Maimoonah Riaz

Registered Dental Hygienist and Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry


Dental Hygiene




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.