ASDOH Student

About ASDOH

Leadership Team : Dean’s Council : Executive Committee

Mission : Goals : Community-based Education Model : Accreditation : Identified Need

Leadership Team

Robert Trombly, DDS, JD
Dean

Robert Trombly, DDS, JD, is the dean of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. Formerly, he was the associate dean of clinical education and student success.

Dr. Trombly earned his bachelor of science and doctor of dental surgery degrees from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry; completed a general practice residency program at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Denver School of Law.

Dr. Trombly began his academic career in 1985 at the University of Colorado as a part-time clinical instructor while in private general dental practice. Prior to joining ATSU-ASDOH, Dr. Trombly served in several faculty and administrative roles at dental schools including associate dean for academic administration at the University of Detroit Mercy, executive associate dean at Western University of Health Sciences, associate dean for clinic administration, and associate dean for community affairs and curriculum, both at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Trombly is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists, and a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Omicron Kappa Upsilon. His scholarly interests include educational research, community-based education, law and ethics. While at the University of Colorado, Dr. Trombly served as the principle investigator for a six-year Ryan White grant to increase access to oral healthcare for HIV-infected populations through training dental students at community-based sites. He is an active member of the ADA and ADEA, where Dr. Trombly has held officer positions, and served on many local and national committees, including site visitor and review committee member with the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

 

Wayne W. Cottam, DMD, MS
Vice Dean
Dr. Wayne Cottam is the Vice Dean at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. Formerly, he was the Associate Dean for Community Partnerships.  In that position, he developed and oversaw the external rotation program for ASDOH as well as other student community activities and partnerships.  Dr. Cottam teaches Head and Neck Anatomy and serves on the senior administrative team of the school. Prior to working at ASDOH, he was the Dental Director with Community Health Centers in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Cottam graduated from the University of Utah in 1990 and attended dental school at the Oregon Health Sciences University, graduating with honors in 1993. He completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the University of Utah Hospital and went into an associateship in private practice for one year. In 1995, he re-opened an Urban Indian Dental clinic and ran that program until joining Community Health Centers developing that program from one clinic to four clinics. During that time he received a Master’s Degree in Anatomy from the University of Utah Medical School and served on the faculty in the Gross Anatomy course until taking the position in Arizona. Dr. Cottam and his wife Marie have three daughters and one son.

 

George Blue Spruce Jr. , DDS, MPHBlue Spruce
Assistant Dean, American Indian Affairs
Dr. George Blue Spruce, the nation's first American Indian dentist, is the former assistant surgeon general and director of the Indian Health Service Phoenix Area Office. In 1990, he was instrumental in the organization of the Society of American Indian Dentists and has been its president for the past 16 years. This position has allowed Dr. Blue Spruce to continue his life's work in the encouragement of American Indian individuals to pursue a career in dentistry and other health professions. He holds membership in numerous American Indian organizations, with missions that promote post-secondary education. Dr. Blue Spruce, a member of the San Juan-Laguna Pueblos of New Mexico, firmly believes in true self-determination for Indian people. He says, "True Indian self-determination will occur only when our American Indian people are given opportunities to pursue those educational credentials that allow them to assume meaningful leadership roles in their respective Indian communities. As leaders, Indians will be able to assess their peoples’ needs, prioritize them, and most importantly manage and control their own programs." In his new position, Dr. Blue Spruce hopes to continue addressing the severe dearth of American Indian dentists and other health professionals. Dr. Blue Spruce remains an active tennis competitor and in 1996 was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame. He is the first and only male tennis player to be inducted.

 

Jonathan Brennan, MD , DMD, MPH
Associate Dean, Innovation and Curriculum

Jonathan Brennan, MD, DMD, MPH, is the associate dean of innovation and curriculum at ATSU-ASDOH. In this capacity, he provides ongoing analysis, implementation and evaluation of dental informatics utilized in clinical systems, works in conjunction with the associate dean of pre-clinical education on curriculum and co-teaches the Oral Medicine course. Dr. Brennan graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University in 2004. He then earned his medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Dr. Brennan continued his studies at ATSU earning a master of public health from the School of Health Management (now the College of Graduate Health Studies) and a doctor of dental medicine from ASDOH. In 2014, Dr. Brennan co-founded Brennan Dental in Chandler, Ariz. where he continues to practice general dentistry.
Dr. Brennan and his wife live in Chandler with their two daughters and one son.

