Leading Edge Fall/Winter 2018

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Fall/Winter 2018

LEA ING EDGE A publication for alumni and friends of University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry

A destination of PREFERENCE

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Detroit, MI


Washington D.C.



FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

Essex County Dental Society Dental Society Alumni Reception Caesars Windsor, Windsor, Ontario 4:30 - 6 p.m.

American Association of Endodontics Annual Meeting Alumni Dinner Montreal, Quebec Location and time, TBD

California Dental Association Presents Anaheim Alumni Reception Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif. 6 – 7:30 p.m.



FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019

Titan Winter Blast* Detrit Mercy McNichols Campus Student Fitness Center, Detroit, Mich. 12 - 2 p.m.

Celebrating Alumni: Rolling Down the River Michigan Dental Association Annual Session Alumni Reception * Infinity Yacht Cruise, Detroit River, Detroit, Mich. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

National Dental Association Annual Meeting Alumni Reception Washington, D.C. Location and time, TBD


Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting Alumni Reception ENO Wine Bar, Hotel InterContinental Chicago Chicago, Ill. 5:30 – 7 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019

Becoming a Better U Alumni Development Day Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus – Student Union, Detroit, Mich. 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


American Association of Orthodontics Annual Session Alumni Reception Los Angeles, Calif. Location and time, TBD


Detroit Mercy Homecoming Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus, Detroit, Mich.

*Cost to attend

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019

Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting Alumni Reception Canyon Creek on Front Street, Toronto, Ontario 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Alumni Events

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To register and for updated event information, visit dental.udmercy.edu/alumni

Use #detroitmercydental when posting to social media or send photos of alumni events you have attended to Kimberly Raleigh at kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu

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Dental education, today

"Dental faculty are no longer the 'sage on the stage' but are becoming the 'guide by the side'" Dr. Mert N. Aksu, Dean

Dear alumni and friends, As this year comes to a close, it gives me time to reflect on our accomplishments this year and during the years since relocating to our Corktown campus. Most of our efforts this year have focused on transforming our curriculum to meet the needs and educational learning styles of the post-millennial generation. The School of Dentistry has a long legacy and reputation of curriculum innovation in dental education that attracts nationally ranked students and applicants who are highly sought after for residency programs and employment. Today, our students are digital natives. They expect a learning environment centered around technology and structured so relevance is readily apparent. We must be responsive to the fact that learning styles of the postmillennial generation are quite different from those of 2030 years ago. From the day students begin at the School of Dentistry, they expect their learning experience be consistent with these expectations for quick assimilation and correlation to relevant problems with their patients. These learning style changes must also respond to our profession becoming more complex. Many of our patients present with complicated dental disease conditions multiple medications, social-psychological conditions, and a high expectation for clinical outcomes. Patients expect dental professionals to provide an integrated assessment of their conditions and to coordinate care with other physicians, social workers and mental health providers who may also participate in the patient’s care.

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A few decades ago, most classes in dental education were divided and siloed based on various disciplines in basic science foundation courses, and specific disciplines of dental specialties. Students were expected to master and integrate this knowledge and demonstrate competence based on clinical experiences. Schools struggled with sequencing of material, elimination of unnecessary redundancy and the possibility that there would be contradictory information woven throughout the curriculum. Now, many new schools are adopting highly integrated, interactive and competency-based curriculums as the desired structure for dental education. Dental faculty are no longer the “sage on the stage” but are becoming the “guide by the side” - learning is much more interactive, and feedback is being provided in an ongoing, nonthreatening manner. Classroom time is less about delivering content, as students can access content through web-based narrated lectures. Classroom time is now available for interactive learning experiences and case-based discussions. Accomplishing this outcome requires a deliberate and well-planned curriculum delivered in a way that optimizes student learning of complicated, multidisciplined and interconnected information. In response to these demands, this edition of the Leading Edge hopes to give you some insight into the comprehensive integration of our pre-doctoral dental curriculum. From the moment the students enter the door until they walk across the stage at graduation, this curriculum is deliberately and carefully sequenced, integrated and delivered in a way that optimizes learning and builds upon the preferred learning styles of our students.

The bold decision to comprehensively restructure our curriculum required the courage of many here at the School of Dentistry. I appreciate the efforts of all those who helped make this transition and I also appreciate the support of alumni and friends. This transformation has demonstrated once again that the School of Dentistry is able to lead. We are proud of our alumni and we remain committed to creating a future generation of alumni who are just as well prepared as our reputation requires.

Thank you for your support and continued friendship. Best wishes for the holidays and new year,

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

Doctor of Dental Surgery 4 Year Curriculum



Intergrated Biomedical Sciences

Clinical Essentials & Simulation


Evidence-based Dentistry Practice Essentials . Interprofessional Collaborative Experiences


Intergrated Biomedical Sciences

Clinical Essentials & Simulation Evidence-based Dentistry


Practice Essentials . Interprofessional Collaborative Experiences

Specialty Clinic Patient Care Person-centered Comprehensive Clinical Care Group Practice Model Formative Assesments Evidence-based Dentistry

Specialty Clinic Patient Care


Practice Essentials . Interprofessional Collaborative Experiences

Service Learning Rotations


Person-centered Comprehensive Clinical Care Group Practice Model Competency Assesments Evidence-based Dentistry Practice Essentials . Interprofessional Collaborative Experiences

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A publication for alumni and friends of University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry


8 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


Upcoming Alumni Events..................................................................3 Dean’s Message................................................................................4 University News.................................................................................7 Alumni Reflection..............................................................................8 Student News..................................................................................10 Student Essay..................................................................................14 Diversity & Inclusion........................................................................15 Outreach.........................................................................................16

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

Recent Events..................................................................................28

Thomas W. Sklut, M.A. Director of Development skluttw@udmercy.edu

Alumni Board...................................................................................35

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

FEATURE ARTICLE: A Destination of Preference .......................................................18 Faculty & Staff.................................................................................30 Donor Honor Roll............................................................................32 Continuing Education.....................................................................36

Find More Online! See this Fall/Winter 2018 issue and more on our website at

dental.udmercy.edu/alumni/leading-edge Š2018 School of Dentistry

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President Antoine M. Garibaldi welcomes the fall 2018 freshman class

Dichotomy is a student-published journal focused on issues in Detroit and the surrounding area

Undergraduate enrollment increases for the fourth consecutive year

Architecture journal wins national award

For the fourth consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy announces positive preliminary fall enrollment numbers for new students. Full-time undergraduate enrollment is 6.7 percent higher than last year on this date. The freshman enrollment for the fall 2018 class stands at 587 students, compared with 550 new freshmen last year. In addition, the new freshman class is the largest class since 2009. This increase is attributable to a number of factors. For example, more students are taking advantage of the Catholic Education Grant available to students enrolled in Catholic schools. For the 18th consecutive year, Detroit Mercy is also listed in the top tier of Midwest Best Regional Universities in the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges.” The University ranked No. 25 for Midwest Best Regional Universities and is one of two universities in Michigan to be listed in the top 25. In addition to the University’s No. 25 ranking, Detroit Mercy earned a No. 17 rank for Best Colleges for Veterans in the Midwest Region and was ranked No. 35 nationally for Best Value Schools. Detroit Mercy also had a strong retention rate. In 2017, first-to second-year retention was 86.8 percent; and over the past four years, the retention rate has averaged 84 percent. In the last year, Detroit Mercy has strengthened strategic marketing efforts to attract even more talented students to the University. In November 2017, the University launched a new initiative called Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset, which lowered the published tuition price from $41,000 to $28,000. Detroit Mercy also continues to provide generous scholarship and financial aid packages to students, which further increases the value of a Detroit Mercy education.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture’s student journal Dichotomy won the 2018 Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals from the American Institute of Architects/Center for Architecture this past summer. The journal received an award of $2,000, which will help support publication costs in 2019. Dichotomy is a student-published journal that focuses on social justice and critical thought concerning intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development issues occurring in and outside of Detroit. Will Wittig, dean of the School of Architecture, said the award speaks volumes about the dedication students have toward their discipline and the Detroit community. Noah Resnick, associate professor of Architecture and director of Detroit Mercy’s Master of Architecture program, serves as a co-faculty advisor for Dichotomy. Tadd Heidgerken, who is an assistant professor of Architecture and coordinator of the second year foundational design studio, also advises the journal. “This award recognizes not only the outstanding work of the student editors and staff of Issue #23: Hungry, but also the previous 40 years of our superb student journal of architecture and design,” Resnick said.

Did You Know?


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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In her own words: "I felt ready to practice" At Detroit Mercy Dental, we pride ourselves in producing practice-ready graduates. It is a recurring talking point woven into conversations with prospective students and alumni, but they want to know just how prepared, how confident, outgoing students are; how ready are they for the real-world. Who better to answer these questions than one of our practice-ready graduates. We asked alumna Jordan Hubbard, D.D.S. ’17, about her preparedness as she left the comfort of our four walls and what her education meant to her early career. In her own words, here is what she has to say:

“Detroit Mercy Dental gave me

an amazing foundation to really build upon and grow my skills.” My name is Jordan Hubbard. I graduated in 2017 and immediately found a job in North Carolina, the place I call “home.” During spring break of my fourth year, I had seven interviews across North Carolina and ultimately decided on a practice in Shelby. Shelby is a small, sweet, southern town in the western part of the state, halfway between Asheville and Charlotte. Some would say that our town is in the middle of nowhere. Shelby is one of those places where everyone says “y’all,” and if you talk too fast, they’ll ask you to slow down! Moving south has been such a great change of pace and practicing in a rural community has been so beneficial for me, as a clinician. I am in a practice with three other doctors and have been afforded great mentorship that has really helped me to tackle tough cases and grow in my abilities. Because of the amazing mentorship I have from the other doctors at my office, my first few months of practice were a whirlwind. Not only that, but because we live in a rural community, the need for care is great and availability of specialists is slim. In a short time, I have learned to do many more advanced procedures like implant placement, orthodontics, gingival grafting, complex prosthodontic work, and I was even credentialed by the hospital to take my complex pediatric cases in for general anesthesia. It has been my own little “residency.” This, of course, would have never happened without the advanced training I received at Detroit Mercy. At school, I had access to a variety of specialists and faculty members would share cases they had worked on. When it was time to graduate, I felt ready to practice. And when I started my career, I felt confident learning and handling very specialized procedures.

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Shown here during her third-year in dental school, Hubbard was eager and excited about her future career.

Because of my practice location and the great presence we have in our community, I was lucky to walk into a very full and fast-paced schedule. The offsite rotations I did during fourth-year helped me assess my speed and I was thankful for the opportunity to pace myself in a “real world” setting; I was especially thankful for this when it came to my first few weeks of work. When I started at my practice in Shelby, I worked at this pace, then added more patients and ramped up my production as I felt comfortable. I really do believe my ability to work at a faster speed during offsite rotations helped make my transition to the speed of private practice much more manageable. My confidence has soared since my first patient in clinic.

Thumbs up for successfully placing their first implant. Hubbard and an assistant celebrate the achievement at the Engel Institute.

Hubbard and staff provide oral hygiene instruction and information about careers in dentistry to high school students during a career fair.

During my final year, as I was attempting my first post and core, I got some great advice from a trusted faculty member. I was so nervous for this case and he could sense that. He looked at me, told me to breathe and to trust myself. He reminded me that everything I had done up until that point had prepared me for this procedure. Those words really stuck with me and when I get in those situations today, I remember the work I have put in and those who have helped shape me into the dentist I have become; I know that I have the knowledge and skillset to back me up during any procedure I tackle. At the Engel Institute in Charlotte, NC, Hubbard and an assistant learn

better techniques for bone grafting and tissue grafting. While I have been so thankful for my opportunities here at my associateship, in the future, I envision my career path a bit What is so great about this career is that whatever you may be differently. It was during my first year in practice that I was able looking for, it’s out there. There are many ways to practice and to see what I love and what I don’t. different options are right for different people.

I have realized I can work at a fast pace, but I don’t really want to. My goal is to work in a boutique-style practice. I enjoy sitting down and getting to know my patients. I also love to really educate them and explain to them their radiographs, intra-oral photos and what I’m seeing so they can better understand a diagnosis. When patients understand what they are looking at and what their options really are, it helps them to get on board with the procedures that are recommended, and that is when dentistry becomes fun!

If I could give some advice to new graduates, or those who are about to graduate, it would be to find a great mentor and take as much Continuing Education as you can. It truly does make all the difference and investing in yourself is key to becoming the dentist you have always dreamed of being. I have a long way to go to become the dentist I’ve always desired to be, but thanks to Detroit Mercy Dental, my mentors and my first job, I know I am well on my way. D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U



Detroit Mercy Dental welcomes new classes Excitement and energy filled the school as the Dental Hygiene Class of 2020 and Dental Class of 2022 officially joined us. During their first days, new students acquainted themselves with the Corktown Campus, were introduced to the variety of student groups to join and engaged in social activities. On Sunday, Aug. 12, the Dental Hygiene Class of 2020 and Dental Class of 2022 participated in the White Coat Ceremony held at the Fitness Center on the McNichols campus. This year, Michael Silveus D.D.S., M.S., senior consultant for Academy of Academic Leadership, delivered the keynote speech. Students entered the dental profession by receiving their white coats and reciting the professional oath which was led by Michael Vilag D.D.S. '13, president of the School of Dentistry Alumni Board. It was a wonderful celebration for incoming students and their families as they recognized this accomplishment. Dental hygiene Class of 2020

Dental Class of 2022 Profile CLASS SIZE:






Female Students

Male Students


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“ The new classes

are off to an impressive start. Students are eager, focused and committed to their education.

– Juliette Daniels, assistant dean of Student Services and Enrollment For more White Coat Ceremony photos, visit facebook.com/detroitmercydental

Dental Class of 2022


STATISTICS: 93 Caucasian




African American



Under 10 Represented Minority








African American


Under Represented Minority



Age Range

Average Age



Average Incoming Total G.P.A.

Average Incoming Science G.P.A.

20 Average Overall DAT

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Alumni & Donor Scholarships 2018-19 Academic Year Thanks to alumni and friends of Detroit Mercy Dental, $56,350 in scholarships was awarded to current students. Of 53 applicants, 37 students received scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year, averaging $1,610 per award. The types of scholarships students may apply for vary. Many times, donors choose to specify the criteria based on a variety of factors including GPA, leadership activities, financial need, family responsibilities and mentoring experience. ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP

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


Steven Baltjes................... DS4......................... $2,000 Adrienne Wong ................. DS4......................... $2,000 CHARLES DEFEVER SCHOLARSHIP Steven Quell ..................... DS3......................... $1,750 COOPER DENTAL SCHOLARSHIP Temitayo Akinyemi............. DS2......................... $1,100

Michaela Wiseman............ DS2......................... $1,750 NATIONAL ARAB AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP Nesreen Aouthmany........... DH4......................... $1,250 STRICKER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Jonathan Zora................... DS4......................... $2,000

COTMAN EXPENDABLE SCHOLARSHIP Randall DeYoung............... DS2......................... $1,000 Lucas Mathes................... DS2..........................$1,000 DEAN’S CIRCLE SCHOLARSHIP

ELIAS FLOYD DELTA SIGMA DELTA SCHOLARSHIP Alexis Georgoff ................. DS3......................... $1,500 DELTA DENTAL FUND - $1,000 (per year for 4 years)

Shelby Harris .................... DS1......................... 2,000 Lizette Ramirez ................. DS2......................... $2,000 Jonathan Toma.................. DH1......................... $2,000 Jordan Spavor.................... DH2......................... $2,000 Dylan Salem...................... DS2......................... $2,000 Timothy Schafer................. DS3........................ $2,000 Clara Poparad-Stezar.......... DS3......................... $2,000 Lena Akkad....................... DS3......................... $2,000 Samer Jassar.................... DS3......................... $2,000 Kevin Su .......................... DS4......................... $2,000 $

HOBAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Jordyn Dunlap................... DH2......................... $1,000 Sarah Weingartz................ DH2......................... $1,000 Cody Hawkes.................... DS3......................... $1,000 Herschel Ungar.................. DS3......................... $1,000 KINRA FAMILY ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP Adam Hadsell.................... DS3................... $1,000 12 |

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Maria Athnasios................ DS1......................... $1,000 Maxemilian Nascimento..... DS1......................... $1,000 Randall DeYoung............... DS2......................... $1,000 Lauren Rasmussen........... DS2......................... $1,000 Anela Avdic....................... DS3......................... $1,000 Tanner Trombley................. DS3......................... $1,000 Shon Johnson................... DS4......................... $1,000 Mitchell Sable................... DS4......................... $1,000 DEMLER H. EICHLER SCHOLARSHIP FUND Ashleigh O’Brien............... DS1......................... $1,000 Nam Vo............................ DS1......................... $1,000 Grace Dahl....................... DS1......................... $1,000 Kyle Radomski,................. DS1......................... $1,000 Timothy Matthews............. DS2......................... $1,000 Corrine Walny.................... DS3......................... $1,000 Roxanne Ford.................... DS3......................... $1,000 Farinaz Sepahifar............... DS3......................... $1,000

Dental Class of 2022 - Legacy Connections Adam Al-Kassem

Cousin – Ahmad Kanaan, D.D.S. ’96

Matthew Bryson

Brother – Steven Bryson, D.D.S. ’16

Mariam Hanna

Uncle – Saad Murad, D.D.S. ’93

Sydney Kerre

Uncle – Richard Kerre, D.D.S. ’76

Chase Leske

Brother – Austin Leske, D.D.S. ’17

Hussein Nasser

Cousin – Farah Nasser, D.D.S. ’17

Colleen O’Brien

Father – Sean O’Brien, D.D.S. ’83

Mariam Sobh

Father – Ali Sobh, D.D.S. ’96

Joseph Spyrka

Grandfather – Edward L. Spyrka, D.D.S. ’61

Cousin – Lana Kanaan, D.D.S. ’10

Father – Edward J. Spyrka, D.D.S. ’91

Aunt Stephanie Dionysopoulos Jaghab, D.D.S. ’93

Christopher Tremblay

Father – Robert Tremblay, D.D.S. ’76

Jay Wayntraub

Aunt – Leah Ungar, R.D.H.’78

Aunt – Eleni Callis, D.D.S. ’99

Cousin – Haissam Kanaan, D.D.S. ’05

Uncle – Jeffrey Jaghab, D.D.S. ’93 Uncle – Christopher Jaghab, D.D.S. ’02

Dental Hygiene Class of 2020 - Legacy Connections Rebecca Langlands

Aunt – Sandra Hoebeke, R.D.H. ’99

Zeinab Daher

Brother – Hussein Daher, D.D.S. ’18

Alumni Spotlight

Kara Gee, R.D.H. '09, B.S. '09

Kara Gee has a new position as the director of Quality and Compliance (DQC) for MyCare Health Centers. MyCare Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), services the underserved, including low-income families, under and uninsured, those transitioning from incarceration, and those with mental illness and/or substance abuse. As an FQHC, MyCare Health Centers has many clinical quality measurements that require evaluation. Gee’s role looks at compliance with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) standards and evaluates them, as well as manages risk, safety and compliance and infection control for the entire organization. She also continues to serve patients as a hygienist a few days per month in their dental clinic. Gee enjoys working with the under-served and has found her passion in ensuring those in need receive comprehensive and quality care.

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The meaning of

Mentorship Hey! It’s Nick Morse, aka “Snowboard Nick.”

I grew up in Livingston County. It’s an interesting place. Picture a rusty pickup truck and a Ferrari parked outside a bar, and the owners of each are having a drink together inside. It’s an area with a smalltown feel, but anything you could ever need is a short drive away. During my freshman year of high school, I took an online program called Career Cruising that helps people explore compatible professions. It said I should be a dentist. Senior year, I took it again and my number one result was still dentistry. Around that time, I asked my dentist, Ryan Breasbois, D.D.S. ’97, if I could shadow him. Until that point, he had been a doctor my parents picked out of a phone book when we moved to the area back in third grade. Little did I know he would have such an impact on my career and life.

Ryan Breabois, D.D.S. ’97 (left) has mentored Nick Morse DS4, since the start of his dental aspirations.

I went to Central Michigan University for my undergraduate studies. Home was only an hour and a half away. Throughout my time at Central, I spent weekends doing two things: snowboarding, obviously, but also shadowing Dr. Ryan. Over the years, I observed everything from surgical extractions and implants, to how he communicated with patients to keep them positively motivated.

“Be humble, be honest,” he said, “and always be the hardest worker in the group.”

As I prepared for the DAT, Dr. Ryan gave me the study advice I needed for such an important exam: “Practice test after practice test after practice test; practice alone doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect,” he said. After looking at my cumulative GPA, extra curriculars and DAT score, I considered myself an average dental school applicant. I was hard on myself and didn’t think I stood out enough to get into a program. To improve my odds, I considered pursuing a master’s program and then applying. 14 |

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My mentor Dr. Ryan thought this was crazy and said, “you can’t get in if you don’t apply,” and ultimately pushed me to take a shot at applying to dental school. His advice and encouragement gave me the confidence to go for it. Throughout the highs and lows of my dental education, Dr. Ryan’s mentorship helped keep me focused and on track.

Now, as a fourth-year dental student, while working on complex treatment plans and delivering patients tough-to-chew news, I realize how invaluable my past experiences with Dr. Ryan have been. After graduation, I plan on returning to the Livingston County area to work and learn from Dr. Ryan. I feel fortunate to have our relationship and am looking forward to his mentorship as I begin my career.

Interested in mentoring a student? Detroit Mercy Dental is proud to offer mentoring opportunities for our students. We match students with alumni mentors to provide guidance, knowledge and resources to students as they prepare for their professional careers. To become a mentor, please visit dental.udmercy.edu/alumni


SNDA Oral Cancer Walk raises awareness, funds Detroit Mercy Dental’s chapter of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) put the spotlight on oral cancer Sept. 15, when the group hosted its annual Oral Cancer Walk in downtown Detroit. Oral cancers make up 85 percent of a group of cancers commonly referred to as “head and neck cancer,” and affect nearly twice as many men as women. African-American men, in particular, are at the highest risk of developing oral cancer and have the highest oral cancer mortality rate of any racial group or gender, due to a lack of early detection. In fact, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that only 36 percent of African-American men diagnosed with oral cancer will survive five years from diagnosis, compared with 61 percent of white men. In Michigan, the Detroit Oral Cancer Prevention Project has determined that 46 percent of oral cancer fatalities are clustered in Detroit and throughout Wayne County. That’s why the SNDA decided to host its walk — and the pre-walk events — at University of Detroit Mercy’s Riverfront Campus, which shares a courtyard with Ss. Peter & Paul Church, home of the Pope Francis Center, offering vital services to the city’s homeless population.

Oral cancer screenings were provided at pre-walk events.

As part of the pre-walk festivities, the SNDA organized a free health fair for the public, attended by about 100 community members. In addition to oral cancer screenings provided by dental and dental hygiene students and faculty, attendees learned about proper brushing and flossing techniques, received flu shots from Walgreens and enjoyed breakfast donated by Tim Hortons and Detroit Institute of Bagels. Additionally, they were given oral hygiene goodie bags and information about oral cancer prevention and detection. In total, 20 individuals were screened for oral cancer and one person was referred for biopsy of a suspicious lesion. Participants spread oral cancer awareness.

After the health fair, the event concluded with 1.5-mile walk through downtown by 60 students, faculty, staff and friends of Detroit Mercy Dental, wearing matching shirts and carrying signs that spread their message. Thanks to generous sponsorships, the SNDA raised more than $4,500 for the Detroit Mercy Biopsy Fund, which will help cover expenses for patients with positive cancer screens. Sponsors included Detroit Mercy Dental, EcoAtlantic Ghana Ltd., Delta Dental Foundation, GSK, Colgate and Wolverine Dental Society, among others.

Alumni Spotlight

Sandra Franklin, R.D.H. '17

Sandra Franklin, R.D.H. '17 is currently serving her last year of her second term on the Michigan Board of Dentistry. She is also CDCA examiner and is a past-President of the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Support The Office Of Diversity And Inclusion! 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 D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U

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Creating healthy smiles for adults with disabilities BEFORE

Peggy loves her new smile and she is thrilled to show it. Peggy sought treatment through the Dental Co-Teacher Project, a collaboration between Detroit Mercy Dental, Jewish Vocational Services Tri-County Dental Program, and Community Living Services, Inc. The project values patients with special needs as “co-teachers” who contribute to the experiences and clinical education of our student dentists. Over nine months, a team of faculty and dental students provided extensive treatment, restoring Peggy’s smile — and her confidence — after many years of extraction-only dentistry under Medicaid. Since 2015, the Co-Teacher Project has helped increase dental students’ competence and comfort in treating adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or I/DD.


“If students graduate with significant experience working with patients with I/DD, our hope is that they would be willing to accept these patients in their practice, ultimately helping increase access to care in the dental community,” said Divesh Byrappagari, B.D.S, M.S.D., assistant professor and director of Dental Public Health and Outreach. Before participating in the Co-Teacher Project, Peggy had difficulty eating and was self-conscious about her missing teeth. Her initial treatment included X-rays, an evaluation and a cleaning. Adjunct faculty member Cheri Newman, R.D.H. ’89, D.D.S. ’98, oversees dental students in the Co-Teacher Project, and thought Peggy would be able to wear partial dentures, so the School asked Medicaid to approve a waiver for a partial rather than a complete denture.

Peggy, a patient in the Co-Teacher Project, undergoes a smile renovation

Co-written by Karen Trompeter, R.D.H. ’74, M.P.H., director, JVS Tri-County Dental Program

Alumni Spotlight Cheri S. Newman, D.D.S. '98 On Sunday, Oct. 21, Cheri S. Newman, D.D.S. '98 was installed as the President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy during the 2018 PFA Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. Newman is also the Trustee for Region 4 of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

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Peggy was happy because she did not want to lose any more teeth. Today, she not only looks good, but feels good. She works part-time shredding paper and sells candles through a micro-enterprise. She also enjoys making jewelry and at each appointment, she models her latest bracelets and necklaces for faculty, staff and students. Newman is proud of the success of the Co-Teacher Project, particularly when it comes to students. “The most notable accomplishment of this project over the past three years is the demonstrated ability of students to communicate with and treat patients with I/DD,” she said. “They are noticeably more confident chairside and comfortable with providing care.” In addition to grant funding from W.I.T.H. Foundation (formerly Special Hope Foundation), Sinai Medical Staff Foundation, Michigan Dental Association Foundation (MDAF), Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Delta Dental Foundation, the M. David Campbell Memorial Fund has been created to cover cost of treatment not covered by Medicaid. If you would like to help other patients like Peggy, please contact Tom Sklut, director of Development, at skluttw@udmercy.edu. If you know someone with I/DD who may benefit as a patient in the Co-Teacher Project, please contact Alesia James, Supervisor of PCC Coordinators, at 313-494-6959.


