Alum Volunteers in Kenya.
Dr. Trisha Thomas and her husband, Keith, traveled to Kenya, Africa, to participate in a service project sponsored by “Be the Change Volunteers,” a non-profit education equipping organization. Trisha and Keith helped with the construction of two school classrooms and visited a small orphanage in Sori, Kenya (a VERY remote area). Dr. Thomas also shared oral health information and instruction with the kids and gave out toothbrushes and toothpaste. Dr. Thomas graduated from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 2010, and practices with the Long Branch Dental Group in Moberly, Mo.
Dr. Linda Sturrup publishes “A Sugar Bug On My Tooth
Linda Sturrup (DDS 2000) is a published author. She has written a children’s book titled “A Sugar Bug On My Tooth”. It’s about a little girl’s first dental appointment. This is a great story for young children who are fearful of going to the dentist. The instructional component teaches young children that going to the dentist is important, and can also be fun!
Dr. Pete Spalitto Adds 3D Imaging
Pete Spalitto (DDS 2000), PC, owner and lead dentist of West County Dental, has added a state-of-the-art 3D imaging system as well as the CEREC chair-side system as a part of dental restoration procedures to his St. Louis implant dentistry practice.
Drs. Vierthaler and Twaddle Add Space-Age Technology
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. View the article.
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.
View the article
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 here.
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, “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. View the article.
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.
Kathryn (Nielson) Stanley (DDS ’07) recently moved back to Overland Park, Kan., after completing a residency in Pediatric Dentistry at OHSU in Portland, Ore., and is happy to again be practicing near her family: Donald Nielson (DDS ’74) and Daniel Nielson (DDS ’02). She also recently purchased the pediatric practice of Glenn Hemberger (DDS ’74) where he will continue to work part time.
Nellie Kim-Weroha (DDS ’04) has twin boys that are starting first grade. In addition to having two office locations in Rochester, Minn., she serves as the secretary/treasurer for the Minnesota Association of Orthodontists and is also on the planning committee for the Midwest Society of Orthodontists and American Association of Orthodontists annual meetings. Dr. Kim-Werohna is also the immediate past president of the UMKC Orthodontic Alumni Association.
Ashley and Brooks Barefoot (DDS ’10) had a baby, Emerson Grace, on 12/22/2014.
Courtney Beussink (DDS ’10) has three boys: Tommy, who just started kindergarten, Jacob and Tony. She also bought a practice in March 2014.
Melissa (Francisco) Rahmeier (DDS ’10) had a second baby boy on 3/29/15 — big brother is 20 months old.
Letrisha (Trisha) Thomas (DDS ’10) welcomed the birth of her first child, Brock Edward, on July 15, 2014, with her husband, Keith Thomas. She purchased a practice in October 2014 in Columbia, Mo.
Nellie Kim-Weroha (DDS ’04), Rochester, Minn., reports that she and her husband’s lives are busy with happy twin boys who are four years old. The boys love to go to prekindergarten class to have fun with their friends.
Melissa (Melton) Smith (DDS ’04), Washington, Mo., just had her third baby, Barrett. They also have Kendall and older brother Charley. She recently finished construction on her new office.
Alison Riekhof (DDS ’04), Salina, Kan., has three children ages one, three and five. She has been off work for three years but started back in January 2014.
Misty (Fujii-Carr) Trybom (DDS ’04), Wilsonville, Ore., married Joseph Trybom on Sept. 25, 2010. They had a son, Jonah, on July 7, 2012, and were expecting their second child in May 2014.
Amanda (Wood) Fitzpatrick (DDS ’09), LaPlata, Mo., has a baby girl, Morgan Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, born Oct. 19, 2011.
Jon Copeland (DDS ’09) and Stephanie Copeland (DDS ’10), Wildwood, Mo., report that Jon purchased a practice in Wildwood in September 2013. On St. Patrick’s Day 2013, they welcomed their second daughter, Addie, who joins Evie, who is two years old.
Jay Main (DDS ’09), Garden City, Kan., is married to Courtney Main. They have two children (Jozlynn, age six, and Jaydan, age three) and one on the way.
Humaira Habib, DDS ’07, Perio ’10, successfully challenged the American Board of Periodontology (ABP) examination in 2011 and is now a Diplomate of the ABP.
William (Will) Duensing, DDS ’08, (North Kansas City, Mo.) served four years in the U.S. Navy, three of which were in Okinawa, Japan. He joined his father’s, Bill Duensing Jr. (DDS ’77), practice in North Kansas City, Mo.
Daniel Heard, DDS ’03, (Sherwood, Ark.) will celebrate seven years at Central Arkansas Family Dentistry in August 2013. He will have been married for 16 years in July 2013 and has three kids: Grace (10), Leigha (8) and Noah (4).
John Humphrey Jr, DDS ’03, (Kansas City, Mo.) says he and his wife, Charity, have two beautiful kids: Hudson (4) and Lola (2). They will be opening a new practice in 2013 and can’t wait!
Brent Mayginnes, DDS ’03, (Salina, Kan.) sold his practice in Overland Park, Kan., and moved to Salina. He joined Discover Dental Center in Salina and practices with Drs. Earl and Gary O’Hara.
J. Reese Graue, DDS ’08, (Liberty, Mo.) has two sons: Jack is three years old and Joseph was born in June 2012. Dr. Graue practices in Gladstone, Mo.
Julia Skidmore, DDS ’08, (Overland Park, Kan.) is married to Breck Skidmore, and has two sons: Evan (born in May 2010) and William (born in June 2012).
Katie Watson (Kiddoo), DDS ’08, (Kansas City, Mo.) had a son, Landon, in December 2010 and opened her own practice in Overland Park, Kan., in September 2012.
Michael Umaki, DDS ’09, MS Perio ’11, (Honolulu, Hawaii) successfully challenged the American Board of Periodontology Examination and is now a Diplomate of the American Board.
Max Weber, DDS ’10, and Ashlee Weber (Williams), DDS ’10, Ortho ’12, (Kansas City, Mo.) welcomed their sonPaul (Mike) Cady, Cash, in May 2013.
MS Perio ’11, (Pocatello, Idaho) is practicing periodontics in Pocatello, Idaho.
Adam McClellan, MS Perio ’11, (Overland Park, Kan.) is practicing periodontics in Overland Park.
Caleb Gardner, DDS ’07, (Kansas City, MO) Married to Christine Pramann on September 12th, 2009. First child, Cade William born on August 24, 2010 and second child, a baby girl, due in January 2012.
Brandon White, DDS ’07, (Medford, OR) Brandon and Lauren now have a 2 year old daughter, Bella. They are expecting a boy June, 2012.
