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A place to call home
Opening doors to dental care
Peeling the onion
Young at heart
2007 dental fall weekend
Formula for fun
Larkin bids farewell
Teachers of the year
Dentistry drills the competition during the first ever Grad Cup
Toughin' it out
Peeling the onion (cont.)
Continuing dental education
gator d dentist
A Publication of the University of Florida College of Dentistry Fall2007
Gator Dentist Today
Published annually for
the alumni, faculty, staff,
students and friends of
the University of Florida
College of Dentistry
Teresa A. Dolan, D.D.S., M.RH.
2007 2008 Editorial Board
Barry Setzer, The Academy
of Alumni and Friends
Teresa A. Dolan, Dean
Tom Fortner, Health Science Center
News and Communications
Kathy Galloway, Research
Jay Garlitz, Alumnus
Sue Guido, Alumni Affairs
James Haddix, Faculty
Cathy Jenkins, Development
Bill Martin, Alumnus
Will Martin, Faculty
Melanie Ross, Health Science Center
News and Communications
Ted Spiker, UF College of
Journalism and Communications
J.R. Taylor, Alumnus
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For additional copies, contact:
UF College of Dentistry
P O. Box 100405
Gainesville, FL 32610-0405
FAX: (352) 392-3070
UF | College of Dentistry
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
FROM THE DEAN
The death of Deamonte Driver, a 12-year-old
Maryland boy who contracted a fatal brain infection
from a dental abscess, is a dramatic example of the
plight of millions of American children who never
receive regular, preventive dental care. Despite public
programs in place to provide for them, children like
Deamonte are seen every week in hospital emergency
rooms across the state.
With Deamonte's tragic death as our cover
story (see page 6), this issue of Gator Dentist Today
is dedicated to examining barriers to accessing den-
tal care for Florida's vulnerable populations. The
lead stories also highlight some of the people within our state's dental community
who have made personal and professional commitments to be a part of the solu-
tion to the access to care problem.
UFCD also seeks to be part of the solution through the education of future
dentists whose dental educations include rotations through Statewide Network for
Community Oral Health dental safety net clinics here at the college and in partner
clinics statewide. These clinical experiences underscore our students' understanding
that it takes everyone's effort to make a difference in opening access to dental services.
Groundbreaking for the college's newest addition to the Statewide Network for
Community Oral Health, the UF Naples Children's Dental Clinic (see page 11),
takes place Oct. 30. Construction and programming of the clinic is supported
through a unique public-private partnership between the University of Florida
College of Dentistry, the Naples Children and Education Foundation, Collier Health
Services Inc., and Edison College.The Naples Children and Education Foundation's
gift to UFCD of $5.65 million, which received a state match of $4 million through
the Alec P Courtelis Facilities Enhancement Challenge Grant, is a great start to the
college's effort in the University of Florida Capital Campaign, which kicked-off Sept.
28. The $8-million clinic will serve the dental needs of at-risk Collier County
children during 15,000 patient visits each year, and we are very proud to be a part of
this innovative solution working in collaboration with our community partners.
The launch of the University of Florida Capital Campaign couldn't be more
timely, given the fact that the college is experiencing the greatest demand for
dental education in its history during a time of shrinking state support for higher
and professional education. We need the support of alumni and friends more than
ever as we strive to build our faculty endowment and address the needs of our
aging facility in terms of renovation and new space.
The applicant pool seeking a dental education is enormously talented, and they
deserve the best dental education we can provide.
Teresa A. Dolan, D.D.S., M.PH.
Professor and Dean
6 A PLACE TO CALL HOME
Deamonte Driver died for lack
of a dental home.
14 PEELING THE ONION
Stripping away the layers impacting
access to care for special needs
Operative icon, Marc Gale retires.
21 BUILDING BRIDGES
From bench to chairside, translational
research spans the gap.
4 In Brief
See back cover for course list.
ON THE COVER
Deamonte Driver, the
who died this year of
an infection caused by
an abscessed tooth,
desperately needed a
dental home. Read his
story on page 6.
UF one of top producers of Hispanic Dentists
Hialeah Dental Clinic Turns
V Opened in 1997 to serve the
large Hispanic population in
south Florida, the UF
College of Dentistry Hialeah
Dental Clinic celebrates its
10th anniversary this year. In
the past decade, the clinic has conferred
nearly 150 dental certificates from the
Advanced Education in General Dentistry
(AEGD) and Internationally-Educated Dentist
(IEDP) programs. Besides training programs,
the clinic also provides dental care to low and
moderate-income residents in Miami-Dade,
Broward and Monroe counties with the sup-
port of more than 60 volunteer dentists.
The vision of the Hialeah Clinic became a
reality due to the collaboration among Hialeah
Hospital, the City of Hialeah, state
legislators, University of Florida, and leaders
within the south Florida dental community.
With this team in place and the educational
mission established, funding was approved
to extensively renovate and equip donated
facilities that would become a modern
20-operatory clinic. The clinic has become
a model for quality dental education with
laboratory facilities and central sterilization.
Always on the technological edge, the clinic
was recently equipped with digital radiography
and a videoconferencing capability to facilitate
in house seminars and distance learning.
Today the Hialeah Dental Clinic sees
approximately 250 patients weekly, and more
than 85 percent of them speak Spanish as
their primary language. That's why the IEDP
and AEGD programs are especially impor-
tant-each year eight internationally-trained
dentists and four dental residents receive
training at the clinic, and many of them are
from Caribbean and Latin American coun-
tries. They later apply for board licensure
to practice in Florida, broadening access
to dental care for the state's growing and
culturally diverse population.
For more information, visit www.dental.
4 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
The University of Florida College of
Dentistry has been ranked the No. 3 pro-
ducer of Hispanic dentistry first profession-
als out of 56 dental institutions in the
nation by Diverse: Issues in Higher
The college was ranked No. 15 for
overall minority dental graduates, No. 12
for African-American dental graduates and
No. 23 for Asian-American dental first
The Diverse rankings use U.S.
Department of Education data for the
2005-06 academic year to rank the top
100 minority graduate degree-producing
American institutions in the categories of
master's, doctoral and first professional
degrees awarded. Groups designated as
minority include African Americans,
Asian Americans, Hispanics and Native
Americans but do not include foreign
UF was ranked No. 9 for total minority
doctorate degrees conferred in the health
sciences and tied for No. 26 for Hispanic
medicine first professionals.
For more information on UF's minority
graduate and doctoral degree rankings, visit
Thomas D. Taylor, D.D.S., M.S.D., professor
and head of the department of oral rehabili-
tation, biomaterials and skeletal development
of the University of Connecticut School of
Dental Medicine was the college's 2007
Kaplan Scholar. Taylor lectured to senior
D.M.D. students and prosthodontic residents
during his January visit to UFCD, hosted by
the department of prosthodontics.
THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
The Campaign for the
University of Florida
What is Florida Tomorrow? Florida Tomorrow
is about all the ways the University of Florida is
changing the world for the better, starting in
Florida and extending throughout the United
States and far beyond. Florida Tomorrow is a
belief that our land grant mission gives us the
responsibility to use teaching, research, and serv-
ice to solve the greatest challenges of our time
and to inspire and nurture the next generation of
great leaders. In the health professions. In the
arts. In education. In business. In government.
Florida Tomorrow is a comprehensive cam-
paign that will raise more than a billion dollars to
impact every corner of the university and extend
to every corner of the earth. It is an opportunity to
invest in dreams-dreams that, because of the
University of Florida, truly have the possibility of
At UFCD our dream is to be the benchmark
against which other dental schools compare
themselves. Our capital campaign goal is
$15 million, which will build our faculty endow-
ment, build new space, and build our future.
For more information about Florida
Tomorrow, visit www.floridatomorrow.ufl.edu.
Expect BIG changes from small science
Nanotubes, nanotransporters, nanochips,
nanoparticles, nano this, nano that....
With nanometers at one billionth of a
meter, nanotechnology is what some have
labeled the science of small. But, to many, the
probability of nanotechnology producing itty-
bitty nanobots that help heal the body from
the inside out seems even smaller. Have you
heard the one about teeny-weeny nanogenera-
tors that produce electricity from vibrations
made by the flow of blood through vessels?
How about the big-fish story of an inexpen-
sive and efficient plastic solar sheet made of
nanofibers to capture the energy of the sun on
virtually any surface?
It's no tall tale... these developing nan-
otechnologies are already here, and hundreds
more are soon coming. Now, it's up to the
scientists and engineers to put nanotechnology
to work to improve the human condition across
the globe and to create a sustainable society.
That was the message of Sir Harold
Kroto, Nobel laureate, fellow of the Royal
Society, professor of chemistry and biochem-
istry at Florida State University, and co-discoverer
of the carbon molecule that established the
foundation for modern nanoscience C60
Buckminsterfullerene, otherwise known as the
Kroto's was the keynote address of the
College of Dentistry's 5Lh Annual Research
Day held April 13. Delivered to a standing-
room-only audience in the Cancer and
Genetics Research Compound, Kroto's
presentation is available online for viewing
on dentistry's Web site, located at www.
(PHOTO COURTESY OF HAROLD KROTO)
GATOR DENTIST TODAY I FALL 2007 5
GATOR DENTIST TODAY I FALL 2007 7
Deamonte's family was poor and living in a homeless shelter.
He and his four brothers, though enrolled in the state's Medicaid
program, never had primary dental care providers and suffered from
untreated dental disease. In trying to access dental care for her chil-
dren, Deamonte's single mother, Alyce, became hopelessly mired in
the confusing bureaucracy of the Maryland Medicaid HealthChoice
managed health program. Dental providers participating in the pro-
gram were sparse, and the wait times for appointments, even for
urgent care, were measured in months rather than days or weeks.
"The Driver boys all had a primary care doctor a medical
home a pediatrician who treated their childhood illnesses, gave
them their immunizations, made sure they were healthy to play
sports," said Laurie J. Norris, an attorney for Maryland-based The
Public Justice Center, during her testimony before the Congressional
Domestic Policy Subcommittee, Oversight and Government Reform
Committee's May 2 hearing on Deamonte's death.
