Frank A. Roberts, DDS, PhD
Dr. Frank Roberts is a basic science researcher, teacher, and clinician, bringing equally-important perspectives to the RIDE team. An Associate Professor and Pre-doctoral Program Director in the Periodontics Department at the University of Washington and Chief of Periodontics at the Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center, Dr. Roberts’ research involves understanding the molecular mechanisms of chronic inflammatory disease progression, the bacterial pathogenesis of periodontitis, and biology and imaging of dental implants. As a member of the curriculum committee, Dr. Roberts represents the UW School of Dentistry and UW School of Medicine on all aspects of overlapping course work. As the RIDE Director, Dr. Roberts oversees the management of the RIDE students’ educational experience while on rotation at Community Health Clinics, preceptor calibration efforts, student preparedness for rotation, and the facilitation of required student experiences at the teaching sites.
John R. Evans, DDS
Dr. John Evans is an Associate Professor, Acting Vice-Chair, and the Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. In addition, he is the Chair of the Curriculum Committee and the Student Life & Professionalism Committee, and chairs the Dean’s Taskforce on Professionalism & Ethics. As the Associate Director of RIDE, Dr Evans brings his leadership and experience to the RIDE Program in the development of strategic plans and off-campus clinical training sites that will serve to expand the opportunities available to all UW students.
Wendy E. Mouradian, MD, MS
Dr. Wendy Mouradian is the Associate Dean for Regional Affairs, Educational Technologies and Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE). In this capacity she oversees the school’s regional model for dental education in eastern Washington, a collaboration between the UW Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, Eastern Washington University and Washington State University. This interdisciplinary program targets the training of dental students for work in rural and underserved communities and provides interdisciplinary experiences among medical, dental and dental hygiene students. Currently Dr. Mouradian also serves as Special Advisor on Oral Health to the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) on the integration of oral health into primary care. Her research areas include oral health workforce issues, ethics and policy issues in the provision of oral health care to children, quality of life for children with craniofacial conditions, and inter-professional collaboration between medicine and dentistry. Dr. Mouradian is also a Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Pediatrics at the University of Washington Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, with adjunct appointments in Dental Public Health Sciences and Health Services (Public Health).
I-Chung (Johnny) Wang, DDS, MPH, MS
Dr. Johnny Wang received his dental degree from Chung Shan Medical and Dental University in Taiwan, his Masters of Public Health from the Univeristy of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, and his Certificate in Periodontics and Masters of Science also from UAB. Dr. Wang is a Clinical Associate Professor in Periodontics, the Chief of Periodontics at the University of Washington Medical Center, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. His research includes quantifying the effects of systemic health on periodontal status and the clinical outcomes of immediate and delayed implant placement and loading. He also sits on the Curriculum Committee and Student Progress Committee. Dr. Wang’s role on the RIDE team is as faculty liaison for educational technology. He works with the course directors to ensure equivalency of education for RIDE students at remote locations, and participates in the calibration of preceptors at RIDE community rotation sites.
Randy Jackson, PhD, MS
Dr. Randy Jackson has over 20 years experience working with the design, implementation, and support of educational technology tools and systems at the University of Washington. His education includes a Master of Science degree in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology. Dr. Jackson is responsible for developing and implementing long-term educational technology strategies. He has taught online and “hybrid” courses on the topics of Higher Education Technology Management and Teaching with Technology topics, and has developed conference seminars covering the theory and effective use of interactive instructional techniques. As Director of Academic and Learning Technologies he oversees administration of the SOD’s Moodle-based Learningware online course management system, including assisting faculty with setting up, modifying content for, and administering individual course sites. He directly supports the RIDE program by assisting with Mediasite-based course live-streaming and recording, Polycom-based videoconferencing, and providing rural RIDE site technology assistance. Dr. Jackson also serves as a technology consultant and participates in the design and maintenance of Health Sciences classroom-based audio, video, and communications equipment.
