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Class of 2018 honors Dr. Luis G. Sensi

Luis Guilherme Sensi, DDS, PhD, MS, division director of operative dentistry and clinical assistant professor, has received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the School of Dental Medicine’s graduating Class of 2018. Class president Dr. Joshua Lovick and vice president Dr. Chad Dickerson presented Dr. Sensi with the award at the school’s Graduation Convocation Ceremony on May 4 in Hendrix Auditorium.

Dr. Lovick said, “Over the course of our four years of education, Dr. Sensi consistently made an effort to build relationships with our class. Beyond his effective teaching of technical dentistry, he is always going above and beyond to connect with us in fun and entertaining ways. I have always looked forward to any time spent with Dr. Sensi.”

Class of 2018 president Dr. Joshua Lovick (at left) and vice president Dr. Chad Dickerson presented Dr. Luis Sensi with the Outstanding Faculty Award at graduation on May 4.

Class of 2018 president Dr. Joshua Lovick (at left) and vice president Dr. Chad Dickerson presented Dr. Luis Sensi with the Outstanding Faculty Award at graduation on May 4.

Dr. Sensi joined the School of Dental Medicine’s Department of General Dentistry in 2013 and teaches Operative Dentistry, which focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases or trauma to teeth, and Dental Anatomy. He provides clinical coverage for pre-doctoral students and residents in the advanced education in general dentistry (AEGD) program.

Originally from Curitiba, Brazil, Dr. Sensi earned a doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree in 1999 from the Pontifical Catholic University of Panama in Curitiba.

He holds a master’s degree and a PhD in operative dentistry from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianapolis, Brazil, as well as certifications in endodontics and operative dentistry from the Federal University of Panama in Curitiba.

Prior to joining the ECU dental faculty, Dr. Sensi was a clinical assistant professor at the College of Dentistry at the University of Florida (2010-2013). He also served as an assistant professor in the department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics, and Operative Dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (2006-2010). While in private practice in Curitiba (2000-2006), he was on the faculty at the Tuiuti University of Panama and Federal University of Santa Catarina in Curitiba.

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

East Carolina University is proud to have bestowed the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree on the Class of 2018 on Friday, May 4. Listed here are the names of the graduates, their cities of origin in parentheses, their immediate professional plans, and their honors and awards. We will miss these exceptional dentists and wish them every success in their future endeavors.

Class of 2018 Graduates

Class of 2018 Graduates

Class of 2018 

Christopher Bryan Archer (Raleigh, NC)
Periodontics Residency, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Columbus, OH
American Academy of Periodontology Dental Student Award
Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society

Chelsea Hartsell Arthur(Midland, NC)
Private Practice High Point, NC

Evan Bowman Arthur(Huntersville, NC)
Private Practice High Point, NC
American College of Prosthodontists Predoctoral Student Prosthodontic Achievement Award

Erica Balbuena Tapia(Greenville, NC)
Private Practice Greenville, NC

Carlos Jose Baquero-Nunez(Charlotte, NC)
Private Practice Charlotte, NC

Robert Anslo Barton(Salisbury, NC)
Private Practice High Point, NC

Spenser Christian Briggs(Goldsboro, NC)
Private Practice Lynchburg, VA

Bruce Allen Bunch Jr.(Edenton, NC)
General Practice Residency
New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
North Carolina Schweitzer Fellow

Andrew Dillon Burns(Saint Pauls, NC)
Private Practice Southern Pines, NC

Jamie Renald Carter(Greensboro, NC
Private Practice Asheville, NC

Zaneta LaNai Carver(Durham, NC)
Private Practice Charlotte, NC

Ethan K. Caudell(Saint Pauls, NC)
Private Practice Shallotte, NC

Lauren Margaret Cole(Holly Springs, NC)
General Practice Residency
Mountain Area Health Education Center, Asheville, NC

Shivani Vinayak Dave(Wesley Chapel, NC)
Orthodontics Residency
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York, NY
Colleen Kelly Davis (Sylva, NC)
Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency NYU Langone Health, Nashville, TN

Colleen Kelly Davis (Sylva, NC)
Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency NYU Langone Health, Nashville, TN 

Chad Jarrett Dickerson(Mooresville, NC)
Private Practice Huntersville, NC

Sara Ann Ducatte(Wake Forest, NC)
Private Practice Raleigh, NC
Academy of Operative Dentistry Student Award

Kristen Elena Eguren(Greensboro, NC)
Prosthodontics Residency
University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Louisville, KY

