I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in Boston, Massachusetts. I earned a Masterâ€™s of Education degree with a concentration in adult education from Boston University in 1995. I am currently a full-time Associate Professor of Dental Health at the University of Maine at Augusta. I teach a wide variety of dental hygiene courses including Community Dentistry, Periodontology, and Oral Health for Target and Special Needs Populations classes. I also practices dental hygiene part-time in a practice limited to periodontics. In 2014, Governor Paul LePage, appointed me to the Maine Board of Dental Practice. I currently serve as the Chair of Maine Board of Dental Practiceâ€™s Dental Hygiene Sub-Committee. I am an examiner and active member of the Commission on Dental Competency and Assessments (CDCA). I have been a career long member of the American Dental Hygienistsâ€™ Association, American Dental Education Association, and the current Sigma Phi Alpha Chi Pi Chapter President.
Prior to moving to Maine in 2002, I worked as a research hygienist at the Forsyth Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. I also held a position as a clinical research co-investigator at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in Boston. I have collaborated with both industry and governmental entities on a variety of research projects for several years. During that time, I co-authored a multitude of research articles that appeared in the Journal of Periodontology, Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Clinical Periodontology, and the Journal of Dental Hygiene. In summary, I have passion for everything that promotes and advocates for oral disease prevention.