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Biologic and Materials Sciences and Division of Prosthodontics

Billy Award Winners

2009-2010- Zeina Al-Salihi

Dr. Al-Salihi was born and raised in Baghdad, the capital city of IRAQ.  She graduated from the school of dentistry, Baghdad University, in 1996 and then completed two years as a dental rotator and a general practitioner in the suburban’s public dental clinics of the Ministry of Health. After receiving her MSc in prosthodontics in 2001, she worked as a full-time lecturer at the School of Dentistry, University of Baghdad. She received a scholarship to join a graduate program in Prosthodontics in 2005. She is excited and very proud to join the graduate prosthodontics program at the University of Michigan.

2009-2010- Andreas Eliades

Dr. Eliades was born and raised in Limassol, Cyprus. From 2000-02 he served his two-year military service as an Officer of the Special Forces in Cyprus. He received his DDS degree in 2007 from the University of Athens, School of Dentistry, in Greece. He then practiced dentistry for one year in a private clinic in Cyprus. Dr. Eliades has always been determined to pursue a career in Prosthodontics and is very proud of his acceptance into the Prosthodontics Graduate Program at the University of Michigan. He looks forward for this new challenge in his life and is confident that the University of Michigan will provide him a strong background for the demanding profession of Prosthodontics.

2009-2010 - Panagiota-Eirini Spyropoulou

Dr. Spyropoulou was born and raised in Athens, which is the capital of Greece. She graduated from the University of Athens, School of Dentistry in 2006 and worked for one year as a General Dentist in a private clinic in Greece. From the first years of her studies Penny realized that she would like to pursue a career in Prosthodontics, and that she also wanted to do her specialty training in the USA.  Dr. Spyropoulou feels very lucky that she was accepted into the Prosthodontic Graduate Program at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry and is looking forward to experiencing a new life in Michigan.

2008-2009- Yi-Ming (Ben) Yang

Dr. Yang was born and raised in Taiwan. He received his DDS degree from the National Taiwan University, School of Dentistry, in 2005.  After graduation, he served as a Military Dental Officer in the F-16 Air Force Base for one year.  Dr. Yang continued his private dental practice in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company for another six months before being accepted into the Graduate Prosthodontic Program at University of Michigan.  

Ben is proud to have supportive parents and mentors, who gave him invaluable encouragement and motivation for pursuing a specialty in Prosthodontics.  Dr. Yang is very excited to start a new life in Ann Arbor and hopes to broaden his vision by increasing his prosthodontic knowledge at this great University. 

2007-2008-Romeo (Jun) Paculanan

Romeo (Jun) Paculanan was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, where he graduated and received his DDS Degree from Centro Escolar University, College of Dentistry in 1988. After graduation he had a private practice as a General Dentist for several years before moving to Toronto, Canada.  He is happily married to a lovely and supportive wife, Teo, and they have two children, Francis and Franchesa.  In Toronto Dr. Paculanan learned the laboratory aspect of preparing and processing complete and partial dentures.  He was the supervisor of a lab in the Denture Department where he worked before coming to Michigan.  He knows that it will take a lot of hard work to finish the prosthodontic graduate program, but knowing that in the future he will be able to give his patients the best possible treatment they deserve is a great motivation.