She continues to serve on various state and local advisory committees and maintains several consultant positions in the state of Connecticut. Sandra’s professional speaking engagements included invitations from the North American Dental Hygiene Research Conference, National Dental Director’s Conferences, Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Association, New Haven Dental Hygienists’ Association, and the Dental Hygiene National Honor Society, Sigma Phi Alpha. Currently, Sandra is research scholar at the University of Connecticut Health Center, School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine, where she is actively participating in clinical trials and completing her research project regarding the role of oral/dental procedures causing infections in patients on hemodialysis.
What do you think makes the UNH DH program unique?
The dental hygiene faculty are the best—continuously striving for excellence in the Program. Faculty are always willing to assist students achieve their goals in a professional, comfortable environment. Students have multiple opportunities to learn outside of the “brick and mortar.” Opportunities include: engagement in Service Learning, study abroad educational opportunities, opportunities to learn in diverse clinical environments, and the on-line BS degree courses.
What do you like most about the profession of dental hygiene?
The profession of dental hygiene has allowed me to be employed in private practice, and hospital and academic settings. It has also allowed me to connect with colleagues and friends that enjoy the life-long learning process. The most enriching opportunity the dental hygiene profession has offered me is the opportunity to become a clinical researcher at Uconn School of Dental Medicine.
Getting to know your professor.
Personally, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My extracurricular activities include: cooking Italian food, reading, boating, weight training and spinning. Professionally, Sandra is a tenured, Associate Professor in the Dental Hygiene Program, Division of Health Professions.
1994 QUINNIPIAC COLLEGE, Hamden, CT
Master in Professional Studies in Health Administration
Administrative and Clinical Residency, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Department of Dentistry,
New Haven, Connecticut, 1993-1994
1981 UNIVERSITY OF BRIDGEPORT, Bridgeport, CT
Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene Education (magna cum laude)
1980 UNIVERSITY OF BRIDGEPORT, Bridgeport, CT
Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene (magna cum laude)