Marcus Ryan Gillon(Statesville, NC)
Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Internship
Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana-Champaign, IL
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Student Award

Danielle Marie Gough(Wake Forest, NC)
Private Practice
Leland and Chadbourn, NC
American Academy of Oral Medicine Award
Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society

Richard Alan Greene(Kings Mountain, NC)
High Country Community Health Newland, NC
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Predoctoral Student Award

Mariya Vinogradov Harn(Asheville, NC)
Private Practice Fayetteville, NC

Jon Brian Hartley(Lenoir, NC)
Private Practice Lenoir, NC
American Association of Endodontists Student Achievement Award in Endodontics 

Stephen Joseph Harward (Garner, NC)
Private Practice Cary, NC

Ljiljana Karan(Charlotte, NC)
Advanced Education in General Dentistry
ECU School of Dental Medicine CSLC – Davidson County, NC
North Carolina Schweitzer Fellow
Community Commitment Award

Mary Rebecca Keith(Kinston, NC)
Advanced Education in General Dentistry Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC
American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Dental Student Award
North Carolina Schweitzer Fellow
Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society

Seulah Lee Kim(Durham, NC)
Private Practice Durham, NC

Matthew Michael Kostelic(Clemmons, NC)
Private Practice Winston-Salem, NC

Chelsea Erin Kuyath(Kannapolis, NC)
Advanced Education in General Dentistry
ECU School of Dental Medicine CSLC – Davidson County, NC
American Association of Orthodontists Award

Brianne Elizabeth Leslie(Winston-Salem, NC)
General Practice Residency
Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

Staci Bess Love(Sanford, NC)
Private Practice Metairie, LA
International College of Dentists Student Leadership Award

Joshua Stephen Lovick(Kinston, NC)
General Practice Residency
University of South Carolina Palmetto Health, Columbia, SC
Academy of General Dentistry Senior Dental Student Award

Jenna Simonne Montminy(Concord, NC)
General Practice Residency
Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society

Julio Lázaro Morales(Fayetteville, NC)
Private Practice Fayetteville, NC

Madison Brooke Owsley(Greensboro, NC)
General Practice Residency
The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY

Lydia Hormenoo Oyegunwa(Durham, NC)
Private Practice Wilmington, NC

Chetna R. Patel(Raleigh, NC)
Private Practice Raleigh, NC

Claudel Pilon(Raleigh, NC)
Private Practice Raleigh, NC

Laurent Pilon(Raleigh, NC)
Private Practice Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Dental Society Student Leader in Organized Dentistry Award

Domenik W. Randon(Hope Mills, NC)
Private Practice Hope Mills, NC

Kenitra Charmaine Richardson(Greensboro, NC)
Private Practice High Point, NC

Jonathan Dwyte Robinson(Fayetteville, NC)
Private Practice Blacksburg, VA

Anna Maria Rodriguez(High Point, NC)
Private Practice Asheville, NC

Olivia Caroline Roten(Danbury, NC)
Private Practice Walnut Cove, NC

William Aaron Setzer(Lincolnton, NC)
Private Practice Newton, NC

William Smith Seymour, Jr.(Greensboro, NC)
Private Practice Oxford, NC

Melanie Danielle Smith(Maysville, NC)
Private Practice Greenville, NC
Old North State Dental Society Community Commitment Award

Kaitlyn Anderson Spencer(Ayden, NC)
Advanced Education in General Dentistry Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC
American College of Dentists Outstanding Student Leader Award
North Carolina Schweitzer Fellow
Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society

Gregory Benjamin Stahr(Greensboro, NC)
Private Practice Kernersville, NC

Brittany Charlene Stofford(Concord, NC)
Private Practice Concord, NC

Daniel Joseph Tatarski(Reidsville, NC)
Private Practice High Point, NC

Thu Nina Tran Ho(Charlotte, NC)
Pediatric Dentistry Residency
University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Louisville, KY
American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Award 

Tommy James Wilson(Charlotte, NC)
General Practice Residency
Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
American Student Dental Association Award of Excellence 

Marian Alexandra Wynne(Oxford, NC)
Private Practice Williamston, NC
International College of Dentists Student Humanitarian Award
Academy of Dentistry International StudentServant Leadership Award

Dr. Amna Hasan speaks with physicians about diagnosing and treating  orofacial pain disorders at Grand Rounds

Amna Hasan, BDS, clinical assistant professor in the Department of General Dentistry at the ECU School of Dental Medicine, presented “Oral and Facial Pain Disorders” at the ECU Brody School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine Grand Rounds on May 3, 2018.

Dr. Amna Hasan spoke about orofacial pain disorders at the Brody School of Medicine’s Grand Rounds.

Dr. Amna Hasan spoke about orofacial pain disorders at the Brody School of Medicine’s Grand Rounds.

Dr. Hasan spoke with approximately 60 physicians about conditions related to tempromandibular joint disorders that are caused by dysfunction of TMJ joint itself or the muscles that control the movement of the jaw and common facial nerve conditions. She cited how these conditions were diagnosed and treated in particular cases. She also discussed the efficacy of certain oral appliances fabricated for the management of obstructed sleep apnea and how all of these conditions are managed at ECU School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Hasan’s primary area of interest is in the management of orofacial pain with focus on tempromandibular joint disorders, headaches, neuropathic pain, teeth grinding, teeth clenching, snoring, and sleep apnea. She can be reached at the ECU School of Dental Medicine Faculty Practice at 252-737-7122 or at hasana16@ecu.edu

Dr. Iquebal Hasan discusses oral conditions resulting from disease at Grand Rounds

Iquebal Hasan, BDS, clinical assistant professor of oral medicine at the ECU School of Dental Medicine, presented “Commonly Seen Oral Manifestations of Systemic Diseases & Medications” during Grand Rounds for the ECU Brody School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine on April 26.

Dr. Iquebal Hasan presented at the ECU Department of Internal Medicine’s Grand Rounds.

Dr. Iquebal Hasan presented at the ECU Department of Internal Medicine’s Grand Rounds.

Dr. Hasan identified specific oral manifestations (symptoms) that are related to some of the more common systemic diseases. He presented three case studies showing conditions that he diagnosed and is now working with patients’ physicians to manage. In these cases, the conditions had gone untreated or unsuccessfully treated for years. Dr. Hasan discussed the diagnosis, treatment, and positive results.

Among Dr. Hasan’s primary interests are the oral manifestations of systemic diseases; Sjogren’s Syndrome; and dental management of medically complex patients. He can be reached at the ECU School of Dental Medicine’s Faculty Practice at 252-737-7122 or at hasani16@ecu.edu.

Luís H. Schlichting receives the Judson C. Hickey Scientific Writing Award from The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

ECU School of Dental Medicine assistant professor Luís Henrique Schlichting has been honored with a 2018 Judson C. Hickey Scientific Writing Award in the clinical report category from The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry for “Simplified treatment of severe dental erosion with ultrathin CAD-CAM composite occlusal veneers and anterior bilaminar veneers,” an article he co-authored with Tayane Holz Resende, Kátia Rodrigues Reis from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Pascal Magne from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Luís Henrique Schlichting

Dr. Luís Henrique Schlichting

In the article Schlichting and his co-authors showcase how CAD/CAM technology combined with adhesive dentistry make it possible to fabricate a new class of restorative design: the ultrathin occlusal veneers. This innovative approach would shift perspective, the way moderate and severe dental erosion is treated.

Traditionally, clinicians remove additional and significant amount of sound tooth structure in order to place full coverage crowns. This process increases the chances of periodontal (concerning the  gums surrounding the tooth) complications (because margins usually are placed below the gumline) as well as increases the chances of endodontic (dental pulp) involvement.

Schlichting’s approach involves the fabrication and bonding of ultrathin CAD-CAM occlusal veneers to patient’s teeth allowing only strategic reduction of sound dental structure or even no preparation. There is no need of extending the preparation in order to hide margins or to obtain retention form.

“It’s like in a road with damaged pavement, when an asphaltic resurfacing will recover the original traffic conditions being highly cost-effective” he explains. The thickness of these composite resin or ceramic restorations when bonded will make them virtually imperceptible and the final appearance much more natural when compared to dental crowns. 

Dr. Schlichting joined the ECU School of Dental Medicine’s Department of General Dentistry in March of 2015. His work focuses on ultraconservative approaches based on biomimetic restorative dentistry.  He teaches operative dentistry for first year DMD students in the school’s clinical simulation lab as well as other classes in the clinics. He is also co-author of the textbook Routes for Excellence in Restorative Dentistry: Mastery for Beginners and Experts.

The Judson C. Hickey Scientific Writing Award is presented annually to writers of the most outstanding articles — in three categories: research/clinical sciences article, clinical report and technical article — published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry as determined by the publication’s editorial council. This award honors Dr. Hickey’s distinguished career as editor of The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistryand his contributions to dental education, research, and administration.

Study finds people with diabetes visit the dentist less frequently

A study led by researchers at East Carolina University and New York University showed that adults with diabetes are less likely to visit the dentist than people with prediabetes or without diabetes, even though they are at increased risk for periodontal disease.