 

Mindy Motahari DMD, MAEd, '08
Assistant Dean for Comprehensive Care and Director for Inter-Professional Education

Dr. Motahari is the Assistant Dean for Comprehensive Care and Director for Inter-Professional Education at ATSU/ASDOH. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Georgia State University she received her degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine from ATSU-ASDOH along with a certificate of core public health concepts from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Motahari is a graduate of the ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning. She received her certificate of dental education along with her Master of Art in education with the concentration on dental education from the Benerd School of Education of the University of the Pacific in California. She received her business/legal certificate from Arizona Summit Law School. 

She has been a member of ASDOH faculty since 2008 in different positions. Dr. Motahari is active with state and national licensing organizations and currently serves as a consultant for the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments. Her current research involves InterProfessional Education for students from dental, physician assistant, and medical programs. Meanwhile she follows her passion for patient care in the private practice setting.

 

Jeffery L. Parent, DDS
Associate Dean, Patient Care & Clinic Education

Jeffery L. Parent, DDS, is the associate dean of patient care and clinic education at ATSU-ASDOH. He received his DDS degree from the University of Detroit. Dr. Parent practiced general dentistry for 30 years as a sole proprietor in Royal Oak, Mich. He was very involved in the community treating patients locally in hospitals and nursing facilities as well as promoting dental health in local schools. During his years in private practice, he became an adjunct restorative faculty in 2001 at the University of Detroit Mercy. In 2010, he joined as full-time faculty prior to joining ATSU. Dr. Parent was a clinic group leader, director of admissions and a course director of practice management. Dr. Parent has served as an expert witness in dental cases in the state of Michigan. He is a lifetime member of the ADA, ADEA and a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

 

Jae Hyun Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD
Program Director, Postgraduate Orthodontic Program

Jae Hyun Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD, is a professor and program director of the Postgraduate Orthodontic Program at ATSU-ASDOH. He is a Diplomate of and Examiner for the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Park has received several awards for scientific and clinical excellence including aCharley Schultz Award (first place in the scientific category at the Orthodontic Resident Scholars Program) and the Joseph E. Johnson Award (first place at the AAO Table Clinic Competition) from the American Association of Orthodontists.

He also serves as an editorial board member of several peer-reviewed orthodontic and dental journals. He was recently invited to be a guest editor of "Seminars in Orthodontics." He was the chief editor of a recently published book entitled, "Computed Tomography: New Research," and recently co-authored a book, "Molar Protraction: Orthodontic Substitution of Missing Posterior Teeth."

While working as a full-time faculty member since 2008, he has published more than 170 scientific and clinical articles in peer-reviewed orthodontic and dental journals including three cover pages in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. He also lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. Park is currently editor-in-chief of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO), past president of the Arizona State Orthodontic Association, and Thesis Committee co-chair of Northern California Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists. He also works for NBDE Part II Ortho-Pediatric Dentistry/ADAT Test Construction Committee and CODA site visitor. He was also recently appointed to replace Dr. Steven Dugoni as an American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) director representing the PCSO. He will be the ABO President in 2024.

 

Maureen Munnelly Perry, DDS, MPA, MAEd
Associate Dean for Post-Doctoral Education
Director, The Center for Advanced Oral Health

Maureen Perry, DDS, MPA, MAEd, is a professor of special care dentistry and the director of the Center for Advanced Oral Health at ATSU-ASDOH, Mesa, Ariz. She received her bachelor’s from Adelphi University and her DDS from New York University College of Dentistry.

