Let There Be Free Ice Cream For Everyone!

Thanks to the enterprising efforts of the school’s Dental Class of 2020 and Dental Hygiene Classes of 2018 and 2019, the school was generously awarded FREE ice cream by Betty Rae’s Ice Cream, Friday November 17th.  The students collectively participated in a social media contest conducted by Betty Rea’s, resulting in a two hour visit by their mobile ice cream truck and free treats for the entire school. Enjoy photos from the “sweet” visit!

School of Dentistry Students and Faculty Volunteer for Team Smiles

Team Smiles hosted its 11th annual event in collaboration with the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, October 20, 2017. The event was held at Arrowhead Stadium and treated 300+ children ranging in age from 5 to 15.Thirteen junior /senior dental students along with 6 AEGD students participated in the event providing restorative care as well as screening and radiology. Faculty included Dr. Becky Smith, Dr. Eileen Cocjin, Dr. Micheal McCunniff, Dr. Jodi Lee and Dr. Jerry Ogilvie. A number of retired players as well as Dustin Colquitt, punter for the Chiefs also participated. Enjoy photos from the event.

UMKC Pre-Dental Society Hosts Annual Pre-Dental Symposium

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the UMKC Pre-dental Society hosted the 3rd Annual Pre-dental Symposium at the UMKC School of Dentistry. Over 120 pre-dental students from Missouri to California participated in an engaging day of dental activities. Events included presentations from UMKC Faculty, Dental Students from UMKC School of Dentistry and A.T. Still University, as well as hands-on activities including suturing pig ears, and drilling on artificial teeth.  Photos from the event can be found here.

Dental Research Explorer Post Meets

The Dental Research Explorer Post meeting, held October 4th, represented the third in a series of eight sessions that are targeted at local high school and college students who have an interest in dentistry. The Explorer Post provides prospective dental students with exposure to individuals in the dental profession and invaluable hands-on- experience.

Shankar Rengasamy, DDS, who served as this session’s guest speaker, presented a PowerPoint lecture and engaged the members in a question an answer period on his specialty, Orthodontics. The second hour of the meeting was managed by members of the Student National Dental Association/Hispanic Student Dental Association. President Brandon Jackson and vice president Arianna Jackson facilitated a drilling exercise with the Dental Research Explorer members. UMKC faculty members, Jack Nelson, DDS, and Lance Godley, DDS, were also on-hand to assist with the hands-on project.  Find meeting photos here.

Scholarship Recognition Dinner — A Celebration of Generosity and Gratitude

The UMKC School of Dentistry held its annual Scholarship Recognition dinner Monday evening October 9, 2017, at Pierson Auditorium in the Atterbury Student Success Center on the Volker Campus. Dean Marsha Pyle welcomed the audience and then Assistant Dean Richie Bigham presided over the recognition of the scholarship donors and recipients. The School distributed 330 awards to 186 students from 166 endowed scholarship funds, more than $900,000. Additionally, 27 students received 41 awards from 16 regional and national scholarship funds. This year’s new scholarships included the Dr. Dick K. and Carol Ann Powell Scholarship; the Joseph P. Spalitto, DDS, and Elizabeth A. Spalitto, RDH, XI Psi Phi Scholarship; the Keeley L. and Madeline M. Tira and Paul J. & Mary W. Flynn Memorial Scholarship; the Lucy Chang Scholarship; the Dr. Sam E. Hayes Scholarship; and the Dr. Bob E. Martin Scholarship.  Celebration photos.

Dental Hygiene Program Hosts Info Session and Open House

The school’s Division of Dental Hygiene hosted its annual Information Session and Open House for interested persons, their family and friends, Saturday, October 8.  The theme was “There’s a career waiting for you!” and the event showcased the challenging educational experience and dynamic career dental hygiene offers as a profession. You can learn more about the profession and the school’s Dental Hygiene program by calling (816) 235-2050 or emailing dh@umkc.edu. Event photos.