Matthew Gassen, DDS ’01, (Jefferson City, Mo.) has three children: Lauren (5), Lydia (3), Leah (20 months). He’s opening a new dental office building October 5, 2010.
Matt A. Niewald, DDS ’01, (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) serves as president of the Missouri Dental Association and 6th District Representative on the ADA Committee on the New Dentist.
Wendy Weimer, DDS ’01, (North Kansas City, Mo.) has had a solo practice in North Kansas City since 2002. He was awarded Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2007. He adopted a son from Russia in 2004.
Sally Powell, DDS ’01, (Columbia, Mo.) just moved to a new facility. They have twice the space and all new equipment. She says it is such a blessing to work in such a wonderful space.
Patrick R. Briscoe, DDS ’06, (Longview, Texas) has a new child, Addison.
Aaron Cregger, DDS ’06, (Kirkwood, Mo.) and his wife, Jamie Cregger (RDH ’06), announce that Carson David Cregger was born October 28, 2009.
Kelly Farmer, DDS ’06, (Perry, Kan.) announces that daughter Madilyn was born on May 24, 2008, and a son is due in November 2010.
Allison M. Jones, DDS ’06, (Overland Park, Kan.) says her family is growing. They welcomed their third child in late August 2010. Beckham (4) and Natalie (2) were both excited to meet their new little sister. Allison is keeping busy withwork, practicing on her own since January 2009.
Tim O’Bryan, DDS ’06, (Farmington, Mo.) got married June 2, 2007, to Kelly O’Bryan. He purchased his own dental practice Nov. 10, 2008, in Farmington. Kelly is pregnant and due Dec. 10, 2010 with a boy, Grant Michael O’Bryan.
Michael & Angela Pernoud, DDS ’06, (O’Fallon, Mo.) had twin girls, Caitlin and Madeleine, born June 24, 2010.
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 here.
Learn more about 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.
Bryan Kalish (DDS ’96) was awarded the following this year: U.S. Army Dental Corps Chief’s Exceptional Service and Leadership Award, the Surgeon General of the Army’s System for Health Gold Award for the Go First Class Initiative on behalf of the Directorate of Health Care Operations for the U.S. Army Dental Command Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS), and the Facility-Based Healthcare (Hospitals and Clinics) Award for the Go First Class Initiative on behalf of the U.S. Army Dental Command.
Jeffery Harrison (DDS ’96) has been traveling to practices around the U.S. to train/consult for Biolase in addition to maintaining his private practice.
Daniel Thomas (DDS ’90, MS Perio ’92) was appointed by Governor Sam Brownback to the Kansas Board of Regents. He will serve a four-year term on the board that governs the state’s six universities.
Kurt Hoffman (DDS ’94, Ort ’96), Leawood, Kan., writes that he is “Living the Dream” thanks to UMKC SOD!
Toni Erickson (DH ’93), Overland Park, Kan., has owned HealthStaff, her own staffing company for dental professionals, for 14 years. She has hired over 1,200 employees (a large majority from UMKC SOD) and placed staff in over 800 offices (mostly UMKC SOD grads). Toni served as the 2002-2003 president of the UMKC Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Association.
Carla King (DDS ’94), Kansas City, Mo., attended UMKC’s AEGD program for one year after graduation. She then opened a practice in Parkville, Mo., for four years before moving it to the Plaza to be closer to home. Her daughter, Tracy, received her D.O. degree from KCUMB and is now in her third year of pediatric residency in Sioux Falls, S.D. Carla is working three days a week and part-time at Concorde Career College in the new Dental Hygiene Department.
Melanie Huckabee (DDS ’94), Kansas City, Mo., is married to Sam Huckabee (DDS ’95). They practice dentistry together and have five children. Lisa Thurlow (DDS ’94), Prairie Village, Kan., is now teaching at the Dental Hygiene Program at Concorde Career College.
Staci Blaha (DDS ’99), Platte City, Mo., loves practicing dentistry in Platte City and San Pedro, Belize. Her son, Trenton Blaha, is entering his second year of dental school at UMKC.
Steven D. Aeschliman (DDS ’99), Spokane, Wash., recently moved to a new building. He has two children: Porter, age seven, and Sophia, age five. He is head of continuing education for Spokane District Dental Society and a member of the Board of Delegates for the State of Washington.
Matt Hlavacek (DDS ’99, OMX ’04), Liberty, Mo., is married with two children: a 4-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son. He recently opened his own office, “Kansas City Surgical Arts.”
Sonia Makhija, DDS ’98, (Birmingham, Ala.) and her husband, Grant, welcomed twins, Maks and Bella, in September 2011. In September 2012 Dr. Makhija was promoted to associate professor with tenure at the UAB School of Dentistry.
Daniel VanBuskirk, DDS ’98, (Clinton, Mo.) is the father of three sons and is a triathlete and kiteboarder.
Mark Gregory, DDS ’98, (Dallas, Texas) has been in private oral & maxillofacial surgery practice since 2004. He married Jodi in 2007 and has a baby due in November 2012
Beth Gehring, DDS ’93, (Grain Valley, Mo.) joined the dental staff of Truman Medical Center-Lakewood, Mo. She is the dentist for the Independence School Project’s Mobile Dentistry team. They provide preventive and restorative treatment as well as dental health education for children in the Independence School District.
Gordon Kanemaru, DDS ’93, (Wahiawa, Hawaii) has been a UMKC Dental Alumni Association Trustee for the past 18–20 years. He is now serving as president of the UMKC Dental Alumni Association.
Frank Sharp, DDS ’93, (Springfield, Mo.) had his 20-year class reunion and his 19th wedding anniversary in June 2013. His daughter, Meredith, is turning 15 and his son, John, is turning 12. He is spending a lot of time on the basketball court and golf course with both kids.
Colleen Nguyen, DDS ’98, (Kansas City, Mo.) completed training and is certified as a bioesthetic dentist.
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 hasa practice with his wife Cathy.
Amy Stratton, DDS ’96, (Fort Collins, Colo.) has three children: Alexis (12), Alexander (9) and Nicholas (6).
Dr. Brett L. Ferguson Re-elected Treasurer of AAOMS
Brett L. Ferguson (DDS ’81, DOMX ’90) was elected to a second two-year term as treasurer of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) during the Association’s 95th Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. As treasurer, Dr. Ferguson oversees the annual audit of association funds, serves as custodian of all monies, securities and deeds belonging to AAOMS and reports the finances of AAOMS at each annual meeting.
“As the elected Board of Trustee member charged with safeguarding the financial assets and resources of the AAOMS, I intend to keep our association financially strong and independent,” said Dr. Ferguson. “I look forward to my continued work with the Board of Trustees to enable our membership to meet the exciting challenges that await our specialty in the future.”
Dr. Ferguson received a DDS, with honors, and subsequently entered full-time academics at the UMKC School of Dentistry. After a fellowship year in general anesthesia, Dr. Ferguson began his OMS residency at Truman Medical Center. He is currently program director of the UMKC OMS Graduate Training Program, chair of OMS at Truman Medical Center, and chair of the UMKC Department of Oral Surgery and Hospital Dentistry.
Dr. Ferguson is past president of the Medical/Dental Staff of Truman Medical Center and a member of the Center’s board of directors. In addition to the AAOMS, Dr. Ferguson, a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, is a member of the International Association of OMS, American College of Dentists, Midwest Society of OMS, Missouri Society of OMS, American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and Greater Kansas City Dental Society. He has served as president of the Greater Kansas City Society OMS, a member of the Fifth District Caucus and a delegate in the AAOMS House of Delegates. In addition, Dr. Ferguson serves as president-elect of the Rinehart Foundation, the endowment of the UMKC School of Dentistry.
Drs. Vierthaler and Twaddle Add Space-Age Technology
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, click here.
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.
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.
Connie White (DDS ΄81), associate professor of General Dentistry, and her impressive collection of Barbie dolls are featured on UMKC’s website. Learn more about her passionate pursuit of rare versions the world’s most popular doll.
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.
Craig Hollander (DDS ’88) is finishing his year as president of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. For the past two years he has been the lead pediatric organizer for the Missouri Mission of Mercy and is looking forward to helping out at the 2016 MOMOM in Independence, Mo.
Deb Allison (DDS ’87) has had a very memorable year, having been bestowed National Number 11504 by the National Ski Patrol. She is a member of the 2014 National Outstanding Large Patrol – Chestnut Mountain Resort. The National Ski Patrol currently has approximately 28,000 members serving over 650 patrols.
Mark Bentele (DDS ’86) married Wendy Vasu in June. He recently became the orthodontist for the Cleft Lip and Palate Team at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In addition, his office added a satellite location at Mirage Dental Clinic in Castle Rock, Colo.
Steve Irwin (DDS ’84) has a daughter, Peri, who started at the UMKC School of Dentistry in August 2015.
Joy Wylie-Matthews (DDS ’84) recently retired from her position as UMKC School of Dentistry Team 2 Coordinator and loved having a free summer! What’s next is yet to be determined.
Robert Schmidt (DDS ’85) received the Gold Medal Award at the Greater St. Louis Dental Society’s Installation & Awards Ceremony on January 24, 2015, at Union Station.
Steven Irwin (DDS ’84), Lee’s Summit, Mo., reports that oldest his daughter, Taylor, graduated from MU in December 2012 in nursing and now works at KU Medical Center. His youngest daughter, Peri, is a junior at MU and is applying for early admission to dental school.
Suzanne Watson (DDS ’84) St. Louis, Mo., says she competes in Masters Volleyball tournaments. Her most notable achievements: 2007 Silver Medal National Senior Games in Louisville, Ky.; 2011 Gold Medal National Senior Games, Houston, Texas; and 2013 Silver Medal National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio.
Robert Butler (DDS ’84) Webster Groves, Mo., has been selected to serve as 6th District representative to ADPAC Board of Directors 2014–2018. He is currently serving as Speaker of the House for the Missouri Dental Association.
Mark Dake (DDS’84) West Plains, Mo., tells us he has a new partner, Dr. David Sander, and a new associate, Dr. Kyle Wendfeld. Orthodontic Specialists of the Ozarks has offices in West Plains, Mountain Grove, and Houston, Mo. They also have offices in Mountain Home, Highland, and Batesville, Ark.
Rob Dakin (DDS ’84), Wichita, Kan., has been married nearly 38 years to Karen. They are still doing mission trips, mostly recently to the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, and Fiji. They are working on the development of healthcare in remote islands. He finished his second novel, which is in the editing phase at the publisher. They enjoy time with their adult kids, boating and hunting.
Bill Moorkamp (DDS ’84), Rolla, Mo., has been happily married for 30 years. He recently bought a farm with their oldest son, a petroleum engineer. Their daughter, Emily, is married to Charlie Arthur (DDS ’14). Emily teaches at Park Hill High School. Their son Stephen is a second-year dental student at UMKC. “Life is good!” he says. “And if you’re ever by Rolla, come visit.”
Michael S. Klein (DDS ’84), Bucyrus, Kan., is a part-time faculty member at the UMKC School of Dentistry in the Graduate Orthodontic Department. He has a new partner in practice, Dr. Cameron Walker.
Kathy Brumagin-Scott, DDS ’83, (Raymore, Mo.) retired in 2007 when the spinal surgery performed on her back left her crippled (paraplegic) and living in a motorized wheelchair. She is proud to say she is a grandma now.
Remiguis Eussen, DDS’83, (Ridgefield, Wash.) has been happily married for 27 years and has four beautiful daughters. He loves the Northwest part of the country and its beautiful scenery.
David Stamos, DDS ’83, (Independence, Mo.) reports that his oldest son, Alex, is a junior at UMKC School of Dentistry.
Dean Telthorst, DDS ’83, (St. Louis, Mo.) was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International in Oct. 2012.
Ann Barber, DDS ’83, (Leawood, Kan.) sold her practice in 2008 due to disability. She and her husband, Dr. Alan Barber, do medical mission work with his foundation True North Missions, which serves Guatemala.
Remy Eussen, DDS ’83, (Ridgefield, Wash.) has been happily married for 27½ years and has four beautiful daughters and four cats. He loves the Northwest but misses Kansas City and the BBQ. He says “thank you to the UMKC School of Dentistry for all you’ve given me!”
Kurt Loveless, DDS ’83, (Lubbock, Texas) and his wife, Paula, have been together for 33 years. They have three grown children and one daughter-in- law. At any given time, the kids could be anywhere around the world. He has been in private practice in Lubbock since 1984. He has been very active with the Texas Dental Association, completing numerous leadership positions with his local dental society and serving recently as the chairman of the Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation. Kurt has been appointed as an advisor to the L.D. Pankey Dental Foundation. He enjoys bicycling, golfing, aviation, photography and gardening.
Gregory Dale, DDS ’86, (Kansas City, Mo.) is proud to say his daughter, Stephanie, married in August 2012 and is expecting twins in August 2013. His wife, Joanna, received an award for 25 years of service at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Robert Abernathy, DDS ’82, (Lee’s Summit, MO) “Karen and I are celebrating 30 years of marriage and 30 years of practice in Independence, MO. Our son, Josh is a junior studying Biological Sciences at MU (Pre-Med).”
