Ashley Asano (DDS ’14) will be starting residency in endodontics at the University of Minnesota in June 2019.
Andrew Bruening (DDS ’14) and Carissa Bruening (DDS ’16) had a baby girl, Renyn Marie, on Sept. 6, 2018.
Nathan Schmidt (DDS ’14) recently bought his own solo practice in Goodland, Kansas, called Goodland Dental Arts. His wife, Sara, and he have two children. Kendrick is 15 and Bella is 16 months old.
Carly Knewston Havner (MSDH ’17) has a publication in the October issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene regarding her graduate research on dental hygiene education. Marsha Voelker, associate professor of dental hygiene, was her research chair. Carly lives in Hawaii
Matthew (DDS ’11) and Robin Hildebrand (DDS ’11) opened a third Hildebrand Dental location in Weston, Mo., in January. They also recently completed a large renovation of their Smithville, Mo., location.
Kyle Shull (DDS ’11) opened Bear Creek Family Dental in Columbia, Mo., in June 2018.
Jeff Kohlmeier (DDS ’12) and his wife Lora welcomed their third child in November 2017.
Daniel Riordan (DDS ’10) was honored as the 2017 MDAOutstanding New Dental Leader on November 3, 2017, at the MDA House of Delegates in Jefferson City. The award is designed to recognize a member of the MDA who has been in practice 10 years or fewer and has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities, professional and ethical conduct, and volunteer activities in their community and organized dentistry. After dental school, Dr. Riordan began practicing with her father, Mark Zust (DDS ’74) at Family Dentistry of St. Peters.
Chris G’Sell (DDS ’13) and Emily Johnson (DDS ’11) were married June 30, 2018.
Ben Hechler (DDS ’13) married Courtney Cooper in Gastonia, N.C., on November 11, 2017.
Andrea Rice (DDS ’14) has purchased Alan Marcotte’s (DDS ’88) long established practice in Winfield, Kan., while also completing her commitment with the National Health Service Corp. She, her husband, Jonathon, and her two children, Alexis and Riley, reside in Winfield, Kan.
Paul Hechler (DDS ’17) and Elizabeth Wilkinson (DDS ’17) were married March 10, 2018, in Leawood, Kan.
Josh Kiene (DDS ’17) has joined the practice that his late grandfather, James Kiene (DDS ’56), started and has continued with Josh’s father, Pete Kiene (DDS ’86). The family practice has been in Shawnee, Kan., for over 60 years.
Amanda Wood Fitzpatrick (DDS ’09) has two daughters: Morgan was born in 2011 and Emma was born in 2014.
Tara Pool (DDS ’09) has been married or 16 years and has three daughters: Madeline, 10; Lucy, 7; and Ella, 3. She is a solo private practice owner in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Barbara Schupp (DDS ’09) completed pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2014. She is practicing at Lawrence (Kansas) Pediatric Dentistry.
David Thome (DDS ’01) has completed a pediatric residency at Nova Southeastern University and is a Pediatric Specialist at NC Pediatric Dentistry in Locust, N.C.
Cabel McDonald (DDS ’07) purchased Longview Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Longview, Wash.
Melissa Smith (DDS ’07) was named the 2018 Missouri Small Business Person of the Year. She is the owner and managing dentist of Washington Smile Complete Health Dentistry in Washington, Mo.
John Copeland (DDS ’09) was named an ADA “10 Under 10.” After reviewing more than 200 nominations, the ADA selected Dr. Copeland of Wildwood, Mo., as one of 10 all-stars in dentistry. ADA’s 10 Under 10 award honors dentistry’s rising stars: dentists who are making an impact on the profession less than 10 years after graduating from dental school. These winners are making a difference and inspiring their colleagues through their work in science, research and education, practice excellence, philanthropy, leadership and advocacy. He was an active student leader while at UMKC, helping to establish the Dr. John Killip Student Leadership Award when he was president of the SOD Student Council. He is an active leader in the Missouri Dental Association as well as local civic organizations and has been instrumental in securing donations for charities he supports. He is a key organizer of the MDA’s annual Connect4Success Conference for new dentists and colleagues say he, “elicits hope for the future of organized dentistry.”
