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A Ripple Becomes a Wave Thanks to You
“While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.” Matt Bevin
As you receive this annual “donor” issue of the Explorer, our nation will be in the midst of the holiday season, which includes the tradition of giving thanks, better known as Thanksgiving. We think it fitting to use this Explorer to give thanks to those who, this past year, have selflessly assisted the UMKC School of Dentistry in pursuing our mission to strive for excellence in oral health education, research, clinical care and service to our profession and community. In this issue, we’d also like to reminisce about the life and legacy of Dr. Roy J. Rinehart, the namesake of our philanthropic foundation, and give thanks for his past and present powerful contributions to the betterment of the School. The metaphor of ripples caused by tossing a pebble in a pond is a familiar one, but it is also an apt one to contemplate the lasting and far-reaching impact of Dr. Rinehart and the Foundation that bears his name. To learn more about the ripples created by this remarkable man, see our “Remembering Dr. Rinehart” tributes throughout this issue. We commend and thank all who have created their own ripple of progress by donating their time and treasure to the School; year in and year out your ripples become a wave of support for our mission.
Remembering Dr. Rinehart
During World War II, when much of the United States was seized with fear of Americans of Japanese descent, Dean Roy J. Rinehart chose to guide the UKC School of Dentistry down a different path. He let it be known that his school would welcome Japanese American students with open arms. That message made its way to Hawaii where a handful of desperately hopeful students decided to take him up on his offer.
In 2007 the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the first TeamSmile one-day outreach event in which dental volunteers provided dental care at Arrowhead Stadium. More than 100 hundred children were screened, treated and educated on the importance of oral health that day. UMKC School of Dentistry student and faculty volunteers were there to lend a hand, and they are still helping 10 years later. Today TeamSmile’s outreach and UMKC’s participation have expanded to include events with the Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.
Audrey Buxton, DDS Class of 2017, was honored with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Honor Recipient Award for “demonstrated excellence in leadership while balancing non-paid student leadership commitments in an organization or activity at UMKC.”
Timothey Albright: Grandfather, Dr. Tommy Taylor; Great Uncle Dr. Steve Sickmeyer
Grace Bradfield: Great Aunt Lora Palmer, Dental Hygiene
Brock Buzbee: Father, Dr. Roger Buzbee; Uncle, Dr. Gary Buzbee; Cousin, Dr. Todd Buzbee
Maris Calvert: Brother, Class of 2019; Uncle, Class of 1987; Uncle, Class of 1984
Matthew Darrow: Brother, Dr. Daniel Darrow
James DuPree: Great Uncle, Dr. Tom Dupree
Sarah Flowers: Grandfather, Dr. Richard Barlet
DDS CLASS OF 2021
Total: 109 Students
Science GPA Average: 3.7
DAT Average: 19.3
Western Dental College
A 1902 graduate of Western Dental College, Dr. Rinehart joined its faculty in 1913, which also happened to be the year its founder and head, D.J. McMillan died. The college began to struggle, so Dr. Rinehart and a group of investors bought it. In order to improve the quality of dental education in Kansas City, Dr. Rinehart helped bring about the merger of his institution and its rival, the Kansas City Dental College, thus forming the Kansas City-Western Dental College in 1919. Then in 1920 he personally helped finance the construction of a brand new building at 10th and Troost, which housed the school until its present home opened in 1970. His commitment to improving the quality of dental education continued in 1922–23, when Dr. Rinehart transitioned the school from a commercial institution to a non-profit corporation held in a public trust.
The UMKC Continuing Dental Education Division and the UMKC Alumni Office hosted its first ever Dental Implant Symposium, Sept. 22 and 23, at the Student Union on UMKC’s Volker Campus. Over 130 dentists and other dental professionals from across the Midwest learned about the latest scientific research and clinical outcomes in treating and managing dental implants. The scientific sessions addressed prosthodontic strategies, socket placement, peri-implant disease, soft-tissue augmentation, management of the edentulous patient, and esthetic implant strategies. World-renowned presenters included: Dr. Dennis Tarnow, Dr. Stephan Chu, Dr. Paul Fletcher, Dr. Sonda Moldovan, Dr. Tara Aghaloo, and Dr. Lyndon Cooper. Dr. Notis Emmanoulidis, former clinical assistant professor of Restorative Dentistry, served as the Symposium’s scientific chair. Dr. Mary Walker, associate dean for Research and Graduate Programs, Dr. Cynthia Petrie, Chair of Restorative Clinical Sciences, Dr. Keethana Satheesh, associate professor and chair of Periodontics, and Dr. Thaer Daifallah, adjunct professor of Oral Surgery, acted as program moderators.
Dr. Bonnie Branson, professor of Dental Public Health and Behavioral Science and director of External Rotation Sites, received the following compliment on UMKC student preparedness from a Dental Outreach Clinical Site (DOCS) mentor: “Having worked with recent grads from all over the country, I see that UMKC is still doing an excellent job training young dentists. As a supervisor of many young dentists in my 21 years in the Army, many schools are not adequately training recent grads.”
During the week preceding the first day of the fall semester, the School’s patient reception area was awash in frantic activity — not with patients and students, but with a construction crew. Their mission was to replace the reception counter that has greeted patients since the building opened in 1971. When students, faculty, staff and patients arrived for the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 21, they were pleasantly surprised to find a brand new counter designed to help everyone enjoy greater efficiency, privacy and safety.