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International experts on health care for people with disabilities, gather in New York

ASDOH faculty members, Drs. Maureen Perry and Scott Howell, speak on a panel about oral health care needs for the disabled.

The Project Accessible Oral Health gathering in New York, brought together policy makers, clinicians, elected officials and others interested in improving the wellness of people with disabilities. The presentations described trends and innovative programs to improve overall health of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Dr. Jack had a chance to meet Dylan and his mom after their panel discussion.

Individuals with disabilities, along with their family members, participated on various panels to share their experiences.

During the two days, discussions included strategies for engaging and developing a network of advocates, funders and leaders. Participants showed a commitment to engage in the discussed strategies and plan to follow up with a second meeting in 2018.

Participants of the Project Accessible Oral Health gather to share their thoughts about the upcoming meeting.


“Retirement” keeps Dr. Jack Dillenberg busy traveling from coast to coast

September ended with Dr. Jack Dillenberg venturing to San Francisco to be the keynote speaker at the American Student Dental Association District 11 conference. Well over 100 dental students representing all the California dental schools attended Dr. Jack’s presentation “Dentistry Beyond the Drill.”

Dr. Jack Dillenberg and Dan Perkins celebrate Dan’s successful Heimlich maneuver.

Two days later, Dr. Jack was in Irvine, Calif. chairing the board meeting for the Center for Oral Health. The following weekend, Dr. Jack surfaced in Austin, Texas to participate as an advisor to the Pacific Dental Services Institute. The Institute is made up of PDS dentists who provide clinical education to PDS clinicians.

Dr. Jack participates as a member of the Edward Shills Fund Board at the University of Pennsylvania.

Before the week ended, he flew to Philadelphia, where he emceed the annual Edward Shills Annual Award event. To wrap up his busy week, he flew to Columbus, Ohio to speak at the Annual Association of Physical Therapist Educators Conference.

Physical therapy educators attended Dr. Jack’s panel discussion.

Physical therapists from ATSU welcome Dr. Jack to their Annual Educators Meeting.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg, and panel members, present on “holistic admissions”.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg joins dental academicians at Bien-Air academic forum in Bern, Switzerland

Dr. Jack reconnects with friends from Howard University School of Dentistry.

Bien-Air, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of dental devices, sponsored their fifth annual users’ forum at the University of Bern, Switzerland, School of Dentistry. The forum ‘s speakers included internationally recognized academicians and dental leaders from around the world.

Dr. Peter Keller, from Nova-Southeast Dental School, and his wife, reminisce about the “good ol’ days.”

Dr. Jack visits with dental school faculty from Saudi Arabia.

The forum provided Dr. Jack the opportunity to discuss the integration of oral health into primary care as the profession of dentistry continues to evolve. Other events included a dinner gala, visits to scenic vistas, along with a tour of Bien-Air.

View from the University of Bern Dental School.


Denver hosts the 2017 Annual CAMBRA meeting

Dr. Jack Dillenberg moderates a panel on the quality of evidence supporting CAMBRA.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg visited Denver in mid-August to attend the 2017 Annual Carries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) meeting. During the meeting, he moderated a panel discussion and continued to be impressed by the successes of CAMBRA in managing and reducing tooth decay. While there, he also saw the eclipse.

Dr. Allen Wong welcomes Dr. Jack to the 2017 CAMBRA meeting.

Dr. Jack and good friend, Dean John Featherstone, reconnect at CAMBRA meeting.

After returning to Jerome, Jack and Jamie hosted area friends and neighbors to celebrate living in Jerome.

Friends and neighbors celebrate with Jack and Jamie at their home in Jerome.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg hosts the Brighter Way Institute Board meeting in Jerome

The Brighter Way Institute Board ventured “up the hill” to visit the town of Jerome for its summer meeting. The meeting combined board business with a “board advance” to develop its next strategic plan. It was a very productive meeting, and the board acknowledged the great success of Brighter Way’s President/CEO Dr. Kris Volcheck in advancing innovative programs to serve veterans, foster children, the homeless and others at-risk. The newly established dental implant and denture training program will, Jack Dillenberg believes, have national implications in the years to come.

Brighter Way Institute “board advance” in Jack’s Jerome living room.

FYI:  Dr. Jack Dillenberg is in the process of co-authoring a series of articles with Dr. Leonard Goldstein on the future of dentistry.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg transitions into his role as Dean Emeritus

Drs. Trombly, Gevitz and Dillenberg prepare for the White Coat Ceremony.

