Message from the new UWOAA President
Dear UW alumni,
Over the past several years the UWOAA has been fortunate to add four fantastic members to our board. John Moore joined in 2016, Soleil Roberts in 2017, and Peter Shapiro and Fedora Katz will be starting in January of 2018. As we welcomed our newest members, we also said goodbye to our long-time administrator – Joni Marts. Joni retired from the association after 25 years of dedicated service and she will truly be missed. Though the members of the board continually change, the mission of the association is the same: to be a resource to the orthodontic department that is independent of the UW Dental School.
I am forever grateful for the training I received from our department years ago, and truly want to see the department continue to be a leader in orthodontic education. Only through your membership and financial contributions can the UWOAA support the department in this mission. Although we have over 400 living alumni, we currently only have roughly 45 active dues-paying members of the alumni association. Your yearly dues are used to support the daily administrative activities of the association, and any excess funds are transferred into the UW Memorial Fund. We recently changed our procedure for tracking membership to make it easier to know if you have paid your yearly dues. I would like to personally encourage all of our alumni to become active members of the UWOAA.
After the department remodel was completed in 2011 the board focused on several new fundraising efforts. Our first goal was to restore the UW Memorial Fund balance to pre-remodel levels. As many of you know, the proceeds from the UW Memorial Fund are used to fund resident research projects, to make contributions to the Alton Moore Thesis Day, to make contributions for faculty development, to pay the ABO exam fees for the outgoing residents, and to sponsor receptions at the AAO annual sessions.
In a more recent fundraising effort, the department received $200,000 in pledges to establish the new Kokich-Shapiro Endowed Professorship. I would like to thank the following alumni and friends for their very generous pledges:
Vince Kokich, Jr.
We are currently attempting to raise additional funds to advance the Alton Moore Endowed Professorship to an Endowed Chairmanship. To reach this goal we need to raise an additional $300,000. If you are interested in making a contribution to one of the funds listed above, or if you would like to become a member of the alumni association, you can do so by visiting the association website at https://uwoaa.org/contribution/
I hope to see you all at the alumni reunion during the summer of 2018!
Message from the Chairman
Happy fall to everyone! Here in Seattle, the days are getting cooler, and the rain is back. Just as the weather is always changing, our profession continues to change, and we all must embrace it. As stated by John F. Kennedy, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
In the 19 years that I have been a faculty member in our Department, many facets of our profession have changed dramatically. Hardly anyone I know uses molar bands or headgear anymore, none of our students have ever held film cameras or used a light box to view x-rays, and plaster models are on their way out. And the biggest driver of change in our profession, technology, continues to explode. We can now scan models and create digital set-ups that can be sent instantly anywhere in the world. TADs allow previously impossible tooth movements to be routinely considered. We are on the verge of creating virtual patients by melding soft and hard tissue scans, and patients, our raison d’être, continue to demand faster and more esthetic treatment options.
With all these changes, it is easy for us “older” orthodontists to feel a little overwhelmed. But rest assured, there are many “older” alums who are at the forefront of the advances in our profession. For example, last summer, I spent some time with alum Michael Miroue, and was very impressed with his results using TADs in very creative ways. Likewise, other alums, like Thien Bui, have embraced 3D imaging for more than a decade, while Heather Woloshyn and Andy Schmidt have become experts with SureSmile technology. We also have alums Ray Kubisch, Bill McNeil, and Kara McCulloch who have become authorities with aligner therapy. While the field of orthodontics will continue to advance, one thing has not changed – the need for critical thinking that allows health care providers to grow and evolve with their specialty.
I think all of us feel that this is the hallmark of a UW orthodontic education, and I believe that our Department, as much as ever, stresses the importance of critical thinking, honest evaluation, and lifelong learning. Today, we might label it an “evidence-based” approach, but it is strikingly similar to the educational techniques that Alton Moore, Dick Riedel, Don Joondeph, Peter Shapiro, and Greg King all supported over many decades.
Where will we be in another 20 years? Hard to tell, but I hope our Department will continue to be leaders in critical thinking. I believe it is the single most important aspect of a good orthodontic education, and from that foundation, anything is possible. Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” No truer words have ever been spoken.
