Orthodontics

The mission of the Division of Orthodontics is to improve the dental health of the citizens of Kentucky by providing the highest quality orthodontic care, to advance the specialty of orthodontics by educating knowledgeable, skilled clinicians, and by conducting research in the field. 

Faculty

G. Thomas Kluemper, DMD, MS, Division Chief 
Mohamed Bazina, BDS, MSD
Cynthia S. Beeman, DDS, PhD, Graduate Program Director
James K. Hartsfield, Jr., DMD, PhD, E. Preston Hicks Endowed Professor
Lorri A. Morford, PhD
Lina Sharab, DDS, MS, MSC

Part-Time Clinical Faculty

Bruce Haskell, DMD, PhD
Ashley Mencarelli, DMD

Robert Rust, DMD
James Thacker, DMD
J. Philip Wahle, DMD

Residents

Third Year

 

First Year Ortho

From left:

  • Dr. Fayrouz Bazina | Hometown: Libya | Dental School: Garyounis University
  • Dr. Eric Shrestha | Hometown: Tallahassee, FL | Dental School: University of Kentucky
  • Dr. Dana Veis | Hometown: San Diego, CA | Dental School: University of Kentucky

Second Year

  • Dr. Mohamed Adel | Dental School: Suez Canal University
  • Dr. Emory Byrd | Dental School: East Carolina University
  • Dr. Megan Tallman | Hometown: Cincinnati, OH | Dental School: University of Kentucky

First Years

  • Dr. Sadie Cohen | Hometown: Simpsonville, Kentucky | Dental School: University of Kentucky
  • Dr. Katie Hunt | Hometown: Fort Meyers, Florida  | Dental School: University of New England College of Dental Medicine
  • Dr. Kathryn Moncrief | Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming  | Dental School: University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry

 

Externs

  • Dr. Aqib Shafi | Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan | Dental School: Baqai Medical University
  • Dr. Bushra Butul | Hometown: Hyderabad, India | Dental School: MNR Dental College and Hospital
  • Dr. Emma Palmer | Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan | Dental School: Baqai Medical University

Educational Program Overview

Our Orthodontic Graduate Program is a thirty-four month, graduate level curriculum, upon the successful completion of which, the student receives a Master of Science degree and a Certificate to practice orthodontics. Three applicants are accepted into the program annually. The program begins in early August.

The Division of Orthodontics also offers a year-long Craniofacial Biology Externship Program providing in-depth exposure to basic and clinical research, primarily in the areas of bone biology, genetics and/or orthodontics. The externship also provides a broad diversity of didactic and clinical exposures to orthodontics and craniofacial biology to help develop critical thinking skills in clinical and scholarly activities.

Clinical Activities

The Orthodontic Graduate Program provides a robust clinical experience in comprehensive orthodontics, with emphasis on goal-oriented diagnosis and treatment of different malocclusions. Faculty members teach multiple treatment modalities, including functional therapy, comprehensive and interceptive care, straight-wire systems, lingual therapy, and clear removable aligner treatment.

Interdisciplinary care is also emphasized in the graduate clinic. These team approaches to comprehensive care include surgical orthodontics, treatment in the mixed dentition, accelerated orthodontics in conjunction with periodontics and esthetic dentistry involving collaboration with periodontics, prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and restorative dentistry. Diagnosis and treatment of patients with cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial anomalies is included.

All clinical treatment is conducted under an attending model, which fosters best-evidence based approaches and creative/critical thinking. Faculty model ABO standards and certification, and cultivate a culture of clinical excellence among residents.

Teaching and Research Activities

Graduate students are involved as teaching assistants in the DMD curriculum during their second and third year. They take an active part in all three components of the courses by preparing some lectures, directing small group discussion and providing clinical coverage for the dental students. Such experience is limited to the orthodontic component of the DMD curriculum and students receive a stipend for this effort. This stipend amounts to $2175 over an 11 month period each year.

Graduate students must successfully investigate and defend an independent research project before they graduate. They are required to identify a topic and select an advisor by the completion of their first semester. Students are encouraged to first pursue their natural sense of curiosity, as there are many resources available within the college, Medical Center and land-grant campus. Award-winning research is being conducted in our program within the college, and students are required to publicly present and defend their research, and to prepare a manuscript suitable for publication that is unanimously acceptable to their MS degree research committee.

News

Welcome to our incoming Orthodontic Graduate Program Residents, the Class of 2025!
  • Dr. Katie Jo Hunt
  • Dr. Kathryn Moncrief
  • Dr. Sadie Cohen

Congratulations to our 2022 Orthodontic Program Graduates!

We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

  • Dr. Christopher M. Fanelli  will continue his career in a private practice in Utah.
  • Dr. Kellye Lauren Sutherland will continue her career in a group practice in Houston, Texas.
  • Dr. Sana Naheed will continue her career in a corporate practice in Dallas, Texas.
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