Just Another Retired Periodontist...

Steven E. Schonfeld, DDS, PhD

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Although I was born in New York City (and yes, I still like the Yankees), and although my wife and I now live in Colorado, we've been Californians for about 43 years (go Giants!).  After graduating with a B.S. in biology from Stony Brook University (with a New York State Regents Scholarship) in 1969, I attended New York University College of Dentistry (also with a New York State Regents Scholarship), graduating in 1973.  My wife and I then moved to Los Angeles, where I had a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to pursue a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Southern California.  After finishing my PhD in 1976, I joined the faculty at the USC School of Dentistry where I taught full-time in the Basic Science Department and had an active research program supported by grants from the National Institute of Dental (and Craniofacial) Research and private industry.  I chaired the Microbiology/Immunology Section of the Basic Science Department from 1978-1985 and also had a joint appointment in the Graduate School.  I served on the dissertation committees of a number of PhD students and supervised the research of two PhD candidates.  During that time, I also did an advanced program in Periodontics at USC, getting my Certificate in Periodontics in 1983.

I eventually moved from the Basic Science Department to the Department of Periodontology, which I chaired from 1986-1991.  I also practiced periodontics on a part-time basis in Huntington Beach.

I am a membmer of the national dental honor societiy Omicron Kappa Upsilon, and hold fellowships in the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the American College of Dentists.  I was awarded both the Edward Hatton Award (postdoctoral) and the Scientific Sponsor Award by the International Association for Dental Research.

In the Summer of 1990 the family visited Northern California and a dream was born.  In July, 1991 I got a letter from a practice broker informing me that the periodontist in Eureka had to retire and asking if any of my periodontal residents wanted to buy the practice.  By Labor Day, we sold our house, I quit my job at USC, closed my part-time practice; and my wife, 2 kids, the dog and I moved to Eureka (on the California Coast 275 miles north of San Francisco).

I practiced in Eureka from 1991 until 2012.  Now that I am retired, my wife and I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to be near our son and his family.

While practicing in Eureka, I began a long period of service to my profession.  I worked in volunteer leadership in the Humboldt-Del Norte Dental Society, the California Dental Association, American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), California Society of Periodontists, and the American Academy of Periodontology.

Various positions included:

Now I've got more time for my wife.   We will be visiting our other grandkids in Rhode Island, doing some fun trips, hiking, bike riding, and exploring.  Of course, I'll have my camera with me, as photography has always been an interest of mine.


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