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Gloria Yueh
Professor and Chair of Biochemistry, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Y. Gloria Yueh, Ph.D., is professor and chair of biochemistry in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Linda Walters
Professor of Anatomy, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Linda Walters, Ph.D, is an anatomy professor in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Kathleen O'Hagan
Department Chair and Professor of Physiology, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kathleen P. O'Hagan, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Adjunct Faculty, Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences
Kevin Quinn, PT, MPT, MS, ATC, is adjunct faculty in Physical Therapy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Mitchell Emerson
Interim Chair, College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Mitchell Emerson, Ph.D., is Interim Chair in the College of Pharmacy–Glendale at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Shridhar Andurkar
Associate Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Shridhar Andurkar, Ph.D., is associate professor and chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Jennifer D'Souza
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Jennifer D'Souza, Pharm.D., CDE, is assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Brad Smith
Associate Dean, College of Dental Medicine-AZ
Brad Smith, D.D.S., B.Sc., is Associate Dean in the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
David Luce
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies, College of Health Sciences
David Luce, M.M.S., PA-C, is assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Donald Jarnigan
Dean, Arizona College of Optometry
Donald Jarnigan, O.D., is the Dean of Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Phil Huang
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Phil Huang, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Tolu Akinwale
Chicago College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove Campus
Tolu Akinwale is a student in the Chicago College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Allison Rushing
College of Health Sciences, Downers Grove Campus
Allison Rushing, D.P.T., is a 2012 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Sam Funk
Arizona College of Optometry
Sam Funk is a student in the Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) campus.
Laura Sibrava
College of Dental Medicine-Arizona
Laura Sibrava, D.M.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Heather Thoreson
College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Heather Thoreson, Pharm.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Pharmacy-Glendale (CPG) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Hillary Carnell
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hillary Carnell, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Danny Wu
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Danny Wu is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Jared Techau
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Jared Techau is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Safi Mohammed
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Safi Mohammed is a student in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Diane Baldemor
College of Health Sciences – Downers Grove
Diane Baldemor is a student in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Chessa Calabrese
College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
Chessa Calabrese is a student in the College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Eder Garavito
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Eder Garavito is a 2013 graduate in the inaugural class of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences.

"I feel very strongly that our job is to train the next generation," he said. "It's our job to educate future practitioners so they can one day stand on our shoulders and take it further - to do more, to be more integral to the overall health of patients, and provide services that aren't yet available to us as clinicians."

Vision for a New College

Dr. Licari, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois (CDMI), and a team of dedicated professional are putting those thoughts into action as they prepare for the opening of the new college of dental medicine which will welcome its first class of 125 students in fall 2011. Students in the program will benefit from an integrated dental education that prepares them for the future of healthcare.

"From the first day students walk in, we are going to simulate what it's really like to treat patients," Dr. Licari said. "We are going to use case scenarios throughout the curriculum, and students are going to look very carefully at not just the techniques of dentistry, but how to put that knowledge into context of what general dentists are currently doing in practice."

Focus on Healthcare

Students will also benefit from attending a college of dental medicine on a campus entirely focused on healthcare. An integrated basic science curriculum, a new state-of-the-art simulation laboratory, a new multi-million dollar classroom building, and a new clinical site will be just some of the benefits for students as they earn their Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree. The aim is to prepare students with a comprehensive education that will allow them to grow in their future practices. "We know that we can't predict the future, so our goal will be to train practitioners who are able to take new information and understand it, process it, and transform it to meet the needs of their patients," Dr. Licari said.

From the first day students walk in, we are going to simulate what it's really like to treat patients."
— Frank W. Licari, D.D.S., M.P.H., M.B.A., Downers Grove

Dr. Licari is a licensed dentist as well as a veteran academic administrator having worked with other schools of dental medicine and the American Dental Association. He was drawn to dental medicine as a career because of his interactions with his own pediatric dentist as well as a desire to make a difference in the health of others. "I think dentistry has a lot to offer in terms of a profession," he said. "Practicing is very rewarding because you can make a major impact on an individual's life. You can help someone really turn their smile around, and you see very directly the positive effect you can have."

Ready for the Future

As he works to put the final touches on the new curriculum and begins the process of recruiting faculty members, Dr. Licari is excited about the future of the new college. "This is a tremendous opportunity to start a new dental medicine program," Dr. Licari said. "Our opportunity here is to educate students so they can be prepared for the future of dental practice which will continue for another 30 to 40 years after they graduate."


Licari, D.D.S., M.P.H., M.B.A.Frank W. Licari, D.D.S., M.P.H., M.B.A., is a Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois on the Downers Grove Campus of Midwestern University. He practiced dentistry in Riverside, Illinois for 11 years. In 2010, Dr. Licari contributed a chapter to the book, Dental Practice: Get in the Game.


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