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Dental Hygiene

FACULTY

U-M Dental Hygiene faculty comprise top professionals in the field who have experience in both the academic and practice components of the discipline. Together, they have a combined XX years of teaching experience. Core DH professors and lecturers are supplemented by adjunct faculty from the Dental School.

Mary Grace Ash RDH, BSDH
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I began my dental hygiene career with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Ferris State University in 1975. For the next 29 years, I worked in a variety of practice settings, including 13 years as staff dental hygienist with Providence Hospital. I returned to school and graduated from Sienna Heights University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. Upon graduation, I immediately began employment at the University of Michigan as staff hygienist in the Cariology, Restroative Sciences, and Endodontics Department. In 2009, I began my teaching career as adjunct clinical lecturer dental hygiene faculty. At the present time, I hold both positions, a clinician in General Dentistry and clinical education in dental hygiene. I am finishing my masters’ degree in Health Professions’ Education at Michigan State University. I am a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).


Bridget Beattie-Smith RDH, BSDH, MSDH
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer
  • Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator

As a third generation alumna of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, you can say that it was my destiny to join the dental health profession. I am an extremely proud graduate of both the Bachelor of Science (2010) and Master of Science (2013) in Dental Hygiene programs at UM. I became a faculty member during my master’s work and began teaching didactically and clinically in 2012. My passion was on not just adhering to old practices of education, but advancing the techniques used to train the future generations of dental hygienists. To that end, my thesis focused on the Standardized Patient Instructor Conflict Resolution program and my work went on to be published in the Journal of Dental Education. In addition, I am the BSDH program's Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator. This role allows me to reach out to the future leaders and best. In 2014, I received the prestigious honor of being elected to the School of Dentistry’s Board of Governors. In February 2015, I represented the School of Dentistry at the Colgate Research Institute’s Clinical Research Training Program.


Jodie Condon RDH, BSDH, MS
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

After graduating from Kellogg Community College in 1982, I worked for over 20 years as a clinical practitioner with dental teams in Michigan and California. In 2008 I discovered the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning Program. Having the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree, while managing work and parenting responsibilities was a “dream come true.” As a U-M student, my Capstone Project, “Development of an Introductory Evidence-based Learning Module for 1st year Dental Hygiene Students" was selected for presentation at the 2nd North American Dental Hygiene Research Conference in Bethesda, MA. After graduating in 2010, I enjoyed teaching clinical dental hygiene at Oakland Community College, and worked towards earning a master’s degree in Health Information Technology from the University of Texas, graduating in 2012. In February 2014, I accepted a position as Clinical Transformation Specialist, with St. John Providence Health System. My work is focused on supporting health care providers with adoption and optimization of their electronic health record systems.


Jennifer Cullen RDH, BSDH, MPH
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I graduated from Ferris State University in 1998 with my Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene and continued to practice clinical dental hygiene in Ann Arbor, MI until 2014. In 2012 I completed my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene through the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning Program. While enrolled, I developed and implemented an oral health education curriculum for nurse aides at a local residential Alzheimer’s care facility. I also lead a service-learning project for U-M Dental Hygiene students at that same care facility. This ignited my interest in pursuing a Master's of Public Health Degree which I completed from Benedictine University in 2015. I am currently an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer and also provide technology support for the E-Learning Program. My special interests include community oral health, specifically geriatrics, and dental hygiene education. I am a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the American Dental Education Association, and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. I am also a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.


Iwonka Eagle RDH, MS
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

In 2000 I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology and began working in research at the Karmanos Cancer Center. My interest in oral health was sparked shortly thereafter while working as a dental assistant and ultimately led me to pursue a career in dental hygiene. I completed my dental hygiene studies in 2004 at the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Upon graduation I began working in clinical private practice. With a desire to further my education I returned to the University of Michigan and in 2014 graduated with a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene degree. I am currently an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan and continue to practice clinical dental hygiene at a private practice in Ann Arbor. My current research interests involve educating clinicians as well as the public about the effects of breast cancer treatment medications on the periodontium of postmenopausal women. I am also a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).


Christine Farrell RDH, BSDH, MPA
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I am a 1981 BSDH graduate of the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene Program. In 2006 I earned a Masters of Public Administration from U-M Flint. Currently, I am the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Oral Health Director. As Oral Health Director, I am responsible for an array of statewide oral health care and education programs. I have been with the State agency since 1988 served as a policy specialist in the Medicaid program for 22 years. I have been an adjunct faculty member at U-M since 2010 combing my public health background with education. Active in local, state, and national levels of dental hygiene I was president of the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association, founding member and national chair of the Medicaid/CHIP State Dental Association, and am presently the Chair of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Council of Public Health. In addition, I currently am the state representative for the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD).


Danielle Furguson RDH, BS, MS, PhD candidate
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry

I have a passion for oral health and have a wide range of experience from being a Certified Dental Assistant, to clinical dental hygiene and restorative as an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA). I received my BA in Behavioral Science from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado in 2001. My undergraduate dental hygiene studies were completed at the University of Vermont in 2004 and in 2007 received my Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of North Carolina. I received my Doctor of Health Science degree in 2015 from Nova Southeastern University. In addition to teaching here at the University of Michigan, I have taught dental hygiene, dental assisting and expanded functions courses at the University of Maine at Augusta and preclinical and clinical teaching at the University of North Carolina during my graduate studies. Additionally, I have worked at ADHA as the Manager of Student Relations, and served as the ADHA student representative to the Joint Commission on the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. My research interests include interprofessional education/collaboration, the perio/systemic link, clinical techniques/interventions, and patient safety.


