Alumni Updates June 2021

Please enjoy these updates from members of the alumni community who responded to our call to share personal and professional news!

Vincent J. Abbatiello, DMD70

He is retired and living in Palm Beach, Florida. He currently shows horses with his daughter in Wellington.


Althea Angel, DMD82

After practicing dentistry for 35 years in downtown Boston, she sold her practice and moved to a 40-acre ranch in the Skye Isle mountains of Arizona, where she and her husband spend their days hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. They have seven grandchildren, all of whom they hope to see once the pandemic is under control.


Cristian Craciun Brutten, PD13

He is co-founder of Maestria Law, a law tech company based in Sao Paulo Brazil and CEO of Migtech Hub, a professional platform that helps foreign healthcare professionals transition into the United States market. He is also co-founder of DrDream, an online platform for foreign-trained dentists who wish to pursue an academic degree to be able to practice dentistry in the United States.

Frank Catalanotto, PD71

He has been working one day a week at the University of Florida College of Dentistry (UFCD) for the past two years and is also busy with grants and advocacy work. He is very involved with RWJ funded Summer Health Professions Education program for minority college students interested in health professions. He is excited to have his first industry-funded grant on HPV surveillance. Outside of UFCD, he has a large grant from HRSA evaluating placing dental hygienists in pediatric medical offices. In his free time, he enjoys mediocre golf, great Florida weather, and time with family including a grandson which makes for fun times. He is finally happy to report there is life after being a Dean!

Karindeep Chima, DMD05, MMSc08

She is in private practice in San Francisco, California.

Perry Damiani, DMD86

He notes that this year has accentuated the value of life and the vulnerability of personal health. He is grateful to be an oral surgeon for 30 years servicing a community of 250,000 people in Southern California. He is also grateful to all the educators who helped him succeed with his goals. He is humbled to have had his life’s work molded by people who are constantly striving toward excellence.

Jonathan Fillmore, DMD08

He lives in Rochester, Minnesota and serves as OMS residency program director at the Mayo Clinic focusing mainly on orthognathic and temporomandibular joint surgery. He feels blessed and is doing well, with children Anna (16), Paul (14), James (11), and Luke (9) making it through a year of distance education.

Stuart Fischman, DMD60

He recently retired from his voluntary role as a visiting professor at the Hebrew University Faculty of Dental Medicine in Jerusalem. At the age of 85, and following 50 years teaching in Buffalo, he felt it was the right time. He is keeping active as a peer reviewer for some journals and collaborating with faculty colleagues and students in ongoing research. He and his wife, Jane, are enjoying the benefits of an excellent health care system. They received their second COVID-19 immunizations at the end of January.

Lawrence Gettleman, DMD66

After 31 years in Louisville, he is moving to Houston to work with a former prosthodontic student, Sudarat Kiat-amnuay, at the University of Texas School of Dentistry (UTSD). He is also moving so that he and his wife, Ricky, will be closer to their son and her brother. He has a grandson who wants to be a pilot. Please contact him for his new Texas address.

David Greenfield, DMD72, PD73

He recently enrolled in the Mass Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and had his expired license renewed under the Board of Registration's updated policy for renewing licenses during the current state of emergency. After completion of MRC's training, he will be able to administer COVID-19 vaccines when the need arises.

Magda M. Hassan, DMSc83

She is a retired Professor of Oral Pathology at the Suez Canal University in Egypt.

Eugenio G. Herbosa, MMSc85, PD85

He is a partner at Greater St. Louis Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Jeffrey Hoover, DMD73

He retired from his private endodontic practice in the summer of 2012. After being contacted by the dean of the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, he returned as interim department chair beginning in the summer of 2015, pending the search for a new chair, and retired again at the end of 2016. He also retired as church organist in March 2021 and is hoping to get back to travel soon.

Vincent J. Iacono, DMD72, PD74

He received the Outstanding Periodontal Educator Award from the American Academy of Periodontology in 2020. This year (2021) will be the 30th anniversary of him founding the advanced education program in Periodontics at Stony Brook University. A gala alumni celebration is planned during the 2021 AAP meeting in Miami.

Jaeyoung Kim, DMSc17

He is a professor at Seoul National University School of Dentistry.

