Sunday Highlights from Midwest Dental Conference 2019

Midwest Dental Conference 2019 concluded with the annual Dental Alumni Trustees/Alumni Past President’s Breakfastup followed by three Scientific Sessions. The last of nearly 3,000 attendees exchanged goodbyes and headed home with full hearts and heads after their weekend of “Celebration and Education.

The UMKC Dental and Dental Hygienist’s Alumni Associations and the School of Dentistry extend a most heartfelt thank you to all who helped make MDC 2019 such a great success.

Photos from Sunday’s events.

DON’T FORGET TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Next year’s meeting is scheduled for April 16-19, 2020.

Saturday Filled with Honors, Reunions, Education at MDC 2019

Saturday’s activities started with the annual Rinehart Foundation Alumni and Friends Recognition Breakfast, which honored outstanding alumni as well as the reunion classes celebrating 60, 50, 40 and 25 years in dentistry. Milestones in individual giving were also recognized with the awarding of Rinehart Philanthropy Medallions and Benefactor Pins to milestone donors. The day’s scientific sessions addressed a wide range of topics, from medical marijuana considerations in dentistry, advances in endodontics and implants, and eradicating stroke and heart attacks to managing offices’ digital workflow and creating a cohesive office culture. Hospitality suites gave milestone-year alumni additional opportunties to reminisce, and reunion dinners capped the day for several classes.  Find Saturday photos here.

MDC 2019 Continues Friday, March 22nd With More Learning, Fun And Camaraderie

Friday began by welcoming MDC’s more than 3,000 attendees to the meeting. Day two of this four-day conference offered attendees 100 top-notch technical exhibits and a dozen Continuing Education sessions on topics ranging from office communication, insurance management and disaster preparedness to advances in endodontics and implant prosthetics. Students in dentistry, dental hygiene and master’s programs presented research posters in the afternoon — and some of them took a fitness challenge at a nearby exhibit hall booth. Luncheons for hygienists, the KDA and others provided more chances to connect, as did a special happy hour before the always-popular Friday-night Welcome Party. The Class of ’94 reunion was a big hit, along with several classes’ hospitality suites.  Find photos here from Friday events.

Pouring From the Heart Scales New Heights

Pouring From the Heart turned 20 in style Thursday evening, with a new strolling dinner format and a new location, Kansas City’s legendary The American. The American’s high ceilings and incomparable views of the city were the perfect match for the party with a purpose, which raises money to help provide crucial funding for indigent care. Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal and his wife, Sue, were among the guests who enjoyed exclusive eats prepared by Chef Andrew Longres, paired with unique drinks. Silent auction items ranged from a year’s supply of ice cream to a week at a private beach house in Hawaii. The John Haynes Leadership Through Service Award also was presented, going this year to Dr. Connie White, DDS ’81, longtime faculty member and administrator at the UMKC School of Dentistry.  Enjoy photos from the event.

2019 Midwest Dental Conference Off To A Special Start

The UMKC Dental and Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Associations on Thursday welcomed 2019 Midwest Dental Conference attendees to the first of four days of meetings, reunions, celebrations, technical exhibits and scientific sessions at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel and Westin Hotel at Crown Center. Old friends and new met at registration and throughout the day, whether by chance between sessions or by design at planned meetings, breakfasts or lunches for the Dental Alumni and Rinehart Foundation, Kansas Dental Assocation, Fedi patrons and orthodontist groups. The conference’s wealth of Continuing Education offerings began, too, with four entertaining daylong sessions packed with expert information each focused on a specialty: periodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery or pediatrics. Please enjoy these photos from the day’s many activities. And look for a separate post and photos from Pouring From the Heart, the annual fund-raising gala that capped a great first day of the Midwest Dental Conference.  Photos from Thursday here.

New Members Inducted Into Honor Societies

The UMKC School of Dentistry’s Rho Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), a national dental honor society, and Alpha Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha, a national dental hygiene honor society, held their annual awards banquet Wednesday evening at the Sheraton Crown Center hotel. The evening’s festivities included the initiation of new student, faculty and honorary members. OKU presented DDS students the William S. Kramer and the Richard Ackerman Scholarship Awards. Sigma Phi Alpha presented the R. Lois Scott Award to a dental hygiene student. Congratulations to all those recognized! The dinner occurred on the eve of the Midwest Dental Conference, which runs Thursday through Sunday.  Photos from the event here.

Here is is list of those recognized.

