WHY MICHIGAN?

The University of Michigan (U-M) has been a center of excellence for academics, research, and professional achievement since its founding in 1817. Today, U-M is one of the world's top higher-education institutions.

The U-M School of Dentistry is no exception to this tradition of excellence. The School attracts individuals who go on to make significant contributions to the dental and dental hygiene professions. And, as the nation's second-oldest graduate dental hygiene program, U-M helped set the standard for dental hygiene education, and remains in the forefront of advances in the field.

Michigan offers many benefits not available to students in most other dental hygiene programs. As a U-M dental hygiene student, you will have access to the resources of:

  • University Hospital and dozens of specialty clinics and regional offices in the U-M Health System (UMHS)
  • a world-class medical school
  • a library system with more than 12 million volumes and 150,000+ serial titles
  • the 10-million-volume HathiTrust Digital Library

You will also have the opportunity to:

  • go on rotations within the Dental School to specialty clinics
  • learn about real-world hospital dentistry by visiting hospitals
  • learn from experts in the broader fields of dentistry, public health, and basic sciences, not just dental hygiene
  • take many courses together with taught to dental students, providing the opportunity for increased interaction with your future colleagues

WHY A DEGREE IN DENTAL HYGIENE?

Participating in a university-based dental hygiene degree program offers students a far wider range of career possibilities than are available to associate degree holders. U-M Dental Hygiene degree programs in particular provide students with an extended knowledge base and more experiential learning opportunities. And additional degrees qualify students to pursue careers in teaching and research, as well as in clinical practice in school or public health programs.

VALUE OF A U-M DEGREE

A Michigan degree opens doors

It's not just a slogan.

  • U-M's dental hygiene programs are part of a nationally recognized dental school at a top research university.
  • Hiring managers know that U-M graduates are well educated and well prepared for the responsibilities of their new career.
  • Graduate admissions counselors know that U-M students will be successful in master's and doctoral programs because of the excellent grounding they received as undergrads.
  • As a U-M degree holder, you will be joining one of the world's largest living alumni bodies, with 500,000+ grads in more than 100 countries around the world.
  • You'll also be part of the Dental Hygiene "family," where you will develop lifelong relationships.

Michigan alumni have sat in the Oval Office, walked on the moon, won Nobel prizes, earned Rhodes and Marshall scholarships, and led Fortune 500 companies. Your University of Michigan degree will give you the background and experience you need to achieve success in your chosen profession.

DENTAL HYGIENE FEATURED ALUMNI

Browse articles detailing Dental Hygiene alumni and what they are doing today.


Academic Programs

DENTAL HYGIENE (BS)

An entry level program, allowing the exploration of all roles of the dental hygienist.

DENTAL HYGIENE DEGREE COMPLETION

Designed for students who either have an associate's degree or certificate, or who have completed some (but not all) of the coursework for a bachelor's degree. Offered either online or on campus.

DENTAL HYGIENE (MS)

A two year program that provides opportunties to conduct research in basic, behavioral, and clinical sciences and to serve the university, the profession, and the community. Offered either online or on campus.

Employment opportunities for dental hygienists have never been better. An increased number of dental insurance plans, greater awareness of the importance of oral hygiene, and an expansion of the role and function of the dental hygienist means a higher employment growth rate than is likely for many other occupations.

The majority of hygienists are employed in private dental offices, although an increasing number are working in public health agencies, school systems, industrial firms, clinics, hospitals, universities, and research organizations. Specific responsibilities of the hygienist vary with the setting and with the laws of the state in which the hygienist is employed. Typically, hygienists in private practice will provide the following services:

  • oral prophylaxis (removing deposits and stains from teeth)
  • exposing, processing, and mounting radiographs (x-rays)
  • instructing in preventive dental care
  • counseling on diets
  • applying dental sealants and fluoride
  • taking medical and dental histories

Within school systems, hygienists function in two roles: clinicians and educators. As clinicians, they conduct dental screening examinations, participate in dental surveys and follow-up studies, and provide oral prophylaxes. Expansion of the educator role presents the hygienist with the opportunity to develop and implement classroom programs on oral health and to serve as a consultant to teachers on dental health education.