New research program targets undergraduate students State University, and aims to establish Detroit as a hub for biomedical research for undergraduate groups historically underrepresented in research. In 2018, the third class of ReBUILD scholars participated in research at Detroit Mercy Dental. Scholars are intensively trained in responsible research conduct and laboratory techniques. They receive a stipend for full-time work in research labs during the summer and five-hours per week during the fall and winter semesters. Their faculty mentors receive $5,000 each for supplies to support their research. This year, Detroit Mercy Dental added three Detroit Mercy undergraduates as ReBUILD scholars in addition to two students who entered their second year of research.

Detroit Mercy undergraduates Rita Salim and Hanaa Saleh presented at the Detroit Mercy College of Engineering Science Research Symposium.

Undergraduate research is thriving at Detroit Mercy Dental. Over the summer, undergraduate research activity at the School of Dentistry reached new heights. As part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) and the federally funded ReBUILDetroit, 15 undergraduate students from Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan and Oakland University were mentored in research by School of Dentistry faculty and staff. SURP was initiated in 2017 and is directed by Joshua Thomson, Ph.D., assistant professor, division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences. In one year, the program more than doubled in number of accepted applicants, welcoming seven students in 2018. Research topics varied from studying salivary cortisol levels to the cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of e-cigarette liquid. “It was unbeatable,” Detroit Mercy student Hanaa Saleh said of her SURP experience. “The faculty were always more than willing to teach, which made for a great environment. I was given endless opportunities to think critically. This was my first experience doing research and it helped me build the fundamental lab skills needed for research down the road.” ReBUILDetroit, which stands for Research Enhancement Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity, also had students participate in research over the summer. ReBUILD is a collaborative project between Detroit Mercy and Wayne

Christina Jones, who had been mentored by Dr. Eric Krukonis, associate professor, participated in the project since 2015 and graduated this past spring. Over the summer, she interned with the National Cancer Institute and received a prestigious postbaccalaureate research fellowship at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Her success is due in part to the training and mentorship she received as a participant in ReBUILDetroit. “Increasing research activity for undergraduate students has significantly enriched our research progress as faculty,” observed research mentor and Assistant Professor Dr. David Fischer. “Additionally, these programs provide valuable exposure to a number of talented pre-health and pre-dental students from diverse backgrounds to the dental research occurring here. We hope these experiences will encourage them to apply to Detroit Mercy’s Dental program, and, if accepted, continue to participate in the research program as dental students.”

Noel Jackson, D.D.S. '79, Alumni Spotlight Richard Nykiel, D.D.S. '78, Charlie Zammit, D.D.S. '75 Since 2010, Noel Jackson D.D.S. '79, Richard Nykiel, D.D.S. '78, and Charlie Zammit, D.D.S. '75, have coordinated a medical and dental team to treat patients for a week each year in Chinandega, Nicaragua, which is the second poorest nation in the Americas behind Haiti. With support from several Metro Detroit Rotary Clubs, they have equipped a clinic near Betania School, a local K-12 school, where they treat mostly children. Over the years, they have made lasting friendships and touched many lives, a gratification beyond measure.

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Group Practice Model at Detroit Mercy Dental Implemented in Fall 2017


We understand that patients and students alike have many options available to them, but we strive to always be a destination of preference for both. At Detroit Mercy Dental, we have a responsibility. We must support the needs of our patients, who prioritize efficiently delivered care, while at the same time ensuring each clinical experience enriches the educational development of our students. Doing both is a delicate balance. We understand that patients and students alike have many options available to them, but we strive to always be a destination of preference for both. For the patient, we must look beyond the procedure at hand and focus on the experience, beginning the moment they call us for an appointment. It is a top priority to provide efficient, comprehensive care and remain focused on the patient’s chief concerns and needs. It is equally important that each patient feels personally cared for and informed. For the student, the educational experience must be engaging, stimulating and learner-centered, with

Director Division of Clinical Dentistry


Clinic Leader


Small Groups 3 General Dentists

1 Periodontist

1 Prosthodontist

(shared per 6 groups)

1 Hygiene Faculty

(shared per 2 groups)

a strong emphasis on using current technology to meet the expectations of today’s students. It is as much about learner preferences as it is about learning outcomes. In addition to the technical abilities essential to practice, students must learn the value of critical thinking and interpersonal communication, which must be adapted to each patient. When each component of our structure is successfully implemented, it results in fulfilled, competent student providers and positive patient experiences. “As we change and enhance curriculum and clinical processes, we keep these points at the forefront,” said Dean Mert Aksu, D.D.S, J.D., M.H.S.A. “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 remain a consistent resource for generations of patients to come.”

3 Endodontists

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Estelle Weaver, 35

"The new model is a nice continuation between my fourthyear to my thirdyear student that I’ve already gotten to know well." Weaver (center) with student doctors, Vlado Pavlovic, DS4 (left) and Farinaz Sepahifar, DS3 (right).

Estelle Weaver joined Detroit Mercy Dental Center as a patient in 2015. She had many dental needs and access to affordable care was a top priority. At the time, in addition to tooth pain, she was experiencing a high-risk pregnancy. She also demonstrated anxiety about dental treatment because of her pregnancy. During her first appointment for an emergency extraction, a faculty nurse was present and students and faculty contacted her OB-GYN to discuss her conditions. This eased her anxiety and established trust in the experience she would have as a patient here. “I was impressed by their willingness to reach out to my doctor and still take me on as a patient, considering I was dealing with multiple complications,” Weaver said. Throughout her life, she experienced dental problems, undergoing a host of restorations, root canals and extractions. The condition of her mouth was dire – she was at a crossroads with her treatment plan and needed to decide what to do moving forward. Like most patients, Weaver felt nervous about choosing what treatment may 20 |

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be best for her. “I am indecisive and hesitant to make quick, major decisions,” she explained. “I need to be hand-held, and that’s just what my dental team at Detroit Mercy did. I found so much reassurance from my student providers and faculty because they walked through every single option and explained the risks and rewards of them all. Then, I worked with Financial Services to learn how cost affected each.” Ultimately, she decided to go with a full denture. The process would take longer than she’d hoped, but she knew her time investment was balanced with attentiveness, thorough explanations and affordability. Because she began care during the middle of an academic year, her treatment started with one student and was completed with another. For someone like Weaver, with a complex medical history, the new clinic model provided continuity of care and a simple transition between students. “The old way felt very abrupt, to start care with a new student dentist. Every time, we had to go over my entire list of medications and diagnoses, which was time consuming and tedious. The new model is a nice continuation between

my fourth-year to my third-year student that I’ve already gotten to know well, and who also knows me and my situation,” she explained. A mother to five children, Weaver is also enrolled in a graduate program pursuing a dual degree in Divinity and Social Work. For the past year, she searched for a job in her field, but her interviews were unsuccessful. “I got my dentures on October 18; two days later, I had a job interview and nailed it. It wasn’t long after that I got offered the job,” Weaver was excited to share. “I felt amazing during that job interview, my new smile gave me the confidence I needed.”

Patient treatment plans are now completed more efficiently

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Dalia Hasso, Dental Class of 2019 Dalia Hasso knew she wanted to be a dentist since she was 14. As she set out to accomplish her goal, Hasso did her homework. First, she became a dental assistant at age 16. Then, she made it a point to work with as many dentists as possible. Hasso continued assisting through her undergraduate studies. She volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul on the weekends and got to know Detroit Mercy Dental students, who impressed her. Through shadowing, volunteering and networking, Hasso took notes on what oral health professionals thought about the occupation and where to pursue an education. Dalia Hasso, Dental class of 2019

On-time graduation rates have improved from the Class of 2017 to the Class of 2018

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She interacted with more than 30 dentists and, to secure her dream, she applied to 25 dental schools. Based on her research, Hasso knew University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry was where she wanted to learn. “‘If you can treat a patient at Detroit Mercy,

you can treat a patient anywhere,’ is what countless professionals told me,” she said. When she received her acceptance call, she was ecstatic and turned down offers she received to other schools. Now as a fourth-year dental student, Hasso spends most of her time in clinic and realizes how accurate her mentors’ words were. “Our patients are often medically compromised. They sometimes have a list of 15 medications they are taking and we must know how that’s going to interfere with what we are doing,” she noted. As a dental assistant, she worked in private practice and an oral surgeon’s office, but never encountered the equivalent type of patient. “Many dentists won’t treat these patients in their offices, so the fact that we get to treat them as students is huge.” Hasso has learned providing care is always about adapting to the patient. Whether it is deciding which procedure is the right one for a particular patient or how to perform it.

“My goal is always to make the patient experience as smooth as possible,” she said. “The technology we have access to at the school really helps to facilitate this. I have a patient that is a severe gagger. Instead of taking regular dental impressions with trays, I use a digital scanner to take the impression. I can tell my patient is happier and ‘buys in’ to the recommended treatment because she is more comfortable.”

“It’s a great experience. You see children in such need of dental care and this is their only way to receive it. Because the program is grant-funded, we can provide the work with no regard for affordability. Kids shouldn’t be turned away for dental treatment if they can’t afford to have a filling.”

