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Dental corps officers showcase education, research, treatment at Fort Sam Houston

October 20, 2014

By Stacie Crozier

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Presidents honored: Col. Arthur C. Scott, chief, Office of the Dental Corps, second from left, and Col. Donn Grimes, DENCOM commander, right, present the Army Dental Corps Medallion to Dr. Gary MacDonald, president, Canadian Dental Association, left, and Dr. Charles Norman, then-ADA president, second from right, during a tour Oct. 8 at Fort Sam Houston. Photos by EZ Event Photography
San Antonio
— Bringing a spirit of cooperation to postgraduate dental education, treatment and research, officers from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force Dental Corps welcomed leaders from the ADA and the Canadian Dental Association to Fort Sam Houston Oct. 8 for a tour of some of the fort's key dental operations.

Then-ADA President Charles Norman and his wife Sharon, then-President-elect Maxine Feinberg and her husband John Wynne, Executive Director Kathleen O'Loughlin and her husband Stephen, and Dr. Marshall Gallant of the VA Medical Center in Orlando, Florida, joined several leaders from the Canadian Dental Association and the Canadian Forces Dental Services for the four-hour tour on the day before the opening of ADA 2014 — America's Dental Meeting.

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Welcome: Col. Arthur C. Scott, chief, Office of the Dental Corps, briefs visitors on the agenda for the day at the Brooke Army Medical Center.
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Focus on education: Col. Priscilla Hamilton, dean, Army Postgraduate Dental School, updates ADA and CDA leaders on postgraduate dental programs.
Col. Arthur C. Scott, chief, Office of the Dental Corps, led the delegation welcoming the visitors at Brooke Army Medical Center. The group heard presentations by representatives of each branch's postgraduate education on the array of postgraduate dental education and continuing education programs they

Then they proceeded to the BAMC Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dental Clinic, where staff led them through the reception and patient treatment areas that log some 19,000 patient visits a year. They also toured two fully equipped operating and recovery rooms that are used for about 500 general anesthesia cases a year. Nancy Hansen, a certified clinical anaplastologist, showed them examples of craniofacial prostheses the clinic fabricates for wounded warriors.

Army, Air Force and Navy officers showcased some of the innovative research underway at the Institute for Surgical Research. Visitors learned about the USAF Dental Evaluation and Consultation Service and its role in materials evaluation, equipment evaluation, facility standards, design, infection control and safety. Other projects highlighted included development of antimicrobial peptides for use in chewing gum to control caries, and studies on biofilm, drug delivery and bone regeneration. Several research projects involve cooperative work among military branches.

The group then headed to the Center for the Intrepid, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center that provides physical therapy, behavioral medicine and prosthetics for wounded warriors. The center also offers specialized services like a gait lab, computer assisted rehabilitation environment and firearms training simulator. The center includes a special ADL (activities of daily living) apartment to provide patients with a real world environment to practice everyday-life skills and other occupational therapy services.

At the conclusion of the tour, Col. Scott presented an Army Dental Corps Medallion to Dr. Norman and to Dr. Gary MacDonald, CDA president.
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Transforming lives: Lori Leal, administrative assistant at the Center for the Intrepid rehabilitation facility, shows visitors one of the center's many state-of-the-art occupational therapy tools — a car simulator that can be outfitted with special accommodations for wounded warriors and uses video technology for patients to get a feel for driving.

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Eye on research: Capt. Jonathan Stahl, U.S. Navy Dental Corps, discusses ongoing research projects at the Institute for Surgical Research.