The Preceptor Group
Each Preceptor Group Practice is comprised of two Preceptor Faculty Members, a Patient Care Coordinator, and 1st through 4th year dental students. The 1st or 2nd year dental students are assigned to a 3rd and 4th year student as their student mentor. The 3rd and 4th year dental students are those who are the primary dentist for the patient.
In addition to the Preceptor faculty, the students have an opportunity to work with additional faculty on a case-by-case basis. These faculty members may come from a variety of specialty areas. Their goal is to give the student more one-on-one attention for patient care that is more complicated and requires closer supervision.
The Preceptor faculty members have a minimum of 10 years of experience in private practice or have 5 years of private practice experience in addition to having completed advanced dental training. Several of our Preceptors have specialty training in Periodontics or Prosthodontics. Most of the faculty members have an active private practice outside the School of Dental Medicine.
Cara Fawcett, DDS
Dr. Fawcett is an Instructor in the Department of Comprehensive Care. She is a graduate of the accelerated six-year dental program at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. She maintains a private dental practice with her husband and has over 29 years of private practice experience. Dr. Fawcett is passionate about teaching her students the practice of dentistry using a “real world” approach.
Jay Joseph, DDS
Dr. Joseph is an Associate Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care. He is a 1984 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. He completed a general practice residency program at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital. He became a faculty member in 1986, and has been a preceptor since 1993. Dr. Joseph also maintains a private practice in Beachwood, OH.
Elena Furman, DMD
Dr. Furman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care. She graduated from Tel-Aviv University Dental School in 1996, where she earned her DMD degree. She joined the restorative dentistry department at CWRU as a pre-clinical instructor in 2003. She completed the graduate program in periodontics at CWRU in 2008. She started as a preceptor in the Euclid group in 2009. Dr. Furman enjoys teaching students and preparing them to be a great team member in multidisciplinary dentistry.
Jean Iannadrea, DDS
Dr. Jean Iannadrea is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care and Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. She received a BS from John Carroll University, an MS from The Ohio State University, and a DDS from Case Western Reserve University. She is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), American Institute of Forensic Odontology (AIFO), and American Dental Education Association (ADEA). In addition to her dual appointment at CWRU School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Iannadrea is a Clinical Instructor at the Lakeland Community College Department of Dental Hygiene, a Clinical Consultant for the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio, and a Mock Board Guest Examiner at The Ohio State University School of Dentistry. Her teaching interests include Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations, Evidence-Based Dentistry, Simulations and CEREC.
Michael Zabell, DDS
Dr. Zabell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care. He is a graduate of Ohio University (1963-1966) and the CWRU School of Dental Medicine (1966-1970), where he received his DDS. Dr. Zabell is a member of the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, and the Greater Cleveland Dental Society. Dr. Zabell’s educational objective is to bring practical comprehensive care to the clinical learning environment.
Alexandra Ukmar, DDS, MAGD
Dr. Ukmar has returned to her position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care. She is a graduate of the accelerated 6-year program of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, where she received her BS and DDS degrees. Immediately after graduation, she completed a General Practice Residency of the Cleveland MetroHealth Hospital. Dr. Ukmar has also completed a Surgical and Prosthetic Externship through the Midwest Implant Institute. She has received the Mastership Award of the Academy of General Dentistry which is earned by completing more than 1,100 hours of quality continuing dental education in all the disciplines of dentistry, including 400 hours of hands-on courses. Additionally, Dr. Ukmar has been awarded Fellowship in the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Academy of General Dentistry. She is a member of the ADA, ODA and NEODS, in addition to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Dental Education Association and the Cleveland Comprehensive Care Study Group. Dr. Ukmar maintains a private practice in Willoughby, Ohio.
Denver Jenkins, DDS
Dr. Jenkins is an Instructor in the Department of Comprehensive Care. He is a native Clevelander and graduated from CWRU with a BA in 1986, and a DDS in 1990. Upon graduation he completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program with the US Air Force. After leaving the Air Force in 1995, he entered private practice in Lakewood, Ohio. Dr. Jenkins is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, Greater Cleveland Dental Society, Medina County Dental Society, Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity and Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Jenkins enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and, with 25 years of clinical experience, teaches with a practical approach, preparing students for the challenges of contemporary private practice.
Edward D'Alessandro, DDS
Dr. D’Alessandro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care. He is a 1974 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Dentistry and has practiced General Dentistry for 40 years. He has served on the Peer Review Committee of the Greater Cleveland Dental Society for over 30 years and served for 5 years on the Ohio Dental Association Sub-council on Peer Review. He is a member of the North Coast Jaw and Implant Center Study Club. His teaching interests include Fixed Prosthodontics and Intra-oral Photography. He maintains a private in North Olmsted, OH.
Jerry Kolosionek, DDS
Dr. Kolosionek is an Instructor in the Department of Comprehensive Care. After receiving his DDS from CWRU School of Dental Medicine, he completed a General Practice Residency at Cleveland Veterans’ Administration in Cleveland Ohio. Dr. Kolosionek’s teaching interests are in General Dentistry. He is a fellow of the academy of General Dentistry, member of the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, Greater Cleveland Dental Society, Medina County Dental Society, and Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity. Dr. Kolosionek maintains a private practice in the Cleveland area.
Richard Gustaferro, DDS
Dr. Gustaferro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care. He is a 1981 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He began his career in dental education at Lakeland Community College Department of Dental Hygiene, where he was a clinical instructor from 1984-1998. He currently serves as a member of its Dental Hygiene Advisory Board. His dental interests are Complete Removable Prosthodontics, Implants, and Dental Materials. His goal is for his students to become skilled and caring clinicians who make a positive impact on the
profession. He is involved in organized dentistry as a member of the ADA/ODA/NEODS and currently serves as an officer in the Northeastern Ohio Dental Society. He also participates in the Dental Implant Study Group. He maintains a private practice in Willoughby, Ohio.
Dr. Mohsin Ali
Dr. Ali is an associate professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care. He graduated from the de’Montmorency College of Dentistry, Pakistan and completed and MS and PhD in prosthodontics from the University of London, UK. Since the completion of his training in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics at the University of Chicago in 1994, he has followed a career in academic dentistry. He joined the Case Western Reserve University in August 2017.
Dr. Ali has taught prosthodontics internationally to both DDS students and prosthodontic residents and has been a faculty member at the University of London; Punjab University and BDZ University in Pakistan; King Saud University, Saudi Arabia; and University of Texas at Houston. He has published and presented various clinical and research papers at national and international meetings. He is also engaged in presenting continuous education courses in occlusion and prosthodontics internationally.
James Schneider, DDS
Dr. Schneider is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Comprehensive Care. He is a 1984 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. In addition to being a Preceptor, he also teaches at Lorain County Community College in the Dental Hygiene Department. He has been a forensic odontologist for over 25 years and works with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office. Dr. Schneider maintains a private practice in Olmsted Falls, OH.
Amelia (Amy) Dubaniewicz, DDS
Dr. Dubaniewicz is an lnstructor in the Department of Comprehensive Care. She received an AB from Vassar College in 1974, and her DDS from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in 1979. Dr. Amy (as she likes to be called) has been involved with CEREC technology since 2004. She has an interest in teaching CEREC technology to dental students. She maintains a private practice in Pepper Pike, OH.
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