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Dental Hygiene

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Anne Gwozdek.

Anne Gwozdek, RDH, BA, MA
Director, Dental Hygiene Graduate Program
Director, Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program 
Clinical Assistant Professor

A clinician since my graduation from the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Dental Hygiene Program in 1973, I have taken the term “life-long learning” literally. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Public Relations in 1992 from Madonna University and have served as editor of the Bulletin of the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association (MDHA), editorial assistant for Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, and contributor to other professional books and publications. I began my transition to education in 2001 as a clinical instructor at U-M and completed a Master’s degree in Educational Media & Technology from Eastern Michigan University in 2007. I served as project lead in the development of the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning and the Online Master of Science in Dental Hygiene programs and am currently Director of both.  I have served in leadership positions within the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association. My research interests involve education with a focus on learning technologies and program evaluation.

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Janet Kinney, RDH, MS
Director of Dental Hygiene
Clinical Assistant Professor

I guess you could say I ‘bleed blue’ as I completed both my undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Michigan (U-M). There was over a twenty year break though between completing my Bachelor of Science degree at U-M (1983)and my Master’s degrees in Dental Hygiene and Clinical Research & Statistical Analysis (both 2007) when I was in private practice. Having a long span in clinical practice has helped me see the importance of practicing evidence-based dentistry as well as understanding the critical role the dental hygienists plays in helping patients make positive health behavior changes. I am currently the Director of Dental Hygiene in the Dental Hygiene Division of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine and split my time between the dental school and the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research where I’m involved with several clinical research projects. My research foci are in the areas of oral fluid-based biomarkers for diagnosis of periodontal disease diagnosis and progression and the impact of curricular changes on the impact of student learning in the area of brief motivational interviewing.

Wendy Kerschbaum

Wendy Kerschbaum, RDH, MA, MPH
Associate Professor

I did both my undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Michigan (U-M), completing my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree in 1970, Master of Arts in Education in 1972, and my Master’s in Public Health in 1982. My career in academics began at U-M as a part-time clinical instructor and evolved to being the Director of Dental Hygiene. As of January, 2013 I am on retirement furlough and teaching part-time in the online degree completion and graduate programs. Over the years I have taught many courses, including Research Methods, Prevention, Gerotonlogical Dental Hygiene, Preclinic, Oral Anatomy, Head and Neck Anatomy, Nutrition, Pain Control, and clinic. For 22 years I provided patient care one day a week in our faculty practice, which kept me grounded. During my career I have been active in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the American Association of Dental Education (ADEA). I served on the ADHA curriculum task force for the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner. My research interests focus on education and oral care for older adults.

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L. Susan Taichman, MS, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor/Research Scientist

I graduated with an AAS degree in 1986 from Lansing Community College.  For the next eight years I worked as a clinical dental hygienist.  I earned my BS in Dental Hygiene in 1995 through the Degree Completion Program at University of Michigan. As I wanted to conduct research, I continued on at U-M earning my MS in Dental Hygiene Education (1998), a MPH in Public Health Dentistry (1999), and PhD in Epidemiologic Science (2002). My research interests include health services research, oral health disparities and women’s oral health. I have experience with survey research, clinical research, as well as secondary analyses of complex survey data. Current projects include evaluating the impact of lactation on oral health and exogenous progestin hormone use and periodontal health.

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Charlotte Wyche, RDH, MS
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I started my career with a certificate in dental hygiene from the University of Michigan in 1979. While in clinical practice, I decided that a more advanced degree would open up broader possibilities. It took me almost 10 years to complete my BSDH degree (1989) and another three years after that to complete a MS degree in Dental Hygiene Education (1992), both from the University of Michigan (U-M). For 14 years, I taught at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Also, I like to write, so you will see my name as author or co-author on several chapters in the last three editions of Esther Wilkins’ textbook Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, and I co-authored a student workbook to accompany the textbook. I retired from full-time teaching at University of Detroit Mercy in May 2007 and began teaching in both the online dental hygiene degree completion and graduate programs at U-M. In addition, I served on the Michigan State Board of Dentistry and currently serve as a North East Regional Board examiner. I am also employed as the evaluation coordinator for the Michigan Department of Community Health Oral Health Program. When I can, I love to travel.

