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.