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  1. 1. OU Dentistry SPRING 2007A Publication of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry Alumni Association and the J. Dean Robertson SocietyUnsung Pioneers 03 ROBER ANAlumni Spotlight TS 11 J. DE ONNew Faculty 19 SO CIETY
  2. 2. C OU Dentistry is published twice a year bythe J. Dean Robertson Society and the OUCollege of Dentistry Alumni Association.Please address all correspondence to: University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry c/o Dr. Frank J. Miranda O N T E N T S OU College of Dentistry 1201 N. Stonewall Ave. From the Dean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01 Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1214 (405) 271-5735 Alumni President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 02 Unsung Pioneers: The Early Years of the DH Program. . . . . . . 03 David L. Boren President Alumni Spotlight: The Burris Sisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Dr. Joseph J. Ferretti Founding Implantology Chair Retires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Senior Vice President and Provost Bridges for Smiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Dr. Stephen K. Young Dean, College of Dentistry New Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Jodana C. Johnson Director, Office of Development News Briefs Dr. Matthew E. Cohlmia Ortho Program Moves Closer to Endowed Chair . . . . . . . . 24 President, Alumni Association OUCOD Hires New Development Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 University of Oklahoma Class of ’81 Celebrates 25 Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Health Sciences Center College of Dentistry Khajotia Named ADEA Leadership Fellow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Editorial Board OMS and Ortho Departments Hold Graduation Dinners. . 28 Frank J. Miranda, Editor E. Jane Amme Class of 2010 Receives White Coats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 M. Amanda Bleakley John J. Dmytryk College of Dentistry Receives Honor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 J. Mark Felton Kevin L. Haney Good Shepherd Awarded Grants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Jodana C. Johnson Kathy F. Miller OU Grads Sowing “OATS” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Carol F. Zerby Students Participate in Summer Research Program . . . . . 32 Design by OUCOD Hosts First Foreign Exchange Student . . . . . . . . . 33 Public Affairs Staples Society Shows Dedication to Community . . . . . . . 34 Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 ROBER AN TS J. DE On the Cover: Dental Hygiene program pioneers: (l-r) Sharon Barton (founding ON director) and Betty Durland (first faculty member in program) (Photos courtesy of SO Fran Reisner) CIETY
  3. 3. OU Alumni Association Please share news items Announces New Lifetime E-mail Program and pictures for the OU College of Dentistry alumni now have Class Notes section. the ability to sign up for a free permanent forwarding-only e-mail address. This new Send to Dr. Frank J. program will allow your friends and classmates to contact you via e-mail even if you change Miranda at: service providers frequently. Note that the e-mail address ends in the extension You will just need to assign an e-mail address with an active account (such as a Hotmail (405) 271-5735, Ext. 46880 or AOL account) to your new alumni e-mail address, and keep the assigned address updated. To sign up, just register as a new user Department Phone Number: on the new OU Alumni Web site at Once registered, you can (405) 271-5735 take advantage of the many features of the new Fax Number: site, including an extensive online directory and the new permanent e-mail address. (405) 271-3423 If you have not joined the OU College of Dentistry Alumni Association, please consider doing so. Dues are only $25 a year and will make you part of a vital and growing organization devoted to addressing the interests of all alumni and friends of the college. Donors of at least $100 to the J. Dean Robertson Society have automatic membership in the Alumni Association. Please send your dues (payable to OUCOD) directly to: University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry Office of Alumni Affairs 1201 N. Stonewall Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1214 If you have any questions or need additional information, please call the Office of Alumni Affairs, (405) 271-4380.DisclaimerThe content of this magazine does not necessarily represent the opinions, views, interests or concerns of theUniversity of Oklahoma.The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is an equal opportunity institution. 2,800 copies of thispublication, printed by the University of Oklahoma Printing Services, have been prepared and distributed atno cost to the taxpayers of the State of Oklahoma.
  4. 4. Message From the deanI A TIME OF CHANGE n the fall 2006 issue of OU Dentistry, we highlighted the Dentistry. Frank also is director of Continuing Educationretirement of five faculty members who were instrumental and editor of OU Dentistry. Other changes this past yearin building the college’s tradition of clinical excellence. include Jeanne Panza as assistant dean for Clinical AffairsThis issue focuses partly on some new faculty and also on and Kathy Miller as assistant director of clinics.current faculty with new roles who will build on that strong Tarisai Dandajena, a 2001 alumnus of the Graduatefoundation and make it even better. Orthodontics Program, completed his doctoral degree last Six new faces have joined the ranks at the spring and is now a full-time faculty memberCollege of Dentistry and are featured in the with the Department of Orthodontics. Mark“New Faculty” section. We extend a sincere Felton, who has taught in the orthodonticwelcome to Colin Foster, Randy Jones, Jim department for many years, recently increasedKessler, Rosita Long, Lida Radfar and Tim his commitment to 50 percent.Rudd. Colin is an instructor in Operative It is truly exciting to be a part of this timeDentistry; Randy is our new director of Student of change and the possibilities it brings toAffairs and Admissions; Jim chairs the the continued growth and development ofRestorative Dentistry Division; Rosita is a new our programs. I am confident that the manyresearch and grant funding specialist in Dental faculty and administrative changes of the pastServices Administration; Lida has joined the year bode well for the future of our college andDepartment of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology; our students.and Tim is the new director of the UniversityDental Faculty Group (our intramural facultypractice). We also have some familiar faces taking on newresponsibilities. We have some new chairs replacing a fewwho retired last year. They include Terry Fruits (OperativeDentistry), Dunn Cumby (Community Dentistry and DentalServices Administration), David Clement (Endodontics), Stephen K. YoungNancy Jacobsen (Oral Implantology) and Fräns Currier Dean(Orthodontics). Fräns also is the new director of the David Ross Boyd ProfessorGraduate Orthodontics Program. Ken Coy is the new associate dean for Academic andAdministrative Affairs, and Frank Miranda has assumed anew position, associate dean for Alumni Affairs, along withhis increased clinical teaching responsibilities in Operative 01