The study, published by The Journal of the American Dental Association, used data from 2004 to 2014 that showed an overall decline in dental visits among adults with and without diabetes. People with diabetes were consistently the least likely to obtain oral health care.

Dr. Wanda Wright is an assistant professor and division director of dental public health at the ECU School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Wanda Wright is an assistant professor and division director of dental public health at the ECU School of Dental Medicine.

“Other studies have shown that adults with diabetes receive oral health care at a lower rate than adults without diabetes and that individuals with diabetes see the dentist less than they see other health specialists as part of their comprehensive diabetes care. However, those studies used data collected over a decade ago,” said Dr. Wanda Wright, division director of dental public health at the ECU School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Wright says that more recent data on dental care visits among individuals with diabetes have not been published and there were no studies assessing trends of dental care visits in population with diabetes, prediabetes, and no diabetes. So, the authors of the study thought that it was important to look at the trends in dental care visits using more recent national data.

In addition to Wright, the study’s authors include Dr. Ronny Bell and Dr. Huabin Luo of ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, Dr. Qiang Wu of the ECU Department of Biostatistics, and Dr. Bei Wu of the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

Research has shown a two-way relationship between diabetes and oral health. People with diabetes are at an increased risk for periodontal disease, a chronic inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissue and bone, which has an adverse effect on blood glucose control and can lead to tooth loss.

Dr. Wanda Wright and other researchers at ECU and NYU uncovered an unfortunate trend in dental care among people with diabetes.

Dr. Wanda Wright and other researchers at ECU and NYU uncovered an unfortunate trend in dental care among people with diabetes.

Eating a well-balanced diet, practicing good oral care at home, and regular dental check-ups can help keep glucose in the normal range, according to the American Dental Association.

Dr. Wright thinks Interprofessional efforts are needed to increase awareness of the interrelationships between oral health and diabetes.

“Health care professionals who treat patients with diabetes, such as endocrinologists, primary care physicians, oral health professionals, and public health professionals need to make a concerted effort to promote oral healthcare in patients with prediabetes and diabetes and encourage them to seek dental care,” Wright said. “ They should also advocate for dental insurance coverage for these populations.”

Leading organizations in diabetes care have put forth treatment guidelines for people with diabetes recommending dental visits at least once every 6 months and more frequent visits are recommended for those with periodontal disease, added Wright. “Expanding dental insurance coverage and improving access to dental care are needed to improve dental visits in patients with diabetes. Faculty, staff, and students at our school’s clinics across the state are actively engaged in screening, counseling and referral of patients with chronic medical conditions like diabetes to our health professional colleagues.”

Placing dentists where they can do the most good

Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., president and CEO of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) explores the benefits of creating a dental school committed to educating dentists for practice in rural areas of the state. Will the investment in the ECU School of Dental Medicine pay off for the people of North Carolina? Dr. Valachovic examines the topic in his monthly Charting Progress newsletter at https://adeachartingprogress.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/placing-dentists-where-they-can-do-the-most-good/

ECU School of Dental Medicine’s Dianne Caprio, DDS on HealthWatch

Faculty dentists, students, and residents are helping to improve the health and quality of life of North Carolinians across the state. Dr. Dianne Caprio, faculty director of the school’s Community Service Learning Center in Bolivia, N.C., discusses her center with Amy Myers of Novant Hospital’s Health Watch program. The interview airs daily at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on ATMC TV CH 3 during April 2018.

Faculty present implant workshop during Old North State Dental Society meeting

The School of Dental Medicine hosted the Old North State Dental Society (ONSDS) for its annual spring meeting on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Ledyard E. Ross Hall. The meeting began with welcoming remarks from Dr. F. Vincent Allison, III, ONSDS president, and Dr. Greg Chadwick, dean of the School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Isabel Gay, division director of periodontology, and surgical sciences colleagues offered instruction in dental implants for general dentists during a workshop at the dental school.

Dr. Isabel Gay, division director of periodontology, and surgical sciences colleagues offered instruction in dental implants for general dentists during a workshop at the dental school.

The school’s Department of Surgical Sciences Periodontology Division presented a half-day continuing education program entitled “Implant Site Development and Socket Grafting for the General Dentist.” The program reviewed the rationale, biology, evidence and techniques of atraumatic tooth extraction and bone grafting for ridge preservation and improved dental implant outcomes. The program was led by Dr. Isabel Gay, division director, and Dr. Acela Martinez Luna and Dr. Alex Gillone, clinical assistant professors.

