What sets OU's advanced dentistry residency program apart from other programs is its strong clinical component coupled with the support of an outstanding faculty to help guide and educate our residents. The residents have the advantage of working in our clinic with faculty, which hold specialties in Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Pathology. Our goal is to develop a clinician that has a strong background in restorative dentistry to better serve their future dental needs of their patients.
Dr. Shannon Griffin, D.M.D., Program Director Dr. Griffin graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1996. She came to Oklahoma to be a resident in the AEGD program for two years from 1996 to 1998. Up on completion of the program she remained at the University of Oklahoma as a clinical instructor in Oral Diagnosis, Restorative Dentistry and AEGD. She then moved into private practice in Edmond, Oklahoma where she still practices today. She is a CEREC certified trainer and continues to guest lecture at Tufts. She has volunteered in the community by serving the Oklahoma City Zoo. She is an active member of the Oklahoma County Dental Association having served as a Board Member multiple times. Dr. Griffin has served the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy since 2010 and has been a Lead Dentist in the Restorative section from 2011-present. She has given many continuing education presentations throughout the local community. Her private practice experience coupled with her background in AEGD and clinical teaching experience affords a great value to AEGD program at the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. James Kessler is a nationally recognized educator and lecturer with expertise in porcelain ceramic restorations. He works with our residents to help them understand the complexities that clinicians face daily in treatment planning and designing restorations that will give predictable long-term outcomes.
Dr. Paul Mullasseril, a Prosthodontist and nationally know lecturer, is an integral part of our AEGD team. His expertise enables our residents to better understand the importance of sound treatment planning in fixed and removable prosthodontics. He also teaches the significance of proper case selection and design for restoring a variety of implant supported restorations.
Dr. C. Rieger Wood, III, graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 1981. He has worked at OUCOD for eight years as a part-time faculty member in the Departments of Operative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care, as well as being a member of the Dental Admissions Committee. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Dental Association and a member of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He was awarded Outstanding Part-time Faculty Member by the College in 2009. In 2010 he was selected Oklahoma Dentist of the Year. Dr. Wood was instrumental in bringing the first Mission of Mercy to Oklahoma in 2010. He was asked to serve on the Council of Dental Benefit Programs to the American Dental Association. His clinical and private practice management expertise aid the residents in gaining an understanding of the importance of successfully managing and operating a quality comprehensive care private practice.
Dr. Greenley attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry while on active duty in the U.S. Air Force. Upon graduation in 1978, he completed a one year General Practice Residency at Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center, Andrews AFB, Maryland. In 1987, he completed a two year AEGD program at Keesler AFB, Mississippi. Dr. Greenley is an avid clinician with extensive knowledge and experience in fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics, dental materials, and esthetic dentistry. He is a Diplomat of the Federal Services of General Dentistry.
The other specialists that work with our residents are a combination of faculty from the OUCOD as well as experienced clinicians from the local community. Together, we formulate a program that gives our residents one-on-one attention that helps them build their confidence in their clinical skills.
The support staff is essential in helping our residents transition into a private practice like setting. Each AEGD resident will have a chairside dental assistant throughout the program. Working with these assistants allows the resident to provide quality care efficiently in a setting that better reflects the true working environment of dentists in private practice.
The program also has an office manager who supervises three office employees and seven clinic employees. The experienced office staff handles appointments, billing, insurance and other managerial tasks. Interaction with a working business office gives you experience in practice management.
The AEGD resident will do the normal laboratory work that a private dentist might do: trimming dies, pouring impressions mounting cases and learning to discuss their cases with the technician. The resident will have the ability to work with a variety of dental laboratories to better understand the value of quality restorations and the expertise and strengths of each technician.