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Tordik Named Director of Endodontics Residency

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Written by Adam Zewe

Patricia Tordik, DMD, has joined the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) as director of the advanced specialty education program in endodontics. A 22-year veteran of the Navy, Capt. Tordik retired from active duty in October. She most recently served as associate dean of graduate dental programs at the Navy Medicine Professional Development Center in Bethesda, Md.

Tordik earned her DMD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed a general practice residency at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Castle Point, N.Y. After residency, she joined the Navy because of her desire to explore different dental specialties. One of her most rewarding assignments was a three-year tour in Okinawa, Japan. Tordik deployed with the Marines on tours throughout the Pacific Ocean. As the only dentist attached to the Marines during deployment, she was ready to offer a wide array of dental treatments at a moment's notice. "I learned a great deal about providing emergency dental care. It was very rewarding to be able to support the Marines in a meaningful way," states Tordik.

After returning from Japan, Tordik completed an endodontics residency at the New York University College of Dentistry. She served as a Navy endodontist in Norfolk, Va., before joining the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School. She enjoys teaching because it challenges her to stay up-to-date with the latest techniques and technologies. "I like interacting with the residents because I learn so much from them every day," says Tordik.

She plans to gather frequent feedback from residents, faculty and staff members to determine how to enhance the UMSOD endodontics program. "I want to tailor the endodontics education to each individual resident. My goal is to help them develop in a way that is best for their own professional aspirations," she says.

Tordik has been married to her husband, Michael Steinle, DMD, for 21 years. Dr. Steinle, who is also a Navy veteran, works as an oral surgeon in private practice. They have two dogs, Cinnamon and Diamond.

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