Leading Edge Spring/Summer 2018

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Continuing Education, Networking, Vendors and a Beer & Brats Dean’s Reception

Connect with fellow dental alumni on Friday and stay for Homecoming 2018 on Saturday!

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR COMPOSITE RESTORATIONS AND SOLVING POST-OP SENSITIVITY presented by Rafael Rocha Pacheco, D.D.S., M.S.C., Ph.D. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Includes continental breakfast, lunch & Dean’s Reception COURSE DESCRIPTION Adhesive Dentistry has completely modified the treatment planning and procedural steps of modern dentistry. The use of adhesive systems and polymeric materials, such as resin composites, has allowed clinicians to preserve more sound dental structures during restorative procedures, reaching outstanding esthetic results with good mechanical strength and longevity. However, the high technique sensitivity of such procedures can lead to problems such as the presence of marginal gaps, color alteration, marginal staining, reduced mechanical strength, de-bonding, reduced longevity, post-op sensitivity and others. The proper use of technique and indication of the materials is essential for a successful restorative procedure. The aim of this course is to provide evidence-based information to the clinician, explaining how to apply complex concepts to clinical practice, in a simple way.

Geared towards Titan 10 Alumni (alumni from graduation years ranging 2008-2018) this course is designed to enhance clinical practice by providing outstanding and relevant content that will help you build your confidence with adhesive selection, reduce clinical errors and decrease patient sensitivity. Special pricing for Titan 10 alumni for $25* *all are welcome, but discount applies only to graduates from years 2008-2018

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

SPRING 2019 Detroit Mercy Alumni Day & Reunions Date TBD


Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park Comerica Park, Detroit, MI



Titan 10 Reunite! Tips and Tricks for Composite Restoration and Solving Post-Op Sensitivity DoubleTree Hotel, Dearborn/Detroit 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Detroit Mercy Dental Presents The Lucy Hobbs Project You Event The Madison - 5th Floor, Detroit, MI 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018


2018 Detroit Mercy Homecoming McNichols Campus, Detroit, MI

American Dental Society Annual Meeting Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Reception Location - TBD Honolulu, HI

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A destination of preference

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.

Proudly, on Friday, May 11, the School of Dentistry celebrated its 85th graduating class. The featured commencement speaker was retired Judge William Giovan. His remarks were significant and brought the day full-circle as he spoke of his late father, William Giovan, D.D.S. a graduate from the School’s first class, the Dental Class of 1935. Judge Giovan expressed the School of Dentistry’s importance to him and his family; because his father had the opportunity to attend dental school at the University of Detroit, it provided a way forward for the Giovan family in a post-depression period and particularly stimulated his father’s commitment to the city of Detroit. While much has changed in practice and curriculum over the intervening years, Judge Giovan affirmed the consistency of our mission: Detroit Mercy Dental remains focused on graduating socially and ethically conscious, practice-ready graduates, just like Dr. Giovan ‘35. As I begin my eleventh year as dean at Detroit Mercy Dental, I am proud to be part of the legacy about which Judge Giovan fondly spoke. I frame every decision toward actively upholding our reputation of clinical distinction, both for students and patients. Over time, I have found there is a delicate balance between assuring each clinical experience enriches the educational development of our students, as well as supporting the needs of our patients who must receive efficiently-delivered, carefully coordinated care. When making decisions, we must always remember people have options. Students and patients can choose to seek education and care elsewhere. It is imperative Detroit Mercy be the destination of preference for each.

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The educational experience must be engaging, stimulating, and learner-centered with a strong emphasis on using technology to meet the expectations of today’s students. It is as much about learner preferences as it is about learning outcomes. Our clinics must be able to efficiently provide comprehensive care while remaining focused on each individual patient’s chief concerns and needs. Looking beyond the technical skills essential to effective practice, our students must have the critical thinking skills to function as changes affect the practice of dentistry. When each component of our structure is successfully implemented, it results in fulfilled, effective student providers and positive patient experiences which stimulate referrals of friends and family, the highest compliment to any practice.

“Detroit Mercy Dental remains focused on graduating socially and ethically conscious, practice-ready graduates...” In the changes and enhancements we make to our curriculum and clinical processes, we keep these points at the forefront. As alumni and friends of the School of Dentistry, you can be proud of the continuous strides we make because we critically evaluate everything we do. This allows us to maintain an edge and be the destination of preference for tomorrow’s oral health professionals and patients for generations to come.

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



Upcoming Alumni Events..................................................................3 #DetroitMercyDental.........................................................................4 Dean’s Message................................................................................6 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

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Please send press releases, photos, or any other communications that highlight our alumni, to Kimberly Raleigh: kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu 313-494-6694

University News.................................................................................9 Recent Events..................................................................................10 Alumni Day 2018 Recap..................................................................14 Commencement 2018.....................................................................16 Class of 2018 Yearbook...................................................................18 FEATURE ARTICLE: Beyond 4 Quadrants: Why dental professionals must think outside the mouth...........................................................................................28 Diversity & Inclusion........................................................................38 Faculty & Staff News.......................................................................40 Outreach.........................................................................................42 Student Essay..................................................................................43 Giving..............................................................................................45 Alumni Board...................................................................................47 Continuing Education.....................................................................48

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The Campaign for Detroit Mercy has raised nearly $84 million toward its $100-million goal. One of the high-profile projects included in the campaign is a reimagined Student Union on the McNichols Campus.

Alan Haras ’16 is a co-creator of Ignatian Yoga, a new movement that is earning attention across the country.

Donors support fundraising campaign

find a renewed sense of intention and purpose. It provides an opportunity to slow down, listen deeply to what is stirring in one’s heart and take a ‘long, loving look at the Real.’”

The Campaign for Detroit Mercy has made considerable progress toward the $100 million fundraising goal by 2019 and students are seeing the results in expanded programming, new learning spaces and enhanced opportunities in the classroom. “We have seen strong momentum since we began the public phase of our campaign in October,” said Vice President of University Advancement Arnold D’Ambrosio. “When we announced the campaign in late October 2017, we were a little over $78 million. Today, we’re nearing $84 million.” This momentum comes in gifts of all sizes, with a large number of them from individual donors.

More information, including insight from some of the nation’s most respected Jesuit thinkers, can be found at ignatianyoga.com.

Student-designed wheelchair escalator debuts University of Detroit Mercy showed off its Wheelchair Escalator to an enthusiastic crowd in March. Through a special project with the John Dingell Veterans Hospital in downtown Detroit, University of Detroit Mercy Engineering Professors Darrell Kleinke and Nassif Rayess and Nursing Professor Molly McClelland worked with several Detroit Mercy engineering and nursing students to design and build the prototype of a powered platform lift called the Wheelchair Escalator. The product was designed to safely transfer a person in a wheelchair up a three- to 10-step staircase, moving vertically and horizontally, mirroring the action of an escalator.

