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Geriatric and Adult Special Needs Dentistry

call for appt 319-335-8232

Our departmental faculty are experienced clinicians with expertise treating many types of patients, including the elderly, adult Special Needs patients, and people with complex medical or behavioral conditions. They accept dentist and self-referrals for comprehensive treatment such as examinations, fillings, extractions, crown and bridgework, root canal therapy, partial dentures, and full dentures as well as limited care or for second opinions. Please let us know how we can help you improve and maintain your oral health.

For children with Special Needs call Pediatric Dentistry: 319-335-9663


Preventive & Community Dentistry Dentists

Dan Caplan Dan Caplan, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Department Head, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry

Dr. Caplan is professor and head of the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry. Before joining the UI College of Dentistry in 2007, he was a faculty member in the Department of Dental Ecology at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry from 1995-2007.


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Howard J. Cowen Howard J. Cowen, D.D.S., M.S., DABSCD
Clinical Professor, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry

Dr. Cowen joined the College of Dentistry in 1982. He is director of the Geriatric and Special Needs Dental Program and director of the Geriatric and Special Needs Postgraduate Certificate Program, as well as a clinical professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry


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Marsha A. Cunningham-Ford Marsha A. Cunningham-Ford, B.S., M.S., R.D.H.
Associate Professor, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry

Ms. Cunningham-Ford joined The University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1979. She is an associate professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry.


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Peter Damiano Peter Damiano, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry
Director, UI Public Policy Center

Dr. Damiano joined the College of Dentistry in 1990. He is a professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry and director, Health Policy Research, at the Public Policy Center.


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Jennifer Hartshorn Jennifer Hartshorn, D.D.S., Geriatric and Special Needs Certificate
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry

Dr. Jennifer Hartshorn joined the Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry as a clinical assistant professor in July 2013 after completing her geriatric and special needs certificate at the UI College of Dentistry.


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Leonardo Marchini Leonardo Marchini, D.D.S., M.S.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry

Dr. Marchini joined the College of Dentistry in 2013. Prior to coming to Iowa, Dr. Marchini taught as an assistant professor at the University of Vale de Paraiba, the University of Taubate, and the State University of Sao Paulo, for both undergraduate and graduate students.


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Michelle R. McQuistan Michelle R. McQuistan, D.D.S., M.S.
Associate Professor, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry

Dr. McQuistan completed her D.D.S. at The University of Iowa in 2001. In 2002 she received her AEGD certificate from the University of Florida-Jacksonville Clinic. She returned to The University of Iowa where she completed her M.S. in dental public health in 2004.


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