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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:

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 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.

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. 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.

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:


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Gregg Kalbfleisch DDS, 1971- Retired from OMS in January 2010. He has 5 grandchildren, enjoys travel, golf, ocean sailing and Colorado high country.

Ken Rowan DDS, 1971- President Elect Charles Tweed International Orthodontic Foundation, Examiner American Board of Orthodontics, Merrit Award Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation, married 37 years, Helias High School Hall of Fame, 1 daughter and 3 sons.  

Douglas Miller DDS, 1971-  Douglas and Jody moved their primary residence to Heber Springs, Arkansas almost 7 years ago. They will wind down the practice in central Missouri fall of 2010 and will probably stay involved in dentistry in Arkansas.

Richard “Dick” Willits, DDS, 1971- Married since 1967- wow! He has 2 kids and 3 grandkids. Still practicing in Overland Park and 4 year old new office keeps him hopping. Dick has a partner and staff of 9. And was one of the KC Magazine Dentists of the Year for 2010.

Gary Britton, DDS ’72, (Yukon, OK) Retired October 2009 and is having a great time.

Edward Schanda, DDS ’72, (Forsyth, MO) “We are still in Forsyth, MO where we opened our dental practice in 1972. We have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. The oldest is a senior in college and the youngest is in kindergarten. My hobbies are dentistry- 2-3 days a week and grandkids the rest of the time. They need me because I am so much wiser than their parents. Life is good!”

Alan Wallace, DDS ’72, (Camdenton, MO) Is enjoying his identical twin granddaughters and awaiting younger daughters marriage in June 2012. Younger daughter is in 2nd year of Dermatology residency at Dartmouth.

Ronald D. Wright, DDS ’72, (Leawood, KS) Served with the United Stated Army Dental Corps Iraq November 2008 to February 2009.

Lynn Mouden, DDS ’75, (Columbia, MD) we are pleased to announce the selection of a Center for Medicaid, CHIP, and Survey & Certification (CMCS) Chief Dental Officer - Dr. Lynn Mouden, DDS. He will join our growing oral health team on February 27. Dr. Mouden is currently serving as Director of Arkansas' Office of Oral Health. He also holds faculty appointments at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, and three faculty appointments at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He spent 16 years in private practice dentistry and eight years with the Missouri Department of Health before taking the position in Arkansas. Dr. Mouden is a Fellow of both the International and American College of Dentists, and has served in numerous dental leadership roles at the local, state and national level. He is a Past- President of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and serves as the American Dental Association's National Spokesperson on family violence prevention. Dr. Mouden earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas; his DDS, with distinction, from the University of Missouri at Kansas City; his Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina; and completed the US Department of Health and Human Services Primary Care Policy Fellowship in 1998. He has received the Outstanding Service Award from ASTDD and most recently was awarded the Chief Dental Officer's Exemplary Service Award from the US Public Health Service. Cindy Mann, director, Center for Medicaid, CHIP, and Survey & Certification.

Steven Paul Billings, DDS ’77, (Parkville, MO) Currently full time private orthodontic practice in Parkville, Platte City, and Belton, MO. Adjunct Professor at UMKC Department of Orthodontics. Son, Branson, is a second year dental student. Son, Duncan, was accepted to UMKC Dental School for Fall 2012. Daughter, Abbey, is in textile design in Los Angeles. Daughters, Kenzie (high school junior) and Crystal (5th grade) are still home.

Tomas Duran, DDS ’77, (Pueblo, CO) Plans on selling practice this summer. Now up to 4 grandkids, he wants to travel and enjoy them more.

Richard Gilman, DDS ’77, (Overland Park, KS) Son in law entering freshman class in fall.

David Hamel, DDS ’77, (Marysville, KS) 2010 President Kansas Dental Association.

Robert Marx, DDS ’77, (Gladstone, MO) Daughter Emily, started 2nd year at UMKC Dental School. Son graduated from Washington University, St. Louis with Master of Architecture. Dr. Marx was voted ‘Best of Northland” for 10th year.

Merle Nunemaker, DDS ’77, (Kansas City, MO) Legislative Chairman- Missouri Dental Association.

Nelson A. Smith, DDS ’71, (Oklahoma City, Okla.) has two new granddaughters and retired from the US Naval Reserve (Capt.-0-6) in 2004.

Stephen R. Haught, DDS ’71, (Emporia, Kan.) says he is still seeing patients, still active with dental testing, still active in Kansas policies, still enjoying grandchildren, still accepted by original wife, and not on dental board, not drinking and not a party animal. Boring life!

James T. Wilson Jr., DDS ’71, (Eureka Springs, Ark.) is retired and enjoys fishing, gardening, labs and pointers. So far back in the hollow, the cell phones don’t work!

David Merello, DDS, PC ’76, (Pleasant Hill, Mo.) has been married to Devri for 32 years. They have three children, one married. He’s still practicing dentistry and owns and manages two offices with an associate.

Joseph R. Engel, DDS ’76, (Fenton, Mo.) received a master’s degree from Saint Louis University in biosecurity and disaster preparedness in 2008. He will lecture to anyone or any group interested in bioterrorism, biosecurity and disaster preparedness and the role of the dentist, hygienist and the staff in surveillance and mitigation of manmade or natural disasters. He says it is a dangerous time, in terms of a terrorist attack using bio weapons, and the dental community can and should be prepared to respond and be knowledgeable of possible scenarios. We will be first responders!

Jim Marker, DDS ’76, (Berryton, Kan.) has five kids:  Kristy (endodontics), Kirby (sales), Jaime (banking), Tyler (elementary ed) and Spencer (pilot, United Airlines). He is a retired USAR-R Lt. Col., and an ultra light pilot. He’s practicing part time and drawing Social Security!!

Ted R. Milligan's, DDS ’76, (Wichita, Kan.) daughter is in the process of finishing her degree as a dental hygienist at Wichita State University.

Harry R. Niehaus’s, DDS ’76, (St. Peters, Mo.) oldest son, Brian, will graduate from the UMKC School of Dentistry in May 2011. His son Glenn was married in May 2010, and his daughter Kristen will be married Oct. 2010.

Robert G. Jones, DDS ’76, (Hartsburg, Mo.) announces that grandchild #8 was due in mid September 2010. He built a new home in Hartsburg, Mo., and life is good.

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