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: Melissa Wicker
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, 2019
Interview date: Monday, October 28, 2019 (one day only)
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 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. Paige Daney grew up in Sylvania, Ohio. She earned her undergraduate degree in Zoology with a minor in Molecular Biology from Miami Unviersity of Ohio, and went on to receive her D.M.D. degree from the Unviersity of Kentucky. Paige is an avid runner, and enjoys running half-marathons with her father. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and exploring the outdoors. She is excited to embrace all the activities Minnesota has to offer!
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.
Class of 2020
Dr. Jennifer Bonamici grew up in the state of Michigan on an island called Grosse Ile. Prior to attending dental school, she completed her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University (Go Green!) and studied Human Biology. Jennifer's dental training took place at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry where she obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2018. In her dental school years, she was actively involved in organized dentistry within the Michigan Dental Association, the American Student Dental Association, and the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association. When Dr. Bonamici has time off, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling to new places, golfing and boating... basically anything outdoors! She is beyond excited to be a part of the Orthodontics residency program at the University of Minnesota and can't wait to make the most of her next two years in Minneapolis!
Dr. Lauren Gerkowicz grew up in Orlando, Florida (the sunshine state!). After high school graduation, Lauren started her educational journey that allowed her to live in cities all around the US. She attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where she received her Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. She then went on to receive her dental degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. During dental school, Lauren got a taste of New England - enjoying the outdoors, the history and diversity of the area. Dr. Gerkowicz is thrilled to be back in the Midwest for specialty training in Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota. She can't wait to explore the area, try new restaurants, and bear the infamous winters! Dr. Gerkowicz loves hiking, traveling, going to concerts, cooking, and doing anything with family and friends.
Dr. Alisha Holt is a native Minnesotan, born and raised in Burnsville, MN. She completed her undergraduate education at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Alisha went on to complete her dental training at the University of Minnesota, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Alisha's favorite thing to do is spend time with family and friends, and to explore local hot spots. When she's not spending time with loved ones, Alisha enjoys reading, doing puzzles, spending time outdoors, and hanging with her cat Buffy. She can't wait to continue her Minnesota tradition at the University's Orthodontic program!
Dr. Adam Sperl is originally from St. Cloud, MN. He received a Bachelor's degree in biology from St. John's University in 2014 and completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Minnesota in 2017. Following graduation, Dr. Sperl practiced general dentistry in the Twin Cities area before returning to the University of Minnesota Orthodontic Residency Program. Outside of the clinic, he takes full advantage of the Minnesota seasons by golfing, biking, snowboarding, fishing and hunting. He and his wife enjoy traveling and exploring outdoors with their golden retriever, Ollie.
Dr. Brian Spencer is originally from the "Big Sky" state of Montana. He was born and raised in Great Falls and received his undergraduate degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT (Go Bobcats!). Dr. Spencer then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Minnesota and graduated with high distinction. In his free time Brian enjoys backcountry skiing, wakeboarding, hiking, camping and spending time with friends and family. He's loved his time in Minnesota so far (even the winters!) and is excited to continue his clinical and academic career as part of the Orthodontic Residency Program here at the University.
Dr. Brandon Seubert grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Seubert received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Minnesota on a Health Professions Scholarship from the U.S. Air Force. He was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society in 2013. He went on to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at David Grant Medical Center in Fairfield, California at Travis Air Force Base. During this residency he developed his passion for orthodontics. Dr. Seubert served 5 years in the U.S. Air Force as a general dentist. In his free time he loves hunting, fishing, camping, drawing/painting, Green Bay Packers football, and spending time with his wife and 3 year old daughter.
Class of 2021
Dr. Petra Bachour
Dr. Melanie Barber
Dr. Brooke Brown
Dr. Maddie Gamble
Dr. Katie Nordeen
Dr. John Sharp
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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