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Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio


Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program

History, Objective, Accreditation, Dates, Hours

The Dayton VA Dental Service offered a General Practice Residency (GPR) Program from 1967-2012. In 2013 the residency transitioned to an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program.  The Dental Service at the Dayton VA Medical Center has graduated 145 dental residents in the last 48 years Resident History 1967- 2016. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Objective is to provide for the resident an advanced education and experience in all phases of dentistry with emphasis on the geriatric and medically compromised patient.

The program is eligible for four one-year residents each year. Residents spend approximately 80% of their time in the program treating the oral health needs of ambulatory patients. While in the dental clinic, the resident will rotate through Oral Surgery, Examination Room, Expanded Function Dental Assistant Clinic and Periodontics as well as General Dentistry.

The normal working hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The AEGD Program is a one year residency which starts July 1 and finishes June 30.

Facility, Location, Hospital

The Dayton VA Medical Center consists of a general medical, surgical, and psychiatric hospital with 120 beds located in a hospital building dedicated in 1992, a nursing home care unit with 265 beds, and a domiciliary with 115 beds, all combined under one management. It is located on a beautifully landscaped 382 acre tract at the western edge of Dayton.

There are approximately 1900 full time equivalent employees at the Medical Center. Our medical staff includes 71 physicians and 8 staff dentists, in addition to physicians and dentist consultants.

Dental Clinic

The Dental Service provides comprehensive dental treatment to eligible Veterans in the main clinic located in the Patient Tower.

The modern dental clinic in the patient tower has: twelve general treatment chairs, plus two examination chairs, three hygiene chairs, two oral surgical suites, digital radiographic capability including Panoramic, Cone Beam CT Scan, centralized sterilization, conference room, and a large fully equipped  dental laboratory.


David A. Stanczyk, DMD, ABGD

BA Chemistry, University of Wyoming, 1980
DMD Oregon Health Sciences University, 1984
General Practice Residency, Offutt AFB Nebraska, 1985
General Dentistry Residency (AEGD-2), Keesler AFB Mississippi, 1991
Master, Academy of General Dentistry, 2001
Fellow, International College of Dentists, 2003
Advanced Clinical Dentistry Residency Staff Instructor, Eglin AFB Florida, 1991-1993
AEGD-1 Program Director, USAF Academy, 2003-2004
US Air Force Retired, Colonel 2014
VA Dental Service Chief, Dayton, OH, 2014-Present

Member: American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, International College of Dentists
Association of Military Surgeons in the US (AMSUS),                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Diplomate, Federal Services Board of General Dentistry, 1993,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Diplomate, American Board of General Dentistry, 1993

Professional Interests: Resident Education, Exodontia, Medical/Dental Data Analysis and Data Mining

Gregory H. Buerschen, DDS

DDS Marquette University 1997
General Practice Residency HCMC Minneapolis, MN 1998
VA Staff Dentist 2001-2005, 2011 – 2014
VA Deputy Service Chief 2015-present

Member: American Dental Association, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain

Professional Interests: Orofacial Pain, Restorative and Surgical Dentistry

John R. Bettineschi, DDS, ABGD

D.D.S. The Ohio State University School of Dentistry 1981
B.S. The Ohio State University 1978
General Practice Residency Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 1982
Advanced Education in General Dentistry; Keesler Medical Center, Keesler AFB, MS 1988-90
AEGD Residency Director, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 1998-2002
US Air Force Retired, Colonel 2002
VA Deputy Service Chief 2010, VA Deputy Resident Director 2009
Adjunct Faculty (Ohio Project) The Ohio State University School of Dentistry

Member: American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Dayton Dental Society; Diplomat, American Board of General Dentistry and Federal Services Board of General Dentistry

Professional Interests: Dental Resident Education, Comprehensive General Dentistry

Mark S. Rasch, DDS, MS

D.D.S. Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry 1985
B. S. Bowling Green State University 1981
General Practice Residency Chanute AFB, Illinois 1986
MS (Periodontics) University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, TX 1993
US Air Force Retired; Colonel 2005
Diplomate: American Board Periodontology
VA Staff Periodontist 2011-present

