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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, […]

2015 Senior Awards Banquet

Lucas Brand DDS ’15 (right) shakes hands with Lieutenant Commander Todd Jacobs of the U.S. Navy after taking his oath of enlistment at Ostrow’s Senior Awards Banquet on May 14. Click here for more pics from the evening.

Ostrow (OT, PT and Dentistry) in the News – Summer 2015

Dentistry Former dentistry dean to receive honorary degree from McGill University Harold Slavkin sees the accolade as a tribute to his colleagues at the Ostrow School of Dentistry. Among the recipients are Nobel Peace Prize winners John O’Keefe (medicine, 2014) and Daniel Kahneman (economic sciences, 2002). Dedicated student-athlete follows the dental track  Nearing the finish […]

The American Dream

First in her family to graduate college, Suzanne Wen DDS ’15 forges her own path toward a dream career as an orthodontist.

Following the Dental Track

As she prepares to cross the finish line as a dental professional, Courtney Clayton reflects on her experience as a dedicated academic and student athlete at USC. BY YASMINE PEZESHKPOUR MCM ’17 Courtney Clayton ’11, DDS ’15 found career inspiration in one of the unlikeliest of places. It was during a trip to the orthodontist’s […]