Dr. Patricia Simons’ first visit to the dentist was an “a-ha” experience that opened up an unexpected career path.

Dr. Dr. Patricia Simons '14

“My dentist told me that I was the most excited patient that she had in a while and that I should look into dentistry as a profession.”

Simons couldn’t get home fast enough to begin research on dentistry, an intriguing field made especially appealing because it encompassed everything she loved: caring for others, serving the community and working with her hands. After graduating from dental school, she fulfilled that dream by providing dental care to the underserved community.

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Dr. Ety Friedman, left, with Dr. Valerie Slater ’18 during a College of Dentistry campus visit in fall 2017

Dr. Ety Friedman

"My experience probably was different than that of my classmates because at the time there were not too many woman dentists," said Dr. Friedman.

"After practicing for a while as an associate ... and a few hours a week in public health dentistry, which I had done in my native country, I decided to open my own practice. Surprise of surprises! I could not get a loan unless my husband co-signed. I imagine any of my classmates ... didn’t have to have their wives co-sign."

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Meet your alumni association officers

Alumni Board

Members of the College of Dentistry Alumni Association Board, from left to right: Dr. Anthony Mendez ’04, Dr. Joe Simmons III ’98, ’99, Dr. Danette McNew ’88, Dr. Drew Vanderbrook ‘12, Dr. Julie Stelly ’87, Dr. John Ratliff ’19, Lana Crawford ’68, Dr. Chad Capps ’08.

D4 & DH2 Pre-graduation Celebration April 17

D4 and DH2 students relaxed with Alums and enjoyed an early graduation celebration on Wednesday, April 17 at VIDORRA.

A free beverage and appetizers, and fun door prizes were provided compliments of the College of Dentistry Alumni Association! 

It was another great opportunity to visit with alumni board members, classmates and celebrate their achievement.






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Past Events

Enjoy pics from all our great past events, as well as past copies of Dentistry Insider - the college newsletter -  in the new Events Archive and the News Archive:

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