Alumni News

Alumni Newsletter – Spring/Summer 2023

Get the latest on ULSD alumni events and goings-on at the school. This edition's stories include:

    • Building good will in Louisville and beyond - The School of Dentistry’s newest clinical sites in the West Louisville Goodwill Opportunity Campus and in Owensboro expand access to affordable dental care while increasing hands-on learning opportunities for students.
    • Alumni news and updates
    • Student profile: Ariel Hernandez, DMD class of 2024

    • Fall and winter photo galleries


    Alumni Newsletter – Spring/Summer 2023

    Get the latest on ULSD alumni events and goings-on at the school. This edition's stories include:

    • Creating dental career pathways – A new partnership with JCPS, led by a ULSD alumna, is creating a pipeline to education for Louisville high school students considering careers in dentistry
    • Alumni news and updates
    • Student news and spotlights
    • Spring/summer photo galleries including reunion 2023, LASDA multicultural night, graduation, and more


    Alumni Newsletter - Fall 2022/Winter 2023

    Get the latest on ULSD alumni events and goings-on at the school. This edition's stories include:

    • Exploring the growth of women in dentistry
    • 2022 marks a banner year for Summer Research Program
    • Fall at ULSD photo gallery
    • And more

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    Alumni news - Alma Ljaljevic-Tucakovic, DMD '02

    UofL news interviews ULSD alumna and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs & Admissions Dr. Alma jaljevic-Tucakovic about how she overcame adversity and eventually made her way to UofL.

    UofL dental school assistant dean describes harrowing experience overcoming Bosnian war

    Dr. Amy B. Farnsworth selected as 2022 School of Dentistry Alumni Fellow

    A group of distinguished graduates who are exemplary ambassadors for the University of Louisville were celebrated at the University of Louisville Alumni Awards Celebration on Thursday, October 20. Amy B. Farnsworth, DMD ’92 and Orthodontics ’95, was honored as the School of Dentistry’s 2022 Alumni Fellow.

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    Dr. Breacya Washington '95, Dr. Brian Marrillia '95, Dr. Gay Baughman ’81 Selected for Fellowships

    During the October 2022 meeting of the American Dental Association, three UofL School of Dentistry faculty members were selected for prestigious fellowships. Washington and Marrillia were named Fellows by the American College of Dentists and Baughman was named a Fellow by the International College of Dentists.

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    Alumni Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2022

    Get the latest on ULSD alumni events and goings-on at the school. This edition's stories include:

    • Photos and highlights from Reunion 2022
    • In memoriam: Wood E. Currens, DMD ’67
    • ULSD expands its reach to Shelbyville, providing dental care for the underserved
    • Photo galleries from recent alumni council events, spring at ULSD, convocation 2022
    • And more

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    UofL Magazine - Spring 2022

    Get the latest news from the University of Louisville, including a brief feature on ULSD DMD graduate and inventor Danny Snyder, DMD '15 (page 52). 

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    Alumni news - P. Gay Baughman, DMD ’81

    In two articles published by UofL News, Dr. Baughman is featured for her work to support female dental students and her efforts to carry on the legacy of Lt. Claire Elizabeth VanLandingham, DMD '17. 

    How one UofL dental alumna helped break the school’s gender mold in the 1970s

    A tragic story prompts UofL faculty member to educate students about relational violence

    Alumni Newsletter - Fall 2021/Winter 2022

    This issue contains updates from our alumni councils, as well as stories including:

    • An interview with this year’s Alumni Fellow, Sherry Babbage Melisizwe, DMD ’81
    • In memory of Dr. Brian Alpert
    • Meet the DMD class of ’25
    • Scholarship created in memory of Kavya Balaji, DMD class of ’25
    • Sneak peak: former dental school building begins to reemerge with a new purpose
    • Fall photo gallery
    • And more

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    Alumni news - Melissa Seibert, DMD ‘18

    Dr. Seibert’s podcast, “Dental Digest,” is devoted to empowering dentists to stay on the cutting edge of evidence-based dentistry. “It takes years to publish a textbook, months to publish a dental study, but only a few hours to publish a new episode of the podcast. This means that dentists can stay informed in real time,” she said.  

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    Alumni Newsletter - Summer 2021

    This issue contains the latest news on how ULSD is moving forward with plans for in-person events, including upcoming alumni gatherings. Plus, get updates from fellow alumni and a sneak peek at a renovation project in the basement.

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    Alumni Newsletter - Winter 2021

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    Alumni news - Major Mitisha N. Martin, DMD '08

    Maj. Martin hopes her story motivates other young women across Kentucky and beyond. “I just want girls and young women to know that women are awesome,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to go out there and do these things that some may think are generally geared toward men. We are women. We can do this. We can do anything.”

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    John Williams

    Alumni news - President John N. Williams Jr., DMD '80, MBA '87

    Alumnus, and former ULSD dean, Dr. Williams named Transylvania University's 27th president. 

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    Congratulations, Class of 2020!

    Click Here to read the names of our newest alumni.

    Alumni Newsletter - Summer 2020

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    2019 Alumni Fellow: Karen L. Pierce West ’77, D.M.D.’82, M.P.H.

    A group of distinguished graduates who are exemplary ambassadors for the University were honored as part of 2019 Homecoming celebrations. Karen L. Pierce West ’77, D.M.D.’82, M.P.H. is ULSD’s 2019 Alumni Fellow.

    Dr. West is President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). Prior to joining ADEA, she served as dean and professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. A longtime advocate for women’s health and diversity and inclusion in dental education, Dr. West began her career as a project director in the Augusta Dental Project/Children and Youth Dental Clinic. She was then recruited as a clinical team leader at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1990. Within the UK system she held several administrative positions. She gained academic tenure as an associate professor while serving as associate dean of Academic Affairs from 2002-2007.

    Dr. West’s significant experience extends beyond the dental school environment, having served in many important roles nationally and internationally. She served on the Commission on Dental Accreditation from 2013-2016 and was Chair in 2016. Dr. West was elected president of the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine in 2004 after completing the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellowship in 1999. Considered a leader in the field of women’s issues in dentistry, Dr. West has been involved in research projects in the area of women’s health as well as the key issue of equity for women in dental education. 

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    Dr. Baughman ’81 and Dean Bradley selected as Fellows of the American College of Dentists
    An honor extended to fewer than 5 percent of dentists in the United States was presented to Dr. P. Gay Baughman ’81 and Dean T. Gerard Bradley as they were inducted as Fellows of the American College of Dentists at the 2017 Annual Meeting.

    Alumni News - Dr. Krysta Forry Manning, DMD '10

    Dr. Manning is not your average veteran, average dentist or average mom. She has served as a captain in the Air Force, recently opened a specialized dental clinic in Anchorage and is raising triplets with her husband Ryan. The Russellville, Kentucky native has gone above and beyond for her country, her patients and her children, and to say she is one-of-a-kind doesn’t begin to cover it

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    Dental School Simulation Clinic Named in Honor of Alumnus

    Dr. Gary ’78 and Allyson Ball pledged $1 million to create an endowed fund for the expansion of the school’s clinical opportunities and new technologies for student education. In recognition of their gift, the School of Dentistry named the simulation clinic in their honor.

    Clinical operation expands to southeastern Kentucky

    Dental and dental hygiene students are expanding their education by rotating to a clinic in Beverly, Ky. The initiative is a collaboration on the School of Dentistry and Red Bird Clinic, Inc. and some alumni are part of the effort.  

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    Dental Hygiene Legacy Committee Presents Gift to the School

    In support of student education, the Dental Hygiene Legacy committee presented a gift to the school. 

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