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Norman, Okla., Newspaper Recounts Dr. Robert L. Talley’s 40-Year Career
The  Norman (Okla.) Transcript newspaper published an article about Dr. Talley’s career as a Norman, Okla., dentist, with special attention to his work with temporomandibular joint disorders and sleep-disordered breathing. Dr. Talley is a member of the UMKC DDS Class of 1971. To view the article, visit:

Joe and Liz Spalitto Receive Award for Service to Guatemala
Saint Thomas More (STM) parish in Kansas City, Mo., honored Joe (BS ’68, DDS ’72) and Liz Spalitto with the Bill Waris Service Award in recognition of the many dental and medical trips to San Andres Itzapa, Guatemala, they have organized. The Spalittos were presented with the award during the parish’s 5th Annual Souper Bowl, an event which “helps draw attention to the ongoing problem of hunger in the United States and around the world. It also recognizes STM parishioners who have made significant efforts to help those in need.”
Go to to view the Spalittos’ recognition on the Saint Thomas More parish’s website.

Joe also serves on the Drug Commission for Jackson County, Kansas City, Mo. He also serves as the Honorary Consul for Guatemala and is a member of the State Department.

Joe Spalitto (BS ’68, DDS ’72) will receive a Citizen Recognition Award from the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) at its Annual Assembly on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. The Citizen Recognition Award honors individuals who exemplify Catholic concern for social justice in acknowledging that everyone matters. Each year the MCC recognizes one individual from each of Missouri’s four Catholic dioceses whose actions promote the common good. Dr. Spalitto was chosen from the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph for his work in serving the poor in Guatemala. Dr. Spalitto has spent the past 18 years organizing an annual volunteer medical trip of dentists and doctors to serve the Mayan Indian people in the mountains of Guatemala. In addition to working long days of filling cavities and pulling diseased teeth, Dr. Spalitto also arranges for oral surgery for children with cleft palate. Dr. Spalitto also has raised money to buy medicines and support his work as well as make contributions to the upkeep of the convent of Carmelite nuns in San Andres. Dr. Spalitto and his wife are members of St. Thomas More parish in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dr. John W. M. Carter presented the Dr. Earl E. and Wilma S. Shepard Distinguished Service Award

Dr. John W. M. Carter (DDS ’78) was presented the Dr. Earl E. and Wilma S. Shepard Distinguished Service Award by the American Board of Orthodontics at the annual session of the American Association of Orthodontics in Boston, Massachusetts on May 2, 2009.  This award recognizes an individual for outstanding dedication and achievement of the ideas and mission of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Dr. Carter was president of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics.  He received their “Silver Medal Award of Merit” in 2007.  Dr. Carter completed his year as President of the Kansas Association of Orthodontists in 2008.

Dr. Carter has his dental specialty practice in Overland Park, Kansas.  He also serves as the Orthodontic Consultant for the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies Team at the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Department of Plastic Surgery.  He has had this appointment for the past ten years.

Jim Elias Delivers Dental Care in Zambia, Africa

Since 1998 Jim Elias (DDS ’79), Independence, Mo., has participated in mission trips to Zambia, Africa, to deliver much needed dental care to its impoverished citizens. Dr. Elias and his mission work are featured in an article by Teresa Sheffield. The article and photos can be viewed at:

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Susan Kaiser (DH ’78) retired after working full time for 34 years in the same office. She then signed with a dental temp agency and has enjoyed working in different offices and learning different dental software systems. She and her husband still collect and sell painted-label soda bottles from the late 1930s –1960s and go to about eight antique bottle shows a year. They also love to travel and go on cruises!

Steve Wolken (DDS ’74) sold his practice to his sons, Chris Wolken (DDS ’03) and Andy Wolken (DDS ’08) but still enjoys practicing dentistry four hours a week. He also enjoys spending time with his 12 grandchildren.

Joseph Spalitto (DDS ’72) was awarded the National Chapter XI Psi Phi Frankel Award as outstanding alumnus of the year. The Frankel award recognizes a fraternity alumnus who exemplifies the cardinal principles of morality, knowledge and friendship.

