USU Confers Master’s Degrees Upon 20 Military Dentists

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The Uniformed Services University (USU) of the Health Sciences Postgraduate Dental College conferred master of science in oral biology degrees to 20 Army, Navy, and Air Force dentists attending the Navy Postgraduate Dental School on June 11.

These dental officers will serve around the world, the USU said, meeting Tri-Service requirements and providing specialty dental care in support of military readiness. Specialties included oral and maxillofacial pathology, orofacial pain, periodontics, prosthodontics, comprehensive dentistry, and endodontics.

In a private assembly held at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the graduates were recognized and degrees conferred by ret. Air Force Col. Dr. Drew Fallis, associate dean for faculty affairs at the Postgraduate Dental College.

“It was my honor to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of these graduates and welcome them to the ranks as master clinician-scholars,” Fallis said.

Graduation awards included:

  • Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence: Lt. Cmdr. James Hawkins
  • NPDS Research Winners, First Place: Lt. Cmdr. William Gallagher (endodontics)
  • NPDS Research Winners, Second Place: Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Smith (prosthodontics)
  • NPDS Research Winners, Third Place: Lt. Keith Argraves (endodontics)
  • Chief of the Corps Award for Excellence (Top Graduating Resident): Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Tully

The USU master of science in oral biology graduates included:

  • Lt. Col. Adam Ochsner, DC, USA (oral and maxillofacial pathology)
  • Maj. Dawnyetta Marable, DC, USA (oral and maxillofacial pathology)
  • Lt. Cmdr. Hillary Metcalf (orofacial pain)
  • Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Tully (periodontics)
  • Lt. Stefano Palazzolo (periodontics)
  • Lt. Cmdr. Krystal Burns (prosthodontics)
  • Lt. Cmdr. Danielle Marquis (prosthodontics)
  • Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Smith (prosthodontics)
  • Lt. Cmdr. Tuan Tran (prosthodontics)
  • Lt. Cmdr. David Burr (comprehensive dentistry)
  • Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Chia (comprehensive dentistry)
  • Lt. Cmdr. Catherine Daniel (comprehensive dentistry)
  • Lt. Cmdr. Phillip Jenkins (comprehensive dentistry)
  • Lr. Cmdr. Stephanie Mora (comprehensive dentistry)
  • Lt. Cmdr. Yamel Ramirez (comprehensive dentistry)
  • Maj. Francine Seeto (comprehensive dentistry)
  • Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Clark (endodontics)
  • Lt. Cmdr. William Gallagher (endodontics)
  • Lt. Keith Argraves (endodontics)
  • Lt. Anthony Fioretti (endodontics)

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