Honoring Our Alumni
In April, the annual Alumni Luncheon and Dean’s Reception took place at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel in conjunction with the California Dental Association’s yearly meeting. Highlights from the event include recognizing our Alumnus of the Year, Greg Prince ’73, our Honorary Alumnus of the Year, Fermin Carranza, and the reunion classes of 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 2003 and 2008.
Wrapping up the weekend was the Dental Alumni Dance where guests danced the night away, listening to 60’s, 70s, and 80’s music played by the band, Root Kanals.
Former Pediatric Resident Ranks in the Top 3 Percent
Pediatric resident alumnus, Breanne Reid Ct. ’12, was one of 15 residents to receive the Richard Pugh Achievement Award. The award is presented annually by the American Board of Pediatric Dentists (ABPD) to the top 3 percent of all candidates who complete the qualifying examination. The award was created in honor of Dr. Pugh, who was the ABPD Educational Measurement Consultant for 28 years before he retired in 1998. Congratulations to Breanne on the recognition!
Breanne’s future plans include publishing her research paper on the topic of incorporating oral health risk assessments on special needs patients using occupational therapists.
Alumnus Shares Her Wisdom
At the beginning of March, Dr. Emily Letran ’93, was featured on the web-based talk show, “Money for Lunch.” Dr. Letran spoke about her best seller book, Out Front, Business Building Strategies from Front Line Entrepreneurs, and shared how dentistry can actually change people’s lives. Dr. Letran is the School’s Alumni Board President and is a founding member of the Apollonian Society.
Alumnus Elected to Board Vice President
Alumnus and Professor Emeritus, Dr. Russell Nishimura, was appointed the Vice President of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO). Dr. Nishimura currently maintains a private practice limited to prosthodontics and implant dentistry, in Westlake Village. At UCLA, he taught removable prosthodontics, immediate denture, and implant courses. He was elected to the AO Board in 2005 and previously served as secretary. He received both his BS and DDS degrees from UCLA. He also completed postgraduate programs in hospital dentistry, prosthodontics, and maxillofacial prosthetics at the UCLA Medical Center and School of Dentistry.
Helping Those in Need
Alumnus, Dr. Manual "Chip" Carin '89 Ct. 90 (Gen. Practice) recently finished his second mission in Uxmal, Mexico, with the Flying Doctors of America. The not-for-profit organization pulls together a medical team of volunteer physicians and dentists and travels to poor and needy populations to provide much-needed medical treatment. In three days, he extracted 91 teeth that were periodontally hopeless. Dr. Carin has a private practice in Watsonville, Calif.