Orthodontics

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.

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Program director: John P. Beyer, DDS, PhD
Office contact: Katie Olsen
Phone: 612-625-5110
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)

Tuition/Stipend

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. 

Application Process

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.

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Research

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.

Facilities

Orthodontics facilities collageThe 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.

Current residents

Class of 2020

Class of 2020 orthodontics

Jennifer Bonamici

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!

Lauren Gerkowicz

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. 

Alisha Holt

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!

Adam Sperl

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.

Brian Spencer

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.

Brandon Seubert

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

Petra Bachour

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.

Melanie Barber

Dr. Melanie Barber 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.

Brooke Brown

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!

Madeleine Gamble

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!  

Katherine Nordeen

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.  

John Sharp

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.

Our division

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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Staff

Office & Administrative Specialist
Katie Olsen

Clinic Coordinator
Diane Anderson

Financial Coordinator
Bridget Bilbo

Clinic Supervisor 
Jodi Kelly

Front Desk Staff
Bennie Lim
Stephanie Rappe

Assistants
Ashlie Hansen
Donna Loyas
Lisa Malyuk

Lab
David Bodick