Member: American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, Dayton Dental Society, Ohio Academy of Periodontists, American Association of Periodontists, Midwest Society of Periodontology, Southwest Ohio Mass Casualty Committee, Fellow International College of Dentists, Past President Dayton Dental Society

Professional Interests: Nonsurgical and surgical periodontics, Guest lecturer GPR Miami Valley Hospital and Sinclair School of Dental Hygiene

Richard I. Vance, DMD, ABGD

D.M.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine 1986
B.S. Baldwin-Wallace College 1982
Advanced Education in General Dentistry; Keesler Medical Center, Keesler AFB, MS 1997-99
AEGD Residency Director, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 2004-2008
US Air Force Retired, Colonel 2008
VA Staff Dentist 2008, VA Residency Director 2009-present
Adjunct Faculty (Ohio Project) The Ohio State University School of Dentistry

Member: American Dental Association; Diplomat, American Board of General Dentistry and Federal Services Board of General Dentistry

Professional Interests: Dental Resident Education, Comprehensive General Dentistry, Guest lecturer Wright-Patterson AFB AEGD-1

Shawn Jacob Bell, DDS

D.D.S. Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry 2009
B.A. Fisk University 2005
General Practice Residency Ohio State University, OH 2009-2011
Chief Resident Ohio State University, OH 2010-2011
VA Staff Dentist 2011- present
VA Deputy Resident Director 2011-present

Member: ADA, AAHD

Professional Interests: Restorative and Surgical Dentistry, Resident Education

Warren Vallerand, DDS, MD

BA, University of California Los Angeles, 1980
DDS, University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry, 1984
General Practice Residency, West Los Angeles VAMC, 1985
Residency Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Florida Health Science Center,
Fellow, Microsurgery, Neurophysiology, and Pain Mechanisms, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Florida Health Science Center, 1990
Assistant Professor Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Rutgers College of Dental Medicine, Newark, NJ 1990-1995
MD, Rutgers Medical School, Newark, NJ 1997
Private Practice, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 1998-2015

Member: ADA, AAOMS, ABOMS, AMA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Fellow American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
Diplomate American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Professional Interests: Resident Education, Oral and Maxillofacial Reconstruction, Orofacial Pain

Thomas R. Osborn, DDS

BA California State University, Long Beach 1975
DDS Georgetown University School of Dentistry 1981
VA Dentist 2007 – present
Adjunct Faculty (Ohio Project) The Ohio State University School of Dentistry

Member: American Dental Association

Professional Interests: Comprehensive General Dentistry and Endodontics

Byron M. Wade, DDS

BA University of Wisconsin- Zoology, 1973
DDS Marquette University Dental School, 1977
Residency in Periodontics, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX, 1981-1984
MS Ed University of West Florida, 2006
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology, 1987
Fellow, American College of Dentists
Examiner, American Board of Periodontology, 2008-present
Lecturer, University of Missouri- Kansas City, 2001-present
US Air Force Retired, Colonel 2007
Residency Instructor (GPR, AEGD-1, AEGD-2, Periodontics), 1984-2007
VA Dental Service Chief 2011-2014
VA Dental Service 2008-2014

Member: American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, American College of Dentists

Professional Interests: Resident Education, Periodontal Esthetic Surgery

Corey B. Sellers, DDS, MSD

DDS Indiana University School of Dentistry 1999
General Practice Residency Indiana University School of Dentistry 2000
MSD (Prosthodontics) Indiana University School of Dentistry 2004
Prosthodontic Consultant GPR/AEGD Program, Dayton VAMC 2008-Present

Member: American Dental Association, American College of Prosthodontics, Dayton Dental Society, Fellow, International College of Dentistry , Ohio Dental Association, International Dental Association and Pierre Fauchard Academy

Professional Interests: Dental Resident Education, Comprehensive General Dentistry

Eric Brendlinger, DMD

DMD Temple University School of Dental Medicine 1985
Wright State University 1979-1981
General Practice Residency; Wright Patterson AFB Medical Center 1985-1986
Certificate in Orthodontics University of Pennsylvania 1996-98
Military Consultant to the Surgeon General in Orthodontics 2005-2010
Commander 88th Dental Squadron, Wright Patterson AFB, OH 2012-2015.
Orthodontic Consultant AEGD Program, Dayton VAMC 2013-Present

