Dental Therapy

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.

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.

Katy Leiviska, ADT

Katy Leiviska, MDT ’11, had a hard time figuring out what she wanted to do after college. As a pre-medicine major, she shadowed several professionals and just couldn’t figure out the right path for herself.

Five reasons to attend the School of Dentistry

March 15 marks an exciting day in the School of Dentistry admissions journey: today, Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy students will be invited to join the 2021 incoming classes. We offer our heartfelt congratulations to students who have been invited to join the School of Dentistry.

Uncovered: Minnesota's Dental Emergency

“What would it take to make dentistry painless for all Minnesotans?” asked the narrator of a TPT documentary that aired this weekend.

Uncovered: Minnesota’s Dental Health Crisis documents the breakdown in oral health in the state and explores the role of Critical Access Dental providers in delivering preventive and emergency oral health care to Minnesotans on Medicaid and without insurance.

The documentary, produced by AppleTree Dental, features expertise from Director of Dental Therapy Karl Self, DDS, MBA, among others.

Jackie Callaway-Campbell

Sometimes all it takes are a few encouraging words to alter the trajectory of a young person’s life. For Jackie Callaway-Campbell, it was the words of a manager where she worked as a dental assistant in New Castle, Del.

Dental hygiene student Kabrie Weber (center back) and dental therapy student Phonsuda Chanthavisouk (far right) make rounds at U of M Medical Center with their medical and pharmacy counterparts. Cyndee Stull (far left) coordinates the program.

Our dental hygiene and dental therapy students are now embedded in hospital rounding teams as part of an initiative to create a more integrated approach to in-patient care. 

Funded by a BOLD Ideas grant from the Office of Academic and Clinical Affairs, the initiative brings together students and faculty from medicine and oral health to assess and treat hospital patients more holistically and learn from one another. 

Everaid Fokim

Everaid Fokim is one of six students in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s dual degree dental hygiene/dental therapy program who received a generous scholarship from the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation.

“The scholarship will significantly reduce my debt at graduation,” said Fokim. “The financial piece was always the biggest deterrent for me. This relieves a lot of stress and enables me to focus on school rather than how to pay for school.”

Naomi Rhode

This article appears in the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of Dentistry Magazine

Naomi Rhode is in her element. She's in front of an audience, traversing the stage and engaging with the crowd as if they were all old friends. She tells stories punctuated with; humor and imagery and personal connection, and delivers what she calls “deep content wrapped in heart.” See her in action and you’ll understand why this dental hygienist-turned professional speaker, practice management consultant, businesswoman, and life and speaking coach has been so successful.