I graduated from the University of Michigan twice, first in 2010 with my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, then in 2014 with my Master of Science in Dental Hygiene. I am actively involved in many aspects of the profession of dental hygiene – as a practicing clinician, an educator, a researcher and an advocate of oral health. I have worked as a clinician in general, periodontics and pediatric dental offices. I currently teach in both the clinical and didactic settings in the entry-level and degree-completion programs. My research interests include exploring the relationship between systemic disease and oral health, more specifically bleeding disorders and oral health. I am also involved with educating the public in this research area. Through my membership with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, I have had the chance to advocate for access to oral health care at the state and national levels as well as share my research findings with the public. I am an active member of the American Dental Education Association.