Faculty and Staff Retirees Honored

Nearly 60 years of loyalty and service to the school was honored at a faculty and staff retirement reception, Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the School of Dentistry.  Honored by colleagues, students, family and friends were, Dr. Robert Blundell for 9 years of service, Addie Malove, 39 years of service and Patricia Webb, 9 years of service.  Each received a commemorative photo of the school personalized with wishes from their colleagues.  Photos here.

Dr. Azeez Butali Presents OCS-Donald R. Brown Speaker Series Joint Seminar

Dr. Azeez Butali of the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics was the presenter at the annual Dr. Donald R. Brown Speaker Series, jointly hosted by the school’s Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. His topic was Dental and Craniofacial Anomalies: Driving Discovery Through Basic-Translational Genetics Research and Capacity Building. Dr. Butali was formally welcomed at a reception the day preceding his lunch time seminar presentation. Find photos here.

Dental School Grads Recognized at Senior Sendoff

The UMKC Hospital Hill Diversity and Inclusion Council hosted a senior sendoff for underrepresented students at Diastole recently to recognize the 2019 Graduates from the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. School of Dentistry grads acknowledged included Camden Tokunaga, Rashin Alipour and Ronnie Marquez. The graduates, along with faculty and staff from the schools enjoyed food catered by Two Guys and a Grill, an opportunity to identify respective practice locations as well as games and a photo booth.  Photos from the event.

The Hostpital Hill Diversity and Inclusion Council incluses Micheal Weaver, St. Luke’s Health System, Jeffrey Primos, UMKC School of Dentistry, Jennifer Santee, UMKC School of Pharmacy Gaby Flores, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Willy Pegues, Truman Medical Centers, Nate Thomas, UMKC School of Medicine, John Cottrell, UMKC School of Dentistry, Derek Williams, UMKC School of Dentistry, Vianella Halsall, School of Nursing , Susan Garret, UMKC School of Nursing, Tanya Gibson, UMKC School of Dentistry, Sally Fletcher, UMKC School of Nursing, Fariha Shafi, UMKC School of Medicine and Rachel McCommon, UMKC School of Medicine.  School administrators supporting the event inlcuded Marsha Pyle, Dean of the UMKC School of Dentistry , Richie Bigham, Associate Dean, UMKC School of Dentistry and Russell B. Melcher, Dean, School of Pharmacy.

Seniors Honored at SNDA/HSDA Send Off

On Sunday, April 28, the Student National Dental Association /Hispanic Student Dental Association hosted its annual “Senior Send Off” for the graduating SNDA/HSDA members. The celebration is in recognition of fulfillment of academic and clinical requirements for the Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. The event also was also an expression of appreciation for the senior’s outstanding community service and leadership.

The celebration was held over breakfast at the Eggtc. Restaurant at 51st and Main. Approximately 36 students, faculty and family members were in attendance. Among the twelve senior honorees were: Arianna Jackson (DDS class of 2019), Camden Tokunaga (DDS class of 2019) , Hai Ping Sun( DDS CLASS OF 2019), Joanna Barnes (DDS class of 2019), Katherine Dumbell ( DDS class of 2019), Mohammed Nuru (DDS CLASS OF 2019), Rashin Alipour (DDS class of 2019), Ronnie Marquez( DDS class of 2019), Teresa Nguyen (DDS CLASS OF 2019), Tiffany Nguyen (DDS class of 2019), Summer Issa (DDS class of 2019) and Mohammad Alshaye (DDS class of 2019) who received plaques and pen sets.

The SNDA/HDSA graduation seniors reciprocated by recognizing several individuals for moral support, encouragement and student advocacy. Derek Williams, DDS, Tanya Gibson, DDS and John L. Cottrell were recognized for exceptional efforts as SNDA/HSDA Faculty Advisors. Dr. Jack Nelson was recognized for his support and active engagement with the Dental Research Explorer Post and Jeff Primos was honored for on-gong efforts and contributions toward diversity and inclusion.

