UFCD Staff Retreat 2007
U FCD welcomed spring with fun
games and butterflies.
The UF College of Dentistry
Staff Retreat was held on Friday, March
23 at Lake Wauburg. The theme of
this year's retreat was "CHANGE:
Transforming as We Go!"
The retreat created an opportunity
for UFCD staff members to interact
with college colleagues and to learn
how to effectively face change. Jodi
Gentry, associate director of human
resource services, gave an entertaining
presentation and talked about the stages
of adapting to change including loss,
doubt, discomfort, discovery, under-
standing, and integration.
Afterwards, staff members formed
teams and competed in games including
paddle boat races, shoot the cocoon,
assemble the insects puzzle and string
the cocoons. Teams that won each game
also received prizes for their success.
During the 2007 retreat, staff rec-
ognition awards were also distributed
and staff members who are doing an
outstanding job were recognized.
This year's staff recognition award
1st place America Acosta,
2nd place Lauren Yuill,
3rd place Jerri Wainer.
The winners received money prizes
and they also got a chance to release
butterflies. Special events planners did
a great job with this retreat and we are
looking forward to the next.
Dental Assistant IEDP Clinic
Terry was born in 1958 in Baltimore
Maryland. She got married in 1976 after
dating Bryan Weber, a faculty member of
UF's College of Nursing, for two weeks
and they have been happily married for
I 30 years with three kids. Her two sons
are employees of the College of Dentistry,
Eric in IEDP (Internationally Educated
S Dentist Program) and Justus in IT, and
her daughter Megan is in 9th grade at
Terry attended Ursuline College in
Pepper Pike, Ohio to pursue a career
in nursing, but soon realized her pas-
sion was dentistry. She has 16 years of
experience in dentistry, including private
practice before coming to UFCD Faculty
Practice part-time in May 2003. Terry
moved to the IEDP (formerly FTD) in
June 2006 and she loves it!
Q. What's the oddest job you ever had?
A. The oddest job I had was working in
Mexico in a turquoise jewelry factory.
Q. What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A. It is enjoying a bag of Lindt milk
Favorite Book: Yet to be read
Favorite TV show: Grey's Anatomy
Favorite Movie: Young Frankenstein
Ideal Day away from Work: Going for
a motorcycle ride on back roads on a
beautiful summer day.
Unknown fact: I love Winnie the Pooh,
he's a chubby little cubby all stuffed with
5th Annual UFCD Research Day
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Acid Etch Talent and Comedy
6 p.m. 9 p.m.
6:30 p.m 11 p.m.
Grand Ballroom at
J. Wayne Reitz Union
The Foundation for The Gator Nation
the March 5 9 Dental
Assistants Recognition Week.
The motto of the week
was "Delivering Excellence
Throughout the World."
No matter where the set-
ting or the location, dental
assistants enhance the deliv-
ery of quality dental health
care and are critical mem-
bers of the dental team.
The role of dental assis-
tants has evolved over the
years, with assistants now
involved with many aspects
of dental practice.
Kristy Gardner from
the Ackley Clinic said the
best part of being a dental
assistant at UF is "working
closely with dental students
and residents in helping
them make their dreams
Gardner also added that
working for UF was good
because of the "constant
change of new students,
meeting new friends and
working with people from
Join us in thanking all the
dental assistants working in
our college for all the good
work they deliver everyday.
A great break idea might be just taking a break
from studying for most students. However, many
UFCD students chose to participate in the UFCD
humanitarian educational trips to Latin America.
to underprivileged areas where people are in need
of dental treatment.
Each of these educational humanitarian trips
has different characteristics. The Ecuador trip is
a combined effort with the medical school under
"Project HEAL" and mentored by Ulrich Focrster,
clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial
surgery and diagnostic sciences. The Honduras
trip is planned by the Christian Dental Student
Association and mentored by Boyd Robinson,
associate dean for clinical affairs.
The Mexico trip is mentored by Enrique
Bimstein, professor of pediatric dentistry. and
it is a result of a partnership with Universidad
Autonoma de Yucatan. Timothy Carvey, clinical
assistant professor of pediatric dentistry, mentors
the Dominican Republic trip.
A total of about 60 to 70 students go on these
trips each year. Most students participate in a trip
at least once. but many participate more than
once. The students treat 500 or more patients in
each trip. "It is very intense work and they gain a
lot of experience," said Bimstein, coordinator of
UFCD humanitarian educational trips. "Many of
the students do their first injection or filling dur-
ing these trips."
These UFCD humanitarian educational trips
may be taken as an elective as part of the curricu-
lum and they count as either community hours or
academic credits. During the trips, UFCD or local
faculty members supervise the students but learn-
ing is enhanced by the interaction between the
New Employee Orientation
college of Dentistry now welcomes its new
employees with a newly designed employee
orientation program to help them adapt to
the college easily and learn important information.
The first of these new staff orientation sessions
was held March 28, and the second will be held
Wednesday, April 25th, from 9 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
in room D4-16. Participants will be served a light
During the orientation, participants will learn
about the college, its vision and mission, upcoming
events (such as accreditation), time reporting and
college policy and procedures.
The second new staff orientation will
be held on Wednesday, April 25th
from 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
in Room D4-16.
Participants will also tour the college clinics
and departments, which will be helpful for them
when they are trying to find their way around the
labyrinth of the Dental Sciences Building later, and
have their photo taken.
If you are new to the college, RSVP to Melissa
Long at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than
Monday, April 16th to reserve your seat.
Fifth Annual UFCD Research Day
The Fifth Annual UFCD Research Day will be
held Friday, April 13. Faculty, post-docs, D.M.D.
students, graduate students, residents, and staff who
have research (oral or poster), whether presented or
not presented at other national/international meet-
ings, are encouraged to present their research on
Research Day is an opportunity to showcase the
college's ongoing research and foster interactions
among faculty, fellows, students and staff.
While anyone can participate in a poster pre-
sentation, only D.M.D. students, graduate students,
residents and post-doctoral trainees will do oral
presentations because of time and space limitations.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the best oral and
If you have questions, contact Jane Moore in the
Office of Research at 392-9778 or email
St. Petersburg Dental Clinic
Y ou might think that all UF College of Dentistry
satellite clinics are the same, but the St. Petersburg
Dental Clinic serves as a unique precedent. The
St. Petersburg clinic is partnered with another educational
institution in Florida, St. Petersburg College, located on
University Partnership Center, a campus which houses
programs from other universities and colleges, creating
an environment of cooperation and providing education
opportunities and healthcare services to people living in
This partnership between the University of Florida
College of Dentistry and St. Petersburg College (SPC)
serves as a model for the college's new Naples Pediatric
Clinic and provides a much-needed University of
Florida College of Dentistry Dental Clinic at University
Partnership Center on St. Petersburg College's Seminole
campus. The St. Petersburg Dental Clinic opened in the
fall of 2005 and increased the overall patient care capacity
from 7,000 to as many as 20,000 patient visits each year.
The two-story building was constructed near the
College of Pharmacy's University Partnership Center facil-
ity, and a connecting atrium may be constructed at some
time in the future to join the two buildings. The 14,000
square-foot dental facility includes two dozen operatories,
classrooms, and distance learning video conferencing capa-
"The clinic is committed to providing oral
health services for the low-income elderly
and other specialty populations who have
difficulty accessing dental care."
ability with UFCD in Gainesville, Hialeah, and Jacksonville.
Thomas Porter, D.M.D., the program director of the
St. Petersburg Dental Clinic, emphasized the importance
of the clinic. "Because the University of Florida College of
Dentistry's main campus is in Gainesville and because the
State of Florida is long geographically, it is difficult for a
lot of Florida residents to access the College of Dentistry,"
said Porter. "By locating satellite facilities in Jacksonville,
St. Petersburg, and Hialeah, the College of Dentistry has
made itself more accessible to the residents of Florida."
The clinic also allows dental residents to gain valuable
educational and clinical experience under faculty supervi-
sion. Students enrolled in the college's D.M.D. program
complete two-week rotations in the clinic during their
junior and senior years.
The clinic currently has nine residents in the advanced
education in general dentistry program, and one student in
the internationally-educated dentist program.
As an accredited residency program, in addition to
clinical experience, the residents attend a series of seminars
and classes that are taught by the St. Petersburg Clinic fac-
ulty and by faculty at the Gainesville campus.
The St. Petersburg clinic also made dental continuing
education courses more accessible to dentists in the area.
"A significant part of the didactic curriculum is provided
by the faculty at the Gainesville campus through presenta-
tions using distance learning interactive communication,"
said Porter. The clinic has been the site of several dental
continuing education courses through the UF College
of Dentistry, Department of Continuing Education.
As a result, dentists in the area do not have to travel to
Gainesville for continuing education courses.
Private practice dentists and specialists in Pinellas
County contribute to the residents' educational experience,
functioning as courtesy faculty of the UFCD, mentor-
ing residents in the clinic and providing lectures or local
AEGD residents and others throughout the state through
videoconferencing. Currently, 28 courtesy faculty teach at
the St. Petersburg Dental Clinic.
ST. PETERSBURG FACULTY:
Dr. Thomas C. PORTER (clinical
associate professor and program
Dr. Carol HAGGERTY,
Dr. Susan CAREY,
Dr. Amira DJURIC,
Dr. Robert HART, and
Dr. Robert ILER, Jr.
ST. PETERSBURG STAFF:
Carol BENTLEY, Christina
COPE, Glynnis GILBERT, Stacey
GOODMAN, Grace GULECAS,
Kristi JONES, Meri Krekovic
MIUANIC, Jennifer MONEY,
Margaret NEMITZ, Michelle
POWELL, Jeanette SCHNEIDER,
and Joan WEISBERG.
The Pro3 Series workshops
and information sessions are
designed for those who handle
the administrative functions in
departments and colleges.
Among a range of responsi-
bilities, employees in these posi-
tions are typically expected to:
Enter and process financial
or HR-related transactions such
as purchasing goods, entering
distributions, monitoring payroll,
entering terminations, etc.
Monitor the department's
financial transactions and man-
Provide administrative sup-
port for developing departmental
There are three different cer-
tifications you can receive:
1. Fiscal Management
2. HR/Payroll Management
Certification (to be launched in
late Spring 2007)
3. Academic Department
Support Certification (to be
launched in Fall 2007)
To self-register for courses,
sign-on to myUFL and navigate to
My Self Service > Training &
The 2006 University of Florida
Community Campaign raised
$1,090,615. This is the highest amount
attained since the campaign began in
The College of Dentistry continues to be
recognized as a campus leader with a
large proportion of faculty and staff
contributing to this important campaign.
Thanks to everyone who supported the
campaign, led by Amy Corbitt who rep-
resents the college on the UFCC Steering
Two of the college's long term
staff members, Jim Speed and
Jerilyn Stillwell, both retired this
Jim Speed joined the college in
1988 and has been instrumental
in ensuring the college's continued
compliance with OSHA regulations,
UF immunization compliance and
initial training of new dental assis-
tants. A reception honoring Jim
was held March 5th.
Jerilyn Stillwell, who joined the
college in 1980, retired from her
role as a patient care coordinator
after 26 years of service.
A reception honoring Jerilyn
was held March 15th.
NEW HIRES I MARCH-APRIL
Prosthodontics, Resident Clinic
Dental Assistant, Pediatrics
Community Dentistry and
Lauren A. Vanderhoek
Boyd Robinnson, Jerilyn Stillwel
and Jim Speed posing together.
Family Day 2007
Nearly 200 friends and family
attended the college's Jan. 27
Family Day, touring college clinics
and learning labs.
UTF UNIVERSITY of
The Foundation for The Gator Nation
Give Kids a Smile 2007
SUFCD and ACORN Clinic help Alachua children get back their oral health
A combined effort between UF College of Dental Association's Project: Dentists Care. UF
Dentistry and ACORN Clinic in Brooker, Fla. dental faculty and students treated another 52
made kids smile. Alachua school children received children in UF College of Dentistry clinics.
dental care, comprehensive treatment and oral Treatment plans for the children developed during
health education as part of the 5th Annual Give the screening day included extraction of abscessed
Kids a Smile event, teeth, cavity repair, and pulpectomies the pedi-
The 5th GKAS event helped approximately atric equivalent of root canals. Healthy teeth had
170 disadvantaged children by treating them for sealants placed, and the children also received oral
oral diseases and educating them about oral heath hygiene instruction.
and hygiene. Feb. 2 was the first day of the GKAS
event where children from four area elementary
schools Lake Forest, Terwilliger, Prairie View
Academy and Chester Shell were screened at
UFCD to determine those in need of comprehen- -
sive dental care. In addition to the oral screening,
all children received intensive oral health educa-
tion, hygiene and fluoride treatments.
Nearly 100 children in need of comprehensive
treatment returned Feb. 23 for their dental care. .
These children received an estimated $100,000 in
free dental care from Alachua County dentists at k::: P
the ACORN Clinic in Brooker and at UF's dental
Dentist volunteers from the Alachua County
Dental Association treated 42 children at the
ACORN Clinic in Brooker as part of the Florida Albert and Alberta's surprise visit made the GKAS event even
more exciting for the kids.