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2012-2013 Annual Giving Campaign Donors
Steven Gross, C.D.T.
9129 Lurline Ave.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Richard Sobel, D.D.S.
2901 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94509
Richard Mungo, D.D.S.
7891 Talbert Ave., #103
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Lisa Brennan, D.D.S.
368 N. Kanan Rd.
Oak Park, CA 91377
Kenneth Szymanski, D.D.S.
1755 Erringer, #20
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Ray E. Stewart, D.M.D.
P.O. Box 221608
Carmel, CA 93922
Richard Leonard, MBA
1055 Wilshire Blvd., 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Wayne M. Grossman, D.D.S.
11230 Gold Express Dr., Ste. 302
Gold River, CA 95670
David L. Good, D.D.S.
USC Dept. of PD
925 W. 34th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Dr. Rebecca Lee
11200 Corbin Ave. #108
Northridge, CA, 91326
David Rothman, D.D.S.
2555 Ocean Avenue, #104
San Francisco, CA 94132
Matthew C. Hamilton, D.D.S.
631 E. Alvin Dr., Ste. C
Salinas, CA 93906
Justin A. Shuffer, D.D.S.
150 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite E
San Dimas, CA 91773
Dr. Steven D. Chan
1895 Mowry Ave. #121
Fremont, CA 94538
A professional organization of pediatric dentists whose mission is to serve by advocating for the optimal oral health of infants, children, and adolescents.
A nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and promote education, research, and service that advances the oral health of children. The fundraising activities follow the rules for a 501c3.
Board of Directors: 4 Northern & 4 Southern
Executive Director: Ray Stewart
Association Management Company: Smith Moore & Associates
Board of Trustees
Executive Secretary: Deborah Johnson
Open to all CSPD members, corporations, and the general public who want to donate to the Foundation in support of pediatric dentistry.
By Dr. Justin Shuffer
Dr. Nasem Mojarrad is originally from the Midwest, growing up in Granger, Indiana. She attended Indiana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. After college, Dr. Mojarrad attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. She was very active in dental school, serving on her dental class’ executive board, participating in a variety of outreach programs and even traveling to third world countries to provide dental care to children. She excelled in dental school and was on the Dean’s List for her board score accomplishments, as well as receiving the 2009 American Academy of Implant Dentistry Dental Student Award.
Following dental school, Dr. Mojarrad was accepted into the University of Southern California’s advanced pediatric specialty program where she spent two years of additional post-doctorate training. Dr. Mojarrad received the Hugh M. Kopel Award for outstanding resident of the year during her time at USC.
Dr. Mojarrad is currently working at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County as a hospitalist dentist, providing dental care for children with special needs. She also is on faculty for the University of Southern California’s advanced pediatric specialty program where she teaches the residents pediatric dentistry in a hospital setting. She also works in a private practice in Aliso Viejo. She has recently become a Diplomate for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry passing both her qualitative and oral certification exams.
Dr. Mojarrad is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the Orange County Dental Society, the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association.
1. What it is like to be a pediatric dentist hospitalist?
Being a pediatric hospitalist dentist is great, I am able to work directly with the special needs patients and their doctors to provide the best comprehensive care. We meet with the hematology/oncology department to allow access to dental care prior to chemotherapy. I really enjoy being in the hospital and working in a more medical aspect of dentistry.
2. How did you decide to dedicate a segment of your life to teaching?
I really enjoyed my residency program and wanted to continue to be a part of the cycle. I had some great mentors and would be honored to become a mentor for the future pediatric dentists.
3. What is the toughest challenge facing new graduates in 2013?
I think that finding a good job is becoming more and more difficult for new graduates as less doctors are retiring or have the need for an associate because of this economy. Although very exciting and rewarding, the transition from resident to new pediatric dentist is always a challenge too.
4. What advice would you give young practitioners on how to handle offices that pressure them to practice below the standard of care?
I would remind them that they have worked too hard and come too far to compromise the health and well-being of a child. As the cost of education increases and graduates face higher and higher debt, it is hard to focus on the heart of pediatric dentistry and not focus on the money aspect. I encourage everyone to remember why we are in this field and practice accordingly.
5. What do you do to relax when not involved in pediatric dentistry?
When I’m not “counting teeth,” I enjoy being active – hiking, yoga, tennis – reading and playing with her Yorkshire Terrier puppy, Maxwell.
Dr. Jordan Buzzell is the first Warren Brandli intern from the military. He is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry (for both his DDS and MPH) and completed his pediatric dental training at NYU. Dr. Buzzell, who was commissioned in the US Navy in 2002, is the third naval officer in his family and has served in Kasigluk, Alaska, Haiti, Montserrat, Belize, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Yokosuka, Japan. He is currently stationed at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego where he primarily sees children with special health care needs. He is married and enjoys video editing, running (he has completed 7 marathons), traveling, and watching movies.
Dr. Alexandra Malebranche returns to California and her hometown in the San Francisco Bay Area after completing her pre-doctoral studies on the East coast. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her D.D.S. at Columbia University School of Dental Medicine.
Throughout undergraduate and graduate school, Alexandra participated in organized dentistry through intensive and active involvement in the American Student Dental Association. While at Columbia, she served ASDA at both the local and national levels as a writer and editor for several award winning publications. She also served on ASDA’s communications council contributing to several major changes in ASDA’s website, blog, and print publications.
Her research and interests within dentistry are child advocacy, the underserved, public relations, and public health. When Alexandra is not treating patients, she enjoys writing, creating, working out, and spending time with friends. She is in her first year of residency at UCSF and could not be more excited to work with CSPD as this year’s Warren Brandi Intern.
Need $20,000 for research? Put CSPDF to work for you
We support the science of staying healthy. We know there are multiple ways to look at teeth. Pediatric dental post doctoral students or recent graduates who have research ideas are encouraged to apply for Investigator- Initiated Research Grants up to $20,000. More details are available in the next few articles.
Need Research Dollars?
CSPDF is seeking PTFM (part time faculty member) age 25 to 75 passionate about pediatric dental topics. If you need $5,000 for a worthy project, we might be a match. Inspired researchers with great ideas should apply to the Chair of CSPDF Award & Grants Committee, David Good (dgoodone(at)sbcglobal.net)
$500 Travel Money!
CSPDF offers 2 categories of travel money to either faculty or residents to be able to present their research findings at a national or international meeting. For more info, contact Dr. Good.
The CSPD Foundation Board recently received a letter of thanks from the UCSF Division of Pediatric Dentistry extending their profound gratitude for the $25,000 grant for faculty support. Program Director and Division Chair, Dr. Pamela Den Besten, writes that "these grant funds have helped us to hire Dr. Aparna Aghi as a 50% part time faculty member. Dr. Aghi also serves as the Associate Director of the pediatric dentistry postgraduate clinics. Aparna has been an incredibly positive addition to our faculty. She teaches in our postgraduate clinic, sedation clinic, as well as our pre-doctoral clinics. She has taken a leadership role in the design of our clinical facilities in the new children's hospital at Mission Bay and in directing the renovation of the treatment rooms in our Parnassus clinic. Aparna provides leadership in working with our Chief Resident on issues related to clinic scheduling, treatment records, and our annual retreat." Dr. Den Besten continues, "The timing of the grant from CSPDF came at a time of critical need for additional faculty in our training program...we feel a real partnership with CSPDF in addressing our needs by funding this grant and in promoting excellence in our faculty and training programs. We look forward to a continued partnership in this important endeavor to train our future colleagues in pediatric dentistry."
Dr. David Perry, CSPDF Board appointed liason to the San Francisco program, helped to tailor the Bridging the Gap request to allow for maximum impact on the program. He hopes that contributors to the Foundation will continue for this and other projects through their generous donations.
UCSF, Brent Lin, DMD
The students at UCSF received products for the 2013 GKAS day and also received $1,500 from the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program to co-sponsor the event. They invited their colleagues on the campus at the medical school, nursing school, and pharmacy school, as well as this year’s Schweitzer Fellows in the Bay Area (Stanford, Berkeley, and etc.) to be involved in the GKAS event.
UCSF has partnered with several organizations to reach out and serve the community. They are one of two Oral Health Zones designated by the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (the other one is in Washington, DC) and our students have worked extensively with the coordinator to address the community oral health needs. The students have also initiated and created a new journal club with emphasis on children with special needs and have worked with our residents and faculty on its activities.
The students who have interest in pediatric dentistry as a specialty continue to seek opportunities in performing advanced pediatric dentistry skill and techniques by participating in several elective courses at the Native American Health Center and the Alameda County Medical Center under the direction of UCSF affiliated faculty.
