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From the Dental and Dental Hygienist's Alumni Associations

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Dr. Russell Tabata Honored
Norman, Okla., Newspaper Recounts Dr. Robert L. Talley’s 40-Year Career
Joe and Liz Spalitto Receive Award for Service to Guatemala
Home of Hope India International Dental Outreach Program
Drs. Vierthaler  and Twaddle Add Space-Age Technology
Dr. Jack Brown to Receive ADA Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Sarah Cimino Profiled in Perspectives Magazine
Dr. Daniel Boedeker Opens New Office
Dr. Paulette Spencer, Former UMKC Faculty Member, Receives $1.8 Million Research Grant at KU
Dr. Nichole Rogers to Receive OHK Award
Dr. David Keim Is Making a Difference in Kalispell, Montana
Cynthia Amyot receives 2011 Missouri Distance Learning Leadership Award
Dr. Arthur L. Cole Elected to the American Association of Endodontists Board of Directors
Volunteers organize oral health programs in Haiti and at Gordon Parks Elementary School in Kansas City, Mo.

Nancy Newhouse Elected AAP Vice President
Dr. John W. M. Carter presented the Dr. Earl E. and Wilma S. Shepard Distinguished Service Award
UMKC Alum, Dr. Pasco Scarpella, Becomes Colorado Dental Association's New President

Dr. Connie White's Barbie Collection Featured on UMKC's Website
New Orthodontic Scholarship Awarded
Dr. R. Wayne Thompson Receives UMKC Alumni Achievement Award
Dr. Wendy Churchill to Serve as NMDA Vice President
School Receives Multi-Million Dollar Bequest
Jim Elias Delivers Dental Care in Zambia, Africa
Mark Mosier Announces Big Changes
UMKC/MDA EFDA Partnership
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Dr. Russell Tabata Honored

Chancellor Leo Morton, Dean Marsha Pyle, Vice Chancellor Curt Curspino and Hilary Wheat travelled to Honolulu this year to host an important alumni reception and tribute event.  All of the UMKC alumni in Hawaii were invited to join together in celebrating their alma matter and honoring Dr. Russell Tabata, the 2013 recipient of the Bill French award given by the university in honor of great service to the institution. More pictures


Norman, Okla., Newspaper Recounts
Dr. Robert L. Talley’s 40-Year Career

The  Norman (Okla.) Transcript newspaper published an article about Dr. Talley’s career as a Norman, Okla., dentist, with special attention to his work with temporomandibular joint disorders and sleep-disordered breathing. Dr. Talley is a member of the UMKC DDS Class of 1971. To view the article, visit:  http://normantranscript.com/headlines/x32753020/Talley-has-helped-relieve-pain-for-40-years/print

Joe and Liz Spalitto Receive Award for Service to Guatemala
Saint Thomas More (STM) parish in Kansas City, Mo., honored Joe (BS ’68, DDS ’72) and Liz Spalitto with the Bill Waris Service Award in recognition of the many dental and medical trips to San Andres Itzapa, Guatemala, they have organized. The Spalittos were presented with the award during the parish’s 5th Annual Souper Bowl, an event which “helps draw attention to the ongoing problem of hunger in the United States and around the world. It also recognizes STM parishioners who have made significant efforts to help those in need.”
Go to http://www.stmkc.com/ to view the Spalittos’ recognition on the Saint Thomas More parish’s website.

Joe also serves on the Drug Commission for Jackson County, Kansas City, Mo. He also serves as the Honorary Consul for Guatemala and is a member of the State Department.

Home of Hope India International Dental Outreach Program

The Wilmington (N.C.) Star-News newspaper has published an article about the Home of Hope India international dental outreach program and Cathy Taylor’s (DDS ’97) assistance in establishing a clinic in Bangalore, India.

To read the article, visit: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20111122/ARTICLES/111129911

To learn more about Home of Hope India, visit: http://www.homeofhopeindia.org/

Informational flyer describing Home of Hope India


Dr. Taylor caring for patients in the Home of Hope India clinic

 

The Maryville (Mo.) Daily Forum newspaper published an article about the additional space and new technology that Brian Vierthaler (DDS ’02) and Bruce Twaddle (DDS ’83) have added to their practice, Compass Dental Group, in Marysville, Mo. The practice held an open house, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, to introduce the changes to their patients and the public. To view the article, visit:  http://www.maryvilledailyforum.com/features/x1401564861/Local-dental-team-utilizes-the-latest-technologies


Dr. Jack Brown to Receive ADA Distinguished Service Award
The American Dental Association has announced that L. Jackson Brown (DDS ’69) will be awarded the 2011 Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Trustees Dr. Brown will be presented with the award at the ADA Annual Session in Las Vegas.

During his career Dr. Brown spent 11 years with the ADA, stepping down in 2007. After ending his tenure with the ADA, he started a consulting firm, L. Jackson Brown Consulting LLC, and was named editor of the Journal of Dental Education, the monthly peer-reviewed publication of the American Dental Education Association.

