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Carol Dahlke, School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Class of 2007 and 2010, speaks with students after class.

Alumni introduce dental hygiene students to career options

When a student matriculates through the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program, there is an obvious career path: become a licensed dental hygienist and practice clinically, full time. Though that is a popular and successful path, it’s not the only option—and our alumni have shown that with their varied and engaging career decisions.

Kathryn and Kurt Carlson

Giving to the Max

Kathryn and Kurt Carlson are not only graduates of the University of Minnesota; they are big boosters, too. Kurt earned his DDS from the School of Dentistry in 1980 and Kathryn earned her MBA from the Carlson School of Management.

Serving those who served

Alvin Wee, DDS, PhD, MPH, wears plenty of hats in his position at the School of Dentistry. He is the Director of the Division of Prosthodontics, a leader in care for patients with complex oral rehabilitation needs and a researcher focusing on color sciences and early detection of oral cancer. But one of the obligations he treasures most happens outside the walls of Moos Tower: serving in private practice at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

A Message from the Dean

Make a difference in the life of a student | A Message from the Dean

Give to the Max Day is a statewide outpouring of support for thousands of nonprofits and schools across Minnesota, including the University of Minnesota and the School of Dentistry and is next week on November 18. This past year, we have focused our philanthropic mission towards several themes: student scholarships, digital dentistry, research, and capital improvements.

Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic

Collaborating for Outreach at Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic

On a sunny day in mid-June, Amy Ahnefeld brings her two children into the Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic for oral health care. A single mother to Finn and Hannah, she knows what is important to her: community, efficiency and excellence in care. She gets all those things and more at Hibbing—and that is why she has continued to return for nine years.

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