Donald Nielson (DDS ’74), Lenexa, Kan., reports that his son, Dan Nielson, graduated from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Truman Medical Center. His daughter, Kate Stanley, is in a pediatric dentistry residency in Portland, Ore.

Mark M. Ortinau (DDS ’74), Ballwin, Mo., has gone on mission trips to Kosovo twice a year for 14 years. He just welcomed his eleventh grandchild (seven girls and four boys) and has been married for 42 years.

David Robison (DDS ’74), Willard, Mo., reports that his son, Damon, started UMKC School of Dentistry in August 2013.

Gary S. Traub (DDS ’74), St. Louis, Mo., has three married children: one in New York, one in New Jersey, and one in Chicago. He has four grandchildren: two boys in New Jersey and two girls in New York.

Don A. Hatfield (DDS ’79), Columbia, Mo., is chief of Dental Service at the Harry S. Truman Memorial VA Hospital in Columbia, Mo.

Arthur J. McMillion (DDS ’79), Mobile, Ala., celebrated 30 years of marriage, Dec. 10, 2013, to Diane Royals McMillion.

Edgar E. Beahm (DDS ’74) Hickory Creek, Texas, received his MAGD in 1993. He retired in 2004. He is remarried to Kathy. They are now spending a lot of time traveling. He is playing golf but reports his golf game is getting worse. They enjoy helping to feed the homeless and participating with Habitat for Humanity building homes.

Edward J. Wilson (DDS ’74) Carmel, Calif., says the “good” is his three granddaughters, still being married to Susan (44 years), Sierra fly fishing and Central Valley duck hunting. The “bad” is still working and his golf swing.

Steven F. Wolken (DDS ’74) St. Louis, Mo., is celebrating 40 years of marriage. They have six children (three boys and three girls), 10 grandchildren. His sons, Chris and Andrew, bought his practice. He is now working for them. He has one daughter who works for Patterson and another daughter who is a lawyer.

Charles F. Massler (DDS ’74) Winston-Salem, N.C., reports that he will retire completely from his dental practice on Dec. 20, 2013. He says he and his wife, Linda, are doing great and will remain in North Carolina in retirement. He hopes to see everyone at the Midwest Dental Conference in 2014.

Ron Lessman (DDS ’79) Cape Girardeau, Mo., proudly reports that he has seven grandchildren with the eighth on the way. He is still working three and a half days a week. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, playing golf (but not so well) and is the Naval Academy Admissions Officer. He is also president of Trinity Lutheran.

Joe Spalitto (BS ’68, DDS ’72), Kansas City, Mo., was honored by the National Elks Lodge with its Distinguished Citizenship Award.

Galen Miller (DDS ’74), Aurora, Colo., has been on the faculty at Colorado University, Orthodontic Department since August 2005. He has taken multiple orthodontic mission trips to Moscow, Russia, and Kijabe, Kenya. He and his wife, Beth, have been married 40 years.

Paul Lambert (DDS ’74), Boise, Idaho, became the first non-physician to be appointed as chief of staff in the Department of Veterans Affairs, assigned to VAMC Boise, Idaho, in 2008. He was elected to the position of District IV Trustee in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Board of Trustees in 2012. He retired after 40 years from the Department of Veterans Affairs in March 2013.

R. Chris Bohon (DDS ’74), Tucson, Ariz., writes that he semi-retired in 2004 and moved to Arizona. He practiced part-time until full retirement in 2010. He and his wife, Marilyn, celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary in August 2014. They have two boys and three grandchildren in St. Louis, Mo. They now split time between Arizona and Kirksville, Mo. He sends “Best Wishes to the Class of 1974.”

Doug Reid (DDS ’79), Makawao, Hawaii, retired in August 2013, after selling his practice 2 ½ years ago and has worked for his partner since. He is moving to a place he’s had for 10 years on Maui, North Shore, above Paia on Baldwin. He says, “Come on by. I’ll be on the porch!”