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Carrie Ghaname, RDH, MS
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1999 from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Since graduation, I have practiced in Texas, Switzerland, Maine, Hong Kong, North Carolina and most recently, Michigan. In 2007, I graduated from the University of North Carolina with my Master’s degree in Dental Hygiene Education. My current interests lie in oral cancer prevention and early detection, online education, community-based education, mentoring, and the development of the ADHP. In addition to private practice, I am an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan, and have also taught at the University of British Columbia in their online degree completion program. I have also served as a member of American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Council on Public Relations.

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Kathy Yee, RDH, BSDH, MPH
Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I was a member of the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning 2009 graduating class, the first cohort of this program. In addition to clinical practice in Livonia, I also teach in both the U-M entry-level dental hygiene program and the E-Learning Program. In addition, I am an adjunct clinical instructor in Oakland Community College's (OCC) Dental Hygiene Program. Since graduating with my associate’s degree in dental hygiene from OCC in 1996, I have been an active member of the Michigan Dental Hygienists' Association (MDHA) and the Oakland component. Currently I serve as MDHA's student liaison. Community has always been a keen interest of mine. In 2013, I earned a Master’s in Public Health degree with a certificate in Health Education and Promotion from Benedictine University.

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Christine Farrell, RDH, BSDH, MPA
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I am a 1981 BSDH graduate of the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene Program. In 2006 I earned a Masters of Public Administration from U-M Flint. Currently, I am the Michigan Department of Community Health Oral Health Director. As Oral Health Director, I am responsible for an array of statewide oral health care and education programs. Prior to this appointment, I served as a policy specialist in the Medicaid program for 22 years. Active in local, state, and national levels of dental hygiene I was president of the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association, national chair of the Medicaid/CHIP State Dental Association, and am presently serving on the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Council of Public Health.

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Durinda Mattana, RDH, BSDH, MS
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I received both my Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene (1981) and a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education (1987) degrees from the University of Michigan (U-M). With over 25 years of academic experience, I have taught clinical dental hygiene part-time at Oakland Community College and the University of Michigan and for 18 years full-time at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School of Dentistry where I served in a variety of roles that included teaching Periodontal Instrumentation and Prevention for dental and dental hygiene students and serving as the Director of Continuing Dental Education. My research interests include educational methodologies and fluorides. I am a contributing author to the textbook chapter, Fluorides, for “Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, 9th - 11th editions by Esther Wilkins. In January 2010, I left full-time teaching and am currently enjoying teaching online courses for UDM and U-M, updating the Fluorides chapter for the 12th edition of the Wilkins textbook, working in private practice, and teaching continuing dental education courses in the areas of oral health products and preventive interventions.

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Karen Ridley, RDH, MS
Assistant Professor

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, I graduated in 1965 from Eastman Dental Dispensary Dental Hygiene Program in Rochester, NY. I received my BS (1971) & MS (1972) in Dental Hygiene both from Columbia University, NY. I have been a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 1974 as well as serving as Dental Hygiene Graduate Program Director until 2013. One of my professional areas of expertise is in the subject of special patients and medically compromised. I am on staff at the UM Hemophilia Treatment Center, Michigan State University, and Marquette General Hospital. Most recently I have been consulting with the Michigan Hospital Association Kingston Project on Ventilator Assisted Pneumonia (VAP).

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Jane Halaris, RDH, BS, MA
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

My passions are dental hygiene, leadership, and professionalism. I graduated in 1972 from Ferris State University’s Dental Hygiene Program and worked in private clinical practice for many years before completing my Bachelor of Science (2006) and Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (2012), both at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). I have served as a dental hygiene faculty member at UDM and Wayne County Community College District where I taught ethics, professionalism, and pre-clinic/clinic. I am a past president of the Michigan Dental Hygienists' Association, served as its Director of Governmental Affairs for eight years, and was a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Council on Practice and Regulation. In addition, I served on the Michigan State Board of Dentistry, including one year as chairperson. I currently serve as a North East Regional Board examiner. My research interest focuses on mentoring in education.