Dental hygienists in public health agencies typically have clinical, consultative, supervisory, and/or administrative responsibilities. These responsibilities include:

  • application of topical fluorides
  • demonstration of new dental preventive methods and procedures
  • assistance in planning, organizing, and conducting community dental health programs
  • participation as dental health advisers in community health activities
  • service as liaisons with agencies to help channel funds from various sources to specified recipient groups

Dental hygiene is a licensed profession. Following graduation from an accredited program, dental hygienists will be required to demonstrate proficiency by successful completion of a board examination that includes both written and clinical practice sections. The license to practice dental hygiene is issued by the state board of dentistry in the state where the hygienist is employed.

The University of Michigan Student Chapter of the American Dental Hygienists' Association

The purpose of this organization is to acquaint the hygiene students with their professional organization of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA). ADHA is the largest professional association representing all dental hygienists. Membership is open to all dental hygiene students. Dues are paid in the fall semester of each year.

Dental hygiene students can apply for a student membership in the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA), the official organization of the dental hygiene profession. The University of Michigan Dental Hygiene Program has an ADHA Student Chapter and those enrolled in all programs are invited to this group’s events. Student members receive all the benefits of full membership, plus additional opportunities for personal and professional development including resources for scholarships and grants, National Board prep, and continuing education. The ADHA website has more information.

Upon graduation from an accredited program in dental hygiene you are eligible to become professional members of ADHA. Professional membership has all the benefits of student membership, and many more.

Student Council

The Student Council has the responsibility of providing a means of communication among individual students, various organizations in the dental school community, and between students and faculty. Student Council members are selected by general class election.

The Student Council attempts to conceive, plan, and execute appropriate projects for the good of the dental school community and the profession as a whole.

Honor Council

The Honor System is one expression of the high degree of personal and professional integrity for dental and dental hygiene students. The Honor Council determines policies governing all aspects of the Honor System and acts as a judicial body on any infractions of the Honor System. The Council tries cases of student offenders and issues warnings or makes recommendations to the executive committee on the disposition of student violations. Eleven representatives, two elected from each class of dental students, one elected from each class of dental hygiene students, and two faculty advisors, make up the Honor Council.

Johnathan Taft Honorary Dental Society

The Taft Society attempts to uphold the integrity, accomplishments, and professional values of the first dean, Jonathan Taft. The Taft Society is a volunteer organization open to both dental and dental hygiene students of all levels. The Taft Society is mainly a service-oriented group which sponsors activities of value to the students and the community.

Christian Medical/Dental Society (CMDS)

Founded in 1931, the CMDS serves as a voice and ministry of Christian doctors. This organization is open to all dental and dental hygiene students.

American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD)

The AAPHD U-M Chapter was created in January of 2010 for those interested in public health and public policy. The mission is to create a sustainable relationship with the underserved community in Washtenaw County to promote oral health, prevent disease, and reduce disparities in oral health status and promote public health science as a vital part of dental education. Focus of this association is on education, outreach, and interacting with some of the most well respected public health professionals in the world. This group is open to anyone in the School of Dentistry.

American Dental Education Association

This organization is open to both dental and dental hygiene students of all levels. The objectives of the ADEA U-M School of Dentistry Student Organization are to:

  • Support core values, mission, and strategic direction of ADEA
  • Provide effective student input into both dental and allied dental education
  • Promote the advancement of dental education by providing student input into and involvement with ADEA activities
  • Stimulate students to assume roles in dental and allied dental education and research
  • Work in partnership with other student organizations to promote their involvement in the advancement of dental education.

