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A Publication of the University of Florida College of Dentistry Fall 2008
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prepared or willing to accept it, it passes you by or even pushes you under. Either
way, the wave is coming and it's your decision as to how you'll respond."
As he prepared for the new model, he told people to "catch the wave:' creating a
communications campaign that included surf lingo, surf decor in clinics, and a luau
The clinical model plan was developed three years ago by Dr. Ron Watson who
proposed five clinics with 10 teams, and scheduling to be coordinated by five
treatment coordinators. With a few minor adjustments, this was implemented in
August. The goal of the new model is improving the student and patient experience,
and creating better financial outcomes.
"The old system had inefficiencies that meant it could take months for a new
patient to have their first treatment. The new system provides better chair utiliza-
tion combined with efficient scheduling that sees patients getting treatment
quickly and, more importantly, the students have increased access to experiences:'
He explained that in a dental office, everyone knows that an empty chair means a
loss of income, "But an empty chair in a dental school means a student isn't having
an experience, and that's the true cost to our school and students."
The new model improves the college's ability to provide comprehensive care to
patients in a general dentistry setting. Now a coordinator schedules patients for the
teams, and since the model makes more chairs available the school can see more
patients, more quickly, which should improve the "patient mix." In other words, pa-
tients who can pay for dental service elsewhere may instead choose the convenience
and expertise offered at the college.
Dolan points out that, with the current budget crisis in the state, UF is encourag-
ing all colleges to be entrepreneurial in nature, "Essentially this means we can no
longer operate strictly like an academic institution. Yes our primary focus remains
education but when possible we must analyze, evaluate and operate like a business
so we remain solvent and relevant in today's world.
"The new clinical model makes us more attractive to patients who expect fast,
convenient service and this operational change couldn't have come at a better time
for our college:' said Dolan.
To meet Dolan's timelines, staff and faculty moved quickly planning and imple-
menting the necessary changes. The new model has a faculty member leading each
of the ten teams. Current faculty filled eight of the positions and two were hired
from outside the college.
Space remodeling presented a challenge for Ken Tomlinson, associate dean for
administration, and for the dental maintenance team, "It's like deciding to remodel
your guest bathroom at home and, before you know it, the domino effect takes over
and your entire house is in play."
Over the years, clinic operatories were converted to office space. To create five
clinics with the same footprint and capabilities, numerous administrative areas and
clinical units had to be moved and renovated. The end result was another positive
in that all of the areas have improved, better utilizing space.
"The staff and faculty who moved or assisted were amazingly cooperative and I
think that's because in reality everyone's on board in terms of understanding the
need for this comprehensive shift in the D.M.D. program and are supportive of
making it work:' Tomlinson said.
So as the sun set on the old model, on Aug. 25, a new day dawned for the
D.M.D. students. The surfers had their boards waxed and were ready to catch the
wave when the first patient came in that morning.
"Many of us expected choppy seas, especially during the first few weeks, and we
kind of held our breath:' Robinson joked, "but as it turned out, it was smooth sailing.'
Robinson admits some lessons learned in the beginning but the main goal of the
program, increased student dental experiences (Student Friendly) and providing
better patient service (Patient Centered), is well met.
A comparison of the first few weeks in 2007 shows an average of 150 to 200
more procedures each week for 2008. Team leaders report fluid movement
between specialties in clinics and, as far as students are concerned? Here's
what two have to say:
D.M.D. student Danny Bass, Class of 2009,
said, "The new clinical model is great. With the private
practice set-up, I can schedule patients
for cleaning and fillings in the same
appointment without having to
run around to different clin-
ics. When my patients are
available to come in, I can
do whatever they need, all
in one spot. Brilliant! Go
"In the new system, I do a
more dentistry in a week
than I did in an entire
month with the
old clinical model:'
D.M.D. Student Sean
Altenbach, Class of 2010,
said, "It's greaaaaaaaaat.
Dean Teresa Dolan and
Dr. Boyd Robinson were
dressed for success at the
Catch The Wave Launch
Luau on Aug. 15.
Growing up in the 60's near Santa Cruz, Ca., it was natural that Boyd Robinson
developed a surfer's "knobby knees." After all, it was here in the late 1800's that Ha-
waiian royalty introduced surfing to the mainland; locals and visitors have ridden
the waves ever since.