California Public Health Association-North: At the Give Kids a Smile Day event, there were 220 dental/pre-dental participants who treated 162 children with almost $40,000 worth of services provided.
Elev8 Oakland Initiative-UCSF Partnership: Launched in 2008, Elev8 Oakland is one of five sites across the country selected to participate in the national Urban Health Initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. UCSF’s provided health education and dental screenings for the entire student body of Roosevelt Middle School in San Francisco.
Community Dentistry at MLK Elementary: On 11/7/2012, UCSF dental students along with the UCSF Orthodontics Department provided free screenings and fluoride varnish for the 6th grade classrooms at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in San Francisco.
Children’s Health Hut: UCSF students work alongside dental, medical, nursing, pharmacy, and physical therapy students to promote health education and facilitate access to healthcare through screenings and free preventive services. In 2012, they screened 231 children and applied fluoride varnish on 229 children.
UOP, USC, Loma Linda, UCLA, Western – No report
UCLA – Setareh Ghafouri, DDS On February 2, 2013, 11 faculty members, 13 pediatric dental residents, and over 80 dental students from UCLA provided care to over 140 children at a Give Kids a Smile event.
On January 31, 2013, pediatric dental residents and dental students conducted over 1500 dental screenings in Inglewood elementary schools and at the Westwood Salvation Army Transitional Village.
Dr. Santos Cortez
Leadership Development Chair
The California Society of Pediatric Dentistry is accepting applications for the Warren Brandli Leadership Intern Program. Current pediatric dental residents and individuals in their first five years of post-residency residing in California are eligible to apply. This opportunity was created for individuals who are in training programs or in the early stages of their career to participate in the CSPD governance and advocacy activities, attend internal organizational and inter-professional meetings, and complete a project designated by the CSPD Board President by the end of the program.
Through these activities, CSPD hopes to:
Applicants must be willing to attend all regular meetings of the CSPD Board of Directors as well as the Society's Leadership Orientation Session at the annual meeting and Strategic Planning Session, which is held every third year. Other opportunities may include attendance at the meetings of the Dental Board of California, California legislative hearings, California Dental Association-sponsored advocacy events and community leadership and/or Public Policy Advocate.
The CSPD will arrange transportation and lodging and will cover all program-related administrative costs and supply needs. Selection will be based on the applicant's 1) completion of an application, 2) submission of a short essay about the candidate's interest and specific personal goals for the program, 3) relevant activities or roles within their professional sphere and 4) two required letters of reference (one of which should be from the program director if the applicant is a current pediatric dental resident).
Applications are due November 10th and selections will be made and announced prior to the next annual session. The internship period will begin with the final meeting of the Board of Directors held in conjunction with the annual session and will finish 12 months later at the final meeting of the next Board of Directors at which time each intern will give a final report about their project.
CSPD Foundation Grants and Awards Update
CSPD Foundation Grants and Awards RFPs
"The Foundation is ready to put its money to good use," states Treasurer Ken Szymanski, "I'm ready to write more checks." Szymanski is referring to four categories of grants that have been established to further the goals of fostering research and developing faculty at California's pediatric dental programs. "The CSPD Foundation is foremost concerned with strengthening the Pediatric Dental Programs that exist in California," President Richard Sobel reminds us. "These grants and awards are great starting points and can really help each program."
Two categories of travel awards exist to help either faculty or residents to be able to present their research findings at national or international meetings. Up to $500 is available to help defray travel expenses.
Research grants are now available for up to $20,000 ($10,000 per year for two years). Pediatric dental post-doctoral students or recent grads are eligible for theses awards on topics that will contribute to the knowledge base in Pediatric Dentistry. This Investigator-Initiated Research Grant will initially be funded in January of 2008. Completed proposals are due October 1st for 2007. Inquiries should be directed to the chair of the CSPD Awards and Grants Committee, David Good (dgoodone(at)sbcglobal.net).
In an effort to further assist the state's pediatric dental programs, CSPD has developed the Faculty Development Grant for part-time Pediatric Dental Educators. These grants are designed to facilitate the recruitment and retention of clinicians to teach part-time and may be available to each program annually. The Faculty Development grant will provide a maximum of $5,000 to attract and retain clinicians who desire to be teachers, thereby bringing mid to late career clinicians into the educational system. These grants have deadlines for submission. More detailed information and applications can be obtained from Dr. David Good or from the CSPD office. Complete RFP's, application forms, and additional information is available on the CSPD website via links to CSPDF.
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