May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


AAPD / HSHC Proudly Announces Seven Scholarships for the Master Clinician Program

November 2013 Volume XLIX Number 6

Building on the momentum of several years, the AAPD and Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry proudly announce the 2014 Master Clinician Scholarship Program.


The idea of switching from an office practice to an academic career may seem like a daunting challenge it needn't be.


An academic career provides the practicing dentist a new opportunity to utilize their experiences in shaping the careers of the aspiring professional. Dentists that teach also have a greater opportunity to develop new techniques and innovations in care through research and scholarly activities and can also influence national dental education policies through service with the AAPD, ADA, ADEA, HRSA and NIDCR.


Other benefits of an academic career include improving access to oral health care through community service, mentoring of residents, fullor part-time employment with benefits and personal and professional growth.
The AAPD and HSHC are pleased to announce seven scholarships to be part of the 2012 AAPD class in the Pediatric Dentistry Master Clinician Program.


The ITL program consists of six and a half days of learning experiences. This is divided into two phases that are conducted approximately two months apart. ITL scholars complete between-phase activities to reinforce and augment program content.


AAPD/HSHC scholarship recipients will attend the ITL in for Phase I on August 14 16, 2014 and Phase II on October 16 18, 2014 in Atlanta, Ga. Scholarship applications must be received by the AAPD by March 14, 2014.


Further information on the Institute for Teaching and Learning may be found at their website: cfm.

In addition to attendance at the ITL, AAPD Master Clinicians will be able to attend the Comprehensive Review of Pediatric Dentistry as part of the scholarship program.


Scholarship applications are available on the AAPD website at under the Awards and Fellowships link. You may also contact AAPD Educational Affairs Manager Scott Dalhouse at (312) 337-2169 or e-mail for further information. 


Master Clinicians

Dr. Rob Nieders is a native of Irmo, S.C., is a 2002 graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon. After commissioning in the United States Navy, he spent a year completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C., before heading overseas to the Naval Hospital in Rota, Spain as a general dentist. After his time in the Navy, Nieders returned to Charleston to complete his residency training in Pediatric Dentistry at MUSC, finishing in 2008. He then returned home to join the practice of his childhood pediatric dentist, Palmetto Smiles. Nieders is married and is the father of two active boys. He enjoys cycling and competing in the occasional triathlon. Nieders is an assistant clinical professor of Pediatric Dentistry at MUSC, teaching in the undergraduate clinic and believes that access to care for our most vulnerable pediatric population begins with a solid undergraduate dental education. Nieders is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


Dr. Alexander Alcaraz earned his dental degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Although he enjoyed his Boston experience, the native Californian returned to obtain his certificate in pediatric dentistry at the University of Southern California. During his program, he worked at Children's Hospital Los Angeles specializing in the oral health care of medically compromised children. Since receiving his pediatric dental certificate Alcaraz has been working as an associate in private practice. Practice provided him with a rewarding career applying the knowledge gained from residency. After working for several years in private practice he felt that something was missing in his career and has always found teaching to be a gratifying experience. When he was approached by his program director, Dr. Richard Udin, to teach he enthusiastically accepted. Since then, Alcaraz has enjoyed being back in the academic setting and has realized that a part of his career goal is to be an effective instructor. Alcaraz lives with his wife and daughter in Sierra Madre, Calif., and is looking forward to hiking half-dome in Yosemite this summer. 


Dr. Malinda Husson is an assistant professor and junior faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Dentistry Richmond, Va. She received her D.D.S. degree from West Virginia University School of Dentistry and extended her study of dentistry by completing a general practice residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., followed by a certificate in dental anesthesiology from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Dr. Husson was in private practice for four years prior to moving Richmond, Va., to continue in advanced education in pediatric dentistry and completed a Master of Science in Dentistry degree at VCU School of Dentistry. After residency, she was offered a faculty position in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition to teaching, practicing pediatric dentistry, and research interests involving pediatric dentistry, anesthesia, and simulation training for pediatric dentistry, Husson keeps herself busy as the director of Anesthesia Services in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and was successful in developing the first Dental Anesthesiologist Club for Students (DACS) at VCU School of Dentistry. She recently was a recipient of the prestigious NuSmile Graduate Student Research award, and presented her research at the 2012 AAPD Annual Session in San Diego, Calif, entitled "Evaluating Postoperative Pain In Children Following Treatment Under General Anesthesia." She currently resides in Richmond, Va., with her husband, David.


Dr. Harold J. Pincus is a graduate of the University of Maryland and is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Upon receiving his dental degree, Pincus served as a Captain in the US Air Force Dental Corps for two years. Following his military service, he became a fellow at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and then earned his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Maryland and has been in practice for over 35 years. Pincus is a lecturer at Howard University School of Dentistry and at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he is an attending staff member. Pincus is a presenter on abuse and neglect for the Maryland State Dental Association as well as being sedation examiner for the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners. Pincus also serves as an Oral Board Examiner for the ABPD. Pincus and his wife Janet reside in Potomac, Md., where they were marathoners who now enjoy longdistance walking and hiking.
Dr. Leila C. Younger has been in private practice for 22 years in Lake Zurich, Ill. She is an honors graduate from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and was inducted onto OKU. Younger completed her residency at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and received a Master's degree from Northwestern University in 1991. Younger became an ADA evidence-based dentistry champion in 2012 and is a member of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. She has been an examiner for the Oral Clinical Examination and on the examination committee of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry since 2005 and has served on several councils and committees for the AAPD. She teaches part-time at The Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California in the graduate pediatric dentistry clinic. Younger and her family reside in Barrington, Ill., and enjoy biking, hiking and travel, including medical mission trips.


Dr. Tawana Kieshawn Lee Ware is an assistant professor of pediatric dentistry at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville. A 2002 graduate of from Meharry Medical College, she went on to complete her pediatric dentistry training and M.S.D. degree at Indiana University and James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children. After residency, she worked in public health as a National Health Service Corp Scholar, and private practice for eight years. In 2012, Ware returned to her at her alma mater to begin her career in academia. Ware has devoted her career in pediatric dentistry to the provision of quality oral health care for children from all segments of the community with an emphasis on the underserved. In the role as a faculty member, she loves guiding dental students during their experiences with pediatric and special needs patients. Ware has a strong interest in research, health policy, and working to investigate solutions for oral health disparities.


Dr. Kimberly K. Patterson, is an assistant professor and a board-certified pediatric dentist with the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, Ariz. Prior to her faculty appointment with Midwestern University, Patterson was in private practice in and around the Austin, Texas, area. Patterson received her M.S. in anatomy/microbiology before receiving her dental degree from the Texas A&M University System—Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. She completed her residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and Children's Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1999. Patterson is course director for the Special Needs in Dentistry course during the third year curriculum and oversees both didactic and clinical pediatric dentistry education for Midwestern University's CDMA. She has an interest in research and is a faculty advisor for Midwestern University's Predoctoral Chapter of AAPD.