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Dr. Kenneth Marinak, Adjunct Associate Professor at Old Dominion University Honored for Contributions to the Dental Hygiene Profession

Posted: January 15, 2013


The Tidewater Dental Hygienists' Association (TDHA) honored Kenneth Marinak, DDS, periodontist, retired dental officer and educator by making him an honorary TDHA member. At a special ceremony in December 2012, TDHA President Cathy Seifert made the presentation in front of family, friends, and colleagues who came to recognize Dr. Marinak for his accomplishments. Dr. Marinak served as Head of the Periodontics Department, Naval Dental Center, Newport , Rhode Island and as the Navy's Regional Consultant in Periodontics for the Northeast Region. Time in military service included the Philippines, San Diego, Norfolk, Bethesda, Newport and aboard ship where he practiced oral surgery, trauma care, operating room anesthesia, and periodontics. In his role as adjunct associate professor since 2000, Dr. Marinak adeptly shares his expertise with dental hygiene students and faculty by regularly presenting seminars and lectures, teaching in the on campus Sophia and David Konikoff Dental Hygiene Care Facility, and serving on thesis committees. Even as a full-time periodontist in private practice, he finds time to provide seminars for oral care professionals in the community and publish in professional dental journals. Dr. Marinak's demeanor, talent, knowledge, experience and generosity make him an exceptional mentor, teacher and practitioner appreciated by students and colleagues.

Dental Hygiene Care - Old Dominion University School of Dental Hygiene Receives Health Care Heroes Award from INSIDE BUSINESS, The Hampton Roads Business Journal

Posted: February 21, 2012


Michele Darby, the school's chair and eminent professor, center, with full time faculty moving clockwise Ann P. Bruhn, Assistant Professor and Continuing Education Coordinator ; Margaret Lemaster, Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator for Junior Year; Sharon Stull, Lecturer, BSDH-Degree Completion Program Director, Community Outreach Coordinator and Chief Academic Advisor; Tara G. Newcomb, Assistant Professor and BSDH-Entry Level Program Director; W. Lee Melvin, Lecturer and Assessment Coordinator; Joyce Downs, Assistant Professor; Gayle McCombs, Professor, Dental Hygiene Research Center Director and Graduate Program Director; Lynn Tolle, Professor and Director of Clinical Affairs is not pictured.

An international pioneer, Old Dominion University's dental hygiene school never overlooks the underserved communities in its own backyard. Founded in 1969, the Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene developed one of the first graduate programs in the field. Textbooks, peer reviewed articles, and book chapters penned by its award-winning professors are required reading worldwide. The school is home to the only dental hygiene research center in the U.S. The ODU 11/12 Explorer, one of the most familiar and effective instruments in dental hygiene, was designed by professor Deanne Shuman and former assistant professor Linda Wilson. The School recently was recognized as a 2012 Health Care Hero by INSIDE BUSINESS, the Hampton Roads Business Journal.

"This faculty, they're always one step ahead," said Shelley Mishoe, dean of ODU's College of Health Sciences. "They really are the leaders in dental hygiene internationally." That includes community outreach. Last year, students and faculty donated $65,480 in free dental hygiene services and education at schools, churches, senior centers, social service agencies and community events. The school recently received a Partner in Education award from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, where students visit special education classes. "They teach the students proper dental hygiene," said special education teacher Maureen Mitchell. "They take a lot of time with each student individually."It's a win-win situation," Mitchell said. "Our kids get a lot out of it."

At the School of Dental Hygiene's low-cost clinic, the Sofia and David Konikoff Dental Hygiene Care Facility, students use state-of-the-art technology - from digital radiography to electronic dental records - to provide exams, X-rays, nonsurgical periodontal therapy and other services to low-income and uninsured patients.

"The people who need dental hygiene care the most are not those in our private practices, but rather those who do not see a regular dentist because of economic, cultural or geographic barriers," said Michele Darby, the school's chair and editor of Mosby's Comprehensive Review of Dental Hygiene, a seventh-edition "bible" for the industry, and Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice, ed 3, edited with Dr. Margaret Walsh from the University of California at San Francisco. Several of the faculty have chapters in these books too.