Before departing, the new SNDA/HSDA leadership was introduced: President, Njeri Penda (DDS class of 2021), Vice-President, Kim Kha (DDS class of 2021), Secretary, Lena Adams (DDS class of 2022), Treasurer, Shurouk Allkharabsheh (DDS class of 2021) Social Chairs, Rukevwe Erhenede (DDS class of 2022) , Yasmeen Qadi (DDS class of 2021) and Taylor Johnson (DDS class of 2022). Historians, Carlos Criss (DDS class of 2021) , Meredith Gomez (DDS class of and Shan Ao ( DDS class of 2020. Fundraisers, Yiou Gio (DDS class of and Drew Chatter (DDS class of 2020), Community Chairs, Jodi Nguyen (DDS class of 2021) and Shannon Black (DDS Class of 2022).

Outgoing officers were also recognized: President Anthony Spates and Chanelle Roberts, Secretary, Stephanie Zarrasola (DDS class of 2020), Treasurer, Yiou Guo (DDS class of 2021), Fundraising, Brianna Thompson (DDS class of 2020) and Luxi Swisher ( DDS class of 2020) , Social Chairs, Amber Arshad (DDS class of 2020) , Brittany Daniel (DDS class of 2020) and Yona Rasynouvong (Class of 2020), Historians, Shan Ao (DDS class of 2020) and Nejeri Penda (DDS class of 2021).

Photos from the event.

Annual Students Take Action Minute to Win It Benefits Dr. Jacob McGuire Scholarship

Last Thursday, April 18, 2019, representatives from the whole school came together for the annual Students Take Action (STA) Minute to Win it Lunch. Donations collected during this event will be given to the Dr. Jacob McGuire Scholarship. A total of $1,466 was donated across all classes, faculty, and staff! It was awesome to see everyone come together to support a Scholarship in honor of Dr. Jacob McGuire, who has had an endless impact on us all as a doctor, mentor, teacher and friend. The Minute to Win it consisted of a series of 5 games, resulting in the DDS Class of 2022 claiming first place, DDS Class of 2019 second place and Staff coming in third place. A cookie party will be given to Class of 2022 May 2nd, 2019 for celebration of their first-place finish!

Below is a listing of the team representatives that volunteered their athleticism and innate skills for everyone’s enjoyment and entertainment.

Staff Team: Breana Boger
D1 Team: Shannon McCaul and Kalei Wilson
D2 Team: Jourdan Kilthau and Jacob Young
D3 Team: Jane Witt and Ashley Stevenson
D4 Team: Teresa Nguyen
Dental Hygiene Team: Kyleigh Campbell

Enjoy photos from the event.

Recognizing Outstanding Faculty and Students – the 2019 Student Council Awards

The UMKC School of Dentistry Student Council hosted a Recognition Reception at Diastole on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, to recognize outstanding faculty and students. The awardees are chosen by the students within each class. The Student Council officers and class representatives coordinate the selection process and the reception planning. Please join us in congratulating the following recipients. Our great people within the School of Dentistry truly make the difference!

Dental Hygiene Class of 2020

Lecturer of the Year Professor Christina Baker
Clinical Faculty of the Year Professor Ashley Ryan
Student of the Year Abby Hartley

Dental Hygiene Class of 2019

Lecturer of the Year Professor Sally Elledge
Clinical Faculty of the Year Professor Christina Baker
Student of the Year Bonnie Bennett

DDS Class of 2022

Lecturer of the Year Dr. Mark Johnson
Pre-clinical Lab Faculty of the Year Dr. John Kiesendahl
Student of the Year Nicole Kurlbaum

DDS Class of 2021

Lecturer of the Year Dr. Aparna Naidu
Pre-clinical Lab Faculty of the Year Dr. Lance Godley
Student of the Year Cassie Shannon

DDS Class of 2020

Lecturer of the Year and Dr. Jake McGuire
Rotation Faculty of the Year

Clinic Faculty of the Year; Team 1

Dr. Jang-Ching Chou
Clinic Faculty of the Year; Team 2 Dr. Ahmed Zarrough
Clinic Faculty of the Year; Team 3 Dr. Douglas Pearson
Student of the Year Chris Lippold

DDS Class of 2019

Lecturer of the Year and Dr. Robert Edwards
Rotation Faculty of the Year

Clinic Faculty of the Year; Team 1

Dr. Jang-Ching Chou
Clinic Faculty of the Year; Team 2 Dr. Eric Gottman
Clinic Faculty of the Year; Team 3 Dr. Douglas Pearson
Student of the Year Mike Lee

Dr. John Killip Student Leadership Award——————–Presented to Kayla Hanna

Find photos from the event here.