Along those lines, we are planning to hold a two-day symposium focusing on Evidence in Orthodontics in August 2018. It will coincide with our alumni reunion that year. The symposium will honor David Turpin’s 8 years as our Moore-Riedel Endowed Professor, and he is inviting a world-class group of lecturers. I hope you will mark this on your calendars and plan to attend. More details will be coming soon from the UW Orthodontic Alumni Association, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Seattle then.
Greg J. Huang,
DMD, MSD, MPH
Professor and Chair,
Meet the 2017 Kokich Shapiro Guest Lecturer : Dr. Laura Iwasaki
Dr. Laura Iwasaki is an Associate Professor and the Leo A. Rogers Chair of the Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, with a joint appointment in the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. She is engaged in research in the areas of biomechanics of the human craniomandibular complex with special interests in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the muscles of mastication, and the movement of teeth. Her responsibilities include clinical and didactic teaching in the advanced education and dental programs in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and research supervision at the pre-doctoral and graduate levels. Dr. Iwasaki is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (2002) and has been involved in the clinical practice of orthodontics for several decades. Before joining UMKC, she was a full-time faculty at the College of Dentistry, University of Nebraska Medical Center (1996 – 2006) and before that, at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba (1992 -1996).To pursue her research interests, Dr. Iwasaki collaborates with a number of colleagues at different institutions, including UMKC, University of Nebraska, University at Buffalo,University of Zurich in Switzerland, and Osaka Dental University in Japan.
In addition to her academic duties, Laura is also actively involved in the AAOfoundation, and is currently the Planning and Awards Review Committee Chair. She is from BC, and loves salmon fishing!
2018 Alton Moore Thesis Day Speaker Announced !!
David Kennedy BDS, MSD, FRCD(C)
“The Mixed Dentition Perimeter Plane of Space-Putting Research into Practice”
Friday, March 16, 2018, Pacific Tower, Seattle, WA
David Kennedy is a dually trained Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist, who is a Diplomate of both American Boards, and a Fellow in both Specialties with the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. He has lectured to both the AAO and AAPD multipletimes, and has lectured in North America and internationally. After over 40 years in practice with over 50 publications, he is a Clinical Professor, and serves as Co Clinic Director for Graduate Orthodontics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. His research interest is in treatment outcomes.
Meet the new UW Ortho Residents
The new Orthodontic residents have officially started their coursework in our department. They are all excited to be part of the program as well as the UW alumni community. Please be sure to give them a warm welcome if you happen to see them.
Timothee Cousin I was born and raised in France until moving to Boulder, Colorado at the age of 11. I then moved to Seattle, WA to attend the UW. I am now proud to be a through and through three-time Husky, having attended the UW for my undergraduate, dental school, and now orthodontic studies! When I am not at the University, I enjoy landscaping, sailing, being outdoors, and traveling back to France to visit family!
David Gu I was born in Detroit, Michigan but I’ve lived in China, Florida, and North Carolina. My parents and younger brother are computer software engineers and they reside in Raleigh, North Carolina. Both my younger brother and I completed our undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I completed my dental training at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, photography, and trying new foods. I look forward to living on the West Coast and most importantly, finally realizing my high school dream of becoming an orthodontist.
Jason Johnson I am originally from Utah and come from a family of 8. I played tennis most of my life but love all sports, and am passionate about water sports. I got married this June and have loved married life. I did my undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and my dental school training at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. I look forward to a career in Orthodontics wherever it ends up taking me and my family!
Kaz Kitagaito My name’s Kaz and I moved from Philadelphia after finishing my dental school at the University of Pennsylvania. I grew up in Los Angeles, and it’s great to be back on the West Coast. I enjoy outdoor activities, especially snowboarding, playing tennis, hiking, and sailing (although I’m still learning the last one). I also love coffee and Seattle has the perfect combination of everything! I’m looking forward to learning orthodontics at University of Washington under the guidance of our faculty, and I hope to one day contribute to our profession.
David Shin I was born in Seoul, S. Korea, but I grew up in WA since the age of 4. I attended the UW for both undergrad and dental school and I am very excited to stay a Husky for residency! I am very passionate about cars and I love working on them in my spare time. I enjoy skiing, photography, music, traveling, but above all value spending time with family and friends. I am very thankful and excited to begin my journey in orthodontics.