Juana D. (Spears) Gissendanner RDH, BSDH
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree in 1988 from the University of Michigan, followed by additional certificates in the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation in 2003 and 2004, respectively. In 2000 I joined the Division of Dental Hygiene within the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine as an adjunct lecturer and minority recruiter. In addition to my clinical teaching responsibilities I continue to practice clinical dental hygiene part-time in Southfield, MI. I am a member of the Nu Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha and am a long-time member of the Wolverine Dental Hygiene Society where I am currently the national convention liaison. I served as a member of the University of Michigan’s Dental Hygiene Alumni Associations Executive Board for six years, ending as President in 2000. Additionally, I have served on the U-M Dental School’s Alumni Society Board of Governors. Most recently, I was President of the National Dental Hygiene Association (NDHA) and am currently serving as a trustee and chair of Ways and Means and Continuing Education Committees. I am a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and American Dental Education Association. I founded and facilitate two dental hygiene student-based organizations, Michigan Multicultural Dental Hygiene Student Association and the Student National Dental Hygiene Association. I am currently completing a Master of Arts in Educational Technology Degree at Central Michigan University.


Gina Giuliani RDH, BSDH
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I am a proud graduate from The University of Michigan Dental Hygiene Program where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1994.  After graduation I practiced as a clinical dental hygienist before accepting an opportunity to move abroad and work in a private practice in Switzerland. There I lived and worked for two fantastic years!  I have been an adjunct clinical instructor within the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan since 2009 and thoroughly love working chair side with our dental hygiene students.   Most recently I taught at Hope Dental Clinic and VINA and found that through these experiences my desire to help serve the underserved has greatly increased. This part of my life gives me abundant gratitude as a contributor to society. I continue to practice and perfect my skills as a clinical dental hygienist at a private practice, while keeping current with digital software and working with laser treatment.  I am a member of the American Dental Hygienist's Association (ADHA).


Anne Gwozdek RDH, BA, MA
  • Director, Dental Hygiene Graduate Program, Director, Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program , Clinical Assistant Professor

Mine has been a unique and rewarding career. From my graduation from the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Dental Hygiene Program in 1973 until 2005 I was a full-time practicing clinician. During that time, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Public Relations (1992) from Madonna University and served as editor of the Bulletin of the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association (MDHA), editorial assistant for Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, and contributor to other professional books and publications. I began my transition to teaching in 2001 as a clinical instructor at U-M and completed a Master’s degree in Educational Media & Technology from Eastern Michigan University in 2007. I served as project lead in the development of the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning and the Online Master of Science in Dental Hygiene programs and am currently Director of both.  I have served in leadership positions within the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association. My research interests involve education with a focus on learning technologies, program evaluation, access to care, and workforce models.


Jane Halaris RDH, BS, MA
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I graduated in 1972 from Ferris State University’s Dental Hygiene Program and worked in private clinical practice for many years before completing my Bachelor of Science (2006) and Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (2012), both through the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). I served as a dental hygiene faculty member at UDM and Wayne County Community College District where I taught ethics, professionalism, and pre-clinic/clinic. I am a past president of the Michigan Dental Hygienists' Association, served as its Director of Governmental Affairs for eight years, and was a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Council on Practice and Regulation. In addition, I served on the Michigan State Board of Dentistry, including one year as chairperson. I currently serve as an examiner for the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment. My research interest focuses on mentoring in education.


Darlene Jones RDH, BS, MS
  • Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry

I started my career in dental hygiene with an Associate’s degree from Lakeland Community College, Ohio in 1974. For the next 35 years I worked as a clinical dental hygienist, practicing in a variety of settings in Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, and Michigan. While in Texas, I started the Continuing Education Dental Hygiene Study Club, and with this project began my interest in teaching. I earned my Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Midwestern State University, Texas in 2000, followed by a Master of Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University in 2002. During the last 10 years, I have taught part-time at Wayne County Community College and at the University of Michigan, both in the clinic and classroom. In 2014, I started as a full-time faculty member at the University of Michigan.  I enjoy practicing primarily in community settings and my passion and interest is expanding the use of dental hygiene services for the under served in the community as well as mentoring students during their community-based research projects.


Wendy Kerschbaum RDA, MA, MPH
  • Associate Professor

I did both my undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Michigan (U-M), completing my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree in 1970, Master of Arts in Education in 1972, and my Master’s in Public Health in 1982. My career in academics began at U-M as a part-time clinical instructor and evolved to being the Director of Dental Hygiene. As of January, 2013 I am on retirement furlough and teaching part-time in the online degree completion and graduate programs. Over the years I have taught many courses, including Research Methods, Prevention, Gerotonlogical Dental Hygiene, Preclinic, Oral Anatomy, Head and Neck Anatomy, Nutrition, Pain Control, and clinic. For 22 years I provided patient care one day a week in our faculty practice, which kept me grounded. During my career I have been active in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the American Association of Dental Education (ADEA). I served on the ADHA curriculum task force for the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner. My research interests focus on education and oral care for older adults.


Janet Kinney RDH, MS
  • Director of Dental Hygiene, Clinical Assistant Professor

I guess you could say I ‘bleed blue’ as I completed both my undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Michigan (U-M). There was over a twenty year break though between completing my Bachelor of Science degree at U-M (1983)and my Master’s degrees in Dental Hygiene and Clinical Research & Statistical Analysis (both 2007) when I was in private practice. Having a long span in clinical practice has helped me see the importance of practicing evidence-based dentistry as well as understanding the critical role the dental hygienists plays in helping patients make positive health behavior changes. I am currently the Director of Dental Hygiene in the Dental Hygiene Division of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine and split my time between the dental school and the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research where I’m involved with several clinical research projects. My research foci are in the areas of oral fluid-based biomarkers for diagnosis of periodontal disease diagnosis and progression and the impact of curricular changes on the impact of student learning in the area of brief motivational interviewing.


