Dr. Michelle Briner has joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine. She received her DDS in 2015 and certificate in dental aesthetics in 2016 at the Universidad de Los Andes, Chile. In 2020, she graduated from the University of Florida as an oral and maxillofacial radiology specialist.
Dr. Todd Brower has joined the faculty as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences. He received his DDS degree from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 1989 and had a private family general dentistry practice for 30 years at multiple locations in Lee’s Summit and Kansas City, Missouri. He earned a master’s degree in philosophical-theological studies in 2011 from the Saint
Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana. He was an adjunct assistant professor at the UMKC School of Dentistry from 2019 to 2021.
Dr. Harlan Hassen received his DDS degree from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 1981. He was in solo private practice in North Kansas City from 1981 until joining the Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences as a clinical associate professor in February.
Dr. Jorge Vera-Rojas has joined the faculty as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Endodontics. In 1989 he received his DDS from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a certificate in endodontics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston in 1993 and a master’s in science from the Yury Kuttler Institute of Advanced Education in Mexico in 2019.
Dr. Timothy Luke Wezeman has joined the faculty as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences. He received a master’s degree in teaching in 1999, after which he taught middle and high school students for five years before attending New York University’s College of Dentistry, where he graduated in 2008 with his DDS.