Message from Dental Hygiene Department: Thank you & New Beginnings

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. -John F. Kennedy

After 51 years of serving the community, the Shoreline Community College Dental Hygiene program is finally saying goodbye to the 2500 Building, which housed great memories that will never be forgotten, and will be proudly and fondly remembered.

To all of us, the 2500 Building had been our professional home where we formed a strong bond and set high goals of providing services to our beautiful community of Shoreline. We helped licensed and skilled dental hygienists, our state’s oral health professionals, graduate from an accredited hygiene program and respectable institution of higher education.

The Shoreline Community College Dental Hygiene Program, with the help of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, will continue to provide our community, students, and colleagues with the same high quality of service that the program upholds from the first day the building opened its doors in 1969.

Like any great team, each department at Shoreline Community College has assisted us in creating the leading Dental Hygiene Program in the state. You all have made the word “work” turn into a great privilege, a chance to know you professionally, and become more of a family than just colleagues. You gave us all a reason to keep coming to our campus despite the disruptions due to COVID-19, because we know that we can depend on YOU for support when needed. Our program remained open despite the risks during the pandemic, all thanks to the collaboration from HOPE Department, Technology Support Services, Safety and Security, Facilities, Financial Services, and Auxiliary Services.

Although we are facing an unprecedented transition and partnering with another highly acclaimed institution, we are moving our program with great anticipation and excitement knowing that more opportunities to provide services in the field of oral care and chances to help students achieve their lifelong goals are waiting for us. Yes, change is not always seen in a good light. However, this change is one of a kind. An adventure of a lifetime.

On behalf of Director Rosie Bellert, Dr. Nikki Honey, Hanna Krupa, Katie Fleming, Lori Simicich, Dr. Patrick Kintner, Carmon Stone, Ashley Castañeda, Aly Barnes, Grace Nelson, and Marie Batalia, I would like to thank you all for your assistance, friendship; and of course, laughter. Working with you has been a true privilege. You all have our respect and gratitude.


Glenda Toledo O’Malley, Bs.BA., PSC.

Dental Hygiene Program

Editor’s Note: You can read more about the Dental Hygiene Clinic’s move to the UW on the College’s News Blog.

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