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Class of 2017

On Friday, May 12, 2017, Ostrow’s Class of 2017 will gather on McAlister Field to celebrate their accomplishments and take the next step on their dental career paths. Meet three USC dentistry graduates, to be featured in HSC News, in its upcoming commencement coverage: Jonathan Nguyen DDS ’17 Jonathan Nguyen hopes to change the way dental professionals perceive […]

Cancer in the Dental Chair

A 5-minute oral cancer screening can mean the difference between life and death, as Joana Breckner found out in the dental chair of Ostrow graduate Phillip Sacks DDS ’70. BY JAMIE WETHERBE MA ’04 A routine visit to the dentist saved Joana Breckner’s life. While in the chair 17 years ago, her dentist Phillip Sacks […]


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. […]

USC Dentistry launches new alumni association

Welcome to the Century Club Alumni Association, Ostrow’s new alumni support group, offering members exclusive lifelong benefits. To get in, all you need is a completed or in-process Ostrow degree. BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’12 & YASMINE PEZESHKPOUR MCM ’16 Now what? You have put in the hard time studying and spending incredibly long hours […]

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 […]

From USC Dental Student to Faculty Member

Assistant professor of clinical dentistry Jenny Jin Son DDS ’10, PROS ’14 has found  her dream job of educating future dental professionals at Ostrow. BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14 It was as a doctor of dental surgery student in Ostrow’s human clinical dentistry course that Jenny Jin Son DDS ’10, PROS ’14 first heard the […]

The Dual-Trained Orthodontist

Dan Grauer completed his dental degree and orthodontic specialty twice — once in Europe and once in the United States. Today, he uses this knowledge to educate current dentists and future professionals on different practices from around the world. BY YASMINE PEZESHKPOUR MCM ’16 At just 17 years of age, when most American teenagers are […]