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Jada Obasi-Dental Explorers 2015

About Jada Age: 22 Coming from: West Los Angeles College How did you hear about the Dental Explorers Program?  I met a USC dental hygiene student who spoke very highly of his experience and suggested I attend Ostrow’s open house. I was inspired by the tour of the facilities and speaking to more dental students. […]

Better Together

Dr. Mark Urata discusses the unique alliance that will define the future for both oral and maxillofacial surgery and plastic surgery at USC. BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14 At the end of 2013, Dean Avishai Sadan announced the creation of a new division of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Ostrow. The division was to be […]

Cerebral Download

Editor’s note: This article was written with the participation of Luis Henrique Schlichting (clinical assistant professor at the School of Dental Medicine of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.). BY DR. PASCAL MAGNE Don & Sybil Harrington Professor of Esthetic Dentistry My main mission during my 25 years of experience as an educator, mentor, researcher […]

Deanne Martinez Natividad DDS ’18–U.S. Army Bound

BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14 When it comes to paying for college, Deanne Martinez Natividad is on her own. Her father Dean, a 56-year-old postal worker, and mother Edna, a 63-year-old retired accountant, have a policy for their children about higher education: You need to pay for it yourself. The policy left Natividad no other […]

Lawrence Fung ’07, DDS ’11, MBV ’15 – U.S. Navy

BY JAMIE WETHERBE MA ’04 Lawrence Fung joined the U.S. Navy for two reasons. “To build upon the clinical skills I gained from the school … and to give back,” he says. Fung received a full-ride scholarship to USC, thanks to the Health Professions Scholarship Program. “The military paid for my entire dental school education,” […]

Matthew Chesler DDS ’04 – U.S. Navy

BY JAMIE WETHERBE MA ’04 Matthew Chesler entered the Navy as a commissioned dental officer during the international turmoil of 2004. “It was in the middle of Operation Iraqi Freedom … so it was guaranteed at that time that you were going to deploy,” he says. “And the only reason I didn’t go to Iraq […]

Sara Hale DDS ’05–U.S. Air Force

BY YASMINE PEZESHKPOUR MCM ’17 For as long as Sara Hale can remember, the U.S. Air Force has been a part of her life. Her hometown of Minot, N.D., is also home to the Minot Air Force Base, which employs more than 6,500 people. Many of her classmates had mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles that […]

Josh Cohen ’99, RDH ’02, DDS ’06–U.S. Navy

BY YASMINE PEZESHKPOUR MCM ’17 A dental career at sea may be considered unconventional by most occupational standards. For Josh Cohen, it was more than a career choice; it was his desire to serve his country as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy. When Cohen was notified that he would be a recipient of […]


Editor’s note: Carmen Molina works for Ostrow’s Community Oral Health Programs, where she serves as a promotora. In that role, Molina functions as a liaison between dental professionals and the community, helping to educate community members about the importance of oral health. We asked her how her job inspires her. BY CARMEN MOLINA When I was […]

The Dental Detective

Ostrow clinical associate professor C. Michael Bowers spends his evenings and weekends consulting as a forensic odontologist for the Ventura County Medical Examiners’ Office. BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14 His line of work is not for the squeamish. If C. Michael Bowers ’71, DDS ’75 gets a call from the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office, […]