Dr. Al-Munif was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and then he proceeded with his dental education at the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. He graduated in 2003, and moved back to Saudi Arabia. He completed a 12-months internship (GPR) at King Faisal University (Hospital), followed by working as a general practitioner at King Fahd Military Medical Complex in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Al-Munif’s wife, Wala, is a student at Eastern Michigan University. They both live in Ann Arbor along with their beautiful three year old daughter, Manar.
Emily C. Giroux
Dr. Giroux was born and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She graduated from Saint Louis University in 2003 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. She then went on to attend dental school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. There she developed an affinity and fondness for prosthodontics. After receiving her DDS degree in 2007, she was accepted into the graduate prosthodontics program at the University of Michigan. She is thrilled about being back in Michigan with her family nearby.
Dr. Mandekar was born and raised in Kuwait, a beautiful country on the coast of the Arabian Gulf. She has a great family that supports her and gives her the opportunity to explore and make decisions. After completion of high school she received a scholarship from the ministry of higher education to do dentistry in Ireland. In 2004 she graduated and earned my bachelor of dental science with honors from Trinity College in Dublin. She returned to Kuwait and practiced as a general practitioner in the ministry of health for three years before she received another scholarship to join a graduate program in Prosthodontics.Dr. Mandekar is proud to be part of the University of Michigan, in particular the graduate prosthodontics program.
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.
Yi-Ming Ben Yang
Dr. Yang was born and raised in Taiwan, and received his DDS degree from National Taiwan University, School of Dentistry in 2005. After graduation Dr. Yang served as a Military Dental Officer in the F-16 Air Force Base for one year. Dr. Yang continued to have a private dental practice in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company for another six months before coming to the Graduate Program in Prosthodontics at the University of Michigan. He is proud to have supportive parents and mentors, who give 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 learning the Prosthodontic discipline from this great school.
Dr. Almusa currently splits her time as a prosthodontic resident between the Univ. of Michigan and the VA Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Almusa grew up in Okemos, MI. She attended Michigan State University for my undergraduate studies. Upon completion of school at MSU, she moved to Milwaukee, WI where I attended Marquette University for dental school. Dr. Almusa graduated in 2002 and then completed a one year general practice residency at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee. From 2003-2007 she worked in a group practice doing general dentistry. In 2007 she moved back to Michigan to train in Prosthodontics.