  5. 5. Message Second Alumni Weekend To BeO Bigger And Better n behalf of the Alumni Association, I general dental practice in Annapolis, Md. would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy During her presentation, Ann will review the and prosperous New Year! I hope you all had 20 most commonly prescribed medications a wonderful holiday season filled with plenty taken by patients treated in the oral health- of family, friends and, of course, food! care environment. New drugs in dentistry Since last summer, your Alumni also will be discussed. This will be a very Association Executive Committee has been informative course for both dentists and very busy planning the second annual dental hygienists. That Saturday evening, we Alumni Weekend. The event is scheduled will have our alumni reception and formal for Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31. awards dinner. The evening festivities will I hope that you already have made plans be held at the Petroleum Club in downtown to attend. This will be a great opportunity Oklahoma City. If you’ve never been to the to see your friends, have plenty of fun, and Petroleum Club (located on the top floor of even get excellent continuing education for the BankOne building), you’re in for a treat the upcoming reporting year. – a truly fabulous view of Oklahoma City at On Friday, we’ll start the fun with a scramble golf night while enjoying excellent food and fellowship with tournament at OU’s Jimmie Austin Golf Course, 1 Par Drive, your colleagues. The highlight of the evening will be the near the intersection of Constitution Street and Jenkins presentation of our dentist and dental hygienist alumni and Avenue in Norman. This will be for all levels of golfers, young alumni awards as well as the 2007 Distinguished from pros to hackers. Teams will be organized so that Service Award. We’ll finish off the evening with dancing to everyone can participate and have a good time. Following the always entertaining music of Souled Out. the golf tournament, we will have an alumni reception at the The whole weekend promises to be a fun and informative Robert M. Bird Library on the OU Health Sciences Center time, so I hope you can attend. While you’re at it, mark your campus. There will be plenty of food, drink and camaraderie calendars for next year’s event. The 2008 Alumni Weekend throughout the evening. Come and shoot the breeze with will be held March 28 and 29, with our Saturday evening past alums while checking out the latest dental products at festivities in the Grand Ballroom of the newly renovated the corporate sponsor booths. Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Our continuing education course is scheduled for As always, this is your Alumni Association. Feel free to Saturday morning, March 31. Ann Spolarich will be in contact me; Dr. Frank Miranda, associate dean for Alumni town to talk about commonly prescribed medications Affairs; or one of our committee members with any ideas and managing the oral side effects of medication use. you may have or directions in which you’d like to see the Ann received her dental hygiene certificate from the association go. University of Pennsylvania, her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Thomas Jefferson University, and both a master’s degree in dental hygiene and a doctoral degree in physiology from the University of Maryland at Matthew E. Cohlmia, D.D.S. (’91) Baltimore. She currently practices dental hygiene in a President02
  6. 6. UNSUNG PIONEERS UNSUNG PIONEERS: The Early Years of the OU Dental Hygiene ProgramL By Dr. Frank J. Miranda ast spring the College of Dentistry’s inaugural AlumniWeekend was billed as a “celebration of 30 years.” Thespring 2006 edition of OU Dentistry was also heralded as a“30th anniversary issue.” Both the weekend and the alumnimagazine were commemorating the 1976 graduation of ourfirst class of dental students. While indeed a milestone inthe history of the college, a historic event of at least equalsignificance occurred three years earlier with the graduationof our first dental hygiene class in 1973. The 16 young womenof that class blazed a trail for a fledgling program that beganin 1971, a full year before our first dental students began theirstudies. With the publication of the school’s first yearbook in1976, our dental and dental hygiene graduates of that and Betty Durland lectures to the first class.every year since have been captured in pictures and print.However, the 48 women from the DH classes of 1973 to presented to one of their members. A remarkably high1975 were never featured in any official publication. Their number of them are still in practice. And if you were to visitgraduations have never been officially celebrated (except with any of the 47 still with us, I’d wager that not one of themthrough whatever reunions they themselves have held). regrets being a part of this pioneering group.And except for an occasional newspaper article at the time, A fascinating and entertaining glimpse into the birththeir role in OUCOD’s early history has never been formally and early growth of the hygiene program was providedacknowledged. Yet, these women quietly and efficiently recently through interviews I conducted with two of itscontinue to make their marks on their profession. From most integral players. Sharon Barton, the founding programtheir ranks have come four hygiene program directors director, and Betty Durland, the program’s very first faculty(three in Oklahoma and one in Florida), two others who member (and later its fourth director), graciously shared theirhave gone on to become dentists, and numerous officers remembrances of those heady days. Thirty-plus years later,and other leaders of local, state and national professional their recollections are crystal clear. Both remain gratefulorganizations. The first DH Alumnus of the Year Award was for the opportunities those early years presented; they are aware yet humble of their place in OUCOD’s history, and they unselfishly lavished praise on the colleagues who helped create what still remains the only baccalaureate- level hygiene program in the state. But the most compelling and inspirational part of talking with Sharon and Betty was their undiluted love and admiration for what “their girls” accomplished back then and what many are still accomplishing today. Through their words and memories, this is a long-overdue tribute to what they started, to the many other people who helped make it happen, and to the 48 women who left a wonderful legacy for the 700-plus hygienists who have followed. “I was slicked!” This is Sharon Barton’s succinct description of how she became the founding director of the Wolf House, 1972 new dental hygiene program in Oklahoma. In the UNSUNG PIONEERS: THE EARLY YEARS OF THE OU DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM 03
  7. 7. UNSUNG PIONEERS History independent entities within the schools. There was very little, if any, sharing of curricular content.” While the degree of integration envisioned by Sharon didn’t fully materialize to her expectations, she was quick to acknowledge the contributions of many people who helped develop a still- innovative series of courses. “Bill Brown, Jack Sullens and Bob Hansen (associate dean of Academic Affairs) were instrumental in providing initial direction. But it was Bill Slagle, Jim Limestall and Hugh Maguire, three dentists practicing in the community, who developed the lion’s share of the early curriculum and gave it practical relevance. Rex Billington, an educational psychologist on the dental faculty, also was invaluable. He met regularly with the faculty to help them write behavioral course objectives. His guidance really helped our curriculum pass accreditation inspection.” With a program (officially affiliated with OU’s School of Health Related Professions, in cooperation with the still-In the Wolf House reception area are (l-r) Karen Newnam, Jack Sullens, to-come dental school) in place and a curriculum beingDean William Brown and ODA Executive Director Bob Berry (circa 1972). developed, it was time to recruit some faculty. Sharon remembered that she and Bob Hansen were driving down to Dallas in February 1971 to attend a seminar. “Betty Durland, who was ODHA president at the time, also was spring of 1970, Sharon was back in her hometown of Des going, so we invited her to come along with us. By the time Moines, Iowa, after retiring from the University of South we returned, Bob and I had decided that we needed Betty Dakota, where she had started the hygiene program several on board.” A native of Retrop, Okla., and a graduate of years previously. After 11 years of practice, teaching and Baylor’s hygiene program, Betty also had a certificate (and administration, she had decided to leave the profession and 10 years of practice experience) in nursing. Ironically, she was about to enroll in an MBA program at Arizona State also had worked as a hygienist for two of the three dentists University. “That’s when my old friend Jack called,” she developing the hygiene curriculum. At the time of the Dallas recalled. “Jack” was Reginald “Jack” Sullens, associate trip, she was working with Bill Hopkins, a local dentist who dean of the new dental school being established at the OU was to become one of the dental college’s longest tenured Health Sciences Center. “Through Janet Burnham, Jack part-time faculty. “Betty was a natural,” Sharon said. asked me if I’d be interested in directing a new hygiene “She had a nursing degree, program down there. Janet was one of my mentors, a past private practice experience president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and ties to organized dental and also the second director of the Rose State College dental hygiene program. I told Jack I was changing careers hygiene. With few hygienists and wasn’t interested, but he kept gnawing on me and practicing in Oklahoma at the finally convinced me to come down as a ‘consultant.’ Long time and dentists needing story short: I came, I saw, and he conquered. He and (dean) them badly, Betty was well Bill Brown really slicked me! In fact, for many years, Dr. aware of the pending threat Brown would call me ‘Slick’! I couldn’t resist the opportunity of preceptorship training. We and came on board that fall. So much for my new career in had to get the program going business!” that fall or possibly face Formal approval of Oklahoma’s first four-year curriculum that battle. So we ‘slicked’ for dental hygienists was granted by the OU Board of her!” Like Sharon, Betty Regents in March 1969. Plans also were in the works to start was not originally looking at a dental school, but there was widespread consensus by education as a career move, the Board of Governors, the Oklahoma Dental Association but “Sharon came after me Cyndy Vogler (DH ’73) practices waxing and others that a program in dental hygiene should precede with the same enthusiasm for her morphology class. that move. According to Sharon, the primary reason for and energy used on her a year the program was “to provide private practicing, clinically earlier. I got caught up in the excitement of a new venture superior dental hygienists for the dentists of Oklahoma.” and had to sign on. I started later that spring and took over She continued, “One of the things that enticed me to development of the clinical component of the curriculum.” take the job was the plan to integrate the dentistry and Betty was the first of a stellar faculty that included such dental hygiene programs through a shared curriculum. early lights as Vivian (Dills) Walton, Beverly Lincoln, Janie This was innovative. Most of the hygiene programs in the Welch, Eloise Manley, Jeanne Anne Swanson and many country were affiliated with dental schools, but they were others. They all were local Oklahomans working in private (Continued on Page 8) UNSUNG PIONEERS: THE EARLY YEARS OF THE OU DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM04 07
  11. 11. UNSUNG PIONEERS History dental building, the Wolf House was classroom, clinic and laboratory. It even became the occasional recreational area. Sharon couldn’t help chuckling when she recalled that one of the students “snuck a TV up to the locker room, so they could watch All My Children during the lunch hour!” In addition to the dental and dental hygiene faculty who contributed so much in shaping the program, Sharon and Betty were quick to recognize their staff – two in particular. “Karen Newnam, our departmental secretary, was an absolute jewel. As soon as patients walked through the front door, they felt at ease and at home because of her. And Judy Vance was worth three of anyone else! She was our clinic coordinator, sterilization/dispensary clerk, in- house dental assistant and appointments secretary.” (l-r) Martha Morland, Diane Steele and Leanne Pierson Despite the hard work and constant energy of starting perform exams on classmates in the Wolf House clinic. a program literally from scratch, it was inevitable that Betty’s and Sharon’s reminiscences would include a (Continued from Page 4) lighter moment or two – one of which had them both practice, and they all brought valuable “real-world” laughing hysterically. Betty was so aware of her novice experiences to their new roles. Betty and Sharon both status in hygiene education at the time that she made made particular note of the contributions of Vivian: “She her employment conditional on not having to make any of developed the community health component of our what she called “irrevocable decisions.” Sharon, of course, curriculum, making it such a top-notch part of the program immediately agreed. Not long after, Sharon had to take a that it became well-known around the country. It also was short leave to recover from a minor surgery. Betty ruefully mentioned as one of the program’s strengths during our recalled, “Wouldn’t you know it? While she was gone, an first accreditation. We simply couldn’t have done it without on-site decision needed to be made right away about where her.” Sharon added, “Each of those original faculty played to plumb and drill for our dental chairs! So who do Bill critical roles in our program. They were inspired choices. Brown and Jack Sullens turn to? I’ll tell you, I really sweated They made me look good, because they made our program through that one!” so good.” It’s inevitable The next order of business was finding the space to put for the “newness” the new curriculum to the test. The Wolf House, purchased of any venture to with contributions from local dentists made through the wear off eventually Oklahoma Dental Foundation, became the program’s first and for some of home in 1971. It was next door to the dental program’s first the players to seek home. Following its remodeling, it became the hygiene new mountains program’s main classroom/clinic facility starting in January to climb. While 1972. The first four classes received most of their training spearheading a there; the DH Class of 1977 became the first class to move hygiene program into the new dental school building when it opened in from scratch, Sharon also had Founding faculty (l-r) Beverly Lincoln, Jeanne Ann the fall of 1976. A 10-room English Tudor structure at 644 Swanson, Sharon Barton and Betty Durland N.E. 14th St., the Wolf House had belonged to Dr. Stewart been going to school Wolf, former head of the Department of Medicine at OU at night to earn her MEDICAL CENTER. After its purchase, all of the rooms were master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma remodeled to accommodate the educational needs of the (then Central State University). “I was requiring my faculty program. Sharon and Betty explained, “We put four dental to have master’s degrees, so I needed to get mine.” chairs each in the dining room and den, and our darkroom She took some learning and developmental psychology was a converted coat closet! The master bedroom became classes and began to develop a strong interest in the a classroom for lectures, the kitchen was our sterilization subject as a new potential creative outlet. She eventually and dispensary area, and the living room became the switched her major from higher education to counseling patient reception area. The bedrooms on the second floor psychology. “Hygiene was a great career choice and getting were faculty offices, and the student lockers were upstairs a chance to establish the program at OU was a once-in- on the third floor. It was one creative arrangement! It a-lifetime opportunity. But after 10 years in education was cramped quarters, but the students really enjoyed and administration, I wanted to get back to patient care.” the closeness.” Except for rotations (called “extramural Sharon resigned her position as professor and chair of the activities”) to such sites as the cleft palate clinic, campus Department of Dental Hygiene in 1976 and continued her hospitals (Children’s, St. Anthony and VA), the oral surgery psychology and psychometry training at UCO. In 1978, she clinic at University Hospital and eventually the interim became a pediatric psychology assistant with the UNSUNG PIONEERS: THE EARLY YEARS OF THE OU DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM08 07
