Director, Graduate Dental Hygiene Program
Clinical Associate 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 various leadership roles. I am honored to have been a contributor to Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges, the landmark follow up to the 2000 Surgeon General's Oral Health in America published by the NIDCR. I have also recognized for her leadership and contributions to dental education, receiving a Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Citation. My research interests include interprofessional education/collaboration, integrated care, and non-surgical approaches to periodontal and peri-implant maintenance and disease. I continue to actively practice dental hygiene in the Graduate Periodontics clinic here at the School of Dentistry.