To learn more about Dr. Brown and his career, visit the ADA website at: http://www.ada.org/news/6293.aspx


Dr. Sarah Cimino Profiled in Perspectives Magazine
UMKC's alumni publication, Perspectives, contains an interview with Sarah Cimino (D.D.S. ’08) about her work on the Tooth Truck of the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks Care Mobile in Springfield, Mo.
To view the article visit:  http://info.umkc.edu/perspectives/profiles/dentist-on-wheels/


Dr. Daniel Boedeker Opens New Office

The Fort Morgan (Colo.) Times published an announcement that
“Daniel Boedeker (’04) recently celebrated an open house to show the dental community of Northeast Colorado his new office which will be the only Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery office on the Eastern Plains.”

For more information, visit: http://www.fortmorgantimes.com/ci_18910652

Dr. Nichole Rogers to Receive OHK Award
Nichole Rogers ([Nichole Switzer] DDS ’08) was recently announced as the 2011 recipient of the Oral Health Kansas (OHK) Outstanding Dentist Clinician award in recognition of her dedication to the dental needs of the children in Cowley County, Kan. She will be presented the award at a ceremony during the annual OHK Conference, Friday, Sept. 16, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park, Kan. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved.

According to the Oral Health Kansas website (http://www.oralhealthkansas.org/2011.html#Rogers), “Dr. Rogers strongly believes every child should have a dental home to receive quality dental care. In order to help provide the children of Ark City with a dental home, Dr. Rogers has spent the past two school years screening the children of Arkansas City, Kan. If a child does not have a dental home, Dr. Rogers will do her best to establish a home for that child. Dr. Rogers truly enjoys giving people of all ages the smile they have always wanted!”

Dr. Rogers practices at Rogers Family Dentistry in Arkansas City, Kan., with her husband Scott Rogers (DDS ’08) and her father-in-law Nick Rogers (DDS ’78). She currently serves on the advisory board of OHK’s Dental Champions, “a leadership program that offers participants leadership and personal development training as well as other training focused on planning and organizational skills and up-to-date information about the oral health scene in Kansas and the nation. The goal of the program is to develop state-level leaders with a progressive vision of oral health improvement in Kansas.

Dr. Rogers is currently serving as the President of the Southern District Society of the Kansas Dental Association and as a delegate for the KDA. She is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, and an affiliate member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. David Keim Is Making a Difference in Kalispell, Montana
David Keim (DDS ’02) is featured in an article posted on the Daily Inter Lake’s website. The article describes Dr. Keim’s impressive efforts to organize and participate in public health initiatives in and around Kalispell. To view the article, visit:

http://www.dailyinterlake.com/news/local_montana/article_31104a90-b5b0-11e0-b843-001cc4c03286.html

Cynthia Amyot receives 2011 Missouri Distance Learning Leadership Award

Dr. Cynthia Amyot, UMKC Interim Associate Provost for Online Education and Professor and Director of Distance Education & Faculty Development at the UMKC School of Dentistry, has been selected to receive the 2011 Missouri Distance Learning Leadership Award. The award is given by the Missouri Distance Learning Association (MoDLA) to individuals who show outstanding leadership in the field of distance learning through the development of innovative online programming, relevant scholarly research, and recognition by and service to professional organizations.

In a letter announcing Dr. Amyot’s selection, Witt Salley, MoDLA President, wrote, “Your contributions have been substantial not only in the lives of UMKC faculty and students but also to the field of distance learning at large. The State of Missouri is fortunate to have such an ardent distance learning leader in you.”

The award will be presented on July 22, 2011, at the 14th Annual MoDLA Conference, held July 21–22, 2011, in Springfield, Missouri.

Dr. Amyot has been a full-time faculty member at UMKC since 1993, serving three years as director of Graduate and Degree Completion Studies and five years as director of the Division of Dental Hygiene. She has received numerous distinguished teaching awards from the School of Dentistry and was the recipient of the Elmer Pierson Outstanding Teaching Award in 2006. Dr. Amyot has earned four degrees from UMKC: she received her doctorate of education in 2003, an educational specialist degree in 2000, a master of science degree in dental hygiene education in
1993 and a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene in 1992.

Dr. Arthur L. Cole Elected to the American Association of Endodontists Board of Directors

Arthur L. Cole (DDS ’80) was elected to the American Association of Endodontists Board of Directors during the organization’s recent Annual Session in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Cole represents AAE District III, comprised of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Dr. Cole currently works in a private practice in Clarksville, Tenn. In addition to serving the AAE, Dr. Cole holds memberships in many other professional organizations including the American Dental Association, the European Association of Military Endodontists, the Tennessee Dental Association and the Tennessee Association of Endodontists where he currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer. Dr. Cole served in the U.S. Army for 30 years, is active in several civic organizations and is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Society and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. He earned his Certificate in Endodontics from the U.S. Army Dental Activity, Fort Gordon, in 1986.

The American Association of Endodontists, headquartered in Chicago, Ill., represents more than 7,200 members worldwide. Endodontics is one of nine dental specialties formally recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAE, founded in 1943, is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. The Association inspires its members to pursue professional advancement and personal fulfillment through education, research, advocacy, leadership, communication and service.