  12. 12. UNSUNG PIONEERS Then… (l-r): Judy Kratzer, Paula Crossley, Virginia Nelson and Martha Morland in 1972 … and now at the Class of 1973’s 30-year reunion: (l-r, front row) Virginia Schwarz, Nancy Lesser, Nancy Woodrow, Paula Glass,Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital. A year Martha Morland and Becky Burris; (back row) Sharon Barton,later, she worked with a clinical psychologist in his private Leann Waddell, Judy Gibson, Betty Durland, Kathy Link, Nancypediatric counseling practice and finished her career in Pryor and Donna McDonaldthe late 1980s, serving as a classroom assistant in theOklahoma City public school system. and play some more! I don’t have too many unmet goals Betty was a logical choice to succeed Sharon as program – oh, maybe flying a jet or taking a hot air balloon ride overdirector and was actually approached about the job. “But I the grapevines of Europe, but I’m not holding my breath!”didn’t feel I had the necessary credentials. I had no master’s Betty just plans to “travel some more and continue enjoyingdegree and I’d only been in education for five years. I also retirement!” As they considered how best to end our last interview,felt that the administration was looking to take the hygiene they both got wistful and serious. “Dental hygiene hasprogram to the next phase involving scientific research in been a great profession. It has been especially rewarding tothe public health arena. So I declined.” Sharon’s immediate watch our students develop into professionals and becomesuccessor was Dolores Malvitz, a dental hygiene educator productive, contributing members of their communities.from Michigan with a doctorate in public health. Betty That was the real joy of those early days. The program wasstayed as clinical coordinator for another year and left in young, we were young, and all of us, especially the students,1977 to become the College of Dentistry’s assistant director were hungry. It was a unique experience that could onlyof clinics. Twelve years later, eager to get back into hygiene have happened then. And we are blessed that it happenededucation, she returned to the dental hygiene department to us.” Their final words were directed to their students,as its fourth chair and spent her last six years at OUCOD echoing the same words they used to say to them back inredirecting the program’s main focus back to clinical 1973, 1974 and 1975: “Be happy. Work hard. And be goodtraining. to the people around you. We remain so very proud of all of Both Betty and Sharon relocated to Texas in 1995, where you.”they’ve been ever since. Sharon said, “I always had to go (Grateful appreciation is extended to Becky Burris andsouth through Dallas to go north to see my family in Iowa, Connie Morrison for graciously providing the compositeso I thought, ‘Why not move there?’ Plus, it’s warmer down photos of the first three classes reproduced in this article.)there, and I love all things outdoors. Easy decision!” InBetty’s case, it was like returning home. “I’d gone to schoolin Texas and had many friends there.” Both women also areavid horse lovers and have common friends through theMorgan Horse Association. They make annual trips backto Oklahoma to attend horse shows, see old friends andoccasionally attend a reunion of their students. Describingthe 30-year reunion of the Class of 1973 a few years back,they both came close to tears when commenting on whatwonderful examples of professionalism their students were.“Every one of them at the reunion was either practicing orotherwise involved with the profession – every one! Theywere great for our program, great for hygiene, and selectingthem was one of the best things we ever did.” Sharon and Betty have much for which to be thankful andproud. Their strong Oklahoma ties will keep them comingback north for many years to come. In between, they’llhave no trouble keeping busy. Sharon plans to “play, play UNSUNG PIONEERS: THE EARLY YEARS OF THE OU DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM 09
  13. 13. UNSUNG PIONEERS History THE FIRST “48” The following are the 48 students who made up the OU dental hygiene program’s first three classes. Last names according to class rosters of the time are listed in parentheses; current last names are capitalized. If no parentheses are listed, surnames then and now are the same. The information below is accurate according to the best information available. Apologies are extended for any erroneous listings. OU Dentistry appreciates any corrections. CLASS OF 1973 CLASS OF 1974 CLASS OF 1975 BEARD, Janet *ABLA, Mellisia BOWERS, Jane (Adams) GANGWER, Glynnis (Black) RAY, Nancy (Andrews) NESBIT, Linda (Alcorn) BURRIS, Becky ANTHAMATTEN, Jackie (Cameron) WADE, Kathryn (Bever) LINK, Kathy (Burris) JOHNSTON, Jane (Ely) BLUMENTHAL, Louise GLASS, Paula (Crossley) ELKINS, Jani (Fuller) MORRISON, Connie (Claunch) HOLCOMB, Rosemary (Miller) MATTHIES, Chris (Hart) LODES, Latricia (Dickson) LESSER, Nancy (Heathcock) MARTIN, Mary COIT, Susan Jane (Elliott) GIBSON, Judy (Kratzer) REMY, Gail (Miller) LLOYD, Sharon (Hammon) WOODROW, Nancy (Mills) FLEMING, Ann (Munger) HOSKINS, Patricia MORLAND, Martha *STORSETH, Nancy WULFEKOTTE, Laurel (Lacy) SCHWARZ, Virginia (Nelson) TURLEY, Janet JOHNSON, Jo Anne (Shelton) GALLOWAY-WADDELL, Leanne (Pierson) *VEITENHEIMER, Sheri (Criswell) MITCHELL, Linda PRYOR, Nancy (Smith) WEICHBRODT, Darlene RIVAS, Brenda RIPPETOE, Diane (Steele) WILSON, Jean (Wheatley) BOOKMAN, Mary Jo (Stone) McDONALD, Donna (Strange) OLZAWSKI, Mary Ann (Robertson) #VANDERLINDE, Ramona VOGLER-HENRY, Cynthia WINKLER, Dicy BURKHART, Susan (Watson) # Deceased * No updated information available OU DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM DIRECTORS The OUCOD dental hygiene program has had seven directors over its 36-year history. Of these, two are currently serving as co-directors, one of whom also served a previous two-year term as interim director. These individuals, who held the official title of chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene, are: BARTON, Sharon 1970-1976 MALVITZ, Dolores 1976-1987 FULLER, Vicki 1987-1989 DURLAND, Betty 1989-1995 NUNN, Patricia 1995-2005 BOWERS, Jane 2005- COURY, Vicki (Fuller) 2005- UNSUNG PIONEERS: THE EARLY YEARS OF THE OU DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM10 07
  14. 14. SPOTLIGHT All In The Family: The Burris SistersA By Dr. Frank J. Miranda s the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry hasgotten older, it has become less and less of an “event”when relatives of graduates also attend OUCOD. In earlierdays, excited conversation greeted the news of one siblingfollowing another. And when we got old enough to startseeing children of graduates enter school, the talk reachedfever pitch. The inaugural issue of the alumni magazineback in 1992 spotlighted our first parent-child combination,Gary (’77) and Steve (’92) Jones. Gary’s wife, Linda, alsowas a 1977 graduate of the dental hygiene program, so theJoneses can lay claim to being the college’s first dental“family” to span two generations. Thirteen years beforeSteve’s graduation, Roley McIntosh (’79) and brother Stan(’76) became the first siblings to go through the program– the dental program, that is. You have to go all the way backto 1973 to find two young women who hold the distinction ofbeing the very first members of the same family to graduatefrom OUCOD. When Becky and Kathy Burris graduated as part of The Burris clan (l-r): Mike, Tom, Becky, Julie and KathyOUCOD’s first dental hygiene class, they started a real trendthat has included numerous sibling (including twins) andparent-child combinations over the past three decades. It is it’s no surprise that my sisters and I went into hygiene.”only a matter of time before we see our first grandchild of a Kathy added, “Mike also considered dentistry at onegraduate. The Burrises actually hold another “first”; when time and was even accepted into dental school. But heyounger sister Julie graduated from the hygiene program had already started a career with Phillips Petroleum andin 1980, they became the first trio of siblings in our history. decided to stick with that. It was a good decision, too; heThree sisters going through the same program is quite recently retired from Chevron Phillips after 30-plus yearsrare. Given that two of them graduated nearly 34 years ago, with them.”it is even more noteworthy that all three are still in active Although their father attended Oklahoma