Alumni/Donors

Alumni Profile: Dr. Amy Winston, DDS Class of 2002 – A leader in both practicing and teaching compassionate care for special needs dental patients

May 21, 2024

This profile is one in an ongoing series highlighting School of Dentistry alumni, donors and students. ________________ The origin story for Seattle Special Care Dentistry sounds like an impossibly complicated idea that could have easily failed, but Dr. Amy Winston’s plan was based on a simple proposition: Everyone in society, no matter their physical, intellectual …

A century-old commencement program is found in California and returned to the School of Dentistry; its original owner was a 1923 dental grad who performed as a hypnotist in vaudeville shows

May 6, 2024

This week’s 2024 commencement at the School of Dentistry marks another milestone in the school’s 149-year history of educating dentists. The following story revolves around a dental school graduation a century ago. _________________________ The offer of a California man to return a 100-year-old artifact to the School of Dentistry was thoughtful and generous, but what …

Alumni Profile: The ongoing international educational journey of Dr. Esam Tashkandi, MS in Prosthodontics (1993), PhD in Oral Health Sciences (1999)

March 23, 2024

This profile is one in an ongoing series highlighting School of Dentistry alumni, donors and students. ___________________________ Dr. Esam Tashkandi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the College of Dentistry at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A native of Riyadh, he completed dental school and a general practice internship …

King’s Feast 2024: ‘How far we’ve come, how far we need to go’

February 21, 2024

Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 21, 2024 – The life and message of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., continues to inspire today at a time when his call to action against racism and social injustice remains as important as ever. That message was a recurring theme among speakers at the 43rd annual King’s Feast …

Donor Profile: Major gift opens endowment for dental patient fund

December 14, 2023

Ann Arbor, Mich., Dec. 14, 2023 – A new School of Dentistry endowment fund that will support the dental care of underserved patients has been established with a major gift from a Michigan dentist. Supporting the Victors Care Dental Patient Fund is a natural fit for Dr. Brian Rathke, who has long worked to make …

Reunion Weekend: Series of events welcome alumni ‘Back Home’

December 8, 2023

Ann Arbor, Mich., Dec. 8, 2023 – Dentists and dental hygienists who graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry returned for the annual Reunion Weekend in November to share countless memories and catch up on the lives of their classmates and friends. Alumni celebrating the 50th anniversary of their graduation in the Class …

Faculty member, alumnus appointed to Michigan Board of Dentistry

October 17, 2023

Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 17, 2023 – A School of Dentistry faculty member and an alumnus of the school who is an adjunct faculty member have been appointed to the Michigan Board of Dentistry by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Dr. Dennis Fasbinder, Clinical Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, was …