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Dental Hygiene Program

The Dental Hygiene program seeks to prepare students as dental hygienists who can competently and safely perform dental hygiene procedures, display the personal qualities of integrity, responsibility and reliability, function as active members of the dental care team and are committed to professional development through life-long learning.

  • Goal #1: Prepare graduates to assume responsibility for ethical dental hygiene care in accordance with professional codes of ethics and state law.
  • Goal #2 : Prepare competent, caring hygienists to provide comprehensive dental hygiene services to the local community.
  • Goal #3 : Prepare graduates to make evidence based decisions by acquiring, analyzing and documenting information utilizing current scientific research.
  • Goal #4 : Develop dental hygienists who are able to assess the quality of patient services they provide.
  • Goal #5 : Promote oral health within the community

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is:

Faculty & Staff


Name Campus Office Phone Number E-mail

Julie Galleshaw, Professor




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Cynthia Johnson, Assistant Professor

Flanagan 2372 401-333-7220 [email protected]

Dr. Janice Schmitz, Program Director

Flanagan 2374 401-333-7225 [email protected]

Audra Lavoie, Assistant Professor

Flanagan  2371 401-333-7227

[email protected]

Lisa Proffitt, Assistant Professor

Flanagan 2372 401-333-7141

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Aubrie Viera, Assistant Professor

Flanagan 2376 401-333-7238

[email protected]

Sarah Luther, Assistant Professor Flanagan 2375 401-333-7051

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Veronica Gaiser, Assistant Professor



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Name Campus Office Phone Number E-mail
Karen Souza
Department Secretary
Flanagan (Near 2374) 401-333-7438 [email protected]
Joanna Popolla
Dental Clinic-Lab Coordinator
Flanagan Hygiene Clinic 401-333-7330

[email protected]

Susan D. Hook
Information Service Tech II
Flanagan Hygiene Clinic 401-333-7470 [email protected]

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