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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.

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Informational flyer describing Home of Hope India

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

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.


More News

Stephanie Robertson- Cameron, DDS ’92, (Wichita, KS) Daughter, Ashley, is an Internal Medicine Resident in Greenville, NC. Daughter, Allison, is a pharmacist in Pratt, KS. Hilary Robertson, born 20 days after CRDTS is a sophomore at the University of Kansas. She lives with her husband David Cameron in Wichita, KS  and has a stepdaughter, Kayla, 18 and a stepson, Kyle, 16. “I am happy to be in practice now for 19 years. I am somewhat of a fitness and nutrition buff and am working toward becoming a certified yoga instructor.”

Farrah Zaery’s, DDS ’91, (Overland Park, Kan.) son, Arshia, was two years old when she started dental school. He just graduated from the UMKC School of Dentistry and joined the practice.

John Sauer, DDS ’91, (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) has a son, John Paul (5).What a joy! John is the district director of the Southeast Missouri Football Officials Association and crew chief for official crew #12. He was Tunica Dental Meeting chairman in 2010, with 400+ in attendance.

Paul Wood, DDS ’91, (Nevada, Mo.) retired from the military February 1, 2010. He opened Nevada Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Nevada, Mo., and has completed recertification with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Sheri Boynton, DDS ’96, (Wichita, Kan.) is getting remarried!

James J. Dixson, DDS ’96, (Liberty, Mo.) has three children:  Jacob (10), Gracie (7) and Isabella (7 months). Daughter Gracie is the 2010 Missouri State Gymnastics Champion Level 4. James enjoys watching his children compete in sports.

Matt Garrison, DDS ’96, (Liberty, Mo.) opened a new building in August 2008. He’s married to Kay (DH ’96) and they have three kids — Paige (12), Blair (8), Tate (4) — and one more due in January 2011.

Kevin Mowry, DDS ’96, (Lenexa, Kan.) has two children:  Ethan (5) and Reese (2). He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in November 2009. He has offices in Lenexa, Kansas City, Olathe and Emporia, Kan. He has a practice with his wife Cathy.

Amy Stratton, DDS ’96, (Fort Collins, Colo.) has three children:  Alexis (12), Alexander (9) and Nicholas (6).

Alumni & Development Contact Info

Donna Weber, Manager, Alumni Affairs 816-235-2022

Hilary Wheat, Director of Development 816-235-2173

Karen Wilson, Coordinator, Continuing Dental Education 816-235-2142

Amber Heffernan, Senior Accountant

Nicole Johnson, Administrative Assistant 816-235-2060

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