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. John P. Beyer, have strived to continually develop the program and facilities to provide an exceptional educational experience.
Program director: John P. Beyer, DDS, PhD
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: Closed for current cycle
Interview date: TBD
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 2021
Dr. Petra Bachour grew up in Eden Prairie, MN. She earned her undergraduate degree in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development from the University of Minnesota, graduating with honors and high distinction. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA, graduating with honors in research. During her time in Boston, Dr. Bachour had a great time exploring the northeast and experiencing the charm of New England. She is thrilled to be back at the University of Minnesota for her specialty training in the Orthodontic Residency Program. In her free time, Dr. Bachour enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, writing, going to restaurants and broadway shows, and staying active outdoors.
Dr. Melanie Bluth hails from the state of Utah. She attended college at Utah Valley University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Biology and an associates degree in Dental Hygiene. After working as a dental hygienist for 3 years, she attended the University of Utah School of Dentistry in Salt Lake City. She graduated in 2019 with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She loves spending time with her husband and 4-year-old son, and enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, playing and watching most sports, and going to concerts.
Dr. Brooke Brown grew up in Chanhassen, Minnesota and graduated from Chaska High School. For her undergraduate education, Brooke was a student-athlete at the University of Northern Iowa. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology while being apart of the Women’s Basketball team. Dr. Brown went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa and graduated with high distinction. She was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society in 2015. In her free time, Dr. Brown loves doing outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and boating. She also enjoys weight lifting and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Brown is thrilled to be back in her native state to study orthodontics!
Dr. Madeleine Gamble is proud to call Minnesota her home state. She was born and raised in Edina, MN. Upon graduation from high school, she ventured down to Northfield, MN where she received her B.A in Biology from St. Olaf College (UM YA YA!). She continued her education by attending the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where she received her D.D.S with high distinction. In her free time, she loves reading, running, going to farmers markets, exploring her new neighborhood, walking around the lakes with friends, and visiting her parents and dog (Tilly). Dr. Gamble is excited to continue her educational career at the University of Minnesota as an orthodontic resident, and cannot wait to spend time with her patients!
Dr. Katherine Nordeen grew up in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a BA in Spanish and chemistry while competing for the Varsity Women’s Gymnastics team. Dr. Nordeen then attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, where she earned her DDS degree with distinction. Upon graduation, she was also inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. Following graduation, Dr. Nordeen spent three years working as a general dentist in Hayward, Wisconsin at Northlakes Community Dental Clinic. She then completed a pediatric dental residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, earning a specialty certificate as well as a Master of Science in Dentistry degree. Dr. Nordeen practiced pediatric dentistry in the Twin Cities area until starting her orthodontic residency training at the University of Minnesota. She is thrilled to be a part of the program here and looks forward to integrating her unique clinical experience into the orthodontic care for her patients. In her free time she enjoys reading, trying new local restaurants, and spending time with her husband and two sons, James and Teddy.
Dr. John Sharp grew up in Victoria, British Columbia (yes it’s North of here, but no it’s not as cold!!). For his undergraduate studies, he moved to Vancouver to study Chemical Biology and then completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of British Columbia. In his free time, Dr. Sharp loves spending time with his family and friends. Sports have a special spot in his heart, and he loves the challenge of trying out new ones or playing any of the many he has been introduced to over the years – he can’t wait to see what Minneapolis has to offer! Dr. Sharp is thrilled to have the chance to study Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota and contribute to creating smiles for the many patients he will get to work with during his time here.
Class of 2022
Dr. Tim Bitner has lived all over the world growing up in a military family, but claims Utah as his home. His competitive edge comes from being a twin (16 minutes older). His twin brother is an ENT resident in California. After serving a two-year mission in Brazil, he attended Brigham Young University graduating Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Bitner then received his DDS from the University of Utah while being inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society. He is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Carly, and they are expecting their third child this November. As a family, they love horseback riding, skiing, and camping and they are excited to experience their first Minnesota winter. As a fun fact, Dr. Bitner is also known as @Mr.RiceGuy on TikTok where he has 1 million followers! Go check out his creative rice art throwing skills!
Dr. Zoë Larson grew up in Rosemount, Minn. as the oldest of four siblings. She graduated from Rosemount High School and then went on to St. Catherine University where she played volleyball and earned a BS degree in Biology with honors. Dr. Larson continued her education at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where she received her DDS with high distinction and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society. She and her husband (Kevin) welcomed their first child, Owen, in March 2020, and enjoy spending their time with him and their extended families. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, spending time at the lake, and watching sports. She is thrilled to continue her studies in Minnesota and is honored to be a part of the orthodontic residency program!
Dr. Dane Lenaker holds a BS in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and his DMD and MPH from A.T. Still University. He spent the first decade of his dental career as a general dentist in the remote communities of Bethel and Juneau, Alaska where he regularly traveled by small plane, boat or snowmobile to provide dental services to patients. He volunteers with the Alaska's Medical Care Advisory Committee, as well as with the Make A Wish Foundation. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, ultimate frisbee and spending time with his family.
A native of the northeast, Dr. Tracy Liang grew up in Syracuse, N.Y. and graduated from Cornell University (Go Big Red!) with BS degrees in Biological Sciences and Applied Economics & Management. In her non-traditional path to dentistry, she worked a few years in the pharmaceutical industry as a medical writer in the greater NYC metropolitan area before applying to dental school. She recently graduated from the Touro College of Dental Medicine as a member of the inaugural Class of 2020, while being inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society. Dr. Liang is truly grateful for the opportunity to study orthodontics & dentofacial orthopedics at University of Minnesota’s well-rounded program. Outside of dentistry, her favorite hobbies are painting, drawing and trying new foods. Dr. Liang is also fascinated by the extensive bike trails of Minneapolis.
Dr. Zachary Slama was born and raised in Blaine, Minn. and graduated from Blaine High School. For his undergraduate education, he attended the University of Minnesota where he received a BS degree in Biology. He then continued at the University of Minnesota for dental school and earned his DDS degree with high distinction in 2020. In his free time, he enjoys exploring Minnesota, being outdoors and spending time with his friends and family. He is thrilled to be a part of the program here as he continues his education in orthodontics.
Dr. Sarah Tariq graduated with her DDS degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2015 with high distinction. She served her community in Dallas and Oklahoma City as a general dentist for five years thereafter. She is proud to return to the University of Minnesota for her specialty training in the Orthodontic Residency Program. She is passionate about her work and when she isn’t providing dental care, Dr.Tariq loves to travel, try new foods, and spend time with her family.
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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