Dina Korte RDH, BS, MS
  • Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry

After earning my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1991 from the University of Michigan, I practiced clinical dental hygiene for over 15 years and briefly worked as a consultant specializing in working with dental hygienists in private practice to improve their advanced instrumentation skills. Always having a love of learning, I finally acted on my dream of earning my Masters in Dental Hygiene and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013. I was an adjunct clinical faculty member within the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan and now am a Clinical Lecturer in division teaching in both the clinical and didactic settings as well as serving as clinic coordinator for the second year entry-level students. My interests include educational methodology and clinical education. I am a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and American Dental Education Association.


Connie MacKinnon RDH, MS
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

After working summers as a dental assistant, I realized that I loved working with patients in the dental environment; therefore, dental hygiene was a logical next step. I completed two years liberal arts studies at Albion College then transferred directly into the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene program. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from U- M in 1979. I worked for several years as a clinical dental hygienist but knew that I wanted to further my education. I completed a Master’s of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from U-M in 1983 and went directly to a community college where I taught both didactical and clinical courses. During this time I also took on a position as a dental software sales representative within Michigan.I joined the Division of Dental Hygiene at U-M in the mid-1990s and have been here ever since. I enjoy helping shape our dental hygiene students from pre-clinic, through lab experiences, research projects, clinical requirements, all the way through Board ready seniors. I feel that my strengths are in sharing new ideas for research or coursework with colleagues and pride myself on listening to the needs of students and faculty. I am a member of ADHA and the Michigan Dental Hygiene Educators’ Association. My passion is to be an effective team player, a supportive and knowledgeable instructor and always willing to help out wherever needed.


Durinda Mattana RDH, BSDH, MS
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I received both my Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene (1981) and a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education (1987) degrees from the University of Michigan (U-M). With over 25 years of academic experience, I have taught clinical dental hygiene part-time at Oakland Community College and the University of Michigan and for 18 years full-time at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School of Dentistry where I served in a variety of roles that included teaching Periodontal Instrumentation and Prevention for dental and dental hygiene students and serving as the Director of Continuing Dental Education. My research interests include educational methodologies and fluorides. I am a contributing author to the textbook chapter, Fluorides, for “Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, 9th - 11th editions by Esther Wilkins. In January 2010, I left full-time teaching and am currently enjoying teaching online courses for UDM and U-M, updating the Fluorides chapter for the 12th edition of the Wilkins textbook, working in private practice, and teaching continuing dental education courses in the areas of oral health products and preventive interventions.


Martha McComas RDH, BS, MS
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry

After receiving an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene from Indiana University in 2002, I practiced clinical dental hygiene for 10 years in both a general and periodontal practice. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in 2009 from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in 2012. I began teaching as a clinical instructor at Indiana University-Fort Wayne in 2007 and became full-time in 2012. In 2013 I moved to Michigan where I joined the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan. Currently, the majority of my teaching responsibilities involve clinical education, including teaching periodontal instrumentation foundation courses to dental and dental hygiene student as well as pain management to dental hygienists. My research interests include dental and dental hygiene curriculum, assessment, critical thinking, and inter-professional collaboration. I also have an interest in cariology and the reduction of early childhood caries.


Ewa Posorski RDH, MS
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I graduated in 2000 from Harper College (IL) with a Associate's in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. Then I immediately continued on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Arts from the University of St. Francis (IL) in 2002. In 2013, I obtained my Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from MCPHS University, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in Boston.In addition to teaching in the University of Michigan Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning Program, I also work in private practice and serve as an adjunct faculty member in the Harper College Dental Hygiene Program. I hold memberships in the American Dental Hygienists' Association and the American Dental Education Association. My research interests focus on oral cancer awareness and my work has been published in the Journal of Community Health. It also has been presented at the 2014 North American/Global Dental Hygiene Research Conference.


Sue Pritzel RDH, MS
  • Assistant Professor Emerita

Allison Restauri RDH, BSDH, MA
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

Being a Registered Dental Hygienist has been a very fulfilling career choice!  I graduated with an Associate in Applied Science degree from Oakland Community College.  Upon licensure, I temped in many offices before I established myself at an office in my hometown of Pinckney, Michigan.  I enjoy being a clinician, but the educational component of my job is what lead me to earn my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree through the Degree Completion Program at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2011.  Being a life-long learner, I completed my Master of Arts degree from Central Michigan University in Educational Technology so that I would be able to be a dental hygiene instructor.  I am an adjunct faculty member within the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan and have the privilege of being the ADHA Student Chapter Advisor. My research interests include online education, inter-professional collaboration, bi-directional mentoring and leadership development.


L. Susan Taichman RDH, MS, MPH, PhD
  • Assistant Professor/Research Scientist

I graduated with an AAS degree in 1986 from Lansing Community College. For the next eight years I worked as a clinical dental hygienist. I earned my BS in Dental Hygiene in 1995 through the Degree Completion Program at University of Michigan. As I wanted to conduct research, I continued on at U-M earning my MS in Dental Hygiene Education (1998), a MPH in Public Health Dentistry (1999), and PhD in Epidemiologic Science (2002). My research interests include health services research, oral health disparities and women’s oral health. I have experience with survey research, clinical research, as well as secondary analyses of complex survey data. Current projects include evaluating the impact of lactation on oral health and exogenous progestin hormone use and periodontal health.