Not only is the patient happier thanks to technology, but so are the student providers. “I want to do right by my patient and I want to make them comfortable, which means staying calm,” Hasso added. “Patients are very observant and technology makes certain procedures easier on both of us.”

As a student, she has been able to pursue this curiosity by conducting research alongside Detroit Mercy Periodontics residents. “It has really nurtured my interests and ultimately helped me to decide to pursue a residency in Periodontics after graduation,” she said.

Detroit Mercy patients also have a broad range of socio-economic situations. When creating treatment plans, students must consider best outcomes for the patient while also considering budget.

While the experience working with children has enhanced her education, her real interest lies in Periodontics.

Hasso is currently applying to Periodontics residencies. She is hoping to continue her education at Detroit Mercy.

“‘If you can treat a patient at Detroit Mercy, you can treat a patient anywhere,’ is what countless professionals told me.”

Hasso’s solution is to develop multiple options. She does this by consulting different faculty members. “Everyone works differently. I like hearing the feedback. Getting consultations from specialists is not going to happen once I’m practicing on my own,” she explained. “Different perspectives help me decide what would work best for me and my patient. These conversations always grow my confidence as a provider and make me feel like a professional.” Through observation of faculty, she has comfortably settled into her own communication style with patients. “When I seat my patient, I ask questions about themselves and make sure they know I am invested in them as an individual,” she said. “Then I walk through every single thing we are going to do so they know what to expect of the appointment and patients respond positively.” One of the highlights of Hasso’s Detroit Mercy experience has been providing care to children aboard the Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic, which travels to local elementary schools, community centers and a psychiatric treatment center for pediatric patients.

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Commander Lynn Baughman, 73 Since 2006, retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Lynn Baughman drives from Centerline, Mich., to receive treatment at Detroit Mercy Dental.


Since he was three years old, Baughman knew he wanted to fly an aircraft. He enlisted in the Army after high school for their flight program. After receiving his wings, he flew helicopters in Vietnam and served as an instructor pilot stateside. In college, he rushed the Navy for its flight program and continued to serve as a fighter pilot in Desert Storm. He describes these experiences as the most challenging, demanding and focused experiences of his life. He understands the intense value of routine. He knows how important it is to train. “The training may be different, but the end goal is the same: perfection,” he said. “There is no margin for error when you are in combat and there is no margin for error when these students move onto practicing professionally. At the School of Dentistry, you are producing effective, passionate, professional health care providers. I see it reinforced at my dental visits all the time. I am honored to help these students achieve their goals.” After retiring from a 26-year career, his retirement plan did not include dental insurance. A friend referred him to the School of Dentistry. "If it’s a dental student, they have to be monitored like a hand in a glove – I figured I’ll take a shot and we’ll see how it goes,” said Baughman. Turns out, the experience was better than expected. In fact, he finds coming to Detroit Mercy Dental Center quite enjoyable. He loves the energy of a learning environment and being around focused students and devoted faculty. “The interaction between students and instructors is wonderful,” he explained. “When I ask a question, I get a thorough explanation from students and faculty about treatment and why it is being done.” “Now I know how to speak dental. I can tell you the difference between mesial and lingual, between buccal and distal! They do everything but bring out the white 24 |

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Baughman with student providers Olivia Gardner, DH2 (left), Daniel Izzo, DS3 (center), Kevin Hagood, DS4 (right)

board and draw me a diagram,” he joked. Not only does a scientific explanation help him to better take care of his teeth, but it builds trust in his provider. “My dental hygienist recommended an electric toothbrush for me and I rushed out and got one. Now I’m brushing four times a day with that thing,” he said. Over the years, Baughman has been a patient of countless student providers, explaining, “I really enjoy my dental students. I consider them friends. It’s bittersweet when we have our last meeting.” But departures have become easier for him since the new clinic model was adopted in 2017. Now that third- and fourth-year dental students work in pairs, there is continuity in changing over to a new provider. He already trusts and is confident in his new fourth-year student because they have been working together for a year prior to the transition. As far as the actual dental treatment has been, “…it’s as good as any care I’ve had in my life! I tell everyone I know about Detroit Mercy Dental Center!”

"At the School of Dentistry, you are producing effective, passionate, professional health care providers. I see it reinforced at my dental visits all the time."

Pairing students enables continuity of long-term care for patients

+ Dental and dental hygiene students provide care together

Austin Stebbins, Dental Class of 2019


“I wanted to come to Detroit Mercy Dental for the rich, unmatched clinical experience, but it was the faculty I met at interviews that really sold me. My impression was that they seemed genuinely invested in students. I was right,” said Austin Stebbins, a fourthyear dental student. Since beginning dental school, Stebbins has made the most of every learning moment. He put in extra time in Sim Lab to master technique, explaining, “Sim Lab enforced procedure practice, and routine. It was the place to perfect our hand skills. We were introduced to a lot of useful technology there. My favorite is the CEREC, which I now use often.” It was important to Stebbins that he was prepared for clinic because once there, he knew he would face a different set of challenges. He says he was ready for the rich, unmatched clinical experience he heard about. “Our geographic location brings in a diverse patient population,” he said. “It is multi-ethnic and medically complex, with a broad range of socio-economic levels. We regularly see patients with infectious diseases and psychosocial challenges. All these factors affect the clinical experience and interpersonal communication skills necessary to properly treat patients.” True to character, he is taking advantage of the available resources. He is looking beyond his time as a dental student and to his career, which will bring different, unique challenges. “While I’m here, I try to get the most out of the faculty members,” Stebbins explained. “I love going to my clinic lead, to other faculty, general dentists and different specialists, to hear what they have to say. It’s a very collaborative approach to practice and instructors are always very helpful.” One of the major goals for students in the change of clinic model was to provide them with more treatment opportunities and increase the number of procedures they perform.

Austin Stebbins, Dental class of 2019

The current integrated clinic model is used at only a few dental schools in the United States and Canada, which Stebbins said gives him and his classmates an edge. “The numbers don’t lie; student clinical experiences have drastically increased.” But in addition to that, Stebbins explained there were many other positive residual effects of the model. “When I was a third-year, my fourth-year pushed me and I’m a better clinician for it. Now that I’m on the other end, I find myself reinforcing knowledge I’ve accumulated as I communicate with my third-year partner — they say, ‘the best way to learn is to teach.’ My partnerships have been synergistic as we learn with and from one another.” He added, “We now have experience with four-handed dentistry, something that was limited previously. And because the smallgroup structure is modeled after private practice, it feels, by design, that when we transition into working in the ‘real world,’ it will be easy for us to adapt.” Stebbins tested this theory during his off-site rotation at Dental Clinics North (DCN) in Gaylord, Mich., “I was very busy, and my preceptors expected me D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U

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“I wanted to come to Detroit Mercy Dental for the rich, unmatched clinical experience.” to keep up with the schedule,” he said. “I was challenged, but ready for it.” At the start of dental school, he could only envision himself pursuing private practice. But with experience, he has become aware of other opportunities available to him. Community dentistry is now on Stebbin’s radar after his time at DCN, which allowed a glimpse into a different opportunity in the profession. “I was able to learn how treatment is rendered and reimbursed at a Community

Health Center,” he explained. “I learned how it would affect providing care. It was a great opportunity to ask questions and experience what life would be like working somewhere similar.” Stebbins came to Detroit Mercy Dental because he wanted to be prepared for a career. Months away from graduation, he sums up his experience with this: “The structure at Detroit Mercy and expectations of students, are demanding. The bar is set high here.”

If you know a patient looking for an alternative for oral health care or requiring specialty treatment, please visit our website to download a referral form: dentalpatients.udmercy.edu

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ASDA Mission Trip

Titan 10 Unite

Detroit Mercy ASDA traveled to remote Guatemala, where they provided critical dental care to patients – many had never been seen by a dentist. Shown here is Chelsea Watkins, DS3, applying fluoride to a child’s teeth.

Left to right, Brittany VanBuskirk, D.D.S. ’17, Alexandra Maring, D.D.S. ’17, and Karissa Burgos, D.D.S. ’18 catch-up with Assistant Dean of Enrollment and Student Services, Juliette Daniels. Titan 10 Unite was an event intended for alumni who graduated less than 10 years ago to engage in continuing education and networking.

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MIU Men’s Health Foundation

Homecoming 2018 was a wonderful time for all campuses to celebrate Detroit Mercy. The Decades Dash 5k is a favorite event and on a beautiful Saturday morning, fourth-year dental students Jordan Dempsey (left), Aaron Dalman (center), and Nicole Hsieh (right), participate in the races.

For the eighth consecutive year, faculty, staff and student volunteers attended the MIU-Men’s Health Foundation event at Ford Field. As shown by third-year dental student, Miah Amie, the group provided head and neck evaluations and oral cancer screenings to event attendees.

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Oct. 19

Lucy Hobbs

Alumni Reception at the American Dental Association Annual Meeting

It was an empowering evening at the Lucy Hobbs Project You Event. Dental professionals gathered for networking, mentorship and a celebration of women in dentistry. Thank you to moderator Michelle Szewczyk, DS4, and panelists (left to right): Alexandra Martella, D.D.S. ‘14, M.S.; Reem Hallal, D.D.S.’12, M.S.; Jennifer Fanti, D.D.S. ‘03; Marissa Cohrs, R.D.H.’01, B.S. ‘01; and Natalie Datien, D.D.S. ‘13.