Junée Gardy (DDS ’94) is happily married to Dean Gardy. They will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. She is a Rotarian and on the executive board of the Collier County Dental Association. Their daughter, Jessica, is a junior at Florida Gulf Coast University. Junée still has her own full time practice and loves it.
Melanie Huckabee (DDS ’94) works in Kansas City with her husband, Sam Huckabee (DDS ’95). They have five children, with the oldest son playing college football and following a pre- dental path.
Bryan Bonnet (DDS ’99) built a new office in 2015 between Glenpool and Jenks, Oklahoma. He has been married to his beautiful wife, April, for 25 years. Their children both attend the University of Oklahoma, where Bryce is a 4th year student and Brenan is a 2nd year.
Clarence E. Simmons (DDS ’96, Ortho ’98) was presented the (School of Dentistry) Health Care Provider Diversity Award by Chanelle Roberts (DDS Class of ’20) at the fourth annual Health Sciences Diversity Scholarship Dinner and Dance. The UMKC Hospital Hill Diversity Council hosted the event, Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, at the UMKC Student Union. The goal of the gala is to raise funds to support an endowed scholarship dedicated to attracting and retaining students of color in the four UMKC health professions schools (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy).
Kelly Burke Barnett (DDS ’84) and Mark C. Barnett (DDS ’84) maintained separate solo practices for 17 years and then practiced together for 14 years in Ozark, Missouri, before retiring in 2014. Now married for 34 years, they are enjoying traveling the world, spending time at the lake and making lots of fun memories with family and friends.
Steven Hechler’s (DDS ’84) son Paul (DDS ’17) will join his orthodontic practice in
the summer of 2019 after completing his ortho residency at the University of Iowa. Paul’s wife, Liz (DDS ’17), will complete her pediatric training there at the same time.
Mark Helfand (DDS ’84) is a widower and disabled by Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. He is sad to have missed reunions and wants to say hello to his old friends.
Steven Irwin’s (DDS ’84) daughter, Peri, will graduate from UMKC Dental School in 2019.
Mary Susan (Barnes) Krotzinger (DDS ’84) moved to Ocala, Florida, in 2012 and is semi-retired, working two days a week at a large federally qualified health center. She volunteers at the University of Florida Natural History Museum in Gainesville, Florida, and is adjunct faculty at the University of Florida School of Dentistry.
Crystal A. Obee (DDS ’84) has been in Kinsley, Kansas, since graduation. She is active in her community, church and local dental societies and still married to Bob.
Todd Brower (DDS ’89) has a granddaughter, Kayce, who started kindergarten and a new grandson, Jude.
Kevin Hallgarth (DDS ’89) has been practicing orthodontics in Hudson, Ohio, for 25 years. He and his wife, Sheryl, have three children in college, and they adopted a little girl from China eight years ago who is now in the 5th grade.
Vincent Rapini (DDS ’80) was installed as the 149th president of the MDA on November 4, 2017 at the MDA House of Delegates in Jefferson City. Dr. Rapini maintained a private dental practice in Webster Groves, Mo., until the summer of 2017, when he became a full-time assistant clinical professor at the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville School of Dental Medicine, a position he began on a part-time basis in 2008.
Rita Burnett (DDS ’83) closed her private practice In Kansas City, Kan., in 2014 and was the dental director for Swope Health Services until 2016. She then started serving patient populations at assisted living and memory care facilities through Mobile Dental LLC with KC Mobile Dental in Johnson County, Kan., and continues to do so today.
Edward Cantrell (DDS ’88) started working part-time at UMKC School of Dentistry in 2015 and continues to work there two days a week in Restorative Clinical Sciences in Team 1.
Michelle B. Deutch’s (DDS ’88) son, Sam, completed his PhD and internship in psychology and has
joined his dad, Neal, in private practice.