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Giselle Kolenic, BA, MS
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

After graduating from Michigan State University with a BA in 2006, I came to the University of Michigan's department of Statistics and graduated with a MA in Applied Statistics in 2010. As a senior statistician at the University of Michigan’s Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCAR) I provide statistical consultation to faculty, staff, and graduate students along with providing support for numerous research projects. I also present workshops and courses covering statistical methods and statistical software packages. My areas of specialty include multilevel modeling, programming, structural equation modeling, analysis of data with a complex sample design, and dimension reduction techniques.

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Jodie Condon, RDH, BSDH, MS
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

After graduating from Kellogg Community College in 1982, I worked for over 20 years as a clinical practitioner with dental teams in Michigan and California. In 2008 I discovered the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning Program. Having the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree, while managing work and parenting responsibilities was a “dream come true.” As a U-M student, my Capstone Project, “Development of an Introductory Evidence-based Learning Module for 1st year Dental Hygiene Students" was selected for presentation at the 2nd North American Dental Hygiene Research Conference in Bethesda, MA. After graduating in 2010, I enjoyed teaching clinical dental hygiene at Oakland Community College, and worked towards earning a master’s degree in Health Information Technology from the University of Texas, graduating in 2012. In February 2014, I accepted a position as Clinical Transformation Specialist, with St. John Providence Health System. My work is focused on supporting health care providers with adoption and optimization of their electronic health record systems.

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Jennifer Cullen, RDH, BSDH
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer

I graduated from Ferris State University in 1998 with my Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene and continue to practice clinical dental hygiene in Ann Arbor, MI. In 2012 I completed my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene through the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning Program. While enrolled, I developed and implemented an oral health education curriculum for nurse aides at a local residential Alzheimer’s care facility. I also lead a service-learning project for U-M Dental Hygiene students at that same care facility. In addition to my work in private practice I am an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer and provide technology support for the E-Learning Program. My special interests include community oral health, specifically geriatrics, and dental hygiene education. I am a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the American Dental Education Association, and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. I am also a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Currently, I am enrolled in a Master’s of Public Health Program at Benedictine University.

Danielle Furgeson, RDH, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor

I have a passion for oral health and have a wide range of experience from being a Certified Dental Assistant, to clinical dental hygiene to restorative as an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA). 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 received my Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of North Carolina. I am currently in the final year of my doctoral studies at Nova Southeastern University. In addition to teaching here at the University of Michigan, I have taught dental hygiene, dental assisting and expanded functions courses at the University of Maine at Augusta. Additionally, I have worked at ADHA as the Manager of Student Relations. I have also served as the ADHA student representative to the Joint Commission on the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. My research interests include interprofessional education/collaboration, educational methodologies, clinical techniques/interventions, and patient safety.

Martha McComas RDH, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor

After I received my Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene from Indiana University in 2002, I practiced clinically in both a general and periodontal practice for 10 years. I completed by Bachelor of Arts in 2009 from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in 2012. I began teaching as a clinical instructor at Indiana University-Fort Wayne in 2007 and became full time in 2012. In 2013 I moved to Michigan where I continued my career as an educator at the University of Michigan in the Dental Hygiene Program. My research interests include dental and dental hygiene curriculum, assessment, critical thinking, and inter-professional collaboration. I also have an interest in cariology and the reduction of early childhood caries.

Dina Korte, RDH, BSDH, MS
Clinical Lecturer

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1991 from the University of Michigan. After graduation, I practiced clinically for over 15 years. Always having a love of learning, I finally acted on my dream of earning my Master of Science in Dental Hygiene and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013. I have served as an adjunct clinical faculty member for over seven years. I am currently a Clinical Lecturer in the Division of Dental Hygiene and teach clinical dental hygiene and oral pharmacology. My interests include educational methodology, motivational interviewing, and clinical education. I am a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and American Dental Education Association.