Class of 2008
T he College of Dentistry's 2008 Com-
mencement ceremony was held May
16 in the Curtis M. Phillips Center for
the Performing Arts.
The ceremony started with Dean
Dolan's speech, which was followed by
David Michael Yates, Class of 2008 class
president. Yates started his speech by
talking about the similarities between
the life of a dental student and that of a
Some of the parallels he drew includ-
ed: dental students and teeth both get
whipped around with a big nasty tongue;
both can feel sensitive at times; both feel
like they are being spit on all day; and
both feel that with a little maintenance
they could sparkle!
Then Yates talked about the chal-
lenges of being in dental school, and told
the audience that he even used the excuse
"the dog ate my homework" because it
actually happened to him. The only thing
that kept them going, Yates said, was
knowing that the three-day weeks were
He was really excited about graduat-
ing, "the day children and adults fear us
as the 'dentist,' the day my dad thought
would never come that day has come!"
We wish the class of 2008 the best!
Pictures (from top): Class of 2008 at the
Commencement Ceremony; David Michael
Yates while giving his speech at the
ceremony; father Dr. Gremillion hooding the
daughter Dr. Gremillion.
Ruthie E. Hernandez,
Dental Assistant Supervisor
Hialeah Dental Clinic
Ruthie was born in Managua,
Nicaragua, and moved to Miami with
her family 30 years ago. She graduated
from Miami Jackson Senior High School,
attended a technical school and became
certified as a dental assistant. She then
started Miami Dade College, got mar-
ried and had her first child. Ruthie was
introduced to Dr. Roberta Diehl during a
meeting, who later offered Ruthie a job.
In 1997 Ruthie started her job at the
UF Hialeah Dental Clinic and had her
second child while working there. Ruthie
has been working for UF for 11 years
and feels fortunate to have met Dr. Diehl
at that meeting.
Q. What's the oddest job you ever had?
A. It was my first part-time job at Publix
at North Miami Beach as a cashier.
Q. What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A. Eating strawberry cheesecake
Q. What is your ideal day away from
A. I like to travel up to Orlando and
go to the amusement parks, espe-
cially Universal Studios and Islands of
Favorite Magazine: People Magazine
Favorite TV show: House M.D.
Favorite Movie: Pretty Woman
Unknown fact: I go camping to River
Ranch in the middle of nowhere.
UF College of Dentistry Annual
Staff Retreat The Pygmalion
8 a.m. 3 p.m., Lake Wauburg
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Interviewing and Hiring Training
9 a.m. 12 p.m., D3-3
New Residents Orientation
New Staff Orientation
9 a.m. 11 a.m., D1-16
UF I LORIDA
The Foundation for The Gator Nation
from the dean
Health Science Center
Service Pin Awards
The Health Science Center's annual Service Pin Award Ceremony was held May 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the HPNP
Auditorium. The Service Pin Award is awarded by the University of Florida to recognize continuous employment and
service to the university. College of Dentistry has many awardees who were recognized this year.
We congratulate our coworkers and wish them many happy years at UF!
May is a month where
we take the time to rec-
ognize achievements of
faculty, staff and students.
The month began with the
Health Science Center's
Service Pin Award ceremony
where our staff celebrated
from five to 40 years of
service at the UF College of
The entire month was
devoted to customer service
and included a contest that
allowed us to recognize
the excellent service our
faculty and staff provide
internally and externally.
Congratulations to all our
Service Pin Award win-
ners, and Customer Service
Month winners and nomi-
This summer we will be
preparing to launch a new
clinical education model.
I'm encouraging all of you to
"Catch the Wave" that's on
its way and arrives on Aug.
25 when the fall semester
beings. We're coordinating
a fun kickoff party and will
be sharing lots of details
and information in the
next few months about the
importance of the change
and how it will benefit our
patients and students now
and in the future.
40 Years of Service
30 Years of Service
25 Years of Service
20 Years of Service
15 Years of Service
10 Years of Service
5 Years of Service
UFCD employees have decided to be healthy,
exercise and lose weight during Gainesville's hot
months of summer. The challenge will last 12 weeks
staring on Friday, June 13 and ending on Friday,
September 5.There will be weekly Friday morning
weigh-ins between 9 11 a.m. in D2-52.
An interesting challenge has already been initiated
between Jean Sweitzer and Dean Teresa Dolan, who
said she can lose more pounds than Jean. If you have
someone you would like to challenge, or if your clinic/
department is ready to challenge another, then this is
the time. Show them who the biggest loser is!
UF Hialeah Dental Clinic
O officially opened in 1997, the UF College of
Dentistry Hialeah Dental Clinic celebrated its
10th anniversary last year. As one of UF's dental facili-
ties, the clinic has dual missions-providing afford-
able dental care to Miami-Dade County's low-income
residents, and training dental residents in the college's
Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) and
dental students in the Internationally-Educated Dentist
The clinic's first class was admitted in 1996 in
temporary headquarters at the Hialeah Hospital
Ambulatory Center due to a 10-month construction
delay in the completion of the building. Roberta Diehl,
D.D.S., a clinical associate professor of community
based programs and director of the clinic, often refers
to these students and residents as the "phantom class"
because not only did they have to use the ambulatory
center rather than the dental clinic for patient care, they
were also incorporated into various affiliate postgradu-
ate programs in Miami, Gainesville and St. Petersburg
to continue their training during the latter part of the
"Our charge to the students and
residents is to serve as a bridge
between dental school and private
practice and to provide meaningful
experiences in advanced
Today, the clinic has trained over 150 students and
residents, employs a staff of 11 dental and administra-
tive assistants and is fortunate to have over 60 courtesy
faculty members actively engaged in the education of
the IEDP & AEGD doctors.
