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Emily Pietig, DDS

“Is dental care a right or a privilege? What is our responsibility as oral health professionals to address health disparities—especially for children?”

Emily Pietig, DDS ’10, posed these discussion questions to attendees of a Digital Grand Rounds webinar in which she explored the history and current state of oral health care for Native American children and families in Minnesota.

Pandemic-Driven Disruptions in Oral Health. 10 Transformative Trends in Care for Older Adults

The Gerontological Society of America has released a toolkit and publication on COVID-19 and oral health care for older adults featuring expertise from Stephen Shuman, DDS, MS, professor and director of the oral health services for older adults program in the department of developmental and surgical sciences and dental faculty for the University of Minnesota’s HRSA-funded Minnesota Northstar Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program.

April is Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month - and it’s certainly a stressful time of the year for oral health learners. While the Class of 2021 starts working toward their graduation and entrance into the profession, students at every level of their studies continue working toward the end of the semester. Especially this year, it’s bound to catch up with you.

A Message from the Dean

Throughout my years as a dental educator, I have had the privilege of interacting with student leaders. Many of these individuals have volunteered in a leadership role, and some have been elected to these positions by their peers. I have seen some serve for their entire time in our program, and have the privilege of witnessing growth, maturation, and development of leadership skills.

Phonsuda Chanthavisouk, MDT ’21

Phonsuda Chanthavisouk, MDT ’21, is a student ambassador for dental therapy students at the School of Dentistry. Earlier this week, she showed us what a day in her life looks like as a dental therapy student on our Instagram stories. Take a look at what she shared.

She started out by telling viewers a little bit about how she begins most days.

Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc

Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc is passionate about what she does. Even more, she’s passionate about shaping and empowering the next generation of professionals in her field. That’s why she’s not only an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Primary Dental Care. She’s also giving forward for School of Dentistry students.

Claire Roesler, MDT

Claire Roesler only graduated last year, but she’s already breaking barriers and changing the way we see oral health care.

Roesler, who graduated in 2020 with a master’s degree in dental therapy, was born and raised in the midwest. A fifth generation Gopher, she told her faculty that, ideally, her first position out of school would be within an hour of the Twin Cities. “I was content thinking I’d be in Minnesota for the foreseeable future,” she said.

Beth Groenke, DDS, MS

A graduate student in the School of Dentistry’s Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain received the INfORM Samuel F Dworkin Predoctoral Award for her research into the use of MRIs in oral health diagnosis.

The International Association for Dental Research granted the award to Beth Groenke, DDS, MS, for a presentation given virtually to the International Network for Orofacial pain & Related disorders Methodology (INfORM) conference originally scheduled for 2020, but held virtually instead.

Amanda Abbott

Amanda Abbott’s first day of college came with a lot of change.

The BSDH ’21 candidate’s start at the University of Minnesota was her first day in a big city, her first day of in-person education, and her first time away from her family for an extended amount of time. But she made the leap, moving away from her small town and her 11 siblings with whom she’d been homeschooled because she knew her education would be worth it—and she was ready.

2021 Graduation Announcement

Interim Dean Keith Mays sent the following message regarding graduation celebrations for the School of Dentistry Class of 2021 to all faculty, staff, and students this week.