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Class Notes, Volume 6

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


George Governal, '60 is celebrating his 25th year of retirement from oral surgery. He practiced in New Brunswick, N.J. Dr. Governal now lives on a ranch near Tucson, Ariz.

Alan Vella, '61 hunted in Alaska for 10 days last September.

George C. Rioseco, '62 is in practice with his son, Robert. He has six granddaughters.

Mimi M. Vella, '63 is semi-retired. She is enjoying the extra time with family and friends and travel.

Howard Nusbaum, '64 hopes to retire this year.

Robert Schmitz, '65 writes that there are five dentists in his practice: himself; daughter Carol Anne and son-in-law John Cottone; and son Robert ('94) and daughter-in-law Erika Schweighardt ('94). They have four offices­one at the original site in Rego Park, N.Y., and the other three on Long Island.

Arthur Crosta, '67 reports that his daughter, Elizabeth, was married to Benjamin Wayne of Santa Barbara, Calif., on Oct. 2, 1999. The couple honeymooned in Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, and South Korea. They presently reside in San Francisco.

David R. Federick, '67 was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Dentists last year in Honolulu. He has written 26 scientific papers in the past 17 years and presents between 50-70 lectures annually on these topics: implant prosthodontics, restorative dentistry, and crowns and bridges. Last September, he presented a seminar to NJDS prosthodontic residents. Dr. Federick, a prosthodontist, is an associate professor at the
University of Texas dental school in Houston and an assistant professor at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.

Richard A. Mahevich, '67 announces the marriage of his daughter, Danielle, to Dr. Jason Karns ('99). Dr. Karns is serving as a dental officer with the U.S. Navy at Parris Island, S.C. Upon completion of his military obligation, Dr. Karns will join Dr. Mahevich's private general practice in North Brunswick, N.J. Dr. Mahevich is a clinical assistant professor of General Dentistry and Community Health at NJDS.

Dennis R. Christensen, '68 reports that his son, David, graduated from NJDS in 1997. His daughter is a second-year medical student at NJMS.

Marc S. Chalkin, '69 writes that his son, Dr. Brian Chalkin, is in his first year of an orthopedic residency in Tulsa, Okla., at the Tulsa Regional Medical Center.


Gerald Gelfand, '71 is president of the Southern California Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and chair of the California Dental Association's Council on Legislation. A self-employed oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Gelfand is a lecturer at the UCLA School of Dentistry in the OMS Department. He is a past president of the San Fernando Valley Dental Society.

J. Phillip Kurtz, '71 reports that his son, Dr. Marshall Kurtz ('99), is doing a fellowship in OMS at UMDNJ.

Ronald C. Haeberle, '72 received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Foundation of UMDNJ.

John J. Graeber, D'72 received the Academy of General Dentistry's Mastership Award in 1999.

Lawrence Lizzack, D'72 shares news of his children: Jason is a junior at UMDNJ and doing well; Darren will graduate Rutgers Business School in June; and Bonnie is a junior in high school.

Frank A. Bogdan, '73 writes that his son, Mark, is in his second year of dental school at the University of Maryland-Baltimore.

Joseph Donato, '73 was vice president of the Pennsylvania Dental Society from 1998-1999.

Glenn Hanf '73 after 25 years of practice in Vernon, NJ, has relocated to Scottsdale,
Arizona, has become a partner in a practice in Carefree, Arizona and has been professionally rejuvenated. Kids, Michelle (28), Ian (22), Eric (19) and Lauren (16) are all great, although none are considering Dental School. email address ghanf@uswest.net

Ronald Kurlan, '73 has taken on a partner, Dr. Steven Koretzky ('95).

Charles M. Krowicki, '76 hit his second career hole-in-one at Harker Hollow Golf Course. He accomplished this feat at the 5th hole (145 yards) with an 8 iron.

Jim Rochford, '76 reports that he ran into classmates Sally Bonner and Charlie Krowicki in Hilton Head, S.C., where they then played golf.

Bruce J. Roland, '77 writes that his oldest son, Brian, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, is a chef at Jasna Polana in Princeton, N.J. His youngest son, Scott, has been accepted to the professional golf management program at Methodist College in North Carolina.

Thomas A. Rossi, '77 is an executive board member and secretary of the Fauchard Dental Society, an executive board member of the Essex County Dental Society, a
member of the NJDS House of Delegates, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Montclair State University.