 

Nancy Newhouse Elected AAP Vice President

Nancy Newhouse, DDS, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., was installed as vice president of the American Academy of Periodontology Board of Trustees during the 96th annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2010.
In addition to practicing periodontics in Independence, Mo., Dr. Newhouse serves as an assistant professor at the UMKC School of Dentistry. She has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology since 1989.
A member of the AAP since 1983, Dr. Newhouse has previously served on multiple AAP committees including the Executive Committee, the American Dental Association Liaison Committee, the Task Force on Membership Value, Finance Committee, Planning Committee, and Awards Committee. She served as the AAP’s secretary/treasurer in 2010.
“I look forward to Dr. Newhouse’s valued contributions as a leader of the AAP in the upcoming year. The academy has a variety of exciting initiatives planned for 2011,” said Dr. Don Clem, 2011 AAP president.
Dr. Newhouse received her dental degree from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 1980 and completed her postgraduate work in periodontology at University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio in 1986.

 

Dr. John W. M. Carter presented the Dr. Earl E. and Wilma S. Shepard Distinguished Service Award

Dr. John W. M. Carter (DDS ’78) was presented the Dr. Earl E. and Wilma S. Shepard Distinguished Service Award by the American Board of Orthodontics at the annual session of the American Association of Orthodontics in Boston, Massachusetts on May 2, 2009.  This award recognizes an individual for outstanding dedication and achievement of the ideas and mission of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Dr. Carter was president of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics.  He received their “Silver Medal Award of Merit” in 2007.  Dr. Carter completed his year as President of the Kansas Association of Orthodontists in 2008.

Dr. Carter has his dental specialty practice in Overland Park, Kansas.  He also serves as the Orthodontic Consultant for the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies Team at the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Department of Plastic Surgery.  He has had this appointment for the past ten years.


UMKC Alum, Dr. Pasco Scarpella, Become’s Colorado Dental Association’s New President

University of Missouri-Kansas City graduate, Dr. Pasco W. Scarpella (DENT, 1987), is the new president of the Colorado Dental Association, an organization committed to supporting organized dentistry in Colorado, serving over 3,000 members. It represents over 82% of the licensed dentists in Colorado. Dr. Scarpella is a general dentist and has a private practice in Brighton, Colo. He has practiced dentistry in Colorado since 1987. He received his D.D.S. from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in May of 1987. Prior to dental school, he received his B.S. in EPOB from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1983.

In addition to holding every governing office of the Colorado Dental Association for the last four years, Dr. Scarpella is the former chair of the Colorado Dental Association Government Relations Council and the former editor of the Journal of the Colorado Dental Association. He is a past president of the Boulder/Broomfield County Dental Society, and a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the International College of Dentists.


Dr. Connie White’s Barbie Collection Featured on UMKC’s Website

Connie White (DDS ΄81), associate professor of General Dentistry, and her impressive collection of Barbie dolls are featured on UMKC’s website. To learn more about her passionate pursuit of rare versions the world’s most popular doll, visit: http://www.umkc.edu/news/feature.asp?id=119.


New Orthodontic Scholarship Awarded

The Dr. Sperry Zervas scholarship was recently awarded to an entire class of residents in the UMKC Graduate Orthodontic Program to enhance their education in orthodontics.

Graduating from the University Of Kansas City School Of Dentistry in 1955, Dr. Zervas was a member of the distinguished class that produced Dr. David Moore and Dr. Norman Schwartz. Along with Dr. Moore, he served with the U.S. Air force for two years in Anchorage, Alaska. After his discharge from the military in 1957, he established his practice in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, practicing general dentistry until 1966. At that time, he entered the UMKC graduate orthodontic program, receiving his M.S. degree in 1968 and returned to Bartlesville to practice orthodontics until his death in 2008. He distinguished himself by serving his community and profession through various organizations and touched the lives of hundreds, creating beautiful smiles through his professional skills. His true passion and joy was the close relationships that he formed with his patients, and seeing the transformation that orthodontics created in them, not only in appearance, but the self esteem and self confidence that resulted from treatment. He also was a devoted husband, father of two, friend and mentor to many.


Dr. R. Wayne Thompson Receives UMKC Alumni Achievement Award

The UMKC Alumni Awards Banquet was held Thursday, April 16, 2009 on campus at Pierson Hall. These awards are a UMKC Alumni Association tradition to honor alumni who are making a difference. Dr. R. Wayne Thompson (DDS ’67, MSORT ’72) was the Dental Alumni Achievement Honoree. Dr. Thompson’s roots in rural Kansas and his education at the UMKC School of Dentistry have led him to prominence in his service to the profession. Since 2007, he has served as an ADA Trustee, devoting hours of service to organized dentistry. He is a past president of the Kansas Dental Association, and has been recognized as Kansas Dentist of the Year by his peers. He has volunteered as a leader at UMKC, helping to found the UMKC Orthodontic Alumni Association, and is past chair of the Rinehart Foundation. He is also president-elect of the UMKC Dental Alumni Association.