Scholars Program in Dental Leadership (SPDL)

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation's leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service. To fulfill each of these goals requires vision and leadership. The mission of the University of Michigan’s Scholars Program in Dental Leadership (U-M SPDL) is to facilitate these goals by providing dental and dental hygiene students with skill sets that empower visions through leadership training and provision of the opportunity to exercise these skills. This program will target pre-doctoral dental and dental hygiene students to facilitate the development of leaders in the dental profession. The program is intended to capitalize on human potential by developing a leadership mindset through activities such as coaching and counseling for maximal performance, fostering the power of working together and managing change.

Sigma Phi Alpha

Sigma Phi Alpha is the national dental hygiene honor society, and student election to it is limited to 10 percent of each graduating class. Candidates are selected on the basis of scholarship, character, and potential for professional leadership. Read more about Sigma Phi Alpha at U-M Dentistry.

Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society

DENTAL HYGIENE DIRECTORY

List of Dentistry People in this Department
Name Sort descending Contact Title
Ash, Mary Grace
(mgash)
734-455-3769
mgash@umich.edu
Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
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, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics Department. In 2009, I began my teaching career as adjunct clinical lecturer dental hygiene faculty. At the present time, I am a Clinical/Lecturer and Clinical Coordinator for the senior dental hygiene student’s entry-level bachelor degree program. My masters’ degree in Health Professions’ Education at Michigan State University will be conferred in December 2016. I am a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).
Branam, Shirley Marie
(branams)
734-763-3392
branams@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan (1998). After graduation I joined the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where I held various appointments including hygiene faculty member, staff hygienist in Dental Faculty Associates and Graduate Prosthodontic Clinics, as well as a research coordinator assistant. During this time I completed a Master of Business Administration degree in Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix (2004) In 2005, I accepted a position in the corporate setting. My responsibilities include developing continuing education courses and presenting them to hygiene schools/universities and national meetings in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, I have done market research, product development and sales staff training. My background includes over 30 years in clinical and educational experience in the dental assisting and dental hygiene professions. My professional memberships include ADHA, ADEA, International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH), Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), and Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA).
Cullen, Jennifer Leigh
(jecullen)
734-647-2770
jecullen@umich.edu
Clinical Lecturer, Director, Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program, Division of Dental Hygiene
I graduated from Ferris State University’s Dental Hygiene Program in 1998 and enjoyed 16 years of clinical practice. In 2012 I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene through the University of Michigan’s (UM) E-Learning Degree Completion Program. While at UM I developed a special interest in service-learning and community-based oral health initiatives. This led me to pursue a Master’s in Public Health Degree with a certificate in Health Education and Promotion which I completed in 2015 through Benedictine University’s online graduate program. My professional interests include campus-community partnerships, especially programming that benefits older adults, on-line learning technologies, and program evaluation. I am a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the American Dental Education Association, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi U-M Chapter.
Dodge, Lisa
(ldodge)
734-763-3392
ldodge@umich.edu
Student Administration Assistant Senior
Duff, Sheree Lee
(slduff)
734-763-3392
slduff@umich.edu
Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
I received my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from the University of Michigan (U-M) in 1980 and my Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University in 1991. After practicing clinical dental hygiene full-time in the periodontal specialty practice setting for over 10 years, I pursued my academic career, which I began at U-M as an adjunct instructor. I have now had the opportunity to hold various roles including dental hygiene faculty member, program director, associate dean and dean of dental programs for over 20 years in both the private and community college environments. During these positions, I have served as both the first and second year clinic coordinator and have taught the associated course work for clinic lectures. Additionally, I have taught numerous lecture courses including Medical Emergencies, Periodontology, Special Patients, Special Topics, Advanced Instrumentation, Board Review, and Pain Control, to name a few. My interests include care of the periodontal patient, both theory and application and I enjoy presenting continuing education topics on this subject content. Additional interests include curriculum design and associated student outcomes. I have served as the chair of the U-M Board of Governors and am currently a member of the U-M Campaign Committee. I have been active in the local chapters of National Dental Hygiene Honor Society and have been the Michigan Dental Hygiene Association’s Student/Program liaison for many years. Currently, I hold two national appointments serving as a Consultant to the Joint Commission on Dental Accreditation, as well as a member of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, Test Construction Committee. I left full time academia this year, 2016, and am looking forward to continuing my strong passion of teaching future dental professionals, as an adjunct clinical lecturer within the Division of Dental Hygiene.
Eagle, Iwonka Theresa
(ilenda)
734-615-8507
ilenda@umich.edu
Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry
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 it 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. I began working in clinical private practice, then returned to U-M and in 2014 graduated with a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene degree. In addition to being an educator as a clinical assistant professor, I am involved in clinical research through the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research. I am deeply interested in clinical education and research and advocating for interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as the advancement of our dental hygiene profession. I am a member of the Michigan Oral Health Coalition, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association.
Essell, Karen Dorothy
(essellk)
734-763-3392
essellk@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
Farrell, Christine
(chfarrel)
734-763-3392
chfarrel@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
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).
Forga, Brittany Michelle
(bmforga)
734-763-3392
bmforga@umich.edu
Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
I received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from the University of Michigan in 2010. After graduation I worked full-time as a clinical dental hygienist in a periodontal office. In that setting I improved my clinical and patient care skills and learned first-hand about the influence a dental hygienist can have in the overall health of their patients. I use that experience to make a positive impact in my role as a clinical instructor in the Division of Dental Hygiene.
Foster, Nancy
(nancyfos)
734-763-3392
nancyfos@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in Boston, Massachusetts. I earned a Master’s of Education degree with a concentration in adult education from Boston University in 1995. I am currently a full-time Associate Professor of Dental Health at the University of Maine at Augusta. I teach a wide variety of dental hygiene courses including Community Dentistry, Periodontology, and Oral Health for Target and Special Needs Populations classes. I also practices dental hygiene part-time in a practice limited to periodontics. In 2014, Governor Paul LePage, appointed me to the Maine Board of Dental Practice. I currently serve as the Chair of Maine Board of Dental Practice’s Dental Hygiene Sub-Committee. I am an examiner and active member of the Commission on Dental Competency and Assessments (CDCA). I have been a career long member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Education Association, and the current Sigma Phi Alpha Chi Pi Chapter President. Prior to moving to Maine in 2002, I worked as a research hygienist at the Forsyth Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. I also held a position as a clinical research co-investigator at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in Boston. I have collaborated with both industry and governmental entities on a variety of research projects for several years. During that time, I co-authored a multitude of research articles that appeared in the Journal of Periodontology, Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Clinical Periodontology, and the Journal of Dental Hygiene. In summary, I have passion for everything that promotes and advocates for oral disease prevention.
Furgeson, Danielle
(furgeson)
734-764-0033
furgeson@umich.edu
Director, Graduate Dental Hygiene Program
Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry, Division of Dental Hygiene
I have a passion for oral health, and have a wide range of experience from assisting, to clinical dental hygiene and expanded functions. 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 I 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 being an educator, I have also worked at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) as the Manager of Student Relations. I am a member of ADHA, as well as the American Dental Education Association, where I hold a leadership role in the Graduate Dental Hygiene Education SIG. My research interests include interprofessional education/collaboration, clinical research, and alternative workforce models. I also have an interest in writing, and mentoring. I continue to actively practice dental hygiene in the Graduate Periodontics clinic here at the School of Dentistry.
Gissendanner, Juana
(jdgissen)
734-764-1562
jdgissen@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
Giuliani, Gina Marie
(gdantoni)
734-763-3392
gdantoni@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
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).
Grzesikowski, Tami
(tamigrz)
734-763-3392
tamigrz@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
I earned an Associate of Arts degree in Dental Hygiene from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Auxiliary Teacher Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Education degree from the University of South Florida. I was a faculty member and administrator at St. Petersburg College for more than 30 years, in roles that included Clinic Director, Program Director for the School of Dental Hygiene, and the Dean of the College of Health Sciences. I led the development of Florida’s first baccalaureate degree for dental hygiene, which is delivered online. I served as Senior Director for Allied Dental Education for the American Dental Education Association from 2012-2017. In addition to teaching part-time at U-M, I teach for St. Petersburg College and for the Academy of Academic Leadership. I have extensive experience in accreditation and test construction, having served on the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and as commissioner to the JCNDHE. I currently serve as a reviewer for Journal of Dental Hygiene and on the CODA Dental Hygiene Review Committee . Throughout my career I have been active in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association.
Guadiana, Denise
(dguadian)
734-763-3392
dguadian@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2013. An interest to further my knowledge in dental hygiene led me to pursue graduate studies and in 2018 I graduated with a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. My thesis research project focused on the knowledge of dental professionals and students regarding the human papillomavirus vaccine. My other research interests include oral health promotion and access to care. I continue to work as a clinician in private practice in southwest Detroit, where I was raised and still live. I am an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association. Last year I was honored to be inducted into the Nu Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha, the national dental hygiene honor society.
Haddlesey, Christopher Brian
(haddle)
734-763-3392
haddle@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 after studying English Education, Music Education, and Trombone Performance. Part of my training was working as a Peer Consultant in the Sweetland Center for Writing, which eventually evolved into my role as the eHygiene Tutor, teaching grammar and style techniques to postgraduate students from the Michigan School of Dentistry’s Division of Dental Hygiene. My research interests include communication sciences, educational psychology, and musical cryptography. I spend the rest of my time editing full-time at a local healthcare company and part-time at a not-so-local economics company. I am grateful for the chance to share my writing knowledge and medical journal experience with the next generation of dental hygienists.
Jones, Darlene
(dmjrdh)
734-615-8539
dmjrdh@umich.edu
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.
Kavanagh, Nolan Matthew
(nolankav)

nolankav@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
I am passionate about health equity, working at it from clinical and research perspectives. I am an MD student at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. In 2019, I graduated with my MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan, where I also received my BS in biochemistry and Spanish. My research interests include health policy and health behavior, including behavioral economics. I am also passionate about education, having taught courses on biostatistics, health behavior, and chemistry. Previously, I researched at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Periodontics and Oral Medicine with Dr. William Giannobile, focusing on the development of regenerative treatments for periodontitis, like personalized scaffolds to deliver gene-therapy vectors.
Kinney, Janet Sue
(kinneyj)
734-763-3392
kinneyj@umich.edu
Director, Academic Programs, Dental Hygiene, Associate Professor of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry
Janet is Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, Master of Science in Dental Hygiene and Master of Science in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan. In her role as director, she oversees the three dental hygiene programs within the school - entry-level, degree completion, and graduate. In addition to her administrative duties, Janet teaches in the bachelor and graduate programs. She serves on various department, school, and university committees as well as chairs graduate student theses research projects. Janet’s clinical experience is in both general dentistry and periodontics, where she has worked both in the US and abroad. Her clinical research interest is in the area of salivary diagnostics. Specifically, her research has focused on investigating the role of oral fluid biomarkers, alone or in conjunction with pathogens, as predictors of periodontal disease progression. Additionally, her area of social science research is in the development of professional identity.
Kiser, Jessica Renee
(kiserj)
734-763-3392
kiserj@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. During my senior year I had the opportunity to tutor first year dental hygiene students, which sparked my desire to become a dental hygiene educator. I continued my education at UNC Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Science degree in Dental Hygiene Education in 2006. Following graduation, I became a full-time dental hygiene instructor at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. I received a Doctorate of Education in Adult and Community College Education in 2017 from North Carolina State University. I currently teach dental radiography, oral pathology, nutrition, first year clinic, and dental hygiene theory. I am an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, with leadership experience at the local, state, and national levels, as well as leadership experience at the national level with Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society. I am also a member of the American Dental Educators Association. My research interests include adult learning, faculty development, and curriculum development. My master’s thesis investigated the prevalence of clinical practice among dental hygiene educators. My doctoral dissertation examined curriculum change forces in dental hygiene programs.
Mackinnon, Connie
(conniem)
734-763-3392
conniem@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
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.
Mccomas, Martha
(mccomas)
734-763-3387
mccomas@umich.edu
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.
Milewski, Elizabeth Ann
(elizac)
734-763-3392
elizac@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
I graduated from the Lansing Community College Dental Hygiene Program with an Associate’s in Applied Science degree in 1997 and have practiced clinically for more than 20 years. In 2015, I graduated from the University of Michigan Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program with a Bachelor of Science. Upon graduation from U-M, I obtained a position with Heartlands Institute of Technology where I teach the Healthcare Foundations course to high school juniors and seniors. My role within the U-M Division of Dental Hygiene is to support the online programs curriculum within the learning management system. In August 2018, I earned a Master of Arts degree in Workforce Education and Development from Western Michigan University. I am an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and past Treasurer of the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association. I am also a member of Sigma Phi Alpha-Nu Chapter.
Moore, Claudette
(claudemo)
734-763-3392
claudemo@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry,Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine
I started my dental career at age 16 as a Dental Assistant. During that time, I developed a passion for the field and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan in 1991. I began my clinical dental hygiene career in a private practice in general hygiene and periodontal specialty settings. In 2004, I furthered my education by acquiring certification in local anesthesia at the University of Detroit Mercy. In my 27 years as a clinician, I have enhanced and expanded my skills and knowledge of the field, in addition to cultivating relationships with my patients. Working alongside other dental professionals has allowed me to become an even better clinician. As an adjunct faculty instructor, I am here to facilitate future hygienists so they, too, can become the leaders and best of our chosen profession.
Niazi, Sarah
(sniazi)
734-763-3392
sniazi@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
Pedersen, Emily Alexis
(ealexisp)
734-763-3392
ealexisp@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
I graduated from the University of Michigan Dental Hygiene Program in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree. Focusing on my interest in access to care, during my senior year I wrote an article about a collaborative course between dental hygiene and social work that was published in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Access Magazine. I received the Johnson and Johnson Professional Excellence Award for outstanding clinical expertise, education in health promotion and disease prevention. After graduation I worked full-time as a clinical dental hygienist in a general practice and continue to work in a pediatric office. I am a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association.
Pitts, Elizabeth Idell
(eieaster)
734-763-3392
eieaster@umich.edu
Clinical Res Coordinator Hlth and Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
I am a graduate of Howard University where I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2007. In addition, I am a two-time graduate of the University of Michigan where I received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2012 and 2017, respectively. My interest in oral health includes research and community dentistry. My career began as a clinical research dental hygienist working at the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research (MCOHR). MCOHR was established as a clinical research facility centered on patient care with a mission to improve oral, dental, and craniofacial health. I also worked as a public health dental hygienist, practicing under Public Act 161 to perform dental hygiene preventive and therapeutic services in access to care shortage areas. As a graduate student, my thesis research focused on dental utilization patterns of young children living in Wayne County, Michigan. My unique professional roles have led me to a joint position with the University of Michigan School of Dentistry as a Clinical Research Coordinator and Adjunct Clinical Lecturer. The knowledge and skills I have gained from my education, as well working in clinical research, public health, and clinical practice have strengthened my passion and dedication to the profession of dental hygiene. My goal is to help prepare students for alternative practice settings. My professional memberships include Sigma Phi Alpha-Nu Chapter, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).
Posorski, Ewa
(posorski)
734-763-3392
posorski@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
I was introduced to the profession of dentistry and dental hygiene in high school though my part-time job as a dental assistant. In 2000 I graduated from Harper College (Palatine, Ill.) with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Arts from St. Francis University (Joliet, Ill.) in 2002. In 2013, I obtained a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from MCPHS University, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, in Boston. While in grad school I conducted research on oral cancer awareness and published the study in the Journal of Community Health. I presented this research at the third North American/Global Dental Hygiene Research Conference. Since then I have added a few more publications in various peer-reviewed journals. After completing my master’s degree, I became a dental hygiene educator and am an adjunct faculty member both at the Community College of Denver and the University of Michigan. At U-M, I teach the Health Promotion and Risk Reduction and the Research/Evidence-Based Practice courses, and am on the E-Learning support team and curriculum development team. I advise students on their research and Capstone Projects. My research interests include the complex issues associated with oral health and disease. For several years I volunteered with the Oral Cancer Foundation as an Oral Cancer Screening Chair. More recently, I became a Trustee for the Colorado Springs Dental Hygienists’ Society. I am a proud lifelong member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. (A personal note: My first name is pronounced Ev-a.)
Pritzel, Susan
(pritzel)