Member: American Dental Association; Member: American Association of Military Orthodontists (Past President);
Diplomat, American Board of Orthodontics

Professional Interests: Dental Resident Education, Clinical Orthodontics

Stacey E. Zaikoski, DDS

BS Molecular Biology/Biochemistry, Millersville University, Millersville, PA 1998
MS Oncology, Georgetown University, Georgetown, Washington D.C. 2001
DDS University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 2006
Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX 2011
Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency, Eglin AFB, FL 2006-2007
General Dentist, Dover AFB, DE 2007-2009
Pediatric Dental Residency, UTHSCSA San Antonio, TX 2009-2011
Chief, Pediatric Dentistry, Yokota AB, Japan 2011-2014 
88th DS Chief Pediatric Dentistry, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 2014- Present
Pediatric Consultant AEGD Program, Dayton VAMC 2014-Present

Member: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; Diplomate American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Professional Interests: Dental Resident Education, Pediatric Dentistry

Eric D. Brown, DDS

BS Biology from Bowling Green State University, 2001
DDS The Ohio State University College of dentistry, 2006
Certificate, Advanced Education in General Dentistry 2007, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
Certificate in Endodontics - Wilford Hall Medical Center 2012, Lackland AFB, Texas
Staff General Dentist, Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage Alaska 2077-2010
Endodontics Residency, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX 2010-2012
Chief of Endodontics, Ramstein AB, Germany, 2012-2015
Chief of Endodontics, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, 2015-present

Member: American Dental Association; American Association of Endodontics; Diplomate American Board of Endodontists

Professional Interests: Dental Resident Education, Endodontics, Sports

Residents Manual

The Residents Manual contains a complete description of the program.


A certificate of training will be awarded to the resident upon completion of all clinical and educational requirements of their Dental AEGD Residency.

On Call

Dental residents will be scheduled for on call duty for seven days, once every four weeks. While on call duty, the resident does not have to be physically located at the hospital but is required to be available within 30 minutes of the hospital, carry his/her beeper, and have telephone access. If the resident has to be off during his on call duty, he/she is responsible for notifying the hospital of the name and phone number of the resident covering for him/her.


The salary of a noncareer general practice resident is established by the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office. First year residents currently receive approximately $52,184 annually, plus health insurance benefits.

PASS Program

We participate in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) Program.

Physical Examination

New residents entering the AEGD Program must pass a Physical Examination to insure the resident is capable of carrying out his/her responsibilities. This may be performed at the nearest VA, and then reviewed by the employee health physician at the Dayton VA. A Questionnaire is given that includes Immunization history. Evidence of Hepatitis B vaccine is required by the State of Ohio in order to receive a one-year limited Residents License to practice at the VA. Universal Precautions are followed for dental treatment.

Professional Liability Coverage

Department of Veterans Affairs employees are covered while on station by the Federal Government, which is self-insured. Residents are also covered by the government, while providing treatment at formal off-site rotations.


Residents will accrue 13 calendar days of annual leave and 6 days of sick leave per year. The leave year begins July 1 and ends June 30.


1. Anesthesia - 1 weeks
2. Emergency Room - 1 week
3. Internal Medicine - 1 week
4. Pathology Service Dayton VA Medical Center
5. Oral Pathology/Forensics-1 week didactic course at Wright-Patterson AFB
6. IV Conscious Sedation/ Pharmacology - 1 week course at Wright-Patterson AFB OMFS Department

Dental Patients

Approximately 90% are ambulatory care outpatients and many of them are medically compromised in some way. They will generally come under one of the following treatment categories:

  1. Outpatient Class I-V

    Generally, service-connected Veterans eligible for dental because of some particular disability or qualifying factor.

  2. Outpatient Class VI

    Referral from physician to improve specified medical condition.

  3. Emergency Treatment

    Walk-in problems that need extraction(s), and consults on hospital patients from physicians. Residents are routinely involved in dental emergencies and consultations.

