Leading Edge Spring/Summer 2019

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LEA ING EDGE Spring/Summer 2019

A publication fo r a lu m n i a n d frie n d s o f U n i v e r s i t y o f D e t r o i t M e r c y S c h o o l of D entistr y

DENTAL CARE, ANYWHERE School-based programming keeps kids smiling and learning

OCTOBER 11-13, 2019 Island House Hotel Special, age pack discounted e learning with exclusoivpportunities. and leisure is limited, Space r so make yonus o ti a reser v today!

The Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Weekend on Mackinac Island promises fun, learning, and fall foliage at its finest. Enjoy your time away at the Island House Hotel, the island’s oldest hotel with cozy historic charm. Located on the waterfront, it allows direct access to island life and all the wonderful, natural beauty of Mackinac Island.

For pricing and more information, visit: dental.udmercy.edu/celebrating-alumni TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO EARN CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: Human Trafficking for the Dental Professional . Legal Issues in the Dental Practice Presented by: Mert Aksu, D.D.S., J.D., MHSA

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•Scenic Views • Peak Fall Colors • Cocktail Receptions • Bike Rentals •CE Credits •Hiking • Nightlife • Specialty Shops • FUDGE!




To register and for updated event information, visit dental.udmercy.edu/alumni FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2019

National Dental Association Annual Meeting – Alumni Reception Renaissance Washington DC, Downtown Hotel Washington, D.C. 5:30 – 7 p.m.

*Titan 10 Unite: CE Program A Multidisciplinary Approach to Head and Neck Cancers Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus Detroit 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 6, 2019

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21, 2019

ADA FDI Society World Dental Congress - Alumni Reception Tabletop Tap House San Francisco, Calif. 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Detroit Mercy Homecoming Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus Detroit

THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2019

*Titan 10 Unite: Dental Reception Founders Brewing Co., The Barrel Room Detroit 6 – 8 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCT. 11 - SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2019

San Francisco, Calif.

Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Weekend on Mackinac Island Island House Hotel Mackinac Island, Mich.

*Special offerings targeted toward graduates from the last 10 years, but all alumni are welcome to attend.

SHARE YOUR PICTURES WITH US! 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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Dean's Letter

Striving for the extraordinary

"To maintain our reputation, we are constantly evolving and setting new goals." Dr. Mert N. Aksu, Dean

Dear alumni and friends, In the spirit of our Jesuit and Mercy traditions “we must strive to do ordinary things extraordinarily well.” University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is not only a leader in educating oral health professionals, but also a resource in supporting oral health initiatives in Michigan. By distinguishing ourselves with excellence, we lead our graduates to success, provide for those in need and serve as a beacon of pride for our alumni. To maintain our reputation, we are constantly evolving and setting new goals. We look forward to another year with more exciting change and hope you will support us in our endeavors. If you have an opportunity to visit campus this fall, you can experience our enhanced entrance and patient reception area. This long-awaited addition will represent our commitment to be a destination of preference for oral health care and oral health education. We strive to distinguish ourselves as a place where patients not only receive great care but also a great experience. That experience must begin with the first impression and be sustained with each subsequent encounter. Our patients often present with not only complex oral and medical conditions, but many social determinants that create barriers to 4 |


establishing a sustainable relationship essential for successful outcomes. Furthermore, in a place with many names and faces it can be difficult for patients to develop trust, which is key for a long-term care plan. The new clinic model facilitates reliable patient experiences as well as opportunities for students to assure patients feel prioritized and heard. Our legacy of providing a great education depends on patients who entrust us with their care. Focusing on the patient care experience means focusing on the student educational experience. So students are able to be most effective during each patient encounter, we continue to improve learning by: • Enhancing the digital dentistry curriculum. We will do this by further integrating digitally based workflows in clinical care. Students will also have technology rich experiences with virtual reality treatment planning and diagnostic “reconstructions,” including experiences with digitally printed bite splints, diagnostic “wax-ups” and surgical guides. Additionally, with 3-D printing technology, students will be able to print areas of pathology to guide surgical treatment. • Increasing the number of interprofessional experiences. By collaborating with other health professions programs, students gain better understanding of the benefits

A rendering of the new entryway shows an inviting and spacious reception area, including optional self-check-in kiosks.

of integrated health management, as well as coordinated care and improved health outcomes. Experiences will be drawn from partnerships with the College of Health Professions and medical programs at Wayne State University and Oakland University. • Strengthening community-based education. We are working with the Wayne County Health Department to open a dental clinic in Hamtramck as part of the Wayne County Federally Qualified Health Center. Like our other community-based partnerships around the state, this will provide students with practice-based experiences and opportunities to reflect upon the diverse needs of populations and barriers to access to care throughout Michigan. By way of these additions to the curriculum, we expand our role in the state. Other initiatives for doing this include: • Improving prenatal and maternal health. The Delta Dental Foundation has provided supplementary funding to continue our statewide program that integrates dental services into a primary care setting for at-risk pregnant women. More details about this program are provided on Page 32.

• Focusing on Population Health. It is in the early stages, but we are excited to be working on a new population health project in partnership with Delta Dental Foundation and Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The project will create early intervention programs and longitudinally study the opportunity to reduce the incidence and burden of dental disease. Doing things extraordinarily well takes effort and thoughtfulness. Your support is appreciated as we work to achieve our mission. I look forward to keeping in touch and visiting with you at alumni events and other activities. We appreciate your generous support; without you, we could not achieve the success that sustains our reputation. Best regards for a great summer season.