“The good news is that 77 percent of the total contributions have come from individuals who love the University and the vast majority of those donors are alumni of University of Detroit, Mercy College of Detroit or Detroit Mercy,” D’Ambrosio said. “This is a big shift from previous campaigns when corporate and private foundations played a larger role. We think this shows the special place that the University holds in the hearts of its alumni.” This project demonstrates the collaborative nature of Detroit Mercy’s academic programs and the interdisciplinary approach the University takes when providing students with a truly Introducing Ignatian Yoga unique research and cooperative education opportunity. Is it possible to blend yoga and Catholicism? Alan Haras ’16 Entrepreneur and inventor Ray Okonski was so impressed says yes. with the device when he first saw it in 2015 that he offered the Haras, who earned a Master’s in Religious Studies and friend Bobby University and students assistance with the project by supplying Karle, S.J., founded a new movement they call Ignatian Yoga, which funding and his recommendations to meet all American draws upon the dynamics of the Jesuit’s Spiritual Exercises and yoga’s Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Currently, Okonski has focus on the way the mind and body are interconnected. a patent pending with the U.S. government for the product. He established Wheelchair Escalator LLC to sell the design, all “People today are so stretched for time that they often don’t manufacturing rights, patent rights to an existing manufacturer take care of themselves,” Haras said. “Yoga is a way for people to come home to themselves, reconnect with who they are and of similar equipment who has manufacturing capability. D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U



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Lessons in a Lunchbox

Talent Show

The Detroit Mercy chapter of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) teamed up with the Children’s Oral Health Institute (COHI) to deliver “Lessons in a Lunchbox” to children in Detroit. Student dentists visited New Paradigm Loving Academy and spent an afternoon reviewing oral hygiene instructions and assisting 40 first- through third-graders with assembling their lunchbox tool kit.

Detroit Mercy Dental’s Got Talent included a wide array of entertainment and exceptional displays of talent including rock bands, dancers, comedians and cultural performers.

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February 22

ASDA Annual Session

Chicago Midwinter Meeting Alumni Reception

At the ASDA Annual Session in Anaheim, Calif., Detroit Mercy ADSA was honored to receive the Outstanding Application Design Gold Crown Award, a visually pleasing design with good use of graphics and photos. Special thanks to DS3s, Kristin Sigurjonsson and Adriee Wong for their hard work on the creative portion of the application and Lexie Georgoff, DS2, and David Hoang, DS3, for their content, design and layout of the technical portion.

It was wonderful to see almost 50 attendees from throughout the country gathered in Chicago at the Alumni Reception for the Midwinter Meeting. Guests networked and reminisced with former classmates over beverages and delicious appetizers.

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March 1

Chili Cook Off

Night at the Museum

Nearly 300 alumni participating in the annual Titan tradition, the chili cook-off. The School of Dentistry chef, Jan Miller, R.D.H. ’70, prepared an incredible white chicken chili, a crowd pleaser that had attendees coming back for seconds. Alumni families enjoyed the afternoon filled with games and activities to entertain children of all ages.

The Night at the Museum, held at the Detroit Institute of Arts, was a celebration and a gesture of thanks for the variety of ways invitees had given to Detroit Mercy Dental over the year. Attendees included part-time faculty, community partners, and Dean’s Circle donors. Guests enjoyed an exclusive opportunity to tour the museum.

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Student Lobby Day

2018 Research Day

Eleven Detroit Mercy Dental students traveled to the Washington D.C. for the American Dental Association’s Student Lobby Day to meet with senators and representatives to advocate for dental education and the profession.

Students involved in research projects presented their work to other students and faculty. Attendees enjoyed lunch and snacks as they learned about unique explorations in health, oral health, and other related topics.

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April 21

Taste of Diversity

Mandiball - Dinner Dance

Taste of Diversity was a colorful in every way! The event featured flavors from around the world, henna, and performances by Mexican ballet dancers, African dancers and drummers, and steppers. Many thanks to SNDA for hosting this event and encouraging respect and reverence for the differences that make each of us who we are.

Held at the Wintergarden in the Renaissance Center in Detroit, this year’s Mandiball continued to prove itself as one of Detroit Mercy Dental’s most favorited events. Everyone had a wonderful time enjoying each other’s company outside of school.

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May 9

Student Appreciation Dinner

HOUR Detroit Top Dentists

Cheers to all the student leaders throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. We gathered at the Detroit Beer Company for a special evening to celebrate these students and their hard work ensuring peers are heard, informed and engaged.

Detroit Mercy Dental was a sponsor at the recent HOUR Detroit Top Dentists party which celebrated local dentists nominated by peers to be featured in the magazine’s Top Dentists issue, available in July 2018. It was wonderful to see so many alumni and faculty there to be honored.

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Awards Day

New Alumni Reception

As a conclusion to the academic year, select third- and fourth-year dental students, and second-year hygiene students were recognized for their hard work and success in different areas and specialties throughout their education.

Graduating students and their loved ones gathered at the Detroit Yacht Club for a celebratory event in honor of Commencement 2018. Guests enjoyed a wonderful evening to conclude the graduates’ journey as students at Detroit Mercy Dental, and welcome them as our newest alumni.

For more photos of each event, follow us on Facebook and visit “albums.” facebook.com/detroitmercydental

Rouzana Hares, D.D.S. ‘99, FAGD, was among nearly 60 volunteers who traveled to Jordan with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) to provide care to Syrian refugees. During the July 2017 trip, more than six refugee sites were visited, and she estimates they treated close to 3,000 patients. Her story was featured in the AGD News Member Spotlight section of the October 2017 edition. Read about the challenges of providing care and moments that touched her most, at the following link: bit.ly/2HnsqBM



Dr. Rouzana Hares ‘99 travels to Jordan to treat Syrian refugees, highlighted in AGD News

Dr. Michael Vilag ‘13 honored by Michigan Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy for early career achievements At its most recent meeting the Michigan Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Michael Vilag, D.D.S. ‘13 was presented with the M. David Campbell New Dentist Award. The award was established to recognize a recent graduate who has been out of dental school for less than five years and has shown exceptional leadership in promoting our profession. The award is named in honor of past Michigan Section PFA Chair, past PFA Foundation President and student mentor, Dr. M. David Campbell. Last year’s recipient, Benjamin Underwood, D.D.S. ‘15, adjunct professor, presented Dr. Vilag with the prestigious award.

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Alumni Day 2018: A time for learning, networking and fun! Alumni spanning generations joined together on Friday, April 13, at the Inn at St. John’s for a day of learning, networking and information about today’s Detroit Mercy Dental. We always look forward to this opportunity to connect with graduates and watch them catch up with one another and recall favorite memories of their school days. Throughout the day, a continuing education course was provided by New York Times best-seller Garrett Gunderson, founder and chief wealth architect of Wealth Factory. Gunderson’s presentation, “Real Wealth: Detecting Preventing and Eliminating Financial Decay Through Recovering Cash and Taking Control of Your Finances,” was an insightful course aiming to help alumni manage their professional financial goals. Attendees also browsed a vendor show, saw research boards presented by current students and faculty and shopped Detroit Mercy Dental apparel. A highlight for many was our dental-themed selfie station.

Tonya Zalenski, R.D.H., B.S. ‘09, and Paul Esteso, D.D.S. ‘09 catching up over friendly conversation

For the third consecutive year, a student panel provided insight into the current educational experience as dental and dental hygiene students answered questions posed by alumni attendees. Alumni appreciated the opportunity to lean more about day-to-day learning and life at Detroit Mercy Dental. In the evening, the Dean’s reception allowed colleagues and classmates to network over delicious appetizers and beverages. Afterward, the reception transitioned into class reunions and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) induction ceremony.

