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UTHealth School of Dentistry faculty member elected to join prestigious organization

Joe Ontiveros, D.D.S

Joe Ontiveros, D.D.S

HOUSTON – (Nov. 7, 2013) – Joe C. Ontiveros, D.D.S., associate professor and director of Esthetic Dentistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry, was elected as associate member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (AAED).

“It is an honor to be granted membership in such an elite and highly distinguished professional organization,” said Ontiveros. “I have found in attending the annual meetings of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry a group of like-minded professionals with a similar passion for teaching and pursuing excellence in esthetic dentistry.”

AAED membership is based on an evaluation of academic profile, publications, editorial service and leadership responsibilities. Additionally, Ontiveros’ research, which includes clinical and laboratory studies on bleaching, color and other esthetic biomaterials, was considered during the selection process.

Ontiveros was one of 11 new members elected during the 38th Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington. AAED currently has 170 members worldwide, representing the United States and 12 other countries.    

As a student, Ontiveros received the AAED Student Award the same year his mentor Nasser Barghi, D.D.S., was elected to associate membership with AAED. Ontiveros devoted his career to follow in Barghi’s footsteps by inspiring his students to pursue excellence in esthetic dentistry. Prior to his associate membership Ontiveros presented the Outstanding Student in Esthetics Award to Dath Collins, D.D.S., who was named the 2013 Texas Academy of General Dentistry’s New Dentist of the Year.

“It was a special occasion for me to present the Esthetic Dentistry Student Award at the UTHealth School of Dentistry to Collins, who has displayed outstanding achievement in the studies of esthetic dentistry,” said Ontiveros. “The students are informed that the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry represents all that it means to pursue the highest standards of excellence in esthetic dentistry. This is how it was conveyed to me when I was honored with this award in 1997 and I continue that pursuit today.”

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Edgar Veliz
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