UMKC Welcomes New Advanced Ed Program Residents

UMKC School of Dentistry welcomed new residents who joined Advanced Education Programs on July 1st.

Advanced Education in General Dentistry

Tho Cao, DMD ’19
(Medical College of GA, Augusta)
from:  Kansas City, MO

Mozamel Malik, DMD ’19
(Medical College of GA, Augusta)
from:  Atlanta, GA

Alicia Finney, DDS ’19
(UT Health Sciences, San Antonio)
from: Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Andre Paredes, DDS ’19
from: Olathe, KS

Advanced Education Program in Endodontics

Jamie Ball, DDS ’17
from:  Hays, KS

Niraj Patel, DDS ’18
from:  Corona, CA

Advanced Education Program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 

Dr. Ashkann            Dr. Eshan                Dr. Mouhab
Bahreini                    Sadighara                Samman

Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

Patrick Grady, DDS ‘19
(UT Health Sciences, San Antonio)
From: Clarksville, TN

Megan Klein, DDS ‘19
From: Gillette, WY

Grant Severs, DMD ‘19
From: Macomb, IL

Advanced Education Program in Periodontics

Jordan Dempsey, DDS ‘19
(Detroit Mercy)
from:  Grand Rapids, MI

Christopher Sprott, DMD, ‘17
(Midwestern Univ)
from:  Napa, CA

UMKC Dental Research Students Present at 2019 IADR/AADR Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia

Six DDS students from the UMKC School of Dentistry participated in this year’s 2019 International and American Association for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) Conference held in Vancouver, BC, Canada from June 19-22. These students were part of the 2018-19 UMKC SOD Summer Scholars Program, a nine-week research program. Each student had to submit an abstract of their research project in order to be invited to present at the 2019 conference.

Summer Scholar poster presenters included Nathan Haverkamp, Kika Masunaga, Bryson Nakatani, Brianne Schmiegelow, Zachary Vogel, and Megan Yamaguchi. Additionally, Zachary Vogel represented UMKC in the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) held on June 18th.

All of the students demonstrated confidence and professionalism not only in their presentations but in their handling of challenging questions from top scientists in the field of dental research. The success of all our DDS students at IADR/AADR conference is due in part to the efforts of the Summer Scholars Program Director, Dr. Mary P. Walker, and the participation of the research mentors, who provide invaluable guidance for the students. Mentors included: Dr. Brenda Bohaty, Dr. Lynn Friesen, Dr. Nuria Lara-Castillo, Dr. Mark Johnson, Dr. Cynthia Petrie, Dr. Erin Bumann, Dr. Yong Wang, Dr. Rose Wang, and Dr. Donna Deines.

The annual IADR/AADR conferences are a highpoint in the Summer Scholars Program, providing a forum for excellence in original oral health and dental research.

Photos from the meeting here.

Watch a video from the trip.

Congratulations Karen Davis, First Place Winner in 2019 ADHA Research Competition

Congratulations to Karen Davis, B.S., R.D.H, winner of the Dentsply Sirona 2019 American Dental Hygienists’ Association research competition in Louisville, KY. Karen is a student in the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education program at UMKC School of Dentistry and her poster was titled “An Assessment of Graduate Level Dental Hygiene School Requirements Regarding Scholarly Inquiry and Research”. Mentoring and co-authors on the poster were Prof. Tanya Villalpando Mitchell, Director of the MS DH program, Dr. Cindy Amyot, Associate Dean, Distance Education and Faculty Development and Committee Chair (pictured with Karen and her poster) and Dr. Chris Van Ness, Director of Assessment.

Karen (C), celebrating with Dr. Cindy Amyot (L) and Ann Battrell (R), Executive Director of ADHA and UMKC School of Dentisry MS DH program grad.

Members of the Dental Class of 2021 and the Dental Hygiene Class of 2020 Honored as they “Transition into the Profession”

The DDS Class of 2021 and DH Class of 2020 were welcomed to the clinical phase of their educational programs during the annual Transitioning into the Profession Ceremony, held Friday, June 7, 2019, at the Unity Temple on the Plaza. Dr. Aparna Naidu, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, master of ceremonies, along with Dean Marsha Pyle welcomed everyone. The keynote speaker was Dr. Bill Busch, founder of the Team Smiles children’s charitable care program and practicing dentist in North Kansas City, MO. Representatives of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2020 and the Dental Class of 2021 took turns reading their respective Code of Ethics, which were then signed by each class member as they crossed the stage to be presented with a white coat (DDS students) or scrubs (DH students). Following the ceremony, participants and well-wishers adjourned to the School of Dentistry for a reception and informal tours.

Photos from the event here.

Dental Hygiene Class of 2020 and Dental Class of 2021 Transitioning Portraits here.

Watch the video of the ceremony here.

Playing for a Good Cause at the 2019 Annual Dental Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament

It was a fantastic day for participants Friday, May 31st, at Shoal Creek Golf Course, for the annual UMKC Dental Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament. Attendees enjoyed food, fun, and some antics, putting contests, and of course a few mulligans.

Now in its 19th year, the, the event has awarded over $230,000 in individual scholarships to UMKC School of Dentistry students. The steering committee was led by Dr. Joe Spalitto and included Dr. Chad Barth, Dr. Reese Graue, Dr. Michael McCunniff, Matthew Muir, Joel Piper and Michael Rehme.

Find photos from the outing here.

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.