Post-graduates in orthodontics will gain an in-depth knowledge of craniofacial growth and development, biomechanics, biomaterials, biomedical and clinical sciences, as well as their application to a wide variety of orthodontic techniques and clinical situations.
The post-graduate program in orthodontics was established in 1947. With a history of teachers consisting of Edward H. Angle, Charles M. Bailey, Thomas D. Speidel and Robert J. Isaacson, Minnesota has established itself as one of the originators of the orthodontic profession. Our current dedicated faculty members, led by program director Dr. Stanley Williamson, have strived to continually develop the program and facilities to provide an exceptional educational experience.
Program director: Stanley P. Williamson DDS
Office contact: Katie Olsen
Program length: 24 months
Class size: Limited to 6
Degree: Master of Science, Certificate in Orthodontics
Start Date: Last week in June
Application deadline: September 1, 2018
This program includes a 12.5% appointment with some teaching responsibilities. Residents are also eligible for single coverage medical insurance with an option for more comprehensive and/or family coverage. Each year we will assess the level of paid stipend, continued tuition and individual medical insurance benefits. Once enrolled in the graduate school, the 12.5% appointment will qualify for a non-resident tuition waiver (i.e. non-Minnesota residents qualify for Minnesota resident tuition rates) and a 50% tuition benefit.
All applications need to be submitted through the ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) at www.adea.org and the National Matching Service at www.natmatch.com. Selected candidates will be invited for interviews during October. Please remember to review the requirements and supplemental fee requirements that are unique to the University of Minnesota by using the ADEA PASS website and following "ADEA PASS Search Engine" link.
It is also recommended that you enclose a current Curriculum Vitae in your PASS application.
The Graduate Program in Orthodontics is proud of its commitment to research and continual advancement of the field of orthodontics. As part of the educational experience, students complete a research project and have the opportunity to obtain a Master’s Degree in Dentistry through the Graduate School.
The Division of Orthodontics is committed to instilling sound principles of research methodology and promoting attitudes for the advancement of the field of orthodontics.
The Orthodontics Clinic is a 24-chair clinic with fully digital records and electronic charting. The clinic uses state-of-the-art equipment, such as diode lasers, digital imaging technology including three-dimensional photography, direct intraoral scanners, and cone-beam computed tomography, which provides a comprehensive view of all oral and maxillofacial structures and aids in diagnosis and treatment planning.
The Orthodontics Clinic offers comprehensive treatment for children, adolescents, and adults utilizing advanced technology including clear aligners, which straighten teeth without noticeable metal wires and brackets, and computer-assisted treatment technology, which utilizes virtual treatment planning and robot-bent, customized shape-memory alloy archwires.
Utilizing the latest technology, both in the clinic and the classroom, helps us achieve our mission to comprehensively prepare our graduate students for the future of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
Class of 2018
Molly Dillon was born in central New York and grew up in the Twin Cities. She attended undergrad at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she studied biological sciences and Spanish. From a young age she knew she wanted to pursue Orthodontics, but that decision was solidified during her dental school education at The University of Minnesota. She graduated dental school with high distinction and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon. During her free time she enjoys skiing, biking, reading, and spending time with her fiancé and Great Dane.
Dr. Hani Hamdan was born in Kuwait and completed his dental degree in Jordan with a top class rank. He finished GPR and AEGD residencies at the University of Minnesota and has worked as a general dentist for 12 years in Lakeville before coming back to the University of Minnesota to join the Orthodontic Program. He enjoys writing, photography, and hiking and canoeing with his family in the Lake Superior area. He hopes to open his own practice in the State after graduation.
Rachel Hoganson is originally from Grand Rapids, MN. She attended the University of Minnesota for both her undergraduate and dental education. After graduation, she hopes to begin practicing in the Twin Cities area. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, running, exploring the outdoors, and trying new recipes in the kitchen.