The UMKC School of Dentistry expresses its sincere gratitude to Dr. Thompson for his continued work on behalf of the School and the profession.


Dr. Wendy Churchill to Serve as NMDA Vice President

Wendy Churchill (formerly Harless) (DDS ’04) of Anthony, N.M. has been selected to serve as the second woman vice president in the New Mexico Dental Association's 100-year history. Dr. Churchill is in line to become the second NMDA woman president, following Dr. Gail Willow of Silver City, N.M., who served in 2005-06.

"Dr. Churchill provides services to children and low-income families in rural New Mexico," said Mark Moores, NMDA executive director. "Her commitment to serving the community is a shining example of NMDA's Brighter Smiles for New Mexico campaign."

Dr. Churchill attended the University of Kansas and studied dental hygiene at Johnson County Community College. She earned her doctor of dental surgery degree from the UMKC School of Dentistry. She practices dentistry at La Clinica de Familia Dental Center in Anthony, N.M. Dr. Churchill's husband, Chris, is an astronomer at New Mexico State University.


Dr. Robert Cowan

School Receives Multi-Million Dollar Bequest
By John Austin
Dr. Robert Cowan graduated from the University of Kansas City (now UMKC) School of Dentistry in 1949. Over the course of the ensuing 60 years Dr. Cowan, with the help of his wife Lucille, built a legacy of dedication to his profession and commitment to his community. Now, for countless numbers of future dental students, Dr. and Mrs. Cowan’s legacy will include scholarships to help finance their education.

In what is one of the largest individual gifts ever made to a dental school in the United States, the Cowans have created a legacy estate gift provision, designating the UMKC School of Dentistry to receive this future gift. The Cowans have directed that their legacy gift, which is currently valued at $8.2 million, be used to establish an endowed scholarship fund to benefit UMKC students in good standing at the dental school.

“The University and the School of Dentistry are certainly humbled by the generosity of the Cowans,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton. “The Cowans’ extraordinary gift of education and opportunity will provide immeasurable returns. We thank them for their unending dedication and support, and for selecting UMKC to continue their legacy.”

The announcement of the gift was made by Chancellor Morton at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center on March 28, 2009, during the annual Alumni and Friends Recognition Breakfast at this year’s Midwest Dental Conference.

Paying it forward
Dr. Cowan has first-hand knowledge of the financial challenges many students face and the importance of scholarships. As a dental student in the 1940s, Dr. Cowan held a part-time job in a tax office at 8th St. and Grand in downtown Kansas City to pay for his education. He remembers how supportive his instructors were, letting him leave class a half-hour early so he could get to work on time. Dr. Cowan says he has never forgotten that and all the other acts of compassion and understanding that helped him complete his education.

After graduating from the School of Dentistry in 1949, Dr. Cowan left for Oklahoma to take the dental board exam, with the intent of establishing his practice there. He proudly recalls one of the examiners telling him they could always spot UKC dentistry graduates because of their exceptional clinical skills.

A couple of years later, however, Dr. Cowan was back in Missouri where he decided to purchase a dental practice in Branson for $1,500. He and Mrs. Cowan have spent the last 58 years establishing themselves in the community and developing that practice into the successful operation it is today.

“Dr. and Mrs. Cowan have been active partners in the dental profession throughout Dr. Cowan’s career,” said Dr. Nancy Mills, interim dean of the UMKC School of Dentistry. “They hope this gift will inspire others to give to the school, and also hope students who receive the Cowan Scholarship will try to help at least one other student as soon as they are financially able to do so.”

The Cowans’ gift will double the size of the School of Dentistry’s Rinehart Foundation and will also double the amount of student scholarships at the school. In recognition of this significant gift to generations of future students, the UMKC School of Dentistry will name its public service and student training clinics (the entire first floor of the UMKC School of Dentistry), The Dr. Robert and Mrs. Lucille Cowan Center for Clinical Care.

In what those who know him would call his typical humble and understated fashion, Dr. Cowan remarked, “Dentistry has been good to us, and I’d like to think that we have been good to dentistry.”


Jim Elias Delivers Dental Care in Zambia, Africa

Since 1998 Jim Elias (DDS ’79), Independence, Mo., has participated in mission trips to Zambia, Africa, to deliver much needed dental care to its impoverished citizens. Dr. Elias and his mission work are featured in an article by Teresa Sheffield. The article and photos can be viewed at:
 (http://www.norwichbulletin.com/lifestyles/health/x631636828/Christian-dentist-brings-message-healing-to-Zambia)

Daughter and Granddaughter Carry on Family Practice
Margaret Wade’s (’82), father, Dr. Richard L. Harrison, and daughter, Dr. Hillary Wade, were featured in a newspaper article titled “Family’s been fixing smiles for three generations.” The article, which appeared in the Hagerstown, Md., newspaper, The Herald Mail, July 3, 2009, describes how Hillary joined her mother in the dental practice that was established by Richard almost 60 years ago. To view the entire article visit: http://www.herald-mail.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=226213&format=html.


