Dr. Roy J. Rinehart Foundation Welcomes New Students with a BBQ Lunch and UMKC Pullover

The Dr. Roy J. Rinehart Foundation invited the DDS Class of 2026 and the Dental Hygiene Class of 2024 to a BBQ lunch catered by Jack Stack on Thursday, September 1st.   Lunch was followed by remarks about foundation from Nicole Riggs, DDS Class of 2024 president and foundation board member and outgoing foundation chair, Dr. David Suchman, DDS Class of 2000, a meet and greet and then the highlight of the event when embroidered UMKC pullovers were handed out.

Find photos here.


Orientation Concludes for DDS Class of 2026 and DH Class of 2024 – Friday Activities

It started pancake breakfast, a long-standing school tradition, and the final day of orientation got underway on Friday, August 19th.  Dean Steven Haas formally welcomed the classes to the school and their professions and introduced the school’s administrative team and department chairs with each extending their welcome to the school family and brief comments on their respective clinical programs.  Each class took a group photo and then had the opportunity to meet some of their faculty who helped walk them through their initial student experience and did a lively Q&A.  They had lunch and the opportunity to socialize over a variety of table games, some of which got really competitive.  And lots of plans were made for the last free weekend before classes begin Monday.

Enjoy the photos here.

Find the DDS Class of 2026 and DH Class of 2024 group photos here



School Welcomes DDS Class of 2026 and DH Class of 2024 – First Day of Orientation

The UMKC School of Dentistry welcomed its newest students, the incoming Dental Class of 2026 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2024, on Wednesday, August 17th.  It was a day of portraits, clinical mask fitting, computer checks, housekeeping and prep work all designed to make the year start smoothly.

Enjoy photos from the first day of orientation activities here.


Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Researchers Present at Conference

Researchers from the school’s Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences presented at the Mechanisms of Disease Research and Recruitment Conference at Sporting Park, Kansas City.

Dr. Soumya Rao, Post Doctoral Fellow, Cox Lab


Dr. Nuria Laura, Sr. Research Associate, Johnson Lab


Claire Houchen, Research Assistant, Bumann Lab


Dr. Nuria Laura, Sr. Research Associate, Johnson Lab (podium presentation)



School Welcomes New Advanced Ed Residents

The school recently welcomed residents for three Advanced Education Program Residencies.

Advanced Education Program in Endodontics

Dr. Anne Kim (UCLA) and Dr. Adam Bennett (A.T. Still Univ, AZ)


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program

(L-R) Dr. Ali Edrisi (Nova Southeastern), Dr. Brandon Golub (Univ of Pacific), and Dr. Dakota McKenzie (Columbia Univ, NY)


Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

L-R) Dr. Charlie Boehm (UMKC), Dr. Brandon Knapp (Univ of Utah), and Dr. Brandon Simister (Univ of Utah)

Nik Wickerhauser UMKC SCADA Competition Winner

On July 21, the UMKC Summer Scholars program held a closed poster competition to select the UMKC representative for the 2023 Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA), which will be held in March 2023 at the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) meeting in Portland, OR. Judges for the competition were Drs. Mark Johnson, JoAnna Scott, and Melanie Simmer-Beck. A table with all the summer scholars, mentors and their research projects is included below.

We’re pleased to announce that Nik Wickerhauser was selected as the winner to represent UMKC at the AADOCR meeting SCADA competition next year. Nik’s poster title was ‘Photopolymerizable proanthocyanidins on durability of dentin bonding and MMPs activity.’

Please join us in congratulating Nik on this accomplishment! We also want to congratulate the other scholars on their excellent performances at the poster competition. This was a very close competition, and it was apparent that the scholars and their mentors dedicated considerable time and effort to prepare the presentations. While Nik will represent UMKC at AADOCR for the national SCADA competition, all of the Summer Scholars will attend the meeting and present posters at the general session.

Pictured above (left to right):
Dr. Mary Walker (Program Director), Francisco Flores, Adam Sattler, Nik Wickerhauser, Daniel Archibong, Seth Hofheins

2022-23 Summer Scholars, Mentors, and Projects

Scholar Name Mentor(s) Project Title
Daniel Archibong Dr. Bumann, Ms. Portia Hahn Leat The Role of YAP and TAZ in Osteocytes to Regulate Craniofacial Bone Morphogenesis
Francisco Flores Dr. Petrie, Dr. Walker Longevity of digital restorations performed in a predoctoral clinical curriculum
Seth Hofheins Dr. R. Wang, Dr. Y. Wang Benign, pre-malignant, and malignant oral biopsy tissue evaluation using vibrational spectroscopic imaging
Adam Sattler Dr. Satheesh, Dr. MacNeill Factors influencing acceptance of periodontal treatment recommendations in Periodontics Residency
Nik Wickerhauser Dr. Y. Wang, Dr. Hass

Photopolymerizable proanthocyanidins on durability of dentin bonding and MMPs activity

Dr. Lance Godley Named Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

After a national search and review of the results from the search committee, Dean Steven Haas announced Dr. Lance Godley as the new Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.

Dr. Godley completed his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Florida State University and his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Florida. He also has a Master of Education degree from the American College of Education and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. Further, he is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Godley practiced general dentistry in Naples, FL, for over eighteen years before joining UMKC in 2015 and beginning his full-time academic career. Since coming to UMKC, he has been appointed Interim Director of Faculty Practice, Interim Director of Clinical Operations, Vice-Chair of the Restorative Clinical Sciences department and served as our Interim Dean for Clinical Programs. He has spent a significant amount of his time teaching and serving as course director for several courses, including Treatment Planning, Operative I Lecture, and Operative II Lab. He has a role nationally with the American Dental Association with an appointment to the Dental Licensing Objective Structured Clinical Examination Test Construction, was appointed to the NBDE Part II Test Construction and is a CODA site visitor in the area of Clinical Sciences. He has been involved with the scholarship of teaching and learning, including as a coauthor publishing papers in the Journal of Dental Education and the European Journal of Dental Education.

West Meets East – UMKC Dental Hygiene Students Host Dental Hygiene Students from Korea

West met East when faculty and students from the school’s Division of Dental Hygiene recently hosted Dental Hygiene Students and Faculty from Jinju Health College (South Korea). They were visiting as a part of an exchange program with the University of Missouri to learn about the school’s dental hygiene education program and also visit some dental practices. It offered a great opportunity for cultural exchange and allow the students to interact and learn from each other.

Photos at https://photos.app.goo.gl/uLB3Ko8Yiosm9YwR8