Left to right, Ruchika Khetarpal, D.D.S. ’07, Alexa Vitek-Hitchcock, D.D.S. ’04, Andrew DeHaan, D.D.S. ’10, M.S. ’12, Stephanie Stephan DeHaan, D.D.S. ’14, among other alumni shared “alohas” as they watched the sunset over Waikiki Beach at the recent Alumni Reception at the ADA Annual Meeting.

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Mouthguard Clinic at Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

Pink Out

AEGD residents and students made their annual visit to Downtown Detroit Boxing Gym Youth Program to fit athletes for mouthguards. Students also handed out oral hygiene supplies and demonstrated oral hygiene instruction, as Brendan Krueger, DS1, shows in the photograph.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, clinics went pink! The Detroit Mercy chapter of Delta Sigma Delta used this as an opportunity to raise more money to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. When they surpassed their goal of $1,500, faculty and staff wore their hair pink for a day. This was a particularly fun week for everyone, including patients who appreciated the good will and spirit in clinic. D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U

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Faculty and Staff News

Professor Carolynn Zeitz NIH awards Professor Eric Krukonis with two-year grant makes her mark on the profession Professor Eric Krukonis recently received a two-year grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to study how the bacterium Yersinia pestis can thwart the antimicrobial mechanisms in human blood that kill most bacteria that reach the bloodstream. Such “serum-resistance” activity is a critical step in the disease process of many human pathogens, including those involved in periodontal disease, and by understanding this process learn to develop ways to interfere with this pathogenic mechanism in numerous bacterial pathogens. Also included on this grant are Professor Joshua Thomson, who serves as co-investigator, and Sarah Plecha, postdoctoral fellow.

Carolynn Zeitz, R.D.H. ’04, R.D.A. ’04, M.A. ’12, clinical associate professor, was elected president-elect of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene (AADH) for a two-year term, 2018-20, in August. She will continue as president for two additional years through 2022. Additionally, she authored the chapter, “The Pediatric Patient,” in the Esther M. Wilkin’s textbook Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, 13th edition to be released in 2020; she previously authored the same chapter in 12th edition in 2016.

Professor Zheng Zou invited to speak at annual conference Associate Professor Zheng Zhou, D.D.S., Ph.D., was invited by China Society of Stomatology and China Orthodontics Society to present at the 2018 International Orthodontic Conference and 17th Annual Meeting of Chinese Orthodontic Society, Sept. 18-21, 2018 in Changchun, China. This is the third consecutive year he was invited to speak at the conference. This year his presentation was titled “Periodontal Risks Assessment for Orthodontist in the Digital Age.”

Professor Richard Kulbersh receives award from American Board of Orthodontics The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) awarded Richard Kulbersh, D.M.D., M.S., the O.B. Vaughan Special Recognition Award on Saturday, May 5. A ceremony took place at the annual luncheon of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics, in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Session of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) in Washington, D.C. Kulbersh said of receiving the award, “Dr. Vaughan was an icon in orthodontics, who made unique contributions in research, education and leadership positions in our specialty. He was an accomplished, gentle giant with a captivating smile whose warmth and charm made everyone feel welcome. I am humbled to receive this award which carries the name of such a respected and revered role model and professional.” 30 |

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American Academy of Periodontology recognizes Professor Bassam Kinaia

Ms. Kathy Metzger named as School of Dentistry's ACE Award recipient

Professor E.J. Newness earns Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship

Bassam M. Kinaia, D.D.S. ’99, M.S. ’08, associate professor and director of Graduate Periodontics, was awarded the 2018 Educator Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics by the American Academy of Periodontology. This award is given to the periodontal educator who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in providing education in the full scope of clinical periodontics and relays that enthusiasm to students.

Congratulations to the most recent recipient of the School of Dentistry ACE Award, Kathy Metzger, clinic staff assistant. Colleagues describe her as someone who, “cares deeply for patients, doing her best to assure that they have the best treatment and a positive experience,” and “has very high standards for patient care.” 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 acknowledges the exceptional employee.

E.J. Newness D.D.S. (left), clinical assistant professor, was distinguished as a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). A ceremony celebrated this achievement at the AGD Annual Session in New Orleans on June 9. There, Dr. Manuel A. Cordero, president of AGD, (right) congratulated the most recent Fellows.

Administrators present at ADEA Fall Meeting Detroit Mercy Dental had a strong presence at the ADEA Fall Meeting in Toronto. The School of Dentistry had three invited presentations that spanned topics including admissions, student affairs and services, and best practices in student conduct. The following administrators represented the school, each sharing their expertise with administrators from other dental schools throughout North America: ▪ Juliette Daniels (right), assistant dean for Student Services & Enrollment Management, “Title IX: Best Practices for Dental Education”; ▪ Danielle Harris (left), coordinator for Admissions Services, “Admissions Ambassadors at Detroit Mercy Dental”; and ▪ Angela Orlando (center), Financial Aid Coordinator, “A Fresh Look on Financial Literacy”.

Alumni Spotlight Thomas Elias, D.D.S. '13, Lisa Sonntag, D.D.S. '13 Capt. Thomas Elias completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at Triper Army Medical Center. His specific interests include the primary and secondary oral and facial reconstruction of traumatic injuries. His next duty station will be Joint Base Lewis-McChord where he will be a staff surgeon and mentor for the 48-month OMS program at Madigan Army Hospital. Lisa Sonntag, D.D.S. '13, is married to Capt. Thomas Elias. She completed a GPR residency at the University of Washington and practiced in Kailua, Hawaii, as a general dentist.

Alumni Spotlight

Robert DiPilla, D.D.S. '89

Dr. Robert DiPilla was recently named the official dentist for the Detroit Pistons. “I have long been a fan of the Detroit Pistons and I am humbled and honored that they have selected me as their team dentist,” DiPilla said. “I look forward to treating the players with the celebrity-level care and top-notch technology I have treated all my patients with for over 25 years.” DiPilla has been dentist to the stars since starting his career in Manhattan. After many years in NYC, he returned to metro Detroit where he established a practice in Birmingham, Mich., in 2002 and in 2015 he expanded to a new location in downtown Detroit. He maintains an office in Manhattan.

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School of Dentistry

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, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

$5,000 + Dr. Nidaa Abdal Dr. Mert N. Aksu

Dr. John D. Dinka The Hon. William J. Giovan Dr. Jonathan H. Jacobs Dr. Judith A. Jones Dr. Steven C. Legel Dr. James W. Lepczyk

We thank Saad Murad, D.D.S. ’93, adjunct professor, who is an instructor in our simulation clinic and a generous donor to Detroit Mercy Dental. His daughter, Dina, is also part of our family as a student in the Dental Class of 2020.

Dr. Michelene R. Lepczyk Dr. Saad J. Murad

Dr. Dincer C. Gurun

Mrs. Eileen E. Sweeney

Dr. Raymond C. Hahn

Dr. Patrick L. Sweeney

Dr. Alan R. Heller Mrs. Mary M. Hoban

Mrs. Sherry A. Castle Boyer Dr. Catherine M. Dinka Dr. Anna C. Ettinger

Dr. Douglas L. Sweeney

$1,000 - $1,876

Dr. Jeffrey Jamieson

Mr. Ahmad Aljerdi

Dr. Ana Janic

Dr. Yvonne M. Antczak

Dr. Bruce E. Kennedy

Dr. Salwa Atwan

Dr. Bassam M. Kinaia

Dr. Philip Badalamenti

Dr. Diwakar Kinra

Dr. William M. Berkowski

Dr. Walter Knysz, Jr.

Dr. Steven H. Bernier

Dr. Timothy F. Kosinski

Dr. David F. Blanden

Dr. Richard Kulbersh

Dr. Gregg S. Bonamici

Dr. Valmy Kulbersh

Dr. Marianne A. Brady

Prof. Judy A. Kwapis Jaeger

Mrs. Maria R. Pawloski

$1,877 - $2,499

Dr. Jeffery B. Bundy

Mrs. Penelope S. Persiani

Dr. Alyssa L. Cairo

Mr. Ollie Bush

Dr. Richard J. Persiani Dr. James F. Sarcheck

Dr. Jacquelyn K. Chu

Prof. Margaret E. Coleman

Dr. Sadeer O. Daood

Mr. Mark M. Coleman

Dr. Daniel P. Sheridan

Dr. Basim Dubaybo

Dr. A. Frank Corti

Dr. Ali A. Sobh

Dr. Arvind Gulati

Dr. Charlotte M. Cortis

Dr. Mary Sue Stonisch Mr. Lawrence J. Ulanski Sr.