Eugene Anderson, DDS ’73, (Leawood, Kan.) married Jeanne Gibbons (DH ’73) and has a daughter, Robin Hays (DH ’02). His son, Kevin, is a junior at KU. Dr. Anderson has been in practice in Grandview, Mo., for 33 years. His granddaughter, Olive Hays, is 16 months old. His son-in-law, Robert Hays, is at Patterson Dental Company.

Ron Katzer, DDS ’78, (Auburn, Kan.) turned 65 in July and has two children in medical school at KU Med.

Jerry Cash, DDS ’73, (Springfield, Mo.) has a daughter, Tara Cash (DDS ’06, Ortho ’08), who is now in practice and a partner in Cash Family Orthodontics. Tara is doing cleft palates (thanks to a great education). Jerry is doing orthodontic research on twins.

James Cocklin, DDS ’77, (Eagle River, Ark.) retired on March 31, 2013, after seven years of private practice and 29 years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force. He had assignments at bases all over the United States as well as overseas in Okinawa, Panama, and Germany. He finished his career as the commander of the 673rd Dental Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. In July 2013 he and his wife, Kathie, plan to move to Forest, Va., to be closer to their grandchildren.

Joe Creech, DDS ’78, Pedo ’80, (Gilbert, Ariz.) is the director of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He will become president of ABPD in May 2013. He is also the director of Pediatric Dentistry at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

Jerry Schafers, DDS ’78, (St. Louis, Mo.) has won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals in Senior Olympic Volleyball. He played on the #7 ranked team in the nation in 2009. His youngest daughter, Allison, is attending optometry school at UMSL.

Gregg Kalbfleisch DDS, 1971- Retired from OMS in January 2010. He has 5 grandchildren, enjoys travel, golf, ocean sailing and Colorado high country.

Ken Rowan DDS, 1971- President Elect Charles Tweed International Orthodontic Foundation, Examiner American Board of Orthodontics, Merrit Award Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation, married 37 years, Helias High School Hall of Fame, 1 daughter and 3 sons.  

Douglas Miller DDS, 1971-  Douglas and Jody moved their primary residence to Heber Springs, Arkansas almost 7 years ago. They will wind down the practice in central Missouri fall of 2010 and will probably stay involved in dentistry in Arkansas.

Richard “Dick” Willits, DDS, 1971- Married since 1967- wow! He has 2 kids and 3 grandkids. Still practicing in Overland Park and 4 year old new office keeps him hopping. Dick has a partner and staff of 9. And was one of the KC Magazine Dentists of the Year for 2010.

Gary Britton, DDS ’72, (Yukon, OK) Retired October 2009 and is having a great time.

Edward Schanda, DDS ’72, (Forsyth, MO) “We are still in Forsyth, MO where we opened our dental practice in 1972. We have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. The oldest is a senior in college and the youngest is in kindergarten. My hobbies are dentistry- 2-3 days a week and grandkids the rest of the time. They need me because I am so much wiser than their parents. Life is good!”

Alan Wallace, DDS ’72, (Camdenton, MO) Is enjoying his identical twin granddaughters and awaiting younger daughters marriage in June 2012. Younger daughter is in 2nd year of Dermatology residency at Dartmouth.

Ronald D. Wright, DDS ’72, (Leawood, KS) Served with the United Stated Army Dental Corps Iraq November 2008 to February 2009.

