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 Hygienistsâ€™ Association (ADHA), and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).