Alina Georges, DS4 and Morgan Clolinger, DS4 were all smiles in anticipation of the day

Class reunions were held for graduation years ending in “3” and “8.” To the soundtrack of a live band, classmates exchanged stories from years past, reliving the good old days. The OKU induction ceremony also took place in the evening, as Class of 2018 dental students and honorary faculty were inducted into the prestigious honors society. Congratulations to the following student and faculty OKU inductees: Maryan Luay Alkhoory, Hussien Sam Baydoun, Lei Cao, Kelvin Chen, Alicia Clark, Tiffany May Elliott, Jessica Renee Hazzard, Derek Francis Holecek, Abdullah Mahmud, Reeva Courtney Mincer, Kristi B. Wojtowicz, and Dr. Bassam Kinaia, associate professor. We always look forward to visits with our alumni! Alumni Day 2018 was enlightening, nostalgic and full of big smiles. We are already looking forward to next year’s event! 14 |


It was a full-house for Alumni Day 2018

The student panel provided thoughtful responses to help alumni understand today’s dental education experience

Attendees enjoyed the selfie station props, unique to the dental professions

Students and faculty proudly presented research posters to attendees

Attendees listened intently to the informative course

2018 OKU inductees pose for a group photo

Robert Legel, D.D.S. ‘54 enjoying every moment of the day

Michael Vilag, B.S.S. ‘09, D.D.S. ‘13, Darrin Jones, D.D.S. ‘13. And Zenon Kossak, D.D.S. ‘68 connect during Class Reunions

Maureen Vogt, R.D.H., B.S. ‘53, Marjorie Trafeli, R.D.H., B.S. ‘53, Elda Viscomi, R.D.H., B.S. ‘53, celebrated 55 years of excellence since graduating D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U

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University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry Commencement 2018 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER Judge William J. Giovan

FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 9:30 a.m. Calihan Hall University of Detroit Mercy

William J. Giovan is a retired judge, having served for more than 40 years in four judicial offices, including 33 years on the Wayne County Circuit Court, where he eventually became its chief judge. After leaving the judiciary he served as a member and chair of the first Wayne County Ethics Board. Giovan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Detroit in 1958. He was active in extracurricular pursuits, including being named to the 1958 AllAmerica Collegiate Fencing Team. He is a member of the University of Detroit Sports Hall of Fame. Presently Giovan serves occasionally as a visiting judge, and a mediator and arbitrator in legal disputes. Judge Giovan’s father was a member of the first graduating class of University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in 1935. For more photographs of the event, visit: udmercy.edu/gallery/albums

Judge Giovan addresses the Class of 2018

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COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES PROCESSIONAL WELCOME Judy Kwapis-Jaeger, R.D.H., M.A., R.D.A. Grand Marshal, Associate Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene INVOCATION Gilbert Sunghera, S.J. Superior, University of Detroit Mercy Jesuit Community Associate Professor, Architecture

The bittersweet emotions of commencement sneak up on graduates

O CANADA Karissa Burgos, Dental Class of 2018 THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER Karissa Burgos, Dental Class of 2018 DEAN’S REMARKS Mert N. Aksu, D.D.S., J.D., M.H.S.A., Dean and Professor PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., President of the University

Ray-an Buhay, D.D.S. ‘18 is hooded, signifying the completion of his dental education

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS Judge William J. Giovan DENTAL HYGIENE CLASS ADDRESS Mona Fakhoury, President, Dental Hygiene Class of 2018 DENTAL CLASS ADDRESS Kashayar Azimi, President, Dental Class of 2018 Holly Maliowski, Vice President, Dental Class of 2018 PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES AND DEGREES Mert N. Aksu, D.D.S., J.D., M.H.S.A.

Prideful loved ones cheer on graduates and capture special moments


Shanel Cook, D.D.S. ‘18 and University President Dr. Garibaldi share a laugh at a celebratory reception following the commencement ceremony

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Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Class of 2018 What is your favorite memory during your time at Detroit Mercy Dental?

Sarah Adams Ayat Al-jafar Hawa Almawri

The friends I made throughout the program and the great people I met. - Ayat Al-jafar

Manzila Askar Dana Cameron Mona Fakhoury

What is your favorite memory during your time at Detroit Mercy Dental? Seeing my first patient. - Manzila Askar

Zeinab Farhat Rachel Ferree Kori Fetner Rajpreet (Preety) Grover

Rand Habeeb Brittney Heika Tiffany Hernandez

What is your favorite memory during your time at Detroit Mercy Dental? White coat ceremony. - Rajpreet (Preety) Grover

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What advice do you have for underclassmen? Talk to faculty - get to know them so they know you! - Samantha Howell

What is your favorite memory during your time at Detroit Mercy Dental? Dressing up as the tooth-fairy and passing out toothbrushes for a Halloween event.

Samantha Howell Katelyn Martin

- Katelyn Martin

What advice do you have for underclassmen? Never give up. You can do this!

Shamaila Mirza Jessica Nguyen Navneet Somal

- Shamaila Mirza

Reginald Westley Amanda Wolschleger Sylivia Yono Zaynab Zayat-Berro

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Doctor of Dental Surgery Class of 2018

Hasanain Alani Shiem Alazawi Deena Ali Maryan Alkhoory

What advice do you have for underclassmen?

Jillian Anderson Khashayar Azimi Alexander Bae

Work hard, stay focused and make the most out of your dental school journey. - Khashayar Azimi

Era Bakshi David Banooni Veronica Bashi

What will you miss most about Detroit Mercy Dental? Spending every day around so many other dental professionals. - David Banooni

Sanju Basi Hussien Baydoun Eric Beaudet Ian Bever

Deepanshu Bhardwaj Jennifer Bonamici Ray-an Buhay Karissa Burgos

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Kyle Burkardt Lei Cao Alejandra Cartagena Kelvin Chen

What will you miss most about Detroit Mercy Dental? Classmates who’ve become good friends.

Ritish Chhabra Myung Jin Cho Sung Ryel Choi

- Kelvin Chen

Alicia Clark Morgan Clolinger Shanel Cook Andrew Daabous

Hussein Daher Vincent Dawisha Christopher Degenhardt Ngoc-Cam Dinh

Michael DiRezze Nivine Dughayli Sarah Eissa Tiffany Elliott

What is your favorite memory during your time at Detroit Mercy Dental? Alpha Omega Mission Trips

Leila ElSaghir Mark Francis Enverga Abdul Assamad Farhat

-Mark Francis Enverga

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Curtis Felman Kelly Fenn Adam Ferrera Kristin Fong

Anne Galus Alina Georges Mikhael Gerasimov

What is your favorite memory during your time at Detroit Mercy Dental? Bringing my grandma in as my patient -Alina Georges

Arielle Golden Jovani Gonzalez Jennie Gutierrez Eden Habte

Emad Hajar Issa Hamade Reem Hamade

What is your favorite memory during your time at Detroit Mercy Dental? Friends and faculty that have become more like family. -Reem Hamade

Amy Han Sarmed Hanna Jessica Hazzard Sarah Helmi

Mohammad Hemmatian Derek Holecek Tejpaul Hundal Khadije Hussein

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What will you miss most about Detroit Mercy Dental?