"But the Driver boys never had a regular primary care dentist -
a dental home," she said. "An identified provider who could assess
their risk for developing dental disease by age 1, check their mouths
and new teeth every six months during toddlerhood, provide educa-
tion to their parents about preventing dental disease, instruct the
boys in how to properly brush and floss, recommend fluoride treat-
ments and dental sealants as they grew older, clean their teeth every
six months, and watch for developing cavities that could be nipped
in the bud, preventing severe disease, pain, tooth loss, and in
Deamonte's case, death."
Ironically, it was Deamonte's younger brother, DaShawn, who
seemed to be in the gravest need of dental care. His face was swollen
with six abscessed teeth, and he was suffering from terrible pain.
Deamonte never complained of dental pain but began having excru-
tiating headaches, which were first diagnosed as sinusitis, then as a
brain infection in mid-January. Deamonte died Feb. 25 after six
weeks of hospitalization, two brain surgeries and one tooth extrac-
Following Deamonte's death, the first of DaShawn's abscessed
teeth was extracted in March by an oral surgeon participating in
Maryland's Medicaid managed care program. But no antibiotics were
prescribed, and the attending oral surgeon recommended pulling
one tooth per month over the course of five months. A panicked
Alyce transferred DaShawn's care to the pediatric dental clinic at the
University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery where
the remaining five abscessed teeth were extracted at once.
A NATIONAL SHAME
Although Deamonte's death was an extreme outcome of prevent-
able dental disease, his family's story of dental neglect, disease, pain
and seemingly insurmountable barriers to accessing dental care can
be repeated for the families of millions of American children and
special needs patients.
Despite provision of dental care through Medicaid, access to
dental care for needy children remains dismal. Of the 28.8 million
Medicaid-eligible children nationwide, only about 30 percent have
ever received any dental care. The surgeon general's 2000 report,
Oral Health in America, estimated that 25 percent of the nation's
most vulnerable children carried 80 percent of the burden of
untreated dental disease, and that poor children were twice as likely
as their more affluent counterparts to suffer from untreated dental
This trend is confirmed as continuing by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention announcement in April that, despite across the
board improvements in America's oral health, tooth decay in children
aged 2 to 5 years old increased by 15 percent during the period
between 1999 and 2004. The CDC's report, Trends in Oral Health
Status-United States, 1988-1994 and 1999-2004, also stated that den-
tal disease is untreated in 74 percent of the children experiencing it.
Clearly, society is failing these kids, despite federal and state pro-
grams in place to provide for them. The question is, why?
FLORIDA MEDICAID DENTAL SERVICES
Medicaid was born of Title XIX of the Social Security Act of
1965. Through Medicaid, the federal government subsidizes state
medical health for certain vulnerable, low-income populations
8 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
through matching funds but allows states broad discretion in estab-
lishing eligibility qualifications and service coverage.
Nonetheless, in order to receive federal matching funds, state
Medicaid programs must meet certain federally mandated service
requirements. This includes dental care for children, aged 0 to 20,
through the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment
(EPSDT) program, which provides for preventive health services equal
to the access to care received by privately insured children. The State
Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), established under Title
XXI of the Social Security Act in 1997, gives states funding with the
option of broadening health care coverage, including dentistry, for
uninsured, Medicaid-ineligible children from low-income families,
although it does not specifically mandate dental services as a required
benefit. Disabled adults also receive full dental services through
Medicaid. For non-disabled adults, Medicaid covers only emergency
services related to extraction of abscessed teeth, and, for a qualifying
few, dentures and denture-related services.
According to state figures, Florida's 2004 Medicaid expenditures
provided health coverage for nearly 1.5 million low-income and foster
children in the state. Only about 25 percent of these children ever
received dental care, and of the state's $12.8 billion Medicaid budget,
less than 1 percent of expenditures on services went to dental care of
any kind for children and adults combined. These figures almost
exactly mirror national averages of Medicaid expenditures on dental
care, wherein dental services represent only 1 percent of the $258 bil-
lion national Medicaid budget.
Why is it that such a tiny fraction of Medicaid is spent on dental
services when dental disease in poor children is so widespread?
Presumably, children have the opportunity to receive dental care
through Medicaid, and Medicaid would fund the services if they were
provided. Yet, in 2005, of Florida's nearly 9,500 practicing dentists,
less than 1 percent were active as Medicaid providers. That same year,
42 percent of the state's 4,761,499 children were enrolled in Medicaid
or HealthyKids (SCHIP) and eligible to receive dental treatment, but
the ratio of covered children to Medicaid dental providers was a stag-
gering 2,213 children for every enrolled provider dentist.
"25 percent of the nation's
most vulnerable children carry
80 percent of the burden
of untreated dental disease."
Regardless of the reasons at the core of these disparities, Florida is
among a growing number of states forced to defend its Medicaid pro-
gram in federal court. In a class action suit brought against the state's
Medicaid administering agencies the Florida Agency for Health
Care Administration, the Florida Department of Children and Family
Services, and the Florida Department of Health on behalf of the
state's 1.6 million Medicaid-eligible children, claims are made that the
allowable reimbursements do not cover costs of delivering medical and
dental care and the reporting requirements to receive payment are
burdensome. The plaintiffs in the suit, which was filed in November
of 2005 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of
Florida in Miami, include the Florida Chapter of the American
Academy of Pediatrics, the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry,
and the families of six children enrolled in Medicaid who experienced
significant hardship when attempting to obtain access to care through
"Deamonte's tragic and unnecessary death due to inability to
receive proper care should be viewed as morally unacceptable in this
country," said Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry President Peter
B. Claussen, D.D.S., a Panama City, Fla. pediatric dentist. "It is
unconscionable to have children wasting away in one of the wealthiest
nations in the world due to inadequate funding of health care pro-
grams such as Medicaid."
Claussen said the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has
repeatedly requested the Florida Legislature to adequately fund
Medicaid and other health access programs for Florida's children.
But funding has actually decreased over the years due to legislative
inaction, inflation, and the increase in the state's Medicaid-eligible
"The Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentists felt obligated on
behalf of Florida's children to seek judicial relief through the federal
courts," Claussen said. "We believe that the courts will follow what
has been the ruling in other states and mandate adequate Medicaid
funding in Florida, and we look forward to the day when every child
in Florida can have adequate access to dental care, notwithstanding
their economic situation."
GATOR DENTIST TODAY | FALL 2007 9
The class action suit alleges that the state has not been effective in
complying with federal law in regards to its obligations to provide eli-
gible children with "primary, preventive, acute and specialty care and
services which are necessary to their good health and development" as
required by the Title XIX Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and
Treatment Services program.
"The Florida Dental Association has committed $100,000 over
a three-year period in support of this lawsuit," said Florida Dental
Association President Nolan W Allen, D.D.S., a general dentist
practicing in Clearwater, Fla. "We're trying to get an increase in reim-
bursements to increase the number of providers willing to participate.
Right now, the state ranks 49th in reimbursement rate, and we're at
the 25th percentile of the usual and customary rate."
Allen notes the FDA has lobbied for years for significant increases
in the reimbursement rate and says the state's managed dental care
program is further exacerbating the access to care problem for children
receiving dental services through Medicaid.
"We're going backwards at this point with the state's managed
dental care program. Fewer children are being screened and fewer chil-
dren are being treated within the program," Allen said. "That's why the
FDA is supporting this lawsuit, because it's the right thing to do for
The suit, which is now being heard after the state's failed dismissal
attempt earlier in the year, seeks a judgment forcing the state to provide
reimbursement for services adequate to assure providers will participate
in the program; to "bring" health care services to the children through
education, cooperative partnerships with other agencies serving children
to boost enrollment; and in providing scheduling, transportation and
case management assistance to assure families are able to make and keep
health appointments for their children. Finally, the suit petitions the
court to require the state Medicaid program to assure that any health
maintenance organizations that participate in Florida's medical assistance
program like Atlantic Dental Inc., the state's prepaid managed dental
care plan pilot project in South Florida have the ability to effectively
deliver health care to all the children enrolled to receive it.
"As a pediatrician and secretary of the Agency for Health Care
Administration, it is clear to me that ensuring access to dental care for
Florida's children must continue to be a priority for the agency,"
said Andrew C. Agwunobi, M.D., secretary for the Agency for
Health Care Administration, the agency responsible for administer-
ing Medicaid and a co-defendant named in the suit.
The agency acknowledges access to dental care and other
specialty areas is problematic for children nationwide and in the
state, especially those living in rural areas, but points to recent
agency efforts to address the issue here in Florida.
"The agency has already implemented pilot strategies to attempt
to improve access to dental care and has placed improving access to
specialty care, including dental care, as one of our top priorities for
the next few years," Agwunobi said. "However, we cannot solve
this issue single-handedly. Achieving this goal requires collabora-
tion. The providers, the state and all other stakeholders, including
beneficiaries themselves, must work together to improve access to
ARE WE DOING ENOUGH?
Many dentists provide pro bono services to needy patients, and
private practitioners are credited by the state for providing 58 per-
cent of all dental care to Florida residents at or below 200 percent
of the Federal Poverty Level. Additionally, according to state fig-
ures, more than 1,400 dentists participating in Project Dentists
Care, Inc. extended 19,000 volunteer hours to provide dental care
to low-income Florida residents. Organized dentistry estimates this
to be more than $4 million in reduced fee and pro bono care.
While the profession has made strides in increasing volun-
teerism, an economic solution to balance the operating expenses
of a typical practice with continuity of care for needy patients is
still the ideal rather than a practical model. The need for low cost
dental care far outstrips the availability offered by the profession
and the questions remain, "Does my practice work hard enough in
providing a dental home for vulnerable children like Deamonte
Driver? Or, does the business plan of my practice turn a blind eye
to their needs?"
Each dentist holds the answers to those difficult questions in his
or her own heart. *
10 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
Opening Doors to Dental Care
UF children's dental clinic to serve
at risk children in Collier County
Thousands of disadvantaged children will soon benefit from a
$5.5 million gift to the University of Florida College of Dentistry
that will fund the construction and operation of a state-of-the-art
pediatric dental facility in Collier County.
The gift was announced last December by trustees for the
Naples Children 8 Education Foundation, the founder of the hugely
successful Naples Winter Wine Festival. The exclusive event, fea-
turing international celebrity chefs and prestigious vintners, has
raised nearly $40 million for local children's charities since its
inception in 2000 and is billed as the "most successful charity wine
event in the world."