The school also serves the global community. By partnering with dental hygiene and dental programs in Germany, Jordan and Nicaragua, it offers study-abroad opportunities. Enrollment now includes students from Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China and Venezuela just to mention a few. In partnership with physicians for peace, the group is helping to build a dental hygiene school in Nicaragua - the first of its kind in Central America.

"Dental hygiene is growing worldwide," Darby said. "Countries that never had dental hygienists are realizing that hygienists can play a major role. In dental disease prevention, providing education, preventive interventions and nonsurgical therapies is a very low-tech, cost-effective way to control dental disease and improve quality of life.

- written by Teresa Talerico
  Contributing Writer/Editor of Cox Small Business Navigation Program
  INSIDE BUSINESS The Hampton Roads Business Journal

Dr. David Crouse, Adjunct Faculty in Dental Hygiene Honored for Volunteerism

Since retiring from private practice in northern Virginia and moving to Virginia Beach, Dr. David Crouse, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Dental Hygiene, has dedicated himself to meeting the dental care needs of people who cannot afford healthcare.  For his humanitarianism, Dr. Crouse was recently honored by the Tidewater Dental Hygienists’ Association (TDHA) as its first honorary member. Cathy Seifert, TDHA President, made the presentation.  Whether Dr. Crouse is volunteering at a MOM Project (Missions of Mercy), Homeless Connect, Pankey Institute Dental Access Days or Give Kids a SMILE Day, he joyfully provides dental care for the underserved.

Dr. Crouse is an avid board member of the Oral Health Improvement Coalition of Hampton Roads and the Park Place Dental Clinic (formerly the Red Cross Dental Clinic). His wife, Carole, is also on the advisory board at Park Place and volunteers with him in the clinic where care is provided. She often accompanies him at venues providing dental care.

In his role as adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University, Dr. Crouse can be found in the ODU Sophia and David Konikoff Dental Hygiene Care Facility where students provide oral health services and develop the competencies and judgments necessary to become dental hygienists. He also mentors ODU dental hygiene students and Virginia Commonwealth University dental and dental hygiene students when on rotation at the Park Place Dental Clinic. He will be working with Meg Lemaster, Assistant Professor and Sharon Stull, Community Outreach Coordinator, School of Dental Hygiene on the newly funded Oral Health Initiative at Lake Taylor Rehabilitation Center.

Asked why he invests his time volunteering, Dr. Crouse said, “It’s fun!”  He also cites his faith as a compass for his devotion to others. “My father, Dr. Russell J. Crouse, was a Lutheran pastor…I was raised to help others and share God’s gifts with those less fortunate.”  “I volunteer to honor people who have provided inspiration, love and examples.”  Dr. Crouse names his mentor, Dr. George Emig of Georgetown University School of Dentistry, his father and Carole as those he honors by his humanitarian actions. “Carole inspires me because she is a kidney transplant recipient and her gift of life requires that we both give back.”  Carole, a school teacher by profession, is usually with Dr Crouse at community service events. Our community is fortunate to have them both.


Sharon Stull Receives 2011 Pro in the Profession Award at the Annual Session of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, Nashville, TN

Four years ago, ODU alumni Sharon C. Stull '96 (MSDH'02) received the Colgate/American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Community Outreach Award for her leadership in delivering dental care to the most vulnerable underserved populations in eastern Virginia.

This summer, Stull's public health initiatives captured the attention of Procter & Gamble, Crest/Oral-B "Pro in the Profession" Award which Stull is one of five national awardees for 2011. Three thousand professionals were nominated for the honor.

Hundreds of people who have benefited from Stull's dental hygiene public health initiatives and organizational skills - receiving approximately $500,000 in free dental care over the past two years - were with her in spirit, if not in person, in June when she was honored at the ADHA annual meeting in Nashville. These clients include seniors in nursing homes, children in Head Start programs and at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Norfolk, Associates at Eggleston Services, Inc. and high school students at Princess Anne High School ... who have developmental disabilities, local participants in the national Project Homeless Connect, and most recently, residents of St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children in Norfolk.A proverbial multitasker, Stull takes up the cause of the dentally underserved via myriad channels. Since 1992, she has been a volunteer dental hygienist with the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic and is presently an Executive Board member of four years. One of the most significant increases in dental services at Chesapeake Care is the affiliation agreement with VCU dental school that Stull initiated. With a wait-list of over 1,000 citizens who have no medical or dental insurance, the 4th year dental students during their externships provide dental services and have brought the wait-list down to 150 citizens! The first year, Stull and the students provided $135,000 of donated dental services to underserved members in the community.