Stefanie VanDuine RDH, MS
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I graduated from the University of Michigan twice, first in 2010 with my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, then in 2014 with my Master of Science in Dental Hygiene. I am actively involved in many aspects of the profession of dental hygiene: as a practicing clinician, an educator, a researcher, and an advocate of oral health. I worked as a clinician in general, periodontics, and pediatric dental offices. I am currently teaching in both the clinical and didactic settings here and at a community college dental hygiene program. My research interest, and topic for my master thesis research project, is in the relationship between systemic disease and oral health as well as educating the public of this relationship. Through my membership with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), I have had the chance to advocate for access to oral health care at the state and national levels. I am an active member of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).


Michelle Velez RDH, BSDH
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

In 1998, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan. I chose the University of Michigan for the education and the experience necessary to provide outstanding service as a clinician. I am a registered dental hygienist, certified in local anesthesia, with vast experience working in private practice for over 17 years.  My education, experience and personal enthusiasm for excellence in oral health has enabled me to provide consistent, quality patient care. I thrive in collaborative environments that support continued learning and best practice focused on oral care and patient well-being. In addition to working in  private practice, I am a Clinical Instructor at the University of Michigan, the current President of the University of Michigan Dental Hygiene Alumni Association, a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, the American Dental Education Association, and a volunteer for the Michigan Mortuary Response Team.


Janet Wilson RDH, BSDH
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

Clinical practice has been the primary focus of my career since earning my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan in 1973. In addition to private practice, I have had the opportunity to explore other aspects of professional involvement. I was president of the Michigan Dental Hygiene Association; a delegate to ADHA; and president of a local nonprofit clinic providing dental and dental hygiene care to area children. Here at Michigan, I'm an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer within the Division of Dental Hygiene, and serve as a member of the Dental School's Board of Governors.I love what I do as a clinician, enjoy the unique challenges each patient brings, and hope I can pass that passion on to those students I have contact with.


Katherine Yee RDH, BSDH, MPH
  • Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator, Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I was a member of the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning 2009 graduating class, the first cohort of this program. In addition to clinical practice in Livonia, I also teach in both the U-M entry-level dental hygiene program and the E-Learning Program. In addition, I am an adjunct clinical instructor in Oakland Community College's (OCC) Dental Hygiene Program. Since graduating with my associate’s degree in dental hygiene from OCC in 1996, I have been an active member of the Michigan Dental Hygienists' Association (MDHA) and the Oakland component. Community has always been a keen interest of mine. In 2013, I earned a Master’s in Public Health degree with a certificate in Health Education and Promotion from Benedictine University.


Mary Grace Ash RDH, BSDH
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I began my dental hygiene career with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Ferris State University in 1975. For the next 29 years, I worked in a variety of practice settings, including 13 years as staff dental hygienist with Providence Hospital. I returned to school and graduated from Sienna Heights University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. Upon graduation, I immediately began employment at the University of Michigan as staff hygienist in the Cariology, Restroative Sciences, and Endodontics Department. In 2009, I began my teaching career as adjunct clinical lecturer dental hygiene faculty. At the present time, I hold both positions, a clinician in General Dentistry and clinical education in dental hygiene. I am finishing my masters’ degree in Health Professions’ Education at Michigan State University. I am a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).


Bridget Beattie-Smith RDH, BSDH, MSDH
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer
  • Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator

As a third generation alumna of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, you can say that it was my destiny to join the dental health profession. I am an extremely proud graduate of both the Bachelor of Science (2010) and Master of Science (2013) in Dental Hygiene programs at UM. I became a faculty member during my master’s work and began teaching didactically and clinically in 2012. My passion was on not just adhering to old practices of education, but advancing the techniques used to train the future generations of dental hygienists. To that end, my thesis focused on the Standardized Patient Instructor Conflict Resolution program and my work went on to be published in the Journal of Dental Education. In addition, I am the BSDH program's Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator. This role allows me to reach out to the future leaders and best. In 2014, I received the prestigious honor of being elected to the School of Dentistry’s Board of Governors. In February 2015, I represented the School of Dentistry at the Colgate Research Institute’s Clinical Research Training Program.


Iwonka Eagle RDH, MS
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

In 2000 I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology and began working in research at the Karmanos Cancer Center. My interest in oral health was sparked shortly thereafter while working as a dental assistant and ultimately led me to pursue a career in dental hygiene. I completed my dental hygiene studies in 2004 at the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Upon graduation I began working in clinical private practice. With a desire to further my education I returned to the University of Michigan and in 2014 graduated with a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene degree. I am currently an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan and continue to practice clinical dental hygiene at a private practice in Ann Arbor. My current research interests involve educating clinicians as well as the public about the effects of breast cancer treatment medications on the periodontium of postmenopausal women. I am also a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).


Danielle Furguson RDH, BS, MS, PhD candidate
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry

I have a passion for oral health and have a wide range of experience from being a Certified Dental Assistant, to clinical dental hygiene and restorative as an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA). I received my BA in Behavioral Science from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado in 2001. My undergraduate dental hygiene studies were completed at the University of Vermont in 2004 and in 2007 received my Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of North Carolina. I received my Doctor of Health Science degree in 2015 from Nova Southeastern University. In addition to teaching here at the University of Michigan, I have taught dental hygiene, dental assisting and expanded functions courses at the University of Maine at Augusta and preclinical and clinical teaching at the University of North Carolina during my graduate studies. Additionally, I have worked at ADHA as the Manager of Student Relations, and served as the ADHA student representative to the Joint Commission on the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. My research interests include interprofessional education/collaboration, the perio/systemic link, clinical techniques/interventions, and patient safety.