The 12 students and residents enrolled in the pro-
gram see an average of 200 patients weekly, and more
than 85 percent of them speak Spanish as their primary
language. The IEDP program is especially important
because each year eight foreign-trained dentists receive
training at the clinic and most of them are from Latin
American countries. These students later apply for
board licensure to practice in Florida and help provide
better access to dental care for the state's Hispanic
Local dentists refer patients to the Hialeah Clinic as
services cost 50 to 70 percent of customary fees in the
area. Having on-site specialists also allows the clinic to
provide services usually unavailable in a general practi-
tioner's office. The clinic also provides pro bono services
to many adults and children each year through Donated
Dental Services and Give Kids a Smile programs.
Diehl believes that the clinic is a great opportunity
for residents and students to gain extensive hands-on
experience in patient care. "Our charge to the students
and residents is to serve as a bridge between dental
school and private practice," said Diehl, "and to provide
meaningful experiences in advanced comprehensive
Residents and students get extensive training in
molar endodontics, advanced restorative techniques
and implantology which makes them better prepared to
enter progressive dental practices.
Diehl feels privileged to host a dynamic group of
students and residents from around the world every
12 months and enjoys working with many of the most
respected dental professionals in the area serving as
faculty and mentors. "You can't help but learn some-
thing new and valuable each day." As the clinic faculty
close out this academic year, they are poised to enter
their 13th year in Miami with the next class of IEDP
students and AEGD residents arriving in Miami on July
Roberta L. DIEHL, D.D.S. &
Robert LIEBLER, D.D.S.
Rosario MOLINA, D.M.D.
Cesar SABATES, D.D.S.
Susan SOCAS, D.M.D.
Maria Elena RODRIGUEZ
Interviewing and Hiring
Friday, June 20
9 a.m. 12 p.m. in D3-3
Come to this training course
and get tips on screening and inter-
viewing and learn how to make a
good job/person match. The course
will include group participation,
interactive exercises, and a video
presentation. Jodi Gentry, associ-
ate director of human resource
services, will be the facilitator of
Summer Training Courses
Take the time to attend a
summer training course!
Coastidrt t i
The office of human resource
services has planned some great
training courses for the summer. So
take the time to go their Web site
schedule.asp to check out the vari-
ous courses they offer and register
The annual UFCD staff retreat is
scheduled for June 6 from 8 a.m. 3
AN N 0 UNCEMENTS p.m. at Lake Wauburg. This year's
retreat is called "The Pygmalion Effect"
and will include a presentation by Dr.
Bob Parks and a workshop by Arts in
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Medicine to learn how to reduce stress.
Dean Dolan will be answering ques-
tions asked by staff members at the
state of the college address, which will
take place at the retreat. Come join a
day of fun, relaxation and UFCD spirit!
ACID ETCH 2008
The third annual Acid Etch
Talent and Sketch Show orga-
nized by the Dental Ambassadors
was held May 7 at the HPNP
Auditorium. It was just another
fun night where UFCD staff, stu-
dents and faculty got together and
enjoyed the sketches the students
The judges, Dr. Marc Gale, Dean
Teresa Dolan and Sanjie Jackson
(class of 2007), the mistress
and master of ceremony and
the winners all pose together at
the end. The winners were: 1st
Place "Melodious Melodrama &
Music Making The Musical" The
Marvelous David Yates, 2nd Place
"La Rueda" Barbara Veloz, Yulien
Cruz, Orlando Milan and Barbara
Llanes, 3rd Place "Legion of Page"
NEW HIRES I APRIL -MAY 2008
Orthodontics Pain Center
Operative Dentistry-Student Clinic
Customer Service Month
May was Customer Service Month at the College of
Dentistry. A special contest was organized to give UFCD
employees an opportunity to nominate co-workers for
a weekly prize drawing each Wednesday for performing
excellent customer service.
A Customer Service Month reception was held May
30 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Room D4-16 where the
grand prize winner of the Customer Service Contest was
announced. Cake and a great punch prepared by Denise
Webb were enjoyed by all!
Customer Service Month Winners:
Connie White-Paulson GRAND PRIZE WINNER!
Dr. Ronald Watson 1st WINNER
Denise Dorman 2nd WINNER
Jennifer Dolwick 3rd WINNER
Angela Stallworth 4th WINNER
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Customer Service Month Nominees:
Quincy Allen Marta Miller
Patricia Carpenter Sharon Pelfrey
Sherry Cue Cecilia Rodriguez
Dr. Mark Davis Dr. April Stillman
Butch Dees Jean Sweitzer
David Flores Allene Taylor
Sue Guido Tara Taylor
Tracy Laird Denise Webb
Charles Lesch Dr. Wendell Willis
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