Dustin Ditch grew up in lakes country Minnesota (Pelican Rapids). In 2012 he received his bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota. In 2016 he received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Minnesota, and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society. In his spare time, he enjoys restoring classic cars with is father, being at the lake water skiing and paddle boarding, or riding his motorcycle. Dustin plans on returning to northern Minnesota to practice after residency, but for now is enjoying his final year as a gopher student.
Olga Kats is from Chicago, Illinois. She attended University of Illinois at Chicago to obtain her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. Olga enjoys the outdoors, rollerblading, travelling, trying different restaurants and staying active. Her plan is to move back to the Chicagoland area and practice out there.
Amy Tasca, originally from Winona, Minnesota, completed the six-year BA/DDS program at the University of Missouri Kansas City. After graduation, she practiced general dentistry in Breckenridge, Colorado and completed a fellowship in Oral Surgery at UMKC. In 2012, she returned to Minnesota to begin work on her PhD in conjunction with her Certificate in Orthodontics. She received her PhD in Oral Biology in 2017. Amy lives with her husband and three-year-old daughter in St. Paul, where she enjoys gardening, cooking, and traveling in her free time.
Class of 2019
Dr. Molly Kopf grew up in Johnson Lake, Nebraska and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Wayne State College in Nebraska. She received her DDS from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and graduated with Highest Distinction. During dental school, she had the opportunity to volunteer to at free clinics like Nebraska Mission of Mercy, UMNC Sharing Clinics, and Children’s Dental Day to help serve communities in need. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing card games, and boating, as well as traveling, camping, and hiking with her husband Blake. Minneapolis is the biggest city she’s lived in, and thus far she has taken advantage of the many outdoor activities Minnesota provides.
Dr. Olivia Chou was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan where she receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Kaohsiung Medical University. During her time there she served on the Asia Pacific Dental Students Association Committee and as president of the graduating class. She went on to do a 2-year AEGD residency and later opened her own practice in Taipei. Her lifelong interest in orthodontics has led her to pursue a Master’s degree in the orthodontic residency program at the University of Minnesota. She dedicate her free time following graduation doing missionary work in rural areas of South Eastern Asia. Dr. Chou loves traveling with her husband and exploring new cuisines. She will continue to explore Minnesota while completing her training in Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Jacqueline Heath was born and raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She earned B.S. degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Southeast Missouri State University, where she also competed in NCAA D1 gymnastics. After achieving a Masters of Science in Biomechanics from Ball State University, Jacqueline obtained her D.D.S. from New York University where she discovered her passion for providing exceptional patient care. In 2017, she was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society. She loves to serve in Guatemala alongside her family and HELPS International to provide dental services to the indigenous populations without access to healthcare. Outside of the clinic, Jac enjoys rock climbing, waterskiing, running, hiking and camping, ceramics, and spending time with family, especially up north. She is thrilled to return to the best state in the nation!
Dr. Sam Titus grew up in Carmel, Indiana, as the middle of 11 children. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in the small town of Steubenville, Ohio, and went on to receive his dental degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. He and his wife, Alex, and their three kiddos (Anthony, Sebastian and Zoe) are loving Minnesota and enjoy exploring all the Twin Cities have to offer. In his spare time he enjoys reading, artwork, all things sports, and spending time with family.
Dr. Nate VanLaecken is originally from South Dakota. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Dakota. After college, Nate attended the University of Minnesota where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society in 2017. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 month old son, exploring the Minnesota trails with his dog, and staying active through sports. Dr. VanLaecken is excited to continue his academic studies and clinical training in orthodontics at the University of Minnesota.
The Division of Orthodontics is home to outstanding faculty, students and staff. Our mission is to provide excellent orthodontic care for their patients while providing a top-notch educational and research experience for their residents.
With the support and leadership of six full-time faculty members, 10 part-time faculty members, and 10 dedicated staff persons, our division offers a didactic and clinical curriculum that creates dental specialists ready to serve the orthodontic needs of our population and the profession.
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