Kevin Cumming, DDS ’82, (Lee’s Summit, MO) Son, Matthew J. (DDS ’07) and wife, Tabitha Strain- Cummings (DDS ’07) have a 1 year old, Samuel Brian and have returned to Kansas City to practice.
Mark Huenergardt, DDS ’82, (Wichita, KS) “Our daughter, Robin graduated from UMKC School of Dentistry in May 2011 and purchased a dental practice in Plattsburg, MO from Dr. Jim Hobbs.
Jeff Rickabaugh, DDS ’82, (Winston- Salem, NC) President Elect North Carolina Association of Orthodontics.
Melodee Armfield, DDS ’87, (Augusta, KS) Daughter, Natalee is engaged to be married in October and son, Collin is studying in Ireland through UMKC. Mark’s new passion is scuba diving. “He makes me be his buddy, so we spend a lot of time under the sea.”
Elwood Rice, DDS ‘82, (Mexico, MO) “3 out of 4 of our children are out of college and one is a sophomore at MU. One is a Medical Doctor, one is a Doctor of Pharmacology and one is a Elementary Teacher! My son is leaning towards Dentistry. My wife Liz continues to manager our Dental practice. I have continued to stay active in the MDA and am currently President- elect. Serving on the Mexico School Board for 21 years, the Elk’s and Kiwanis keeps me busy. Liz and I feel very blessed for our family, friends and profession.”
Howard Farran, DDS ’87, (Phoenix, AZ) Is now formally engaged to Madonna and passed his last STO test.
Greg Kelley, DDS ’87, (Independence, MO) Bret (25) at Logan Chiropractic School, engages to be married June 2012. Brandon, 23, graduated from KU in Organismal Biology December 2011.
Mark Scantlan, DDS ’87, (Sullivan, MO) In 2012, was awarded by the ADA, the Certificate of Recognition for Meritorious Service to the People of Honduras, India, and Kenya.
Rob Tait, DDS ’87, (Grandview, MO) Immediate Past President of Greater Kansas City Dental Society, 2nd Vice President of Delta Dental of Missouri.
John Fasbinder, DDS ’81, (Prairie Village, Kan.) has two grandchildren: a girl (6) and a boy (4). John is engaged to be married to Cheri Antin on May 29, 2011. He’s in practices anesthesia and dentistry full time and teaches part time. He also lectures on medical emergency preparedness for offices/surgical centers. Retire? Why? Having too much fun!
Ron Wright, DDS ’81, (Hiawatha, Kan.) has been married to Pamela for 23 years. He has three children: a son (33); a daughter (21), in her third year at K-State; and another son who’s a freshman at Washburn. His three granddaughters include twins (3) and a 2-year-old.
John W. Tabash, DDS, MS ’81, (St. Louis, Mo.) has been in private practice as an orthodontist for 28 years. John has been honored by “The Best Dentists in America,” “America’s Top Dentists” and “Top Dentists in St. Louis” in the field of “Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics” for numerous years. He has been happily married for 25 years to Mary. They have 2 children. Their daughter Julie (22) is a senior at Northwestern University. Their son John (19) is a sophomore at the University of Chicago, where he is studying economics and playing football.
Dewain Whitmore, DDS ’81, (Kansas City, Mo.) will celebrate 30 years of marriage May 16, 2011. In one week, May 9-16, 1981, they took Missouri and Kansas jurisprudence, graduated Central Regional Boards, cleaned out school lockers and got married.
Jerry Paz, DDS ’81, (Warrenton, Mo.) has been married to Barbara for 25 years and has seven kids and six grandkids. He has helped establish a dental clinic in Haiti since 1994 on the island La Gonave. For more information, visit here.
Rod Thiele, DDS ’81, (Leavenworth, Kan.) has four children out of the house and now is an empty nester. His youngest daughter will marry in August 2011. He will retire in 3-6 years.
Susan Ellis DDS, DDS ’81, (Kansas City, Mo.) is happily retired, traveling between New York, Florida and Kansas City. She has 10 grandchildren. She volunteers at Family Health Care one day at week.
Steven Johnson, DDS ’81, (Overland Park, Kan.) continues to fight to keep third parties and governments from taking over our profession.
Jim Otten, DDS ’81, FACD, (Lawrence, Kan.) practices restorative dentistry full time. He recently received Alumni Fellowship in ACD as well as membership in the America Academy of Restorative Dentistry. He’s also provost and lead faculty at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Joe E. Richardson, DDS ’81, (Houston, Mo.) Finally! After all the hard work, we are grandparents! Daughter Kelly, is due December 5, 2010. Other than that, life and dentistry as usual.
Bonnie Lamb Beckmann Ruyle, DDS ’81, (Santa Fe, N.M.) as of fall 2010, will be in Tulane to study “Tropical Medicine and Traveler’s Health.” She is a grandmother to Hadley Isabelle (2)!
Connie L. Head, DDS ’86, DH ’81, (San Diego, Calif.) announces that Brandon, the son she had two weeks after graduation, is going to dental school! The daughter she had during her junior year is getting married and finishing grad school! They remember and miss their husband/father/hero, Capt. John Pierce (DDS ’82, Adv. Prosth ’93), who died in June 2008.
Lynn Kinderknecht, DDS ’86, (Hays, Kan.) has two grandchildren so far. One son is a member of the UMKC School of Dentistry Class of 2012. Two sons and a daughter-in-law are in medical school (KCUMB). A daughter (Cr1eighton 2007) is a concert promoter. Lynn celebrates a 35th wedding anniversary in December 2010.
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. View the article here.
Joe and Liz Spalitto Receive Award for Service to GuatemalaSaint 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.”
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.
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. 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 here.
Susan Kaiser (DH ’78) retired after working full time for 34 years in the same office. She then signed with a dental temp agency and has enjoyed working in different offices and learning different dental software systems. She and her husband still collect and sell painted-label soda bottles from the late 1930s –1960s and go to about eight antique bottle shows a year. They also love to travel and go on cruises!
Steve Wolken (DDS ’74) sold his practice to his sons, Chris Wolken (DDS ’03) and Andy Wolken (DDS ’08) but still enjoys practicing dentistry four hours a week. He also enjoys spending time with his 12 grandchildren.
Joseph Spalitto (DDS ’72) was awarded the National Chapter XI Psi Phi Frankel Award as outstanding alumnus of the year. The Frankel award recognizes a fraternity alumnus who exemplifies the cardinal principles of morality, knowledge and friendship.
Donald Nielson (DDS ’74), Lenexa, Kan., reports that his son, Dan Nielson, graduated from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Truman Medical Center. His daughter, Kate Stanley, is in a pediatric dentistry residency in Portland, Ore.
Mark M. Ortinau (DDS ’74), Ballwin, Mo., has gone on mission trips to Kosovo twice a year for 14 years. He just welcomed his eleventh grandchild (seven girls and four boys) and has been married for 42 years.
David Robison (DDS ’74), Willard, Mo., reports that his son, Damon, started UMKC School of Dentistry in August 2013.
Gary S. Traub (DDS ’74), St. Louis, Mo., has three married children: one in New York, one in New Jersey, and one in Chicago. He has four grandchildren: two boys in New Jersey and two girls in New York.
Don A. Hatfield (DDS ’79), Columbia, Mo., is chief of Dental Service at the Harry S. Truman Memorial VA Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
Arthur J. McMillion (DDS ’79), Mobile, Ala., celebrated 30 years of marriage, Dec. 10, 2013, to Diane Royals McMillion.
Edgar E. Beahm (DDS ’74) Hickory Creek, Texas, received his MAGD in 1993. He retired in 2004. He is remarried to Kathy. They are now spending a lot of time traveling. He is playing golf but reports his golf game is getting worse. They enjoy helping to feed the homeless and participating with Habitat for Humanity building homes.
Edward J. Wilson (DDS ’74) Carmel, Calif., says the “good” is his three granddaughters, still being married to Susan (44 years), Sierra fly fishing and Central Valley duck hunting. The “bad” is still working and his golf swing.
Steven F. Wolken (DDS ’74) St. Louis, Mo., is celebrating 40 years of marriage. They have six children (three boys and three girls), 10 grandchildren. His sons, Chris and Andrew, bought his practice. He is now working for them. He has one daughter who works for Patterson and another daughter who is a lawyer.
Charles F. Massler (DDS ’74) Winston-Salem, N.C., reports that he will retire completely from his dental practice on Dec. 20, 2013. He says he and his wife, Linda, are doing great and will remain in North Carolina in retirement. He hopes to see everyone at the Midwest Dental Conference in 2014.
Ron Lessman (DDS ’79) Cape Girardeau, Mo., proudly reports that he has seven grandchildren with the eighth on the way. He is still working three and a half days a week. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, playing golf (but not so well) and is the Naval Academy Admissions Officer. He is also president of Trinity Lutheran.
Joe Spalitto (BS ’68, DDS ’72), Kansas City, Mo., was honored by the National Elks Lodge with its Distinguished Citizenship Award.
Galen Miller (DDS ’74), Aurora, Colo., has been on the faculty at Colorado University, Orthodontic Department since August 2005. He has taken multiple orthodontic mission trips to Moscow, Russia, and Kijabe, Kenya. He and his wife, Beth, have been married 40 years.
Paul Lambert (DDS ’74), Boise, Idaho, became the first non-physician to be appointed as chief of staff in the Department of Veterans Affairs, assigned to VAMC Boise, Idaho, in 2008. He was elected to the position of District IV Trustee in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Board of Trustees in 2012. He retired after 40 years from the Department of Veterans Affairs in March 2013.
R. Chris Bohon (DDS ’74), Tucson, Ariz., writes that he semi-retired in 2004 and moved to Arizona. He practiced part-time until full retirement in 2010. He and his wife, Marilyn, celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary in August 2014. They have two boys and three grandchildren in St. Louis, Mo. They now split time between Arizona and Kirksville, Mo. He sends “Best Wishes to the Class of 1974.”
Doug Reid (DDS ’79), Makawao, Hawaii, retired in August 2013, after selling his practice 2 ½ years ago and has worked for his partner since. He is moving to a place he’s had for 10 years on Maui, North Shore, above Paia on Baldwin. He says, “Come on by. I’ll be on the porch!”
Eugene Anderson, DDS ’73, (Leawood, Kan.) married Jeanne Gibbons (DH ’73) and has a daughter, Robin Hays (DH ’02). His son, Kevin, is a junior at KU. Dr. Anderson has been in practice in Grandview, Mo., for 33 years. His granddaughter, Olive Hays, is 16 months old. His son-in-law, Robert Hays, is at Patterson Dental Company.
Ron Katzer, DDS ’78, (Auburn, Kan.) turned 65 in July and has two children in medical school at KU Med.
Jerry Cash, DDS ’73, (Springfield, Mo.) has a daughter, Tara Cash (DDS ’06, Ortho ’08), who is now in practice and a partner in Cash Family Orthodontics. Tara is doing cleft palates (thanks to a great education). Jerry is doing orthodontic research on twins.
James Cocklin, DDS ’77, (Eagle River, Ark.) retired on March 31, 2013, after seven years of private practice and 29 years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force. He had assignments at bases all over the United States as well as overseas in Okinawa, Panama, and Germany. He finished his career as the commander of the 673rd Dental Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. In July 2013 he and his wife, Kathie, plan to move to Forest, Va., to be closer to their grandchildren.
Joe Creech, DDS ’78, Pedo ’80, (Gilbert, Ariz.) is the director of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He will become president of ABPD in May 2013. He is also the director of Pediatric Dentistry at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.
Jerry Schafers, DDS ’78, (St. Louis, Mo.) has won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals in Senior Olympic Volleyball. He played on the #7 ranked team in the nation in 2009. His youngest daughter, Allison, is attending optometry school at UMSL.
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.
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. 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.
Dr. John Haynes, Kansas City, received the Distinguished Service award from the Missouri Dental Association in recognition of his many years of service and dedication at the UMKC School of Dentistry.
Dr. Haynes has been influential in the development of every dentist in Missouri since his appointment as a clinical instructor in pediatric dentistry in 1962 and in his current role as pediatric dentistry department chair, for which he has served since 1992.In addition to teaching, he continues to serve the University with his involvement in student activities and the UMKC Dental Alumni Association.
Among numerous honors, Dr. Haynes was the 1992 UMKC School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year, after having served as president of the Dental Alumni Association in 1988. He received the Elmer F. Pierson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000 and in 2004, was recognized as the University of Missouri Kansas City Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Haynes served as Supreme President of the Xi Psi Phi Dental Fraternity 1984-1986 and was named outstanding chapter advisor 2001-2003.
Dr. Haynes is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, for which he served as president in 2003 and in 2004, president of the ACD Foundation.
He is a 1960 graduate of the UMKC School of Dentistry and received his masters in education from UMKC in 1971. Dr. Haynes says the successes of his students are his greatest rewards.
