College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

Spring is here, and a little earlier than usual! With the academic year nearing the end, we will have so many accomplishments and awards to celebrate over the coming months. Whether it's our D4s ringing the cowbell, departmental awards ceremonies, dissertation and theses completed, or our upcoming White Coat ceremony, it's a season to enjoy what we've accomplished. New beginnings are wonderful, but take time to enjoy what you've done, especially with this beautiful weather. You deserve it! ~Clark Stanford

Updates for April 14, 2023–April 20, 2023

Hawkeye Caucus 2023

Hawkeye Caucus Day

On Wednesday, April 12, Iowa Dentistry participated in the annual Hawkeye Caucus Day in Des Moines. It was a great opportunity to highlight how vital the college and our clinics are to the State of Iowa and how important Iowa is to the college. To learn more about Hawkeye Caucus, please visit Iowa Dentistry's website. Go Hawkeyes!

Behi Bolboli and Melika Farshad presenting on Iran

Exploring the World: Iran Discussion

At the end of March, Melika Farshad, a dentist in the Admissions and Urgent Care clinics and in Faculty General Practice, and Behi Bolboli, a fourth-year dental student, jointly led an Exploring the World presentation on Iran, both of whom were originally from Iran and received academic degrees from Iran before immigrating to the United States. The presentation was well received, and gave attendees an appreciation for the healthcare differences between the U.S. healthcare system and Iran's healthcare system.

Kecia Leary and Amanda Shoemaker with Herky

Amanda Shoemaker returning to Illinois

After five years as the director of Alumni Relations and Continuing Education at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, Amanda Shoemaker has accepted a new position in her home state as the Director of Advancement Operations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. Her last day in the office will be Thursday, April 20 but she will return for an encore in May to help staff alumni events at the IDA Meeting in Cedar Rapids. “Although I have loved being a Hawkeye, I couldn’t pass up this wonderful opportunity to return to my home state’s flagship university. I will greatly miss all the Iowa Dentistry alumni, donors, faculty, staff, and friends that I’ve met over the last five years,” Amanda said. Amanda will soon join dentistry alumni in calling the University of Iowa her alma mater. She will complete her Ed.D. in higher education leadership in the spring of 2025. “The college appreciates Amanda’s dedication and work over the last five years, and I’ve appreciated working with her over the last year. We wish her the best in her new endeavor.” The college expects to have someone in Shoemaker’s position sometime in the coming months and will announce her successor at that point. In the meantime, please send any CE or Alumni Relations-related questions to the shared Dentistry CE email address ( after April 20.

IDEAS23 Iowa Dental Association


The Iowa Dental Association (IDA) Annual Session, IDEAS23, being held May 4–6 at the Cedar Rapids Convention Complex. Numerous Iowa Dentistry faculty are presenting, including continuing education courses taught by Juhi Uttamani, Natalia Restrepo-Kennedy, and Aditi Jain; Carrie McKnight (and others); and Karen Baker. Iowa Dentistry is also hosting a dental alumni reception in conjunction with IDEAS23 from 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. on May 5. We look forward to seeing you there!

Iowa faculty and staff holding a College of Dentistry sign at a previous IMOM event

IMOM 2023

The Iowa Mission of Mercy IMOM began in 2008 with the aim of providing free dental care to underserved populations. Since then, it is has served over 16,000 patients from all over the state. Iowa Dentistry has played an influential role in supporting IMOM, especially on Saturday, and has provided care at IMOM since its inception in 2008. The 2023 IMOM is being held in Waterloo on October 13-14. You can sign up to be a volunteer beginning on May 4, and be part of a legacy of making an impact in our community and state.  

YouTube video about Why Iowa: We Help Others Succeed

Why Iowa: We Help Others Succeed

Each Hawkeye is unique and has a different set of needs. Hawkeyes know that we all grow best by supporting and helping one another.  

Christina Smith's review

Kudos to you!

Christina Smith's review: "They helped me so much with my son’s dental work. He needed a root canal and he felt so comfortable. Dr. O is the best. I wish we could have her as our primary for life! She’s amazing. She was caring, compassionate, knowledgeable, and validated my concerns. The nurse’s & support staff were wonderful. If I could give a higher score I would."

Rogue Ledesma Justiniani

Iowa Trailblazers: R.L. Justiniani, the first Asian/Pacific Islander Dental Graduate from Iowa?

Rogue Ledesma Justiniani (1913 DDS) graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1913 with his DDS. He was from the Philippines, and he returned to Manila after graduation, and was one of four practicing dentists in Manila for a population of well over 200,000 (at the time). The October 1913 edition of the Iowa Alumnus indicated that Justiniana "returned home" to the "Philippine Islands" after graduation. The 1915 edition of the Iowa Alumnus confirmed this and contained a letter from Justiniani updating his classmates about his marriage and his dental practice in Manila, Philippines. In the letter, he attributed his success to being an "Iowa fellow." Justiniani may be the first dental graduate from Iowa who was of Asian or Pacific Islander descent.


April 14, Live Distance Course: Thinking Game for Maxillary Full Arch Implant Restorations, Aaron Cho, 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

April 18, Noon Seminar: Erin Bumann, University of Missouri, KC, “Adverse Childhood Experiences Impact Tooth Emergence & Development,” hosted by Aline Petrin, Galagan B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

April 25, Noon Seminar: Luiz Meirelles, Ohio State University, “Precision Dental Medicine for Improved Periodontal Diagnostics Using Intra-Oral Scans,” hosted by Thiago Soares Porto, Galagan B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

May 2, Noon Seminar: Peter Mossey, University of Dundee, Title TBD, hosted by Azeez Butali, Galagan B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

May 5, Dental Alumni Reception in conjunction with IDA Annual Meeting, Cedar Rapids, IA, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

May 5, Noma—a global oral health disease, Fidel Strub, Galagan B and Zoom, (CE for students only; meets cultural competency requirement) 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

June 1, Culturally Responsive Health Care Conference, College of Public Health, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 pm.  Co-sponsored by the College of Dentistry. 

September 15-16, Dentistry Alumni Reunion Weekend

October 13-14, IMOM, Cedar Rapids Convention Center

Notes and Resources 

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

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The banner Hawkeye Smile image shows Shaoping Zhang, an assistant professor in periodontics, with Herky.

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