Juana D Gissendanner

Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry


Dental Hygiene




I received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree in 1988 from the University of Michigan, followed by additional certificates in the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation in 2003 and 2004, respectively. In 2000 I joined the Division of Dental Hygiene within the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine as an adjunct lecturer and minority recruiter. In addition to my clinical teaching responsibilities I continue to practice clinical dental hygiene part-time in Southfield, MI. I am a member of the Nu Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha and am a long-time member of the Wolverine Dental Hygiene Society where I am currently the national convention liaison. I served as a member of the University of Michigan’s Dental Hygiene Alumni Associations Executive Board for six years, ending as President in 2000. Additionally, I have served on the U-M Dental School’s Alumni Society Board of Governors. Most recently, I was President of the National Dental Hygiene Association (NDHA) and am currently serving as a trustee and chair of Ways and Means and Continuing Education Committees. I am a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and American Dental Education Association. I founded and facilitate two dental hygiene student-based organizations, Michigan Multicultural Dental Hygiene Student Association and the Student National Dental Hygiene Association. I am currently completing a Master of Arts in Educational Technology Degree at Central Michigan University.