Juana D. (Spears) Gissendanner RDH, BSDH
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree in 1988 from the University of Michigan, followed by additional certificates in the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation in 2003 and 2004, respectively. In 2000 I joined the Division of Dental Hygiene within the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine as an adjunct lecturer and minority recruiter. In addition to my clinical teaching responsibilities I continue to practice clinical dental hygiene part-time in Southfield, MI. I am a member of the Nu Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha and am a long-time member of the Wolverine Dental Hygiene Society where I am currently the national convention liaison. I served as a member of the University of Michigan’s Dental Hygiene Alumni Associations Executive Board for six years, ending as President in 2000. Additionally, I have served on the U-M Dental School’s Alumni Society Board of Governors. Most recently, I was President of the National Dental Hygiene Association (NDHA) and am currently serving as a trustee and chair of Ways and Means and Continuing Education Committees. I am a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and American Dental Education Association. I founded and facilitate two dental hygiene student-based organizations, Michigan Multicultural Dental Hygiene Student Association and the Student National Dental Hygiene Association. I am currently completing a Master of Arts in Educational Technology Degree at Central Michigan University.


Gina Giuliani RDH, BSDH
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I am a proud graduate from The University of Michigan Dental Hygiene Program where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1994.  After graduation I practiced as a clinical dental hygienist before accepting an opportunity to move abroad and work in a private practice in Switzerland. There I lived and worked for two fantastic years!  I have been an adjunct clinical instructor within the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan since 2009 and thoroughly love working chair side with our dental hygiene students.   Most recently I taught at Hope Dental Clinic and VINA and found that through these experiences my desire to help serve the underserved has greatly increased. This part of my life gives me abundant gratitude as a contributor to society. I continue to practice and perfect my skills as a clinical dental hygienist at a private practice, while keeping current with digital software and working with laser treatment.  I am a member of the American Dental Hygienist's Association (ADHA).


Jane Halaris RDH, BS, MA
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I graduated in 1972 from Ferris State University’s Dental Hygiene Program and worked in private clinical practice for many years before completing my Bachelor of Science (2006) and Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (2012), both through the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). I served as a dental hygiene faculty member at UDM and Wayne County Community College District where I taught ethics, professionalism, and pre-clinic/clinic. I am a past president of the Michigan Dental Hygienists' Association, served as its Director of Governmental Affairs for eight years, and was a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Council on Practice and Regulation. In addition, I served on the Michigan State Board of Dentistry, including one year as chairperson. I currently serve as an examiner for the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment. My research interest focuses on mentoring in education.


Darlene Jones RDH, BS, MS
  • Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry

I started my career in dental hygiene with an Associate’s degree from Lakeland Community College, Ohio in 1974. For the next 35 years I worked as a clinical dental hygienist, practicing in a variety of settings in Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, and Michigan. While in Texas, I started the Continuing Education Dental Hygiene Study Club, and with this project began my interest in teaching. I earned my Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Midwestern State University, Texas in 2000, followed by a Master of Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University in 2002. During the last 10 years, I have taught part-time at Wayne County Community College and at the University of Michigan, both in the clinic and classroom. In 2014, I started as a full-time faculty member at the University of Michigan.  I enjoy practicing primarily in community settings and my passion and interest is expanding the use of dental hygiene services for the under served in the community as well as mentoring students during their community-based research projects.


Janet Kinney RDH, MS
  • Director of Dental Hygiene, Clinical Assistant Professor

I guess you could say I ‘bleed blue’ as I completed both my undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Michigan (U-M). There was over a twenty year break though between completing my Bachelor of Science degree at U-M (1983)and my Master’s degrees in Dental Hygiene and Clinical Research & Statistical Analysis (both 2007) when I was in private practice. Having a long span in clinical practice has helped me see the importance of practicing evidence-based dentistry as well as understanding the critical role the dental hygienists plays in helping patients make positive health behavior changes. I am currently the Director of Dental Hygiene in the Dental Hygiene Division of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine and split my time between the dental school and the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research where I’m involved with several clinical research projects. My research foci are in the areas of oral fluid-based biomarkers for diagnosis of periodontal disease diagnosis and progression and the impact of curricular changes on the impact of student learning in the area of brief motivational interviewing.


Dina Korte RDH, BS, MS
  • Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry

After earning my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1991 from the University of Michigan, I practiced clinical dental hygiene for over 15 years and briefly worked as a consultant specializing in working with dental hygienists in private practice to improve their advanced instrumentation skills. Always having a love of learning, I finally acted on my dream of earning my Masters in Dental Hygiene and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013. I was an adjunct clinical faculty member within the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan and now am a Clinical Lecturer in division teaching in both the clinical and didactic settings as well as serving as clinic coordinator for the second year entry-level students. My interests include educational methodology and clinical education. I am a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and American Dental Education Association.


Connie MacKinnon RDH, MS
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

After working summers as a dental assistant, I realized that I loved working with patients in the dental environment; therefore, dental hygiene was a logical next step. I completed two years liberal arts studies at Albion College then transferred directly into the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene program. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from U- M in 1979. I worked for several years as a clinical dental hygienist but knew that I wanted to further my education. I completed a Master’s of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from U-M in 1983 and went directly to a community college where I taught both didactical and clinical courses. During this time I also took on a position as a dental software sales representative within Michigan.I joined the Division of Dental Hygiene at U-M in the mid-1990s and have been here ever since. I enjoy helping shape our dental hygiene students from pre-clinic, through lab experiences, research projects, clinical requirements, all the way through Board ready seniors. I feel that my strengths are in sharing new ideas for research or coursework with colleagues and pride myself on listening to the needs of students and faculty. I am a member of ADHA and the Michigan Dental Hygiene Educators’ Association. My passion is to be an effective team player, a supportive and knowledgeable instructor and always willing to help out wherever needed.