The foundation's gift is the result of a needs assessment by the
UF Lastinger Center for Learning, commissioned by the foundation
in 2005. As a result of the findings, the foundation, whose vision is
to make a profound and sustaining difference in the quality of life
of Collier County children, devised four strategic initiatives Early
Learning, Medical/Oral Health, Out of School Programs and Social
Welfare aimed at filling gaps identified in services for underprivi-
leged and at-risk children.
According to the Lastinger study, more than 25,000 Collier
County children are eligible for dental care through Medicaid,
but less than 14 percent actually receive any care.
"One of the study's most alarming findings is that there is
an oral health crisis among Collier County children," said Bruce
Sherman, NCEF Grant Committee chair. "We know from the
Surgeon General's report that children with painful dental
problems are less successful in school and later in life.
Above: The UF Naples Bringing a top-notch pediatric dental
Pediatric Dental Clinic program to Collier County will help close
will be located on the the gaps in oral health, with Edison
Collier County campus of College's East Naples campus ideally
Edison College, serving located near the greatest population of
the largely disadvan- at-risk children."
taged and minority popu- Of the foundation's gift to the UF
nation of East Naples. College of Dentistry, $4 million was
matched through the Alec R Courtelis Facilities Enhancement
Challenge Grant Program and will fund the construction and equip-
ping of the UF dental facility on the Collier County campus of
Edison College. The remaining $1.5 million will cover the dental
program's start-up operational expenses.
The $8 million building, for which groundbreaking will take
place in October, is modeled after the UF dental clinic on the
Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College in Pinellas County. It
will be a two-story, 20,000-square-foot dental clinic and educa-
tion facility. The UF dental program at Edison College is expected
to open in the fall of 2008 and eventually will expand to provide
specialized pediatric dental treatment to Collier County's
Medicaid-eligible and at-risk children during an estimated 15,000
patient visits each year. The dental visits will provide a diverse
patient population to train pediatric residents and continuing
dental education in treating pediatric and special needs patients.
The project represents an innovative collaboration between
the philanthropic Naples Children 8 Education Foundation, UF,
Edison College and Collier Health Services Inc., or CHSI.
Edison College's district board of trustees approved a long-
term land lease agreement with UF to give the facility an aca-
demic home. While the first floor of the two-story building will
be dedicated to UF's clinical operations, Edison College will
share use of second floor classrooms and laboratory space.
CHSI, which has long been a UF partner in extending dental
services to Collier County residents through its community health
centers, will manage the clinic's billing and collection activities and
supply procurement. Additionally, CHSI community health clinics and
its Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will refer patients to the dental clinic.
The dental facility at the Edison site will be the UF College of
Dentistry's newest clinic in its Statewide Network for Community
Oral Health. The network comprises UF's Gainesville and com-
munity-based clinics in Hialeah, St. Petersburg and Jacksonville
as well as 14 county health department, community health center
and private not-for-profit partner clinics statewide.
This strategy of community partnerships focusing on vulnera-
ble, indigent and special needs populations has led to the UF
College of Dentistry becoming one of the largest providers of
low-cost dental care in Florida. *
GATOR DENTIST TODAY I FALL 2007 11
A GROWING ISSUE
Census data indicate approximately 51.2 million Americans have
some sort of disability, and about 32.5 million of those are severe
disabilities that impact an individual's ability to function independ-
ently. People with severe disabilities are more likely to live below the
poverty level and to have Medicaid or Medicare coverage.
According to state figures, more than 3 million Floridians have a
physical or mental disability. These include cognitive impairment,
autism, Alzheimer's Disease, mental illness, brain and/or spinal cord
injuries, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, visual or
hearing impairments, and others.
Add to that the fact that Florida is currently ranked No. 1 in the
nation for the percent of residents over the age of 65 a figure rep-
resenting 3 million Floridians. That segment of the population is
projected to swell exponentially, reaching 8.5 million people by the
year 2030, in what the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy
at Florida State University calls a "silver tsunami" of aging Baby
Boomers. Many of these Boomers will enter the special needs cate-
gory as they become elderly, medically fragile and more problematic
"I think that the access to care issue is really going to hit the fan
in Florida as we have more older people, who were once vibrant
adults, going into nursing homes," said Barry Setzer, D.D.S., a pedi-
.......... ilitie s.
atric dentist in Jacksonville and a northeast delegate to the Florida
Dental Association's House of Delegates. "Dentistry did such a good job
of saving everybody's teeth over the last 40 years, and now these people
are going into nursing homes with their teeth. If they have their teeth, we
need to find a way to take care of them."
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 places an emphasis on
mainstreaming people with disabilities into "normal" society and makes
it unlawful for health providers to deny care to patients based on their
disabilities. Yet, medical and dental providers report they do not feel
prepared by their education and training to treat people with disabili-
ties, and reimbursement mechanisms are not always adequate to cover
the cost and extra time necessary to treat them.
AT WHAT COST?
The question of who will pay to support dental services is one of the
essential issues that cross-cuts access to dental care for all special needs and
"I would say there's a problem with the system, and the immediate
way to alleviate that problem is to raise the fees the state pays for
Medicaid services," said Setzer. "Medicaid is still working from fee sched-
ules 20 years old. That's unworkable if they pay you 10 or 20 cents on the
dollar but your overhead is 67 percent. It's easier to do the work for free
and not bother with the hassle of billing it out (to Medicaid)."
GATOR DENTIST TODAY I FALL 2007 13
"IF DENTISTS WOULD ACCEPT SPECIAL
NEEDS PATIENTS AS A VERY MODEST
PORTION OF THEIR PRACTICE...IT
WOULD TAKE CARE OF A LOT OF THE
ACCESS TO CARE PROBLEMS
WE SEE WITH THIS POPULATION."
-KENT WEITZEL, D.M.D.
experience in managing them. This can result in dentists turning
away patients that they actually may be able to treat.
"What would be great is if people in a traditional office setting
could try to treat the special needs patients they are able to treat within
the framework of their practices," said Garvey. "It's true, there can be a
lot involved in treating some special needs patients, but, quite honestly,
much of it is really easy in the sense that many people with minimal
disabilities don't require a lot of accommodation.
Setzer, who's pediatric practice sees more than 500 special needs
To increase access to care for developmentally disabled adults, the
state instituted the Medicaid Waiver program, which allows dentists to
charge their usual and customary fees for services extended to the
adult special needs population. Despite the program's good inten-
tions, enrollment is cumbersome, treatment plan approval can some-
times take months, and accommodation of unexpected but necessary
changes in approved treatment plans can be inflexible. These issues
have led some dentists to decline enrollment in or drop out of the
Medicaid Waiver program.
Although the dental profession has an obligation, both legal and
ethical, to provide care to special needs patients, it's clearly unfair to
expect dentists alone to carry the financial burden of doing so.
Raising Medicaid reimbursements and streamlining treatment plan
reporting and approval requirements for Medicaid Waiver would
help address that aspect of the access to care dilemma.
But, those improvements won't overcome another major hurdle
- concern among private practitioners regarding their ability to treat
special needs patients. Many special needs patients present with med-
ical complexities, behavior management needs and condition-specific
issues which can be daunting for dentists who have not had hands-on
People with intellectual disabilities often suffer from poor oral hygiene because
they are unable to care for themselves and are resistant to the efforts of care-
givers who try to perform daily oral hygiene procedures for them. They
require more frequent dental visits for cleaning and other preventive care.
(PHOTOS COURTESY OF PAUL BURTNER)
"Many patients with Down Syndrome could be treated by a caring,
loving general dentist without too many worries about medical issues,"
Setzer said. "Some patients with autism could be seen. You could take a
child or adult with cerebral palsy and work on them, because they're try-
ing... they might be moving around but you can still work on them. It's
just a matter of being comfortable with what you have to do, to be up on
your medical, the drugs being used, and how those may interfere with the
Setzer said many general dentists have the caring, patient-centered
personality necessary to treat special needs patients and encourages den-
tists to make the effort to treat them when they can.
"You just have to have that desire to want to work with these patients,
and it doesn't have to be a lot," he said. "If everyone took a few into their
practice, it would make a big difference."
WE CAN DO MORE
Kent Weitzel, D.M.D., an Ocala, Fla. general dentist, and his wife,
Suzanne, who runs the business end of the practice, have a special passion for
treating people with special needs. Their son, Joshua, was born with pro-
found brain injuries and died last year at the age of 24 after a massive seizure.
14 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
"I feel a personal mission to provide treatment to this population,"
said Weitzel. "I've been in dentistry for 25 years and have always taken care
of special needs patients."
Weitzel understands why some dentists might be reticent to treat the
special needs population but encourages private practitioners to at least
give it a try. He believes most special needs patients can be treated in the
offices of general dentists, and only the most challenging need be referred
to a specialist.
"I think part of the problem is that dentists are unsure about taking
care of this population. It does take some education to know what to do
under specific situations, and to know your own limits, when to say, 'I
can't see this patient,' said Weitzel.
He suggests continuing education courses to help with that, but he
and Suzanne also welcome interested dentists and dental students into
their practice and hope people will view them as a resource for information
on how to accommodate treatment for this underserved population.
"If dentists would accept special needs patients as a very modest por-
tion of their practice, maybe even as small as 1 percent, it would take care
of a lot of the access to care problems we see with this population," said
Dental education also has a role in expanding access to care. Surveys of
private practitioners indicate a willingness to treat special needs patients,
but they don't feel adequately trained to do so. Other studies have demon-
strated that dentists who have completed a general practice residency are
more likely to treat special needs patients and patients in non-traditional
settings, such as nursing homes.
"I think dentists shy away from providing care to special needs patients
either because they're anxious or because they're not well equipped," said
Teresa A. Dolan, D.D.S., M.EH., a professor and dean of the UF College
of Dentistry. "I think we need to do more to overcome those barriers and
introduce practice strategies that make sense and would work within the
comfort zones of the dentist and the dental hygienist, because it's really the
dental team that has to be comfortable in meeting the needs of these
Dolan is a public health dentist with the unique perspectives of a clini-
cian who has served in the trenches of delivering care to special needs
patients and a dental educator who wrestles with how to effectively incor-
porate special needs dentistry into the college's D.M.D. curriculum.
"Just as in private practice, there are challenges associated with treating
special needs patients in the dental school environment," Dolan said. "It's
not that we shouldn't live up to our obligations to meet the needs of these
patients, but they do require more clinical expertise, some specialized
equipment, and it is usually essential to have a dental assistant chairside,
which our student dentists don't have."
