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Heroines of Prosthodontics

Women are busily working to get to the top and almost all fields. Let’s have a look at some of the prosthodontists that are currently making little splashes in this area.

Dr. Mijin Choi

Dr. Mijin Choi is a clinical associate professor at the New York University College of Dentistry in the Department of Prosthodontics. 

Choi obtained her DDS degree from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. She completed her certificate in Prosthodontics and a MS degree in Oral Biology at the University of Maryland. 

Dr. Choi then completed her sub-specialty training in Maxillofacial Prosthetics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics in 2004.

She is a Fellow of American College of Prosthodontists, Academy of Prosthodontics, Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics and American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics.

Dr. Choi’s areas of expertise are in complete oral rehabilitation for patients with missing teeth and management of oral cancer utilizing wide range of simple and complex restorations and prostheses, esthetic restorations, implant prostheses, and removable prostheses.

She co-authored the book "Clinical Cases in Prosthodontics" in 2010, and has written a chapter titled "Chemotherapy and radiation therapy for head and neck cancer" for the Second Edition of Laney's Diagnosis and Treatment in Prosthodontics in 2011.

Dr. Choi is dedicated to providing the postdoctoral residents with educational processes that emphasize a patient-centered approach in teaching, research, and oral health care delivery. We think she’s great.

Dr. Safiya Smith

Dr. Smith was born and raised in Florida. She attended the University of Florida, where she majored in biology, then she graduated from Colombia University’s College of Dental Medicine in New York City.

Her passion for children lead her to Montefiore Hospital in New York, where she specialized in Pediatric Dentistry. Premier Dental Group is proud to have her as their "kids’ doc"!

"After a few years in the Big Apple, I'm happy to return home to sunny South Florida and join the Sage Dental family,” says Dr. Smith. “As a Pediatric Dentist, I received special training in treating the oral health needs of children of all ages. I try to make dentistry fun and teach my patients good habits that will keep their smiles healthy for a lifetime.”

Dr. Alyssa Marshall

Here is a story about Dr. Alyssa’s recent experience with a prosthodontist with a PhD.

In the fall of 2013, Alyssa had classes in Santa Monica, a gorgeous city in the greater Los Angeles area. Naturally many interviewees heading to UCLA and USC joined the course.

They were operating at max capacity, and Alyssa was having a great deal of fun interacting with students, but there was one applicant in particular that got her nervous.

This applicant was a specialist, not just in any field, but a Prosthodontist, and also had a PhD in Prosthodontics. She joined our training course.

With regard to teaching, Alyssa always have been able to break things down in an easy-to-understand way and get to the core of things rather than focusing on what may look like is happening on the surface. It comes naturally to her. She has even taught many dentists who themselves had several years of teaching experience, sometimes in restorative dentistry.

Alyssa is still a young general dentist. She never pictured herself teaching a PhD in prosthodontics about preparations. She felt a knot in her stomach.

“What would I teach her?” Thought Alyssa. “She probably knows a great deal more than me, I should be learning from her. What if I make a mistake?”

Tons of questions and worries ran through her mind.

She talked to the applicant on the phone, and she was sure she wanted to take our course, she had just this one interview call from USC and was determined to make it. So Alyssa opted for the challenge.

The applicant was really good as Alyssa expected, one of the more precise hands she’s seen and definitely the best of hands of anyone she’s taught even till today. But Alyssa quickly realized that the way of practicing was very different here than what she was used to. It took the applicant some time to soak-in the U.S. way of doing things, and the 5 days we spent in class together was perfect for her.

The applicant got accepted of course, and later sent Alyssa this letter, which she wrote for you.

“Hi, my name is Esra Salihoglu Yener. I am from Turkey. I am a Prosthodontist who holds a DDS degree (2004) from University of Marmara in Istanbul, a PhD (2009) and a specialist (2011) degree in Prosthodontics from University of Yeditepe in Istanbul.

Becoming a dentist in the US has been my dream for a long time. Getting board exams, TOEFL and having a good CV were very important parts of the application process. But for me, although they required a long time, they were less stressing than the bench exam and the interview session.

When I got the interview invitation from USC I was very stressed because I didn’t know what they were expecting in both the bench exam and the interview. I didn’t have any friends at dental schools in US, who could give me some advice for the exam and the interview. And, I didn’t have too much time to get prepared because I was working as a full-time Prosthodontist in Istanbul, Turkey. It was my first application cycle and it would be my first exam and interview. Although I have a good clinical experience, what we do in the clinics is somewhat different from the books.

I heard that there were some hands-on courses in the US for these exams and interviews. When I searched on the web, I found Dr. Marshall’s website. My exam and interview would be on the weekend right after the 5-days course, which means that I didn’t have any extra days to practice by myself.

I enrolled Dr. Marshall’s hands-on course. I also got the online course, which was consisted of videos. I watched the videos the week before the hands-on course. They helped me a lot because the course was very intensive. And, because I watched them before the course I could spend more time on practicing.

Dr. Marshall was really aware of what they expected from us during the interview and the bench exam. She showed every detail of the preparations. We were also able to practice after course hours late at night, which was very effective for me because I was staying at a hotel. In addition, Dr. Marshall had everything I needed for the exam. USC sent a huge list of equipment for the exam, which I paid for unnecessarily because I didn’t use most of them during the exam. Dr. Marshall was very professional at which instruments or burs, etc., we should use and she avoided unnecessary instruments.

There was an interview simulation on the last day of the course. I can say that the simulation was almost the same with my real interview session. I learned what they expected from me and what the interview would be like. It helped me a lot even though I didn’t have any time to practice.

The interview was the day after the interview simulation. As a dentist who is living outside the US, I could really say that Dr. Marshall’s course helped me a lot. Therefore, it was worth paying and getting both the hands-on and the online course for me. In addition, it was a nice and friendly experience with both Dr. Marshall and Kevin, and also with other competitors. The food was quite good. I enjoyed the course and I would highly recommend the applicants to get both hands-on and online courses.

It was my first application cycle and I got it.

According to what I heard during the test and the interview, most of the applicants have been living in the US and therefore not practicing for a long time. I would recommend these applicants to get these courses as early as possible because they need time to improve their hand skills.”

Gaudalupe Garcia, DMD

In 2002, Dr. Guadalupe Garcia received her doctor of dental medicine degree from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine. Dr. Garcia then worked as a clinical assistant professor at UPSDM from 2002 to 2003.

In 2006, she completed her advanced education training in prosthodontics and received a prosthodontics certificate from New York University College of Dentistry in 2006.

Dr. Garcia then pursued and completed a two-year fellowship in implant dentistry in the Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at New York University in 2008.

During that time, she was a part-time clinical assistant professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at NYU. She was also attending at New York Hospital of Queens in the Department of Prosthodontics and Implant Center, as well as pursuing private practice in prosthodontics.

Dr. Garcia is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists and the Academy of Osseointegration. She is treasurer of the American College of Prosthodontists Maryland Section. Dr. Garcia is a guest lecturer in both departments of prosthodontics at NYU and NYHQ.

In 2008, Dr. Garcia joined the faculty at the University of Maryland. She maintains an intramural practice limited to prosthodontics and implants and is assistant professor and director of the Implant Prosthodontics Predoctoral program. She is involved in the implant surgical training in the postgraduate prosthodontics program.

Dr. Garcia is also a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontics and a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics.

Dr. Garcia’s research interests include overdenture attachments and anatomical considerations in implant dentistry. She is a member of the Faculty Senate representing the School of Dentistry and her research interests include overdenture attachments and anatomical considerations in implant dentistry.