Connie Kugel, RDH, BS, joins the College of Dentistry

Connie Kugel, RDH, BS, has joined the College of Dentistry as the Director of Continuing Education and a faculty member in the Department of Dental Hygiene.

“I’m excited to join the incredible team at the College of Dentistry, grow the CE program, and teach my first love – dental materials,” Ms. Kugel said.

She earned her AAS in dental hygiene and her BS in dental science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. With over 20 years of clinical dental hygiene experience and 15 years managing continuing education and marketing for several dental manufacturers, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role.

Ms. Kugel has an extensive background in continuing education. She operated the Boston Center for Continuing Education and presented at numerous national meetings, including the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, RDH Under One Roof, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, California Dental Association, International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics, Yankee Dental Congress, and many state and regional meetings.

She is also an accomplished researcher, having conducted dental research at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Her research interests include dental materials, sealants, varnishes, and aerosols.

Ms. Kugel served as president of the New York State Dental Hygienists’ Association for two years. She is currently a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Nebraska Dental Hygienists’ Association, and the Omaha Dental Hygienists’ Association.

“I plan to re-start the Lincoln Dental Hygienists’ Association, which is currently inactive, and I am running for president-elect of the Nebraska Dental Hygienists’ Association,” she said.

Ms. Kugel grew up in Buffalo, NY, and lived in Boston for 15 years before moving to Lincoln.
“My husband, Dean Gerry Kugel, and I have four children – three boys and a girl. They are all grown up and live in Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Buffalo. We also have two little Japanese Chin dogs we love too!” she said.

Her hobbies include cooking, reading, and traveling.

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