Sandra is a tenured, Assistant Professor in the Dental Hygiene Program, Division of
Health Professions. She has been a full-time faculty member since 1996 and is currently
the dental hygiene program director (from 2001-2009; 2012-current). Spanning the First-Year,
junior and senior-level curriculum, including the clinical, community-based and academic
disciplines, her areas of expertise reflect the following courses taught in the Dental
Hygiene Program: Introduction to Dental Hygiene I and II, Dental Hygiene Clinical
Concepts III-V, Oral Pathology, Dental Hygiene Research Methods, Oral Medicine, Senior
Internship, Senior Project, and the Community-Based Public Health rotation. Sandra
has been an active member of the New Haven Dental Hygienists’ Association and the
Delta Lambda Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society.
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, CT and Florida Dental Association Conferences, and HRSA, the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. She has published in various dental professional
venues such as journals, text books, and websites. Currently, Sandra is a clinical
researcher at the University of Connecticut Health Center, School of Dental Medicine,
where she actively participates in clinical trials and has recently published her
research project regarding the role of oral/dental procedures causing infections in
patients on hemodialysis.
What do you think makes the University of New Haven 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,
nurturing 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,
in 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 the University of Connecticut Health Center, School of Dental Medicine.
Getting to know your professor.
Personally, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My extracurricular activities
are cooking Italian food, traveling, reading scientific journals, yoga, weight training,
and indoor cycling. Professionally, Sandra is a registered dental hygienist in the
state of CT.