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.