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Afghan War Veteran Pays Tribute to Orthodontic Treatment Team

An Afghanistan war veteran dressed in combat fatigues walked into NYUCD's orthodontic clinic last July and asked for everyone's attention so that he could make an announcement.

"I'd like to recognize the wonderful care I've received from the residents, faculty, and staff of this clinic," said U.S. Army Sergeant Manjue G. Sampson, 36, as he presented Dr. Karishma B. Jumani, '09, the resident who led his treatment team, with a U.S. Army Coin of Excellence, a medal awarded to those who go above and beyond the call of duty. Sergeant Sampson, whose dentist, Dr. Frank Visintini, '92, referred him to NYUCD to be fitted for braces, also handed out plaques of appreciation, signed by his commander, to Dr. Jumani's faculty instructors, Dr. Yon Lai, Clinical Professor of Orthodontics, and Dr. Neil Lawner, Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthodontics, as well as to the clinic's reception staff.

"Dr. Jumani has great leadership skills," said Sergeant Sampson, who redeployed overseas in September. "She was my ultimate advocate, never hesitating to tell her professors that she had researched alternate treatment strategies which she believed would get me even better results."

"Although he was a challenging case, with very constrained arches, we succeeded in giving him that Mr. Universe smile we had promised him," Dr. Jumani said.