Martha McComas RDH, BS, MS
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry

After receiving an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene from Indiana University in 2002, I practiced clinical dental hygiene for 10 years in both a general and periodontal practice. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in 2009 from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in 2012. I began teaching as a clinical instructor at Indiana University-Fort Wayne in 2007 and became full-time in 2012. In 2013 I moved to Michigan where I joined the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan. Currently, the majority of my teaching responsibilities involve clinical education, including teaching periodontal instrumentation foundation courses to dental and dental hygiene student as well as pain management to dental hygienists. My research interests include dental and dental hygiene curriculum, assessment, critical thinking, and inter-professional collaboration. I also have an interest in cariology and the reduction of early childhood caries.


Sue Pritzel RDH, MS
  • Assistant Professor Emerita

Allison Restauri RDH, BSDH, MA
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

Being a Registered Dental Hygienist has been a very fulfilling career choice!  I graduated with an Associate in Applied Science degree from Oakland Community College.  Upon licensure, I temped in many offices before I established myself at an office in my hometown of Pinckney, Michigan.  I enjoy being a clinician, but the educational component of my job is what lead me to earn my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree through the Degree Completion Program at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2011.  Being a life-long learner, I completed my Master of Arts degree from Central Michigan University in Educational Technology so that I would be able to be a dental hygiene instructor.  I am an adjunct faculty member within the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan and have the privilege of being the ADHA Student Chapter Advisor. My research interests include online education, inter-professional collaboration, bi-directional mentoring and leadership development.


L. Susan Taichman RDH, MS, MPH, PhD
  • Assistant Professor/Research Scientist

I graduated with an AAS degree in 1986 from Lansing Community College. For the next eight years I worked as a clinical dental hygienist. I earned my BS in Dental Hygiene in 1995 through the Degree Completion Program at University of Michigan. As I wanted to conduct research, I continued on at U-M earning my MS in Dental Hygiene Education (1998), a MPH in Public Health Dentistry (1999), and PhD in Epidemiologic Science (2002). My research interests include health services research, oral health disparities and women’s oral health. I have experience with survey research, clinical research, as well as secondary analyses of complex survey data. Current projects include evaluating the impact of lactation on oral health and exogenous progestin hormone use and periodontal health.


Stefanie VanDuine RDH, MS
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I graduated from the University of Michigan twice, first in 2010 with my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, then in 2014 with my Master of Science in Dental Hygiene. I am actively involved in many aspects of the profession of dental hygiene: as a practicing clinician, an educator, a researcher, and an advocate of oral health. I worked as a clinician in general, periodontics, and pediatric dental offices. I am currently teaching in both the clinical and didactic settings here and at a community college dental hygiene program. My research interest, and topic for my master thesis research project, is in the relationship between systemic disease and oral health as well as educating the public of this relationship. Through my membership with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), I have had the chance to advocate for access to oral health care at the state and national levels. I am an active member of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).


Michelle Velez RDH, BSDH
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

In 1998, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan. I chose the University of Michigan for the education and the experience necessary to provide outstanding service as a clinician. I am a registered dental hygienist, certified in local anesthesia, with vast experience working in private practice for over 17 years.  My education, experience and personal enthusiasm for excellence in oral health has enabled me to provide consistent, quality patient care. I thrive in collaborative environments that support continued learning and best practice focused on oral care and patient well-being. In addition to working in  private practice, I am a Clinical Instructor at the University of Michigan, the current President of the University of Michigan Dental Hygiene Alumni Association, a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, the American Dental Education Association, and a volunteer for the Michigan Mortuary Response Team.


Janet Wilson RDH, BSDH
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

Clinical practice has been the primary focus of my career since earning my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan in 1973. In addition to private practice, I have had the opportunity to explore other aspects of professional involvement. I was president of the Michigan Dental Hygiene Association; a delegate to ADHA; and president of a local nonprofit clinic providing dental and dental hygiene care to area children. Here at Michigan, I'm an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer within the Division of Dental Hygiene, and serve as a member of the Dental School's Board of Governors.I love what I do as a clinician, enjoy the unique challenges each patient brings, and hope I can pass that passion on to those students I have contact with.


Jodie Condon RDH, BSDH, MS
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

After graduating from Kellogg Community College in 1982, I worked for over 20 years as a clinical practitioner with dental teams in Michigan and California. In 2008 I discovered the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning Program. Having the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree, while managing work and parenting responsibilities was a “dream come true.” As a U-M student, my Capstone Project, “Development of an Introductory Evidence-based Learning Module for 1st year Dental Hygiene Students" was selected for presentation at the 2nd North American Dental Hygiene Research Conference in Bethesda, MA. After graduating in 2010, I enjoyed teaching clinical dental hygiene at Oakland Community College, and worked towards earning a master’s degree in Health Information Technology from the University of Texas, graduating in 2012. In February 2014, I accepted a position as Clinical Transformation Specialist, with St. John Providence Health System. My work is focused on supporting health care providers with adoption and optimization of their electronic health record systems.


Jennifer Cullen RDH, BSDH, MPH
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I graduated from Ferris State University in 1998 with my Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene and continued to practice clinical dental hygiene in Ann Arbor, MI until 2014. In 2012 I completed my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene through the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning Program. While enrolled, I developed and implemented an oral health education curriculum for nurse aides at a local residential Alzheimer’s care facility. I also lead a service-learning project for U-M Dental Hygiene students at that same care facility. This ignited my interest in pursuing a Master's of Public Health Degree which I completed from Benedictine University in 2015. I am currently an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer and also provide technology support for the E-Learning Program. My special interests include community oral health, specifically geriatrics, and dental hygiene education. I am a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the American Dental Education Association, and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. I am also a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.


