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Alumni Awards

Honoring alumni of the OHSU School of Dentistry for their outstanding contributions to the dental profession

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Congratulations to the 2022 School of Dentistry Alumni Award Winners

Larry M. Over, D.M.D. ’85

John C. Peterson Distinguished Alumni Award

As one of a very small number of maxillofacial prosthodontists in the state, Dr. Over’s unique skills have transformed the lives of patients requiring significant mandibular and facial reconstruction as a result of cancer, trauma and a variety of devastating conditions. An acknowledged expert on zygomatic implants, Dr. Over has contributed articles to journals and text books, and is a sought-after speaker for study clubs. Dr. Over’s skills allow him to achieve miraculous results in his quest to restore his patients’ function and appearance. But these achievements are far outweighed by his generosity toward those with financial constraints, who may not otherwise have been able to receive his services.


Alayna L. Schoblaske, D.M.D. ‘17

Alayna L. Schoblaske, D.M.D. ’17

Early Career Achievement Award

Dr. Schoblaske brings her passion for accessible, affordable dental care to her busy public health dentistry practice in Medford, Oregon. She is a dedicated and active leader in the dental community both in Oregon and nationally. Dr. Schoblaske currently serves as editor of the Oregon Dental Association’s Membership Matters magazine, as a member of ODA’s Board of Trustees, and as a part of the Health Care Workforce Committee with the State of Oregon. At the national level, Dr. Schoblaske is a part of the American Dental Association House of Delegates and a member of the ADA’s New Dentist Committee.


Peter W. Morita, D.M.D. ‘86

Peter W. Morita, D.M.D. ’86

Legacy Faculty Award

Dr. Morita has made significant, lasting contributions to the growth and excellence of the dental profession in Oregon for over 35 years. In 2008, he helped to establish the OHSU School of Dentistry’s Bridge Group model, which places dental students in small practice groups with a faculty leader, allowing them to learn together and from each other throughout all four years of the D.M.D. program. He has served as leader or interim leader of nearly every Bridge Group, and has had an impact on the careers of close to 2,500 D.M.D. graduates. Dr. Morita has also been a champion of lifelong learning through his leadership of the continuing dental education program. He has been a deeply influential friend and advisor to many.


Carmem S. Pfeifer, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Carmem S. Pfeifer, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Honorary Alumni of the Year Award

Dr. Pfeifer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the OHSU School of Dentistry. In this role she teaches several Restorative Dentistry pre-clinical disciplines and serves as advisor to graduate theses in the school’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Pfeifer obtained her D.D.S. and Ph.D. from the University of São Paulo, Brazil and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado’s Schools of Dentistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Pfeifer has published nearly 60 research articles in the field of Dental Materials Sciences. Her research has been funded by the Oregon Medical Research Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research.


H. Clayton Stearns, D.M.D. ‘73, R ‘77

H. Clayton Stearns, D.M.D. ’73, R ’77

President’s Award

Following his graduation from OHSU School of Dentistry in 1973, Dr. Stearns served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. In 1977 he completed his certificate in Endodontology and built a thriving practice in Salem, Oregon. He soon earned the admiration of the local dental community, many of whom have consulted him over the years due to his willingness to share his vast knowledge and expertise. Dr. Stearns has demonstrated a deep commitment to the dental profession through his years of service on the Oregon Board of Dentistry, and as an examiner for the Western Regional Exam Board. Additionally, Dr. Stearns served as President of the Oregon Dental Association in 1991-93 and as the President of the Oregon Board of Dentistry in 1997-98.


Awards and nominating

The School of Dentistry Alumni Association provides support for student and alumni awards to recognize outstanding contributions. SDAA encourages alumni to nominate candidates for these awards. View past School of Dentistry Alumni Award recipients.

John C. Peterson Distinguished Alumni Award

The John C. Peterson Distinguished Alumni Award honors Dr. John Peterson, a 1955 DMD graduate, for his years of service to the OHSU School of Dentistry and its Alumni Association. This award recognizes OHSU School of Dentistry alumni who demonstrate the qualities that Dr. Peterson displayed as an advocate for dentists and dental hygienists, and who in professional achievement and service to their communities reflect the highest ideals of the School and dental profession. OHSU alumni and community members are encouraged to submit nominations, which are reviewed and selected by the OHSU School of Dentistry Alumni Association’s Awards Committee and endorsed by the School of Dentistry Alumni Association Board of Directors. Nominations remain active for three years.

Early Career Achievement Award

In an effort to recognize the accomplishments of alumni at every stage of their career the OHSU School of Dentistry Alumni Association has created the Early Career Achievement Award. This award will be presented to an alumnus/a from the OHSU School of Dentistry who has demonstrated a commitment to evidence-based practice and has made significant contributions to improving patient care and health in a community setting or in the areas of scientific research or academia within ten years of graduation. OHSU alumni and community members are encouraged to submit nominations, which are reviewed and selected by the OHSU School of Dentistry Alumni Association’s Awards Committee and endorsed by the School of Dentistry Alumni Association Board of Directors. Nominations remain active for three years.

Legacy Faculty Award

Established in 2010, the Legacy Faculty Award is presented to a longtime faculty member who has worked or is still currently working at the OHSU School of Dentistry and who has demonstrated a commitment to educating and mentoring the next generation of dental professionals. OHSU alumni and community members are encouraged to submit nominations, which are reviewed and selected by the OHSU School of Dentistry Alumni Association’s Awards Committee and endorsed by the School of Dentistry Alumni Association Board of Directors. Nominations remain active for three years.