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The Quest for Common Ground
A n unusual group of 61 people met the
first week of June at the Turkey Creek
Golf and Country Club, charged
with the mission of finding common
ground in "Creating an Integrated,
Comprehensive, Contemporary Clinical
Dental Education Model and Practice for
the Future" during the college's Future
Participants representing senior and
junior faculty, students, staff, community
dentists, alumni, patients and industry stake-
holder groups were invited to work together
during the three-day retreat to define what
this model and practice should look like.
Led by Future Search facilitator, Dr. Michael
Schwartz, dean emeritus of the College of
Pharmacy, stakeholders navigated a series
of group activities, including "focus on the
past" where group members developed per-
sonal, global and college timelines to estab-
lish a context for a shared future.
From that shared context, participants
then completed a series of "focus on the
present" activities that resulted in a "mind
map" of present trends that impact dental
education and practice. Attendees marked
the trends they felt were most important
to the future or had the most meaning for
them. The mind map set the framework
for the participants to visualize the college's
"ideal future scenario," imagining a future
they really want and are willing to work to
Remarkably, despite the diversity of
stakeholder groups and perspectives, the
main themes visualized for the college's
future truly were "common ground." These
included the desire for new, state-of-the-art
facilities; establishment of a comprehensive
clinical care model that is patient-centered
and follows a general dentistry model of edu-
cation; improved access to care for Florida's
residents; and seamless clinical/research inte-
Short and long-term goals were estab-
lished for each theme, and a "champion"
identified to achieve various objectives for
For complete details on the college's
Future Search activities, download the Future
Search Report available online at www.dental.
White Coat Ceremony
2 p.m., J.W. Reitz Union Grand
OF EVENTS July 19-20
Mock Accreditation Site Visit
VISIT THE ONLINE CALENDAR
Dean's State of the College
Address to Staff
12 p.m., C1-9
Fall classes begin
Senior Secretary Dept of Oral Biology
Valarie was born in Gainesville and
graduated from Buchholz High School.
Valarie has been working at UFCD dept. of
oral biology for 13 years. Before coming to
oral biology, Valarie worked as a secretary
at the UF School of Forest Resource and
Conservation for 5 years.
Valarie has been married for 19 years
to Vernell Brown, and they have two sons,
Vernell and Vincent. Valarie is also the grand-
mother of three, a girl and two boys, aged
7 months, 2 and 3 years.
Q. What's the oddest job you ever had?
A. Never had a really odd job. But I once
worked at a hair salon as a receptionist.
Q. What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A. It's not really a guilt trip because I feel
that I deserve it, but getting a pedicure may
be my guilty pleasure.
Q. What is your ideal day away from
A. Spending time with my family and going
to sports activities.
Favorite Book: I'm not a real book reader
so when I get the time to read, I like to read
Favorite TV show: Grey's Anatomy
Favorite Movie: Dream Girls
Unknown fact Valarie is the mother of the
football star, Vernell Brown Jr., so Gator
fans beware! Vincent has just started as a
freshmen at UF and will be a member of the
Gator Football Team! Go Gators!!
The Foundation for The Gator Nation
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Mary Bennett, dean's office
Summertime for most of
the university is a time to slow
down, catch up, and, perhaps,
take a long vacation.
Not so here at UFCD. For us,
summers are always a time of
transitions bustling with activ-
ity... We graduate new dentists,
closely followed by the intensity
of licensure examinations. We
put our rising juniors through
their paces with National
Boards, and begin them with
hands-on patient care in the
clinics. We enter a new class
of student dentists, mentoring
some of them through sum-
mer research, and welcoming
them all during orientation. We
welcome fresh faces to the
college's advanced and gradu-
ate education programs.
This summer, we will also
undergo a mock accreditation
site visit, July 19 & 20. This is
an important component of our
preparation for the real thing in
February, and I extend kudos to
all those who have participated
in the self-study process leading
up to this visit.
Many of you also participated
in our very successful Future
Search Retreat last month. I
was so impressed by the tre-
mendous amount of enthusiasm
and creativity generated during
the retreat to find our common
ground and vision for UFCD's
future. Now we must work to
integrate those into our strategic
plan to lead us into the future.
We've been busy this sum-
mer, as always. Fortunately, our
work is pleasurable because it
has meaning and makes a dif-
When you do find a moment
to slow down, catch up, and
take a breath, I hope you will
reflect on the good work our col-
lege has accomplished because
of your dedication and effort.
Then, if you haven't already,
take a vacation!
Dean Terri Dolan
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Tacachale Dental Clinic
T acachale is a residential community for people
with physical and mental developmental dis-
abilities. It is state funded and operated by the Florida
Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Tacachale was
built in 1928, and, as an institution reflecting the
understanding of its times, was then called the Florida
Farm Colony for the Epileptic and Feeble-minded.
The UF College of Dentistry department of pedi-
atric dentistry and Tacachale developed a contractual
relationship in 1987 when they teamed up to provide
dental care services for physically and mentally disabled
patients. Timothy Garvey, D.M.D., and Paul Burtner,
D.M.D., are full-time UF faculty, and Christine Elam,
D.M.D., is a courtesy faculty member who works at
the Tacachale dental clinic to provide dental care to the
facility's residents and other patients who have develop-
Today, 474 profoundly disabled people reside at
Tacachale. The residents receive 24-hour care and
supervision, and medical and dental services are avail-
able onsite. However, the Tacachale dental clinic treats
not just people living in Tacachale but provides dental
services to disabled people from across North Central
"We sometimes have to
be creative, but much of
this care can be provided
by private practitioners
in a regular office."