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

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



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Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. University President Mert N. Aksu, D.D.S., J.D., M.H.S.A. Dean aksumn@udmercy.edu Kari Radjewski, M.A. Communications Specialist Editor-in-Chief radjewkj@udmercy.edu Rhonda Evans, B.F.A. Communications Coordinator & 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 kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu Thomas W. Sklut, M.A. Director of Development skluttw@udmercy.edu Evan Godell Media Specialist Photographer godellea@udmercy.edu

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

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Upcoming Alumni Events...........................................................................................3 Dean’s Message.........................................................................................................4 University News..........................................................................................................7 Commencement 2019................................................................................................8 You Can Go Your Own Way......................................................................................10 Alumni Spotlight......................................................................................................14 Student Essay...........................................................................................................16 Diversity & Inclusion.................................................................................................17 Outreach..................................................................................................................18 Research...................................................................................................................19 FEATURE ARTICLE: Dental Care, Anywhere .......................................................................................20 Recent Events...........................................................................................................30 School News.............................................................................................................32 Alumni Board............................................................................................................35 Continuing Education..............................................................................................36

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Campaign reaches goal, but opportunities remain The Campaign for University of Detroit Mercy reached its $100-million goal in January, a year ahead of schedule, though two initiatives remain short of their goals. Antoine Davis had an astounding freshman year on the court

A record-breaking basketball season The outstanding season for University of Detroit Mercy star guard Antoine Davis ended with him being named the Horizon League Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Horizon League. He is the eighth Titan in school history to earn the league’s Freshman/Newcomer of the Year honor and the fifth as a freshman following Rashad Phillips (1998), Ray McCallum (2011), Paris Bass (2015) and Corey Allen (2017). Davis is also just the second Titan in school history to garner First Team All-Conference honors as a true freshman joining Norm Swanson,

who was First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference in 1950. Davis ended his season leading the Horizon League in scoring at 26.1 points per game, becoming just the fifth Titan to lead the league in scoring and the first since Ray McCallum’s 18.7 in 2012-13. He had 784 points on the year, the second best in Detroit Mercy history and just one point away from the record. He also brought national attention to the basketball program when he set a new NCAA freshman record of 132 3-pointers, breaking the mark NBA superstar Stephen Curry set as a freshman during the 2006-07 season.


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

“The success of the campaign is due to the generosity of our alumni and friends as well as their dedication to educating the next generation of our graduates in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions,” said President Antoine M. Garibaldi. Among the successes of the campaign are: •

$40.3 million of the $25-million goal for academic programming and faculty support has been raised.

$14.3 million of the $10-million goal for unrestricted support has been received or pledged.

77 percent of all gifts have come from alumni and friends.

More than 27 gifts of $1 million or more have been received, including six gifts of $2 million or more from alumni.

The University’s endowment has more than doubled since June 2011, with $28 million of the gifts designated for the endowment.

The University will push toward meeting the unmet goals for scholarships and facility improvements on all three campuses until the campaign ends on Dec. 31. D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U



Commencement 2019 Friday, May 10 | 9:30 a.m. | Calihan Hall

President Antoine M. Garibaldi presents Jonathan Zora, D.D.S.’19 with the Vivere Ex Missione Award. This award is for a student who best exemplifies the University mission which reads “a Detroit Mercy education seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of our students.”

Signifying the completion of her dental degree, Adrienne Wong, D.D.S.’19 is hooded by her father, Dennis K. Wong, D.D.S. and mentor, Irvin Silverstein, D.D.S.

Mark T. Murphy, D.D.S. ’81 Commencement Speaker Murphy has practiced in the Rochester, Mich., area for more than 35 years. He is the lead faculty for Clinical Education at ProSomnus Sleep Technologies, Principal of Funktional Sleep, serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and is a regular presenter at the Pankey Institute. He has served on the boards of directors of the Pankey Institute, National Association of Dental Laboratories, Identalloy Council, Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology, St. Vincent DePaul's Dental Center and Dental Advisor. He is also a wellknown international lecturer on leadership, practice management, communication, case acceptance, dental sleep medicine, TMD, treatment planning and occlusion.

Visit our Facebook page @detroitmercydental for more Commencement photos, or search #DetroitMercy2019 on social media.

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He did it! Evan Castile, D.D.S.’19 moves to high-five a classmate after receiving his degree.

Danielle Waller, R.D.H., B.S.’19, reacts to receiving her diploma with pure joy

Class of 2019 Awards Each year, graduating students are honored with a variety of awards based on a demonstration of excellence in different aspects of dentistry and dental education. Recipients are selected by deans, directors, and chiefs of service in the areas of Academic Administration, Clinical Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Leadership & Service, Pediatric Dentistry and Research & Biomedical Sciences. The Class of 2019 had 38 students presented with 43 Division Awards and the following Dean's Achievement Awards: (front, left to right): Ayah Koleilat, Donya Dabiri, Mohammed Ameen, Brian Laing, Michael Herman (back, left to right): Hadi Khazaal, S. Moniba Mirkhani, Vinay Patel, Mohammed Sobh, and Jonathan Zora Not pictured: Jae Ha Kim, Michelle Tra

OKU Inductees Hadi Khazaal, D.D.S. Paige Perrin, R.D.H., B. S. Michelle Tra, D.D.S.

Nicole Christy, D.D.S.

Hadi Khazaal, D.D.S. Dental – Outstanding Academic Achievement Award: The graduate who has attained the highest scholastic standing in the dental class. Paige Perrin, R.D.H., B.S. Dental Hygiene – Outstanding Academic Achievement Award: The graduate who has attained the highest scholastic standing in the dental hygiene class.

Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) is the national dental honor society. The organization was founded in 1914 and the Greek letters Omicron Kappa Upsilon translate as “Teeth and Health.” Graduates with high scholarship are first considered, in addition to other factors including character, potential for leadership, professionalism, and ethics.

Michelle Tra, D.D.S. International College of Dentists Student Leadership Award: The dental graduate who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and great potential for continued future leadership. The award includes $500. Nicole Christy, D.D.S. Delta Dental Foundation Student Leadership Award: The dental graduate who has demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to public service and outstanding service in dentistry. The award includes $2,500. Delta Dental Foundation Community Commitment Award: The dental graduate who has demonstrated commitment to community service and underserved populations. The award includes $25,000. Christy was selected for these awards based on her leadership as the Class of 2019 Secretary and an admissions ambassador, as well as her commitment to serving in a designated health professional shortage area after graduation at the John Fornetti Dental Center in Iron Mountain, Mich.

(left to right) Janeice Flores-Davies, B.S. ’14 affiliate professor, Weam Nahhas, Olivia Mattard

Sigma Phi Alpha Inductees Sigma Phi Alpha (SPA) is the national honor society of the dental hygiene profession. Membership in SPA is comprised of elected dental hygiene educators and of graduates from accredited dental hygiene programs with high scholastic achievement.

For a list all awards, visit: news.dental.udmercy.edu/2019-awards

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YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY… Alumni forging non-traditional paths in the oral health profession By Kari Radjewski

"When athletes aren't on the court, they are in my Detroit office for routine care. Yes, they fit in the chairs!" While running a thriving practice to the stars in Manhattan, Robert DiPilla, D.D.S. ’89 would read with enthusiasm news about the revitalization of Detroit, the city he calls home. He decided he wanted to be part of that.