But, she's quick to point out, that doesn't mean it can't be done.
Student dentists are already exposed to pediatric, special needs and com-
munity dentistry during their rotations, but Dolan would like to see that
exposure expanded with an elective course for students who have a strong
desire to pursue training in special needs dentistry. She envisions students
enrolled in the elective gaining hands-on experience working with Garvey
and Burtner at Tacachale and in the private dental offices, like Setzer's and
Weitzel's, serving the population.
"We have an elective on our books, but we need to offer it often
enough so that students have an opportunity to gain this specialized clini-
cal knowledge," Dolan said. "It would provide those students who are par-
ticularly motivated to learn about how to provide care to special needs
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GATOR DENTIST TODAY I FALL 2007 15
"TEPLNIN RATPRVDE H
OPPOTUNTY OR TE CLLEE T
"We've put together a team of clinicians, immunologists, pathologists,
and microbiologists," Aukhil said. "Our goal is to collect blood samples,
plaque samples, gingival crevicular fluid, and, of course, clinical measure-
ments of bone loss and so forth."
The clinicians in this multidisciplinary group include Aukhil, Luciana
Machion-Shaddox, D.D.S., Ph.D., an assistant professor ofperiodontology
with research interests in the relationship between periodontal disease and
diabetes mellitus, and Ingvar Magnusson, D.D.S., Ph.D., a professor of
oral biology and a seasoned periodontist with published research on the
disease progression and treatment of periodontal disease.
Research infrastructure recruit, Shannon Wallet, Ph.D., an assistant
professor of periodontology, is the team's immunologist with expertise in
inflammatory responses and oral systemic health as it relates to diabetes.
She and collaborator Michael Claire-Salzler, M.D., a professor of patholo-
gy, immunology and laboratory medicine in the College of Medicine, are
conducting immunoassays on the blood samples to tease out the genes and
molecules involved in how the host cells respond to bacterial insults.
Clay Walker, Ph.D., a professor of oral biology, is the team's microbiol-
ogist, sussing out which strains of bacteria and enzymes play a dominant
role in the children' disease.
Once the team has gathered the clinical, microbiologic, and biochemi-
cal data on the children, a disease pattern is likely to emerge which will
dictate what treatment strategies can be used to address it, Aukhil said.
Because the disease pattern disproportionately affects African-American
children in Leon County, Aukhil intends to submit a grant proposal to
NIDCR to fund a broader study of similar patterns of pediatric disease
affecting other African-American communities in the state. Geneticists are
likely to be included in that study.
"It's very important for clinicians and basic scientists to interact," said
Aukhil. "There must be a dialog between the two which makes sense and
has applications. That's what we're trying to do. This is a classic example of
a translational theme of research."
There's no doubt that the cadre of translational researchers
hired through the NIDCR (U24) research infrastructure award
serves as a sort of intellectual bridge between the college's clinical and
basic science research enterprises.
"We view the U24 at Florida as a good investment in the future
of dental and craniofacial research," said Kevin Hardwick, D.D.S.,
M.P.H., NIDCR's chief of research training and career development.
"The school already had a solid research base but was able to leverage
the U24 funds to develop its mid-level faculty to build a more cohesive
research program that extends across the various departments in the
"The approach has really been encouraging to these faculty mem-
bers, allowing them time to focus on their research," Hardwick said.
"I think the school's research program is stronger because of this."
The free flow of people, ideas and research missions facilitated by
the new, more dynamic interdisciplinary mix of research faculty has
blossomed into surprising interactions between clinicians and basic
scientists that directly lead to improved patient care.
"I'll use Valeria Gordan as an example; she's an associate
professor of operative dentistry enrolled in the Pipeline Program,
Gordan received salary support through the Pipeline Program,
enabling her to enter the College of Medicine's NIH-funded K30
training program, which will result in a master's in clinical investigation.
Her research interests are applying basic science findings in cariology to
the management of clinical caries, and she has applied for NIH grants
toward that end.
"We now have a clinical faculty member who has submitted two
competitive NIH grant proposals in a three-month time frame to use
Real-Time Quantitative PCR, gene expression profiling and measure-
ment of biochemical activities in plaque from caries-active and caries-free
subjects to understand why some people get caries," said Burne. "This
is exactly the type of research that will lead to new discoveries and treat-
ments for oral diseases."
"We're in much better shape as a college to expand this type of
research as a result of support from the U24," he said. *
Visit:. ...' '.. !. '. to view the new faculty recruits and
mentoredPipelinefaculy facilitated by the U24 award.
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William Marchese practices general dentistry in
Starke, Fla. He is proud to have his son, Adam
Marchese (05), as an associate to his dental practice.
Craig Bridgeman practices restorative dentistry in
Boone, NC. His son, Rob, graduated from
University of North Carolina Dental School in 2006
and has joined him in his restorative dentistry
practice. Craig was proud to eulogize Dr. Jose
Medina during the Aug. 2 memorial service com-
memorating Dr. Medina's life.
awarded the "Best of Orlando" dentist award the
past three years in a row. Yvonne is an accredited
member of the American Academy of Cosmetic
Dentistry and is a fellow of Academy of General
Alberto de Cardenas practices general dentistry in
Miami Lakes, Fla. In 2003, he constructed his own
office building where he opened a state-of-the-art
Jack McDonald returned to medicine in 1988 and
is a diagnostic radiologist with a specialty in
breast imaging. He practices in Denver, Col. Jack
went to Latvia on a missionary trip last year, fol-
lowed by a vacation in Italy. During his time off,
he enjoys the great outdoors and racing his road
Cyclocross and mountain bikes. Daughter,
Caitlin, will be married next year and daughter,
Megan, who was born while he was in dental
school, was married last year.
Stuart Dropkin practices cosmetic and restora-
tive dentistry in Winter Park, Fla. He and wife
Christy will celebrate their eighth wedding
anniversary in September and are expecting
the arrival of their third grandchild. Stuart and
Christy traveled to Iceland in May, and plan to
visit Chile and Easter Island in February of next
year. Along with travel, Stuart enjoys golf,
poker and lawn maintenance.
C.R. (Bob) Fort practices general dentistry in Fort
Meade, Fla. He has been married to his wife, Carol,
for 33 years, has two grown sons, two grandsons,
and feels that "life is good." Bob has taken trips to
Hong Kong, and Beijing, China. He enjoys bicy-
cling, playing tennis, and fishing. Bob is active in
church, is an officer in a local dental association,
and is a study club member.
David S. Sarrett is a professor of dentistry and
associate vice president for health sciences-aca-
demic affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.
He is the editor for the new ADA Professional
Product Review, a program he helped develop
while serving on the ADA Council on Scientific
Affairs. His daughter, Courtney, is a second-year
dental student at VCU and his son, Drew, is a first-
year law student at George Mason University.
Andrew I. Cobo practices general dentistry in Lake
Panasoffkee, Fla. He has taken trips to Hawaii, and
often travels to Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. He
enjoys hunting and fishing, and spending time with
his eight "beautiful" grandchildren.
Yvonne M. Rausch practices general dentistry in
Orlando, Fla. Last summer, Yvonne traveled by
boat to Uruguay, and took a cruise on the Canal du
Midi in France. She enjoys gardening, raising
orchids and renovating property. She has been
Good Fella's... Make that, "Fellows"
The Academy of General Dentistry Convocation was held June 30 on the USS Midway in
San Diego, Cal., during the academy's 55th annual meeting. Honored during the convocation
and standing "in uniform" on the flight deck in front of an A-7 Corsair II attack jet, AGD fellows
Gary Nawrocki ('80), Scott Jackson ('95), Marci Beck ('84), Remedios "Mitzi" Santos ('83), and
Laurence Grayhills ('85), are joined by AGD diplomats Bill Britton (back row, left) and Charles
Benner (second from right). The group completed UF's two-year AGD mastership preparation
course, involving earning 600 CDE credits and demonstrating a life-long pursuit of education
in the art and science of dentistry. The course is a postgraduate course in comprehensive
dentistry that meets one weekend per month in Gainesville. Classes consist of lectures, dis-
cussion, in-office projects, literature review, and intensive hands-on participation. For more
information, visit www.dental.ufl.edu/CE. (PHOTO COURTESYOF LAURENCE GRAYHILLS)
GATOR DENTIST TODAY I FALL 2007 21
Bruce E. Carter practices general dentistry in
Lawrenceville, Ga. He is the founder of "Brighter
Smiles for Brighter Futures." The organization raised
$110,000 for breast cancer this year and $650,000
since its inception in 2001.
Mary Hencinski practices general dentistry in
Freeport, Fla. and is celebrating the one-year anniver-
sary of her new office building. Last summer, Mary
traveled to Poland with her husband, Marcus, where
she met more than one hundred of his family mem-
bers, most of whom spoke no English.
Steven R. Bateh practices general dentistry in
Jacksonville, Fla. In his free time, Steven enjoys his
family and volunteering at church. His daughter,
Brittany, started her freshman year at UF this summer.
Craig Malin practices endodontics in Carlsbad, Cal.
Daughter Kelli graduated from high school in 2006
and will cheer for the University of Arizona. In sum-
mer 2006, he and his family took a cruise to Italy,
Greece and France.
Greg Huang lives in Bellevue, Wa. and is an associate
professor in the department of orthodontics at the
University of Washington.
Stanley H. Asensio lives and works in Orlando, Fla.
where he practices general dentistry with advanced
training in orthodontics, cosmetics, sedation and
forensics. He participates in the UF/UAB Dental
Practice-Based Research Network to improve clinical
dentistry, and was a recent dentist of the month and
cover story for the Orlando magazine. He is married
to Linda and they have a son, Stanley. Dr. Asensio is
an active community and school volunteer, and also
enjoys professional sport fishing with his nationally
recognized team, Caliente.
Michele Conti- Zrulluck practices general dentistry in
Titusville, Fla. She and her husband, Larry, are the
proud parents of a baby girl born March 3.