MARK MOSIER ANNOUNCES BIG CHANGES

By Kent Dinnebier
After running a private dental practice in Clarinda, Iowa, for 22 years, Mark Mosier (DDS ’85), has joined his practice with Family 1st Dental Associates, effective April 1, 2009. Family 1st Dental Associates subsequently announced that Drs. Lee Gertsen and Kim Suga will join Dr. Mosier and Family 1st Dental Associates on July 1, 2009.

“Family 1st Dental Associates is a tremendous company and have a management team that truly honors and cares about their dentists and staff, which allows us to care for our patients with a higher standard of care,” Dr. Mosier said.

This office is the latest of 26 offices Family 1st Dental has in rural Iowa and Nebraska. The company was formed in 1999 and other Iowa offices are located in Hawarden, Akron, Le Mars, Storm Lake, Sac City, Lake View, and Lake City.

Dr. Mosier has served on the Dental Recruitment Task Force under the direction of the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce for the last three years and explained there is a significant shortage of dentists not only in Clarinda but nationwide.

Dr. Mosier said Clarinda is fortunate to have added Drs. Gertsen and Suga.

Drs. Gertsen and Suga are both 2009 graduates of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Dentistry. Dr. Gertsen grew up in Watertown, S.D., and attended Minnesota State University in Moorhead, Minn. Dr. Suga grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D., and received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Drs. Gertsen and Suga plan to marry on June 6, 2009, in Sioux Falls, SD. They met in dental school their freshman year.


UMKC/MDA EFDA Partnership

The UMKC School of Dentistry and Missouri Dental Association (MDA) have been awarded a three-year $250,000 grant by the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) to increase and improve training opportunities for expanded functions dental assistants (EFDAs). This goal of the program is to produce 500 new EFDAs over the next three years.

The grant funds will be used for three purposes:
• To place the didactic portions of the training curriculum on the Internet for easy access
• To expand the number and geographic dispersion of clinical training sites
• To provide tuition subsidies for students from the most underserved communities

Research indicates, on average, that EFDAs improve the productivity of a dental practice by 10 to 15%. Collectively, at the end of the grant period, the 500 new EFDAs trained through this grant will add the productivity of 50-75 full-time equivalent (FTE) dentists to the oral health workforce of MFH’s 84-county service area. This will enable the oral health work force of those counties (at an average productivity of 2,600 dental visits per dentist) to provide an additional 130,000 to 195,000 dental visits annually. This means (at an average of 2.5 dental visits per patient) that 52,000 to 78,000 patients, who currently cannot get timely access to needed dental care will be able to get it.

This is not the first time UMKC and MDA have teamed up for EFDA training. In 1995, when Missouri’s dental practice act was amended to authorize EFDAs, UMKC, MDA and the University of Kentucky partnered on the development of the training curriculum and instructional manuals.

An estimated 1,800 Expanded Function Dental Assistants (EFDAs) have been trained since then. The 1,800 EFDAs have added the equivalent in dental productivity of 180-270 full-time dentists to the Missouri dental work force.

As we look to the future, expanding the productivity of the dental work force in Missouri is critical. Over the next two decades, the number of licensed dentists in the State of Missouri will decrease. Forty (40) percent of the State’s dentists are now age 55 and older. The number of dentists retiring exceeds the number entering the dental work force. We must offset this decrease in the supply of dentists by increasing the supply of other dental workers, such as dental hygienists and EFDAs. Otherwise, Missourians will find it increasingly difficult to access needed dental services. For many communities throughout the state, this is already problematic.

Expanded Functions Dental Assistants offer the quickest and most economic means of securing additional dental productivity. According to Brian Barnett, Executive Director of the Missouri Dental Board, EFDAs currently only constitute approximately “25% to 30% of the state 6,000 dental assistants.” As part of a comprehensive solution to the state’s oral health work force needs, EFDAs may be the most significant component (short-term) to the problems of rural areas.

For additional information, please feel free to contact Barry Daneman at the UMKC School of Dentistry (816-235-2173) or Melissa Albertson at MDA (573-634-3436).


The new mayor of Thousand Oaks, CA is Dr. Tom Clancy (DDS ’70) featured in a special article New Thousand Oaks mayor knows the drill in the Ventura County Star.

The Bishops of Missouri awarded Dr. Joe Spalitto (DDS ’66) the Citizen Recognition Award for Missouri. Dr. Spalitto was chosen for his work in serving the poor in Guatemala. Dr Spalitto has spent the past eighteen years organizing an annual volunteer medical trip of dentists and doctors to serve the Mayan Indian people in the mountains of Guatemala. Dr Spalitto has arranges for oral surgeries for children with cleft palate. Dr Spalitto has raised money to buy medicines and support his work and he make contributions to the upkeep of the convent of carmelite numns in San Andres.

Kansas City TV station FOX 4 broadcast a news story featuring Matt Niewald (DDS ’01), Lee’s Summit, Mo., about how “as Americans tighten their belts in these tough economic times, many dentists are seeing fewer and fewer patients.”

