Throughout the graduate program’s 46-year history (1963-2009), the development and progress of the department was made possible by the hard work of many dedicated and devoted individuals—not only the chairperson and full-time faculty, but also uniquely qualified part-time faculty, who provided a core of clinically relevant, up-to-date teaching segments modeled after their private practices. In addition, unique support was provided by the University of Detroit Orthodontic Alumni Association.
The first recorded meetings of the UD Orthodontic Alumni Association were in the early 1970s. Under the guidance of Dr. James Greenlees, continuing education courses were presented on a variety of subjects to enhance the knowledge of the residents and private practicing orthodontists. Although there was no formal officer structure to the organization, Dr. James Greenlees acted as president. He was instrumental in keeping the organization together for approximately the next 20 years. In the early ‘90s, the organization was guided by Dr. Richard Kulbersh with the help, one year, of Dr. Jim Gillig. At this time, the UDM Orthodontic Alumni Association formally changed its name to the Detroit Orthodontic Alumni Association, the DOAA; and the organization took on a more formal structure, consisting of three directors: a president, vice president, secretary-treasurer, plus four board members, including the chair of the UDM Orthodontic Department. The revitalization of the DOAA was spearheaded by the leadership of the first board of directors: Drs. Paul Brown, William Krieg, Anthony Laboe, Mary Barkley, Iris Kivity, and Richard Kulbersh, chairman and program director, Orthodontics . The 2009 board consists of the following members—Directors: Drs. Mary Barkley, Rick Bruno, Anthony Laboe, and Board Members: Drs. Paul Brown, William Krieg, Mike Kabot and Richard Kulbersh.
Today, the DOAA is an integral part of orthodontic life at the UDM Dental School. Annually, it supports the postgraduate orthodontic program and the orthodontic community by organizing CE courses at the annual meeting, funding the DOAA alumni reception at the AAO meeting, partially funding the graduation ceremony and dinner, and helping to acquire specialized equipment for the orthodontic program. The DOAA has enriched the quality of orthodontic education both in the school and local community.
DOAA Mission Statement: