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Brian D. Stone Award recognizes 19 dental students for volunteerism

August 10, 2015

By Kimber Solana

Photo of Dr. Lauren Claeys and Dr. Howard Cohen
Hawkeye winner: Dr. Lauren Claeys, a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, receives Dental Lifeline Network’s 2015 Brian D. Stone Award from Dr. Howard Cohen, clinical professor and director of the Geriatric & Special Needs Dentistry. Dr. Claeys was among 19 recipients across the country of the award recognizing their volunteerism and effort to help people with special needs.
Denver — Dental Lifeline Network named 19 dental students from across the country as recipients of the 2015 Brian D. Stone Award in recognition for their volunteerism and effort to help people with special needs.

The honorees — all graduating seniors who are now new dentists — received their award during their respective schools’ dental student recognition events earlier this year.

The recipients are: Drs. Darin Johnston, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine; Somayeh Jahedi, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry; Lindy Ann Cope, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry; Katherine Lee Curtis, University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry; Brittany Lawson, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine; David Alexander Klass, Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry; Aaron Ferguson, Roseman University Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine; Jacqueline Wong, University of Washington School of Dentistry; Benjamin Underwood, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry; Win Chein, Indiana University School of Dentistry; Charlene Rashan, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry; Grace Johnson, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Lauren Claeys, University of Iowa College of Dentistry; Matthew Brezinski, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine; Mark A. Hobbie, Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine; Richie Tran, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine; Marlee Hansen, Ohio State University College of Dentistry; Hunter Owen, University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston; and Greg Cast, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.

Photo of Dr. Greg Cast and Dr. Pam Stein
Wildcat winner: Dr. Greg Cast, a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, receives Dental Lifeline Network’s 2015 Brian D. Stone Award from Dr. Pam Stein, associate dent of academic affairs. Dr. Cast was among 19 recipients across the country of the award recognizing their volunteerism and effort to help people with special needs.
“The Brian D. Stone Memorial Award enables dental schools across the country to honor young dentists who, early in their careers, have demonstrated an interest in helping vulnerable people or in volunteer service,” said Fred Leviton, president of DLN, which operates Donated Dental Services programs.

The award is named after the son of Drs. Joy and Justin Stone, of New Jersey, who established the Brian D. Stone Memorial Fund over 30 years ago. Dr. Justin Stone, in his career, treated patients with disabilities and formed what is now Dental Lifeline Network – New Jersey in 1976 to help people with developmental disabilities.

Through the memorial fund, the awards program began in 2010 in a few states in which DLN operates DDS programs. This year, a record 19 graduating dental students received the award. All accredited dental schools are eligible to participate and select one student at no cost to the school.

For more information on the awards, contact Jennifer Venerable, director of affiliate relations, at 1-303-407-1102 or jvenerable@dentallifeline.org.