Michael Hyman Anas Jebrini Alex Johnson

The friendly faculty. - Anas Jebrini

Youngjin Jung Sagar Kakadia Noor Kashat Brian Kelly

What advice do you have for underclassmen?

Joel Kerwin Shameel Khan Drashti Khamar

Sleep is your best friend. -Youngjin Jung

James Taeyun Kim John Kim Min Kim Yo Sup Kim

What is your favorite memory during your time at Detroit Mercy Dental? Those intense pingpong sessions!

Caitlin Knapp Mark Krull Dale Lai

-Yo Sup Kim

Racheal Leclerc Daria Lee Fiona Lee Joann Lee

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Sutasinee Liu Christopher Lo David Maceroni Yamini Mada

Abdullah Mahmud Holly Malinoski Kala Mapes Cole McCloskey

Kyung Cheon Min Reeva Mincer

What advice do you have for underclassmen? Allow hardships to strengthen your morale and make you stronger. -Abdullah Mahmud

What advice do you have for underclassmen? Your time is short in dental school! Make the most of every opportunity! -Reeva Mincer

Hayden Murray Farah Nafie Mark Nagorka Eric Neves

Adrian Niec Matthew Nona Linda Oh

Mohamed Oumeddour Dev Oza Gina Paik Brijita Parekh

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What will you miss most about Detroit Mercy Dental? The opportunity to learn from faculty who have been practicing for many years. - Eric Neves

Seon Gyeong Park Riken Patel Robert Pemberton Andrew Phan

Matthew Rasanow Roseanne Rayyan Ryan Rivamonte Shawn Robinson

Nicholas Ross Jennifer Said Jamie Sanders Amichai Schwarcz

Robert Sefcik Catherine Senecal Sonia Shaban Ali Soha Haydar Shamas

Syed Shah Zachary Smith Zeinab Sobh Anna Song

Ji Young Song Bradley Stanton Michael Steim David Szandzik

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Brianna Szymanski Nina Toma Travis Trapp Sabrina Wadood

What advice do you have for underclassmen?

Ruaa Waely Michael Wang Richard Weiss

Stay goal-oriented and in the moment -Michael Wang


Sophia Elmuradi

Prashanth Konatham Haribabu

Luciano Andrada

Rami Elrefai

Vaishaliben Patel

Hattan Damanhouri

Sukrit Grewal

Marina Siddiqi

Sarah Dhuhair

Chandapreet Jaspal

Hardik Vyas



Beaumont Hospital’s Physician Spotlight features Arthur Hamparian, D.D.S ‘62 and Bob Saracino, D.D.S. ‘62 This issue of Leading Edge explores the integration of dentistry with other aspects of healthcare. Drs. Arthur Hamparian ‘62 and Bob Saracino ‘62 have been part of the medical teams at Beaumont Oakwood Hospital for many years. In October 2017, they were featured in that hospital’s Physician Spotlight - a first for dental practitioners. Congratulations!

What advice do you have for underclassmen? Organization is key! -Maxine Wykle

Jordyn Winship Kristi Wojtowicz Maxine Wykle

Ying Xu Kyubo Yoon Jae Hyuk Yun JiuLin Zhu

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Images sponsored by MDA Insurance and Financial Group Photos by Per Kjeldsen

Jesaka Davitt Phillip Swantek

POST-GRADUATE STUDIES CLASS OF 2018 AEGD Aseel Al-ani Mahzad Koochaki Xiao Liu

ENDODONTICS Sarah Maltese Timothy Thewes My Yang

Jacob Butler David Selis



Loren Chan Cory Coe Richard Frenchi

Karishma Choksi Abdullah Othman

Nisa Goshtasbi Ilana Ickow

Krupa Patel


2018 Alumni Achievement Spirit Award – School of Dentistry recipient is Dr. Mary Sue Stonisch ‘87 Each year, the University honors one alumnus from each of its schools and colleges for an Alumni Achievement Spirit Award. These honorees are leaders in their fields and have made their marks in other ways, too. This year, the School of Dentistry’s award recipient is Dr. Mary Sue Stonisch ‘87. The University hosted a special ceremony and reception on April 27 to recognize all honorees.

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The mouth is a window to overall health. As an oral healthcare provider and leaders in the prevention of disease, we hold a unique responsibility to our patients in that our care extends far beyond the oral cavity. Those in the dental profession are well trained in oral disease and conditions, while those in the medical professions may feel a disconnect in their ability to diagnose symptoms related to the mouth. This type of knowledge trade-off happens among all healthcare providers, inevitably leaving the patient confused, misinformed or uninformed about conditions. While our expertise may vary, as healthcare providers, we all have a common desire to achieve optimum health for every patient. To do this, healthcare has shifted from treating the problem to treating the person. Person-centered health requires multidisciplinary healthcare teams consulting and collaborating with one another to achieve the best results for the patient. As a result, dental professionals must think outside of the mouth.

“... healthcare has shifted from treating the problem to treating the person.” “The recognition and respect of one healthcare discipline with another is one thing. Acceptance and implementation is quite another thing. Trends in the healthcare delivery systems make it urgent that oral health professionals integrate with other disciplines. The next generation of dental providers will be more prepared as a future liaison when dentistry becomes even more closely linked with medicine. The outcome for better coordination of healthcare delivery will produce increased patient satisfaction and compliance.” – Claudine Sordyl, R.N., M.S.

Sanjay Chand, M.D. Clinical associate professor, Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences Director, Infection Control and Safety

Melanie Mayberry, D.D.S., M.S.-HCM Clinical associate professor, Director, Division of Practice Essentials and Interprofessional Education

Elizabeth Sammons Rodems, M.S.W., L.M.S.W. Clinical assistant professor, Division of Practice Essentials and Interprofessional Education

Claudine Sordyl, R.N., M.S. Associate professor, Division of Clinical Dentistry D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U

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Care is not routine for each patient; each time someone sits in our chair, there is much to consider. Not only is oral health impacted by systemic disease, but it also impacts systemic disease. From Crohn’s disease to high blood pressure, we must modify our approach, learn about the patient and be adaptable. Conversely, manipulation of oral tissue by the oral healthcare provider may have systemic effects on the rest of the body. “One good example of this is the use of local anesthesia with epinephrine. Patients who may suffer from cardiac conditions such as arrhythmia should be approached with caution by the dentist. Patients benefit from this person-centered approach and become part of this shared care. Over the years, interprofessional education has brought together healthcare professionals in a highly collaborative way. The dentist is increasingly aware of the patient’s medical conditions and does not hesitate to interact with other healthcare professionals for better patient outcome.” – Sanjay Chand, M.D. In addition to physical, systemic conditions, we must also have the knowledge and intuition to understand mental health. Whether this may be anxiety related to dental care, a depressed patient and the pharmacology relative to providing dental care, or cues that a patient may be in a dangerous situation. “As a clinical social worker, I am trained to view every patient’s situation in a broad context, which includes consideration of psychosocial barriers to participation in care. If a patient cancels an appointment, could it be because he is anxious about dental treatment, or cannot arrange transportation or childcare? If someone presents to our clinic after years without regular preventive dental care, could it be because she could never afford it before, or has avoided it due to traumatic experiences in childhood? My agenda is not to make our dental students into social work students, but rather to give them tools from my discipline that help mitigate any barriers to care.” – Elizabeth Sammons Rodems, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE (BEYOND 4 QUADRANTS) > QUESTION 1 Research shows that more than ___ percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems. A. 90

B. 45

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“I have noticed the appreciation for the student clinician to ask critical questions, to follow up patient responses with appropriate critical questions and to appreciate other considerations that may impact receipt of care or care outcomes, such as psychosocial factors, social determinants of health, barriers to compliance and care. Consideration of the latter means that we must go beyond our four walls and get other healthcare professions involved in care management, such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and behavioral health professionals. This allows the student to gain a better appreciation of how health, family, social and circumstantial history can impact receipt of care and care compliance.” – Melanie E. Mayberry, D.D.S., M.S.-HCM

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“...it is no longer enough for health workers to be professional. In the current global climate, health workers also need to be interprofessional” While this all sounds ideal, the real question is how to prepare future providers for this type of collaborative, person-centered treatment. For this to happen, providers from different disciplines must learn from, with, and about one another. It is intuitive to suggest that the earlier multi-disciplinary education is introduced into the curriculum, the more significant outcomes will be in ensuring quality and safety, and that has been the mantra over the past decade (Gupta et al., 2017, p. 4). This has been largely supported by professional healthcare organizations that have worked to integrate the interprofessional education and care movement; the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, which started with six healthcare professional institutional organizations in 2009, has grown to include nine additional institutional members. The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) were three of the founding members of this initiative. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) also promotes interprofessional education 32 |


and collaborative practice; the Institutes of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) proposes and promotes integrating oral health into primary care to expand access to care and promote better overall health; and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the important role of interprofessional education in developing a collaborative practice ready work force and states “it is no longer enough for health workers to be professional. In the current global climate, health workers also need to be interprofessional” (WHO, 2010 p.36). “In addition to the ongoing discussion of changing reimbursement models from procedures rendered

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to value-based care and outcomes, the above mentioned represents very strong drivers of healthcare systems’ change, including how we train and educate tomorrow’s healthcare professionals.” – Melanie E. Mayberry, D.D.S., M.S.-HCM Among the many benefits of healthcare teams, it is noteworthy to mention that the learning is transactional, in which each provider experiences growth and can take the new knowledge and apply it to future, similar patient situations. Because each provider can provide invaluable collateral information, each provider obtains important details and each interaction is an opportunity to broaden perspective regarding patient care and better understand one another’s role.

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C. Chronic Kidney Disease

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In addition, the U.S. continues to have an older and more diverse population encountering an increased amount of chronic illness. As a result, the focus of the general dentist is shifting, requiring the provider to be part of a collaborative healthcare team, managing the patient continuously. Complex medical issues are often best addressed with interprofessional health teams and training future healthcare providers to consult one another can result in improved outcomes for patients (Andrews, 2017, p. 186). “In my work with dental students, I have observed increased confidence with clinical skills in obtaining vital signs, especially correct BP measurement; using healthcare monitors like glucometers more appropriately; operating/ assisting in exodontia procedures, communicating postoperative instruction effectively, and increased meaningful Q&As regarding patient health history taking skills. My advice to them is always, ‘When in doubt, consult!’ The acquisition and acknowledgment of another healthcare professional’s perspective (s) outside their discipline, eventually results in personal and professional growth.” – Claudine Sordyl, R.N., M.S.



“My goal is to give students as many tools as possible to be successful in their work. Sometimes this is as simple as coaching students on new strategies for building rapport with an anxious patient or addressing more complex topics, such as how to break bad news that a treatment plan may be different from what the patient hoped. My proudest teaching moments have been when students who are skeptical of the value that my courses provide later approach me and say something like, ‘Well, I thought what you said in class about how to break bad news to a patient was a waste of time, but then I tried it and it actually was helpful!’ ”– Elizabeth Sammons Rodems, M.S.W., L.M.S.W. “Healthcare teams will be able to reduce medical errors and improve the healthcare system through interprofessionalism.



> QUESTION 3 ______ people with depression report having oral health problems.

> QUESTION 4 A woman’s periodontal health may be impacted by which factors:

A. 3 of 5 B. 2 of 3

A. Puberty B. Menstruation C. Pregnancy

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With the healthcare delivery system gearing toward a more person-centered approach, interprofessional care will help future clinicians lead health care into the future, fostering better results for patient understanding, compliance and treatment (Andrews, 2017, p. 191).


D. Menopause E. Post-Menopause Answer on page 37

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“Healthcare teams will be able to reduce medical errors and improve the healthcare system through interprofessionalism”

Successful collaborative teamwork will outline action items for policymakers in health care, ultimately bringing better healthcare outcomes for the dental patient.” – Sanjay Chand, M.D. With a more person-centered, collaborative approach to treatment, we can expect a more informed, healthier patient. We must be active participants in the process and embrace the future of dental care because change is happening. Seek to be aware. Seek to be current. Interprofessional care will be expected; it will be the standard.

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE (BEYOND 4 QUADRANTS) > QUESTION 5 Screening for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol in the dental office could save the healthcare system up to ________ each year. A. $35.3 million

C. $71.4 million

B. $1.2 billion

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References: Andrews E. The future of interprofessional education and practice for dentists and dental education. J Dent Educ 2017, 81 (8): NUMBERS Gupta B, Nanda A, Jain V, Verma M. Interpforessional education: a reform plan for collaborative. Contemp Clin Dent 2017; 8 (1): 3-6 World Health Organization (WHO). 2010. Framework for action on interprofessional education & collaborative practice. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U

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Claudine Sordyl, R.N., M.S. The change in scope of dental practice is imminent. Current discussions encourage dental arenas to take the lead with some of the screening functions performed currently by primary care providers. This may be one portal step into the future. Dental providers need to consider and discuss those thoughts today. Otherwise, yesterday’s ways of thinking and strategizing may be archived prematurely, as in many things evolving with change.

Melanie E. Mayberry, D.D.S., M.S.-HCM Ask colleagues from other health professions to provide health education sessions to you and your staff. Maybe one lunch period the topic could be diabetes and oral health or the most commonly prescribed medications that impact oral health, or pregnancy and oral health. Simple initiatives such as these open doors to meaningful conversation, potential collaboration and better care for our patients.


Elizabeth Sammons Rodems, M.S.W., L.M.S.W. Consult professionals in allied health fields, including social work, psychology, medicine, etc., when they are looking for information about how to address a challenging issue. We may be able to offer consultation or literature from our own fields that is helpful.

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Sanjay Chand, M.D. The goal is to improve quality of care. Emphasis is laid on teamwork, understanding other professions’ roles and responsibilities, respectful communication, and improved clinical experiences. It re-establishes a link between oral and systemic health and helps the nondental healthcare provider understand oral health and its importance.

