Interview with D3 Student Doctor, Kristen Horstmann
Welcome to Dr. Wayne Ozaki, Health Sciences Clinical Professor, as the new Chair of Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) and Chief of Dental Services at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Ozaki is board-certified in both oral and maxillofacial surgery and plastic surgery, and specializes in pediatric plastic, craniofacial, oral and maxillofacial, and cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Marc Hayashi, Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor and Vice Chair of the Section of Restorative Dentistry, has been appointed the inaugural holder of the Alumni and Friends Presidential Endowed Chair at the UCLA School of Dentistry, made effective at the end of 2020.
Why did you choose dentistry?
I've always loved working with my hands – playing with Legos and building model airplanes when I was a kid. In college, I knew I wanted to do something in healthcare, but I wasn't sure what. I tried shadowing and exploring different options, and eventually, I asked my dad – a now-retired general dentist – if I could see what he did. I remember him explaining how a dovetail creates mechanical retention, and the gears in my head started turning.
You could say that giving back runs in Dr. Oariona Lowe’s family. For the UCLA pediatric dentistry alum, it was the memory of seeing her father give away clothing and shoes to families who couldn’t afford to buy them that stayed with her into adulthood. Early in her career, she provided free dental services to families at outreach events; a practice she continues today. That altruism has been passed down to her son, who has aspirations of starting a foundation to raise money for underserved communities.
Dr. No-Hee Park Award for Excellence in Art and Science
Mason C. Oong, DDS & May H. Oong Endowed Scholarship
WHEN JOSEPH MULLEN WAS FACED WITH THE DECISION to pick a college major, he was set on picking one in a different field than the one his father had chosen, which was oral surgery.
Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship
LAYLA FIJANY FELT SHE WAS DESTINED FOR DENTISTRY. As a little girl, she spent her free time making jewelry, and it was the hand-eye coordination that she especially enjoyed. While in college, she added the sciences as another personal interest and chose to major in human biology. When faced with what she wanted to do as a profession, dentistry revealed itself as the perfect fit, as it combined hand-eye skills, was patient-centric, and afforded her the opportunity to make a positive impact on others’ lives.
Wyatt Rory Hume Scholarship
Naomi Ellison Scholarship
WALTER FUENTES HAS ALWAYS BEEN PASSIONATE about pursuing a profession where he could give back through public service. He discovered dentistry on a humanitarian trip to Ghana during his freshman year of college. He was inspired by a dentist who was making a difference in impoverished communities by providing basic cleanings and treatment.
“ANY TIME YOU REAP THE BENEFITS OF SOMETHING THAT HAS AFFORDED you a successful career, it’s your responsibility to ensure those same opportunities are available to others,” said Dr. Naomi Ellison, UCLA DDS Class of 1981. “I always intended to give back to the school and feel fortunate that I am able to in several capacities.”
Restorative dentistry gains two new leaders who strive for excellence in training, research, and patient care within a collaborative environment
WITH MORE THAN 160 FACULTY MEMBERS, from full-time to volunteer instructors in the clinic, restorative dentistry is UCLA Dentistry’s largest section. A collective term for diagnosing, treating, and managing diseased teeth and surrounding structures, restorative dentistry builds the foundation for our pre-doctoral students’ understanding of the art and science of dentistry. Dr.