Young K. Kim DMSc19

He is a clinical assistant professor at NYU College of Dentistry in the Department of Prosthodontics.

Kwan Kew Lai, DMD77

She published a book titled, Into Africa, Out of Academia: A Doctor's Memoir. The pandemic has temporarily stopped her overseas volunteering, most recently in war-torn Yemen, and she continues to volunteer domestically as a doctor in New York and with the Navajo Nation, hard hit by COVID-19. See

John H. Manhold, DMD44

He has a new book to be published this year, The End of an ERA, Diverse Thoughts from 101 Years of Living.

William M. Montgomery, DMD74

He retired from his 40-year solo orthodontics practice in 2019.

Edward R. Mopsik, DMD67

He is on the board of trustees at Forest Hills of DC, an assisted living community.

Michael G. Newman, PD74

He is editor-in-chief for the American Dental Association-Elsevier Practice Update Clinical Dentistry channel.

Linda C. Niessen, DMD77, MPH77, MPP82, PD82

She currently serves as vice provost for Oral Health Affairs at Kansas City University and founding dean for the College of Dental Medicine in Joplin, Missouri.

Douglas Olson, DMD06

He is married to Rachel Anderson (DMD06). They have three wonderful children ages eight, six, and four. Currently, he is the Craniofacial Orthodontist for Children’s Hospital Orange County, California.

Paul Perez, DMD76

He retired from the VA hospital in 2011. He is now volunteering at a church food bank, teaching adult Sunday School and children’s church. He is enjoying the valley of the sun in Mesa, Arizona.

Camila Pinto-Grunfeld, DMSc19

She is a faculty member at the School of Dentistry, Universidad de Chile, Chile.

Harry C. Schwartz, DMD71, PD76

His 50th class reunion is approaching this June. He truly loved his nine years in Boston and has never missed a chance to return. Unfortunately, COVID-19 will force his class to gather together virtually in 2021 which is a shame, as he has looked forward to returning to Boston every five years and reliving some of his youth. He is one of a dwindling number of classmates still working. He has had a wonderful career founding and then chairing the Maxillofacial Department at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. He worked at Kaiser full-time until 2017 and continues working per diem a few days a month. At the same time, he has been on the faculty and has been involved in research at UCLA. He has published nearly 100 articles and textbook chapters and reached the rank of full professor more than 20 years ago. lectures are on Zoom now and, he still performs surgery with the residents at UCLA Medical Center. He also performs surgery occasionally with former residents at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. For several years he was traveling to Stanford every few months to perform sleep apnea surgery with another former resident. While he enjoyed this very much, he was forced to discontinue his travel because of the pandemic. His two children and grandson all live close to him and his wife Mei-Ling and, he sees them frequently. Three of them have been vaccinated and maintain a small COVID-19 bubble. This has become increasingly important, as he works fewer hours than before the pandemic. He does not anticipate a change, if he remains healthy and capable of offering some expertise to patients, students, and residents. He looks forward to seeing classmates on his computer screen in June. Stay safe and healthy.

Zhen Shen, DMD19

He is in an endodontics residency program at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston.

Mindy Greenblatt Streem, DMD05

She presently works in private practice with Dr. Stephan Parker in the office of Parker & Streem Orthodontics located in Mayfield Village, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Her husband, Jason, just opened a satellite of his periodontal office Periodontal Associates, Inc. She recently renewed her American Board of Orthodontics certification.

Richard Valachovic, MPH81, SM82, PD82

In 2019, he retired as president and CEO of the American Dental Education Association after 22 years. He spent a year on sabbatical and has now joined the NYU College of Dentistry as the founding director of the new NYU Dentistry Center for Oral Health Policy and Management.

Buddhathida Wangsrimongkol, DMSc18

She is a member of the Orthodontics Faculty of Dentistry at Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

S. Jerome Zackin, DMD57

In 1998, he retired from his periodontal practice and then served as the American Academy of Periodontology's insurance consultant until 2012. After his wife, Faith, passed away in 2009, he remarried in 2012. He and his wife spend seven or eight months a year in Sarasota, Florida, and four to five months in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. In addition to golf and bridge, they travel frequently - except for the past pandemic year. He has been on every continent except Australia and that trip was a casualty of the pandemic. Most important, he now has two great-grandsons.