Maine is becoming known for its highly trained healthcare providers and innovative healers. Today we speak with Dr. Jon Ryder, dean of the University of New England College of Dental Medicine, which will be graduating its first class of dentists in 2017. We also discuss ground-breaking techniques for re-patterning the brain and nervous system, in cases of trauma and chronic pain, with health psychologist and integrative practitioner, Dr. Gregory Nevens.
Dr. Jon Ryder has served in leadership roles for the UNE College of Dental Medicine since its opening, including assistant dean for academic affairs, executive associate dean, and, most recently, as interim dean. Dr. Ryder received his B.A. in Asian studies from Augustana College and his D.D.S. from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Following dental school, Dr. Ryder entered private practice as the owner of two dental practices in Iowa. He was an adjunct assistant clinical professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry for over 12 years. Dr. Ryder has completed considerable post-graduate education in oral medicine, orofacial pain, dental implant surgery, and prosthetics, and he also has extensive private practice experience in complex/advanced fixed and removable full mouth rehabilitation. He earned an M.S. in oral medicine and orofacial pain from the University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. Since 2004, Dr. Ryder has organized and led dental humanitarian trips to Southeast Asia, where he has also regularly volunteered and lectured. He worked for many years, both individually and as part of a team, with dental schools in Cambodia on curriculum design and educational development. He has received awards for his work as an educator and advisor to the dental schools as well as the Cambodian Ministries of Health and Education. Prior to joining the faculty of UNE College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Ryder also practiced in a large international group practice in Singapore. Recent research interests include the efficacy of botulinum toxin A for the treatment of trigeminal and post-herpatic neuralgias.
Dr. Nevens is a health psychologist with long term experience in integrated and integrative health care. He has spent most of his career embedded within and working conjointly with family practices and some specialty medical practices. Specialties are chronic pain and other chronic medical conditions. His work is based on the neuroscience regarding the etiology, maintenance, and exacerbation of these conditions and influences of emotions and histories of emotional trauma. He has researched, developed, and utilized brief intervention systems, which can directly impact areas of the brain involved in certain chronic conditions as evidenced in the neuroscience and has an extensive history of related national presentations and workshops.
Dr. Nevens is also a CAM practitioner, a member of the Board of Executives of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, and has contributed to the national certification exam and study course. His explorations have led to the conviction that specific energetic therapeutic modalities, complimentary to Western emphasis on mass, bridge the mind-body Cartesian split attending to both emotions and soma. Through ancient intervention systems in conjunction with modern technology, the core emotionally traumatic foundations of multiple chronic conditions can be impacted along with more traditional symptom reduction protocols. Dr. Nevens has developed other issue specific protocols for PTSD, anxiety, panic, and other emotional states using color electroacupuncture, which are proving highly effective. He is also an adjunct assistant professor the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and is involved in Integrative Family Medicine Fellowship at Maine Medical Center.