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Texas Taste Teaser Kicks Up Fun, Funding for UTSD

Celebrity chairs and judges for UTHealth School of Dentistry’s Texas Taste Teaser fundraiser included (from left) “Texas Tooth Lady” Terri Alani, DDS; “Modern Luxury Houston” Editor Jeff Gremillion; KHOU 11 News Anchor Len Cannon; Miss Texas United States 2014 Rachel Ashley; “Modern Luxury Houston” Publisher Peter Remington;  Yasmine Haddad, DDS, PhD, of UTHealth; and former Houston Oiler Dan Pastorini.  Judges Jeff Ehling and Rita Garcia are not pictured. Photo by Morris Malakoff.

Celebrity chairs and judges for UTHealth School of Dentistry’s Texas Taste Teaser fundraiser included (from left) “Texas Tooth Lady” Terri Alani, DDS; “Modern Luxury Houston” Editor Jeff Gremillion; KHOU 11 News Anchor Len Cannon; Miss Texas United States 2014 Rachel Ashley; “Modern Luxury Houston” Publisher Peter Remington;  Yasmine Haddad, DDS, PhD, of UTHealth; and former Houston Oiler Dan Pastorini.  Judges Jeff Ehling and Rita Garcia are not pictured. Photo by Morris Malakoff. See more photos at Go.uth.edu/Flickr.

Delicious food from 17 restaurants and 13 celebrity/novice chefs helped make the inaugural “Texas Taste Teaser” fundraiser a success for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry, as a crowd of approximately 400 filled the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center for the April 16 event.

All Texas Taste Teaser proceeds — currently estimated at $25,000 — will benefit the School of Dentistry’s Community Outreach Program, which annually reaches more than 10,000 patients through the school’s two mobile dental vans, Give Kids a Smile Day and other initiatives. Read more

 

ADHA Names Allaire 2015 Educator of the Year

Joanna Allaire, RDH

Joanna Allaire, RDH, BSDH, MDH

The American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) and Crest Oral-B have named University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston Associate Professor Joanna L. Allaire, RDH, BSDH, MDH, as the 2015 Educator of the Year.

Nominated by her colleagues, Allaire was honored for “characteriz(ing) excellence in teaching, research, service and her commitment to professional development and academia,” according to the ADHA’s announcement.

Allaire first earned a certificate in dental hygiene from UTSD in 1978, returning for a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene in 2007. She joined the UTSD faculty that same year after a long and varied career in private practice, including 14 years in a progressive periodontal practice. Read more

 

P.E.D.S. Volunteers Connect with Kids for Oral Health

Members of the Pediatric Education Dental Society (P.E.D.S.) at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston play games with children at Ronald McDonald House of Houston.

Members of the Pediatric Education Dental Society (P.E.D.S.) at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston play games with children at Ronald McDonald House of Houston.

Students from the Pediatric Education Dental Society (P.E.D.S.) of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston have been out in the community to teach children about oral health.

P.E.D.S. volunteers Mary Glasheen, Adrien Lewis, Jenni Laurence, Luke Henderson, Nkiru Vance, Shawna Mendel and Elizabeth Scott went to the Children’s Museum of Houston in March to enrich the museum’s story time by reading to children about brushing teeth, and teaching parents and kids about the importance of dental health. The P.E.D.S. volunteers provided dental products to the children who attended and to others who visited the P.E.D.S. booth.  The Children’s Museum of Houston works to spark a passion for lifelong learning by offering a multitude of exhibits that engage kids with innovative, child-centered learning.

Earlier in March, P.E.D.S. volunteers Mary Becker, Lindsey Bryce, Tab Imdacha, Kelsey Krafft, Richard Duong, Misty May, Joel Edgar, Mason Borth and Mallory Baum volunteered to help with children’s activities at Ronald McDonald House in Houston.  Read more

 

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