Students

Earnest Martin III

Dr. Ernest Martin III has worked as a part-time faculty member for the School of Dentistry for more than 30 years while maintaining his own private practice.

“I always look forward to my time in clinic each week,” said Martin, who works with students in the dental clinic. “When I was working full time, it was a refreshing way to break up the week. The students are smart, receptive, engaging and fun. And they have certainly made me a better dentist.”

Amber Irby

Amber Irby arrived in Minnesota from her hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia, two years ago to enter the unique dental therapy program at the University of Minnesota. Today, she plans to stay.

Gretchen Kletscher

Fourth-year DDS student Gretchen Kletscher grew up living on the Mississippi River in Brainerd, Minnesota. Today she’s eager to return to a lifestyle where she knows her neighbors and has access to great fishing and the other outdoor activities she loves.

Alyssa Hedstrom, DDS and Jessica Lettelleir

School of Dentistry student Jessica Lettelleir is spending three weeks of her summer break in tiny Gilbert, Minnesota, building her skills under the supervision of Dr. Witney Cobby, DMD.

This summer, 18 School of Dentistry students like Lettelleir are serving patients in rural communities, mentored by dentists in private practice.

The Minnesota Collaborative Rural Oral Health Project program aims to expand access to care in underserved rural Minnesota communities by introducing emerging providers to rural life and practice.

Give Kids a Smile 2019

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry dental, dental hygiene, dental therapy students, pediatric dentistry residents, staff and faculty came together on Saturday, February 9, at Moos Tower to provide oral health care to underserved children at the 14th annual Give Kids a Smile day.

University of MInnesota School of Dentistry students established a new student group and also hosted a culture celebration this fall.

Chainbreaker 2018

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry bicyclists and volunteers turned out in force Saturday, August 11, to raise funds to support cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center.  The August 10-12 Chainbreaker bike-a-thon rallied more than 1,000 riders from throughout the University and community, including 78 from the School of Dentistry who rode in two pelotons/teams – Lytic Cycles and School of Dentistry – with each rider completing 25, 50, 100 or 180-mile routes.  The event started with a celebration festival Friday evening as riders and guests enjoyed an

129th School of Dentistry Commencement

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry held its 129th Commencement Ceremony in Northrop Memorial Auditorium on May 11. Included among the graduates were 115 new doctors of dental surgery, 36 recipients of advanced education degrees (master and PhD) and/or certificates, 7 dental therapists who received master's degrees, and 33 dental hygienists (27 who received a bachelor of science degree and 6 who earned a master of dental hygiene degree).

(Left to Right) Dr. Carl Schneider, Executive Director of Northern Minnesota Dental, Dr. Gary Anderson, Dean of the U of M School of Dentistry, Jennifer Enich, Andy Aldrich, Dr. Michael Till, former Dean of the School of Dentistry, and Dr. Michael Zakula,

Jennifer Enich and Andy Aldrich, second year dental students at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, were recently awarded Dr. Michael Till – Northern Minnesota Dental Scholarships.  Jennifer is the daughter of Dr. Steve and Tonya Enich of Side Lake and Andy is the son of Gary Aldrich of Hibbing.

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