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Among a variety of interprofessional educational opportunities at the School of Dentistry, we are excited to have piloted more comprehensive programming in January and February 2018. In collaboration with Wayne State University’s School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, School of Medicine, and School of Social Work, our dental students will work alongside students from other health professions to assess and treat patients, making adult home visits. As students of different disciplines study together and learn with each other, the interactions will allow them to gain better understand one another’s roles and practice. Full programming will begin in January 2019 for third-year dental students.

Question 1- Answer: A Source: www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/dentists-detect.html

Question 4 - Answer: A, B, C, D, and E source www.oralhealth.deltadental.com/22,DD106

Question 2 - Answer: A, B, and C source www.oralhealth.deltadental.com/22,DD106

Question 5 - Answer: D source: www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2017-archive/november/new-guideline-on-hypertension-lowers-threshold?nav=news

Question 3 - Answer: B source: www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/media-releases/articles/link-found-betweenpoor-dental-health-and-depression

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Pipeline programs: Good for Detroit Mercy Dental. Good for the profession. Pipeline programs are an outreach strategy to target underrepresented minorities, low-income and first-generation college goers, to help them to gain knowledge, skills and abilities that encompass what it means to be professional school- and career-ready. They focus on academic learning, technical skills, and interpersonal interactions. While pipeline programs target specific populations, they create opportunities for all students to learn from one another. These programs diversify the fabric of our institution and ultimately, the oral health professions. Detroit Mercy Dental’s main objective through all our pipeline programs is to increase the numbers of first-generation, low income or underrepresented minority students pursuing dentistry. We do this by exposing these populations to various aspects of the profession at different stages in their education. Our dental students begin the pipeline with children as young as five by introducing them to oral hygiene instruction and presentations about careers in dentistry. Programming is offered all the way through undergraduate level, by progressively providing more detail about oral healthcare professions and the dental school experience.

Pipeline programs target children as young as five-years-old through undergraduate level


MAIL: Make check payable to “University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry”; include in memo “Office of Diversity and Inclusion”

ONLINE: Visit our secure giving site at community.udmercy.edu/donate/dental; under Specific Designation/Comments, include “Office of Diversity and Inclusion” If you would like to be donate to or volunteer for any our pipeline programs, please contact: Melvin Lunkins, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator 313-494-6653 lunkinms@udmercy.edu 38 |


“These programs diversify the fabric of our institution and ultimately, the oral health professions.” The hope of this comprehensive program is to have them enroll in Detroit Mercy Dental. A more diverse student body enables all to become more aware, culturally-sensitive, empathetic, patient-centered providers. Unfortunately, there remains a very significant gap between underrepresented minority (URM) enrollments and overall student enrollment in dental schools across the country (Figure 1). In 2015, the American Dental Education Association reported (ADEA) total number of students enrolled in dental school who identified as Black/African American was 304, Latino/Hispanic was 542 and American Indian students was 12, three of whom were enrolled in Detroit Mercy Dental. Many studies have shown that an increase in minority providers means underserved populations are more likely to have better access to care. This is because patients feel more comfortable and respected if a provider feels familiar to them, is more culturally sensitive, and bases views and policy upon the diversity of patients (Tucker et al., 2011, p. 1). The highest percentage of healthcare provider shortages areas across the United States exist in both rural and urban communities.

URM (Under Represented Minorities)

Enrollees by URM and Non-URM Status in U.S. Dental Schools 4,800 4,400 4,000









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Note: URM includes Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Source: American Dental Education Association, U.S. Dental School Applicants and Enrollees, 2015 Entering Class

In 2014, an ADEA survey of dental school seniors showed that students identifying as American Indian reported the highest percentage (26.7%) of plans to practice in a rural community while African-American/Black students reported the highest percentage (22.6%) of plans to practice in the inner city. Lastly, all three groups (African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino and Native American) reported the highest percentages of plans to practice in an urban fringe community.

By enabling more URM students to pursue careers in oral health and increasing their number in the profession, ultimately, we strive to decrease the number of areas with healthcare shortages and improve health outcomes. For more details and full list of Detroit Mercy Dental pipeline programs, please visit our website: dental.udmercy.edu/community



Alumni kids are eligible for scholarships!

References American Dental Education Association, U.S. Dental School Applicants and Enrollees, 2015 Entering Class American Dental Education Association, Survey of Dental School Seniors, 2014 Graduating Class Tucker CM, Marsiske M, Rice KG, Jones JD, Herman JC. Patient-centered culturally sensitive health care: model testing and refinement. Health Psychol. 2011 May; 30(3): 342–350. doi:10.1037/a0022967.

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

DESIGN 1 Under Represented Minority in Dentistry *as defined by the American Dental Education Association Individuals belonging to one or more of the following categories: African American, American Indian/Native American/Alaska Native, Latino/Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, and/or belonging to certain Asian subpopulations (other than Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Asian Indian, or Thai).

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Faculty and Staff News Detroit Mercy Dental representation for various ADEA Sections We are happy to announce the following administrator and faculty were elected to represent the respective ADEA Sections for a three-year commitment: Juliette Daniels, assistant dean for Student Services & Enrollment Management - Secretary for the ADEA Section on Student Affairs & Financial Aid Susan Parauzas, D.D.S. ‘89, M.H.S.A., M.S. ‘98, director, Graduate Endodontics Program, clinical associate professor, Division of Graduate Education - Secretary for the ADEA Section on Endodontics Erin Relich, R.D.H., Clinical Coordinator, assistant professor, Division of Dental Hygiene -Secretary for the Section on Dental Hygiene Education Naama H. Sleiman M.S., Ph.D., assistant professor, Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences - Secretary of the ADEA Section on Integrated Clinical and Applied Biomedical Sciences. Christine Smoczer, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences - Secretary for the ADEA Section on Biochemistry, Nutrition, and Microbiology Carolynn Zeitz, R.D.H. ‘04, R.D.A. ’04, M.A. ’12, clinical associate professor Division of Clinical Dentistry – Chair-elect for the ADEA Section on Pediatric Dentistry

Ms. Lola Banks selected as New Leaders Council’s 2018 Detroit Fellow Congratulations to Ms. Lola Banks, director of Diversity and Inclusion, who was named a 2018 Fellow at the New Leader’s Council (NLC) Institute, Detroit chapter. The NLC Institute was founded to build the progressive bench of next generation leaders and is the leading leadership development program for progressive young professionals across the country. The incoming national cohort of 950 Fellows was carefully chosen from nearly 3,400 applicants; the Detroit chapter selected 20 Fellows. NLC’s Capstone Project challenges fellows to identify a project that captures their passion, fills a need in the community, and leverages the skills NLC provides through the Fellowship to develop a plan that addresses the need. Lola is hoping to bring activism into the community and workplace to create progressive change.

Dr. Aksu receives Diplomate pin from the American Board of Dental Public Health On Monday, April 16 at the National Oral Health Conference in Louisville, Dean Mert N. Aksu, D.D.S., J.D., M.H.S.A. received his Diplomate’s pin in honor of becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. Dr. Aksu is with Dr. Sena Narendran, associate professor, Department of Community Dentistry at Case Western Reserve where he completed a 2-year advanced program for a certificate in Dental Public Health in 2015, and Dr. Judith Jones, Immediate Past President of the American Board of Dental Public Health and associate dean of Academic Administration at Detroit Mercy Dental. Dental Public Health is one of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. We congratulate Dr. Asku on this significant recognition.

