Spaine Stephens Archives

Jul 10, 2023
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Dental school expands care in rural eastern NC

Residents of eastern North Carolina have better access to dental care thanks to the opening of a dental clinic in Hyde County and a program to provide oral health care...

Dec 16, 2022
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ECU to offer only OT doctorate in UNC System

The College of Allied Health Sciences is set to offer a doctoral degree program in occupational therapy — the first at any public university in the state. “Occupational therapy is...

Dr. Saeed talks to a student from Elizabeth City
Jun 27, 2022
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BCBS gives $1.54 million to fund behavioral health program between ECU and ECSU

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina awarded $1.54 million to ECU to provide telepsychiatry services over the next five years for students at Elizabeth City State University. This...

Jun 08, 2022
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The Other Dr. Gilmer

When Dr. Benjamin Gilmer ’06 reported to his new job as a rural physician in western North Carolina, he learned he had the same last name as the doctor he...

Feb 07, 2022
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A dynamic decade

STORY BY SPAIN STEPHENS A dynamic decade In just 10 years, the School of Dental Medicine has established itself as a leader in care and education The ECU School of...

Jun 16, 2021
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Dental alumna creates garden to fight food insecurity

In a garden on a ribbon of old family farmland in the mountains of Ashe County, dreams are harvested alongside vegetables. The garden is a vision nurtured by Dr. Amanda...

Oct 01, 2019
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Not long ago, ECU psychiatrist Dr. Sy Saeed received a handwritten note from a woman halfway across the country who had read an article about him in her local newspaper....

May 13, 2019
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A creative solution to creating smiles

A narrow ribbon of road winds for 60 miles northeast of Greenville, threading through cotton fields and horse pastures. The road leads to quintessential small-town Ahoskie — where an East...

School of Dental Medicine student Velvet McClurkin discusses the results of a check-up with patient Tommy Pearson at the center in Ahoskie. Photo by Rhett Butler.
Jan 03, 2019
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ECU dental school earns national honor for innovation

The ECU School of Dental Medicine has received an award for innovation that recognizes its breakthrough approach to providing practical experience for future dentists through rural service-learning centers across North...