Residency Program

The two-year pediatric dentistry residency program, started after graduation from dental school, immerses dentists in scientific study and clinical experience. The trainee learns advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures, along with child psychology and clinical management, oral pathology, child-related pharmacology, radiology, child development, management of oral/facial trauma, care for patients with special needs, conscious sedation and general anesthesia.

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NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine - Washington State

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
ViewCrest Pediatric Dentistry
2205 West Lincoln
Yakima, Washington 98902
Phone: (718) 630-8419

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Three positions are available per year at the Yakima site. Orientation will begin on July 1.

Program Type

Combined Community Clinic-based/Hospital-affiliated certificate program.


The application deadline is August 15th of the year preceding matriculation.
The program application MUST be submitted through PASS and all materials MUST be obtained through them. Lutheran also participates in MATCH. Additional program information is available at

Additional correspondence may be obtained through:
Dr. Daniel Kane, Program Director,
Dr. Jessica De Bord, Associate Director, Washington State:
Dr. David Okuji, Associate Director of Extramural Residency Training:


The NYU Lutheran Program provides a strong didactic and clinical foundation in Pediatric Dentistry. Founded in 1994 by Dr. Silvia Perez-Spiess in southwest Brooklyn, the NYU Lutheran Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry (AEPD) Program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). In 2003, the NYU Lutheran AEPD Program expanded to Providence, RI and in subsequent years, established programs at 12 additional sites across the country. Affiliated sites are mainly within federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) or hospitals. This innovative program is a hybrid blend of a strong distance learning didactic curriculum along with extensive clinical experience. Distance-based didactic learning is achieved through asynchronous web-based education modules, via the Sakai platform, and a state-of-the-art video teleconferencing (VTC) system that connect residents and faculty from all sites. Lectures originate from any number of sites enabling instruction from expert faculty across the country. The program places significant emphasis on hospital dentistry, pediatric sedation, pediatric general anesthesia, and pediatric medicine. Graduates are trained to be an integral part of the medical team and hospital environment. Additional experiences are provided in pediatric preventive and restorative dentistry, disease management of early childhood caries, orthodontics, treatment of craniofacial conditions, research, ethics, and policy advocacy. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the resident is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Yakima is a rural agricultural community in Central Washington, approximately two hours East of Seattle. The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is the largest community health center system in Washington and Oregon providing care to the underserved in the area, including a significant migrant population (


The program revolves around both well children and those who are medically compromised, physically, mentally or developmentally challenged, or those impacted negatively by myriad social determinants of health. The curriculum emphasizes pediatric medicine and dentistry, the behavioral and pharmacological management of children, craniofacial development, sedation, and general anesthesia. Graduates are well prepared to be contributing members of the health care team in the hospital environment or community setting. Residents complete the majority of the didactic curriculum during the first year of training. The program also offers coursework in oral biology, genetics and craniofacial biology.

First-year residents are assigned rotations in pediatric medicine for the well child, general anesthesia, emergency medicine and on-call services. The distance learning curriculum of structured lectures and learning activities occurs via live video teleconferencing (VTC) and asynchronous web-based modules (Sakai). There are multidisciplinary and specialty-focused seminars with participation by general dentistry, endodontics, and dental anesthesia residents. Biomedical courses include: oral biology, pediatric anesthesia, physical diagnosis, medical emergency and behavioral management, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, craniofacial development and research methods and materials. Weekly literature review sessions prepare residents for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry written qualifying examination and oral boards.

During the 2nd year, residents may rotate through local Head Start/early child care centers or school-based programs to serve children in the community. As a merit-based enhancement and with prior approval, 2nd year residents may participate in a one-month resident exchange at another NYU Lutheran pediatric training site. Residents may participate in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) through the University of Washington for training with children with developmental disabilities and interdisciplinary care (

Residents complete a research project which is presented at the AAPD Annual Session. They may present cases and discuss treatment plan options via live VTC sessions. During the last month of training, residents visit private dental offices to observe, assess, and evaluate practice management methods and operations.

Program Stipend and Tuition

For 2016, the stipend for first-year residents is $62,652 plus fringe benefits. Second-year residents receive a stipend of $67,076 plus fringe benefits.
Fringe benefits include medical and dental insurance, prescription drug plan, $150 for PGY1 books, $1,000 for PGY2 course registration, and nine holidays, four week vacation, four educational days, twelve sick days (accrued one day per month) per year. Second-year residents receive an additional $2,500 for the chief resident(s) at each site.


ViewCrest Pediatric Dentistry - Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
Children’s Village - Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
Community Health of Central Washington – Pediatric Medicine Clinic

Admission Requirements

• D.D.S. or D.M.D. from a CODA-accredited American or Canadian dental school
• Must be eligible for a Washington State license
• Must have completed with a passing result Part I of National Dental Boards prior to application and part II by start of residency
• Dental transcripts through PASS
• 3-5 PPI forms through PASS. Optional letters of recommendation only to highlight special activities – Preferably from pediatric dentists/professors that know the applicant well
• All candidates must be proficient/fluent in the English language
• PASS application; MATCH number
• Recent 2×2 photograph not required until requested by program site
• Personal interview (upon invite)
• Be a USA or Canadian citizen or permanent resident of the US
• Complete dental school or current residency in good standing by start of orientation (end of June)
• Must live within 20 minutes of health center by start of residency

Program Strengths

• Strong didactic and clinical training with local and teleconference classes and a well rounded clinical experience
• Four full time attending faculty for six residents
• The opportunity to work interdisciplinary with other health care professionals
• Modern clinical facilities
• Extensive experience in non pharmacological behavior guidance, oral sedation, in office general anesthesia, and treatment in the OR
• The benefits of living in a small rural community and the benefits of being a short drive from Seattle

Program Faculty

Program Leadership
Neal Demby, DMD, Senior Vice President, Dental Medicine
Bernard Tolpin, DDS, Vice President, Dental Medicine
Daniel Kane, DMD, Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Margaret Mason, DMD, Vice President, Senior Administrator, Dental Medicine
Nathalie Mohadjeri, DMD, Vice President, Quality Management & Patient Care

Program Faculty
Jessica De Bord, D.D.S., M.S.D., M.A. Associate Program Director-Washington State, Pediatric Dentistry*
David Okuji, D.D.S., M.B.A., Associate Director, Extramural Residency Training, Pediatric Dentistry*
Joseph Wilson, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Takish Ziad, B.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
Ryan Richardson, D.M.D. Pediatric Dentistry

*Board certified

School Profile

Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 4 Full-Time
3 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 3
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 62,652 First Year
67,076 Second Year
Application: August 15 Deadline Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
US citizens from foreign dental
schools considered:
Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:
Acceptance Applicant Ratio: 1:32
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 16 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
15 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists