The personnel of the Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service includes the following faculty, residents, and staff:
Frank J.M. Verstraete, DrMedVet, BVSc(Hons), MMedVet, DAVDC, DECVS, DEVDC
Frank Verstraete graduated as a veterinarian at the University of Gent (Belgium). He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) where he completed a residency in small animal surgery. In 1987, when the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry was founded in the USA, Dr. Verstraete was the only non-North American Charter Fellow. He is also a Charter Diplomate of the European Veterinary Dental College, as well as a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Since the end of 1994, Dr. Verstraete is affiliated with the University of California at Davis, where he currently is Professor of Dentistry and Oral Surgery, and Chief of the Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Orofacial Sciences, Division of Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, at the School of Dentistry of the University of California, San Francisco. His main research interests are comparative oral pathology, radiology and surgery. His book "Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats", which was recently published, is the first specialty book in veterinary dentistry.
Boaz Arzi, DVM, DAVDC, DEVDC, Assistant Professor
Dr. Boaz Arzi was born in Israel. He graduated from Szaint Istvan University, Budapest, Hungary in 2002 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Arzi returned to Israel to become a partner in a small animal veterinary hospital in Haifa, where he completed five years of intensive clinical practice. He completed the residency training program in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California, Davis. Dr. Arzi became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2012. In the summer of 2010, Dr. Arzi joined Dr. Athanasiou’s lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering as a post-doc fellow, working on bioengineered fibrocartilage spectrums and their surgical applications. In addition, he also maintains a clinical appointment as a staff veterinarian at the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, and his main interests include maxillofacial reconstruction, tissue engineering, and microsurgical techniques.
Megan Badgley, RVT
Megan Badgley was born and raised in Northern California. She graduated from Yuba College in 2009 and started her veterinary technician career at the SPCA for Monterey County. Megan’s passion for excellence in patient care and working with the students then brought her to UC Davis in 2013. She continues to advance her technical skills and education by attending lectures and journal clubs. Her interests include communication, animal behavior and reducing stress for patients while receiving dental care.
Erica Becerra, RDA, Service coordinator
Erica Becerra was born and raised in Northern California. She graduated from Sacramento City College in 2000 and received her license in dental assisting. Erica spent 9 years working as a dental assistant in human general dentistry. It was because of her love of animals and dentistry that brought her to UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Erica continues to further her education by taking continuing dental education courses.
Suanua Serrano-Garcia, DVM, Resident I
Dr. Suanúa Serrano-García was born in Spain and at an early age she moved to South America. She graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Universidad Central del Ecuador in 2005. Then she worked in small animal private practice in Equador, Argentina and Colombia before moving to Davis to specialize in Dentistry and Oral Surgery.
Travis Henry, DVM, Fellow
Dr. Travis Henry graduated from Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. He has owned and operated 2 different practices in his career, the most recent being Midwest Equine Services. This practice focuses on dental care for horses in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Dr. Henry has been involved in several patents of equine dental instrumentation and provides testing and technical service to several companies world-wide. Dr. Henry is currently a Fellow in the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the University of California - Davis. He joins the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service one week a month. Dr. Henry also provides assistance in equine dentistry as part of the Large Animal Medicine Service.
Milinda Lommer, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Milinda Lommer earned her D.V.M. with Phi Zeta honors from U.C. Davis' School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. After completing a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in Sacramento, Dr. Lommer returned to U.C. Davis, where she became the first veterinarian to complete the residency program in Dentistry & Oral Surgery in 1999. Dr. Lommer received the 1999 Peter Emily Outstanding Candidate Award from the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), and became a Diplomate of the AVDC in the spring of 2000. Dr. Lommer served for a year as a clinical instructor in the Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service before relocating to Marin County and opening her private practice, Aggie Animal Dental Service. She returned to the faculty at U.C. Davis on a part-time basis in August 2006. Since 2009, she has served as a volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor. Specific interests include stomatitis in cats, periodontal regeneration in dogs, and molecular mechanisms of oral diseases.
Ana Nemec, DVM, PhD, DAVDC, Research Associate
Dr. Ana Nemec was born in Slovenia, Europe. She graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia in 2004. She continued with a multi-disciplinary PhD program in Biomedicine at the University of Ljubljana, focusing on research in the systemic effects of periodontal disease, while working as a veterinarian at the Small Animal Clinic of the Veterinary Faculty. She completed her PhD with the thesis "The effect of oral inoculation with Porphyromonas gingivalis on systemic nitric oxide levels in mice" in 2009, before moving to Davis to specialize in dentistry and oral surgery. She completed the residency training program in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California, Davis, in 2012 and became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2013. In autumn 2012 Dr. Nemec returned to her home University in Ljubljana as an Assistant Professor, but she also maintains a research appointment as a Research Associate at the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences. Her main interest is oral biology, and in particular host response to oral bacteria and tumor biology.
G.G. Comet Riggs, DVM Resident I
Dr. G.G. Comet Riggs was born in Japan and grew up in Roseburg, Oregon. She graduated with honors as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 2012. She then completed a small animal rotating internship at PetCare Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa, California, before coming back to UC Davis to specialize as a resident in dentistry and oral surgery. Her interests include interactive student teaching, improving client education, rabbit and exotic animal dentistry, feline dental diseases and maxillofacial trauma.
Peter Christian Stroem DVM, MSc. Resident I
Dr. Stroem was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He graduated from the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences, Denmark in 2010. He then completed a small and large animal internship at a private hospital in Denmark. Before moving to Davis and specializing in dentistry and oral surgery, he engaged in laboratory research on biomechanics of healthy and diseased tissue and cells. His interest's are maxillofacial reconstruction and host oral response to viral infection.