To view the broadcast, visit:
http://www.myfoxkc.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7474838&version=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=3.5.1

Dr. John Fales (DDS ’82), a pediatric dentist in Kansas City, MO., appeared in a story “Lining Up for Free Dental Care” on the CBS Evening News recently. The story can be found at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/23/eveningnews/main4288413.shtml

Dental School Yearbooks Available
The UMKC School of Dentistry Library has a large assortment of duplicate yearbooks available. There are multiple copies of some years and for other years there are none. Some copies are in better shape than others. And since 1992, no yearbooks have been published. If you would like a copy of a specific yearbook from the thirties, forties, fifties, sixties or seventies, please write or call the UMKC School of Dentistry Library. If a copy of the one you want/need is available, we will send it to you. Please contact: Ann Marie Corry (816)235-2030 or email corrya@ umkc.edu.

Benjamin Sanley Joins Family Dentistry of Neosho
The Neosho Daily News newspaper featured Benjamin Sanley (DDS ’07) in an article announcing that he has joined the dental practice of Family Dentistry of Neosho in Missouri.

To view the entire article (dated Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008) visit The Neosho Daily New’s website at:
http://www.neoshodailynews.com/news/x1780976546

Blair Edgington Joins Flint Hills Community Health Center

The Emporia Gazette newspaper featured Blair Edgington (DDS ’08) in an article announcing that she has joined the dental staff at the newly expanded Flint Hills Community Health Center in Emporia, Kan.

DR. JOE SPALITTO RECEIVES MISSOURI CATHOLIC CONFERENCE CITIZEN RECOGNITION AWARD
Joe Spalitto (BS ’68, DDS ’72) will receive a Citizen Recognition Award from the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) at its Annual Assembly on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. The Citizen Recognition Award honors individuals who exemplify Catholic concern for social justice in acknowledging that everyone matters. Each year the MCC recognizes one individual from each of Missouri’s four Catholic dioceses whose actions promote the common good. Dr. Spalitto was chosen from the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph for his work in serving the poor in Guatemala. Dr. Spalitto has spent the past 18 years organizing an annual volunteer medical trip of dentists and doctors to serve the Mayan Indian people in the mountains of Guatemala. In addition to working long days of filling cavities and pulling diseased teeth, Dr. Spalitto also arranges for oral surgery for children with cleft palate. Dr. Spalitto also has raised money to buy medicines and support his work as well as make contributions to the upkeep of the convent of Carmelite nuns in San Andres. Dr. Spalitto and his wife are members of St. Thomas More parish in Kansas City, Missouri.


Dr. James C. Kulild Elected Secretary of the American Association of Endodontists

Dr. James C. Kulild was elected secretary of the American Association of Endodontists during its 2008 Annual Session, April 9–12, 2008, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Kulild joined the UMKC School of Dentistry faculty in 2002. He serves as a professor and director of the advanced specialty education program in endodontics.

Dr. Kulild has been actively involved in the activities of the Association for a number of years, serving on the Board of Directors from 2005-2008, and participating in the work of numerous committees, including Educational Affairs, Federal Dental Health Services and the General Practitioners Education Workgroup. He also served as a judge for the poster research presentations at the 1992 AAE Annual Session.

In addition to his leadership in the AAE, Dr. Kulild has been a dedicated Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics since 1986. He served in the U.S. Army as dean and commandant, Academy of Health Sciences, U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, as well as the senior U.S. Army NATO medical officer in Yugoslavia when deployed there in 2001.

Dr. Kulild received his DDS degree in 1973 from the UMKC School of Dentistry, his MS degree in 1982 from George Washington University, and his certificate in endodontics in 1983 from Madigan Army Medical Center. Dr. Kulild resides with his wife and three children in Shawnee, Mo.

The American Association of Endodontists, headquartered in Chicago, represents more than 7,000 members worldwide, including approximately 95 percent of all eligible endodontists in the United States. The Association, founded in 1943, is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. The Association inspires its members to pursue professional advancement and personal fulfillment through education, research, advocacy, leadership, communication and service. For more information, visit the AAE Web site at www.aae.org.


Dr. Craig Hollander Receives Distinguished Service Award

Craig Hollander (DDS ’88) received the Greater St. Louis Dental Society’s Distinguished Service Award at the society’s Annual Installation of Officers, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, at the St. Louis Marriott West Hotel. Dr. Hollander was honored for his dedicated service to the Dental Society during the past year.

Dr. Hollander graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983 and received his dental degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1988. He received a master’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1991. Since 1991, Dr. Hollander has practiced pediatric dentistry in Sunset Hills, Mo.

Dr. Hollander is a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association and the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. He is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Hollander served as president of the Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry from 2003-2005 and has been the secretary/treasurer since 2002.

Dr. Hollander has written numerous articles and given lectures on pediatric dentistry. An active member of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society’s National Children’s Dental Health Month Committee, he has devoted much of his time to promoting children’s dental health.


Dr. Jay Sheets Elected to MDA Board of Trustees

Dr. Jay Sheets, Cape Girardeau, Mo., has been elected as Southeast Missouri District Trustee to the Missouri Dental Association Board. He will serve for three years. His official term began following the Association’s annual House of Delegates meeting, November 2-3, 2007, in Jefferson City.