Robinson graduated from Chico State University and earned his D.D.S. from
the University of the Pacific. Then Robinson joined the U.S. Navy, to spend "a few
years" gaining more knowledge and experience in dentistry, but instead served 26
years before retiring from a career that included serving as the dentist for Presidents
Ronald Reagan and George H. W Bush.
So it's not surprising that, as Robinson led the College of Dentistry through a
major transformation in the clinical teaching model, he relied on his watery, wavy
past and encouraged everyone to Catch the Wave of the new model.
The start of the fall semester launched a major initiative that came full circle
at the college using a clinical education model for the DM.D. program that
resembles the real-world operation of a dentist's office. When the college opened in
1972, that's the way the clinics were organized. But after a few years, the organiza-
tion changed into the specialty-based model that had been in place since.
There were several attempts to a change it, but it never quite happened. In Febru-
ary 2008, following recommendations from a Future Search conference, Dean
Teresa Dolan decided it was time and, with the agreement of the then-junior class
that would be most affected by this major shift, she decided implementation would
begin in August 2008. This gave only six months for the necessary planning, mov-
ing, building, hiring and training required.
"We needed to do this for multiple reasons but the most important reason is that
it makes sense educationally," said Dolan.
Robinson agreed and immediately began talking to faculty, staff and students
about "catching the wave."
He says that the imagery of the wave signifies change, "Some people see change
coming, prepare for it and then enjoy the ride, just like surfing. But when you're not
Building a balanced dentist
Micaela Gibbs, D.D.S., has a passion for
community dentistry you can see in her eyes
and face when she talks about the college's "i
mission and her dedication to creating "bal-
With the help of a new two-year, $200,000
grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foun-
dation, Gibbs is building on programs already
in place to enhance students' experience with
how patients are affected by healthcare gaps Micaela Gibbs, D.D.S.
and how they can help fill those gaps.
Gibbs is quick to point out that she didn't start this process at the col-
lege but that the programs and passion were in place before she came to
the college in 2002.
That year, Dean Teresa Dolan applied for the RWJ Foundation grant
for a program to take D.M.D. students from the relatively safe and
predictable environment of the Gainesville clinics, to more urban areas
where lack of care is severe. This would be an extension of the Statewide
Network the previous dean, Dr. Frank Catalanotto, began in 1996.
In 2002, the grant wasn't funded but the college initiated the program
anyway and Gibbs believes that's the reason the grant was funded this
year, "I call it the 'perfect storm.' This time we have an existing, respected
and effective program with a proven impact. We also have a presence and
partnerships in the community we're targeting. And, probably most im-
portantly, we benefit from amazing internal and administrative support."
During the first year, Gibbs says, funding will allow for expanded
time in The Sulzbacher Center's dental clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., which
provides safety net care to the homeless, "None of our D.M.D. students
had this opportunity before. Now about 70 seniors will rotate through
the Sulzbacher Center during the year."
The students will also spend time on the streets with homeless; learn-
ing who they are, how they live and why they live like they do.
"In class students learn about 'lack of access to care.' But the best way
for them to understand what that means is to experience it with all their
senses," Gibbs said.
The second year plan includes expanding the rotation at the Jackson-
ville clinic to six weeks for seniors and adding services through collabora-
tion with the Department of Health.
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Gibbs was raised in
Denver, Colo., and gradu-
ated from the University of
Colorado's School of DentalGADSDE
Medicine in Denver. She
spent half of her senior year on rota-
tion, which convinced her that community
dentistry was where she was meant to be.
She is energized by the college's service mission that
brought her to UF which, in her eyes, stands out in terms of
internal support, dedication and passion; that the college's
administration doesn't just say it's the core, "they live it."
"Money is the biggest roadblock to success, yet service becomes
more important in challenging economic times. And even as
funding becomes tighter, more research points to the critical part
that oral health plays in overall health, which means the dental
professional's role is increasingly vital:' she said.
Gibbs says that increased exposure to the underserved gives the
dentists of tomorrow a powerful understanding of dental dispari-
ties and their role in eliminating them.
"I don't expect all dentists to forego private practice and
dedicate themselves to service. Each aspect has its place and plays
a vital part. But these students are in a learning phase of their
lives, and we have this incredible chance to teach them something
important while they're establishing their view of professional
dentistry," she said.
