Department News & Events


December 8, 2016 

Winter Holiday Gathering

winter holiday gathering

Dr. Teixeira hosted the annual Departmental Winter Party at her home. After a delicious dinner, Santa (Dr. D) brought gifts for all the kids and the traditional gift exchange was done. THANKS everybody for coming!


December 10, 2016 

Ugly sweater day

Ugly Xmas


September 23, 2016 

2016 Midwest CODE meeting

CODE meeting 2016

Midwest Region CODE meeting was held September 22 & 23 at the College of Dentistry.  Ten faculty members from Midwestern dental schools joined our department faculty for the meeting. 


September 11, 2016 

Operative Fall Picnic

operative fall family picnic

The Operative Annual Fall Family Picnic was held at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area - Iowa City. Michelle Zubcic did an amazing job organizing the event. It has been a great time to celebrate Fall with old and new Operative family members.


September 11, 2016

Dr. Tracy D'Antonio promotion  

tracy d'antonio

Tracy D’Antonio (third year Operative resident) was promoted in the U.S. Navy from the rank of Lieutenant to Lieutenant Commander by her classmate and Navy colleague, Thomas Grubbs (second year Operative resident and Lieutenant Commander). The ceremony was held in the west pavilion at the College of Dentistry & nDental Clinics with cake and coffee after. Dr. D’Antonio’s mother, father, brother, niece and nephew made the trip down to Iowa City from Milwaukee, WI to join in on the celebration along with her husband, 2-year old son and friends and faculty from the Operative Department. Also in attendance were some of the pre-doctoral members of the Tau Sigma Military Club; a club that was initiated by Dr. D’Antonio for students on military scholarships at the College of Dentistry. She is very thankful for all of the love and support that the Operative Department family has given her in these past 2 years.


August 20, 2016 

Courage Ride

courage ride participants

Courage Ride, honoring the life of Seth Bailey, is an annual bike ride through rural Iowa. Courage Ride is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by sarcoma.


August 19, 2016

Operative's annual in-service

Operative’s annual teaching in-service and orientation at the College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics. The agenda was very productive and had a massive attendance of faculty and residents.

Also, this year we had a special guest - Mickel (Dr. Huston's service dog).

operative teaching-in-service and orientation


August 15, 2016

Annual All-College Conference

dean johnsen and dr. guzman

dean johnsen and dr. meredith

The annual All-College Conference was held August 17th in the newly remodeled Galagan auditorium.  Service milestones were recognized between 5 and 45 years, and Dr. Sandra Guzmán-Armstrong was honored for 15 years in Operative. Lynn Fritz and Patty Meredith were honored for 30 years.

Staff announcements:
Lynn Fritz: moved back down from FGP to rejoin us in Operative.
Diane Ryerson: moved down from Admissions last year to join us in Operative.
Candace Pope: joined the college February 2016; her administrative home is in FGP and works 50% of the time in our operative graduate clinic.

Faculty announcements:
Dr. Hanan Elgendy joined us this summer as a Visiting Assistant Professor with primary responsibilities in the pre-doctoral clinics and will serve as assistant course director for dental anatomy.  Dr. Elgendy received her BDS from Ain Shams University in Egypt in 2007 followed by internships at Cairo and Ann Shams Universities and private practice through 2012. She received her certificate in Operative Dentistry and MS in Oral Sciences in June 2016. Dr. Elgendy is married to Dr. Maged Abdelaal, Assistant Professor, in Prosthodontics. They have a 2 ½ year old daughter, Layla.

Dr. Aditi Jain also joined us this summer as Clinical Assistant Professor with her primary responsibilities in the pre-doctoral clinics and will serve as assistant course director for Operative Dentistry I. Dr. Jain received her BDS from SMD College of Dental Sciences in Karnataka, India in 2011 and completed a certificate in Operative Dentistry and an M.S. in Oral Sciences in June 2016. She is married to Dr. Anshul Jain, a physician with Unity Point Health in Cedar Rapids.

Dr. Cristina Vidal is currently teaching at the University of Brasilia and will be joining us in the coming few months. She received her DDS degree in 2006 from Aracatuba School of Dentistry, Sao Paulo followed by a MS in Operative Dentistry in 2009 at the same institution. She received a PhD in Dental Materials in 2012 from Piracicaba Dental School, State University of Campinas, Brazil. Dr. Vidal has been a visiting research scholar at both University of Illinois at Chicago in Dr. Ana-Karina Bedran-Russo’s lab and in Finland in Leo Tjaderhane’s laboratory before receiving an award to complete a 2 year post-doc back with Dr. Bedran-Russo.

Dr. Guzman introduced the three new residents: Dalal Aldabeeb, Arwa Alhakami from Saudi Arabia and Maram Jaradat from Jordan.