 

Honoring Excellence

Each year the School of Dentistry takes time out to recognize and honor the accomplishments and milestones of its faculty and staff. The annual Faculty and Staff Recognition ceremony, held Thursday Sept. 28 at Diastole, celebrated the following achievers and achievements:

NEW FACULTY
ERIN BUMANN, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
JANG-CHING CHOU, Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Clinical Sciences
SERGIO FLORENCIO, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral Surgery
OWEN LONERGAN, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral Surgery & Hospital Dentistry
EDWARD SHAMIEH, Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Clinical Sciences

 

NEW STAFF
JANIA BILLUPS, Office Support Assistant IV, Office of the Dean
AARON DAVID, Dental Assistant II, Ortho & Dentofacial Orthopedics
CLIFF DUBROC, Dental Assistant II, Dental Clinic
MOLLY FRICK, Central Sterile Assistant, Dental Clinic
MARIA GONZALEZ, Research Assistant, Restorative Clinical Sciences
ANN HOFFMAN, Dental Hygienist, Restorative Clinical Sciences
STORMY HUNTLEY, Office Support Assistant IV, Office of the Dean
ELLYCE LOVELESS, Student Services Coordinator, Office of the Dean
SHERRY LUMPKIN, Office Support Aide II, Dental Clinic
ADRENA MASON, Office Supervisor, Advanced Education in General Dentistry
CHRISTOPHER MCCARRISON, Central Sterile Assistant, Dental Clinic
WILLIAM MELTON, Central Sterile Assistant, Dental Clinic
HUONG NGUYEN, Dental Assistant II, Dental Clinic
BARRY NORDYKE, Central Sterile Assistant, Dental Clinic
CONNIE OWINGS, Office Support Assistant IV, Dental Clinic
AMANDA PANICH, Office Support Assistant IV, Dental Clinic
JENNIFER PENNINGTON, Sr. Enrollment Advisor, Office of the Dean
ROBERT PRUITT, Business Administration, Office of the Dean
JENNIFER RAMSEY, Research Assistant, Restorative Clinical Sciences
TUMECIA SANFORD WORRELL, Office Support Assistant IV, Office of the Dean
KRISTY WHITING, Executive Assistant, Office of the Dean
ABBY WRIGHT, Assistant Program Director, Research & Graduate Programs
DONGGAO ZHAO, Research Associate, Office of the Dean

RETIREMENTS
DR. DAVID COHEN, Restorative Clinical Sciences, 10 years of service
ALICIA FEDOR, Biomedical Communications, 14 years of service
MARY GAWRON, AEGD, 8 years of service
LENA HENDRICKS, Restorative Clinical Sciences, 10 years of service
DR. MARVIN KRAMER, Restorative Clinical Sciences 13 years of service
DR. VANESSA MACKEY, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, 8 years of service
DR. JAMES TROTTER, Restorative Clinical Sciences, 13 years of service
LINDA WAIT, Dental Clinic, 29 years of service
DR. WALTER WEBER, Emergency Clinical Programs, 15 years of service

APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTION & TENURE
DR. ALISON LOUIE, Restorative Clinical Sciences, Promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
DR. ERIC GOTTMAN, Restorative Clinical Sciences, Promoted to Clinical Professor
DR. JODIE LEE, AEGD, Promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
DR. GARY MCREYNOLDS, Restorative Clinical Sciences, Promoted to Clinical Associate Professor
STAFF AWARDS
KARISSA KRAMER, Dental Clinic, Recipient of the 2017 School of Dentistry Student Appreciation Award
DINAH BOUNDS, AEGD, Recipient of the 2017 School of Dentistry True Unsung Hero Award
MONICA ROLF, Dental Clinic, Recipient of the 2017 School of Dentistry Customer Service Award
BRENT BURCHETT, Business Office, Recipient of the 2017 School of Dentistry Collaboration Award

TEACHING RECOGNITION
DR. ROBERT EDWARDS, Endodontics, recipient of the 2017 Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award
DR. JAMES PARROTT, Restorative Clinical Sciences, recipient of the 2017 Dr. Samuel E. Hayes Part Time Faculty Award
PROF. THOMAS VIOLA, Dental Hygiene, Senior Dental Hygiene Class of 2017 Lecture Faculty of the year
DR. VESNA FERRER, Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, recipient of the 2017 Dr. Robert Menchetti Junior Faculty Award
DR. GARY MCREYNOLDS, Restorative Clinical Sciences, recipient of the 2017 Dr. David L. Moore Excellence in Teaching Award
DR. MELYNDA MEREDITH, Restorative Clinical Sciences, recipient of the 2017 Dr. Gary Newman Award for Faculty Leadership
DR. ROBERT EDWARDS, Endodontics, recipient of the 2017 Student Council Rotational Faculty of the Year Award (4th-year dental students)

DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD
DR. ROBERT BLUNDELL, Endodontics, Clinic
PROF. LORRAINE BROCKMANN, Periodontics, Lecture
DR. JANG-CHING CHOU, Restorative Clinical Sciences, Clinic
DR. SALLY ELLEDGE, Dental Hygiene, Lecture, Lab, Clinic
DR. ERIC GOTTMAN, Restorative Clinical Sciences, Lecture, Clinic
PROF. TAMRA HOFFMAN, Restorative Clinical Sciences, Clinic
DR. JAY JONES, Restorative Clinical Sciences, Clinic
DR. LIZ KAZ, Dental Hygiene, Lecture, Lab, Clinic
DR. MARVIN KRAMER, Restorative Clinical Sciences, Clinic
DR. JACOB MCGUIRE, Oral Pathology, Radiology, & Medicine, Lecture
DR. RON RILEY, Endodontics, Clinic
DR. MARSHA VOELKER, Dental Hygiene, Lab

ACHIEVEMENT
DR. MIKE JURKOVICH, Restorative Clinical Sciences, Elected Faculty of the Year by Team 3 (third year students)
DR. JODIE LEE, AEGD, Appointed as the Dr. S. Orlando Somers Endowed Professor in Advanced General Dentistry
DR. JULIE SUTTON, Dental Hygiene, Recipient of clinical research award by the American Academy of Periodontology
PROF. TANYA VILLALPANDO MITCHELL, Dental Hygiene, Recipient of the ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Allied Dental Educators Fellowship

SERVICE
DR. CYNTHIA AMYOT: Dental Hygiene, Serves as representative of American Dental Education Association Commission on Change & Innovation 2.0 Steering Committee Member; manuscript reviewer for Journal of Dental Education, Journal of Public Health Dentistry, Journal of Dental Hygiene, International Journal of Dental Hygiene; serves on UMKC Online eLAC committee, UMKC Online HIT, UMKC Copyright Advocate
RICHIE BIGHAM, Student Programs: Service on the Advisory Board for the West Central Missouri AHEC
DR. BONNIE BRANSON, Dental Public Health & Behavioral Sciences: Served as manuscript reviewer for Public Health Nursing; manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Dental Education
PROF. KIM BRAY, Dental Hygiene: Journal Reviewer for Journal of Dental Hygiene, Journal of Dental Education, and International Journal of Dental Hygiene
DR. DONNA DEINES, Restorative Clinical Sciences: Service as reviewer for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and the Journal of Dental Education
DR. KENNETH FRICK, Endodontics: Service on National Committee: Member, AAE Educational Affairs Committee, 2017-2020; service on National Board: Director, College of Diplomats of the American Board of Endodontics, 2017-2020; service as manuscript reviewer: Manuscript Review, Scientific Advisory Committee, AAE, ongoing since 2012
DR. LAURA IWASAKI, Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics: Chair and reviewer for the Planning and Awards Review Committee, American Association of Orthodontists Foundation; Scientific Advisory Board member, Consortium on Orthodontic Advances in Science and Technology; judge for 2017 David L. Turpin Award for Evidence-Based Research, American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics; UMKC Institutional Review Board, School of Dentistry Alternate
DR. JODIE LEE, Restorative Clinical Sciences: Service as secretary in the ADEA Graduate and Postgraduate Education Section; service as director of Student Chapters in the American Association of Women Dentists
DR. CYNTHIA PETRIE, Restorative Clinical Sciences: State president of MO for the American College of Prosthodontists; member of the ADA Test Construction Committee for the National Board Dental Examination Part 1 and the Advanced Dental Admissions Test; editorial review board member for the Journal of Prosthodontics and Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry; completed the AAL/ ADEA leadership institute fellowship.
DR. MELANIE SIMMER-BECK, Dental Public Health & Behavioral Science: Journal of Dental Hygiene Editorial Review Board member, American Journal of Public Health Manuscript reviewer; Faculty Senator representing the School of Dentistry
DR. BECKY SMITH, Restorative Clinical Sciences: Counselor for the ADEA section of Comprehensive Care and General Dentistry; serves as a manuscript reviewer for JDE and General Dentistry; member of the UMKC Aging Consortium; board member of Oral Health Kansas; CODA site visitor for Clinical Services
DR. JAMES TROTTER, Restorative Clinical Sciences: Graduate Class of 2017, Oral Health Kansas, Dental Champion. Appointed Chair of Kansas Dental Association Well Being Committee.
PROF. TANYA VILLALPANDO MITCHELL, Dental Hygiene: Serves on ADEA Allied Program Directors’ Planning Committee; manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Dental Hygiene
DR. MARSHA VOELKER, Dental Hygiene: Sigma Phi Alpha vice president; manuscript reviewer for Journal of Dental Hygiene and Journal of Dental Edition
DR. MARY WALKER, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences: AADR National Student Research Group Board Faculty Advisor; American College of Prosthodontists Research Committee; editorial board International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Inplantology; Adhoc review for several other journals; UMKC Graduate Council; UMKC Research Advisory Council; NIDCR grant reviewer
DR. YONG WANG ,Oral & Craniofacial Sciences: Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Applied Adhesion Science; member of Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Oral Science; panel member & reviewer for grants submitted at NIDCR
DR. CONNIE WHITE, Restorative Clinical Sciences: President-Elect of the Greater KC Dental Society; alternate delegate to the ADA House of Delegates in Atlanta, Georgia
DR. CRAIG WHITT, Oral Pathology, Radiology, & Medicine: Member of Editorial Board, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology Journal