Scholarship Awards
William S. Kramer Award
Matt Bryant
Richard Ackerman OKU Scholarship Awards
Charlotte Donaway
Frederick Drummond
Henry Hoffman
Casey Prester
Scott Sullivan
Brianna Thompson
Jane Witt
Erin Yoshida

Dana Adachi
Mahshid Farahani
Michael Gulley
Kayla Hanna
Summer Issa
Michael Lee
Graham Naasz
BriAnna Phillips
Angelyn Rosenberger
Michelle Royle
Johnna Thomas
Max Uyeda

Faculty Initiates
Dr. John Ball Dr. Rebeca Weisleder


Scholarship Awards
Annual Chapter Award
KeShawnda Frisby
R. Lois Scott Award
Abbey Hartley

Madi Hirschler
Emily Rhew
Savanna Weiner

MSDH Education
Cheri Fritz, RDH

Faculty Initiate
Tara Allen, BSDH, RDH

Honorary Initiate
Dr. Neal Bilyeu

Certificate of Appreciation
Lynn Prine

Celebrating Outstanding Alumni Achievements

Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association and the campus celebrate the outstanding achievements of UMKC graduates through the Alumni Awards Gala. The upcoming program will honor the class of 2019 recipients on March 15. It’s a chance to share with the world the kind of graduates this institution sends out its doors at each Commencement ceremony. Caps and gowns fluttering in the wind, they leave UMKC to make their way in the world and to make it a better place for all of us.

Join us in extending our congratulations and appreciation to the the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award recipients for the School of Dentistry.

Terry G. O’Toole (DDS ’81)

Dr. Terry O’Toole (DDS ’81) dedicated many years working with the Veterans Affairs Office of Dentistry in Washington, D.C., to help improve oral health for thousands of veterans in need. In addition to managing medical and dental care deployment for about 8,000 patients each year, Dr. O’Toole was at the forefront of the VA’s efforts to evolve its electronic health record system.

Over his 35 year career within the Veterans Health Administration, Dr. O’Toole served in various roles including staff dentist, clinic coordinator, chief of dental service and, most recently, director of dental informatics and analytics. For nearly a decade he has focused on advancing the technology while serving as head of software development, where his team identified needs and created solutions that helped providers deliver more effective care. Additionally, the evolved electronic health records system enables the VA to effectively track data on patients and treatment protocols to measure outcomes and provider performance to drive system-wide improvements.

Dr. O’Toole also has led the way for teledentistry. He was one of the first to implement resolutions through the American Dental Association that allow dentists to serve patients virtually – making a huge impact on access to care. He has served as chair of the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Practice and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the ADA as well as a representative to the ADA Standards Committee on dental informatics.

His impact on the profession has earned him the 2019 UMKC Alumni Achievement Award for the School of Dentistry.


Rebecca Stolberg (MSDH ’96)

Rebecca Stolberg has been a leader in dental hygiene and dental hygiene education, recognized by the 2019 UMKC Alumni Achievement Award for the School of Dentistry – Dental Hygiene. After graduating from UMKC in 1996 with her master of science in Dental Hygiene, she began her career in dental hygiene education as interim director of the Texas State Technical College Dental Hygiene Program. Following her time at Texas State, Stolberg led the Department of Dental Hygiene at Eastern Washington University for 15 years — the only undergraduate degree program of its kind in that state. During her time in academia, Stolberg received more than $450,000 in grant funding and the ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Allied Dental Educator Fellowship in 2016. Rebecca also served as course director for LEAF (Leadership Essentials for Adjunct Faculty). This program promotes leadership and professional development opportunities for part-time dental hygiene faculty. Rebecca’s expertise and path in dental hygiene education has now led to her current position as senior director of allied dental education and faculty development at the American Dental Education Association.

Dr. Jonathan Copeland (DDS ’09)

Dr. Copeland completed his DDS in 2009 at UMKC and went on to complete a hospital based dental residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Dr. Copeland and his wife, Stephanie (DDS ’10), live in the St. Louis area with their young family. Despite his busy schedule at his private practice, Town Center Dental in Wildwood, Missouri, Dr. Copeland finds time to give back to the profession and his community. He has spent countless hours serving on committees, councils and boards. To name a few: He is a board member of Missouri Dental Insurance Services Inc., a council member for Dental Lifeline Network, a founding member of the Veteran’s Dental Care Coalition and the Missouri Section chair for the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He also had a seat in the Missouri Dental Association House of Delegates, was chair for the Missouri Dental Association’s New Dentist Committee and serves as the SPEAR Study Club Leader. He shares his passion for lifelong learning through presenting CE courses on implants and through his instrumental leadership in helping start Missouri’s first Connect 4 Success, a continuing education weekend for New Dentists. Because of his dedication to his patients and the profession, Dr. Copeland received the ADA’s 10 Under 10 award recognizing dentistry’s rising stars. He has been described as highly respected amongst his peers and an integral part of organized dentistry since he graduated from dental school. He is a wonderful representation of UMKC and so deserving of being named the 2019 Young Alumnus of the Year.