Research Laboratory. The project consisted of designing and developing a systematic approach toward identifying bacteriophage that selectively eliminate cariogenic members of the Mutans streptococci. As a component of the program, students presented their research to faculty at the School of Dentistry. Later, Patel and Lulgjuraj presented a research poster at the Michigan Branch of the American Society for Microbiology Fall Meeting at Wayne State University. They were awarded first place out of all undergraduate presenters.

“I am very proud of these students,” Thompson said. “All three worked extremely well together and deserve recognition for their research and presentation skills. They put in a lot of hard work during the summer, scheduling time around classes, work, and professional school test preparation and it really showed. They are all welcome to continue research with me throughout the year.” In addition to applications for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Detroit Mercy Dental is now accepting year-round, rolling applications for individuals from undergraduate institutions that are curious and enthusiastic about research. If you, or someone you know, are interested in participating in research programs at Detroit Mercy Dental, you can request an application by emailing Thomson at thomsojo@udmercy.edu.

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IMPACT OF GIVING: Providing preventive care to Detroit’s underserved youth

The Shield a Smile Sealant Program (SAS), a community-based educational experience, is a mutually beneficial opportunity for Detroit Mercy dental hygiene students, as well as the underserved youth it reaches. SAS is a mobile program that travels throughout metro-Detroit to 12 partner sites where dental hygiene students provide preventive services, under the supervision of licensed dental hygiene faculty, to children and adolescents grades k-12. Each school in the program is located within the tri-county area and must be at 50 percent or more, free and reduced lunch. Equipment is easily transportable; dental-units are setup on site at each partnering location. Dental hygiene students provide cleanings, sealants, screenings and fluoride treatments to children with limited access to dental care. Children requiring further restorative services are referred to the Corktown Clinic.

SAS patient dressed as dental hygienist practices brushing technique

Dental Hygiene students provide preventive care to local children using mobile equipment

In addition to preventive services, dental hygiene students provide oral health education to children. Dynamic and interactive information stations help children learn about nutrition, proper brushing and flossing habits, and sealants. Using puppets, activity boards, interactive games and videos, each child receives information appropriate to their respective age level. Oral health kits are provided to the all children at the partnering location, regardless if the child has been seen for treatment. “For many of the children we see, it is their first encounter with an oral health provider, and most have never had routine care. We return to each location annually so kids are seen regularly; they look forward to our visits and are so grateful to be part of the program. They listen and interact, and you can see in their faces how excited they are to have one-on-one attention, even if it is simply talking about a toothbrush. As for our hygiene students, they do not have much experience with pediatric patients prior to participating with Shield a Smile, so it is a new learning experience. While these rotations help students to grow in clinical independence and broaden their range of patient management skills, they are humbled by the children and their stories, and feel inspired to involve themselves in more community service activities.” – Dana Zanotti R.D.H., Manager, Shield a Smile Sealant Program, affiliate professor

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“The SAS program is a great opportunity for dental hygiene students to reach kids at a younger age, educating them about oral health prevention. I have learned that many dental cases are a result of not starting good habits at an early age, so for us to have the opportunity to change that and bring awareness to the importance of oral health is a great advantage for these children.”

– Mona Fakhoury, Dental Hygiene Class of 2018

In the areas SAS travels, the program is the only way many children would receive dental hygiene cleanings and preventive services. SAS also exposes these children to careers in oral health care, perhaps inspiring them to follow in similar footsteps. The children seen at SAS partner locations are always very excited when the program comes to visit. Dental hygiene students make the experienced fun and engaging, and serve as role models as they provide essential services and teach the importance of health and learning!

"They listen and interact, and you can see in their faces how excited they are to have one-on-one attention, even if it is simply talking about a toothbrush."