pritzel@umich.edu
Assistant Professor Emerita of Dental Hygiene, Department of Periodontics/Prevention and Geriatrics and Assistant Professor Emerita in Service in Periodontics and Oral Medicine
I completed my undergraduate training in dental hygiene at the University of Michigan and furthered my education at Eastern Michigan University and obtained a Masters of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling. I taught numerous dental hygiene courses and was the clinical director for over 35 years. My clinical practice experience has been in both the general practice and periodontal specialty settings. Prior to retiring as a full-time faculty member of the department, I served on several school wide and university committees, including Student Affairs and Office of Student Conflict Resolution. I’m an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association and served as treasurer of the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association as well as president of the University of Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association.
Riaz, Maimoonah
(monariaz)
734-615-8269
monariaz@umich.edu
Registered Dental Hygienist and Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
My professional career began when I became a Registered Dental Assistant with expanded functions in 2008. Shortly after completing a certification program in Dental Assisting from Washtenaw Community College, my passion for higher education ignited me return to school. I graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan. Since graduating, I have been fortunate enough to work within a variety of settings. I began as a clinical examiner for the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research. Although I enjoyed research, the majority of my experience has been in community based settings. I was employed as a coordinator for a school-based dental sealant program in Wayne County and was able to operate under a PA 161. I then went on to be a school-based examiner for Smiles on Wheels. My teaching career began in 2014, as an adjunct clinical faculty for the University of Michigan, where I got to work with senior dental hygiene students during their outreach to the Western Wayne Family Health Center. I have recently accepted a position at the Community Dental Center (CDC) in Ann Arbor, where I practice clinical dental hygiene and will continue to work with dental hygiene students during their rotations to the CDC. I have been successful in combining my passion for community dentistry and education throughout my professional career. Working in community based dental settings has fulfilled my desire to give back to my community. Additionally, I am looking forward to joining the Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan as an adjunct clinical lecturer this fall. I am a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and have served as a delegate for the Washtenaw Component. I also belong to the University of Michigan’s Sigma Phi Alpha-Nu Dental Hygiene Honor Society.
VanDuine, Stefanie Marie
(stefmarx)
734-615-3880
stefmarx@umich.edu
Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
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 have worked as a clinician in general, periodontics and pediatric dental offices. I currently teach in both the clinical and didactic settings in the entry-level and degree-completion programs. My research interests include exploring the relationship between systemic disease and oral health, more specifically bleeding disorders and oral health. I am also involved with educating the public in this research area. Through my membership with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, I have had the chance to advocate for access to oral health care at the state and national levels as well as share my research findings with the public. I am an active member of the American Dental Education Association.
Velez, Michelle Ann
(mavelez)
734-763-3392
mavelez@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
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.
Wilson, Janet Souder
(jsouderw)
734-763-3392
jsouderw@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
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.

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