Dr. Sheets completed a bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1972, and received his DDS degree from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 1976. In 1979 he completed a three-year residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign, Ill. He taught in the residency program for two years and moved to Cape Girardeau in 1981. He has been in private practice since.

Dr. Sheets has been a member and past president of the Missouri Dental Board; is a founding member and past-president of the GROWS Dental Implant Study Club; is a member and past-president of the Cape Girardeau Dental Study Club; is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists; a Fellow of the International College of Dentists; a Fellow of the American College of Dentists; and is on active staff at both Southeast Missouri Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center. He is a partner in The Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with offices in Cape Girardeau and Poplar Bluff.

Dr. Sheets’ civic involvement includes membership at Centenary United Methodist Church, sponsorship of Cape Area Youth Soccer Association teams, former Crusade Chairman for the American Cancer Society, membership in the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, membership in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and membership in the Southeast Missouri State University Booster Club and Copper Dome Society.

Dr. Sheets is married to Chris (Nauert) Sheets and they have two children, Jordan, age 17, and Emily, age 13. The Missouri Dental Association congratulates Dr. Sheets on his trustee position and thanks him for his service to the public and to organized dentistry.


Dr. Matt Niewald Named MDA Outstanding New Dental Leader

Dr. Matt Niewald, Lee’s Summit, Mo., was recognized as Outstanding New Dental Leader, at the 2007 Missouri Dental Association (MDA) House of Delegates.
He was honored for his active involvement in organized dentistry, both for his service on the New Dentist Committee and for his outstanding efforts to protect and advance the dental profession through legislative action.

As a new dentist, the amount of time and effort Dr. Niewald has put into organized dentistry has been unprecedented. The numerous leadership roles he has had in dentistry and the work he has done for our profession is characteristic of a dentist who has practiced for over 30 years, yet Dr. Niewald graduated from school only six years ago.

Upon graduation in 2001, Dr. Niewald became very active in the Northwest Dental Society. He served as editor of its newsletter in only his first year out of school, and in 2004, became the youngest president ever of the NWDS. That same year, Dr. Niewald was elected the New Dentist Committee member to the MDA Board of Trustees, on which he has now served as the Legislative and Regulatory Committee chair since 2005.

Dr. Niewald also is chair of the New Dentist Committee and serves on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Dental Advisory Group. Along with his statewide efforts, Dr. Niewald is on Greater Kansas City Dental Society Political Action Committee.

In addition to Dr. Niewald’s various leadership roles, he donates time to numerous UMKC School of Dentistry and other philanthropic activities, including: speaking at the MDA Food for Thought program; raising dental student scholarship funds by helping organize the UMKC Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament; and, helping disadvantaged children through Lee’s Summit Public Schools and Give Kids a Smile.

Dr. Niewald received his BA in biology and his DDS from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 2001. Dr. Niewald owns a private practice, Lakewood Dental Center, in Lee’s Summit. He and his wife, Dr. Kristen Niewald (also a general dentist in Lee’s Summit) have two sons: Aidan, 3 years, and Ethan, 5 months.


Dr. Craig Rechkemmer Receives MDA Presidential Citation Award

Dr. Craig Rechkemmer, Ozark, Mo., was presented with the 2007 Presidential Citation at the 2007 Missouri Dental Association (MDA) House of Delegates.

The award recognizes his instrumental role in the success of the Ronald McDonald House Charities “Tooth Truck” dental outreach program and his tireless efforts to improve the oral health of underprivileged children in the Springfield, Mo., area.

In addition to his vital part in the success of the Tooth Truck, Dr. Rechkemmer has spent time and energy developing a program through the Springfield Public Schools for kids in need of dental care.

The Tooth Truck is a national model program in the delivery of dental care to underserved children. Since its debut in summer 2002, nearly 6,000 children have been treated through over 17,000 dental appointments valued at $3.7 million. The Tooth Truck visits area schools where school nurses identify Medicaid-eligible children and/or kids in the free or reduced school lunch program with the biggest needs. The Tooth Truck provides a full range of dental services, including X-rays, cleanings and sealants, root canals and fillings.

Dr. Reckhmmer received his BA in biology from UMKC in 2002 and his DDS from the UMKC School of Dentistry that same year. He has worked with the Tooth Truck since. Dr. Reckhmmer also is a nationally certified emergency medical technician, Missouri certified fire fighter and certified private pilot.

Among other accolades, Dr. Reckhmmer was the UMKC Dental Student of the Year (2000) and was one of Springfield Magazine’s “40 under 40” in 2005. He and his wife, Brandi, are expecting their first child soon.

The MDA congratulates Dr. Rechkemmer on his award and thanks him for his service to the public and to organized dentistry.


Dr. John Hume Receives MDA Distinguished Service Award

Dr. John Hume, a general dentist in Springfield, Mo., received the Distinguished Service Award at the 2007 Missouri Dental Association (MDA) House of Delegates, for his many years of service and dedication to the dental profession.