Lynn Mouden, DDS ’75, (Columbia, MD) we are pleased to announce the selection of a Center for Medicaid, CHIP, and Survey & Certification (CMCS) Chief Dental Officer - Dr. Lynn Mouden, DDS. He will join our growing oral health team on February 27. Dr. Mouden is currently serving as Director of Arkansas' Office of Oral Health. He also holds faculty appointments at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, and three faculty appointments at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He spent 16 years in private practice dentistry and eight years with the Missouri Department of Health before taking the position in Arkansas. Dr. Mouden is a Fellow of both the International and American College of Dentists, and has served in numerous dental leadership roles at the local, state and national level. He is a Past- President of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and serves as the American Dental Association's National Spokesperson on family violence prevention. Dr. Mouden earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas; his DDS, with distinction, from the University of Missouri at Kansas City; his Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina; and completed the US Department of Health and Human Services Primary Care Policy Fellowship in 1998. He has received the Outstanding Service Award from ASTDD and most recently was awarded the Chief Dental Officer's Exemplary Service Award from the US Public Health Service. Cindy Mann, director, Center for Medicaid, CHIP, and Survey & Certification.

Steven Paul Billings, DDS ’77, (Parkville, MO) Currently full time private orthodontic practice in Parkville, Platte City, and Belton, MO. Adjunct Professor at UMKC Department of Orthodontics. Son, Branson, is a second year dental student. Son, Duncan, was accepted to UMKC Dental School for Fall 2012. Daughter, Abbey, is in textile design in Los Angeles. Daughters, Kenzie (high school junior) and Crystal (5th grade) are still home.

Tomas Duran, DDS ’77, (Pueblo, CO) Plans on selling practice this summer. Now up to 4 grandkids, he wants to travel and enjoy them more.

Richard Gilman, DDS ’77, (Overland Park, KS) Son in law entering freshman class in fall.

David Hamel, DDS ’77, (Marysville, KS) 2010 President Kansas Dental Association.

Robert Marx, DDS ’77, (Gladstone, MO) Daughter Emily, started 2nd year at UMKC Dental School. Son graduated from Washington University, St. Louis with Master of Architecture. Dr. Marx was voted ‘Best of Northland” for 10th year.

Merle Nunemaker, DDS ’77, (Kansas City, MO) Legislative Chairman- Missouri Dental Association.

Nelson A. Smith, DDS ’71, (Oklahoma City, Okla.) has two new granddaughters and retired from the US Naval Reserve (Capt.-0-6) in 2004.

Stephen R. Haught, DDS ’71, (Emporia, Kan.) says he is still seeing patients, still active with dental testing, still active in Kansas policies, still enjoying grandchildren, still accepted by original wife, and not on dental board, not drinking and not a party animal. Boring life!

James T. Wilson Jr., DDS ’71, (Eureka Springs, Ark.) is retired and enjoys fishing, gardening, labs and pointers. So far back in the hollow, the cell phones don’t work!

David Merello, DDS, PC ’76, (Pleasant Hill, Mo.) has been married to Devri for 32 years. They have three children, one married. He’s still practicing dentistry and owns and manages two offices with an associate.

Joseph R. Engel, DDS ’76, (Fenton, Mo.) received a master’s degree from Saint Louis University in biosecurity and disaster preparedness in 2008. He will lecture to anyone or any group interested in bioterrorism, biosecurity and disaster preparedness and the role of the dentist, hygienist and the staff in surveillance and mitigation of manmade or natural disasters. He says it is a dangerous time, in terms of a terrorist attack using bio weapons, and the dental community can and should be prepared to respond and be knowledgeable of possible scenarios. We will be first responders!

Jim Marker, DDS ’76, (Berryton, Kan.) has five kids:  Kristy (endodontics), Kirby (sales), Jaime (banking), Tyler (elementary ed) and Spencer (pilot, United Airlines). He is a retired USAR-R Lt. Col., and an ultra light pilot. He’s practicing part time and drawing Social Security!!

Ted R. Milligan's, DDS ’76, (Wichita, Kan.) daughter is in the process of finishing her degree as a dental hygienist at Wichita State University.

Harry R. Niehaus’s, DDS ’76, (St. Peters, Mo.) oldest son, Brian, will graduate from the UMKC School of Dentistry in May 2011. His son Glenn was married in May 2010, and his daughter Kristen will be married Oct. 2010.

Robert G. Jones, DDS ’76, (Hartsburg, Mo.) announces that grandchild #8 was due in mid September 2010. He built a new home in Hartsburg, Mo., and life is good.

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