Stull leverages her influence on the region's dental health by teaching the school's Community Oral Health Planning and Practice courses, which involves classroom work during the fall semester and service learning activities in the spring. This past spring, for example, Stull and 41 dental hygiene seniors provided $85,000 worth of donated oral healthcare educational and clinical services to the community.

She also serves as immediate-past president of the Oral Health Improvement Coalition (OHIC) of South Hampton Roads, a community collaboration of more than 22 organizations are working to provide the most vulnerable populations in the region - the dentally uninsured and underinsured - with dental access and educational awareness and prevention programs. Among the coalition's initiatives has been a Dental Voucher Program that offers participants low-cost care at the Sofia and David Konikoff Dental Hygiene Care Facility at ODU.

Thanks to Stull and her students, as well as to her partnership with the "Giving Hands Foundation" through the Pankey Institute, a Florida institution of advanced dental education for dentists, the OHIC has sponsored three Pankey Institute Dental Access Weekend in Hampton Roads while Stull was President which resulted in $280,000 donated dental services being provided to the underserved population in this area.

Stull said she believes her role in public health made her stand out among the other 3,000 nominations and was a main reason she received the Pro in the Profession award, which carries a $1,500 prize

"None of these things I do alone," Stull said. But she does acknowledge a very special call to service: "It's always there, this passion to help those who have great need."

Michele Darby, the ODU Eminent Scholar and University Professor who chairs the dental hygiene program, nominated Stull for the Pro in the Profession award and summed up her colleague in these words: "Sharon epitomizes volunteerism, humanitarianism and commitment to people in need of dental care. She is one of those very special people able to engage persons of all backgrounds and beliefs in a positive manner."

Darby called the award "outstanding national recognition and achievement" that brings "honor to Sharon, our region, department and the university." Stull's students were also quick to praise her upon learning of the award. "Ms. Stull was probably one of the most caring teachers (in) the dental hygiene program. She's the reason why a lot of the dental hygiene students have the experience that they do in the community," said Jennifer Uwanaka, a 2011 graduate of the dental hygiene program.

As for Stull, she said she's been blessed with professional success to the point where "to give back is essential if we are true oral health professionals. It is about accessing all citizens not just the ones who can seek care; it is about those who cannot as well."


Lynn Tolle, University Professor Receives the Virginia Dental Association Community Service Award

Virginia Dental Association, Community Service Award, was presented to Lynn Tolle, University Professor and Director of Clinical Affairs in the Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene. The award was presented in Fredericksburg VA at the Governance and Awards Annual Session by Dr. Michael Abbott, President of the Virginia Dental Association on September 17, 2011. Tolle, the first dental hygienist to receive this award, was recognized for her high level of professional achievement, leadership and outstanding service to the community. For over a decade, Professor Tolle has collaborated with the Tidewater Dental Association to sponsor the Give Kids a Smile Day held annually at the Sofia and David Konikoff Dental Hygiene Care Facility on the campus of Old Dominion University. The February event provides free dental sealants and dental referrals to underserved children in the Hampton Roads area. Over the years, greater than $100,000. in free care has been provided.


Margaret Lappan Green, RDH, MS received the W.B. Jackman Award of Distinction from the California University of Pennsylvania's (Cal U) Alumni Association


On June 4, 2011, Margaret Lappan Green, RDH, MS received the W.B. Jackman Award of Distinction from the California University of Pennsylvania's (Cal U) Alumni Association. This award is presented to members of the university family who have gained regional, state, national or international recognition in their professions. An adjunct professor at Old Dominion University and a member of the College of Health Sciences' Advisory Board, Green is a founding chair of the National Children's Oral Health Foundation, a past chair of the American Dental Hygienists' Association's Institute for Oral Health, and current director of the Virginia Dental Hygienists' Association Foundation.

