The VCU endodontic residents have kept very busy in the graduate endodontic clinic this year providing endodontic care and support for patients from within the VCU dental clinics along with patients from the Richmond area. But did you know…………….
1. Two of our residents, Dr’s Cyrous Ardalan and Eshwar Arasu were selected by the AAE Foundation for Endodontics to travel abroad to Jamaica to provide endodontic care to the Jamaican people. Traveling in October of this past fall, Dr’s Ardalan and Arasu met up with another mission team and provided endodontic care to many patients over the course of the week. With the use of a surgical microscope (loaned to the mission trip by Seiler), both residents provided a high level of care using modern equipment not typically seen in this part of the world. They were the second pair of endodontic residents to be selected by the Foundation for Endodontics in the Foundation’s new efforts at saving teeth in an area where extractions are frequently the treatment of choice. Both residents came away with a new perspective on how they might be able to use their skills to help others in impoverished areas of the world.
2. More recently, all eight of the endodontic residents attended the American Association of Endodontists annual meeting held in late April in New Orleans, Louisiana. Each of the residents made presentations during the poster clinics and table clinics at this meeting (3 research poster presentations and 3 table clinic presentations) and the table clinic presented by Dr’s Laura Garden and Megan Green placed in the top ten table clinic presentations thus winning an award and bringing some more recognition to VCU endodontics. Congrats to these two residents! The meeting provided some great speakers for the residents to listen to over the four day period and of course the evenings provided the opportunity for enjoying some good Cajun food and New Orleans style music. It provided a nice break from the rigors of a residency program.
3. What’s to come? In late May, Dr’s Husain Karashi and Eshwar Arasu will be traveling with myself to Guatemala City for a week where we will work with some Guatemalan endodontic residents providing surgical endodontic care at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin. This will be the first of what we hope to be an annual trip to provide our residents with an opportunity to increase their endodontic surgical experiences. Case information and radiographs will be shared ahead of time so that we can hit the ground running when we arrive. We will also have the opportunity to provide some lectures and discussions with our Guatemalan hosts during the week. This type of collaboration will help spread the dental care that is taught at VCU to our friends in need abroad.
So that is a glimpse into some of what the endodontic residents have been up to over the past several months. At the end of June we will see our second year residents graduate and they are headed in various directions – Dr. Arasu will be joining a practice in the Nashville, Tennessee area, Dr. Ardalan will be joining a practice in the New Orleans area, Dr. Riley Sturgill will be opening her own practice in Tennessee and Dr. Husain Karashi will continue on for another year here at VCU as an endodontic fellow faculty member. All four will do great as they head out on their own very shortly. The Department of Endodontics wishes the best of summers to you all!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Dr. 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.