Robert DiPilla, D.D.S. ’89

Now he runs a growing practice in the heart of downtown and is making his mark in another way: As the team dentist for the Detroit Pistons.

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practice located downtown close to the court made it an easy decision. He started the position at the beginning of the 2018-19 season and says he is enjoying sports medicine. “It is an honor and an exciting opportunity,” he stated. As team dentist, his responsibilities include making mouthguards for each player and attending every home game to care for Pistons players and those playing against them in case of a dental emergency.

Francisco Lafata, R.D.H., B.S. ’13 Dental Supplies Sales Representative, Benco Dental Pursuing orthodontics had always been the plan for Frank Lafata, R.D.H., B.S. ’13. He started by earning a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene to lay a foundation for future studies. As an undergraduate, Lafata was in a serious car accident resulting in injury to his back. He worked through the pain to continue his studies. Upon graduation, he juggled several jobs in private practice but realized early on that a career as an orthodontist or hygienist would be too difficult physically for him. He knew he would have to make a career change, but wanted to stay within the profession.

"I can grown in my position, I can set new goals and work toward them."

Lafata was encouraged after looking into dental supply sales. In 2015, he took the leap and has not looked back. Should there be an emergency, care is provided onsite in the Detroit Red Wings medical suite at Little Caesars Arena; a dental unit and all materials are available to DiPilla.

“At first it was tough establishing a network and rapport with the offices I walked into,” Lafata said. But soon he realized his advantage: He can relate to clinicians in a way many of his colleagues cannot.

“When athletes aren’t on the court, they are seen in my Detroit office for routine care,” he explained, adding “Yes, they fit in the chairs!”

“I am a provider, myself. I can explain how products work and the benefits of them,” he said. “They trust me because I’ve been in their shoes and understand their needs.”

The office is located at One Woodward, exactly across the street from the Spirit of Detroit statue and Hart Plaza and overlooking the Detroit River. His Detroit practice makes it convenient for players to receive care, as well as those living, working and spending time in the city.

A benefit for Lafata is that the job lets him interact with people and educate them, two of the aspects of being a dental hygienist he liked best.

In addition to his Detroit office, DiPilla maintains an office in Birmingham, Mich., established in 2002, and continues to practice in Manhattan.

“I can grow in my position,” he said. “I can set new goals and work toward them.”

Most of all though, working in sales has given Lafata a new sense of drive.

Sales has proven to be the right route for Lafata and he enjoys maintaining technique and expertise as a dental hygienist in private practice on Saturdays. D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U

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Janet G. Miller, R.D.H. ’70, B.S. Owner and Certified Trainer CPR by JGM, LLC

When Jan Miller, R.D.H. ’70, B.S. set out to become a certified CPR training instructor in 2012, it was out of pure curiosity. She wanted to know what she, as a dental professional, needed to know and why. “There is very little legislature applied to the dental profession – it is mostly aimed at medicine,” Miller explained.

"It was well into my career that I began this venture; you just have to stay curious."

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She never thought the simple act of asking a question would lead to a business opportunity. Fast-forward several years and she is the founder and owner of CPR by JGM, LLC; a company that provides clients with CPR, AED, and first aid training, as well as training in identifying and helping victims of human trafficking. “I had zero expectations when starting this,” she said.

The business started when dental offices and groups invited her to their offices to provide training. Word-ofmouth referrals started to flood in and before she knew it, her side hobby turned into a thriving business. When she became president of the Michigan Dental Hygiene Association in 2017 she realized she had a powerful platform to get her message out. She emphasized proper training to the dental hygiene profession during her term. Since December 2018, after practicing dental hygiene for more than 40 years, she has pursued CPR by JGM, LLC, full-time. “I hope my story will encourage those who physically, mentally, or emotionally need a change,” Miller said. “It was well into my career that I began this venture; you just have to stay curious.”

Joe W. Nieto, D.D.S. ’05

Chief Dental Officer Satellite White Swan Dental Clinic Yakama Indian Health Center Services (IHS) from a classmate who participated in an IHS externship. She enjoyed the experience and encouraged him to research IHS career opportunities. He did just that, and before he knew it, Nieto was on his way to practice on the Yakama Reservation in rural Washington. Out of admiration of his childhood dentist, Joe W. Nieto, D.D.S. ’05 felt drawn to dentistry. The more he learned how much he could help people as a dentist, the more he wanted to become one. Growing up in Los Angeles, he was exposed to diverse communities and a wide range of socioeconomic statuses. His parents worked for the city, his mother in employee benefits, his stepfather was a policeman and father did print work. Nieto recognized disparity at a young age and as a dentist, he knew he could address a need. This made him work hard during school years.

"Public health was always a Priority to me. Going into dental school, I knew that it was the route I would Pursue."

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the health care system for federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Natives in the United States. Most patients come from a high level of poverty and have a great need for dental care. “The work is overwhelming and rewarding as ever,” Nieto said. “Patients need an incredible amount of treatment but are genuinely appreciative. Knowing I made a difference is the best feeling to have at the end of each day.”

“Public Health was always a priority to me,” Nieto said. “Going into dental school, I knew that it was the route I would pursue.”

It has now been 14 years learning the culture and people and gaining their trust. He has no plans to explore other options. “I will probably stay with IHS until retirement!” he said.

During his fourth year of dental school, he learned about Indian Health

To learn more about IHS, visit ihs.gov/dentistry. D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U

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Alumni Spotlight Allan J. Warnick, D.D.S. ’64 received the Detroit Mercy 2019 Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Dentistry for his leadership in the field of forensic dentistry. In addition to numerous published articles on forensic dentistry, Warnick has served on the board of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and American Board of Forensic Odontology, and coordinated the undergraduate and post-graduate forensic dental programs at Detroit Mercy Dental. He created the Michigan Dental Association’s Forensic Dental Identification Team, which he managed from 1986 to 2015. He has helped to create dental identification teams across the country and notably lead a team to help identify victims of the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

