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Carol Gomez Summerhays, 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipient Earlier this spring, Carol Gomez Summerhays DDS ’78 was awarded the prestigious 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor for her exceptional contributions to our nation. Summerhays joins an elite group of highly successful individuals to have earned such a distinction, including six past U.S. presidents, […]

Something to Smile About

Thanks to early detection and intervention by her Trojan dentist, Joana Breckner survived oral cancer. Now she’s dedicated herself to raising public awareness about routine oral cancer screenings, which only take minutes but could mean the difference between life and death.  BY JAMIE WETHERBE MA ’04 A routine visit to the dentist saved Joana Breckner’s […]


Reigning Miss Universal City USA Laurel Henderson DDS ’17 aims to inspire young women and challenge pageant girl stereotypes by becoming the first “Dr. Miss California USA.” BY LAUREL HENDERSON DDS ’17 Between the ages of 16 and 22, I worked at a girls’ summer camp on the shore of Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vt. […]

Smile make-over: USC dentistry helps man start new, healthy life

Ostrow helps a patient put years of drug abuse — and the accompanying dental decay — behind him with a full-mouth rehabilitation. BY BREANNE GRADY MCM ’10 “Crystal,” “glass” and “ice” are all street names for methamphetamine, slang that makes the recreational stimulant sound smooth, nearly flawless. Beneath this false veneer, though, methamphetamine addiction destroys […]