After working summers as a dental assistant, I realized that I loved working with patients in the dental environment; therefore, dental hygiene was a logical next step. I completed two years liberal arts studies at Albion College then transferred directly into the University of Michigan (U-M) Dental Hygiene program. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from U- M in 1979. I worked for several years as a clinical dental hygienist but knew that I wanted to further my education. I completed a Master’s of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from U-M in 1983 and went directly to a community college where I taught both didactical and clinical courses. During this time I also took on a position as a dental software sales representative within Michigan.I joined the Division of Dental Hygiene at U-M in the mid-1990s and have been here ever since. I enjoy helping shape our dental hygiene students from pre-clinic, through lab experiences, research projects, clinical requirements, all the way through Board ready seniors. I feel that my strengths are in sharing new ideas for research or coursework with colleagues and pride myself on listening to the needs of students and faculty. I am a member of ADHA and the Michigan Dental Hygiene Educators’ Association. My passion is to be an effective team player, a supportive and knowledgeable instructor and always willing to help out wherever needed.