Keeping up with the
Rady Dental Residency Grads
Where Have All the Residents Gone?
Hospital were graduated Clayton Cheung—
ll the way from in 2010. Bethesda, MD Rady Children's
Northern Califor- (For the earlier grads who Rita Daghlian— Hospital-San Diego
nia to Florida, might not have heard: Newport Beach, CA Pediatric Dental
from the look of things! RCH/Anderson Center no Pete Jimenez— Residency Program
Before we list who is longer runs either the Yucaipa, CA (Inland
where, a few other stats: residency program or the Empire Volume 1, Issue 1
there were 10 Rady grads clinic—UCLA runs the res- Lorraine Lin—
before the program was idency program and San Los Angeles
turned over to UCLA Ysidro Health Center very Darcy Owen—
School of Dentistry; the ably manages the business Citrus Heights, CA
100% of the Rady
1st UCLA residents study- of the clinic.) (Oh, and in Karan (Nett) Rai—
ing at Rady Children’s case you’re wondering who Phoenix PDRP grads who
I am...Lisa Haney moved Anjali Rajani— responded to the
Tampa, FL survey are practicing
Everyone is so on a couple of years ago,
Jeffrey Sue— as pediatric dentists
busy with life, and I, Susan Lovelace, was
but hopefully we hired as Program Manager Folsom, CA
can reconnect at for Anderson Center for Angelo Vasquez— Inside this issue:
AAPD in NYC in Dental Care in March ”elsewhere in CA”
May! 2008.) Evelyne Vu-Tien— I Miss You!! 2
Back to you: San Diego County
Lorraine & Karan
Message from Dr. 2
Usual Age of 1st 3
3rd Annual Anderson Memorial Conference Visit
Most Interesting 3
isit us in San Diego Rothman, DDS, present- monitoring; pharmacology;
March 18, 2011 ing, the course will discuss routes of administration;
for :Pediatric Sedation & the unique challenges of in balancing safety and effi- % Special Needs 3
Emergency Management,” -office sedation and cacy; airway management;
a full-day course that sat- emergency management of and emergency protocols. Family Time 3
isfies the requirements to the pediatric dental pa- For more information,
Type of Practice 3
renew oral conscious seda- tient, including patient or to register, contact
tion for minor patients selection and treatment firstname.lastname@example.org. Advice for Future 4
permit. With David L. planning; monitors and Residents
I Miss You!!! I miss the exposure to all the
unique special needs cases. In
private practice, I do not have as
many interesting and challenging
hen asked what you missed cases.
most about Rady Children’s Hanging out with my co-
Hospital and your residency, no one residents, eating delicious San
answered “nothing!” All of you men- Diego cuisine and Yogurt World!
Evelyne Vu-Tien with a patient and
tioned the people, and some the I miss the camaraderie amongst
family in her San Diego office
food! the residents. It was great to
Friendships—often forged in talk about pediatric dentistry
challenging times—and food—always Norma and Shirley, what a and learn from other people’s
at the center in times of fellow- team! Last, the dental residency experiences.
ship. team. It was great to have as- I currently am not seeing pa-
Here are your answers: sistants who cared about the tients under general anesthesia.
Interacting with everyone, and children. I miss the comfort of Rady’s OR.
the special needs patients Rita—my partner in crime, aka The anesthesiologists and the
The people! The faculty and co- co-resident, and Dr. P. whole dental team at Rady’s is
residents. All are good people. I Dr. Pokala taught me how to amazing.
miss spending lunch with them handle and defuse upset par-
all. Also I miss all the OR staff. ents and staff. Obviously, her
The anesthesiologists and Judy, and Dr. Lichty taught me many
if not all the dental skills I use
every day, but the interpersonal
communication skills I learned
from her are priceless.
Lunch dates and all the fun
times with everyone.
I miss interacting with my fel-
low residents and attendings,
Animals run wild in Pete
The Cheung Family and the camaraderie.
Jimenez’ L.A. area office!
toward achieving this goal.
Dear Rady Graduates,
In 2007 Rady Children’s Hospital As we do not have a large alum-
Y ou are part of an elite group of pedi-
atric dentists! There are only 10
graduates from the Rady Children’s
entered into a partnership with UCLA
School of Dentistry and San Ysidro
ni it is difficult to coordinate an
event to keep in touch. I would like
Health Center to create a unique to hear your thoughts on the best
Hospital pediatric dental residency pro- community oriented pediatric dental time of year and possible locations
gram, which existed 2003 - 2009. program. that would interest you so that we
We now have Rady graduates as far In 2009 the last Rady residents can plan a reunion. One thought
away as Florida and Maryland and at graduated and the RCHSD program would be to meet in conjunction
least one who has stayed in San Diego. was discontinued. UCLA has added with the Anderson Memorial Con-
The rest of you are scattered through the San Diego site to their pediatric ference on March 18th this year. If
California, with one in Arizona. dental programs and were awarded any of you are interested please
The folks at the Anderson Center full accreditation in 2010. The San contact Elisabeth Lohse at
for Dental Care at RCHSD began the Diego site of the UCLA program con- email@example.com for further in-
planning phase for the residency pro- tinues to expose residents to an im- formation.
gram back in the late 1990’s and early mense variety of pediatric dental I hope that this newsletter finds
2000’s to improve access to care to oral cases, broad behavior management you all well, best wishes to you and
health for the children in San Diego; we techniques and a wealth of clinical your families.
feel significant progress has been made experience.