Following a general practice residency at Staten Island University Hospital, Dr. Perry completed a two-year New York State Consortium of Medical Education in Developmental Disabilities Fellowship in Special Care Dentistry. She received her master’s in public administration with a concentration in healthcare administration from Long Island University. Dr. Perry also received an MA in education from the Benerd School of Education of the University of the Pacific.

Dr. Perry is a fellow of the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. She is a past president of the Special Care Dental Association and serves as the United State council member for the International Association for Disability & Oral Health. Dr. Perry has presented at many national meetings and has published on such areas of special care dentistry as autism, restraint and consent, rare syndromes, pre-doctoral education and self-injurious behavior. Her current research focus is on fluoride delivery systems for patient undergoing radiation therapy for head and neck cancer.

 

Klud Razoky, BDS, NZDREX
Associate Dean, Pre-clinical Education and Operations

Klud Razoky, BDS, NZDREX, is the associate dean for pre-clinical education and Simulation-Clinic operations at ATSU-ASDOH. Dr. Razoky oversees the first and second year curriculum at ASDOH, in addition to her responsibilities for all the Simulation-Clinic operations.  Dr. Razoky received her dental degree from the University of Baghdad in 1984.

She then practiced as a general dentist for nine years. In 1995, Dr. Razoky and her family moved to New Zealand.  While in New Zealand, she qualified her degree and earned her NZDREX. In 2000, Dr. Razoky and her family moved to the United States. Dr. Razoky worked as a pre-clinical instructor in the general dentistry laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine.  In 2004, Dr. Razoky started her position at ASDOH as an adjunct faculty member.

Dr. Razoky currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and has two children, Maryam, who attends law school in Denver, Colo., and Fadi, who graduated from ASDOH in 2014 and is practicing general dentist in Arizona.

 

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD, FSCDH
Professor
Course Director of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology

Director of Research

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD, FSCDH, is professor, course director of clinical medicine and pharmacology, and director of research at ATSU-ASDOH, where she also teaches part-time in the Special Care Clinic.  Dr. Spolarich also serves as associate director of the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice.

Dr. Spolarcih received her certificate in dental hygiene from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine and her bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  She holds both a master of science in dental hygiene and a PhD in physiology from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.  She received fellowship status in special care dental hygiene awarded by the Special Care Dentistry Association in 2016. 

Dr. Spolarich has formal training in both laboratory and clinical research and has completed the Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum through the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health. She has conducted research at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the University of Maryland Hospital, the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the National Office of Veterans Affairs in Washington DC.  Her research interests focus on the care of medically complex patient populations, specifically the care of older adults, and clinical of drug therapies and dental product formulations. Dr. Spolarich is an internationally recognized author and speaker on pharmacology and the care of medically complex patients.  She has presented over 900 lectures nationally and internationally and has over 125 professional publications. 


Janet Woldt, PhD, MS
Associate Dean, Academic Assessment

Janet Woldt, PhD, MS,  is the associate dean for academic assessment at ATSU-ASDO in Mesa, Ariz.

Dr. Woldt ensures the academic success of the predoctoral and postdoctoral students, manages the accreditation process, directs the assessment efforts of ASDOH, and serves as the School’s student services liaison.

Dr. Woldt received her undergraduate degrees from Indiana University (1986), Northwestern University (1990) and her graduate degrees from Iowa State University (masters 2001, doctorate 2004).

From 1986-1990, she practiced as a clinical dental hygienist in Northwest Indiana. Dr. Woldt also served as a didactic and clinical instructor at Indiana University from 1988-1990. From 1990-1993 she served as the examination coordinator of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Woldt worked for the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) as manager of dental hygiene education, 1993-1999. In her tenure with CODA, she managed the revision of the accreditation standards for dental hygiene education, provided guidance to the dental education community regarding accreditation, and formulated and implemented policies related to dental education, utilization and licensure. While conducting her graduate studies at Iowa State, Dr. Woldt developed and implemented faculty enrichment programs for both new community college instructors, and masters and doctorate programs for experienced instructors. She worked in the vice provost for undergraduate programs office at Iowa State as well.

Dr. Woldt and her husband Phil live in Phoenix with their daughter, Katarina.