My passion for patient care was sparked in 2005 when I became a certified phlebotomist for the State of Michigan. In 2009, I earned an Associateâ€™s Degree in Liberal Studies from Montcalm Community College, and in 2015 earned an Associateâ€™s Degree in Applied Arts and Science, Dental Hygiene, from Grand Rapids Community College. While attending GRCC, I applied to the University of Michigan Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning Program and was accepted. I hit the ground running in the E-Learning Program weeks after becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist, where my passions to become an educator and researcher were ignited. In 2017, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan, and shortly after was accepted back to U-M as the first Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Teaching and Clinical Research Fellow, graduating in 2019. Currently, I am a full-time dental hygiene faculty member, serving in both the Entry-level and Graduate Dental Hygiene Programs. My research interests include, salivary diagnostics, Veteran's access to oral healthcare, OSCEs, and the bi-directional relationship between Gastroparesis and oral health.