The Florida Times-Union’s H Health & Fitness section featured a front-page article Wednesday, April 24, on JU’s esteemed School of Orthodontics, which offers low-cost treatment to about 1,500 residents each year.
Orthodontics Dean Mark Alarbi discusses the program’s rapid growth, and its treatment that can cost “35 percent less than many commercial practices.”
The JU program is close to ending its 10th full year and is one of the largest in the U.S., having recently received the highest status of reaccreditation by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) in its training of dentists and doctors.
Jacksonville resident Patrice Phillips told T-U writer Charlie Patton that her 17-year-old daughter Mayia, being treated by JU student Robertzon Guloy, was the third of her children to be helped at the school.
“I’m a mom with six kids so I’m on a budget,” Phillips said in the story. “I’ve been really happy. It’s very affordable.”
The school has eight full-time instructors, one adjunct professor and a research director. Alarbi told Patton the students spend about 65 percent of their time working with patients in the clinic, five percent in a classroom and about 30 percent doing research.
Potential patients are offered a free screening to determine if treatment is needed. After that, a treatment plan is formulated.
“We have this great team approach to each patient,” Alarbi said in the Times-Union. “Faculty and students discuss each case and then can offer state-of-the-art treatment options.”
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For more information on the Orthodontics School, to schedule a free screening or to register for a drawing for free braces, go to www.jusmiles.com.