Dr. Haynes and his wife, Judy, live in Kansas City. They have two children and one grandson.
At a recent Alumni gathering at an MU fooball game,
Dr. John Haynes was spotted being inducted as an honorary
“Golden Girl”. He’s received so many well deserved honors
lately – now a “Golden Girl”. What’s next?
Gary Grantham (DDS ’69) and his wife, Cheryl, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by taking their two sons and four grandchildren to Ixtapa, Mexico. Travel has always been one of their passions. They have visited 74 countries and all seven continents. Most of their travel has been since Dr. Grantham retired in 1998 after serving 30 years in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. He is proud to have served his country as a Navy Captain for 14 of his 30 years with the Navy and Marine Corps. He was fortunate enough to be awarded the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals. Since retiring, he has been doing volunteer work as a naturalist leading nature and birding walks for several different organizations.
Dr. and Mrs. Grantham at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
John Kiesendahl (DDS ’67), UMKC adjunct assistant professor of dental morphology and occlusion in the Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences, was named the Laboratory Instructor of the Year in 2014 and 2015 from the Classes of 2017 and 2018, respectively. He received the 2014 Samuel E. Hayes Award for service and was the first recipient of the John Haynes Leadership Through Service Award presented at the Pouring from the Heart fundraising gala during the 2015 Midwest Dental Conference. He also was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. “I am grateful, honored and overwhelmed to have received these awards.”
George Myers (DDS ’65) and his wife, Andrea, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 19, 2015. He is retired but still performs oral surgery at the local Volunteers in Medicine Clinic on Hilton Head, S.C., where they treat low income, uninsured people who live or work on Hilton Head or Daufuskie Island.
John Wittrock (DDS ’60) brags that his classmate, Roger Felt (DDS ’60), is still practicing and seeing patients at age 93. Dr. Felt has a practice in Layton, Utah.
Richard Bennett (DDS ’64), Emporia, Kan., retired Dec. 31, 2012. His son, Brenton, joined the practice in 1989, as well as Michelle Malone (DDS ’10). “I am in good health. All of my nonessential organs are gone. My wife, Rosie, passed away four years ago. My father practiced dentistry for 50 years, counting the dental school years and years of active practice. We represent 135 years of dentistry. I couldn’t be more proud. I have eight grandchildren, and I hope at least one goes for dentistry.”
L. Jackson Brown (DDS ’69), Leesburg, Va., has three sons (two lawyers and one physician) and 10 grandchildren (five girls and five boys). He just celebrated his 47th wedding anniversary. He’s living life semi-retired: running a consulting firm with 20 years as a PHS officer, Director, Division of Epidemiology & Oral Disease Prevention; NICDR Director, Health Policy Analysis; and ADEA Editor, Journal of Dental Education. He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the ADA, Distinguished Service Medal from U.S. PHS, and Presidential Citation from ADEA. He was named the UMKC School of Dentistry’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year.
George (Mike) Allison (DDS ’64) Great Bend, Kan., reports that he is still mayor of Great Bend. His wife, Sally, passed away in 2009.
Richard McKinney (DDS ’64) Clovis, N.M., has been married for 22 years to Carol Deane. He’s still practicing three days a week. His practice is now For Sale. They plan to retire and move to Ruidoso, N.M., in the mountains!
Karl E. Voldeng (DDS ’64, Ort ’70), Scottsdale, Ariz., retired in 2011 from his orthodontic practice in Scottsdale. He and his wife, Mina, have three grown children. He stays active with civic organizations, hikes with his wife and their Aussie dog, horseback riding, biking, snow shoeing and fly fishing. Their favorite place is Telluride, Colo.
Ron Grout (DDS ’69) Highlands Ranch, Colo., is still practicing full time and enjoys what he is doing. He has worked with his son in dentistry since 1996. His son graduated from UCLA in 1995. They have quite a rivalry between KU and UCLA during basketball season. He plans to continue working another three to five years.
George Karr (DDS ’60), Rolla, Mo., has been retired since 2004. His wife died four years ago. He attends church weekly and is in the Rolla Rotary Club.
Robert C. Beaver (DDS ’64), Andover, Kan., will have been married to Helen Louise for 55 years in August. He is still working four days a week. They enjoy traveling in their 1929 and 1931 Model A cars. Their farthest driving trips have been Galveston, Green Bay and Vancouver. They have three grown children and six granddaughters.
Richard Brown (DDS ’64), Westminister, Colo., practiced dentistry in Colorado for 40 years. He sold his practice in 2011 and now enjoys retirement. He served six years as president of the Denver Dental Society of Adams County. His first wife, Tam, passed away in 1983. He married his hygienist of 39 years, Sharon Moore, in 2005. They have enjoyed climbing, hiking, racing sailboats at Dillon reservoir in the summer, and sailing San Francisco Bay in the winter. They continue to sail a remote-control sailboat and still travel.
J. Michael Allen (DDS ’64), Orlando, Fla., still practices and serves as dental director of Orange Blossom Family Healthcare Center in Orlando.
Robert C. Lee (DDS ’64), Lake Quivira, Kan., retired in 2004. He enjoys traveling, golfing, and Dixieland band music. He plays piano, trumpet, trombone and banjo. He also sings in professional ensembles. In his spare time he is a master gardener.
Samuel J. Higdon (DDS ’64), Portland, Ore., has devoted his practice to the management of temporomandibular disorders for 30 years. He is the author and illustrator of a patient education aide, “Illustrated Anatomy of the Temporomandibular Joint in Function/ Dysfunction,” now in an expanded 2nd edition.
Jerry Fankhauser (DDS ’69), Springfield, Mo., sold his practice in 2012 and is working part time. He has been married 46 years and has one son. He is still an active scuba diver.
Ken Lyle (DDS ’69), Manhattan, Kan., retired from practice in 2012 after 40 years. He and his wife try to spend as much time as possible with their seven grandchildren.
Ben K. Sherman (DDS ’69), Silver City, N.M., received a Fellowship in the International College of Dentistry and a Masters in the Academy of General Dentistry. His son, John, graduated from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 2002 and took over his practice.
Donald W. Ogburn, DDS ’63, (Nevada, Mo.) reports that he and his wife will celebrate 50 years of marriage in November. They have two great children and three very special grandsons.
Robert Peterson, DDS ’63, (Kansas City, Mo.) has been involved with real estate and volunteers at the World War I Museum and at a primary public school as a tutor since he retired from the UMKC School of Dentistry.
Joel Hamilton, DDS ’63, (Hot Springs, Ark.) relocated to Hot Springs in January 2011 and has opened a new practice. John Ladas, DDS ’68, (Blue Springs, Mo.) is married to Jill and has five children. He sold his practice in 2008 and works part time as an assistant clinical professor at UMKC School of Dentistry.
Grant Cookson, DDS ’63, (Parkville, Mo.) retired in1997 and is enjoying each and every day. He helped plan the Class of 1963’s reunion at the Midwest Dental Conference in 2013.
Howard Eppinger, DDS ’63, (Loudon, Tenn.) says he loves the Smokies and the weather is great most of the time. He plays golf two to three times a week and is doing some woodworking. His wife, Pat, reads a lot, works puzzles and shops. He says Tennessee is a great place to live and retire.
Thomas Hoyne, DDS ’63, (Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.) retired from private practice in 2000 after 37 years. He is currently a senior trustee of the Missouri Archaeological Society. His archaeological specialty is “Late Archaic Sedalia Phase” circa 1500 B.C.
Ron Riley, DDS ’64, UMKC clinical assistant professor of endodontics, was presented with the UMKC Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award by UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton and UMKC Alumni Association President Jerry Lonergan at the “Celebrating Excellence” ceremony, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The honor is awarded annually to an outstanding teacher in each of these academic units: the Schools of Dentistry, Law and Medicine and the Bloch School of Management.
Peter Robinson, DDS ’66, (Winnetka, Ill.) is teaching periodontics part-time at the University of Illinois-Chicago and holds the position of professor of periodontics at the University of Illinois. His other accomplishments include dean emeritus and professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut.
Bob Gross, DDS ’68, (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) retired last year from his oral and maxillofacial surgery practice. He spent 15 years in academics at the University of Connecticut Medical Center and LSU Medical Center.
Thomas Munger III, DDS ’68, (Anchorage, Alaska) still maintains two offices by himself. One office is located in Anchorage and one in Homer. He enjoys fishing at Homer.
Jack Copeland DDS, 1961- Retired in 2007 after 47 years of practice and enjoys intarsia and scroll sawing.
Pete Steinhauer, DDS ’62, (Boulder, CO) U.S. Navy 1965-1967- 3rd Marine Division, Vietnam. Private practice in Boulder, CO 1967-1997. Past president: Colorado Society of Oral Surgeons, Rocky Mt. Society of Oral Surgeons. Speaker of the House for the Colorado Dental Association. Resent, University of Colorado 1994-2006. He is still married to Julianne, 54 years and has 10 grandchildren. He has done volunteer oral surgery in Vietnam annually for the past 22 years. Enjoys golf with Pete Spence, “Living the good life.”
George R. Myers, DDS ‘65, (Hilton Head Island, SC) Serves as an Oral Surgeon at Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Hilton Head Island, SC.
Charles J. Purma, DDS ’67, (Scott City, KS) Is still practicing 3-4 days a week. He has also started to plan for retirement in a year or two.
Larry Rush, DDS ’67, (Colorado Springs, CO) is still working but actively pursuing a sale/transition. He has been married 44 years, 3 sons, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. He is currently considering a move to Costa Rica.
Larry Sheldon, DDS ’67, (Olathe, KS) Retired.
Ronald L. Shipman, DDS 67, (Cleveland, OK) Retired from practice in Sapulpa, OK in 1995 and moved back to hometown of Cleveland, OK in 1996. He taught math at Cleveland High School for 13 years. Retired again and now serving as Mayor of Cleveland, OK.
Gweldon L. Long, DDS ’61, (Maryville, Mo.) enjoys spending winters in Palm Desert, Calif., and summers in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Larry Jacobson, DDS ’61 (Kansas City, Mo.) is enjoying practicing periodontics.
Jack Copeland, DDS ’61, (Glendora, Calif.) retired in 2007 after 47 years of practice and enjoys intarsia and scroll sawing.
James R. Whitehead, DDS ’61, (Tulsa, Okla) survived 10th & Troost!
Tom Berry, DDS ’61, (Denver, Colo.) is still teaching at the University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine. Judy and Tom have two sons and three grandchildren who live in the Denver area.
Harry Jett, DDS ’61, (Salina, Kan.) and his wife, Ann, have been retired for 11 years. If he were doing it all over, he would work as long as he could.
Lawrence J. Purcell, DDS ’61, (Littleton, Colo.) retired from private practice in 2004. He has volunteered one day a week as a dentist at an inner city health center in downtown Denver, Colo., since his retirement.
Herschel L. Stroud, DDS ’61, (Topeka, Kan.) retired in 1997 and now lectures nationwide on civil war medicine. He also sings in a barbershop quartet. He plays the trumpet and sings in the 15-piece big band Kings of Swing. Herschel celebrated his 80th birthday in September 2010 and will celebrate his 60th wedding anniversary in February 2011. He enjoys travel in Hispanic countries.
Floyd R. Harris, DDS ’66, (Lowell, Ark.) retired four years ago. He is living on Beaver Lake in northwestern Arkansas with a grass landing strip in his front yard and his Glastar (home-built plane) tucked away inside!
Michael L. Milford, DDS ’66, (Dodge City, Kan.) retired Jan 1, 2010.
J. Konrad Rock, DDS ’66, (Lake City, Colo.) retired in November 2007 and moved to Lake City, Colo., where they live full time.
Peter Robinson, DDS ’66, (Winnetka, Ill.) received the title of dean emeritus (University of Connecticut) in 2007 and professor emeritus in 2009. He moved from Connecticut to Winnetka, Ill., in 2010.
Dr. Donald S. Linhart (Mission, Kan.) is retired.
Dr. Russell Riggs (Rogers, Ark.) is retired, a full-time volunteer, and a newlywed.
Dr. Roderick A. MacDonald (Maple Ridge, B.C., Canada) is retired and still healthy. He enjoys woodworking, golfing and chauffeuring grandchildren.
Dr. Erbin E. Jones (Arlington, Texas) retired in 2006.
Dr. Frank Ferson (Salina, Kan.) retired January 1, 2009.
Dr. Theron C. Johnson (Tucsan, Ariz.) is retired.
Dr. James W. Schatz (Springfield, Mo.) retired in 2000. He enjoys volunteering and has seven grandchildren. He says that he putters around and enjoys attending basketball and baseball games. He does genealogy research and has published a book about 300 years of his father’s family.
Dr. A.P. Soldan-Els Jr. (Independence, Mo.) retired from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 1996 and is a professor emeritis. During his career he was honored as Instructor of the Year (8 years) Distinguished Teacher (9 years) and received Classes of ’94 and ’96 Teacher Award. He served as a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army. He and his wife, Jackie, have been married for 55 years and have two children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Edward J. Lamb (Olympia, Wash.) has been retired since 1999. He is playing a lot of golf and has a hole- in-one about every other year. He spends six months in Washington State and five to six months in Arizona at Sun City West. He RVs and does some boating to Canada and Alaska.
