College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

Our alumni are vital to the health and wellbeing of our college. We wouldn't be who we are without your support and your excellence. This past weekend, I had the privilege of seeing many of our alumni—over 50 alumni and friends—at the ADA Annual Meeting in Houston. It was a great opportunity to enjoy the company of our esteemed alumni and to hear about their accomplishments. Some photos from the weekend are on the College of Dentistry website. Iowa's Homecoming weekend is also coming up this next week, and there are numerous festivities planned, including our pediatric dentistry alumni reunion on Thursday night, an excellent pediatric dentistry CE course on Friday, and our pregame CE course and tailgate on Saturday. Please register to join us at the tailgate if you'd not already done so. Go Hawks! ~Clark Stanford

Hawkeye Band playing at Homecoming

Updates for October 21, 2022–October 27, 2022

Tina M. Brandon Abbatangelo

Exotic animals have teeth too!

Tina M. Brandon Abbatangelo ('97 DDS) is a visiting assistant professor of clinic sciences at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and director of the UNLV Smiles Dental Clinic. She also happens to be a leading expert in caring for the teeth of exotic animals. The ADA featured Abbatangelo during its October 14 DENT Talk during the ADA Annual Meeting in Houston (SmileCon), which was discussed in ADA News.

Addison and Reed Faldet

Recent dental alumni receive entrepreneur award

At its 2022 Gala, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center presented a Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Reed ('19 DDS) and Addision Faldet ('20 DDS). The Faldets are practicing dentists, founders, and owners of Hometown Dental in Charles City, IA. In 2022, they constructed state-of-the-art dental clinics in Charles City and New Hampton. The new clinics are accompanied by new equipment and technology which enhances quality and efficiency of care, and allows the doctors to see more patients and provide greater access to care. The new clinics will allow the Faldets to address rural dentistry issues as dentists continue to retire in small towns across Iowa.

Participants in the UI REACH outreach event

College of Dentistry hosts event for UI REACH Students

On October 13, students from the UI REACH program learned about oral health and received one-on-one tooth brushing instructions from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.  

Satheesh Elangovan and Chris Barwacz in regalia

Dental faculty inducted to American College of Dentists

At SmileCon 2022, the ADA Annual Meeting in Houston, Satheesh Elangovan, professor emeritus of periodontics, and Chris Barwacz, associate professor and chair of the Department of Family Dentistry, were inducted into the American College of Dentists (ACD). The ACD is the oldest national-level honorary organization for dentists, and its members exemplify excellence through their exceptional contributions to dentistry and their leadership in the dental profession.

Jacob Lensing brushing his teeth during the Triple Ironman

Dental student says one Ironman triathlon isn't enough

In a research profile from his first year of dental school, fourth-year dental student Jacob Lensing, who had already participated in an Ironman triathlon, talked about his future athletic and research plans. This past week, beginning on Thursday, October 13, he began to build on his earlier accomplishments with a Triple Ironman triathlon. This ordeal started at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday and he finished 52 hours later around 11:00 a.m. on Saturday after swimming 7.2 miles, biking 336 miles, and running 78.6 miles along with 3 hours of sleep and a bit of time brushing his teeth! Be sure to ask Jake what's next on his agenda!

Pen and paper

College of Dentistry Writing Contest

Ranked #2 in the country for writing according the U.S. News and World Report, the University of Iowa is the writing university. Dentistry faculty, staff and
students are no strangers to communicating well—whether with patients or colleagues.

The College of Dentistry Creative Writing Contest is designed to encourage us to reflect on our experiences—whether in dentistry or elsewhere, to express
those experiences and ideas in writing, and to enjoy the creative process. 

More details are available on the full flyer. Submissions may be made at any time before the submission deadline of November 6, 2022. Questions, comments, or submissions can be sent via email to Michael Tilley or Kate Newcomb.

Sephora Tshimpa

The College of Dentistry welcomes Sephora Tshimpa

Sephora Tshimpa is a new pediatric dentistry dental assistant. She was born and raised in Congo in Kinshasa. She and some of her family members came to Iowa, although the rest of her family remains in Congo. Sephora speaks French and Lingala, and she enjoys helping patients who are most comfortable communicating in French or Lingala navigate dentistry and oral health. Please welcome Sephora to the college!

Ray Cohlmia

Open Forum with Ray Cohlmia, Executive Director of ADA

Please join us in welcoming Ray Cohlmia, Executive Director of the American Dental Association, to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry on Wednesday, October 26th, 2022 for an open forum for all students, faculty, and staff from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Galagan auditoriums.

Cohlmia joined the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry faculty in 2009, serving in a variety of leadership positions. In 2011, he was named director of comprehensive care, and he served as assistant dean for patient care from 2013 until he was appointed dean in 2015. Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma, he ran a private dental practice for 26 years.

Sam Christensen

Hawkeye Heros: Dr. Sam Christensen

Samuel O. Christensen (’55 DDS, ’58 PEDO) died at the age of 91 on October 16, 2022. Known as “Dr. Sam” in the Waterloo area, where he practiced pediatric dentistry until he retired. Dr. Sam was a quintessential Hawkeye—he appreciated the opportunities his education at Iowa afforded him, and it made a difference in the excellent patient care he provided and his commitment to giving back to his local community and his alma mater. In addition to his support for numerous organizations in Waterloo, he regularly and consistently volunteered his time and talents to the Center for Advancement and the College of Dentistry, which was recognized in 1994 as he received a Distinguished Alumni Award for Service. The photo shows Dr. Sam and his wife, Jane, at a Hawkeye game in 2021.  


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


October 21, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

October 27, Pediatric Dentistry Alumni Reunion, UI Athletic Hall of Fame, Tailgate food provided, 5:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.

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 15, Pedro Sanchez, "Solving Rare Genetic Diseases, One Mutation at a Time: instructive examples from the clinic,” hosted by Shankar Rengasamy Venugopalan, Galagan B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

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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