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Learn more about where our graduates have taken their talents.

Graduates of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) Residency training are well-equipped to pursue any type of career they desire. Many of our graduates go on to fellowship training, including head and neck oncology and reconstruction, cleft and craniofacial surgery, and cosmetic surgery.

While several graduates have pursued academic practice, most of our trainees enjoy successful practice privately as solo practitioners or in a group. Because of the breadth of training and high volume of surgical and anesthetic experience, you will be well-prepared to practice in a manner that suits you best and still meets the standards of high quality for which Mayo Clinic is known.

Since 1990, our program boasts a 100 percent pass rate for those residents who have taken the certification process for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Words from past alumni

Kimberly Bentjen, D.D.S., M.D.

Kimberly Bentjen, D.D.S., M.D.

“I received incredible full-scope training in oral and maxillofacial surgery while at Mayo and felt well prepared to pursue my clinical goals after residency. This included studies in a world-class medical school, extensive rotations with both adult and pediatric anesthesia, and other surgical departments that provided an excellent foundation for surgery. Beyond that, each day I saw attendings and colleagues exemplify how to have the best relationships with patients, which is truly the key to a successful practice.”

2015 graduate and current oral and maxillofacial surgeon

Practice location: Reno, Nevada

Dental school: Loma Linda University

Brett Bezak, D.M.D., M.D.

Brett Bezak, D.M.D., M.D.

"Not only did my residency at Mayo Clinic prepare me exceptionally well for my career, I also truly enjoyed working there for the entire six years. The OMS residents, consultants, and allied health staff made rigorous residency requirements truly enjoyable. I have had an amazing education, clinical experiences, and scholarly opportunities to set my career on the right path from the start. In hindsight, I would choose Mayo Clinic OMS residency again without any hesitation."

2018 graduate and current oral and maxillofacial surgeon

Practice location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dental school: Case Western Reserve University

Kyle Ettinger, D.D.S., M.D.

Kyle Ettinger, D.D.S., M.D.

“Mayo Clinic is a place where I can practice the full scope of the specialty, emphasizing my own interests in head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction, while still maintaining a presence within other branches of our specialty. I was extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to train at Mayo Clinic and I truly believe it is one of the best places in the world to learn the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery.”

2017 graduate and current assistant professor of surgery, Mayo Clinic

Practice location: Rochester, Minnesota

Dental school: University of Washington

Bryce Leavitt, D.M.D., M.D.

Bryce Leavitt, D.M.D., M.D.

“The training I received provided a strong foundation that allowed smooth transition in each of the key surgical areas that continue to form the basis of private practice. In addition, that foundation has allowed me to continue to develop my surgical understanding and surgical abilities over time. Most importantly, my patients have benefited from the principles of patient care that I learned during my time at Mayo. Witnessing the level of care that is provided at Mayo Clinic has lifted my vision and helped me to endeavor to treat my own patients and run my own practice in similar fashion.”

2017 graduate and current oral and maxillofacial surgeon

Practice location: Henderson, Nevada

Dental school: Oregon Health & Science University

Joshua Bednar, D.D.S., M.D.

Joshua Bednar, D.D.S., M.D.

“I was drawn to Mayo Clinic for residency training because it is a world-class institution that cares for complex patients in a comprehensive manner. I completed an externship with the OMS program prior to residency match and was astounded by the comprehensive training provided to the residents here. I feel that residents trained in this program are trained to competence in the full range of oral and maxillofacial surgery.”

2021 graduate and current oral and maxillofacial surgeon

Practice location: Coon Rapids, MN

Dental school: University of Minnesota

Recent graduates

Steven Wiemer, D.D.S., M.D.

Steven Wiemer, D.D.S., M.D.

Class of 2021

Practice location: Columbus, NE

Benjamin Heggestad, D.D.S., M.D.

Benjamin Heggestad, D.D.S., M.D.

Class of 2021

Practice location: Duluth, MN

Joshua Bednar, D.D.S., M.D.

Joshua Bednar, D.D.S., M.D.

Class of 2020

Practice location: Coon Rapids, MN

Nicholas Kenning, D.D.S., M.D.

Nicholas Kenning, D.D.S., M.D.

Class of 2020

Practice location: St. Cloud, MN

Samir Waris, D.M.D., M.D.

Samir Waris, D.M.D., M.D.

Class of 2019

Practice location: Charleston, WV

Matthew Reiland, D.D.S., M.D.

Matthew Reiland, D.D.S., M.D.

Class of 2019

Practice location: Madison, WI

Brett Bezak, D.M.D., M.D.

Brett Bezak, D.M.D., M.D.

Class of 2018

Practice location: Grand Rapids, MI

Christopher Streff, D.D.S., M.D.

Christopher Streff, D.D.S., M.D.

Class of 2018

Practice location: Madison, WI

Mayo Clinic Alumni Association

Mayo Clinic Alumni Association

The Mayo Clinic Alumni Association will help you stay in touch with your Mayo Clinic colleagues, maintain a valuable professional connection to Mayo Clinic throughout your medical and/or research career, participate in continuing medical education, and more.

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