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Dr. Ibrahim Zakhary approved as examiner at Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Dr. Ibrahim Zakhary, associate professor, was recently approved to be an examiner in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is the oldest and largest of the UK surgical Royal Colleges; it is one of the largest of all the UK medical Royal Colleges and is a modern, thriving, global network of medical professionals. We are proud to work with someone who has received this distinct recognition!

Dr. Hsu receives Osteology Foundation Education Grant We proudly congratulate Dr. Yung-Ting (Lizzy) Hsu, clinical assistant professor, who received financial support via the Osteology Foundation Education Grant to attend the Osteology Research Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden in May. The academy titled “Interface Biology and Ultrastructure,” will include presentations, laboratory workshops, research discussions and opportunities to learn from experts in biomaterials and oral tissue regeneration. The Osteology Foundation provides continuing education for young clinicians and researchers to enhance the quality of research and provides a unique scientific network. Grants are offered annually to support postgraduate education in the field of oral tissue regeneration.

Ms. Joan Marshall named as School of Dentistry’s ACE Award recipient Congratulations to the most recent recipient of the School of Dentistry ACE Award, Ms. Joan Marshall. Joan works for the School of Dentistry as a materials management assistant. She contributes to the team effort of servicing the students and staff and maintains a positive attitude while doing so. Prior to joining Detroit Mercy, Joan had no dental experience, but her strong determination and handy notes paid off. The ACE Award program recognizes School of Dentistry staff members who consistently demonstrate commitment to the University of Detroit Mercy values and standards of service, and is designed to acknowledge the exceptional employee, not merely the employee who consistently meets the expectations of their job responsibilities.

Congratulations and best wishes to all VESIP retirees Since September 2017, you may have heard more frequent news of retirements happening around campus. Resulting from the Voluntary Employee Separation Incentive Plan (VESIP), there are a total of 29 hard-working and dedicated employees that will be retiring, or have retired, from the School of Dentistry; 29 individuals who we will truly miss. Retirement celebrations will continue through 2018. We thank these individuals for their many contributions throughout their career here, advancing our mission, and for being our friends. Congratulations to all VESIP retirees!

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New partnership with Sanctum House; students provide care for survivors of human trafficking Detroit Mercy Dental has partnered with Sanctum House, a two-year in-residence home for adult women survivors of human trafficking. Sanctum House, which opened in Southeast Detroit in January 2018, provides wrap-around services, including medical, mental health education and employment opportunities. Detroit Mercy Dental has fulfilled the missing component, providing dental services and cost-free emergency services. Survivors of human trafficking often have severe and emergent dental needs due to the nature of previous inhumane living conditions; additionally, trafficking is often coupled with substance abuse which negatively effects the oral conditions. In February, the first Sanctum House resident received emergency services due to several severely abscessed teeth at Detroit Mercy Dental Center.


Because of the complex case management for these patients, care coordination is essential. Upon entering Sanctum House, many of the women are receiving medical and dental attention for the first time in years, even decades. Preventive health care is virtually non-existent and health issues may become life-threatening. Therefore, it takes a team of health professionals to address the vast range of physical and psychological needs. Students from Detroit Mercy’s College of Liberal Arts and Education and College of Health Professionals and McCauley School of Nursing are also collaborating with Sanctum House to help address the multifaceted health needs of these women.

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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While treating the residents at Sanctum House, students gain unique opportunities to provide optimal patient-centered care. The critical thinking, patient management and treatment planning skills acquired through these experiences will be carried over into their early careers, applicable to any patient with a history of trauma and/or abuse. If you are interested in learning more about human trafficking, please visit the website for the Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. The upcoming October course will satisfy the human trafficking requirement for oral health care providers. The course will review information that will assist dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants to better understand their responsibilities as licensed professionals and oral health care providers.


Research activities improve the approach to practice and providing care Dentistry is constantly evolving. The way we practice is driven by research activities and evidence collected. Research training gives me a deeper understanding of the biological basis of our clinical practices. It also allows me to apply what I learn, systematically. Research has taught me to ask the right questions. When treating a patient or practicing certain procedures, I often try to assess what feels most appropriate and comfortable to me. Each dentist has their preferred way of practice. As a dental student, I think it is crucial to be brave enough to ask questions and to know where to find the answers. For example, more and more dentists are using bulk-fill composites, but that does not mean this is the best, or only way, of practice. Clinical practice guidelines based on research evidences are the strongest resources for us in clinical decision making. Many times, I hear discussions about certain techniques in dentistry, certain big names or even dental product sales representatives are quoted. Personally, I would prefer to look at published peer-reviewed articles and make my clinical decisions based on that. More than anything, research training has helped me to evolve a mindset to not only question, but find answers.

“As a dental student, I think it is crucial to be brave enough to ask questions and to know where to find the answers.�

In the research program, I enjoyed designing the research project with my mentor, Dr. Michelle Wheater, professor, assistant dean of Research and Scholarly Achievement. From asking questions to finding ways to test our hypothesis, it is exciting to share new knowledge with colleagues and discover something helpful in our everyday practice. One of my research projects included testing biocompatibility of bulk-fill composite materials. Bulk-fill composite has become more and more popular because it only requires a single light cure and it saves considerable amount of chair time. In our research, we identified some bulk-fill materials may potentially release more toxic monomers due to lack of polymerization. Our study demonstrated that light curing multiple layers of composite in deep restorations might be more appropriate. My classmate, DS4, Sutasinee Liu, and I gave two poster presentations in the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) meeting based on our research mentored by Dr. Wheater. Traveling to this meeting was very rewarding; in addition to learning more about dental research, I was able to network with like-minded professionals and make new friends who have similar goals and interests. Being involved in research has shaped how I practice and provide care; research has helped me to be a better clinician. Lei Cao, Dental Class of 2018

Lei Cao is originally from China and earned his Ph.D. in Human Genetics from University of Miami. During his Ph.D. studies, he collaborated with many clinicians during research projects, discovering his passion for direct patient care, which influenced his decision to become a dentist. Upon graduation, his plan is to work at a private and/or corporate office, with the goal to later own his own private practice.

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Giving Stories

Thanks to the charitable giving of Detroit Mercy Dental alumni and friends, we can invest in learning curriculum, facility and equipment, and overall student experiences. Because of you, we educate practiceready graduates and cultivate leaders in the oral health profession. We appreciate your continued generous support.

Ana Janic D.D.S. ‘08, M.S. ‘11 Giving to Detroit Mercy Dental is a priority to me because life happens. I want to make sure that students who experience sudden difficulty, whether it be an accident, illness, or possibly have transportation issues, can rely on their alma mater for a helping hand. Many are not aware of the Emergency Fund started by the School of Dentistry’s alumni. This fund assures that students who may be forced to deal with unforeseen circumstances will be provided with the support to continue to succeed in their dental education. As alumni, we are here for them and they can count or our humanity and compassion. I am looking forward to seeing many alumni members giving to this fund for those students in most urgent need.

