Faculty / Staff

FACULTY

Photo:Frank J.M. Verstraete

Frank J.M. Verstraete, DrMedVet, BVSc(Hons), MMedVet, DAVDC, DECVS, DEVDC - Chief of Service

Dr. 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 UC 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 UC, San Francisco. His main research interests are comparative oral pathology, radiology and surgery. His book Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats is the first specialty book in veterinary dentistry.

  • DrMedVet, BVSc(Hons), MMedVet
  • Diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College
  • Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Diplomate, European Veterinary Dental College

E-Mail: fjverstraete@ucdavis.edu

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Boaz Arzi, DVM, DAVDC, DEVDC - Associate 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 UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. 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 UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering as a post-doc fellow, working on bioengineered fibrocartilage spectrums and their surgical applications. Dr. Arzi is currently an associate professor and with the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service. His main interests include maxillofacial reconstruction, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and the temporomandibular joint.

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David C. Hatcher, DDS, MSc, MRCD(c) - Health Science Clinical Professor Volunteer

Dr. David C. Hatcher received his DDS degree from the University of Washington. Subsequently, he completed two years active duty in the U.S. Public Health Service and a one-year general practice residency program at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Dr. Hatcher entered the graduate program in radiology at the University of Toronto and was granted a specialty degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in 1982 and a M.Sc. in 1983. His thesis topic dealt with radiology of tempormandibular disorders. Presently, Dr. Hatcher is in private practice in Sacramento and has faculty appointments as Clinical Professor at the UC San Francisco, UCLA, UC Davis, University of the Pacific and Roseman University of Health Sciences.

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Milinda Lommer, DVM, DAVDC - Health Science Clinical Assistant Professor Volunteer

Dr. Milinda Lommer earned her DVM with Phi Zeta honors from UC Davis in 1995. After completing a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at a private practice in Sacramento, Dr. Lommer returned to UC Davis in 1999, and became the first veterinarian to complete the residency program in Dentistry and Oral Surgery. In 1999, Dr. Lommer received the 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 and Oral Surgery Service before relocating to Marin County and opening a private practice, Aggie Animal Dental Service. She returned to the faculty at UC Davis on a part-time basis in 2006. Her interests include stomatitis in cats, periodontal regeneration in dogs, and molecular mechanisms of oral diseases.

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Amy Fulton, DVM, DAVDC - Health Science Clinical Assistant Professor Volunteer

Dr. Amy Fulton graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then earned her DVM from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. After successfully completing a rotating internship in small animal medicine and emergency at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, Dr. Fulton was accepted to the 3-year residency program in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at UC Davis. Dr. Fulton became a board-certified specialist in 2014, winning the Peter Emily Outstanding Candidate Award, earning her Diploma from the American College of Veterinary Dentistry. She is currently practicing specialty veterinary dentistry in private practice in Marin County, and returned to UC Davis part-time in 2016 working with the Dentistry and Oral Surgery service.

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Travis Henry, DVM, DAVDC - Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Travis Henry earned is DVM from Michigan State University in 1993. He has owned and operated two 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 worldwide. He is currently a Staff Veterinarian in the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service, joining the service one week per month. Dr. Henry also provides assistance in equine dentistry as part of the Equine Medicine and Dentistry Service.

RESIDENTS

Photo: Sophie Christine Döring, DVM, Resident

Sophie Christine Doring, DVM - Resident

Dr. Sophie Döring was born in Munich, Germany. In 2011, she graduated from Szent István University, Faculty of Veterinary Science, in Budapest, Hungary. She then completed a 14-month rotating internship in small animal surgery at Munich’s university veterinary clinic. Before starting her residency with the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at UC Davis, she participated in the German specialisation program for dentistry at the small animal clinic Oberhaching. She’s especially interested in periodontal disease in dogs, resorptive lesions in cats and maxillofacial surgery.

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Jenna Winer, DVM - Resident

Dr. Jenna Winer earned her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2014. She is proud to have graduated with the academic rank of #1 in her class. She then returned home to complete a rotating small animal internship at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Center (ASEC), a private practice in Los Angeles. Dr. Winer developed an interest in dentistry when she published a manuscript on sea otter dental pathology during her third year of veterinary school. She also has an interest in the One Health movement and enjoys discussing cases with her father, who practices dentistry on people. Her special interests include dentistry of wildlife/zoo species and maxillofacial surgery.

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Colleen Geisbush, DVM - Resident

Dr. Colleen Geisbush earned her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2014, having previously earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with an emphasis in Equine Science in 2010. In her first year of practice, she completed an equine rotating internship at Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center in Penryn, California. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles. Dr. Geisbush returns to UC Davis having fostered a strong interest in both large domestic and small animal dentistry and oral surgery. Her special interests include comparative veterinary dentistry, equine and camelid dentistry, maxillofacial trauma, and congenital and inherited anomalies of the mouth.

STAFF

Photo: Kimi Kan, RDHAP, BSDH, Dental Hygienist

Kimi Kan-Rohrer, RDHAP, BSDH - Dental Hygienist

Kimi Kan-Rohrer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from University of the Pacific (UOP). She has been a licensed and practicing dental hygienist since 2006, with experience working in several (human dentist) private practice offices, as well as clinical teaching at UOP and Sacramento City College. The Alternative Practice license allows her to provide dental hygiene care, independent of a dentist, for the geriatric population as she travels to nursing homes. She volunteers her time at free clinic events and is a member of several organized dental hygiene groups, including past president of the Sacramento Valley Dental Hygienists’ Association and received the Outstanding Component Member award in 2013. Kimi started at UC Davis in 2014 because of her love for animals and interest in collaborative medicine, as well as her passion for teaching. Her goal at UC Davis is to teach veterinary students quality patient care through good radiograph technique and high periodontal treatment standards, as well as team work and professionalism within the dental team.

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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.

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Monica Calder, RVT

Monica Calder was born and raised in Northern California. She started her veterinary technician career at a small animal practice in Fair Oaks, California. Monica has always had a passion for animals and teaching, which is what 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 patient care and dentistry in small and large animals.