Country Directors

Dr. Auguire-Zero Dr. Odette Aguirre-Zero
Guatemala

Dr. Aguirre-Zero is Assistant Professor of Oral Biology at IUSD (part-time). She is a facilitator in the PBL program and also a member of the Ethics team. She is originally from Guatemala, where she received her dental degree from Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City. She then completed a General Practice Residency at The Eastman Dental Center in Rochester NY, and an MS at the University of Rochester. Recently, she received a Certificate in Bioethics from IU, and is currently enrolled in the Public Health Certificate Program. This will be the first year she accompanies the students to Guatemala on their trip to The Hogar Rafael Ayau, which is an orphanage and a Monastery run by Eastern Orthodox Nuns in Guatemala City. She is looking forward to providing needed dental care with a group of motivated and enthusiastic IUSD students.
   
Dr. Carlson Timothy J Carlson DDS MSD
Ecuador and Haiti
 
Timothy Carlson is a Professor of Operative Dentistry, and is one of the Comprehensive Care clinic directors at IUSD. He also teaches on the graduate faculty, and is the chair of the IUSD Committee on Community Engaged Scholarship. Dr. Carlson began his lifelong appreciation for international dentistry when he and his wife had the opportunity to work at a mission clinic in Haiti for 3 weeks during the summer before his senior year of dental school. Following graduation, they served an additional 2 years at the same clinic. Dr. Carlson’s desire to bring other dental students to volunteer in Haiti was finally realized in 2001, when he and Dr. Martinez-Mier developed IUSD’s initial service trips to Haiti and Mexico. These experiences have continued annually, and now they co-direct the IUSD intramural elective course in International Service Learning in dentistry. In 2010, fully 1/3 of the juniors and seniors are taking this course, serving in ten locations in eight countries. Dr. Carlson knows that there is a significant benefit to the dentally underserved populations that are treated, but even more, the experience provides a life-long impact for the students, enabling them to appreciate another culture, and to elevate in them a desire to assist underserved populations.
   
Dr. Lawrence Garetto Dr. Lawrence Garetto
Haiti

Dr. Garetto graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1975 and received his Ph.D. degree in physiology from Boston University School of Medicine in 1984. After moving to Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1988, he served as Director of the Bone Research Laboratory until 1999. Dr. Garetto is jointly appointed as Professor of Orthodontics at IUSD and Professor of Cellular/Integrative Physiology at the IU School of Medicine. He serves IUSD as Associate Dean for Dental Education. Dr. Garetto began doing health-related service work in Haiti in 2001 as part of a team from St. Malachy Parish in Brownsburg, IN. IUSD’s ISL trip to Haiti is a partnership with the St. Malachy Parish Haiti Healthcare Mission team.
   
Dr. E. Angeles Martinez-Mier Dr. E. Angeles Martinez-Mier
Mexico

E. Angeles Martinez-Mier, DDS, MSD, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD). She serves as director of the Fluoride research program and the Binational/Cross-cultural Health Enhancement Center. Her research and service-learning projects have been funded by grants from the National institutes of Health, Clarian Health, Delta Dental Insurance, the Borrow Foundation, the CDC and the West Foundation. Dr. Martinez-Mier’s professional service activities are an integral part of her career. She has constantly sought to develop academic work that simultaneously meets her educational and research goals as well as community needs. She has been a mentor and health care provider in service-learning projects since 2001.
   
Dr. Armando E. Soto-Rajas Dr. Armando E. Soto-Rojas
Yucatan, Mexico

Armando E. Soto-Rojas DDS, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Indiana University School of Dentistry and Associate Director for SEAL INDIANA, IUSD's Statewide Mobile Dental Sealant Program. He is involved and participates actively in the Binational/Cross-Cultural Health Enhancement Center . Dr. Soto-Rojas Co-directs the Calnali-Mexico program and directs the newly formed program to Merida, Yucatan.  He was awarded a IUPUI Boyer scholarship in 2007. After receiving his degree from the Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City, he received an MPH at King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London, England. He has published articles about fluoride, dry mouth and service Learning . Dr. Soto Rojas' research projects have received national and international awards.
   
Dr. Karen M. Yoder Dr. Karen M. Yoder
Kenya

Karen M. Yoder, PhD, MSD is Professor and Director of the Division of Community Dentistry at IUSD. She was part-time faculty since 1987 and full time since 2001. For five years, she and her husband, Dr. Keith Yoder worked in a consultant hospital on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa. She did her doctoral dissertation research on severe dental fluorosis in Tanzania. She is fluent in Swahili and is looking forward to introducing IUSD students to the wonders of Kenya. She has been to Eldoret twice in the past several years to lay the groundwork for this ISL experience with Moi University’s new School of Dentistry.