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Class Notes, Volume 4

All NJDS alumni are invited to share their professional or personal achievements with the Beacon. Please print legibly or type the information and include your daytime phone number. Mail your Class Notes to: UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School, Office of Alumni Affairs, 110 Bergen Street, Newark, New Jersey 07103-2425.

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'60, '70, '80, '90, In Memorium,

Horizon Blues Donation Targeted for Pediatric Follow-up Research


Joseph Konzelman, Jr., '60 was awarded the "1998 Teaching Excellence Award" at the Medical College of Georgia.

Alan Vella, '61 reports that he and his wife, Mimi, enjoyed a trip to China and Mongolia. He checked out possible hunting in Mongolia, and says it looks promising. On their way to the Far East, the Vellas visited the "Coach" (Dr. Frank Frates) in San Diego, Calif. Dr. Frates is doing great.

George L. Rioseco,'62 is in general practice with his son, Robert. Also, "I have just been blessed with my sixth granddaughter."

Victor Mancuso,'63 has sold his practice and is now semi-retired.

Mimi Vella, '63 is feeling great and is semi-retired. She is enjoying travelling. Dr. Vella completed the 1998 New York City Marathon, walking it in 7 hours and 43 minutes.

James Voglino, Sr.,'64 writes that his son, Dr. James Voglino, Jr., an alumnus of New Jersey Medical School, is an orthopedic surgeon with Miami Orthopaedic Consultants in Miami, Fla.

David Federick,'67 was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists last October at its 68th annual convocation in San Francisco. Dr. Federick was presented with a membership plaque and a gold key to symbolize conspicuous service rendered in the art and science of dentistry. He lives in Marina Del Rey, Calif.

John Ostrowski,'67 would like to know if there are any alumni interested in practicing in Annapolis, Md. If so, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs for his telephone number. He reports his number of grandchildren continue to increase.

Marc Chalkin,'69 writes that his son, Brian, is serving his internship at Peninsula Hospital in New York. Next year he will be in orthopedic residency at Tulsa Regional Hospital in Tulsa, Okla.

Francis Puccio,'69 and his family have moved to Jamesburg, NJ. His son, Chris, received his chemical engineer degree from Stevens Institute and now works in West Virginia. His daughter, Carolyn, graduated Princeton and is working toward her Ph.D. at Stanford.

Ira Zohn,'69 gave the presentation, "The Everchanging Warm Gutta Percha," at the New Jersey State Meeting in June 1998. He was also named "Attending of the Year" for 1998 at the Jersey Shore Hospital Dental Department, where he is chief of endodontics. His father-in-law, Dr. Thomas Emmering, is president of the U.S.A. section of the International College of Dentists. Dr. Zohn has four children: Dylan, 3; David, 8; Steven, 24; and Darin, 27.


John Ricciani,'70 was recently appointed assistant director of the CODE (Community Oriented Dental Education) Program for senior dental students at New Jersey Dental School.

Lawrence Lizzack, D'72 reports that his son, Jason, made the Dean's List his freshman year at NJDS. Jason is currently a sophomore.

Bohan Soifer, D'72 recently installed an intraoral camera network and CD program in his office. An active paraglider pilot (30 hours airtime in 1998), he has a house at Lake George, along with a sail and power boat. He is on ski patrol (snowboard) at Gore Mountain and Northcreek, N.Y.

Van Stevens, M'72 has two grandchildren. His son, James Hayman, is a sophomore at Georgetown University. Dr. Stevens is thinking about retiring soon!

Bruce Fletcher, '73 and his family will be going to Ecuador this July on a mission with the Christian Medical and Dental Society.

Steven Messing, '73 was elected secretary of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain's executive board.

Richard Mancino,'74 has been selected as the staff dental officer for Naval Reserve Readings Command Region Base, Ft. Dix, NJ.

Lawrence Dobrin, '75 was elected President-Elect of the American Society of Dentistry for Children last October.

Richard Malecz, '76, clinical assistant professor of General and Hospital Dentistry at NJDS, has founded the Dr. Richard E. Malecz Foundation. Its mission is to keep the family unit together-healthy, happy, and functional-weathering bad times as well as good through a commitment by the entire family. This foundation is a national, non-profit, non-denominational organization offering support for all families in times of crisis to strengthen interpersonal relationships between all family members. Dr. Malecz is also in the private practice of pediatric dentistry in Denville, N.J.

Bruce Roland,'77 has a new associate, Dr. Daniel Pizzi ('98). Dr. Roland's son, Brian, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and works at Jasna Poland in Princeton.

Yosh Jefferson,'78 has been inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. He was published in the September/ October 1998 issue of General Dentistry.

David Goldberg,'79 is editor of the New Jersey Society of Perio and of the Central Dental Society Bulletin.

Thomas Smith, '79 completed requirements for board certification in prosthodontics in 1998. He was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps and is director of the Branch Dental Clinic at the Naval Station Bremerton in Washington. He married his wife, Cynthia, in 1996.


Mark Goldenberg,'81 has been appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to the 14-member California State Board of Dental Examiners.

Elliot Hersh,'81 was elected president of the pharmacology section of the International Association of DentalResearch.

Diane Mihalow, '81 and her husband, Dr. John Arcoleo, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Christine Georgeann Arcoleo, in May 1998. Dr. Mihalow practices geriatric dentistry at the VA Medical Center in Lyons, N.J.

Steven Esposito,'82 received an award from the Village of Ballston Spa for community service and volunteerism.

