The Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry (OPD) at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, has a rich history and legacy. OPD is part of a research intensive public university, a premier School of Dentistry, and the Horace H. Rackham Graduate School. The Department consists of two advanced education programs: Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. OPD also provides required and elective specialized training to dental students and a CODA accredited one-year training program in craniofacial orthodontics. The department strives to provide patient centered and evidence-based approaches to treatment. OPD conducts pioneering research to test treatment effectiveness, develop novel technologies and treatments, and advance basic knowledge of human development and pathology. OPD provides service in the form of continuing education, treatment of vulnerable patient populations, as well as active participation and leadership in professional organizations.

MISSION

The Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry's mission is to promote excellence in orthodontic and pediatric dental education, research, patient care and service. The department's continued success as leaders in orthodontic and pediatric specialties and the dental profession demands organizational effectiveness, shared commitment, and mutual respect amongst all who are empowered to develop their innovation and creativity. Aligning with University's rich and complex history, the department seeks to create a supportive and collegial atmosphere to forge ahead while still cherishing the proud traditions and history. The department shares the core values of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry which include:

  • Compassion
    Encourage a culture of collaboration, collegiality and helpfulness based on empathy and respect
  • Leadership
    Shape the future leaders of dentistry
  • Excellence
    Be the best at all we do
  • Responsibility
    Promote integrity, professionalism, and accountability to ensure ethical decision making
  • Trust
    Commit to honest transparent communication to build relationships
  • Creativity
    Challenge existing knowledge to foster problem-solving and new discovery
  • Inclusion
    Embrace and celebrate the diverse community

Academic Programs

ORTHODONTICS GRADUATE PROGRAM (MS)

A three year program to produce leaders in orthodontics, whether in clinical practice, teaching, or research.

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY GRADUATE PROGRAM (MS)

A 30 month program designed to prepare qualified dentists for specialized private practice, teaching, research, or service within a large hospital.

ORTHODONTICS GRADUATE PROGRAM (Non-degree)

A fast-paced and enriching twelve month course to provide solid foundational knowledge in orthodontics and training in scientific methodology.

ORTHODONTICS CLINIC

Providing personalized, state of the art, orthodontic treatment using the latest techniques in a caring environment.

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY CLINIC

Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry dealing with children from birth through adolescence.

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Dental and Craniofacial Bionetwork for Image Analysis - DCBIA

The DCBIA brings together clinical researchers, brings together clinical researchers, computer scientists and engineers to address the following gaps between clinical choices and effective treatments: (a) a lack of quantitative imaging biomarkers of bone structure; (b) limitations in techniques to assess treatment effects and quantify degradation or repair of bone; (c) a lack of software and training for the use in dental clinical practice management.

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Hatch Lab

The Hatch Lab is focused upon elucidating essential factors and pathways that control craniofacial skeletal development and pathogenic mechanisms leading to craniofacial skeletal anomalies, with an emphasis on craniosynostosis (the premature fusion of cranial bones).

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Ono Lab

The Ono laboratory uses genetically engineered mice to study the fundamental biology of stem and progenitor cells of the bone cell lineage in growth, development and homeostasis.

ORTHODONTICS AND PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY (OPD) DIRECTORY

List of Dentistry People in this Department
Name Sort descending Contact Title
Cevidanes, Lucia H Soares
(luciacev)
734-647-5856
luciacev@umich.edu
Drs Thomas M and Doris Graber Endowed Professor of Dentistry and Associate Professor of Dentistry
Garcia, Jeanette
(garciaje)
734-615-6917
garciaje@umich.edu
Dental Assistant Senior
Gaston, Amanda Leigh
(grovesa)
734-764-1522
grovesa@umich.edu
Administrative Assistant
Hannapel, Eric David
(hannapez)
734-764-1520
hannapez@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry
Hess, Laura
(lauragzy)
734-647-2409
lauragzy@umich.edu
Patient Services Associate
Hummon, Gregory A
(ghummon)
734-764-1520
ghummon@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry
Johnston, Lysle E
(lejjr)

lejjr@umich.edu
Professor Emeritus of Dentistry
McNamara, Laurie McClatchey
(lmcnam)
734-764-1520
lmcnam@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry
Nam, Hwa Kyung
(hknam)
734-647-3774
hknam@umich.edu
Research Lab Specialist Assoc
Oljace, Gail
(goljace)
734-764-4482
goljace@umich.edu
Business Administrator Inter
Taylor-Dicks, Gina
(gtdicks)
734-647-4304
gtdicks@umich.edu
Allied Health Intermediate Sup

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DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Lysle E Johnston Jr Collegiate Professor of Orthodontics, Associate Professor of Dentistry and Chair, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry


CONTACT

Department Administrator
Business Administrator Inter
734-764-4482 | goljace@umich.edu
Administrative Assistant Intermediate
Administrative Assistant Intermediate
734-764-1080 | meyercas@umich.edu
Administrative Assistant Intermediate
Administrative Assistant Intermediate
734-615-6345 | melp@umich.edu