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USC dentistry faculty member finds an unlikely source of inspiration

The curious reason that Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry Kim Austin aspired to a career in dentistry. BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14 Inspiration is all around. For Kim Austin, sitting in the dentist’s chair as a 4-year-old girl, it was right under her nose. “My dentist used a soap that I really liked to smell. […]


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 […]