July 16, 2016

Dr. Patty Meredith received the association's Mastership award during the AGD 2016

Dr. Patty Meredith

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce that Patricia Meredith, DDS, MS, MAGD, of Iowa City, Iowa, received the association’s Mastership Award during the AGD 2016 annual meeting, which took place July 14 to 17 in Boston.The Mastership Award is the AGD’s highest honor and one of the most respected designations within the profession. To earn this award, Dr. Meredith completed more than 1,100 hours of dental continuing education.As a Mastership Award recipient, Dr. Meredith joins more than 2,300 active AGD Masters who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients’ oral health.

“This award requires an extraordinary amount of time and effort,” says AGD Immediate Past President W. Mark Donald, DMD, MAGD. “Dr. Meredith should be commended for her unflagging commitment to continuing education, which allows her to provide the best possible dental care and oral health education to her patients.”

Dr. Meredith graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry with her DDS in 1983 and earned her Master’s Degree  in Operative Dentistry in 2008.  Currently she is an Associate Professor at the College of Dentistry.  She and her husband, Terry Aukes have five daughters.


June 18, 2016

Dr. Jerry Denehy to receive the 2016 Collegiate Teaching Award

Dr. DenehyDr. Jerry Denehy to Receive the   2016 Collegiate Teaching Award Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Denehy became interested in dentistry for two dissimilar reasons: he enjoyed science and, he says with some amusement, “I also had a cool orthodontist who drove a Corvette!” 

After receiving his DDS in 1968, Dr. Denehy’s original career plans were to enter private practice in Colorado.  Not finding a suitable place, he followed up on an earlier invitation to teach at the University of Iowa.  Dr. Wally Johnson, Operative Dentistry chair, hired him with the stipulation that along with his teaching, he would complete the Operative Dentistry graduate program, which at that time was primarily in the area of education. 

Although he had no teaching experience, Dr. Johnson, who “saw the good in everyone,” says Dr. Denehy, “had a very progressive teaching philosophy.” He gave the young faculty early course responsibility and allowed him to develop his own instructive style. 

The new assistant professor quickly realized he really enjoyed teaching and interacting with students. “It was fun,” he says. 

Looking back, Dr. Denehy feels fortunate to have been recruited to the UI College of Dentistry. “The

teacher-student relationship has always been excellent,” he says. “All of the faculty were in teaching because they wanted to be, and they were all actively involved with patient treatment.  The freshman lab and the student clinics were a great pleasure to teach. It was very rewarding to see the students mature into quality dentists.”  

Involvement with the Operative Dentistry graduate program has also been one of his favorite experiences.  Personal contacts with the graduate residents have resulted in lifelong friendships and have greatly influenced his appreciation for the international dental community.

Dr. Denehy served as director of the Operative Dentistry graduate program from 1988 to 2001 before

becoming chair of the Department in 2002, a responsibility he held until 2011.

Over the years, dental students have acknowledged Dr. Denehy’s excellent teacher-student relationship by awarding him the Freshman Class Instructor of the Year six times. In 1996, he received the Dental Educator of the Year Award from the UI Dental Alumni Association and the UI College of Dentistry.

Dr. Denehy’s excellent teacher-student relationship is also exemplified by his mentoring of more than 81 graduate students over the years in his role as thesis chair or thesis committee member. He has kept in contact with these students over the years and is very proud of their accomplishments and friendship.


June 18, 2016

Health Science Visit Day

health science visit day

On Saturday, July 18th, 2016, the Office of Student Affairs participated in a campus-wide Health Science Visit Day for rising high school seniors.  A total of 249 prospective students and guests attended the event.  Dr. Natalia Restrepro-Kennedy, faculty advisor to the PreDental Club, led a CAD CAM exercise in the Sim Clinic.  She was accompanied by Dr. Thomas Grubbs, Lizzie Axell (D3), Shaun O'Neill (D4), Erik Blomquist (D3), & Carolyn Duong (D3).  Rachael Kowbel, Director of Dental Student Admissions, escorted our guests & fielded questions about the career of dentistry.  College of Dentistry personnel explained the scanning process with typodonts & outlined how to obtain a final product.  Prospective students were given the chance to try out the scanners, a one-on-one tour of the Simulation Clinic, & Bench Lab.  Participants walked away with black Hawkeye scrubs & toothbrushes as an incentive to return to us soon!  

