Oregon Health & Sciences University Welcomes New Orthodontic Department Chair

Our thanks to Dr. Christine Sedgely, Chair of Endodontics, for taking on the responsibilities as Interim Chair of Orthodontics for the last 2 years. Under Dr. Sedgely’s guideance, the Orthodontic Department has made a smooth transition, with Chair administrative responsibilities now in the hands of Dr. Laura Iwasaki. OHSU Orthodontics is very much endebted to Dr. Sedgely for her patience and experience in helping the department manage the transition to a new era of growth and development.

OHSU welcomes as new chair, Dr. Laura Iwasaki, who has 11 years experience as the Leo Rogers Chair of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, University of Missouri Kansas City. Laura has been been employed as full time faculty for 26 years, serving as faculty in Orthodontic Departments at the University of Manitoba, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and UMKC. As well, she has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences, University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine. Her additional duties to the profession are as the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation Chair of the Planning and Research Committee (PARC). Each year PARC reviews grant applications distributes approximately 750,000$ in support orthodontic research.

Celebrating a Legacy of Teaching at OHSU Orthodontics

As of June 29th, 2018, Dr. Larry Doyle officially retired as Director of the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics at Oregon Health & Science University. But retirement didn’t last long, because on the following Monday Larry trudged up to the top of the west hills and started the on-boarding process of a new hire…..as part-time clinical faculty. We are very grateful that Dr. Doyle has agreed to stay on with the clinical faculty, as we move to a new era of leadership at OHSU Orthodontics.

Dr. Doyle began teaching at OHSU in September of 1981. Over the years, he has shepherded the education of more than 100 alumni as they completed their clinical training and their MS degrees.

Dr. Larry Michael Doyle was borne in Oakland California, February 6th, 1943. Larry grew up in Eureka CA, attending Lincoln Elementary, Eureka Junior and High Schools. In 1965 he completed his major in Zoology at Humboldt State University in Arcadia CA, married Gail with a honeymoon in Hawaii. After completing his dental education, Larry practiced general dentistry for 8 years, before specializing in Orthodontics at OHSU from 1977-1979. He worked as an associate in an orthodontic practice in Fortuna CA before joining the OHSU full-time faculty in 1981. Since then, Dr. Doyle has been a strong supporter of Oregon Pinot Noir, corn beef and cabbage, the movie “Singing in the Rain”, and the OHSU Orthodontic program.

OHSU Alumni are indebted to the dedication of Dr. Doyle. For more than a quarter century, Larry has been an integral component of orthodontic education in the Pacific Northwest. Congratulations to Dr. Doyle on his amazing accomplishments, and best-wishes from all on your retirement from Full-Time teaching.

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Mentorship Program begins

We just rolled out a new mentorship program that will connect each new resident with a practicing OHSU ortho alumni in the Portland area. Andrea Laidlaw, Eric Burgin, Mike Brown, and Seth Senestraro stepped up to be our first mentors- we cannot thank them enough!! We will need more in the coming years, so if you are interested, please let us know. The goals of the program are listed below:

  1. Connect a new resident with a practicing orthodontist who graduated from OHSU and who is not a faculty member. This will give each resident a different perspective of our profession from outside the school, and how the OHSU-style of orthodontics is put to use in the real world.
  2. This relationship will not only benefit the resident, but also the mentor just as much:
    1. The resident can keep the mentor up on current trending clinical or research topics that the mentor may be far removed from, not being in a school setting anymore.
    2. The resident can relay information about how the residency is running and how it can improve.
    3. Non-faculty alumni who have an interest in teaching who may not have enough time to do so, will get the chance to instill wisdom in a younger generation of orthodontists.
  3. Hopefully create a long-term friendship between 2 colleagues.
  4. Help create more of a connection between the alumni association and the residency and foster more of a family dynamic within our alumni association as time goes on.

Leadership Change

As of the close of 2016, Mike Brown and Joe Safirstein have stepped down from the OOAA and have been replaced by Drs. Lauren Weber and Jeff Pace, who both graduated in 2015.  Staying on for one more year will be Dr. Dan Phillips.  The operations of the OOAA will remain largely unchanged until the new leadership is acclimated and ready to add their own twists to our traditions.  Please join me in welcoming Jeff and Lauren to the OOAA.-- Joe Safirstein

 Dr. Lauren Weber

Dr. Lauren Weber

 Dr. Jeff Pace

Dr. Jeff Pace

AAO San Francisco, May 2015 Alumni Reception

This year was a very well attended wonderful Alumni reception at the Moscone Center.  Thank you all for stopping by and making the evening fun.

Special visit by the Dean including photos of the new building shown on the back wall.

A few of our residents, Hani, Alex, Shannon, Jeff, and Kaitlyn with Dave Covell, Dept. Chair.

 Alums Becky and Seth

Alums Becky and Seth

Alum and Part-time faculty Jenny Crowe and Alum Michael Courtright.

Current residents Jeff and Hani (outside L and R of group)  got to meet Alums Brian, Adam and Seth

Alum Rachel talking with faculty member Dan Yaillen

Alums Joe Safirstein and Ok Kyoung

Grad program director Larry Doyle and his wife Gail.

Alums Ana and Megan and Ana's husband Eddy

Graduation 2014

Our graduates provided us a fantastic evening including meaningful summaries of their Masters research.  Congratulations to the class of 2014.

 Dr. Kaplan presenting our graduates with their "Not Ready for Prime Time" Certificates.

Dr. Kaplan presenting our graduates with their "Not Ready for Prime Time" Certificates.

 A rare opportunity to see all three classes together!  

A rare opportunity to see all three classes together!  

 Attending faculty Dr.'s Monroe, Klein, Burgen, Safirstein, Freedman, Doyle, Yaillen, Kaplan, Lathrop and Castilla

Attending faculty Dr.'s Monroe, Klein, Burgen, Safirstein, Freedman, Doyle, Yaillen, Kaplan, Lathrop and Castilla

Match Results 2014 are in!

Please join me in welcoming the following new additions to our department and specialty!  Each of our newest incoming residents earned marks in the very tops of their dental school classes.  We are so very impressed and proud to welcome you all to the OHSU Orthodontic family!


Rachel Hoffman finishes her dental degree at Indiana next year.  She earned a Biology degree from Notre Dame.  She's following in the footsteps of one of our current first year residents who also came to Portland via Indiana.  In addition to an experienced background in research, Rachel enjoys running, hiking and skiing.  

 

 


Kari Harnick completes her dental degree at UoP next year.  Kari has dental genes and experience!  She earned a BS in dental hygiene in 2012 before starting the dental program at UoP.  While her peers assumed she'd follow in her father's footsteps as an orthodontist, Kari wanted to be sure she explored several areas of dentistry.  Kari has spent a good bit of time working with the Special Olympics and also organized hygiene efforts with the NM Mission of Mercy.

 


Alissa Borda  earned a dental degree and an MPH from the Arizona School of Dentistry.  After earning her DMD, Alissa completed a GPR in Seattle, WA, at the VA.  While her mentors there practically forced her into a pros residency, fortunately for us, she held tough and pursued orthodontics.  Alissa is an avid distance runner who has over 60 races under her belt.  

 

 

 


Adam Ward finishes his dental degree next year at OHSU.  He earned a Nutrition degree from BYU Utah in 2011.  Adam is a talented young man who speaks Spanish fluently.  He has traveled to Guatemala where he has treated children, working to make the world a better place through humanitarian efforts.  He's also served here locally at the Oregon Mission of Mercy.  


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Rachel Hoffman

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Kari Harnick

 Alissa Borda, DMD

Alissa Borda, DMD

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Adam Ward

First quarter in the new dental school

The new residents arrived back in July after a two week break between quarters.  The class of 2016 will never know life in the old building!  The new orthodontic clinic is complete with additional space for residents to study and prepare cases as well as the latest in just about every kind of technology.  From computerized dental chairs to LED lights, this facility is quite impressive.  Beyond that, the views of the Marquam bridge, the new suspension bridge and the Willamette river are incredible.  The 11th floor affords breathtaking views of both sides of the river for patients and residents alike.  Stop by for a look sometime!