Iwonka Eagle RDH, MS
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

In 2000 I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology and began working in research at the Karmanos Cancer Center. My interest in oral health was sparked shortly thereafter while working as a dental assistant and ultimately led me to pursue a career in dental hygiene. I completed my dental hygiene studies in 2004 at the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Upon graduation I began working in clinical private practice. With a desire to further my education I returned to the University of Michigan and in 2014 graduated with a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene degree. I am currently an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan and continue to practice clinical dental hygiene at a private practice in Ann Arbor. My current research interests involve educating clinicians as well as the public about the effects of breast cancer treatment medications on the periodontium of postmenopausal women. I am also a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).


Christine Farrell RDH, BSDH, MPA
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I am a 1981 BSDH graduate of the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene Program. In 2006 I earned a Masters of Public Administration from U-M Flint. Currently, I am the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Oral Health Director. As Oral Health Director, I am responsible for an array of statewide oral health care and education programs. I have been with the State agency since 1988 served as a policy specialist in the Medicaid program for 22 years. I have been an adjunct faculty member at U-M since 2010 combing my public health background with education. Active in local, state, and national levels of dental hygiene I was president of the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association, founding member and national chair of the Medicaid/CHIP State Dental Association, and am presently the Chair of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Council of Public Health. In addition, I currently am the state representative for the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD).


Anne Gwozdek RDH, BA, MA
  • Director, Dental Hygiene Graduate Program, Director, Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program , Clinical Assistant Professor

Mine has been a unique and rewarding career. From my graduation from the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Dental Hygiene Program in 1973 until 2005 I was a full-time practicing clinician. During that time, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Public Relations (1992) from Madonna University and served as editor of the Bulletin of the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association (MDHA), editorial assistant for Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, and contributor to other professional books and publications. I began my transition to teaching in 2001 as a clinical instructor at U-M and completed a Master’s degree in Educational Media & Technology from Eastern Michigan University in 2007. I served as project lead in the development of the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning and the Online Master of Science in Dental Hygiene programs and am currently Director of both.  I have served in leadership positions within the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association. My research interests involve education with a focus on learning technologies, program evaluation, access to care, and workforce models.


Wendy Kerschbaum RDA, MA, MPH
  • Associate Professor

I did both my undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Michigan (U-M), completing my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree in 1970, Master of Arts in Education in 1972, and my Master’s in Public Health in 1982. My career in academics began at U-M as a part-time clinical instructor and evolved to being the Director of Dental Hygiene. As of January, 2013 I am on retirement furlough and teaching part-time in the online degree completion and graduate programs. Over the years I have taught many courses, including Research Methods, Prevention, Gerotonlogical Dental Hygiene, Preclinic, Oral Anatomy, Head and Neck Anatomy, Nutrition, Pain Control, and clinic. For 22 years I provided patient care one day a week in our faculty practice, which kept me grounded. During my career I have been active in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the American Association of Dental Education (ADEA). I served on the ADHA curriculum task force for the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner. My research interests focus on education and oral care for older adults.


Dina Korte RDH, BS, MS
  • Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry

After earning my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1991 from the University of Michigan, I practiced clinical dental hygiene for over 15 years and briefly worked as a consultant specializing in working with dental hygienists in private practice to improve their advanced instrumentation skills. Always having a love of learning, I finally acted on my dream of earning my Masters in Dental Hygiene and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013. I was an adjunct clinical faculty member within the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan and now am a Clinical Lecturer in division teaching in both the clinical and didactic settings as well as serving as clinic coordinator for the second year entry-level students. My interests include educational methodology and clinical education. I am a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and American Dental Education Association.


Durinda Mattana RDH, BSDH, MS
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I received both my Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene (1981) and a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education (1987) degrees from the University of Michigan (U-M). With over 25 years of academic experience, I have taught clinical dental hygiene part-time at Oakland Community College and the University of Michigan and for 18 years full-time at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School of Dentistry where I served in a variety of roles that included teaching Periodontal Instrumentation and Prevention for dental and dental hygiene students and serving as the Director of Continuing Dental Education. My research interests include educational methodologies and fluorides. I am a contributing author to the textbook chapter, Fluorides, for “Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, 9th - 11th editions by Esther Wilkins. In January 2010, I left full-time teaching and am currently enjoying teaching online courses for UDM and U-M, updating the Fluorides chapter for the 12th edition of the Wilkins textbook, working in private practice, and teaching continuing dental education courses in the areas of oral health products and preventive interventions.


Ewa Posorski RDH, MS
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I graduated in 2000 from Harper College (IL) with a Associate's in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. Then I immediately continued on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Arts from the University of St. Francis (IL) in 2002. In 2013, I obtained my Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from MCPHS University, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in Boston.In addition to teaching in the University of Michigan Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning Program, I also work in private practice and serve as an adjunct faculty member in the Harper College Dental Hygiene Program. I hold memberships in the American Dental Hygienists' Association and the American Dental Education Association. My research interests focus on oral cancer awareness and my work has been published in the Journal of Community Health. It also has been presented at the 2014 North American/Global Dental Hygiene Research Conference.


Katherine Yee RDH, BSDH, MPH
  • Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator, Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I was a member of the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning 2009 graduating class, the first cohort of this program. In addition to clinical practice in Livonia, I also teach in both the U-M entry-level dental hygiene program and the E-Learning Program. In addition, I am an adjunct clinical instructor in Oakland Community College's (OCC) Dental Hygiene Program. Since graduating with my associate’s degree in dental hygiene from OCC in 1996, I have been an active member of the Michigan Dental Hygienists' Association (MDHA) and the Oakland component. Community has always been a keen interest of mine. In 2013, I earned a Master’s in Public Health degree with a certificate in Health Education and Promotion from Benedictine University.