Statepractice. And most amazing, all are still working in dental University prior to dental school, the Burris girls allpractices they’ve been with for literally decades. Becky Burris attended OU and are avowed Sooner fans. Although theyhas been with Jeff Miles (’84) in Tulsa for 17 years. Julie were continuously exposed to dentistry their entire lives, itBurris Tinsley has spent her entire 26-year career with Grant was OU’s dental hygiene program that provided the sparkRitchey in Norman. In Kathy Burris Link’s case, it has been for their career choices. Becky said, “When I went to OU, Imore than 33 years in the same office. Immediately after didn’t have a specific career in mind. I was thinking aboutgraduating in 1973, she joined her dad’s Bartlesville practice. something in the health field, maybe physical therapy orWhen he retired, she stayed on with new owner Ron Hart nursing. There was no dental hygiene program yet.” Julie(’88). She’s still there. If you were to ask what it was that recalled that “Dad was the first to steer Becky and Kathydrew three sisters to the same profession and spawned such toward hygiene. He had a hygienist in his practice whenlifelong devotion to dental hygiene, their answer (in unison) hardly anyone had heard of the profession. In fact, hewould be “Dad.” may have been the first dentist in Bartlesville to employ a “Dad” is Dr. Thomas G. Burris, a University of Missouri- hygienist! He really appreciated their value to his practice.Kansas City graduate who practiced in Bartlesville for When he learned that a hygiene school was opening at OU,more than 40 years until his retirement in 1995. While he encouraged my sisters to look into it.” Becky, Kathy andat UMKC, he met and married Betty Jeane, and the two 14 other young ladies made history when they began theeventually produced a Burris brood of four: Mike and his hygiene program in the fall of 1971 as members of the DHthree younger sisters, Becky, Kathy and little Julie (aka Class of 1973.“Mooney”). “Dentistry seemed to be in the Burris blood,” Both ’73 graduates have fond memories of their days inJulie said. “Dad was a dentist forever in Bartlesville, our “school,” with courses taught in a two-story house on 14thgrandfather Wallace practiced dentistry in Bixby for more Street that was remodeled to provide classroom and clinicthan 40 years, and we also had a great-uncle Otis who space. Kathy nostalgically recalled her “daily drives topracticed in Ponca City. We grew up around dentistry, so school from Norman with Becky, Nancy Woodrow and The Burris Sisters 11
  15. 15. SPOTLIGHT History opened its doors two years before she started the program. And with a father and two sisters already in the profession, she was well ahead of her classmates in exposure to the “real world.” Each of the Burris sisters has kept dental hygiene as an integral and important component of her life. Julie and Kathy have worked in only one dental office since their graduations almost 27 and 34 years ago, respectively. Becky worked for a few years after graduation before becoming a stay-at-home mom for several years while her children were young. She acknowledged going through a brief period of burnout, questioning her career choice and taking some graphic arts classes in anticipation of a possible career change. “I thoroughly enjoyed those classes, but I eventually had to admit that I missed my hygiene work and especially my patients and co-workers. Once I got a handle on how to deal with the stresses of practice, I began to love my work all the more. It’s still very physically demanding; I’ve had surgery on both hands for carpal tunnel syndrome, but it saved my career.” After rediscovering hygiene, Becky Kathy and Becky (back row) in class at the Wolf House (circa 1972) worked for several dentists in Tulsa before finding her “ideal job” with Jeff Miles 17 years ago. She has been with him ever since. For the past two years, she also has spent one Nancy Robinson.” Becky added, “We had an incredible staff day each week in the office of Jeff’s 1984 classmate Chris and faculty. Sharon Barton, Betty Durland, Bev Lincoln, Bussman. Jeanne Ann Swanson and many others made the absolute While all best of a brand-new situation. We lacked a lot of the things three sisters that today’s students enjoy, but the closeness and friendship have shown an we had with one another and with the faculty made up for uncommonly anything we might have missed.” They acknowledged that strong 16 girls working so closely together in such tight quarters commitment to was at times very trying, but they were quick to add, “We their profession, wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. Many of us are they readily admit still in contact and are close friends.” that hygiene is a It was probably even easier for Julie to take the plunge. distant second to “I’m six and seven years younger than my sisters,” she family. They all said, “so I had lots of time to watch them go to school, have their own graduate and separate families start working. that dominate I obviously had the focus of their a lot of family lives. The combined Waiting for clinic are Julie Burris (top) influence, but Burris, Link and and Judy Boatman (1979) my decision Tinsley clans didn’t come currently number eight children and three grandchildren that easily! I (and counting). Becky has three children: Stacey, Sara and also considered Tom. Both Stacey and Sara live in Tulsa with their husbands, other options in and Tom graduated last December from OSU with a degree the health field. in video production. Becky proudly reported, “Last August Maybe I knew I became a grandmother when Sara and Donnie had a all along that baby boy, Christian. Needless to say, I’m ecstatic!” Kathy’s I’d end up in three children are Todd, Lindsay and Matt. The first of the hygiene, but I’m sisters to become interested in dental hygiene, Kathy also glad I looked was the first to become a grandmother when Lindsay and into other fields. Getting ready for clinic: (l-r) Becky Burris, Diane her husband, Kyle, gave birth to their daughter, Riley, three I’m a lot more Steele, Nancy Mills and Donna Strange (fall 1972) years ago. By the time you read this, Todd and his wife, confident that I Blair, will be the proud parents of their first child. Matt made the right and his wife, Stacy, also are expecting their first in 2007. choice!” Graduating seven years after her sisters, Julie “Obviously, I have a busy year ahead,” an excited Kathy said, didn’t have the excitement of being part of a new program. “especially since all my kids also live here in Bartlesville! She also was part of a larger class (24 students starting Who knows? Maybe there’s another hygienist in the bunch!” with the Class of 1978), so the “closeness” with faculty was Julie and her husband, Loyd, have two children: son Michael slightly diluted. On the plus side, all of her clinical training and daughter Taylor. Both are students at (where else?) OU. took place in the new dental school building that had Julie is fervently hoping that Mike can keep the Burris The Burris Sisters12 07
  16. 16. SPOTLIGHT Becky’s latest pride and joy: grandson Christian at 8 weeksdental legacy going; he graduates this spring and plansto apply in the fall to the OU College of Dentistry. “We’reexcited that Mike wants to be a dentist. We also may have afuture hygienist in the works – time will tell!” With about 90 years of combined dental hygieneexperience, the Burris sisters could certainly be expectedto contemplate retirement in the near future, right? Butaccording to them, it won’t happen anytime soon. Kathy:“I’ve enjoyed working for 33 years, and I’m not through yet!I still see many of the same patients I’ve seen for 30 years– that’s my greatest honor.” Becky: “I’ve been happy doingwhat I do, and I look forward to work every day. I love seeingmy patients, many of whom have become friends after 17years.” Julie: “Dr. Ritchey has given me the freedom andflexibility to be a professional, wife and mother. It doesn’tget much better than that! I plan on continuing to work forthe foreseeable future and continue to grow and learn.” These three seemingly tireless women have somehowfound the time to fully enjoy their families and hobbies,despite full-time jobs. Julie is up every morning at 5:30 tojoin a group of neighborhood women for morning walks.There’s also soccer, snow skiing, Grand Lake and all thecollege activities of her children. For Becky, there’s art,calligraphy, swimming and bicycling. Her only regret isnever running a marathon, but “my old knees don’t likerunning much anymore!” And Kathy enjoys golfing, OUfootball and basketball, watching her kids play on a co-edsoftball team together and baby-sitting her grandkids. Would they do it all again? Without question, yes, yesand yes. As with any profession, there are rewards anddrawbacks, especially for those also planning to be wivesand mothers. Becky said it for all three: “Make sure you lovewhat you do. Lots of hours are spent at work, so you have toenjoy the work and the people with whom you work. If youcan’t be happy when you leave for work in the morning and,just as important, when you leave at the end of the day, youneed to do something else.” The dental hygiene profession couldn’t ask for betterambassadors. The Burris Sisters 13
