November 6, 2015

Three Join College Faculty

Paola Saponaro, DDS, MS

Paola C. Saponaro MS, DDS

On September 8th, Dr. Saponaro joined The Ohio State University College of Dentistry as an Assistant Professor-Clinical in the Division of Restorative Science and Prosthodontics.

She earned her DDS degree from the University of Zulia Faculty of Dentistry (Venezuela) in 2010, after which she entered private practice. In 2012, she joined The Ohio State University College of Dentistry's Advanced Education Program in prosthodontics, earning a Master of Science degree and a certificate in prosthodontics in June of this year.

Dr. Saponaro's clinical experience includes providing patients with fixed, removable, and implant prosthodontics, and diagnosing and developing treatment plans for complex cases. Her role in the college will include didactic, clinical, and laboratory instruction for pre-doctoral students.

Sarah Marks Leach, DMD, MS

Sarah Marks Leach, DMD, MS

An Assistant Professor-Practice in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Anesthesiology, Dr. Leach received her DMD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine in 2012. That same year, she joined The Ohio State University College of Dentistry's general practice residency program, which she completed in 2013. 

Continuing her advanced education, Dr. Leach enrolled in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Dental and Maxillofacial Anesthesiology Residency Program, which she completed in September of this year. That post-doctoral program included anesthesiology training at the Wexner Medical Center, a pediatric anesthesiology rotation at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and dental and maxillofacial anesthesiology training in the College of Dentistry. 

A faculty member in the college since October 1st, Dr. Leach's responsibilities focus on didactic and clinical instruction for pre-doctoral students and residents.

Rabia Arif, DDS, MS

Rabia Arif, DDS, MS

On November 30th, Dr. Arif will join the College of Dentistry as an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Practice and Materials Science. 

She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2004 from Lahore Medical and Dental College (Pakistan), after which she was engaged in private practice. In 2014, she received a Master of Science degree in restorative dentistry from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where she also acquired advanced training and a certificate in operative dentistry.

Throughout her post-doctoral training, Dr. Arif provided instruction in courses that included clinical foundations, comprehensive care, and dental anatomy and occlusion. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Michigan and at the University of Detroit Mercy. 

As a faculty member in the college, her responsibilities will include didactic and clinical instruction in operative dentistry.