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Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks


Dental - Advanced Education in General Dentistry


Advanced Education in General Dentistry Director:

Ashley Ericksen, DDS

Phone: 479-444-5042


Program Overview

The Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency is designed to provide education and experience at the postdoctoral level to the recent dental school graduate. Patient care experience encompasses a wide range of patients. These include non-medically compromised as well as medically compromised patients, both ambulatory and non-ambulatory. The AEGD resident  provides comprehensive dental care to patients with an emphasis on the diagnosis of oral and maxillofacial disease and the thorough assessment of patients’ general health and functional ability.

The dental resident will enhance his/her knowledge and skills in all phases of dentistry through clinical and didactic training. Advanced experience and knowledge is gained in all of the disciplines of dentistry such as endodontics, implants, oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics, and restorative dentistry.

The clinical activities take place at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks. The majority of the resident’s time is spent at the VA dental clinic performing comprehensive dentistry on ambulatory outpatients with supervision from full and part-time faculty. The patients treated by the AEGD residents often present with complex dental treatment needs that require expertise in many dental disciplines to appropriately diagnose and treat. These patients also have a wide range of medical conditions that need to be considered prior to treatment.

Residents are assigned their own dental operatory and work with an assigned dental assistant.   Specific rotations in anesthesia, oral surgery,and periodontics are included throughout the year.


The didactic portion of the program includes weekly and monthly seminars by VA faculty, webinars, and courses in advanced cardiac life support and advanced dental diagnosis.

For more information about the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks and the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program, please contact the residency director, Dr. Ericksen at the number below.



Steven Payne, DDS, Chief of Dental Services

Gretchen Gibson (left), DDS, AEGD Assistant Director

Ashley Ericksen (right), DDS,  AEGD Director, 479-444-5042

Additional personnel: VHSO Dentistry staff also includes 7 general dentists, 2 specialists (oral surgeon, periodontist), 3 hygienists, 11 dental assistants, 3 laboratory technicians, and 2 administrative support personnel.

For more information about the Program's: 

Contact Info


  • Building 21

Contact Number(s)

  • 479-444-5042

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM