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Meet the Professors

Kim 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; Ed.D., 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.

Danielle Thompson
Instructor, Dental Hygiene

Specialties: Instrumentation, local anesthetics, clinical dental hygiene.

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2020; previously worked part time at CLC since 2014.

Subjects taught at CLC: Histology & embryology, pharmacology, pain management, oral pathology and second-year clinical courses.

Other professional experience: Worked in private practice for 12+ years. Danielle still works in private practice occasionally.

Education: Her original degree was from the CLC Dental Hygiene Program in 2009. Danielle got her B.S.D.H from the College of Southern Nevada and is earning her M.A. in Education, from the University of Illinois-Springfield (expected 2022).

Main goal in teaching: My goal is to support students as they embark on their journey toward reaching a career they will be passionate about and enjoy. With each course, I strive to help students to build skills that will help them to become independent learners and skilled, ethical healthcare providers.  I want students to understand that they are more than “just hygienists”, they are clinicians, researchers, coaches, educators, and lifelong learners who have the potential to make significant impacts in the lives of their patients.