  4. Dental Inpatients

    Dental Inpatients are Patients admitted to the hospital by Dental Service in order to be treated by and under the supervision of the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, usually in the OR. These include trauma (such as fractures), Cancer, Osteoradionecrosis (with use of Hyperbaric Oxygen), Orthognathic Surgery, and Extractions. Eligibility for Service Connected Outpatients is determined and approval given by Staff Dentists prior to resident examination or treatment.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Under the direct or general supervision of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, the resident will perform a broad range of clinical and surgical procedures including, but not necessarily limited to, exodontia, alveoplasty, preprosthetic surgery, implant dentistry and biopsy. When appropriate, clinical procedures may be performed under the direct supervision of the Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon utilizing intravenous and/or inhalation sedation techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of the patient's physical status and the appropriate treatment of the compromised patient.


The patient population presents with a great need for periodontal treatment. Residents will be under the supervision of a Board Certified staff periodontist. Residents will spend one day per week working with the periodontist. Emphasis is placed on surgical procedures to facilitate the restorative treatment plan.

Prosthetic Dentistry

The dental residents will have ample opportunity to perform in the area of Prosthetic Dentistry. They are encouraged to try different techniques in the construction of complete and partial dentures. The residents will be provided plenty of opportunity to do crown and bridge prostheses, and will be under the direct supervision of full time staff dentists. Residents will be involved in all areas of Implants. 

Clinical Rotation and Requirements

In general, there are no requirements as to the number of procedures to be performed; thus the attention is to detail, precision, and perfection of the various techniques. Quality, not quantity, is stressed. Take your time and do a good job and speed will come through repetition. However, as dental professionals, the Residents are expected to stay busy and contribute a reasonable amount to the productivity of the Dental Service.

Educational Requirements

In-Service Training

During the course of the residency year, the resident is required to attend all In-service Training Programs and to present a one hour In-service lecture as part of his/her training. The date and topic of the lecture will be selected in conjunction with input from the Program Director. Residents also will present in-service training to all auxiliary dental personnel throughout the year as well as present to the Greater Dayton Area in the Dayton VA Dental Symposium held in October.

Journal Club

The resident is required to attend all meetings of the Dental Journal Club. The Club normally meets every other Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 PM unless otherwise directed. Each resident will be required to present and discuss classic or current articles in the dental literature in order to familiarize himself/herself with relevant dental issues, as well as learning to be comfortable and properly present articles to peers.

Case Review

Twice a month, (alternating with Journal Club), residents will bring current cases to a gathering with attending staff for treatment planning and discussion.

Implant Boards

Once a month, residents will attend and present potential patients to attending staff for treatment planning and discussion.

Case Presentation

The resident will be required to present interesting cases for review and evaluation by the dental staff during his/her residency year. This will provide the resident an opportunity to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan for a variety of patients and experience in presenting and defending his/her treatment plan.

Table Clinic

Residents are required to research, develop, and present a Table Clinic on a topic of general dental interest. The presentation will be made twice - once during the Thomas P. Hinman Meeting in Atlanta Georgia in March and also at the early May evening dinner meeting of the Dayton Dental Society. These meetings will provide the resident the opportunity to teach and interact with his/her peers.


The Dayton VA Residency Program is enhanced by the quality of its consultants. The lectures cover most of the disciplines of dentistry. Attendance at these lectures is mandatory and is a first priority; it is the personal responsibility of each resident to be in attendance and on time

Contact Us

If you have questions, contact the AEGD Program Director by email or phone (937) 262-2102.

Application for Residency Training

It is our hope that if you apply and are selected for the residency program, you will find it a truly rewarding experience. Our goal has been to make ours one of the finest programs in the nation. However, we can only provide an environment for learning, the value received is only as great as the effort invested.

You may download an application for residency training from the U.S. Government's official web portal.

Directions from Columbus:

I-70 west to 675; 675 west to 35 west; 35 west past Gettysburg to Liscum; turn right on Liscum and the dental clinic is on the second floor of the Patient Tower, Building #330. For GPS directions please use 4100 West 3rd Street, Dayton, Ohio 45428.