Discovering the Joys of Research-2019 Student Research Summit

Zach Vogel was looking for something to do last summer, between his first and second years at the UMKC School of Dentistry, when he got an email about a research program. He seized the opportunity and, besides his resulting research findings, discovered that he really enjoys research.

“I like the logical way that research addresses the unknown and goes about figuring out how to solve a problem,” he said. “It was my first extensive research experience, and if the opportunity presents itself, I would do more research.”

Vogel was one of eight School of Dentistry students presenting posters Wednesday at the UMKC Health Sciences Research Summit. The 100-entrant event also drew students from biological sciences, computing and engineering, medicine, nursing and pharmacy.

Vogel’s research involved using grape-seed extract to improve the bonding of composite fillings. Specifically, he studied whether the extract is less effective if a tooth’s dentin is less than ideal. He said his research found that the quality of dentin didn’t affect the bonding.

Some other students’ topics were similarly clinical, ranging from intracellular signaling for muscle-bone crosstalk to stem cells’ regulation of jaw length. Others addressed various aspects of dental education, from research requirements for dental hygiene students to the effects of community service.

Besides Vogel, the school’s Student Research Summit presenters were Karen Davis, Nathan Haverkamp, Elizabeth Lukens, Jaime Masunaga, Bryson Nakatani, Brianne Schmiegelow and Megan Yamaguchi. Mary Walker, DDS, PhD, the School of Dentistry’s associate dean of research and graduate programs, was the primary research mentor.

In addition to the student summit at UMKC, a half-dozen students from the summer research program will present their findings at the International Association for Dental Research meeting in Vancouver in June. Walker said Vogel’s poster also was chosen to represent the School of Dentistry in the association’s student research competition.

Vogel said he had multiple mentors for his research, “and they all were helpful in their own ways. A big part of my project’s success was the help I had.”

Photos here.

Dental Research Explorer Post Hosts Final Session for 2018-19 Academic Year

April 13, 2019, Dr. Amit Kumar gave an oral health presentation to an audience of approximately fifteen high school and college students, as well as parents, focused on his specialty, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Beginning with his personal educational credentials and insights about home in India, he highlighted the differences between a four-year certificate and six-year combined MD program and showed representative examples of procedures commonplace for oral surgeons.

A suturing lab project facilitated by members of the Student National Dental Association/Hispanic Student Dental Association followed. SNDA/HSDA members provided an overview and then paired up with Post members for the exercise.

Rashin Alipour Morefan was recognized participating in the Dental Explorer Post since high school and Zachary Osmanovic and his mother Sara Spanel were recognized for having traveled three hours from their residence in the Ozarks to participate in the UMKC Dental Research Explorer Post.
This session was the last in a series of eight for the fall and spring session. The Dental Research Explorer Post will reconvene in September 2019.

UMKC School of Dentistry SNDA/HSDA participants included Arianna Jackson, DDS Class of 2019, Tiffany Nguyen, DDS Class of 2019, Shan Ao, DDS Class of 2019, Yona Rasynouvong, DDS Class of 2020, Anthony Spates, DDS Class of 2020, Amber Arsad, DDS Class of 2020, Theresa Nguyen, DDS Class of 2019, Kim Nhung Kha, DDS Class of 2021, Brianna Thompson, DDS Class of 2021, Stephanie Zarrasola, DDS Class of 2020, John Cottrell, Faculty Advisor and Derek Williams, DDS, Faculty Advisor.

Photos from the event here.