ISSUE
               

Recruiting the Best


Dr. Steven P. Engebretson




Mr. John D. McIntosh




Ms. Rhonda Alphonso




Ms. Lisa Cox




Dr. Ann C. Eckardt Erlanger




Dr. Erin Gross




Ms. Holly Harper




Dr. Richard E. Heyman




Ms. Alison Kurtz




Dr. Kerry Makin-Byrd




Dr. Matthew Malek




Dr. Danielle Mitnick




Ms. Mary D. Olivera




Dr. Jean-Pierre Saint-Jeannet




Mr. Jose Santiago




Dr. Amy M. Smith Slep




Dr. Nick M. Tovar




Ms. Queen Walker




Dr. Yingjie Wu




Dr. Shoshana Yakar




Dr. Steven P. Engebretson, a national and international authority in the areas of periodontology and implant dentistry, has been appointed the new chair of the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Engebretson comes to NYUCD from the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University, where he served as associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry since 2008. An expert in the area of diabetes and oral health, Dr. Engebretson earned his dental degree at Harvard University after receiving a BA from New York University. He also holds an MS degree in periodontics from Columbia University and an MS degree in biostatistics focusing on patient-oriented research from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He is the founder of KT Therapeutics, LLC, and OraDelivery, LLC, privately held biotechnology companies, and is a prolific author and lecturer.

Mr. John D. McIntosh has been appointed senior director of clinical revenue cycle management and financial operations. Prior to joining the College, he held several senior financial positions at TIAA-CREF, including director of enterprise interpretation, director of financial operations, and director of institutional service plan conversions and corporate data management. Mr. McIntosh will provide leadership to NYUCD's Total Quality Improvement initiative—which aims to simplify business processes and improve the student and patient experience—and will manage and oversee clinical billing, accounts receivable, cash accounting, bank reconciliation, and clinical financial statements. Mr. McIntosh earned an MPA degree with a concentration in finance and management from Columbia University.

Ms. Rhonda Alphonso, previously director of administration for the New York Structural Biology Center, has been appointed assistant director of grants administration and business operations. Ms. Alphonso earned a master's degree in nonprofit management from the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy of the New School University.

Ms. Lisa Cox has been appointed a clinical instructor in dental hygiene. Ms. Cox earned a degree in dental hygiene from St. Clair College in Canada, and an MPH degree from A.T. Still University's Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health.

Dr. Ann C. Eckardt Erlanger has been appointed an assistant research scientist in cariology and comprehensive care. Dr. Erlanger earned MS and PhD degrees in school-community psychology from Hofstra University.

Dr. Erin Gross has been appointed a clinical assistant professor of pediatric dentistry. Dr. Gross earned a DDS degree and a PhD in oral biology from Ohio State University College of Dentistry, and a certificate in pediatric dentistry from Ohio State University College of Dentistry and Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Ms. Holly Harper, formerly a clinical instructor in dental hygiene at Phoenix College, has been appointed a clinical instructor in dental hygiene. Ms. Harper earned a master's degree in education from Northern Arizona University.

Dr. Richard E. Heyman, formerly a research professor of psychology at Stony Brook University, has been appointed a professor of family translational research in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive care and a co-director of the Family Translational Research Group. Dr. Heyman earned MS and PhD degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon.

Ms. Alison Kurtz has been appointed assistant director of global outreach programs in the Office of International Initiatives and Development. Ms. Kurtz was previously a case manager at the law firm Milberg LLP. She holds an MPH degree with a concentration in health policy and management from Hunter College.

Dr. Kerry Makin-Byrd has been appointed an assistant research scientist in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care. Dr. Makin-Byrd earned an MS in psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Matthew Malek, '09, and PG Endodontics '11, has been appointed a clinical assistant professor of endodontics. Dr. Malek earned a dental degree from Azad University College of Dentistry in Iran, and served as director of the National Iranian Steel Company dental clinic.

Dr. Danielle Mitnick has been appointed an assistant research scientist in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care. Dr. Mitnick earned MA and PhD degrees in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University.

Ms. Mary D. Olivera, formerly a central sterile materials manager at the NYU Langone Medical Center, has been appointed director of instrumentation and sterilization. Ms. Olivera earned an MS degree in healthcare administration from Iona College and a certification in healthcare leadership, a fellowship in central sterilization, and a registered central service technician certificate from the International Association of Healthcare and Materials Management.

Dr. Jean-Pierre Saint-Jeannet, formerly a professor of cell and developmental biology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and a professor of animal biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed a professor of basic science and craniofacial biology. Dr. Saint-Jeannet earned an MS in neuroscience and a PhD in developmental neurobiology from Université Paul Sabatier in France.

Mr. Jose Santiago, formerly a training manager for the U.S. Army Dental Corps detachment at Fort Dix, New Jersey, has been appointed a clinic manager.

Dr. Amy M. Smith Slep, formerly a research professor of psychology at Stony Brook University, has been appointed a professor of family translational research in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive care and a co-director of the Family Translational Research Group. Dr. Smith Slep earned an MA and a PhD in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University.

Dr. Nick M. Tovar has been appointed an assistant research scientist in biomaterials and biomimetics. Dr. Tovar earned a PhD in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Ms. Queen Walker, formerly an administrator in a private dental practice in New York City, has been appointed a clinic manager. Ms. Walker earned a master's degree in public policy and administration from Metropolitan College of New York, and a certificate in dental assisting from Columbia University School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Yingjie Wu, formerly a research associate professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has been appointed a research scientist in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology. Dr. Wu earned an MS in biochemistry from Shenyang Agricultural University in China and a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from Beijing Agricultural University.

Dr. Shoshana Yakar, formerly an associate professor of endocrinology, diabetes and bone disease at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has been appointed an associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology. Dr. Yakar earned an MSc in botany and a PhD in genetics from Tel Aviv University.

Congratulations also to:

Dr. Tundo O. Akinyeke, Jr., has been appointed an assistant research scientist in basic science and craniofacial biology. Dr. Akineyeke earned a PhD in biomedical sciences and cancer biology from Meharry Medical College.

Dr. Michael F. Lorber, formerly a research scientist at Stony Brook University, has been appointed a research scientist in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care. Dr. Lorber earned an MA in psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University.

Dr. John P. Nelson, formerly a consultant and senior research scientist in the Family Translational Research Group at Stony Brook University, has been appointed a senior research scientist in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care. Dr. Nelson earned a master's degree in social work from Louisiana State University and a PhD in social work from the University of Minnesota.

Ms. Joyce Rabel, formerly a supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service, has been appointed a group practice clinic manager for Dr. Eric Studley and Associates.