June 11, 2016

Canoe Ride

operative canoe ride

Dr. Denehy organized a canoe ride from Monticello to Pictures Rocks - IA. Faculty and graduate students had a great time! Countdown for SUMMER'16:)


May 19, 2016

Operative Dentistry Awards Banquet 2016

The Operative Dentistry annual Spring Banquet was held on May 21st the Elks Country Club in Iowa City. Staff and faculty were recognized for service to the department. Operative residents were introduced and several awards from Operative Dentistry were given to pre-doctoral students for outstanding achievement and character.

operative awards banquet

Op Dent banquet 2016

Award winners from Operative Spring Banquet May 19, 2016 (left to right)

  • John Metter D1 - Rudy Minger Memorial Award
  • Charles "Chip" Abraham D3 - Academy of Operative Dentistry Award
  • Peter Marsho D3 - Wallace W. Johnson Operative Dentistry Award
  • Stephen Adeoti D3 - Walter Williamson Award
  • Thomas Crary D4 - Carl Svare Predoctoral Research Award
  • Russell Pesavento D4 - Academy of Dental Materials Award


May 16, 2016

Congratulations Drs. Alsheri, Elgendy and Jain (not pictured)

graduation 2016

The 2016 Commencement ceremony was held on May 14th at the Carver Arena.


May 14, 2016

Operative Dentistry faculty retreat

Our Departmental faculty retreat was held May 12-13th in Moravia, IA. It's a great opportunity for our faculty to get together, plan for the upcoming year and enjoy some social time together.

operative faculty retreat


May 7, 2016

Iowa Dental Association 2016 Table Clinics

table clinic awards

Several individuals from the College of Dentistry presented table clinics at the Iowa Dental Associ- ation’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Those presenting included Ms. Cathy Skotowski (Pediatric Dentistry), Dr. Diana Pelzer (graduate student, Pediatric Dentistry), Dr. Paula Ortega Verdugo (graduate student, Preventive and Community Dentistry/Operative Dentistry), Elliott Glenn (D2), and Erica Recker (D2). Award winners included Dr. Pelzer, first place honors in the dental graduate student division; Elliott Glenn, first place honors in the dental student division and Erica Recker, second place honors in the dental student division. The table clinics were very well attended and offered an excellent venue for networking with Iowa dentists and their dental teams.


May 6, 2016

Dr. Rodrigo Maia presented during the 2016 bonding meeting in Budapest - Hungary.

Dr. Rodrigo Rocha Maia presenation


April 29, 2016

Dr. Kelly Huston (Operative Dentistry Adjunct Faculty) is the new president of IAGD

iagd president


March 25, 2016

WELCOME, Candace!

Candace Pope welcome


March 25, 2016

Dr. Sandra Guzman-Armstrong and Other Members of the ADEA Section on Cariology Receive Nowlin Award

Dr. Sandra Guzman-Armstrong

thomas f nowlin award



February 26, 2016

Annual Meeting of the Academy of Operative Dentistry 2016 in Chicago 

2016 academy of operative dentistry meeting


aod meeting attendees

Drs. Abdullah Alshehri, Paula Ortega Verdugo, Tracy D'Antonio and Watcharaphong Ariakriangkai were selected to present table clinics at the AOD Meeting. Their presentations were outstanding and well received by attendees. Each of the graduate students was mentored by faculty in the Department. This collaborative effort characterizes the spirit and team work of the Operative Department. Also, several members (faculty and staff) attended the meeting and some of them went to the Midwinter 2016.


February 16, 2016

63rd Annual Meeting of the Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR)

dr steve armstrong and dr hamad algamaiah dr julie holloway and dr  watcharaphong  ariyakriangkai
2016 Local AADR Research Day Awards (Operative):

- Max Smith Oral Presentation Graduate and Post-Doctoral Competition

3rd Place - Abdullah Mohammed D. Alshehri (Drs. Kwon, Wertz)

2nd Place - Aditi Jain (Drs. Armstrong, Banas)


- Michael W. Finkelstein Evidence-Based Dentistry Pre-Doctoral Competition

2nd Place - Briana T. Lage, Alison Wehde, Cleo Stephanides, Erika Diemer, Mary Hoch


- Post-Doctoral/Graduate Dental Specialty Awards

1st Place  OPERATIVE DENTISTRY - Hamad A. Algamaiah (Dr. Hirata)


- Procter & Gamble Pre-Doctoral Poster Competition

1st Place PROSTHODONTICS - Watcharaphong Ariyakriangkai (Dr. Vargas)



February 12, 2016


Recent Publication

caries research study

Paula Ortega-Verdugo, Sandra Guzmán-Armstrong, Deborah Cobb, Deborah V. Dawson, Derek Blanchette, Justine L. Kolker, Marcela Hernández, J.J. Warren. Factors Associated with Reevaluation of the Stepwise Excavation Procedure: An 8-Year Retrospective Study. Caries Res 2016;50:71–77.