School of Dentistry news and stories from around campus.

Dr. Saw selfie with Ocean Beach sunset

Alumni

LLUSD alums provide Ocean Beach homeless man fully restored smile

Talk about random stuff! Tina Saw, DDS’14, takes selfie with homeless patient not shown. Late last year, a New Jersey man who regularly watched an Ocean Beach waterfront live cam noticed two men with 5-gallon pails picking up trash on the local beach each morning.

Awards

Dean Handyides receives Healing Hands pin

LLU School of Dentistry Dean Robert Handysides, DDS’93, was presented by LLUH President Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, a Healing Hands silver pin for the treatment of a grateful patient who donated to the School of Dentistry in the dean’s name. President Hart announces Dean Handyside’s award to LLUSD alumni during the videotelephony gathering. Dean Handysides was honored during an “LLUSD Comes to You” virtual meeting with predominately LLUSD alumni from Central California north through Washington State.

Alumni

LLUSD dean's virtual reception

With the announcement by the California Dental Association on March 19 that due to COVID-19 its annual CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry convention in Southern California’s Anaheim Convention Center was canceled, the LLU School of Dentistry lost more than a convention booth; it lost an opportunity that had become a tradition—to reconnect with any of its southwestern United States alumni who ordinarily would have attended the spring 2020 CDA convention. Dean Robert Handysides, DDS’93, hosts the School of Dentistry’s first virtual reception. But LLUSD Dean Robert Handysides, DD

Covid-19

LLU School of Dentistry provides Teledentistry during pandemic limitations

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has made the safe practice of dentistry extremely difficult. It is impossible to practice social distancing in a dental operatory. And the opportunities for contamination through the air and physical surfaces for both patient and practitioner are continuous.   But the need for oral healthcare services continue and sometimes become urgent.

Covid-19

LLUH Front Line Healthcare Worker’s honored by Appreciation Motorcade

A motorcade comprised of a wide variety of first responder vehicles drove from the north end of Campus street in a two-mile “U” that concluded at the corner of Anderson and Stewart streets to honor the heroic service that has been provided by LLUH frontline healthcare personnel over the past several weeks in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. LLU personnel applaude LLUH's frontline healthcare workers from Anderson Street. The Appreciation Motorcade took place on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 6:30 am, to make certain the respect and appreciation for the unusual and sometimes risk requirin

Alumni

LLUSD Alumni Video Contest winner

The premiere LLU School of Dentistry Alumni Video Contest was won by Tina Saw, DDS’14, and awarded at the All School Reception, on Friday afternoon, March 6, during the School’s 60th Alumni Student Convention. Dean Robert Handysides, DDS'93, presents Dr. Saw her video contest award. The two-minute, fifty-one second, winning video of Dr. Saw’s life in Carlsbad, California, where she and her husband, Thanh Luu, DDS’13, share a dental practice called Elevated Smiles, can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/rk4r4by Dr.

Curriculum

Curriculum transformation continues

In the drive to transform the LLUSD academic and clinical curriculum, Dean Robert Handysides, DDS’93, initiated a second Dean’s Challenge (June 7) backed by another $50,000 to be shared among the creators of the three curriculum contribution submissions voted best by the School’s faculty, students, and staff. Encouraged not just by last year’s three winners but by the quality and innovations demonstrated by all of last year’s ten submissions, Dean Handysides was convinced that another challenge would “stimulate even more development and growth.” The second Dean’s Challenge focus is “to impr