Margaret Hartwig practices dentistry in Warner
Robins, Ga. This year, she and her husband, George,
celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in
Bermuda; their daughter, Eva, graduated from high
school and their youngest, Ilona, is entering high
school. Margaret wants her classmates to know that
she is supporting the Claire Pitts Brown Endowed
Scholarship ("we still miss her") and asks them to
Michael McCorkle practices general dentistry in
Orlando, Fla. Mike is a member of the American
College of Dentists. He recently enjoyed a great trip
to Bermuda with the Florida Academy of Dental
Practice Administration. Mike and his wife, Corina,
have a daughter, Morgan (17), a high school senior
and a state pole vaulting champion. Their son,
Colton (13) is in the 8th grade and has earned a sec-
ond degree black belt. Mike and Corina also enjoy
T. Merrell Williams practices periodontics in Tampa,
Fla. He is a diplomat of the American Board of
Periodontology. Merrell traveled to South Africa and
Zambia for two weeks for missionary work. He also
enjoys collecting coins and paper money.
David J. Ferlita is current president of the Atlantic
Coast District Dental Association. For the last five
years, David has served as president of the FDA
Project Dentists Care, a statewide dental volunteer
network that provides dental care for underserved
citizens and coordinates the Give Kids A Smile pro-
gram. David and Christine, along with their children
Taylor (8), Bailey (6), and Dawson (3), love returning
to Gainesville to cheer on the Gators!
Robert Perdomo III practices dentistry in Coral
Gables, Fla. He and his wife, Arev, celebrated the
birth of their fifth child, Samuel Luis, on March 29.
Arev and Samuel Luis are both in excellent health and
Kristin M. Shinnick practices general dentistry in
Shalimar, Fla. Her husband, Joseph, a retired Air
Force pilot, is now a pilot for FedEx. Kristin and
Joseph have two daughters. The family has visited
Australia, Japan, Italy, the South Pacific, and Kristin
made a trip to Guatemala for missionary care. She
enjoys the beach, boating, diving, arts and crafts,
baking and dancing.
Jeff Gully practices general dentistry in north
Jacksonville. His wife Michelle, a registered dental
hygienist, is now a stay at home mom to their sons
Grayson (3) and Max (8). Jeff has made his annual
trip to the Keys in August for lobster season, in which
he had "lots of fun!" Jeff and Michelle are wrapping
up the restoration of their early 1900s house in
Riverside, Fla. It has taken them three years to com-
plete, while having babies in between and "living
through the chaos."
Richard D. Morales II has a solo private prac-
tice in general dentistry and fixed prostho-
dontics/reconstructive therapy in South
Miami, Fla. Richard and his family went on a
skiing trip to Breckenridge, Col. in April.
David Rowe and wife, Penny, were married April 14.
David practices general dentistry in Port Charlotte,
Fla. and is a fellow in the Academy of General
Dentistry, an associate fellow in the American
Academy of Implant Dentistry, and is near the com-
pletion of the Master of the Academy of General
Dentistry program at UFCD.
Amy Fine Anderson recently purchased and com-
pletely remodeled a building in St. Petersburg, Fla.
for her orthodontics practice. She and husband,
Chris, have two sons, Tate (6) and Sawyer (2). The
family uses the extensive counter space of the new
office for scrap booking on the weekends.
Susan Barr Jones practices general dentistry in
Lumberton, NC. She is an avid marathon runner and
has completed three marathons in Vermont as
friends and classmates, Amanda Nevin and Natalie
Accomando cheered her on. She plans to run the
Disney Marathon in 2010! Susan is the mother of
sons Hunter and Colin and a baby daughter, Bailey
Nora, born March 5.
Nick DeTure specializes in periodontics and implants
and practices in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He and his wife,
Connie Aresehault, are the proud parents of Austin
Nicholas, born May 21, on their one-year anniversary.
Nick is a diplomat of the American Board of
Periodontology, and served as the president of the
Broward County Dental Association in 2006.
Sharon Day-O'Steen practices general dentistry, in
DeBary, Fla. Sharon has earned certification in Botox
and Resylane treatment.
Jennifer Brown-Jackson has been in private solo
practice in general dentistry for eight years, but is
now building a new dental office with six operatories
and is excited about going digital. She is most proud
of her "biggest accomplishment being a mother to
Madison (5), and Savannah (2), and a wife to hus-
Maria-Cristina Castellvi-Armas is an American Board
of Orthodontics certified practicing orthodontist and
an associate professor at the orthodontic graduate
program at the University of Puerto Rico. She mar-
ried in 2005 and honeymooned in Italy. Last year
she visited Frana, Belgium for an Orthodontics
Convention. On her time off she enjoys her beach
house in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Mike Fowler and his wife, MarLee, have two daugh-
ters and a son on the way. Mike practices general
dentistry in Melbourne, Fla. and was the 2006 presi-
dent of the Brevard County Dental Society.
Michele Conti-Zrullack practices general den-
tistry in Titusville, Fla. and has a baby daughter,
born March 5.
David Petrilli is a private practice partner with Drs.
Caldwell, Bills and Petrilli in Charlotte, NC. He enjoys
Gator sports, golf and skiing on Lake Norman. David
is married with a son, Grant (2) and a baby-daughter
Kate, born in May.
Cynthia Dickson Haug has been practicing family
and cosmetic dentistry for six years in Jonesville, Fla.
She has two children, Pexton and Sim. Cynthia loves
the beach and has visited Las Vegas and Amelia
Thomas Doan practices general dentistry in
Lakewood Ranch, Fla. He and his wife Linda are the
proud parents of daughter, Mischa (9 months) and
are expecting a second child next year. Thomas is a
recipient of the Partners for Peace Award from the
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and also
received a community service award from the
Sarasota County Dental Association. His favorite
hobby is Japanese swordsmanship.
Axel McGuffie practices general dentistry in Marco
Island, Fla. He is a fellow in the Academy of General
James E. Oxer enjoys his practice, Sunshine Family
Dentistry, in Lake Placid, Fla. He and wife, Monique,
and children, Tanner (8) and Melina (6) enjoy sports
and travel. James loves flying, softball, basketball,
fishing, and has completed his first triathlon-"without
dying!" Last year the family traveled to Japan and
this year to the Bahamas and Jamaica.
James T. Cannon practices general dentistry in
Osprey, Fla. James moved his practice to a new
office building in April. He completed levels I and II in
advanced dental education at The Pankey Institute.
James and his wife, Stephanie, vacationed in Alaska
this summer. They have a daughter, Gabrielle (2).
Darren Huddleston practices general dentistry in
Grants Pass, Or. He recently built a new office build-
ing for his practice and other businesses. Darren
received an appointment to serve on the Oregon
Board of Dentistry, and he is as an examiner for the
Western Regional Board Exam. Darren and wife,
Heidi, have two children, Kiersten (7) and Scott (4).
He and his family enjoy river rafting.
Chris Ross specializes in endodontics and practices,
along with Rodney Anthony '86, at Bay Area
Endodontics in Clearwater, Fla. Chris earned a certifi-
cate in endodontics and a Master of Science in oral
biology in June from the University of Louisville. He
was a featured speaker at the 2006 annual session of
the American Association of Endodontics in Hawaii,
where he delivered a presentation on oral research.
Vivian (Terhune) DeLuca practices comprehensive
and esthetic dentistry in Tampa, Fla. Vivian was
22 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
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Formula for Fun
Dental researcher lives life in the fast lane
BY LINDY MCCOLLUM-BROUNLEY
One might take a look at clinical psy-
chologist Joseph L. Riley, III, Ph.D., an
associate professor of community dentistry
and behavioral science in the College of
Dentistry, and think he'd be a sedate, quiet
sort of fellow with a sedate, quiet sort of
hobby ... like clipping Bonsai to the lilting
sounds of classical music.
Think again. Riley's hobby is all about
speed, the smell of hot asphalt, and the roar
of 117 horses chomping at the bit to burn
rubber on a fast course. We're talking
Formula Ford car racing, baby, and at
speeds up to 140 mph, it's not for the faint
For 56-year-old Riley, who owned a
chain of foreign auto part stores in the
Orlando area for 20 years before entering
academia, Formula Ford auto racing seemed
the perfect hobby to occupy his spare time.
"Cars are kind of my thing," Riley said.
"In my youth, I wanted to be a professional
race car driver and started racing when I
was 21. But I blew up the engine in my car
after about a year, started a business and put
Riley, on the winner's podium at right, placed third
during the final race, but still took home the SARRC
championship. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JOSEPH RILEY)
racing on the back burner. So in some ways,
this is unfinished business."
Formula Ford cars are open wheel, single-
seaters slung low and without the aerodynam-
ic wings seen on the Formula One cars. The
newer car chassis have springs and shocks that
are covered by the car body to reduce drag,
but Riley's car is a classic 1975 Titan chassis
with outboard suspension that places him at a
5 mph disadvantage at higher speeds a dis-
advantage that disappears below 100 mph. So
his competitive edge at lower speeds is driving
skill and the mechanical preparation that went
into the car before the race.
"My car is in my garage, and I do all the
work on it," Riley said. "I don't actually
build the engine itself, I send it off to a pro-
fessional engine builder, but I put it in my
car and do all the maintenance, all the setup
work on the chassis, put the car on my trail-
er and drive it to the race."
Riley must be doing something right.
He won the 2006 championship for the
Southeastern Division of the Sports Car
Club of America, competing against drivers
with newer, more aerodynamic cars, called
Swifts. The Swifts car bodies have covered
springs and shocks, and are the car to beat
at Formula Ford races.
"The good news is that the guys who
have Swifts didn't run enough races, and
they were unreliable," Riley said with a
laugh. "The young guys are crazier, they go
off track ... So they had won some races,
but I had won six races before I went to the
championship race, and I only had to finish
fourth to be series champion."
Riley placed third, his Titan kept pace
with the newer Swifts to take home the
SCCA Southeastern Division Formula Ford
Although he's modest about his achieve-
ment, Riley is accustomed to being at the
top of his game. In what he calls "another
life," Riley was a nationally ranked triath-
lete. Now, he's the recipient of dentistry's
University Research Foundation
Professorship Award, which consists of a
one-time $3,000 grant to support his ongo-
ing research and $5,000 each year over the
next three years as a salary supplement.
Riley and his wife, Denise, a nurse prac-
titioner in the department of neurology, are
delighted with the recognition, and Riley
plans to use the award to support his
research on cultural differences in pain man-
agement behaviors, a subject he finds even
more exciting than car racing.