For almost 45 years, Green has been continuously active in dental hygiene as a clinician, educator, researcher, advocate and administrator. She served as president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association during the development of the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner concept and competencies, and presented testimony before the United States House of Representatives to advance the national dialogue for new oral health workforce models. Recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership and collaborative efforts to establish dental hygienists as key players in solving America's oral health crisis, and to advance dental hygiene education, practice and regulation, she has lead dental hygiene exchange programs with China, Russia, Poland, South Africa and Israel. Green has numerous professional publications and is the recipient of many other coveted awards.


Catherine Seifert, Adjunct Instructor in the School of Dental Hygiene, Named Fellow of the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DENTAL HYGIENE

  Catherine Seifert, RDH, BS, AdjunctInstructor in Dental Hygiene, has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene (AADH). The AADH is an organization that fosters the continuing pursuit of education andresearch in the art and science of dental hygiene and provides formal recognition for those whom have achieved excellence in the practice of dental hygiene.

Seifert has served in numerous leadership positions on the local and state level of her professional associations and is currently President of the Tidewater Dental Hygienists' Association. She is intricately involved with the clinical education of future dental hygienists and contributes to raising the level of knowledge in dental hygiene as a speaker, writer and in service to the community. Catherine has offered support and mentorship to students and colleagues throughout her career. She also practices in the office of a local periodontist.


Jacquelyn L. Fried '76 Named 2011 Outstanding Dental Hygiene Alumna

At an awards ceremony on the campus of Old Dominion University in April, in front of students, faculty, administrators, and alumni, Jacquelyn Fried was honored as the 2011 Outstanding Dental Hygiene Alumna.  Professor Fried is the Director of the Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Health Promotion, at the University of Maryland Dental School.  For two decades,   Professor Fried has been involved with clinical, research, educational and community-based activities related to tobacco.  She conducted some of the original research on the dental hygienist’s role in tobacco prevention and cessation and co-authored the first national study of dental and dental hygiene schools’ tobacco-related curriculum content.  She served as a consultant to the National Cancer Institute and under its auspices conducted training sessions across the U.S. to teach dentists and dental hygienists how to help people be tobacco-free.  She currently serves on the Advisory Panel for MDQUIT, the State of Maryland’s Resource Center for Quitting Use and Initiation of Tobacco.  She will be serving her second year as a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Tobacco Intervention Initiative team.  She also is the Maryland Dental Hygienists’ Association’s liaison to the ADHA’s Tobacco Intervention Initiative.  Professor Fried has authored three book chapters on the oral health professional’s role in tobacco cessation, and has published numerous articles on tobacco related topics.  For nine years, Prof Fried had a grant with the Baltimore City Health Department to train health professionals in tobacco interventions.  Prof Fried also is a certified trainer for Fresh Start, the American Cancer Society program for tobacco cessation.

Professor Fried has received numerous teaching awards and was the 1997 recipient of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association-Warner Lambert Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene, one of the Association’s highest honors.  Professor Fried earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and her Certificate in Dental Hygiene from the Ohio State University.  She holds a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University.  She has been in dental hygiene education for over thirty years.


Michele Darby Receives University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award in Dental Hygiene

In 1969, Michele Leonardi Darby graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program, School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Forty-two years later, she was invited to return as the recipient of its 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award in Dental Hygiene. The award, presented by Dr. Thomas W. Braun, Dean of the School of Dental Medicine, was in recognition for Professor Darby’s years of sustained leadership in dental hygiene education, her professional service and accomplishments, and for her selection as the first dental hygienist to become a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar.

Professor Darby received the award April 2, 2011 at the Eleventh Annual Dean’s Scholarship Ball at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As part of the weekend festivities, Professor Darby also lectured to the Pitt dental hygiene and dental students and faculty about her Fulbright experience in Jordan. Michele Darby is currently the Chair of the Old Dominion University School of Dental Hygiene where she also holds the titles of Eminent Scholar and University Professor.