James Bumford, D.D.S. ’76, Gary Vance, D.D.S. ’76, David Renaud, D.D.S. ’76, Richard Doney, D.D.S. ’76, David Forester, D.D.S. ’76 and Robert Gorski, D.D.S. ’76 (left to right), classmates from the Dental Class of 1976 have been meeting for a dental study club dinner on the second Wednesday of every Each year, the university chooses an alumnus from each College or School to honor month for the last 43 years. for excelling in his or her profession, demonstrating outstanding leadership in work The group discusses topics and devoting himself or herself in service to the larger community. in dentistry and shares case histories and diagnosis. Their Michael J. Vilag, D.D.S. ’13 was presented commitment to learning from with the 2019 Michigan Dental Association one another has made them (MDA) Public Service Award at the MDA House better clinicians and providers of Delegates on Thurs., May 2. He was selected to their patients. for the award based on his contributions to the underserved and involvement in professional activities. In addition to regularly volunteering at St. Leo’s Malta and St. Vincent DePaul clinics in Detroit, he volunteers at Lifeline's Donated Dental Services (DDS) and Mission of Mercy. He also travels to the Dominican Republic annually on behalf of Detroit Mercy Dental’s Alpha Omega mission trip, which he co-created as a student in 2012. Vilag is active in Detroit District Dental Society, MDA, Detroit Mercy Dental, and has been a grassroots lobbyist since 2010. Timothy Kosinski, D.D.S. ’84, Mark R. Morin, D.D.S. ’85, Mark T. Murphy, D.D.S. ’81, and Ara Nazarian, D.D.S. ’95 were named 2019 CE Leaders by Dentistry Today.

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Stephanie Pajot, R.D.H., B.S. ’02 recently became a spokesperson and educator for DenMat, an organization that provides dental practices with a unique mix of innovative products, education, and laboratory services. She teaches hygienists and dentists how to incorporate soft-tissue lasers into scaling and root planning procedures. She maintains dental hygiene in private practice, as well.

Robert Erhard, D.D.S.’92 recently received the Michigan Donated Dental Services Volunteer Dentist Award from the Michigan Dental Association. He has participated with the Michigan Donated Dental Services (DDS) Program since 1995 and has treated 20 patients and fabricated about 40 individual dentures. His long-standing presence with the program was commended because he does phenomenal treatment and provides the dentures so there are Ali Sobh, D.D.S. ’96 and his no additional lab arrangements. daughter, Mariam Sobh, a second-year dental student, kindly provided hot chocolate and coffee to students, faculty Stephen Meraw, D.D.S. ’95, M.S., was elected and staff at the Corktown president-elect of the Michigan Dental Association Campus on a cold winter on May 2. This one-year term will end when he morning during the polar vortex. is installed president at the MDA 2020 House of Delegates. Meraw has held many leadership positions including president of the Michigan Periodontal Association, Detroit District Dental Society, and Bunting Periodontal Society.

Carly Cassleman, D.D.S. ’13 opened St. Clair Tooth Co. in St. Clair Shores, Mich., in December 2018. The modern office provides a personalized approach to dentistry. When asked if she had any advice to those looking to start a new practice, Cassleman said, “Know what you don’t know, and find someone who can help you learn it.”

Zareena Banu, D.D.S. ’06 recently served as a media expert across multiple television news channels in Michigan, communicating important information to the public regarding dangerous effects of vaping and its negative impact on dental health.

Mark Parete, D.D.S. ’12, M.S. ’14, president; Jason Uszynski, D.D.S. '14, vice-president; Eric Bellis, D.D.S.’15, treasurer and Kristyn Hope, D.D.S. ’14, M.S. ’17, secretary, comprise the 2018-2019 Essex County Dental Society executive board, all whom are Detroit Mercy alumni. The organization is in Ontario, Canada.


If you or a fellow alumnus has reached a career milestone, please send corresponding details and a photo to Kimberly Raleigh, director of Alumni Relations at kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu.

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Student Essay

Educating and inspiring across the world By Rabia Kadwani, DS3

When I first decided I wanted to be a dentist, I also decided I didn’t want to just stop there. I wanted to be a lifelong volunteer and educator, and to make a difference in the lives of as many people as I possibly could. Now with two years of dental school completed, I am so excited to finally be able to do just that.

Rabia with her father, Ashfaq Kadwani

In December 2018, I had the opportunity to travel to Karachi, Pakistan, where my parents are from and where I was born. More specifically, my dad grew up in Lyari, Karachi’s oldest and densest neighborhood, where poverty prevails to this day. Listening to stories about his childhood and the lack of oral health education he received in school is what led me to present at a school in Lyari, coincidentally built in the exact place where his childhood home once was.

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One hundred girls willingly came back to school during their winter break to listen to me speak about oral health. I demonstrated and discussed how to properly brush and floss teeth, the importance of going to the dentist regularly, and the dangers of chewing tobacco in its various forms, a common practice in Lyari.

"It was incredibly humbling to stand in front of these young girls and serve as a role model to them." The program ended with a questionand-answer session and the distribution of toothbrushes and toothpaste generously donated by Colgate. It was incredibly humbling to stand in front of these young girls and serve as a role model to them. I hope I inspired them to pursue their goals and show them what is possible.

Diversity & Inclusion

New programs introduce youth to careers in dentistry The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) is proud to announce two new and important grants which will enable more pipeline programming to introduce youth to careers in oral healthcare and in efforts to diversify the future dental workforce. The MDA Foundation Grant Award, in the amount of $5,000, will support Future Smilemakers, which targets seventh- and eighth-grade students in metro Detroit. Participants will receive oral hygiene instruction and take part in other aspects of dental education including simulation activities and primary care exposure. In November 2018, ODI engaged in a partnership with Gesu Elementary/Middle School and several other schools are currently coordinating partnerships to participate in the prgram. Participants in the after-school STEM program engage in hands-on activities

The Ford Community Corps Program Grant has provided $5,000 to create opportunities for young girls to engage in STEM fields and dentistry. In partnership with the Mercy Education Project, ODI developed an after-school program that includes STEM learning activities for economically disadvantaged girls in grades 1-12 in southwest Detroit, where there is a large population of minorities who are underrepresented in STEM fields. The program began in March of this year.

Enlightening diversity training improves organizational culture

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ODI is working to improve diversity and inclusion in educational programming. In March, Eliminating Racism and Creating/Celebrating Equity – or ERACCE training – was presented to select School of Dentistry faculty and staff. The training is designed to help participants begin the development of a common language necessary for having productive conversations about race and systemic racism. Participants engaged in interactive group activities and discussion. This initiative is part of a Sisters of Mercy grant awarded to University Ministry. Plans are under way to bring the training to more employees at the School of Dentistry.