Dr. David Paquette, chair of the Department of Surgical Sciences, served as moderator. In the second half of the program, participants were guided through a hands-on simulation of socket grafting. Using dental models, approximately 30 dentists and dental student were instructed in placing bone grafting materials in sockets, sizing and fitting resorbable membranes over site defects, and suturing.

The program awarded ADA CERP (Continuing Education Recognition Program) credit and was sponsored in part by Zimmer BioMet.

Old North State Dental Society president Dr. F. Vincent Allison, III (at left) thanked Dr. Acela Martinez Luna, Dr. Isabel Gay, Dr. Alex Gillone, and Dr. David Paquette for their participation in the workshop.

Old North State Dental Society president Dr. F. Vincent Allison, III (at left) thanked Dr. Acela Martinez Luna, Dr. Isabel Gay, Dr. Alex Gillone, and Dr. David Paquette for their participation in the workshop.

Students present at national research forum

Students Luke Current, Kayla Strickland, James Parker Jr., Danish Hasan, and Tashana Detwiler, presented original research at this year’s annual American Association of Dental Research (AADR) meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 21-24.

Dr. Ramiro Murata, James Parker, Jr., and Danish Hasan

Dr. Ramiro Murata, James Parker, Jr., and Danish Hasan

The AADR advances research and assists in the spread of research findings through national conferences among leading researchers. The meeting is a platform for students world-wide to exhibit their findings on posters, network, collaborate, and discover.

Third-year dental student Luke Current presented “Influence of Physical Activity During Pregnancy and Child Oral Health.” He also participated in the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA), which invites one dental student from each U.S. dental school to present.

With the aid of ECU faculty mentors Dr. Christopher Cotterill, division director of pediatric dentistry, and Dr. Linda May, assistant professor of anatomy, Luke’s study asserts positive physiological link between women exercising during pregnancy and child dental maturity.

Luke Current

Luke Current

Luke hopes to continue his research while at ECU and during residency after graduation. “We plan to continue our project by expanding the numbers of participants and also looking at some different variables. The nice thing about my project is it’s centered around a pediatric population, and that’s where I want to specialize in dentistry.”

First-year dental student Kayla Strickland studied “Geofencing: Mobile Technology as a Health Promotion Tool to Raise Awareness of a Dental Clinic in Rural North Carolina,” with Dr. Wanda Wright, division director of dental public health. Kayla found that geofencing, a technology that defines a virtual boundary, has the ability to increase awareness of health care services in order to encourage more patients to receive care.

Kayla would also like to continue her research well into the future. Her current research includes the school’s community service learning center in Robinson County, North Carolina. “I think it would be fun to do the research at the other seven community service learning centers aross the state,” she said.

Kayla Strickland

Kayla Strickland

James Parker Jr., also a first-year dental student, presented “Antifungal Activity of Capric Acid Against Candida Albicans in Vitro,” his study with research mentor Dr. Ramiro Murata, assistant professor of foundational sciences.

While James would like to continue his research, and has plans to compete at a conference next year in Vancouver, he doesn’t yet know which direction his research will take. “I know Dr. Murata has further plans for the study. He would like to do a live study as well, just to see how the capric acid works. But I’m just getting into the research now, so all this is still new to me.”

First-year dental student Tashana Detwiler presented “Elevated Blood Pressure Among Emergency Dental Patients: A Descriptive Study.” Tashana’s research mentor, Dr. Kimberley Gise, directs the school’s Emergency Clinic.

Danish Hasan, an ECU undergraduate biology major, presented “Antifungal Properties of Berberine on Various Species of Candida in Vitro.” Danish is also mentored by Dr. Ramiro Murata.

“The [AADR] meeting was just so exciting that I would love to go to another meeting, so if I don’t continue with my current project, I would love to look into other research projects,” said Tashana.

Tashana Detwiler

Tashana Detwiler

James Parker said the meeting was a great opportunity to broaden his horizon and “to see all the different studies that are being done, and just talking with people and seeing how they think and just understanding the basis of it and how much there is to know and learn as I continue in dentistry.”

Luke Current added, “I think the coolest thing is that this conference has a significant student presence, and it’s just great to meet future collaborators you can work with from all over the place.”

Dr. Sharon Gordon, the school’s associate dean for research, summed up the conference by saying, “The ECU School of Dental Medicine is growing its national research footprint as evidenced by the largest number of students to date presenting research. The school’s leadership is to be commended for supporting the research interests of tomorrow’s dentists.”

Story by Christine Evangelista

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