Mrs. Amy K. Ho

Dr. Larry DeGroat

Dr. David W. Ho

Dr. William S. Demray

Dr. Donald R. White Dr. Eugene Wu

Dr. G. Michael Kabot

Dr. G. Bruce Douglas

Mrs. Patricia Korte

Dr. Michael Elftman

Dr. Paul F. Korte

Dr. Fares M. Elias

Dr. Zenon J. Kossak

Dr. Steven E. Fegan

Dr. Erik J. Hanby Dr. Michael M. Hoen

Dr. Matthew L. Logan

Dr. Mary M. Fisher

Dr. Mark R. Mortiere

Mr. Gordon R. Follmer

Dr. Ghabi A. Kaspo Dr. Dina Khoury

Dr. Elmer J. Newness

Dr. Nicholas A. Fontana

Dr. Victoria Olshansky

Mrs. Kathleen E. Frenchi

Dr. Robert L. Legel Dr. Carl G. Madion Mrs. Diane Madion

Mrs. Dianne S. Orcutt

Dr. Mark E. Frenchi

Dr. James R. Orcutt

Dr. Allen E. Godell

Dr. Curt S. Ralstrom

Dr. Victor L. Goldstein

Dr. Rachel M. Stockhausen

Dr. David P. Groth

$2,500 - $4,999

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We appreciate James Sarcheck, D.D.S. ’70, who established an endowed fund to help support student presentations of clinically relevant findings at national peerreviewed meetings. Dr. Joan M. Lewis Mrs. Mary L. Lingle Dr. Robert J. Lingle Dr. Ronald A. Livingston Dr. R. Bruce MacIntosh Dr. Auday Maki Dr. Martin J. Makowski Dr. Matthew R. Maley

John P. Warr, D.D.S. ’85, and his wife Maria Warr, B.A.A. ’72, R.D.H.’74, shown here in St. Peter’s Square, Rome, are longtime contributors to the School of Dentistry. Many of our donors, like the Warrs, have contributed to our mission through gifts to the school. Dr. William Metz Dr. Robert C. Niskar Dr. Basil E. Nona Dr. Richard J. Nykiel Dr. Mary K. Parise Mr. Daniel J. Pierce Dr. Deborah E. Priestap Mr. Gary T. Priestap Ms. Kimberly A. Raleigh Ms. Mary A. Rashid Dr. David W. Regiani Dr. Todd H. Ryan Dr. Timothy R. Saunders Prof. Kathi R. Shepherd Dr. Phillip J. Sheridan Dr. Donald B. Sherman Dr. Lyla N. Shounia Dr. Tarik Shounia Mr. Thomas W. Sklut Dr. Ian M. Smith Prof. Claudine M. Sordyl Dr. Edward J. Spyrka Dr. Edward L. Spyrka Dr. Stephen J. Stefanac Dr. Carl R. Stone Dr. Charles D. Taylor Dr. Daman D. Thanik Dr. Joel E. Toupin Dr. Robert L. Tremblay Dr. Thomas J. Veryser Dr. Jeffrey Watzman Dr. Jonathan P. Wiens Dr. Charles P. Zammit Prof. Pamela Zarkowski Prof. Carolynn A. Zeitz Mr. Keith A. Zeitz

$500 - $999

$250 - $499

Dr. James C. Komendera

Dr. Royce L. Beers

Dr. Vincent J. Alongi

Mrs. Jane C. Komendera

Mrs. Catherine Bigus

Dr. Kevin M. Andrus

Dr. Donald C. Kramer

Dr. Samuel G. Blanchard

Mr. Patrick M. Anghel

Mrs. Janet M. Kramer

Dr. Gary M. Bonior

Dr. Mark Barone

Dr. William L. Krieg

Dr. Edward A. Borio

Dr. David J. Bartolovic

Dr. John W. Kuras

Mrs. Margaret A. Brodoski

Dr. Eric W. Baxmann

Dr. Michael S. Leonard

Dr. Richard V. Brodoski

Dr. Mark E. Blanchette

Dr. Robert E. Matthews

Dr. Henry G. Bryan

Mrs. Janet A. Butcher

Dr. Beverly J. Morris

Prof. Marguerite J. Buehner

Dr. Paul J. Butcher

Dr. Donald P. Morris

Mrs. Susanna Defever

Dr. Theodore L. Carzon

Dr. Matthew P. Mullan

Dr. William L. Fisher, Jr.

Dr. Casimer J. Ciborowski

Dr. Michael I. Gossack

Dr. Gerald C. Dietz, Sr.

Dr. Stephen R. Harris

Dr. Scott M. Doman

Dr. Diane C. Hoelscher

Dr. Martin E. Donaldson

Mrs. Deanna M. Janowicz

Dr. Herbert J. Elfring, Jr.

Dr. Timothy T. Janowicz

Dr. Paul M. Esteso

Dr. Gary E. Jeffers

Dr. Beth L. Faber

Thank you David Blanden, D.D.S. ’71 and his wife, Barbara, for contributions made to Detroit Mercy Dental since 1984. The Blandens resides in Tecumseh, Mich., where he provides dental services to the local community

Dr. Peter S. Fuzy Dr. Raymond G. Gager

Dr. Eric Ochs

Dr. James R. Geist D.D.S.

Dr. Frank Paone

Dr. ShinMey Y. Geist

Dr. Kurt A. Pierce

Dr. Justin M. Geller

Mrs. Heather A. Pinto

Dr. Marc S. Globerman

Dr. Joseph F. Pinto

Dr. Arthur M. Hamparian

Prof. Barbara A. Purifoy-Seldon

Dr. Arthur M. Harris

Dr. Michael W. Pyatenko

Dr. Rhonda M. Hennessy

Col. Felix L. Seldon

Dr. Louis N. Herbert

Dr. Sonal N. Shah

Dr. Ernest A. Meshack-Hart

Dr. James J. Hur

Dr. Paul L. Simon

Dr. L. Robyn Mullinger Dr. John E. Murphy

Mrs. Maria C. Kayser

Dr. Eric S. Smith

Dr. Michael B. Kayser

Dr. Adam Socarda

Eric Hanby, D.D.S, affiliate professor and Dina Khoury, D.D.S., have each made generous contributions to Detroit Mercy Dental and the NAAMA Endowed Scholarship Fund, which is dedicated to students with Middle Eastern backgrounds. Dr. Scott B. Johnson Dr. Erik J. Lee Dr. Todd A. Marino

Ms. Marybeth Piccinino

Dr. Beth A. Stillings

Dr. Michael V. Piccinino Dr. James H. Piper

Mrs. Bea Sturges Dr. David A. Towne

Dr. Deanna M. Poniatowski Dr. Elizabeth F. Ralstrom Dr. Neil L. Ringler

Dr. Phuoc M. Tran

Dr. Morhaf M. Sadek

Dr. Donald E. Vanitvelt

Mrs. Elaine C. Sauk Dr. John J. Sauk, Jr. Dr. Jeffrey S. Schmidt Dr. Roger F. Spring Dr. Tamika N. Thompson-Sloan Mr. John T. Ullrich Dr. Michelle L. Vredenburg Ms. Mary C. Wheatley Dr. William J. Winget Dr. Timothy J. Zielinski

Dr. Jeffery VanHook Prof. Maureen A. VanHook Dr. Matthew J. Vertin Diwakar Kinra, D.D.S., M.S. ’04, shown with his family, has endowed a scholarship for a third- or fourth-year student with an affinity for endodontics. Kinra said, “I want our students to know that by taking risks and through hard work, it is possible to achieve your goals and be successful. You are on the road to possibility: take a chance. Persevere. You will be successful!”

Mr. Paul D. Wenstrom

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Support and promote your alma mater As alumni of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, we all know our institution is one of the greatest in the country. Classroom and clinical learning at Detroit Mercy Dental are continuously evolving to stay relevant and ahead of the times. Today’s technology available to our students includes recorded lectures, digital impressions and milling units, CBCT scans and lasers. These features keep our school consistent with trends in the profession.

Michael J. Vilag, D.D.S. ‘13

"As alumni, we must support our alma mater and keep the institution strong."

We must continue to attract the best applicants, because high-quality students become leaders of the profession. Our school is becoming more well-known every day and we must stand out among other schools to attract high-caliber students. As an admissions interviewer, I have talked to incoming applicants about their expectations of Detroit Mercy Dental. It is great to hear that across the country we are recognized for our reputation of superior clinical excellence. Our graduates are practice-ready clinicians and applicants want to learn here. We have a modern, sophisticated facility with brilliant faculty and staff. Our new clinic model assures patients receive well-rounded care and are moved to treatment more efficiently with shorter appointment times. We are creating a better patient experience, helping us become a top choice in the community for oral healthcare.

treatment numbers for students, so we may strengthen our reputation of producing practice-ready graduates. As alumni, we must support our alma mater and keep the institution strong. Alumni can do this in several ways, including a financial contribution, teaching a continuing education course, or mentoring a student. At minimum, we must promote the school’s reputation and communicate how delivering care in an educational setting has changed. If you know a patient looking for an alternative, inform them of the stellar treatment they will receive at the school. A referral form is available for download on the Detroit Mercy Dental website: dental.udmercy.edu/professionals-resources. Please join me in promoting the School of Dentistry to both prospective students and patients!


Michael J. Vilag, DDS '13 President

Thanks to the improvements to the clinic structure, the school is now able to accept more patients. This will increase the

{ 2018 - 2019 ALUMNI BOARD OF DIRECTORS { President Michael Vilag, D.D.S. ’13

Vice-President John Dinka, D.D.S. ‘86

Secretary Janet G. Miller, R.D.H. ‘70, B.S.