  17. 17. CHAIR RETIRES FOUNDING IMPLANTOLOGY CHAIR RETIRESd By Kathryn F. Miller, R.D.H. onald L. Mitchell was born on Feb. 22, 1942, in a small what we were going to do. suburb of Milwaukee to Leo and Mary Leona Mitchell. His After one career day, I said father was a machinist at Allis Chalmers for more than 40 ‘dentistry’ and they stopped years, and his mother was first a schoolteacher and then a bothering me. Then, when I bookkeeper. Don has three siblings, sisters Pat and Bonnie signed up for college, they and brother Bill. After a varied and full life, he has decided asked what major and I to follow in his two sisters’ footsteps and retire. Considering checked ‘pre-dent’ – again, all that he has put into that life, retirement is certainly well- no more questions. So, deserved. in a sense, the nuns are Beginning in grade school and continuing through responsible for me going his undergraduate years at Marquette University, Don into dentistry. After my worked at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a newspaper first undergraduate year at carrier. He also worked as a summer replacement for the Marquette, I was called to newspaper’s vacationing distribution manager during his come to the dental school Lt. Cmdr. Mitchell, 1972 college years. He would work nights and weekends during to see if I wanted to apply for the academic year. the next class. The rest, as they say, is history.” Don can relate to Immediately following graduation from dental school, dental students who Don was drafted into the Navy. I have always enjoyed get married while in hearing him tell stories about dentistry on the ship. From dental school because 1966 until 1989, he was stationed in Pearl Harbor; the Great he did the same thing in Lakes; Washington, D.C.; Bethesda, Md.; Norfolk, Va.; 1965, between his junior Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va.; and on the USS and senior years at the Independence. It was during his time in Bethesda that he Marquette School of received his prosthetic and maxillofacial training. Dentistry. Interestingly, In 1989, Don joined the University of Oklahoma College he and wife-to-be of Dentistry faculty, beginning his career with the Marilyn grew up about Department of Removable Prosthodontics and working two blocks apart. She in the Maxillofacial Prosthetics Clinic. In 1994, he was went to public school appointed chair of the college’s Graduate Prosthodontics and he went to Catholic Program. Two years later, he was named the inaugural school, and they met at chair of the newly created Department of Oral Implantology Newlyweds Don and Marilyn church. The Mitchells (Aug. 28, 1965) and has been largely responsible for its success. He has have two grown children, masterfully coordinated pre-doctoral collaboration efforts Michelle and John. Michelle currently lives in Monterey, with the Graduate Periodontics and Oral Surgery programs Calif., with her husband, Ra’ed, and their son, Zane, 6. John to provide complete implant care for the department’s lives in Oklahoma City. He and his fiancée, Cori, plan to patients. His curriculum was one of the first formalized marry in May. programs in pre-doctoral implantology instruction in the Don always has funny stories to share about the nuns country. It continues to be one of the strengths of OUCOD’s from his Catholic school. “They knew how to run a tight curriculum when compared with other institutions. When ship,” he recalled. “They would constantly ask us students most people would be anxiously counting down the days Founding Implantology Chair Retires14
  18. 18. CHAIR RETIRES until retirement, compassion, understanding and humor. Students and Don focused his patients alike often comment that they like being in the remaining months implantology clinic because it is very evident that we all on continuing enjoy working there. A great leader and mentor, Don always to make his worked hard during his tenure at OUCOD to see his many department the visions through to completion. This always included seeking best it could and respecting the opinions and advice of those around him. be. Just prior to Don has no regrets and has always been extremely stepping down, he satisfied with the rewards of dentistry, from both theThe Mitchell family: (l-r) Michelle, John, Don, completed a custom financial and humanitarian standpoints. On today’s students, and Marilyn remodeling of the Don said, “I think office area to accommodate the large and growing inventory current students have it of implant parts, and he also enlarged and completely easier than I did. When remodeled the implant laboratory. I went to school, we Throughout his 17-year tenure, Don’s service to the College didn’t have high-speed of Dentistry has been truly commendable. In addition to his handpieces, and all of service on numerous committees, he and John Dmytryk, our crown and bridge associate dean of research, organized and coordinated the and operative work college’s annual Scientific Day to showcase the research was done with belt- efforts of dental and dental hygiene students, faculty and driven handpieces at residents. His role with Scientific Day was critical to its the chair. All lab work On China’s Great Wall (September 2004) success from 1992 until his retirement. His support for the for pre-clinical courses service and research efforts of his fellow faculty members was locked up each night. The seats in the lecture halls will be sorely missed. had large numbers on the back and we would be assigned Don’s many honors and activities reflect a strong numbers and seats for attendance purposes. And if we commitment to his profession. His numerous recognitions complained about something or went to see the dean, it was include the 2001 possible we would not be in school the following week! It Student Council was like we walked to school uphill in the snow BOTH WAYS. Best Full-Time And yes, I would do it again!” Faculty Award, Don now has plenty of time to pursue his hobbies, which the 2002 Burton include traveling; the Model A Club, where he enjoys C. Borgelt Faculty showing off his 1931 Coupe Model A Ford; working as a Adviser Award, volunteer at his church (a special favorite volunteer activity: and a Presbyterian the bake sales!); and working around the house (lucky Health Foundation for Marilyn!). Veteran Don with his Model A Ford Coupe at the Presidential travelers, he and Marilyn “Oil Slick 2006” auto show Professorship have enjoyed cruises to in 2002. Don continues to be a member of the American Alaska, Antarctica and the Dental Association, the Academy of Osseointegration, Mediterranean. They’ve Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the American College of Dentists, also visited Holland, the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Croatia, China, India, Academy, and the American Academy of Maxillofacial Europe, the Scandinavian Prosthetics (for which he served a term as president). He countries and the Holy also is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics Land. Don will be greatly and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. missed at the college, Personally, I have a very sentimental attachment to Don. but there is no one who Zane loves his grandpa! He possesses an ideal combination of professionalism, deserves the rewards and personal touch, intelligence, clinical skills, reality, sensitivity, joys of retirement more than he does. Founding Implantology Chair Retires 15