Christopher Shyne,'83 is rebuilding his home after a big fire in November 1998. He plans to spend the millennium celebration in Maui, Hawaii. Dr. Shyne will be in the Master of Academy of General Dentistry fast-track program.


Matthew S. Steinberg, '83 received his Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry in July 1998.

Albert Internoscia,'85 started an Internet patient referral and information-based site for dental consumers. It offers Web-based hosting, design for dentists, and e-mail addresses, e.g., Dr.Smith@FamilyDentist.org. Dr. Internoscia notes that Internet-based patient referrals are self-qualified, educated, and have a higher income than the general population. He invites inquiries at Dr.Al@familyDental.com or 1 (800) 874-4555.

William Schmidt, '86 has collected more than $5,800 in memory of Dr. Mark Williams ('86) through the Friends of Mark Williams Fund. The money was given to Mrs. Williams for their children.

Donald Sze,'86 has been commissioned as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He is the recipient of the Department of Veteran Affairs-Special Contribution Award and the Federal Executive Board, Greater Los Angeles-Distinguished Public Service Award. Dr. Sze is a surgical investigator for the VA-Degussa multi-center implant study and chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center.

Joshua Brickman,'87
maintains an eight-chair, state-of-the-art endodontic practice in New York City. He and his wife, Sharon, welcomed a third daughter, Adi Jenna, last November. The baby's sisters are Nicole and Talia.

Victoria Kaiser, '87 sold her second dental office in Matamoras, Pa., to Dr. Lisa Toaldo.

Darren McKeever, '87 received the Academy of General Dentistry's prestigious Mastership Award. It was presented during convocation ceremonies at the academy's 46th annual meeting in Boston last July.

John Frattellone, '88 writes that he has a 3-year-old son, Alexander, and a 2-year-old daughter, Alanna. He recently purchased the Lincroft, N.J., building where his oral surgery practice is located. Dr. Shari Kent ('94) is a part-time associate of Dr. Frattellone's in Middletown. "The practice is growing, and we are keeping busy!"

George E. Bambara,'89 was President of the Richmond County Dental Society in 1998. He has lectured on "Precision Attachments in Removable Partial Dentures" to dental study groups. "After 10 years of private practice, I still find dentistry to be a very rewarding profession, despite the difficult times. UMDNJ gave us a great start."


Robert Boff,'90 is expanding his Ramsey, N.J., office and increasing the hours of availability.

Frank Falcone, Jr.,'90 passed the oral and maxillofacial surgery boards in March 1996 and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He moved to Hazleton, Pa., in July 1996 and married Linda Rocanelli in June 1997. Dr. Falcone is the owner and president of Falcone/Getter Oral and
Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C., in Hazleton.

Paul Dionne, '91 moved his office from 127 Pine Street, Montclair, N.J., to 200 Highland Avenue in Glen Ridge, N.J. His daughter, Elyssa, was born in September 1998.

Kurt Halum, '91 was appointed as clinical professor, University of Chicago Cleft Palate/Chronic Facial Team, Division of Plastic Surgery. He became engaged to Kimberly Petreikis in September 1998; a summer wedding is planned.

Jeffrey Panicucci, '91 and his wife, Denise, welcomed a daughter, Kaela Anne, in August 1998. The couple also has a son, Dylan.

Robert Sampier,'92 writes that he, Dan Nyhuis ('92), and Jerry Long have formed a partnership and share ownership of "Dental Horizons" in Succasunna, N.J.

Lisa Sedotto,'92 is a part-time attending dentist at Metropolitan Hospital in New York. She has a private practice in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

Nancy Hanna,'93 purchased a general practice in Jersey City, N.J., in 1996. She recently married in July 1998.

Pamela Hovliaras, '95 and partner Dr. Analisa Guarnieri ('93) opened a practice in Sparta, N.J., in August 1998.

Lorraine Kosztyu, '95 purchased a practice in Lawrenceville, N.J., in February 1998.

Raul Gonzalez, '96 announces the recent birth of his son, Raul Andres Gonzalez III. Dr. Gonzalez has a private practice in Miami, Fla., where he specializes in cosmetic dentistry, implants, and laser dentistry.

Joseph Merlino, '96 opened a practice in Woodcliff Lake, N.J.

Margaret Somers,'96 is opening her own practice in Hawthorne, N.J.

Ali Blech,'97 and Moe welcomed a daughter, Rachel, in September 1998. "She is adorable."

Gloria S. Montalban,'97 has a practice with two NJDS alumni in their separate offices: Michael J. Maser ('84) and Steven Riesenberg ('92).

Robert Laski, '98 has been accepted to the OMFS Program at UMDNJ-NJDS and begins this July.

Michele Sanzo-Laski, '98 began a pediatric dentistry residency at NJDS in July 1998. She and classmate Robert Laski married on June 14, 1998.


In Memorium:

Col. Ralph Bellizzi, ('63)


Horizon Blues Donation Targeted for Pediatric Follow-up Research

For some of the littlest dental patients, receiving follow-up treatment can be a big difficulty. By donating $10,000 to New Jersey Dental School for research in this area, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield is working toward a solution.

The generous donation is targeted for an NJDS study of the factors that prevent access to follow-up care in the underserved pediatric population. "I am very excited about this line of research," says Dr. Nanci Tofsky, associate professor of Pediatric Dentistry. "It can lead to greater utilization by our littlest patients who are frequently lost to our follow-up."