Full Time Faculty
Sarandeep S. Huja, DDS, PhD is the Division Chief & Professor
G. Thomas Kluemper, DMD, Program Director & Associate Professor
Cynthia S. Beeman, DDS, PhD, Associate Dean: Academic and Student Affairs, Associate Professor
James K. Hartsfield, Jr., DMD, PhD, Professor, E. Preston Hicks Endowed Chair
Vladimir Leon Salazar, DDS, MSD, Assistant Professor
Lorri A. Morford, PhD, Assistant Professor Research Title Series
Part Time Faculty
Bruce Haskell, DMD, PhD, Professor, Part-time
Part Time Clinical Faculty
Edgar Berre, Jr, DDS , Assistant Professor
Melvin W. Dean, DMD, Assistant Professor
Judson M. Knight, DMD, Associate Professor
J. Philip Wahle, DMD, Assistant Professor
James Thacker, DMD, Assistant Professor
Sonny Long, DDS, Assistant Professor
Dr. Jae Brimhall
Dr. Nathan Hawley
Dr. Lina Sharab
Dr. Steven Zettler
Dr. Karthik Subramani
Dr. Lucy Wachs
Dr. Jonathan Francis
Dr. Ashley Betz
Dr. Stephen Tackett
Educational Program Overview
Our Orthodontic Graduate Program is a thirty-four month, graduate level curriculum, upon the successful completion of which, the student receives a Master of Science degree and a Certificate to practice orthodontics. Between two and four applicants are accepted into the program annually. The program begins in the fall.
The Division of Orthodontics also offers a year-long Craniofacial Biology Externship Program providing in-depth exposure to basic and clinical research, primarily in the areas of bone biology, genetics and/or orthodontics.
The Orthodontic Graduate Program provides a robust clinical experience in comprehensive orthodontics, with emphasis on goal-oriented diagnosis and treatment of different malocclusions. Faculty members teach multiple treatment modalities, including functional therapy, comprehensive and interceptive care, straight-wire systems, lingual therapy, and thermoplastic, removable treatment.
Interdisciplinary care is also emphasized in the graduate clinic. These team approaches to comprehensive care include surgical orthodontics, treatment in the mixed dentition, accelerated orthodontics in conjunction with periodontics and esthetic dentistry involving collaboration with periodontics, prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and restorative dentistry. Diagnosis and treatment of patients with cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial anomalies is included.
All clinical treatment is conducted under an attending model, which fosters best-evidence based approaches and creative/critical thinking. Faculty model ABO standards and certification, and cultivate a culture of clinical excellence among residents.
Teaching and Research Activities
Graduate students are involved as teaching assistants in the DMD curriculum during their second and third year. They take an active part in all three components of the courses by preparing some lectures, directing small group discussion and providing clinical coverage for the dental students. Such experience is limited to the orthodontic component of the DMD curriculum and students receive a stipend for this effort. This stipend amounts to $2175 over an 11 month period each year.
Graduate students must successfully investigate and defend an independent research project before they graduate. They are encouraged to identify a topic and select an advisor by the completion of their first year. Students are encouraged to first pursue their natural sense of curiosity, as there are many resources available within the College, Medical Center and Land-Grant University campus. Award-winning research is being conducted in our program within the College, and students are encouraged to prepare their thesis in a manuscript for publication.
The Division of Orthodontics faculty includes five full-time faculty, and five part-time clinical faculty. Faculty members come from diverse educational backgrounds, and perform clinical, instructional, and research activities.