Philosophy

Veterinary Dentistry Education and Consulting Services, LLC (VDECS) believes that pets deserve a comfortable, infection free, and pain free oral cavity to improve overall quality of life. Hence, VDECS believes every veterinarian should be knowledgeable in dental and oral pathology recognition, diagnosis of dental and oral pathology with examination and intraoral radiology, be knowledgeable of various treatment options available for the teeth and oral cavity beyond extractions, and be knowledgeable and skilled in surgical extraction of the dentition in order to achieve a pain free and infection free oral cavity if extraction is the only treatment option available so that insidious dental and oral disease does not deprive our pets of a quality life. 

Our Goal

To passionately share our knowledge, helping each continuing education participant improve their knowledge, skill, and confidence in the delivery of veterinary dentistry services in order to improve patient care, client satisfaction, and personal and professional satisfaction. To help you develop a dynamic veterinary dental team consisting of the veterinarian, veterinary technician, and medical staff so that patient care and client service can expand and grow to a more comprehensive and higher level of care.

Kevin S. Stepaniuk DVM, FAVD, DAVDC

Kevin S. Stepaniuk DVM, FAVD, DAVDC is a renowned speaker and educator. He is Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. He has experience in general practice, emergency practice, academic clinical specialty practice, and private specialty practice which serves as a foundation to his practical, yet evidence based approached to patient care and client services as well as his education style during seminars.  He has been lecturing and teaching seminars to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary technicians for over 10 years. 

Selected Lecture and Teaching History:

 He is an invited and re-invited lecturer nationally and internationally at conferences such as the North American Veterinary Conference - lecturer and laboratory instructor (2013, 2014), Western Veterinary Conference Oquendo Center - lecture and laboratory instructor (2012, 2014, 2015), Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Conference - lecture and laboratory instructor (2013, 2015), American Veterinary Medical Association Conference (2011, 2013), Central Ventral Conference (2012, 2013), Moscow Russia Veterinary Congress (2015), North American Veterinary Conference Institute (2012), several state, provincial, and local veterinary medical associations as well as many others over the last decade. He has lectured and instructed laboratories at the Annual Veterinary Dental Forum and lectured at the European Congress of Veterinary Dentistry over the years. In addition, he has provided customized and individualized in hospital education programs for private veterinary hospital education needs.  

 He was an educator at the University of Minnesota College of Medicine (2009-2014) as an assistant clinical professor and serving as section chief of veterinary dentistry and oral surgery prior to leaving for private specialty practice in 2014. Clinical service and instruction was his primary effort allocation in the teaching hospital. While providing clinical care to patients and teaching veterinary students and veterinary dentistry residents he lectured didactically and led hands on laboratories for the veterinary students and house officers. He was awarded the UMN Veterinary Clinical Sciences Teaching Award (2012-2013) selected by the veterinary students for the most outstanding teacher during their first 3 years of veterinary college. He greatly expanded and enhanced the dentistry and oral surgery curriculum during his appointment and has returned to continue teaching the curriculum (2015, 2016) to provide education to the next generations of veterinarians. Recently, he provided didactic dentistry and oral surgery curriculum for Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine (2016). In addition to his clinical teaching award he has received the American Veterinary Dental Society Presidents Award (2009) and Inaugural American Veterinary Dental Society Student Chapter Mentor Award (2011) in recognition for his establishment and contributions to the Student Chapters of the American Veterinary Dental Society. Recently, he has served as a visiting lecturer at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine (2016) as a laboratory and didactic instructor in dentistry and oral surgery. He is a current board member of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC).

Dr. Stepaniuk as authored peer reviewed manuscripts, textbook chapters, and clinical research on clinical topics pertinent and applicable to daily veterinary practice in dentistry and oral surgery. Such as, periodontology and periodontal disease, emergency dentistry and dental trauma, oral medicine, and dentistry and anesthesia. With continued development of several clinically related publications in process he remains active in advancement of veterinary knowledge and patient care. In addition to his own work, he serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals in the area of veterinary dentistry and oral surgery.  

Dr. Stepaniuk has chaired and served as a committee member within various organizations in academia, American Veterinary Dental College, Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, American Veterinary Dental Society, and Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry. He continues to be professionally active in the future of veterinary dentistry and veterinary dental education. 

Dr. Stepaniuk is a dynamic and enthusiastic speaker who has a passion to educate in order to improve each veterinarian and veterinary technicians knowledge and clinical skill in veterinary dentistry. He believes every veterinarian should be able to recognize and diagnose common dental and oral pathology and provide services to alleviate the insidious pain and suffering in the pet population.  

