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Kimberly Aichele
Instructor, Dental Hygiene

Specialties: Preclinical instrumentation.

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2006; previously taught part time for three years.

Subjects taught at CLC: Preclinical theory, preclinic, prevention, clinic and clinical theory.

Other professional experience: Worked in private practice for over 25 years.

Education: B.S., Ohio State University and M.A., University of Illinois-Springfield.

Main goal in teaching: To instill upon a love for the dental hygiene profession. I am thrilled to be teaching a profession I love, and I hope that my students will be as happy in it as I have been. I want to pass to my students my clinical knowledge and abilities to help them to be the best clinician they can be. My goal is to change their lives for the better.

Mary Jacobs
Instructor, Dental Hygiene

Specialties: Service learning and community outreach.

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2007; taught as a part-time clinical instructor at Loyola University and Harper College.

Subjects taught at CLC: Pre-clinical dental hygiene, clinical dental hygiene, community dentistry, radiology, dental anatomy and dental materials.

Other professional experience: Private practice Registered Dental Hygienist for 24 years.

Education: A.A.S., Harper College; B.S., Northwestern University; Ed.M., University of Illinois; doctoral candidate, Northern Illinois University.

Main goal in teaching: My goal as instructor is not only to teach the necessary skills involved in treating patients, but to create meaningful experiences where students can grow and develop into true professionals. It is exciting to be a part of a program that values teaching the art of dentistry in such a way where students learn about themselves and others.

Sue Nierstheimer
Instructor, Dental Hygiene

Specialties: Clinical dental hygiene; preparing students for their board exams; serving as department chair for the dental hygiene program.

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2005; previously taught for several years at Parkland Community College.

Subjects taught at CLC: Preclinical dental hygiene; clinical dental hygiene; theory and practice of dental hygiene; oral histology and embryology; dental radiology; dental anatomy; preventive dental hygiene; dental materials; pain management; board review and licensure.

Other professional experience: Examiner for the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners for 15 years.

Education: R.D.H. (Registered Dental Hygienist), A.A.S., Northwestern University Dental School, dental hygiene program; B.A., Eastern Illinois University; M.A., University of Illinois-Springfield.

Main goal in teaching: To provide an education to a diverse population of students in a patient-centered, student-friendly atmosphere. I want to prepare DHY graduates to be compassionate, critical-thinking health care professionals who promote health and the prevention of disease. I also want graduates to evaluate and apply evidence-based knowledge and commit to life-long learning.