Page 2 Keeping up with the Rady Dental Residency Grads
Most Interesting Cases
D entistry isn’t all drill and fill, as
you all know! Especially in Pedi-
atric Dentistry, there are lots of fun
ment side of
the case and
and different kids, discoveries and care.” Darcy
other things to fill your working day. Owen
When asked to share your most in- “We saw a 10
teresting case, here is what you an- -year-old girl
swered: with Down
“My most interesting cases so Syndrome
far were those I did at Chil- who had nev-
dren’s. (Sorry—I didn’t know it er been able
by Rady!) Pete Jimenez to tolerate having a dental pro- eralized enamel hyperplasia.
“Not sure—they are all interest- cedure performed outpatient. Referred patients for compo-
ing in their own way.” Lorraine Lin We used nitrous oxide, a lot of site build-ups to the prostho-
“13-year-old female with history TLC and did it! She now loves dontist.” Angelo Vasquez
of cleft palate and severe decay. coming to see us!” Anjali Rajani “I have had several patients in
Patient stopped going to cleft “Ectodermal dysplasia and hy- my practice with two mesiodens
team and the dentist when she drocephalus” Jeffrey Sue and one with a mixed deodon-
was five. This case is interesting “Had a family with daughters tia.” Evelyne Vu-Tien
in the patient/parent manage- that presented with pitted gen-
tive duty as a general dentist for
the Navy, and is stationed on the
USS Makin Island.” Evelyne Vu-
“Got married on 10/08. Hopefully
moving back to Southern Califor-
nia after Anna finishes her perio of our economy.” Karan (Nett)
residency in 1.5 years.” Angelo Rai
Note: Comments: “With established families, Vasquez “I work part-time. Currently,
age 1; with referred patients, 4-8 years old” “The kids are all getting big! My this is a wonderful time for me.
“Although we would like for children to estab- eldest (JJ) enters high school I have an 18-month-old daugh-
lish a dental home by age 1, parents often don’t
next year! The family is doing ter and a baby boy due in
well.” Jeffrey Sue March. Life is good!” Darcy Ow-
Family Time! “I recently got married and
moved to Tampa, Florida!” Anjali
“Got married in October 2009.”
Y ou worked so closely together as
residents that you became fami-
ly, knew each others’ families, etc.
“My family is doing great! My son
Jackson is in kindergarten and
“My monkies are growing up.
Petey was 1 and Cecelia was 3
But it’s easy to lose touch once you loving school. My 2-year-old when I started the program;
graduate. Here are a few updates daughter Emerson will start pre- now they are 8 and 10, soon to
you might not have heard: school soon, and loves to bother be 9 and 11. CRAZY!” Pete
“I have one daughter, Reagan her big brother! My husband and Jimenez
Mai, born Jan. 15, 2010. My I are enjoying having our own “Jaden and I are both taking
husband, Hien Trinh, is still ac- practices despite the hardships martial arts.” Clayton Cheung
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Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego
Pediatric Dental Residency Program
Anderson Center for Dental Care
3020 Children’s Way, MC 5073
San Diego, CA 92123
“T hank you for my incredible training! I was prepared to prac-
tice as a pediatric dentist in the realms of in-office anesthesia
and sedation, and with special needs patients. The didactic portion
Phone: 858-576-1700, ext. 3745 of my program provided me with a solid scientific foundation, ena-
Fax: 858-966-7563 bling me to pass my written and oral Board exams. I opened my
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org pediatric dental practice in Jan. 2008. My website is
www.kidzplacedentistry.com for photos of the office.”
“I f you have any questions or would like to observe for a day or
two or three...I am here. Please feel free to phone any time, 909-
794-4909. I know it is far to travel, but I am always here. E-mail:
email@example.com. Web page: drjlittlesmiles.com. Also, I
was just selected as one of the top Pediatric Dentists in the L.A.
Metro area, which can be seen on Top Doc LA.com under Pediatric
Advice for Current and Future Residents
Get as much experience as pos-
You're gonna miss this
ike the sands through the sible working at Rady Children’s
You're gonna want this back
hourglass, …” Nope, you’re Hospital and also in different
You're gonna wish these days
all too young for that quote! practices after graduation. Al-
hadn't gone by so fast
“Time flies like an arrow; fruit These are some good times
so give back to your community
flies like a banana.” Not neces- So take a good look around and volunteer when you can.
sarily relevant, but Groucho is You may not know it now There is a huge need in commu-
always fun! But you're gonna miss this nity clinics and free clinics.
The bottom line and recurrent Always focus on the patient
theme of all of your advice for From the song first and treat each child as if
future pediatric dental residents By Trace Atkins he or she were your own.
(which will be shared with them, Take every situation as an op-
by the way!) seems to be based portunity to learn.
upon the idea that time flies by of first-hand experience with I would advise future residents
quickly, so hang on, learn as much patients with special needs at to experiment with different
as you can while you can and have Rady’s. techniques (under supervision
fun while you’re at it! Specific Gain as much experience as possi- of course!) and to try to learn
comments: ble during your residency, and from every faculty member.
Make the most of your time. listen to your attendings: they Take advantage of the hospital
Immerse yourself in the hospi- are your attendings for a reason! setting as much as possible. If
tal and all the wonderful people. Take it one day at a time. there is someone willing to
Relax and enjoy the learning Ask lots of questions! Try to get share information and time—
experience. You will gain a lot as much exposure as you can to soak it up!