Practice Transition

Dear Friends of this Practice,

I have truly enjoyed my private practice in Sparks for the past 12 years. It had been an honor serving you and I've had a fantastically rewarding experience being a part of the Sparks community. After great consideration, please be informed that I have left the Sparks orthodontic practice effective at the end of December, 2016. I am sad to leave and will miss you all.

Dr. Elizabeth Spannhake will assume all of my previous duties. I am sure you will find this a smooth transition and will welcome her as you have welcomed me. Please allow me to introduce Dr. Spannhake:

Dr. Spannhake has been an Orthodontist in private practice for over 25 years with offices in Carroll County and Towson. Her practice includes both children and adult patients and utilizes the most advanced methods and technologies. As a professional committed to service to the community, Dr. Spannhake’s practice outreach includes participation in Toys for Tots, the Carroll County Food Bank and the sponsoring of numerous sports teams.

Dr. Spannhake earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland at College Park and also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University. She attended the Louisiana State University Dental School receiving her DDS and the Dean’s Award for highest class achievement in clinical and didactic skills. Dr. Spannhake received her orthodontic specialty education from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. She is board certified and a diplomat of the American College of Orthodontics.

Continuing her passion for education and remaining at the forefront of the field, Dr. Spannhake has served on the Dean's Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and, for the last thirteen years, as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Orthodontic Department at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia. Biweekly, she teaches orthodontic residents in the clinic and is the course director for two courses - Biomechanics and Clinical Biomechanics Application. At Temple, Dr. Spannhake also serves on research committees and as project director for a number of research studies. In the past year, she had the honor of being selected to represent the Temple School of Dentistry as a member of a delegation sent to teach at Beijing University.

Dr. Spannhake is married to Dr. E. William Spannhake, professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. They have three grown sons. Dr. Spannhake and her family are avid skiers, enjoy traveling and are very big fans of the Orioles and Ravens.

My fondest wishes to one and all! You were not only my patients, you are also wonderful people and it has been a privilege to know you all.


Sandra Selnick, DDS, MS


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