Her hope is that, as they build their practice, they save space in
their professional habits for service and education and become
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Bartoshuk research finds link
between ear infections and obesity
Researchers don't always find what they're
looking for a fact that often leads to the
most interesting results.
Linda Bartoshuk, Ph.D., in the UF Col-
lege of Dentistry's community dentistry and
behavioral science department is an expert in
taste and genetic variations in taste percep-
tion. She collected information for several
years by having lecture attendees complete
surveys that included demographic informa- Linda Bartoshuk, Ph.D.
tion. She and her team, including graduate
student Derek Snyder, entered responses into a database and found a
surprising link between a history of ear infections and adult obesity.
"We knew that ear infections can damage taste. The major taste nerve,
the chorda tympani, goes through the middle ear on its way to the brain
and can be damaged by the pathogens that cause ear infections, said
Bartoshuk. "But the link between ear infection and obesity later in life
was quite new and unexpected."
Bartoshuk and her team learned that taste damage can intensify the
non-taste sensations produced by fatty foods. This intensified the
palatability of those foods; that is, people who'd had multiple ear
infections enjoyed fatty foods more.
And the damaging effects of ear infection compounds over time.
The older we get, the more we enjoy fatty foods and so we eat more
Bartoshuk contacted the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with
her findings and asked them to put her in touch with researchers
with similar information, asking them to analyze their data to see if
they yielded similar results.
"We were delighted to use this cost-savings approach to research
especially during a time of financial crisis. The other groups, a hearing
loss study at the University of Wisconsin, an otitis media research
center at the University of Minnesota, and epidemiologists using a
national database collected by the Federal Government were happy
to cooperate with us and, in the end, our findings were corroborated
by all three sets of data:' Bartoshuk said.
Bartoshuk said, with obesity being such a problem in our society,
new information is always valuable in determining how to control
eating behaviors because it helps us understand what drives some
of those behaviors, "and since ear infections are not genetic, this is
something we can influence now that we've identified it."
* Faculty Awards, Honors & Achievements
* Abi Adewumi, B D S, M Ped Dent, FD S R CS a faculty member in
pediatric dentistry, passed the Oral Boards and became a member of the
College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, one
of the highest forms of recognition and accomplishment in the specialty
of pediatric dentistry Adewumi joined the college in 2004 as a fellow and
became a faculty member in 2005
* Linda Bartoshuk, Ph D, was appointed to a three-year term on the
Council of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and in May she was
elected president of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), a
group for which she was a charter member when it was founded 20 years
ago Since then she served on the board of directors twice One of her
primary areas of interest is the how the study of behavior can contribute to
solving many of the world's social problems
* Leandra Dopazo, D D S, M S, clinical assistant professor of orthodon-
tics, received the Michael Matlof Memorial Teaching Fellowship Award
from the board of the American Association of Orthodontics Foundation for
the third year Dopazo joined the faculty of the college in December 2005
and is currently involved in teaching and research, and practices in the
faculty practice clinic
* Henry Gremillion, D D S M A G D, was appointed dean at the LSU
School of Dentistry, his alma mater and also recently won an Award of
Merit from the American College of Dentists Gremillion joined the UF
College of Dentistry in 1991 as an assistant professor He was promoted
to associate professor in 1998 and to full professor in 2005 His expertise
is in the area of orofacial pain and he took over as director of the Parker E
Mahan Facial Pain Center in 1992 In 2008, he was named the first Parker E
Mahan Endowed Professor
* Henrietta Logan, Ph D, a professor in the department of community
dentistry and behavioral science, won an Award of Merit from the American
College of Dentists The award recognizes and acknowledges specific,
outstanding achievements of non-dentists that link to the ACD's mission of
promoting excellence, ethics, professionalism and leadership in dentistry
Her research has focused on psychological and biological correlates includ-
ing immune changes of the human stress and pain response which has
theoretical and clinical applications, and included development and valida-
tion of a scale to measure individuals' perception of personal control
* Samuel Low, D S S, M S, M Ed, received the 2008 Florida Dental
Association's J Leon Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award Given during
