Alumni News

Posted on: Friday, 09/12/2014

Dinner for 12 Dental Students

This past season’s Dinner for 12 Dental Students was a resounding success. More than 120 pre-doctoral students were hosted by over 20 enthusiastic alumni at evening functions throughout the month of August. The hosted dinners provided an opportunity for the dentists-to-be to meet and network with practicing dentists in a casual, welcoming setting. Alumni generously provided dinner and valuable knowledge about organized dentistry to groups of 10-12 students who in turn represented the UCLA School of Dentistry and updated the alumni on happenings at the school.

The purpose of the program was to create a smaller, friendlier community within the dental school and its alumni in the greater Los Angeles area. Alumni were encouraged to invite fellow dentists and specialists to enhance the dinner experience of the students. By having multiple perspectives and mentors to hear from, the students were able to have more one-on-one conversations with alumni that were otherwise more difficult to achieve last year.

Thank you to the 2014 hosts:

  • Melanie Gullett '83 and George Marinon '83

  • Linh Le '93

  • Carol Bibb '78

  • LuAnne Chang '94

  • Gary Finer '80

  • Larry Kozek '74

  • Regina Wong '88

  • Lindsey Costantino '10

  • Linda Brogmus Segal '86

  • Gerald Roodzant '79

  • David Guichet '86 and Jacinth Paquette '86 

Alumni Come Together in Northern California

alumni reception in San FranciscoA UCLA Dental School alumni reception was held on Friday, September 5th, in northern California for the first time since 2007. The evening event, hosted by Dean Park, welcomed more than 60 UCLA Dentistry alumni members to network, socialize, and catch up with old classmates and friends. The reception took place at the Westin Market Street Hotel in downtown San Francisco. Event organizers took advantage of the yearly CDA Presents session, at a time when a large number of alumni were in town. Attendee's graduation years ranged from the early 1970's to the very recent Class of 2013.

Honoring Our Alumni & Friends

The 2014 annual Alumni Day event, held in conjunction with the CDA Spring Session, took place on Saturday, May 17th at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. Dean No-Hee Park addressed a packed room and gave his traditional “State of the School” address, giving updates on the School’s educational, research, patient care, public service initiatives. The Dean ended his presentation with a historical video, which highlighted the major achievements that have occurred over the past 50 years.Alumni Day Honorees

This year’s Alumni Day Events were especially significant as it kicked-off a yearlong series of events and research symposiums in commemoration of the School’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. The highlight of the day was the recognition of the Co-Alumnus of the Year, Drs. Douglas Yoon and Adam Chen and the Co-Honorary Alumnus of the Year, Shirley and Ralph Shapiro. Following the luncheon, guests and alumni enjoyed a hosted reception by the Dean and the Alumni Dance that followed.

Caption, from left to right: Drs. Douglas Yoon and Adam Chen with Dean No-Hee Park and Mrs. Shirley and Mr. Ralph Shapiro after they received their awards at the luncheon.

Alumna Appointed as AAP President

Dr. Joan Otomo-Corgel, UCLA DDS Class of 1976, was installed as the newest president of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). Dr. Otomo-Corgel, who is also a UCLA Board of Counselors member, was appointed to the position at the AAP 100th Anniversary Annual Meeting held at the end of September.

In addition to maintaining a private practice, she holds a part-time position as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Section of Periodontics. She also earned a Masters of Public Health degree from the UCLA School of Public Health in 1980. Congratulations Dr. Otomo-Corgel on this appointment.



Ortho Alum to Lead AAO

UCLA orthodontics’ residency alumnus, Dr. Morris Poole, was elected as the 2014-2015 President-Elect of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Dr. Poole completed the UCLA orthodontics residency program in the late 1970s and began a private practice in 1978. He has been a member of AAO for more than 30 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the AAO Foundation, which supports orthodontic education and research. He is active in the community and volunteers his time with several organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America and Kiwanis. He currently has offices in Utah and Idaho.  

Congratulations Alumna on Her New Baby Girl

Dr. Karen Potter, DDS Class of 2007Dr. Karen Potter, DDS Class of 2007, and her husband, Sean Dumm, gave birth to their second daughter, Josephine (Joey) Bea Potter-Dumm on March 8th, 2014. Following her DDS degree from UCLA, Karen earned a certificate of endodontics from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Karen works in private practice in San Clemente and is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. Cognratulations to Dr. Potter and her family on their new baby girl.