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, 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. C. Rieger Wood III, Assistant Program Director, 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. Lars Bouma completed his dental education at the Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Systems 1994. After graduation, he finished a Graduate Practice Residency at the John L. McClellan Veterans Administration in Little Rock. He then commissioned the United States Air Force. After two years, he started the Air Force Prosthodontic Residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base. In 2000, he received a certificate in Prosthodontics and a Master of Science degree from the University Of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. After residency, Dr. Bouma was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base. During his six year tenure there, he was Chief of Prosthodontics, Dental Laboratory Flight Commander, Dental Support Flight Commander, and Assistant Director for the AEGD Residency, and Regional Prosthodontic Consultant. In 2006, after eleven years of honorable service, he resigned his commission and now maintains a full-time private practice limited to Prosthodontics in Oklahoma City. Dr. Bouma is extremely involved with the American College of Prosthodontists, and has served as Chapter President for two states, and is currently serving his second term as the Director for the Central Region for the Board of Directors of the ACP. Dr. Bouma also served for many years on the Board of Delegates for the Oklahoma County Dental Society culminating his time as President in 2011. He is a member and presenter for several Study Clubs, and is on the teaching staff for McGarry Implant Institute. Dr. Bouma has published on several aspects of Prosthodontics, completed research on the Accuracy of Non-contact Laser scanning in the Fabrication of Facial Moulage, and is on the Publication Peer Review for the Journal of Prosthodontics. He has lectured nationally on dental topics to include; CAD/CAM abutments, bars, and dentures (Dentsply Atlantis and ISUS, and Avadent), and Cone Beam CT (iCAT). He is a Fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics.
Dr. Brent Burchard completed undergraduate studies at Baylor College of Dentistry of the Texas A&M system. He then received a certificate in Periodontics while earning his Master's in Oral Biology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He has practiced periodontics in private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the last 25 years with special emphasis in dental implants and regenerative periodontics. He has strong interest in helping residents improve their interdisciplinary treatment planning skills in complex restorative cases. Dr. Burchard is responsible for developing the Tulsa chapter of the nationally known Seattle Study Club.
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.
Dr. Germán Luezas completed his endodontic training with a master’s degree at the University of Connecticut after finishing dental school and a 2-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. Prior to attending residency, he practiced as a general dentist for 3 years. Now as an endodontist, he has expertise in working with all specialists and general dentists. Dr. Luezas enjoys the opportunity to be able to give back to his community, participating with Mission of Mercy since 2011 and working with special needs patients. He likes to work with the residents to help them understand all aspects of endodontics in order to better prepare them to serve their patients in future practice.
Dr. Paul Mullasseril, a Prosthodontist and nationally known 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.
The additional specialists who work with our residents are a combination of faculty from OUCOD as well as experienced clinicians from the local community. Together, we formulate a program that offers our residents one-on-one attention which 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 work a chairside dental assistant throughout the program. Working with the 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 employs an office manager who supervises three office employees and seven clinic employees. The experienced office staff handle appointments, billing, insurance, and other managerial tasks. Interaction with a working business office gives the residents experience in practice management.
The AEGD resident will complete 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.