the annual Florida National Dental Convention in June in Orlando, this is
the highest achievement award bestowed by the FDA and is presented to
someone who has displayed a lifelong commitment to enhancing dentistry
Low, associate dean and professor in periodontology, is a past president
of the FDA and played an integral role in the growth and development of
Low was also installed as President Elect of the American Academy of
Penodontology Board of Trustees during its 94th Annual Meeting in Seattle
in September An AAP member since 1975, Low served on the Board of
Trustees as Vice President in 2008 and acted as the Academy's Secretary/
Treasurer in 2007
* Roberta Pileggi, D D S, M S assistant professor and assistant director
of postgraduate endodontics, completed the yearlong American Dental Edu-
cation Association Leadership Institute Program Since 2000, the Leadership
Institute has developed the nation's most promising dental educators to
become leaders in dental and higher education Fellows complete a project
relating to a key issue in dental education
* K. David Stillwell, D D S, M A G D received the Lifetime Learning and
Service Recognition Award during the Academy of General Dentistry's 56th
Annual Meeting Convocation in Orlando in July The award is presented to
those who demonstrate ongoing commitment to continuing dental educa-
tion, volunteer services to communities in need, mentorship to associates
and new dentists and participation in organized dentistry
* Henry "Mac" Young, D D S and Kenneth Anusavice, D M D, Ph D,
were selected as 2008 Teachers of the Year for the College of Dentistry,
recognizing their excellence, innovation and effectiveness in teaching
Anusavice, professor and associate dean of dental biomaterals, was
selected by the students as the 2007-08 Basic Sciences Teacher of the Year
Young, associate professor of operative dentistry, was chosen as Clinical
Teacher of the Year The awards are based on student ballots and, as such,
certainly demonstrate the strong impression these faculty members have
made on our students
* Charles G. Widmer, D D S, Ph D, associate professor of orthodontics,
and Robert A Burne, Ph D professor and chairman of oral biology, were
elected to membership in the national dental honor society, Omicron Kappa
Upsilon Burne is a new honorary member and Widmer is a new faculty
member Elections are based on outstanding contributions to the art, sci-
ence or literature of dentistry
* Administrative Changes
* Robert E. Bates, D D S M S, was appointed department chair of
prosthodontics He has been a valued faculty member since joining the col-
lege in 1984 and has served the college in many roles, including assistant
and associate dean for clinical affairs, and interim department chair for
periodontology, prosthodontics, and most recently in oral & maxillofacial
surgery & diagnostic sciences
* Luisa Echeto, D D S, M S, was appointed the new prosthodontic
undergraduate program director for the college Echeto joined the college
in 2003 and has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor in prosthodontics
In her new role, she is responsible for the prosthodontic undergraduate
program and its mission, and played an Integral part in developing a new
prosthodontic curriculum in the move toward a comprehensive care clinic
* Henry "Mac" Young, D D S, B S, was appointed interim chair of
the department of operative dentistry in May 2008 He is responsible for
managing the academic, administrative and fiscal affairs of the department,
and supporting the professional development of department faculty and
research activities Another key area of responsibility is focusing on the
D M D curriculum and assisting in a smooth transition to the new clinical
* Promotion & Tenure
* Ann Progulske-Fox, Ph D oral biology department, was promoted to
distinguished professor The title recognizes her as one of the university's
most outstanding and dedicated faculty members, and the overall excel-
lence of her academic record The promotion makes Progulske-Fox one of
only four distinguished female professors currently serving at the University
The following faculty members were promoted to professor
* Robert Caudle, Ph D oral and maxillofacial surgery and diagnostic
* Valeria Gordan, D D S, M S operative dentistry
* Carol Stewart, D D S, M S, oral and maxillofacial surgery and
The following faculty members were also promoted
* Pamela Sandow, D M D, oral and maxillofacial surgery and diagnostic
sciences, was promoted to clinical professor
* Myriam Belanger, Ph D M S, oral biology, was promoted to research
* Lorie Primosch, M Ed, periodontology, was promoted to associate in
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The college can work with interested individuals and groups to establish scholarships to pay for care that
Medicaid won't cover. You can also volunteer in college-owned or affiliated clinics in Florida. For more
information, please contact Micaela Gibbs, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (352) 273-6801.
For more information about the Sulzbacher Center, visit their web site at www.sulzbachercenter.org.