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American House Foundation funds “ This didn’t treatment for senior patients just make my Holly Ellis, B.S.W. ’05, executive generations, but they face many of American House Foundation, barriers in accessing dental services day, it made director knows the importance of oral health. to maintain optimum oral health. She also understands the financial According to the CDC, 35.7% of adults my entire challenges many seniors face when aged 65 and older did not have a dental accessing dental services. So she visit in 2016. For many, it is due to an year.” reached out to Detroit Mercy Dental. inability to afford care. The American House Foundation works to improve quality of life for senior citizens living at or below the poverty level. They generously provided $10,000 to Detroit Mercy Dental to pay for services for these patients. “American House Foundation wanted to develop a dental program to help low-income seniors have the financial support they needed to address their oral health and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry seemed like the obvious partnership,” Ellis explained. Seniors are keeping their teeth longer than previous

“Dental care is often put off because of cost and the impact on the overall health of the patient can be greatly compromised, especially in seniors,” Ellis said. “We are excited to watch this new program make a real impact on the health and well-being of its patients.” So far, funds have been used to assist lowincome senior patients at Detroit Mercy to receive preventative and periodontal treatment, extractions, crowns and partial and complete dentures. Eugene Huntington, 64, was provided a partial denture through the grant. Huntington is currently undergoing treatment for a cancer diagnosis and struggling to pay medical bills; completing his dental treatment would have to be postponed. Michael Pyatenko, D.D.S. ’91, clinical assistant professor and clinical leader, identified Huntington as a candidate for the American House Foundation’s grant. “We wanted to help Mr. Huntington through this tough time and enhance his quality of life by allowing him to eat comfortably,” Pyatenko stated. When Huntington learned the balance on his account had been paid, he was overcome with gratitude and joy. “It’s nice knowing someone is there looking-out for me,” he said with great emotion. “I’ve always spent my life trying to look out for everyone else. This didn’t just make my day, it made my entire year.”  American House Foundation funds treatment for patients like Eugene Huntington

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Research activity expands into renovated space

“Additional laboratory space was needed due to expanded programs in undergraduate research.” Researchers can now enjoy more space, equipment and resources thanks to an expansion of the biomedical science research laboratory on the Corktown Campus. Additional laboratory space was needed due to expanded programs in undergraduate research, including scholars in the ReBUILDetroit program and dental and dental hygiene students in the Student Research Program. During the winter term, three rooms on the second floor of the Clinic Building were renovated into an upgraded, spacious research facility. “At points last summer, when students are most active in research, there were more than 20 people working in the main research lab at the same time,” David Fischer, assistant professor in the division of Integrated Biomedical

Sciences, said. “This led to shortages of laboratory work space and difficulty scheduling experiments.” “As our student involvement continues to grow, and with the investment in multiple research projects headed by ambitious junior faculty, we needed more laboratory space,” explained Joshua Thomson, assistant professor in the division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences. “We appreciate the administration’s support as our research program expands.” In addition to the extra space, researchers now have new equipment including an additional biological safety cabinet, a cell culture incubator and an experimental plate washer. The renovated lab also offers additional clean space for quantitative polymerase chain reaction setup, to test changes in gene activity.

New Research Equipment: • Biosafety cabinet • Quantitative Real-Time PCR system • Tissue Culture Incubator • Microplate Washer

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DENTAL CARE, ANYWHERE School-based programming keeps kids smiling and learning By Kari Radjewski

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"Seeing a dentist would be new to him, but he couldn't wait..." It is a typical day at a Detroit school. But along with the day’s reading, writing and arithmetic, there’s a visit from Tommy Titan and his friends from Detroit Mercy Dental. Eleven-year-old Zaid is a first-generation Iraqi immigrant. Seeing a dentist would be new to him, but he couldn’t wait to see what was inside the big bus parked in the school parking lot that morning. A curious boy, he explored the Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic (TFTMC) and said he thought Tommy Titan looked like a superhero. He expected a great time. During this first visit aboard TFTMC, he chatted with student dental providers, telling them his mouth hurt. Zaid received a comprehen-

sive exam, cleaning and x-rays that revealed he would need six fillings and two extractions. His treatment plan would total more than $500, an amount not uncommon for young patients seen with the program. TFTMC returned to Zaid’s school throughout the academic year and student providers worked to complete the lengthy treatment plan. He looked forward to his visits – all his classmates do. As a result of these visits, Zaid is no longer in pain and learned proper dental hygiene habits, the importance of taking care of his teeth and how to make healthier food choices so he can maintain a healthy mouth.

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Detroit Mercy Dental has two complementary mobile programs that students participate in as part of the Community-Based Dental Education curriculum. Each program travels throughout the community to partnering sites to provide treatment and oral hygiene education, returning annually for follow-up care.

Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic (TFTMC)

"Dental disease is one of the most common reasons for school absences." Zaid’s story is one example of many similar cases seen in the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry’s mobile programming. He and his peers come from diverse backgrounds and circumstances; they are immigrants and refugees, people with special needs and children with HIV. A dental visit during the school day has everything to do with a child’s ability to learn and succeed: Dental disease is one of the most common reasons for school absences. Oral pain impacts a child’s nutrition, sleeping and ability to concentrate and learn. A 2000 report from the U.S. Surgeon General estimated that more than

This 38-foot mobile dental coach includes an eight-chair clinic: four chairs inside the van and four portable chairs that can be set up on location. Throughout the academic year, the clinic travels to participating schools in metropolitan Detroit to provide comprehensive care for school children. Treatment is performed by third- and fourth-year dental students under supervision of a licensed dentist and dental hygienist faculty.

51 million school hours are lost annually due to dental-related illnesses. To help address this issue, the School of Dentistry partners with local K-12 schools to provide preventive and comprehensive dental services to students through the Shield a Smile School-Based Sealant Program (SAS) and Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic. For most children seen via schoolbased mobile dental programs, it is the first experience they have with a dental hygienist or dentist. It is an exciting opportunity and an adventure – a field trip outside of the classroom.

