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Prosthodontics


Residents


Graduate Prosthodontic Residents 2013-2014 are (L to R) Dr. Chris Vo, Dr. Karona Tum, Dr. Nicole Luedin, Dr. Julie Elpers, Dr. Mark Ludlow, Dr. Lida Swann, Dr. Bill Scruggs, Dr. Austin Leong and Dr. Anthony Gragg.

Graduate Prosthodontic Residents 2013-2014 are (L to R) Dr. Chris Vo, Dr. Karona Tum, Dr. Nicole Luedin, Dr. Julie Elpers, Dr. Mark Ludlow, Dr. Lida Swann, Dr. Bill Scruggs, Dr. Austin Leong and Dr. Anthony Gragg.


First Year


First year residents are Dr. Karona Tum, Dr. Anthony Gragg and Dr. Chris Vo.
First year residents are Dr. Karona Tum, Dr. Anthony Gragg and Dr. Chris Vo.

Anthony Gragg, DMD
Dr. Anthony Gragg was born and raised in Burlington VT. He graduated from the University at Albany with a B.S. and Biology in 2008 and then received his D.M.D. in 2013 from Temple Dental School in Philadelphia, PA. Outside of residency, Anthony plays soccer, skies, enjoys hiking, camping and spending time with his wife Heather and his English bulldog Norman.

Karona Tum, DDS
Dr. Karona Tum was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and grew up in Los Angeles, California. She received her Bachelor Degree in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Upon completing college, Dr. Tum pursued a full time research position. Her project with the UCLA Department of Public Health, culminated in a poster presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual conference. From 2009-2013, Dr. Tum pursued her Doctoral of Dental Surgery degree at UCLA School of Dentistry, where she was awarded scholarship from UCLA and the American College of Prosthodontists in recognition for her outstanding undergraduate achievement. Dr. Tum furthers her dental education by accepting a post-doctoral residency at UNC, Chapel Hill.

Chris Vo, DDS
Dr. Chris Vo was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. He completed his undergraduate studies at East Carolina University (B.S. Biology), graduating with the highest honors. Following graduation he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery. Upon graduation, he moved to Charlotte, NC where he practiced general dentistry before returning to UNC to pursue the specialty of prosthodontics. Chris continues to enjoy photography, traveling, sailing, spending time at the coast with family, and volunteering around the state at the dental Missions of Mercy clinics.


Second Year


Second year residents are Dr. Bill Scruggs, Dr. Nicole Luedin and Dr. Mark Ludlow.
Second year residents are Dr. Bill Scruggs, Dr. Nicole Luedin and Dr. Mark Ludlow.

Mark Ludlow, DDS
Dr. Mark Ludlow was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Utah in Medical Biology and attended the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. During his time in dental school, Mark earned various research, academic, and clinical proficiency awards and graduated with a D.M.D degree in 2006. After graduating, he went into private practice full time in the Salt Lake City area. Dr. Ludlow has been a clinical mentor and instructor for various dental continuing education programs and has been instrumental in the development and testing of numerous dental products and equipment. Outside of dentistry, he enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, snowboarding, and photography.

Nicole Luedin, DMD
Dr. Luedin is originally from Zurich, Switzerland. She graduated in August, 2011 from the Dental School of the University of Zurich. After graduation she wrote her doctoral thesis at the Department of Oral Biology at the Division of Oral Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Zurich and received her DMD degree in January, 2012. She is a second generation dentist and since she was fourteen, she worked at her father's office during her free-time. She is currently a member of the American College of Prosthodontics and the Swiss Dental Association.

Bill Scruggs, DDS
Bill is a native North Carolinian and was born in Chapel Hill, NC. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with his B.S. in Biology. Upon receiving his bachelor's degree, Bill attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS). Bill went on to complete a 1-year postgraduate residency in advanced general dentistry at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Fayetteville, NC. Following 1 year in private practice here in Chapel Hill, Bill has returned to the Dental School to complete his Masters in Prosthodontics.


Third Year


Third year residents are Dr. Julie Elpers, Dr. Austin Leong and Dr. Lida Swann. Absent from photo is Dr. Christian Brenes.
Third year residents are Dr. Julie Elpers, Dr. Austin Leong and Dr. Lida Swann. Absent from photo is Dr. Christian Brenes.

Julie Elpers, DMD
Dr. Julie (Adamczyk) Elpers was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated with a bachelor of science in Biochemistry in 2007. Julie then moved to Boston to attend the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where she became interested in implant dentistry and the esthetic replacement of missing teeth. Julie came to North Carolina in 2011 to pursue excellence in dental reconstruction and rehabilitation at UNC. Her primary clinical and research interests are centered around treatment of the edentulous maxilla, with particular interest in full-arch implant-supported reconstructions. Outside of dentistry, Julie enjoys jogging, sports, travel, and audiobooks.

Christian Brenes, DDS
Dr. Brenes is originally from Costa Rica. He received his DDS degree from ULACIT University in 2008. Upon graduation, he worked with the Company El Angel in Costa Rica in a social project for different communities and schools. In 2009, he graduated from a 6 month course in implant dentistry and then started working in private practice in conjunction with a Dental Surgeon in the areas of dental implants, implant rehabilitation and bone grafting. He worked as a teaching assistant in Costa Rica. Current member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the Implant Prosthetic Sections of the ICOI.

Austin Leong, DDS
Dr. Austin Leong was born in Yangon, Myanmar and moved to New York, New York at an early age. In 2007, he graduated with high distinction from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Biochemical Pharmacology. In 2011, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Stony Brook University, School of Dental Medicine. Upon receiving his doctorate, Dr. Leong was awarded the Hanau Best of the Best Award for Excellence in Prosthodontics and the Dr. Stephen Gold Memorial Scholarship Award for leadership in dentistry. He also received additional awards for outstanding leadership and academic achievements in dentistry. Dr. Leong currently retains membership in the American College of Prosthodontics, American Dental Association, and American Dental Education Association.

Lida Swann, DDS
Dr. Lida Swann joins us from Bogota-Colombia. She graduated with a DDS degree in 2002 from Colegio Universitario Colombiano. Dr. Swann was the clinical instructor at D4D technologies and held a faculty position at Baylor College of dentistry where she was responsible for the clinical implementation of digital dentistry at the Advanced Technology clinic. In 2010 she joined MicroDental where she provided technical training on different dental technologies adopted by the lab in regards to CAD-CAM and digital diagnosis and treatment planning for implants. Dr. Swann lectures nationally and internationally on CAD-CAM technology and other topics related to restorative dentistry. She has lectured for several dental associations like the American Prosthodontic Society and The American College of Prosthodontists. She has also written several journal articles detailing proper clinical techniques for implementation of digital dentistry.