HOW TO GIVE Gifts to Detroit Mercy Dental impact our students and community members every day. Donations help us attract the best faculty and pay for equipment, instruments, and materials necessary to successful programming. Donations help us to upgrade and maintain technology so our students are receiving instruction efficiently and effectively. Your generosity helps us sustain our campus, provide scholarships to students so they can receive a meaningful education in the Jesuit and Mercy tradition, preparing them to be leaders in oral health and active members of our global community. Donations can be made in cash, pledges for the future, stocks or bonds or bequests in your will. You can also make them online by visiting: dental.udmercy.edu/give If you would like to discuss gifts or giving options, please contact Director of Development: Thomas Sklut thomas.sklut@udmercy.edu 313-494-6624


Janet Miller R.D.H. '70, B.S., inducted as Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association President Congratulations to alumna, Ms. Janet Miller R.D.H., ’70 B.S., who was inducted as Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association (MDHA) President at the House of Delegates at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, Mich. on Sunday, October 8. She was pinned by MDHA Immediate Past President, Ms. Vickie Yahn. Miller’s theme is “Focused Commitment” as she works to improve oral health care, state-wide.

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Donor Honor Roll The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry recognizes and thanks the following individual donors who contributed to the School between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. $5,000 +

Dr. Curt S. Ralstrom Ms. Mary A. Rashid Mr. Thomas W. Sklut Mrs. Eileen E. Sweeney Dr. Patrick L. Sweeney Dr. Michael Szewczyk Dr. Nicole D. Teifer Dr. Judith L. Wybenga

Dr. Mert N. Aksu Mrs. Sherry A. Castle Boyer Dr. Catherine M. Dinka Dr. John D. Dinka Dr. David Fireberg Dr. Robert R. Kasper Dr. Ghabi A. Kaspo Dr. James W. Lepczyk Dr. Michelene R. Lepczyk Dr. Cheri S. Newman Dr. James F. Sarcheck Dr. Daniel P. Sheridan Dr. Ali A. Sobh Dr. Mary Sue Stonisch Mr. Lawrence J. Ulanski Sr. Dr. Eugene Wu

$1,000 - $1,876

$2,500 - $4,999 Dr. Michael Elftman Dr. Jonathan H. Jacobs Dr. Carl G. Madion Mrs. Diane Madion Dr. Saad J. Murad Dr. John P. Warr Mrs. Maria R. Warr

$1,877 - $2,499 Dr. Sadeer O. Daood Dr. Timothy A. DeConinck Dr. Biruta DeConinck Dr. Steven E. Fegan Dr. Teresa A. Gorski Szewczyk Dr. Kenneth W. Grabowski Dr. Arvind Gulati Mrs. Amy K. Ho Dr. David W. Ho Mrs. Mary M. Hoban Dr. Walter Knysz, Jr. Dr. Steven C. Legel Dr. Mark R. Mortiere Dr. Victoria Olshansky Mrs. Dianne S. Orcutt Dr. James R. Orcutt

Dr. Susan H. Abed Dr. Hanan Abouhassan Mr. Ahmad Aljerdi Dr. Monica M. Assad Dr. Salwa Atwan Dr. Alfred D. Austin Dr. Philip Badalamenti Dr. Sherif E. Badr Dr. Harbans S. Bamrah Dr. William M. Berkowski Dr. Steven H. Bernier Dr. David F. Blanden Prof. Marguerite J. Buehner Dr. Jeffery B. Bundy Dr. Alyssa L. Cairo Dr. Curles C. Colbert, Jr. Prof. Margaret E. Coleman Mr. Mark M. Coleman Dr. Charlotte M. Cortis Dr. Theodore Degenhardt III Dr. Larry DeGroat Dr. G. Bruce Douglas Dr. Basim Dubaybo Dr. Fares M. Elias Dr. Ahmad Fard Dr. Mary M. Fisher Mr. Gordon R. Follmer Dr. Nicholas A. Fontana Mrs. Kathleen E. Frenchi Dr. Mark E. Frenchi Dr. Allen E. Godell Dr. Victor L. Goldstein Dr. Joel Grand Dr. David P. Groth

Dr. Dincer C. Gurun Dr. Nancy M. Hartzell Dr. Michael M. Hoen Dr. Brian J. Hunt Mrs. Mary M. Hunt Dr. Rodney D. Hyduk Dr. Jeffrey Jamieson Dr. Gary E. Jeffers Dr. Judith A. Jones Dr. G. Michael Kabot Dr. Darnell D. Kaigler Mrs. Shirley A. Kaigler Dr. John E. Kazanowski Dr. Timothy F. KosinskI Dr. Richard Kulbersh Dr. Valmy Kulbersh Prof. Judy A. Kwapis Jaeger Dr. Patrick G. Latcham Dr. Robert L. Legel Mrs. Mary L. Lingle Dr. Robert J. Lingle Dr. Ronald A. Livingston Dr. Robert B. MacIntosh Dr. Auday Maki Dr. Martin J. Makowski Dr. Matthew R. Maley Dr. Sohayla A. Mammo Dr. Melanie E. Mayberry Dr. Robert C. Niskar Dr. Richard J. Nykiel Dr. Jeffery L. Parent Dr. Mary K. Parise Mrs. Penelope S. Persiani Dr. Richard J. Persiani Mr. Daniel J. Pierce Mrs. Carol A. Rakecky Dr. Ronald W. Rakecky Mrs. Kimberly A. Raleigh Dr. Todd H. Ryan Dr. Timothy R. Saunders Dr. Sonal N. Shah Prof. Kathi R. Shepherd Dr. Donald B. Sherman Dr. Lyla N. Shounia

Dr. Tarik Shounia Dr. Ian M. Smith Prof. Claudine M. Sordyl Dr. Edward J. Spyrka Dr. Edward L. Spyrka Dr. Stephen J. Stefanac Dr. Rachel M. Stockhausen Dr. Carl R. Stone Dr. Darlene A. Suchyta Dr. Daman D. Thanik Mr. Robert Thompson Dr. Tymon C. Totte Dr. Joel E. Toupin Dr. Jonathan P. Wiens Dr. Charles P. Zammit Prof. Pamela Zarkowski Prof. Carolynn A. Zeitz Mr. Keith A. Zeitz

MEMORIALS/ HONORARIUMS In Memory of Dr. Carl E. Misch Dr. Richard J. Persiani and Mrs. Penelope S. Persiani Dr. Jonathon P. Wiens American Dental Association In Memory of Dr. Edward F. Snella Drs. Roger R. and Caroll J. Deuben Dr. and Mrs. Stewart S. Markofsky Dr. Dennis S. Phillips In Memory of Dr. H. J. Veryser Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Veryser

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Our privilege as professionals and alumni It is my honor to greet you on behalf of the Alumni Board of Directors for University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. As you may be aware, the Alumni Board is a team of graduates from the School of Dentistry, encompassing all facets of the dental community. We not only assist in developing programming for and serving our alumni, but strive to enhance the opportunities the School offers for a vibrant pool of students. Dr. Alyssa Cairo ‘00

2017-2018 Alumni Board of Directors President Alyssa L. Cairo, D.D.S. ‘00 Vice-President Michael Vilag, D.D.S. ‘13 Secretary Janet G. Miller, R.D.H. ‘70, B.S. Board Members Theodore Degenhardt III, D.D.S. ‘79

In being selected by the Board to act as its president, I am doubly privileged to preside over additional ceremonies and events with our student population. Recently, I watched newly admitted students fitted with their “white coats” and look forward to presenting degrees to graduating doctors and hygienists at Commencement. These joyous occasions always remind me of the continuity we have with our profession and alma mater. Witnessing the progression of current students into professionals parallels with a larger progression in the field of dentistry, as alumni we continue to build our skills, our practices, and our communities.

The fruits of our practice are many: personal fulfillment, professional identification, and financial success. Beyond those obvious results are the tangible impacts we have on those we serve: our patients and community. It is the breadth of these efforts which will define most of us over the duration of our careers.

As alumni, we hold the highest leverage to expand, impact, and endure the reputation for University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. As oral health providers, we each have the distinct privilege to help define and elevate the state of our art. As alumni, we hold the highest leverage to expand, impact, and endure the reputation for University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. I am proud to be included in such an outstanding field of alumni at Detroit Mercy, and I look forward to you joining me in participating in University and School events in the near future.

William Demray, D.D.S. ‘75 Catherine M. Dinka, D.D.S. ‘88 Stephanie Dyc, R.D.H. ‘05 Nicholas A. Fontana, D.D.S. ‘72 John Kazanowski, D.D.S. ‘79 Patrick Latcham, D.D.S. ‘81 James Lepczyk, D.D.S. ‘78

We each bear responsibility to advance our skills and refine our knowledge to the practice of dentistry. These obligations come in the form of continuing education (CE) credits, networking, mentoring, and learning from our colleagues. I have benefited personally, as alumna, from these opportunities offered by Detroit Mercy Dental; opportunities the Board and administration invite other alumni to partake in as well.


Alyssa Cairo D.D.S ‘00 President, Alumni Board of Directors

Mark R. Mortiere, M.S. ‘82, D.D.S. ‘86 Barbara Zrebski, R.D.H. ‘75


Interested in Mentoring a Student? Detroit Mercy Dental is proud to offer mentoring opportunities for our students. The goal of our student/mentor program is to match students with alumni mentors with to provide guidance, knowledge, and resources to students as they prepare for their professional careers. To become a mentor and impact a student’s experience at your alma mater, please visit dental.udmercy.edu/alumni

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Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education

2018 Course Offerings At-A-Glance

are your source for clinically relevant and “ We evidence-based courses that will help you to achieve your life-long learning goals. “ Kimberly Raleigh, R.D.H. ‘01, M.H.S.A. ‘06 Director, The Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education and Alumni Relations


The Depressed Dental Patient and the Pharmacology Behind It Sanjay Chand, M.D. Livonia Marriott, Livonia 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)


Implementing Evidence-Based Dentistry in Your Practice Diane Hoelscher, D.D.S., M.S. Naama Sleiman, M.S., Ph.D. Royal Park Hotel, Rochester 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture & Participation) FRIDAY, MARCH 16

Local Anesthesia Techniques for the Dental Practitioner: Anatomical Landmarks and a Comprehensive Review


Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Day Real Wealth; Detecting, Preventing and Eliminating Financial Decay through Recovering Cash and Taking Control of Your Finances Garrett Gunderson The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 7 CEUs (Lecture)

Maha Ahmad, Ph.D.  FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Ronald P. Morris, D.D.S. Perio 101: Detroit Mercy Dental MARCH An Update on What Was Forgotten, Corktown Campus, Detroit What We Need to Know, and Why 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 2 Linda Dobis, D.D.S. 6 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation) A Common Sense Approach to Maureen Van Hook, R.D.H, M.S. Removable Partial Denture Design Laura Manning–Lee, R.D.H., M.A. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 and Treatment Planning Human Trafficking; What to Look for Detroit Mercy Dental Timothy R. Saunders, D.D.S. Corktown Campus, Detroit as a Dental Practitioner Detroit Mercy Dental 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Karen Moore Corktown Campus, Detroit Edee Franklin 6 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation) 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Detroit Mercy Dental 7 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation) Corktown Campus, Detroit 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Letter of Completion (Lecture) 44 |

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Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation for the Dental Hygienist and Registered Dental Assistant

Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A. Claudine Sordyl, R.N., M.S. Tamika Thompson-Sloan, D.D.S., M.S. Detroit Mercy Dental 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 & Online) WEDNESDAY, MAY 16

Traveling the Head and Neck Highway Steven C. Legel, D.D.S. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture & Demonstration)


Potpourri of Oral Pathology – Diagnosis and Management Junu Ojha, B.D.S., M.S. The Henry Hotel, Dearborn 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture) FRIDAY, MAY 25

Amazing Esthetic Outcomes Using New Techniques with Resin Composites

Rafael Rocha Pacheco, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation)


Assessing & Managing Caries Risk – Fluorides, ACP, Restorative, and Other Strategies Diane Hoelscher, D.D.S., M.S. Durinda Mattana, R.D.H., M.S. Livonia Marriott, Livonia 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 4 CEUs (Lecture)


Diabetes Mellitus: The Disease, Drugs and Dental Management Sanjay Chand, M.D. Park Place Hotel, Traverse City 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)


Hypertension, Heart Disease and the Dental Patient Sanjay Chand, M.D. Park Place Hotel, Traverse City 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

Open Wide: Managing Pediatric Patients with Open Apices

Susan Paurazas, D.D.S., M.H.S.A., M.S. Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., M.P.H. Livonia Marriott, Livonia 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. 4 CEUs (Lecture)


Pediatric Facial Growth: Should Medicine and Dentistry be in Conversation? Karen O’Rourke, D.D.S. Wyland Gibbs, D.D.S., M.S. Julia Worrall, R.N. Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 4 CEUs (Lecture)


Helping Your Patients Navigate the Oral Healthcare Aisle

Laura Manning-Lee, R.D.H., M.A. Carolynn Zeitz, R.D.H., R.D.A., M.A. Edward Hotel, Dearborn 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 4 CEUs (Lecture)


Survival Strategies: Can This Tooth be Saved After trauma?

