Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Dentistry in the fall of 1985, Ms. Slach had experience in private practice and public health dental hygiene, as well as practicing at The University of Iowa in Hospital Dentistry. She is a dental hygienist with a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene from the University of Michigan. She attended the University of Iowa where she worked on a masters in public health dentistry and received her tobacco treatment specialist certification from the Mayo Clinic. She has been employed by the University for over 35 years and has held positions in both the University of Iowa Hospital Dental Clinic as well as her current teaching position at the College of Dentistry. She has practiced dental hygiene in private practice as well as in public health dental hygiene in Iowa County's Well Child Clinic. She also volunteers at the Free Dental Clinic in Iowa City and has volunteered at Iowa Mission of Mercy events, which provide dental care to thousands of Iowans. Currently, she is employed as an assistant in instruction in the Department of Periodontics and as the director of the Tobacco Cessation Program for the College of Dentistry, one of the first to be established in a dental school, which she started in 1992. Her passion continues to be helping patients stop using tobacco. She is involved at the local and state levels in tobacco cessation and tobacco control activities and she is a member of the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). Ms. Slach has presented numerous programs to dental health professionals over the past two decades. In May 2012, she was appointed by Governor Branstad to serve on the Iowa Dental Board and is currently serving her second term.
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Ms. Slach is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). She is a past president of the Iowa Dental Hygienists Association and has served the association in various other offices. She is also a member of ADEA's National Tobacco Free Steering Committee.