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Full-time pediatric dentistry faculty achieve board certification

Full-time faculty from the department of pediatric dentistry are first in the School of Dentistry to all earn board certification.
Full-time faculty from the department of pediatric dentistry are first in the School of Dentistry to all earn board certification. Pictured are (back row, from left) Richard Grabowsky, DDS; Bonnie Nelson, DDS; Wesley Okumura, DDS; Todd Milledge, DDS; (front row, from left) Robert Traficante, DDS; and Joseph Curtin, DDS.
Four full-time faculty members in the School have recently completed certification examinations and are now diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD).

Congratulations go to department chair Bonnie Nelson, DDS,  and faculty members: Joseph Curtin, DDS; Todd Milledge, DDS; and Wesley Okumura, DDS; on this achievement. Their department is the first in the School with all full-time faculty board certified (Richard Grabowsky, DDS, and Robert Traficante, DDS, were Board certified when they joined the School of Dentistry faculty).

“Before he left LLU,” says Dr. Nelson, “Dr. John Peterson’s goal was for all of us to complete the certification process. He encouraged each of us to do this.” Dr. Peterson was director, advanced education for the department of pediatric dentistry.

In addition, several alumni from the advanced education program in pediatric dentistry have also become Board certified. They are: Jeff Alcaide, DDS, Seth Latimer, DDS, and Joe and Pete Lubisich, DDS.

Requirements for ABPD board certification include passing a written exam and then successfully completing a two-hour oral exam where eight cases are discussed. The oral exam must be taken within eight years after passing the written test. The two-hour oral exam includes: part I (information gathering and diagnosis), part II (treatment plan), and part III (treatment variations).

ABPD’s mission is to verify to the public and to the health professions that a pediatric dentist has  completed both an advanced education program accredited by the ADA and a voluntary examination process designed to validate the knowledge, application, and performance requisite to the delivery of proficient care in pediatric dentistry.

The ABPD is the only certifying board recognized by the American Dental Association for the specialty of pediatric dentistry.

By Nancy Yuen

TODAY news for Thursday, December 17, 2007