Less than one month after Dr. Dillenberg’s retirement, he had the honor of speaking to the incoming ASDOH class of 2020 at their White Coat Ceremony. He joined ASDOH’s new Dean, Dr. Bob Trombly, in welcoming the new students.

As Dean Emeritus, Dr. Jack continues to work with Dr. Norman Gevitz to establish the ATSU Center for the Future of Health Professions. Additionally, he is working with other health organizations to improve access to oral health care while promoting the integration of oral health into primary care.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg celebrates during his transition to Dean Emeritus

During Mary Busch’s retirement celebration, Dr. Jack presents her with a special gift.

Dr. Jack presents ASDOH prosthodontist, Dr. Tamer El-Gendy, with the ASDOH Oath to the Profession.

The week began with ASDOH’s recognition of Mary Busch’s retirement and contributions to promoting community oral health. Dr. Jack Dillenberg and Mary worked together over 25 years ago establishing the dental clinic at the Gomper’s Special Needs School in Phoenix, Ariz.

ATSU Mesa campus faculty, administrators and students surprise Dr. Jack with a retirement celebration.

The rest of the week Dr. Jack Dillenberg spent his time wrapping up his duties as ASDOH’s Dean. Thinking he was going to a meeting in the JJLC Lecture Hall, the ASDOH community surprised with an appreciation celebration.

ASDOH alums and current students host a surprise lunchtime party to celebrate Dr. Jack’s approaching retirement.

Dr. Jack is overcome by the heartfelt appreciation of students and faculty at his surprise party.

The week ended with Dr. Jack enjoying rock band OVO. which included fellow New Yorker and guitar legend, Joe Berger, performing  at Jerome’s Spirit Room.


Phoenix summer heat does not deter Dr. Jack Dillenberg

Dr. Suchita Mandair is presented with her orthodontic fellowship completion certificate.

Vice Dean Wayne Cottam and Dr. Jack reminisce about their 15 years together at ASDOH.

The week began with Dr. Jack Dillenberg participating on the Shils Entrepreneurial Fund Board conference call to help identify this year’s awardees.  He also participated in the Social Mission Metrics Advisory Committee meeting chaired by Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan. The advisory group based at George Washington University is continuing to develop a survey instrument to measure service mission activities at health professions universities.

Dr. Jack speaks at the Mesa Rotary lunch meeting.

The week culminated with Dr. Jack Dillenberg returning to the Mesa Rotary Club as their featured luncheon speaker. He was reminded that he spoke to this group 15 years ago during the start of ASDOH’s existence. En route to Jerome, Dr. Jack Dillenberg joined other CAMBRA conference speakers on a call to discuss this year’s annual CAMBRA meeting which will be held in Denver on August 20-22.


ASDOH Town Hall is the focus of Dr. Jack Dillenberg’s week

Dean elect, Dr. Bob Trombly, addresses attendees at the ASDOH Town Hall.

The week began with leaders from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso visiting ASDOH as they prepare to start a dental school. Their interest in the ASDOH model set the stage for future collaboration between the two universities.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg convened an all ASDOH Town Hall to discuss ATSU’s newly implemented faculty promotion policy along with other issues. The meeting proved beneficial and helped clarify a number of questions raised by the participants.

The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry Conference highlights Dr. Jack Dillenberg’s week

Dr. Jack conducts a live webinar to Switzerland for Curapro from Jerome, Ariz.

The holiday week was extended by Dr. Jack Dillenberg enjoying a few vacation days in Jerome. While there, he conducted a live webinar for Curapro, the Swiss toothbrush manufacturer. The title was “Dentistry Beyond the Drill” and focused on leadership and qualities needed to be a successful healthcare provider.

Dr. Steve Perlman officially confers Dr. Jack with the title of Ambassador for the AADMD.

Soon after, he traveled to Houston, Texas for the AADMD Conference. The conference provided a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Jack to visit with ASDOH alums as well as old friends, all of whom work to help the intellectually and developmentally disabled. This organization provides leadership for the healthy athletes component of the Special Olympics.

The AADMD conference brings together health professionals serving the intellectually developmentally disabled.

Dr. Jack visits with ASDOH alum, Dr. Sarah Usher, husband Dustin, baby Everest and Anne Costello at the        AADMD meeting.