Shield a Smile School-Based Sealant Program (SAS) This program travels throughout metro Detroit to partner sites where second-year dental hygiene students provide preventive services under the supervision of licensed dental hygiene faculty, to children and adolescents in grades K-12. Dental hygiene students provide cleanings, sealants, screenings and fluoride treatments to children with limited access to dental care. Children requiring further restorative services are referred to the School of Dentistry. D E N TA L . U D M E R C Y. E D U

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“By bringing services to these schools, children of Detroit can show up for school feeling healthy, pain-free and ready to learn.” For reasons wide and varied, decay is rampant in these children and it often goes untreated. “Mobile school-based programs reveal the urban access to care issues plaguing our local communities, a problem for many families for various reasons or a combination of them,” said Director of Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic, Tarik Shounia, D.D.S. ’14 “Parents are often unable to take time off work to seek healthcare for their children, and/or lack dental insurance and/or transportation,” Shounia said. 24 |


“Sometimes parents are unaware of the importance of oral health. Whatever the situation may be – if they can’t come to us, we go to them.”

school feeling healthy, pain-free and ready to learn, positioning them for success. And outcomes improve as the mobile programs return throughout the years.

Mobile programming is a resourceful approach to providing quick and effective preventive and comprehensive care for youth while eliminating parental barriers to receiving care for their children.

“Dental sealant delivery programs like SAS are effective in reducing and preventing tooth decay,” said Dana Zanotti, R.D.H., B.S., an affiliate professor who works with the Shield a Smile School-Based Sealant Program. “We are proud to see improvements in our patient’s oral health each time we return to their school.”

Still, external factors persist long after TFTMC and SAS drive away. Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work and play affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. Poverty limits access to healthy foods, safe neighborhoods, education and stable housing. The majority of the school populations TFTMC and SAS partners with are living at or below the federal poverty level. With a host of challenges facing them, these vulnerable, underserved populations have the most severe need. By bringing services to these schools, children of Detroit can show up for

“The programs are not designed to become a dental home for patients, but we inevitably do for a substantial number of children,” said Divesh Byrappagari, B.D.S., M.S.D., director, Dental Public Health & Outreach. “Preventative services provided at an earlier age are cost effective in the long-term and research shows mobile programs are effective in preventing cavities in children. TFTMC and SAS are about more than treating disease; they provide preventive services at an early age and educate children so they can become healthier adults.”


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TFTMC functions like a typical dental office in a more compact space. It is even capable of taking x-rays using a handheld system. Bringing services to schools establishes trust and confidence in children. Oftentimes, communities served are dealing with a great deal of poverty and crime. Schools, however, are a haven where children can feel safe. TFTMC visits during school hours in the schools’ parking lots, visible from classroom windows and within walking distance from students’ classes. SAS is set-up inside the school. On Monday, children could have gathered for an art class in a room that on Tuesday has been transformed into a friendly and inviting dental clinic. Because treatment is provided in a safe and familiar space, and children see their peers enjoying the experience, it makes a visit to the dentist less intimidating. In fact, in a comfortable environment, children are more confident and likely to share with providers issues they may never bring up to a guardian, as Cassidy Plough, R.D.H., B.S. ’19, has observed.


Student Testimonial

Cassidy Plough

Dental Hygiene Class of 2019 “There were many profound moments that humbled me during my SAS rotations. Sometimes I am taken aback by their responses. When children say they share their toothbrush with their younger siblings or don’t have toothpaste, it puts their situations into perspective and reminds me of the value of this program. One that stands out most is when I asked a child if she brushes her teeth after dinner and she told me she doesn’t eat dinner. It was shocking to hear and very eye-opening. I go to school and complete my requirements, go on my rotations and check things off a list so I can graduate, not even realizing that the sealant I placed, the baby teeth I cleaned or emphasis I made on brushing made a huge difference in the life of that child.”

Student Testimonial “Compared to the children seen on campus, the SAS patients are very honest about their hygiene habits. Sometimes that is because they don’t know what that should be. Other times I think it is because we are on their turf and they feel comfortable having a conversation,” she explained. “I always seem to learn what is really going on at home which helps me educate them accordingly.” These experiences evoke a great sense of empathy in dental and dental hygiene students, enabling them to not only treat, but serve. They help Detroit Mercy students to develop a different level of trust and communication skills as they relate to socio-economic conditions and barriers of access to dental care. Many do not realize many of these issues hit so close to home and as a result of programming, have a clearer understanding of the struggles and challenges impoverished communities face daily. This often leads students to reflect upon their future careers as oral health professionals and their responsibility to address social issues related to underinsured and underserved populations. It may also encourage them to consider careers in public health.

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Dental Class of 2019 “Despite my previous experience in ASDA as the legislative liaison and active engagement in advocating for access to care at the State and National Lobby Day, witnessing the problem firsthand on the mobile clinic made me realize the severity of the matter. It seems there is no simple solution to the issue of access to care, but I believe that through Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic, we provide care to patients who may not have the ability to access it without the clinic. One of the best services we can provide on the mobile clinic is education and preventative care. This rotation has motivated me to engage in a potential political solution that alleviates barriers to dental care and inspired me to volunteer at a student-run clinic that provides free dental care to patients in need on weekends.”

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School-based programs expose children to careers in oral health care at a young age

The whole community benefits through these mobile dental programs. Detroit Mercy Dental students grow and the children who receive care can do better work in school and are exposed to careers in oral health at an early age. Programs like TFTMC and SAS provide future cost savings to their families and the

government. Residually, a dental presence in school calls attention to the importance of oral health and patients often pass on dental hygiene information to their family members. There are a host of benefits to mobile dentistry, but the need doesn’t go away with programs like these. In fact, they prove the need for more like them.

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If you would like to support Detroit Mercy Dental school-based programs and outreach, visit dental.udmercy.edu/give or contact Tom Sklut, director of Development, at thomas.sklut@udmercy.edu or 313-494-6624.

A Detroit Mercy Dental education is a prestigious honor. Your gift allows us to carry out our m ission to develop competent, socially and e thically sensitive oral health professionals through excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Â Your gift will make a difference in the lives of our students and the future of our profession.

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Recent Events 1 // Winter Blast // Jan 19 Alumni Board President, Michael J. Vilag, D.D.S. ’13 (left) and Alexandra Palamaru, D.D.S.’19 (right), spiced up the University’s Titan Winter Blast. The pair cooked a batch of sweet chorizo chili and won the School of Dentistry first-place in the annual Chili Cook-off!

2 // Talent Show // Feb. 8 Detroit Mercy Dental’s Got Talent included a wide array of entertainers and exceptional displays of talent, including dancers, cultural performers and musicians like ukulele player, Kristin Sigurjonsson, D.D.S. ’19.

