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Pediatric Residents Class of 2015


Alumnus Receives Accolade

Richard Baxter

While a resident at the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health, Richard Baxter was awarded the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Resident Recognition Award. This award recognizes pediatric dental residents doing innovative and interesting activities in the fields of clinical dentistry, research, teaching/education, and community/public service. In February of 2013, Dr. Baxter helped train eleven community health workers in Southeast Asia to provide basic dental care to people in remote villages who would otherwise have no access to dental care. With the rest of the dental and support team, Dr. Baxter provided education to the trainees on how to provide safe injections, sterilize instruments, and carefully extract teeth for patients who have never seen a dentist before. Dr. Baxter also demonstrated how to effectively care for children using behavior management techniques like distraction and tell-show-do and taught trainees the knee-to-knee position for treating children. The team also provided instruction on basic preventive measures such as brushing, flossing, and avoiding sugar-filled candy and drinks. The trainees are now able to utilize their skills, knowledge, and instruments provided in more remote areas of their homeland in the care of the poor and needy.


Dr. Casamassimo Installed as ODA President

Dr. Casamassimo Installed as ODA President

Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Division Chair, Dr. Paul Casamassimo, was installed as president of the Ohio Dental Association in September during the ODA’s 147th Annual Session in Columbus, Ohio.  In his role as president of the ODA, Dr. Casamassimo will continue efforts of past presidents to best serve the profession of dentistry and residents of Ohio through advocacy, legislative efforts and oral health public service programs. 

“Dr. Casamassimo is a dedicated volunteer leader who leads by example through his commitment to the underserved in his community,” said David Owsiany, executive director of the ODA.

Casamassimo is active with the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association and Columbus Dental Society, including serving as a past secretary of the ODA and past president of the Columbus Dental Society.  He also serves as director of the AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center.

For more information about Dr. C’s role as ODA president, he can be reached at


The Nisonger Center Dental Program named John Rossetti Center of Excellence

The Nisonger Center Dental Program Johnstown Road Dental Clinic recently received a national-level award for its excellence in practice. The “John Rossetti Center of Excellence” award was administered from the DentaQuest Institute’s Safety Net Solutions program. These awards recognize “safety net dental programs that have displayed tremendous leadership and excellence in oral health practice management and [that] have greatly improved the oral health status of their patients.”

Dr. Diego Solis

Division faculty member and pediatric dentist, Diego Solis will accept the award on the clinic’s behalf. With his small team of dental hygienists and dental assistants, Dr. Solis has worked tirelessly to further the mission of the Johnstown Road Dental Clinic. Located within the Franklin County Early Childhood Education and Family Center in Columbus, this clinic provides comprehensive oral health care for children with and without developmental disabilities through age 21. This clinic strives to meet the oral health care needs of underserved children in Franklin County. Additionally, the clinic serves as a training center for the students of the College of Dentistry.

The award will be presented in November 2013 at the National Primary Oral Health Conference in Denver, Colorado.

For information about the Johnstown Road Dental Clinic, contact Stacey Grubb at 614-

342-5795 or or Diego Solis, DDS at


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