Dr. Aquilas E. Mas
February 8, 1939- February 12, 2008
When Dr Aquiles E Mas passed away in February, the South Florida dental community and the UF College of
Dentistry lost a leader and a friend
Mas had the foresight to bring a UF dental clinic to Hialeah in the early '90s and was instrumental in making his
vision a reality Once the clinic was opened in 1996, Mas maintained a personal commitment to it, serving as a
local advisor, treating patients and delivering lectures each month to the clinic residents L
More than anything, Mas was a devoted husband, father and a grandfather He loved fishing and hunting, and
snow skiing and traveling with his family and friends
"My father was extremely dedicated to the dental community and the preservation and advancement of the
profession of dentistry He loved to teach and was able to touch many lives and careers through the University of
Florida The Hialeah Clinic was a great source of pride and motivation for him," his daughter, Ana-Mane Wing, said
"He was such a good friend to us Whenever we called on him, he was there," Roberta Diehl, D D S program director for the Hialeah clinic, said
In July, Hialeah's 12th Annual Graduation Banquet program featured a tribute to the life and achievements of Mas, and an announcement of the
establishment of a permanent memorial to be installed in the reception area of the clinic
FROM THE DEAN
S This is an eventful time for the University of Florida and the College of Dentistry. The state's
budget cuts to education reflect a challenged national economy that affects all of us profession-
ally and personally. As an educator, I am profoundly disturbed by the future damage wrought on
education through these cuts. It is shortsighted to threaten the future economic opportunities of
children in Florida's educational system, from preschool through graduate programs at our state
universities and colleges.
However, my responsibility is to strengthen our programs and look to the future, regardless of the
economic situation. Fortunately our college significantly diversified funding sources in recent years
as part of our strategic planning efforts, moving from being primarily dependent on state funding to
depending on state dollars, including tuition paid by students, for about 30 percent of our budget.
The current year's state allocations decreased by 10 percent and we expect ongoing reductions unless
the economic outlook improves.
Even though the college was financially positioned as well as possible, the reduction had a significant impact, removing $1.8
million from our budget and forcing us to close two important programs. The Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Center closed in June,
although services to many patients continue through former pain center faculty members who work in different college areas.* We
were also forced to schedule an end to the two-year IEDP program. The IEDP students who began in summer 2008 are the last class
for the foreseeable future unless the legislature provides additional support for this important program. We also eliminated two staff
positions; a very personal and difficult decision.
It would be easy to retreat and bide our time until the economy improves, and simply maintain our status and programs. How-
ever, my responsibility is ensuring strategic growth for educational programs, clinical services, and research endeavors. Our commit-
ment to students, Florida communities and the state education system demands that we leverage this challenge to better ourselves
and our operations.
The Class of 2010's White Coat Ceremony was proof that our college's future is bright. These dynamic and talented students
rely on us to meet their expectations. Just as they count on our faculty and staff, their families and future patients are depending on
them. There is a circle of trust, an implicit agreement that we will all do our best, even in difficult times.
You'll read about the new clinical education model for the D.M.D. program deployed in August that improves the student and
patient experience, and also strengthens the program's business model. We are also pursuing long-term plans to break ground on a
new dental sciences building in Gainesville, an addition to our current building.
Another exciting program on our horizon is a $5.3 million NIH grant to fund a research center to reduce health disparities
related to diagnosis, treatment and survivability of head and neck cancers. The center, led by Henrietta Logan, Ph.D., a professor in
community dentistry and behavioral science, promises to make a long-term difference in access to care and brings together profes-
sionals from different aspects of medicine and health.
This year our Dental Fall Weekend, Oct. 24 and 25, includes a tailgate with our student dental fraternity something our alumni
requested and the students were pleased to coordinate. Students are asking for opportunities to interact with alumni and we've
scheduled a Dental Spring Weekend in Gainesville on April 24 and 25 that combines our Continuing Education program with the
American Student Dental Association program.
We are committed to improving the frequency of communication with our alumni and friends. With an eye on costs we trimmed
our magazine to this newsletter format. Expect to receive this new format quarterly.
We're boldly striding forward, investing in the future of our students, patients and research. We hope you'll join us and catch
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Gainesville, FL 32610-0405
Teresa A. Dolan, D.D.S., M.P.H www.dental.ufl.edu
Professor and Dean
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