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3 // CDS MidWinter Meeting // Feb. 21 It was wonderful to see more than 40 alumni, including Mark Mortiere, M.S. ’82, D.D.S. ’86 (left) and Phillip Swantek, D.D.S. ’18 (right), from throughout the country gathered in Chicago at the alumni reception for the Chicago Dental Society MidWinter Meeting. Guests networked and reminisced with former classmates and colleagues over appetizers and beverages.

4 // Ladies High Tea Luncheon // Feb. 24 For the ninth year, the SNDA hosted the annual Ladies High Tea luncheon with the theme, “Reshaping Perceptions and Taking the Lead.” Jana Tumpkin McQueen, D.D.S. spoke about taking the lead and not being afraid to ask. Attendees enjoyed the menu and message, including (left to right) Aimee Yarde, DS3, Jessica Singleton, D.D.S.’19, Chelsea Covington, D.D.S. ’19.


5 // Research Day // March 6 The Student Research Group hosted a special daytime event to support the research efforts happening at the School of Dentistry. Students, residents, and faculty presented interesting and exciting explorations in dental research to their peers, as did Lucas Mathes, DS3 (left) and Scott Knurek, DS3 (right).

6 6 // Legislative Visit // March 11 Legislative leaders throughout Michigan joined us to tour campus, meet with the dean and converse with students to learn about how they can help us continue to be a leader in dental education and oral health care.

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Twelve student members of SNDA and Christian Dental Association travelled to St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica during spring break to provide dental services to underserved communities. Approximately 300 patients were seen during a four-day period; more than 500 procedures were completed including fillings, extractions, root canals and dental cleanings.

8 // Taste of Diversity // April 17 The year’s most colorful event featured flavors from around the world, and performances including African dancers, Mexican dancers, spoken word and more. Thank you to SNDA for hosting this event and encouraging respect and reverence for the differences that make each of us who we are.

9 // Student Appreciation Dinner // April 20 Cheers to all student leaders who made the 201819 academic year a success. To show appreciation for their hard work to make sure peers were heard, informed and engaged, the group, including (left to right) Patrick Anghel, D.D.S. ’19, Nicole Christy, D.D.S. ’19 and Janine Matos, D.D.S. ’19 gathered for a special evening at Detroit Beer Company.



10 // Mandiball - Dinner Dance // April 27 Mandiball proved itself, again, as a favorite event. Held at the Wintergarden in the Renaissance Center, there was a beautiful riverfront view and lots of dancing as seen by (left to right) Stacey Lee, adjunct instructor, Dane Krauzowicz, DS3 and Yousif Brikho, DS3.

11 // Rolling Down the River // May 2 To celebrate alumni, we hosted a special evening cruise and rolled down the Detroit River. Alumni of all generations enjoyed the event including (center) Natalie Datien, D.D.S.’13, photographed with her grandfather Robert L. Legel, D.D.S. ’54 (left), and father Steven C. Legel, D.D.S. ’81 (right).


12 12 // SNDA/SNDHA Senior Send-Off // May 8 The Student National Dental/Dental Hygiene Association celebrated graduating seniors with a special send-off at Andiamo’s in Detroit. Awards were presented and it was one last opportunity to enjoy one another’s company, like Lola Banks (left), director, Diversity and Inclusion, and Danielle Waller (right), R.D.H., B.S.’19.

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Around the School of Dentistry

New partnership with Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine The School of Dentistry and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine have partnered to launch a new interprofessional course to educate medical and dental students about the benefits of interprofessional collaboration. In March 2019, first-year dental students began learning instructional skills and patient encounters side-by-side with first-year medical students at OUWB’s Clinical Skills Center at Beaumont Hospital, Troy. This enhancement to curriculum creates opportunities for students to learn together and understand how collaborative management of the patient can improve health outcomes.

Governor Whitmer represents Detroit Mercy Dental On Saturday, March 2, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ran the Paczki 5k Run in Hamtramck. To keep warm on a cold morning, she wore a Detroit Mercy Dental sweatshirt. The governor knows to trust a Detroit Mercy dentist and we are proud to see her spread the word!

Upgraded equipment improves scan diagnostics The Oral and Maxillofacial Imaging Center (OMIC) recently upgraded threedimensional scanning equipment with two cone beam computed tomography scanners. The new units allow for a more accurate and versatile reconstruction of scan data to enhance the diagnostic quality: the i-CAT FLX V17 and the Carestream CS8100 3D.

Mother and Infant Oral Health Project funded for a second year Delta Dental Foundation has provided $630,000 in funding which will allow for a second year of the Michigan Initiative for Mother and Infant Oral Health Project (MIMIOH). MIMIOH integrates dental services into the primary care setting for at-risk pregnant women to improve their and the infant’s oral health outcomes. The program has been pilot testing integration of a PA 161 dental hygienist into Ob/Gyn clinics providing preventive services and referrals to dental clinic as a part of regular OB care. In one year, the pilot has shown promising results. Funding will allow for expansion to four new sites and continued evaluation of the pilot. 32 |


The OMIC provides services to our patients and accepts referrals from private offices for CBCT scans. Every scan includes a written report by a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. If you are interested in referring a patient, please contact James Geist, director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Imaging Center, at geistjr@udmercy.edu.

Student awarded American Dental Association Foundation scholarship Dylan Salem, DS3, was awarded an ADA Foundation Dental Student Scholarship for $20,000. This scholarship recognizes the dental student who is strong academically and demonstrates outstanding promise in leadership, public service/volunteerism and/or research. Salem serves as vice-president and lab tutor for the Student Research Group, vice-president for the Oral Facial Pain and Sleep Medicine Student Group and pre-dental liaison to ADEA.

Jamal Alhabeil receives university-wide award Laboratory Research Assistant, Jamal Alhabeil, received the university-wide Commitment to Excellence Award. His outstanding research activities go above and beyond what is required; his enthusiasm for new ideas and projects, and patience with training molecular biology techniques, make him an invaluable resource for the School of Dentistry. Alhabeil was presented with the award on Friday, Dec. 18, 2018 at the University’s annual Christmas party.

Professor Rafael Pacheco recognized by Pierre Fauchard Academy The Pierre Fauchard Academy, Michigan Section honored Rafael Pacheco, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., assistant professor with a Special Appreciation Award for his outstanding contributions to dentistry and service to the profession. The award was presented at the Michigan Section Breakfast Meeting on Saturday, May 4, in conjunction with the MDA Annual Session.