"Research is just as thrilling as an auto
race," Riley said. "If you put in the prepara-
tion time and pay attention to details, the
payoff is exciting your paper is published,
your grant is funded or you win a race." *
24 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
BY YAN YANG
Every fall since 1972, Lynn Larkin, Ph.D.,
professor emeritus of anatomy and cell biolo-
gy, has welcomed a class of freshman dental
students into his anatomy course. In fact,
Larkin has taught gross anatomy to every UF
dental student since the college's charter
class-that's nearly 2,100 dentists.
But, the class of 2010 was the last of den-
tistry's freshman classes Larkin would teach
the differences between a sphenoid and a
mandibular notch. On June 30th, Larkin is
retiring from his 39-year teaching career.
"I've really enjoyed teaching here," Larkin
said. "There are lots of things to like in
Florida, and the students are bright and fun
to be around."
Originally from Ohio, Larkin earned his
Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of
Colorado Medical Center in Denver, Colo. in
1967. After one year post-doctoral work in
Boulder, Larkin came to teach in the depart-
ment of anatomy and cell biology at the UF
College of Medicine, and he never left. In
1997 Larkin retired as professor emeritus but
was hired on a yearly basis to teach dental stu-
dents at the College of Dentistry.
"Each school has its own personality. The
physician assistant students are older and
more experienced, while most of the dental
students are just out of college and very social.
It's a fun group."
Though fun, anatomy is not an easy class
to teach. It's difficult to visualize the tissues
underneath the skin and you'll need the mem-
ory of a spelling bee champion to remember
all the terms. To help students grasp perceptu-
al knowledge of the human body, Larkin
developed a syllabus looking more like a "col-
oring book." It's a workbook that contains all
the lecture diagrams. As the semester goes
along, the instructor discusses and labels each
diagram in different colors while students do
the same on their copies. It keeps the students
involved and the lecturer on track. The colors
they use-red, brown, and, of course, orange
During his 35 years of
teaching at the college,
Larkin has won dentistry's
Teacher of the Year Award
twice, in 1992 and 1994. He
is one of the few outside fac-
ulty members that have been
given this prestigious award.
Larkin has educated two gen-
erations of Florida dentists,
of the Yeai
Connaughton of the Delta Class ('79) and
daughter Kelly Connaughton, class of 2008,
who are both impressed by his approachable
"To me it's hard to get excited about
working on cadavers at 8 o'clock in the morn-
ing, but knowing that Dr. Larkin was going to
be there made that journey a lot easier," Kelly
Connaughton said. "If it were anybody else, I
don't think I would have the same experi-
Kelly's father, Dennis, took Larkin's class in
1975. Interestingly, Connaughton now teaches
anatomy class at Brevard Community College
in Cocoa, FL. When asked about Larkin's teach-
ing style, "relaxed" was the word that came to
IS won "Dr. Larkin was always
Teacher smiling, always with a good
r Award attitude. He never made us feel
intimidated to approach him
e of the and ask a question. It was a
e faculty very relaxed lab session and a
hat have lot of it had to do with Dr.
en this Though a professor of the
; award, classic Gray'sAnatomy, Larkin is
not a fan of TV Land's "Grey's
Anatomy" on ABC. He said even if he watches
the show, it's not for the anatomy in it. But he
did find the "goofy interns getting into trouble
show" on Comedy Central amusing ("Scrubs").
Having retired in 1997 and working six
months out of the year since then, Larkin said
he has had a taste of retirement.
"I've been practicing for 10 years," Larkin
teased. "And I know I won't miss getting up at
6 for the 8 o'clock class."
No more skulls or skeletons, Larkin will be
working on his old cars or boating on the
Suwannee River. To him, life after anatomy
class is-enjoyable. *
GATOR DENTIST TODAY I FALL 2007 25
U CAT I ON
Marc Gale retires from operative dentistry
BY LINDY MCCOLLUM-BROUNLEY
At his retirement reception last year, Marc
Gale, an associate professor of operative den-
tistry, stood up before the audience gathered to
honor him, unfolded his notes, adjusted his
glasses and somberly launched into a speech
about his career in dental education.
"For me, this has been a journey," he read.
"A journey is defined as 'travel, or passage, from
one place to another'.... In other words, a
"I will say that my 34 years at this dental
school have definitely been a trip," Gale
quipped with a grin.
With impeccable comedic timing and in
typical fashion, Gale's force of personality took
possession of the room, engaging his audience
in the same way generations of dental students
have been engaged since the Charter Class first
fell under his spell in 1972.
Over the years, more than 2,000 dental
students have developed their knowledge base
and honed clinical skills under his tough but
fair tutelage. His quick, sarcastic wit suffers no
fools but is leavened with genuine care for his
students. He makes a point to know each stu-
dent, by name and by deeds.
"I think that teaching is a burning in your
belly," Gale said. "It's no different than teach-
ing in high school, or middle
school, or elementary school. "Why d
Why do those people choose
teaching? There is something people
within each person that says, teaching
'This is how I want to con- somethi
tribute to society.' "
Gale's contribution has each pe
been enormous, touching the says, 'Th
lives of students and fellow
I want to
"Dr. Gale has been an to soc
integral part of my academic
life at the college, beginning with his service on
the search committee that hired me in 1989,"
said Dean Teresa A. Dolan. "It's been a fun ride
working with him over the years on student
affairs and other programs, and most recently
on fundraising to assure the continued excel-
lence of dental education at UF."
Dental education was the furthest thing
from the mind of this self-described, "nice
Jewish boy from Boston" when he graduated
with his dental degree from Tufts University in
26 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
1967. Gale's intention, after completing a
two-year stint in the Army as a captain in the
Dental Corps, was to complete an orthodontics
residency program and open a swank ortho
practice on Park Avenue in New York City.
He wrote a former Tufts professor and
mentor, Dr. David A. Grainger, asking for a ref-
erence for his residency application. What he
received instead was an invitation to come to
the University of Florida as a faculty member of
a new dental school where Grainger served as a
professor and chairman of operative dentistry.
"Dr. Grainger was really an icon, and
everyone kind of feared him. He said they were
opening a new dental school in Florida and this
would be a great opportunity," said Gale. "So, I
finally made the decision to come down here
and try teaching. It was an exciting time."
Gale found himself surrounded by giants of
dental education at the University of Florida,
all working together to hammer out an innova-
tive, technology-based, self-paced curriculum.
As a junior faculty member in their midst,
Gale was awed by the figures whose names had
been on the text books he'd studied when he was
in dental school. These included Jose Medina
and Bill Collett from the University of
Maryland; Harold R. Stanley from the National
Institute of Dental Research; Bruce Bell from
Tufts; Davis Henderson from the University of
Kentucky; Floyd Peyton from the University of
Michigan; and Richard Mackenzie and John
Bowman from the University of Pittsburgh.
But not even awe could suppress the irre-
pressible Marc Gale.
"When I arrived, I was a brash young
man," Gale said with a laugh.
th e "My first day, there was an all
choose day faculty meeting. Being the
There is new guy on the block and sit-
ting in a room with people I
g within considered to be idols in den-
;on that tistry, a normal person would
Sis how have just sat there and listened.
Of course, I would have none
tributee of that, so I dove right in there
ty.' and haven't shut up since!"
Somehow, despite the
bluntness of his freely expressed opinions, Gale
has survived seven university presidents and
seven dental deans, and has become somewhat
of an idol himself.
"During the course of my first week here at
the dental school, I came to realize that not only
did Dr. Gale know my name, but he also knew
about my past education, my family, my inter-
ests," said Manav Malik, who graduated magna
cum laude this May. "And that is what makes
Dr. Gale so unique. He views each student as a
dynamic individual, truly cares about students and
always seeks to understand them more fully."
In student circles, Gale is known for laying down
the law, administering it fairly, and making no excep-
tions. But his counsel when students get down on
themselves is gentle and generous.
"Most dental students try to make everything
perfect," said Gale. "But, perfection is not repeatable.
It is an unattainable goal that will make you neurotic
and it will depress you. So, I encourage students to
strive for excellence. Excellence is the best you can do
on any given day."
Teaching is Gale's passion, and although he
enjoys retirement, he devotes a day each week to
teaching operative dentistry. Finally being free to
focus only on teaching-without juggling committee
meetings, administrative duties, and other responsi-
bilities-has broadened his perspective on the chal-
lenges today's faculty face as dental educators.
"We have great faculty, but I do think the pres-
sures placed on them are far different than when we
first started this dental school," said Gale.
As members of a public university with top tier
aspirations, clinical and instructional faculty are
expected to pursue at least some research to meet pro-
motion and tenure requirements. That, combined
with the necessity of augmenting salaries through fac-
ulty practice, can, in Gale's opinion, become a dis-
traction from their primary roles as educators.
In addition, recruiting young dentists to the
ranks of dental educators is difficult due to the dis-
parities in what dentists can earn in practice versus
what one may earn as junior faculty.
"Many of our students who just graduated in
May are going out and getting salaries as new dentists
that are more than my salary after 34 years at the
dental school," said Gale. "Now, that puts it into per-
According to Gale, faculty endowments are one
way to remove salary pressure from faculty so that
they can focus on teaching, and to attract the best
and brightest to pursue careers in dental education.
An endowed professorship in his name was estab-
lished with several key gifts from alums to honor his
legacy of excellence in dental education, and
$201,000 in pledges toward the $600,000 endow-
ment goal has been received.
Gale hopes the professorship will attract future
dental educators into the profession he has found so
rewarding. As an associate professor emeritus of oper-
ative dentistry, Gale reflects on the many wonderful
people he's taught and doesn't regret a single day of
his teaching career.
"Teaching is challenging," said Gale. "But to
watch their faces when it really starts to click in,
you realize you've made an impression on some-
"For me, this has been a wonderful journey. I feel
Teachers of the Year
Dental faculty named 2007 teachers of the year
Student comments regarding
* "He is very enthusiastic about the
subject.... Also very willing to help
with long study sessions and lots of
availability for questions."
* "He is a library of dental knowledge."
* "Genuinely concerned for the stu-
dents. He was very approachable
and always available for extra help
outside of class time."
* "Dr. Soderholm really challenges
your logic/science skills. (His class)
prepares you on how to determine
what materials should be used and
how to determine their validity."
Student comments regarding
* "You have the best and most clear
* "Excellent at letting us know
what is expected and excellent
at speaking and lecturing
* "Dr. Gremillion sincerely cares
about the students and it shows.
