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VCU School of Dentistry residents win research awards

Dr. Erika Lentini and Dr. Matthew Detar
Drs. Erika Lentini and Matt Detar
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Dr. Matt Detar received one of 10 research awards at the AAE 2014 Annual Session.
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Drs. Al Best, Patrice Wunsch, Erika Lentini and Karan Replogle in front of Lentini’s award-winning poster.

Dr. Matt Detar (D.D.S. ’07) of the Department of Endodontics and Dr. Erika Lentini of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry are about to graduate from their residency programs, and they now can add research awards to their résumés.

Detar received a prestigious research award from the American Association of Endodontists (AAE). During the AAE 2014 Annual Session, he presented his findings on the prevalence of intrapulpally cracked teeth and shared the first-ever classification system, of his design, for intrapulpally cracked teeth. Detar competed with many other residents and faculty to receive one of the 10 monetary awards.

Lentini won the poster presentation at the VCU School of Dentistry 2014 Research and Clinic Day for her landmark work – the first ever pediatric/endodontic clinical research study to be conducted at VCU. Lentini collaborated with another graduating endodontic resident, Dr. Claudia Colorado, to conduct a clinical study that merged the fields of endodontics and pediatric dentistry. She answered the clinical question of the prevalence of vital teeth with radiolucencies in the pediatric population, a heretofore undocumented clinical presentation.

Dr. Karan Replogle, director, Advanced Education Program in Endodontics, served as the research mentor and principal investigator for Detar’s and Lentini’s projects. Dr. Patrice Wunsch, director, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry, collaborated with Replogle to form a clinical and research partnership between the two departments.

“These studies represent the alliance that has been formed between the Department of Endodontics and the Department of Pediatric Dentistry,” shared Replogle. “It is our goal to continue to investigate interdisciplinary clinical questions together.”

VCU Dental Care celebrates Give Kids a Smile Day

Free services available for children in need of dental care

VCU Dental Care will celebrate Give Kids a Smile Day for children 0-18 years of age who do not have dental insurance. Services include cleaning, extractions and minor restorations.

The event will take place Friday, February 7, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Wood Memorial Building, 521 N. 11th St., Suite 315.

Give Kids a Smile Day, created by the American Dental Association, is an annual focus of National Children’s Dental Health Month and is observed every year during the month of February.

The program was designed to provide education, preventative and restorative oral healthcare for children.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 804-828-9095. Walk-ins are welcome; however, are not guaranteed to be seen. Appointments are highly encouraged.

Spring 2013 Alumni Connections

Dear Friends,
We have completed another successful school year in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

This year brought with it many positive changes. There have been numerous awards, research presentations, publications and a much needed growth of our clinical practice here on the MCV Campus. We continue to expand upon our partnership with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and the Dental Clinic on Brook Road.

The Pediatric Dentistry Board of Advisors continues to provide input to our department from our alumni and friends. Our most exciting news is the announcement of an emerging professorship to achieve excellence today and honor two pillars of the department that have helped make where we are today possible. We currently are in the leadership gift phase of the campaign for the Frank H. Farrington and Arthur P. Mourino Professorship Fund. Dr. Carl Atkins, ‘83, initiated this fund with his gift of $60,000 that has also been supported by a gift of $50,000 from Dr. Randy Adams, ’80. They ask for the support of alumni and friends in making leadership gifts as they have. Ed Kardos from our development office will be contacting you to give updates on how we are doing, and please feel free to contact Carl, Randy or myself.

We look forward to continued growth and many more positive changes. If you have not been back to your alma mater, I encourage you to visit us to see these improvements for yourself. As you can see from this newsletter [PDF], we have had some wonderful achievements recently and much more to accomplish.

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry would not be successful without you, our alumni and friends. I welcome your feedback, thoughts and input regarding our newsletter, our website and the program in general.

If you have news that you’d like to share with the rest of the alumni or stories you’d like to see covered in our newsletter, please feel free to submit topics to Angela French at aefrench@vcu.edu. Thank you for your kindness and support.

Best Wishes,

Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D.
thbrickhouse@vcu.edu

Fellow in Pediatric Dentistry

Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Pediatric Dentistry is seeking applicants for a board-eligible pediatric dentist to serve as a fellow in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Responsibilities will predominately include clinical practice, including hospital-based practice and delivery of care in outpatient surgery centers.

The Pediatric Dental Fellowship is a 6-12 month program designed to provide the participant with experience in the provision of pediatric dentistry in a hospital and clinical practice setting, sedation management with the use of oral and/or IV sedation, hospital and dental-clinic based general anesthesia. There will be opportunities for participation in clinical teaching and pediatric-based seminars in both dentistry and medicine.  These cumulative experiences should result in the participant’s ability to develop an exemplary portfolio of Pediatric dental cases and preparation for board certification.