Selected Journal Publications: 

1.       Schwabenlander M, Stepaniuk K, Carstensen M, Armien AG. Brain, Craniofacial, and Dental Lesions of a Free-ranging Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) implicated in a Human Attack in Minnesota, USA. J Wildl Dis 2016; 52(1): 131-137.

2.       Stepaniuk KS, Gingerich W. Evaluation of an Osseous Allograft Membrane for Guided Tissue Regeneration in the Dog. J Vet Dent 2015; 32: 226-232.

3.       Stepaniuk KS, Gingerich W. Suspected Odontogenic Infection Etiology for Canine Lymphoplasmacytic Rhinitis. J Vet Dent 2015; 32: 22-29.

4.       Stepaniuk KS, “Top 5 Oral & Dental Lesions To Embarrassing to Misdiagnose” Clinicians Brief, 2014: October; 24-28.

5.       Vicari ED, Stepaniuk K, Goldstein G, "Diagnostic Imaging in Veterinary Dental Practice:  Odontogenic Cyst in a dog." J Am Vet Med Assoc 2014; 245: 889-891.

6.       Vicari ED, Stepaniuk KS, Mandibular Lip Avulsion Repair in the Dog and Cat. J Vet Dent 2014; 31: 212-217. 

7.       Gingerich W, Stepaniuk KS. Bilateral Rostral Maxillectomy in the Dog. J Vet Dent, 2013: 30(2); 125-130.

8.       Stepaniuk, K. Bisphosphonates Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws: A Review. J Vet Dent 2011: 28(4); 277-281.

9.       Gingerich, W, Stepaniuk, K. Guided Tissue Regeneration of the Maxillary Canine Teeth in Dogs. J Vet Dent 2011: 28(4); 282-288.

10.   Stepaniuk, K, Legendre, L, Watson, S. Acquired Myasthenia Gravis Secondary to an Oral Sarcoma in a 7-month old Intact Male Mastiff. J Vet Dent 2011: 28(4); 242-249.

11.   Stepaniuk, K, Brock, N. Hypothermia and Thermoregulation During Anesthesia for the Dental and Oral Surgery Patient. J Vet Dent 2008: 25(4); 279-283.

12.   Legendre, L., Stepaniuk, K. Correction of Maxillary Canine Tooth Mesioversion in Dogs. J Vet Dent 2008; 25(3); 216-221.

13.   Stepaniuk, K. Brock, N. Anesthesia Monitoring in the Dental and Oral Surgery Patient. J Vet Dent 2008; 25(2); 143-149. 

Selected Textbook Chapters: 

1.       Stepaniuk, KS, Chapter 54 – Oropharynx – Trauma. In Canine and Feline Gastroenterology. Editor Washabau, RJ and Day, MJ. 2013. Saunders, 559-569.

2.       Stepaniuk, KS, Hinrichs, JE. The Structure and Function of the Periodontium. Veterinary Periodontology. Editor Dr. B. Niemiec. 2013. Wiley Blackwell, 3-17.  

 

Alice Sievers, DVM

Alice Sievers, DVM is experienced in general practice, emergency medicine and referral dental practice. Being a practice owner, she has business acumen in the delivery of quality patient care and client service. She discovered veterinary dentistry in 2006 when she was working to improve the level of care provided in her general medicine practice. She was so excited by the opportunity to raise the quality of life for her patients, and watching their energy levels increase and hearing their owners’ stories about the “reverse aging” that their pets experienced she immersed her self in veterinary dentistry continuing education. Dr. Sievers has trained and educated herself in veterinary dentistry over the last decade and started a referral service limited to dentistry and oral surgery in 2012. 

Dr. Sievers has presented nationally and internationally at the Veterinary Dental Forum and the British Veterinary Dental Association. She also has presented to multiple local veterinary medical associations in Oregon and California, helping general practitioners to raise the level of dental care provided in their facilities to benefit both their patients and the health of the clinic. Additionally, she is a visiting clinical instructor at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, working with fourth year veterinary students in the dentistry elective course. Both didactic and laboratory teaching styles have been successful. She has received invitations to return and teach veterinary students for several years.

Dr. Sievers enjoys sharing what she has learned to help other veterinarians improve their diagnostic and treatment skills in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery. Oral health is vital to the overall health of veterinary patients and it is essential that we pursue the educational development of our ability to assess, diagnose and treat diseases within the oral cavity thereby improving the quality of life for our veterinary patients and enjoyment of practice for ourselves.