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AltmanDon Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA, ’12, dean, A.T. Still University-College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS), has been appointed the interim dean of ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) effective May 10, 2016. Dr. Altman’s appointment follows the retirement announcement of current ATSU-MOSDOH Dean Chris Halliday, DDS, MPH.

“Dr. Altman understands the University’s mission and ATSU-MOSDOH,” says ATSU’s Senior Vice President–Academic Affairs  Norman Gevitz, PhD. “We are pleased Dr. Altman has accepted this interim assignment and confident his knowledge and career experiences will help him continue to advance our Missouri-based dental program until a new dean is named.”

A dentist with more than 30 years of public health and community health center experience, Dr. Altman joined ATSU in 2006. Since then, he has served as chair of the Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis program with ATSU-CGHS and as director of public health with ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. He operated five group practices in Tucson and Phoenix, Ariz., with more than 100 employees. In addition, he is a review team member and site visitor for the Council on Dental Accreditation.

“I look forward to working with the great ATSU-MOSDOH students, faculty, and staff who have worked so hard to bring this new dental school to the state of Missouri,” says Dr. Altman. “I am confident we will continue to work together to provide a quality education so these future dentists can go into communities and make a difference.”

Dr. Altman will relocate to Kirksville and St. Louis and serve in the interim position until a new dean is selected. Katherine Adler, DHA, FACHE, associate dean of academics and assessment, will assume the role of acting dean for ATSU-CGHS effective May 10, 2016.

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A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH), in collaboration with Affinia Healthcare, provided free dental education and restorative care to Ray Miller Elementary in Kirksville, Mo. During the all-day event ATSU-MOSDOH students and Affinia Healthcare staff provided dental services to underserved children.

A total of 574 elementary students were in attendance, and all were given oral health education on various topics including: safety, careers in dentistry, systemic disease, nutrition, and preventative care. A total of 446 students received fluoride varnish applications. Other treatments and procedures also took place including: sealants, restorative work, and extractions.

The estimated amount for all the services provided was $15,000.

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A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ATSU-MOSOH) presented Lessons in a Lunch Box to second grade students at Kirksville Primary School. This program centers on teaching elementary school children about dental health and healthy diets. The program is also designed to encourage interest in careers in dentistry.

The entire first-year ATSU-MOSDOH class helped educate the students about oral health and its importance to overall health. They incorporated a slideshow presentation and included interactive activities for the children.

Along with education, students are provided lunch boxes equipped with a case, rinse cup, toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss. The Lessons in a Lunch Box program was developed by the Children’s Oral Health Institute. The program is supported through donations from dental companies and associations.

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On Feb. 19 and 20, students from A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) volunteered alongside other area dental students, hygienists, professionals, and community members to help Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) in St. Louis, Mo. A total of 39 ATSU-MOSDOH students participated in the weekend event designed to provide free dental care to children.

The mission of Give Kids a Smile is to deliver quality dental services to children – particularly the underserved. This was the 29th clinic for GKAS, and it took place on the campus of St. Louis University. A total of 349 children were treated over the weekend. The total value of the free services provided was $314,851.

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Left to right: Drs. Vance, Halliday, Feinberg, and Crutchfield

Maxine Feinberg, DDS, president of the American Dental Association (ADA), and Jody Vance, DDS, MS, PC, president elect of the Missouri Dental Association (MDA), were recent guests of A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH). Hosted on the Missouri campus by ATSU-MOSDOH Dean Christopher Halliday, DDS, MPH, Drs. Feinberg and Vance toured the University’s Interprofessional Education Building, and spoke with ATSU-MOSDOH faculty and students as part of MDA’s Food for Thought series.

“I’m extremely impressed with the students, faculty, and facility,” said Dr. Vance.

The Food for Thought series is provided twice a year at ATSU. MDA provides lunch and brings in a speaker to discuss real-world topics in the field of dentistry and oral health. This series is sponsored by Missouri Dental Insurance Services Inc.

“I was so happy to have the opportunity to visit the school. It was a highlight of my year as president,” said Dr. Feinberg. “The fact that the students are living the interprofessional education model is very impressive. It’s not just theory, it’s in practice.”

Drs. Feinberg and Vance both specialize in periodontics. Dr. Feinberg, who lives in Westfield, New Jersey, is a 1980 graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, the ADA’s 151st president, and a 33-year ADA member. A resident of Springfield, Mo., Dr. Vance currently serves as an MDA trustee and will assume his role as MDA president in 2016. He is also an active volunteer for Missouri Mission of Mercy.

“I’m impressed by the cooperative spirit between the school and organized dentistry. To me, that only helps to improve the educational experience for the students,” said Dr. Feinberg.

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