Deutch’s daughter, Emily, is working at Cargill as a lab manager and food safety quality regulator supervisor and is also working on her Master’s Degree in molecular and cell biology
Jay W. H. Cook (DDS ’88) has been married for 32 years to Laura. Their daughter is married and has moved to Charleston, S.C. Their son is graduating and going into law enforcement, and their other son is in seventh grade. Dr. Cook moved to a new location after his old office wss flooded. He is happy to report he has many of his dental school patients with him still!
Guy Resch (DDS ’89) has joined Tony Nichols (DDS ’09) and William Rasband (DDS ’09) at El Dorado Family Dentistry in El Dorado, Kan.
Scott Roberson (DDS ’79) is serving on the Independence, Missouri, City Council. He has 4 grandchildren under 4 years old and still practices full time.
Rob Wilson (DDS ’79) has retired and moved to Texas after 27 years of private general practice and 11 years as a clinical instructor at UMKC School of Dentistry.
Stephen K. Young (DDS ’71) retired in January after 41 years at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry.
Charles McGinty (DDS ’77) was honored with the 2017 Missouri Dental Association (MDA) Distinguished Service Award on Nov. 3, 2017, at the MDA House of Delegates in Jefferson City. The award is presented to a member with a long history of exemplary service and dedication to the dental profession and organized dentistry. Dr. McGinty’s commitment and dedication to the dental profession and organized dentistry is evidenced by his service in a number of roles in his 41 years of membership. He continues to practice at Associates of Dentistry in Joplin, Mo.
Douglas Arnett (DDS ’78) is retired and living the “beach life!”
John Mike Allen (DDS ’64) retired from active dental practice this year.
Robert C. Beaver (DDS ’64) retired Aug. 30 at age 80 after 54 years of practice.
Richard Bennett (DDS ’64) lost his son Brenton Bennett (DDS ’88) in a
motorcycle accident two years ago. They practiced together more than 25 years. Richard said Brenton was an icon of Emporia, Kansas. At the son’s visitation, more than 2,000 people lined up outside the church to pay their respects. His body was escorted to the burial by more than 100 motorcycle friends.
Michael D. Byers (DDS ’64) retired in 2004. He lives in Sun City West, Arizona, during the winters. His wife, Mary, passed away in July 2010. Michael remarried in 2012. He enjoys playing golf socially and creating stained glass.
Bill Hoffman (DDS ’64, Ortho ’68) says the beat goes on with his son, Kurt Hoffman (DDS ’94, Ortho ’96), and his grandson, Henry Hoffman, a dental student.
Richard McKinney (DDS ’64) says he and his wife, Carol, love to travel and play golf. He played golf in the Dominican Republic in March at the Punta Cana Coralis Course.
Ron Grout (DDS ’69) proudly reports he is 75 years old and still practicing full time. He loves the profession and is so happy he chose it – especially after getting to practice with his son, Jeff, for 22 years.
Ron says, “Here’s to the veterans of the 1969 Class.”
Larry F. Madsen (DDS ’69) is happily 10 years retired. He is enjoying traveling, hiking, lifelong learning courses and spending time with close friends.
Philip Ray (DDS ’69) retired after 46 years of dental practice. He is now serving as an Episcopal parish priest.
Charles M. Cobb (DDS ’64), Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, has become an Honorary Member of the American Laser Study Club (ALSC).
Terrel R. Myers (DDS ’69) has been named a 2017 Top Doctor in Dallas, Texas.
David L. Vreeland (DDS ’79) retired in May 2018 after practicing for 34 years as an endodontist. He and his wife are thankful for their three children and five grandchildren.
Anton Pistotnik (DDS ’54) is retired.
Donald Reinhardt (DDS ’54) lost his wife Bonna in July 2004 after being married for 55 years. He married Helen Bentsen in 2005 and they recently celebrated their 13th anniversary. He is active in
the First United Methodist Church of Mission, Texas. He has been involved in Scouting for more than 70 years and remains active. In 2016 he was selected “Mr. Mission” by the Mission Chamber of Commerce and the local newspaper. This year he was selected to be on the Wall of Fame of the Mission Historical Museum.