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Welcome, Class of 2020!

Welcome to VCU Orthodontics, Class of 2020!

Welcome to VCU Orthodontics, Class of 2020!

  • Riley Hunsaker
  • Owais A. Naeem
  • Jennifer H. Shim
  • Allison J. Williams

M.S. in Oral Health Research

The VCU School of Dentistry plans to offer an M.S. degree in Oral Health Research starting in Fall 2018. The M.S. is a two-year program and is designed with two groups of students in mind.

For students who plan to apply to dental school, the non-thesis track focuses mainly on didactics including core courses and first year dentistry courses. Students will also undertake a small research project.

For students who are interested in research, the thesis track focuses on completion of a research thesis. Students will also take core didactic courses and electives in particular areas of interest (e.g. cancer, microbiology, immunology).

Please complete the inquiry form to express your interest in the program. You will then receive more information on the curriculum and on the application procedure.

Complete your interest form »

March 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter

Root canal awareness week

Root Canal Awareness Week is May 7-13 2017! Join the American Association of Endodontists as we advocate for the valuable role that endodontists play on the dental team. Root Canal Awareness Week:

  • SUPPORTS endodontists as root canal specialists
  • EDUCATES patients about the benefits of root canal treatment
  • DISPELS myths about root canal treatment
  • BUILDS relationships with other dental professionals
I hope you enjoy the attached video.  Please share with your patients and colleagues.
The Department of Endodontics at VCU School of Dentistry is always available for your patient needs.  Thank you.

Root canal awareness week was also picked up by Newsweek.  Here is the article:

Black and Gold and You

Daniel M. Laskin, D.D.S., M.S. is featured in the VCU Development and Alumni Relations December newsletter.

July 2016 Newsletter

July 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter

Incoming students

Congratulations on your upcoming matriculation into the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.

As you are making preparations to start dental school, there are a number of important items we would like for you to be aware of prior to your arrival on campus.  We have set up a web site for the incoming students within the School of Dentistry’s student and faculty intranet.  You will find required information on the student and faculty intranet that you will need to read prior to coming to school.

The student and faculty intranet is password protected.  When prompted, you will need to enter your VCU eID and password.  If you have not set up your eID and password to access your VCU email, go to the VCU eID finder web site, supply your V number and birthday and click “find”.  Set a password for your eID and set your security questions.

Access the student and faculty intranet »

Hope you have a wonderful and fun filled summer.  We are excitedly looking forward to you becoming a part of the long-standing history and tradition of excellent dental practitioners representing the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.

Welcome, Class of 2018!

The Department of Orthodontics welcomes it’s incoming residents:
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  • Heather B. Moylan, D.D.S. (’16 LSU)
  • Taylor R. Brown, D.D.S. (’16 Creighton)
  • David J. Cole, D.M.D. (’16 UPITT)
  • Steven C. Petritz, D.D.S. (’16 UCLA)


Our current resident class

First-year residents

Laura Tolusso Garden

is originally from Roanoke, Virginia. She attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate studies and then earned her D.D.S. from VCU School of Dentistry in 2012. She completed an AEGD at UNC Chapel Hill, practiced general dentistry in Midlothian, Virginia for three years and is thrilled to be returning to VCU. In her free time, you can find Laura somewhere near the river with her husband, Ben, and chocolate lab, Fisher, or out enjoying Richmond’s great restaurant scene. Ben and Laura are also preparing to welcome their first child this November.

Megan Green

is from Atlanta, GA, and attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate studies where she cheered for a year. She attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA for dental school. She loves watching Georgia football, and enjoys working out and cooking. As a new Richmond resident she is excited to enjoy all of the restaurants and culture this city has to offer.

Richard Sedwick

A graduate of VCU School of Dentistry in 2011, Richard Sedwick has returned to VCU excited to further his career and education in Endodontics. He is originally from Harrisonburg, VA, and has recently been practicing and living in the Staunton area with his wife, Heather, and their three children: Charlotte, Elliott, and Vivian. When he’s not reading dental lit or playing with the kids, Richard enjoys playing and watching soccer, hiking, and eating popcorn while watching Netflix.

Mei Tang

Mei Tang came to the US to pursue higher education. Originally from Macau, China, she graduated from University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Toxicology. She received her D.M.D. degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and completed a general practice residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. She then interned at VCU Department of Endodontics before joining the endodontic residency program this summer. Her interests include baking, table tennis and argentine tango.

Second-year residents

Dr. Cyrous Ardalan

Ardalan grew up in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2007. After dental school, he completed a GPR at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He then practiced dentistry in New Orleans, LA before coming to VCU for his endodontic training. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and playing the guitar.


Dr. Riley Sturgill (husband Jeremiah)

Sturgill grew up in the small rural town of Piney Flats, Tenn. She graduated from King University in 2008, the same year she got married and moved with her husband, Jeremiah, to Arizona for both of them to attend the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Fast forward six years, and they are now in Richmond, Va. He practices orthodontics, and she specializes in endodontics at VCU. Sturgill loves nature, her pets (Keeper the golden retriever and Pogo the orange cat), and any sport, game or outdoor activity, making Richmond a great place for her and her family to live.

Dr. Husain Karashi

Karashi is from Kuwait. He attended Creighton University for his undergraduate studies. Later he earned his D.D.S. from Creighton University School of Dentistry. He went back to Kuwait and practiced for two years before joining the endodontic residency program at VCU. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer, running, baking and hanging out with family and friends.

Resident PhotoDr. Eshwar Arasu

Arasu is from Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he received his D.M.D. from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2015. He divides his time evenly between playing tennis, watching football, and eating at Chipotle.

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