James R. Orcutt D.D.S. ‘70 & Dianne Sawicki Orcutt R.D.H. ‘69 Dianne and I met at the University of Detroit School of Dentistry in 1967. Our alma mater gave us a start to a great and fun-filled, lifelong profession. It also helped teach us that good days give us happiness, bad days give us experience, worst days give us lessons, and best days give us memories. Fortunately, we saw life beyond the mouth mirror, and having practiced 44 years in a college town learned everyone smiles in the same language. Thanks to dentistry, we now have the things we had always hoped for: good humor, dedication, hard work, continual learning, caring, and sharing with others. Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” The Dalai Lama once said, “The mind is like a parachute. It works best when it is open.” We believe the same can be said of the pocketbook. Since getting older is a privilege denied to many, let us all aspire to inspire before we expire by giving to our wonderful alma mater, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.


Dr. Nicholas Golba ‘16 opens practice in Upper Peninsula Congratulations to Nicholas T. Golba, D.D.S ‘16 who in February became an owner of the Upper Peninsula’s first Aspen Dental in Marquette, Mich. This is especially poignant given the issues in access to care in this region of the state.

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Advice to a new, eager provider: be humble As president of the Alumni Board, I am privileged to speak with many graduates. I am often asked for advice as they enter their career. This is always a difficult question; difficult, in that, so much advice can be given at this important inflection point that is unrelated to their schooling. Amongst all the insight I could offer, I always come back to the most pervasive, resonant, and important theme: be humble.

Dr. Alyssa Cairo ‘00

I remember distinctly as a fresh associate agreeing to extract #13 from a middle-aged woman, not realizing, in my eagerness, that the root was severely dilacerated. After an hour of arrogantly chipping away at the fractured root, I finally approached my employer to ask for help. Within 20 seconds, the senior doctor removed the fragment as I sat utterly astonished. I was humbled.

Amongst all the insight I could offer, I always come back to the most pervasive, resonant, and important theme: be humble. Many years later, I had the honor of being the senior dentist and assisting my associate when she encountered the exact situation. I knew she was crushed to see me do what she could not, but the ensuing discussion passed to her the same knowledge and experience I needed years earlier. Another time, I referred a young lady to the local oral surgeon to have her third molars removed. She subsequently experienced a dry socket and failed to make her Friday appointment with the oral surgeon to change her packing. The patient called me in tears on Saturday explaining she missed the appointment, was now in pain, and the oral surgeon refused to see her until Monday. Quite frankly, I was annoyed at everyone: the

patient for putting herself in this position, as well as the oral surgeon who refused to come into the office on a Saturday. As her general dentist, I grudgingly agreed to come in the office to help her. Upon arrival, the patient revealed she missed the appointment because she was attending her mother’s funeral, who was also a patient of mine. Stunned, I helped the patient and reflected on what happened. I was humbled. I made assumptions based on incomplete information. It was a profound experience in empathy. It is easy to become overly prideful as we progress through our career. Whether it be at an amazing restoration that we created, or perhaps a full smile makeover that changed a patient’s life, we surely make an impact on others. Similarly, this profession can also bring us back to reality, especially when it comes to a failed procedure, ruined restoration or fractured veneer at an inopportune time. However, if you can find humility and look at situations with empathy you may see that there is much to learn beyond schooling or preconceived notions. If you can turn this into a habit, it will make you not into just a better person, but a great dentist as well. So, I encourage you to find humility and ask for help. And listen. Find mentors to guide you through your career and be a mentor to young students or graduates as time passes. Take continuing education courses the School offers. And finally, be thankful to those moments, those professors, those amazing mentors and patients from whom you can keep learning as you grow in this career that has taught the alumni among us so much. I wish all the new graduates the best and offer my congratulations on your entrance into a lifetime of learning!

Alyssa Cairo D.D.S ‘00 President, Alumni Board of Directors D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U

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Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education

2018 Course Offerings At-A-Glance

Kimberly Raleigh, R.D.H. ‘01, M.H.S.A. ‘06 Director, The Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education and Alumni Relations


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) FRIDAY, JUNE 8

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)

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Hypertension, Heart Disease and the Dental Patient

Pediatric Facial Growth: Should Medicine and Dentistry be in Conversation?

Sanjay Chand, M.D.

Karen O’Rourke, D.D.S. Wyland Gibbs, D.D.S., M.S. Julia Worrall, R.N.

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)

Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 4 CEUs (Lecture)  FRIDAY, JUNE 22

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) SATURDAY, JULY 21

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)


A Hands-On Review of Local Anesthesia Techniques; Helping to Better Manage Your Patient’s Pain Ana Janic, D.D.S., M.S. Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A. 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  Six Topics in 6 Hours

to Incorporate Into Your Implant Practice Timothy Kosinski, D.D.S.

Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-on/Participation)


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)

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.Sc.

The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 4 CEUs (Lecture)


A Hands-On Approach to Bone Grafting for Dental Implants Bassam M. Kinaia, D.D.S., M.S. Anthony Neely, D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., Ph.D.

Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 14 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-on/Participation)


Perio 101: An Update on What Was Forgotten, What We Need to Know, and Why Linda Dobis, D.D.S. Laura Manning–Lee, R.D.H., M.A.

Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-on/Participation)  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Titan 10 Reunite! Tips and Tricks for Composite Restorations and Solving Post-Op Sensitivity Rafael Rocha Pacheco, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.d.

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

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Pediatric Dentistry: A Comprehensive Update for the Entire Dental Team Carolynn Zeitz, R.D.H., R.D.A., M.A. Salwa Atwan, D.D.S., M.S.

The Henry Hotel, Dearborn 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture) FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19

Outsmarting Combination Syndrome for Predictable Success Timothy R. Saunders, D.D.S.

Livonia Marriott, Livonia 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)

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Human Trafficking; What to Look for as a Dental Practitioner Karen Moore Edee Franklin

DoubleTree Hotel Detroit-Dearborn, Detroit 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Letter of Completion (Lecture)  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

Hypertension, Heart Disease and the Dental Patient Sanjay Chand, M.D.

The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)


Dental Lasers: Basic Competency Hands-On Workshop Annette Skowronski, D.D.S.

Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-on/Participation)  FRIDAY-SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16-17*

Everything You Want to Know About Oral Surgery But Were Afraid to Ask — New Concepts Ron Morris, D.D.S., M.S.

Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 16 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

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

Susan Paurazas, D.D.S., M.H.S.A., M.S.

Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A.

1 CEU (Online)

1 CEU (Online)

60 Minute Review of Local Anesthesia Administration for the Dental Practitioner

OSHA Update for the Dental Office

Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A.

Sanjay Chand, M.D.

1 CEU (Online)

1 CEU (Online)


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

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. Meals included in course tuition . Carefully screened courses and content to . Easy to use transcript tracking and printing meet your education and development needs on our new enhanced website University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Apaproval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 5/1/2015 to 4/30/2019. Provider ID# 214176.

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The current term of acceptance extends from May 2018 through June 2022.

University of Detroit Mercy is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education. The ACDE is the organization of continuing dental education providers associated with dental schools in the United Stated, Canada and Puerto Rico. D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U

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