RESEARCH & SCHOLARSHIP
DR. CYNTHIA AMYOT, Dental Hygiene: Five publications in peer reviewed journals
PROF. KIM BRAY, Dental Hygiene: One publication in Patient Assessment Tutorials, one publication in Periodontology 2000
DR. JEFF GORSKI, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences: One publication in Nature BoneKey Reports; one publication in Nature Communications
DR. LAURA IWASAKI, Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics: Nine publications in peer reviewed journals
DR. MELANIE SIMMER-BECK, Dental Public Health & Behavioral Science: One publication in American Journal of Public Health, one publication in Journal of School Nursing, one publication in Journal of Dental Hygiene, one publication in International Journal of Dental Hygiene
DR. MARY WALKER, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences: More than two publications in peer reviewed journals
DR. YONG WANG, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences: Eight publications in peer reviewed journals

GRANTS IN EXCESS OF $50,000
DR. CYNTHIA AMYOT, Dental Hygiene
DR. CATHERINE BOLES, Periodontics
DR. BONNIE BRANSON, Dental Public Health & Behavioral Sciences
DR. SARAH DALLAS, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
DR. LYNN FRIESEN, Research & Graduate Programs
DR. JEFFREY GORSKI, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
DR. LAURA IWASAKI, Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
DR. MARK JOHNSON, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
DR. CAROLE MCARTHUR, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
DR. MICHAEL MCCUNNIFF, Dental Public Health & Behavioral Sciences
DR. JEFFREY NICKEL, Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
DR. JOANNA SCOTT, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
DR. MELANIE SIMMER-BECK, Dental Public Health & Behavioral Sciences
DR. YASUYOSHI UEKI, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
DR. MARY WALKER, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
DR. YONG WANG, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

FACULTY & STAFF YEARS OF SERVICE

5 YEARS OF SERVICE
MICHELLE ARCURI, AEGD
ROBERT EDWARDS, Endodontics
RICHARD ELLIOTT, Dental Clinic
TANYA GIBSON, Oral Pathology, Radiology, & Medicine
BABS LANDESS, Dental Clinic
SHARLYN MILLS, Dental Clinic
JOHN NELSON, Restorative Clinical Sciences
JULIE PERCIVAL, Dental Clinic
LEANN TIEDE-LEWIS, Restorative Clinical Sciences
JULIAN VALLEJO, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

10 YEARS OF SERVICE
MARYJANE BRUNING, Dental Clinic
DAVID COHEN, Restorative Clinical Sciences
LENA HENDRICKS, Restorative Clinical Sciences
LAURA IWASAKI, Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
VANDANA KUMAR, Oral Pathology, Radiology, & Medicine
HONGZENG LIU, Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
JEFFREY NICKEL, Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
MARSHA VOELKER, Dental Hygiene
15 YEARS OF SERVICE
TAMARA CARSON, Dental Hygiene
EILEEN COCJIN, Pediatrics
JOSIE EDWARDS, Dental Clinic
MONA JARMAN, Dental Clinic
TRESSA PARKINSON, Restorative Clinical Sciences

20 YEARS OF SERVICE
ARMANDO DIAZ, Biomedical Communications
LORIE HOLT, Dental Hygiene
JENNIFER SMITH, Oral Surgery & Hospital Dentistry

30 YEARS OF SERVICE
BRENDA BOHATY, Pediatrics
CARA ANNE BRADLEY, AEGD
JEFFREY GORSKI, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
JERALD KATZ, Oral Pathology, Radiology, & Medicine
THOMAS VOPAT, Oral Surgery & Hospital Dentistry

45 YEARS OF SERVICE
CONNIE FLAIGLE, Biomedical Communications

Event photos.