School of Dental Medicine
Alumni Chapter

The School of Dental Medicine Building at Stony Brook

Welcome School of Dental Medicine Alums!

To All of My Fellow Alumni Colleagues:

No matter how far you go in your career and in life, you will always be a part of the small elite group of School of Dental Medicine (SDM) alumni now numbered at nearly 1,600. We encourage you to keep close ties with your SDM classmates, professors, advisors and fellow alumni.

This site is filled with useful information including an events calendar, a photo gallery from SDM events, current alumni benefits and so much more. You may also reconnect with your alma mater in many meaningful ways.

Perhaps you could:

  • Serve as a mentor to one or more SDM dental students
  • Sign up for one of our upcoming events or continuing education classes
  • Volunteer to become a more involved member of the SDM Alumni Chapter
  • Make a gift to support your Alumni Chapter, scholarships, dental outreach or initiatives outlined in the Strategic Plan
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If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact Mary Hoffmann at (631) 632-4995 or by email at  .

I hope you join me in participating and strengthening the bonds between alumni, present students and the School of Medicine. Pride and tradition at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine starts with us.

Best Regards,

Stacy Reisfeld DDS '88
President, SDM Alumni Board

Mary Hoffmann
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

 

Mission Statement

Engaging the alumni and students of the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook will enhance the advancement of oral and general health throughout the local and global community by instilling a feeling of pride and confidence of their knowledge and achievements.

Students and alumni will see the leaders that were educated at Stony Brook as role models.

Vision Statement

Engaging students and alumni of the SDM at Stony Brook will enhance the Vision Statement of the SDM by demonstrating a commitment by the alumni to support the SDM financially and emotionally to become the future international leader in dental education, patient care, research and service.

2021 School of Dental Medicine Award Recipient

Dr. Rhona Sherwin DDS '78

Rhona Sherwin DDS '78

At Rhona Sherwin’s college graduation, in 1973, it was disclosed that she was New York University’s youngest graduate. She was honored by raising NYU’s Torch of Learning to lead the entire University’s graduation procession. She then was accepted into the second graduating class at Stony Brook University’s School of Dental Medicine and was one of 22 graduates in what was a 3 1/2-year dental program. Following graduation, she completed a 2-year hospital residency program in Pediatric Dentistry at the Beth Israel Medical Center. After, she became a Clinical Instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and at the New York Medical College where she taught the General Dental Residents at  Metropolitan Hospital. She then became a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU’s College of Dentistry and soon became the Program Director of the Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry. After taking a sabbatical to raise 2 children she began at Stony Brook’s School of Dental Medicine in 1992. Having taught for 30 years at Stony Brook, she earned the academic ranking of Clinical Professor. She then decided to pursue her true purpose, to make a difference in the underserved children in our local community by taking over the mobile dental clinic program. Twice she stepped up to be the Interim Program Director for the Stony Brook’s Advance Program in Pediatric Dentistry.

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School of Dental Medicine Alumni Board

Board Members
Stacy Reisfeld DDS (1988)

Stacy Reisfeld DDS (1988)
President

Thomas Grandville, DDS (2011)

Thomas Grandville, DDS (2011)
Immediate Past-President

Barry Bass, DDS (1981)

Barry Bass, DDS (1981)

Mindy Brodsky DDS (1997)

Mindy Brodsky DDS (1997)

Alec Ganci, DDS (2012)

Alec Ganci, DDS (2012)

Lauren Heisinger DDS (2019)

Lauren Heisinger DDS (2019)

Gary Heitzler DDS (1992)

Gary Heitzler DDS (1992)

Jimmy Kilimitzoglou, DDS (2002)

Jimmy Kilimitzoglou, DDS (2002)

John Lupfer DDS (2020)

John Lupfer DDS (2020)

Joseph Manzella DDS (2021)

Joseph Manzella DDS (2021)

Robert Peskin, DDS (1977)

Robert Peskin, DDS (1977)

Jeannine Pistilli-Secko, DDS (2004)

Jeannine Pistilli-Secko, DDS (2004)

Bart Rizzuto DDS (1992)

Bart Rizzuto DDS (1992)

Gerardo Romeo, DDS (2005)

Gerardo Romeo, DDS (2005)

Sandip Sachar, DDS (1997)

Sandip Sachar, DDS (1997)

Michael Shaffer, DDS (2012)

Michael Shaffer, DDS (2012)

School of Dental Medicine Mentoring Program

Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine alumni have served as mentors to dental students throughout the years. It is the goal of the Alumni Chapter and the Office of Strategic Planning and External Affairs to introduce a formal mentoring program soon.

This program will connect our students with specially-selected alumni mentors allowing our students to learn first-hand about different career paths, leadership skills, styles and strategies. Mentors and students will be matched based on personal and professional interests.

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Alumni Award of Excellence

In 2006 at the dedication of the "Alumni Wall" twelve members of the School of Dental Medicine Alumni Board, in appreciation of their outstanding dental education, endowed this award to recognize a year-four student who has demonstrated community service, leadership and a vision for the future of the School. The recipient will receive a monetary award and will have the opportunity to serve a one-year term on the School of Dental Medicine Alumni Board.

The selection announcement is made at the annual School of Dental Medicine Awards Ceremony in May.

 

Celebrating 40 Years:
Then and Now

Give Back

There are a variety of options for you to support Stony Brook's Alumni Funds:

School of Dental Medicine Alumni Activities: To help support SDM alumni chapter activities and initiatives such as the mentor program

International Dental Outreach Fund: To provide funding to support the purchase of supplies, equipment and travel costs for students and faculty to travel abroad to provide dental care to those most in need

Dental Medicine Scholarship Endowment Fund:   To provide student scholarship based on academic merit, financial need, and at the recommendation of the Admissions Committee for recruitment purposes.

Dental Medicine Fund for Excellence: To cultivate, sustain and further excellence in the School of Dental Medicine.

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