School of Dentistry news and stories from around campus.


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 Dr.


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


Dean's Circle members assemble at ESRI

A recent banquet for the LLU School of Dentistry’s Dean’s Circle members was held Thursday evening, September 26, 2019, at the salubrious ESRI Cafe on the Environmental Systems Research Institute headquarters’ campus in Redlands, California, the Loma Linda neighbor’s largest employer. Dean Handysides offers grace. Dean Robert Handysides, DDS’93, led out during the evening repast attended by approximately three dozen particularly engaged and (primarily) alumni supporters of LLUSD. Dean Handysides elaborated candidly for a few minutes on the challenges, changes, and conquests LLUSD rece

Program News

PNAM alumni celebrate decade of restoration

With the use of a presurgical nasal aveolar molding (PNAM) appliance, infants born with cleft lip/palate receive functional and remarkably cosmetic corrections through a single surgery. Nearly forty young LLUSD Department of Pediatric Dentistry cleft lip/palate patients, ranging in age from infant to ten years old, attended with parents or guardians a PNAM 10-Year Anniversary Celebration. LLUH Centennial Complex fourth floor was the venue. Along with their loved ones and care providers from the LLUSD Advanced Dental Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry and the LLUCH craniofacial s


LLUSD participates in Riverside's fifth Long Night of Arts & Innovation

LLU School of Dentistry was represented at Riverside’s fifth Long Night of Arts & Innovation with a table at which young people were introduced to the marvels of intraoral scanners demonstrated by Pooya Soltanzadeh, DDS, MS’18 (prosthodontics), assistant professor, DGD, and class of 2020 dental student Katherine Koliadko. Dr. Soltanzadeh assists as a youngster scans the hand of her friend. To demonstrate the technologies’ capabilities to young attendees, Dr.

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Dean's List - Summer Quarter 2019

Dentistry Class of 2022 Dawn Agustines, Christopher Chaffin, Allison Chan, Rebecca Chin, Richard Chong, Corbin Clark, Samuilo Cvetkovic, Jordan Dobbin, Joraldine Feliciano, Ronnie Fox, Josue Garcia-Chaidez, Matthew Gotaas, Kristen Hanna, Sara Hogue, Jeremiah Holt, Rina Inaba, Do Young Jang, Daniel Jordan, Ha Eun Kim, Hyeon Kim, Jeein Kim, SungJun Kim, Oh Ock Kwon, Ryan Ligman, Guada Lund, Brett McKean, Houman Mizani, Conner Nielsen, Chelsea Nicole Paclibar, Joshua Penners, David Rutgard, Kyle Simpson, Gurinder Singh, James Smith, Mark Angelo Tupasi, Elaine Youssef Dentistry Class of 2021


From street life to restoration

Twenty-nine-year-old Patrick Neitzel, the younger of Steve and Mary Neitzel’s two sons, has received extensive restorative dental treatment at LLU School of Dentistry. Patrick begins treatment. Diagnosed in high school with OCD and Schizophrenia, Patrick had been living on the street homeless for three years, his whereabouts unknown to his parents.

Faculty News

LLUSD faculty contribute to 3rd Global Conference on Health & Lifestyle

Eight members of the LLU School of Dentistry faculty, and an LLUH administrator colleague, provided 10.5 hours of continuing education during the General Conference of SDA sponsored Third Global Conference on Health and Lifestyle hosted by Loma Linda University Health July 9 through 13, 2019, at the LLUH Centennial Complex under the general heading “Your Brain, Your Body.” Dentists attended from throughout the global village. Dentists from ten countries—Bangladesh, Botswana, Bulgaria, Congo, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Hungary, Latvia, Malawi, and the Philip

Program News

LLUSD contributes to IADR annual session

Twelve LLU School of Dentistry faculty and alumni shared their research with poster presentations at the 97th General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) June 19-22 in Vancouver. Two members of the LLUSD contingent received awards. The John W. Stanford New Investigator Award for Standards-Related Research Papers was presented to Claudie Pascal, DDS’19, based on her research project: “A Laboratory Model to Evaluate Tooth Bleaching Efficacy in Stained vs Non-Stained Human Teeth.” Dr.