* "Enthusiasm. Concern for
* "He is amazing in every aspect....
It was an honor to be a part of
Each year dental students in the sophomore, junior and senior
classes are asked to nominate their favorite course instructors for
University of Florida Teacher of the Year Awards. The classes nomi-
nate professors for the basic and clinical sciences based on their inno-
vation in course design and/or instruction and effectiveness in teach-
Once the ballots were tallied this year, Karl-Johan Soderholm,
L.D.S., M.Phil., Odont. Dr., a professor of materials science, and Henry
A. Gremillion, D.D.S., a professor of orthodontics and director of the
Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Center, stood out as the clear winners of
the college's 2007 Teacher of the Year awards-Soderholm as the
basic science teacher of the year, and Gremillion as the clinical sci-
ence teacher of the year. Both were recognized during the university's
Faculty Awards Banquet in April with award plaques and checks in the
amount of $2,000.
Student comments regarding each instructor gleaned from anony-
mous course evaluations demonstrate the impact each instructor's
integrity and commitment to dental education made on the student
learning experience. *
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* Kenneth Anusavice, D.M.D., Ph.D., associate
dean for research and a professor and chair-
man of the department of dental biomaterials,
was honored as the 24th recipient of the
Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics
Foundation Distinguished Lecturer Award.
Given to Anusavice last December during the
academy's annual meeting, held at Lincoln Park
Center in New York City, the award recognizes
Anusavice for his exceptional didactic skills as a
* Jaana Autio-Gold. D.D.S., Ph.D., an assistant
professor of operative dentistry, has been
appointed the college's coordinator for preven-
tive dentistry. In this role, Autio-Gold will work
with faculty to develop and implement evi-
dence-based clinical curriculum in preventive
dentistry, and to assure vertical integration of
preventive dentistry through all four years of
the D.M.D. curriculum.
m Linda Bartoshuk, Ph.D., an internationally
known researcher in the chemical senses of
taste and smell, has been appointed a presi-
dential endowed professor of community
dentistry and behavioral sciences in the
College of Dentistry. Bartoshuk is a fellow of
the National Academy of Sciences and the
only woman NAS member at UF Bartoshuk
was the first to discover that burning mouth
syndrome, a condition predominantly experi-
enced by postmenopausal women, is caused
by damage to the taste buds at the front of
the tongue and is not a psychosomatic con-
dition, as many believed.
* Paul Blaser, D.D.S., M.S.D., a clinical profes-
sor of operative dentistry, has been appointed
chair of operative dentistry after serving nearly
two years in an interim capacity. Blaser earned
a master's of science in dentistry from Indiana
University School of Dentistry and a doctor of
dental surgery degree from Case Western
Reserve University Dental School and. A retired
U.S. Air Force colonel, Blaser has been a faculty
member at the college since 1993 and brings
notable expertise in operative dentistry and
course development to the position.
m D. Lawrence Brock, D.M.D., assistant clinical
professor of periodontology at the University of
Florida College of Dentistry, was honored with
the 2007 Educator Award from the American
Academy of Periodontology. Brock was cited
for his contributions to the department as inter-
im director of the post-graduate program while
teaching in the undergraduate arena, as well as
his recent board certification in periodontology.
m Robert A. Burne, Ph.D., a professor and chair
of oral biology, was one of 52 UF faculty hon-
ored with the 2007 Faculty Achievement
Recognition Award. Burne received his award
during the April 4th awards reception held at
the Samuel L. Har Museum of Art and spon-
sored by the University of Florida associate
provost for faculty development.
m Frank Catalanotto, D.M.D., a professor of
community dentistry and behavioral science
with a joint appointment in the department of
oral biology, was elected to the executive com-
mittee of the board of directors of Oral Health
Arthur Nimmo, D.D.S., FA.C.R, a pro-
fessor of prosthodontics at the University
of Florida College of Dentistry, and
Margot L. Van Dis, D.D.S., M.S., a profes-
sor of oral and maxillofacial radiology at
the Indiana University School of Dentistry,
completed their six-year terms of service
on the American Dental Association
Consultant Review Committee for the
National Board Dental Exam last fall.
As consultants, the duo reviewed
every question on Part II of the National
Board Exam for content, format, grammar
and verification of radiographs and clinical
America. He also serves as chairman of the
OHA communications committee.
* Matthew Dennis, D.D.S., a clinical associate
professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and
diagnostic sciences, has been awarded the
Florida Dental Association's Dental Educator
Award. Dennis was nominated by student mem-
bers of the Gainesville chapter of the American
Student Dental Association based on his out-
standing contributions to the quality of dental
education. He received the award in June dur-
ing the Florida National Dental Congress, held in
Orlando, Fla. This was the second time Dennis
was honored with the award, which he first
received in 2004.
* M. Franklin Dolwick, a professor of oral and
maxillofacial surgery, received the 2006
Distinguished Alumni Award from his dental
alma mater, the University of Kentucky College
of Dentistry. Dolwick was tapped to receive the
distinguished alumni award because of his inter-
national preeminence as an oral and maxillofa-
cial surgeon and researcher. His and co-investi-
gator Richard Katzberg's pioneering report on
their investigation of temporomandibular joint
disorders using magnetic resonance imaging in
the American Journal of Roentgenology has
become one of the journal's top 100 most-cited
articles of the past 100 years.
m Carol Haggerty, D.D.S., M.S., M.PH., a clinical
assistant professor of community dentistry and
behavioral science, earned her Master of Public
Health from University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill in August, and was inducted this
April into UNC's Theta Chapter of Delta Omega
Honorary Society in Public Health. Her induction
to the society was in recognition of her out-
standing devotion to and work in dental public
* Marc W. Heft, D.M.D., Ph.D., a professor of
oral and maxillofacial surgery with joint appoint-
ments as professor of neuroscience and profes-
sor of clinical 8 health psychology, is president
of the American Association of Dental Research.
Heft will serve as the 36th president of the
AADR during his 2007-2008 term, which began
photographs in the clinical cases. All U.S.
dental students take Part II of the National
Board Dental Exam in their senior year
prior to completing state boards to
become licensed to practice dentistry.
at the conclusion of the March AADR annual
meeting held in New Orleans, La.
* Richard Lamont, Ph.D., a professor of oral biol-
ogy, is the editor of a new microbiology textbook,
Oral Microbiology and Immunology, printed by
ASM Press. The book is one of the first of its kind
to focus primarily on the knowledge and under-
standing of the oral ecosystem and its unique
role in human health and disease. Intended for
dental students, dental practitioners and health-
care professionals, it details the ecology, viru-
lence, molecular biology and immunogenicity of
oral bacteria, viruses and fungi and examines
their interface with host cells and secretions.
* Samuel Low, D.D.S., M.S., M.Ed., associate
dean for faculty practice and continuing educa-
tion, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the
American Academy of Periodontology. As secre-
tary-treasurer, Low will become president of the
organization in 2010. Low also has been
appointed associate dean for continuing educa-
tion and strategic partnerships. This represents
a new and important initiative for the college of
providing a faculty liaison for the college's exist-
ing and developing relationships with profes-
sional organizations, the state legislature and
* William Martin, D.M.D., M.S., a clinical assis-
tant professor with joint appointments in the
department of oral and maxillofacial surgery and
diagnostic sciences and the department
prosthodontics, and clinical director of The
Center for Implant Dentistry, became board cer-
tified in prosthodontics in 2006 and is now a
diplomat of the American Board of
m Marc E. Ottenga, D.D.S., a clinical associate
professor of operative dentistry, received the
Faculty Award from the American College of
Dentists in recognition of his outstanding repre-
sentation of ethics and professionalism as a fac-
ulty member of the University of Florida College
m K. David Stillwell, D.D.S., a clinical associate
professor of operative dentistry, is president-
elect of the Florida Academy of General
28 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
Dentistry. The Florida Academy of General
Dentistry is the state's largest general dentist
constituent group and consists of more than
1800 members. The academy serves the state's
general dentists through advocacy and continu-
ing education, and members are inducted based
on demonstrated commitment to improving
patient care through life-long learning.
m Scott L. Tomar, D.M.D., Dr.PH., a professor
and chairman of community dentistry and behav-
ioral sciences, has been elected vice president of
the American Association of Public Health
Dentistry during the association's May annual
meeting held in Denver. Tomar will automatically
be named the organization's president in 2009.
The association is the world's largest multidisci-
plinary professional organization focused on
improving public oral health.
* Charles Widmer, D.D.S., M.S., an associate
professor of orthodontics and the director of clin-
ical research in the Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain
Center, has been reappointed for a second two-
year term on the National Institute of Dental and
Craniofacial Research Special Grants Review
m Roger D. Wray, D.D.S., a clinical associate
professor of community dentistry and behav-
ioral science, has been appointed program
director of the University of Florida College of
Dentistry Faculty Practice. Wray previously
served as residency program director for the
college's clinical program in Apopka. As direc-
tor of Faculty Practice, Wray will be responsible
for its day-to-day operations, including faculty
and staff supervision, financial planning and
quality assurance. Wray will also teach in the
college's D.M.D. program.
m Three University of Florida College of Dentistry
faculty members have been elected to member-
ship to the national dental honor society,
Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Calogero Dolce, D.D.S.,
Ph.D., an associate professor of orthodontics,
Nicklaus J. Minden, D.M.D., M.B.A., M.Ed., an
associate professor of operative dentistry, and
Arthur Nimmo, D.D.S., EA.C.P, a professor of
prosthodontics, were inducted into the organiza-
tion last month by Xi Omicron section president
and UF associate professor of oral and maxillofa-
cial surgery Carol Stewart, D.D.S., during the sec-
tion's annual meeting in Gainesville. Members
are selected on the basis of outstanding contribu-
tions to the art, science or literature of dentistry.
* Three pediatric dental faculty members have
earned board certification from the American
Board of Pediatric Dentistry. These diplomats
include Daniela Silva, D.D.S., M.S., and Flavio
Soares, D.D.S., M.S., both assistant professors
of pediatric dentistry, and Marcio Guelmann,
D.D.S., associate professor and chairman of
pediatric dentistry. Their diplomat status
demonstrates successful completion of an
advanced educational program accredited by
the American Dental Association Commission
on Dental Accreditation and completion of the
board's examination process.
