Colleen Brickle, Brent Larson honored as distinguished alumni

Colleen BrickleBrent Larson

Colleen Brickle and Brent Larson were honored as distinguished alumni of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry on April 27, 2012, in St. Paul at the Dean's Reception and Alumni Recognition Awards.

Brickle has a commitment to lifelong learning and a passion and enthusiasm for education. A two-time graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, she completed a GDH degree in 1976 and a Masters of Education in curriculum and instructional design in 1988. She also earned a bachelor of science from the University of Iowa (1984) and a doctorate in healthcare education from Nova Southeastern University (2000).

Brickle began her career as a private practice clinician. For nearly 22 years, her primary role has been as a dental hygiene educator at Normandale Community College (NCC) where she led the effort to develop and implement career ladder programs for dental hygienists. Included are a baccalaureate degree-completion program in collaborative dental hygiene practice, a post-baccalaureate certificate program, and a master’s level Oral Health Care Practitioner Program that began Fall 2009 at Metropolitan State. In 2008, she was named dean of health sciences at Normandale Community College.

She also has served on numerous committees and boards, including those of the Minnesota Department of Health (2002-04 and 2008) the Minnesota Board of Dentistry (1994-2001), and the Department of Human Services (1999-2002). For the past five years, she’s been a member of the oral health care committee for the Minnesota Safety Net Coalition.

Brickle is also the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her community service, excellence in teaching, and dedication to the dental hygiene profession. She was instrumental in planning and implementing a Thursday-evening community dental clinic that is housed in Normandale’s dental hygiene clinic and serves public program and uninsured patients on a sliding scale basis. It is has been an accomplishment of which she is most proud

Larson received his doctor of dental surgery in 1981. Over the next nine years in the U.S. Air Force, he completed a general practice residency, practiced general dentistry for three years, earned a certificate and a master’s degree in orthodontics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and practiced orthodontics.

From 1990-97, he was at Mayo Clinic, as a senior associate consultant and later (1993-97) as consultant and director of the Mayo Clinic Orthodontic Program. He spent some time in private practice in Rochester, and then joined the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry faculty (part-time) as a clinical associate professor (1998-2004). In 2004, he became a full-time associate professor and was granted tenure in 2011. He currently directs the School of Dentistry’s Division of Orthodontics and the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics.

In these roles, Larson has advised or mentored more than 70 students. His current research and publications focus on issues related to advances in orthodontic treatment and imaging technologies, and he lectures extensively throughout the state and country on these and related topics. He also serves as a member of University committees on information technology and bioinformatics, as well as a variety of School of Dentistry search, strategic planning, budgeting, and information technology committees.

His service to the profession extends, as well, beyond campus. He was president of the Minnesota Association of Orthodontists and of the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, and currently serves as a Trustee to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). He’s been a member or chair of association committees too numerous to mention, and will serve as AAO President for 2018-2019. In 2012, Larson was appointed chief consultant to the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General for the specialty of orthodontics.

Also on April 27, Dr. Raj Gopalakrishnan was named Century Club Professor of the Year, the School of Dentistry's highest honor. For more, click here.

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