Applicants must have a DDS or DMD, a certificate from a pediatric dentistry program, and eligibility for licensure in Virginia.  Send CV and two references to Dr. Tegwyn Brickhouse, Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, VCU School of Dentistry, 521 N 11th St, Richmond, VA 23298-0566 (thbrickhouse@vcu.edu). Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Formerly conjoined twins receive dental care

VCU garnered national attention and press coverage in November 2011 when a team of surgeons separated conjoined twins Maria and Teresa Tapia. The procedure, which brought together nearly 50 pediatric specialists, lasted a grueling 22 hours but yielded positive results and two happy, healthy 19-month-old little girls.

Following their surgical procedure, the Tapia twins with their mother, Lisandra Sanatis, visited the VCU School of Dentistry for a dental check-up. According to Dr. Tegwyn Brickhouse, Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, “Those little girls have big personalities!”

Both girls received a dental exam, cleaning and a fluoride varnish treatment in the Pediatric Dentistry@VCU practice, and both have healthy, pretty teeth. Dr. Brickhouse remembered that one of the twins was very excited, while the other was more hesitant. “Teresa is a budding dentist! Maria was a little shy, so Teresa helped her learn to brush her teeth with their new Dora the Explorer toothbrushes.”

Maria and Teresa’s relationship with VCU began in 2010 when the twins and their mother first visited the medical campus from their home country, the Dominican Republic. After giving birth to her conjoined twins, Sanatis was told to simply take her children home. She connected with the Dominican Republic’s first lady and eventually discovered the World Pediatric Project (WPP), an international organization based in Richmond, Virginia that provides surgical and diagnostic care to Central American and Caribbean children. Through the WPP, the Tapia twins received top-quality healthcare and will return to VCU for their normal check-ups. Maria and Teresa’s saga was even captured on film as a special on The Learning Channel, “Conjoined Twins: Separation Anxiety.”

Pediatric dentistry resident updates

The Class of 2011 has settled nicely into their careers with James Dibelka currently serving in the U.S. Navy as a pediatric dentist in Okinawa, Japan. He is planning to open a practice in the Roanoke area upon completion of his duties.

Justin Edwards is working in private practice in Newport News, VA and recently became engaged to Kristin Coffield, a former staff member in Pediatric Dentistry@VCU and now a first year dental student.

Andrew Reed opened his own practice in Gallatin, Tennessee last year. As the practice is growing, he is also working part-time in Clarksville, Tennessee with AAPD District 3 Trustee, Dr. Jean Beauchamp.

Belinda Campbell, a recent Mom (Congrats on your beautiful baby Kerrigan!), plans on an Associateship in Colorado or the Northwest near her family.

Charles Davis, Jr. will enter practice in Tuscon, AZ with his father, Charles Davis, Sr.

Rana Graham-Montaque is busy developing her own practice with plans to open in Williamsburg, VA.

Christian Peck is entering private practice in the Northwest (hopefully near a ski resort).

Andrew Zale, Chief Resident, is moving to his hometown of Pottstown, PA to become an associate with his childhood dentist.

Good luck to all of the 2nd Year Residents in their future endeavors!

The Class of 2013 (1st Year Residents) are focusing on their research projects and clinical hours. In a few short months, they will take over the leadership roles in the program as the Class of 2014 arrives in July. We know they’ll be well prepared! Finally, congratulations to Kristin Hodgson, who was elected next year’s Chief Resident.

Jamaica Project on Facebook

The Jamaica Project for 2012 is underway with D3 students gathering supplies, fund raising and assisting with locating alumni.  Check out happenings, colleagues and memories at http://www.facebook.com/jamaicaproject.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Berry elected as Chair of the Faculty

Elizabeth J. Berry, D.D.S., M.P.H., M.S.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has been elected as Chair of the Faculty for the VCU School of Dentistry. This is both an honor and significant responsibility that entails leading the efforts of faculty governance. She serves as Chair of the Steering Committee, presides over all meetings and elections of the Faculty, and serves as liaison between the faculty and the dean.

Pediatric Dentistry spring 2012 update

Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Associate professor and chair
Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Dear Friends,

We have completed another successful year in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.  This year brought with it many  positive changes. We greeted a new dean, David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S., who is actively seeking out ways to advance the VCU School of Dentistry and its many departments. The Pediatric Dentistry Board of Advisors was established as a way to provide much needed input to our department from our alumni and friends. We’ve seen the development of our residents into exceptional practitioners and said goodbye to excellent residents and hello to fresh new faces.

As we finish the 2011-2012 school year, we look forward to continued growth and many more positive changes. If you have not been back to your alma mater, I encourage you to visit us to see these improvements for yourself. As you can see from this newsletter, we have had some wonderful achievements recently and much more to accomplish.   The Department of Pediatric Dentistry would not be successful without you, our alumni and friends. I welcome your feedback, thoughts and input regarding our newsletter, our website and the program in general. If you have news that you’d like to share with the rest of the alumni or stories you’d like to see covered in our biannual newsletter, please feel free to submit topics to Jean Meredith (jmeredith@vcu.edu).

Thank you for your kindness and support.

Dr. Brickhouse named fellow to pediatric policy center

Dr. Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D., associate professor and chair, was named as fellow in the Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center.  The center’s purpose is to inform and advance research and policy development that will promote optimal children’s oral health and care.

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