Robert A. Shekitka, '77 is chairman of the American College of Dentists­New Jersey Section. He is also a trustee of the Essex County Dental Society to the New Jersey
Dental Association.

Cheryl Biber, '78 published "A Study of Sex Differences in Presentation for Care of HIV" in the February 1999 issue of AIDS Patient Care and STDs. The work was submitted in partial fulfillment of an MPH degree. She implements distance learning technologies at NJDS and practices part time in Livingston with her husband, Dr. Joel Gelbman. She would love to hear from her
classmates: biberch@umdnj.edu.

Yosh Jefferson, '78 was quoted in the April 1999 issue of Men's Health Magazine. He became a Fellow of the International College of Dentists in 1998.

Bob Leonetti, '78 is the former director of dental services for the N.J. Department of Human Services. He resigned to devote more time to his private practice in Berlin, N.J., and to his family: wife, Joyce; son, David; and daughter, Maria. He is a clinical instructor of General Dentistry and Community Health at NJDS. Dr. Leonetti serves on the board of directors of the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities. He lectures on dentistry for persons with disabilities and managed care as it pertains to these patients.

David A. Goldberg, '79 was recently elected into fellowship in the International College of Dentists. He became board certified in periodontics in 1989 and maintains a private practice in North Plainfield, N.J., which is limited to that specialty, including implant dentistry.

Marc Rosenblum, '79 was appointed to full time at NJDS in the Department of Prosthodontics and Biomaterials and the Department of General Dentistry and Community Health.


Scott D. Ganz, '81 is president of the New Jersey section of the American College of Prosthodontists. He lectures nationally and internationally on the prosthetic and surgical phases of implant dentistry. Dr. Ganz, who completed a three-year specialty program in maxillofacial prosthetics at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, is the author of the book, An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Dental Implants. He is on faculty at NJDS and maintains a private practice in Fort Lee, N.J.

Mark H. Goldenberg, '81 was appointed to the State of California Board of Dental Examiners.

Diane Mihalow, '81 and her husband, Dr. John Arcoleo, welcomed a daughter, Christine Georgeann Arcoleo, in May 1998. "She is keeping us both young." The family resides in Bridgewater, N.J. Dr. Mihalow has practiced geriatric dentistry at the V.A. Medical Center in Lyons, N.J., since 1989. She also teaches the general practice dental residents there.


Arthur S. Benson, '82 was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve Dental Corps.

Blanche D. Grube, '82 reports, "My husband, Dr. John H. Grube, and I recently graduated from Capital University in Washington, D.C. It is the only university of its kind granting the degree, Doctor of Integrative Medicine. We graduated in June 1999. We now incorporate alternative health care into our daily practice."

George Papasikos, '83 has opened an office in Bedminster, N.J. He has a practice in periodontics­dental implants in Upper Montclair, N.J.

Christopher Shyne, '83 reports that he is "diligently working toward my Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry via the 'Accelerate to Mastership' program." His celebration of the Millennium included travel to Hawaii and Arizona.

Cliff Rigby, '85 completed the Ironman USA Triathlon in Lake Placid, N.Y., which included a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run.

Yasmi Crystal, '86 is president of the New Jersey Association of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dora Vilk-Shapito, '86 opened a new office in Coral Springs, Fla.

Josh H. Brickman, '87 and his wife, Sharon, welcomed their third daughter recently, Adi Jenna. The baby's sisters are Nicole and Talia. Dr. Brickman has an endodontic practice in New York City.

Glen Goldstein, '87 announces the arrival of his daughter, Rachel, born in October 1999. The baby has two brothers, Zachary, 5, and Gregory, 3.

Jonathan Mangot, '87 serves on the board of directors for both JCC on the Palisades and Congregation B'nai Israel. He has offices in Waldwick and Paterson.

John Frattellone, '88 writes that his practice is growing and that Alexander, 4, and Alanna, 3, "keep us very busy!"

Valerie C. Rico, '88 just moved to a new home in Manalapan, N.J., with her husband, John, and sons Christopher, 8, and Nicholas, 5. "Warmest regards to NJDS '88. Sorry I missed the reunion."

Mamdouh S. Soliman, '88 writes, "Been out of school 12 years and it seems like yesterday! Hope all are doing well!"

Michael Donato, Jr., '89 has three children: Nicolle, 6; Michael III, 3; and Matthew, born in March 1999.

Nancy Jo Soporowski, '89
is president of the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and serves on the board of directors for Project Stretch­Dentistry reaching out to children. She lives in Needham, Mass., with her husband, Vito; daughter, Emily (4 1/2); and son, Vito (9 months).


Geri Kohn-Hunter, '90 is in private practice as an orthodontist in Portsmouth, N.H. She is married and has two sons, Mark (2 1/2) and Scott (6 months).

Bruce W. Levin, '91 and his wife, Karen, welcomed a son, Bradley Phillip, in February 1999. He has a practice in Rockefeller Center and resides in Warren, N.J.

Thomas M. Scorziello, '91 was awarded Diplomate status by the American Board of Periodontology in May 1999. Dr. Scorziello received his certificate in periodontics from NJDS in 1997 and also holds a master of science degree from Rutgers University. He is a clinical assistant professor of periodontics at NJDS and has a private practice in Clifton, N.J.

Fred R. Curcio, '92 bought a new home in Montclair, N.J.

Mario Ramos, '92 has a new office with classmate Dr. Carmine Russo (an orthodontist), Pediatric Dentistry of Midland Park. A son was born in October 1999, John Henry Ramos. The baby joins two brothers, Adam and Kevin, who are four-year-old twins.

Robert Sampier, '92 purchased a practice in Succasunna, N.J., and at press time of the Beacon was looking for a part-time associate.

Diane Jonas Feit, '93 and her husband, Daniel Feit ('94) are parents of a son, Jacob Joseph, who was born in October 1999. In addition to new motherhood, she is in private practice in Tenafly, N.J., and on faculty at the New York University College of Dentistry.

Usha Rana, '93 welcomed a daughter, Kajal H. Rana, in October 1999.

Paul Albicocco, '94 has a baby daughter, Skylar Alexandra.

Jennifer Bushman, '94 opened a new office in Wyckoff, N.J., in 1997. She married Dr. James Curreri ('95) in August 1998.

Daniel B. Feit, '94 and his wife, Diane Jonas ('93) are parents of a son, Jacob Joseph, who was born in October 1999. An article written by Dr. Feit, "The Altered Cast Impression Technique," was published in the October 1999 issue of The
Journal of the American Dental

Karen Fenichel, '94 writes, "Eli graduated from the University of Maine­magna cum laude­with a B.S. in wildlife ecology. He will be going to Slovakia with the Peace Corps."

Shari Kent, '94 reports that she is currently not practicing dentistry. She is a full-time mom to Alexander, 4, and Alanna, 3.

Paul J. Lawyer, '94 became a partner at ATCO Family Dentistry in January. A daughter, Abrielle Marie, was born in October 1998.

Erika Schweighardt, '94 and her husband, Robert Schmitz ('94), welcomed a daughter last June. "Gabriella Nikol is a happy and healthy dentist-to-be."

Narpat Jain, '95 is enjoying private practice and being on faculty at UMDNJ. His children are Sidharth, 5, and Rishab, 3.

Carolyn DeForte Wasserfall, '96 is in private practice in Holmdel, N.J., and bought a house in Little Silver, N.J., last December. She maintained an attending position at the Staten Island University Hospital residency program. Her husband, Eric, opened his own private law practice in Parlin, N.J. A son, Max Andrew, born in March 1999, and she "loves being a Mom."

Paul Ferguson, '96 purchased a dental practice and home in Fair Haven, N.J., in April 1999.

Kathleen Meehan, '96 is an assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics at the School of Dentistry-Medical College of Georgia.

Nils R. Bryant, '97 writes that his son, Sean Roger, was born in September 1999.

Melanie DeMaria, '97 is a captain in the Air Force serving in Aviano Air Force Base, Italy. She recently became engaged to Captain Aaron Allgeyer. A September wedding in Italy is planned.

Jennifer Norris, '97 opened a solo practice in Woodlands, TX., in August 99.

Andy Phillips, '97 announces the birth of his daughter, Madeleine.

Robert McTaggart, '98 is an associate of General Dentistry of Toms River.

John Nosti, '98 completed a General Practice Residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in 1999.

Torin Rutner, '98 is a third-year medical student at New Jersey Medical School as part of the integrated OMS/MD program.

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