Dental care for the disabled can be challenging,
and not all dentists feel comfortable treating patients
with disabilities. This makes the services at Tacachale
dental clinic an important resource for many patients
and their families who experience barriers to access to
dental care. There is a long waiting list for treatments
in the clinic due to high demand, but the faculty pri-
oritize patients by the urgency of their needs and work
hard to assure patients receive the treatment they need
in a timely manner.
"There is a long waiting list," Garvey said, referring
to patients seeking care, "and we are doing what we can
to increase access throughout the state of Florida and
help people that cannot get help elsewhere."
Each dental student in the UF College of Dentistry
will spend time in the Tacachale clinic as part of their
pediatric dental education. The students assist and
observe UF faculty members as they provide dental care
to people with disabilities. This experience gives the
students an opportunity to realize that many patients
who have disabling conditions can be treated in a
traditional office setting. In addition, pediatric dental
residents rotate through the Tacachale dental clinic over
their educational experience and spend half a day a
week at the clinic treating patients.
Garvey believes that the time they spend at the
clinic is a very important experience for dental students
and pediatric dental residents, preparing them for serv-
ing the diverse needs of Florida's patient population.
"Treating people with developmental disabilities or
other disabling conditions can at times be difficult and
challenging," said Garvey. "We sometimes have to be
creative, but much of this care can be provided by
private practitioners in a regular office."
Through their experiences at Tacachale, students
and pediatric dental residents learn that they can
accommodate special needs patients, providing much-
needed dental care even when some patients are differ-
ent from the patients the student would generally treat.
TACACHALE DENTAL CLINIC TACACHALE DENTAL CLINIC
Timothy GARVEY, D.M.D., Carrie HINES
Clinical Assistant Professor (Clinic Wanda PRICE
Director) Dedra SAMS
A. Paul BURTNER, D.M.D., Hagar SMITH
Associate Professor Easie STYLES
Christine ELAM, D.M.D.,
In the May/June issue of the Dental
Direct, the chair of pediatric dentistry was
incorrectly noted as Dr. Enrique Bimstein.
Dr. Marcio Guelmann, of course, is the
Did you know that the Health
Science Center (HSC) also offers
training opportunities through
various workshops? All you need
to do is go to the HSC Web site,
find courses you like and create an
account to sign up.
HSC offers a variety of work-
shops including: Adobe workshops
(Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign),
Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft
Outlook, Microsoft Word: Desktop
Publishing, Microsoft PowerPoint
2003, Microsoft Access 2003, and
a WebCT Vista workshop.
If you need to polish up your
Excel skills, these courses might
Excel: Multiple Worksheets
Excel: Charts and Graphs
Excel: Sorting and Filters
Excel: Pivot Tables
Excel: Basics I Navigating and
Excel: Basics II Math and
The good news is they still have
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workshops. To sign-up for classes
or for further information about the
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go to: http://training.health.ufl.
This error was an unfortunate and deeply
regretted mistake, and the Dental Direct
editorial team wishes to take this
opportunity to acknowledge the error and
to thank Dr. Guelmann for his gracious
acceptance of our apologies.
Good Luck and
Carrie Woody from the
Graduate Prosthodontics Clinic
is saying goodbye to UFCD after
seven years of service because
she is retiring.
A farewell party was held for
Carrie June 29. Those who loved
her got together and appreciated
all the good work she has done for
grad prosth and UFCD.
"For the short time that I have
known Carrie she has filled my
heart with joy, laughter and wis-
dom. Carrie brought a lot of per-
sonality to grad prosth; and when
it rains, she brings in the sunshine.
Carrie will be greatly missed."
NEW HIRES I SUMMER 2007
Latesha Bartee Yvonne Kladde
Senior Clerk Program Assistant
Implant Center Facial Pain Center
Dept. of Operative Dentistry
Jacksonville Dental Clinic
Dept. of Prosthodontics
Office of Admissions
Jacksonville Dental Clinic
Oral Biology Departmental Retreat
Oral biology's departmental retreat was held
Friday, June 8, at the Austin Cary Memorial Forest
Andrew Everett, who has It began with an opening speech by Dean
Andrew Everett, who has
worked for UFCD for four and a half Dolan on how the department has grown and how
years as a computer support spe- its accomplishments are reflected in the success of
cialist left the college on June 29th. the college. She praised the department for its con-
Andrew started July 9th at tributions and encouraged everyone to keep up the
Tampa General Hospital as a PACS good work.
administrator responsible for the
hospital's digital radiography. Following the dean's address, scientific presenta-
tions were given by oral biology faculty. The event
presented an opportunity for the oral biology staff
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members to learn about the scientific aspects of
the department and to understand how their work
facilitates faculty research.
The university's Austin Cary Memorial Forest
Learning Center, which is located on a small lake
just north of Gainesville, was selected for the
departmental retreat because of its serene, "wild
Florida" surroundings. It got a little too wild for
Denise Dorman when an alligator surfaced near the
outdoor deck overlooking the water.
"Luckily, we were much higher up on the
deck," said Dorman.