  19. 19. BRIDGES FOR SMILES BRIDGES FOR SMILESS By Dr. Frank J. Miranda ituated in the Negev desert of efforts of Grove residents and southern Israel, less than a mile OUCOD graduates Stan and Audrey from Gaza’s northeast corner, is Crawford. Sderot, a ragged industrial town The Crawfords were already of about 40,000 people. Since veterans of numerous local and the Palestinian uprising in 2000, foreign missions, including five Sderot has been the target of to countries of the former Soviet frequent attacks by militants firing Union, when they made their first crude rockets called Qassams. trip to Israel in February 2005. Stan Hundreds of these rockets have had taught business seminars in been launched from the Gaza Strip the Ukraine, Audrey had provided since Israel’s disengagement from dental care in Siberia, and both Gaza in September 2005. Although had brought needed supplies and Stan and Audrey with daughter Ellise at the Israel/ notoriously inaccurate, they have education to their colleagues in Lebanon border (February 2006) killed and maimed many people in the region. Their visit to Israel the town and cast a pall of fear and awakened a compelling need to school my goal and stuck depression that has become part of give their talents to the people of with it throughout high school daily life there. this war-torn region. (As of this and college.” Dentistry was a In the northeastern corner of writing, they have returned four second career for Stan. He had Oklahoma is the little Delaware additional times.) On their second an accounting degree from the County town of Grove, about visit in September 2005, they University of Oklahoma and had 10 miles from the Missouri and worked for the first time in Sderot worked the previous four years Arkansas borders. It is a peaceful and treated more than 80 children for Arthur Andersen & Co. Audrey little town with a population of just in two and a half days. With that continued, “Dental school scared over 5,500, attractive and affordable visit, their nonprofit dental outreach me into a state of anxiety from housing, and a low crime rate. ministry, Bridges for Smiles, was which I didn’t fully recover until Half a world away from each other born. The ministry, affiliated with five years after graduation. It and at opposite ends of any scale House of David Ministries Inc. was Stan who got me to love the measuring comfort and safety, of Fairland, Okla., has become a profession as much as he does. Sderot and Grove are nevertheless major part of Stan and Audrey’s There hasn’t been one day in linked through the humanitarian life and has shaped their view of his entire dental career that he themselves and of the world around has complained or not wanted them. to go to the office. In fact, I don’t When Stan and Audrey first met think he has ever had a sick day! in the fall of 1988 as freshman Maybe it’s a combination of having dental students, they had taken had a career he so disliked and very different paths getting finding one that he loves so much. there. Audrey had known that Whatever it is, it’s hard not to feel she wanted to be a dentist since his enthusiasm and enjoyment!” the eighth grade. “Christina Poor A native of Calico Rock, Ark., (DDS ’87) was my friend’s big Audrey Davis and her family sister, and she took the two of moved to Wilburton, Okla., just us on a tour of the University of before she started kindergarten. Oklahoma College of Dentistry,” Stan and Ella Davis were both Audrey with one of her young Israeli patients Audrey recalled. “I made dental schoolteachers, so the values of BRIDGES FOR SMILES16
  20. 20. BRIDGES FOR SMILES during their student a CE course in Dallas when our days. In addition to daughter, Ellise, was only 4 days the closeness inherent old! I remember going back to in being classmates, work when she was just 2 weeks; Stan and Audrey we’d keep her in our break room also were drawn to at the office.” But along with each other through a working hard for the success of mutual love of family their practice, Stan and Audrey and a shared spiritual were always looking for ways to nature. give back to the community for the After their blessings they feel they’ve been graduation in 1992, privileged to enjoy. This led to an they both enrolled in early commitment to donate their general residencies: time to local and foreign missions.The Crawfords in their Grove office gardens with children (clockwise Stan at St. Anthony “When Stan was exploring his from top) Stan III, Andrew, twins Jeff and Greg, and Ellise Hospital and Audrey idea for a dental mission in Israel, with the Advanced he explained it to me as a way to education, family and community Education in General reach people and countries, using were instilled early into Audrey Dentistry program at OUCOD. dentistry to bridge the cultural and her four siblings. It came as Just prior to the completion of and language barriers. The name no surprise that her three sisters their one-year programs, they “Bridges for Smiles” says it all. (Cindy, Julie and Peggy) all went were married on May 1, 1993. The When we made our second trip into education; brother Jeff opted newlyweds moved to Grove soon to Israel in September 2005, we for the oil business. After high after and entered practice with treated more than 80 children in school, Audrey attended Eastern Rick Miller (DDS ’88). The three Sderot. It is amazing to feel the Oklahoma State College and later OUCOD alumni have been partners hope and love that comes from transferred to OU as a Presidential in Grove Dental Associates ever something as simple as cleaning a Transfer Scholar. With her excellent since. “I can’t imagine being child’s teeth or fixing a front tooth grades and her determination to anywhere other than here attend the dental school she had in Grove,” Audrey said. toured years earlier, Audrey was “Our children were born accepted into OUCOD after three here and both Stan’s and years of undergraduate study. my parents have moved Oklahoma-born and bred, Stan here. We have a wonderful is one of four children of Stan and dental office that sits in a Doris Crawford. Sister Sharon is beautiful natural setting a plastic surgeon in New York; of gardens and a koi pond sister Lisa is a geologist working that was established by in Dallas; and brother Greg is Rick’s father, Dr. Leonard an Oklahoma City attorney. Miller, 32 years ago. Rick Dissatisfied with his career in is the technical genius in accounting, Stan decided that our office and has been dentistry was an attractive fantastic in holding down alternative and was accepted the fort while we’re out Grove Associates: Stan, Audrey and Rick Miller into the same class as his future of the country. And we’re wife. While Audrey was driven to blessed with a loyal staff master a profession with which fractured during a game of street of 14 women, many of whom have she admits to being initially soccer.” been with us for years. Stan’s uncomfortable, Stan took to the It didn’t take long for others dental assistant, Holly Tullis, has intense environment with ease. He to see that the Crawfords were been with him since the day we was class secretary/treasurer for onto something very special. The showed up in Grove.” three years and moved up to vice Israeli government was extremely In the beginning, the Crawfords president during his senior year. supportive of their efforts and devoted all their energies to Both were driven to succeed and eased as much red tape as possible establishing their practice. “I were on the honor roll frequently to open doors to other areas of remember Stan and I attended the country. In February 2006, BRIDGES FOR SMILES 17