Michele Darby receives award, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Dental Hygiene Graduate Students Receive 3rd Place Award from the American Association of Public Heath Dentistry

Denise Claiborne and Marlana Gravely were recognized at the National Oral Health Conference, April 11-13 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for their work in positively impacting the oral health of an underserved special needs group in the community. Specifically, the award recognizes Claiborne and Gravely’s accomplishments implementing an oral health intervention program with intellectually disabled adults at the Eggleston Business Fulfillment Center. The students were able to improve the overall oral health of the adults through weekly demonstrations, education, positive reinforcement and building trusting relationships.

Claiborne and Gravely were accepted into the accelerated BS to MS dental hygiene program during their senior year; an option available to high achieving students. Moreover, they became graduate teaching assistants and received the Friends of Dental Hygiene Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year. Together, they have worked within and outside the School of Dental Hygiene presenting at health career fairs, working with students at alternative high schools, participating in the admissions process, and lecturing in a host of dental hygiene courses within ODU and at neighboring Thomas Nelson Community College.

In addition to their award winning service learning project, Gravely’s graduate research project focuses on The Effects of CPP-ACP on Tooth Demineralization and Claiborne’s project, The Effects of Low Temperature Atmospheric Plasma Pressure on Tooth Whitening Applications reflect the high caliber of research conducted by both students. Both projects should lead to professional publications, presentations, and further recognition to these outstanding students.

Gravely Claiborne, Pittsburgh 2011


Lynn Tolle awarded the American Dental Hygienists' Association "2010 Educator of the Year Award"

Lynn Tolle, Professor and Director of Clinical Affairs in the School of Dental Hygiene has been named the recipient of  the ADHA/Procter and Gamble 2010 Educator of the Year Award.  She will be recognized in June at the ADHA Annual session In Las Vegas. This award was designed to honor an outstanding educator in dental hygiene for superior teaching and excellence in mentoring of students.



Dental Hygiene School Celebrates 40th Anniversary

In 1969, Old Dominion graduated its first students with dental hygiene certificates. This year, the School of Dental Hygiene celebrated 40 years of graduating thousands of dental hygienists from its prestigious program – more than 1,200 to date – armed with the knowledge and skills to provide quality oral health care.

The School of Dental Hygiene will honored its alumni, friends, health and community partners at an event called “Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence in Dental Hygiene Education” on November 7-8, 2009.

“As health researchers discover more regarding the oral health and whole body health connection, dental hygienists are more important than ever before,” said Debbie Bauman, Assistant Dean of the College of Health Sciences.


Continuing Dental Hygiene Education Winter Weekend

The 5th annual School of Dental Hygiene Continuing Dental Hygiene Education Winter Weekend held at the Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach February 27-28 attracted 265 participants. Almost 100 dental hygiene alumni enjoyed camaraderie with fellow classmates and reminiscing with faculty during the event.

Dental hygiene students attend the event to raise money for the student organization of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.


Graduate and Senior Dental Hygiene Students Participate in the Legislative Process

Dental hygienists are consumer and patient advocates, so it is not surprising to see dental hygiene students participating with the leadership of the Virginia Dental Hygienists' Association at its annual legislative Rally Day at the state Capitol in Richmond. On Jan 18, 2011, the dental hygiene students, as part of a course requirement, were able to experience the legislative process first hand, meet legislators and lobbyists, attend a committee meeting and hear testimony, tour the Capitol, and see the General Assembly in action. Several fortunate students and faculty were able to meet Governor Bob McDonnell. It was quite an inspiring learning experience....exciting, interesting, memorable and relevant. With knowledge of how bills are created, influenced, killed and/or passed into law, students, as engaged professionals and citizens, can monitor bills from afar, prepare testimony, communicate with their legislators, and advance their expertise as advocates for quality dental hygiene care for all.

Dental hygiene students with Delegate Sal Iaquinto

Governor McDonnell, Photo taken by Michaele White, Governor's Photographer

Governor McDonnell talking with Darby, Photo taken by Michaele White, Governor's Photographer

Governor McDonnell meeting with Dental Hygiene Students, Photo taken by Michaele White, Governor's Photographer

Dental hygiene students with Delegate Paula Miller