Dean Handysides holds his Healing Hands silver pin.
Dean Handysides holds his Healing Hands silver pin.
By Douglas Hackleman - June 12, 2020

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. There were 45 attendees to the 80-minute online reception.

Dean Handysides holds his Healing Hands silver pin during the LLUSD Comes to You reception as participants appear on the laptop screen beside him.

The dean joins a number of earlier LLUSD recipients of Healing Hands awards. Wesley Okumura’94, MS, assistant professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, in March of 2015, was the first LLUSD clinician to receive a Healing Hands pin. Later that year, Zina Johnston, DDS’00, assistant professor, Division of General Dentistry, and Daniel Tapia, BS’09, formerly a dental hygienist at LLUSD Faculty Dental Practices, also received silver pins.

April Ziegele, DDS’97, and her son Chris who is an incoming dental student, class of 2024, attended Dean Handysides’ virtual LLUSD Comes to You gathering.

In 2018 Alan Herford DDS’94, MD, professor and chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS), received a silver pin and was so honored again in 2019 along with colleagues Carlos Moretta, DDS’01, assistant professor, OMFS, and Matthew Streelman, DDS’11, clinical instructor, OFMS.

Carolyn Roberton, AS’76, BS’78 (DH) participated in the dean’s virtual meet.

Participants in the “LLUSD Comes to You” virtual meeting enjoyed hearing about the School directly from the dean as well as the opportunity to ask the dean questions and connect with old friends and classmates.

Kenneth Pierson, DDS’71, Zoomed in from Visalia, California.