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Alumni Board

Current students are our future, fellow alumni Prior to graduation there is a reception hosted by the school at the Detroit Yacht Club to celebrate outgoing students’ accomplishments. Board members attend to help welcome the new graduates into our profession. Then, on graduation day, the board accompanies students during the processional march and attends the reception afterward where we congratulate new graduates. Michael J. Vilag, D.D.S. ‘13

For the past four years, I’ve been fortunate to serve on the School of Dentistry Alumni Board of Directors. This position allows me to experience many amazing moments and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The energy you feel when you shake the hand of someone on their first day of dental school is incredibly moving, and there is nothing like seeing the eagerness in the eyes of a new graduate. Our current board is a very active and motivated group of alumni. In recent years, we have become more involved in the student experience. To start every student’s dental career, our board welcomes incoming students at the annual White Coat Ceremony. It is our duty to introduce the new clinicians to our field by reciting the Hippocratic Oath with them. Some of my favorite activities include passing out gifts from the board to students during the holidays and surprising them with cider and doughnuts during exam week to start their day on a positive note. We host panel discussions to answer student questions about dentistry. Board members volunteer to sit with students for mock interviews, giving them individual attention and real-world practice as they prepare to search for a job.

Not only do we work hard to build relationships with students, we are also involved in maintaining our relationship with alumni. We attend various Detroit Mercy Dental events and receptions like the most recent Rolling Down the River event to engage fellow alumni, answering questions and listening to their desires for the school. For recent graduates, the Titan 10 event gives special focus to alumni who have graduated within the last ten years. In August, we will also be holding a Titan 10 mixer to help bring those alumni closer together.

"This position allows me to experience many amazing moments and I have thoroughly enjoyed it."

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Sarmad Alyas, M.S., D.D.S. ’13, M.S. Sarah Charland, R.D.H., B.S. ’17 John Dinka, D.D.S. ’86

If I haven't made it obvious, the board is very busy these days. We enjoy being a significant part of the many events happening with the school. If these activities sound fun or if you miss the camaraderie of dental school, join us in one of the several events we hold throughout the year. If you’re looking to help our school or students, contact Kimberly Raleigh at kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu.

Nicholas A. Fontana, D.D.S. ’72 Patrick Latcham, D.D.S. ’81 Marcy Murrell, R.D.H. ’93, D.D.S. ’02 Richard Raad, D.D.S. ’84 Basam Shamo, D.D.S. ’13 Mario Tomei, D.D.S. ’92

And always remember, be proud of our school!

Benjamin Underwood, D.D.S. ’15 Michael Vilag, D.D.S. ’13 Jenna Strader-Zelek, R.D.H., B.S. ’01

Michael J. Vilag, D.D.S. ’13 President Alumni Board of Directors

Barbara Zrebski, R.D.H. ’75, MBA

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Continuing Education

Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education

2019 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

Detroit Mercy is your source for evidence-based and clinically relevant courses, designed to meet your educational needs. CONTACT US



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

Prosthetically Driven Implant Dentistry: Practical Techniques from A to Z

Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A. Claudine Sordyl, R.N., M.S. Tamika Thompson, D.D.S., M.S.

Timothy Kosinski, D.D.S.

Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 8 – 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) FRIDAY, JULY 19

Opioids & Controlled Substances Awareness Training: An Update for the Dental Team*** Sanjay Chand, M.D.

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The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)

The Henry Hotel, Dearborn 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 7 CEUs (Lecture) FRIDAY – SUNDAY, AUG. 2 – 4

Local Anesthesia Administration for the R.D.H.: An Online, Lecture and Hands-On Program* Lynne Morgan, R.D.H., M.S., M.A. Francisco Plaza Villegas, D.D.S., M.S., M.S. Joshua Scheys, Ph.D. Claudine Sordyl, R.N., M.S. Carl Stone, D.D.S., M.A., MBA, M.A. Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., M.P.H. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 29 CEUs (Online, Lecture & Hands-On/ Participation) FRIDAY, AUG. 9

Identifying Children at Risk – Medical/Dental Collaboration for Pediatric Airway Health Wyland Gibbs, D.D.S., M.S. Karen O’Rourke, D.D.S. Julia Worrall, R.N. The Henry Hotel, Dearborn 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture & Demonstration)



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

Titan 10 Unite! A Multidisciplinary Approach to Head and Neck Cancers

Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit

Steven Chang, M.D., F.A.C.S. Members of the HFHS Cancer Team

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation)

Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus, Detroit


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)




Human Trafficking for the Dental Professional**

Hypertension, Heart Disease, and the Dental Patient

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

Sanjay Chand, M.D. Livonia Marriott, Livonia

8 – 9 a.m. 1 CEU (Lecture)

6 – 9 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture)


The Island House, Mackinac Island

Legal Issues in the Dental Practice Mert N. Aksu, D.D.S, J.D., M.H.S.A. The Island House, Mackinac Island

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 This fully-customizable mentoring program provides one-on-one instruction to guide the practitioner through every stage of patient care. All skill and knowledge levels are welcome. You will be guided from treatment planning to final restorations, and everything in between.

Number of credit hours and tuition cost will be based on pre-determined treatment plan and number of implants and restorations. Participants are required to bring their own patient. Supplies and materials are provided.

8 – 9 a.m. 1 CEU (Lecture)

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Continuing Education Continuing Education



Convenient locations throughout metro Detroit


Meals included in course tuition


Easy-to-use transcript tracking and printing


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AGD reporting for members when number is provided Carefully screened courses and content to meet your education and development needs



Forensic Odontology in a Medical Examiner’s Office

Infection Control in Dentistry

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. Derek Draft, D.D.S., D.A.B.F.O. 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)

Unbiased programs


Alumni discount


The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 3 CEUs (Lecture) FRIDAY, NOV. 1

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)


Esthetic Outcomes Using New Techniques with Resin Composites: A Hands-On Approach Rafael R. Pacheco, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D. Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit


Sanjay Chand, M.D. Nahid Kashani, D.D.S., M.S.D.

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation)


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. Edward T. Sall, M.D., D.D.S., MBA Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 12 CEUs (Lecture & Hands-On/Participation)



Esthetic and Functional Solutions for Periodontal and Implant Conditions

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

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

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.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6 CEUs (Lecture)

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

* Offers credit in pain management ** This course meets the Michigan licensing requirement for human trafficking training *** This course meets the Michigan licensing requirement for opioid and other controlled substances awareness training as well as pain managment credits

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) 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.

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2025. Provider ID# 214176.

The 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 States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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)

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