Christine Farrell RDH, BSDH, MPA
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I am a 1981 BSDH graduate of the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene Program. In 2006 I earned a Masters of Public Administration from U-M Flint. Currently, I am the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Oral Health Director. As Oral Health Director, I am responsible for an array of statewide oral health care and education programs. I have been with the State agency since 1988 served as a policy specialist in the Medicaid program for 22 years. I have been an adjunct faculty member at U-M since 2010 combing my public health background with education. Active in local, state, and national levels of dental hygiene I was president of the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association, founding member and national chair of the Medicaid/CHIP State Dental Association, and am presently the Chair of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Council of Public Health. In addition, I currently am the state representative for the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD).


Danielle Furguson RDH, BS, MS, PhD candidate
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry

I have a passion for oral health and have a wide range of experience from being a Certified Dental Assistant, to clinical dental hygiene and restorative as an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA). I received my BA in Behavioral Science from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado in 2001. My undergraduate dental hygiene studies were completed at the University of Vermont in 2004 and in 2007 received my Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of North Carolina. I received my Doctor of Health Science degree in 2015 from Nova Southeastern University. In addition to teaching here at the University of Michigan, I have taught dental hygiene, dental assisting and expanded functions courses at the University of Maine at Augusta and preclinical and clinical teaching at the University of North Carolina during my graduate studies. Additionally, I have worked at ADHA as the Manager of Student Relations, and served as the ADHA student representative to the Joint Commission on the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. My research interests include interprofessional education/collaboration, the perio/systemic link, clinical techniques/interventions, and patient safety.


Anne Gwozdek RDH, BA, MA
  • Director, Dental Hygiene Graduate Program, Director, Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program , Clinical Assistant Professor

Mine has been a unique and rewarding career. From my graduation from the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Dental Hygiene Program in 1973 until 2005 I was a full-time practicing clinician. During that time, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Public Relations (1992) from Madonna University and served as editor of the Bulletin of the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association (MDHA), editorial assistant for Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, and contributor to other professional books and publications. I began my transition to teaching in 2001 as a clinical instructor at U-M and completed a Master’s degree in Educational Media & Technology from Eastern Michigan University in 2007. I served as project lead in the development of the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning and the Online Master of Science in Dental Hygiene programs and am currently Director of both.  I have served in leadership positions within the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association. My research interests involve education with a focus on learning technologies, program evaluation, access to care, and workforce models.


Jane Halaris RDH, BS, MA
  • Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I graduated in 1972 from Ferris State University’s Dental Hygiene Program and worked in private clinical practice for many years before completing my Bachelor of Science (2006) and Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (2012), both through the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). I served as a dental hygiene faculty member at UDM and Wayne County Community College District where I taught ethics, professionalism, and pre-clinic/clinic. I am a past president of the Michigan Dental Hygienists' Association, served as its Director of Governmental Affairs for eight years, and was a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Council on Practice and Regulation. In addition, I served on the Michigan State Board of Dentistry, including one year as chairperson. I currently serve as an examiner for the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment. My research interest focuses on mentoring in education.


Wendy Kerschbaum RDA, MA, MPH
  • Associate Professor

I did both my undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Michigan (U-M), completing my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree in 1970, Master of Arts in Education in 1972, and my Master’s in Public Health in 1982. My career in academics began at U-M as a part-time clinical instructor and evolved to being the Director of Dental Hygiene. As of January, 2013 I am on retirement furlough and teaching part-time in the online degree completion and graduate programs. Over the years I have taught many courses, including Research Methods, Prevention, Gerotonlogical Dental Hygiene, Preclinic, Oral Anatomy, Head and Neck Anatomy, Nutrition, Pain Control, and clinic. For 22 years I provided patient care one day a week in our faculty practice, which kept me grounded. During my career I have been active in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the American Association of Dental Education (ADEA). I served on the ADHA curriculum task force for the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner. My research interests focus on education and oral care for older adults.


Janet Kinney RDH, MS
  • Director of Dental Hygiene, Clinical Assistant Professor

I guess you could say I ‘bleed blue’ as I completed both my undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Michigan (U-M). There was over a twenty year break though between completing my Bachelor of Science degree at U-M (1983)and my Master’s degrees in Dental Hygiene and Clinical Research & Statistical Analysis (both 2007) when I was in private practice. Having a long span in clinical practice has helped me see the importance of practicing evidence-based dentistry as well as understanding the critical role the dental hygienists plays in helping patients make positive health behavior changes. I am currently the Director of Dental Hygiene in the Dental Hygiene Division of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine and split my time between the dental school and the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research where I’m involved with several clinical research projects. My research foci are in the areas of oral fluid-based biomarkers for diagnosis of periodontal disease diagnosis and progression and the impact of curricular changes on the impact of student learning in the area of brief motivational interviewing.


L. Susan Taichman RDH, MS, MPH, PhD
  • Assistant Professor/Research Scientist

I graduated with an AAS degree in 1986 from Lansing Community College. For the next eight years I worked as a clinical dental hygienist. I earned my BS in Dental Hygiene in 1995 through the Degree Completion Program at University of Michigan. As I wanted to conduct research, I continued on at U-M earning my MS in Dental Hygiene Education (1998), a MPH in Public Health Dentistry (1999), and PhD in Epidemiologic Science (2002). My research interests include health services research, oral health disparities and women’s oral health. I have experience with survey research, clinical research, as well as secondary analyses of complex survey data. Current projects include evaluating the impact of lactation on oral health and exogenous progestin hormone use and periodontal health.