Dr. Hume has been a member of the MDA since 1975, the same year he received his DDS from the UMKC School of Dentistry. He has actively served the local society as well as the MDA and ADA in various capacities, including MDA delegate, trustee and president in 1995-96. He has been an ADA delegate twice, having served first from 1994-96 and in his current term, from 2004 to the present.

One of Dr. Hume’s most significant contributions to the MDA was his integral role in the formation of Missouri Dental Insurance Services, Inc., the for-profit subsidiary of the MDA.

In 1988, the MDA House of Delegates directed the Council on Membership Services (of which Dr. Hume was chair from 1989-91) to study the Wisconsin Dental Association brokerage arrangement and other for-profit subsidiaries owned by state dental associations. This included travel to 12 state dental associations to study their for-profit programs. In 1990, the MDA House set aside $20,000 to hire a consultant to study the brokerage concept; in 1991, the MDA House voted for the formation of a for-profit insurance agency, which would become MDIS. Dr. Hume served as MDIS’s first president, from 1991-95. In 1992, Dr. Hume received the MDA Dentist of the Year (sharing the distinction with Dr. Mark Zust), based on his work to form MDIS.

Dr. Hume was a trustee on the UMKC Dental Alumni Association Board from 2001-06, serving as treasurer in 2004-05. He has been inducted to both the American College of Dentists (1993) and the International College of Dentists (1996). He served as chair of the Missouri Section for the ACD from 1999-04.

Dr. Hume practices at 2142 S. Brentwood Blvd., Springfield, Mo.

The MDA congratulates Dr. Hume on his award and thanks him for his service to the public and to organized dentistry.


DR. SHANON T. KIRCHHOFF ELECTED 2007-08 MISSOURI DENTAL ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT

Dr. Shanon T. Kirchhoff, Cape Girardeau, Mo., has been elected as the 2007-08 president of the Missouri Dental Association (MDA). His official term began following the MDA’s annual House of Delegates meeting, November 2-3, 2007, in Jefferson City.

Dr. Kirchhoff served as a U.S. Army Medical Army Corp Dental Laboratory Technician from 1972 through 1975. He then completed a B.S. degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1979. He received a DDS degree in 1985 and a Certificate of Graduate Orthodontics in 1988 from the UMKC School of Dentistry. Since that time he has been in private practice in Cape Girardeau.

Dr. Kirchhoff has served organized dentistry in numerous ways: as president of the Southeast Dental Society; as a trustee, delegate and on various councils and committees for the Missouri Dental Association; and as a delegate to the American Dental Association. He is also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists; the Missouri Society of Orthodontists, for which he served as president; and the College of the American Board of Orthodontists.

Dr. Kirchhoff is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontists. He is the current vice-president of the UMKC School of Dentistry Orthodontists’ Alumni Association, and in 2007-08 will become president. In 2006 he graduated from the inaugural class of the MDA Leadership Development Continuum, a program to help doctors become more successful, dynamic, inspiring leaders in their business, family and community endeavors.

Dr. Kirchhoff is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and American Society of Forensic Odontology, the Missouri Emergency Response and Identification Team (MERIT) and the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT), through which he was deployed to Activation Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Kirchhoff’s civic activities include: being a charter member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church and a member of the Jaycees, Lions Club and SEMO University Booster Club. He’s also been involved with the City of Cape Girardeau Vision 2000 Committee for new schools, the City of Cape Girardeau Board of Examiners, the Cape Girardeau Council of the Arts and YELL (Youth Education Literacy Learning).

Dr. Kirchoff has two practice locations in Southeast Missouri: 1762 Independence Avenue in Cape Girardeau and 326 West Main Street in Jackson.

The MDA congratulates Dr. Kirchhoff on his officer position and thanks him for his service to the public and to organized dentistry.


DR. JEFFREY T. CAVANAUGH

ST. LOUIS-AREA ORTHODONTIST, ELECTED PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN
ASSOCIATION OF ORTHODONTISTS FOUNDATION

Jeffrey T. Cavanaugh, DDS, (DDS '94, Ortho '96) an orthodontist with offices in Manchester, Clayton and Wildwood, Mo. was elected 2007-08 president of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation (AAOF).

The AAOF is the charitable arm of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Its mission is to raise endowment funds to provide support to orthodontic education programs and orthodontic research. Endowment earnings are used to support research awards and teaching fellowships that are designed to benefit the specialty of orthodontics, its practitioners and the patients it serves. As of July 1, the AAOF endowment campaign, A CASE FOR THE FUTURE, has realized $30.3 million in pledges, of which $20.7 million has been redeemed.

“I am grateful to be of service to the specialty of orthodontics. I hope my efforts will help to ensure the future of quality orthodontic care for patients,” Dr. Cavanaugh said.

Dr. Cavanaugh began serving on the AAOF Board of Directors in 2003, representing the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists (MSO), which serves orthodontists in Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and the Canadian province of Manitoba.

He resides in Chesterfield with his wife, Linzi, and their four children, Margaret, Katherine, Ryan and Joseph. He has been in practice since 1996.

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