College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

The work that we do makes a difference. One part of that, which we do not highlight enough, is how important our dental hygienists, dental assistants, office staff, maintenance teams, business office, and other support staff are to making our ship run. The impact that we have on oral health across the State of Iowa is due in large part to the support, conscientiousness, and dedication that each of you have to ensuring the we meet the needs of each and every patient that comes in our door. The work that you do is vitally important for us to accomplish our mission and vision. Thank you for your on-going efforts to use your time, gifts, and talents to make us what we are. It matters! Cheers! ~Clark Stanford

Staff working together

Updates for October 7, 2022–October 13, 2022

Ann Synan speaking after receiving an alumni award

2022 Honorary Recognition of the Year: Mrs. Ann P. Synan, B.A.

For almost 20 years, Ann Synan has been a committed advocate for dental patients, especially those who face barriers limiting access to care. As a result, she has become a fount of institutional knowledge in all things in the college, but especially so with patient care. The University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry are proud to recognize Ann Synan’s contributions with the 2022 Honorary Recognition of the Year Award.

'Why Iowa' board at the 2022 Alumni Reunion Reception

2022 Alumni Reunion Weekend

The 2022 Alumni Reunion Weekend was a great success. Photos from the reception, including award winners and class photos, are available on the College of Dentistry website.

 Abhigna Akurathi

Daily Iowan: "The ingredients in toothpaste and what they mean"

When going to the grocery store to get more toothpaste, it can be quite challenging to understand what each ingredient is and does. Second-year dental student Abhigna Akurathi wrote an informative article for the Daily Iowan on how to choose the best toothpaste. 


Sign up today to participate in IMOM

The Iowa Mission of Mercy will be in Des Moines this year on November 4-5. Typically, the College of Dentistry provides a huge amount of support to the event on the Saturday, which will be Nov. 5. This year’s Mission of Mercy will be held on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in the Varied Industries Building (3000 E. Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA  50317). The clinics take place from 6:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. with all dental care provided for free to those who come and are willing to wait. Services provided to the patients include cleanings, restorations, minor oral surgery, endodontic and periodontal care as well as removable prosthodontics (e.g., “flippers”).

This event is a major public health event for our state, and it is a great opportunity for our students to grow and learn as clinicians while connecting with dentists from all over the State of Iowa. Faculty participation is vital so that students are properly supervised, and it is also important to have dental assistants, hygienists, sterilization staff, dental lab techs, and other support staff. 

Please join the College of Dentistry as we seek to help other Iowans. You won't regret this rewarding experience!

Anyone interested in volunteering will need to register on the Iowa Dental Association’s IMOM site.

Linda Timmins

The College of Dentistry welcomes Linda Timmins

Linda Timmins is a clerk working mostly at the main entrance for Clinical Administration and Patient Care. She lives in Washington with her husband, Dean, and their two dogs, Snookie and Minnie. She previously worked at UIHC on the respiratory and palliative care inpatient unit. Linda loves spending time with her grandchildren, kayaking, gardening, crafting, and spending time on their acreage.

Amy Herwehe

The College of Dentistry welcomes Amy Herwehe

Amy Herwehe is a support services specialist working for Clinical Administration and Patient Care. She is married and has two children, Calvin, her six year old son, and Gwen, her four month old daughter. Before joining the College of Dentistry, Amy worked as an Occupational Therapy Assist as she traveling to various Long Term Care centers. She also worked in Home Health and at the Washington County Hospital. She is a lymphedema specialist.  In her free time, she enjoys gardening, propagating plants, and attending music festivals.

YouTube video on Why Iowa: Clinical Experience

Why Iowa: Clinical experience

Early patient experiences, including for first-year dental students, and Iowa's combined clerkship and comprehensive care approach to dental education helps Iowa rank among the top schools in amount of clinical experiences.

Social Shoutout

John Warren as Educator of the Year

Alumni and colleagues shared a litany of congratulations on our post about John Warren receiving the Educator of the Year award from the University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry.

Archives of Oral Biology

Collaborative and innovative research

Zhang J, Wang AX, Wu Y, Zhang S. IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA) suppresses a hyper-IL-17 response-mediated bone loss in a murine experimental periodontitis. Arch Oral Biol. 2022 Sep 27;144:105555. doi: 10.1016/j.archoralbio.2022.105555. PMID: 36191445.

Recent studies have shown that dysregulated IL-17, a cytokine that plays a prominent role in the development of several inflammatory diseases, can be treated by an anti-IL-17 neutralizing antibody. The research team for this study designed an experiment, which showed that this neutralizing antibody can effectively mitigate inflammation in periodontitis and reduce alveolar bone loss. 

Members of the Gay Liberation Front take part in the 1970 University of Iowa homecoming parade. From the 1971 University of Iowa yearbook.

Hawkeye trailblazers: Tracing Iowa's LGBTQ+ activism

Earlier this year, members of the newly formed Hawkeye Pride Alumni Network reflected on the early days of LGBTQ+ activism in Iowa City. A discussion of this rich history, along with challenges that continued, was led by former UI Archivist David McCartney and Aiden Bettine, the former community and student life archivist at UI Libraries Special Collections and executive director of the LGBTQ Iowa Archives and Library. A recent program traces the history of the pride movement at the University of Iowa.


October 11, Sriram Ravindran, “Engineering and Delivery of MSC Exosomes for Bone Repair," hosted by Clark Stanford, Galagan B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

October 13, Dental Alumni Reception in conjuction with the ADA Annual Meeting, Hilton Americas-Houston, Houston, TX, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

October 14, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

October 18, Bruno Lima, “Investigating Streptococcus gordonii surface protein regulation and biofilm formation," hosted by Cristina Vidal, Galagan B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

October 21, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

October 28, CE Course: Pediatric Dentistry Legends in the Fall

October 29, Pregame Professional Program (Northwestern/University Homecoming)

October 29, Alumni Tailgate, Iowa v. Northwestern (University Homecoming)

November 4-5, Iowa Mission of Mercy, Des Moines

November 6, Last Day for Submissions for the College of Dentistry Creative Writing Contest, submit via email to Michael Tilley or Kate Newcomb.

November 8, Shillpa Naavaal, “Oral Health and Pregnancy: Role of Programs, Policies, and Practices in Supporting Women's Oral Health and Overall Health," hosted by Julie Reynolds, via Zoom only, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

November 11, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

November 11, CE Course: A Full Day Endodontic Experience

November 12, Pregame Professional Program (Wisconsin)

November 16, Virtual Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

November 29, Paule Joseph, “Investigating the Chemical Senses (Taste, Smell, and Chemesthesis): Clinical Applications," hosted by Sukirth Ganesan, Galagan B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Notes and Resources 

Lend a helping hand. Due to medical issues, Stacey Jones has exhausted her sick leave and vacation. If you would like to help Stacey by contributing vacation time, please go to the following website: CAT Leave, and click on “Catastrophic Leave Donation Form.”

Filling Station Menu

M-R: 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; F: 7:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

The banner Hawkeye Smile image shows Herky with Austen Hawthorne, the revenue cycle manager in the dental business office.

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