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.
Gerald K Johnson (DDS ’59), Little Rock, Ark., retired 20 years ago. His wife, Jackie Knight (DH ’58), died in 2007. Gerald has since remarried, to Linda Reeves in 2011. They enjoy farming and travel.
Marvin H. Bean (DDS ’54) retired in 1992. He has moved to Overland Park, Kan., and lives at Silvercrest, an independent living facility.
Donald M. Reinhardt (DDS ’54) Mission, Texas, has been married to Helen Bentson for eight years. They love to travel. He is very active in his church, the Lions Club and Boy Scouts.
James Burgess (DDS ’59), Greenwood, Ark., tells us that his class meets every year in a different place. In September 2013 they met in Kansas
Douglas C. Woodbury (DDS ’54), Salt Lake City, Utah, retired in 2008. He has seven children, 34 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. His youngest son, Spencer, graduated from Creighton University with his dental degree in 1995 and took over his practice.
John Riddlebarger (DDS ’59), Bartlesville, Okla., writes that he and his wife, Sue, are retired. They are still very busy with volunteer activities such as Meals on Wheels. They are planning a class reunion for September.
Marvin W. Reed (DDS ’59), Oak Hill, Va., lives in northern Virginia with his wife and two sons. He has been retired since 1998. His time is divided between golf, genealogy, travel and their four grandchildren.
Norman Buckman, DDS ’53, (Potomac, Md.) has retired but is still very active physically and mentally. He travels, plays tennis twice a week, walks three miles daily and swims most days. He plays bridge, and his major hobby is DVD (Film) production.
John L. (Jack) Sanders, DDS ’58, (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) holds the distinction of professor emeritus at the University of Southern California.
Charley Baker, DDS ’53, (Norman, Okla.) was 86 years old when he passed away. His wife, Phyllis, says she is alive and well at age 86. They have four married children, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. They travelled oversees seven times, and Charley did dentistry on the poor using straight chairs and flashlights and helped spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
William R. Dannahower, DDS ’53, (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) served 12 years on the Florida Board of Dentistry and three as chairman. He was mayor of Ft. Pierce, Fla. for 14 years. He received the Service Award for the Florida Dental Association in 1983 and the U.S. Public Health Service Award in 1966. His wife, Lucia, passed away in April 2008.
John Dietrich, DDS ’53, (Mission Hills, Kan.) says he is enjoying retirement and still playing golf. He and his wife went to Greece and Turkey and cruised the Greek Islands this year. He’s also enjoying their five grandchildren in Kansas City and Boulder, Colo.
Troy Garrett, DDS ’53, (Mountainburg, Ark.) retired in 1987. His hobbies include growing, showing and judging roses. He recently moved to Arkansas.
Robert Menchetti, DDS ’58, (Kansas City, Mo.) was the AAS Rep for 10 years. He also served as the treasurer of the Rinehart Foundation for 15 years. For his service and philanthropy, he has received two Rinehart Medallions. He was on the faculty of the UMKC School of Dentistry and held the position of Team 1 coordinator for 10 years. In 1996 he was recognized by the UMKC Dental Alumni Association as the Alum of the Year.
Robert Lindsey, DDS ’52, (Pryor, OK) Mary Ellen, died 7-12-2009.
Leslie Burrows, DDS ’57, (Hilands Ranch, CO) Jean Burrows died on 7-16-2011.
Norman (Woody) Glasscock, DDS ’57, (Yorktown, VA) Retired for 16 years.
Jesse Harris, DDS ’57, (Wichita, KS) Retired since 2003 and still playing golf. Belongs to Crestview Country Club. Wife has dementia, otherwise doing fine.
Kenneth Head, DDS ’57, (Paola, KS) Usually goes to Scottsdale for the winter, “But who needed it this year?”
Alexander Suenaga, DDS ’57, (Honolulu, HI) “Life is great with me.”
William H. Poyser, DDS ’51, (Prairie Village, Kan.) has been retired for 21 years, has been married for 59 years, has two children and does volunteer work.
Don Allen Adams, DDS ’56, (Grand Junction, Colo.) USAF’ 57, earned Distinguished Rifle Gold #7th. He’s been a missionary dentist, volunteering in the jungles of Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador from 1966 to 1976. He also had short terms in Mexico and Siberia. He retired in 1997 and has 10,000 hours volunteering, including at an indigent clinic in Grand Junction, Colo.Jackson D. Haraway, DDS ’56, ( Stonewall, Okla.) retired in August 2006 after practicing 50 years in Ada, Okla. He and his wife, Betty, celebrated 60 years of marriage on August 25, 2010. They are both healthy (just senile) and their three children are successful.
Dr. Richard W. Goop (Chanute, Kan.) is still doing some dental work. He mostly does dentures, but no T.E. or root canals.
Dr. Donald Yowell (Delphos, Kan.) retired in May 2009. He remarried in 1988. He spends time fishing, hunting and going to grandchildren’s ballgames.
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.”
Denis Teraoka, DDS ’43, (Honolulu, Hawaii) has retired and lives in a senior community, Kahala Nui.
W. Victor Wood, DDS ’43, (Nixa, Mo.) celebrated his 70th year since graduation from the UMKC School of Dentistry at the 2013 Midwest Dental Conference. He’ll celebrate 72 years of marriage. “God has been good to us.”
Price Gibbons, DDS ’46, (Pratt, Kan.) suffered a stroke in 2008. He was recovering and learning to walk again at home, but that became too much and he entered a rehab-rest home facility. He passed away Dec. 15, 2012.
W. Victor Woods, DDS ’43, (Nixa, MO) Dr. & Mrs. W. Victor Wood will celebrated 70 years of marriage on December 27, 2011. Dr. Wood entered the Navy after graduating from dental school, serving in the States and the Pacific. He began a dental practice in Nixa in 1946. After several years, he and several dentists formed Parkcrest Dental Group in Springfield, MO. Dr. Wood retired after 46 years of dentistry. He and his wife have attended the UMKC Dental Alumni meetings for the last 40 years.
Harry W. Fitzgerald, DDS ’46, (El Dorado, Kan.) cannot believe how many of his classmates are gone. He just celebrated his 88th birthday. Still in reasonably good shape, he works at the local YMCA three days a week!
Earnest W. Potts, DDS ’46, (Yukon, Okla.) now resides in Spanish Cove, Yukon, Okla.
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.
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 Melissa Albertson at MDA (573-634-3436).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.