Susan Paurazas, D.D.S., M.H.S.A., M.S. Salwa Atwan, D.D.S., M.S. The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 4 CEUs (Lecture)


Perio 220: A Hands-On Review of Hand and Powered Instrumentation

Laura Manning-Lee, R.D.H., M.A. Kathi R. Shepherd, R.D.H., M.S. Kathleen Neveu, R.D.H., R.D.A., M.S. Maureen Van Hook, R.D.H., M.S. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation) D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U

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Autoimmune Diseases of the Oral Cavity: An Updated Review Junu Ojha, B.D.S., M.S. The Iroquois Club, Bloomfield Hills 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture)


A Hands-On Review of Local Anesthesia Techniques; Helping to Better Manage Your Patient’s Pain

Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A. Tamika Thompson-Sloan, D.D.S., M.S. Carl Stone, D.D.S., M.A., M.B.A Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. 5 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation) Option: 3 CEUs (Lecture Only) FRIDAY, AUGUST 3


Perio 101: An Update on What Was Forgotten, What We Need to Know, and Why


Outsmarting Combination Syndrome for Predictable Success Timothy R. Saunders, D.D.S. Livonia Marriott, Livonia 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)

Linda Dobis, D.D.S. Laura Manning–Lee, R.D.H., M.A.  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 Detroit Mercy Dental Human Trafficking; What to Look Corktown Campus, Detroit 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for as a Dental Practitioner 6 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation) Karen Moore Edee Franklin DoubleTree Hotel Detroit-Dearborn, Detroit  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Titan 10 Reunite! Letter of Completion (Lecture)

Tips and Tricks for Composite Restorations and Solving Post-Op Sensitivity

Rafael Rocha Pacheco, D.D.S., M.S.c., Ph.d. DoubleTree Hotel Detroit-Dearborn, Detroit 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture)



Hypertension, Heart Disease and the Dental Patient Sanjay Chand, M.D. The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)

Six Hour for 6 Topics to Incorporate NOVEMBER Into Your Implant Practice  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 Timothy Kosinski, D.D.S. Pediatric Dentistry: A Comprehensive  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth Update for the Entire Dental Team Dental Lasers: Basic Competency 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Carolynn Zeitz, R.D.H., R.D.A., M.A. Hands-On Workshop 6 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation) FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

Peri-Implant Diseases: Successful Management from Diagnosis to Maintenance

Laura Manning-Lee, R.D.H., M.A. Vinicius Rodrigues, D.D.S., D.M.S.c. The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 4 CEUs (Lecture)

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Salwa Atwan, D.D.S., M.S. The Henry Hotel, Dearborn 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture)

Annette Skowronski, D.D.S. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation)


OFFERED YEAR-ROUND Fully Customized Implant Mentoring Course with Live Patient; From Treatment Planning to Final Delivery of Restoration Ahmad M. Fard, D.D.S., M.S. Anthony Neely, D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., Ph.D. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit

ONLINE OFFERINGS Why Does My Tooth Hurt? Diagnosing Endodontic Pain

Implant Therapy: What Every Hygienist and Assistant Needs to Know

Susan Paurazas, D.D.S., M.H.S.A., M.S. 1 CEU (Online)

Laura Manning–Lee, R.D.H., B.S., M.A. 1 CEU (Online)

60 Minute Review of Local Anesthesia Administration for the Dental Practitioner

Mixed Up About Mixed Dentition? Helping You Find Your Way from Primary to Adult Teeth

Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A. 1 CEU (Online)

60 Minute Review of Nitrous Oxide/ Oxygen Sedation for the Dental Practitioner

Carolynn Zeitz, R.D.H., R.D.A., M.A. 1 CEU (Online)

Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A. 1 CEU (Online)

P: 313-494-6626 E: dentalce@udmercy.edu To register, or for complete course information, visit: dental.udmercy.edu/ce


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