  21. 21. BRIDGES FOR SMILES Crawfords also very proud of our training, and we are missionaries consider it an honor to use our at home. Stan talents to serve others. Stan is sits on the especially gifted. It’s good that my board of Grove’s passion in dentistry is diagnosis, Christian Dental/ because Stan really does have the Medical Clinic, best hands in the family! and both he and “We both owe whatever talents Audrey provide we possess to God; we are dental services constantly thankful for those at the free clinic. talents and for the opportunities Their son Stan III we’ve had to use them in the often volunteers service of others. Serving in Israel to staff the and getting to know the land and clinic and also the people have certainly been is hoping to the most humbling and enjoyable become a dentist. opportunities we’ve experienced In addition thus far in life. Our ministry there to Stan’s older has changed both of us immensely Stan and Audrey in Israel with daughter Ellise and some of their Grove sons, Stan III – we’d like to think for the better.” office staff and Andrew, and Teri White (DDS ’93) joined them daughter Ellise (Editor’s note: If you would like to serve underprivileged children (age 12), the Crawford family also to find out more about Bridges (both Palestinian and Jewish) in includes twin sons Jeff and Greg for Smiles, visit Stan and Audrey’s Jerusalem, where 750,000 of them (age 7). The family’s favorite group Web site at live in poverty. In May 2006, they activities include vacationing on the bridges.html or contact them by e- returned once again, this time with beaches of Florida and attending mail at a team of 20 physicians and other OU games. Stan also loves to fish health specialists, to work in the for crappie in Grand Lake with large medical center and university his dad. Audrey enjoys reading in Beersheba. Stan and Audrey and entertains reported, “Not only does the dreams of writing hospital serve all people of Israel, and publishing it is also often the first choice for children’s books. our American soldiers and those On their of other countries as well.” Last education at October, the Crawfords showed OUCOD, Audrey the ultimate commitment to their said, “We’ve been mission work when they took their out in the world daughter, Ellise, with them back to for almost 15 Sderot with an expanded team of years now, and 28 other health professionals. On our appreciation that trip they also were invited into for our education other northern border cities to work (and for our dental in local clinics and schools. Stan profession) has and Audrey want to expand Bridges grown by leaps for Smiles to other countries and and bounds. The are already exploring opportunities high standards in Africa, Europe and Mexico. “We we were taught invite other dentists and dental have enabled us team members to come along and to be confident in share the talents and riches they’ve exchanging ideas been blessed to receive.” with international While they direct their main leaders in the missionary efforts overseas, the field. We are both BRIDGES FOR SMILES18
  22. 22. New Faculty NEW FACULTYL. COLIN FOSTER, D.D.S.(Instructor, Department of Operative Dentistry) A 1999 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry,Colin has “come full circle,” joining the OUCOD full-time faculty lastSeptember after seven years of general practice in Clinton, Okla. TheLawton native is the second youngest of eight children and says, “It wasan easy choice to become a dentist. My dad was an orthodontist and,before he retired in 1995, his office was like a second home to me.” Colinwasn’t the only one to follow in his father’s footsteps. Older sister Cathyis a dental hygienist who still works in brother Chris’ dental practice.“Chris is six years older than me and was a nurse back when I startedschool,” Colin recalled, “but he was getting burned out on nursing anddecided to go into dentistry. He started at OUCOD when I was a seniorand graduated in 2002. He has been practicing in northwest OklahomaCity ever since.” Colin and his wife, Angela, met during their second year of collegeat Cameron University in Lawton. “It was love at first sight,” he says.“We got married during my third year in dental school, and we’ve beenblessed with three beautiful daughters. Autumn is almost 6 years old,Peyton is 3, and Ava will be 2 next September.” As of this writing, the Foster family is still searching for a new homein either north Oklahoma City or Edmond. Colin’s hobbies includereading and golfing, but they are distant seconds to his main joy: “mythree girls.” In addition to taking an instant liking to his new teachingcareer, Colin is impressed with the changes that have taken place at thecollege. “I can’t believe all the great changes that have taken place sinceI graduated just seven years ago. I invite all my classmates to come backand visit OUCOD. I guarantee you’ll be impressed!”RANDOLPH P. JONES, D.D.S.(Director, Admissions and Student Affairs) Not only has Randy come back to Oklahoma, he has come back todentistry after being away from the profession for more than 15 years.From 1987 until returning to OUCOD last June, Randy was director ofadmissions and dean of admissions and financial aid at NorthwestChristian College, a small private school in Oregon. He says, “Movingfrom anyplace where you’ve spent so many years is a challenge, but Icouldn’t pass up the opportunity at OU. My new position allows me toutilize my dual background in both dentistry and admissions and student NEW FACULTY 19
  23. 23. New Faculty services. Besides, it was an opportunity to return to my alma mater and to family and close friends in Oklahoma and Texas.” A 1980 graduate of OUCOD, Randy got his undergraduate training at Phillips University in Enid and, ironically, at the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas! “It’s confusing,” he says, “but I only took some physiology courses at Baylor; the classes just happened to be at the dental school. I didn’t get any dental training there, but I did meet some dental students who sparked my interest in the profession. Before he opted for dentistry, though, Randy spent two years as an admissions counselor at Phillips, an experience that eventually was to influence his future career. “When I decided I wanted a health professions career, I chose dentistry because of its interpersonal aspects and because of the role models I had met at Baylor. I actually applied to both Baylor and OU. I chose Oklahoma because I’d lived there for 15 years and met my wife, Jane, at Phillips, so it was a no-brainer.” After graduation from OUCOD in 1980, the Eugene, Ore., native returned west and established a general practice in Harrisburg, Ore., where he stayed for eight years. When the position at Northwest Christian became available, Randy decided to change career paths and gave up dentistry. The break was somewhat gradual, though; he continued to teach part time for three years in the dental hygiene program at Lane Community College. “When Ken Coy called and outlined a job that combined dentistry, admissions, counseling and student affairs, I couldn’t resist.” Randy and Jane, a psychometrist, have been married 33 years and currently reside in Edmond. They have three children: Emily, 22; Philip, 19; and Will, 15. Randy is an avid sports fan, listens to and collects a wide range of musical styles, and enjoys exercise and fitness training. He also is currently enrolled at the OU College of Public Health, working toward a master’s degree in public health. He adds, “I’m really glad to be back ‘home.’ God willing, I’ll be here for quite a while.” JAMES M. KESSLER, D.D.S. (Chair, Division of Restorative Dentistry, and Associate Professor, Department of Fixed Prosthodontics) Although Jim came (back) to OUCOD last January after 17 years of private practice in Tulsa, he is a veteran of dental education. In fact, this is Jim’s second stint on the OUCOD faculty. After his graduation from OUCOD in 1977, he was an associate in Dr. John Miles’ Norman office, while teaching part time in Endodontics. In 1979, he joined the faculty full time in Fixed Prosthodontics, becoming the department’s resident expert in ceramics and esthetics. After seven years, Jim and his family relocated to Charleston, S.C., where he joined the crown and bridge department of the Medical University of South Carolina and stayed until returning to private practice in 1989. “I’ve wanted to return to education for some time,” Jim said, “and had actually called Dean Young awhile back and asked him to let me know when any positions opened in Restorative Dentistry. I never dreamed I’d end up as divisional chair! But my greatest honor is being NEW FACULTY20