BOARD MEMBERS William Demray, D.D.S. ’75

Mark R. Mortiere, M.S. ’82, D.D.S. ’86

Jenna Strader-Zelek, R.D.H., B.S. ’01

Nicholas A. Fontana, D.D.S. ’72

Richard Raad, D.D.S. ’84

Barbara Zrebski, R.D.H. ’75, M.B.A.

John Kazanowski, D.D.S. ’79

Basam Shamo, D.D.S. ’13

Patrick Latcham, D.D.S. ’81

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Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education

2019 Course Offerings At-A-Glance


Common Drugs in the Dental Practice and the Pharmacology Behind Them Sanjay Chand, M.D. Livonia Marriott, Livonia 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)

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

Detroit Mercy is your source for evidencebased and clinically relavant courses that are designed to meet your educational needs.

CONTACT US PHONE: 313-494-6626 EMAIL: dentalce@udmercy.edu To register, or for complete course information, visit: dental.udmercy.edu/ce 36 |

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The Three Amigos: Sleep Apnea, Occlusion, and Splint Therapy Options Mark T. Murphy, D.D.S. The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture)


Becoming a Better U Narcotic Crisis: Root Causes, Myths, & Best Practices* Walid A. Harb, M.D., F.A.C.P. Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus, Detroit 9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 2.25 CEUs (Lecture)  FRIDAY, MARCH 29

The ABCs of Dental Trauma Management Susan Paurazas, D.D.S., M.S., M.H.S.A. Annette Skowronski, D.D.S. The Henry Hotel, Dearborn 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)


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


Salivary Diagnostics: Emerging Evidence Naama Sleiman, M.S., Ph.D. Cristine Smoczer, M.D., Ph.D. DoubleTree Hotel Detroit-Dearborn, Detroit 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation)

Marge Buehner, R.D.H., R.D.A., M.H.S.A. 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)  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 


Everything You Want to Know About Oral Surgery But Were Afraid to Ask Ronald Morris, D.D.S. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 16 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation)

Diabetes and the Dental Patient Sanjay Chand, M.D. Iroquois Club, Bloomfield Hills 6 – 9 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)




An Update of the New Periodontal Disease Classification System

Autoimmune Diseases of the Oral Cavity – An Updated Review

Hana Gadalla, B.D.S., M.Sc. Ana Janic, D.D.S., M.Sc. Livonia Marriott, Livonia 6 – 9 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)

Junu Ojha, B.D.S., M.S. The Park Place Hotel, Traverse City 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture) SATURDAY, JUNE 1


Sweeping Away the Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction in Orthodontics 2019 Richard Litt, D.D.S., M.S. The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture) FRIDAY, MAY 31

A Hands-On Review of Local Anesthesia Techniques: Helping to Better Manage Your Patients’ Pain*

A Common Sense Approach to Removable Partial Denture Design and Treatment Planning

I Didn’t Know that was a Law! Mert N. Aksu, D.D.S., J.D., M.H.S.A. Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., M.P.H. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 5:30 – 9 p.m. 3.5 CEUs (Lecture)

Registered Dental Assistant*


Current Guidelines for Opioid Use* Sanjay Chand, M.D. The Henry Hotel, Dearborn 6 – 9 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)

Describing What You See



Timothy R. Saunders, D.D.S. JULY Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit  FRIDAY, JULY 12 Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation for 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. the Registered Dental Hygienist and 7 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation)

Ana Janic, D.D.S., M.Sc. Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A. Carl Stone, D.D.S., M.A., MBA, M.A. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 Open Wide: Managing Pediatric Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Patients with Open Apices Campus, Detroit Susan Paurazas, D.D.S., M.S., M.H.S.A. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., M.P.H. 5 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation) Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown 3 CEUs (Lecture Only) Campus, Detroit FRIDAY, MAY 31 5 – 9 p.m. Developing a Differential Diagnosis – 4 CEUs (Lecture) Junu Ojha, B.D.S., M.S. The Park Place Hotel, Traverse City 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture)

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 7 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation)


Demystifying 3D Digital Dentistry: Armamentarium for the 21st Century

Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A. Claudine Sordyl, R.N., M.S. Tamika Thompson, D.D.S., M.S. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 12:30 – 2 p.m. (R.D.A. Lab) 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. (R.D.H. Lab) 6/9 CEUs (Online, Lecture & Hands-On/ Participation)  FRIDAY, JULY 12

Contemporary Soft Tissue Grafting for Teeth and Implants Bassam M. Kinaia, D.D.S., M.S. The Iroquois Club, Bloomfield Hills 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 4 CEUs (Lecture)

Pierre Obeid, D.D.S. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U

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Pharmacology of Analgesia and Pain Control* Sanjay Chand, M.D. The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture) FRIDAY, JULY 26

Prosthetically Driven Implant Dentistry: Practical Techniques from A to Z Timothy Kosinski, D.D.S. The Henry Hotel, Dearborn 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 7 CEUs (Lecture)


Local Anesthesia Administration for the R.D.H.: An Online, Lecture, and Hands-On Program*

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture & Demonstration)  FRIDAY, AUGUST 16

Dental Lasers: A 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)


A Hands-On Approach to Sinus Lift Augmentation: Anatomy, Treatment, and New Innovations Bassam M. Kinaia, D.D.S., M.S. Anthony Neely, D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., Ph.D. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 14 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation)


Forensic Odontology in a Medical Examiner’s Office Gary Berman, D.D.S., D.A.B.F.O. Chuck Berner, D.D.S., D.A.B.F.O. Mary A. Bush, D.D.S. Peter J. Bush, B.S. Todd Fenton, Ph.D. Sarah Krebs, M.S.P. William T. Lichon, D.D.S. Raymond Miller, D.D.S. Kelly Root, Forensic Photographer Carl Schmidt, M.D., D.A.B.F.P. Terry Thomas, Inspector F.D.L.E. Allan Warnick, D.D.S., D.A.B.F.O. Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, Detroit 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 16/40 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/ Participation)

Ana Janic, D.D.S., M.Sc. Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A.  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 Francisco Plaza Villegas, D.D.S., M.S., M.S. Esthetic Outcomes Using New  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Joshua Scheys, Ph.D. Techniques with Resin Composites: Hypertension, Heart Disease, and the Carl Stone, D.D.S., M.A., MBA, M.A. A Hands-On Approach Dental Patient Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., M.P.H. Rafael R. Pacheco, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D. Sanjay Chand, M.D. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Livonia Marriott, Livonia Campus, Detroit 6 – 9 p.m. Campus, Detroit 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture) 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 29 CEUs (Online, Lecture & Hands-On/ 6 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/ Participation)  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Participation) FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 Titan 10 Unite! A Multidisciplinary Approach to Head and Neck Cancers  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 Identifying Children at Risk – Steven Chang, M.D., F.A.C.S. Medical/Dental Collaboration for Infection Control in Dentistry Pediatric Airway Health Members of the HFHS Cancer Team Sanjay Chand, M.D. Wyland Gibbs, D.D.S., M.S. Detroit Mercy McNichols Nahid Kashani, D.D.S., M.S.D. Campus, Detroit Karen O’Rourke, D.D.S. The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Julia Worrall, R.N. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 6.5 CEUs (Lecture) The Henry Hotel, Dearborn 3 CEUs (Lecture) 38 |

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A Hands-On Review of Local Anesthesia Techniques: Helping to Better Manage Your Patients’ Pain* Ana Janic, D.D.S., M.Sc. Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A. Carl Stone, D.D.S., M.A., MBA, M.A. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 5 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/ Participation) 3 CEUs (Lecture Only)


Introduction to Treating Sleep Apnea in Your Practice: From Getting Started to Medical Billing Jeff Burton, R.N. Kimberly Munro Mark T. Murphy, D.D.S. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 12 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/ Participation)

* Offers credit in pain management

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.


Esthetic and Functional Solutions for Periodontal and Implant Conditions Hana Gadalla, B.D.S., M.Sc. Ana Janic, D.D.S., M.Sc. Bassam M. Kinaia, D.D.S., M.S. The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture) FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22

Perio 101: An Update on What Was Forgotten, What We Need to Know, and Why Marge Buehner, R.D.H., R.D.A., M.H.S.A. 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)

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

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.

ONLINE OFFERINGS Why Does My Tooth Hurt? Diagnosing Endodontic Pain* Susan Paurazas, D.D.S., M.H.S.A., M.S. 1 CEU (Online)

60 Minute Review of Local Anesthesia Administration for the Dental Practitioner* Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A. 1 CEU (Online)

60 Minute Review of Nitrous Oxide/ Oxygen Sedation for the Dental Practitioner* Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A. 1 CEU (Online)

OSHA Update for the Dental Office Sanjay Chand, M.D. 1 CEU (Online)

Pain Pathways of the Head and Neck * Maha Ahmad, Ph.D. 1 CEU (Online)

Innervations of the Head and Neck Maha Ahmad, Ph.D. 1 CEU (Online)

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.

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