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Meet the Residents

Dental Residency Program

If you have any questions or would like to inquire further about the program, please contact Dr. Brysh.
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Chair, Department of Dentistry
Director, Max W. Pohle Dental Clinic
Director, General Practice Residency
(608) 417-6500

Dylan Downs

Southern Illinois University

During my fourth year of dental school, I started to realize that there was so much about dentistry that I didn’t know and that dental school would not be able to teach me.   My education at Southern Illinois University was outstanding and I felt that I was provided an excellent grasp of the core principles of dentistry.  However, with so many changes, new research, and materials in dental medicine, and the fact that I didn’t really know what aspects of dentistry I truly liked, I knew that I would greatly benefit from a post-graduation advanced education program. 

Early on in my search for programs, the GPR at Meriter hospital stood out above the rest due to its uniqueness.  It seems that many GPR programs focus heavily on medicine and include many months of hospital rotations, which take away from practicing clinical dentistry.  The GPR at Meriter allows for some hospital dentistry and general medicine to be experienced, however, the majority of the year is geared towards general dentistry.  The program is strengthen by the fact that there are over 30 faculty members on staff representing all specialties of dentistry, and all are private practitioners from the community. They provide treatment planning advice, clinical support, and bring years of experience to the table with many giving formal lectures each month in the areas of their specialties.

So far my experience at the Meriter GPR has been wonderful. The assisting staff are extremely nice and have been very patient and understanding in the initial transition period. Dr. Brysh is a great mentor and is readily available for questions and concerns.  In the few weeks that I have been here, I have already noticed an increase in speed and decision making.  I have performed several quadrant surgical extractions and molar endodontics with different rotary file systems.  I have incised and drained a number of facial swellings and managed a few cases of traumatic injuries in the emergency room setting.  I have also performed different dental procedures on severely intellectually disabled patients under general anesthesia in the operating room. The best part is…there is much more to come.  To name a few: placing and restoring implants, performing periodontal  surgeries, extracting impacted 3rd molars, performing  complex endodontic procedures, intubating patients on anesthesiology rotation, experiencing emergency medicine during ER rotation, and performing many, many restorative/prosthodontic procedures in the clinic.  I believe that by the end of the year, my clinical skills and speed will have increased dramatically and I will have much more confidence in treating complex cases both dentally and medically.  If you have any questions or would like additional information please feel free to email me.

Michael D'Hondt

University of Michigan 

Meriter offers a wealth of clinical opportunity and has a staff of more than thirty faculty that work in private practice. Learning what works in your own hands is the most important thing about my residency experience. The faculty can answer any question, and offer you background on their personal experience with cases. Specialists regularly have scheduled days where you can work with them on difficult cases and take advantage of their experience.  The staff is friendly and has worked in the clinic for many years. The clinic itself is set up like a private practice dental office rather than a dental office in a hospital. 

The University of Michigan gave me a great foundation in clinical dentistry but Meriter is helping me increase my speed and clinical abilities. The on call opportunity is a great experience that gives me the opportunity to treat cases rarely seen in school: mainly trauma and facial space infections. After my year at Meriter, I will be able to work with medically compromised patients, independently develop complex treatment plans and know my limitations so I can accurately refer patients. I feel my skill set is already expanding and my speed is improving.

Madison itself is a great town to live in, with fun activities like kayaking and biking. The program and the town are both top notch. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact me.

Dr. Arash Safaverdi

University of Illinois Chicago

My experience at Meriter GPR has exceeded my expectations thus far. The autonomy to make a clinical decision, the friendly staff,  the experienced faculty with extremely diverse clinical skills and the support of  Dr Brysh are some of main reasons that I believe Meriter GPR is best program for me. Even during these few weeks I have improved my patient management skills and increased my clinical speed immensely. The opportunity to work in the ER every three weeks will increase the residents’ confidence level to deal with any unexpected dental emergency my happen in private practice. The one-on-one experience with visits to various successful practices and access to practitioners within our own dental clinic is a great opportunity to obtain valuable advice about the business side of private practice.

Historically the GPR resident in Meriter hospital placed more than 3 to 4 implants and restored approximately the same amount. For instance, I have just started my first implant restoration this week and also treatment planed a patient for placing implant. This program has a strong Endo faculty which offers the residents a unique experience to learn to work with different rotary systems.  Due to the variation of the patient population the restorative aspect of the program is extremely varied from simple composite restoration to partial over denture and full mouth rehabilitation. The Meriter GPR rotations provide a diversity of experiences such as treating patients with developmental disabilities in the operating room, being a team member and giving chest compressions during resuscitation effects in an emergency code, placing staples in a large scalp laceration, intubation of patients during my anesthesia rotation and the treatment of facial space infections and trauma cases in the emergency room. Meriter provides the opportunity to explore your full potential as a practicing dentist and collaborative care team member, providing  integrative care and evidence based dentistry for a diverse patient population.

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact me through email.