Dorothy Stewart, DDS, RDH
Dr. Dorothy Stewart received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington in Dental Hygiene in 1972, and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Washington in 1982. She practiced Dental Hygiene for six years before enrolling in the DDS program. She then went to Spokane where she was in private practice. After twenty-five years of operating her dental practice, Dr. Stewart relocated to Seattle. She started her career at the UWSOD by volunteering several times a week in the clinic and the lab before being hired by the RIDE Program and the Restorative Department. She serves as a liaison between these two departments and oversees students as they complete their requirements and competencies to prepare for their extended RIDE rotations at Community Health Clinics in rural and underserved locations. She currently teaches on the clinic floor and in the Dental Simulation Laboratory.
Pam Nagasawa, PhD
Dr. Pam Nagasawa has a background in curriculum and instruction in science education and is affiliated with the School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Education & Biomedical Informatics. On the RIDE team, Dr. Nagasawa is responsible for quantitative and qualitative data related to program accreditation activities, development of dental educational research activities and the intersection between dental and medical curriculum. Her foci are overall program evaluation and the assessment of RIDE’s educational pipeline with inquiries into how dental students are taught, how they learn, and how they become professional learners.
Art DiMarco, DMD
Dr. Art DiMarco is Director of the RIDE Program in Spokane and affiliate faculty at UWSOD. In addition, he is associate professor of dental hygiene at Eastern Washington University and a long-term clinician, author, and educator. During his more than thirty-five years of clinical practice, he has taught in a number of dental, dental hygiene, and dental assisting programs. His research and publications have focused primarily on the efficacy and administration of local anesthesia in both educational and non-educational settings. Paralleling these activities, he continues to teach many didactic and hands-on university and continuing education courses in local anesthesia for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental and dental hygiene students. In addition to the Curriculum Committee on which he serves, he is also a member of the UWSOD Student Progress Committee as Spokane RIDE representative.
Jim Sledge, DDS
Dr. Jim Sledge is a part time faculty member with the RIDE program at the Spokane Riverpoint campus. He is responsible for coordinating the 4th year clinical rotations in community health clinics throughout Eastern Washington. In addition, he teaches applied dental materials as well as the interdisciplinary ICM [Introduction to Clinical Medicine] course with the medical students. Dr. Sledge brings 30 years of private practice experience as well as knowledge of organized dentistry and international volunteering. His previous teaching experience includes having taught pharmacology at the EWU dental hygiene school.
Richard McCoy, DDS
Dr. Richard McCoy retired from his position as Chair of the Restorative Department at the UWSOD in 2006, and since that time has served as part of the RIDE team. He brings a wealth of academic and clinical experience to this unique program. Having graduated from the University of Washington and completing a career in the United States Navy, including a tour of duty as Commanding Officer of the Navy Dental Command in Jacksonville, Florida, he brings extensive administrative experience to the RIDE environment. He served as Director of the Operative Department at the U.S. Naval Graduate Dental School at Bethesda, Maryland and Chairman of the Restorative Department at Northwestern University Dental School before he matriculated to the University of Washington. His M.S. in Restorative Dentistry/Gnathology from Loma Linda uniquely qualified him to teach Operative Dentistry, Dental Anatomy and Occlusion. Having been heavily involved in teaching and creating the curricula for these courses at the UWSOD from 1992 to 2006, he provides a unique pathway for equivalent teaching of these topics in the RIDE Spokane program.
Douglas R. Verhoef, DDS
Dr. Doug Verhoef retired from University of Washington School of Dentistry in the summer of 2012, where for his last ten years he served as the Clinical Course Director for Restorative Dentistry. He is a native of Seattle, graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Washington in 1969 and a DDS degree from the School of Dentistry in 1973. He then served with the United States Army until his retirement in 1998 with the rank of Colonel. He has been given several student awards and in 2009 was presented with the Bruce Rothwell Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Verhoef has had great interest and involvement with the RIDE program for many years and served as an advisor to RIDE in preparation for its first graduating class in 2012. He now serves as the Course Director and facilitator for all Restorative Dentistry distance learning courses in Spokane, to include Dental Materials and Occlusion, Operative Dentistry and Dental Materials. He still maintains membership of the UW School of Dentistry Admissions Committee. He is a Fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. His wife, Margaret, is a native of Spokane, and his daughter and mother also reside in the city.