* Promotion & Tenure
Madhu Nair, D.M.D., Ph.D., a professor of oral
and maxillofacial surgery and diagnostic sci-
ences, has been granted tenure; Cliff Star,
D.M.D., has been promoted to the rank of clinical
professor; William Martin, D.M.D., has been pro-
moted to clinical associate professor.
* New Voice for Faculty Affairs
William P McArthur, Ph.D., a professor of oral
biology and director of the University of Florida's
Periodontal Disease Research Center, has been
appointed the College of Dentistry's associate
dean for faculty affairs, effective June 29. In this
new position he will advise faculty and college
and campus administrators on matters affecting
faculty and will provide administrative support
for the faculty's role in shared governance.
The position is the result of an administrative
reorganization that encompasses recent addi-
tions of the associate dean for clinical affairs
and associate dean for continuing education
and strategic partnerships and the elimination
of the senior associate deanship. The new
administrative structure is intended to be more
adaptive to the highly competitive nature of
recruiting and retaining excellent dental faculty,
and to UF's still-developing efforts toward
McArthur has a long and distinguished
career at the college as a professor and
received his doctoral
degree from Purdue
University in 1969,
was a postdoctoral
fellow at New York
School and held a
faculty position at
the University of
coming to UF as an Arthur
associate professor of
basic dental sciences in 1981. McArthur
previously served as interim chair of the
department of basic dental sciences and
was the first assistant dean for research of
the college. He was instrumental in shaping
the basic science curriculum for the col-
lege's D.M.D. program and is currently lead-
ing the college through its self-study for
* New Periodontology Program Director
Tord M. Lundgren, L.D.S., Odont. Dr., is appointed clinical professor and grad-
uate program director of periodontology. Lundgren comes to UF from Loma
Linda University School of Dentistry, where he served as professor and pro-
gram director of the clinical periodontology program. He earned his dental
degree and certificate in periodontics from University of Umea, Sweden, a cer
tificate in periodontics from Loma Linda University, and his doctor of odontol-
ogy from University of Malmo/Lund, Sweden. He has led a distinguished
career as a dental practitioner, educator and leader in organized dentistry.
* New Faculty
Sang-Joon Ahn, Ph.D., is appointed research assistant
professor of oral biology as of Oct. 20. He earned is
doctorate degree in plant pathology (bacteriology)
from University of California-Riverside, and has served
as a post-doctoral associate in Dr. Burne's laboratory
since 2003. His research in Dr. Burne's laboratory has
included dissecting molecular genetic control of the
maturation of pathogenic biofilms, stress responses,
competence and autolysis in Streptococcus mutans.
Andrew G. Jakymiw, Ph.D., is appointed research
assistant professor of oral biology. Jakymiw was most
recently a post-doctoral associate in the department,
with a project focus of GW bodies and mammalian
RNA interference. He earned his doctorate in bio-
chemistry and molecular biology from the University
of Calgary, and is a member of the American Society
for Cell Biology.
Lakshmyya Kesavalu, B.VSc., M.Sc., S.C.C., is
appointed associate professor of periodontics. Dr.
Kesavalu comes to the college from University of
Kentucky, where he was an associate research profes-
sor in the department of oral health science. Dr.
Kesavalu earned his veterinary medicine degree from
Madras University, Madras, India, and his master's in
medical microbiology from All India Institute of
Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. Dr. Kesavalu's
research interests include periodontal microbial patho-
genesis, host response and genomics, and periodon-
tal disease models.
Theofilos Koutouzis, D.D.S., M.S., is appointed visiting
assistant professor of periodontics. Dr. Koutouzis' one-
year appointment began Sept. 1, and he comes to the
college from private practice. Dr. Koutouzis earned his
dental degree from Aristotle University in Thes/niki,
Greece, and specialist training in periodontics from
Gothenburg University in Sweden.
Shannon Pop, Ph.D., was appointed assistant pro-
fessor of periodontics as of Sept. 1. Dr. Pop comes
to the college after completing her post-doctoral fel-
lowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of
Medicine. Dr. Pop earned her doctoral degree in
oral biology from the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. Her area of research emphasis includes
the interactions of the diabetic host with mucosal
pathogens and how these interactions contribute to
the disease process of diabetes as well as how dia-
betic host responses differ from that of a non-dia-
betic host. In addition, she is interested in how
these potentially aberrant innate immune responses
may affect other disease processes classified as
secondary complications of diabetes, such as peri-
odontitis, cardiovascular disease and arthritis.
Rosalia Rey, D.D.S., has been appointed clinical assis-
tant professor in the Internationally-Educated Dentist
Program (IEDP). Rey is a 1998 graduate of the col-
lege's IEDP, where she was recognized with the
Outstanding Student Award. She earned her dental
degree from Colegio Odontologico Columbiano in
Columbia, South America, and a certificate in ortho-
dontics for general dentistry from the Institute for
Graduate Dentists in New York. She comes to the col-
lege from 10 years in private practice in the Lake
Christopher J. Spencer, D.D.S., has been appointed
clinical assistant professor of orthodontics, joining
the Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Center as a fulltime
faculty member. Previous to this, he served as a vis-
iting clinical assistant professor after having com-
pleted his fellowship in the Facial Pain Center last
year. Spencer earned his dental degree from the
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of
Dentistry in 1978.
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Fifth Annual UFCD
Friday, April 13, 2007
DMD Student Oral and Poster
Cara Clark, clinical science, "Decreased
Retronasal Olfaction is Associated with
Decreased Oral Sensation." C.J. Clark*, D.J.
Snyder, FA. Catalanotto and L.M. Bartoshuk
Del Greenhalgh, basic science, "Effect of P.
gingivalis on ATP Activated P2X7 Receptor
Expression in Gingival Epithelial Cells." D.
Greenhalgh*, L. Yao anad 0. Yilmaz
Yue "Maggie" Wang, basic science, "Topology
Mapping of LevQ, LevT and LevS of
Streptococcus Mutans." Y. Wang*, L. Zeng
and R. Burne
MS/Resident Oral and Poster
Eric Berry, clinical science, "Enamel Surface
Hardness after Exposure to Acidic Drinks and
Brushing." S.E. Berry*, C. Shen and R.G.
Amanda Velazquez, clinical science,
"Restoring Proximal Lesions in Primary
Molars: Does Age and Lesion Stage Influence
Success?" A.P Velazquez*, D.R. Silva and M.
Third Place Tie
Mindy Hall, clinical science, "Incidence of
Adverse Reactions Following Septocaine Use
in Children." M. Hall*, A. Adewumi, M.
Guelmann, J. Riley
Third Place Tie
Aaron Carroll, clinical science, "A Long-Term
Comparison of Treatment Impacts Between
Invisalign and Fixed Appliance Therapy."
A.W Carroll*, S.E McGorray, R. Womack, C.
Dolce, T.A. Dolan and T.T. Wheeler
PhD/Post-doc Oral and Poster
F. Bridgett Rahim-Williams, clinical science,
"Functional and Emotional Impacts of Orofacial
Pain Among Middle and Older-aged Adults
with Diabetes." FB. Rahim-Williams*, J. Riley,
III and J.M. Nogle
Shangli Lian, basic science, "Short Interfering
RNAs Induce Target-dependent GW Body
Assembly." S. Lian*, M.J. Fritzler, J. Katz, T
Hamazaki, N. Terada and E. K.L. Chan
Kaleb Pauley, basic science, "Effects of Innate
Immune Signaling on GW Body Assembly."
K.M. Pauley*, M. Satoh, Y. Li, WH. Reeves and
E. K.L. Chan
Pictured: Second year pediatric resident and second
place winner in the MS/Resident division, Amanda
Velazquez, reviews her poster abstract with Ulrich
Foerster, a clinical associate professor of oral and
maxillofacial surgery and diagnostic sciences, in the
Founder's Gallery. Dentistry's April 13 Research Day
featured a keynote address by Nobel Laureate, Sir
Harold Kroto, oral presentations, division awards and
poster presentations. (PHOTO BY SAM BRILL)
30 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
UFCD Dental Ambassadors
take a bow
The Ambassadors organized the 2nd annual Acid
Etch Talent and Comedy Sketch, held May 8, show-
casing the talents of dental students and faculty -
including 1st place winners, Erin Smith and her
Freshman Rappers, who performed "Floss it right,
floss it right, floss it tight." Videotaped class skits
added to the fun, and more than 200 people filled the
auditorium to enjoy the show.
The judges, Drs. Marc Gale, Ariela Notzer and
Boyd Robinson, provided witty feedback to each per-
former, while the repartee of MCs Maggie Novy and
David Yates kept the comedic dialog buoyant. Diverse
acts such as guitar performances, vocalists, piano,
percussive perfect pizza-making, acts of magic and
vaudevillian song and dance routines graced the
stage. For videotaped performances, check out Acid
Etch Online, at www.dental.ufl.edu/AcidEtch.
The College of Dentistry honored graduating
students with senior awards during the col-
lege's annual Senior Banquet, held May 12 in
the J.W. Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. For the
complete award listing and photo gallery, visit
High Honors Magnaa cum laude" were bestowed on
Andrew Deitrich, Manav Malik, Angela Matrisciano
and Maggie Novy.
Honors "cum laude" were bestowed on Glenn Cohen,
Karly Fabres, Allison Harris and Dan Stewart.
* 2007 Hinman Scholars
Dental juniors Lindsay Ringdahl and David Yates are
the college's 2007 Hinman Scholars. Ringdahl and
Yates received their $3,000 cash awards during the
March Hinman Dental Society meeting in Atlanta, Ga.
* Multicultural Award
Dental senior Sanjie Jackson was honored with a Multicultural Award by
the UF dean of students office during the April awards ceremony. Jackson
was recognized with the award for her academic excellence and student
Dental senior Maggie Novy is the recipient of the 2007 American Dental
Education Association/Listerine Preventive Dentistry Scholarship. The
$2,500 scholarship award was presented during the March ADEA annual
meeting held in New Orleans, La.
Freshman dental student Yue Wang received a $3,000 American
Association of Dental Research (AADR) research fellowship, which is
intended to encourage the recipient to consider a career in oral health
research. The AADR awarded 19 research fellowships to dental students
nationwide during the association's March meeting in New Orleans, La.
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Continuing Dental Education OCTOBER DECEMBER 2007
UF |UNIVERSITY of
College of Dentistry
P.O. Box 100405
Gainesville, FL 32610-0405
PERMIT NO. 94